am no protection whatever," he added
"Do not say that, William," she hastened to urge, acutely sorry for the
wound her words had caused. "You have done the best you could. You
have been noble, and self-sacrificing, and brave. It is no fault of
yours that you are not a superman. There is only one other man I have
ever known who could have done more than you. My words were ill chosen
in the excitement of the reaction--I did not wish to wound you. All
that I wish is that we may both understand once and for all that I can
never marry you--that such a marriage would be wicked."
"I think I understand," he replied. "Let us not speak of it again--at
least until we are back in civilization."
The next day Thuran was worse. Almost constantly he was in a state of
delirium. They could do nothing to relieve him, nor was Clayton
over-anxious to attempt anything. On the girl's account he feared the
Russian--in the bottom of his heart he hoped the man would die. The
thought that something might befall him that would leave her entirely
at the mercy of this beast caused him greater anxiety than the
probability that almost certain death awaited her should she be left
entirely alone upon the outskirts of the cruel forest.
The Englishman had extracted the heavy spear from the body of the lion,
so that when he went into the forest to hunt that morning he had a
feeling of much greater security than at any time since they had been
cast upon the savage shore. The result was that he penetrated farther
from the shelter than ever before.
To escape as far as possible from the mad ravings of the fever-stricken
Russian, Jane Porter had descended from the shelter to the foot of the
tree--she dared not venture farther. Here, beside the crude ladder
Clayton had constructed for her, she sat looking out to sea, in the
always surviving hope that a vessel might be sighted.
Her back was toward the jungle, and so she did not see the grasses
part, or the savage face that peered from between. Little, bloodshot,
close-set eyes scanned her intently, roving from time to time about the
open beach for indications of the presence of others than herself.
Presently another head appeared, and then another and another. The man
in the shelter commenced to rave again, and the heads disappeared as
silently and as suddenly as they had come.
The race of blacks that for ages had worshiped Issus, the false deity of Mars, had been left in a state of chaos by my revealment of her as naught more than a wicked old woman.Page 7
The rowers were now quite close to me.Page 11
The stream soon widened, and recurring areas of phosphorescent rock lighted my way.Page 15
to remain, for I saw from Woola's actions that the trail led through the room where the two therns held guard.Page 16
When he returns we shall still be here to bar his way to the outer world, and thus we shall have rid ourselves of two enemies, nor have incurred the displeasure of the Father of Therns.Page 18
There were no words, for they would have been a waste of breath.Page 23
Such a tiny keyhole as now defied me had opened the way to the intricate lock in that other door.Page 26
Then, of a sudden, one of them, a woman, held her arms out toward me, and even at that great distance I could see that her lips moved--it was Dejah Thoris, my ever beautiful and ever youthful Princess of Helium.Page 46
Could I but win beyond the city's wall, there might be opportunity in the confusion and excitement which were sure to follow my announcement of an invading force of green warriors to find my way within the palace of the jeddak, where I was sure Matai Shang and his party would be quartered.Page 57
" "Three women came with the Father of Therns," replied Kulan Tith.Page 62
"How may we pass that which is impassable?" "First we must disprove its impassability," I replied.Page 66
It was with evident reluctance that the great beast turned to leave me in compliance with my command, and ere he had gone I could not resist the inclination to throw my arms about his great.Page 68
Thuvan Dihn and I traversed the remaining nineteen caverns without adventure or mishap.Page 91
The Pit of Plenty! Ah, what a cruel mind must have devised this exquisite, hellish torture! Day after day was the thing repeated, until I was on the verge of madness; and then, as I had done in the pits of the Warhoons, I took a new, firm hold upon my reason and forced it back into the channels of sanity.Page 92
"I have lived for you and fought for you, and now my next dearest wish is to be realized, for I shall die for you," and, taking the morsel in my mouth, I devoured it.Page 94
I did not pause longer than to learn the contents of the second message, and, though I was none too sure of the meaning of the final admonition, "Beyond the knots lies danger," yet I was sure that here before me lay an avenue of escape, and that the sooner I took advantage of it the more likely was I to win to liberty.Page 106
The red men had not yet forced the outer palace wall, but they were fighting nobly against the best that Okar afforded--valiant warriors who contested every inch of the way.Page 113
The messenger staggered back in horror as though from a blow in the face.Page 117
up the bauble I saw that it bore the device of the Princess of Helium, and then pressing it to my lips I dashed madly along the winding way that led gently downward toward the lower galleries of the palace.Page 122
wicked face would have convinced me.