¶ 2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 venturesome advance, that may suddenly precipitate us into some bottomless pit. Fifteen or twenty feet ^descent^ finds ^us^ in a long arched passage, now conveniently light, probably the private passage of the Knights, which led us entirely through the buildings, emerging in the yard used as a drill ground or Barracks, in the rear. After exploring many darkly arched vaults, probably used originally as stables, we again ascend the wide smooth road into the Fortress, through the third Grand arch. Such walls, such strength such a lavish expenditure of human labor, from the poor surfs [sic] who doubtless received no pay
¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 After many discouraging attempts to find a seat for Ma, out of the wind, we leave her in a quiet nook overlooking the plain, and follow the old, castle attendant who has been standing near, ready to assist historically or physically, for the ^a^ few Kreuzers.
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 We work our passage, by short stages, up several hundred steps, to the top of the Tower, where we are amply repaid by the extensive ^view^ it affords, over the highly cultivated and thickly populated country. It ^is^ said that 150 villages can be seen from here, but the hazy atmosphere prevented us seeing one third that number, still is was the most elevated view that I ever enjoyed. The Tower is one hundred feet high above the Fortress. Alice ran down for her Grandma, who also succeeded in accomplishing the ascent. Altogether, we sat down for a quiet survey, allowing our ejaculations of delight to simmer-down, and from our bottle of red-