marked contrast to his kind, he had in well-developed form the kindlier
human characteristics of love, friendship, and charity.
It was a sad and sombre party that sat at the feast of welcome in the
great dining hall of the palace of the Prince of Helium that day. We
were over a hundred strong, not counting the members of my little
court, for Dejah Thoris and I had maintained a household consistent
with our royal rank.
The board, according to red Martian custom, was triangular, for there
were three in our family. Carthoris and I presided in the centre of
our sides of the table--midway of the third side Dejah Thoris'
high-backed, carven chair stood vacant except for her gorgeous wedding
trappings and jewels which were draped upon it. Behind stood a slave
as in the days when his mistress had occupied her place at the board,
ready to do her bidding. It was the way upon Barsoom, so I endured the
anguish of it, though it wrung my heart to see that silent chair where
should have been my laughing and vivacious Princess keeping the great
hall ringing with her merry gaiety.
At my right sat Kantos Kan, while to the right of Dejah Thoris' empty
place Tars Tarkas sat in a huge chair before a raised section of the
board which years ago I had had constructed to meet the requirements of
his mighty bulk. The place of honour at a Martian hoard is always at
the hostess's right, and this place was ever reserved by Dejah Thoris
for the great Thark upon the occasions that he was in Helium.
Hor Vastus sat in the seat of honour upon Carthoris' side of the table.
There was little general conversation. It was a quiet and saddened
party. The loss of Dejah Thoris was still fresh in the minds of all,
and to this was added fear for the safety of Tardos Mors and Mors
Kajak, as well as doubt and uncertainty as to the fate of Helium,
should it prove true that she was permanently deprived of her great
Suddenly our attention was attracted by the sound of distant shouting,
as of many people raising their voices at once, but whether in anger or
rejoicing, we could not tell. Nearer and nearer came the tumult. A
slave rushed into the dining hall to cry that a great concourse of
people was swarming through the palace gates. A second burst upon the
heels of the first alternately laughing and shrieking as a madman.
"It is enough that your mother objects.Page 29
In so doing, being portly, he lost his balance, which necessitated putting a palm to the floor to maintain his equilibrium.Page 46
now beneath the sun and wind.Page 50
an open book to the keen eyes of the lad, and those other indefinite spoor that elude the senses of civilized man and are only partially appreciable to his savage cousin came to be familiar friends of the eager boy.Page 75
Again she shrank from him.Page 82
Meriem struggled to escape.Page 91
For her he must live.Page 119
They would help him, gladly; but they must do it in their own way and that meant enlisting the services of their kinsmen and allies of the hill country.Page 122
The king, still roaring and shrieking, wheeled and followed him.Page 135
The baboons stopped their snarling and listened.Page 144
One party he moved very slowly northward along the trail that connects with the great caravan routes entering the Sahara from the south.Page 149
Numa was becoming impatient.Page 150
They drove his spurred heels deep into his pony's flanks, they bore the rein against the brute's neck that wheeled him with an impetuous drive toward the plain and safety.Page 158
Hanson lay in his hammock and smoked.Page 165
I knew that you and I could easily overtake a laden safari.Page 174
She did not utter a sound for she knew that there was none to come to her assistance, and, too, the jungle training of her earlier life had taught her the futility.Page 176
Where had it been taken? How had it come into the possession of this man? Why had it been reproduced in a newspaper? What was the story that the faded type told of it? Meriem was.Page 182
He saw him turn and glance back across the river.Page 205
There the light of a fire illuminated the interior.Page 207
Korak turned and looked at the new comer.