actually live under the same roof with her and see
her every day--sit at the same table with her--and walk with her among
the beautiful trees and flowers that witnessed our first meeting. I
wonder if she will remember me. I wonder if she will be as glad to see
me again as I shall be to see her."
"Jack," said von Horn, sadly, "I am afraid there is a terrible and
disappointing awakening for you. It grieves me that it should be so,
but it seems only fair to tell you, what Professor Maxon either does
not know or has forgotten, that his daughter will not look with
pleasure upon you when she learns your origin.
"You are not as other men. You are but the accident of a laboratory
experiment. You have no soul, and the soul is all that raises man
above the beasts. Jack, poor boy, you are not a human being--you are
not even a beast. The world, and Miss Maxon is of the world, will look
upon you as a terrible creature to be shunned--a horrible monstrosity
far lower in the scale of creation than the lowest order of brutes.
"Look," and the man pointed through the window toward the group of
hideous things that wandered aimlessly about the court of mystery.
"You are of the same breed as those, you differ from them only in the
symmetry of your face and features, and the superior development of
your brain. There is no place in the world for them, nor for you.
"I am sorry that it is so. I am sorry that I should have to be the one
to tell you; but it is better that you know it now from a friend than
that you meet the bitter truth when you least expected it, and possibly
from the lips of one like Miss Maxon for whom you might have formed a
As von Horn spoke the expression on the young man's face became more
and more hopeless, and when he had ceased he dropped his head into his
open palms, sitting quiet and motionless as a carven statue. No sob
shook his great frame, there was no outward indication of the terrible
grief that racked him inwardly--only in the pose was utter dejection
The older man could not repress a cold smile--it had had more effect
than he had hoped.
"Don't take it too hard, my boy," he continued. "The world is wide.
It would be easy to find a thousand
With their single eyes in the centre of their heads and every eye turned upon their prey, they did not note my soundless approach, so that I was upon them with my great long-sword and four of them lay dead ere they knew that I was among them.Page 26
The floor was of another material, very hard, and worn by much use to the smoothness of glass.Page 37
" "The Temple of Issus is, I take it, a heaven within a heaven," I said.Page 42
"Two from the outer world are at large within the dominions of the therns.Page 45
The declining sun lighted brilliantly the eastern banks of Korus, the crimson sward, the gorgeous forest.Page 49
Scarcely waiting for their craft to touch, the creatures manning them leaped among the therns with the fury of demons.Page 51
Why, see how perfectly unguarded they leave their craft, as though they were lying safe in their own hangars at home.Page 62
My race is the oldest on the planet.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 83
There we entered the submarine, taking the long dive to the tunnel far beneath the upper world.Page 87
"I had reached the area of eternal ice when my port propeller jammed, and I dropped to the ground to make repairs.Page 127
Why is it that darkness so magnifies our dangers? By day I would have charged the great banth itself, had I thought it necessary, but hemmed in by the darkness of these silent pits I hesitated before a pair of eyes.Page 135
In another moment they were racing as madly away from us as they had before been charging down upon us.Page 156
Then he closed the panel behind him and followed us.Page 173
On and on went that strange battle.Page 175
We had decided to stake all on the chance that we would be able to reach the temple by the subterranean way and so we left no guard of vessels at the shaft's mouth.Page 176
"We have been expecting you and we are prepared.Page 182
With my men had gone the last torch, nor was this corridor lighted by the radiance of phosphorescent rock as were those of the lower levels.Page 183
Not for much longer would my lungs withstand the strain upon them.Page 186
Scarce half a dozen chambers had I traversed before I came upon the theatre of a fierce struggle.