en-de  Smith - Chapter 6 Easy
Miss Mansfield war 21 Jahre alt. Sie war gut und freundlich - aber sie konnte auch ärgerlich werden. Natürlich sah ihr blinder Vater nie ihre zornigen Blicke.

"Oh, Vater!" rief sie. "Ich habe mich gefürchtet. Ich dachte-" Dann sah sie Smith und erhob ihr Taschentuch zu ihrer Nase. Ein Diener kam aus dem Haus und half Mr. Mansfield.

"Tochter", sagte der blinde Mann, "hier ist Smith. Er ist vielleicht das netteste Kind in London."

Miss Mansfield und der Diener schauten zu Smith. Sie dachten, dass er der dreckigste junge Kriminelle in der Stadt wäre. Miss Mansfields Gesicht sagte sehr klar: " Mein Vater ist alt und blind, Smith. Er kann dich nicht sehen, aber ich kann es!" Sie war sicherlich nicht erfreut, aber ihre Stimme sagte: "Ich freue mich, dich zu treffen, Smith."

"Smith und ich werden eine Mahlzeit zusammen einnehmen", sagte Mr. Mansfield. "Und ich habe ihm ein Bett für die Nacht angeboten."

Nur Smith und der Diener sahen Miss Mansfields zornige Blicke. " Natürlich, Sir!" sagte ihre freundliche Stimme. "Wir sind froh, einem guten Freund zu helfen."

Smith und der Richter aßen in einem schönen Zimmer, vor einem warmen Feuer. Miss Mansfield kam und ging viele Male. Sie sprach fröhlich mit ihnen. Aber ihr zorniges Gesicht sagte zu Smith: "Du wirst versuchen, uns auszurauben, nicht wahr? Ich beobachte dich, Smith!"

Mr Mansfield und Smith redeten lange. Sie redeten über London, der Red Lion Tavern und Newgate Gaol.

Dann sagte Smith, "Ein alter Herr ist gestern in Curtis Court gestorben. Haben Sie davon gehört?"

"Ja. Ich habe ihn gekannt. Er war ein reicher Mann, Smith."

"Sehr traurig!" sagte Smith. "Er tat mir sehr leid." "Hast du ihn dann gesehen?"

"Nein, nein!" sagte Smith schnell. "Ich habe ihn nicht gesehen. Ein Freund hat mir davon erzählt." Er konnte einem Magistraten die Umstände nicht erklären!

"Er war Mr Field von Pricklers Hill in Hertfordshire. Ein guter, aber betrübter alter Herr. Ich will den Mörder finden, Smith!"

"Oh ja, Mr. Mansfield! Er sollte hängen. Warum ist es geschehen?“

„Ich weiß es nicht, Smith. Aber es ist eine schlimme Sache ... ." Smith war froh, dass Mr. Field reich war. Der Wert des Dokumentes begann in seinen Gedanken zu wachsen.

Miss Mansfield erschien. "Es ist sehr spät, Vater," sagte sie. "Dein junger Freund ist müde. Sein Bett ist gemacht, und er sollte jetzt drin liegen." Gleichzeitig sagten ihre Augen zu Smith: "Und wir müssen morgen deine schmutzige Bettwäsche verbrennen!"

Smiths Zimmer war ganz oben im Haus. Es hatte ein Bett, einen Stuhl und einen Tisch. In der Red Lion Tavern schlief Smith immer auf dem Fußboden. Aber er mochte dieses Bett. Er berührte es. Er setzte sich darauf. Er legte sich darauf. Er lag darin. Zwei Minuten später schlief er.

Morgens kam Miss Mansfield in das Zimmer. Sie trug einen Stock und plötzlich hatte Smith Angst. Aber ihr Vater folgte ihr die Treppe nach oben.

"Vater!" schrie sie. "Du solltest nicht ohne Hilfe hier raufkommen. Du könntest leicht stürzen."

Mr. Mansfield lachte. „Guten Morgen, Smith. Hast du gut geschlafen? Meine Tochter hat dir ein schönes Frühstück gemacht. Sie ist ein tolles Mädchen! Komm, Smith. Gib mir deine Hand.“

„Guten Morgen, Mr. Mansfield“, sagte Smith. Er hatte immer noch Angst vor dem wilden Blick der jungen Frau. Und er wollte nicht an ihr und dem Stock vorbeigehen.

"Wo ist deine Hand, Smith?" fragte Mr Mansfield wieder.

Miss Mansfield weinte beinahe. Sie hielt den Stock hoch und deutete auf ihn. "Sag es ihm nicht!" signalisierten Smith ihre Augen. "Sag es ihm nicht! Aber geh zu ihm und nimm seine Hand!"

Smith dachte, dass sie auch Angst hatte. Und vielleicht war sie unglücklich. Er ging zu ihrem Vater. "Hier ist meine Hand, Mr Mansfield," sagte er.

Beim Frühstück fragte Mr. Mansfield: " Willst du zum Red Lion zurückgehen, Smith?"

Smith antwortete nicht. Miss Mansfield versuchte, wütend zu sein. Sie wandte sich ihrem Vater zu, aber sie sprach ihre Gedanken nicht aus.

Dann sagte sie zu Smith: "Mr Mansfield will dir helfen. Er ist ein sehr freundlicher Mann. Willst du hier bleiben und für uns arbeiten?"

"Tochter!" sagte der blinde Mann. "Es ist doch deine eigene Idee!"

"Niemals!" rief sie. "Nie!" Aber Sie wünschen es, Sir."

"Ich wünsche es?" sagte Mr. Mansfield.

"Ja, Sir. Ihre Gedanken sind mir ziemlich klar.

Und so gab Miss Mansfield ihrem Vater die Schuld, und er gab ihr die Schuld. Warum? Da sie freundliche Leute waren, mit warmen Herzen, aber sie wollten das nicht zeigen.

Smith dachte: " In dieser seltsamen Familie werde ich niemals glücklich sein."

Die junge Dame sagte: " So wirst du hier bleiben, Smith. Du kannst helfen, nach den Pferden zu schauen...und ich- ich werde dir auch helfen. Ich werde versuchen, dir ein paar Dinge beizubringen- wichtige Dinge. Da du eine Menge lernen musst. Und zuerst werde ich dir beibringen, zu-zu lesen.

Smiths Mund öffnete sich weit. Was sagte sie? Mir Lesen beibringen. Zu lesen! Smith freute sich sehr, und sein Gesicht zeigte es. Miss Mansfield bemerkte es, aber sie wusste den Grund nicht.

"Er mag die Idee, Vater," sagte sie ruhig. "Vielleicht weil er Pferde mag."

*Wir müssen deinen Schwestern eine Nachricht schicken, Smith," sagte Mr. Mansfield.

Smith wollte nicht, dass sie das taten. Er hatte noch Angst vor den zwei Männern in braunen Anzügen. "Nein," sagte er. "Ich werde es meinen Schwestern sagen."

Smith ging in sein Zimmer und schlug Mr. Fields Dokument auf. Er warf es in die Luft und fing es wieder auf. "Es wird mir bald möglich sein, dich zu lesen!" sagte er zum Papier. "Und dann werden wir reich sein!"

Auf der Treppe waren Geräusche. Smith legte schnell das Taschentuch um das Dokument. Er schob es unter das Bettzeug. Die Tür ging auf und zwei Lakaien kamen in den Raum.

"Miss Mansfields Anweisungen, Smith. Wir müssen dich waschen. Das Wasser steht in der Küche bereit."

Smith wusch sich nie. Seife und Wasser berührten nie seinen Körper. Und so gefielen ihm Miss Mansfields Anweisungen nicht. Aber er ging in die Küche und zog sich aus. Dann wuschen ihn die Lakaien gut in einer Badewanne mit heißem Wasser.

Zwei Stunden später war Smiths schmutziger Körper vollständig sauber. Die Lakaien verbrannten seine alten Kleider und legten ein weißes Tuch um ihn.

"Nun geh zurück in dein Zimmer", sagten sie," und warte auf deine neuen Sachen.“

Smith ging glücklich die Stufen hinauf und in sein Zimmer. Er schaute - und begann zu schreien. Das Bett war leer. Das Bettzeug und das Dokument waren nicht da!
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Miss Mansfield was twenty-one years old.
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She was good and kind— but she could also be angry.
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Of course, her blind father never saw her angry looks.
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"Oh, Father!"
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she cried.
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"I've been afraid.
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I thought—" She saw Smith then and raised her handkerchief to her nose.
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A footman came out of the house and helped Mr Mansfield.
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"Daughter," the blind man said, "here's Smith.
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He is, perhaps, the kindest child in London."
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Miss Mansfield and the footman looked at Smith.
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They thought that he was the dirtiest young criminal in the city.
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Miss Mansfield's face said, very clearly: "My father is old and blind, Smith.
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He can't see you, but I can!"
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She was certainly not pleased, but her voice said: "I'm glad to meet you, Smith."
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"Smith and I will have a meal together," Mr Mansfield said.
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"And I've offered him a bed for the night."
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Only Smith and the footman saw Miss Mansfield's angry look.
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"Of course, sir !"
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her kind voice said.
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"We're glad to help a good friend."
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Smith and the magistrate ate in a beautiful room, in front of a warm fire.
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Miss Mansfield came and went many times.
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She talked happily to them.
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But her angry face said to Smith: "You'll try to rob us, won't you?
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I'm watching you, Smith!"
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Mr Mansfield and Smith talked for a long time.
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They talked of London, the Red Lion Tavern and Newgate Gaol.
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Then Smith said, "An old gentleman died in Curtis Court yesterday.
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Did you hear of it?"
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"Yes.
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I knew him.
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He was a rich man, Smith."
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"Very sad!"
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Smith said.
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"I was sorry for him " "Did you see him, then?"
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"No, no!"
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Smith said quickly.
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"I didn't see him.
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A friend told me."
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He could not explain the facts to a magistrate!
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"He was Mr Field, from Prickler's Hill in Hertfordshire.
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A good but sad old gentleman.
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I want to find the killer, Smith!"
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"Oh yes, Mr Mansfield!
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He ought to hang.
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Why did it happen?"
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"I don't know, Smith.
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But it's a bad thing..." Smith was glad that Mr Field was rich.
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The value of the document began to grow in his thoughts.
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Miss Mansfield appeared.
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"It's very late, Father," she said.
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"Your young friend is tired.
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His bed is ready, and he ought to be in it now."
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At the same time, her eyes said to Smith: "And we'll have to burn the dirty bed-clothes tomorrow!"
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Smith's room was at the top of the house.
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It had a bed, a chair and a table.
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At the Red Lion Tavern, Smith always slept on the floor.
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But he liked this bed.
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He touched it.
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He sat on it.
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He lay on it.
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He lay in it.
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Two minutes later, he was asleep.
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Miss Mansfield came to the room in the morning.
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She was carrying a stick, and Smith was suddenly afraid.
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But her father followed her up the stairs.
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"Father!"
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she cried.
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"You mustn't come up here without help.
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You could easily fall."
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Mr Mansfield laughed.
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"Good morning, Smith.
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Did you sleep well?
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My daughter has cooked a nice breakfast for you.
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She's a wonderful girl!
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Come, Smith.
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Give me your hand."
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"Good morning, Mr Mansfield," Smith said.
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He was still afraid of the wild look in the young woman's face.
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And he didn't want to walk past her and the stick.
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"Where's your hand, Smith?"
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Mr Mansfield said again.
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Miss Mansfield was almost crying.
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She held up the stick and pointed to it.
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"Don't tell him!"
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her eves said to Smith.
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"Don't tell him!
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But go to him and take his hand!"
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Smith thought that she was afraid, too.
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And perhaps she was unhappy.
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He went to her father.
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"Here's my hand, Mr Mansfield," he said.
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At breakfast, Mr Mansfield said: "Do you want to go back to the Red Lion, Smith?"
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Smith didn't answer.
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Miss Mansfield was trying to be angry.
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She turned to her father but didn't speak her thoughts.
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Then she said to Smith: "Mr Mansfield wants to help you.
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He's a very kind man.
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Do you want to stay here and work for us?"
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"Daughter!"
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the blind man said.
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"It is your own idea!"
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"Never!"
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she cried.
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"Never!
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But you wish it, sir."
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"I wish it?"
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Mr Mansfield said.
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"Yes, sir.
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Your thoughts are quite clear to me.
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And so Miss Mansfield blamed her father, and he blamed her.
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Why?
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Because they were kind people, with warm hearts, but they did not want to show that.
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Smith thought: "I'll never be happy in this strange family."
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The young lady said, "So you're going to stay, Smith.
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You can help to look after the horses... and I—I'll help you, too.
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I'll try to teach you a few things—important things.
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Because you have a lot to learn.
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And first, I'll teach you to—to read."
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Smith's mouth opened wide.
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What did she say?
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Teach me to read?
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To read!
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Smith was very pleased, and his face showed it.
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Miss Mansfield noticed it, but she didn't know the reason.
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"He likes the idea, Father," she said quietly.
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"Perhaps because he likes horses."
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"We must send a note to your sisters, Smith," Mr Mansfield said.
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Smith didn't want them to do that.
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He was still afraid of the two men with brown suits.
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"No," he said.
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"I'll tell my sisters."
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Smith went to his room and opened Mr Field's document.
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He threw it in the air and caught it again.
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"I'll soon be able to read you!"
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he said to the paper.
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"And then we'll be rich!"
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There were sounds on the stairs.
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Smith quickly put the handkerchief round the document.
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He pushed it under the bedclothes.
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The door opened, and two footmen came into the room.
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"Miss Mansfield's orders, Smith.
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We must wash you.
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The water is ready in the kitchen."
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Smith never washed.
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Soap and water never touched his body.
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And so Miss Mansfield's orders didn't please him.
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But he went to the kitchen and undressed.
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Then the footmen washed him well in a bath of hot water.
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Two hours later, Smith's dirty body was completely clean.
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The footmen burned his old clothes and put a white cloth round him.
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"Now go back to your room," they said, "and wait for your new things."
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Smith went happily up the stairs and into his room.
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He looked—and began to cry.
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The bed was empty.
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The bed-clothes and the document were not there!
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Miss Mansfield was twenty-one years old. She was good and kind— but she could also be angry. Of course, her blind father never saw her angry looks.

"Oh, Father!" she cried. "I've been afraid. I thought—"

She saw Smith then and raised her handkerchief to her nose. A footman came out of the house and helped Mr Mansfield.

"Daughter," the blind man said, "here's Smith. He is, perhaps, the kindest child in London."

Miss Mansfield and the footman looked at Smith. They thought that he was the dirtiest young criminal in the city. Miss Mansfield's face said, very clearly: "My father is old and blind, Smith. He can't see you, but I can!" She was certainly not pleased, but her voice said: "I'm glad to meet you, Smith."

"Smith and I will have a meal together," Mr Mansfield said. "And I've offered him a bed for the night."

Only Smith and the footman saw Miss Mansfield's angry look. "Of course, sir !" her kind voice said. "We're glad to help a good friend."

Smith and the magistrate ate in a beautiful room, in front of a warm fire. Miss Mansfield came and went many times. She talked happily to them. But her angry face said to Smith: "You'll try to rob us, won't you? I'm watching you, Smith!"

Mr Mansfield and Smith talked for a long time. They talked of London, the Red Lion Tavern and Newgate Gaol.

Then Smith said, "An old gentleman died in Curtis Court yesterday. Did you hear of it?"

"Yes. I knew him. He was a rich man, Smith."

"Very sad!" Smith said. "I was sorry for him "

"Did you see him, then?"

"No, no!" Smith said quickly. "I didn't see him. A friend told me." He could not explain the facts to a magistrate!

"He was Mr Field, from Prickler's Hill in Hertfordshire. A good but sad old gentleman. I want to find the killer, Smith!"

"Oh yes, Mr Mansfield! He ought to hang. Why did it happen?"

"I don't know, Smith. But it's a bad thing..."

Smith was glad that Mr Field was rich. The value of the document began to grow in his thoughts.

Miss Mansfield appeared. "It's very late, Father," she said. "Your young friend is tired. His bed is ready, and he ought to be in it now." At the same time, her eyes said to Smith: "And we'll have to burn the dirty bed-clothes tomorrow!"

Smith's room was at the top of the house. It had a bed, a chair and a table. At the Red Lion Tavern, Smith always slept on the floor. But he liked this bed. He touched it. He sat on it. He lay on it. He lay in it. Two minutes later, he was asleep.

Miss Mansfield came to the room in the morning. She was carrying a stick, and Smith was suddenly afraid. But her father followed her up the stairs.

"Father!" she cried. "You mustn't come up here without help. You could easily fall."

Mr Mansfield laughed. "Good morning, Smith. Did you sleep well? My daughter has cooked a nice breakfast for you. She's a wonderful girl! Come, Smith. Give me your hand."

"Good morning, Mr Mansfield," Smith said. He was still afraid of the wild look in the young woman's face. And he didn't want to walk past her and the stick.

"Where's your hand, Smith?" Mr Mansfield said again.

Miss Mansfield was almost crying. She held up the stick and pointed to it. "Don't tell him!" her eves said to Smith. "Don't tell him! But go to him and take his hand!"

Smith thought that she was afraid, too. And perhaps she was unhappy. He went to her father. "Here's my hand, Mr Mansfield," he said.

At breakfast, Mr Mansfield said: "Do you want to go back to the Red Lion, Smith?"

Smith didn't answer. Miss Mansfield was trying to be angry. She turned to her father but didn't speak her thoughts.

Then she said to Smith: "Mr Mansfield wants to help you. He's a very kind man. Do you want to stay here and work for us?"

"Daughter!" the blind man said. "It is your own idea!"

"Never!" she cried. "Never! But you wish it, sir."

"I wish it?" Mr Mansfield said.

"Yes, sir. Your thoughts are quite clear to me.

And so Miss Mansfield blamed her father, and he blamed her. Why? Because they were kind people, with warm hearts, but they did not want to show that.

Smith thought: "I'll never be happy in this strange family."

The young lady said, "So you're going to stay, Smith. You can help to look after the horses... and I—I'll help you, too. I'll try to teach you a few things—important things. Because you have a lot to learn. And first, I'll teach you to—to read."

Smith's mouth opened wide. What did she say? Teach me to read? To read! Smith was very pleased, and his face showed it. Miss Mansfield noticed it, but she didn't know the reason.

"He likes the idea, Father," she said quietly. "Perhaps because he likes horses."

"We must send a note to your sisters, Smith," Mr Mansfield said.

Smith didn't want them to do that. He was still afraid of the two men with brown suits. "No," he said. "I'll tell my sisters."

Smith went to his room and opened Mr Field's document. He threw it in the air and caught it again. "I'll soon be able to read you!" he said to the paper. "And then we'll be rich!"

There were sounds on the stairs. Smith quickly put the handkerchief round the document. He pushed it under the bedclothes. The door opened, and two footmen came into the room.

"Miss Mansfield's orders, Smith. We must wash you. The water is ready in the kitchen."

Smith never washed. Soap and water never touched his body. And so Miss Mansfield's orders didn't please him. But he went to the kitchen and undressed. Then the footmen washed him well in a bath of hot water.

Two hours later, Smith's dirty body was completely clean. The footmen burned his old clothes and put a white cloth round him.

"Now go back to your room," they said, "and wait for your new things."

Smith went happily up the stairs and into his room. He looked—and began to cry. The bed was empty. The bed-clothes and the document were not there!