- n. Alternative form of Martello.
“For a long time people supposed they were called martello towers from the man who built them, but I found in a book that the name came from a vine that grew over this one in Corsica.”
“At its opposite extremity the street leads to a deserted martello tower, and to the forlorn outlying suburb of Slaughden, between the river Alde and the sea.”
“Something in his look and manner took her memory back to the first night at Aldborough, when she had opened her mind to him in the darkening solitude — when they two had sat together alone on the slope of the martello tower.”
“Southward, the high ridge of the sea dike, and the grim, massive circle of a martello tower reared high on its mound of grass, closed the view darkly on all that lay beyond.”
“What juts out on boundless marshlands are abandoned factories, while emptied martello towers and collapsed jetties and wharves line the gray waterfronts of a country that Michael Hamburger, whom Sebald so beautifully evokes in The Rings of Saturn, would have called Novemberland.”
“Granting that the French did not take alarm and incontinently drop their hostile designs upon the tight little island, there would be a small outlay for pay, a trifle of a shilling a day on exercise days, but nothing more -- except for martello towers.”
“They sent rockets from their martello towers, and they maintained a perfect storm of musketry from their advanced trench and from the city walls.”
“In the foreground stretched an expanse of jagged red reefs and shining pools with a single martello tower rising in dignified grandeur.”
“The bulk he had encountered was not the martello tower on Noirmont”
“Win cast a glance at the deserted castle of St. Aubin's, a miniature Castle Elizabeth on its isolated rock off shore, another at the martello tower on the point.”
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