or house. More powerful and richer than many nobles of the court, he was
without rank or other title than that of outlaw and he seemed to assume
what in reality he held in little esteem.
He wore armor because his old guardian had urged him to do so, and not
because he craved the protection it afforded. And, for the same cause,
he rode always with lowered visor, though he could never prevail upon
the old man to explain the reason which necessitated this precaution.
"It is enough that I tell you, my son," the old fellow was wont to say,
"that for your own good as well as mine, you must not show your face to
your enemies until I so direct. The time will come and soon now, I hope,
when you shall uncover your countenance to all England."
The young man gave the matter but little thought, usually passing it off
as the foolish whim of an old dotard; but he humored it nevertheless.
Behind him, as he rode down the steep declivity that day, loomed a very
different Torn from that which he had approached sixteen years before,
when, as a little boy he had ridden through the darkening shadows of
the night, perched upon a great horse behind the little old woman, whose
metamorphosis to the little grim, gray, old man of Torn their advent to
the castle had marked.
Today the great, frowning pile loomed larger and more imposing than ever
in the most resplendent days of its past grandeur. The original keep was
there with its huge, buttressed Saxon towers whose mighty fifteen foot
walls were pierced with stairways and vaulted chambers, lighted by
embrasures which, mere slits in the outer periphery of the walls, spread
to larger dimensions within, some even attaining the area of small
The moat, widened and deepened, completely encircled three sides of the
castle, running between the inner and outer walls, which were set at
intervals with small projecting towers so pierced that a flanking fire
from long bows, cross bows and javelins might be directed against a
The fourth side of the walled enclosure overhung a high precipice, which
natural protection rendered towers unnecessary upon this side.
The main gateway of the castle looked toward the west and from it ran
the tortuous and rocky trail, down through the mountains toward the
valley below. The aspect from the great gate was one of quiet and rugged
beauty. A short stretch of barren downs in the foreground only sparsely
studded with an occasional gnarled oak gave an unobstructed view
Thus Thuvia of Ptarth found a way out of a dilemma, escaping the necessity of placing her father's royal guest under forcible restraint, and at the same time separating the two princes, who otherwise would have been at each other's throat the moment she and the guard had departed.Page 18
found its speed ere the man, wrapping his sleeping silks and furs about him, stretched at full length upon the narrow deck to sleep.Page 22
with which the hordes of Torquas were perpetually warring.Page 23
Thar Ban licked his thin lips.Page 25
The Heliumite now gave his attention to his injured craft.Page 27
Perhaps the banth was in hiding behind this? The brute might have discovered the man upon his trail, and even now be lying in wait for his easy prey.Page 29
For only an instant, however, did his gaze rest upon the natural beauties outspread before him.Page 36
" Carthoris was hurt by the girl's tone, as much as by the doubt as to his integrity which her words implied.Page 52
With a muffled cry he sprang upon her,.Page 57
With his old-time smile he turned toward her.Page 59
" "Is there any way out of this chamber to the avenues of the city?" asked Carthoris.Page 61
" As Jav ceased speaking, the picture faded, and once more, the three took up their way toward the distant gates, along deserted avenues.Page 63
Thuvia could scarce repress a smile as she noted the scrupulous care with which Jav's imaginary men attended to each tiny detail of deportment as truly as if they had been real flesh and blood.Page 68
"My men were gone back to the nothingness from which they had sprung, but I remained--naked and unarmed.Page 72
Disheartened and discouraged by the strange sequence of events that seemed fore-ordained to thwart his every attempt to serve the Princess of Ptarth, he paid little or no attention to his surroundings,.Page 73
"To-morrow Thar Ban will speak with you," they said.Page 98
"I have a plan.Page 99
Astok will be back in a moment with enough warriors to overpower me.Page 100
"We must lose no time, then!" exclaimed Carthoris.Page 102
The men upon the Kaolian ship were battling with renewed hope.