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【RBD-072】奴隷島第八章黒い屈辱…

Source global Wall Street Journal     time 2020-02-20 02:27:09
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【RBD-072】奴隷島第八章黒い屈辱… �


Down,andup,andheadforemostonthestepsofthebuilding;now,onhisknees;now,onhisfeet;now,onhisback;dragged,andstruckat,andstifledbythebunchesofgrassandstrawthatwerethrustintohisfacebyhundredsofhands;torn,bruised,panting,bleeding,yetalwaysentreatingandbeseechingformercy;nowfullofvehementagonyofaction,withasmallclearspaceabouthimasthepeopledrewoneanotherbackthattheymightsee;now,alogofdeadwooddrawnthroughaforestoflegs;hewashauledtotheneareststreetcornerwhereoneofthefatallampsswung,andthereMadameDefargelethimgo--asacatmighthavedonetoamouse--andsilentlyandcomposedlylookedathimwhiletheymadeready,andwhilehebesoughther:thewomenpassionatelyscreechingathimallthetime,andthemensternlycallingouttohavehimkilledwithgrassinhismouth.Once,hewentaloft,andtheropebroke,andtheycaughthimshrieking;twice,hewentaloft,andtheropebroke,andtheycaughthimshrieking;then,theropewasmerciful,andheldhim,andhisheadwassoonuponapike,withgrassenoughinthemouthforallSaintAntoinetodanceatthesightof.Norwasthistheendoftheday'sbadwork,forSaintAntoinesoshoutedanddancedhisangrybloodup,thatitboiledagain,onhearingwhenthedayclosedinthattheson-in-lawofthedespatched,anotherofthepeople'senemiesandinsulters,wascomingintoParisunderguardfivehundredstrong,incavalryalone.SaintAntoinewrotehiscrimesonflaringsheetsofpaper,seizedhim--wouldhavetornhimoutofthebreastofanarmytobearFouloncompany--sethisheadandheartonpikes,andcarriedthethreespoilsoftheday,inWolf-procession,throughthestreets.

`Killhim!'croakedJacquesThree,whohadcomecloseup.

But,intheoceanoffaceswhereeveryfierceandfuriousexpressionwasinvividlife,thereweretwogroupsoffaces--eachseveninnumber--sofixedlycontrastingwiththerest,thatneverdidsearollwhichboremorememorablewreckswithit.Sevenfacesofprisoners,suddenlyreleasedbythestormthathadbursttheirtomb,werecarriedhighoverhead:allscared,alllost,allwonderingandamazed,asiftheLastDaywerecome,andthosewhorejoicedaroundthemwerelostspirits.Othersevenfacestherewere,carriedhigher,sevendeadfaces,whosedroopingeyelidsandhalf-seeneyesawaitedtheLastDay.Impassivefaces,yetwithasuspended--notanabolished--expressiononthem;faces,rather,inafearfulpause,ashavingyettoraisethedroppedlidsoftheeyes,andbearwitnesswiththebloodlesslips,`THOUDIDSTIT!'

`Everybody!'fromallthroats.`Thenewsisofhim.Heisamongus!'`Amongus!'fromtheuniversalthroatagain.`Anddead?'

`That'sright;allsafeandwell!Idon'tknowwhyanythingshouldbeotherwisethansafeandwellhere,thankGod;butIhavebeensoputoutallday,andIamnotasyoungasIwas!Mytea,mydear!Thankye.Now,comeandtakeyourplaceinthecircle,andletussitquiet,andheartheechoesaboutwhichyouhaveyourtheory.'

Headlong,mad,anddangerousfootstepstoforcetheirwayintoanybody'slife,footstepsnoteasilymadecleanagainifoncestainedred,thefootstepsraginginSaintAntoineafaroff,asthelittlecirclesatinthedarkLondonwindow.

`ThePrisoners!'

Themenwereterrible,inthebloody-mindedangerwithwhichtheylookedfromwindows,caughtupwhatarmstheyhad,andcamepouringdownintothestreets;but,thewomenwereasighttochilltheboldest.Fromsuchhouseholdoccupationsastheirbarepovertyyielded,fromtheirchildren,fromtheiragedandtheirsickcrouchingonthebaregroundfamishedandnaked,theyranoutwithstreaminghair,urgingoneanother,andthemselves,tomadnesswiththewildestcriesandactions.VillainFoulontaken,mysister!OldFoulontaken,mymother!MiscreantFoulontaken,mydaughter!Then,ascoreofothersranintothemidstofthese,beatingtheirbreasts,tearingtheirhair,andscreaming,Foulonalive!Foulonwhotoldthestarvingpeopletheymighteatgrass!Foulonwhotoldmyoldfatherthathemighteatgrass,whenIhadnobreadtogivehim!Foulonwhotoldmybabyitmightsuckgrass,whenthesebreastsweredrywithwant!OmotherofGod,thisFoulon!OHeaven,oursuffering!Hearme,mydeadbabyandmywitheredfather:Iswearonmyknees,onthesestones,toavengeyouonFoulon!Husbands,andbrothers,andyoungmen,GiveusthebloodofFoulon,GiveustheheadofFoulon,GiveustheheartofFoulon,GiveusthebodyandsoulofFoulon,RendFoulontopieces,anddighimintotheground,thatgrassmaygrowfromhim!Withthesecries,numbersofthewomen,lashedintoblindfrenzy,whirledabout,strikingandtearingattheirownfriendsuntiltheydroppedintoapassionateswoon,andwereonlysavedbythemenbelongingtothemfrombeingtrampledunderfoot.

`Notatheory;itwasafancy.'


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