And how do they guard the King now? I asked, remembering that two of the Six were dead, and Max Holf also.
Detchard and Bersonin watch by night, Rupert Hentzau and De Gautet by day, sir, he answered.
Only two at a time?
Ay, sir; but the others rest in a room just above, and are within sound of a cry or a whistle.
A room just above? I didnt know of that. Is there any communication between it and the room where they watch?
No, sir. You must go down a few stairs and through the door by the drawbridge, and so to where the King is lodged.
And that door is locked?
Only the four lords have keys, sir.
I drew nearer to him.
And have they keys of the grating? I asked in a low whisper.
I think, sir, only Detchard and Rupert.
Where does the duke lodge?
In the chateau, on the first floor. His apartments are on the right as you go towards the drawbridge.
And Madame de Mauban?
Just opposite, on the left. But her door is locked after she has entered.
To keep her in?
Perhaps for another reason?
It is possible.
And the duke, I suppose, has the key?
Yes. And the drawbridge is drawn back at night, and of that, too, the duke holds the key, so that it cannot be run across the moat without application to him.
And where do you sleep?
In the entrance hall of the chateau, with five servants.
They have pikes, sir, but no firearms. The duke will not trust them with firearms.
Then at last I took the matter boldly in my hands. I had failed once at Jacobs Ladder; I should fail again there. I must make the attack from the other side.
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