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【FLOW-010】絶倫お爺ちゃん其の壱

Source global Wall Street Journal     time 2020-02-17 09:40:33
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【FLOW-010】絶倫お爺ちゃん其の壱 �


Notonlythat;butthevillage,light-headedwithfamine,fire,andbell-ringing,andbethinkingitselfthatMonsieurGabellehadtodowiththecollectionofrentandtaxes--thoughitwasbutasmallinstalmentoftaxes,andnorentatall,thatGabellehadgotinthoselatterdays--becameimpatientforaninterviewwithhim,and,surroundinghishouse,summonedhimtocomeforthforpersonalconference.Whereupon,MonsieurGabelledidheavilybarhisdoor,andretiretoholdcounselwithhimselfTheresultofthatconferencewas,thatGabelleagainwithdrewhimselftohishouse-topbehindhisstackofchimneys;thistimeresolved,ifhisdoorwasbrokenin(hewasasmallSouthernmanofretaliativetemperament),topitchhimselfheadforemostovertheparapet,andcrushamanortwobelow.

`Good.Whendoyouceasetowork?'`Atsunset.'

Afaintmurmuraroseaboutthehousefromthefewpeoplewhowereleftthere,andtherewasasaddlingofahorseandridingaway.Therewasspurringandsplashingthroughthedarkness,andbridlewasdrawninthespacebythevillagefountain,andthehorseinafoamstoodatMonsieurGabelle'sdoor.`Help,Gabelle!Help,everyone!'Thetocsinrangimpatiently,butotherhelp(ifthatwereany)therewasnone.Themenderofroads,andtwohundredandfiftyparticularfriends,stoodwithfoldedarmsatthefountain,lookingatthepillaroffireinthesky.`Itmustbefortyfeethigh,'saidthey,grimly;andnevermoved.

Theriderfromthechateau,andthehorseinafoam,clatteredawaythroughthevillage,andgallopedupthestonysteep,totheprisononthecrag.Atthegate,agroupofofficerswerelookingatthefire;removedfromthem,agroupofsoldiers.`Help,gentlemen-officers!Thechateauisonfire;valuableobjectsmaybesavedfromtheflamesbytimelyaid!Help,help!'Theofficerslookedtowardsthesoldierswholookedatthefire;gavenoorders;andanswered,withshrugsandbitingoflips,`Itmustburn.'

`See.'returnedthemenderofroads,withextendedfinger.`Yougodownhere,andstraightthroughthestreet,andpastthefountain---

`ImustsayagainthatIheartilyadmireyourgallantryandyouthfulness.'

Theriderfromthechateau,andthehorseinafoam,clatteredawaythroughthevillage,andgallopedupthestonysteep,totheprisononthecrag.Atthegate,agroupofofficerswerelookingatthefire;removedfromthem,agroupofsoldiers.`Help,gentlemen-officers!Thechateauisonfire;valuableobjectsmaybesavedfromtheflamesbytimelyaid!Help,help!'Theofficerslookedtowardsthesoldierswholookedatthefire;gavenoorders;andanswered,withshrugsandbitingoflips,`Itmustburn.'

`Nephew,Ibelieve--butinanycasedegeneratesuccessor--ofthepolishedMarquiswhowasmurdered,'saidone.`Happytosay,Ineverknewhim.'

`MydearMr.Lorry,itisbecauseIamaFrenchmanborn,thatthethought(whichIdidnotmeantoutterhere,however)haspassedthroughmymindoften.Onecannothelpthinking,havinghadsomesympathyforthemiserablepeople,andhavingabandonedsomethingtothem,'hespokehereinhisformerthoughtfulmanner,`thatonemightbelistenedto,andmighthavethepowertopersuadetosomerestraint.Onlylastnight,afteryouhadleftus,whenIwastalkingtoLucie---'


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