of what it meant to
her--the loss of power--humiliation--the exposure of the fraud and
imposture which she had for so long played upon her own people.
There was just one thing needed to complete the reality of the picture
she was seeing, and that was added by the highest noble of her
realm--the high priest of her religion--the prime minister of her
"Issus, Goddess of Death, and of Life Eternal," he cried, "arise in the
might of thy righteous wrath and with one single wave of thy omnipotent
hand strike dead thy blasphemers! Let not one escape. Issus, thy
people depend upon thee. Daughter of the Lesser Moon, thou only art
all-powerful. Thou only canst save thy people. I am done. We await
thy will. Strike!"
And then it was that she went mad. A screaming, gibbering maniac
writhed in my grasp. It bit and clawed and scratched in impotent fury.
And then it laughed a weird and terrible laughter that froze the blood.
The slave girls upon the dais shrieked and cowered away. And the thing
jumped at them and gnashed its teeth and then spat upon them from
frothing lips. God, but it was a horrid sight.
Finally, I shook the thing, hoping to recall it for a moment to
"Where is Dejah Thoris?" I cried again.
The awful creature in my grasp mumbled inarticulately for a moment,
then a sudden gleam of cunning shot into those hideous, close-set eyes.
"Dejah Thoris? Dejah Thoris?" and then that shrill, unearthly laugh
pierced our ears once more.
"Yes, Dejah Thoris--I know. And Thuvia, and Phaidor, daughter of Matai
Shang. They each love John Carter. Ha-ah! but it is droll. Together
for a year they will meditate within the Temple of the Sun, but ere the
year is quite gone there will be no more food for them. Ho-oh! what
divine entertainment," and she licked the froth from her cruel lips.
"There will be no more food--except each other. Ha-ah! Ha-ah!"
The horror of the suggestion nearly paralysed me. To this awful fate
the creature within my power had condemned my Princess. I trembled in
the ferocity of my rage. As a terrier shakes a rat I shook Issus,
Goddess of Life Eternal.
"Countermand your orders!" I cried. "Recall the condemned. Haste, or
"It is too late. Ha-ah! Ha-ah!" and then she commenced her gibbering
and shrieking again.
Almost of its own volition, my dagger flew up above that putrid
Again and again it rose, but we were too much engaged with the fierce and powerful creatures about us to attempt to search out even with our eyes the author of the horrid notes.Page 25
"For ten long Earth years I have been praying and hoping for the day that would carry me once more to this grim old planet of yours, for which, with all its cruel and terrible customs, I feel a bond of sympathy and love even greater than for the world that gave me birth.Page 34
There were many keys upon the oval ring, but the fair Martian maid quickly selected that which sprung the great lock at her waist, and freed she hurried toward the secret panel.Page 49
As the pirates swooped closer toward the ground, thern soldiery poured from the temples into the gardens and courts.Page 58
Then I ducked beneath his outstretched arms, at the same time sidestepping to the right.Page 83
"I am a citizen of two worlds; Captain John Carter of Virginia, Prince of the House of Tardos Mors, Jeddak of Helium.Page 85
"The curse of Issus will fall upon you," he cried.Page 93
The amphitheatre, like all I had ever seen upon Barsoom, was built in a large excavation.Page 95
The inner guards went down beneath howling mobs, and the cages vomited forth their inmates hot with the lust to kill.Page 109
" I lay upon my belly across the wall and reached my hand far down toward him.Page 112
And as I congratulated myself, I heard the door opposite me open, and there looking me full in the face stood the officer of the guard.Page 134
The brave boy's act of chivalrous self-sacrifice filled me with pride, nor did I care that it had wrested from us our last frail chance for escape.Page 139
Tars Tarkas, Jeddak of Thark, is Tardos Mors' best beloved ally.Page 145
"What manner of justice be this?" he cried to Zat Arrras.Page 147
" The soldiery from Zodanga were the only organized body of Heliumetic troops within the temple, so Zat Arrras was confident that his orders would be obeyed, but I do not think that he looked for the opposition that was raised the moment the soldiers advanced toward the throne.Page 150
We travelled very fast and very far.Page 153
With you and Carthoris out of the way there would be little to prevent him from assuming the title of Jeddak, and you may rest assured that so long as he is supreme here there is no safety for either of you.Page 183
But even as hope was at its highest I felt the sudden shock of contact as my head struck the rocks above.Page 188
I do not recall what I said or did, but I know that for an instant I was seized with the rage of a maniac.Page 192
Behold, she dies!" And as she finished speaking I saw her raise a dagger on high, and then I saw another figure.