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【DXMJ-001】狂乱木馬地獄vol.1

Source global Wall Street Journal     time 2020-02-21 22:39:20
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【DXMJ-001】狂乱木馬地獄vol.1 �


Conniehearditallwithdeepeningdismayandrepulsion.Itwasoneoftheghastlyhalf-truthsthatpoisonhumanexistence.Whatmaninhissenseswouldsaysuchthingstoawoman!Butmenaren'tintheirsenses.Whatmanwithasparkofhonourwouldputthisghastlyburdenoflife-responsibilityuponawoman,andleaveherthere,inthevoid?

Tevershallpitswererunningthin.Therewereonlytwocollieries:Tevershallitself,andNewLondon.Tevershallhadoncebeenafamousmine,andhadmadefamousmoney.Butitsbestdayswereover.NewLondonwasneververyrich,andinordinarytimesjustgotalongdecently.Butnowtimeswerebad,anditwaspitslikeNewLondonthatgotleft.

`Ohno!Notiftradewasgood,therewouldn'tbe.Butifthingswerebadforalongspell,theyoungonesmightgofunny.Itellyou,they'reaselfish,spoiltlot.ButIdon'tseehowthey'deverdoanything.Theyaren'teverseriousaboutanything,exceptshowingoffonmotor-bikesanddancingatthePalais-de-danseinSheffield.Youcan'tmakethemserious.TheseriousonesdressupineveningclothesandgoofftothePallytoshowoffbeforealotofgirlsanddancethesenewCharlestonsandwhatnot.I'msuresometimesthebus'llbefullofyoungfellowsineveningsuits,collierlads,offtothePally:letalonethosethathavegonewiththeirgirlsinmotorsoronmotor-bikes.Theydon'tgiveaseriousthoughttoathing---saveDoncasterraces,andtheDerby:fortheyallofthembetoneveryrace.Andfootball!Butevenfootball'snotwhatitwas,notbyalongchalk.It'stoomuchlikehardwork,theysay.No,they'dratherbeoffonmotor-bikestoSheffieldorNottingham,Saturdayafternoons.'

Itwasstilltheirhabittospendtheeveningtogether,tillteno'clock.Thentheywouldtalk,orreadtogether,orgooverhismanuscript.Butthethrillhadgoneoutofit.Shewasboredbyhismanuscripts.Butshestilldutifullytypedthemoutforhim.ButintimeMrsBoltonwoulddoeventhat.

Washereallylistening?Orwasitasortofsoporifichetook,whilstsomethingelseworkedonunderneathinhim?Conniedidnowknow.Shefleduptoherroom,oroutofdoorstothewood.Akindofterrorfilledhersometimes,aterroroftheincipientinsanityofthewholecivilizedspecies.

`Verygood,SirClifford!'

Andheseemedverilytobere-born.Nowlifecameintohim!Hehadbeengraduallydying,withConnie,intheisolatedprivatelifeoftheartistandtheconsciousbeing.Nowletallthatgo.Letitsleep.Hesimplyfeltliferushintohimoutofthecoal,outofthepit.Theverystaleairofthecollierywasbetterthanoxygentohim.Itgavehimasenseofpower,power.Hewasdoingsomething:andhewasgoingtodosomething.Hewasgoingtowin,towin:notashehadwonwithhisstories,merepublicity,amidawholesappingofenergyandmalice.Butaman'svictory.

Connieheardlongconversationsgoingonbetweenthetwo.Orrather,itbasmostlyMrsBoltontalking.ShehadunloosedtohimthestreamofgossipaboutTevershallvillage.Itwasmorethangossip.ItwasMrsGaskellandGeorgeEliotandMissMitfordallrolledinone,withagreatdealmore,thatthesewomenleftout.'Oncestarted,MrsBoltonwasbetterthananybook,aboutthelivesofthepeople.Sheknewthemallsointimately,andhadsuchapeculiar,flameyzestinalltheiraffairs,itwaswonderful,ifjustatriflehumiliatingtolistentoher.Atfirstshehadnotventuredto`talkTevershall',asshecalledit,toClifford.Butoncestarted,itwenton.Cliffordwaslisteningfor`material',andhefounditinplenty.Connierealizedthathisso-calledgeniuswasjustthis:aperspicuoustalentforpersonalgossip,cleverandapparentlydetached.MrsBolton,ofcourse,wasverywarmwhenshe`talkedTevershall'.Carriedaway,infact.Anditwasmarvellous,thethingsthathappenedandthatsheknewabout.Shewouldhaveruntodozensofvolumes.

`SoyouwouldnotlikeitifIhadachild?'shesaid.


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