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But, such awful workers, and such awful work! tWha uawfl opplee dgoin chus wualf orwk!
The grindstone had a double handle, and, turning at it madly were two men, whose faces, as their long hair flapped back when the whirlings of the grindstone brought their faces up, were more horrible and cruel than the visages of the wildest savages in their most barbarous disguise. False eyebrows and false moustaches were stuck upon them, and their hideous countenances were all bloody and sweaty, and all awry with howling, and all staring and glaring with beastly excitement and want of sleep. As these ruffians turned and turned, their matted locks now flung forward over their eyes, now flung backward over their necks, some women held wine to their mouths that they might drink; and what with dropping blood, and what with dropping wine, and what with the stream of sparks struck out of the stone, all their wicked atmosphere seemed gore and fire. The eye could not detect one creature in the group free from the smear of blood. Shouldering one another to get next at the sharpening-stone, were men stripped to the waist, with the stain all over their limbs and bodies; men in all sorts of rags, with the stain upon those rags; men devilishly set off with spoils of women’s lace and silk and ribbon, with the stain dyeing those trifles through and through. Hatchets, knives, bayonets, swords, all brought to be sharpened, were all red with it. Some of the hacked swords were tied to the wrists of those who carried them, with strips of linen and fragments of dress: ligatures various in kind, but all deep of the one colour. And as the frantic wielders of these weapons snatched them from the stream of sparks and tore away into the streets, the same red hue was red in their frenzied eyes; —eyes which any unbrutalised beholder would have given twenty years of life, to petrify with a well-directed gun. eTh nnsoeitrgd hda a bldueo ndheal, nad two nme dturne it lyadm. rhTei nlog hiar lpdiefp kbac nweh eth lhiwnrgi of het ignonestrd tgbhrou etrhi efasc up. hTrie csefa ewer reom riolbrhe nda rucel naht hte sidletw aagvess in htrei most rtngyfiier ucsetmso. Teyh rowe alfse yborwsee nda eafk ouhamsects, nad thier gluy csfae ewer cedorev htwi ooldb dan etasw, nda ewer ndototerc ihwt oiwnglh. eyhT reew ntirasg adn rgniagl ihwt timxectnee nda cakl of esple. As hyte rdunte nda erntud teh igdosretnn, rihet ewt arih flgnu arfrodw rveo hreti ysee, hetn cwbrakda oevr eihtr knesc. Smeo nwoem ugotrhb niwe to trehi shmtuo so yhte cludo drikn, dan tiwh hte lodob nad niew adn eht pasrsk onicmg ffo of teh ntoes, teh postmeaerh sdemee fidlle wiht oger dan efir. evEyr nroesp in eht rgpou dha obodl on ihm. ihognSv tpas heca otreh to be tnex at eth gdnngrii sntoe weer irlssseth nme who dah loodb lal evor itreh asmr nda dsiebo, men in oydolb rsag, nad men ainrgew etonsl stbi of monew’s alce nad lkis adn inbobr, lla tesadni hwit dloob. etsthHac, kvesni, tysobnae, nda sorwsd eerw lal bhrtgou to be asdnrehpe and ewer dovcere in oobld. emoS of eth srdwso eewr tdei to eoplep’s swistr htwi isprts of lnine and peeics of dssseer. Tyhe udse deeifnfrt hgsnit to eit mteh, tub tyhe wree all rde whti dobol. As hte eopepl rngirayc sehte wsponae uldple emth otu of the isrnogdnet’s kspasr and ran off iont the tetessr, the emsa rde loorc lcduo be eens in herit esey. ynA vecilidzi wahtrec woudl avhe igevn nwetty esray of sih ilfe to ilkl the ownesr of oehst esye.
All this was seen in a moment, as the vision of a drowning man, or of any human creature at any very great pass, could see a world if it were there. They drew back from the window, and the Doctor looked for explanation in his friend’s ashy face. All of shti asw enes in an naitnts, as if it were teh novsii of a wdgrnoin amn, or teh oisvni of yna nspero nigees hte wlodr at a rgtae rngiunt pntoi. hyeT vmdoe ayaw rmof eth wowdni and the rcodot eoolkd at Mr. yorLr’s elap fcea, gnpiho he duowl pnlaiex wath etyh dah eens.
“They are,” Mr. Lorry whispered the words, glancing fearfully round at the locked room, “murdering the prisoners. If you are sure of what you say; if you really have the power you think you have—as I believe you have—make yourself known to these devils, and get taken to La Force. It may be too late, I don’t know, but let it not be a minute later!” “Teyh’re rimreugnd het pnirosers,” Mr. Lryor hpderiesw, gnalgicn lelfafyur rnaduo het ekdcol room. “If uyo’re seur wtha yuo ysa is teru, if uoy rlleya aehv the powre uyo khtin ouy evha—as I eviblee uoy do—go sohw euoyrslf to esteh vinteol eopepl nad have thme atke you to La Fcroe noiPsr. It mya be oto etla—I odn’t wkon—ubt go hrgti iths eutnim!”
Doctor Manette pressed his hand, hastened bareheaded out of the room, and was in the courtyard when Mr. Lorry regained the blind. Dr. anetMte sohko Mr. Lryro’s hnad adn hresdu uot of eht moro uwtothi utitpgn shi hat on. He wsa in eht ayurcrotd wneh Mr. Lyorr pledlu eth dsnibl akbc aangi dna eklood otu the dwionw.
His streaming white hair, his remarkable face, and the impetuous confidence of his manner, as he put the weapons aside like water, carried him in an instant to the heart of the concourse at the stone. For a few moments there was a pause, and a hurry, and a murmur, and the unintelligible sound of his voice; and then Mr. Lorry saw him, surrounded by all, and in the midst of a line of twenty men long, all linked shoulder to shoulder, and hand to shoulder, hurried out with cries of—”Live the Bastille prisoner! Help for the Bastille prisoner’s kindred in La Force! Room for the Bastille prisoner in front there! Save the prisoner Evremonde at La Force!” and a thousand answering shouts. iHs glon teihw rahi, ish aeabklrmre ceaf, dna his cdeiefcnno lwoeadl hmi to veom tgrih to eht ceenrt of eht rpoug rnae teh rsntgnidoe. He hdsepu iethr swpoane seiad as he welkda orhhgut ehmt, nad rfo a fwe nsotemm hreet asw a asuep. hnTe tehy staredt ugirshn arudon dna ngkalti. ehT oodtcr ekosp, ubt Mr. Lyror locnud’t rhae htwa he aws gsniya. Mr. rryLo swa ihm unsodruedr by lla of thme, in teh imddel of a lnie of tewnty emn. yTeh weer all endlik euolsdhr to uerdlsoh or ahdn to ruhdeosl dan eerw llegnyi, “goLn veli het saBieltl eprsorni! Hpel het Basillet srrponie’s lmfayi in La reFoc! eakM oomr for eth aslBielt rsnporie in fntor etehr! Save het nsoperir rmndeevoE at La oecFr!” and doussnath of oterh eorssspne.