of orally expressing reason
uninfluenced by sentiment. "You will not escape. You are merely the
embodiment of two imperfect things--an imperfect brain and an imperfect
body. The two cannot exist together in perfection. There you see a
perfect body." He pointed toward the rykor. "It has no brain. Here,"
and he raised one of his chelae to his head, "is the perfect brain. It
needs no body to function perfectly and properly as a brain. You would
pit your feeble intellect against mine! Even now you are planning to
slay me. If you are thwarted in that you expect to slay yourself. You
will learn the power of mind over matter. I am the mind. You are the
matter. What brain you have is too weak and ill-developed to deserve
the name of brain. You have permitted it to be weakened by impulsive
acts dictated by sentiment. It has no value. It has practically no
control over your existence. You will not kill me. You will not kill
yourself. When I am through with you you shall be killed if it seems
the logical thing to do. You have no conception of the possibilities
for power which lie in a perfectly developed brain. Look at that rykor.
He has no brain. He can move but slightly of his own volition. An
inherent mechanical instinct that we have permitted to remain in him
allows him to carry food to his mouth; but he could not find food for
himself. We have to place it within his reach and always in the same
place. Should we put food at his feet and leave him alone he would
starve to death. But now watch what a real brain may accomplish."
He turned his eyes upon the rykor and squatted there glaring at the
insensate thing. Presently, to the girl's horror, the headless body
moved. It rose slowly to its feet and crossed the room to Luud; it
stooped and took the hideous head in its hands; it raised the head and
set it on its shoulders.
"What chance have you against such power?" asked Luud. "As I did with
the rykor so can I do with you."
Tara of Helium made no reply. Evidently no vocal reply was necessary.
"You doubt my ability!" stated Luud, which was precisely the fact,
though the girl had only thought it--she had not said it.
Luud crossed the room and lay down. Then he detached himself from the
body and crawled across the floor until he stood directly in front of
the circular opening through which she had seen him emerge the
For many years Dusar and Ptarth had been at peace with each other.Page 4
"And later here at your father's court, what did you do, Thuvia of Ptarth, that might have warned me that you could not return my love?" "And what did I do, Carthoris of Helium," she returned, "that might lead you to believe that I DID return it?" He paused in thought, and then shook his head.Page 6
Carthoris of Helium had come all unannounced to the court of his father's friend that day.Page 8
" The servant took the key, glanced at it shrewdly, and then as he made to return it to Carthoris dropped it upon the marble flagging.Page 12
"You must have worked upon it all during the night, Larok.Page 18
found its speed ere the man, wrapping his sleeping silks and furs about him, stretched at full length upon the narrow deck to sleep.Page 20
"Last night you wore the trappings of a Dusarian," she said.Page 25
There was a sharp explosion.Page 26
Carthoris had followed the creature for but a few minutes when it disappeared as suddenly and mysteriously as though dissolved into thin air.Page 35
As much as I love your father, as much as I respect Kulan Tith, to whom you are betrothed, as well.Page 42
With a startled exclamation he rubbed his eyes and looked again.Page 69
"In my day I commanded the fleets of Lothar--mightiest of all the fleets that sailed the five salt seas.Page 74
He knew that he could hear the heavy breathing of powerful lungs.Page 75
"These creatures are born man-eaters.Page 79
Here Carthoris found considerable difficulty in subduing the second thoat, and as Kar Komak had never before ridden one of the beasts, it seemed a most hopeless job; but at last the bowman managed to scramble to the sleek back, and again the two beasts fled softly down the moss-grown avenues toward the open sea-bottom beyond the city.Page 82
And then it had been that he had legally wed one of his slaves that he might have a son to stand among the jeds when Nutus died and a new jeddak was chosen.Page 88
Should they suspect his loyalty (and the loyalty of an impressed panthan was always open to suspicion), he might not find an opportunity to elude their vigilance until after the termination of the war, which might occur within days, or, again, only after long and weary years of bloodshed.Page 109
Jeddak of Thark.Page 110
Throne of Righteousness.