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【WWD-008】ユーザーズチョイス!!3

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【WWD-008】ユーザーズチョイス!!3 �


`Sofar,wehavespokenbeforethesetwo,becauseitwasaswellthatthemeritsofthecardsshouldnotrestsolelybetweenyouandme.Comeintothedarkroomhere,andletushaveonefinalwordalone.'CHAPTERIXTheGameMadeWHILESydneyCartonandtheSheepoftheprisonswereintheadjoiningdarkroom,speakingsolowthatnotasoundwasheard,Mr.LorrylookedatJerryinconsiderabledoubtandmistrust.Thathonesttradesman'smannerofreceivingthelook,didnotinspireconfidence;hechangedthelegonwhichherested,asoftenasifhehadfiftyofthoselimbs,andweretryingthemall;heexaminedhisfinger-nailswithaveryquestionableclosenessofattention;andwheneverMr.Lorry'seyecaughthis,hewastakenwiththatpeculiarkindofshortcoughrequiringthehollowofahandbeforeit,whichisseldom,ifever,knowntobeaninfirmityattendantonperfectopennessofcharacter.

`Ihavethoroughlymadeupmymindaboutit.'

Respondingtohissoftenedmanner,Mr.Lorryanswered:`Twentyyearsback,yes;atthistimeofmylife,no.For,asIdrawcloserandclosertotheend,Itravelinthecircle,nearerandnearertothebeginning.Itseemstobeoneofthekindsmoothingsandpreparingsoftheway.Myheartistouchednow,bymanyremembrancesthathadlongfallenasleep,ofmyprettyyoungmother(andIsoold!),andbymanyassociationsofthedayswhenwhatwecalltheWorldwasnotsorealwithme,andmyfaultswerenotconfirmedinme.'

Thesmoothmannerofthespy,curiouslyindissonancewithhisostentatiouslyroughdress,andprobablywithhisusualdemeanour,receivedsuchacheckfromtheinscrutabilityofCarton,--whowasamysterytowiserandhonestermenthanhe,--thatitfalteredhereandfailedhim.Whilehewasataloss,Cartonsaid,resuminghisformerairofcontemplatingcards:

`Iamsometimes.'

Mr.Cruncherknuckledhisforehead,asSydneyCartonandthespyreturnedfromthedarkroom.`Adieu,Mr.Barsad,'saidtheformer;`ourarrangementthusmade,youhavenothingtofearfromme.'

`Youareagoodmanandatruefriend,'saidCarton,inanalteredvoice.`ForgivemeifInoticethatyouareaffected.Icouldnotseemyfatherweep,andsitby,careless.AndIcouldnotrespectyoursorrowmore,ifyou,weremyfather.Youarefreefromthatmisfortune,however.

Cartonterminatedtheconversationhere,byrisingtohelphimonwithhisoutercoat;`butyou,'saidMr.Lorry,revertingtothetheme,`youareyoung.'

Barsadleanedbackinhischair,andstammered,`Whatdoyoumean?'


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