It represents a gloomy cell; in the centre is a table loaded with hideous objects; skulls, spheres, alembics, compasses
, hieroglyphic parchments.
And, by the way, about that door, my friend, I should like to ask you, who know everything, why these wretches of architects, who ought to have the compasses
run into them, just to remind them, came to make doorways through which nobody but thin people can pass?
After that they took his right hand, placed it on something, and told him to hold a pair of compasses
to his left breast with the other hand and to repeat after someone who read aloud an oath of fidelity to the laws of the Order.
For a long time I stood buried in deep thought, when it occurred to me to try out one of the compasses
I had brought and ascertain if it remained steadily fixed upon an unvarying pole.
The boy was there, sitting upon the office stool hard at work with a pair of compasses
And back it came, day after day, steering compasses
, blocks and tackles, sails, coils of rope, medicine chests, ensigns, signal flags--everything, in fact, except the trade goods and supplies which had already been kai-kai'd.