wicked face would have convinced
me. Beyond Thurid I could see my Dejah Thoris, wide-eyed and
horrified, struggling at her bonds. That she should be forced to
witness my awful death made my bitter fate seem doubly cruel.
I ceased my efforts to climb across the gunwale. Instead I took
a firm grasp upon the rail with my left hand and drew my dagger.
I should at least die as I had lived--fighting.
As Thurid came opposite the cabin's doorway a new element projected
itself into the grim tragedy of the air that was being enacted upon
the deck of Matai Shang's disabled flier.
It was Phaidor.
With flushed face and disheveled hair, and eyes that betrayed the
recent presence of mortal tears--above which this proud goddess had
always held herself--she leaped to the deck directly before me.
In her hand was a long, slim dagger. I cast a last look upon
my beloved princess, smiling, as men should who are about to die.
Then I turned my face up toward Phaidor--waiting for the blow.
Never have I seen that beautiful face more beautiful than it was
at that moment. It seemed incredible that one so lovely could
yet harbor within her fair bosom a heart so cruel and relentless,
and today there was a new expression in her wondrous eyes that I
never before had seen there--an unfamiliar softness, and a look of
Thurid was beside her now--pushing past to reach me first, and
then what happened happened so quickly that it was all over before
I could realize the truth of it.
Phaidor's slim hand shot out to close upon the black's dagger wrist.
Her right hand went high with its gleaming blade.
"That for Matai Shang!" she cried, and she buried her blade deep
in the dator's breast. "That for the wrong you would have done
Dejah Thoris!" and again the sharp steel sank into the bloody flesh.
"And that, and that, and that!" she shrieked, "for John Carter,
Prince of Helium," and with each word her sharp point pierced the
vile heart of the great villain. Then, with a vindictive shove she
cast the carcass of the First Born from the deck to fall in awful
silence after the body of his victim.
I had been so paralyzed by surprise that I had made no move to reach
the deck during the awe-inspiring scene which I had just witnessed,
and now I was to be still further amazed by her next act, for
Phaidor extended her hand to me and assisted me to the deck, where
The youth commenced to remove the American's clothing piece by piece, and, piece by piece, he examined each garment minutely.Page 34
The trail of Achmet ben Houdin and his accomplices is a matter of record--you may verify it if you care to.Page 45
It was still in the boy's mind to travel to the south, and circle back to the coast in search of another outpost of civilization.Page 54
Akut listened and as he listened the intuition of the beast suggested the truth to him--the boy was planning to return to his own kind.Page 68
For a long hour that passed very quickly to him Korak lay with gaze riveted upon the playing child.Page 85
Nearby lay The Killer's spear, where he had flung it as he charged the ape.Page 98
Sniffing at his dead feet whined a mangy native cur.Page 117
When first he came upon them they were moving slowly but steadily southward in one of those periodic migrations the reasons for which the baboon himself is best able to explain.Page 120
Once in the forest that clothed the mountain slopes the baboons advanced more slowly.Page 130
Morison Baynes found Meriem a most beautiful and charming companion.Page 139
Morison was driving at.Page 141
Even the blacks for a distance of many miles in every direction were well known to him.Page 153
Instantly Bwana assumed that the shot had been fired by Hon.Page 154
"Bein' around here evenings a good deal I've seen them two together a lot, and, beggin' your pardon, sir, but I don't think Mr.Page 155
He had not been blind to Baynes' infatuation for Meriem, and knowing the young man's pride in caste he had never for a moment believed that his guest would offer his name to this nameless Arab girl, for, extremely light in color though she was for a full blood Arab, Bwana believed her to be such.Page 173
"Too late! Too late to save; but not too late to avenge!" That kept him up.Page 178
Here lay the canoes that had been used in bringing the party from the opposite shore.Page 180
The ruined huts still stood in crumbling decay.Page 190
Foaming with rage The Sheik ordered immediate pursuit, and then strode rapidly back to where Meriem sat huddled by the bushes where he had left her.Page 217
After a while I'll have him put me down, and find some pretext for sending him away.