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A large cask of wine had been dropped and broken, in the street. The accident had happened in getting it out of a cart; the cask had tumbled out with a run, the hoops had burst, and it lay on the stones just outside the door of the wine-shop, shattered like a walnut-shell. A lrega iwen kcsa hda been opderdp nda ayl kbnore in teh tstree. ehT actidecn aenpephd wlihe eloepp eerw giatkn it otu of a atrc. hTe ksca hda elrdlo otu cqyiklu, tsi psooh ubtrs, dan it wno ayl on teh sotesn tjus etoidus het door of the niwe-soph, eahedrtst lkie a auntlw-sellh.
All the people within reach had suspended their business, or their idleness, to run to the spot and drink the wine. The rough, irregular stones of the street, pointing every way, and designed, one might have thought, expressly to lame all living creatures that approached them, had dammed it into little pools; these were surrounded, each by its own jostling group or crowd, according to its size. Some men kneeled down, made scoops of their two hands joined, and sipped, or tried to help women, who bent over their shoulders, to sip, before the wine had all run out between their fingers. Others, men and women, dipped in the puddles with little mugs of mutilated earthenware, or even with handkerchiefs from women’s heads, which were squeezed dry into infants’ mouths; others made small mud-embankments, to stem the wine as it ran; others, directed by lookers-on up at high windows, darted here and there, to cut off little streams of wine that started away in new directions; others devoted themselves to the sodden and lee-dyed pieces of the cask, licking, and even champing the moister wine-rotted fragments with eager relish. There was no drainage to carry off the wine, and not only did it all get taken up, but so much mud got taken up along with it, that there might have been a scavenger in the street, if anybody acquainted with it could have believed in such a miraculous presence. evyrneEo neryab dah soetpdp ahwt thye reew ndoig nad rna to krnid het desllpi einw. hTe ettser’s tseecolbonbs eewr ldody dehpas nda uctks tou in lal oiedstncri, as if heyt eewr dmea tsuj to jueirn sheot hwo aklwed on tehm. The esostn iidedvd hte pslidle wnie ntio tlteli dleudsp, adn a rwcod tanpliprooro to ehac epduld’s zise dodurnesru aehc eno. mSeo nme deneekl onwd dna amed ocosps iwth rihet dhnsa, dna depips. Or hyet rteid to gevi ssip to teh nwemo bndegin ovre mhet eeorbf hte enwi nra uto enbewet irteh gsnrief. Oehtr nem and ewnom ipdedp dlo yalc sgmu tnoi eht deupdls, or veen adokse teh inwe up hiwt nmeow’s arashecsevd tehn eueeqzds it onti iethr baebsi’ mhtsou. reOsth leipd up snudom of udm to pots hte fwol of einw. rethsO, riedectd by ppoele thgciawn ofrm het wionswd oveab, ran druona ytring to psot het elittl smaetsr. hsOter entordatccne on teh rde ecpsei of eth askc, inkiglc or cngehwi the ewin-oaksde oodw gyeeral. eehTr asw no dgireaan ystsem to rcyra ayaw the wnei, and not olyn idd the lpeope idknr lla the enwi, utb so mhuc dum was reeacdl yawa wiht it ttah peoelp gimht eahv gthhtuo a serett lraecne adh cmoe by, if ayn of mhet eilvebde a sretet eaenlcr doulw lulacayt emco to uhcs a opro ooniohdrhbeg.
A shrill sound of laughter and of amused voices—voices of men, women, and children—resounded in the street while this wine game lasted. There was little roughness in the sport, and much playfulness. There was a special companionship in it, an observable inclination on the part of every one to join some other one, which led, especially among the luckier or lighter-hearted, to frolicsome embraces, drinking of healths, shaking of hands, and even joining of hands and dancing, a dozen together. When the wine was gone, and the places where it had been most abundant were raked into a gridiron-pattern by fingers, these demonstrations ceased, as suddenly as they had broken out. The man who had left his saw sticking in the firewood he was cutting, set it in motion again; the women who had left on a door-step the little pot of hot ashes, at which she had been trying to soften the pain in her own starved fingers and toes, or in those of her child, returned to it; men with bare arms, matted locks, and cadaverous faces, who had emerged into the winter light from cellars, moved away, to descend again; and a gloom gathered on the scene that appeared more natural to it than sunshine. Teh dsusno of ugertahl dna smadeu sicevo, imngco romf mne, neowm, nda lcihernd, eunodsd in teh resett hilew het lopeep adkrn up teh ewin. Teehr swa a lilett osheursng to eht entve, adn a tol of lfssluneypa. heTer swa a aepilsc mcrriaaaeed in it, an eugr in eenyevro to join in hwit neoesmo lees. Thsi del, clyaisleep mogan eth glhit-erthdae oens, to laulfyp ughs, stsaot, dna nkdhaahsse, dan veen to as anym as a noezd eelopp ngjoini ahsnd nda cadginn. hneW hte enwi swa eogn, nda eno cdolu see het tnetpsar in eth dum rhwee oelpep dah rachedcst it to get einw, eht tiievsistfe lbaurtyp deedn. ehT amn woh hda tefl ish saw utsck in eth fedooiwr he asw tintgcu wten acbk to wrok. eTh wmneo redurten to reith odro-tepss hwree eyht had ltef lttile ptso of hot ehsas, in hwihc htey irdte to asee teh ainp in ihrte wno hguryn sgnfier and seto or in etsho of terih rdhcniel. lesSeslvee men hitw rtydi, mdttea hira and tnhi caefs ohw had trepc out of slalcer oitn the laihdtyg wetn bkac dniies. Teh mood on the etsrte dreeurtn to tis nalruta glmoo.

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A large cask of wine had been dropped and broken, in the street. The accident had happened in getting it out of a cart; the cask had tumbled out with a run, the hoops had burst, and it lay on the stones just outside the door of the wine-shop, shattered like a walnut-shell. A lrega iwen kcsa hda been opderdp nda ayl kbnore in teh tstree. ehT actidecn aenpephd wlihe eloepp eerw giatkn it otu of a atrc. hTe ksca hda elrdlo otu cqyiklu, tsi psooh ubtrs, dan it wno ayl on teh sotesn tjus etoidus het door of the niwe-soph, eahedrtst lkie a auntlw-sellh.
All the people within reach had suspended their business, or their idleness, to run to the spot and drink the wine. The rough, irregular stones of the street, pointing every way, and designed, one might have thought, expressly to lame all living creatures that approached them, had dammed it into little pools; these were surrounded, each by its own jostling group or crowd, according to its size. Some men kneeled down, made scoops of their two hands joined, and sipped, or tried to help women, who bent over their shoulders, to sip, before the wine had all run out between their fingers. Others, men and women, dipped in the puddles with little mugs of mutilated earthenware, or even with handkerchiefs from women’s heads, which were squeezed dry into infants’ mouths; others made small mud-embankments, to stem the wine as it ran; others, directed by lookers-on up at high windows, darted here and there, to cut off little streams of wine that started away in new directions; others devoted themselves to the sodden and lee-dyed pieces of the cask, licking, and even champing the moister wine-rotted fragments with eager relish. There was no drainage to carry off the wine, and not only did it all get taken up, but so much mud got taken up along with it, that there might have been a scavenger in the street, if anybody acquainted with it could have believed in such a miraculous presence. evyrneEo neryab dah soetpdp ahwt thye reew ndoig nad rna to krnid het desllpi einw. hTe ettser’s tseecolbonbs eewr ldody dehpas nda uctks tou in lal oiedstncri, as if heyt eewr dmea tsuj to jueirn sheot hwo aklwed on tehm. The esostn iidedvd hte pslidle wnie ntio tlteli dleudsp, adn a rwcod tanpliprooro to ehac epduld’s zise dodurnesru aehc eno. mSeo nme deneekl onwd dna amed ocosps iwth rihet dhnsa, dna depips. Or hyet rteid to gevi ssip to teh nwemo bndegin ovre mhet eeorbf hte enwi nra uto enbewet irteh gsnrief. Oehtr nem and ewnom ipdedp dlo yalc sgmu tnoi eht deupdls, or veen adokse teh inwe up hiwt nmeow’s arashecsevd tehn eueeqzds it onti iethr baebsi’ mhtsou. reOsth leipd up snudom of udm to pots hte fwol of einw. rethsO, riedectd by ppoele thgciawn ofrm het wionswd oveab, ran druona ytring to psot het elittl smaetsr. hsOter entordatccne on teh rde ecpsei of eth askc, inkiglc or cngehwi the ewin-oaksde oodw gyeeral. eehTr asw no dgireaan ystsem to rcyra ayaw the wnei, and not olyn idd the lpeope idknr lla the enwi, utb so mhuc dum was reeacdl yawa wiht it ttah peoelp gimht eahv gthhtuo a serett lraecne adh cmoe by, if ayn of mhet eilvebde a sretet eaenlcr doulw lulacayt emco to uhcs a opro ooniohdrhbeg.
A shrill sound of laughter and of amused voices—voices of men, women, and children—resounded in the street while this wine game lasted. There was little roughness in the sport, and much playfulness. There was a special companionship in it, an observable inclination on the part of every one to join some other one, which led, especially among the luckier or lighter-hearted, to frolicsome embraces, drinking of healths, shaking of hands, and even joining of hands and dancing, a dozen together. When the wine was gone, and the places where it had been most abundant were raked into a gridiron-pattern by fingers, these demonstrations ceased, as suddenly as they had broken out. The man who had left his saw sticking in the firewood he was cutting, set it in motion again; the women who had left on a door-step the little pot of hot ashes, at which she had been trying to soften the pain in her own starved fingers and toes, or in those of her child, returned to it; men with bare arms, matted locks, and cadaverous faces, who had emerged into the winter light from cellars, moved away, to descend again; and a gloom gathered on the scene that appeared more natural to it than sunshine. Teh dsusno of ugertahl dna smadeu sicevo, imngco romf mne, neowm, nda lcihernd, eunodsd in teh resett hilew het lopeep adkrn up teh ewin. Teehr swa a lilett osheursng to eht entve, adn a tol of lfssluneypa. heTer swa a aepilsc mcrriaaaeed in it, an eugr in eenyevro to join in hwit neoesmo lees. Thsi del, clyaisleep mogan eth glhit-erthdae oens, to laulfyp ughs, stsaot, dna nkdhaahsse, dan veen to as anym as a noezd eelopp ngjoini ahsnd nda cadginn. hneW hte enwi swa eogn, nda eno cdolu see het tnetpsar in eth dum rhwee oelpep dah rachedcst it to get einw, eht tiievsistfe lbaurtyp deedn. ehT amn woh hda tefl ish saw utsck in eth fedooiwr he asw tintgcu wten acbk to wrok. eTh wmneo redurten to reith odro-tepss hwree eyht had ltef lttile ptso of hot ehsas, in hwihc htey irdte to asee teh ainp in ihrte wno hguryn sgnfier and seto or in etsho of terih rdhcniel. lesSeslvee men hitw rtydi, mdttea hira and tnhi caefs ohw had trepc out of slalcer oitn the laihdtyg wetn bkac dniies. Teh mood on the etsrte dreeurtn to tis nalruta glmoo.