en-es  Smith - Chapter 8
Smith permaneció en el número siete de Vine Street y allí era feliz. Ayudaba a cuidar los caballos y el carruaje. También solía llevar mensajes a la señorita Mansfield.

Después de tres semanas, Smith encontró a un amigo en la calle. El hombre llevó un mensaje de Smith a la señorita Bridget y la señorita Fanny. El mensaje decía solamente que un joven estaba bien y feliz.

Smith quería al viejo magistrado ciego y comenzó a gustarle también la señorita Mansfield. Ella le enseñaba todos los días y Smith pronto fue capaz de leer muchas palabras y frases cortas. Su profesora estaba muy contenta con él. Todavía no tenía el documento y nunca entraba al despacho del señor Mansfield. "Tal vez lo vea algún día", pensó, "y entonces lo leeré".

Meg se reía de Smith y de sus libros. "¿Por qué quieres leer?", preguntaba. "Los libros solo dan problemas".

"Pero tú puedes leer, Meg", decía Smith. "Tu leíste el nombre del abogado en ese viejo documento".

"Puedo leer cosas apropiadas, joven", replicaba, "pero ¡nunca leo un libro!".

El señor Billing también estaba contento. "Estoy muy contento de que tengas un alumno", dijo a la señorita Mansfield. "Este chico ha estado aquí durante un mes. Y durante un mes ¡sus ojos han sido como dos diamantes azules! Espero conocer pronto al chico".

La señorita Mansfield quería mucho a Smith. Sabía que su padre estaba en lo cierto: Smith era un querido y adorable muchacho. Trabajaba duro y aprendía rápido. Pero todavía no quería que conociese al señor Billing. "Cuando hables educadamente, te permitiré que lo conozcas", dijo a Smith.

Y Smith se esforzaba por olvidar las groseras palabras de la Red Lion Tavern.

Smith nunca olvidó el siete de enero de 17**. En esa mañana, la señorita Mansfield le dijo: "Smith, querido, ahora puedes leer cualquier libro en la casa".

Smith recordó el documento y su corazón casi saltó fuera de su cuerpo. "¡Puedo leer! ¡Puedo leer!". gritó.

En el mismo momento, un visitante vino a la puerta principal.

"Es el señor Billing, señorita", dijo el sirviente. "¿Puedo hacerlo pasar?". La señorita Mansfield miró a Smith. "Voy abajo a la cocina", dijo. Pero el señor Billing estaba ya en la casa. Smith lo vio por un momento desde el exterior de la habitación. Sonrió para sus adentros y dijo alegremente, "¡Buenos días, señor Billing!".

El abogado miró a Smith. El color abandonó la sonrosada cara del señor Billing. Sus ojos y su boca quedaron abiertos de par en par. Se dio la vuelta rápidamente y corrió de la casa.

En la cocina, Smith dijo a Meg: "Creo que el señor Billing me teme". Smith también estaba bastante asustado.

"¿Por qué se ha ido tan de repente?", preguntó a su hija el señor Mansfield.

"No lo sé, señor. No lo vi. Es muy raro".

Pero, después de un tiempo, el señor Billing regresó. La señorita Mansfield y un sirviente lo encontraron y lo llevaron al despacho del magistrado. Entonces el sirviente bajó a la cocina.

"El señor Billing se comporta de forma extraña", dijo. "Su cara está gris y pidió una vaso de cerveza".

Meg dio la cerveza al sirviente. La llevó al despacho; pero pronto regresó de nuevo. "Un mensaje para ti, Smith, dijo. "El señor Mansfield quiere verte".

Smith permaneció frente al magistrado, al abogado y a la joven señorita.

"Ese es el chico", dijo el señor Billing. "Lo vi en Curtis Court. Mató al señor Field con un cuchillo. Mis queridos amigos, ¡tienen ustedes a un asesino en su casa!".

El señor Billing era el hombre de la esquina de la calle Godliman. Su despacho tenía la ventana a Curtis Court. También conocía la librería. El señor Billing era el que había interrogado al librero.
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Smith stayed at Number Seven, Vine Street, and was happy there.
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He helped to look after the horses and the carriage.
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He also used to take messages for Miss Mansfield.
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After three weeks, Smith met a friend in the street.
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The man took a message from Smith to Miss Bridget and Miss Fanny.
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The message just said that a young person was well and happy.
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Smith loved the old blind magistrate, and he began to like Miss Mansfield, too.
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She taught him every day, and Smith was soon able to read many words and short sentences.
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His teacher was very pleased with him.
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He still did not have the document and never went into Mr Mansfield's office.
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"Perhaps I'll see it one day," he thought, "and then I'll read it."
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Meg laughed at Smith and his books.
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"Why do you want to read?"
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she asked.
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"Books only bring trouble."
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"But you can read.
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Meg," Smith said.
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"You read the lawyer's name on that old document."
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"I can read proper things, young man," she replied, "but I've never read a book!"
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Mr Billing was pleased, too.
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"I'm very glad that you have a pupil," he said to Miss Mansfield.
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"The boy has been here for a month.
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And for a month your eyes have been like two blue jewels!
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I hope to meet the child soon."
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Miss Mansfield loved Smith very much.
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She knew that her father was right: Smith was a dear, kind boy.
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He worked hard and learned quickly.
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But she didn't yet want him to meet Mr Billing.
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"When you speak nicely, I'll allow you to meet him," she told Smith.
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And Smith was trying hard to forget the bad words of the Red Lion Tavern.
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Smith never forgot the seventh of January, 17—.
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Smith remembered the document, and his heart almost jumped out of his body.
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"I can read!
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I can read!"
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he shouted.
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At the same moment, a visitor came to the front door.
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"It's Mr Billing, miss," a footman said.
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"May I bring him in?"
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Miss Mansfield looked at Smith.
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"I'll go down to the kitchen," he said.
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But Mr Billing was already in the house.
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Smith saw him for a moment outside the room.
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He laughed to himself and said happily, "Good morning, Mr Billing!"
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The lawyer looked at Smith.
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The colour left Mr Billing's red face.
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His eyes and his mouth opened wide.
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He turned quickly and ran from the house.
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In the kitchen, Smith said to Meg: "I think that Mr Billing is afraid of me."
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Smith was rather afraid, too.
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"Why did he suddenly go away?"
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Mr Mansfield asked his daughter.
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"I don't know, sir.
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I didn't see him.
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It's very strange."
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But after a time, Mr Billing returned.
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Miss Mansfield and a footman met him and took him to the magistrate's office.
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Then the footman came down to the kitchen.
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"Mr Billing is acting strangely," he said.
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"His face is grey, and he asked for a glass of beer."
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Meg gave the beer to the footman.
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He took it to the office but was soon back again.
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"Message for you, Smith, he said.
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"Mr Mansfield wants to see you."
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Smith stood in front of the magistrate, the lawyer and the young lady.
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"That's the boy," Mr Billing said.
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"I saw him in Curtis Court.
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He killed Mr Field with a knife.
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My dear friends, you have a killer in your house!"
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Mr Billing was the man from the corner of Godliman Street.
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His office had the window in Curtis Court.
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He knew the bookshop, too.
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Mr Billing was the shopkeeper's questioner.
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Smith stayed at Number Seven, Vine Street, and was happy there. He helped to look after the horses and the carriage. He also used to take messages for Miss Mansfield.

After three weeks, Smith met a friend in the street. The man took a message from Smith to Miss Bridget and Miss Fanny. The message just said that a young person was well and happy.

Smith loved the old blind magistrate, and he began to like Miss Mansfield, too. She taught him every day, and Smith was soon able to read many words and short sentences. His teacher was very pleased with him. He still did not have the document and never went into Mr Mansfield's office. "Perhaps I'll see it one day," he thought, "and then I'll read it."

Meg laughed at Smith and his books. "Why do you want to read?" she asked. "Books only bring trouble."

"But you can read. Meg," Smith said. "You read the lawyer's name on that old document."

"I can read proper things, young man," she replied, "but I've never read a book!"

Mr Billing was pleased, too. "I'm very glad that you have a pupil," he said to Miss Mansfield. "The boy has been here for a month. And for a month your eyes have been like two blue jewels! I hope to meet the child soon."

Miss Mansfield loved Smith very much. She knew that her father was right: Smith was a dear, kind boy. He worked hard and learned quickly. But she didn't yet want him to meet Mr Billing. "When you speak nicely, I'll allow you to meet him," she told Smith.

And Smith was trying hard to forget the bad words of the Red Lion Tavern.

Smith never forgot the seventh of January, 17—. On that morning, Miss Mansfield said to him: "Smith, my dear, you can now read any book in the house!"

Smith remembered the document, and his heart almost jumped out of his body. "I can read! I can read!" he shouted.

At the same moment, a visitor came to the front door.

"It's Mr Billing, miss," a footman said. "May I bring him in?" Miss Mansfield looked at Smith. "I'll go down to the kitchen," he said. But Mr Billing was already in the house. Smith saw him for a moment outside the room. He laughed to himself and said happily, "Good morning, Mr Billing!"

The lawyer looked at Smith. The colour left Mr Billing's red face. His eyes and his mouth opened wide. He turned quickly and ran from the house.

In the kitchen, Smith said to Meg: "I think that Mr Billing is afraid of me." Smith was rather afraid, too.

"Why did he suddenly go away?" Mr Mansfield asked his daughter.

"I don't know, sir. I didn't see him. It's very strange."

But after a time, Mr Billing returned. Miss Mansfield and a footman met him and took him to the magistrate's office. Then the footman came down to the kitchen.

"Mr Billing is acting strangely," he said. "His face is grey, and he asked for a glass of beer."

Meg gave the beer to the footman. He took it to the office but was soon back again. "Message for you, Smith, he said. "Mr Mansfield wants to see you."

Smith stood in front of the magistrate, the lawyer and the young lady.

"That's the boy," Mr Billing said. "I saw him in Curtis Court. He killed Mr Field with a knife. My dear friends, you have a killer in your house!"

Mr Billing was the man from the corner of Godliman Street. His office had the window in Curtis Court. He knew the bookshop, too. Mr Billing was the shopkeeper's questioner.