Sheik. There was no one in all the world to whom she might turn, other
than this half-naked stranger who had dropped miraculously from the
clouds to save her from one of The Sheik's accustomed beatings. Would
her new friend leave her now? Wistfully she gazed at his intent face.
She moved a little closer to him, laying a slim, brown hand upon his
arm. The contact awakened the lad from his absorption. He looked down
at her, and then his arm went about her shoulder once more, for he saw
tears upon her lashes.
"Come," he said. "The jungle is kinder than man. You shall live in
the jungle and Korak and Akut will protect you."
She did not understand his words, but the pressure of his arm drawing
her away from the prostrate Arab and the tents was quite intelligible.
One little arm crept about his waist and together they walked toward
the palisade. Beneath the great tree that had harbored Korak while he
watched the girl at play he lifted her in his arms and throwing her
lightly across his shoulder leaped nimbly into the lower branches. Her
arms were about his neck and from one little hand Geeka dangled down
his straight young back.
And so Meriem entered the jungle with Korak, trusting, in her childish
innocence, the stranger who had befriended her, and perhaps influenced
in her belief in him by that strange intuitive power possessed by
woman. She had no conception of what the future might hold. She did
not know, nor could she have guessed the manner of life led by her
protector. Possibly she pictured a distant village similar to that of
The Sheik in which lived other white men like the stranger. That she
was to be taken into the savage, primeval life of a jungle beast could
not have occurred to her. Had it, her little heart would have
palpitated with fear. Often had she wished to run away from the
cruelties of The Sheik and Mabunu; but the dangers of the jungle always
had deterred her.
The two had gone but a short distance from the village when the girl
spied the huge proportions of the great Akut. With a half-stifled
scream she clung more closely to Korak, and pointed fearfully toward
Akut, thinking that The Killer was returning with a prisoner, came
growling toward them--a little girl aroused no more sympathy in the
beast's heart than would a full-grown bull ape. She was a stranger
Possibly I had conjured up impossible dangers,.Page 12
My breath was coming in quick, short gasps, cold sweat stood out from every pore of my body, and the ancient experiment of pinching revealed the fact that I was anything other than a wraith.Page 19
Upon closer observation I saw as we passed them that the buildings were deserted, and while not greatly decayed had the appearance.Page 21
Our party had halted at the entrance to the building, and at a sign from the leader I had been lowered to the ground.Page 28
The creatures were about ten or fifteen feet tall, standing erect, and had, like the green Martians, an intermediary set of arms or legs, midway between their upper and lower limbs.Page 48
It bespoke an inward and mighty.Page 51
Until we reach the headquarters of Tal Hajus it is the will of Lorquas Ptomel that you be accorded the respect your acts have earned you.Page 52
"As you know I am not of Barsoom; your ways are not my ways, and I can only act in the future as I have in the past, in accordance with the dictates of my conscience and guided by the standards of mine own people.Page 56
When I questioned her closely on this seeming familiarity with earthly things she laughed, and cried out: "Why, every school boy on Barsoom knows the geography, and much concerning the fauna and flora, as well as the history of your planet fully as well as of his own.Page 71
In my extremity I did what most other lovers would have done; I sought word from her through an intimate.Page 81
"As we neared the city's southern extremity a sound came to us from across the mossy flat, from the direction of the only pass through the hills which led to the gates, the pass by which caravans from either north or south or east or west would enter the city.Page 90
of mounted warriors, who, in passing, dropped a dozen words that fetched my heart clean into the top of my head.Page 94
No word was spoken until we had left the city far behind, but I could hear the quiet sobbing of Dejah Thoris as she clung to me with her dear head resting against my shoulder.Page 98
" Those words are engraved upon my heart.Page 123
It would look strange indeed to my people and to yours were the Princess of Helium to give herself to her country's enemy in the midst of hostilities.Page 130
"Keep your eyes on this other one," commanded Than Kosis.Page 140
It was a monstrous task to keep even a semblance of harmony among them, and it was a marvel to me that he got them to the city without a mighty battle among themselves.Page 141
The fellows who had been detailed to accompany me were of one of the smaller hordes, and therefore did not know me.Page 148
Dejah Thoris and I then advanced, and they had no eyes for other than her.Page 150
As we approached this magnificent pile we were met by a party of officers who greeted us warmly and requested that Tars Tarkas and his jeds with the jeddaks and jeds of his wild allies, together with myself, dismount and accompany them to receive from Tardos Mors an expression of his gratitude for our services.