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【EXT-025】行列の出来るどすけべパーラー

Source global Wall Street Journal     time 2020-02-22 08:28:43
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【EXT-025】行列の出来るどすけべパーラー �


BeforethelonghourandahalfofprayersandBible-readingwasover,Ifeltreadytoperishwithcold.Breakfast-timecameatlast,andthismorningtheporridgewasnotburnt;thequalitywaseatable,thequantitysmall.Howsmallmyportionseemed!Iwishedithadbeendoubled.

DuringJanuary,February,andpartofMarch,thedeepsnows,and,aftertheirmelting,thealmostimpassableroads,preventedourstirringbeyondthegardenwalls,excepttogotochurch;butwithintheselimitswehadtopassanhoureverydayintheopenair.Ourclothingwasinsufficienttoprotectusfromtheseverecold:wehadnoboots,thesnowgotintoourshoesandmeltedthere:ourunglovedhandsbecamenumbedandcoveredwithchilblains,aswereourfeet:IrememberwellthedistractingirritationIenduredfromthiscauseeveryevening,whenmyfeetinflamed;andthetortureofthrustingtheswelled,raw,andstifftoesintomyshoesinthemorning.Thenthescantysupplyoffoodwasdistressing:withthekeenappetitesofgrowingchildren,wehadscarcelysufficienttokeepaliveadelicateinvalid.Fromthisdeficiencyofnourishmentresultedanabuse,whichpressedhardlyontheyoungerpupils:wheneverthefamishedgreatgirlshadanopportunity,theywouldcoaxormenacethelittleonesoutoftheirportion.ManyatimeIhavesharedbetweentwoclaimantsthepreciousmorselofbrownbreaddistributedatteatime;andafterrelinquishingtoathirdhalfthecontentsofmymugofcoffee,Ihaveswallowedtheremainderwithanaccompanimentofsecrettears,forcedfrommebytheexigencyofhunger.

'Burns'(suchitseemswashername:thegirlsherewereallcalledbytheirsurnames,asboysareelsewhere),'Burns,youarestandingonthesideofyourshoe;turnyourtoesoutimmediately.''Burns,youpokeyourchinmostunpleasantly;drawitin.''Burns,Iinsistonyourholdingyourheadup;Iwillnothaveyoubeforemeinthatattitude,'etc.etc.

'Thenlearnfromme,nottojudgebyappearances:Iam,asMissScatcherdsaid,slatternly;Iseldomput,andneverkeep,thingsinorder;Iamcareless;Iforgetrules;IreadwhenIshouldlearnmylessons;Ihavenomethod;andsometimesIsay,likeyou,Icannotbeartobesubjectedtosystematicarrangements.ThisisallveryprovokingtoMissScatcherd,whoisnaturallyneat,punctual,andparticular.'

'Well,then,withMissTempleyouaregood?'

AttheutteranceofMissTemple'sname,asoftsmileflittedoverhergraveface.

Sundaysweredrearydaysinthatwintryseason.WehadtowalktwomilestoBrocklebridgeChurch,whereourpatronofficiated.Wesetoutcold,wearrivedatchurchcolder:duringthemorningservicewebecamealmostparalysed.Itwastoofartoreturntodinner,andanallowanceofcoldmeatandbread,inthesamepenuriousproportionobservedinourordinarymeals,wasservedroundbetweentheservices.

IhavenotyetalludedtothevisitsofMr.Brocklehurst;andindeedthatgentlemanwasfromhomeduringthegreaterpartofthefirstmonthaftermyarrival;perhapsprolonginghisstaywithhisfriendthearchdeacon:hisabsencewasarelieftome.IneednotsaythatIhadmyownreasonsfordreadinghiscoming:butcomehedidatlast.

'Now,'thoughtI,'Icanperhapsgethertotalk.'Isatdownbyheronthefloor.


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