The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Thuvia, Maid of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs:|
she recognized one of the crew as a member of the crew
of that other flier that had borne her from her father's
gardens to Aaanthor. The presence of Astok upon the
craft settled the whole question. She had been stolen by
emissaries of the Dusarian prince--Carthoris of Helium
had had nothing to do with it.
Nor did Astok deny the charge when she accused him.
He only smiled and pleaded his love for her.
"I would sooner mate with a white ape!" she cried,
when he would have urged his suit.
Astok glowered sullenly upon her.
Thuvia, Maid of Mars