And then she recalled his little acts of thoughtful chivalry,
nay, almost tenderness, on the long night ride to Leicester.
What a strange contradiction of a man! She wondered if he would come
with lowered visor, for she was still curious to see the face that lay
behind the cold, steel mask. She would ask him this night to let her see
his face, or would that be cruel? For, did they not say that it was
from the very ugliness of it that he kept his helm closed to hide the
repulsive sight from the eyes of men!
As her thoughts wandered back to her brief meeting with him two years
before, she wrote and dispatched her reply to Norman of Torn.
In the great hall that night as the King's party sat at supper, Philip
of France, addressing Henry, said:
"And who thinkest thou, My Lord King, rode by my side to Battel today,
that I might not be set upon by knaves upon the highway?"
"Some of our good friends from Kent?" asked the King.
"Nay, it was a man upon whose head Your Majesty has placed a price,
Norman of Torn; and if all of your English highwaymen be as courteous
and pleasant gentlemen as he, I shall ride always alone and unarmed
through your realm that I may add to my list of pleasant acquaintances."
"The Devil of Torn?" asked Henry, incredulously. "Some one be hoaxing
"Nay, Your Majesty, I think not," replied Philip, "for he was indeed a
grim and mighty man, and at his back rode as ferocious and awe-inspiring
a pack as ever I beheld outside a prison; fully a thousand strong they
rode. They be camped not far without the city now."
"My Lord," said Henry, turning to Simon de Montfort, "be it not time
that England were rid of this devil's spawn and his hellish brood?
Though I presume," he added, a sarcastic sneer upon his lip, "that it
may prove embarrassing for My Lord Earl of Leicester to turn upon his
companion in arms."
"I owe him nothing," returned the Earl haughtily, "by his own word."
"You owe him victory at Lewes," snapped the King. "It were indeed a
sad commentary upon the sincerity of our loyalty-professing lieges
who turned their arms against our royal person, 'to save him from the
treachery of his false advisers,' that they called upon a cutthroat
outlaw with a price upon his head to aid them in their 'righteous
"My Lord King," cried De Montfort, flushing with anger, "I called not
upon this fellow, nor did I know he
" Together we raced across the scarlet sward, I timing my speed that I might not outdistance my slower companion.Page 21
Knowing that attack from the tree was now improbable, we determined to explore the cave, which we had every reason to believe was but a continuation of the path we had already traversed, leading the gods alone knew where, but quite evidently away from this valley of grim ferocity.Page 30
Instantly he drew his long-sword, and thus evenly armed we set to in earnest for one of the closest battles I ever have fought.Page 31
Tars Tarkas was nowhere in sight and the secret panel in the wall, through which I had come, was closed.Page 82
"What would you of Thurid?" Quickly a dozen voices explained.Page 85
"There is hope yet.Page 86
'" "What do you mean?" he whispered in an affrighted voice, so low that I could scarcely hear him.Page 93
" There is no peasantry among the First Born.Page 123
My gait was reckless, but I felt that Fate had been kind indeed to throw such an opportunity within my grasp, and I could not afford to allow it to.Page 141
" I knew that sooner or later the time must come when our friends and enemies would be forced to declare themselves openly.Page 143
A sullen murmur rose louder and louder about the packed coliseum, and then Kantos Kan, who had not left the platform since first he had taken his place near me, raised his hand for silence.Page 155
was commander-in-chief of the navy, it would be a simple matter for him to order the vessels there as they could be handled, and thereafter keep the remodelled fleet in remote parts of the empire until we should be ready to assemble it for the dash upon Omean.Page 157
" I knew it was within the scope of Zat Arrras' cruel heart to destroy me, and if I were dead I could see little reason to doubt that he might easily become Jeddak of Helium.Page 161
That was all.Page 163
The brief instant in which I had seen and recognized Carthoris before the chain fell must have been ample to check the force of the blow.Page 166
A cruiser awaits above at your own dock; let us leave at--" A fusillade of shots from the palace gardens just without cut short his further words.Page 174
This stratagem worked to perfection, and just before the sun went down I had the satisfaction of seeing all that was left of my once mighty fleet gathered nearly twenty miles southwest of the still terrific battle between the blacks and whites.Page 179
"We will follow.Page 186
" I led her to the door through which I had entered the chamber from below.