They were encamped in tents, constructed of the old sails and spare spars of the squadron, within the limits of a redoubt mounted with a few nine-pounders, and surrounded with a fosse
. Every other day, these troops were marched out in martial array, to a level piece of ground in the vicinity, and there for hours went through all sorts of military evolutions, surrounded by flocks of the natives, who looked on with savage admiration at the show, and as savage a hatred of the actors.
At length, branching off from Solomon's Great Road, we came to the wide fosse
surrounding the kraal, which is at least a mile round, and fenced with a strong palisade of piles formed of the trunks of trees.
But, in the vicinity of the gate of Benjamin, the wall arose by no means from the margin of the fosse
. On the contrary, between the level of the ditch and the basement of the rampart sprang up a perpendicular cliff of two hundred and fifty cubits, forming part of the precipitous Mount Moriah.
He told all from the very first: how Robin Hood had slain the forester, and how he had hidden in the greenwood to escape the law; how that he lived therein, all against the law, God wot, slaying His Majesty's deer and levying toll on fat abbot, knight, and esquire, so that none dare travel even on broad Watling Street or the Fosse Way for fear
Now it happened about this time that Robin Hood was going through the forest to Fosse Way, to see what was to be seen there, for the moon was full and the night gave promise of being bright.
A deep fosse
, or ditch, was drawn round the whole building, and filled with water from a neighbouring stream.
They were, therefore, somewhat surprised to meet altogether at the door of the Hermitage, Athos starting out from the Pont Neuf, Porthos by the Rue de la Roule, D'Artagnan by the Rue des Fosse
Saint Germain l'Auxerrois, and Aramis by the Rue de Bethisy.
But, at the landing, the second lighter joined the first, and Colbert, approaching Fouquet, saluted him on the quay with marks of the profoundest respect - marks so significant, so public, that their result was the bringing of the whole population upon La Fosse
. Fouquet was completely self-possessed; he felt that in his last moments of greatness he had obligations towards himself.
The table-cloth represented the invaded country, and round it they built barricades of baskets, set up the wine bottles in a rampart, made fortifications of bread and dug fosses
I allowed him to lead, and he went in the direction of the Fosses
de la Bastille, as if he could see; walking till he reached a lonely spot down by the river, just where the bridge has since been built at the junction of the Canal Saint-Martin and the Seine.
The new eight-part drama Fosse/ Verdon (BBC2) is a juicy biopic about the complicated - that's putting it mildly - relationship between famed director/ choreographer Bob Fosse
and singer/dancer Gwen Verdon.
The Fosse/Verdon of the title are Bob Fosse
, legendary film and theatre director and choreographer, and Gwen Verdon, talented and renowned Broadway performer.