prosecute a further search for her
when a flier from the flagship of the fleet arrived at the _Xavarian_
with an officer bearing a message to Kantos Kan from Arrras.
My friend read the dispatch and then turned to me.
"Zat Arrras commands me to bring our 'prisoners' before him. There is
naught else to do. He is supreme in Helium, yet it would be far more
in keeping with chivalry and good taste were he to come hither and
greet the saviour of Barsoom with the honours that are his due."
"You know full well, my friend," I said, smiling, "that Zat Arrras has
good cause to hate me. Nothing would please him better than to
humiliate me and then to kill me. Now that he has so excellent an
excuse, let us go and see if he has the courage to take advantage of
Summoning Carthoris, Tars Tarkas, and Xodar, we entered the small flier
with Kantos Kan and Zat Arrras' officer, and in a moment were stepping
to the deck of Zat Arrras' flagship.
As we approached the Jed of Zodanga no sign of greeting or recognition
crossed his face; not even to Carthoris did he vouchsafe a friendly
word. His attitude was cold, haughty, and uncompromising.
"Kaor, Zat Arrras," I said in greeting, but he did not respond.
"Why were these prisoners not disarmed?" he asked to Kantos Kan.
"They are not prisoners, Zat Arrras," replied the officer.
"Two of them are of Helium's noblest family. Tars Tarkas, Jeddak of
Thark, is Tardos Mors' best beloved ally. The other is a friend and
companion of the Prince of Helium--that is enough for me to know."
"It is not enough for me, however," retorted Zat Arrras. "More must I
hear from those who have taken the pilgrimage than their names. Where
have you been, John Carter?"
"I have just come from the Valley Dor and the Land of the First Born,
Zat Arrras," I replied.
"Ah!" he exclaimed in evident pleasure, "you do not deny it, then? You
have returned from the bosom of Iss?"
"I have come back from a land of false hope, from a valley of torture
and death; with my companions I have escaped from the hideous clutches
of lying fiends. I have come back to the Barsoom that I saved from a
painless death to again save her, but this time from death in its most
"Cease, blasphemer!" cried Zat Arrras. "Hope not to save thy cowardly
carcass by inventing horrid lies to--" But he
For some reason this news did not surprise me,.Page 8
I had followed this trail for perhaps a hundred yards when a sharp turn to the right brought me to the mouth of a large cave.Page 19
CHAPTER IV A PRISONER We had gone perhaps ten miles when the ground began to rise very rapidly.Page 21
Our party had halted at the entrance to the building, and at a sign from the leader I had been lowered to the ground.Page 25
After I had eaten I was greatly invigorated, but feeling the need of rest I stretched out upon the silks and was soon asleep.Page 30
Again, as on the preceding day, I had recourse to earthly tactics, and swinging my right fist full upon the point of his chin I followed it with a smashing left to the pit of his stomach.Page 31
It was well I did so, for the warrior drew an evil looking pistol from its holster and was on the point of putting an end to the creature when I sprang forward and struck up his arm.Page 59
Now, more than before, the absolute necessity for escape, in so far as Dejah Thoris was concerned, was impressed upon me, for I was convinced that some horrible fate awaited her at the headquarters of Tal Hajus.Page 70
With all his cruel ferocity and coldness there was an undercurrent of something in Tars Tarkas which he seemed ever battling to subdue.Page 72
There were two little kiddies in the Carter family whom I had loved and who had thought there was no one on Earth like Uncle Jack; I could see them just as plainly, as I stood there under the moonlit skies of Barsoom, and I longed for them as I had never longed for any mortals before.Page 73
"They cannot be a day's march ahead of us," he exclaimed, the light of battle leaping to his fierce face.Page 90
That they would be as quiet and contented here as elsewhere I was confident, nor was there but the remotest possibility that they would be discovered, as the green men had no great desire to enter these outlying buildings, which were frequented by the only thing, I believe, which caused them the sensation of fear--the great white apes of Barsoom.Page 99
He entirely omitted the usual formal salutation as we entered the presence.Page 100
O, would that Warhoon were ruled by a real jeddak rather than by a water-hearted weakling from whom even old Dak Kova could tear the metal with his bare hands!" Bar Comas eyed the defiant and insubordinate chieftain for an instant, his expression one of haughty, fearless contempt and hate, and then without drawing a weapon and without uttering a word he hurled himself at the throat of his defamer.Page 103
Immediately seven great fleets, each of one hundred mighty war ships, had been dispatched to search for Dejah Thoris, and from these vessels two thousand smaller craft had been kept out continuously in futile search for the missing princess.Page 105
Kantos Kan and I were now pitted against each other but as.Page 142
I could not hear his words, but presently two officers advanced and removed the scarlet robe from one of the figures, and I saw that Kantos Kan had failed in his mission, for it was Sab Than, Prince of Zodanga, who stood revealed before me.Page 148
She received them gracefully, calling each by name, for they were men high in the esteem and service of her grandfather, and she knew them well.Page 153
Her eyes opened and looked into mine.Page 157
woman standing in the garden of a palace, and at her side is a little boy who puts his arm around her as she points into the sky toward the planet Earth, while at their feet is a huge and hideous creature with a heart of gold.