en-fr  Smith - Chapter 6 Easy
Miss Mansfield avait vingt et un ans. Elle était bonne et aimable, mais elle pouvait également se montrer coléreuse. Bien sûr, son père aveugle ne voyait jamais ses regards courroucés.

— Oh, mon père ! s'écria-t-elle... J'ai eu peur. Je pensais... Elle vit alors Smith et porta son mouchoir à son nez. Un domestique sortit de la maison et aida M. Mansfield.

— Ma fille, dit l'aveugle, voici Smith. C'est peut-être l'enfant le plus gentil de Londres.

Mlle Mansfield et le domestique regardèrent Smith. Ils pensèrent que c'était le jeune criminel le plus sale de la ville. Le visage de Mlle Mansfield disait très clairement : — Mon père est vieux et aveugle, Smith. Il ne peut vous voir, mais moi je le peux ! Elle n'était certainement pas ravie, mais sa voix dit : — Je suis heureuse de vous rencontrer Smith.

— Smith et moi prendrons le repas ensemble, dit M. Mansfield. Et je lui ai offert un lit pour la nuit.

Seuls Smith et le domestique virent le regard furieux de Mlle Mansfield. — Bien sûr, Monsieur ! dit sa voix chaleureuse. Nous sommes heureux d'aider un bon ami.

Smith et le magistrat dinèrent dans une pièce magnifique, devant un bon feu. Mlle Mansfield fit le va-et-vient de nombreuses fois. Elle parlait joyeusement avec eux. Mais son visage contrarié disait à Smith : — Vous allez tenter de nous voler, n'est-ce pas ? Je ne vais pas vous quitter des yeux, Smith !

M. Mansfield et Smith parlèrent longtemps. Ils parlèrent de Londres, de la taverne Red Lion et de la prison Newgate.

Puis Smith dit : — Un vieil homme est mort à Curtis Court, hier. En avez-vous entendu parler ?

— Oui. Je le connaissais. C'était un homme riche, Smith.

— Très triste ! dit Smith. — Je suis désolé pour lui. L'avez-vous vu, alors ?

— Non, non ! dit rapidement Smith. Je ne l'ai pas vu. Un ami m'en a parlé. Il ne pouvait expliquer l'histoire à un magistrat !

C'était M. Field, de Prickler's Hill dans le Hertfordshire. Un vieux monsieur, bon mais triste. Je veux trouver le meurtrier, Smith !

— Oh oui, M. Mansfield ! On devrait le pendre. Que s'est-il passé ?

— Je ne sais pas, Smith. Mais c'est une vilaine affaire... Smith était heureux que M. Field ait été riche. La valeur du document commençait à grimper dans ses pensées.

Mlle Mansfield apparut. — Il est très tard père, dit-elle. Votre jeune ami est fatigué. Son lit est prêt et il devrait y être à présent. En même temps ses yeux disaient à Smith : — et demain nous devrons brûler les draps et les couvertures sales.

La chambre de Smith était au dernier étage. Il y avait un lit, une chaise et une table. À la taverne Red Lion, Smith dormait toujours à même le sol. Mais il adorait ce lit. Il le toucha. Il s'assit dessus. Il s'allongea dessus. Il s'allongea dedans. Deux minutes plus tard, il dormait.

Au matin, Mlle Mansfield vint à la chambre. Elle portait un bâton, et Smith eut soudain peur. Mais son père la suivait dans les escaliers.

— Père ! cria-t-elle. Vous ne devez pas venir ici sans aide. Vous pourriez facilement tomber.

M. Mansfield rit. — Bonjour Smith. As-tu bien dormi ? Ma fille a cuisiné un bon petit-déjeuner pour toi. C'est une fille formidable ! Viens Smith. Donne-moi ta main.

— Bonjour M. Mansfield, dit Smith. Il était encore effrayé par le regard violent sur le visage de la jeune femme. Et il ne voulait pas marcher trop près d'elle et du bâton.

— Où est ta main Smith ? dit à nouveau M. Mansfield.

Mlle Mansfield pleurait presque. Elle tenait le bâton et le pointait. — Ne lui dis pas ! disaient ses yeux à Smith. Ne lui dis pas ! Mais va vers lui et prends sa main !

Smith pensa qu'elle avait peur également. Et qu'elle était peut-être malheureuse. Il alla vers son père. — Voici ma main M. Mansfield, dit-il.

Pendant le petit-déjeuner M. Mansfield dit : — Tu veux retourner au Red Lion, Smith ?

Smith ne savait que répondre. Mlle Mansfield tentait d'être en colère. Elle se tourna vers son père mais ne put dire ses pensées.

Puis elle dit à Smith : M. Mansfield veut t'aider. C'est un homme très bon. Veux-tu rester ici et travailler pour nous ?

Ma fille ! dit l'aveugle. C'est ta propre volonté !

— Pas du tout ! cria-t-elle. Pas du tout ! Mais c'est votre souhait, monsieur.

— Je le souhaite ? dit M. Mansfield.

— Oui, monsieur. Vos pensées sont tout à fait claires pour moi.

Et ainsi Mlle Mansfield rejetait la responsabilité sur son père, et lui sur elle. — Pourquoi ? Parce que c'étaient de gentilles personnes, ayant bon cœur, mais elles ne voulaient pas le montrer.

Smith pensa : je ne pourrai jamais être heureux dans cette étrange famille.

La jeune femme dit : — Alors vous allez rester, Smith. Vous pouvez aider à prendre soin des chevaux ... et je... je vous aiderai aussi. Je vais essayer de vous enseigner certaines choses, des choses importantes. Parce que vous avez beaucoup à apprendre. Et pour commencer, je t'apprendrai à lire.

La bouche de Smith s'ouvrit en grand. — Qu'a-t-elle dit ? M'apprendre à lire ? Lire ! Smith était ravi et son visage l'affichait. Mlle Mansfield le remarqua, mais elle n'en connaissait pas la raison.

— Il aime l'idée, Père, dit-elle discrètement. — Peut-être parce qu'il aime les chevaux.

Nous devons envoyer un message à vos soeurs, Smith, déclara M. Mansfield. T

Smith ne voulait pas qu'ils le fassent. Il avait toujours peur des deux hommes en costume marron — Non, dit-il. Je vais prévenir mes soeurs.

Smith alla dans sa chambre et ouvrit le document de M. Field. Il le jeta en l'air et le rattrapa. — Je serai bientôt capable de te lire ! dit-il au papier. Après quoi nous serons riches !

Il y eut des bruits dans les escaliers. Smith mit rapidement le mouchoir autour du document. Il le poussa sous les draps. La porte s'ouvrit et deux valets de pied entrèrent dans la pièce.

— Ordres de Mlle Mansfield, Smith. Nous devons vous laver. L'eau est prête dans la cuisine.

Smith n'avait jamais été lavé. Le savon et l'eau n'avaient jamais touché son corps. Et les ordres de Mlle Mansfield lui déplaisaient. Mais il alla à la cuisine et se déshabilla. Puis les valets le décrassèrent dans un bain d'eau chaude.

Deux heures plus tard, le corps crasseux de Smith était complètement propre. Les valets brûlèrent ses vieux vêtements et l'enveloppèrent d'un drap blanc.

— À présent, retournez dans votre chambre, dirent-ils, et attendez vos nouvelles affaires.

Smith grimpa joyeusement les escaliers et alla dans sa chambre. Il regarda... et se mit à pleurer. Le lit était vide. Les draps et le document n'étaient pas là !
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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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Aderaldo • 1974  translated  unit 5  7 months, 2 weeks ago

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!