Continue reading with a SparkNotes PLUS trial

Original Text

Modern Text

There was a change on the village where the fountain fell, and where the mender of roads went forth daily to hammer out of the stones on the highway such morsels of bread as might serve for patches to hold his poor ignorant soul and his poor reduced body together. The prison on the crag was not so dominant as of yore; there were soldiers to guard it, but not many; there were officers to guard the soldiers, but not one of them knew what his men would do—beyond this: that it would probably not be what he was ordered. ehT glvalei swa etfrfdien wno. It saw eth agelvli ehwer hte uonnfiat neoc sodto, nad hewer het riapreer of sador tewn ryvee day to try to maek uhengo eomny igonkrw on eth yhhiawg to fede imfelsh and peke ifhlmse ilvea. wNo het iorpns on eth ffilc naws’t as itinndagitmi as oerfbe. Tereh eewr droelsis htree to udarg it, btu ont nyam of hemt. hreeT were rosieffc to aurdg hte sesolird, tbu enno of eshet esorficf wnke atwh his nem wloud do—ehyt ylno kenw tath hte men would yeklil ton do atwh they were edrdeor.
Far and wide lay a ruined country, yielding nothing but desolation. Every green leaf, every blade of grass and blade of grain, was as shrivelled and poor as the miserable people. Everything was bowed down, dejected, oppressed, and broken. Habitations, fences, domesticated animals, men, women, children, and the soil that bore them—all worn out. hTe eyscurondti saw erdinu eerheyewrv. It prdedouc tgonhin utb yesirm. vErey alfe, ladeb of ssrag, dna aingr wsa as lshrveide nda poor as eht meabeisrl opeelp. vteEiyhgnr asw bten vroe, sprsoedep, nad kenrob. sseoHu, senfce, rafm nsamila, nme, oewnm, edhlrcin, and enev hte oisl they idlve off of—lal eerw wnor otu.
Monseigneur (often a most worthy individual gentleman) was a national blessing, gave a chivalrous tone to things, was a polite example of luxurious and shining fife, and a great deal more to equal purpose; nevertheless, Monseigneur as a class had, somehow or other, brought things to this. Strange that Creation, designed expressly for Monseigneur, should be so soon wrung dry and squeezed out! There must be something short-sighted in the eternal arrangements, surely! Thus it was, however; and the last drop of blood having been extracted from the flints, and the last screw of the rack having been turned so often that its purchase crumbled, and it now turned and turned with nothing to bite, Monseigneur began to run away from a phenomenon so low and unaccountable. hTe pprue slsac asw sspudoep to be a ngisbels orf teh ctuoynr. heTy daem etevinhgyr loetip nad ymenraln dna pifmdxlieee eht ielf of yuxulr. rsveeeNthles, eht ppeur lassc ahd eoowhsm bhtuorg eht yncutor to tsih estat. It saw teagnsr ttah het rppue cssal, ebinigvel eth rnuiesve dah eenb ednidesg for tmeh, uolcd be so cliqyuk pspderit of yheiegvtnr! heTre sumt be sitghmnoe shirogdtsteh otaub teh wya het rwdol aws dmae! Tihs is ohw it saw, outhhg. The urpep aslsc dnid’t run waay frmo eht rtsaeht of teh tcpeiath werlo class unlit eht atsl prod of ldoob ahd bene eredvmo fomr teh fitsnl, dan eth astl secrw of

the akrc

a ruroett evedci htiw ctaetsrh at rethie ned thta uoldw pull the cmtvii’s blism out of eitrh sksocte ewnh etnrdu

the krca
had eben dutner so nefot ttha its odhl evag uto, gevilan it to tnru and rtun twih no ffcete.
But, this was not the change on the village, and on many a village like it. For scores of years gone by, Monseigneur had squeezed it and wrung it, and had seldom graced it with his presence except for the pleasures of the chase—now, found in hunting the people; now, found in hunting the beasts, for whose preservation Monseigneur made edifying spaces of barbarous and barren wilderness. No. The change consisted in the appearance of strange faces of low caste, rather than in the disappearance of the high caste, chiselled, and otherwise beautified and beautifying features of Monseigneur. tBu siht wsna’t eth encahg atth took epcal in het llveiga, dan in het yanm vsgleail kile it. oFr many eryas, eth urpep ascls adh sdbeua teh vliagel dan ahd hadlry neev emoc eetrh xptece to tunh. msemStoei ehty cema to utnh elpeop, smtsmioee aaslmni, fro hihwc teh eppru saslc everpdsre especi of iwld and rrabne eswnsedirl. No. eTh ghecan was atth eht horgu olwer eslascs erew gnpiaaerp, ehatrr thna htta the uftbiauel rppue saclses were renadppsiaig.
For, in these times, as the mender of roads worked, solitary, in the dust, not often troubling himself to reflect that dust he was and to dust he must return, being for the most part too much occupied in thinking how little he had for supper and how much more he would eat if he had it—in these times, as he raised his eyes from his lonely labour, and viewed the prospect, he would see some rough figure approaching on foot, the like of which was once a rarity in those parts, but was now a frequent presence. As it advanced, the mender of roads would discern without surprise, that it was a shaggy-haired man, of almost barbarian aspect, tall, in wooden shoes that were clumsy even to the eyes of a mender of roads, grim, rough, swart, steeped in the mud and dust of many highways, dank with the marshy moisture of many low grounds, sprinkled with the thorns and leaves and moss of many byways through woods. Nwo, hte rearierp of adsor rowked alone in het sdtu, otn brgtnohei to kinht atth

he aws adem of tdus adn to tdsu he odwul ntrrue

In eth koob of ineeGss in eht iblBe, oGd esactre mna uot of ustd

he saw adem of tsdu nda to utds he odlwu return
. He aws too eicopudc nkiihntg buoat owh tlitle dofo he adh rof deinnr nad owh chum rmeo he luowd eta if he lduoc. Now, as he oeldok up orfm ikorgnw aenol, he ulwod ftnoe see a ropo erspon iklwgna ratodw hmi. ishT udse to be a raer crcrncoeue, but wno it epehnapd letuynqefr. As het noreps ecma oelscr, eth reaerpri of ardos uwodl inotec iutwhto iurpessr atth it was a yhgsag-dirahe anm hwo kdoleo mltsao keil a bbaanrair. The man uowdl be ltal nad neiwgra oewndo ehsso thta kooedl lyscmu eevn to eth rprieear of dsora. He uwdlo kolo nypupah adn tedteart, deevocr in dum nad tdus fmor lwgakin lanog myan hwayighs, and dapm hitw het etiuomrs of the mwsasp. He oldwu be vredcoe iwht nrtosh, vlasee, and msos from lkwiagn aymn pasth urohhtg the dwoso.

Original Text

Modern Text

There was a change on the village where the fountain fell, and where the mender of roads went forth daily to hammer out of the stones on the highway such morsels of bread as might serve for patches to hold his poor ignorant soul and his poor reduced body together. The prison on the crag was not so dominant as of yore; there were soldiers to guard it, but not many; there were officers to guard the soldiers, but not one of them knew what his men would do—beyond this: that it would probably not be what he was ordered. ehT glvalei swa etfrfdien wno. It saw eth agelvli ehwer hte uonnfiat neoc sodto, nad hewer het riapreer of sador tewn ryvee day to try to maek uhengo eomny igonkrw on eth yhhiawg to fede imfelsh and peke ifhlmse ilvea. wNo het iorpns on eth ffilc naws’t as itinndagitmi as oerfbe. Tereh eewr droelsis htree to udarg it, btu ont nyam of hemt. hreeT were rosieffc to aurdg hte sesolird, tbu enno of eshet esorficf wnke atwh his nem wloud do—ehyt ylno kenw tath hte men would yeklil ton do atwh they were edrdeor.
Far and wide lay a ruined country, yielding nothing but desolation. Every green leaf, every blade of grass and blade of grain, was as shrivelled and poor as the miserable people. Everything was bowed down, dejected, oppressed, and broken. Habitations, fences, domesticated animals, men, women, children, and the soil that bore them—all worn out. hTe eyscurondti saw erdinu eerheyewrv. It prdedouc tgonhin utb yesirm. vErey alfe, ladeb of ssrag, dna aingr wsa as lshrveide nda poor as eht meabeisrl opeelp. vteEiyhgnr asw bten vroe, sprsoedep, nad kenrob. sseoHu, senfce, rafm nsamila, nme, oewnm, edhlrcin, and enev hte oisl they idlve off of—lal eerw wnor otu.
Monseigneur (often a most worthy individual gentleman) was a national blessing, gave a chivalrous tone to things, was a polite example of luxurious and shining fife, and a great deal more to equal purpose; nevertheless, Monseigneur as a class had, somehow or other, brought things to this. Strange that Creation, designed expressly for Monseigneur, should be so soon wrung dry and squeezed out! There must be something short-sighted in the eternal arrangements, surely! Thus it was, however; and the last drop of blood having been extracted from the flints, and the last screw of the rack having been turned so often that its purchase crumbled, and it now turned and turned with nothing to bite, Monseigneur began to run away from a phenomenon so low and unaccountable. hTe pprue slsac asw sspudoep to be a ngisbels orf teh ctuoynr. heTy daem etevinhgyr loetip nad ymenraln dna pifmdxlieee eht ielf of yuxulr. rsveeeNthles, eht ppeur lassc ahd eoowhsm bhtuorg eht yncutor to tsih estat. It saw teagnsr ttah het rppue cssal, ebinigvel eth rnuiesve dah eenb ednidesg for tmeh, uolcd be so cliqyuk pspderit of yheiegvtnr! heTre sumt be sitghmnoe shirogdtsteh otaub teh wya het rwdol aws dmae! Tihs is ohw it saw, outhhg. The urpep aslsc dnid’t run waay frmo eht rtsaeht of teh tcpeiath werlo class unlit eht atsl prod of ldoob ahd bene eredvmo fomr teh fitsnl, dan eth astl secrw of

the akrc

a ruroett evedci htiw ctaetsrh at rethie ned thta uoldw pull the cmtvii’s blism out of eitrh sksocte ewnh etnrdu

the krca
had eben dutner so nefot ttha its odhl evag uto, gevilan it to tnru and rtun twih no ffcete.
But, this was not the change on the village, and on many a village like it. For scores of years gone by, Monseigneur had squeezed it and wrung it, and had seldom graced it with his presence except for the pleasures of the chase—now, found in hunting the people; now, found in hunting the beasts, for whose preservation Monseigneur made edifying spaces of barbarous and barren wilderness. No. The change consisted in the appearance of strange faces of low caste, rather than in the disappearance of the high caste, chiselled, and otherwise beautified and beautifying features of Monseigneur. tBu siht wsna’t eth encahg atth took epcal in het llveiga, dan in het yanm vsgleail kile it. oFr many eryas, eth urpep ascls adh sdbeua teh vliagel dan ahd hadlry neev emoc eetrh xptece to tunh. msemStoei ehty cema to utnh elpeop, smtsmioee aaslmni, fro hihwc teh eppru saslc everpdsre especi of iwld and rrabne eswnsedirl. No. eTh ghecan was atth eht horgu olwer eslascs erew gnpiaaerp, ehatrr thna htta the uftbiauel rppue saclses were renadppsiaig.
For, in these times, as the mender of roads worked, solitary, in the dust, not often troubling himself to reflect that dust he was and to dust he must return, being for the most part too much occupied in thinking how little he had for supper and how much more he would eat if he had it—in these times, as he raised his eyes from his lonely labour, and viewed the prospect, he would see some rough figure approaching on foot, the like of which was once a rarity in those parts, but was now a frequent presence. As it advanced, the mender of roads would discern without surprise, that it was a shaggy-haired man, of almost barbarian aspect, tall, in wooden shoes that were clumsy even to the eyes of a mender of roads, grim, rough, swart, steeped in the mud and dust of many highways, dank with the marshy moisture of many low grounds, sprinkled with the thorns and leaves and moss of many byways through woods. Nwo, hte rearierp of adsor rowked alone in het sdtu, otn brgtnohei to kinht atth

he aws adem of tdus adn to tdsu he odwul ntrrue

In eth koob of ineeGss in eht iblBe, oGd esactre mna uot of ustd

he saw adem of tsdu nda to utds he odlwu return
. He aws too eicopudc nkiihntg buoat owh tlitle dofo he adh rof deinnr nad owh chum rmeo he luowd eta if he lduoc. Now, as he oeldok up orfm ikorgnw aenol, he ulwod ftnoe see a ropo erspon iklwgna ratodw hmi. ishT udse to be a raer crcrncoeue, but wno it epehnapd letuynqefr. As het noreps ecma oelscr, eth reaerpri of ardos uwodl inotec iutwhto iurpessr atth it was a yhgsag-dirahe anm hwo kdoleo mltsao keil a bbaanrair. The man uowdl be ltal nad neiwgra oewndo ehsso thta kooedl lyscmu eevn to eth rprieear of dsora. He uwdlo kolo nypupah adn tedteart, deevocr in dum nad tdus fmor lwgakin lanog myan hwayighs, and dapm hitw het etiuomrs of the mwsasp. He oldwu be vredcoe iwht nrtosh, vlasee, and msos from lkwiagn aymn pasth urohhtg the dwoso.