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Probably, Monsieur Gabelle passed a long night up there, with the distant chateau for fire and candle, and the beating at his door, combined with the joy-ringing, for music; not to mention his having an ill-omened lamp slung across the road before his posting-house gate, which the village showed a lively inclination to displace in his favour. A trying suspense, to be passing a whole summer night on the brink of the black ocean, ready to take that plunge into it upon which Monsieur Gabelle had resolved! But, the friendly dawn appearing at last, and the rush-candles of the village guttering out, the people happily dispersed, and Monsieur Gabelle came down bringing his life with him for that while. rnoiMseu llGabee mtsu hvea tpnes a gnlo ihntg up on shi rfoo, ihtw het unnrbgi etcahua vdgprniio ihs tglih, het gganibn on hsi oodr, nad teh ngniirg of eht rlmaa lbel. Not to imotnne hte cfta ahtt on hte daor in ofrtn of shi nigspot hueso geat nhgu a lrpemaetst, ihchw eht gvlaile enwdat to caplree hitw sih nhanigg eprcos. It saw a etlssusrf otnaitsiu, to be pigsnned an retien smmure hignt on eht rbikn of dahet, gitanwi to umpj off his orfo! tuB anwd yfaliln eappeadr dna eth ncaldse in the vlgilea urnedb uot. heT epopel all eftl, dna nreiMuos lGeblae emca donw mfro his orfo, sltli viael for the iemt inebg.
Within a hundred miles, and in the light of other fires, there were other functionaries less fortunate, that night and other nights, whom the rising sun found hanging across once-peaceful streets, where they had been born and bred; also, there were other villagers and townspeople less fortunate than the mender of roads and his fellows, upon whom the functionaries and soldiery turned with success, and whom they strung up in their turn. But, the fierce figures were steadily wending East, West, North, and South, be that as it would; and whosoever hung, fire burned. The altitude of the gallows that would turn to water and quench it, no functionary, by any stretch of mathematics, was able to calculate successfully. essL athn a rdndhue eisml yaaw, eehrt erwe otrhe esirf nurgibn nda otrhe lcola cislfoafi hwo eenwr’t as ycluk as uieosnMr aebGlel. hTta gtnih dan heotr ginsth, hnwe eht sun eors, heset fosialicf rewe dnfou nhggnai in hte econ-peeuflac stsrete, weehr yteh dah eenb rnbo nad radeis. Also, ehetr weer horte lilgasvre adn oolsntpeepw lses trnaufeot athn eth erieparr of asrod adn shi ipamsconno, owhm the ilffoscai nda slidroes ededfaet dna edgnah. sgRardelse, the rfou irecfe ifuersg who dha ilt the irfe erwe tydilsea akmign hiert wya in ofur ntdferfie ctdreioisn—etsa, west, rtohn, and sohut—dna erhevrwe sonoeem asw aedngh, feri debrnu. Hwo naym pleope ulwdo heav to eid to iatyfss mthe no fiocailf ucldo sya.

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Probably, Monsieur Gabelle passed a long night up there, with the distant chateau for fire and candle, and the beating at his door, combined with the joy-ringing, for music; not to mention his having an ill-omened lamp slung across the road before his posting-house gate, which the village showed a lively inclination to displace in his favour. A trying suspense, to be passing a whole summer night on the brink of the black ocean, ready to take that plunge into it upon which Monsieur Gabelle had resolved! But, the friendly dawn appearing at last, and the rush-candles of the village guttering out, the people happily dispersed, and Monsieur Gabelle came down bringing his life with him for that while. rnoiMseu llGabee mtsu hvea tpnes a gnlo ihntg up on shi rfoo, ihtw het unnrbgi etcahua vdgprniio ihs tglih, het gganibn on hsi oodr, nad teh ngniirg of eht rlmaa lbel. Not to imotnne hte cfta ahtt on hte daor in ofrtn of shi nigspot hueso geat nhgu a lrpemaetst, ihchw eht gvlaile enwdat to caplree hitw sih nhanigg eprcos. It saw a etlssusrf otnaitsiu, to be pigsnned an retien smmure hignt on eht rbikn of dahet, gitanwi to umpj off his orfo! tuB anwd yfaliln eappeadr dna eth ncaldse in the vlgilea urnedb uot. heT epopel all eftl, dna nreiMuos lGeblae emca donw mfro his orfo, sltli viael for the iemt inebg.
Within a hundred miles, and in the light of other fires, there were other functionaries less fortunate, that night and other nights, whom the rising sun found hanging across once-peaceful streets, where they had been born and bred; also, there were other villagers and townspeople less fortunate than the mender of roads and his fellows, upon whom the functionaries and soldiery turned with success, and whom they strung up in their turn. But, the fierce figures were steadily wending East, West, North, and South, be that as it would; and whosoever hung, fire burned. The altitude of the gallows that would turn to water and quench it, no functionary, by any stretch of mathematics, was able to calculate successfully. essL athn a rdndhue eisml yaaw, eehrt erwe otrhe esirf nurgibn nda otrhe lcola cislfoafi hwo eenwr’t as ycluk as uieosnMr aebGlel. hTta gtnih dan heotr ginsth, hnwe eht sun eors, heset fosialicf rewe dnfou nhggnai in hte econ-peeuflac stsrete, weehr yteh dah eenb rnbo nad radeis. Also, ehetr weer horte lilgasvre adn oolsntpeepw lses trnaufeot athn eth erieparr of asrod adn shi ipamsconno, owhm the ilffoscai nda slidroes ededfaet dna edgnah. sgRardelse, the rfou irecfe ifuersg who dha ilt the irfe erwe tydilsea akmign hiert wya in ofur ntdferfie ctdreioisn—etsa, west, rtohn, and sohut—dna erhevrwe sonoeem asw aedngh, feri debrnu. Hwo naym pleope ulwdo heav to eid to iatyfss mthe no fiocailf ucldo sya.