dead knight lying where it
"Ride on," he called to Bertrade de Montfort, "I will join you in an
Again dismounting, he returned to the side of his late adversary, and
lifting the dead knight's visor, drew upon the forehead with the point
of his dagger the letters NT.
The girl turned to see what detained him, but his back was toward her
and he knelt beside his fallen foeman, and she did not see his act.
Brave daughter of a brave sire though she was, had she seen what he
did, her heart would have quailed within her and she would have fled in
terror from the clutches of this scourge of England, whose mark she
had seen on the dead foreheads of a dozen of her father's knights and
Their way to Stutevill lay past the cottage of Father Claude, and here
Norman of Torn stopped to don his armor. Now he rode once more with
lowered visor, and in silence, a little to the rear of Bertrade de
Montfort that he might watch her face, which, of a sudden, had excited
Never before, within the scope of his memory, had he been so close to a
young and beautiful woman for so long a period of time, although he had
often seen women in the castles that had fallen before his vicious and
terrible attacks. While stories were abroad of his vile treatment of
women captives, there was no truth in them. They were merely spread by
his enemies to incite the people against him. Never had Norman of Torn
laid violent hand upon a woman, and his cut-throat band were under oath
to respect and protect the sex, on penalty of death.
As he watched the semi-profile of the lovely face before him, something
stirred in his heart which had been struggling for expression for years.
It was not love, nor was it allied to love, but a deep longing for
companionship of such as she, and such as she represented. Norman of
Torn could not have translated this feeling into words for he did not
know, but it was the far faint cry of blood for blood and with it,
mayhap, was mixed not alone the longing of the lion among jackals for
other lions, but for his lioness.
They rode for many miles in silence when suddenly she turned, saying:
"You take your time, Sir Knight, in answering my query. Who be ye?"
"I am Nor--" and then he stopped. Always before he had answered that
question with haughty pride. Why should he hesitate, he thought.
dreaming beside the giant thing that had brought me safely through the earth's crust, my traveling companion, the hideous Mahar, emerged from the interior of the prospector and stood beside me.Page 23
It was Perry.Page 26
The work that fate had undone must be done again, and though I must need smile at my imperial honors, I none the less felt the weight of duty and obligation that rested upon my shoulders.Page 28
But there was no dignity in the Sari.Page 50
Ghak was to remain at home to receive the various delegations which we invited to come to Sari on the business of the federation.Page 52
We know nothing of such things.Page 53
Thus were the unhappy people now between two fires, with Hooja upon one side and the Mahars upon the other.Page 54
All that I had to do was follow this river to the sea and then follow the coast to Thuria.Page 58
the beach.Page 78
All who came out had emerged from the same cave.Page 92
I suppose I didn't really go very far down, but it seemed to me that I should never stop.Page 96
When he was opposite me I sprang for the heavy mane that covered his huge neck.Page 110
Our plight was anything but pleasant, yet I think that Hooja and his forces were even worse off than we, for they had no food nor water at all.Page 117
It was well that Perry had had so excellent a balance wheel, for he had been wild to build a huge frigate of the Nelsonian era--he told me so himself.Page 120
A happy thought occurred to me as I stood upon the little deck of the Amoz with the first of Perry's primitive cannon behind me.Page 124
We came to anchor.Page 125
We remained in Thuria only long enough to arrange the treaty with Goork, among the other details of which was his promise to furnish the imperial army with a thousand lidi, or Thurian beasts of burden, and drivers for them.Page 126
Ja was sure that a large and navigable river connected the sea of Phutra with the Lural Az, and that, barring accident, the fleet would be before Phutra as soon as the land forces were.Page 128
A great many of the reptiles were killed at the first volley.Page 129
Before I left he had made great progress, and as soon as he is qualified he is going to teach others to read.