life and loveliness
she suggested other seductive and alluring possibilities. He came
closer to her and laid his hand upon her. The girl shrank from him.
He seized her and she struck him heavily in the mouth as he sought to
kiss her. Then Jenssen entered the tent.
"Malbihn!" he almost shouted. "You fool!"
Sven Malbihn released his hold upon the girl and turned toward his
companion. His face was red with mortification.
"What the devil are you trying to do?" growled Jenssen. "Would you
throw away every chance for the reward? If we maltreat her we not only
couldn't collect a sou, but they'd send us to prison for our pains. I
thought you had more sense, Malbihn."
"I'm not a wooden man," growled Malbihn.
"You'd better be," rejoined Jenssen, "at least until we have delivered
her over in safety and collected what will be coming to us."
"Oh, hell," cried Malbihn. "What's the use? They'll be glad enough to
have her back, and by the time we get there with her she'll be only too
glad to keep her mouth shut. Why not?"
"Because I say not," growled Jenssen. "I've always let you boss
things, Sven; but here's a case where what I say has got to go--because
I'm right and you're wrong, and we both know it."
"You're getting damned virtuous all of a sudden," growled Malbihn.
"Perhaps you think I have forgotten about the inn keeper's daughter,
and little Celella, and that nigger at--"
"Shut up!" snapped Jenssen. "It's not a matter of virtue and you are
as well aware of that as I. I don't want to quarrel with you, but so
help me God, Sven, you're not going to harm this girl if I have to kill
you to prevent it. I've suffered and slaved and been nearly killed
forty times in the last nine or ten years trying to accomplish what
luck has thrown at our feet at last, and now I'm not going to be robbed
of the fruits of success because you happen to be more of a beast than
a man. Again I warn you, Sven--" and he tapped the revolver that swung
in its holster at his hip.
Malbihn gave his friend an ugly look, shrugged his shoulders, and left
the tent. Jenssen turned to Meriem.
"If he bothers you again, call me," he said. "I shall always be near."
The girl had not understood the conversation that had been carried on
by her two owners, for it
It was my first trip upon the bosom of Iss, and the things I saw there will live forever in my memory.Page 9
Instead only a feeble glow emanated from small and scattered patches of phosphorescent rock in wall and roof.Page 12
For a full minute, perhaps, I stood motionless after entering the strange craft.Page 47
If I sometimes seem to take too great pride in my fighting ability, it must be remembered that fighting is my vocation.Page 49
Kaolian officers, whom I found as courteous and delightful hosts as even the nobles of Helium, who are renowned for their ease of manners and excellence of breeding.Page 62
" For five days of cold and suffering and privation we traversed the rough and frozen way which lies at the foot of the ice-barrier.Page 69
Once a month they sleep for a full day, and it was our good fortune to stumble by accident upon one of these occasions.Page 70
Once the lone warrior caught an antagonist in the side with his hook, and drawing him close ran his sword through him.Page 72
He showed us all that was of interest in his great city.Page 74
At regular intervals great gates give entrance to the city; but even at the distance from which we looked upon the massive pile we could see that all were closed, and, in accordance with Talu's suggestion, we deferred attempting to enter the city until the following morning.Page 83
Foaming with rage, Thurid regained his feet and charged me like a mad bull.Page 84
" I had evidently made an impression upon the ruler of Okar by my fair words, and when he had turned to Dejah Thoris and Thuvia of Ptarth, and both had corroborated my statements it began to look pretty dark for Thurid.Page 88
But an instant did I crush that dear form to me ere Salensus Oll, trembling with rage and jealousy, shouldered his way to us.Page 93
Upon Barsoom there is but a single oral language.Page 100
My friend walked close beside me, asking many silly questions about the country from which I had come, until finally his fellows paid no further attention to him or his gabbling.Page 108
Hewing to right and left, I beat my way down that warrior-choked spiral until, near the bottom, those below, thinking that an army was descending upon them, turned and fled.Page 110
The great ceremony must be omitted that no single man may be kept from his place in the defenses other than the fifty that custom demands shall witness the creation of a new queen in.Page 113
For half an hour at least I must have fought there against the nobles of Okar ere ever a one placed a foot upon the dais where I stood, and then of a sudden all that remained of them formed below me for a last, mad, desperate charge; but even as they advanced the door at the far end of the chamber swung wide and a wild-eyed messenger sprang into the room.Page 122
As Thurid came opposite the cabin's doorway a new element projected itself into the grim tragedy of the air that was being enacted upon the deck of Matai Shang's disabled flier.Page 129
That night a messenger came to me as I sat with Dejah Thoris and Carthoris upon the roof of my city palace, where we had long since caused a lovely garden to be made that we three might find seclusion and quiet happiness among ourselves, far from the pomp and ceremony of court, to summon us to the Temple of Reward--"where one is to be judged this night," the summons concluded.