parted; and one hand was raised
toward me in a mute appeal for succor. She lived! She was not dead! I
leaned over the boat's side and drew her quickly in to the comparative
safety which God had given me. I removed her life-belt and my soggy
coat and made a pillow for her head. I chafed her hands and arms and
feet. I worked over her for an hour, and at last I was rewarded by a
deep sigh, and again those great eyes opened and looked into mine.
At that I was all embarrassment. I have never been a ladies' man; at
Leland-Stanford I was the butt of the class because of my hopeless
imbecility in the presence of a pretty girl; but the men liked me,
nevertheless. I was rubbing one of her hands when she opened her eyes,
and I dropped it as though it were a red-hot rivet. Those eyes took me
in slowly from head to foot; then they wandered slowly around the
horizon marked by the rising and falling gunwales of the lifeboat.
They looked at Nobs and softened, and then came back to me filled with
"I--I--" I stammered, moving away and stumbling over the next thwart.
The vision smiled wanly.
"Aye-aye, sir!" she replied faintly, and again her lips drooped, and
her long lashes swept the firm, fair texture of her skin.
"I hope that you are feeling better," I finally managed to say.
"Do you know," she said after a moment of silence, "I have been awake
for a long time! But I did not dare open my eyes. I thought I must be
dead, and I was afraid to look, for fear that I should see nothing but
blackness about me. I am afraid to die! Tell me what happened after
the ship went down. I remember all that happened before--oh, but I wish
that I might forget it!" A sob broke her voice. "The beasts!" she
went on after a moment. "And to think that I was to have married one
of them--a lieutenant in the German navy."
Presently she resumed as though she had not ceased speaking. "I went
down and down and down. I thought I should never cease to sink. I
felt no particular distress until I suddenly started upward at
ever-increasing velocity; then my lungs seemed about to burst, and I
must have lost consciousness, for I remember nothing more until I
opened my eyes after listening to a torrent of invective against
'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.Page 6
Its hairless body was a strange and ghoulish blue, except for a broad band of white which encircled its protruding, single eye: an eye that was all dead white--pupil, iris, and ball.Page 13
Perhaps a thousand feet from me the river broke, as it seemed, directly from the base of the cliffs, and as there seemed not the remotest chance for escape in that direction I turned my attention again toward the forest.Page 16
Like the green Martians, they have an intermediary set of arms midway between their upper and lower limbs.Page 52
It seemed to me that I could not fail to impress upon the intelligent red men of Barsoom the wicked deception that a cruel and senseless superstition had foisted upon them.Page 73
We were soon to know, however, for as we reached the edge of the pool directly above the thing, Xodar cried out a few words in a strange tongue.Page 74
Presently the sensation of sinking became very apparent.Page 92
"What is the object of this assembly?" I asked him.Page 103
Then the boy stepped into the pilot house, touched a button and the boat sank amid swirling waters toward the bottom of the shaft.Page 106
The poor deluded fools think that they are receiving the revelations of a goddess through some supernatural agency, since they find these messages upon their guarded altars to.Page 111
The scraping of the scabbard against its holder as I withdrew it sounded like the filing of cast iron with a great rasp, and I looked to see the room immediately filled with alarmed and attacking guardsmen.Page 118
Not only was the forced angle at which we were compelled to maintain the bow in order to keep a horizontal course greatly impeding our speed, but at the rate that we were losing our repulsive rays from the forward tanks it was but a question of an hour or more when we would be floating stern up and helpless.Page 125
Here was a pretty fix, indeed! Once back at the point.Page 136
Could you know the customs and the character of red Martians you would appreciate the depth of meaning that that simple act conveyed to me and to all about us who witnessed it.Page 138
I was about to ask Kantos Kan to.Page 150
With her was faithful Woola the hound, but none other.Page 166
Directly beneath us upon the scarlet sward a handful of guardsmen were stooping above a still and prostrate form.Page 178
"If we delay, we all are lost.Page 183
But even as hope was at its highest I felt the sudden shock of contact as my head struck the rocks above.