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【BMD-443】いやらしい若妻5

Source global Wall Street Journal     time 2020-02-27 12:43:26
Typefacelarge in Small

【BMD-443】いやらしい若妻5 �


`Hey!'criedthemenderofroads,reflectively;`that'strue.'`Thesefoolsknownothing.Whiletheydespiseyourbreath,andwouldstopitforeverandever,inyouorinahundredlikeyouratherthaninoneoftheirownhorsesordogs,theyonlyknowwhatyourbreathtellsthem.Letitdeceivethem,then,alittlelonger;itcannotdeceivethemtoomuch.'

`Iamagainatworkuponthehillside,andthesunisagainabouttogotobed.Iamcollectingmytoolstodescendtomycottagedowninthevillagebelow,whereitisalreadydark,whenIraisemyeyes,andseecomingoverthehillsixsoldiers.Inthemidstofthemisatallmanwithhisarmsbound--tiedtohissides--likethis!'

`Magnificent!'croakedthemanwiththecraving.`Thechateauandalltherace?'inquiredthefirst.

`Heremainsupthereinhisironcagesomedays.Thevillagelooksathimbystealth,foritisafraid.Butitalwayslooksup,fromadistance,attheprisononthecrag;andintheevening,whentheworkofthedayisachievedanditassemblestogossipatthefountain,allfacesareturnedtowardstheprison.Formerly,theywereturnedtowardstheposting-house;now,theyareturnedtowardstheprison.Theywhisperatthefountain,thatalthoughcondemnedtodeathhewillnotbeexecuted;theysaythatpetitionshavebeenpresentedinParis,showingthathewasenragedandmademadbythedeathofhischild;theysaythatapetitionhasbeenpresentedtotheKinghimself.WhatdoIknow?Itispossible.Perhapsyes,perhapsno.'

`Forinstance--'

Chateauandhut,stonefaceanddanglingfigure,theredstainonthestonefloor,andthepurewaterinthevillagewell--thousandsofacresofland--awholeprovinceofFrance--allFranceitself--layunderthenightsky,concentratedintoafainthairbreadthline.Sodoesawholeworld,withallitsgreatnessesandlittlenesses,lieinatwinklingstar.Andasmerehumanknowledgecansplitarayoflightandanalysethemannerofitscomposition,so,sublimerintelligencesmayreadinthefeebleshiningofthisearthofours,everythoughtandact,everyviceandvirtue,ofeveryresponsiblecreatureonit.

`Jacques,'saidDefarge;judiciouslyshowacatmilk,ifyouwishhertothirstforit.Judiciouslyshowadoghisnaturalprey,ifyouwishhimtobringitdownoneday.'

`Whatdoyoumake,madame?'

`IdonotshowthesoldiersthatIrecognisethetallman;hedoesnotshowthesoldiersthatherecognisesme;wedoit,andweknowit,withoureyes.``Comeon!''saysthechiefofthatcompany,pointingtothevillage,``bringhimfasttohistomb!''andtheybringhimfaster.Ifollow.Hisarmsareswelledbecauseofbeingboundsotight,hiswoodenshoesarelargeandclumsy,andheislame.Becauseheislame,andconsequentlyslow,theydrivehimwiththeirguns--likethis!'


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