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A secret passage was discovered in one of the aqueducts; two citizens of the Vatican were tempted by bribes to intoxicate the guards of the Aurelian gate; an attack was meditated on the walls beyond the Tyber, in a place which was not fortified with towers; and the Barbarians advanced, with torches and scaling-ladders, to the assault of the
After that, he fumbled around Preston’s desk until he found the hidden button, pressed it, and opened the secret passage behind the monitor banks.
“If you mean you think it is my job to go into the secret passage first, O Thorin Thrain’s son Oakenshield, may your beard grow ever longer,” he said crossly, “say so at once and have done!
An instant later Prince Conrig slipped out of the secret passage and began his scrutiny of the diners below him, not knowing Princess Ullanoth was there.
The secret passage was a legacy of Edmund Wyngate, the whimsical silent film star who had overseen the castle’s rebuilding eighty years ago.