Lastly, in the intervals of these roofs, of these spires, of these accidents of numberless edifices, which bent and writhed, and jagged in so eccentric a manner the extreme line of the University, one caught a glimpse, here and there, of a great expanse of moss-grown wall, a thick, round tower, a crenellated city gate, shadowing forth the fortress; it was the wall of Philip Augustus.
From the tower where we are placed, the Hôtel Saint-Pol, almost half hidden by the four great houses of which we have just spoken, was still very considerable and very marvellous to see.
Two figures had emerged from the tower. Their beautiful bodies seemed identical with those of the headless creatures among which they moved, but the newcomers were not headless.
When all had been thus fastened to the rope one of the warriors commenced to pull and tug at the loose end as though attempting to drag the headless company toward the tower, while the other went among them with a long, light whip with which he flicked them upon the naked skin.
"Thank God, man!" was all he said as he reached forth and dragged me into the tower. I was cold and numb and rather all in.
He was in the tower and watching the compass, to which he called my attention.
"She seems bothered by the queer tower just as we were."
Indeed, the black-haired young lady was letting her canoe float slowly and silently past the strange islet; and was looking intently up at the strange tower, with a strong glow of curiosity on her oval and olive face.
The slopes of Otz and the distant Valley of Lost Souls held nothing to compel my interest then; but, towering far above me, the tower
's carved wall riveted my keenest attention.
Sir Walter listened with grave attention, and his secretary with polite boredom, to the string of episodes by which the police had traced the flying rebel from the steps of the hotel to the solitary tower
beside the sea.
A quarter of an hour later I ascended the parapet and there found the king and the court assembled and gazing off in the darkness toward Merlin's Tower
. Already the darkness was so heavy that one could not see far; these people and the old turrets, being partly in deep shadow and partly in the red glow from the great torch-baskets overhead, made a good deal of a picture.
Rapunzel is lost to you; you will never see her again.' The king's son was beside himself with pain, and in his despair he leapt down from the tower
. He escaped with his life, but the thorns into which he fell pierced his eyes.
That same afternoon, the massive gray square tower
of an old Cathedral rises before the sight of a jaded traveller.
He had a vast coil of cord efficient for the purpose, which worked on a roller fixed on the parapet of the tower
. There was a winch for the pulling in of the slack; the outgoing line being controlled by a racket.
As the citizens in general are to eat at public tables in certain companies, and it is necessary that the walls should have bulwarks and towers
in proper places and at proper distances, it is evident that it will be very necessary to have some of these in the towers
; let the buildings for this purpose be made the ornaments of the walls.