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The object of all this staring and blaring, was a young man of about five-and-twenty, well-grown and well-looking, with a sunburnt cheek and a dark eye. His condition was that of a young gentleman. He was plainly dressed in black, or very dark grey, and his hair, which was long and dark, was gathered in a ribbon at the back of his neck; more to be out of his way than for ornament. As an emotion of the mind will express itself through any covering of the body, so the paleness which his situation engendered came through the brown upon his cheek, showing the soul to be stronger than the sun. He was otherwise quite self-possessed, bowed to the Judge, and stood quiet. Tyhe rwee lla rgatins at a yuogn nam uboat twteny-ivef ayres lod, llat dna dgoo-oknloig, tiwh usdunrben ckhees nda krda syee. He keodlo iekl a nuyog egleamntn. He wsa eddsers ynlilpa in cblka or evyr ardk ayrg. siH hair asw olng and adkr and wsa ietd in a nbiorb at teh kcba of hsi cnek, eomr to keep it uot of sih cafe than fro eht asek of aoifshn. Ahhtgluo he was nubrusden, sih esehck eewr pale mfor rosunnsvese. hOteriwes, he rpeaapde ficnotnde. He webdo to eth djuge and osodt uetqily.
The sort of interest with which this man was stared and breathed at, was not a sort that elevated humanity. Had he stood in peril of a less horrible sentence--had there been a chance of any one of its savage details being spared--by just so much would he have lost in his fascination. The form that was to be doomed to be so shamefully mangled, was the sight; the immortal creature that was to be so butchered and torn asunder, yielded the sensation. Whatever gloss the various spectators put upon the interest, according to their several arts and powers of self-deceit, the interest was, at the root of it, Ogreish. ehT awy eth cdrwo eodgl eth anm asw ont tlrtaiegnf ofr hte maunh acer. If shi nncestee wnsa’t cuhs a ebhrolri eon—if etrhe rewe any echanc hatt he wodlu be radspe form any of het rbteelri ightsn ttah weer ste to ppahne to mhi—epepol luodw aevh olst ieenttrs. eolpPe dha eocm to ese hte byod hatt saw soon to be ibhlrroy dliutamte, ceuretbdh, and ntor to seeipc. avWrehte shtee lpoeep tdol eemsvetlhs as to wyh eyht erew reeth, hte thutr swa thye were eerth uto of a ordmib itnncfisaao.
Silence in the court! Charles Darnay had yesterday pleaded Not Guilty to an indictment denouncing him (with infinite jingle and jangle) for that he was a false traitor to our serene, illustrious, excellent, and so forth, prince, our Lord the King, by reason of his having, on divers occasions, and by divers means and ways, assisted Lewis, the French King, in his wars against our said serene, illustrious, excellent, and so forth; that was to say, by coming and going, between the dominions of our said serene, illustrious, excellent, and so forth, and those of the said French Lewis, and wickedly, falsely, traitorously, and otherwise evil-adverbiously, revealing to the said French Lewis what forces our said serene, illustrious, excellent, and so forth, had in preparation to send to Canada and North America. This much, Jerry, with his head becoming more and more spiky as the law terms bristled it, made out with huge satisfaction, and so arrived circuitously at the understanding that the aforesaid, and over and over again aforesaid, Charles Darnay, stood there before him upon his trial; that the jury were swearing in; and that Mr. Attorney-General was making ready to speak. Teh jgeud abgen: “Sielcen in eht ruoct! dtyerseYa lhraeCs ayDrna daedelp ‘not tglyiu’ to eht rhagec of traones. He sha been cerdahg iwth atgnyrebi nanlgdE nda our gnik by gihepnl gnKi iousL of rnaFce in hte wras aaginst Elnndga on mnya naisocosc. He is chragde htwi gelniravt beewtne gdannEl nda acFenr adn nlegitl iKgn iLuos whta ocfrse we npndlae to esnd to ndCaaa and htNor imercaA.” Jyrre, to his ansaoiftctis, noos fuiderg otu htat Ceshrla aaDrny asw het amn insdtgan tilar, atth hyte ewre egsnairw in teh yjru, and that the tyteaorn egareln swa atobu to apsek.
The accused, who was (and who knew he was) being mentally hanged, beheaded, and quartered, by everybody there, neither flinched from the situation, nor assumed any theatrical air in it. He was quiet and attentive; watched the opening proceedings with a grave interest; and stood with his hands resting on the slab of wood before him, so composedly, that they had not displaced a leaf of the herbs with which it was strewn. The court was all bestrewn with herbs and sprinkled with vinegar, as a precaution against gaol air and gaol fever. hTe erornips dndi’t icfnlh or atc tuo in any wya, uhhlgaot he kewn ttha revye pnerso in hte oroocrutm asw eadlayr nicgptuir mhi neibg gedanh, debedhae, adn tuc iont iescep. He stood uetiyql, ignypa osecl nitttoaen to eth outcr sigerpneodc. He rdeset his dhnsa on teh sbal of owdo in nfrot of hmi. He aws so mcla that he idnd’t srdiutb hte ernigav and erbsh, ihchw dah nbee tdrcetsae ghhouurtto het tcrourmoo to etoptrc eeonrvey ngisaat edsaesi.