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【HKT-160】大和撫子内田希

Source global Wall Street Journal     time 2020-02-21 04:41:42
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【HKT-160】大和撫子内田希 �


`Iwillbesubmissivetoyou.IseeinyourfacethatyouknowIcandonothingelsethanthis.Iknowyouaretrue.'

`Yours,'saidthegaoler.

Defargetookhisreceiptwithoutnoticingtheexclamation,andwithdrew,withhistwofellow-patriots.

`None.'Defargespoke,alwayslookingstraightbeforehim.

Thegrindstonehadadoublehandle,and,turningatitmadlyweretwomen,whosefaces,astheirlonghairflappedbackwhenthewhirlingsofthegrindstonebroughttheirfacesup,weremorehorribleandcruelthanthevisagesofthewildestsavagesintheirmostbarbarousdisguise.Falseeye-browsandfalsemoustacheswerestuckuponthem,andtheirhideouscountenanceswereallbloodyandsweaty,andallawrywithhowling,andallstaringandglaringwithbeastlyexcitementandwantofsleep.Astheseruffiansturnedandturned,theirmattedlocksnowflungforwardovertheireyes,nowflungbackwardovertheirnecks,somewomenheldwinetotheirmouthsthattheymightdrink;andwhatwithdroppingblood,andwhatwithdroppingwine,andwhatwiththestreamofsparksstruckoutofthestone,alltheirwickedatmosphereseemedgoreandfire.Theeyecouldnotdetectonecreatureinthegroupfreefromthesmearofblood.Shoulderingoneanothertogetnextatthesharpening-stone,weremenstrippedtothewaist,withthestainallovertheirlimbsandbodies;meninallsortsofrags,withthestainuponthoserags;mendevilishlysetoffwithspoilsofwomen'slaceandsilkandribbon,withthestaindyeingthosetriflesthroughandthrough.Hatchets,knives,bayonets,swords,allbroughttobesharpened,wereallredwithit.Someofthehackedswordsweretiedtothewristsofthosewhocarriedthem,withstripsoflinenandfragmentsofdress:ligaturesvariousinkind,butalldeepoftheonecolour.Andasthefranticwieldersoftheseweaponssnatchedthemfromthestreamofsparksandtoreawayintothestreets,thesameredhuewasredintheirfrenziedeyes;--eyeswhichanyunbrutalisedbeholderwouldhavegiventwentyyearsoflife,topetrifywithawell-directedgun.

Lucieandherfather!Luciewithherarmsstretchedouttohim,andwiththatoldlookofearnestnesssoconcentratedandintensified,thatitseemedasthoughithadbeenstampeduponherfaceexpresslytogiveforceandpowertoitinthisonepassageofherlife.

Theoldmankissedher,andhurriedherintohisroom,andturnedthekey;then,camehurryingbacktotheDoctor,andopenedthewindowandpartlyopenedtheblind,andputhishandupontheDoctor'sarm,andlookedoutwithhimintothecourt-yard.

ThathehadfallenamongfargreaterdangersthanthosewhichhaddevelopedthemselveswhenheleftEngland,heofcourseknewnow.Thatperilshadthickenedabouthimfast,andmightthickenfasterandfasteryet,heofcourseknewnow.Hecouldnotbutadmittohimselfthathemightnothavemadethisjourney,ifhecouldhaveforeseentheeventsofafewdays.Andyethismisgivingswerenotsodarkas,imaginedbythelightofthislatertime,theywouldappear.Troubledasthefuturewas,itwastheunknownfuture,andinitsobscuritytherewasignoranthope.Thehorriblemassacre,daysandnightslong,which,withinafewroundsoftheclock,wastosetagreatmarkofbloodupontheblessedgarneringtimeofharvest,wasasfaroutofhisknowledgeasifithadbeenahundredthousandyearsaway.The`sharpfemalenewly-born,andcalledLaGuillotine,'washardlyknowntohim,ortothegeneralityofpeople,byname.Thefrightfuldeedsthatweretobesoondone,wereprobablyunimaginedatthattimeinthebrainsofthedoers.Howcouldtheyhaveaplaceintheshadowyconceptionsofagentlemind?

`Iwillbesubmissivetoyou.IseeinyourfacethatyouknowIcandonothingelsethanthis.Iknowyouaretrue.'


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