Then he addressed Ghek. "How long have you been
here?" he asked.
"Who knows better than those who placed me here and chained me to a
wall?" he returned in reply.
"Saw you this warrior enter here a few minutes since?"
"I saw him," replied Ghek.
"And you sat there where you sit now?" continued the officer.
"Look thou to my chain and tell me then where else might I sit!" cried
Ghek. "Art the people of thy city all fools?"
Three other warriors pressed behind the two in front, craning their
necks to view the prisoner while they grinned at the discomfiture of
their fellow. The officer scowled at Ghek.
"Thy tongue is as venomous as that of the she-banth O-Tar sent to The
Towers of Jetan," he said.
"You speak of the young woman who was captured with me?" asked Ghek,
his expressionless monotone and face revealing naught of the interest
"I speak of her," replied the dwar, and then turning to the warrior who
had summoned him: "return to thy quarters and remain there until the
next games. Perhaps by that time thy eyes may have learned not to
The fellow cast a venomous glance at Ghek and turned away. The officer
shook his head. "I do not understand it," he muttered. "Always has
U-Van been a true and dependable warrior. Could it be--?" he glanced
piercingly at Ghek. "Thou hast a strange head that misfits thy body,
fellow," he cried. "Our legends tell us of those ancient creatures that
placed hallucinations upon the mind of their fellows. If thou be such
then maybe U-Van suffered from thy forbidden powers. If thou be such
O-Tar will know well how to deal with thee." He wheeled about and
motioned his warriors to follow him.
"Wait!" cried Ghek. "Unless I am to be starved, send me food."
"You have had food," replied the warrior.
"Am I to be fed but once a day?" asked Ghek. "I require food oftener
than that. Send me food."
"You shall have food," replied the officer. "None may say that the
prisoners of Manator are ill-fed. Just are the laws of Manator," and he
No sooner had the sounds of their passing died away in the distance
than Ghek clambered from the shoulders of his rykor, and scurried to
the burrow where he had hidden the key. Fetching it he unlocked the
fetter from about the creature's ankle, locked it empty and carried the
key farther down into the burrow. Then he returned to his place upon
his brainless servitor. After a while he heard footsteps approaching,
whereupon he rose and passed
In like manner the Thark wheeled and leaped for the opening being made by the inswinging section.Page 36
The therns have ofttimes wondered whither you had flown, since you had neither taken the pilgrimage, nor could be found upon the face of Barsoom.Page 37
"The Temple of Issus is to the therns what the Valley Dor is imagined by the peoples of the outer world to be to them; it is the ultimate haven of peace, refuge, and happiness to which they pass after this life and wherein an eternity of eternities is spent amidst the delights of the flesh which appeal most strongly to this race of mental giants and moral pygmies.Page 39
"To the gates of Issus, or to the bottom of Korus," spoke the green warrior; "to the snows to the north or to the snows to the south, Tars Tarkas follows where John Carter leads.Page 47
The room was filled with specimens of the strange beings that inhabit this underworld; a heterogeneous collection of hybrids--the offspring of the prisoners from the outside world; red and green Martians and the white race.Page 51
But always, it seemed, were the black pirates of Barsoom victorious, and the girl, brought miraculously unharmed through the conflict, borne away into the outer darkness upon the deck of a swift flier.Page 57
This was no time for fine compunctions, nor for a chivalry that these cruel demons would neither appreciate nor reciprocate.Page 77
Through this scene we moved toward the temple.Page 83
he lunged past me planted a terrific right on the side of his jaw.Page 85
Returning to my own cell, I found Xodar still sitting in the same position in which I had left him.Page 95
The apes were almost upon the maidens, but a couple of mighty bounds were all my earthly muscles required to carry me to the centre of the sand-strewn floor.Page 98
And those who could find no other weapons used their strong fingers and their gleaming teeth.Page 101
For an instant I hung in mid air.Page 116
" CHAPTER XIV THE EYES IN THE DARK My son! I could not believe my ears.Page 140
Tars Tarkas grieved for the loss of his daughter.Page 157
I am done.Page 160
It is very simple, and such a harmless act that it could be condemned by no one.Page 167
"Worse than that, I fear," replied Xodar.Page 172
As I watched the oncoming ten I saw their pursuers race swiftly into sight.Page 173
There was but a yard between the two mighty ships as the first grappling irons were hurled.