"Do you tell me, John Carter, that you
know not where you be?"
"That I am upon Barsoom is all that I can guess, and but for you and
the great white apes I should not even guess that, for the sights I
have seen this day are as unlike the things of my beloved Barsoom as I
knew it ten long years ago as they are unlike the world of my birth.
"No, Tars Tarkas, I know not where we be."
"Where have you been since you opened the mighty portals of the
atmosphere plant years ago, after the keeper had died and the engines
stopped and all Barsoom was dying, that had not already died, of
asphyxiation? Your body even was never found, though the men of a
whole world sought after it for years, though the Jeddak of Helium and
his granddaughter, your princess, offered such fabulous rewards that
even princes of royal blood joined in the search.
"There was but one conclusion to reach when all efforts to locate you
had failed, and that, that you had taken the long, last pilgrimage down
the mysterious River Iss, to await in the Valley Dor upon the shores of
the Lost Sea of Korus the beautiful Dejah Thoris, your princess.
"Why you had gone none could guess, for your princess still lived--"
"Thank God," I interrupted him. "I did not dare to ask you, for I
feared I might have been too late to save her--she was very low when I
left her in the royal gardens of Tardos Mors that long-gone night; so
very low that I scarcely hoped even then to reach the atmosphere plant
ere her dear spirit had fled from me for ever. And she lives yet?"
"She lives, John Carter."
"You have not told me where we are," I reminded him.
"We are where I expected to find you, John Carter--and another. Many
years ago you heard the story of the woman who taught me the thing that
green Martians are reared to hate, the woman who taught me to love.
You know the cruel tortures and the awful death her love won for her at
the hands of the beast, Tal Hajus.
"She, I thought, awaited me by the Lost Sea of Korus.
"You know that it was left for a man from another world, for yourself,
John Carter, to teach this cruel Thark what friendship is; and you, I
thought, also roamed the care-free Valley Dor.
"Thus were the two I most longed for at the end of the long pilgrimage
It started, directly, in the London palace of Henry III, and was the result of a quarrel between the King and his powerful brother-in-law, Simon de Montfort, Earl of Leicester.Page 7
" "Cease thy babbling, Lord Satan," cried the woman.Page 19
The gray horse was just staggering dizzily to his feet, but his.Page 37
As was his custom, he rode with lowered visor, and nowhere upon his person or upon the trappings of his horse were sign or insignia.Page 42
Though handicapped by the weight of his armor, the knight also had the advantage of its protection, so that the two fought furiously for several minutes without either gaining an advantage.Page 55
" And the reason was Bertrade de Montfort.Page 59
That such an eventuality threatened, he knew from one Spizo the Spaniard, the single traitor in the service of Norman of Torn, whose mean aid the little grim, gray man had purchased since many months to spy upon the comings and goings of the great outlaw.Page 63
"Return to thy chamber," he thundered.Page 69
Here they dismounted and Norman of Torn crept stealthily forward alone.Page 72
"He will return," was the outlaw's only comment, when he had been fully convinced that the Baron had escaped.Page 75
I admire your bravery and your candor, but while you continue the Outlaw of Torn, you may not break bread at the table of De Montfort as a friend would have the right to do.Page 81
" "Wait, my lady, until I return, then shall you decide, and if ye be of the same mind as today, never fear but that I shall take ye.Page 95
"How many swords be there at the castle?" asked Norman of Torn.Page 108
Three roads meet at Tany; one from the south along which the King's soldiers were now riding; one from the west which had guided Norman of Torn from his camp to the castle; and a third which ran northwest through Cambridge and Huntingdon toward Derby.Page 117
Witnessed myself, at Lewes, on May the third, in the forty-eighth year of our reign.Page 119
He said that you would understand.Page 132
Opening it, she read: To Lady Bertrade de Montfort, from her friend, Norman of Torn.Page 146
The King's chirurgeon was there also, while the King and De Montfort paced the corridor without.Page 147
" The chirurgeon aided him to dress and, opening the door, he spoke to a sentry who stood just without.