en-fr  Smith - Chapter 9
— Non ! Non ! Ce n'est pas vrai ! dit Mlle Mansfield. C'est une erreur, monsieur ! Ce n'était pas ce garçon !

— C'était le même garçon, dit l'avocat, je l'ai vu de ma fenêtre à Curtis Court. Il avait un couteau à la main et il a tué M. Field. Puis il s'est enfui.

La voix de M. Billing était calme, mais ses yeux étaient froids et cruels. Mlle Mansfield s'écria : — Non ! encore une fois, et le visage de M. Billing changea rapidement. Ses paroles étaient fausses, et pendant un moment il fut vraiment désolé. C'était la fin de leur amour, et il le savait.

Smith cria : — Vous êtes fou ! Vous êtes fou, M. Billing ! Je n'ai jamais touché le vieil homme. Je n'ai jamais... jamais... jamais... Vous avez tort ! Je ne l'ai pas tué. Dites-leur ça !

— Je ne me trompe pas, Smith. Je t'ai vu. Je le sais.

Smith courut à Mlle Mansfield. — Mademoiselle ! Vous me connaissez ! Je n'ai jamais fait ça. Vous me croyez, mademoiselle, n'est-ce pas ?

Elle le regarda, puis elle regarda M. Billing. — Oh, Smith ! dit-elle. Que dois-je croire ?

Smith se tourna vers le père de mademoiselle Mansfield. — M. Mansfield ! Vous savez que je ne l'ai pas fait ! Vous me connaissez... et je vous connais. Ce n'est pas vrai !

Le visage du magistrat était sombre et il ne répondit pas.

— M. Mansfield ! Vous devez le savoir ! Vous devez me croire. Je ne l'ai pas fait ! C'étaient les deux hommes en costume marron, et... — Deux hommes en costume marron ?

— Oui ! Oui ! Et... — Savais-tu qu'on l'avait assassiné ? demanda M. Mansfield.

— Je...je... — Mais tu as dit une fois que tu ne l'avais pas vu. Tu as dit que ton ami t'avait raconté ce qui s'était passé.

Smith ne pouvait pas modifier ses propres paroles. Maintenant, ils lui dérobaient sa chance.

Le magistrat continua doucement : — Alors... alors... tu l'as tué.

Quelle main as-tu utilisée, Smith ? Ai-je tenu la même main dans la rue cette nuit-là ? Je pensais que c'était une gentille petite main. Dis-moi, Smith ! Les bonnes et les mauvaises personnes sont les mêmes pour moi.

— Vous êtes un vieil aveugle, Smith dit tristement. Mais je ne pensais pas que votre cœur était aveugle, aussi.

— Tu dois aller à la prison de Newgate et attendre son procès.

— Procès ! cria Smith. — Pourquoi voulez-vous un procès ? Vous avez déjà dit que j'ai tué le vieil homme ! Le bourreau peut me saisir maintenant, monsieur le magistrat Mansfield.

— Smith... — Je ne l'ai pas tué, M. Mansfield.

— Tu auras un procès juste... — Et ensuite, le gibet !

— Smith !

Les gens au 7 rue de la Vigne furent très en colère contre Smith. La cuisinière dit : — Un criminel dans la maison ! Les domestiques le poussèrent dans la voiture. Seule Meg fut gentille avec lui. — Je te rendrai visite à Newgate, mon cher, dit-elle. Je t'apporterai de la bonne nourriture. N'aie pas peur, petit Smith. Meg ne t'oubliera pas !

M. Billing alla avec Smith à la prison. Ils étaient seuls dans la voiture. Il y avait un regard cruel dans les yeux de l'avocat.

— Donne-le-moi, mon garçon, dit M. Billing. Il n'y a pas beaucoup de temps ! Je veux le document du vieil homme. Donne-le moi et tu pourras t'en aller.

— Je ne l'ai pas, dit Smith.

— Où est-il ?

— Je ne sais pas.

— Ecoute, Smith. Je te crois, et je veux t'aider. Je ne suis pas fou. Je suis ton meilleur ami maintenant. Mais tu dois aider à trouver ce document.

— Pourquoi ?

Parce que c'est ta seule chance. Si je ne l'obtiens pas, on va te pendre. Garde le silence si tu veux. Je te rendrai visite, et nous en reparlerons. J'espère que tu me le diras.

Smith ne répondit pas. Ce n'était pas son jour de chance. Il savait lire, mais il n'avait pas le document. Et il allait faire de la prison pour ça.
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"No!
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No!
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It isn't true!"
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Miss Mansfield said.
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"It's a mistake, sir!
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It wasn't this boy!"
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"It was the same boy," the lawyer said, "I saw him from my window in Curtis Court.
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He had a knife in his hand, and he killed Mr Field.
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Then he ran away."
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Mr Billing's voice was quiet, but his eyes were cold and cruel.
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Miss Mansfield cried "No!"
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again, and Mr Billing's face quickly changed.
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His words were untrue, and for a moment he was really sorry.
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It was the end of their love, and he knew it.
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Smith shouted, "You're mad!
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You're mad, Mr Billing!
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I never touched the old man.
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I never—never—never... You're wrong!
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I didn't kill him.
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Tell them that!"
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"I'm right, Smith.
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I saw you.
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I know."
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Smith ran to Miss Mansfield.
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"Miss!
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You know me!
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I never did it.
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You believe me, miss, don't you?"
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She looked at him and then at Mr Billing.
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"Oh, Smith!"
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she said.
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"What shall I believe?''
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Smith turned to her father.
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"Mr Mansfield!
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You know that I didn't do it!
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You know me—and I know you.
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It isn't true!"
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The magistrate's face was dark, and he did not answer.
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"Mr Mansfield!
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You must know!
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You must believe me.
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I didn't do it!
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It was the two men in brown suits, and—" "Two men in brown suits?"
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"Yes!
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Yes!
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And—" "Did you know that they killed him?"
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Mr Mansfield asked.
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"I—I—" "But you said once that you didn't see him.
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You said that your friend told you."
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Smith could not alter his own words.
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Now they robbed him of his chance.
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The magistrate continued softly: "So... so... you killed him.
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Which hand did you use, Smith?
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Did I hold the same hand in the street that night?
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I thought that it was a small, kind hand.
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Tell me, Smith!
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Good and bad people are the same to me."
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"You're an old blind man," Smith said sadly.
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"But I didn't think that your heart was blind, too."
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"You must go to Newgate Gaol and wait for your trial."
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"Trial!"
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Smith cried.
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"Why do you want a trial?
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You've already said that I killed the old man!
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The hangman can have me now, Mr Magistrate Mansfield."
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"Smith—" "I didn't kill him, Mr Mansfield."
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"You'll have a fair trial—" "—And then hang!"
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"Smith!"
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The people at Number Seven, Vine Street were very angry with Smith.
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The cook said, "A criminal in the house!"
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The footmen pushed him into the carriage.
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Only Meg was kind to him.
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"I'll visit you in Newgate, dear," she said.
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"I'll bring you some nice food.
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Don't be afraid, little Smith.
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Meg won't forget you!"
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Mr Billing went with Smith to the gaol.
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They were alone in the carriage.
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There was a cruel look in the lawyer's eyes.
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"Give it to me, boy," Mr Billing said.
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"There isn't much time!
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I want the old man's document.
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Give it to me—and you can go."
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"I haven't got it," Smith said.
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"Where is it?"
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"I don't know."
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"Listen, Smith.
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I believe you, and I want to help you.
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I'm not mad.
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I'm your best friend now.
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But you must help to find that document."
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"Why?"
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"Because it's your only chance.
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If I don't get it, they'll hang you.
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Keep quiet now if you like.
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I'll visit you, and we'll talk again.
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I hope that you'll tell me."
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Smith didn't answer.
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It wasn't his lucky day.
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He could read, but he didn't have the document.
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And he was going to gaol for it.
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"No! No! It isn't true!" Miss Mansfield said. "It's a mistake, sir! It wasn't this boy!"

"It was the same boy," the lawyer said, "I saw him from my window in Curtis Court. He had a knife in his hand, and he killed Mr Field. Then he ran away."

Mr Billing's voice was quiet, but his eyes were cold and cruel. Miss Mansfield cried "No!" again, and Mr Billing's face quickly changed. His words were untrue, and for a moment he was really sorry. It was the end of their love, and he knew it.

Smith shouted, "You're mad! You're mad, Mr Billing! I never touched the old man. I never—never—never... You're wrong! I didn't kill him. Tell them that!"

"I'm right, Smith. I saw you. I know."

Smith ran to Miss Mansfield. "Miss! You know me! I never did it. You believe me, miss, don't you?"

She looked at him and then at Mr Billing. "Oh, Smith!" she said. "What shall I believe?''

Smith turned to her father. "Mr Mansfield! You know that I didn't do it! You know me—and I know you. It isn't true!"

The magistrate's face was dark, and he did not answer.

"Mr Mansfield! You must know! You must believe me. I didn't do it! It was the two men in brown suits, and—"

"Two men in brown suits?"

"Yes! Yes! And—"

"Did you know that they killed him?" Mr Mansfield asked.

"I—I—"

"But you said once that you didn't see him. You said that your friend told you."

Smith could not alter his own words. Now they robbed him of his chance.

The magistrate continued softly: "So... so... you killed him.

Which hand did you use, Smith? Did I hold the same hand in the street that night? I thought that it was a small, kind hand. Tell me, Smith! Good and bad people are the same to me."

"You're an old blind man," Smith said sadly. "But I didn't think that your heart was blind, too."

"You must go to Newgate Gaol and wait for your trial."

"Trial!" Smith cried. "Why do you want a trial? You've already said that I killed the old man! The hangman can have me now, Mr Magistrate Mansfield."

"Smith—"

"I didn't kill him, Mr Mansfield."

"You'll have a fair trial—"

"—And then hang!"

"Smith!"

The people at Number Seven, Vine Street were very angry with Smith. The cook said, "A criminal in the house!" The footmen pushed him into the carriage. Only Meg was kind to him. "I'll visit you in Newgate, dear," she said. "I'll bring you some nice food. Don't be afraid, little Smith. Meg won't forget you!"

Mr Billing went with Smith to the gaol. They were alone in the carriage. There was a cruel look in the lawyer's eyes.

"Give it to me, boy," Mr Billing said. "There isn't much time! I want the old man's document. Give it to me—and you can go."

"I haven't got it," Smith said.

"Where is it?"

"I don't know."

"Listen, Smith. I believe you, and I want to help you. I'm not mad. I'm your best friend now. But you must help to find that document."

"Why?"

"Because it's your only chance. If I don't get it, they'll hang you. Keep quiet now if you like. I'll visit you, and we'll talk again. I hope that you'll tell me."

Smith didn't answer. It wasn't his lucky day. He could read, but he didn't have the document. And he was going to gaol for it.