en-de  Smith - Chapter 5 Easy
Der große Mann und der kleine Mann warteten im Schatten neben der Kneipe "Red Lion". Smith sah sie sofort. Und er wusste, dass sie ihm folgten. Es war halb sieben.

Die Männer folgten Smith fünf Minuten lang auf der Saffron Hill. Dann verloren sie ihn. Eine Minute später tauchte er in der Cross Street auf. Sie sahen ihn und verfolgten ihn wieder. Dann folgten sie ihm zehn Minuten lang. Am Cony Platz verloren sie ihn erneut. Sie schauten genau zwischen den dunklen Schatten des Hofes nach, plötzlich zeigte der kleine Mann. „Dort ist er!“ , sagte er. "In der Cross Street!"

Smith rannte die Cross Street entlang, den Portpool Way hinunter und durch Hatton Garden. Die beiden Männer folgten ihm. Sie kamen zur Chart Street; dann zurück zur Safron Hill und wieder zur Holborn Hill- Union Court und zum Hatton Garden. Dann waren sie in der Cross Street- Saffron Hill- Cox's Court...

Es war viertel vor neun und die beiden Männer blieben in Hatton Garden stehen. Sie standen neben einer niedrigen Mauer.

"Ich - ich muss ausruhen - für eine Minute!" sagte der kleine Mann. "Ich bin zu - zu erschöpft, um ihm zu folgen."

"Ja", sagte der große Mann. "Wir werden - zurück - zurück zum - "Red Lion" gehen. Wir werden dort warten..." Smith ruhte sich dort auch aus, gleich hinter der Mauer. Er wartete, während sie weggingen. Er war erschöpft, aber glücklich. "Sie werden mich nicht schnappen", sagte er zu sich. Das Dokument unter seinem Mantel war nass.

Ein Herr ging vorbei. Smith folgte ihm und nahm ein Taschentuch - und ein Pfund - aus der Tasche des Herrn. Er tat das Taschentuch um das Dokument. "Es wird bald trocknen", dachte er. Das Pfund wanderte in Smiths Tasche.

Die Nacht war kalt und die Straßen waren fast leer. Smith stoppte bei einem Gasthaus und kaufte sich ein Getränk. Er dachte an ein warmes Bett, aber die Zimmer des Gasthauses waren belegt. Er ging wieder hinaus auf die Straße.

Smith ging auf der Straße schnell vorwärts. Er dachte an das herrliche Leben eines Straßenräubers. " Finchley Common", dachte er. "Das ist der Ort! Ich werde dort sein, wenn ich ein Mann bin. Damen und Herren in Kutschen! 'Stehenbleiben und Geld her!' Werde ich sagen. 'Madam, Ihre Juwelen, bitte! Sir, Ihr Geld - oder ich werde schießen!' "

Smiths Kopf war voll von wunderbaren Gedanken. Er ging um die Ecke - und lief geradewegs in einen alten Herrn.

"Oh! Oh! Was -? Wer ist da?" rief der alte Mann.

Er fiel und Smith fiel neben ihn. "Helfen Sie mir, Sir!" rief der alte Mann. Er schnappte Smiths Fuß. "Ich bin blind! Helfen Sie mir, mich hochzuziehen.!"

"Oh, was habe ich jetzt schon wieder getan?" sagte Smith. "Ich werde Ihnen helfen, wenn Sie mich loslassen."

Der blinde Mann dachte:"Es ist ein Junge - ein Kind, vielleicht ein Taschendieb. Er wird mich natürlich ausrauben. Oh, wie soll ich den Weg finden?"

"Sind Sie wirklich blind?" fragte Smith. "Können Sie mich sehen? Was mache ich gerade?" Und er riss seinen Mund weit auf.

"Ich weiß es nicht! Ich weiß es nicht! Ich bin blind!"

Smith war immer noch unsicher. Er bot Leuten niemals Hilfe an. Aber ein blinder Mann..."Hier ist meine Hand", sagte er. "Jetzt stehen Sie auf! Und hier ist Ihr Hut."

Der Herr war groß und auch dick. Smith war sehr klein neben ihm.

" Sie sind ein großer Mann, nicht wahr?" , sagte Smith. "Aber wenn Sie blind sind, werden Sie es nicht wissen!"

"Vielen Dank, Junge. Jetzt finde bitte meinen Stock. Wenn du mir den Weg zeigst, werde ich dir ein Pfund geben."

Smith brauchte einen Freund und vielleicht konnte dieser alte Mann ihm helfen. Er gab ihm seinen Stock und nahm wieder seine Hand. "Mein Name ist Smith", sagte er. "Zwölf Jahre alt und arm. Stecke immer in Schwierigkeiten. Sehr klein, aber kräftig. Ich lebte in der Red Lion Taverne in der Nähe von Saffron Hill. Smith", der alte Mann hielt Smiths Hand. "Und mein Name ist Mansfield," sagte er. "Seit zwölf Jahren blind, reich - aber was kann ich mit Geld anfangen? Ich lebe bei meiner Tochter. Nummer sieben, Vine Street. Mansfield. Ich bin Richter!“

Ein seltsames Geräusch kam aus Smiths Mund. "Ich helfe gerade einem Richter!" rief er. "Oh, was wird als nächstes passieren?

" Es gibt am Ende dieser Straße eine Kirche, Smith. Kennst du sie?"

" Ich kenne hier herum jede Kirche, Mr. Mansfield", sagte Smith.

"Zeig mir den Weg dorthin, bitte, und hier ist ein Pfund."

Smith nahm das Pfund. "Ich werde mit Ihnen kommen, Mr. Mansfield", sagte er. "Ich gehe auch der Vine Street entlang." " Ich freue mich, es zu hören, Smith.

So gingen sie vorwärts, und der Richter hielt Smiths dünne Hand. Nach einigen Minuten fragte Smith: "Warum sind Sie blind? Waren Sie krank?"

"Nein. Es war ein Brand. Ein Haus ist niedergebrannt. Ich habe mein Augenlicht verloren. Ich habe auch meine Frau verloren. Sie ist im Feuer umgekommen."

"Wie ist es, ohne Augen?" fragte Smith.

"Es ist dunkel, Smith. Sehr dunkel. Jetzt müssen wir in der Nähe der Kirche sein. Wir müssen die Straße überqueren und dann nach rechts gehen."

Bald waren sie in der Vine Straße, vor Mr Mansfields Haus.

Der Richter sagte, "Willst du mit mir eine späte Mahlzeit einnehmen, Smith?"

"Ja, bitte, Mr Mansfield."

"Darf ich Dir ein Bett für die Nacht anbieten?"

"Ja, bitte, Mr Mansfield."

"Hast du Familie, Smith?"

"Zwei Schwestern."

"Werden sie besorgt sein, wenn Du nicht nach Hause kommst?"

"Nein." "Also kannst du hier schlafen. Es freut mich, dir zu helfen, Smith."

"Danke, Mr Magistrat Mansfield," Smith dachte, dass das Leben ganz merkwürdig sei. Ein Magistrat würde ihm - Smith - helfen. Aber er brauchte Hilfe nur in einer Sache: er wollte lesen lernen. Ein blinder Mann konnte ihm diese Hilfe nicht geben.
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The tall man and the short man were waiting in the shadows beside the Red Lion Tavern.
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Smith saw them at once.
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And he knew that they began to follow him.
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It was half past six.
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The men followed Smith for five minutes along Saffron Hill.
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Then they lost him.
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A minute later he appeared in Cross Street.
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They saw him and went after him again.
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They followed him then for ten minutes.
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At Cony Court they lost him again.
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They looked closely among the dark shadows of the court, Suddenly the short man pointed.
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"There he is!"
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he said.
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"In Cross Street!"
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Smith ran along Cross Street, down Portpool Way and through Hatton Garden.
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The two men followed.
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Then they were in Cross Street—Saffron Hill—Cox's Court...
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It was a quarter to nine, and the two men stopped in Hatton Garden.
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They stood beside a low wail.
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"I—I must rest—for a minute!"
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the short man said.
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"I'm too— too tired to follow him."
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"Yes," the tall man said.
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"We'll—go—go back—to the Red Lion.
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We'll wait there..." Smith was resting there, too, just behind the wall.
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He waited while they were walking away.
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He was tired but happy.
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"They won't catch me," he said to himself.
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The document was wet under his coat.
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A gentleman walked past.
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Smith followed and took a handkerchief—and a pound—from the gentleman's pocket.
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He put the handkerchief round the document.
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"It will soon dry," he thought.
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The pound went into Smith's pocket.
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The night was cold, and the streets were almost empty.
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Smith stopped at a tavern and bought a drink.
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He thought of a warm bed, but the rooms of the tavern were full.
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He went out to the street again.
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Smith walked quickly along the street.
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He was thinking of the wonderful life of a highwayman.
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"Finchley Common," he thought.
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"That's the place!
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I'll be there when I'm a man.
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Ladies and gentlemen in carriages!
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'Stand and deliver!'
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I'll say.
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'Madam, your jewels, please!
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Sir, your money—or I'll shoot!'"
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Smith's head was full of wonderful thoughts.
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He turned a corner—and walked straight into an old gentleman.
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"Oh!
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Oh!
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What—?
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Who is that?"
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the old man cried.
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He fell, and Smith fell beside him.
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"Help me, sir!"
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the old man cried.
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He caught Smith's foot.
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"I'm blind!
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Help to pull me up!"
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"Oh, what have I done now?"
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Smith said.
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"I'll help you if you free my foot."
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The blind man thought: "It's a boy—a child, a pickpocket perhaps.
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He'll rob me, of course.
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Oh, how shall I find the way?"
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"Are you really blind?"
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Smith asked.
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"Can you see me?
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What am I doing now?"
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And he opened his mouth wide.
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"I don't know!
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I don't know!
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I'm blind!"
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Smith was still uncertain.
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He never offered help to people.
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But a blind man... "Here's my hand," he said.
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"Now, stand up!
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And here's your hat."
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The gentleman was tall and also fat.
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Smith was very small beside him.
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"You're a big man, aren't you?"
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Smith said.
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"But if you're blind, you won't know!"
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"Thank you, boy.
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Now, find my stick, please.
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If you show me the way, I'll give you a pound."
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Smith needed a friend, and perhaps this old man could help him.
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He gave him his stick and took his hand again.
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"My name is Smith," he said.
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"Twelve years old and poor.
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Always in trouble.
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Very small but strong.
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I used to live in the Red Lion Tavern, near Saffron Hill.
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Smith," The old man held Smith's hand.
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"And my name is Mansfield," he said.
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"Blind for twelve years, Rich—but what can I do with money?
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I live with my daughter.
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Number Seven, Vine Street.
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Mansfield.
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I'm a magistrate!"
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A strange noise came out of Smith's mouth.
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"I'm helping a magistrate!"
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he cried.
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"Oh, what will happen next?
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"There's a church at the end of this street, Smith.
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Do you know it?"
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"I know every church round here, Mr Mansfield," Smith said.
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"Show me the way to it, please, and here's a pound."
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Smith took the pound.
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"I'll come with you, Mr Mansfield," he said.
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"I'm going along Vine Street, too," "I'm glad to hear it Smith."
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So they walked along, and the magistrate held Smith's thin hand.
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After a few minutes, Smith said: "Why are you blind?
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Were you ill?"
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"No.
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It was a fire.
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A house burned down.
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I lost my eyes.
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I lost my wife, too.
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She died in the fire."
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"What is it like, without eyes?"
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Smith asked.
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"It's dark, Smith.
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Very dark.
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We must be near the church now.
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Cross the street and turn to the right."
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Soon they were in Vine Street, outside Mr Mansfield's house.
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The magistrate said, "Will you have a late meal with me, Smith?"
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"Yes, please, Mr Mansfield."
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"May I offer you a bed for the night?"
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"Yes, please, Mr.
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Mansfield."
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"Have you any family, Smith?"
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"Two sisters."
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"Will they be afraid when you don't come home?"
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"No" "So you can sleep here.
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I'm glad to help you, Smith."
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"Thank you, Mr Magistrate Mansfield," Smith thought that life was very strange.
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A magistrate was going to help him—Smith.
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But he needed help only in one thing: he wanted to read.
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A blind man could not give that help.
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The tall man and the short man were waiting in the shadows beside the Red Lion Tavern. Smith saw them at once. And he knew that they began to follow him. It was half past six.

The men followed Smith for five minutes along Saffron Hill. Then they lost him. A minute later he appeared in Cross Street. They saw him and went after him again. They followed him then for ten minutes. At Cony Court they lost him again. They looked closely among the dark shadows of the court,

Suddenly the short man pointed. "There he is!" he said. "In Cross Street!"

Smith ran along Cross Street, down Portpool Way and through Hatton Garden. The two men followed. They came to Chart Street; then back to Saffron Hill; Holborn Hill—Union Court—Hatton Garden again. Then they were in Cross Street—Saffron Hill—Cox's Court...

It was a quarter to nine, and the two men stopped in Hatton Garden. They stood beside a low wail.

"I—I must rest—for a minute!" the short man said. "I'm too— too tired to follow him."

"Yes," the tall man said. "We'll—go—go back—to the Red Lion. We'll wait there..."

Smith was resting there, too, just behind the wall. He waited while they were walking away. He was tired but happy. "They won't catch me," he said to himself. The document was wet under his coat.

A gentleman walked past. Smith followed and took a handkerchief—and a pound—from the gentleman's pocket. He put the handkerchief round the document. "It will soon dry," he thought. The pound went into Smith's pocket.

The night was cold, and the streets were almost empty. Smith stopped at a tavern and bought a drink. He thought of a warm bed, but the rooms of the tavern were full. He went out to the street again.

Smith walked quickly along the street. He was thinking of the wonderful life of a highwayman. "Finchley Common," he thought. "That's the place! I'll be there when I'm a man. Ladies and gentlemen in carriages! 'Stand and deliver!' I'll say. 'Madam, your jewels, please! Sir, your money—or I'll shoot!'"

Smith's head was full of wonderful thoughts. He turned a corner—and walked straight into an old gentleman.

"Oh! Oh! What—? Who is that?" the old man cried.

He fell, and Smith fell beside him. "Help me, sir!" the old man cried. He caught Smith's foot. "I'm blind! Help to pull me up!"

"Oh, what have I done now?" Smith said. "I'll help you if you free my foot."

The blind man thought: "It's a boy—a child, a pickpocket perhaps. He'll rob me, of course. Oh, how shall I find the way?"

"Are you really blind?" Smith asked. "Can you see me? What am I doing now?" And he opened his mouth wide.

"I don't know! I don't know! I'm blind!"

Smith was still uncertain. He never offered help to people. But a blind man... "Here's my hand," he said. "Now, stand up! And here's your hat."

The gentleman was tall and also fat. Smith was very small beside him.

"You're a big man, aren't you?" Smith said. "But if you're blind, you won't know!"

"Thank you, boy. Now, find my stick, please. If you show me the way, I'll give you a pound."

Smith needed a friend, and perhaps this old man could help him. He gave him his stick and took his hand again. "My name is Smith," he said. "Twelve years old and poor. Always in trouble. Very small but strong. I used to live in the Red Lion Tavern, near Saffron Hill. Smith,"

The old man held Smith's hand. "And my name is Mansfield," he said. "Blind for twelve years, Rich—but what can I do with money? I live with my daughter. Number Seven, Vine Street. Mansfield. I'm a magistrate!"

A strange noise came out of Smith's mouth. "I'm helping a magistrate!" he cried. "Oh, what will happen next?

"There's a church at the end of this street, Smith. Do you know it?"

"I know every church round here, Mr Mansfield," Smith said.

"Show me the way to it, please, and here's a pound."

Smith took the pound. "I'll come with you, Mr Mansfield," he said. "I'm going along Vine Street, too,"

"I'm glad to hear it Smith."

So they walked along, and the magistrate held Smith's thin hand. After a few minutes, Smith said: "Why are you blind? Were you ill?"

"No. It was a fire. A house burned down. I lost my eyes. I lost my wife, too. She died in the fire."

"What is it like, without eyes?" Smith asked.

"It's dark, Smith. Very dark. We must be near the church now. Cross the street and turn to the right."

Soon they were in Vine Street, outside Mr Mansfield's house.

The magistrate said, "Will you have a late meal with me, Smith?"

"Yes, please, Mr Mansfield."

"May I offer you a bed for the night?"

"Yes, please, Mr. Mansfield."

"Have you any family, Smith?"

"Two sisters."

"Will they be afraid when you don't come home?"

"No"

"So you can sleep here. I'm glad to help you, Smith."

"Thank you, Mr Magistrate Mansfield,"

Smith thought that life was very strange. A magistrate was going to help him—Smith. But he needed help only in one thing: he wanted to read. A blind man could not give that help.