Dihn call aloud to Thuvia, but an instant later his
exclamation of surprise betokened that he, too, had been repulsed
by his own daughter.
"They will not even listen," he cried to me. "They have put their
hands over their ears and walked to the farther end of the garden.
Ever heard you of such mad work, John Carter? The two must be
Presently I mustered the courage to return to the window, for
even though she spurned me I loved her, and could not keep my eyes
from feasting upon her divine face and figure, but when she saw me
looking she again turned away.
I was at my wit's end to account for her strange actions, and that
Thuvia, too, had turned against her father seemed incredible. Could
it be that my incomparable princess still clung to the hideous faith
from which I had rescued her world? Could it be that she looked
upon me with loathing and contempt because I had returned from the
Valley Dor, or because I had desecrated the temples and persons of
the Holy Therns?
To naught else could I ascribe her strange deportment, yet it seemed
far from possible that such could be the case, for the love of
Dejah Thoris for John Carter had been a great and wondrous love--far
above racial distinctions, creed, or religion.
As I gazed ruefully at the back of her haughty, royal head a gate
at the opposite end of the garden opened and a man entered. As he
did so he turned and slipped something into the hand of the yellow
guardsman beyond the gate, nor was the distance too great that I
might not see that money had passed between them.
Instantly I knew that this newcomer had bribed his way within the
garden. Then he turned in the direction of the two women, and
I saw that he was none other than Thurid, the black dator of the
He approached quite close to them before he spoke, and as they turned
at the sound of his voice I saw Dejah Thoris shrink from him.
There was a nasty leer upon his face as he stepped close to her
and spoke again. I could not hear his words, but her answer came
"The granddaughter of Tardos Mors can always die," she said, "but
she could never live at the price you name."
Then I saw the black scoundrel go upon his knees beside her, fairly
groveling in the dirt, pleading with her. Only part of what he said
came to me, for
pirate swear, but his best efforts would have seemed like those of a tyro alongside of Perry's masterful and scientific imprecations.Page 20
For some time they continued through the forest--how long I could not guess for I was learning, what was later borne very forcefully to my mind, that time ceases to be a factor the moment means for measuring it cease to exist.Page 29
At last a faint glow ahead forewarned us of the end of the tunnel, for which I for one was devoutly thankful.Page 30
No man will take her as mate, or may take her honorably, until he shall have overcome you in combat, and men do not choose slave women as their mates--at least not the men of Pellucidar.Page 32
Two marches after this episode we came to the city of Phutra.Page 40
Reptiles that they are, the rough surface of a great stone is to them as plush as upholstery to us.Page 41
When the band had exhausted its repertory it took wing and settled upon the rocks above and behind the queen.Page 57
She was backing toward the surface, her eyes fixed before her as they had been when she dragged the helpless girl to her doom.Page 60
down beneath the waters and devour you! It is frightful.Page 77
At last the head of the tribunal communicated the result of their conference to the officer in charge of the Sagoth guard.Page 78
Those at the table had their backs toward me.Page 79
Thus disguised I found Perry and Ghak together in the chamber where we had been wont to eat and sleep.Page 80
Its escape meant the utter ruin of our plan, and in all probability my instant death.Page 88
bow was extremely tough and this, with the strength and elasticity of my new string, gave me unwonted confidence in my weapon.Page 90
For a long time I could hear the horrid roaring of the brute intermingled with the screams and shrieks of his victims, until finally the awful sounds dwindled and disappeared in the distance.Page 97
As we proceeded along the ledge I gave Dian minute directions for finding my cave against the chance of something happening to me.Page 101
"May be that I saved you from a worse fate, old man," I said, but I guess it was lost on Dian, for she never seemed to notice it at all.Page 108
If you happen not to have heard of the Darel Az, or the white cliffs, or the Mountains of the Clouds you feel that there is something lacking, and long for the good old understandable northeast and southwest of the outer world.Page 109
The old man was quite overcome at sight of me for he had long since given me up as dead.Page 113
And then I shrank back upon my seat in utter horror.