Thuvia, Maid of Mars

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

Page 63

A
cunning look leaped to the Lotharian's eyes.

The thing that lay beyond that look had been deep in his heart
since first he had laid eyes upon Thuvia of Ptarth. He had not
recognized it, however, until now that she seemed about to pass
out of his existence.

He centred his mind upon the Heliumite and the girl for an instant.

Carthoris saw Thuvia of Ptarth step forward with outstretched
hand. He was surprised at this sudden softening toward him, and
it was with a full heart that he let his fingers close upon hers,
as together they turned away from forgotten Lothar, into the woods,
and bent their steps toward the distant mountains.

As the Lotharian had turned toward them, Thuvia had been surprised
to hear Carthoris suddenly voice a new plan.

"Remain here with Jav," she had heard him say, "while I go to search
for the passage through the cliffs."

She had dropped back in surprise and disappointment, for she knew
that there was no reason why she should not have accompanied him.
Certainly she should have been safer with him than left here alone
with the Lotharian.

And Jav watched the two and smiled his cunning smile.

When Carthoris had disappeared within the wood, Thuvia seated
herself apathetically upon the scarlet sward to watch the seemingly
interminable struggles of the bowmen.

The long afternoon dragged its weary way toward darkness, and still
the imaginary legions charged and retreated. The sun was about to
set when Tario commenced to withdraw his troops slowly toward the
city.

His plan for cessation of hostilities through the night evidently
met with Jav's entire approval, for he caused his forces to form
themselves in orderly utans and march just within the edge of
the wood, where they were soon busily engaged in preparing their
evening meal, and spreading down their sleeping silks and furs for
the night.

Thuvia could scarce repress a smile as she noted the scrupulous
care with which Jav's imaginary men attended to each tiny detail
of deportment as truly as if they had been real flesh and blood.

Sentries were posted between the camp and the city. Officers
clanked hither and thither issuing commands and seeing to it that
they were properly carried out.

Thuvia turned toward Jav.

"Why is it," she asked, "that you observe such careful nicety in
the regulation of your creatures when Tario knows quite as well as
you that they are but figments of your brain? Why not permit them
simply to dissolve into thin air until you again require their
futile service?"

"You do not understand them," replied Jav. "While

Last Page Next Page

Text Comparison with At the Earth's Core

Page 0
My party consisted of a dozen children.
Page 4
There would seem to me to be about one chance in several million that we shall succeed--otherwise we shall die more quickly but no more surely than as though we sat supinely waiting for the torture of a slow and horrible death.
Page 9
Why--why what does it mean? Where in the world are we? What has happened?" "It means that we're back at the surface all right, Perry," I cried; "but where, I don't know.
Page 10
With an expression of surprise I turned and looked at Perry--it was broad day-light without! "Something seems to have gone wrong either with our calculations or the chronometer," I said.
Page 17
What had become of Perry? Would I ever see him again? What were the intentions of these half-human things into whose hands I had fallen? Were they inhabitants of the same world into which I had been born? No! It could not be.
Page 30
Of the twelve prisoners who had been chained ahead of me each alternate one had been freed commencing with Dian.
Page 33
In like manner air is introduced.
Page 44
I ran to the right, passing several exits choked with the fear mad mob that were battling to escape.
Page 47
still balked on the eyes and entrails, much to the amusement of Ghak, to whom I always passed these delicacies.
Page 68
According to them Pellucidarians who live upon the opposite side walk always with their heads pointed downward!" and Ja laughed uproariously at the very thought.
Page 75
Do you catch my meaning?" I didn't and said so.
Page 76
They asked me many.
Page 80
The lower the tiers of chambers, the darker.
Page 83
It seemed my only hope, and so I tried it.
Page 85
I knew what he meant.
Page 86
Perry in his powerful arms and carrying him.
Page 88
Close behind him were two more--fifty yards perhaps--but the distance gave me time to snatch up the dead guardsman's shield, for the close call his hatchet had just given me had borne in upon me the urgent need I had for one.
Page 94
Again my aim was true, and with a hiss of pain and rage the reptile wheeled once more and soared away.
Page 111
As the opposing army approached we saw that there were many Mahars with the Sagoth troops--an indication of the vast importance which the dominant race placed upon the outcome of this campaign, for it was not customary with them to take active part in the sorties which their creatures made for slaves--the only form of warfare which they waged upon the lower orders.
Page 113
I was all ready to get under way.