Ladders


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What does it mean when you dream about ladders?

A ladder can symbolize an aid in one’s climb to new levels of awareness of one’s inner world as well as greater understanding of outer conditions. Career and social standing are also symbolized by the ladder (“climbing the social ladder”), as is material prosperity (“the ladder of success”).

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I returned to Daddy Jacques and whispered the word 'ladder' in his ear.
This silence and this darkness emboldened Boxtel; he got astride the wall, stopped for an instant, and, after having ascertained that there was nothing to fear, he put his ladder from his own garden into that of Cornelius, and descended.
As to the manner in which he (or they) obtained access to the roof of the tavern, it is to be remarked that the third house, lower down in the street, was empty, and under repair--that a long ladder was left by the workmen, leading from the pavement to the top of the house-- and that, on returning to their work, on the morning of the 27th, the men found the plank which they had tied to the ladder, to prevent anyone from using it in their absence, removed, and lying on the ground.
The Lion climbed the ladder next, and the Tin Woodman came last; but both of them cried, "Oh, my!" as soon as they looked over the wall.
But there's one thing -- he can have a rope ladder; we can tear up our sheets and make him a rope ladder easy enough.
"It's only a sort of loft, reached by a ladder, said Nolan.
"As the late cardinal used to say to the late king, `only to show you the way, sire.'" And Aramis ascended the ladder quickly and reached the window in an instant.
"No," she answered; "Ellen is afraid to mount the ladder. Joe is working over at the `pigeon house'--that's the name Ellen gives it, because it's so small and looks like a pigeon house--and some one has to do this."
"He said, 'Come, here's a ladder that's of no use!' and he took it."
Not from compunction certainly, but, as it were me- chanically, I proceeded to get the ladder in myself.
She saw the young officer suspended over the abyss by a ladder of ropes.
This done, I put the ladder against the house wall, listened, measured the distance to the open second-floor window with my eye, listened again--and, finding all quiet, began my second and last ascent.