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【DKSW-249】ロリまんメコスジ通信Vol.01

Source global Wall Street Journal     time 2020-02-22 00:57:18
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【DKSW-249】ロリまんメコスジ通信Vol.01 �


`Buriedhowlong?'

Now,whichofthemultitudeoffacesthatshowedthemselvesbeforehimwasthetruefaceoftheburiedperson,theshadowsofthenightdidnotindicate;buttheywereallthefacesofamanoffive-and-fortybyyears,andtheydifferedprincipallyinthepassionstheyexpressed,andintheghastlinessoftheirwornandwastedstate.Pride,contempt,defiance,stubbornness,submission,lamentation,succeededoneanother;sodidvarietiesofsunkencheek,cadaverouscolour,emaciatedhandsandfigures.Butthefacewasinthemainoneface,andeveryheadwasprematurelywhite.Ahundredtimesthedozingpassengerinquiredofthisspectre:

`Ihopeyoucaretolive?'

`IrepliedtotheBank,sir,thatasitwasconsiderednecessary,bythosewhoknow,andwhoaresokindastoadviseme,thatIshouldgotoFrance,andthatasIamanorphanandhavenofriendwhocouldgowithme,IshouldesteemithighlyifImightbepermittedtoplacemyself,duringthejourney,underthatworthygentleman'sprotection.ThegentlemanhadleftLondon,butIthinkamessengerwassentafterhimtobegthefavourofhiswaitingformehere.'

Theanswerstothisquestionwerevariousandcontradictory.Sometimesthebrokenreplywas,`Wait!ItwouldkillmeifIsawhertoosoon.'Sometimes,itwasgiveninatenderrainoftears,andthenitwas`Takemetoher.'Sometimesitwasstaringandbewildered,andthenitwas,`Idon'tknowher.Idon'tunderstand.'

`Naturally,'saidMr.Lorry.`Yes--I---'

Thecoachlumberedonagain,withheavierwreathsofmistclosingrounditasitbeganthedescent.Theguardsoonreplacedhisblunderbussinhisarm-chest,and,havinglookedtotherestofitscontents,andhavinglookedtothesupplementarypistolsthatheworeinhisbelt,lookedtoasmallerchestbeneathhisseat,inwhichtherewereafewsmith'stools,acoupleoftorches,andatinder-box.Forhewasfurnishedwiththatcompletenessthatifthecoach-lampshadbeenblownandstormedout,whichdidoccasionallyhappen,hehadonlytoshuthimselfupinside,keeptheflintandsteelsparkswelloffthestraw,andgetalightwithtolerablesafetyandease(ifhewerelucky)infiveminutes.

Whattime,themail-coachlumbered,jolted,rattled,andbumpeduponitstediousway,withitsthreefellow-inscrutablesinside.Towhom,likewise,theshadowsofthenightrevealedthemselves,intheformstheirdozingeyesandwanderingthoughtssuggested.

ThegentlemanfromTellson'shadnothingleftforitbuttoemptyhisglasswithanairofstoliddesperation,settlehisoddlittleflaxenwigattheears,andfollowthewaitertoMissManette'sapartment.Itwasalarge,darkroom,furnishedinafunerealmannerwithblackhorsehair,andloadedwithheavydarktables.Thesehadbeenoiled,untilthetwotallcandlesonthetableintheoftheroomweregloomilyreflectedoneveryleaf;wereburied,indeepgravesofblackmahogany,andtospeakofcouldbeexpectedfromthemuntilthedugout.


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