"We ran to the ladder
, but at the moment of reaching it, Daddy Jacques drew my attention to the half-open door of the little semi-circular room, situated under the terrace, at the extremity of the right wing of the chateau, having the terrace for its roof.
would do admirably, unless the workmen had taken it away.
Who ever heard of a state prisoner escaping by a hickry-bark ladder
? Why, it's perfectly ridiculous."
The other two officers were not dead or mortally wounded, but Macbride lay with a broken leg and his ladder
on top of him, evidently thrown down from the top window of the tower; while Wilson lay on his face, quite still as if stunned, with his red head among the gray and silver of the sea holly.
And Aramis, drawing in the ladder
, closed the window.
I had somehow the impression that he was on the point of letting go the ladder
to swim away beyond my ken--mysterious as he came.
Near the bottom of the ladder
, when he found no more support for his feet, he clung with his hands; at length, arrived at the last step, he let himself hang by the strength of his wrists, and touched the ground.
This was to fight his way across the floor to the ladder
. Though in total darkness, I followed his progress by its sound.
"Raffles-Raffles - they've spotted us and moved the ladder
this very instant!"
He could see nothing of his surroundings and felt nothing but the smooth, worn sides and rungs of the ladder
down which he felt his way cautiously lest a broken rung or a misstep should hurl him downward.
"Joe, look out for yourself!" shouted the doctor in his sonorous, ringing voice, as he flung out the ladder
, the lowest ratlines of which tossed up the dust of the road.
Finally her glance chanced to fall upon the rope in the bow of the dugout, and, making one end of this fast to the chain, she succeeded in drifting the canoe slowly down until it lay directly beneath the ladder
. A moment later, her rifle slung about her shoulders, she had clambered safely to the deserted deck.