she was not long in discerning that it
was in no sense through accident that this was true. Thereafter her
wounded pride made easy the task of those who seemed combined to keep
her in ignorance.
It was a Dr. von Horn, who had been oftenest with her father, who gave
her the first intimation of what was forthcoming. Afterward, in
recollecting the conversation, it seemed to Virginia that the young man
had been directed to break the news to her, that her father might be
spared the ordeal. It was evident then that he expected opposition,
but the girl was too loyal to let von Horn know if she felt other than
in harmony with the proposal, and too proud to evince by surprise the
fact that she was not wholly conversant with its every detail.
"You are glad to be leaving Singapore so soon?" he had asked, although
he knew that she had not been advised that an early departure was
"I am rather looking forward to it," replied Virginia.
"And to a protracted residence on one of the Pamarung Islands?"
continued von Horn.
"Why not?" was her rather non-committal reply, though she had not the
remotest idea of their location.
Von Horn admired her nerve though he rather wished that she would ask
some questions--it was difficult making progress in this way. How
could he explain the plans when she evinced not the slightest sign that
she was not already entirely conversant with them?
"We doubt if the work will be completed under two or three years,"
answered the doctor. "That will be a long time in which to be isolated
upon a savage little speck of land off the larger but no less savage
Borneo. Do you think that your bravery is equal to the demands that
will be made upon it?"
Virginia laughed, nor was there the slightest tremor in its note.
"I am equal to whatever fate my father is equal to," she said, "nor do
I think that a life upon one of these beautiful little islands would be
much of a hardship--certainly not if it will help to promote the
success of his scientific experiments."
She used the last words on a chance that she might have hit upon the
true reason for the contemplated isolation from civilization. They had
served their purpose too in deceiving von Horn who was now half
convinced that Professor Maxon must have divulged more of their plans
to his daughter than he had led the medical man to believe. Perceiving
her advantage from the expression on
By a word she might plunge these two mighty nations into a bloody conflict that would drain them.Page 10
The girl stood for some time as it had left her, except that her head was bent and her eyes downcast in thought.Page 11
" He who had first spoken turned toward the man who squatted before the control board.Page 13
Slaves appeared upon every housetop with gorgeous silks and costly furs, laying them in the sun for airing.Page 33
Thar Ban and another by the side of the rostrum had been the first to note the coming of Carthoris, and it was with them he battled for possession of the red girl, while the others hastened to meet the host advancing from the beleaguered city.Page 41
He with whom they had conversed across the wall was in the avenue to receive them.Page 47
Tario maintains that there is no such thing as substance, all being created from the substanceless matter of the brain.Page 54
Since Fate had thrown them together she had scarce favoured him with more than the most perfunctory replies to his remarks, unless at such times as the weird and uncanny happenings at Lothar had surprised her out of her reserve.Page 57
The suspense was terrible.Page 60
Beyond was a low-roofed lair, with a small door at the far end.Page 62
Suddenly an inspiration came to Carthoris.Page 66
No myriad bowmen camped now beneath the overhanging verdure of the giant trees.Page 79
Carthoris also discarded the metal from his harness, or such of it as might serve to identify him as a Heliumite, or of royal blood, for he did not know to what nation belonged this waterway, and upon Mars it is always well to assume every man and nation your enemy until you have learned the contrary.Page 80
"By your appearance I take you for a fighting man, but I see no insignia upon your harness.Page 81
As far as Carthoris knew Dusar was not at war with any other nation, but there was never any telling when one red nation would be flying at the throat of a neighbour, even though the great and powerful alliance at the head of which was his father, John Carter, had managed to maintain a long peace upon the greater portion of Barsoom.Page 83
" The girl made no reply, nor could he draw her into conversation during the balance of the journey.Page 88
Kaor! Vas Kor.Page 91
With that knowledge any man could wrest from the Jeddak of Dusar whatever he listed.Page 99
"There is no time to be lost.Page 109
Jeddak of Zodanga.