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【M-878】女子校生拉致、監禁。.10仲村もも

Source global Wall Street Journal     time 2020-02-18 20:09:58
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【M-878】女子校生拉致、監禁。.10仲村もも �


ConniewasaccustomedtoKensingtonortheScotchhillsortheSussexdowns:thatwasherEngland.Withthestoicismoftheyoungshetookintheutter,soullessuglinessofthecoal-and-ironMidlandsataglance,andleftitatwhatitwas:unbelievableandnottobethoughtabout.FromtheratherdismalroomsatWragbysheheardtherattle-rattleofthescreensatthepit,thepuffofthewinding-engine,theclink-clinkofshuntingtrucks,andthehoarselittlewhistleofthecollierylocomotives.Tevershallpit-bankwasburning,hadbeenburningforyears,anditwouldcostthousandstoputitout.Soithadtoburn.Andwhenthewindwasthatway,whichwasoften,thehousewasfullofthestenchofthissulphurouscombustionoftheearth'sexcrement.Butevenonwindlessdaystheairalwayssmeltofsomethingunder-earth:sulphur,iron,coal,oracid.AndevenontheChristmasrosesthesmutssettledpersistently,incredible,likeblackmannafromtheskiesofdoom.

Cliffordwasalmostmorbidlysensitiveaboutthesestories.Hewantedeveryonetothinkthemgood,ofthebest,neplusultra.Theyappearedinthemostmodernmagazines,andwerepraisedandblamedasusual.ButtoCliffordtheblamewastorture,likeknivesgoadinghim.Itwasasifthewholeofhisbeingwereinhisstories.

Vaguelysheknewherselfthatshewasgoingtopiecesinsomeway.Vaguelysheknewshewasoutofconnexion:shehadlosttouchwiththesubstantialandvitalworld.OnlyCliffordandhisbooks,whichdidnotexist...whichhadnothinginthem!Voidtovoid.Vaguelysheknew.Butitwaslikebeatingherheadagainstastone.

ButEmmasaidNo!ShewastenyearsolderthanClifford,andshefelthismarryingwouldbeadesertionandabetrayalofwhattheyoungonesofthefamilyhadstoodfor.

ConniewonderedalittleoverClifford'sblind,imperiousinstincttobecomeknown:known,thatis,tothevastamorphousworldhedidnothimselfknow,andofwhichhewasuneasilyafraid;knownasawriter,asafirst-classmodernwriter.Conniewasawarefromsuccessful,old,hearty,bluffingSirMalcolm,thatartistsdidadvertisethemselves,andexertthemselvestoputtheirgoodsover.Butherfatherusedchannelsready-made,usedbyalltheotherR.A.swhosoldtheirpictures.WhereasClifforddiscoverednewchannelsofpublicity,allkinds.HehadallkindsofpeopleatWragby,withoutexactlyloweringhimself.But,determinedtobuildhimselfamonumentofareputationquickly,heusedanyhandyrubbleinthemaking.

Connieguessed,however,thatherfatherhadsaidsomething,andthatsomethingwasinClifford'smind.Sheknewthathedidn'tmindwhethersheweredemi-viergeordemi-monde,solongashedidn'tabsolutelyknow,andwasn'tmadetosee.Whattheeyedoesn'tseeandtheminddoesn'tknow,doesn'texist.

Sothemen,especiallythosenolongeryoung,wereverynicetoherindeed.But,knowingwhattorturepoorCliffordwouldfeelattheslightestsignofflirtingonherpart,shegavethemnoencouragementatall.Shewasquietandvague,shehadnocontactwiththemandintendedtohavenone.Cliffordwasextraordinarilyproudofhimself.

Michaelisobviouslywasn'tanEnglishman,inspiteofallthetailors,hatters,barbers,bootersoftheverybestquarterofLondon.No,no,heobviouslywasn'tanEnglishman:thewrongsortofflattish,palefaceandbearing;andthewrongsortofgrievance.Hehadagrudgeandagrievance:thatwasobvioustoanytrue-bornEnglishgentleman,whowouldscorntoletsuchathingappearblatantinhisowndemeanour.PoorMichaelishadbeenmuchkicked,sothathehadaslightlytail-between-the-legslookevennow.Hehadpushedhiswaybysheerinstinctandsheerereffronteryontothestageandtothefrontofit,withhisplays.Hehadcaughtthepublic.Andhehadthoughtthekickingdayswereover.Alas,theyweren't...Theyneverwouldbe.Forhe,inasense,askedtobekicked.Hepinedtobewherehedidn'tbelong...amongtheEnglishupperclasses.Andhowtheyenjoyedthevariouskickstheygotathim!Andhowhehatedthem!

Stillhewasambitious.Hehadtakentowritingstories;curious,verypersonalstoriesaboutpeoplehehadknown.Clever,ratherspiteful,andyet,insomemysteriousway,meaningless.Theobservationwasextraordinaryandpeculiar.Buttherewasnotouch,noactualcontact.Itwasasifthewholethingtookplaceinavacuum.Andsincethefieldoflifeislargelyanartificially-lightedstagetoday,thestorieswerecuriouslytruetomodernlife,tothemodernpsychology,thatis.


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