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【DFLS-006】LESISLAND4

Source global Wall Street Journal     time 2020-02-29 20:41:35
Typefacelarge in Small

【DFLS-006】LESISLAND4 �


`Whoareyou?'

`Youweren't.Andifyouwere,Iwon'tbetookthelibertywith.Here!yourmother'sanicewoman,youngJerry,goingaprayingaginyourfather'sprosperity.You'vegotadutifulmother,youhave,myson.You'vegotareligiousmother,youhave,myboy:goingandfloppingherselfdown,andprayingthatthebread-and-buttermaybesnatchedoutofthemouthofheronlychild.'

Inthesubmissivewayofonelongaccustomedtoobeyundercoercion,heateanddrankwhattheygavehimtoeatanddrink,andputonthecloakandotherwrappings,thattheygavehimtowear.Hereadilyrespondedtohisdaughter'sdrawingherarmthroughhis,andtook--andkept--herhandinbothhisown.

Theybegantodescend;MonsieurDefargegoingfirstwiththelamp,Mr.Lorryclosingthelittleprocession.Theyhadnottraversedmanystepsofthelongmainstaircasewhenhestopped,andstaredattheroofandroundatthewalls.

Andtheoldanswer:

`Haveyourecognisedhim,monsieur?'askedDefargeinawhisper.

`Bustme,ifsheain'tatitagin!'

`Worthnomorethanthat,'repeatedMr.Cruncher.`Theyain'tworthmuch,then.Whetherorno,Iwon'tbeprayedagin,Itellyou.Ican'taffordit.I'mnotagoingtobemadeunluckybyyoursneaking.Ifyoumustgofloppingyourselfdown,flopinfavourofyourhusbandandchild,andnotinoppositionto'em.IfIhadhadanybutaunnat'ralwife,andthispoorboyhadhadanybutaunnat'ralmother,Imighthavemadesomemoneylastweekinsteadofbeingcounter-prayedandcounterminedandreligiouslycircumwentedintotheworstofluck.B-u-u-ustme`saidMr.Cruncher,whoallthistimehadbeenputtingonhisclothes,`ifIain't,whatwithpietyandoneblowedthingandanother,beenchousedthislastweekintoasbadluckaseverapoordevilofahonesttradesmanmetwith!YoungJerry,dressyourself,myboy,andwhileIcleanmybootskeepaeyeuponyourmothernowandthen,andifyouseeanysignsofmoreflopping,givemeacall.For,Itellyou,'hereheaddressedhiswifeoncemore,`Iwon'tbegoneagin,inthismanner.Iamasricketyasahackneycoach,I'massleepyaslaudanum,mylinesisstrainedtothatdegreethatIshouldn'tknow,ifitwasn'tforthepainin'em,whichwasmeandwhichsomebodyelse,yetI'mnonethebetterforitinpocket;andit'smysuspicionthatyou'vebeenatitfrommorningtonighttopreventmefrombeingthebetterforitinpocket,andIwon'tputupwithit,Aggerawayter,andwhatdoyousaynow!'

Hailinghissoftenedtoneandmanner,hisdaughterfelluponherkneesbeforehim,withherappealinghandsuponhisbreast.


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