"Here is a great tree, standing close to the ditch. If the Tin Woodman can chop it down, so that it will fall to the other side, we can walk across it easily."
Then the Lion put his strong front legs against the tree and pushed with all his might, and slowly the big tree tipped and fell with a crash across the ditch, with its top branches on the other side.
I woke Clarence and told him the great ditch was filling up with men, and that I believed all the knights were coming for us in a body.
A glance showed that the rest of the enemy -- per- haps ten thousand strong -- were between us and the encircling ditch, and pressing forward to the assault.
"We are going to be shot!" cried Raoul; "but, sword in hand, at least, let us leap the ditch! We shall kill at least two of these scoundrels, when their muskets are empty." And, suiting the action to the word, Raoul was springing forward, followed by Athos, when a well-known voice resounded behind them, "Athos!
The governor came up, having crossed the ditch upon a plank bridge.
If I had died at the bottom there;" and he made an emphatic swing at the ditch
with his manacled hands; "I'd have held to him with that grip, that you should have been safe to find him in my hold."
But it was observed with some irritation in the village, that anybody but a "blind creatur" like Marner would have seen the man prowling about, for how came he to leave his tinder-box in the ditch
close by, if he hadn't been lingering there?
Madame Aubain finally slid into the ditch
, after shoving first Virginia and then Paul into it, and though she stumbled several times she managed, by dint of courage, to climb the other side of it.
A man came first, and as he came he lowered little gates along the large ditch
of running water, shutting off the streams that had run between the rows of growing plants; and behind him came other men carrying burdens of fresh vegetables in great woven baskets upon their shoulders.
He wiped his glasses the better to behold his beloved water, then seized a hoe and strode down the main ditch
to open more laterals.
The sides and brinks of the ditches
were of damp clay; but in no one place could they discern the print of men's shoes, or the slightest mark which would indicate that any feet had pressed the ground for hours before.
, single drawbridge, massive stone walls, eight great towers, cannon, muskets, fire and smoke.
"Hallo!" he cried, "what a bad rocket!" and he threw him over the wall into the ditch
The cities of Germany are absolutely free, they own but little country around them, and they yield obedience to the emperor when it suits them, nor do they fear this or any other power they may have near them, because they are fortified in such a way that every one thinks the taking of them by assault would be tedious and difficult, seeing they have proper ditches
and walls, they have sufficient artillery, and they always keep in public depots enough for one year's eating, drinking, and firing.