bastile


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bastille, bastile

1. A fortification or castle, frequently used as a prison.
2. A tower or bulwark in the fortifications of a town.
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"And for what crime are you imprisoned in the Bastile."
The same day they came for me and took me to the Bastile. That was five years ago.
There is a congestion of prisoners in the Bastile, who were cooped up in the time of Monsieur de Richelieu; I don't even know their names."
"Yes, but in regard to myself, my lord, it cannot be so, for I was removed from the Chatelet to the Bastile owing to an order from your eminence."
Hearing of your refusal to obey her she looked upon it as a declaration of war, and as she considers you a man of superior talent, and consequently dangerous, she desired me to make sure of you; that is the reason of your being shut up in the Bastile. But your release can be managed.
Do not forget that I have been five years in the Bastile and that no medium of viewing things is so deceptive as the grating of a prison."
"Oh!" said Aramis, with unmistakable emphasis, "I do not know that I ought to risk this secret by intrusting it to one who has no desire to quit the Bastile."
To render me somewhat less incredulous, free me from the Bastile; let me breathe the fresh air; give me my spurs and trusty sword, then we shall begin to understand each other."
"Well; I admit that it may be possible to release a poor captive from the Bastile; possible so to conceal him that the king's people shall not again ensnare him; possible, in some unknown retreat, to sustain the unhappy wretch in some suitable manner."
"It is that I will hear nothing further from you till I am clear of the Bastile."
He was eager to leave the Bastile, where the secret which overwhelmed him seemed to double the weight of the walls.
And he departed, leaving Baisemeaux almost more than stifled with joy and surprise at this regal present so liberally bestowed by the confessor extraordinary to the Bastile.