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siege
used in The Hunchback of Notre Dame

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Definition
a military tactic in which a fortified place is surrounded and isolated while it is attacked over time

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any prolonged attack, effort, or period of trouble
  • My father was hung by the Burgundians, and my mother disembowelled by the Picards, at the siege of Paris, twenty years ago.
    1.2.7 — Vol 1 Bk 2 Chpt 7 — A Bridal Night (76% in)
  • Poor Gringoire! the din of all the great double petards of the Saint-Jean, the discharge of twenty arquebuses on supports, the detonation of that famous serpentine of the Tower of Billy, which, during the siege of Paris, on Sunday, the twenty-sixth of September, 1465, killed seven Burgundians at one blow, the explosion of all the powder stored at the gate of the Temple, would have rent his ears less rudely at that solemn and dramatic moment, than these few words, which fell from the...
    1.1.3 — Vol 1 Bk 1 Chpt 3 — Monsieur the Cardinal (2% in)
  • He had long ago discovered the truth, that Jupiter created men during a fit of misanthropy, and that during a wise man's whole life, his destiny holds his philosophy in a state of siege.
    1.2.3 — Vol 1 Bk 2 Chpt 3 — Kisses for Blows (49% in)
  • This form of a ship had also struck the heraldic scribes; for it is from that, and not from the siege by the Normans, that the ship which blazons the old shield of Paris, comes, according to Favyn and Pasquier.
    1.3.2 — Vol 1 Bk 3 Chpt 2 — A Bird's-Eye View of Paris (26% in)
  • Lay siege to the church, burst in the doors, drag out the beautiful girl, save her from the judges, save her from the priests, dismantle the cloister, burn the bishop in his palace—all this we will do in less time than it takes for a burgomaster to eat a spoonful of soup.
    2.10.3 — Vol 2 Bk 10 Chpt 3 — Long Live Mirth (47% in)
  • And then, I am like the Marshal de Gié at the siege of Pontoise, I have my right resting on a hillock.
    2.10.3 — Vol 2 Bk 10 Chpt 3 — Long Live Mirth (69% in)
  • The bourgeois permitted the wind to blow out their candles in the windows, and their dogs to stray; the iron chains were stretched only in a state of siege; the prohibition to wear daggers wrought no other changes than from the name of the Rue Coupe-Gueule to the name of the Rue-Coupe-Gorge* which is an evident progress.
    2.10.4 — Vol 2 Bk 10 Chpt 4 — An Awkward Friend (22% in)
  • There were no means of resisting that rising tide of frightful faces; rage made these fierce countenances ruddy; their clayey brows were dripping with sweat; their eyes darted lightnings; all these grimaces, all these horrors laid siege to Quasimodo.
    2.10.4 — Vol 2 Bk 10 Chpt 4 — An Awkward Friend (98% in)
  • They lay siege to our Lady, my good mistress in her cathedral!
    2.10.5 — Vol 2 Bk 10 Chpt 5 — The Retreat in which.... (92% in)
  • ...SaintPierre-aux-Boeufs, and in the rear through the Rue du Parvis, driven to bay against Notre-Dame, which they still assailed and Quasimodo defended, at the same time besiegers and besieged, they were in the singular situation in which Comte Henri Harcourt, ~Taurinum obsessor idem et obsessus~, as his epitaph says, found himself later on, at the famous siege of Turin, in 1640, between Prince Thomas of Savoy, whom he was besieging, and the Marquis de Leganez, who was blockading him.
    2.10.7 — Vol 2 Bk 10 Chpt 7 — Chateaupers to the Rescue (40% in)

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