"Poor Ovarind! To have been so generally insightful, yet so fatally mistaken!
"Evidently our adversaries, when passing this point, anticipate the event: They must engage this cruel device somehow, and retain it in such a way that they can use it to gain entry to the secret rooms beyond — see how this orphaned spandrel descends — how the small metal bit fits the protuberance at the top of the cranial vise like a lock — see how this action causes that heavy door to crack open! Our route is now clear.
“For this reason, I’m afraid we’ll have to keep his corpse with us, in this state, withholding any formalities until later.”