Thuvia, Maid of Mars

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

Page 82

not admit
even to herself that she loved him, and yet she had permitted him
to apply to her that term of endearment and possession to which
a Barsoomian maid should turn deaf ears when voiced by other lips
than those of her husband or fiance--"my princess."

Kulan Tith, Jeddak of Kaol, to whom she was affianced, commanded
her respect and admiration. Had it been that she had surrendered
to her father's wishes because of pique that the handsome Heliumite
had not taken advantage of his visits to her father's court
to push the suit for her hand that she had been quite sure he had
contemplated since that distant day the two had sat together upon
the carved seat within the gorgeous Garden of the Jeddaks that
graced the inner courtyard of the palace of Salensus Oll at Kadabra?

Did she love Kulan Tith? Bravely she tried to believe that she
did; but all the while her eyes wandered through the coming darkness
for the figure of a clean-limbed fighting man--black-haired and
grey-eyed. Black was the hair of Kulan Tith; but his eyes were
brown.

It was almost dark when she found the entrance to the tunnel. Safely
she passed through to the hills beyond, and here, under the bright
light of Mars' two moons, she halted to plan her future action.

Should she wait here in the hope that Carthoris would return in
search of her? Or should she continue her way north-east toward
Ptarth? Where, first, would Carthoris have gone after leaving the
valley of Lothar?

Her parched throat and dry tongue gave her the answer--toward
Aaanthor and water. Well, she, too, would go first to Aaanthor,
where she might find more than the water she needed.

With Komal by her side she felt little fear, for he would protect
her from all other savage beasts. Even the great white apes would
flee the mighty banth in terror. Men only need she fear, but she
must take this and many other chances before she could hope to
reach her father's court again.

When at last Carthoris found her, only to be struck down by the
long-sword of a green man, Thuvia prayed that the same fate might
overtake her.

The sight of the red warriors leaping from their fliers had, for a
moment, filled her with renewed hope--hope that Carthoris of Helium
might be only stunned and that they would rescue him; but when she
saw the Dusarian metal upon their harness, and that they sought
only to escape with her alone from the charging Torquasians, she
gave up.

Komal,

Last Page Next Page

Text Comparison with Pellucidar

Page 14
"I lived on nuts and fruits and the edible roots that chance threw in my way.
Page 29
While we waited we devoted the time to the construction of an upper deck, since the one immediately above the ballast was some seven feet from the gunwale.
Page 46
I was full of my scheme when we entered Phutra and I was conducted directly to the great audience-chamber.
Page 51
We have heard that the great emperor makes successful war upon the Mahars, against whom we should be glad to fight.
Page 63
I thought it must be some wild beast, and was glad of the primitive weapons I had taken from the bodies of.
Page 69
I asked them what they intended doing with me; but, like our own North American Indians when questioned by a white man, they pretended not to understand me.
Page 72
My masters did not seem to.
Page 73
When I was tired or hungry I retired to my humble cot.
Page 75
As the attackers came on they paused occasionally wherever a projection gave them sufficient foothold and launched arrows and spears at the defenders above them.
Page 86
Before ever he could scramble up again I was on him and had buried my knife in his heart.
Page 87
When they discovered Dian and me they exchanged a few words, and one of them continued toward Juag while the other turned upon us.
Page 100
The effect of this was to turn the lidi toward the right, and the longer I watched the procedure the more convinced I became that Raja and his mate were working together with some end in view, for the she-dog merely galloped steadily at the lidi's right about op-posite his rump.
Page 107
"Boats!" she cried.
Page 116
bronze faces of the Mezops were broad with smiles, and Perry was fairly beside himself with joy.
Page 120
Striking him lightly on the shoulder I created him king of Anoroc.
Page 122
"You would be surprised now, David, at the aspect of Anoroc.
Page 126
Before we reached the plain of Phutra we were discovered by a company of Sagoths, who at first stood to give battle; but upon seeing the vast numbers of our army they turned and fled toward Phutra.
Page 130
It was pitiful, and I told Ja as much.
Page 131
After that they came in one by one until all had laid their weapons upon our decks.
Page 135
if 80 24 Sidi Lidi 96 10 be bet 101 33 the the and the 107 15 Hoojas' Hooja's 117 4 come came 119 18 remarkably remarkable 149 25 take takes 151 6 Juang Juag 173 29 contined continued ].