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Une princesse de Mars (1912) by Edgar Rice Burroughs

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

They appeared ordinarily head, with little scrawny our bodies, lengthy necks and 6 legs, or, as I in a while realized, legs and fingers, with an middleman pair of limbs which can be used at will both as hands or legs. Their eyes have been set on the severe aspects in their heads a trifle above the heart and protruded in any such demeanour that they can be directed both ahead or again and likewise independently of one another, therefore allowing this queer animal to appear in any path, or in instructions right now, with no the need of turning the top. The ears, which have been just a little above the eyes and nearer jointly, have been small, cup-shaped antennae, sticking out no more than an inch on those younger specimens. Their noses have been yet longitudinal slits within the heart in their faces, halfway among their mouths and ears. there has been no hair on their our bodies, that have been of a truly gentle yellowish-green color...

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Les hommes synthétiques de Mars 10. Llana de Ghatol 11. -N. M PRÉFACE DE L’AUTEUR Au lecteur de ce livre : Je pense, en soumettant ici sous forme imprimée l’étrange manuscrit écrit par le capitaine Carter, que quelques mots préliminaires ne seront pas inutiles : ils souligneront surtout à quel point cet homme était doué d’une personnalité hors de pair, vraiment exceptionnelle. Le premier souvenir de lui que j’aie, gravé dans ma mémoire d’enfant, remonte au séjour de plusieurs mois qu’il fit chez nous, dans le domaine de mon père, en Virginie, juste un peu avant que n’éclate la guerre de Sécession.

Il me fallait m’éloigner de la pointe de lance qui était en train de me charger ! En conséquence, je fis un bond très terrestre et, en même temps, surhumain. Mon but était d’atteindre le sommet de cet édifice que j’avais compris être un incubateur ou une couveuse. Cet effort se trouva couronné d’un succès tel qu’il me stupéfia moi-même ; en outre, il parut étonner les guerriers martiens tout autant. En effet, ce saut m’éleva à au moins dix mètres de hauteur, et je retombai à plus de trente mètres de mes assaillants, de l’autre côté de l’édifice, reprenant enfin contact avec le sol élastique sans aucun mal, et même, disons-le, avec une certaine élégance.

Sitôt la partie plate atteinte, je poussai l’allure de ma monture et pris le galop. Je maintins dans la mesure du possible jusqu’à un endroit où d’autres traces inscrites sur le sable venaient rejoindre celles laissées par les bêtes de Powell : elles trahissaient la présence de trois chevaux non ferrés : des poneys visiblement lancés au galop. Je pus les suivre avec célérité jusqu’à la tombée du jour ; là, je dus m’arrêter et attendre le lever de la lune, ce qui me donna l’occasion de m’interroger sur le bien-fondé qu’il y avait à pousser cette poursuite encore plus avant.

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