en-de  Smith - Chapter 7 Easy
"Was ist los, Smith? Bist du krank?" fragte Miss Mansfield.

"Nein, Miss."

Smith saß auf dem Bett und sein Gesicht sah sehr bekümmert aus. Sein neuer blauer Anzug war noch immer auf dem Stuhl. Miss Mansfield brachte ihm ein heißes Getränk, aber Smith wollte es nicht. Er wollte keinerlei Speise oder Getränk. Er saß lange auf seinem Bett.

"Ich glaube, dass er stirbt, Miss", sagte der Koch leise. "Und ich gebe Wasser und Seife die Schuld." Es bringt normalerweise diese armen Kinder der Stadt um."

Miss Mansfield rief einen Lakaien. "Bring einen Arzt her", sagte sie. "Aber sag es nicht meinem Vater. Er muss nicht wissen, dass Smith krank ist."

Der Arzt kam während Mr Mansfield sich ausruhte. Er tastete Smiths Kopf und Körper ab. Er schaute sich seine Augen und Zunge an.

"Er ist nicht krank," sagte der Arzt. "Aber gesund ist er auch nicht. Es tut mir leid -- aber ich weiß nicht was mit ihm los ist."

Mehrmals fragte Mr Mansfield: "Wo ist Smith?" Und seine Tochter antwortete: "Er ist müde Sir, und wir sollten ihn nicht wecken."

Abends kam Mr Billing zum Haus. Mr Billing war ein junger Richter und ein Freund von Mr Mansfield. Er liebte Mrs Mansfield auch sehr, aber sie lachte nur über ihn. Diese Nacht wollte sie keine Zeit mit dem jungen Richter verschwenden. Ihre Augen sagte ihm: "Geh! Bitte geh! Hier ist ein kranker Junge im Haus und ich muss mich um ihn kümmern!" Aber Mr Billing liebte alle Blicke in ihren Augen, auch die zornigen. Er blieb und redete. Und Miss Mansfield musste ihm Getränke bringen.

Meg arbeitete in der Küche im Haus von Mr Mansfield. Sie war eine liebe Frau und wollte Smith helfen. Sie dachte: " Er hat früher bei der Red Lion Tavern gewohnt, also braucht er vielleicht etwas Bier." Um halb zwölf ging sie leise in Smiths Zimmer.

"Hallo", sagte sie. " Ich habe dir ein Bierchen gebracht."

Smith schaute sie sehr traurig an.

" Du wirst hier glücklich sein", fuhr sie fort. "Mr. Mansfield und seine Tochter sind die freundlichsten Menschen in London. Aber du warst sehr schmutzig, und so mussten Lakaien dich waschen. Die Bettwäsche war ganz schwarz.." "Die Bettwäsche?" fragte Smith. "Hast du sie gesehen?"

"Natürlich. Das Fräulein sagte: 'Verbrennt sie.' Aber sie waren zum Verbrennen zu schade und so wusch ich sie."

"Hast du ein- ein Taschentuch gesehen?" Smith trank etwas Bier.

"Da war ein altes, schmutziges Taschentuch... und ich verbrannte es. Aber ich behielt Mr. Mansfields Dokument.

Smith machte große Augen. "Welches - Dokument?" sagte er.

"Es war ein Anwaltsdokument, zwischen der Bettwäsche. Mr Mansfield lässt seine Papiere und Sachen an merkwürdigen Stellen liegen."

Smith konnte nicht still sitzen. "Haben Sie es gelesen?"

"Ich habe die Adresse gelesen", sagte Meg. "Es war für Mr. Lennard, den Rechtsanwalt. "Billing and Lennard, Curtis Court." Natürlich kennen wir Mr. Billing. Er ist jetzt hier."

„Haben...haben Sie es ihm gegeben?“ fragte Smith.

"An Mr. Billing? Nein, natürlich nicht. Ich habe es auf Mr. Mansfields Schreibtisch gelegt. Aber es hatte einen schlechten Geruch, und ich legte es auf die Unterseite seiner Dokumente."

Meg nahm das leere Glas von Smith und sagte: "Guter Junge! Dir geht es nun besser, nicht wahr? Du möchtest nun noch etwas Bier!" Dann ging sie in die Küche zurück.

Schließlich ging Mr. Billing. Es war ein Uhr morgens und Miss Mansfield war sehr ärgerlich. Sie half ihrem Vater ins Bett zu gehen. Und dann ging sie schnell zu Smiths Zimmer.

Sie öffnete die Tür. Sie sah hinein. Die Lampe fiel ihr beinahe aus der Hand. Das Zimmer war leer! Der Junge war nicht dort! Eine große Furcht ergriff ihr Herz. "Der Koch hatte Recht", dachte sie. "Er ist fortgegangen. Er will friedlich auf der Straße sterben!"

Miss Mansfield ging traurig die Treppe hinunter. Plötzlich hörte sie aus dem Büro ihres Vaters Geräusche. Sie hielt die Lampe hoch und öffnete die Tür.

"Smith!"

Die Dokumente des Richters bedeckten den Boden und Smith saß darunter. Miss Mansfield wurde wieder sehr zornig.

"Smith!" sagte sie. "Ich wusste es! Du bist ein Krimineller! Du raubst einen blinden Mann aus! Und er sagte, du wärst freundlich!"

Smith hatte Angst und schaute unglücklich zu ihr hin. Sie stand direkt vor der Tür, also konnte er nicht weglaufen. Er dachte: "Wenn ich Glück habe, werden sie mich einfach wegschicken. Aber vielleicht werde ich in Newgate Gaol aufgehängt! Ich habe das Dokument verloren. Das ist sicher."

" Ich bestehle ihn nicht, Miss", begann er. "Es ist nicht wahr. . ." "Mr Mansfield wird sehr unglücklich sein, wenn ich es ihm erzähle. Er mag dich Smith und will dir helfen. Er ist gütiger als seine Tochter.

Pack diese Dokumente nie mehr an! Hörst du? Du willst nicht nach Newgate gehen, ja? Also denk daran: Pack seine Sachen nicht wieder an. Nun geh' ins Bett zurück und weine nicht! Ich gebe dir eine Chance."
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"What's the matter, Smith?
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Are you ill?"
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Miss Mansfield asked.
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"No, Miss."
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Smith was sitting on his bed, and his face had a very sad look.
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His new blue suit was still on the chair.
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Miss Mansfield brought him a hot drink, but Smith didn't want it.
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He didn't want any food or drink.
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He sat on his bed for a long time.
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"I think that he's dying, Miss," the cook said quietly.
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"And I blame the soap and water.
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It usually kills these poor children of the town."
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Miss Mansfield called a footman.
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"Bring a doctor," she said.
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"But don't tell my father.
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He needn't know that Smith is sick."
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The doctor came while Mr Mansfield was resting.
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He felt Smith's head and body.
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He looked at his eyes and his tongue.
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"He isn't ill," the doctor said.
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"But he isn't well.
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I'm sorry—but I don't know the trouble."
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Many times Mr Mansfield asked: "Where is Smith?"
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And his daughter answered: "He's tired, sir, and we needn't wake him."
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In the evening, Mr Billing came to the house.
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Mr Billing was a young lawyer and a friend of Mr Mansfield.
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He also loved Miss Mansfield very much, but she used to laugh at him.
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That night, she didn't want to waste any time with the young lawyer.
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Her eyes said to him: "Go!
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Please go!
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There's a sick boy in the house, and I must look after him!"
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But Mr Billing loved every look in her eyes, the angry looks too.
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He stayed and talked.
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And Miss Mansfield had to bring drinks for him.
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Meg worked in the kitchen of Mr Mansfield's house.
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She was a kind woman and wanted to help Smith.
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She thought: "He used to live at the Red Lion Tavern, and so perhaps he needs some beer."
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At half past eleven she went quietly to Smith's room.
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"Hullo," she said.
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"I've brought you a glass of beer."
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Smith looked at her very sadly.
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"You'll be happy here; she continued.
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"Mr Mansfield and his daughter are the kindest people in London.
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But you were very dirty, and so the footmen had to wash you.
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The bed-clothes were quite black..." "The bed-clothes?"
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Smith said.
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"Did you see them?"
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"Of course.
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Miss said, 'Burn them.'
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But they were too good to burn, and so I washed them."
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"Did you see a—a handkerchief?"
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Smith drank some beer.
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"There was an old, dirty handkerchief... and I burned it.
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But I kept Mr Mansfield's document.
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Smith's eyes opened wide.
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"What—document?"
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he said.
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"It was a lawyer's paper, among the bed-clothes.
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Mr Mansfield drops his letters and things in strange places."
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Smith couldn't sit still.
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"Did you read it?"
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"I read the address," Meg said.
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"It was to Mr Lennard, the lawyer.
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'Billing and Lennard, Curtis Court.'
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We know Mr Billing, of course.
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He's here now."
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"Did—did you give it to him?"
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Smith asked.
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"To Mr Billing?
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No, of course not.
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I put it on Mr Mansfield's desk.
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But it had a bad smell, and I put it at the bottom of his documents."
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Meg took the empty glass from Smith and said: "Good boy!
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You're better now, aren't you?
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You just wanted some beer!"
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Then she went back to the kitchen.
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At last Mr Billing left.
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It was one o'clock in the morning, and Miss Mansfield was very angry.
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She helped her father to go to bed.
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And then she went quickly to Smith's room.
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She opened the door.
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She looked inside.
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The lamp almost dropped from her hand.
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The room was empty!
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The boy wasn't there!
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A great fear filled her heart.
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"The cook was right," she thought.
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"He has gone away.
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He wants to die quietly in the street!"
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Miss Mansfield went down the stairs sadly.
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Suddenly she heard sounds from her father's office.
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She held up the lamp and opened the door.
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"Smith!"
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The magistrate's documents covered the floor, and Smith was sitting among them.
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Miss Mansfield was very angry again.
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"Smith!"
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she said.
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"I knew it!
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You're a criminal!
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You're robbing a blind man!
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And he said that you were kind!"
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Smith was afraid and looked at her unhappily.
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She was standing in front of the door, and so he couldn't run away.
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He thought: "If I'm lucky, they'll just send me away.
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But perhaps I'll hang in Newgate Gaol!
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I've lost the document.
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That's certain."
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"I'm not robbing him, Miss," he began.
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"It isn't true... "Mr Mansfield will be very unhappy if I tell him.
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He likes you, Smith, and wants to help you.
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He is kinder than his daughter!
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Never touch his documents again!
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Do you hear?
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You don't want to go to Newgate, do you?
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So remember: don't touch his things again.
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Now go back to bed, and don't cry!
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I'm giving you a chance."
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"What's the matter, Smith? Are you ill?" Miss Mansfield asked.

"No, Miss."

Smith was sitting on his bed, and his face had a very sad look. His new blue suit was still on the chair. Miss Mansfield brought him a hot drink, but Smith didn't want it. He didn't want any food or drink. He sat on his bed for a long time.

"I think that he's dying, Miss," the cook said quietly. "And I blame the soap and water. It usually kills these poor children of the town."

Miss Mansfield called a footman. "Bring a doctor," she said. "But don't tell my father. He needn't know that Smith is sick."

The doctor came while Mr Mansfield was resting. He felt Smith's head and body. He looked at his eyes and his tongue.

"He isn't ill," the doctor said. "But he isn't well. I'm sorry—but I don't know the trouble."

Many times Mr Mansfield asked: "Where is Smith?" And his daughter answered: "He's tired, sir, and we needn't wake him."

In the evening, Mr Billing came to the house. Mr Billing was a young lawyer and a friend of Mr Mansfield. He also loved Miss Mansfield very much, but she used to laugh at him. That night, she didn't want to waste any time with the young lawyer. Her eyes said to him: "Go! Please go! There's a sick boy in the house, and I must look after him!" But Mr Billing loved every look in her eyes, the angry looks too. He stayed and talked. And Miss Mansfield had to bring drinks for him.

Meg worked in the kitchen of Mr Mansfield's house. She was a kind woman and wanted to help Smith. She thought: "He used to live at the Red Lion Tavern, and so perhaps he needs some beer." At half past eleven she went quietly to Smith's room.

"Hullo," she said. "I've brought you a glass of beer."

Smith looked at her very sadly.

"You'll be happy here; she continued. "Mr Mansfield and his daughter are the kindest people in London. But you were very dirty, and so the footmen had to wash you. The bed-clothes were quite black..."

"The bed-clothes?" Smith said. "Did you see them?"

"Of course. Miss said, 'Burn them.' But they were too good to burn, and so I washed them."

"Did you see a—a handkerchief?" Smith drank some beer.

"There was an old, dirty handkerchief... and I burned it. But I kept Mr Mansfield's document.

Smith's eyes opened wide. "What—document?" he said.

"It was a lawyer's paper, among the bed-clothes. Mr Mansfield drops his letters and things in strange places."

Smith couldn't sit still. "Did you read it?"

"I read the address," Meg said. "It was to Mr Lennard, the lawyer. 'Billing and Lennard, Curtis Court.' We know Mr Billing, of course. He's here now."

"Did—did you give it to him?" Smith asked.

"To Mr Billing? No, of course not. I put it on Mr Mansfield's desk. But it had a bad smell, and I put it at the bottom of his documents."

Meg took the empty glass from Smith and said: "Good boy! You're better now, aren't you? You just wanted some beer!" Then she went back to the kitchen.

At last Mr Billing left. It was one o'clock in the morning, and Miss Mansfield was very angry. She helped her father to go to bed. And then she went quickly to Smith's room.

She opened the door. She looked inside. The lamp almost dropped from her hand. The room was empty! The boy wasn't there! A great fear filled her heart. "The cook was right," she thought. "He has gone away. He wants to die quietly in the street!"

Miss Mansfield went down the stairs sadly. Suddenly she heard sounds from her father's office. She held up the lamp and opened the door.

"Smith!"

The magistrate's documents covered the floor, and Smith was sitting among them. Miss Mansfield was very angry again.

"Smith!" she said. "I knew it! You're a criminal! You're robbing a blind man! And he said that you were kind!"

Smith was afraid and looked at her unhappily. She was standing in front of the door, and so he couldn't run away. He thought: "If I'm lucky, they'll just send me away. But perhaps I'll hang in Newgate Gaol! I've lost the document. That's certain."

"I'm not robbing him, Miss," he began. "It isn't true...

"Mr Mansfield will be very unhappy if I tell him. He likes you, Smith, and wants to help you. He is kinder than his daughter!

Never touch his documents again! Do you hear? You don't want to go to Newgate, do you? So remember: don't touch his things again. Now go back to bed, and don't cry! I'm giving you a chance."