you do not grow fatter he will send for you anyway," said Ghek;
"but he will not use you for food."
Tara of Helium shuddered.
That day and for many days thereafter she was taken from the tower,
through the enclosure and out into the fields. Always was she alert for
an opportunity to escape; but Ghek was always close by her side. It was
not so much his presence that deterred her from making the attempt as
the number of workers that were always between her and the hills where
the flier lay. She could easily have eluded Ghek, but there were too
many of the others. And then, one day, Ghek told her as he accompanied
her into the open that this would be the last time.
"Tonight you go to Luud," he said. "I am sorry as I shall not hear you
"Tonight!" She scarce breathed the word, yet it was vibrant with horror.
She glanced quickly toward the hills. They were so close! Yet between
were the inevitable workers--perhaps a score of them.
"Let us walk over there?" she said, indicating them. "I should like to
see what they are doing."
"It is too far," said Ghek. "I hate the sun. It is much pleasanter here
where I can stand beneath the shade of this tree."
"All right," she agreed; "then you stay here and I will walk over. It
will take me but a minute."
"No," he answered. "I will go with you. You want to escape; but you are
not going to."
"I cannot escape," she said.
"I know it," agreed Ghek; "but you might try. I do not wish you to try.
Possibly it will be better if we return to the tower at once. It would
go hard with me should you escape."
Tara of Helium saw her last chance fading into oblivion. There would
never be another after today. She cast about for some pretext to lure
him even a little nearer to the hills.
"It is very little that I ask," she said. "Tonight you will want me to
sing to you. It will be the last time, if you do not let me go and see
what those kaldanes are doing I shall never sing to you again."
Ghek hesitated. "I will hold you by the arm all the time, then," he
"Why, of course, if you wish," she assented. "Come!"
The two moved toward the workers and the hills. The little party was
digging tubers from the ground. She had noted this and that nearly
always they were stooped low over their work, the
THE CHESSMEN OF MARS by Edgar Rice Burroughs CONTENTS PRELUDE - John Carter Comes to Earth I Tara in a Tantrum II At the Gale's Mercy III The Headless Humans IV Captured V The Perfect Brain VI In the Toils of Horror VII A Repellent Sight VIII Close Work IX Adrift Over Strange Regions X Entrapped XI The Choice of Tara XII Ghek Plays Pranks XIII A Desperate Deed XIV At Ghek's Command XV The Old Man of the Pits XVI Another Change of Name XVII A Play to the Death XVIII A Task for Loyalty XIX The Menace of the Dead XX The Charge of Cowardice XXI A Risk for Love XXII At the Moment of Marriage THE CHESSMEN OF MARS PRELUDE JOHN CARTER COMES TO EARTH Shea had just beaten me at chess, as usual, and, also as usual, I had gleaned what questionable satisfaction I might by twitting him with this indication of failing mentality by calling his attention for the _n_th time to that theory, propounded by certain scientists, which is based upon the assertion that phenomenal chess players are always found to be from the ranks of children under twelve, adults over seventy-two or the mentally defective--a theory that is lightly ignored upon those rare occasions that I win.Page 4
As they neared the entrance to the garden another woman, similarly guarded, approached them from another quarter of the great palace.Page 7
The Gatholians consider themselves a race of warriors and as such prefer not to labor in the mines.Page 35
"It shall be as he says.Page 40
"Did you suppose that we kept the rykor for labor alone? Ah, no.Page 51
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.Page 76
She saw the clumsy attack of the kaldane and the quick, sure return of the panthan.Page 78
" "They should have slain you easily," said Ghek.Page 82
" A new day had dawned, revealing a less desolate country and renewing again the hope that.Page 86
Silently he moved north past the gateway which was closed by a massive gate which effectively barred even the slightest glimpse within the city beyond.Page 87
Assured that there was none within sight to apprehend him he stepped through the gateway into the city.Page 98
O-Tar shrugged.Page 100
" "If I am to be imprisoned, imprison me," said the girl.Page 101
Tara of Helium half rose upon an elbow and looked about.Page 129
"Stay!" cried Ghek, "or your jeddak dies," and they halted in their tracks, waiting the will of this strange, uncanny creature.Page 140
At least he was convinced that he had passed beyond the precincts of the palace.Page 147
The vital difference between the game played with living men and that in which inanimate pieces are used, lies in the fact that while in the latter the mere placing of a piece upon a square occupied by an opponent piece terminates the move, in the former the two pieces thus brought together engage in a duel for possession of the square.Page 150
Gahan turned upon his thoat and looked at the man.Page 154
Helium, Warlord of Barsoom--and she knew that the skill of the Black Chief suffered little by the comparison.Page 195
Turan had been hiding in the chamber and was even then lying upon the couch of O-Mai when O-Tar, trembling with fear, entered the room.