father's confidence I
prefer that you remain silent."
"You do not understand," broke in the man, "you cannot guess the
horrors that I have seen upon this island, or the worse horrors that
are to come. Could you dream of what lies in store for you, you would
seek death rather than face the future. I have been loyal to your
father, Virginia, but were you not blind, or indifferent, you would
long since have seen that your welfare means more to me than my loyalty
to him--more to me than my life or my honor.
"You asked where the creature came from that attacked you today. I
shall tell you. It is one of a dozen similarly hideous things that
your father has created in his mad desire to solve the problem of life.
He has solved it; but, God, at what a price in misshapen, soulless,
The girl looked up at him, horror stricken.
"Do you mean to say that my father in a mad attempt to usurp the
functions of God created that awful thing?" she asked in a low, faint
voice, "and that there are others like it upon the island?"
"In the campong next to yours there are a dozen others," replied von
Horn, "nor would it be easy to say which is the most hideous and
repulsive. They are grotesque caricatures of humanity--without soul
and almost without brain."
"God!" murmured the girl, burying her face in her hands, "he has gone
mad; he has gone mad."
"I truly believe that he is mad," said von Horn, "nor could you doubt
it for a moment were I to tell you the worst."
"The worst!" exclaimed the girl. "What could be worse than that which
you already have divulged? Oh, how could you have permitted it?"
"There is much worse than I have told you, Virginia. So much worse
that I can scarce force my lips to frame the words, but you must be
told. I would be more criminally liable than your father were I to
keep it from you, for my brain, at least, is not crazed. Virginia, you
have in your mind a picture of the hideous thing that carried you off
into the jungle?"
"Yes," and as the girl replied a convulsive shudder racked her frame.
Von Horn grasped her arm gently as he went on, as though to support and
protect her during the shock that he was about to administer.
"Virginia," he said in a very low voice, "it is your father's intention
to wed you
I saw the red girl, Thuvia of Ptarth, leap forward to prevent the hideous deed.Page 12
For a full minute, perhaps, I stood motionless after entering the strange craft.Page 13
For hours we followed the dark and gloomy river farther and farther into the bowels of Mars.Page 30
At the first note of that soothing sound the banths halted in their tracks, and every fierce head went high as the beasts sought the origin of the familiar call.Page 33
The slopes of Otz and the distant Valley of Lost Souls held nothing to compel my interest then; but, towering far above me, the tower's carved wall riveted my keenest attention.Page 38
Occasional hunting parties have traveled to this out-of-the-way corner of the globe, but the hostility of the natives has usually brought disaster upon them, so that even the sport of hunting the strange and savage creatures which haunt the jungle fastnesses of Kaol has of later years proved insufficient lure even to the most intrepid warriors.Page 45
detailed and satisfactory account of himself, nor did I delude myself with the belief that I could for a moment impose upon the acumen of the officers of the guard to whom I should be taken the moment I applied at any one of the gates.Page 46
Making a considerable detour to avoid the chance of falling into the hands of the green men, I came at last to the great wall.Page 56
died before she ever committed the sacrilege of returning to the outer world.Page 61
"To you I entrust the return of my retinue to Ptarth," he said.Page 68
Crawling over the carcass of the huge beast that blocked the doorway Thuvan Dihn and I cautiously entered the forbidding and dangerous den.Page 71
My own people are faithful to me, and the little valley of Marentina has paid no tribute to the court of Salensus Oll for a year.Page 75
When we had come almost to them I called aloud to their leader, when the whole party halted and turned toward us.Page 80
Then he led us through the palace grounds to the main guardroom of the palace, there turning us over to the officer in charge.Page 85
" Then he turned and left the garden, taking Dejah Thoris with him--his hand upon her shoulder.Page 93
Again and again my forefinger traced the first of those four combinations.Page 97
" "Tonight, or tomorrow, then, you may expect the signal," said Thurid, rising to go.Page 99
So I chose the central opening, and passed on into its gloomy depths with a prayer upon my lips.Page 101
his ruler had put upon his finger.Page 131
No longer may John Carter be Prince of Helium"--he paused--"but instead let him be Jeddak of Jeddaks, Warlord of Barsoom!" As the thirty-one judges sprang to their feet with drawn and upraised swords in unanimous concurrence in the verdict, the storm broke throughout the length and breadth and height of that mighty building until I thought the roof would fall from the thunder of the mad shouting.