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【DNY-023】バイブの虜23

Source global Wall Street Journal     time 2020-02-18 04:02:14
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【DNY-023】バイブの虜23 �


Thismodeofaddresswasnowprescribedbydecree.Ithadbeenestablishedvoluntarilysometimeago,amongthemorethoroughpatriots;but,wasnowlawforeverybody.

`Itisshe,'observedherhusband.

Muchinterestedandagitated,Mr.Lorrysaid:`YoucomefromDoctorManette?'

`Wehavebornethisalongtime,'saidMadameDefarge,turninghereyesagainuponLucie.`Judgeyou!Isitlikelythatthetroubleofonewifeandmotherwouldbemuchtousnow?'

ButtheshadowofthemanneroftheseDefargeswasdarkuponhimself,forallthat,andinhissecretmindittroubledhimgreatly.CHAPTERIVCalminStormDOCTORMANETTEdidnotreturnuntilthemorningofthefourthdayofhisabsence.SomuchofwhathadhappenedinthatdreadfultimeascouldbekeptfromtheknowledgeofLuciewassowellconcealedfromher,thatnotuntillongafterwards,whenFranceandshewerefarapart,didsheknowthatelevenhundreddefencelessprisonersofbothsexesandallageshadbeenkilledbythepopulace;thatfourdaysandnightshadbeendarkenedbythisdeedofhorror;andthattheairaroundherhadbeentaintedbytheslain.Sheonlyknewthattherehadbeenanattackupontheprisons,thatallpoliticalprisonershadbeenindanger,andthatsomehadbeendraggedoutbythecrowdandmurdered.

`DoIsayyes,mamma?'whisperedlittleLucie,drawingclosetoher.

Amongtheseterrors,andthebroodbelongingtothem,theDoctorwalkedwithasteadyhead:confidentinhispower,cautiouslypersistentinhisend,neverdoubtingthathewouldsaveLucie'shusbandatlast.Yetthecurrentofthetimesweptby,sostronganddeep,andcarriedthetimeawaysofiercely,thatCharleshadlaininprisononeyearandthreemonthswhentheDoctorwasthussteadyandconfident.SomuchmorewickedanddistractedhadtheRevolutiongrowninthatDecembermonth,thattheriversoftheSouthwereencumberedwiththebodiesoftheviolentlydrownedbynight,andprisonerswereshotinlinesandsquaresunderthesouthernwintrysun.Still,theDoctorwalkedamongtheterrorswithasteadyhead.Nomanbetterknownthanhe,inParisatthatday;nomaninastrangersituation.Silent,humane,indispensableinhospitalandprison,usinghisartequallyamongassassinsandvictims,hewasamanapart.Intheexerciseofhisskill,theappearanceandthestoryoftheBastilleCaptiveremovedhimfromallothermen.Hewasnotsuspectedorbroughtinquestion,anymorethanifhehadindeedbeenrecalledtolifesomeeighteenyearsbefore,orwereaSpiritmovingamongmortals.CHAPTERVTheWood-sawyerONEayearandthreemonths.DuringallthattimeLuciewasneversure,fromhourtohour,butthattheGuillotinewouldstrikeoffherhusband'sheadnextday.Everyday,throughthestonystreets,thetumbrilsnowjoltedheavily,filledwithCondemned.Lovelygirls;brightwomen,brown-haired,black-haired,andgrey;youths;stalwartmenandold;gentlebornandpeasantborn;allredwineforLaGuillotine,alldailybroughtintolightfromthedarkcellarsoftheloathsomeprisons,andcarriedtoherthroughthestreettoslakeherdevouringthirst.Liberty,equality,fraternity,ordeath;--thelast,muchtheeasiesttobestow,OGuillotine!

`Isthathischild?'saidMadameDefarge,stoppinginherworkforthefirsttime,andpointingherknitting-needleatlittleLucieasifitwerethefingerofFate.

`Wewillsethimabovetheirmerciesverysoon.Ilefthimclimbingtothewindow,andIcametotellyou.Thereisnooneheretosee.Youmaykissyourhandtowardsthathighestshelvingroof.'


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