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April 19

The Gods of Mars – “Chapter 22: Victory and Defeat” by Edgar Rice Burroughs (Final Chapter)

CHAPTER XXII VICTORY AND DEFEAT “John Carter, John Carter,” she sobbed, with her dear head upon my shoulder; “even now I can scarce believe the witness of my own eyes. When the girl, Thuvia, told me that you had returned to Barsoom, I listened, but I could not understand, for it seemed that such happiness […]

April 18

The Gods of Mars – “Chapter 21: Through Flood and Flame” by Edgar Rice Burroughs

CHAPTER XXI THROUGH FLOOD AND FLAME Yersted’s information convinced me that there was no time to be lost. I must reach the Temple of Issus secretly before the forces under Tars Tarkas assaulted at dawn. Once within its hated walls I was positive that I could overcome the guards of Issus and bear away my […]

April 17

The Gods of Mars – “Chapter 20: The Air Battle” by Edgar Rice Burroughs

CHAPTER XX THE AIR BATTLE Two hours after leaving my palace at Helium, or about midnight, Kantos Kan, Xodar, and I arrived at Hastor. Carthoris, Tars Tarkas, and Hor Vastus had gone directly to Thark upon another cruiser. The transports were to get under way immediately and move slowly south. The fleet of battleships would […]

April 16

The Gods of Mars – “Chapter 19: Black Despair” by Edgar Rice Burroughs

CHAPTER XIX BLACK DESPAIR “Ah,” said Zat Arras, “to what kindly circumstance am I indebted for the pleasure of this unexpected visit from the Prince of Helium?” While he was speaking, one of my guards had removed the gag from my mouth, but I made no reply to Zat Arras: simply standing there in silence […]

April 13

The Gods of Mars – “Chapter 18: Sola’s Story” by Edgar Rice Burroughs

CHAPTER XVIII SOLA’S STORY Once within the palace, I drew Sola to the dining hall, and, when she had greeted her father after the formal manner of the green men, she told the story of the pilgrimage and capture of Dejah Thoris. “Seven days ago, after her audience with Zat Arras, Dejah Thoris attempted to […]

April 12

The Gods of Mars – “Chapter 17: The Death Sentence” by Edgar Rice Burroughs

CHAPTER XVII THE DEATH SENTENCE A few moments before the appointed time on the following morning a strong guard of Zat Arras’ officers appeared at our quarters to conduct us to the great hall of the temple. In twos we entered the chamber and marched down the broad Aisle of Hope, as it is called, […]

April 11

The Gods of Mars – “Chapter 16: Under Arrest” by Edgar Rice Burroughs

CHAPTER XVI UNDER ARREST As Carthoris, Xodar, Tars Tarkas, and I stood gazing at the magnificent vessel which meant so much to all of us, we saw a second and then a third top the summit of the hills and glide gracefully after their sister. Now a score of one-man air scouts were launching from […]

April 10

The Gods of Mars – “Flight and Pursuit” by Edar Rice Burroughs

CHAPTER XV FLIGHT AND PURSUIT I could not have been unconscious more than a few seconds, and yet I know that I was unconscious, for the next thing I realized was that a growing radiance was illuminating the corridor about me and the eyes were gone. I was unharmed except for a slight bruise upon […]

April 09

The Gods of Mars – “The Eyes in the Dark” by Edgar Rice Burroughs

CHAPTER XIV THE EYES IN THE DARK My son! I could not believe my ears. Slowly I rose and faced the handsome youth. Now that I looked at him closely I commenced to see why his face and personality had attracted me so strongly. There was much of his mother’s incomparable beauty in his clear-cut […]

March 27

The Gods of Mars – “A Break for Liberty” by Edgar Rice Burroughs

CHAPTER XIII A BREAK FOR LIBERTY Xodar listened in incredulous astonishment to my narration of the events which had transpired within the arena at the rites of Issus. He could scarce conceive, even though he had already professed his doubt as to the deity of Issus, that one could threaten her with sword in hand […]

March 19

The Gods of Mars – “Chapter 12: Doomed to Die” by Edgar Rice Burroughs

CHAPTER XII DOOMED TO DIE For an instant I stood there before they fell upon me, but the first rush of them forced me back a step or two. My foot felt for the floor but found only empty space. I had backed into the pit which had received Issus. For a second I toppled […]

February 26

The Gods of Mars – “Chapter 11: When Hell Broke Loose” by Edgar Rice Burroughs

CHAPTER XI WHEN HELL BROKE LOOSE Early the next morning Xodar and I commenced work upon our plans for escape. First I had him sketch upon the stone floor of our cell as accurate a map of the south polar regions as was possible with the crude instruments at our disposal—a buckle from my harness, […]

February 23

The Gods of Mars – “The Prison Isle of Shador” by Edgar Rice Burroughs

CHAPTER X THE PRISON ISLE OF SHADOR In the outer gardens to which the guard now escorted me, I found Xodar surrounded by a crowd of noble blacks. They were reviling and cursing him. The men slapped his face. The women spat upon him. When I appeared they turned their attentions toward me. “Ah,” cried […]

February 22

The Gods of Mars – “Chapter 9: Issus, Goddess of Life Eternal” by Edgar Rice Burroughs

CHAPTER IX ISSUS, GODDESS OF LIFE ETERNAL The confession of love which the girl’s fright had wrung from her touched me deeply; but it humiliated me as well, since I felt that in some thoughtless word or act I had given her reason to believe that I reciprocated her affection. Never have I been much […]

February 21

The Gods of Mars – “Chapter 8: The Depths of Omean” by Edgar Rice Burroughs

CHAPTER VIII THE DEPTHS OF OMEAN Now I realized why the black pirate had kept me engrossed with his strange tale. For miles he had sensed the approach of succour, and but for that single tell-tale glance the battleship would have been directly above us in another moment, and the boarding party which was doubtless […]

February 20

The Gods of Mars – “Chapter 7: A Fair Goddess” by Edgar Rice Burroughs

CHAPTER VII A FAIR GODDESS For an instant the black pirate and I remained motionless, glaring into each other’s eyes. Then a grim smile curled the handsome lips above me, as an ebony hand came slowly in sight from above the edge of the deck and the cold, hollow eye of a revolver sought the […]

February 19

The Gods of Mars – “Chapter 6: The Black Pirates of Barsoom” by Edgar Rice Burroughs

CHAPTER VI THE BLACK PIRATES OF BARSOOM “What is it?” I asked of the girl. For answer she pointed to the sky. I looked, and there, above us, I saw shadowy bodies flitting hither and thither high over temple, court, and garden. Almost immediately flashes of light broke from these strange objects. There was a […]

February 16

The Gods of Mars – “Chapter 5: Corridors of Peril” by Edgar Rice Burroughs

CHAPTER V CORRIDORS OF PERIL How long I slept upon the floor of the storeroom I do not know, but it must have been many hours. I was awakened with a start by cries of alarm, and scarce were my eyes opened, nor had I yet sufficiently collected my wits to quite realize where I […]

February 15

The Gods of Mars – “Chapter 4: Thuvia” by Edgar Rice Burroughs

CHAPTER IV THUVIA It was the sound of conflict that aroused me once more to the realities of life. For a moment I could neither place my surroundings nor locate the sounds which had aroused me. And then from beyond the blank wall beside which I lay I heard the shuffling of feet, the snarling […]

February 14

The Gods of Mars – “Chapter 3: The Chamber of Mystery” by Edgar Rice Burroughs

  CHAPTER III THE CHAMBER OF MYSTERY For moments after that awful laugh had ceased reverberating through the rocky room, Tars Tarkas and I stood in tense and expectant silence. But no further sound broke the stillness, nor within the range of our vision did aught move. At length Tars Tarkas laughed softly, after the […]

September 28

The Gods of Mars – “Chapter 2: A Forest Battle” by Edgar Rice Burroughs

CHAPTER II A FOREST BATTLE Tars Tarkas and I found no time for an exchange of experiences as we stood there before the great boulder surrounded by the corpses of our grotesque assailants, for from all directions down the broad valley was streaming a perfect torrent of terrifying creatures in response to the weird call […]

September 27

The Gods of Mars – “Chapter 1: The Plant Men” by Edgar Rice Burroughs

CHAPTER I THE PLANT MEN As I stood upon the bluff before my cottage on that clear cold night in the early part of March, 1886, the noble Hudson flowing like the grey and silent spectre of a dead river below me, I felt again the strange, compelling influence of the mighty god of war, […]

September 25

The Gods of Mars – “Foreword” by Edgar Rick Burroughs

FOREWORD Twelve years had passed since I had laid the body of my great-uncle, Captain John Carter, of Virginia, away from the sight of men in that strange mausoleum in the old cemetery at Richmond. Often had I pondered on the odd instructions he had left me governing the construction of his mighty tomb, and […]