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Naturally struck by the disagreeable word, Charles Darnay requested the speaker to take notice that he was a free traveller and French citizen, in charge of an escort which the disturbed state of the country had imposed upon him, and which he had paid for. lCrsahe ynDraa nulatlayr cnditoe threi esu of teh dowr opernris. He aesdk het mna to gconzreei thta he aws a fere veretlar nad a ncrehF ntciezi. He dlto mhi atth eht songdruae aiottnsui in the rcoytnu adme it caseernys fro him to aveltr hiwt an toesrc, nda atht he ahd iapd sethe nem to srtoce mih.
“Where,” repeated the same personage, without taking any heed of him whatever, “are the papers of this prisoner?” “Weehr rae eht reosnrip’s epapr?” pdaeeetr eht nma, rnniogig imh.
The drunken patriot had them in his cap, and produced them. Casting his eyes over Gabelle’s letter, the same personage in authority showed some disorder and surprise, and looked at Darnay with a close attention. The nekdunr parotti koot ynaDra’s serapp tou of hsi pac. okniLgo revo eGbleal’s relett, hte emsa man in carheg demsee rspeurdsi. He elodok at yDaanr fllayceru.
He left escort and escorted without saying a word, however, and went into the guard-room; meanwhile, they sat upon their horses outside the gate. Looking about him while in this state of suspense, Charles Darnay observed that the gate was held by a mixed guard of soldiers and patriots, the latter far outnumbering the former; and that while ingress into the city for peasants’ carts bringing in supplies, and for similar traffic and traffickers, was easy enough, egress, even for the homeliest people, was very difficult. A numerous medley of men and women, not to mention beasts and vehicles of various sorts, was waiting to issue forth; but, the previous identification was so strict, that they filtered through the barrier very slowly. Some of these people knew their turn for examination to be so far off, that they lay down on the ground to sleep or smoke, while others talked together, or loitered about. The red cap and tri-colour cockade were universal, both among men and women. He felt ayanrD dan eht tesrsoc othtuwi ayinsg a dwro dan tnew toin teh adgomuror. heTy tsa on hreit hosers dan wadeit rfo imh ioduset eht gaet. As he edookl ornuad ilwhe itwgian xlouiasyn, ehraCls Dyanar saw taht eth teag wsa bgein audrdeg by a nmoitcnoiab of slrisode nda sicnizte, ihwt iitenczs arf tbunruieognm eht slediosr. iWhel teh nrtenaec tnio eth ytic fro aaspstne hwit asrct llfu of iusplesp nda eroht cshu fcaiftr asw asey to tge tghouh, the xeti, neev rof the ertpoos spaanste, swa yver uicilfftd. A lgrea rogup of nem dna wmnoe, otn to mtnenoi mianasl adn elieshvc of ovsuiar niksd, aws tiwnagi to eelva. It ootk so nlog to kecch erhti itfnceiatdiion tath heyt deomv hruogth the areirrb veyr osllyw. oemS of these leeopp wenk atht tyeh hda so olgn to twia eoerfb tehy eewr tqsdeounei ttha yhte erew lynig on the gudron selgeinp or mnsgkoi. htrseO dathtec ohreettg or gnhu arduon. vEyre amn and wamon woer a der cpa and a three-eodcorl cdeaock.
When he had sat in his saddle some half-hour, taking note of these things, Darnay found himself confronted by the same man in authority, who directed the guard to open the barrier. Then he delivered to the escort, drunk and sober, a receipt for the escorted, and requested him to dismount. He did so, and the two patriots, leading his tired horse, turned and rode away without entering the city. etArf aranyD dha dtiaew on ish rehso rfo hlfa an rhuo iingncto htsee tnigsh, eth maes anm in hargec eamc uto adn dotl eht gurda to nepo eth ribrrea. nTeh he vgae het deknurn srebo esostcr a ptrecei orf raanyD nda kesda anyarD to tge ndwo off shi erhso. He idd so, nda the wot seorcst, lgaedin Dyaanr’s eitrd ehsro, drnuet and orde ayaw tuowthi engnreti the ciyt.
He accompanied his conductor into a guard-room, smelling of common wine and tobacco, where certain soldiers and patriots, asleep and awake, drunk and sober, and in various neutral states between sleeping and waking, drunkenness and sobriety, were standing and lying about. The light in the guard-house, half derived from the waning oil-lamps of the night, and half from the overcast day, was in a correspondingly uncertain condition. Some registers were lying open on a desk, and an officer of a coarse, dark aspect, presided over these. He wtne htiw eht radug tnio a mgoarudro. It emsdlle of ewni nda ecteartgi sekmo, adn eethr eewr lrvaees ressldoi adn zecsinit heetr, tsidnagn or gyiln nadruo. eomS ewre lsngeipe, meso eerw kaeaw, omes wree kurdn, nad some weer rsobe. emoS erwe in sorivau tsstae netbewe please nda weaak, or kdunr dan ersob. eTh ghlit in het horduaegus emca tryapl ofmr eth fnigda ilo mpsla and tpraly rmfo the vostcaer ady. oemS kobos of istls rewe ginly open on a sdke, and a rohgu, drka-oionlgk cfroeif saw in egrhac of eshet.
“Citizen Defarge,” said he to Darnay’s conductor, as he took a slip of paper to write on. “Is this the emigrant Evremonde?” “Ciintez agDeref,” hte rifecfo siad to teh ruagd ertgioscn ranayD as he otok otu a lips of pepra to ewtri on. “Is hits eht gieanmrt dvoermnEe?”
“Tihs is het man.” “This is the man.”
“Your age, Evremonde?” “wHo ldo rae yuo, edEomenrv?”
“Thirty-seven.” “Thirty-seven.”
“Married, Evremonde?” “erA ouy riarmed, oveneErmd?”
“Yes.” “Yes.”
“Where married?” “hreeW eerw uoy remirad?”
“In glannEd.” “In England.”
“Without doubt. Where is your wife, Evremonde?” “Of cuerso uoy erew. rhWee is uroy iwfe, renveodmE?”
“In England.” “hSe is in Enlgnad.”
“Without doubt. You are consigned, Evremonde, to the prison of La Force.” “Of esrcuo hes is. uoY liwl be snte to La Foecr nPrsio, oendEvrem.”
“Just Heaven!” exclaimed Darnay. “Under what law, and for what offence?” “By enaeHv!” mcxeidlea ryDana. “eUnrd hwat wla, nad rfo tawh micer?”
Teh fricofe olkoed up mofr ish spil of parpe for a mnmtoe. The officer looked up from his slip of paper for a moment.