The mutilation of the savage has its tragic survival in the self-denial that mars
I found that I must learn to walk all over again, as the muscular exertion which carried me easily and safely upon Earth played strange antics with me upon Mars.
My muscles, perfectly attuned and accustomed to the force of gravity on Earth, played the mischief with me in attempting for the first time to cope with the lesser gravitation and lower air pressure on Mars.
The planet Mars
, I scarcely need remind the reader, re- volves about the sun at a mean distance of 140,000,000 miles, and the light and heat it receives from the sun is barely half of that received by this world.
Meanwhile the bard began to sing the loves of Mars
and Venus, and how they first began their intrigue in the house of Vulcan.
I have told you," answered the man of science, "that they are the Moon, Mars
and the Sun.
The chiefs disposed their men this way and that before the fight began, drafting them out as easily as goatherds draft their flocks when they have got mixed while feeding; and among them went King Agamemnon, with a head and face like Jove the lord of thunder, a waist like Mars
, and a chest like that of Neptune.
There is much which I have left out; much which I have not dared to tell; but you will find the story of his second search for Dejah Thoris, Princess of Helium, even more remarkable than was his first manuscript which I gave to an unbelieving world a short time since and through which we followed the fighting Virginian across dead sea bottoms under the moons of Mars
For six long Martian months I had haunted the vicinity of the hateful Temple of the Sun, within whose slow-revolving shaft, far beneath the surface of Mars
, my princess lay entombed--but whether alive or dead I knew not.
His skin was but faintly tinged with the copper colour that marks the red men of Mars from the other races of the dying planet--he was like them, and yet there was a subtle difference greater even than that which lay in his lighter skin and his grey eyes.
Aside from seeing you, which is my principal reason for being here, and satisfying myself that I can transport inanimate things from Mars
to Earth, and therefore animate things if I so desire, I have no purpose.
I gritted my teeth, for his mirth put them on edge, and snapped out between them, "She was the wife of Mars
, you know.