The Gods of Mars

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

Page 26

appeared to be a doorway in the centre of the wall directly
opposite that through which we had entered.

The apartment was hewn from the material of the cliff, showing mostly
dull gold in the dim light which a single minute radium illuminator in
the centre of the roof diffused throughout its great dimensions. Here
and there polished surfaces of ruby, emerald, and diamond patched the
golden walls and ceiling. The floor was of another material, very
hard, and worn by much use to the smoothness of glass. Aside from the
two doors I could discern no sign of other aperture, and as one we knew
to be locked against us I approached the other.

As I extended my hand to search for the controlling button, that cruel
and mocking laugh rang out once more, so close to me this time that I
involuntarily shrank back, tightening my grip upon the hilt of my great

And then from the far corner of the great chamber a hollow voice
chanted: "There is no hope, there is no hope; the dead return not, the
dead return not; nor is there any resurrection. Hope not, for there is
no hope."

Though our eyes instantly turned toward the spot from which the voice
seemed to emanate, there was no one in sight, and I must admit that
cold shivers played along my spine and the short hairs at the base of
my head stiffened and rose up, as do those upon a hound's neck when in
the night his eyes see those uncanny things which are hidden from the
sight of man.

Quickly I walked toward the mournful voice, but it had ceased ere I
reached the further wall, and then from the other end of the chamber
came another voice, shrill and piercing:

"Fools! Fools!" it shrieked. "Thinkest thou to defeat the eternal
laws of life and death? Wouldst cheat the mysterious Issus, Goddess of
Death, of her just dues? Did not her mighty messenger, the ancient
Iss, bear you upon her leaden bosom at your own behest to the Valley

"Thinkest thou, O fools, that Issus wilt give up her own? Thinkest
thou to escape from whence in all the countless ages but a single soul
has fled?

"Go back the way thou camest, to the merciful maws of the children of
the Tree of Life or the gleaming fangs of the great white apes, for
there lies speedy surcease from suffering; but insist in your rash
purpose to thread the mazes of the Golden Cliffs of the Mountains

Last Page Next Page

Text Comparison with The Lost Continent

Page 1
For two hundred years the Eastern Hemisphere had been wiped from the maps and histories of Pan-America.
Page 2
Beyond thirty! Romance, adventure, strange peoples, fearsome beasts--all the excitement and scurry of the lives of the twentieth century ancients that have been denied us in these dull days of peace and prosaic prosperity--all, all lay beyond thirty, the invisible barrier between the stupid, commercial present and the carefree, barbarous past.
Page 4
I explained our predicament, and stated that with what screening force remained I should continue in the air, making as rapid headway toward St.
Page 10
Without even the formality of a salute, he burst upon me, white with fury.
Page 26
Marriage is unknown among them, and while they have the word, mother, they did not know what I meant by "father.
Page 29
As I threw my rifle to my shoulder, I thanked God, the ancient God of my ancestors, that I had replaced the hard-jacketed bullets in my weapon with soft-nosed projectiles, for though this was my first experience with Felis leo, I knew the moment that I faced that charge that even my wonderfully perfected firearm would be as futile as a peashooter unless I chanced to place my first bullet in a vital spot.
Page 34
I could only account for it on the hypothesis that the country had been entirely depopulated except for a few scattered and forgotten children, who, in some marvelous manner, had been preserved by Providence to re-populate the land.
Page 41
"Oh, so she is Victory, and you are her sister! I have not heard her name before.
Page 45
It was a lucky shot, for I had no time to aim carefully, and when the.
Page 50
At last we reached the top.
Page 52
To descend through the palace was out of the question, but outside we could discover no lions.
Page 53
I feared that it would not be long before intelligence or instinct would draw them from the interiors and set them upon our trail, the river.
Page 58
But even as I did so the animal leaped into the air, and simultaneously there was a sound of a shot from beyond the knoll.
Page 60
"Afterward we can come back to Grabritin," she said, "and if Buckingham is not dead and we can catch him away from his men and kill him, then I can return to my people, and we can all live in peace and happiness.
Page 61
Victory asked me to explain the difference between the two, and when I had tried to do so as clearly as possible, she broke into a gay little laugh.
Page 64
After eating, we boarded the launch and continued up the river.
Page 65
He was not dead, but that he was badly injured was all too evident.
Page 77
The city was filled with wounded.
Page 81
Then the slave made a light, and I knew that I must find another hiding place.
Page 82
"What means this, slave?" he cried.