The Chessmen of Mars

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

Page 77

with the power to
act! Then indeed might the safety of the panthan be assured; but they
were only poor lumps of clay, nor had she the power to quicken them to
life. Ever must they lie thus until dominated by the cold, heartless
brain of the kaldane. The girl sighed in pity even as she shuddered in
disgust as she picked her way over and among the sprawled creatures
toward the flier.

Quickly she and Ghek mounted to the deck after the latter had cast off
the moorings. Tara tested the control, raising and lowering the ship a
few feet within the walled space. It responded perfectly. Then she
lowered it to the ground again and waited. From the open doorway came
the sounds of conflict, now nearing them, now receding. The girl,
having witnessed her champion's skill, had little fear of the outcome.
Only a single antagonist could face him at a time upon the narrow
stairway, he had the advantage of position and of the defensive, and he
was a master of the sword while they were clumsy bunglers by
comparison. Their sole advantage was in their numbers, unless they
might find a way to come upon him from behind.

She paled at the thought. Could she have seen him she might have been
further perturbed, for he took no advantage of many opportunities to
win nearer the enclosure. He fought coolly, but with a savage
persistence that bore little semblance to purely defensive action.
Often he clambered over the body of a fallen foe to leap against the
next behind, and once there lay five dead kaldanes behind him, so far
had he pushed back his antagonists. They did not know it; these
kaldanes that he fought, nor did the girl awaiting him upon the flier,
but Gahan of Gathol was engaged in a more alluring sport than winning
to freedom, for he was avenging the indignities that had been put upon
the woman he loved; but presently he realized that he might be
jeopardizing her safety uselessly, and so he struck down another before
him and turning leaped quickly up the stairway, while the leading
kaldanes slipped upon the brain-covered floor and stumbled in pursuit.

Gahan reached the enclosure twenty paces ahead of them and raced toward
the flier. "Rise!" he shouted to the girl. "I will ascend the cable."

Slowly the small craft rose from the ground as Gahan leaped the inert
bodies of the rykors lying in his path. The first of the pursuers
sprang from the tower just as Gahan seized the trailing rope.

"Faster!" he shouted to the

Last Page Next Page

Text Comparison with The Gods of Mars

Page 10
As the green warrior saw the last of his companions go down and at the same time perceived that the entire herd was charging him in a body, he rushed boldly to meet them, swinging his long-sword in the terrific manner that I had so often seen the men of his kind wield it in their ferocious and almost continual warfare among their own race.
Page 17
"It was ever your way,.
Page 39
Yes, you are right, and I will go with you as far as we can go; but I doubt that we ever shall escape.
Page 42
"Ask them their mission here," whispered Thuvia at my elbow.
Page 46
In my own country I had been accustomed to command.
Page 69
Only at the poles of Mars is there ice or snow upon the planet.
Page 70
"That is the bed of the River Iss," said Xodar.
Page 86
I did not wish to strike him again, nor was it necessary, since he was unarmed and therefore quite harmless to me.
Page 87
My only sorrow now is that my mother must mourn me as she has for ten long years mourned my father.
Page 94
"Issus will dine well to-night," said a prisoner beside me.
Page 109
I wondered at the time what the significance of his expression might be, but in the press of other matters it soon left my mind, nor did I have occasion to think of it again until later.
Page 116
"John Carter!" he cried.
Page 127
I turned to meet the charge; there was a quick rush of the three from the other direction; but.
Page 133
" There was no time to be lost.
Page 144
This placed us facing the judges and the audience.
Page 167
I have ordered them all under arrest.
Page 176
" A great light burst upon me.
Page 178
Once within its hated walls I was positive that I could overcome the guards of Issus and bear away my Princess, for at my back I would have a force ample for the occasion.
Page 185
There I pressed her dear form to me, and then, though it tore my heart to.
Page 192
I have brought sufficient food to last them.