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【MVA-077】ザ?筆おろし16

Source global Wall Street Journal     time 2020-02-21 05:49:28
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【MVA-077】ザ?筆おろし16 �


But,hewasnotfaroff,forpresentlysheheardatroubledmovementandashoutingcomingalong,whichfilledherwithfear.Amomentafterwards,andathrongofpeoplecamepouringroundthecornerbytheprisonwall,inthemidstofwhomwasthewood-sawyerhandinhandwithTheVengeance.Therecouldnotbefewerthanfivehundredpeople,andtheyweredancinglikefivethousanddemons.Therewasnoothermusicthantheirownsinging.TheydancedtothepopularRevolutionsong,keepingaferocioustimethatwaslikeagnashingofteethinunison.Menandwomendancedtogether,womendancedtogether,mendancedtogether,ashazardhadbroughtthemtogether.Atfirst,theywereamerestormofcoarseredcapsandcoarsewoollenrags;but,astheyfilledtheplace,andstoppedtodanceaboutLucie,someghastlyapparitionofadance-figuregoneravingmadaroseamongthem.Theyadvanced,retreated,struckatoneanother'shands,clutchedatoneanother'sheads,spunroundalone,caughtoneanotherandspunroundinpairs,untilmanyofthemdropped.Whilethoseweredown,therestlinkedhandinhand,andallspunroundtogether:thentheringbroke,andinseparateringsoftwoandfourtheyturnedandturneduntiltheyallstoppedatonce,beganagain,struck,clutched,andtore,andthenreversedthespin,andallspunroundanotherway.Suddenlytheystoppedagain,paused,struckoutthetimeafresh,formedintolinesthewidthofthepublicway,and,withtheirheadslowdownandtheirhandshighup,swoopedscreamingoff.Nofightcouldhavebeenhalfsoterribleasthisdance.Itwassoemphaticallyafallensport--asomething,onceinnocent,deliveredovertoalldevilry--ahealthypastimechangedintoameansofangeringtheblood,bewilderingthesenses,andsteelingtheheart.Suchgraceaswasvisibleinit,madeittheuglier,showinghowwarpedandpervertedallthingsgoodbynaturewerebecome.Themaidenlybosombaredtothis,theprettyalmost-child'sheadthusdistracted,thedelicatefootmincinginthissloughofbloodanddirt,weretypesofthedisjointedtime.'

`MadameDefarge,surely!'saidMr.Lorry,whohadleftherinexactlythesameattitudesomeseventeenyearsago.

Sheresumedherknittingandwentout.TheVengeancefollowed.Defargewentlast,andclosedthedoor.

Shedidnotgreatlyalterinappearance.Theplaindarkdresses,akintomourningdresses,whichsheandherchildwore,wereasneatandaswellattendedtoasthebrighterclothesofhappydays.Shelosthercolour,andtheoldandintentexpressionwasaconstant,notanoccasional,thing;otherwise,sheremainedveryprettyandcomely.Sometimes,atnightonkissingherfather,shewouldburstintothegriefshehadrepressedallday,andwouldsaythathersolereliance,underHeaven,wasonhim.Healwaysresolutelyanswered:`Nothingcanhappentohimwithoutmyknowledge,andIknowthatIcansavehim,Lucie.'

But,thesuppressedmannerhadenoughofmenaceinit--notvisibleandpresented,butindistinctandwithheld--toalarmLucieintosaying,asshelaidherappealinghandonMadameDefarge'sdress:

Scarcelynoticingasyet,inwhatacuriouslyreservedandmechanicalwayDefargespoke,Mr.Lorryputonhishatandtheywentdownintothecourt-yard.There,theyfoundtwowomen;one,knitting.

`Iknow,mydear,Iknow.Ihaveseenitmanytimes.Don'tbefrightened!Notoneofthemwouldharmyou.'

Andyet,observingthestrangelawofcontradictionwhichobtainsinallsuchcases,thetimewaslong,whileitflamedbysofast.Arevolutionarytribunalinthecapital,andfortyorfiftythousandrevolutionarycommitteesallovertheland;alawoftheSuspected,whichstruckawayallsecurityforlibertyorlife,anddeliveredoveranygoodandinnocentpersontoanybadandguiltyone;prisonsgorgedwithpeoplewhohadcommittednooffence,andcouldobtainnohearing;thesethingsbecametheestablishedorderandnatureofappointedthings,andseemedtobeancientusagebeforetheyweremanyweeksold.Aboveall,onehideousfiguregrewasfamiliarasifithadbeenbeforethegeneralgazehornthefoundationsoftheworld--thefigureofthesharpfemalecalledLaGuillotine.Itwasthepopularthemeforjests;itwasthebestcureforheadache,itinfalliblypreventedthehairfromturninggrey,itimpartedapeculiardelicacytothecomplexion,itwastheNationalRazorwhichshavedclose:whokissedLaGuillotine,lookedthroughthelittlewindowandsneezedintothesack.Itwasthesignoftheregenerationofthehumanrace.ItsupersededtheGross.ModelsofitwerewornonbreastsfromwhichtheGrosswasdiscarded,anditwasboweddowntoandbelievedinwheretheGrosswasdenied.

Therewasnopause,nopity,nopeace,nointervalofrelentingrest,nomeasurementoftime.Thoughdaysandnightscircledasregularlyaswhentimewasyoung,andtheeveningandmorningwerethefirstday,othercountoftimetherewasnone.Holdofitwaslostintheragingfeverofanation,asitisinthefeverofonepatient.Now,breakingtheunnaturalsilenceofawholecity,theexecutionershowedthepeopletheheadoftheking-andnow,itseemedalmostinthesamebreath,theheadofhisfairwifewhichhadhadeightwearymonthsofimprisonedwidowhoodandmisery,toturnitgrey.


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