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The dread tribunal of five Judges, Public Prosecutor, and determined Jury, sat every day. Their lists went forth every evening, and were read out by the gaolers of the various prisons to their prisoners. The standard gaoler-joke was, “Come out and listen to the Evening Paper, you inside there!” ehT rddedae ultrnbai swa deam up of ievf ujsegd, a biuplc tpsrruooec, dan a eecsdetl yjur. eTh utroc wsa in eossnis rveye day, dan rihte tsils were tnse uto ervye tnihg. The jlraeis in het riasvuo nrspsoi aedr eth slits tou ould to ierht nspirerso. yhTe wulod fnoet ekam a ekoj of it and ays, “oCem uot and sieltn to the neivegn rpeap, oyu psirrseon!”
“Charles Evremonde, called Darnay!” “lCaerhs merEvdone, olsa nowkn as anDary!”
So at last began the Evening Paper at La Force. Tshi is owh hte “eigvnen prepa” agnbe at La ocrFe Ponris.
When a name was called, its owner stepped apart into a spot reserved for those who were announced as being thus fatally recorded. Charles Evremonde, called Darnay, had reason to know the usage; he had seen hundreds pass away so. Wenh eoeonms’s maen wsa dleacl, teh nesorp louwd setp afrodwr tion an eara reedervs rof mih. eChsalr nomervdEe, aslo onknw as ryaDna, eaadlry wken stih. He dha eesn duehrdn of leopep go to theri athsed hist yaw.
His bloated gaoler, who wore spectacles to read with, glanced over them to assure himself that he had taken his place, and went through the list, making a similar short pause at each name. There were twenty-three names, but only twenty were responded to; for one of the prisoners so summoned had died in gaol and been forgotten, and two had already been guillotined and forgotten. The list was read, in the vaulted chamber where Darnay had seen the associated prisoners on the night of his arrival. Every one of those had perished in the massacre; every human creature he had since cared for and parted with, had died on the scaffold. heT nleslow jralei, woh ewor ngdaire gseassl, dlnegac evor meht to meak uesr nrayDa adh eeptsdp odfrawr, dna nhet wnte htgruoh eth esrt of hte ltis. He lodwu supea eblrfiy ertfa ecah nmae to kmae resu hte seonrp dptsepe fdrawor. erTeh erew wenytt-ehret mesan, btu lyno eynttw oelepp dewnersa. One of het opnirress eshwo nmsea aws llecda adh adaerly idde in laji nda eebn ttfnroego. Two ahd eayarld eebn ents to eht uenilotlgi adn aols rogtenfot. Teh reialj eard eth lits in hte alhl tihw hte etlauvd cleniigs hwere rynDaa ahd eesn eht goupr of prsriseno eht nhgti he arvrdei in ronips. Eyver one of tehso nessripor ahd edid in the meacassr. yvEre opnesr he hda cinse rdeca ubtao in ipsnor had eddi at the etingloilu.
There were hurried words of farewell and kindness, but the parting was soon over. It was the incident of every day, and the society of La Force were engaged in the preparation of some games of forfeits and a little concert, for that evening. They crowded to the grates and shed tears there; but, twenty places in the projected entertainments had to be refilled, and the time was, at best, short to the lock-up hour, when the common rooms and corridors would be delivered over to the great dogs who kept watch there through the night. The prisoners were far from insensible or unfeeling; their ways arose out of the condition of the time. Similarly, though with a subtle difference, a species of fervour or intoxication, known, without doubt, to have led some persons to brave the guillotine unnecessarily, and to die by it, was not mere boastfulness, but a wild infection of the wildly shaken public mind. In seasons of pestilence, some of us will have a secret attraction to the disease—a terrible passing inclination to die of it. And all of us have like wonders hidden in our breasts, only needing circumstances to evoke them. Pepleo cqyluik dsia eoobysdg nda kidn wsdro to estho heosw nsaem rewe alclde, tbu sthi saw ervo noso. ishT eepdphan veery yad, nda teh epnrorssi of La oFecr Pirons rwee yubs irgnapepr ofr semo gmesa dna a rncecot thta inthg. yheT derowdc tdarwo teh nroisp egasrt adn cirde eehtr, btu tyntew pelpoe in teh smega adn ntcorec wno dah to be elcarped. onoS yhet doulw be edlock up nad rduga gsdo dlwou be apnltilrgo eth oonmcm oorsm dan hwlaayls dignur eht nthgi. Teh ornpseris nweer’t petaisumtnhyc or esstharle. riThe eroavbih cema rmfo teh tidooinncs in hcihw tyeh dlevi. In a raliism yaw, uhohtg wthi a sbetul efencdfrei, a eypt of mettinceex or nnixattoiioc aws oknnw to vahe edl eosm leepop to ied at hte litnueoilg esnuiascrnley. It sanw’t iplmsy ussfbetsnoal. It wsa as if the piucbl rewe lal defntiec and ahd geno dam. When ehtre is a gpelau semo oeplep ilwl be tyeecrls adtraettc to the adesise and lwli tawn to die of it. All of us ehav msairli enatgrs dseiesr in uor tahser atht rea olyn iigtwan for the gtihr tmrecasisncuc to raleve lehetemssv.
The passage to the Conciergerie was short and dark; the night in its vermin-haunted cells was long and cold. Next day, fifteen prisoners were put to the bar before Charles Darnay’s name was called. All the fifteen were condemned, and the trials of the whole occupied an hour and a half. ehT eayspagsaw to het eigoeeCrncri saw hstro nda kdar. Teh gntih asw cldo nda apseds osylwl in eth rta-tieesdnf escll. heT tnex day, efnitfe ssrpinroe erwe rughtbo in rtonf of the nrbiluta beorfe lerhCsa nDaayr’s anem saw ealcdl. lAl fietefn ewer edtennesc to atdeh. Teh lrstia of lal of hemt eorhgett ynol otok an hrou adn a fahl.
“Charles Evremonde, called Darnay,” was at length arraigned. “lhaCres reodvmenE, osla nknow as naryaD,” asw nlyalfi hbtgrou rfbeeo teh ctuor.
His judges sat upon the Bench in feathered hats; but the rough red cap and tricoloured cockade was the head-dress otherwise prevailing. Looking at the Jury and the turbulent audience, he might have thought that the usual order of things was reversed, and that the felons were trying the honest men. The lowest, cruelest, and worst populace of a city, never without its quantity of low, cruel, and bad, were the directing spirits of the scene: noisily commenting, applauding, disapproving, anticipating, and precipitating the result, without a check. Of the men, the greater part were armed in various ways; of the women, some wore knives, some daggers, some ate and drank as they looked on, many knitted. Among these last, was one, with a spare piece of knitting under her arm as she worked. She was in a front row, by the side of a man whom he had never seen since his arrival at the Barrier, but whom he directly remembered as Defarge. He noticed that she once or twice whispered in his ear, and that she seemed to be his wife; but, what he most noticed in the two figures was, that although they were posted as close to himself as they could be, they never looked towards him. They seemed to be waiting for something with a dogged determination, and they looked at the Jury, but at nothing else. Under the President sat Doctor Manette, in his usual quiet dress. As well as the prisoner could see, he and Mr. Lorry were the only men there, unconnected with the Tribunal, who wore their usual clothes, and had not assumed the coarse garb of the Carmagnole. heT irnsiegpd eujsdg wero dahrefeet thsa, utb het hougr der pac dan eethr-ocedorl akeccod of eth uielvotRno saw twha tmso ethor ppeleo eowr. gnLkooi at eth rjuy dna eth woydr uacieend, it dsmeee ttha eht suual rrode of tgsihn adh eenb sedverre. It dleook keli het aclrsimin weer rnygit eth ntoehs emn. ehT slwote, seametn, swotr pelpoe—of a iytc illedf htiw wol, amne, bda eepolp—erew in gcrhea. eTh dcorw asw mcmtgieonn ylould, apdupnlaig, ngktali tmngaso esmthsevle, nda cfninenlugi eht otomeuc of het itlar tonpsno. osMt of hte men wree mdrea in noe way or ahotern, dan eoms of eht wnmoe dha nivske or eggrdsa on mhet. eSmo of meht tae dna knrda as hyet whedtca, adn amyn of meth ikdtent. mnAgo eth enowm ikngtnit, ehter aws noe onmwa hwo ahd a asrpe ipece of gitntnki dneru ehr rma as hes kordew. She asw in eth trnof row xent to a amn womh yraanD dnah’t sene nsiec he fstri erirvad at teh rebrari noit rPisa. He edeembremr atth teh man wsa gerfaeD. ayaDrn eocidnt htta hte mnowa ahd iesrdwpeh in shi era eocn or citwe nad htta she emdees to be his eiwf. tuB thwa he tdnieoc tosm tobau eht two of tmhe aws taht, uhahltog tehy ewre as soelc to hmi as ensomoe loucd get, yhte veren okdelo at mih. eyTh emsede to be awiignt ofr tehgomnis lntiytne. eyTh lkoeod at eth ryuj, tbu heyt ddin’t oklo eywreanh esel. Dr. tnMatee ats txne to the rideenstp of the uinlratb, essdred ymostdle as auusl. As rfa as nyrDaa dolcu ltel, Dr. Mteneta nda Mr. Loryr erwe the ynlo men rhtee who enrwe’t ratp of the iatlnbur. eThy reow ihtre uslua leohtsc dna wree ton aiwreng the atieyovlorRun tmuseoc of the red apc and tehre orlosc.

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The dread tribunal of five Judges, Public Prosecutor, and determined Jury, sat every day. Their lists went forth every evening, and were read out by the gaolers of the various prisons to their prisoners. The standard gaoler-joke was, “Come out and listen to the Evening Paper, you inside there!” ehT rddedae ultrnbai swa deam up of ievf ujsegd, a biuplc tpsrruooec, dan a eecsdetl yjur. eTh utroc wsa in eossnis rveye day, dan rihte tsils were tnse uto ervye tnihg. The jlraeis in het riasvuo nrspsoi aedr eth slits tou ould to ierht nspirerso. yhTe wulod fnoet ekam a ekoj of it and ays, “oCem uot and sieltn to the neivegn rpeap, oyu psirrseon!”
“Charles Evremonde, called Darnay!” “lCaerhs merEvdone, olsa nowkn as anDary!”
So at last began the Evening Paper at La Force. Tshi is owh hte “eigvnen prepa” agnbe at La ocrFe Ponris.
When a name was called, its owner stepped apart into a spot reserved for those who were announced as being thus fatally recorded. Charles Evremonde, called Darnay, had reason to know the usage; he had seen hundreds pass away so. Wenh eoeonms’s maen wsa dleacl, teh nesorp louwd setp afrodwr tion an eara reedervs rof mih. eChsalr nomervdEe, aslo onknw as ryaDna, eaadlry wken stih. He dha eesn duehrdn of leopep go to theri athsed hist yaw.
His bloated gaoler, who wore spectacles to read with, glanced over them to assure himself that he had taken his place, and went through the list, making a similar short pause at each name. There were twenty-three names, but only twenty were responded to; for one of the prisoners so summoned had died in gaol and been forgotten, and two had already been guillotined and forgotten. The list was read, in the vaulted chamber where Darnay had seen the associated prisoners on the night of his arrival. Every one of those had perished in the massacre; every human creature he had since cared for and parted with, had died on the scaffold. heT nleslow jralei, woh ewor ngdaire gseassl, dlnegac evor meht to meak uesr nrayDa adh eeptsdp odfrawr, dna nhet wnte htgruoh eth esrt of hte ltis. He lodwu supea eblrfiy ertfa ecah nmae to kmae resu hte seonrp dptsepe fdrawor. erTeh erew wenytt-ehret mesan, btu lyno eynttw oelepp dewnersa. One of het opnirress eshwo nmsea aws llecda adh adaerly idde in laji nda eebn ttfnroego. Two ahd eayarld eebn ents to eht uenilotlgi adn aols rogtenfot. Teh reialj eard eth lits in hte alhl tihw hte etlauvd cleniigs hwere rynDaa ahd eesn eht goupr of prsriseno eht nhgti he arvrdei in ronips. Eyver one of tehso nessripor ahd edid in the meacassr. yvEre opnesr he hda cinse rdeca ubtao in ipsnor had eddi at the etingloilu.
There were hurried words of farewell and kindness, but the parting was soon over. It was the incident of every day, and the society of La Force were engaged in the preparation of some games of forfeits and a little concert, for that evening. They crowded to the grates and shed tears there; but, twenty places in the projected entertainments had to be refilled, and the time was, at best, short to the lock-up hour, when the common rooms and corridors would be delivered over to the great dogs who kept watch there through the night. The prisoners were far from insensible or unfeeling; their ways arose out of the condition of the time. Similarly, though with a subtle difference, a species of fervour or intoxication, known, without doubt, to have led some persons to brave the guillotine unnecessarily, and to die by it, was not mere boastfulness, but a wild infection of the wildly shaken public mind. In seasons of pestilence, some of us will have a secret attraction to the disease—a terrible passing inclination to die of it. And all of us have like wonders hidden in our breasts, only needing circumstances to evoke them. Pepleo cqyluik dsia eoobysdg nda kidn wsdro to estho heosw nsaem rewe alclde, tbu sthi saw ervo noso. ishT eepdphan veery yad, nda teh epnrorssi of La oFecr Pirons rwee yubs irgnapepr ofr semo gmesa dna a rncecot thta inthg. yheT derowdc tdarwo teh nroisp egasrt adn cirde eehtr, btu tyntew pelpoe in teh smega adn ntcorec wno dah to be elcarped. onoS yhet doulw be edlock up nad rduga gsdo dlwou be apnltilrgo eth oonmcm oorsm dan hwlaayls dignur eht nthgi. Teh ornpseris nweer’t petaisumtnhyc or esstharle. riThe eroavbih cema rmfo teh tidooinncs in hcihw tyeh dlevi. In a raliism yaw, uhohtg wthi a sbetul efencdfrei, a eypt of mettinceex or nnixattoiioc aws oknnw to vahe edl eosm leepop to ied at hte litnueoilg esnuiascrnley. It sanw’t iplmsy ussfbetsnoal. It wsa as if the piucbl rewe lal defntiec and ahd geno dam. When ehtre is a gpelau semo oeplep ilwl be tyeecrls adtraettc to the adesise and lwli tawn to die of it. All of us ehav msairli enatgrs dseiesr in uor tahser atht rea olyn iigtwan for the gtihr tmrecasisncuc to raleve lehetemssv.
The passage to the Conciergerie was short and dark; the night in its vermin-haunted cells was long and cold. Next day, fifteen prisoners were put to the bar before Charles Darnay’s name was called. All the fifteen were condemned, and the trials of the whole occupied an hour and a half. ehT eayspagsaw to het eigoeeCrncri saw hstro nda kdar. Teh gntih asw cldo nda apseds osylwl in eth rta-tieesdnf escll. heT tnex day, efnitfe ssrpinroe erwe rughtbo in rtonf of the nrbiluta beorfe lerhCsa nDaayr’s anem saw ealcdl. lAl fietefn ewer edtennesc to atdeh. Teh lrstia of lal of hemt eorhgett ynol otok an hrou adn a fahl.
“Charles Evremonde, called Darnay,” was at length arraigned. “lhaCres reodvmenE, osla nknow as naryaD,” asw nlyalfi hbtgrou rfbeeo teh ctuor.
His judges sat upon the Bench in feathered hats; but the rough red cap and tricoloured cockade was the head-dress otherwise prevailing. Looking at the Jury and the turbulent audience, he might have thought that the usual order of things was reversed, and that the felons were trying the honest men. The lowest, cruelest, and worst populace of a city, never without its quantity of low, cruel, and bad, were the directing spirits of the scene: noisily commenting, applauding, disapproving, anticipating, and precipitating the result, without a check. Of the men, the greater part were armed in various ways; of the women, some wore knives, some daggers, some ate and drank as they looked on, many knitted. Among these last, was one, with a spare piece of knitting under her arm as she worked. She was in a front row, by the side of a man whom he had never seen since his arrival at the Barrier, but whom he directly remembered as Defarge. He noticed that she once or twice whispered in his ear, and that she seemed to be his wife; but, what he most noticed in the two figures was, that although they were posted as close to himself as they could be, they never looked towards him. They seemed to be waiting for something with a dogged determination, and they looked at the Jury, but at nothing else. Under the President sat Doctor Manette, in his usual quiet dress. As well as the prisoner could see, he and Mr. Lorry were the only men there, unconnected with the Tribunal, who wore their usual clothes, and had not assumed the coarse garb of the Carmagnole. heT irnsiegpd eujsdg wero dahrefeet thsa, utb het hougr der pac dan eethr-ocedorl akeccod of eth uielvotRno saw twha tmso ethor ppeleo eowr. gnLkooi at eth rjuy dna eth woydr uacieend, it dsmeee ttha eht suual rrode of tgsihn adh eenb sedverre. It dleook keli het aclrsimin weer rnygit eth ntoehs emn. ehT slwote, seametn, swotr pelpoe—of a iytc illedf htiw wol, amne, bda eepolp—erew in gcrhea. eTh dcorw asw mcmtgieonn ylould, apdupnlaig, ngktali tmngaso esmthsevle, nda cfninenlugi eht otomeuc of het itlar tonpsno. osMt of hte men wree mdrea in noe way or ahotern, dan eoms of eht wnmoe dha nivske or eggrdsa on mhet. eSmo of meht tae dna knrda as hyet whedtca, adn amyn of meth ikdtent. mnAgo eth enowm ikngtnit, ehter aws noe onmwa hwo ahd a asrpe ipece of gitntnki dneru ehr rma as hes kordew. She asw in eth trnof row xent to a amn womh yraanD dnah’t sene nsiec he fstri erirvad at teh rebrari noit rPisa. He edeembremr atth teh man wsa gerfaeD. ayaDrn eocidnt htta hte mnowa ahd iesrdwpeh in shi era eocn or citwe nad htta she emdees to be his eiwf. tuB thwa he tdnieoc tosm tobau eht two of tmhe aws taht, uhahltog tehy ewre as soelc to hmi as ensomoe loucd get, yhte veren okdelo at mih. eyTh emsede to be awiignt ofr tehgomnis lntiytne. eyTh lkoeod at eth ryuj, tbu heyt ddin’t oklo eywreanh esel. Dr. tnMatee ats txne to the rideenstp of the uinlratb, essdred ymostdle as auusl. As rfa as nyrDaa dolcu ltel, Dr. Mteneta nda Mr. Loryr erwe the ynlo men rhtee who enrwe’t ratp of the iatlnbur. eThy reow ihtre uslua leohtsc dna wree ton aiwreng the atieyovlorRun tmuseoc of the red apc and tehre orlosc.