barricade herself within and thus delay, at least, her impending fate
in the hope that succor might come from some source. But her most subtle
wiles proved ineffectual in ridding her, even for a moment, of her harpy
jailer; and now that the final summons had come, she was beside herself
for a lack of means to thwart her captor.
Her dagger had been taken from her, but one hung from the girdle of the
old woman and this Bertrade determined to have.
Feigning trouble with the buckle of her own girdle, she called upon the
old woman to aid her, and as the hag bent her head close to the girl's
body to see what was wrong with the girdle clasp, Bertrade reached
quickly to her side and snatched the weapon from its sheath. Quickly
she sprang back from the old woman who, with a cry of anger and alarm,
rushed upon her.
"Back!" cried the girl. "Stand back, old hag, or thou shalt feel the
length of thine own blade."
The woman hesitated and then fell to cursing and blaspheming in a most
horrible manner, at the same time calling for help.
Bertrade backed to the door, commanding the old woman to remain where
she was, on pain of death, and quickly dropped the mighty bars into
place. Scarcely had the last great bolt been slipped than Peter of
Colfax, with a dozen servants and men-at-arms, were pounding loudly upon
"What's wrong within, Coll," cried the Baron.
"The wench has wrested my dagger from me and is murdering me," shrieked
the old woman.
"An' that I will truly do, Peter of Colfax," spoke Bertrade, "if you do
not immediately send for my friends to conduct me from thy castle, for
I will not step my foot from this room until I know that mine own people
Peter of Colfax pled and threatened, commanded and coaxed, but all in
vain. So passed the afternoon, and as darkness settled upon the castle
the Baron desisted from his attempts, intending to starve his prisoner
Within the little room, Bertrade de Montfort sat upon a bench guarding
her prisoner, from whom she did not dare move her eyes for a single
second. All that long night she sat thus, and when morning dawned, it
found her position unchanged, her tired eyes still fixed upon the hag.
Early in the morning, Peter of Colfax resumed his endeavors to persuade
her to come out; he even admitted defeat and promised her safe conduct
to her father's castle, but Bertrade de Montfort was not one to be
fooled by his
His wide mouth spread into an answering smile, and locking one of his intermediary arms in mine we turned and walked back toward his mount.Page 28
hand grasped me by the neck from behind and dragged me violently into the room.Page 29
It was difficult to realize that they had gone; down through ages of darkness, cruelty, and ignorance, until their hereditary instincts of culture and humanitarianism had risen ascendant once more in the final composite race which now is dominant upon Mars.Page 68
had spoken to me in words I would not mistake, and I knew that I had loved her since the first moment that my eyes had met hers that first time in the plaza of the dead city of Korad.Page 71
In my extremity I did what most other lovers would have done; I sought word from her through an intimate.Page 96
Sola and I both looked in the direction she indicated, and there, plainly discernible, were several hundred mounted warriors.Page 99
remember the feeling of surprise which swept over me as I realized that I was not dead.Page 109
I only know that they were beautiful in the extreme.Page 113
When they had heard my story--I omitted all reference to Dejah Thoris and the old man of the atmosphere plant--they advised me to color my body to more nearly resemble their own race and then attempt to find employment in Zodanga, either in the army or the navy.Page 125
" "No, John Carter, it is useless," she cried, hopelessly, "I may never be yours while Sab Than lives.Page 129
"It is the truth, my Jeddak," replied the psychologist.Page 131
"You are a resourceful man.Page 140
On the march Tars Tarkas, through his remarkable ability and statesmanship, enlisted fifty thousand more warriors from various hordes, so that, ten days after we set out we halted at midnight outside the great walled city of Zodanga, one hundred and fifty thousand strong.Page 142
Once inside, however, the gate gave me considerable trouble, but I finally was rewarded by seeing it swing upon its huge hinges, and soon my fierce escort was riding across the gardens of the jeddak of Zodanga.Page 146
Behind us we left the stricken city in the fierce and brutal clutches of some forty thousand green warriors of the lesser hordes.Page 147
and Zodanga, since their batteries were useless in the hands of the Tharks who, having no navy, have no skill in naval gunnery.Page 155
But it is useless, they are both dead and no one else upon Barsoom knew the secret of these awful locks.Page 156
A new heaven and a new landscape met my gaze.