understand. Earth men
have not yet progressed to a point where they can comprehend the things
that I have written in those notes.
'Give them what you wish of it, what you think will not harm them, but
do not feel aggrieved if they laugh at you.'
That night I walked down to the cemetery with him. At the door of his
vault he turned and pressed my hand.
'Good-bye, nephew,' he said. 'I may never see you again, for I doubt
that I can ever bring myself to leave my wife and boy while they live,
and the span of life upon Barsoom is often more than a thousand years.'
He entered the vault. The great door swung slowly to. The ponderous
bolts grated into place. The lock clicked. I have never seen Captain
John Carter, of Virginia, since.
But here is the story of his return to Mars on that other occasion, as
I have gleaned it from the great mass of notes which he left for me
upon the table of his room in the hotel at Richmond.
There is much which I have left out; much which I have not dared to
tell; but you will find the story of his second search for Dejah
Thoris, Princess of Helium, even more remarkable than was his first
manuscript which I gave to an unbelieving world a short time since and
through which we followed the fighting Virginian across dead sea
bottoms under the moons of Mars.
E. R. B.
I. The Plant Men
II. A Forest Battle
III. The Chamber of Mystery
V. Corridors of Peril
VI. The Black Pirates of Barsoom
VII. A Fair Goddess
VIII. The Depths of Omean
IX. Issus, Goddess of Life Eternal
X. The Prison Isle of Shador
XI. When Hell Broke Loose
XII. Doomed to Die
XIII. A Break for Liberty
XIV. The Eyes in the Dark
XV. Flight and Pursuit
XVI. Under Arrest
XVII. The Death Sentence
XVIII. Sola's Story
XIX. Black Despair
XX. The Air Battle
XXI. Through Flood and Flame
Afterward he removed the cover of this dial also, and with keen tool cut the steel finger from the under side of the pointer.Page 25
There was a sharp explosion.Page 28
To face that savage mountain of onrushing ferocity, to stand unshaken before the hideous fangs that he knew were bared in slavering blood-thirstiness, though he could not see them, required nerves of steel; but of such were the nerves of Carthoris of Helium.Page 29
Carthoris quickly guessed that the second brute was the one he had blinded during the fight in the tunnel, but it was the dead thoat that centred his interest more than either of the savage carnivores.Page 30
It was impossible that that radiant creature could have met so hideous an end.Page 36
He had half hoped that she might hint that his love would be acceptable--certainly there was due him at least a little gratitude for his recent acts in her behalf; but the best he received was cold skepticism.Page 37
Carthoris looked at Thuvia in astonishment.Page 42
" Carthoris turned quickly toward the Lotharian.Page 43
A haughty smile curved his lips.Page 52
He spoke gentle, friendly words, and she answered him in a voice that seemed hers and yet another's.Page 55
"Jav had no hand in this.Page 56
"What if he did call the guards? There will be time enough to.Page 60
Beyond was a low-roofed lair, with a small door at the far end.Page 62
At the crucial moment he appeared to lose the courage of his conviction.Page 63
He centred his mind upon the Heliumite and the girl for an instant.Page 77
Carthoris shrugged his broad shoulders and chose the lesser evil.Page 83
With a gasp of recognition she looked full into his eyes, and then with a little moan of terror and understanding she buried her face in her hands and sank to the polished skeel-wood deck.Page 89
Carthoris, with one of the Dusarians, was on watch.Page 91
He went on.Page 106