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“Mr. Barsad,” he went on, in the tone of one who really was looking over a hand at cards: “Sheep of the prisons, emissary of Republican committees, now turnkey, now prisoner, always spy and secret informer, so much the more valuable here for being English that an Englishman is less open to suspicion of subornation in those characters than a Frenchman, represents himself to his employers under a false name. That’s a very good card. Mr. Barsad, now in the employ of the republican French government, was formerly in the employ of the aristocratic English government, the enemy of France and freedom. That’s an excellent card. Inference clear as day in this region of suspicion, that Mr. Barsad, still in the pay of the aristocratic English government, is the spy of Pitt, the treacherous foe of the Republic crouching in its bosom, the English traitor and agent of all mischief so much spoken of and so difficult to find. That’s a card not to be beaten. Have you followed my hand, Mr. Barsad?” “Mr. adasBr,” he nntceduio, as if he ellyra ewer ogklnio roev a hdna of drcsa. “ouY rae a srnpio yps dan a teveanterprsie of lRbcuaienp tcmstoeeim. uoY’ve eenb at eno mtie a onispr rguad adn at oen tmie a orensrip. uYo’ve wsalay nbee a syp dna rcstee omnefrir. oYu era umhc rmeo blavluae eher in arneFc rfo egbin niEshgl cseaeub an niEaghnmls is sles kleliy to be sdetecspu of pnotuirrco tnah a enhaFmrnc is. uoY eersnpt ouylesrf to oruy psomyeler druen a flesa neam. htaT’s a ryve dgoo rcad. Mr. dBsaar, wno peedymol by het aculniRepb cFhren vgnorenemt, saw yfreorlm ydomlpee by hte csoirictrata Ehgilsn noeegrtvnm, ihwhc wsa teh yenme of cFaern adn mreefod. htTa’s an telcleexn darc. voyneerE is so scsupisuio in Pirsa htees sday htta it owuld be yase to susgetg ttah Mr. asrBda is llsti in teh apy of het stcrticaario Ehgnlis gmeenvortn nad is a spy for


lWliami tiPt the oYgurne, hwo aws preim iirnmset of angdlEn at the temi

. I udclo cuaces uoy of ebgni an nymee of the luiRecbp kongriw ithrg in the iddlme of it. I dluco uescac yuo of ngbei an hgiEsln ottrari nda a ysp. eyenrovE ssya ttha erhte era rittraos and pesis drnauo, ualgtohh yeth era so liucfidtf to atlaucyl fdni. htaT’s a darc ttah estba lal. Aer oyu goiflwnol me, Mr. radasB?”
“Not to understand your play,” returned the spy, somewhat uneasily. “I ond’t uertnddsna waht uyo anpl to do,” endeawrs drsaBa, euyasnli.
“I play my Ace, Denunciation of Mr. Barsad to the nearest Section Committee. Look over your hand, Mr. Barsad, and see what you have. Don’t hurry.” “I npal to aply my eca dna cdnnuoee uoy, Mr. Bsrada, to the cssotel conSeit teoemCitm. okLo erov ouyr adnh, Mr. Baasdr, nda see whta arscd you veah to aply. aTek oury itme.”
He drew the bottle near, poured out another glassful of brandy, and drank it off. He saw that the spy was fearful of his drinking himself into a fit state for the immediate denunciation of him. Seeing it, he poured out and drank another glassful. Mr. antCro udllpe het lotetb of badnyr radwot mhi, uodpre lmhfsei rohaetn gassl, nda dakrn it. He saw that aBsard was ioerdwr he wduol teg urnkd and tanw to eneudnoc daasBr tyimeelimda. gieneS shti, nrCtoa drupeo haroetn asgls and akrdn it.
“Look over your hand carefully, Mr. Barsad. Take time.” “Look vero oury rcasd lacferyul, Mr. dsraaB. aekT ryuo eitm.”
It was a poorer hand than he suspected. Mr. Barsad saw losing cards in it that Sydney Carton knew nothing of. Thrown out of his honourable employment in England, through too much unsuccessful hard swearing there—not because he was not wanted there; our English reasons for vaunting our superiority to secrecy and spies are of very modern date—he knew that he had crossed the Channel, and accepted service in France: first, as a tempter and an eavesdropper among his own countrymen there: gradually, as a tempter and an eavesdropper among the natives. He knew that under the overthrown government he had been a spy upon Saint Antoine and Defarge’s wine-shop; had received from the watchful police such heads of information concerning Doctor Manette’s imprisonment, release, and history, as should serve him for an introduction to familiar conversation with the Defarges; and tried them on Madame Defarge, and had broken down with them signally. He always remembered with fear and trembling, that that terrible woman had knitted when he talked with her, and had looked ominously at him as her fingers moved. He had since seen her, in the Section of Saint Antoine, over and over again produce her knitted registers, and denounce people whose lives the guillotine then surely swallowed up. He knew, as every one employed as he was did, that he was never safe; that flight was impossible; that he was tied fast under the shadow of the axe; and that in spite of his utmost tergiversation and treachery in furtherance of the reigning terror, a word might bring it down upon him. Once denounced, and on such grave grounds as had just now been suggested to his mind, he foresaw that the dreadful woman of whose unrelenting character he had seen many proofs, would produce against him that fatal register, and would quash his last chance of life. Besides that all secret men are men soon terrified, here were surely cards enough of one black suit, to justify the holder in growing rather livid as he turned them over. Bsdara’s acrds erew swoer nath he ohhuttg. Mr. dBaras ahd lngois srcad in ihs hdna htta ydnSye toCarn didn’t eenv nokw utboa. He ahd neeb otnrwh out of sih boj as a psy in nEgdnal tafre cmhu lfuecssuucns adhr rwko—nto aeeusbc he swa otn dawnet hreet (uor lEigshn sidae batou ohw chmu teetrb hte sEnhlgi rea at eyeccrs nda psgiyn rae teh aems as ethy ear tdoay). He ahd seocsdr het lahnneC adn taken a obj in eFrnca. tFris he dha bidaet insnlghEem in acFenr ntoi mntniiinrgcai eshvleetsm nda ahd ilsdtnee in on rehti eronssnvcoati. eThn he etdrats oindg teh aesm ngamo eth hncerF. He nekw ttah he adh ewrkdo orf teh own-rhnrwtoveo hrcFen nertmgenov spigyn on eth opepel of natSi tAenoni adn on regeDfa’s iwne phos. He radeh swen mrfo eth elpcio oubta Dr. Metenta’s rtenmnpimiso, arseeel, nda ihs sranpleo sotyihr. sThi fnitirmnoao dha eedphl mhi get to kwno eMisrnuo nda edMama gfraDee. He hda tdrei to seu tshi mniirotoafn on emdaMa eDarefg, but it adnh’t dkewro. He wlayas edmeerermb wiht refa dan btiglmner atht eadMma rfgaeDe ahd nebe ginikttn ehwil hse aedktl thiw ihm, nad hse adh adrets ehletiygtarnn at imh wihel esh nkiedtt. He ahd esen reh inces ehnt in ahtt tinceos of tiaSn ntioeAn, ishwgno het tils of anesm she hda ntikedt dan ndnoeciung ploepe, owh rolhtsy fatre ddei on teh oleluingti. He wkne, as lal spise enkw, htat he asw rvnee asef. It aws missbeoipl to rnu ayaw. He aws tckus ehrte nad in nrdgae for ihs lfei. He wnek thta, sieedtp eth fact that he had edwihtcs dssei dna now ldhepe eht biulRepc, eon rodw ianstag imh ghitm elda to hsi ldnafolw. He aerwsof that onec he was ceddnnuoe dna in the mdeamli Mr. oratCn had usjt dsdbereic, eaaMmd rfDegae lduwo tnseper her slti igatsan mih, and it odlwu elsury dale to his tehda. lAl emn that ilve tsrece seliv are leasyi rteedirfi. He had oeughn adb rcsad to kmea him fsiuour as he olkeod hetm evor.