Getting to the climactic scene here...if you've never read the book then consider this a "spoiler" of sorts. One can assume that all three girls were captured at the same time. Not so. The second illustration here features both Nancy and George in the firm grip of their kidnappers, rough hands covering their mouths to silence their cries for help, as they are dragged off. Bess has gotten separated from them, as per usual. Nancy and George are roughly cleave-gagged and tied hand and foot and tossed into a dark, damp room and locked in. It is only a few minutes later, that Bess is duped by one of the kidnappers into being taken to where the other two girls are. Nearing the room, she's quickly gagged with a heavy scarf and similarly trussed up. Eventually, the girls, tired from their ordeal, drift off to sleep. When they awaken they find themselves in a different room but just as dark. Nancy surmises from a faint sweet smell (probably chloroform but not alluded to here), that the girls had been rendered incapacitated before they were moved. The reader can well guess what was used to knock the girls out.
The girls manage to get loose but soon are re-gagging themselves and feigning being tied, when they hear footsteps returning. Nan's poor grasp of Italian doesn't help her much as she strains to listen to the kidnappers, who soon leave without checking on the girls. The lock to the door has been sealed with a lug and it is several hours later that a janitor...er...maintenance man comes along and a rescue is finally made. The girls' other big hurdle is in not having any co-operation from the Italian police. The captain even calls Nancy "meddlesome"...the ending is per usual.
|Following a suspect pg.14|
|Nancy & George grabbed! pg.64|
|Trio trussed up pg.97|