"Are all your old friends and neighbors come after you to Essex," cried
Joan de Tany, laughingly, addressing Mary. "Today it is Roger de
Conde, yesterday it was the Outlaw of Torn. Methinks Derby will soon be
depopulated unless you return quickly to your home."
"I rather think it be for news of another that we owe this visit from
Roger de Conde," said Mary, smiling. "For I have heard tales, and I
see a great ring upon the gentleman's hand--a ring which I have seen
Norman of Torn made no attempt to deny the reason for his visit, but
asked bluntly if she heard aught of Bertrade de Montfort.
"Thrice within the year have I received missives from her," replied
Mary. "In the first two she spoke only of Roger de Conde, wondering why
he did not come to France after her; but in the last she mentions not
his name, but speaks of her approaching marriage with Prince Philip."
Both girls were watching the countenance of Roger de Conde narrowly,
but no sign of the sorrow which filled his heart showed itself upon his
"I guess it be better so," he said quietly. "The daughter of a De
Montfort could scarcely be happy with a nameless adventurer," he added,
a little bitterly.
"You wrong her, my friend," said Mary de Stutevill. "She loved you and,
unless I know not the friend of my childhood as well as I know myself,
she loves you yet; but Bertrade de Montfort is a proud woman and what
can you expect when she hears no word from you for a year? Thought
you that she would seek you out and implore you to rescue her from the
alliance her father has made for her?"
"You do not understand," he answered, "and I may not tell you; but I ask
that you believe me when I say that it was for her own peace of mind,
for her own happiness, that I did not follow her to France. But, let us
talk of other things. The sorrow is mine and I would not force it upon
others. I cared only to know that she is well, and, I hope, happy. It
will never be given to me to make her or any other woman so. I would
that I had never come into her life, but I did not know what I was
doing; and the spell of her beauty and goodness was strong upon me, so
that I was weak and could not resist what I had never known before in
all my life--love."
I had wondered if he had found his black-haired Princess and the slender son he had dreamed was with her in the royal gardens of Tardos Mors, awaiting his return.Page 16
What it has taken minutes to write occurred in but a few seconds, but during that time Tars Tarkas had seen my plight and had dropped from the lower branches,.Page 20
It was of about the same diameter as the entrance at the foot of the tree, and opened directly upon a large flat limb, the well worn surface of which testified to its long continued use as an avenue for some creature to and from this remarkable shaft.Page 27
of Otz, past the ramparts of the impregnable fortresses of the Holy Therns, and upon your way Death in its most frightful form will overtake you--a death so horrible that even the Holy Therns themselves, who conceived both Life and Death, avert their eyes from its fiendishness and close their ears against the hideous shrieks of its victims.Page 37
And again the Holy Thern on watch, should he see a victim he covets, often tramples upon the rights of the unreasoning brutes of the valley and takes his prize by foul means if he cannot gain it by fair.Page 56
I did not relinquish my grasp upon him, however, for I knew that a single shriek from those lips as he hurtled to his death in the silent waters of the sea would bring his comrades from above to avenge him.Page 58
"You are no thern," said the sweet voice of my companion, "for all your golden locks or the harness of Sator Throg.Page 61
" "The other," I replied, "is that our dusky friend here does not hail from the nearer moon--he was like to have died at a few thousand feet above Barsoom.Page 74
" I felt very sorry for the poor child, and placed my hand over hers where it rested on my arm.Page 89
There are no moons and no stars reflected in the bosom of Omean.Page 94
The women do nothing, absolutely nothing.Page 99
There tell your story to Matai Shang, my father.Page 100
"Rash mortal!" she shrilled.Page 106
Yesterday we crossed these hills and came upon the dead city beyond.Page 134
Then he attempted to do the same with mine.Page 163
"It was by your wit in apprising me of your existence and imprisonment through the youth, Parthak.Page 176
"Very many," he assented.Page 185
You do not know her.Page 189
And the thing jumped at them and gnashed its teeth and then spat upon them from frothing lips.