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Victor Marie Hugo (1802–1885).  Notre Dame de Paris.
The Harvard Classics Shelf of Fiction.  1917.
  
Book X
VI. The Pass-Word
  
ON quitting the Bastille, Gringoire fled down the Rue Saint-Antoine with the speed of a runaway horse. Arrived at the Baudoyer Gate, he made straight for the stone cross in the middle of the square as if he discerned in the dark the figure of a man, clothed and hooded in black, sitting upon its steps.   1
  “Is that you, master?” said Gringoire.   2
  The figure rose. “Death and hell! you drive me mad, Gringoire. The watch on the tower of Saint-Gervais has just called the half after one.”   3
  “It is no fault of mine,” returned Gringoire, “but of the watch and the King. I’ve had a narrow escape. I always miss being hanged within an ace. It is my predestination.”   4
  “You miss everything,” retorted the other. “But come quickly now. Hast thou the pass-word?”   5
  “Only think, master, I have seen the King. I’ve just left him. He wears worsted breeches. It was an adventure, I can tell you!”   6
  “Oh, clappering mill-wheel of words! what’s thy adventure to me? Hast thou the truands’ pass-word?”   7
  “I have it. Make yourself easy. ‘Dagger in pouch.’”   8
  “Good! Without it we could not get through to the church; the truands block the streets. Luckily, they seem to have met with some opposition. We may yet arrive in time.”   9
  “Yes, master; but how are we to gain entrance into Notre Dame?”  10
  “I have the key of the tower.”  11
  “And how shall we get out again?”  12
  “There is a small door at the back of the cloister opening on to the Terrain and the waterside. I have got the key, and I moored a boat there this morning.”  13
  “I had a near shave of being hanged,” repeated Gringoire.  14
  “Quick, then, let us be going!” said the other; and both started off at full speed towards the city.  15

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