the room before Jimmy had discovered whether
the girl intended to expose him or not. She said nothing about the
matter during dinner, and immediately thereafter she excused herself,
leaving the two men alone.
During the conversation that ensued Jimmy discovered that Bince had been
using every argument at his command to induce Compton to let him go, as
well as getting rid of the certified public accountants.
"I can't help but feel," said Compton, "that possibly there may be some
reason in what Mr. Bince says, for he seems to feel more strongly on
this subject than almost any question that has ever arisen in the plant
wherein we differed, and it may be that I am doing wrong to absolutely
ignore his wishes in the matter.
"As a matter of fact, Mr. Torrance, I have reached the point where I
don't particularly relish a fight, as I did in the past. I would rather
have things run along smoothly than to have this feeling of unrest and
unpleasantness that now exists in the plant. I do not say that you are
to blame for it, but the fact remains that ever since you came I have
been constantly harassed by this same unpleasant condition which grows
worse day by day. There is no question but what you have accomplished a
great deal for us of a practical nature, but I believe in view of Mr.
Bince's feelings in the matter that we had better terminate our
Jimmy suddenly noted how old and tired his employer looked. He
realized, too, that for a week he had been fighting an incipient
influenza and that doubtless his entire mental attitude was influenced
by the insidious workings of the disease, one of the marked symptoms of
which he knew to be a feeling of despondency and mental depression,
which sapped both courage and initiative.
They were passing through the hallway from the dining-room to the
library, and as Compton concluded what was equivalent to Jimmy's
discharge, he had stopped and turned toward the younger man. They were
standing near the entrance to the music-room in which Elizabeth chanced
to be, so that she overheard her father's words, and not without a smile
of satisfaction and relief.
"Mr. Compton," replied Jimmy, "no matter what you do with me, you simply
must not let those C.P.A.'s go until they have completed their work. I
know something of what it is going to mean to your business, but I would
rather that the reports come from them than from me."
"What do you mean?" asked Compton.
"I didn't want
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However, there was nothing else to consider than an attempt to scale the trees contiguous to the cliff in an effort to reach the caves above.Page 22
It is not an hysterical laugh, but rather the genuine expression of the pleasure they derive from the things that move Earth men to loathing or to tears.Page 27
Like nearly all Martian animals it is almost hairless, having only a great bristly mane about its thick neck.Page 38
allotted span of life, one thousand years, when by the authority of custom they may take their way in happiness through the long tunnel that leads to Issus.Page 51
As the fighting receded from our position for a moment, Thuvia turned toward me with a question.Page 64
Nor could I be mistaken in the swift gleam of triumph that brightened those dark orbs for an instant.Page 74
So I was quite at a loss as to what to do or say.Page 87
"It is Issus' wish that you two be confined in the same room," said the guard when he had returned to our cell.Page 94
"What do you mean?" I asked.Page 97
It was that face that inspired me to the thing that followed.Page 98
A dagger snatched from the harness of her mistress was waved aloft by some fair slave, its shimmering blade crimson with the lifeblood of its owner; swords plucked from the bodies of the dead about them; heavy ornaments which could be turned into bludgeons--such were the implements with which these fair women wreaked the long-pent vengeance which at best could but partially recompense them for the unspeakable cruelties and indignities which their black masters had heaped upon them.Page 106
" "It is well.Page 112
Xodar and the boy were stretched directly behind me, prone also that we might offer as little resistance to the air as possible.Page 125
I might plunge headlong into some terrible pit or meet with some of the ghoulish creatures that inhabit these lower worlds beneath the dead cities of dying Mars.Page 131
At length I was successful in reaching the side of one great brute, and ere he knew what I was about I was firmly seated astride his glossy back.Page 150
We came upon her but a short distance from the palace.Page 173
Wherever messages could be.Page 176
" "The fleet must have missed you," he said, "but it will return to Omean, and then that will be a very different matter--for John Carter.Page 183
The worst, then, had come to me.