There was a double stream upon the stair, some going up in hope, and some coming back dejected; but we wedged
in as well as we could and soon found ourselves in the office.
Tars Tarkas went in advance and as I reached the first of the horizontal bars I drew the ladder up after me and, handing it to him, he carried it a hundred feet further aloft, where he wedged
it safely between one of the bars and the side of the shaft.
In the darkness I could not see what held it, but by groping with my hands I discovered that it was wedged
beneath the bottom of a closed door.
I had raised the rope-ladder after us into my own old room, and while Raffles wedged
his door I lowered the ladder from one of the best bedroom windows, in order to prepare that way of escape which was a fundamental feature of his own strategy.
The deck was closely packed with donkeys and men; the two sailors had to climb over and under and through the wedged
mass to work the sails, and the steersman had to crowd four or five donkeys out of the way when he wished to swing his tiller and put his helm hard-down.
tolla/ straight at Sir Henry, who fortunately saw it coming, and caught it on his shield, which it transfixed, remaining wedged
in the iron plate behind the hide.
Or some great limb, or the stem of the tree itself has been brushed by the hairy body, and a tiny shred of hair tells him by the direction from which it is wedged
beneath the bark that he is on the right trail.