One day I was listening to some conversation upon this subject when an American student said that for some time he had been under sentence for a slight breach of the peace and had promised the constable that he would presently find an unoccupied day and betake himself to prison.
The cell was not a roomy one; still it was a little larger than an ordinary prison cell.
Why, this is your prison
," replied Tollydiggle, "and in me behold your jailor.
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So that night, when the moon was shining through the palm-trees and all the King's men were asleep, the parrot slipped out through the bars of the prison
and flew across to the palace.
This troop, the only defence of the prison
, overawed by its firm attitude not only the disorderly riotous mass of the populace, but also the detachment of the burgher guard, which, being placed opposite the Buytenhof to support the soldiers in keeping order, gave to the rioters the example of seditious cries, shouting, --
Twenty years ago, that pavement was worn with the footsteps of a mother and child, who, day by day, so surely as the morning came, presented themselves at the prison
gate; often after a night of restless misery and anxious thoughts, were they there, a full hour too soon, and then the young mother turning meekly away, would lead the child to the old bridge, and raising him in her arms to show him the glistening water, tinted with the light of the morning's sun, and stirring with all the bustling preparations for business and pleasure that the river presented at that early hour, endeavour to interest his thoughts in the objects before him.
With the idea of exploring my prison
, I started to look around.
While some brought all their energies to bear upon this toilsome task; and some, rearing ladders against the prison
, tried to clamber to the summit of the walls they were too short to scale; and some again engaged a body of police a hundred strong, and beat them back and trod them under foot by force of numbers; others besieged the house on which the jailer had appeared, and driving in the door, brought out his furniture, and piled it up against the prison
-gate, to make a bonfire which should burn it down.
In this prison
that I am going to so unjustly, shall I have some free communication with the world outside?
A little further on, I found the older and smaller wall, which used to enclose the pent-up inner prison
where nobody was put, except for ceremony.
It is a prison
," said he, "but a traveling prison
; and, with the right of putting my nose to the window, I could well stand a lease of a hundred years.