Bastille

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a fortress built in Paris in the 14th century and used as a prison in the 17th and 18th centuries

a jail or prison (especially one that is run in a tyrannical manner)

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My enemy must indeed be powerful, to be able to shut up in the Bastile a child such as I then was.
After which," said Aramis, "you were arrested and removed to the Bastile.
said Aramis, with unmistakable emphasis, "I do not know that I ought to risk this secret by intrusting it to one who has no desire to quit the Bastile.
It is that I will hear nothing further from you till I am clear of the Bastile.
He was eager to leave the Bastile, where the secret which overwhelmed him seemed to double the weight of the walls.
And he departed, leaving Baisemeaux almost more than stifled with joy and surprise at this regal present so liberally bestowed by the confessor extraordinary to the Bastile.
It is the story of Sleeping Beauty, but this rendition goes back further, to the tale as told by Giambattista Bastile in 1634 and Charles Perrault a few decades later, in about 1696, both inspired by an even older fairy tale called "Perceforest," one of six 16th-century volumes thought to have given rise to the Arthurian legend.