prisoner of state

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The dungeon where Rosa had induced her father to hide himself, and where for the present we must leave the two, offered to them a perfectly safe retreat, being known only to those in power, who used to place there important prisoners of state, to guard against a rescue or a revolt.
It was one of those famous cages of prisoners of state, which were called "the little daughters of the king.