en-de  Smith - Chapter 3 Easy
Smith hatte eine wunderbare Idee. Er wollte das Schriftstück selber lesen und deshalb musste er lernen. Er hoffte, im Gefängnis von Newgate zu lernen. Im Gefängnis waren unterschiedliche Kriminelle.

Dort waren Mörder, Straßenräuber und natürlich Taschendiebe und dort gab es auch Schuldner. Die Schuldner waren keine wirklichen Kriminellen aber sie schuldeten Leuten Geld. Wenn ein Mensch heute Geld schuldet, wird er nicht ins Gefängnis kommen. Aber zu der Zeit waren viele Schuldner in Newgate. Smith pflegte für sie Nachrichten zu transportieren.

Smith wusste, dass die Schuldner lesen konnten. "Vielleicht bringen sie es mir bei", dachte er.

Zuerst fragte er nach Mr. Jones, dem Henker, und Mr.Jones gab im drei Schillinge für die Arbeit seiner Schwestern. Dann ging er zum Schuldnerraum und bat um Unterricht.

"Ich werde dich sicher nicht unterrichten", sagte ein hochgewachsener Mann. "Du wirst niemals zufrieden sein, wenn du lesen kannst. Hör zu, Smith. Briefe und Schriftstücke bringen einem nur Ärger. Also versuche bitte niemals, zu lesen!"

Der nächste Mann sagte fast dasselbe. "Du brauchst nicht lesen, Smith. Es tut mir sehr leid, dass ich es kann!" Und er deutete auf die Ketten um seine Beine. "Warum trage ich diese Ketten? Weil ich lesen kann! Ich hielt in einer Straße an und las ein Schild. Sie schnappten mich und nun bin ich im Knast."

Dann fragte Smith Mr Palmer. Er war auch ein Schuldner und schuldete viel Geld. Aber er war wütend auf Smith.

"Ja, ich werde es dir beibringen," sagte Mr Palmer. "Komm her. Das wird deine erste Lektion sein."

Er zog fest an Smiths Nase und der Junge schrie auf. Mr Palmers Beine waren auch angekettert, aber Smiths waren frei. Er kämpfte gegen den Mann mit seinen Füßen. Und Mr Palmer war froh, ihn loszulassen.

Smith rannte aus dem Zimmer der Schuldner und verließ das Gefängnis. Er gab sich selbst ein Verspechen. "Wenn ich frei bleibe, werde ich nie wieder dorthin gehen," sagte er

Aber er wollte immer noch lesen können. "Ich werde lesen," dachte er. Er steckte seine Hand in seinen Mantel und berührte das Dokument. "Du und ich werden reich," sagte er. "Du wirst mir Geld bringen!"

Smith wußte, dass viele Leute in London lesen konnten. Er sah einen alten Herrn und überquerte die Straße zu ihm.

"Ich möchte lesen lernen, Sir," sagte er. "Würden Sie es mir bitte beibringen?"

In diesem Moment trug der Wind den Hut des alten Herrn weg, und Smith begann zu lachen. Der Herr hob seinen Stock - und Smith rannte!

Er fragte drei oder vier Männer, aber die Antwort war immer "Nein!" Kein Mensch wollte es ihm beibringen. Sie waren zu beschäftigt, um einem armen, schmutzigen Jungen zu helfen, und vielleicht mochten sie seinen Geruch nicht.

Später ging Smith am Ende der Godliman Straße vorbei. Ein Mann kam von der Straße und blieb stehen. Er sah Smith aufmerksam an, aber Smith bemerkte ihn nicht.

Smith kam zu einer Straße voller Buchhandlungen. "Das ist der richtige Platz für mich," dachte er. "Ich werde hier fragen."

Eine Buchhandlung kannte er ganz gut, und den Ladenbesitzer kannte er auch. Hohe Buchwände füllten den Laden.

"Fass die Bücher nicht an, Smith!" rief der Ladenbesitzer.
"Ich kann noch nicht lesen," antwortete Smith. "Aber ich will lernen. Würden Sie es mir bitte beibringen?"

"Weg mit dir!" sagte der Mann.

"Warum wollen Sie es mir nicht beibringen?"

"Weil du ein dreckiger, kleiner Taschendieb bist! Verschwinde jetzt."

Der Ladenbesitzer hob seine Hand und Smith sprang plötzlich zurück. Es war ein unglücklicher Zufall. Tausend Bücher fielen zu Boden und bedeckten den Ladenbesitzer. Smith rannte wie der Wind.

Leute kamen in den Laden und halfen dem Ladenbesitzer. Er erklärte das Problem. "Es war Smith! rief er. "Smith hat es getan. Er stieß die Bücher über mich". Ein Mann stellte eine Frage. Es war der Mann von der Ecke der Godlimanstraße. "Und wo wohnt Smith?" fragte er.

"In der Wirtschaft zum Roten Löwen", sagte der Ladenbesitzer.
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Smith had a great idea.
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He wanted to read the document himself, and so he had to learn.
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He hoped to learn in Neweate Gaol.
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There were different kinds of criminal in the gaol.
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There were killers and highwaymen and pickpockets, of course, and there were also debtors.
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The debtors weren't real criminals, but they owed money to people.
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If a man owes money today, he won't go to gaol.
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But at that time there were many debtors in Newgate.
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Smith used to carry notes for them.
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Smith new that the debtors could read.
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"Perhaps they will teach me," he thought.
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Then he went to the debtors' room and asked for lessons.
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"I certainly won't teach you," a tall man said.
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"You'll never be happy if you can read.
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Listen, Smith.
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Letters and papers only bring trouble to a man.
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So, please never try to read!"
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The next man said almost the same thing.
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"You don't need to read, Smith.
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I'm very sorry that I can!"
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And he pointed to the chains round his legs.
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"Why am I wearing these chains?
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Because I can read!
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I stopped in the street and read a sign.
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They caught me, and now I'm in gaol."
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Then Smith asked Mr Palmer.
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He was a debtor, too, and owed a lot of money.
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But he was angry with Smith.
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"Yes, I'll teach you," Mr Palmer said.
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"Come here.
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This will be your first lesson."
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He pulled Smith's nose hard, and the boy cried out.
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Mr Palmer's legs were also in chains, but Smith's were free.
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He fought against the man with his feet.
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And Mr Palmer was glad to free him.
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Smith ran out of the debtors' room and left the gaol.
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He made a promise to himself.
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"If I stay free, I'll never go there again," he said.
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But he still wanted to read.
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"I will read," he thought.
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He put his hand inside his coat and touched the document.
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"You and I are going to be rich," he said.
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"You are going to bring me money!"
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Smith knew that many people in London could read.
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He saw an old gentleman and crossed the street to him.
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"I want to read, sir," he said.
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"Will you teach me, please?"
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Just then the wind carried off the old gentleman's hat, and Smith began to laugh.
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The gentleman raised his stick—and Smith ran!
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He asked three or four men, but the answer was always "No!"
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People didn't want to teach him.
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They were too busy to help a poor, dirty boy, and perhaps they didn't like his smell.
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Later, Smith walked past the end of Godliman Street.
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A man came out of the street and stopped.
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He looked closely at Smith, but Smith didn't notice him.
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Smith came to a street of bookshops.
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"This is the right place for me," he thought.
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"I'll ask here."
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He knew one bookshop quite well, and he knew the shopkeeper, too.
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High walls of books filled the place.
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"Don't touch those books, Smith!"
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the shopkeeper cried.
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"I can't read yet," Smith replied.
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"But I want to learn.
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Will you teach me, please?"
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"Go away!"
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the man said.
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"Why won't you teach me?"
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"Because you're a dirty little pickpocket!
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Now go away."
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The shopkeeper raised his hand, and Smith jumped back suddenly.
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It was an unlucky chance.
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A thousand books fell to the floor and covered the shopkeeper.
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Smith ran like the wind.
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People came into the shop and helped the shopkeeper.
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He explained the trouble.
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"It was Smith!
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he cried.
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"Smith did it.
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He pushed the books over me."
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A man asked a question.
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It was the man from the corner of Godliman Street.
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"And where does Smith live?"
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he asked.
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"At the Red Lion Tavern," the shopkeeper said.
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Smith had a great idea. He wanted to read the document himself, and so he had to learn. He hoped to learn in Neweate Gaol. There were different kinds of criminal in the gaol.

There were killers and highwaymen and pickpockets, of course, and there were also debtors. The debtors weren't real criminals, but they owed money to people. If a man owes money today, he won't go to gaol. But at that time there were many debtors in Newgate. Smith used to carry notes for them.

Smith new that the debtors could read. "Perhaps they will teach me," he thought.

First, he asked for Mr Jones, the hangman, and Mr Jones gave him three shillings for his sisters' work. Then he went to the debtors' room and asked for lessons.

"I certainly won't teach you," a tall man said. "You'll never be happy if you can read. Listen, Smith. Letters and papers only bring trouble to a man. So, please never try to read!"

The next man said almost the same thing. "You don't need to read, Smith. I'm very sorry that I can!" And he pointed to the chains round his legs. "Why am I wearing these chains? Because I can read! I stopped in the street and read a sign. They caught me, and now I'm in gaol."

Then Smith asked Mr Palmer. He was a debtor, too, and owed a lot of money. But he was angry with Smith.

"Yes, I'll teach you," Mr Palmer said. "Come here. This will be your first lesson."

He pulled Smith's nose hard, and the boy cried out. Mr Palmer's legs were also in chains, but Smith's were free. He fought against the man with his feet. And Mr Palmer was glad to free him.

Smith ran out of the debtors' room and left the gaol. He made a promise to himself. "If I stay free, I'll never go there again," he said.

But he still wanted to read. "I will read," he thought. He put his hand inside his coat and touched the document. "You and I are going to be rich," he said. "You are going to bring me money!"

Smith knew that many people in London could read. He saw an old gentleman and crossed the street to him.

"I want to read, sir," he said. "Will you teach me, please?"

Just then the wind carried off the old gentleman's hat, and Smith began to laugh. The gentleman raised his stick—and Smith ran!

He asked three or four men, but the answer was always "No!" People didn't want to teach him. They were too busy to help a poor, dirty boy, and perhaps they didn't like his smell.

Later, Smith walked past the end of Godliman Street. A man came out of the street and stopped. He looked closely at Smith, but Smith didn't notice him.

Smith came to a street of bookshops. "This is the right place for me," he thought. "I'll ask here."

He knew one bookshop quite well, and he knew the shopkeeper, too. High walls of books filled the place.

"Don't touch those books, Smith!" the shopkeeper cried.
"I can't read yet," Smith replied. "But I want to learn. Will you teach me, please?"

"Go away!" the man said.

"Why won't you teach me?"

"Because you're a dirty little pickpocket! Now go away."

The shopkeeper raised his hand, and Smith jumped back suddenly. It was an unlucky chance. A thousand books fell to the floor and covered the shopkeeper. Smith ran like the wind.

People came into the shop and helped the shopkeeper. He explained the trouble. "It was Smith! he cried. "Smith did it. He pushed the books over me." A man asked a question. It was the man from the corner of Godliman Street. "And where does Smith live?" he asked.

"At the Red Lion Tavern," the shopkeeper said.