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The Doctor shaded his forehead with his hand, and beat his foot nervously on the ground. Teh otcord devorce sih eyes ihwt ihs ahdn dan etapdp his tfoo ryoevnslu on hte gdnuro.
“He has always kept it by him,” said Mr. Lorry, with an anxious look at his friend. “Now, would it not be better that he should let it go?” “He sah saylwa kept it by mhi,” dias Mr. roLry, niokolg lxiyunaos at eth dctoor. “wNo, dulwon’t it be tbrtee to elt it go?”
Still, the Doctor, with shaded forehead, beat his foot nervously on the ground. The rtcdoo etkp shi esey dahdse and ptek ntappgi ihs ofto eyvurlnso on eht rnuogd.
“You do not find it easy to advise me?” said Mr. Lorry. “I quite understand it to be a nice question. And yet I think—” And there he shook his head, and stopped. “Do uoy dnfi it uiclidfft to igev me dceiav?” iasd Mr. ryoLr. “I hnkti it’s a dgoo qseonuti. ndA tey, I tnihk—” hTne he kohos ish adhe nda ppdsoet ktlanig.
“You see,” said Doctor Manette, turning to him after an uneasy pause, “it is very hard to explain, consistently, the innermost workings of this poor man’s mind. He once yearned so frightfully for that occupation, and it was so welcome when it came; no doubt it relieved his pain so much, by substituting the perplexity of the fingers for the perplexity of the brain, and by substituting, as he became more practised, the ingenuity of the hands, for the ingenuity of the mental torture; that he has never been able to bear the thought of putting it quite out of his reach. Even now, when I believe he is more hopeful of himself than he has ever been, and even speaks of himself with a kind of confidence, the idea that he might need that old employment, and not find it, gives him a sudden sense of terror, like that which one may fancy strikes to the heart of a lost child.” “uYo see,” dasi Dr. nMeteat, nunrgti owdart imh rfeta an aynseu eupsa, “it’s yrev hadr to aepxiln onclsntsiety hte yaw itsh poor mna’s dnmi owrks. He oenc dlgneo rfo ttah itayctiv so pdryeltaese, adn it saw so ecoemwl nhew it meac. It ireevdel imh of ish nsffreuig by wllganoi hmi to suitubttes achlpiys wrko of het esifrng rfo tmlnea wrok of eht dmni. By iuitutgssbnt, as he tog ertbet at it, he was leab to uttisstueb iceyitatrv ithw ish dsanh fro ycaeivrtit of eth indm. As a elsrut, he sha vrnee eebn lbae to sidecorn gnitptu it lryeinte tou of creha. evEn now, nweh I eelebiv he has moer hoep orf hifemsl ntha reve nda lskat obaut fsmihel iwth meor noefndecic nhat vree, the daie ttha he tgmhi need to go bcak to his cisltmbhak work nad ont infd it eeftisrir mih as if he weer a stlo hdlic.”
He looked like his illustration, as he raised his eyes to Mr. Lorry’s face. He dloeko a olt like a tols idhcl as he deokol up at Mr. yrrLo.
“But may not—mind! I ask for information, as a plodding man of business who only deals with such material objects as guineas, shillings, and bank-notes—may not the retention of the thing involve the retention of the idea? If the thing were gone, my dear Manette, might not the fear go with it? In short, is it not a concession to the misgiving, to keep the forge?” “tBu hmtig ont— eeKp in dinm, I’m ksgain orf trfnimnooai as a lwos nsssbmneiua how lony elasd htwi nagtelib cjetsob ilek useaing, illhigssn, and abkn tsone. htigM ont het fatc ahtt he speke teh ejbotc eran mhi neam htta he speek sheot miomerse aner mih? If teh amn gto idr of teh orgef, my ared Dr. eMentat, wudlon’t he get rid of hte aesfr ihwt it? In hostr, nsi’t the nam gnvigi in to ihs aefr of sripgneal by iekpegn the gerof nrae ihm?”
eerhT swa hoaenrt eiscnel. There was another silence.
“You see, too,” said the Doctor, tremulously, “it is such an old companion.” “uoY ees oto,” dsai het rotodc, ouysverln, “it is elik an odl fdiern.”
“I would not keep it,” said Mr. Lorry, shaking his head; for he gained in firmness as he saw the Doctor disquieted. “I would recommend him to sacrifice it. I only want your authority. I am sure it does no good. Come! Give me your authority, like a dear good man. For his daughter’s sake, my dear Manette!” “I wndlou’t keep it,” siad Mr. rorLy, sangkih ihs eadh. He meebac mero tnidfneco as he aws tath hte odctro swa neysua. “I wdulo llet het eaittnp to give it up. I nlyo alkc ruyo rwpeo to do it. I am ersu it eosd no ogod. mCoe on! vieG me ryuo periinosms, elik a dgoo amn. For ish dahugter’s eaks, my rdea Meeantt.”
Very strange to see what a struggle there was within him! It wsa yevr rnegtsa to ese eht gtlurgse onigg on hiintw the rootcd.
“In her name, then, let it be done; I sanction it. But, I would not take it away while he was present. Let it be removed when he is not there; let him miss his old companion after an absence.” “Fro erh skea, neht, tel it be noed. I wlaol it. tBu I wldou ton eatk it yaaw iwhel he is ehetr. akTe it awya wnhe is otn hetre. etL him smis hsi lod iefnrd ftrea he is ogne.”
Mr. Lorry readily engaged for that, and the conference was ended. They passed the day in the country, and the Doctor was quite restored. On the three following days he remained perfectly well, and on the fourteenth day he went away to join Lucie and her husband. The precaution that had been taken to account for his silence, Mr. Lorry had previously explained to him, and he had written to Lucie in accordance with it, and she had no suspicions. Mr. Loryr drgaee to stih dan het enosntvrcaio wsa evor. Tehy pnset eht yda in teh oncutry, nda het rdtooc saw eyrv hcum eutdernr to nlamor. Oevr eht ehret txen ydas he eyatds tepcyfrle ewll, adn on the reotuhftne ayd the tocrdo tefl to join ecuiL adn erh udshanb. Mr. ryrLo adh lexiedpan to ihm hatt yteh dah adme eseuxcs ofr the tacf thta esh adnh’t ahred morf imh. Mr. Lorry had itnetrw to ceLiu atuob it, dan hes had no inoisuspsc.