the temple above. It was at the right side of the corridor,
which ran on, probably, to other entrances to the pile above.
To me one point was as good as another. What knew I where any of them
led! And so without waiting to be again discovered and thwarted, I ran
quickly up the short, steep incline and pushed open the doorway at its
The portal swung slowly in, and before it could be slammed against me I
sprang into the chamber beyond. Although not yet dawn, the room was
brilliantly lighted. Its sole occupant lay prone upon a low couch at
the further side, apparently in sleep. From the hangings and sumptuous
furniture of the room I judged it to be a living-room of some
priestess, possibly of Issus herself.
At the thought the blood tingled through my veins. What, indeed, if
fortune had been kind enough to place the hideous creature alone and
unguarded in my hands. With her as hostage I could force acquiescence
to my every demand. Cautiously I approached the recumbent figure, on
noiseless feet. Closer and closer I came to it, but I had crossed but
little more than half the chamber when the figure stirred, and, as I
sprang, rose and faced me.
At first an expression of terror overspread the features of the woman
who confronted me--then startled incredulity--hope--thanksgiving.
My heart pounded within my breast as I advanced toward her--tears came
to my eyes--and the words that would have poured forth in a perfect
torrent choked in my throat as I opened my arms and took into them once
more the woman I loved--Dejah Thoris, Princess of Helium.
VICTORY AND DEFEAT
"John Carter, John Carter," she sobbed, with her dear head upon my
shoulder; "even now I can scarce believe the witness of my own eyes.
When the girl, Thuvia, told me that you had returned to Barsoom, I
listened, but I could not understand, for it seemed that such happiness
would be impossible for one who had suffered so in silent loneliness
for all these long years. At last, when I realized that it was truth,
and then came to know the awful place in which I was held prisoner, I
learned to doubt that even you could reach me here.
"As the days passed, and moon after moon went by without bringing even
the faintest rumour of you, I resigned myself to my fate. And now that
you have come, scarce can I believe it. For an hour I have
Hopeless indeed seemed her situation--hopeless it was.Page 44
It may be that Luud will send for you again.Page 49
His ears went and his eyes, for he no longer had use for them--the kaldane saw and heard for him.Page 57
They seemed but to burn deeper and deeper, gathering up every vestige of control of her entire nervous system.Page 61
He looked about him in a vain effort at orientation.Page 85
Tara and Turan reclined beneath the scant shade of a small tree.Page 89
Waiting there he heard the party approach the building, he heard someone at the entrance to his hiding place, and then he heard the door past which he had come slam to.Page 94
Paintings of great beauty and antiquity covered many of the walls, their colors softened and blended by the suns of ages.Page 100
" "You see, A-Kor," cried U-Dor, "the tongue that she has.Page 113
drawn to a section of paneling that seemed to be separated at one edge from the piece next adjoining it.Page 114
Below her Tara of Helium saw a great field entirely surrounded by the low building, and the lofty towers of which that in which she was imprisoned was but a unit.Page 118
"U-Thor is a just man and good, then?" asked Tara of Helium.Page 122
Along the same path that Tara of Helium had been led Turan was.Page 132
"It was to save my brave panthan," she said in a low voice.Page 152
There was a moment in which the swords moved with a rapidity that no man's eye might follow, and then the Black Odwar made a lightning parry of a vicious thrust, leaned quickly forward into the opening he had effected, and drove his sword through the heart of the Orange Odwar--to the hilt he drove it through the body of the Orange Odwar.Page 154
O-Tar the jeddak had not enjoyed the afternoon.Page 161
"We are thus agreed," continued the other, "and I may tell you that though I am here known as A-Sor, my real name is Tasor.Page 174
But at last his search of O-Mai's chambers ended in a small closet in the floor of which was the opening to a spiral runway leading straight down into Stygian darkness.Page 193
A hush fell upon the wedding guests.Page 201
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