Le 21 janvier 2016, 04:27 dans Humeurs • 0
This answer had a happy effect upon the audience. Cries inexaltation of the well-known good physician rent the hall. Socapriciously were the people moved, that tears immediately rolled downseveral ferocious countenances which had been glaring at theprisoner a moment before, as if with impatience to pluck him outinto the streets and kill him.
On these few steps of his dangerous way, Charles Darnay had sethis foot according to Doctor Manette's reiterated instructions. Thesame cautious counsel directed every step that lay before him, and hadprepared every inch of his road.
He had not returned sooner, he replied, simply because he had nomeans of living in France, save those he had resigned; whereas, inEngland, he lived by giving instruction in the French language andliterature. He had returned when he did, on the pressing and writtenentreaty of a French citizen, who represented that his life wasendangered by his absence. He had come back, to save a citizen's life,and to bear his testimony, at whatever personal hazard, to thetruth. Was that criminal in the eyes of the Republic?
The populace cried enthusiastically, "No!" and the President ranghis bell to quiet them. Which it did not, for they continued to cry"No!" untill they left off, of their own will.
The President required the name of that citizen. The accusedexplained that the citizen was his first witness. He also referredwith confidence to the citizen's letter, which had been taken from himat the Barrier, but which he did not doubt would be found among thepapers then before the President.
The Doctor had taken care that it should be there- had assured himthat it would be there- and at this stage of the proceedings it wasproduced and read. Citizen Gabelle was called to confirm it, and didso. Citizen Gabelle hinted, with infinite delicacy and politeness,that in the pressure of business imposed on the Tribunal by themultitude of enemies of the Republic with which it had to deal, he hadbeen slightly overlooked in his prison of the Abbaye- in fact, hadrather passed out of the Tribunal's patriotic remembrance- until threedays ago; when he had been summoned before it, and had been set atliberty on the Jury's declaring themselves satisfied that theaccusation against him was answered, as to himself, by the surrenderof the citizen Evremonde, called Darnay.