No sooner had the clock ceased striking, however, than they rushed, or rather rolled in, all together -- for the impediments of their chains
caused most of the party to fall, and all to stumble as they entered.
At the end of the fifteenth century, the formidable gibbet which dated from 1328, was already very much dilapidated; the beams were wormeaten, the chains
rusted, the pillars green with mould; the layers of hewn stone were all cracked at their joints, and grass was growing on that platform which no feet touched.
To feel along the stick, among the sea-weed (beginning from the end of the stick which points towards the beacon), for the Chain
. To run my hand along the Chain
, when found, until I come to the part of it which stretches over the edge of the rocks, down into the quicksand.
For months I scraped and scraped upon a single link of the massive chain
which held me, hoping eventually to wear it through, that I might follow the youth back through the winding tunnels to a point where I could make a break for liberty.
Here he found a bench and a table standing upon the dirt floor near the wall, and set in the wall several rings from which depended short lengths of chain
. At the base of the walls were several holes in the dirt floor.
The King willingly agreed, and the iron horse, the great spear, and the chains
were all prepared as the youth requested.
"With this thing which I have stolen, I will unlock these locks and cast off these chains
Simon next walked up to the place where Emmeline was sitting, chained
to another woman.
On reaching the second chain
, called the Bighorn Mountains, where the river forced its impetuous way through a precipitous defile, with cascades and rapids, the travellers were obliged to leave its banks, and traverse the mountains by a rugged and frightful route, emphatically called the "Bad Pass." Descending the opposite side, they again made for the river banks; and about the middle of August, reached the point below the rapids where the river becomes navigable for boats.
They were succeeded by a clanking noise, deep down below; as if some person were dragging a heavy chain
over the casks in the wine merchant's cellar.
"That is a chain
of galley slaves, on the way to the galleys by force of the king's orders."
So, with the cunning of a madman, I backed into the far corner of my cell when next I heard him approaching and gathering a little slack of the great chain
which held me in my hand I waited his coming, crouching like some beast of prey.