that somewhere he would obtain sight of Thuvia of
Ptarth, for even now he could not believe that she was dead.
That he was not discovered was a miracle, for mounted warriors were
constantly riding back and forth from the camp into the forest; but
the long day wore on and still he continued his seemingly fruitless
quest, until, near sunset, he came opposite a mighty gate in the
city's western wall.
Here seemed to be the principal force of the attacking horde.
Here a great platform had been erected whereon Carthoris could see
squatting a huge green warrior, surrounded by others of his kind.
This, then, must be the notorious Hortan Gur, Jeddak of Torquas,
the fierce old ogre of the south-western hemisphere, as only for
a jeddak are platforms raised in temporary camps or upon the march
by the green hordes of Barsoom.
As the Heliumite watched he saw another green warrior push his way
forward toward the rostrum. Beside him he dragged a captive, and
as the surrounding warriors parted to let the two pass, Carthoris
caught a fleeting glimpse of the prisoner.
His heart leaped in rejoicing. Thuvia of Ptarth still lived!
It was with difficulty that Carthoris restrained the impulse to
rush forward to the side of the Ptarthian princess; but in the end
his better judgment prevailed, for in the face of such odds he knew
that he should have been but throwing away, uselessly, any future
opportunity he might have to succour her.
He saw her dragged to the foot of the rostrum. He saw Hortan Gur
address her. He could not hear the creature's words, nor Thuvia's
reply; but it must have angered the green monster, for Carthoris
saw him leap toward the prisoner, striking her a cruel blow across
the face with his metal-banded arm.
Then the son of John Carter, Jeddak of Jeddaks, Warlord of Barsoom,
went mad. The old, blood-red haze through which his sire had glared
at countless foes, floated before his eyes.
His half-Earthly muscles, responding quickly to his will, sent
him in enormous leaps and bounds toward the green monster that had
struck the woman he loved.
The Torquasians were not looking in the direction of the forest.
All eyes had been upon the figures of the girl and their jeddak,
and loud was the hideous laughter that rang out in appreciation of
the wit of the green emperor's reply to his prisoner's appeal for
Carthoris had covered about half the distance between the forest
and the green warriors, when a new factor succeeded in still further
directing the attention of the
It--well, read it yourself, and see if you, too, do not find food for frantic conjecture, for tantalizing doubts, and for a great hope.Page 22
Far ahead, miles and miles away, I saw a great valley and mighty woods, and beyond these a broad expanse of water.Page 30
When we were directly between two of them he fairly went into raptures; nor could I blame him.Page 35
As Ja had never been so far and knew only of Amoz through hearsay, we thought that he must be mistaken; but he was not.Page 38
"Come!" exclaimed the Sagoths.Page 54
I do not know how long a time that journey required, and only half did I appreciate the varied wonders that each new march unfolded before me, for my mind and heart were filled with but a single image--that of a perfect girl whose great, dark eyes looked bravely forth from a frame of raven hair.Page 57
I forgot that he was a vicious, primordial wolf-thing--a man-eater, a scourge, and a terror.Page 65
"I am David," I said, "Emperor of the Federated Kingdoms of Pellucidar.Page 73
Here I was resting from my labors on a certain occasion when I heard a great hub-bub in the village, which lay about a quarter of a mile away.Page 75
But the arrows of the invaders were taking a much heavier toll than the nooses of the defenders and I foresaw that it was but a matter of time before Hooja's forces must conquer unless the brute-men changed their tactics, or the cave men tired of the battle.Page 80
When I felt reasonably sure that they had gone for a while at least I crawled from my hiding-place and at the risk of a broken neck leaped and scrambled to the spot where their canoe was moored.Page 85
I landed head first on all fours, but I came quickly and was on my feet before the man in the dark guessed what had happened.Page 89
The cove appeared no larger than a saucer.Page 100
With a lunge that hurled me flat and jerked the leash from my hand, he was gone with the speed of the wind after the giant lidi and its riders.Page 113
Hooja's fleet had been in much more compact formation when we sighted them this time than on the occasion following the tempest.Page 125
After this we landed--an arduous task since each felucca carried but a single light dugout.Page 127
When we had overcome their gorilla-men we followed after them.Page 128
My heart leaped when I discovered that which was chaining the attention of them all.Page 133
In other words, a commodity ceases to have pecuniary value the instant that it passes out of the hands of its producer.Page 134
We are very happy, Dian and I, and I would not return to the outer world for all the riches of all its princes.