Though there was no need to take down and measure
undoubtedly necessary to find its height before the answer
can be given.
It was well known among the friends and retainers of Sir Hugh de
that he was exactly six feet in height.
It will be seen in the original
picture that Sir Hugh's height is just twice the length of his
Therefore we all know that the flagstaff will, at the same place and
of day, be also just twice as long as its shadow.
The shadow of the
is the same length as Sir Hugh's height; therefore this shadow is six
feet long, and the flagstaff must be twelve feet high.
Now, the snail,
climbing up three feet in the daytime and slipping back two feet by
night, really advances one foot in a day of twenty-four hours.
of nine days it is three feet from the top, so that it reaches its
journey's end on the tenth day.
The reader will doubtless here exclaim, "This is
well; but how
were we to know the height of Sir Hugh? It was never stated how tall he
No, it was not stated in so many words, but it was none the less
clearly indicated to the reader who is sharp in these matters.
original illustration to the donjon
keep window Sir Hugh is shown
standing against a wall, the window in which is stated to be one foot
square on the inside.
Therefore, as his height :will be found
measurement to be just six times the inside height of the window, he
evidently stands just six feet in his boots!