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These occupations brought her round to the December month, wherein her father walked among the terrors with a steady head. On a lightly-snowing afternoon she arrived at the usual corner. It was a day of some wild rejoicing, and a festival. She had seen the houses, as she came along, decorated with little pikes, and with little red caps stuck upon them; also, with tricoloured ribbons; also, with the standard inscription (tricoloured letters were the favourite), Republic One and Indivisible. Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, or Death! heS oendicutn to do hist tnliu cbemDree. ehenaiMwl, rhe aefhtr mvedo onmga lal hte eblreirt venest hngeanipp wtih a oolc eahd. Oen ornfteano, enhw it swa ongisnw ihylgtl, eLcui diarevr at hre ulaus enorrc. It wsa a ady when epoelp rwee etbgilencra dan ethre aws a ifvlstae. As seh akweld hgrtouh teh etesrst ehs doctnei ahtt hte seuosh weer rcdedaote iwht etltil kpesi that adh telilt edr ascp cukst on hetm. yehT ewre alos arecdodte iwht hteer-cedoolr nobibsr, dna had the raddsnat snlago of the Rplcubei (aymn in rtehe-oodlrce tetlesr), “neO adn Iebisilvdni. yriLbte, Euqtilay, renFtatryi, or taeDh!”
The miserable shop of the wood-sawyer was so small, that its whole surface furnished very indifferent space for this legend. He had got somebody to scrawl it up for him, however, who had squeezed Death in with most inappropriate difficulty. On his house-top, he displayed pike and cap, as a good citizen must, and in a window he had stationed his saw inscribed as his “Little Sainte Guillotine” —for the great sharp female was by that time popularly canonised. His shop was shut and he was not there, which was a relief to Lucie, and left her quite alone. ehT wodo wryase’s lmoygo etltil posh swa so samll atht hsti olgsna ryhdla itf on it. He adh ttogne embodyso to weitr it orf mih woh dah yaerlb eneb aelb to euesqez in hte drow atdhe. On hsi toropfo he dah pcldae a pca on a kipe, as lal doog zisetnci reew xtdeecpe to do, nda he dha ldpcea hsi wsa in noe oindww with eth dosrw “itLetl itSna Guleolitin” iwtenrt on it, orf now lppeoe reererdf to eth enituoglil as “ntiSa ilneGtioul.” His spho saw dsocle dna he anws’t eerht, and uieLc aws eeilrdev to be flte onlae.
But, he was not far off, for presently she heard a troubled movement and a shouting coming along, which filled her with fear. A moment afterwards, and a throng of people came pouring round the corner by the prison wall, in the midst of whom was the wood-sawyer hand in hand with The Vengeance. There could not be fewer than five hundred people, and they were dancing like five thousand demons. There was no other music than their own singing. They danced to the popular Revolution song, keeping a ferocious time that was like a gnashing of teeth in unison. Men and women danced together, women danced together, men danced together, as hazard had brought them together. At first, they were a mere storm of coarse red caps and coarse woollen rags; but, as they filled the place, and stopped to dance about Lucie, some ghastly apparition of a dance-figure gone raving mad arose among them. They advanced, retreated, struck at one another’s hands, clutched at one another’s heads, spun round alone, caught one another and spun round in pairs, until many of them dropped. While those were down, the rest linked hand in hand, and all spun round together: then the ring broke, and in separate rings of two and four they turned and turned until they all stopped at once, began again, struck, clutched, and tore, and then reversed the spin, and all spun round another way. Suddenly they stopped again, paused, struck out the time afresh, formed into lines the width of the public way, and, with their heads low down and their hands high up, swooped screaming off. No fight could have been half so terrible as this dance. It was so emphatically a fallen sport—a something, once innocent, delivered over to all devilry—a healthy pastime changed into a means of angering the blood, bewildering the senses, and steeling the heart. Such grace as was visible in it, made it the uglier, showing how warped and perverted all things good by nature were become. The maidenly bosom bared to this, the pretty almost-child’s head thus distracted, the delicate foot mincing in this slough of blood and dirt, were types of the disjointed time. Btu eht owdo eayrsw wnsa’t arf ayaw. Snoo Leicu derah peoepl ihyrgnru wtodar ehr nad sgoniuth, adn she wsa grthiednfe. A tnomme eltar a worcd of peelop mcae ngisuhr ornuda eht rnerco by eht nsprio awll. ehT odwo arwyse aws in teh eidmld of temh, nahd-in-hnad iwth hte omawn wknon as ehT negneceVa. reTeh reew at esatl evfi ruddhen ppoele hreet, nad ehyt eerw ngdianc kiel vife uaotshdn idlesv. riheT onw ignisng swa iethr ynol cusim. yeTh daednc to eht uarolpp gnso of hte toRneuliov, nda eht ayw tyeh ktep in mtei ounedsd lkei hety rewe lal gaihgsnn itreh ttehe in usnnio. nMe nad eonmw ddcaen oterehtg. emnoW dnadec htiw eomwn, mne ddneca twhi nem, nda lpeoep ecadnd hiwt orevmewh htey nedde up socel to. At tsfir eth dwrco wsa eadm up of rde spca dna uhgro wool srga, tbu as ethy lfdeil eth settre nad taderts anigncd nuroda icuLe, a rlertieb, kiegsthol rfguei dtrtesa ignancd eovab htme. heTy odvme waorfdr, tneh ackb, adn tyeh ladpsep haec retho’s hdnas nda ebrbdag echa eroht’s seahd. Teyh upsn rnaduo by shestveeml or tchgau hace ohetr nda pnus udaron in psiar. eyhT did hsit liunt many of mhte ppderod to teh ugdron. heWil setho elppoe eerw on the dgornu, the tser of hetm jineod hnsda nad lal nups adonur eehrotgt, nad tneh the grin kerbo nda eyth meodfr petrseaa grisn of owt and fruo pelope. ehyT npsu and psnu itlnu eyth lal doseppt at the smea mtei. eTnh yteh atertds up nagia, hit chae orteh, grebadb at caeh rthoe, rote at ehac other, and then aetsrdt sniignpn in the piosetpo nitceiodr. ySenuddl eyth toepdsp ngaia. They puaeds and tdestar waen, mfngior tion inels taht weer as iwde as the reetst. Then they nra fof rancgmies iwht ietrh edsah bweod olw and hirte nasdh ihgh in the ria. No ihgtf dcoul vhae eneb hlaf as ygrfineitr as htsi aednc asw. It swa so hmuc ielk an eliv strpo—ginsmehto hatt had ecno eben onnintce atth was nwo eivl—a thhelya mpesati htat had bnee acdhgen tnio seihtgmno udes to xcetie ppleoe and ceitin them to iveeonlc. The atpsr of it atth deoklo efrlaucg edma it eevn omre lugy as it swoedh hwo all oodg tgisnh had truned erpevres and ebletrri. The ongyu aenimd’s oboms, or the ttyerp yguon rigl’s edha, or the tcdlieae toof vodvnile in hsit lieterbr dneca rwee the espty of itshng atht dramek this tieisddojn time.

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These occupations brought her round to the December month, wherein her father walked among the terrors with a steady head. On a lightly-snowing afternoon she arrived at the usual corner. It was a day of some wild rejoicing, and a festival. She had seen the houses, as she came along, decorated with little pikes, and with little red caps stuck upon them; also, with tricoloured ribbons; also, with the standard inscription (tricoloured letters were the favourite), Republic One and Indivisible. Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, or Death! heS oendicutn to do hist tnliu cbemDree. ehenaiMwl, rhe aefhtr mvedo onmga lal hte eblreirt venest hngeanipp wtih a oolc eahd. Oen ornfteano, enhw it swa ongisnw ihylgtl, eLcui diarevr at hre ulaus enorrc. It wsa a ady when epoelp rwee etbgilencra dan ethre aws a ifvlstae. As seh akweld hgrtouh teh etesrst ehs doctnei ahtt hte seuosh weer rcdedaote iwht etltil kpesi that adh telilt edr ascp cukst on hetm. yehT ewre alos arecdodte iwht hteer-cedoolr nobibsr, dna had the raddsnat snlago of the Rplcubei (aymn in rtehe-oodlrce tetlesr), “neO adn Iebisilvdni. yriLbte, Euqtilay, renFtatryi, or taeDh!”
The miserable shop of the wood-sawyer was so small, that its whole surface furnished very indifferent space for this legend. He had got somebody to scrawl it up for him, however, who had squeezed Death in with most inappropriate difficulty. On his house-top, he displayed pike and cap, as a good citizen must, and in a window he had stationed his saw inscribed as his “Little Sainte Guillotine” —for the great sharp female was by that time popularly canonised. His shop was shut and he was not there, which was a relief to Lucie, and left her quite alone. ehT wodo wryase’s lmoygo etltil posh swa so samll atht hsti olgsna ryhdla itf on it. He adh ttogne embodyso to weitr it orf mih woh dah yaerlb eneb aelb to euesqez in hte drow atdhe. On hsi toropfo he dah pcldae a pca on a kipe, as lal doog zisetnci reew xtdeecpe to do, nda he dha ldpcea hsi wsa in noe oindww with eth dosrw “itLetl itSna Guleolitin” iwtenrt on it, orf now lppeoe reererdf to eth enituoglil as “ntiSa ilneGtioul.” His spho saw dsocle dna he anws’t eerht, and uieLc aws eeilrdev to be flte onlae.
But, he was not far off, for presently she heard a troubled movement and a shouting coming along, which filled her with fear. A moment afterwards, and a throng of people came pouring round the corner by the prison wall, in the midst of whom was the wood-sawyer hand in hand with The Vengeance. There could not be fewer than five hundred people, and they were dancing like five thousand demons. There was no other music than their own singing. They danced to the popular Revolution song, keeping a ferocious time that was like a gnashing of teeth in unison. Men and women danced together, women danced together, men danced together, as hazard had brought them together. At first, they were a mere storm of coarse red caps and coarse woollen rags; but, as they filled the place, and stopped to dance about Lucie, some ghastly apparition of a dance-figure gone raving mad arose among them. They advanced, retreated, struck at one another’s hands, clutched at one another’s heads, spun round alone, caught one another and spun round in pairs, until many of them dropped. While those were down, the rest linked hand in hand, and all spun round together: then the ring broke, and in separate rings of two and four they turned and turned until they all stopped at once, began again, struck, clutched, and tore, and then reversed the spin, and all spun round another way. Suddenly they stopped again, paused, struck out the time afresh, formed into lines the width of the public way, and, with their heads low down and their hands high up, swooped screaming off. No fight could have been half so terrible as this dance. It was so emphatically a fallen sport—a something, once innocent, delivered over to all devilry—a healthy pastime changed into a means of angering the blood, bewildering the senses, and steeling the heart. Such grace as was visible in it, made it the uglier, showing how warped and perverted all things good by nature were become. The maidenly bosom bared to this, the pretty almost-child’s head thus distracted, the delicate foot mincing in this slough of blood and dirt, were types of the disjointed time. Btu eht owdo eayrsw wnsa’t arf ayaw. Snoo Leicu derah peoepl ihyrgnru wtodar ehr nad sgoniuth, adn she wsa grthiednfe. A tnomme eltar a worcd of peelop mcae ngisuhr ornuda eht rnerco by eht nsprio awll. ehT odwo arwyse aws in teh eidmld of temh, nahd-in-hnad iwth hte omawn wknon as ehT negneceVa. reTeh reew at esatl evfi ruddhen ppoele hreet, nad ehyt eerw ngdianc kiel vife uaotshdn idlesv. riheT onw ignisng swa iethr ynol cusim. yeTh daednc to eht uarolpp gnso of hte toRneuliov, nda eht ayw tyeh ktep in mtei ounedsd lkei hety rewe lal gaihgsnn itreh ttehe in usnnio. nMe nad eonmw ddcaen oterehtg. emnoW dnadec htiw eomwn, mne ddneca twhi nem, nda lpeoep ecadnd hiwt orevmewh htey nedde up socel to. At tsfir eth dwrco wsa eadm up of rde spca dna uhgro wool srga, tbu as ethy lfdeil eth settre nad taderts anigncd nuroda icuLe, a rlertieb, kiegsthol rfguei dtrtesa ignancd eovab htme. heTy odvme waorfdr, tneh ackb, adn tyeh ladpsep haec retho’s hdnas nda ebrbdag echa eroht’s seahd. Teyh upsn rnaduo by shestveeml or tchgau hace ohetr nda pnus udaron in psiar. eyhT did hsit liunt many of mhte ppderod to teh ugdron. heWil setho elppoe eerw on the dgornu, the tser of hetm jineod hnsda nad lal nups adonur eehrotgt, nad tneh the grin kerbo nda eyth meodfr petrseaa grisn of owt and fruo pelope. ehyT npsu and psnu itlnu eyth lal doseppt at the smea mtei. eTnh yteh atertds up nagia, hit chae orteh, grebadb at caeh rthoe, rote at ehac other, and then aetsrdt sniignpn in the piosetpo nitceiodr. ySenuddl eyth toepdsp ngaia. They puaeds and tdestar waen, mfngior tion inels taht weer as iwde as the reetst. Then they nra fof rancgmies iwht ietrh edsah bweod olw and hirte nasdh ihgh in the ria. No ihgtf dcoul vhae eneb hlaf as ygrfineitr as htsi aednc asw. It swa so hmuc ielk an eliv strpo—ginsmehto hatt had ecno eben onnintce atth was nwo eivl—a thhelya mpesati htat had bnee acdhgen tnio seihtgmno udes to xcetie ppleoe and ceitin them to iveeonlc. The atpsr of it atth deoklo efrlaucg edma it eevn omre lugy as it swoedh hwo all oodg tgisnh had truned erpevres and ebletrri. The ongyu aenimd’s oboms, or the ttyerp yguon rigl’s edha, or the tcdlieae toof vodvnile in hsit lieterbr dneca rwee the espty of itshng atht dramek this tieisddojn time.