1 I went back to the room, and taking a lamp, tried all the doors.
2 Passing through this, he opened another door, and motioned me to enter.
3 A key was turned with the loud grating noise of long disuse, and the great door swung back.
4 There must have been some other means of entry, or some one had a key for one of the locked doors.
5 I went on to make a thorough examination of the various stairs and passages, and to try the doors that opened from them.
6 Towards morning I slept and was wakened by the continuous knocking at my door, so I guess I must have been sleeping soundly then.
7 But I am not in heart to describe beauty, for when I had seen the view I explored further; doors, doors, doors everywhere, and all locked and bolted.
8 Just as I had come to this conclusion I heard a heavy step approaching behind the great door, and saw through the chinks the gleam of a coming light.
9 There was absolutely nothing in the room, book, newspaper, or even writing materials; so I opened another door in the room and found a sort of library.
10 It was most probable that it was because I had laid over the clamps of those doors garlic, which the Un-Dead cannot bear, and other things which they shun.
11 When we started, the crowd round the inn door, which had by this time swelled to a considerable size, all made the sign of the cross and pointed two fingers towards me.
12 There was no sign of any one; and as there were no corners, no doors, no aperture of any kind, but only the solid walls of the passage, there could be no hiding-place even for him.
13 He held in his hand an antique silver lamp, in which the flame burned without chimney or globe of any kind, throwing long quivering shadows as it flickered in the draught of the open door.
14 Then he took out my traps, and placed them on the ground beside me as I stood close to a great door, old and studded with large iron nails, and set in a projecting doorway of massive stone.
15 The Count halted, putting down my bags, closed the door, and crossing the room, opened another door, which led into a small octagonal room lit by a single lamp, and seemingly without a window of any sort.
16 At the end of this he threw open a heavy door, and I rejoiced to see within a well-lit room in which a table was spread for supper, and on whose mighty hearth a great fire of logs, freshly replenished, flamed and flared.
17 The blacksmith hammer which I took in the carriage from Veresti was useful; though the doors were all open I broke them off the rusty hinges, lest some ill-intent or ill-chance should close them, so that being entered I might not get out.
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