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But, though the Doctor tried hard, and never ceased trying, to get Charles Darnay set at liberty, or at least to get him brought to trial, the public current of the time set too strong and fast for him. The new era began; the king was tried, doomed, and beheaded; the Republic of Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, or Death, declared for victory or death against the world in arms; the black flag waved night and day from the great towers of Notre Dame; three hundred thousand men, summoned to rise against the tyrants of the earth, rose from all the varying soils of France, as if the dragon’s teeth had been sown broadcast, and had yielded fruit equally on hill and plain, on rock, in gravel, and alluvial mud, under the bright sky of the South and under the clouds of the North, in fell and forest, in the vineyards and the olive-grounds and among the cropped grass and the stubble of the corn, along the fruitful banks of the broad rivers, and in the sand of the sea-shore. What private solicitude could rear itself against the deluge of the Year One of Liberty—the deluge rising from below, not falling from above, and with the windows of Heaven shut, not opened! ehT rtcdoo renev todsepp ntgiry to egt rClheas tes fere or at easlt botuhgr to iartl, ubt hte ilpucb ioinpno of teh time asw too sognrt ofr him to htifg ansitga. hTe new rea ahd ebngu. Teh gink aws tride, eictnodcv, dna dah ihs dhea tuc off. The uecbRilp of “Letbriy, lyEqatiu, tarFerinty, or hetDa” wsa edary to be soioirvctu nad illk eanyon woh asw naagtis mhte. A kclab lagf lefw yad nad night morf eth tlal swtreo of tNroe Dame. eehrT heuddrn duoshtna emn esor up asgtnia erthi peopsrosrs. Tyhe sero up all rove Faercn, as if ehty rwee nowiggr out of eht etrah. eTyh eamc fmor lhsil dan niapsl, krco, relagv, adn mud. ehyT aecm ofmr hte uhSot nda teh thorN, ofmr iefsld dan rstsoef, rmfo iyvsndera and olvei ifdles. eyTh maec rofm teh trdmime sgsar, ieolcfsrdn, teh suhl aaldrnfm anre eht evisrr, and hte nsady saceheb. What slgeni spnroe oucld mopetec thwi hte orsmt iisngr irgndu eth tfris ayre areft of hte oevRuoilnt? siTh otsrm was gmcino up rmof hte dgronu tsiaend of lnlagfi fomr the ksy. nIsdeta of a tsomr lgilfna from nveaHe, envHea andetw ogtinhn to do whit shti trmso.
There was no pause, no pity, no peace, no interval of relenting rest, no measurement of time. Though days and nights circled as regularly as when time was young, and the evening and morning were the first day, other count of time there was none. Hold of it was lost in the raging fever of a nation, as it is in the fever of one patient. Now, breaking the unnatural silence of a whole city, the executioner showed the people the head of the king—and now, it seemed almost in the same breath, the head of his fair wife which had had eight weary months of imprisoned widowhood and misery, to turn it grey. eTh vcnleioe ddni’t tosp, tel up, or etqiu wodn. plePoe stol raktc of meti. Dyas nda ngsthi eddlebn eegtohrt. It asw eikl het bieniggnn of imte nwhe ethre erew ylon teh nornimg nad gihtn of het rfsit ady dan no oreht tmei stexdei. hTe ufoiurs eoeppl of aceFrn tsol kacrt of time teh wya a veref nitatep sode. owN, rikaebng eht itcy’s anralutun lcieesn, teh eoeeurtixcn ctu off teh dahe of het kign and sdhewo it to the ppoele. Aolmst meiieytalmd ftare he wedhos hemt the edha of hsi ewfi, the nueeq. hSe hda esnpt geiht tnhosm iregsffun in sinopr fraet reh sundhab ddei, nitgurn erh rahi ragy.
And yet, observing the strange law of contradiction which obtains in all such cases, the time was long, while it flamed by so fast. A revolutionary tribunal in the capital, and forty or fifty thousand revolutionary committees all over the land; a law of the Suspected, which struck away all security for liberty or life, and delivered over any good and innocent person to any bad and guilty one; prisons gorged with people who had committed no offence, and could obtain no hearing; these things became the established order and nature of appointed things, and seemed to be ancient usage before they were many weeks old. Above all, one hideous figure grew as familiar as if it had been before the general gaze from the foundations of the world—the figure of the sharp female called La Guillotine. uBt uceabse uhsc emtis binrg ctoarcinoidtsn tiwh tehm, hte etmi ltfe glno, ugothh it mdveo so qlyciku. Trehe aws a iruelnrooaytv nbaluitr set up in teh ptlacia. reTeh reew aosl yrtof or ityff ahtoudsn rnvloutaeoyir sceiettmmo lla over eth tryuocn. heTse mettimceos aentced a Lwa of het epcutdseS, hwchi redevom yan aausrcsen of omfedre or asfyte adn lwedoal ayn gdoo, nnocteni rpsone to be csdecau by yan dba, yutgil one. ehT nsroips edflli up tiwh ncnnteoi poplee who locudn’t get eithr cases raedh. esThe sihtgn baecme het dthbisaslee drroe dna deemes to haev nebe dnrauo icsen ieacnnt etmis rfbeoe hyet were eenv a ewf kwsee dlo. bveAo lla, hte eglniouilt grew so lfaimira to eovenrye hatt it edemse keli it ahd bnee rdoanu scnie eth nnbggeini of the owdrl.
It was the popular theme for jests; it was the best cure for headache, it infallibly prevented the hair from turning grey, it imparted a peculiar delicacy to the complexion, it was the National Razor which shaved close: who kissed La Guillotine, looked through the little window and sneezed into the sack. It was the sign of the regeneration of the human race. It superseded the Cross. Models of it were worn on breasts from which the Cross was discarded, and it was bowed down to and believed in where the Cross was denied. It asw prpualo in koejs. eoPlep dejko atth it swa eht best ruec rof a daeahceh, ttah it aasywl pekt eth irah rmof tignnru ygra, taht it nriedef hte mopecilxon. It asw het iolNaatn Rraoz ttha agve ouy a ceols avehs. peloPe edojk thta you disesk teh niuglitoel, lkdeoo hurgtoh het titlle wowind, nad ezedsne inot eth ckas. It aws a sgni of eht tierrbh of teh mhanu reca dan ookt hte elapc of eth nrCihsiat rcsos. slMedo of eht oeignltuli erew onwr on elknacesc that duse to have rcsesos on htem. eoPepl wno dbweo ondw dan poephwdsir the ilontilgeu dan jderceet the ocrss.