Take him away out of the sight of my divine eyes."
Slowly and with high held head the proud Xodar turned and stalked from
the chamber. Issus rose and turned to leave the room by another exit.
Turning to me, she said: "You shall be returned to Shador for the
present. Later Issus will see the manner of your fighting. Go." Then
she disappeared, followed by her retinue. Only Phaidor lagged behind,
and as I started to follow my guard toward the gardens, the girl came
running after me.
"Oh, do not leave me in this terrible place," she begged. "Forgive the
things I said to you, my Prince. I did not mean them. Only take me
away with you. Let me share your imprisonment on Shador." Her words
were an almost incoherent volley of thoughts, so rapidly she spoke.
"You did not understand the honour that I did you. Among the therns
there is no marriage or giving in marriage, as among the lower orders
of the outer world. We might have lived together for ever in love and
happiness. We have both looked upon Issus and in a year we die. Let
us live that year at least together in what measure of joy remains for
"If it was difficult for me to understand you, Phaidor," I replied,
"can you not understand that possibly it is equally difficult for you
to understand the motives, the customs and the social laws that guide
me? I do not wish to hurt you, nor to seem to undervalue the honour
which you have done me, but the thing you desire may not be.
Regardless of the foolish belief of the peoples of the outer world, or
of Holy Thern, or ebon First Born, I am not dead. While I live my
heart beats for but one woman--the incomparable Dejah Thoris, Princess
of Helium. When death overtakes me my heart shall have ceased to beat;
but what comes after that I know not. And in that I am as wise as
Matai Shang, Master of Life and Death upon Barsoom; or Issus, Goddess
of Life Eternal."
Phaidor stood looking at me intently for a moment. No anger showed in
her eyes this time, only a pathetic expression of hopeless sorrow.
"I do not understand," she said, and turning walked slowly in the
direction of the door through which Issus and her retinue had passed.
A moment later she had passed from my sight.
THE PRISON ISLE OF
There had been no abatement in the ferocity of the tempest, nor was there indication of any.Page 19
They could not believe that any tackle could withstand for long this Titanic force.Page 21
A fire broke out in the ruins.Page 23
Upon the opposite side of the hill and just beneath her was a tower and enclosure.Page 33
were covered with ornaments of precious metals and jewels, so that little more than eyes, nose, and mouth were discernible.Page 41
It is true that we would find difficulty getting along without it; but it has less value than harness or jewels because it is less.Page 60
He was carried within reach of the cordage where the warrior still clung, though with rapidly diminishing strength.Page 66
a propellor to make her fit for the long voyage to Helium.Page 98
If he cannot, he is weak, and his people must fall into the hands of the strong.Page 106
Doubtless in our own subjective minds lie many of the impressions and experiences of our forebears.Page 113
"Hurry!" whispered the slave girl.Page 121
"Almost due east of Manator," replied A-Kor.Page 131
Could he have saved you I would have stayed in his place.Page 137
beauty of Tara of Helium, and then they drifted to the harness of the two.Page 138
It must have been her hand that had struck down the old man, yet she had made no effort to release Turan from his prison.Page 149
" "And you trust him?" asked Val Dor.Page 173
But what could it have been? Gahan, a man of culture and high intelligence, held few if any superstitions.Page 175
He wished that there might be even the slightest lessening of the darkness.Page 179
Slowly the chiefs filed in and took their places at the table.Page 201
Gambling: The Martians gamble at Jetan in several ways.