Paysage de la municipalité de Chongqing

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“必中北京pk10赛车计划【注册大礼】”"Incorrigibleman,"saidMrs.Masters.ButtheDoctorhadturnedhisbackuponher,unwillingtorevealthesuddenchangeinhisfeatures.Evenashespokethoselightwords,therecametohimthereflectionthathedidnotreallymeanthem,andhisposeseemedtocrumbletodust.Hehadliveduptothesenothingsforyears,butnowheknewthattheywerenothings.Asthoughtocrowntheirritationsofatryingday,therecametohimtheconvictionthathiswholelifehadbeenanaffairofstudiedgestures,ofmeticulousgesticulations."Poorthing,"hewassaying,"Itmustbesufferingdreadfully.Iamsosorry."

AstheDoctortoldthestoryofwhathadtakenplacesorecentlyinthelittleroom,Greggsatnursinganupliftedkneebetweenhishandsandwiththecigarettedroopingidlyfromhislips.Onceortwiceheinterruptedwithagesture,butifheexperiencedastonishmentheneverbetrayedthefact.Eventhedescriptionofthesuddengrowthofbearddidnotdisturbthelookofcalmenquiryuponhishard-setfeatures.Heseemedtobefollowingsomethinginhismindthatelucidatedthefactsastheycameout;andasthenarrativedrewtoaclosehenoddedhisheadveryslightly,asthoughhavingfoundcorroboration[Pg173]forthesestrangeeventsinsometheoryofhisown,andviceversa.WhenatlasttheDoctorreachedtheclimaxofhistaletherewasnohorrorwrittenuponGregg'scountenance.Heremainedimpassive,asortofbufferagainstwhichtheDoctor'shystericalphrasesrecoiledinvain.

Here,however,thediscussioncametoanabruptconclusion,forsomethingwashappeningtotheClockworkman."Areyoubetternow?"Arthurenquired.

"Wehaveautomobilesandflyingmachines,"interruptedAllingham,weakly.

Presentlyhisreveriewasabruptlydisturbedbyafaintnoise,strangelyfamiliaralthoughremote.Itseemedtoreachhimfromtheright,asthoughsomethingcreptslowlyalongthehedgeline,hiddenfromhisview.Itwasasoft,purringsound,veryregularandsustained.Atfirsthethoughtitwasthecryofapheasant,butdecidedthatitwasmuchtoopersistent.Itwassomethingthatmadeanoiseintheprocessofwalkingalong.ButtheClockworkmanmadenoreply.Hestoodinthemiddleofthestageandslowly[Pg96]liftedafingertohisnose.TheCurate'sdoubtsreturned.Somethingseemedtooccurtohimasheexaminedhiscompanionmoreclosely."Youhaven'tbeentakinganything,mygoodman,haveyou?Anythingofanalcholicnature?"

III

ShortlyaftermidnighttheDoctor'sexpectantearcaughtthesoundofsomeonealightingfromabicycle.Amomentlaterfootstepsclattereddowntheareastairs,andGregg,stillattiredinhiscricketflannels,appearedattheopendoor.Thesmilefadedfromhislipsashebeheldthedrawn,agitatedfeaturesoftheDoctor."Butwhatistherealworldlike?"questionedArthur.

"Gohon!"exclaimedMrs.Flack,leaningherredfoldedarmsuponthetable,"wellInever!"

Hejerkedhisheadslowlyroundandgazedatthesurroundingobjects."It'ssuchan[Pg79]extraordinaryworld.Ican'tgetusedtoitatall.Onekeepsonbumpingintothingsandfallingintothings—thingsthatoughtnottobethere,youknow."

"Well,IadmitIwasrathermystifiedbythathatandwig.Butwhenyoucometorationalisethething,whatisthereinit?"TheDoctorwastakinglongstridesandflourishinghisleatherglovesintheair."Howcouldsuchathingbe?HowcananybodyinhisrightsensesentertainthenotionthatDunnBrothersarestillinexistencetwothousandyearshence?AndtheClarksonbusiness.It'sabsurdonthefaceofit."

"Well,youproveyourselfintheright,"hemuttered,"andthenI'llapologise.I'mgoingtolettheClockworkmandrop.I'vegototherthingstothinkabout.AndIdon'tmindtellingyouthatiftheClockworkmanturnsouttobeallthatyouclaimforhim,Ishallstillwishhimattheotherendoftheearth."

"Hark,"saidArthur,clutchinghertightly."Bequiet—Iwanttolistenforsomething."

Allinghamstoodupandslowlyrolleddownhissleevesandputonhisblazer.Ofcourse,Greggwaslikethat,athoroughsportsman,takingthegoodwiththebad.Butthenhewasonlytwenty-four.Youcouldbelikethatthen,sofulloflifeandhighspiritsthatgenerosityflowedfromyouimperceptiblyandwithouteffort.Atfortyyoubegantoshrivelup.Atrophyofthefinerfeelings.Youbegantobedeliberatelyandconsistentlymeanandnarrow.Youtookasavagedelightinmakingotherpeoplepayforyourdisappointments.

CHAPTEREIGHT

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    Thiswastoomuchfortheequanimityofthespectators.Shoutaftershoutvolleyedalongthelineofthehurdles.ThecalmdeliberatenessoftheClockworkman,insoreinstatinghimself,fairlycrownedallhispreviousexhibitions.Andthefactthathetooknonoticeofthemerrimentathisexpense,butsimplywaitedforsomethingtohappen,permittedtheutmostlicense.Thecrowdrockeditselfinunrestrainedhilarity.

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    "Unlesswhat?"eagerlyenquiredArthur,fearfulofafinalcollapse.

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