Gringoire followed Esmeralda and Djali deeper and deeper into the maze of dark streets. Esmeralda looked over her shoulder a few times, suspicious that she was being followed. Suddenly, Gringoire heard her scream! He turned the shadowy corner and saw her struggling with two men. Gringoire advanced boldly. “Stop!” he cried. Then he noticed that one of the men was Quasimodo and the other one was the Archdeacon Frollo. The hunchback struck Gringoire and sent him reeling. Then Quasimodo ran back and picked up the young girl. He carried her gently—as if she were a silken scarf. The other man followed, and the goat ran after all three. “Murder! Murder! ” Esmeralda cried out. Some passing horsemen from the king’s bodyguard heard her call. They jumped down from their horses and snatched her from Quasimodo.
Dose it mean: thuggee= to kill someone or here mean: just crying for help.