Englishman for a fool, and spurred rapidly
Meriem and Baynes had drawn up in a small, natural clearing. A hundred
yards beyond them Numa lay crouching in the underbrush, his
yellow-green eyes fixed upon his prey, the tip of his sinuous tail
jerking spasmodically. He was measuring the distance between him and
them. He was wondering if he dared venture a charge, or should he wait
yet a little longer in the hope that they might ride straight into his
jaws. He was very hungry; but also was he very crafty. He could not
chance losing his meat by a hasty and ill-considered rush. Had he
waited the night before until the blacks slept he would not have been
forced to go hungry for another twenty-four hours.
Behind him the other that had caught his scent and that of man together
came to a sitting posture upon the branch of a tree in which he had
reposed himself for slumber. Beneath him a lumbering gray hulk swayed
to and fro in the darkness. The beast in the tree uttered a low
guttural and dropped to the back of the gray mass. He whispered a word
in one of the great ears and Tantor, the elephant, raised his trunk
aloft, swinging it high and low to catch the scent that the word had
warned him of. There was another whispered word--was it a
command?--and the lumbering beast wheeled into an awkward, yet silent
shuffle, in the direction of Numa, the lion, and the stranger
Tarmangani his rider had scented.
Onward they went, the scent of the lion and his prey becoming stronger
and stronger. Numa was becoming impatient. How much longer must he
wait for his meat to come his way? He lashed his tail viciously now.
He almost growled. All unconscious of their danger the man and the
girl sat talking in the little clearing.
Their horses were pressed side by side. Baynes had found Meriem's hand
and was pressing it as he poured words of love into her ear, and Meriem
"Come to London with me," urged the Hon. Morison. "I can gather a
safari and we can be a whole day upon the way to the coast before they
guess that we have gone."
"Why must we go that way?" asked the girl. "Bwana and My Dear would
not object to our marriage."
"I cannot marry you just yet," explained the Hon. Morison, "there are
some formalities to be attended to first--you do not
Instantly every eye turned toward one member of the herd, a large fellow who evidently was the leader.Page 18
Torn and bleeding from many cruel wounds, I lay panting upon the ground within the hollow.Page 24
Do you understand now where you be, John Carter?" "And that was the River Iss, emptying into the Lost Sea of Korus in the Valley Dor?" I asked.Page 28
An instant later I drew my blade from the still heart of this great Barsoomian lion, and turning toward Tars Tarkas was surprised to see him facing a similar monster.Page 31
But my present business with him was of a different nature than that which requires any considerable abstract reasoning; it was to get my sword between his ribs, and this I succeeded in doing within the next few seconds, nor was I an instant too soon.Page 47
Quietly she stole toward the entrance and glanced within.Page 59
She could not comprehend.Page 68
The therns worshipped the hideous plant men and the apes, or at least they reverenced them as the abodes of the departed spirits of their own dead.Page 76
that we were forging through a narrow passage, rock-lined, and tube-like.Page 100
My foot felt for the floor but found only empty space.Page 110
Unbuckling my harness I snapped it together with a single long strap which I lowered to the waiting Xodar below.Page 116
The boy stood facing me, half hope and half uncertainty in his look.Page 127
Soon I saw that the matter shortly would be taken entirely from my hands, for the eyes at my right were moving slowly nearer me, as were those at my left and those behind and before me.Page 134
The brave boy's act of chivalrous self-sacrifice filled me with pride, nor did I care that it had wrested from us our last frail chance for escape.Page 139
Before a hand could be raised to stop me, I.Page 167
A half-hour later the officer of the guard came again to report.Page 180
The water rose breast high.Page 184
My heart pounded within my breast as I advanced toward her--tears came to my eyes--and the words that would have poured forth in a perfect torrent choked in my throat as I opened my arms and took into them once more the woman I loved--Dejah Thoris, Princess of Helium.Page 186
Coming from within as I did, I found myself behind the blacks, and, without waiting to even calculate their numbers or the foolhardiness of my venture, I charged swiftly across the chamber and fell upon them from the rear with my keen long-sword.Page 189
Strike!" And then it was that she went mad.