"Some here have
asked me," continued Sir Hugh,
"how they may
cell in the Dungeon of the Death's-head wherein the noble maiden was
Beshrew me! but 'tis easy withal when you do but know how to do
In attempting to pass through every door once, and never more, you must
take heed that every cell hath two doors or four, which be even
except two cells, which have but three.
Now, certes, you
cannot go in
out of any place, passing through all the doors once and no more, if
number of doors be an odd number.
But as there be but two such odd
yet may we, by beginning at the one and ending at the other, so make
journey in many ways with success.
I pray you, albeit, to mark that
one of these odd cells lieth on
the outside of the dungeon, so we must
perforce start therefrom. Marry, then, my masters, the noble demoiselle
must needs have been wasting in the other."
The drawing will
make this quite clear to the
are indicated by the stars, and one of the many routes that will solve
the puzzle is shown by the dotted line.
It is perfectly certain that
must start at the lower star and end at the upper one; therefore the
with the star situated over the left eye must be the one sought.