knights were sacrificed than fifty, for either number would be but a
mouthful to that horrid horde of unhung murderers. No, Mary, I shall
start tomorrow and your good knights shall return the following day with
the best of word from me."
"If thou wilst, thou wilst," cried Mary petulantly. "Indeed it were
plain that thou be a De Montfort; that race whose historic bravery be
second only to their historic stubbornness."
Bertrade de Montfort laughed, and kissed her friend upon the cheek.
"Mayhap I shall find the brave Roger de Conde again upon the highroad
to protect me. Then indeed shall I send back your five knights, for of
a truth, his blade is more powerful than that of any ten men I ere saw
"Methinks," said Mary, still peeved at her friend's determination to
leave on the morrow, "that should you meet the doughty Sir Roger all
unarmed, that still would you send back my father's knights."
Bertrade flushed, and then bit her lip as she felt the warm blood mount
to her cheek.
"Thou be a fool, Mary," she said.
Mary broke into a joyful, teasing laugh; hugely enjoying the
discomfiture of the admission the tell-tale flush proclaimed.
"Ah, I did but guess how thy heart and thy mind tended, Bertrade; but
now I seest that I divined all too truly. He be indeed good to look
upon, but what knowest thou of him?"
"Hush, Mary!" commanded Bertrade. "Thou know not what thou sayest. I
would not wipe my feet upon him, I care naught whatever for him, and
then--it has been three weeks since he rode out from Stutevill and no
word hath he sent."
"Oh, ho," cried the little plague, "so there lies the wind? My Lady
would not wipe her feet upon him, but she be sore vexed that he has sent
her no word. Mon Dieu, but thou hast strange notions, Bertrade."
"I will not talk with you, Mary," cried Bertrade, stamping her sandaled
foot, and with a toss of her pretty head she turned abruptly toward the
In a small chamber in the castle of Colfax two men sat at opposite sides
of a little table. The one, Peter of Colfax, was short and very stout.
His red, bloated face, bleary eyes and bulbous nose bespoke the manner
of his life; while his thick lips, the lower hanging large and flabby
over his receding chin, indicated the base passions to which his life
and been given. His companion was a little, grim, gray man but his suit
of armor and closed helm gave no hint to his host
Here were the great males towering in all the majesty of their imposing height; here were the gleaming white tusks protruding from their massive lower jaws to a point near the centre of their foreheads, the laterally placed, protruding eyes with which they could look forward or backward, or to either side without turning their heads, here the strange antennae-like ears rising from the tops of their foreheads; and the additional pair of arms extending from midway between the shoulders and the hips.Page 12
" Together we raced across the scarlet sward, I timing my speed that I might not outdistance my slower companion.Page 14
Almost immediately I recognised them for what they were, the dark openings of caves entering the solid walls--possible avenues of escape or temporary shelter, could we but reach them.Page 21
We finally agreed that Tars Tarkas should return along the branch, leaving his longest leather harness strap with me, and that when the limb had risen to a height that would permit me to enter the cave I was to do so, and on Tars Tarkas' return I could then lower the strap and haul him up to the safety of the ledge.Page 25
It was, perhaps, two hundred feet in length and half as broad, with what appeared to be a doorway in the centre of the wall directly opposite that through which we had entered.Page 28
Among the ornaments of Tars Tarkas' leather harness, which is the only manner of clothing worn by Martians other than silk capes and robes of silk and fur for protection from the cold after dark, was a small mirror, about the bigness of a lady's hand glass, which hung midway between his shoulders and his waist against his broad back.Page 31
And you are not of us.Page 54
Then my old-time spirit reasserted itself.Page 56
Then I released my hold upon him and in an instant he was swallowed by the black shadows far below.Page 59
Only in a very general way could I guess the location of the Valley Dor.Page 60
No sound of conflict reached our ears, for in the rarefied atmosphere of our great altitude no sound wave could penetrate; they were dissipated in thin air far below us.Page 64
Like a bolt from a crossbow my splendid craft shot its steel prow straight at the whirring propellers of the giant above us.Page 69
" As we came on deck I saw to my surprise that the vessel was passing over a great field of snow and ice.Page 81
Only take me away with you.Page 114
If one cannot pass over it, or below it, or around it, why then there is but a single alternative left, and that is to pass through it.Page 116
"Tell me all you can of the years that I have been robbed by a relentless fate of her dear companionship.Page 121
At intersections I halted a moment to make sure that none was in sight before I sprang quickly to the shadows of the opposite side.Page 132
Then together we rode through into the avenue with our stolen mounts and, without waiting to close the gates, hurried off toward the southern boundary of the city.Page 156
The eyes of those within the chamber were fixed first upon me and then upon Zat Arras, until finally a flush of anger crept slowly over his face.Page 183
Not for much longer would my lungs withstand the strain upon them.