A Princess of Mars
They raced wildly after me until, finally, my foot struck a projecting piece of quartz, and
down I went sprawling upon the moss. As I looked up they were upon me, and although I
drew my long-sword in an attempt to sell my life as dearly as possible, it was soon over. I
reeled beneath their blows which fell upon me in perfect torrents; my head swam; all was
black, and I went down beneath them to oblivion.