“Thanks to the terror that guards it and keeps away anyone who might observe and bear witness, it has always been easy to get entry to this house at night with the help of a rope ladder, or even a hurdle from one of the neighboring fields. With a suitable supply of clothes and food, a man could wait here in complete safety until the time came for a furtive embarkation. Tradition has it that some forty years ago a fugitive—for reasons of politics, according to some, for reasons of commerce according to others—spent some time hidden in the haunted house of Pleinmont before sailing in a fishing boat to England. And from England it is very easy to get to America.”

Posted December 21, 2002

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