found herself face to face with Nikolas Rokoff.
"How long have you been here?" she cried, shrinking away from him.
"Since before your lover came," he answered, with a nasty leer.
"Stop!" she commanded. "How dare you say such a thing to me--your
"Well, my dear Olga, if he is not your lover, accept my apologies; but
it is no fault of yours that he is not. Had he one-tenth the knowledge
of women that I have you would be in his arms this minute. He is a
stupid fool, Olga. Why, your every word and act was an open invitation
to him, and he had not the sense to see it."
The woman put her hands to her ears.
"I will not listen. You are wicked to say such things as that. No
matter what you may threaten me with, you know that I am a good woman.
After tonight you will not dare to annoy me, for I shall tell Raoul
all. He will understand, and then, Monsieur Nikolas, beware!"
"You shall tell him nothing," said Rokoff. "I have this affair now,
and with the help of one of your servants whom I may trust it will lack
nothing in the telling when the time comes that the details of the
sworn evidence shall be poured into your husband's ears. The other
affair served its purpose well--we now have something tangible to work
on, Olga. A real AFFAIR--and you a trusted wife. Shame, Olga," and
the brute laughed.
So the countess told her count nothing, and matters were worse than
they had been. From a vague fear her mind was transferred to a very
tangible one. It may be, too, that conscience helped to enlarge it out
of all proportion.
The Plot That Failed
For a month Tarzan was a regular and very welcome devotee at the shrine
of the beautiful Countess de Coude. Often he met other members of the
select little coterie that dropped in for tea of an afternoon. More
often Olga found devices that would give her an hour of Tarzan alone.
For a time she had been frightened by what Nikolas had insinuated. She
had not thought of this big, young man as anything more than friend,
but with the suggestion implanted by the evil words of her brother she
had grown to speculate much upon the strange force which seemed to
attract her toward the gray-eyed stranger. She did not wish to love
him, nor did she wish
Flight and Pursuit XVI.Page 14
Almost immediately I recognised them for what they were, the dark openings of caves entering the solid walls--possible avenues of escape or temporary shelter, could we but reach them.Page 39
" Both the girl and the green warrior stood silent in thought for some moments.Page 48
"Why is it that we see no therns?" I asked of Thuvia.Page 57
The others redoubled their efforts.Page 65
It was evident that these self-thought supermen were far inferior to the red men of Barsoom in refinement and in chivalry.Page 75
What to her is your puny outer world passion for the vile creature you chose in your other life? "Phaidor has glorified you with her love, and you have spurned her.Page 91
Massive gates gave egress upon a small plain, surrounded by the same gorgeous forests that I had seen at the foot of the Golden Cliffs.Page 97
Side by side the young red man and I, with perhaps a dozen others, fought our way to the foot of the throne.Page 108
His duty was soon performed and the heavy door of our prison closed behind him--we were alone for the night.Page 114
I could not get around the fact that many of these other boats could rise faster than ours by the fact of their greater buoyancy, but I was none the less determined to reach the outer world far in advance of them or die a death of my own choosing in event of failure.Page 136
Could you know the customs and the character of red Martians you would appreciate the depth of meaning that that simple act conveyed to me and to all about us who witnessed it.Page 137
That it must come some time he well knew, but until it came he seemed satisfied to but know that I was with him once more.Page 160
"By night you may go to my palace with a note from me to Carthoris, my son.Page 161
As nearly as I could estimate, I had at this time been in the pits for three hundred days.Page 173
Wherever messages could be.Page 175
It was at Carthoris' suggestion that we landed our prisoners under guard upon a couple of the larger islands, and then towed the ships of the First Born to the shaft, where we managed to wedge a number of them securely in the interior of the great well.Page 177
" "You mean that she will be killed merely to thwart me?" I asked.Page 186
"Look!" I cried.Page 193
"Let me die here beside my Princess--there is no hope or happiness elsewhere for me.