Xodar, and without waiting for my
reply he dashed down into the tunnel at our feet. At his heels I ran
down through a half-dozen tiers of galleries, until at last he led me
along a level floor at the end of which I discerned a lighted chamber.
Massive bars blocked our further progress, but beyond I saw her--my
incomparable Princess, and with her were Thuvia and Phaidor. When she
saw me she rushed toward the bars that separated us. Already the
chamber had turned upon its slow way so far that but a portion of the
opening in the temple wall was opposite the barred end of the corridor.
Slowly the interval was closing. In a short time there would be but a
tiny crack, and then even that would be closed, and for a long
Barsoomian year the chamber would slowly revolve until once more for a
brief day the aperture in its wall would pass the corridor's end.
But in the meantime what horrible things would go on within that
"Xodar!" I cried. "Can no power stop this awful revolving thing? Is
there none who holds the secret of these terrible bars?"
"None, I fear, whom we could fetch in time, though I shall go and make
the attempt. Wait for me here."
After he had left I stood and talked with Dejah Thoris, and she
stretched her dear hand through those cruel bars that I might hold it
until the last moment.
Thuvia and Phaidor came close also, but when Thuvia saw that we would
be alone she withdrew to the further side of the chamber. Not so the
daughter of Matai Shang.
"John Carter," she said, "this be the last time that you shall see any
of us. Tell me that you love me, that I may die happy."
"I love only the Princess of Helium," I replied quietly. "I am sorry,
Phaidor, but it is as I have told you from the beginning."
She bit her lip and turned away, but not before I saw the black and
ugly scowl she turned upon Dejah Thoris. Thereafter she stood a little
way apart, but not so far as I should have desired, for I had many
little confidences to impart to my long-lost love.
For a few minutes we stood thus talking in low tones. Ever smaller and
smaller grew the opening. In a short time now it would be too small
even to permit the slender form of my Princess to pass. Oh, why
The brilliant birds and the little monkeys had become accustomed to their new acquaintances, and as they had evidently never seen human beings before they presently, after their first fright had worn off, approached closer and closer, impelled by that strange curiosity which dominates the wild creatures of the forest and the jungle and the plain, so that within the first month several of the birds had gone so far as even to accept morsels of food from the friendly hands of the Claytons.Page 24
In the meantime the beasts within the cabin were warily examining the contents of this strange lair.Page 33
He was alone, as was often the case when he visited the cabin, for the apes had no love for it; the story of the thunder-stick having lost nothing in the telling during these ten years had quite surrounded the white man's deserted abode with an atmosphere of weirdness and terror for the simians.Page 73
For a short time the tribe of Tarzan lingered in the vicinity of the beach because their new chief hated the thought of leaving the treasured contents of the little cabin forever.Page 83
Some twenty souls in all there were, fifteen of them rough and villainous appearing seamen.Page 96
In another instant she was back at the lattice, and with renewed fury was clawing at the aperture, but with lessened effect, since the wounded member was almost useless.Page 99
Then he heard Jane's agonized cry: "Cecil--Mr.Page 103
Porter," broke in Mr.Page 127
Against the long canines of the ape was pitted the thin blade of the man's knife.Page 136
Then they sat down together again upon the edge of the drum and tried to talk by signs.Page 142
It was these shots that Tarzan and Jane Porter had heard.Page 165
" "By jove!" cried Clayton.Page 178
" "I will go with you," said one.Page 182
There are resemblances, yet--well, we had better leave it for Monsieur Desquerc to solve.Page 185
He told me as much before I left Baltimore.Page 187
" "But come," he cried, "we must get out of here ourselves, or we shall be shut off," and the party hastened toward Clayton's car.Page 189
That a man named Canler had come up here to wed you.Page 194
"Now he will doubtless refuse to marry her.Page 197
I shall have to keep it--and you must help me bear the burden, though we may not see each other again after tonight.Page 198
"If it's any of my business, how the devil did you ever get into that bally jungle?" "I was born there," said Tarzan, quietly.