en-es  Smith - Chapter 6
La señorita Mansfield tenía veintiún años. Era buena y amable, pero también podía enojarse. Por supuesto, su padre ciego nunca veía su mirada enojada.

"¡Oh, padre!", gritó. "He tenido miedo. Pensé...". Entonces vio a Smith y se llevó el pañuelo a la nariz. Salió un lacayo de la casa y ayudó al señor Mansfield.

"Hija", dijo el hombre ciego, "este es Smith, Él es, tal vez, el niño más amable de Londres".

La señorita Mansfield y el lacayo miraron a Smith. Pensaron que era el joven criminal más sucio de la ciudad. El rostro de la señorita Mansfield decía con mucha claridad: "Mi padre está viejo y ciego, Smith. Él no puede verte, ¡pero yo sí!". Ciertamente, no estaba contenta, pero su voz dijo: "Encantada de conocerlo, Smith".

"Smith y yo vamos a comer juntos", dijo el señor Mansfield. "Y le he ofrecido una cama para esta noche".

Solamente Smith y el lacayo vieron la mirada enojada de la señorita Mansfied. "¡Por supuesto, señor!", dijo su amable voz. "Estamos contentos de ayudar a un buen amigo".

Smith y el magistrado comieron en una hermosa habitación, frente a un cálido fuego. La señorita Mansfield fue y vino muchas veces. Les habló alegremente. Pero su cara enojada le decía a Smith: "Intentarás robarnos, ¿no es cierto?, ¡te estoy observando, Smith!".

El señor Mansfield y Smith conversaron durante mucho tiempo. Hablaron de Londres, la taberna Red Lion y Newgate Gaol.

Luego, Smith dijo: "Un caballero anciano murió ayer en Curtis Court. ¿Ha oído hablar de eso?".

"Sí. Yo lo conocía. Era un hombre rico, Smith".

"¡Muy triste!", dijo Smith. "Me dio pena". "¿Entonces, lo viste?".

"¡No, no!", dijo Smith rápidamente. "No lo vi. Me lo contó un amigo". ¡No podía explicarle los hechos a un magistrado!

"Era el señor Field, de Prickler's Hill en Hertfordshire. Un anciano caballero, bueno pero triste. ¡Quiero encontrar al asesino, Smith!".

"¡Oh, sí, señor Mansfield! Tendrían que ahorcarlo. ¿Por qué ocurrió?".

"No lo sé, Smith. Pero es algo malo...". Smith estaba contento de que el señor Field fuera rico. El valor del documento empezó a crecer en su mente.

Apareció la señorita Mansfield. "Es muy tarde, padre", dijo. "Su joven amigo está cansado. Su cama está lista, y él ya debería estar en ella". Al mismo tiempo, sus ojos le decían a Smith: "¡Y mañana tendremos que quemar la ropa de cama sucia!".

La habitación de Smith estaba en la parte superior de la casa. Tenía una cama, una silla y una mesa. En la taberna Red Lion, Smith siempre dormía en el suelo. Le gustaba esta cama. La tocó. Se sentó en ella. Se tumbó en ella. Se acostó en ella. Dos minutos después, estaba dormido.

La señorita Mansfield vino a la habitación por la mañana. Llevaba un palo, y Smith de repente tuvo miedo. Pero su padre la siguió escaleras arriba.

"¡Padre!", gritó. "No debe venir aquí arriba sin ayuda. Podría caer fácilmente".

El señor Mansfield se rió. "Buenos días, Smith. ¿Has dormido bien? Mi hija ha preparado un buen desayuno para ti. ¡Es una chica maravillosa! Ven, Smith. Dame tu mano".

"Buenos días, señor Mansfield", dijo Smith. Todavía tenía miedo de la mirada salvaje en el rostro de la joven. Y no quería pasar junto a ella y el palo.

"¿Dónde está tu mano, Smith?". Dijo el señor Mansfield de nuevo.

La señorita Mansfield estaba casi llorando. Levantó el palo y lo señaló. "¡No se lo digas!" sus ojos le dijeron a Smith. "¡No se lo digas! ¡Pero ve a verlo y toma su mano!

Smith pensó que ella también tenía miedo. Y tal vez ella estaba descontenta. Fue a ver a su padre. "Aquí está mi mano, señor Mansfield", dijo.

En el desayuno, Mansfield dijo: "¿Quieres volver al Red Lion, Smith?"

Smith no respondió. La señorita Mansfield trataba de estar enfadada. Se volvió hacia su padre, pero no dijo lo que pensaba.

Entonces dijo a Smith: "El señor Mansfield quiere ayudarte. Es una buena persona. ¿Quieres quedarte aquí y trabajar para nosotros?".

"¡Hija!". dijo el ciego. "¡Es tu propia idea!".

"¡Nunca!". exclamó ella. "¡Nunca!, pero usted lo desea, señor".

"¿Lo deseo?", dijo el señor Mansfield.

"Sí, señor. Sus pensamientos están muy claros para mí.

Y, de este modo, la señorita Mansfield culpó a su padre y él a ella. ¿Por qué? Porque eran gente buena, con cálidos corazones, pero no querían demostrarlo.

Smith pensó: "Nunca seré feliz en esta extraña familia".

La joven dijo: "Así que te quedarás, Smith. Puedes ayudar a cuidar de los caballos... y yo, yo también te ayudaré. Trataré de enseñarte algunas cosas, cosas importantes. Porque tienes mucho que aprender. Y lo primero, te enseñaré a leer".

Smith abrió la boca de par en par. ¿Qué había dicho? ¿Enseñarme a leer? ¡A leer! Smith estaba muy contento y su cara lo manifestaba. La señorita Mansfield se dio cuenta de ello, pero no sabía la razón.

"Le gusta la idea, padre", dijo en voz baja. "Tal vez porque le gustan los caballos".

''Tenemos que enviar una nota a sus hermanas, Smith'', dijo el Sr Mansfield.

Smith no quería que lo hicieran. Todavía tenía miedo de los dos hombres con ropa marrón. ''No'', dijo. ''Le diré a mis hermanas''.

Smith fue a su habitación y abrió el documento del señor Fields. Lo lanzó al aire y volvió a atraparlo. "¡Pronto podré leerte!", le dijo al papel. "¡Y seremos ricos!".

Había ruido en la escalera. Smith puso rápidamente el pañuelo alrededor del documento. Lo metió debajo de la ropa de cama. La puerta se abrió y entraron dos lacayos.

"Órdenes de la señorita Mansfield, Smith. Tenemos que lavarlo. El agua está lista en la cocina".

Smith nunca se lavaba. El agua y el jabón nunca tocaban su cuerpo. Y entonces, las órdenes de la señorita Mansfield no le agradaron. Pero fue a la cocina y se desvistió. Entonces los lacayos lo lavaron bien en un baño de agua caliente.

Dos horas más tarde, el cuerpo sucio de Smith estuvo completamente limpio. Los lacayos quemaron su ropa y lo envolvieron con una tela blanca.

"Ahora regrese a su habitación", dijeron, "y espere por sus cosas nuevas".

Smith subió alegremente las escaleras y entró a su habitación. Miró, y empezó a gritar. La cama estaba vacía. ¡La ropa de cama y el documento no estaban allí!
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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!