replied with haughty
scorn. "The same that it shall always be. I will be neither wife nor
mistress to a coward; a hideous, abhorrent pig of a man. I would die,
it seems, if I felt the touch of your hand upon me. You do not dare to
touch me, you craven. I, the daughter of an earl, the niece of a king,
wed to the warty toad, Peter of Colfax!"
"Hold, chit!" cried the Baron, livid with rage. "You have gone too far.
Enough of this; and you love me not now, I shall learn you to love ere
the sun rises." And with a vile oath he grasped the girl roughly by the
arm, and dragged her toward the little doorway at the side of the room.
For three weeks after his meeting with Bertrade de Montfort and his
sojourn at the castle of John de Stutevill, Norman of Torn was busy with
his wild horde in reducing and sacking the castle of John de Grey, a
royalist baron who had captured and hanged two of the outlaw's fighting
men; and never again after his meeting with the daughter of the chief of
the barons did Norman of Torn raise a hand against the rebels or their
Shortly after his return to Torn, following the successful outcome of
his expedition, the watch upon the tower reported the approach of a
dozen armed knights. Norman sent Red Shandy to the outer walls to learn
the mission of the party, for visitors seldom came to this inaccessible
and unhospitable fortress; and he well knew that no party of a dozen
knights would venture with hostile intent within the clutches of his
great band of villains.
The great red giant soon returned to say that it was Henry de Montfort,
oldest son of the Earl of Leicester, who had come under a flag of truce
and would have speech with the master of Torn.
"Admit them, Shandy," commanded Norman of Torn, "I will speak with them
When the party, a few moments later, was ushered into his presence it
found itself facing a mailed knight with drawn visor.
Henry de Montfort advanced with haughty dignity until he faced the
"Be ye Norman of Torn?" he asked. And, did he try to conceal the hatred
and loathing which he felt, he was poorly successful.
"They call me so," replied the visored knight. "And what may bring a De
Montfort after so many years to visit his old neighbor?"
"Well ye know what brings me, Norman of Torn," replied the young man.
"It is useless to waste
We had just finished the last of our immediate antagonists as he spoke, and I turned in surprised wonderment at the sound of my name.Page 17
" "Then we shall die together, Tars Tarkas," I replied, "for I shall not go first.Page 27
The banth is a fierce beast of prey that roams the low hills surrounding the dead seas of ancient Mars.Page 31
But as the body of my antagonist sank an inert mass to the floor a cry of warning broke from one of the female prisoners.Page 37
"Let us hope that there it will be meted to the therns as they have meted it here unto others.Page 54
At the same instant I.Page 63
Especially in view of the fact that the black still lay securely bound upon the deck.Page 64
I was too old a hand in aerial warfare to be at a loss now for the right manoeuvre.Page 65
He now personally attended to my disarming and saw that I was properly bound.Page 70
Some turn off from their voluntary pilgrimage down the Iss, and, scaling the awful walls of its canyon below us, stop in the valley.Page 75
"In my gracious generosity I shall at length grant your prayer, and from the high balcony of the Golden Cliffs I shall watch the great white apes tear you asunder.Page 78
" "Let the woman remain.Page 98
And those who could find no other weapons used their strong fingers and their gleaming teeth.Page 99
"Down with Issus!" I shouted, and together the boy and I took up the fight once more.Page 100
" "It but stunned me," he replied.Page 113
On either side a hundred other menacing craft were hastening toward us.Page 151
"The fleet continued north after capturing us.Page 167
At Hastor we found all in readiness, and so perfectly had Kantos Kan planned every detail of the campaign that within ten minutes of our arrival the first of the fleet had soared aloft from its dock, and thereafter, at the rate of one a second, the great ships floated gracefully out into the night to form a long, thin line which stretched for miles toward the south.Page 172
There was Carthoris, and Kantos Kan, and Hor Vastus, and Xodar, with a few more who had followed me to the temple court.