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James Killian Spratt's Graphic Interpretation of
Edgar Rice Burroughs' A Princess of Mars
--but I assure you
they were worthy of my metal,
I worked my way into
Our noise brought Dejah
Against only two I rushed them down,
a change of tactics
that had won me many a victory,
and then there was one,
and in seconds none at all.
It grieved me to kill
such brave and noble fighters,
but for Dejah Thoris
I would have depopulated all of Barsoom,
were there no other way
to get to her side.
I sheathed my bloody blade
and advanced to my Martian princess,
“Who are you, Zodangan?
Another enemy to harass me in my misery?”
“I am a friend,” I replied,
“a once cherished friend,”
to which she stated:
“No friend of Helium’s Princess
wears that metal,
but—that voice—Oh, NO!—H-he is DEAD!
It c-cannot BE!—“
And I saw it come to her--
Her beautiful eyes went wide.
For a moment she reached
In misery she grieved,
“Think you, John Carter,
that I would give my heart to you yesterday
and today to another?!?
I had thought you dead in the pits of Warhoon!!”
She said quietly,
do you remember offending me in Korad?
You did not know—
by calling me your Princess
without first asking for my hand
—there are two kinds of women on Barsoom
—and you put me in the lower class,
not knowing our ways—“
“—At first I was furious,
but now I see you meant me no affront
—indeed the opposite—and I tell you, my friend,
that I would have been yours,
though it cost me my Empire,
had you but asked my promise.
But now it is Sab Than’s, and I
cannot withdraw my pledge.
Upon my Honor, while Sab Than lives,
I am his.”
I said bluntly,
“Then you have sealed his Death Warrant!”
Then she cried,
Disheartened and dejected,
I had no clue how to find my post,
and my only hope lay in escape from Zodanga.
Finally I found a downward runway
and fell in behind a group of Guardsmen,
just as a general alarm sounded.
The four dead men had been found,
and the Palace began buzzing like a hornets’ nest.
In the chaos in the
Accordingly I sought
a hiding-place and,
“It is the work of
Then I heard the voice of the Jeddak’s cousin,
the one whose life I had saved—
“Such a WARRIOR!
That brings to mind my erstwhile Savior,
—who can fight like none ever seen!
Where is HE at this moment?”
At that Than Kosis
Word was soon brought
Darkness had fallen,
so I slipped from my hiding-place
and hastened to the balcony.
I waited until no one was in sight
and dropped to the ground
thirty feet below,
then with a short run
I leaped the glass wall
into the avenue beyond,
and was away.
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