since they afforded greater opportunity for concealment from the
pursuers we were confident might stumble in this direction.
An hour later found us in the time-rounded gullies of the hills, amid
the beautiful flowering plants that abound in the arid waste places of
Barsoom. There we found numbers of huge milk-giving shrubs--that
strange plant which serves in great part as food and drink for the wild
hordes of green men. It was indeed a boon to us, for we all were
Beneath a cluster of these which afforded perfect concealment from
wandering air scouts, we lay down to sleep--for me the first time in
many hours. This was the beginning of my fifth day upon Barsoom since
I had found myself suddenly translated from my cottage on the Hudson to
Dor, the valley beautiful, the valley hideous. In all this time I had
slept but twice, though once the clock around within the storehouse of
It was mid-afternoon when I was awakened by some one seizing my hand
and covering it with kisses. With a start I opened my eyes to look
into the beautiful face of Thuvia.
"My Prince! My Prince!" she cried, in an ecstasy of happiness. "'Tis
you whom I had mourned as dead. My ancestors have been good to me; I
have not lived in vain."
The girl's voice awoke Xodar and Carthoris. The boy gazed upon the
woman in surprise, but she did not seem to realize the presence of
another than I. She would have thrown her arms about my neck and
smothered me with caresses, had I not gently but firmly disengaged
"Come, come, Thuvia," I said soothingly; "you are overwrought by the
danger and hardships you have passed through. You forget yourself, as
you forget that I am the husband of the Princess of Helium."
"I forget nothing, my Prince," she replied. "You have spoken no word
of love to me, nor do I expect that you ever shall; but nothing can
prevent me loving you. I would not take the place of Dejah Thoris. My
greatest ambition is to serve you, my Prince, for ever as your slave.
No greater boon could I ask, no greater honour could I crave, no
greater happiness could I hope."
As I have before said, I am no ladies' man, and I must admit that I
seldom have felt so uncomfortable and embarrassed as I did that moment.
While I was quite familiar with the Martian custom which allows female
slaves to Martian
For a full minute neither of us could do aught but cling with the proverbial desperation of the drowning man to the handrails of our swinging seats.Page 6
And then--but what was the use, I was about to die and atone for all these things and several more.Page 12
With one accord we turned to discover the author of that fearsome noise.Page 22
If we fell we were prodded with a sharp point.Page 26
it; but he only shrugged his shoulders and continued a longwinded prayer he had been at for some time.Page 36
"Surely," replied Ghak, "unless some mighty beast of prey killed her.Page 38
The secret of this chemical formula is kept by a single race of Mahars.Page 42
Its vivid yellows fairly screamed aloud; its whites were as eider down; its blacks glossy as the finest anthracite coal, and its coat long and shaggy as a mountain goat.Page 43
The tiger was now upon the bull's broad back, clinging to the huge neck with powerful fangs while its long, strong talons ripped the heavy hide into shreds and ribbons.Page 46
As I watched them playing about I discovered, not only that they suckled their young, but that at intervals they rose to the surface to breathe as well as to feed upon certain grasses and a strange, scarlet lichen which grew upon the rocks just above the water line.Page 47
There was that in the haste.Page 52
The upward curve of the surface of Pellucidar was constantly revealing the impossible to the surprised eyes of the outer-earthly.Page 59
There was nothing to save myself and I plunged headforemost into the water below.Page 60
Doubtless he had felt as certain of my doom when he saw me topple from our hiding place as I had, and lest he too should be discovered, had hastened from the temple and back to his village.Page 86
But nothing of the kind happened--as a matter of fact the Sly One had betrayed us.Page 95
He is a terrible man.Page 104
"Why didn't you do this at first, David? I have been waiting so long.Page 105
" "But Jubal's brothers--and cousins--" I reminded her, "how about them?" She smiled, and hid her face on my shoulder.Page 111
Ghak and Dacor were both with us, having come primarily to view the prospector.