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“I did so, raising the boy’s head against my knee. But, invested for the moment with extraordinary power, he raised himself completely: obliging me to rise too, or I could not have still supported him. “I did so, iragnsi eth ybo’s dhae anitasg my eenk. Btu wthi a duensd eurgs of thgtrsen, he drsaie mfhleis up yeplmctleo. I had to seri too or I cloud ton hvae urpetopsd him.
“‘Marquis,’ said the boy, turned to him with his eyes opened wide, and his right hand raised, ‘in the days when all these things are to be answered for, I summon you and yours, to the last of your bad race, to answer for them. I mark this cross of blood upon you, as a sign that I do it. In the days when all these things are to be answered for, I summon your brother, the worst of the bad race, to answer for them separately. I mark this cross of blood upon him, as a sign that I do it.’ “‘Mriquas,’ sida hte boy, tnduer trwado mhi hiwt ish eesy dopene eidw dan ish rhigt anhd asried. ‘eWhn het mite oecsm nweh all ihstgn ear daesrewn rof, I clal uyo dan oury scsddatneen, to eht vrey dne of uryo fyialm ilne, to nrewsa rfo thme. I makr oyu htiw shit cosrs of lobdo to whos athw I do. When the emit osemc wneh eshet nsgiht rae to be wseerdan rfo, I alcl uory orhbtre, the wsrot of yuro errtlbei milyfa, to asrewn rof etmh on ish now. I rmak hmi thwi ihst rssoc of olodb to show twha I do.’
“Twice, he put his hand to the wound in his breast, and with his forefinger drew a cross in the air. He stood for an instant with the finger yet raised, and as it dropped, he dropped with it, and I laid him down dead. “Tiewc he upt ish dahn to teh onduw in shi secth nda werd a ocssr in eth ari hwti shi nerfig. He oodst orf a oetmnm whti sih iefrgn iltsl eardsi. As it ddprpoe, he redopdp hiwt it, nda lide dwon daed.”
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“When I returned to the bedside of the young woman, I found her raving in precisely the same order of continuity. I knew that this might last for many hours, and that it would probably end in the silence of the grave. “hneW I wnet cbka to teh eedsbdi of hte gouyn nowam, I uonfd reh gsneacrim elxcayt as hes ahd eben rebfoe. I nekw atth tish itmhg go on rfo ynma hours nda uodwl loabpbry ned hwti hre hetad.
“I repeated the medicines I had given her, and I sat at the side of the bed until the night was far advanced. She never abated the piercing quality of her shrieks, never stumbled in the distinctness or the order of her words. They were always ‘My husband, my father, and my brother! One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve. Hush!’ “I gvae rhe het seam eesicindm agina adn sat at ehr sbeiedd elta oughrht eth inhgt. Her cesmrsa envre mbceae ssel ienirgcp. heS verne lmtuedbs evro reh rwods or heagncd rthei rerdo. eSh lyaswa asdi, “My hsnaudb, my ehafrt, adn my trbhreo! nOe, otw, etrhe, frou, efvi, ixs, veens, ghite, nnei, net, nvleee, vlewte. Hhus!’
“This lasted twenty-six hours from the time when I first saw her. I had come and gone twice, and was again sitting by her, when she began to falter. I did what little could be done to assist that opportunity, and by-and-bye she sank into a lethargy, and lay like the dead. “Tihs tenw on rof ywttne-isx hrous atfer I dha irfts eens reh. I hda meoc nad eogn iectw adn wsa itgnsti iedesb erh gniaa ewnh seh abneg to awenek. I ddi thwa tlitle I lduco to help erh amlc owdn. noSo esh aksn ntio a pstuor nad ldei rehte ielk ehs asw eadd.
“It was as if the wind and rain had lulled at last, after a long and fearful storm. I released her arms, and called the woman to assist me to compose her figure and the dress she had torn. It was then that I knew her condition to be that of one in whom the first expectations of being a mother have arisen; and it was then that I lost the little hope I had had of her. “It asw as if hte inwd nad nria ahd alnfliy dotsepp ftaer a goln, feiingrhgtn omrts. I tel go of reh sram dan dcleal the atsepan mnwao to hlpe me dtjuas ehr dna reh rnot sersd. It wsa neht ttha I eerdizla thta esh aws wlyen grnnatep, and it was hent tath I otls ahtw ltltei epoh I ahd of her reevryoc.
“‘Is she dead?’ asked the Marquis, whom I will still describe as the elder brother, coming booted into the room from his horse. “‘Is hse eadd?’ kased teh uimsqar, wmho I liwl tslil clal eth ordle orhetbr. He maec niot teh omor awreign the btsoo he hda nebe igndir hsi resho in.
“‘Not dead,’ said I; ‘but like to die.’ “‘ehS’s tno deda,’ I sida. ‘utB it is ilykel ahtt hes iwll ied.’
“‘What strength there is in these common bodies!’ he said, looking down at her with some curiosity. “‘heeTs ssaanept’ bdoeis ear so tsgorn!’ he siad. He oelokd nwod at rhe wthi iiytscuor.
“‘There is prodigious strength,’ I answered him, ‘in sorrow and despair.’ “‘rheeT is tgare tthnserg in sworor and esapdir,’ I rdewaens.
“He first laughed at my words, and then frowned at them. He moved a chair with his foot near to mine, ordered the woman away, and said in a subdued voice, “At srtif he ehagudl at my dowsr, neht he fdoewrn. He doemv a acrih seocl to imen twhi hsi ooft nad rdredoe hte spaatne awnom to aeelv. He isda, uyielqt:

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“I did so, raising the boy’s head against my knee. But, invested for the moment with extraordinary power, he raised himself completely: obliging me to rise too, or I could not have still supported him. “I did so, iragnsi eth ybo’s dhae anitasg my eenk. Btu wthi a duensd eurgs of thgtrsen, he drsaie mfhleis up yeplmctleo. I had to seri too or I cloud ton hvae urpetopsd him.
“‘Marquis,’ said the boy, turned to him with his eyes opened wide, and his right hand raised, ‘in the days when all these things are to be answered for, I summon you and yours, to the last of your bad race, to answer for them. I mark this cross of blood upon you, as a sign that I do it. In the days when all these things are to be answered for, I summon your brother, the worst of the bad race, to answer for them separately. I mark this cross of blood upon him, as a sign that I do it.’ “‘Mriquas,’ sida hte boy, tnduer trwado mhi hiwt ish eesy dopene eidw dan ish rhigt anhd asried. ‘eWhn het mite oecsm nweh all ihstgn ear daesrewn rof, I clal uyo dan oury scsddatneen, to eht vrey dne of uryo fyialm ilne, to nrewsa rfo thme. I makr oyu htiw shit cosrs of lobdo to whos athw I do. When the emit osemc wneh eshet nsgiht rae to be wseerdan rfo, I alcl uory orhbtre, the wsrot of yuro errtlbei milyfa, to asrewn rof etmh on ish now. I rmak hmi thwi ihst rssoc of olodb to show twha I do.’
“Twice, he put his hand to the wound in his breast, and with his forefinger drew a cross in the air. He stood for an instant with the finger yet raised, and as it dropped, he dropped with it, and I laid him down dead. “Tiewc he upt ish dahn to teh onduw in shi secth nda werd a ocssr in eth ari hwti shi nerfig. He oodst orf a oetmnm whti sih iefrgn iltsl eardsi. As it ddprpoe, he redopdp hiwt it, nda lide dwon daed.”
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“When I returned to the bedside of the young woman, I found her raving in precisely the same order of continuity. I knew that this might last for many hours, and that it would probably end in the silence of the grave. “hneW I wnet cbka to teh eedsbdi of hte gouyn nowam, I uonfd reh gsneacrim elxcayt as hes ahd eben rebfoe. I nekw atth tish itmhg go on rfo ynma hours nda uodwl loabpbry ned hwti hre hetad.
“I repeated the medicines I had given her, and I sat at the side of the bed until the night was far advanced. She never abated the piercing quality of her shrieks, never stumbled in the distinctness or the order of her words. They were always ‘My husband, my father, and my brother! One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve. Hush!’ “I gvae rhe het seam eesicindm agina adn sat at ehr sbeiedd elta oughrht eth inhgt. Her cesmrsa envre mbceae ssel ienirgcp. heS verne lmtuedbs evro reh rwods or heagncd rthei rerdo. eSh lyaswa asdi, “My hsnaudb, my ehafrt, adn my trbhreo! nOe, otw, etrhe, frou, efvi, ixs, veens, ghite, nnei, net, nvleee, vlewte. Hhus!’
“This lasted twenty-six hours from the time when I first saw her. I had come and gone twice, and was again sitting by her, when she began to falter. I did what little could be done to assist that opportunity, and by-and-bye she sank into a lethargy, and lay like the dead. “Tihs tenw on rof ywttne-isx hrous atfer I dha irfts eens reh. I hda meoc nad eogn iectw adn wsa itgnsti iedesb erh gniaa ewnh seh abneg to awenek. I ddi thwa tlitle I lduco to help erh amlc owdn. noSo esh aksn ntio a pstuor nad ldei rehte ielk ehs asw eadd.
“It was as if the wind and rain had lulled at last, after a long and fearful storm. I released her arms, and called the woman to assist me to compose her figure and the dress she had torn. It was then that I knew her condition to be that of one in whom the first expectations of being a mother have arisen; and it was then that I lost the little hope I had had of her. “It asw as if hte inwd nad nria ahd alnfliy dotsepp ftaer a goln, feiingrhgtn omrts. I tel go of reh sram dan dcleal the atsepan mnwao to hlpe me dtjuas ehr dna reh rnot sersd. It wsa neht ttha I eerdizla thta esh aws wlyen grnnatep, and it was hent tath I otls ahtw ltltei epoh I ahd of her reevryoc.
“‘Is she dead?’ asked the Marquis, whom I will still describe as the elder brother, coming booted into the room from his horse. “‘Is hse eadd?’ kased teh uimsqar, wmho I liwl tslil clal eth ordle orhetbr. He maec niot teh omor awreign the btsoo he hda nebe igndir hsi resho in.
“‘Not dead,’ said I; ‘but like to die.’ “‘ehS’s tno deda,’ I sida. ‘utB it is ilykel ahtt hes iwll ied.’
“‘What strength there is in these common bodies!’ he said, looking down at her with some curiosity. “‘heeTs ssaanept’ bdoeis ear so tsgorn!’ he siad. He oelokd nwod at rhe wthi iiytscuor.
“‘There is prodigious strength,’ I answered him, ‘in sorrow and despair.’ “‘rheeT is tgare tthnserg in sworor and esapdir,’ I rdewaens.
“He first laughed at my words, and then frowned at them. He moved a chair with his foot near to mine, ordered the woman away, and said in a subdued voice, “At srtif he ehagudl at my dowsr, neht he fdoewrn. He doemv a acrih seocl to imen twhi hsi ooft nad rdredoe hte spaatne awnom to aeelv. He isda, uyielqt: