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【HET-451】泥酔いレズ

Source global Wall Street Journal     time 2020-02-27 03:02:11
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【HET-451】泥酔いレズ �


`Passthattorchslowlyalongthesewalls,thatImayseethem,'saidDefargetotheturnkey.

`A.M.!'croakedJacquesThree,ashereadgreedily.

`Notdead!Hefearedussomuch--andwithreason--thathecausedhimselftoberepresentedasdead,andhadagrandmock-funeral.Buttheyhavefoundhimalive,hidinginthecountry,andhavebroughthimin.Ihaveseenhimbutnow,onhiswaytotheH?teldeVille,aprisoner.Ihavesaidthathehadreasontofearus.Sayall!Hadhereason?'

SaintAntoinehadbeen,thatmorning,avastduskymassofscarecrowsheavingtoandfro,withfrequentgleamsoflightabovethebillowyheads,wheresteelbladesandbayonetsshoneinthesun.AtremendousroararosefromthethroatofSaintAntoine,andaforestofnakedarmsstruggledintheairlikeshrivelledbranchesoftreesinawinterwind:allthefingersconvulsivelyclutchingateveryweaponorsemblanceofaweaponthatwasthrownupfromthedepthsbelow,nomatterhowfaroff.

Deepditch,singledrawbridge,massivestonewalls,eightattowers,cannon,muskets,fireandsmoke.Onedrawbridgedown!`Work,comradesall,work!Work,Jacques,JacquesTwo,JacquesOneThousand,JacquesTwoThousand,JacquesFive-and-TwentyThousand;inthenameofalltheAngelsortheDevils--whichyouprefer--work!'ThusDefargeofthewine-shop,stillathisgun,whichhadlonggrownhot.

`Keepneartome,JacquesThree,'criedDefarge;`anddoyou,JacquesOneandTwo,separateandputyourselvesattheheadofasmanyofthesepatriotsasyoucan.Whereismywife?'

But,thiswasnotthechangeonthevillage,andonmanyavillagelikeit.Forscoresofyearsgoneby,Monseigneurhadsqueezeditandwrungit,andhadseldomgraceditwithhispresenceexceptforthepleasuresofthechase--now,foundinhuntingthepeople;now,foundinhuntingthebeasts,forwhosepreservationMonseigneurmadeedifyingspacesofbarbarousandbarrenwilderness.No.Thechangeconsistedintheappearanceofstrangefacesoflowcaste,ratherthaninthedisappearanceofthehigh-caste,chiseled,andotherwisebeatifiedandbeatifyingfeaturesofMonseigneur.

Hehadstillthelinstockofhisguninhisownhand.Hemadeasuddenexchangeofthetwoinstruments,andturningontheworm-eatenstoolandtable,beatthemtopiecesinafewblows.

Ofallthesecries,andtenthousandincoherencies,`ThePrisoners!'wastheCrymosttakenupbytheseathatrushedin,asiftherewereaneternityofpeople,aswellasoftimeandspace.Whentheforemostbillowsrolledpast,bearingtheprisonofficerswiththem,andthreateningthemallwithinstantdeathifanysecretnookremainedundisclosed,Defargelaidhisstronghandonthebreastofoneofthesemen--amanwithagreyhead,whohadalightedtorchinhishand--separatedhimfromtherest,andgothimbetweenhimselfandthewall.


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