appear like sleep, since his lidless
eyes were unchanged; but he lay quietly in a corner. Tara of Helium
enacted a thousand times in her mind the scene of her escape. She would
rush to the side of the rykor and seize the sword that hung in its
harness. Before Ghek knew what she purposed, she would have this and
then before he could give an alarm she would drive the blade through
his hideous head. It would take but a moment to reach the enclosure.
The rykors could not stop her, for they had no brains to tell them that
she was escaping. She had watched from her window the opening and
closing of the gate that led from the enclosure out into the fields and
she knew how the great latch operated. She would pass through and make
a quick dash for the hill. It was so near that they could not overtake
her. It was so easy! Or it would have been but for the banths! The
banths at night and the workers in the fields by day.
Confined to the tower and without proper exercise or food, the girl
failed to show the improvement that her captors desired. Ghek
questioned her in an effort to learn why it was that she did not grow
round and plump; that she did not even look as well as when they had
captured her. His concern was prompted by repeated inquiries on the
part of Luud and finally resulted in suggesting to Tara of Helium a
plan whereby she might find a new opportunity of escape.
"I am accustomed to walking in the fresh air and the sunlight," she
told Ghek. "I cannot become as I was before if I am to be always shut
away in this one chamber, breathing poor air and getting no proper
exercise. Permit me to go out in the fields every day and walk about
while the sun is shining. Then, I am sure, I shall become nice and fat."
"You would run away," he said.
"But how could I if you were always with me?" she asked. "And even if I
wished to run away where could I go? I do not know even the direction
of Helium. It must be very far. The very first night the banths would
get me, would they not?"
"They would," said Ghek. "I will ask Luud about it."
The following day he told her that Luud had said that she was to be
taken into the fields. He would try that for a time and see if she
"You spoke of children," I said.Page 7
Entirely surrounding us is a great salt marsh, which protects us from invasion by land, while the rugged and ofttimes vertical topography of our mountain renders the landing of hostile airships a precarious undertaking.Page 10
Fiercely he pressed the soft hand that he still retained from the last position of the dance.Page 19
" "You daughter! Restored! What do you mean?" exclaimed the Gatholian.Page 31
As she passed close along it she distinctly heard not only movement.Page 37
The chamber, though on a level with the ground, was brilliantly lighted by windows in its inner wall, the light coming from a circular court in the center of the tower.Page 38
Above each of these smaller openings was painted a different device, while upon the walls of the larger tunnels at all intersections and points of convergence hieroglyphics appeared.Page 40
"What is the matter?" "They are eating the flesh of the woman," she whispered in tones of horror.Page 48
For a long time he was silent, just looking at her through those awful eyes.Page 85
Their trappings were barbaric and magnificent, and in their head-dress were many feathers as had been the custom of ancients.Page 98
If he cannot, he is weak, and his people must fall into the hands of the strong.Page 109
Could it be--?" he glanced piercingly at Ghek.Page 116
Did you see him leave this room?" "I did," answered Tara of Helium.Page 122
Squealing, fighting thoats were stabled in magnificent halls while their riders, if not upon some duty of the palace, played at jetan with small figures carved from wood.Page 126
She cannot be a Corphal.Page 140
Not for me," and he continued on his way shaking his head.Page 156
" As he spoke, a little, wrinkled, old man peered over the rail of the enclosure down upon the three who stood directly behind The Keeper, and strained his weak and watery eyes in an effort to satisfy the curiosity of old age in a matter of no particular import, for what were two slaves and a common warrior from Manataj to any who sat with O-Tar the jeddak? "U-Kal of Manataj," said O-Tar, "you have deserved the stakes.Page 166
"Ey, O-Tar, they elude thy guard but not the wise old calot, I-Gos.Page 173
He never expected any tangible evidence of their existence after death; he did not believe that they had the power either for.Page 200
By writing the names and moves of the various pieces on bits of paper and pasting them on ordinary checkermen the game may be played quite as well as with the ornate pieces used upon Mars.