the jungle of Tarzan of the Apes had taught him which of
the many growing things were edible, and after nearly an hour of
absence he returned to the beach with a little armful of food.
The rain had ceased, and the hot sun was beating down so mercilessly
upon her that Jane Porter insisted on making an immediate attempt to
gain the land. Still further invigorated by the food Clayton had
brought, the three were able to reach the half shade of the small tree
to which their boat was moored. Here, thoroughly exhausted, they threw
themselves down to rest, sleeping until dark.
For a month they lived upon the beach in comparative safety. As their
strength returned the two men constructed a rude shelter in the
branches of a tree, high enough from the ground to insure safety from
the larger beasts of prey. By day they gathered fruits and trapped
small rodents; at night they lay cowering within their frail shelter
while savage denizens of the jungle made hideous the hours of darkness.
They slept upon litters of jungle grasses, and for covering at night
Jane Porter had only an old ulster that belonged to Clayton, the same
garment that he had worn upon that memorable trip to the Wisconsin
woods. Clayton had erected a frail partition of boughs to divide their
arboreal shelter into two rooms--one for the girl and the other for
Monsieur Thuran and himself.
From the first the Russian had exhibited every trait of his true
character--selfishness, boorishness, arrogance, cowardice, and lust.
Twice had he and Clayton come to blows because of Thuran's attitude
toward the girl. Clayton dared not leave her alone with him for an
instant. The existence of the Englishman and his fiancee was one
continual nightmare of horror, and yet they lived on in hope of
Jane Porter's thoughts often reverted to her other experience on this
savage shore. Ah, if the invincible forest god of that dead past were
but with them now. No longer would there be aught to fear from
prowling beasts, or from the bestial Russian. She could not well
refrain from comparing the scant protection afforded her by Clayton
with what she might have expected had Tarzan of the Apes been for a
single instant confronted by the sinister and menacing attitude of
Monsieur Thuran. Once, when Clayton had gone to the little stream for
water, and Thuran had spoken coarsely to her, she voiced her thoughts.
"It is well for you, Monsieur Thuran," she said, "that the
I arose again, laughing at my forgetfulness, and soon had mastered once more the art of attuning my earthly sinews to these changed conditions.Page 5
As far aloft as I could see the stems and branches and twigs were as smooth and as highly polished as the newest of American-made pianos.Page 9
glossy green hide and the metal ornaments which denoted the tribes to which they belonged, I would have known them on the instant for what they were, for where else in all the universe is their like duplicated? There were two men and four females in the party and their ornaments denoted them as members of different hordes, a fact which tended to puzzle me infinitely, since the various hordes of green men of Barsoom are eternally at deadly war with one another, and never, except on that single historic instance when the great Tars Tarkas of Thark gathered a hundred and fifty thousand green warriors from several hordes to march upon the doomed city of Zodanga to rescue Dejah Thoris, Princess of Helium, from the clutches of Than Kosis, had I seen green Martians of different hordes associated in other than mortal combat.Page 10
Cutting and hewing to right and left, he laid an open path straight through the advancing plant men, and then commenced a mad race for the forest, in the shelter of which he evidently hoped that he might find a haven of refuge.Page 27
For a long period there was silence, then of a sudden a soft, stealthy sound behind me caused me to turn suddenly to behold a great many-legged banth creeping sinuously upon me.Page 45
Then the moons come; the mysterious, magic moons of Mars, hurtling like monster meteors low across the face of the planet.Page 53
With shrieks of rage the demons sprang for us.Page 55
The pirate's hissing, "Die, cursed thern," was half choked in his windpipe by.Page 66
The bench was the only furniture of the room.Page 68
She looked at me in pitying commiseration for my ignorance.Page 73
No sooner were all below than a number of commands were given, in accordance with which the hatch was closed and secured,.Page 85
And another wonderful power.Page 114
The collision crushed our steel bows, and notwithstanding every effort on our part came near to hurling us from the deck.Page 130
"His short-sword?" asked a woman.Page 131
We shall need five thoats to bear us.Page 138
For two weeks no word has come back from them, but rumours were rife that they had met with a terrible disaster and that all were dead.Page 153
It was estimated that it would require six months to complete our preparations in view of the fact that the utmost secrecy must be maintained to keep the project from the ears of Zat Arrras.Page 162
He leaned close to me.Page 166
Guardsmen and nobles pressed close about the silent witness upon the marble floor.Page 172
Then Kantos Kan sprang his coup.