en-es  Smith - Chapter 3
Smith tuvo una gran idea. Quería leer el documento él mismo, y por lo tanto tendría que aprender. Esperaba aprender en Newgate Gaol. Había diferentes tipos de delincuentes en la cárcel.

Había asesinos, salteadores de caminos, carteristas, por supuesto, y también había deudores. Los deudores no eran verdaderos criminales, pero le debían dinero a la gente. Si hoy un hombre debe dinero, no irá a la cárcel. Pero entonces había muchos deudores en Newgate. Smith solía llevar mensajes para ellos.

Smith sabía que los deudores sabían leer. "Quizás me enseñen", pensó.

Primero, preguntó por el Sr. Jones, el verdugo, y el Sr. Jones le dio tres chelines por el trabajo de sus hermanas. Luego fue a la sala de los deudores y solicitó lecciones.

"Desde luego que no te enseñaré", dijo un hombre alto. "Nunca serás feliz si sabes leer. Escucha, Smith. Las cartas y los documentos solo le traen problemas a un hombre. Por lo tanto, ¡por favor, nunca intentes leer!"

El hombre siguiente dijo casi lo mismo. "No necesitas leer, Smith. Lamento mucho poder leer!". Y señaló las cadenas que rodeaban sus pies. "¿Por qué tengo estas cadenas? ¡Porque sé leer! Me detuve en la calle y leí un cartel. Me atraparon y ahora estoy en la cárcel".

Luego, Smith le preguntó al señor Palmer. Era también un deudor, y debía mucho dinero. Pero estaba enojado con Smith.

"Sí, yo te enseñaré", dijo el señor Palmer. "Ven aquí. Esta será tu primera lección".

Tiró con fuerza de la nariz de Smith, y el chico gritó. Las piernas del señor Palmer también estaban encadenadas, pero las de Smith estaban libres. Peleó contra el hombre con sus pies. Y el señor Palmer se alegró de liberarlo.

Smith salió corriendo de la habitación de los deudores y abandonó la cárcel. Se hizo una promesa. "Si permanezco en libertad, nunca volveré a ir allí", dijo.

Pero seguía queriendo leer. "Voy a leer", pensó. Puso la mano adentro de su abrigo y tocó el documento. "Tú y yo seremos ricos", dijo. "¡Me vas a traer dinero!".

Smith sabía que había muchas personas en Londres que sabían leer. Vio a un anciano y cruzó la calle hacia él.

"Quiero leer, señor", dijo. "¿Me enseñaría, por favor?".

Justo en ese momento, el viento se llevó el sombrero del anciano y Smith comenzó a reír. El señor levantó su bastón, ¡y Smith corrió!

Les preguntó a tres o cuatro hombres, pero la respuesta siempre fue: "¡No!". La gente no le quería enseñar. Estaban demasiado ocupados como para ayudar a un chico pobre y sucio, y tal vez no les gustaba su olor.

Luego, Smith caminó pasando el final de la calle Godliman. Un hombre salió de la calle y se detuvo. Miró de cerca a Smith; pero Smith no lo reconoció.

Smith llegó a la calle de las librerías. "Este es el lugar adecuado para mí", pensó. "Voy a preguntar aquí".

Conocía bastante bien una librería y conocía también al dependiente. Elevadas paredes de libros llenaban el lugar.

"¡No toques esos libros, Smith!", gritó el dependiente.
"No puedo leer todavía", contestó Smith. "Pero quiero aprender. ¿Me enseñarías, por favor?

"¡Largo de aquí!", dijo el hombre.

"¿Por qué no me enseñas?".

"¡Porque eres un sucio y pequeño carterista!. Ahora vete".

El dependiente levantó su mano y Smith saltó hacia atrás repentinamente. Fue una mala suerte. Un millar de libros cayeron al suelo y cubrieron al dependiente. Smith corrió como el viento.

La gente vino a la tienda y ayudó al dependiente. Él explico el problema. "¡Fue Smith!", gritó. "Lo hizo Smith. Empujó los libros sobre mí". Un hombre hizo una pregunta. Era el hombre de la esquina de la calle Godliman. "¿Y dónde vive Smith?", preguntó.

"En la taberna Red Lion", dijo el dependiente.
unit 1
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.