The metal lair was much cooler than the air above ground, and water stained the walls on one side of the tunnel.
In any case the age stated in the burial register, "about 45," was fictitious, whether for Mattioli (63) or Dauger (at least 53) and, as Lair points out, Saint-Mars is known to have given false names at the burial of other prisoners.
Apart from the modern studies by Lair, FunckBrentano, Lang and Barnes, referred to above, there is valuable historical matter in the work of Roux-Fazaillac, Recherches historiques sur l'homme au masque defer (1801); see also Marius Topin, L'Homme au masque de fer (Paris, 1870), and Loiseleur, Trois Enigmes historiques (1882).
Each time the phone rang, Cynthia flinched, fearing some state minion was calling to drag Martha back to his lair in the dungeons of officialdom.
S'asseoir en forme, to sit in a row); a mould or shape on or in which an object is manufactured; the lair or nest of a hare.