along a level floor at the end of which I discerned a lighted chamber.
Massive bars blocked our further progress, but beyond I saw her--my
incomparable Princess, and with her were Thuvia and Phaidor. When she
saw me she rushed toward the bars that separated us. Already the
chamber had turned upon its slow way so far that but a portion of the
opening in the temple wall was opposite the barred end of the corridor.
Slowly the interval was closing. In a short time there would be but a
tiny crack, and then even that would be closed, and for a long
Barsoomian year the chamber would slowly revolve until once more for a
brief day the aperture in its wall would pass the corridor's end.
But in the meantime what horrible things would go on within that
"Xodar!" I cried. "Can no power stop this awful revolving thing? Is
there none who holds the secret of these terrible bars?"
"None, I fear, whom we could fetch in time, though I shall go and make
the attempt. Wait for me here."
After he had left I stood and talked with Dejah Thoris, and she
stretched her dear hand through those cruel bars that I might hold it
until the last moment.
Thuvia and Phaidor came close also, but when Thuvia saw that we would
be alone she withdrew to the further side of the chamber. Not so the
daughter of Matai Shang.
"John Carter," she said, "this be the last time that you shall see any
of us. Tell me that you love me, that I may die happy."
"I love only the Princess of Helium," I replied quietly. "I am sorry,
Phaidor, but it is as I have told you from the beginning."
She bit her lip and turned away, but not before I saw the black and
ugly scowl she turned upon Dejah Thoris. Thereafter she stood a little
way apart, but not so far as I should have desired, for I had many
little confidences to impart to my long-lost love.
For a few minutes we stood thus talking in low tones. Ever smaller and
smaller grew the opening. In a short time now it would be too small
even to permit the slender form of my Princess to pass. Oh, why did
not Xodar haste. Above we could hear the faint echoes of a great
tumult. It was the multitude of black and red and green men fighting
their way through the fire
"Oh, nothing at all, my dear," replied the countess, a slight flush momentarily coloring her already pink cheek.Page 14
" "Monsieur Tarzan.Page 21
For the immaculate gentleman her cries had lured to what was to have been his death had been suddenly metamorphosed into a demon of revenge.Page 23
The top of the pole was opposite the roof of the building, so it was but the work of an instant for the muscles that had for years sent him hurtling through the treetops of his primeval forest to carry him across the little space between the pole and the roof.Page 35
That was enough.Page 45
He and D'Arnot stepped back a few paces to be out of the line of fire as the men paced slowly apart.Page 57
Can you even remain with safety in Sidi Aissa?" "Tomorrow it will be forgotten," she replied.Page 76
I have half a mind to turn him loose, that I may see how long you would kick him then.Page 82
The lion was quite close to him now--but a few paces intervened--he crouched, and then, with a deafening roar, he sprang.Page 87
Rokoff was behind him.Page 100
If he is not on board, Miss Strong, he was thrown overboard--and the fact that you heard no outcry would lead to the assumption that he was dead before he left the ship's deck--murdered.Page 103
a very dear friend.Page 114
Today Tarzan was in quest of weapons.Page 115
On the morning of the fourth day his nostrils were suddenly surprised by a faint new scent.Page 124
The other, standing nearly head-on toward the hunters, had not proved so good a mark, and though every spear struck not one entered the great heart.Page 146
There remains for us, then, but one of two alternatives, and we must choose at once.Page 149
At length Monsieur Thuran crawled to where Clayton lay.Page 157
Yet, with their receding foreheads, wicked little close-set eyes, and yellow fangs, they were far from prepossessing in appearance.Page 167
"Where is he?" she asked.Page 205
"He still lives," said Tarzan.