set upon me. I had no quarrel with the therns before, but can you
wonder that I feel no great love for them now? I have spoken."
She looked at me intently for several minutes before she replied. It
was as though she were attempting to read my inmost soul, to judge my
character and my standards of chivalry in that long-drawn, searching
Apparently the inventory satisfied her.
"I am Phaidor, daughter of Matai Shang, Holy Hekkador of the Holy
Therns, Father of Therns, Master of Life and Death upon Barsoom,
Brother of Issus, Prince of Life Eternal."
At that moment I noticed that the black I had dropped with my fist was
commencing to show signs of returning consciousness. I sprang to his
side. Stripping his harness from him I securely bound his hands behind
his back, and after similarly fastening his feet tied him to a heavy
"Why not the simpler way?" asked Phaidor.
"I do not understand. What 'simpler way'?" I replied.
With a slight shrug of her lovely shoulders she made a gesture with her
hands personating the casting of something over the craft's side.
"I am no murderer," I said. "I kill in self-defence only."
She looked at me narrowly. Then she puckered those divine brows of
hers, and shook her head. She could not comprehend.
Well, neither had my own Dejah Thoris been able to understand what to
her had seemed a foolish and dangerous policy toward enemies. Upon
Barsoom, quarter is neither asked nor given, and each dead man means so
much more of the waning resources of this dying planet to be divided
amongst those who survive.
But there seemed a subtle difference here between the manner in which
this girl contemplated the dispatching of an enemy and the
tender-hearted regret of my own princess for the stern necessity which
I think that Phaidor regretted the thrill that the spectacle would have
afforded her rather than the fact that my decision left another enemy
alive to threaten us.
The man had now regained full possession of his faculties, and was
regarding us intently from where he lay bound upon the deck. He was a
handsome fellow, clean limbed and powerful, with an intelligent face
and features of such exquisite chiselling that Adonis himself might
have envied him.
The vessel, unguided, had been moving slowly across the valley; but now
I thought it time to take the helm and direct her course. Only in a
very general way could I guess the location of the Valley Dor.
" "What shall we do with them, monsieur?" asked Tarzan.Page 6
TARZAN: Doubtless you did not realize the gravity of your offense, or you would not have done the thing you did today.Page 12
"No, Nikolas," she was saying, "it is useless.Page 39
"Some brandy, Olga," he said.Page 48
He found De Coude awaiting him with a very pleasant welcome, and a sincere congratulation that he was once more upon his feet.Page 74
No human ears other than the ape-man's would have detected it.Page 76
"Stop!" he commanded.Page 88
As he picked them up Rokoff gasped in horror.Page 89
He did not understand the necessity of this, and it caused him considerable speculation.Page 100
It may be that I shall discover that my feeling for you is more than friendship.Page 130
Two hours after daylight a thin circle of black warriors surrounded the village.Page 131
Did one forge ahead an arrow found his heart; did one lag behind he never again was seen alive; did one stumble to one side, even for a bare moment from the sight of his fellows, he did not return--and always when they came upon the bodies of their dead they found those terrible arrows driven with the accuracy of superhuman power straight through the victim's heart.Page 132
" So they marched back to their.Page 135
Cautiously he crept back toward it until he saw that it was but a man.Page 150
His last effort caused him to roll over on his back, and there he lay looking up at the stars, while behind him, coming ever nearer and nearer, he could hear the laborious shuffling, and the stertorous breathing of the Russian.Page 156
But though he felt his blows land, and his teeth sink into soft flesh, there seemed always two new hands to take the place of those that he fought off.Page 180
From there on the homeward journey was slow, as these proud fighting men were unaccustomed to the duties of porters.Page 192
"I was coming in alone from a little hunt when I met him walking rapidly along the game trail that I was following back to camp.Page 202
" The girl rose slowly to her feet and came toward him.