en-fr  Smith - Chapter 11
M. Billing rendit visite à Smith tous les jours. Il était désolé que Smith n'ait pas encore le document.

— Mais nous avons assez de temps, dit-il une fois. C'est le 15 janvier aujourd'hui. ton procès aura lieu le 23.

Le geôlier dit à Smith : — Tu as de la chance ! Le 23 janvier est aussi le jour important de M. Mulrone. Nous allons en pendre un, puis attendre le prochain gentleman !

Smith pensait toujours au document. — J'espère que Mlle Mansfield ne le trouvera pas, pensa-t-il. Si elle le trouve, alors je ne le verrai jamais. Elle le donnera à Mr Billing ! Oh, pourquoi Meg ne vient-elle pas ?

Alors Smith attendit Meg, et enfin Meg vint.

Elle lui apporta un panier de nourriture et deux de ses nouvelles chemises.

— Pauvre enfant ! dit-elle. Tu es de nouveau très maigre et sale. Tu as besoin de bonne nourriture, de savon et d'eau !

Meg dit que M. et Mlle Mansfield étaient très malheureux. Ils ne pouvaient pas oublier Smith et ses ennuis.

Alors Smith dit : — Ils vont me pendre, Meg.

— Oh, pauvre enfant !

Une seule personne peut me sauver, Meg.

— M. Mansfield, bien sûr !

— Non, Meg. Vous !

— Comment, mon enfant ? — Comment ?

— Vous souvenez-vous de ce document sous mes draps de lit ?

— Le document de M. Mansfield ?

— C'est à moi, Meg. Et il peut me sauver. Voulez-vous le chercher pour moi ?

Meg avait peur. — Je—je ne peux pas le faire sortir du bureau de M. Mansfield, mon enfant. Cela n'apportera que des ennuis.

— Meg—Meg ! Voulez-vous qu'ils me pendent ? Si je ne l'ai pas, je serai bientôt mort !

Meg commença à pleurer. — Oh, mon enfant ! Je... je ne sais pas... Que dois-je faire ? Si ma mère était en vie, elle... Soudain, le vieil homme au coin de la cheminée se mit à chanter. — Meg ! Meg ! chanta-t-il. Fais confiance à ton cœur, Meg !

Meg le regarda avec surprise. — C'est la voix de ma mère, et ce sont ses mots, dit-elle. Elle m'envoie encore des messages par la bouche des vieillards. Et elle dit toujours la même chose : — Fais confiance à ton cœur, Meg. Donc, je vais apporter le document, mon enfant. Et j'espère que cela vous sauvera du bourreau !

Smith était très heureux. — Je serai libre, pensa-t-il, quand Meg apportera ce document.

M. Billing vit le panier de nourriture et était également heureux. Il pensait que Smith avait déjà le document. Smith remarqua son regard de plaisir.

— Pas encore, monsieur Billing, dit-il. Mais bientôt ! Alors vous et moi serons riches, et M. Black aussi ! Il pourra s'acheter une nouvelle jambe de bois.

M. Billing se mit à rire. — Bon garçon ! Mais M. Jones, le bourreau, sera désolé, n'est-ce pas ? Oh, le monde est un bel endroit, Smith !

Lundi, mardi, mercredi ... Smith attendait encore Meg, mais Meg ne vint pas. M. Billing se présenta tous les jours et discuta gaiement avec Smith. Le jeudi 19 janvier, Smith remarqua un changement. L'avocat était calme et ne resta que cinq minutes.

Le lendemain, il dit à Smith : — Ton procès est très proche. Tu es mon ami maintenant, et tu dois aider à trouver ce document. Tu vas t'échapper, mon garçon !

Smith était surpris mais très heureux. — Comment, M. Billing ? demanda-t-il. Comment puis-je m'échapper de Newgate ?

M. Billing s'expliqua. Il connaissait le bâtiment. Smith était un garçon mince et pouvait s'échapper par la cheminée. La cheminée était assez large pour y grimper.

Les petits garçons ont l'habitude de grimper à l'intérieur de ces cheminées quand ils les nettoient, dit l'avocat. Tu trouveras des endroits pour tes doigts et tes orteils. Il y a des barreaux en haut. Mais je donnerai de l'argent au geôlier, et il enlèvera les barreaux.

— Quand dois-je y aller, M. Billing ?

— Mardi prochain.

— C'est le jour de mon procès. Pourquoi pas lundi, monsieur Billing ?

Parce que c'est mieux mardi plutôt que lundi. Les geôliers seront occupés avec Dick Mulrone. Ton procès est à dix heures. Et donc tu dois t'échapper d'ici à six heures. Tu seras libre, Smith ! rit M. Billing. Mardi sera le « Jour du Document » !
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Mr Billing visited Smith every day.
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He was sorry that Smith did not yet have the document.
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"But we have enough time," he once said.
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"It's January the 15th today.
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Your trial will be on the 23rd."
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The gaoler said to Smith: "You're lucky!
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January the 23rd is Mr Mulrone's important day, too.
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We shall hang one and then wait for the next gentleman!"
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Smith was always thinking of the document.
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"I hope that Miss Mansfield doesn't find it," he thought.
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"If she finds it, then I'll never see it.
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She'll give it to Mr Billing!
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Oh, why doesn't Meg come?"
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So Smith waited for Meg, and at last Meg came.
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She brought him a basket of food and two of his new shirts.
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"Poor child!"
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she said.
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"You're very thin and dirty again.
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You need some good food—and soap and water!"
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Meg said that Mr and Miss Mansfield were very unhappy.
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They could not forget Smith and his troubles.
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Then Smith said, "They're going to hang me, Meg."
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"Oh, you poor child!"
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"Only one person can save me, Meg."
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"Mr Mansfield, of course!"
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"No, Meg.
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You'!'
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"How, child?
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How?"
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"Do you remember that document among my bed-clothes?"
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"Mr Mansfield's document?"
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"It's mine, Meg.
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And it can save me.
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Will you get it for me?"
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Meg was afraid.
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"I—I can't take it from Mr Mansfield's office, child.
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It will only bring trouble."
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"Meg—Meg!
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Do you want them to hang me?
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If I don't get it, I'll soon be dead!"
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Meg began to cry.
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"Oh, child!
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I—I don't know... What shall I do?
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If my mother was alive, she..." Suddenly the old man in the chimney-corner began to sing.
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"Meg!
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Meg!"
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he sang.
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"Trust your heart, Meg!"
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Meg looked at him with surprise.
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"That's my mother's voice, and they're her words," she said.
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"She still sends me messages through the mouths of old men.
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And she always says the same thing: 'Trust your heart, Meg.'
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So I'll bring the document, child.
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And I hope that it will save you from the hangman!"
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Smith was very pleased.
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"I'll be free," he thought, "when Meg brings that document."
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Mr Billing saw the basket of food and was also pleased.
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He thought that Smith already had the document.
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Smith noticed his look of pleasure.
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"Not yet, Mr Billing," he said.
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"But soon!
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Then you and I will be rich—and Mr Black, too!
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He'll be able to buy a new wooden leg for himself!"
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Mr Billing laughed.
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"Good boy!
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But Mr Jones, the hangman, will be sorry, won't he?
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Oh, the world is a beautiful place, Smith!"
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Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday... Smith was again waiting for Meg, but Meg did not come.
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Mr Billing appeared every day and talked happily to Smith.
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On Thursday, January the 19th, Smith noticed a change.
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The lawyer was quiet and stayed only for five minutes.
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The next day, he said to Smith: "Your trial is very near.
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You're my friend now, and you must help to find that document.
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You're going to escape, boy!"
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Smith was surprised but very pleased.
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"How, Mr Billing?"
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he asked.
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"How can I escape from Newgate?"
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Mr Billing explained.
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He knew the building.
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Smith was a thin boy and could escape through the chimney.
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The chimney was quite wide enough to climb.
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"Little boys used to climb these chimneys when they were cleaning them," the lawyer said.
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"You'll find places for your fingers and toes.
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There are bars across the top.
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But I'll give some money to the gaoler, and he'll take the bars away."
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"When shall I go, Mr Billing?"
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"Next Tuesday."
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"That's the day of my trial.
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Why not Monday, Mr Billing?"
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"Because Tuesday is better than Monday.
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The gaolers will be busy with Dick Mulrone.
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Your trial is at ten o'clock.
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And so you must escape from here at six o'clock.
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You'll be free, Smith!"
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Mr Billing laughed.
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"Tuesday will be Document Day!"
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Mr Billing visited Smith every day. He was sorry that Smith did not yet have the document.

"But we have enough time," he once said. "It's January the 15th today. Your trial will be on the 23rd."

The gaoler said to Smith: "You're lucky! January the 23rd is Mr Mulrone's important day, too. We shall hang one and then wait for the next gentleman!"

Smith was always thinking of the document. "I hope that Miss Mansfield doesn't find it," he thought. "If she finds it, then I'll never see it. She'll give it to Mr Billing! Oh, why doesn't Meg come?"

So Smith waited for Meg, and at last Meg came.

She brought him a basket of food and two of his new shirts.

"Poor child!" she said. "You're very thin and dirty again. You need some good food—and soap and water!"

Meg said that Mr and Miss Mansfield were very unhappy. They could not forget Smith and his troubles.

Then Smith said, "They're going to hang me, Meg."

"Oh, you poor child!"

"Only one person can save me, Meg."

"Mr Mansfield, of course!"

"No, Meg. You'!'

"How, child? How?"

"Do you remember that document among my bed-clothes?"

"Mr Mansfield's document?"

"It's mine, Meg. And it can save me. Will you get it for me?"

Meg was afraid. "I—I can't take it from Mr Mansfield's office, child. It will only bring trouble."

"Meg—Meg! Do you want them to hang me? If I don't get it, I'll soon be dead!"

Meg began to cry. "Oh, child! I—I don't know... What shall I do? If my mother was alive, she..."

Suddenly the old man in the chimney-corner began to sing. "Meg! Meg!" he sang. "Trust your heart, Meg!"

Meg looked at him with surprise. "That's my mother's voice, and they're her words," she said. "She still sends me messages through the mouths of old men. And she always says the same thing: 'Trust your heart, Meg.' So I'll bring the document, child. And I hope that it will save you from the hangman!"

Smith was very pleased. "I'll be free," he thought, "when Meg brings that document."

Mr Billing saw the basket of food and was also pleased. He thought that Smith already had the document. Smith noticed his look of pleasure.

"Not yet, Mr Billing," he said. "But soon! Then you and I will be rich—and Mr Black, too! He'll be able to buy a new wooden leg for himself!"

Mr Billing laughed. "Good boy! But Mr Jones, the hangman, will be sorry, won't he? Oh, the world is a beautiful place, Smith!"

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday... Smith was again waiting for Meg, but Meg did not come. Mr Billing appeared every day and talked happily to Smith. On Thursday, January the 19th, Smith noticed a change. The lawyer was quiet and stayed only for five minutes.

The next day, he said to Smith: "Your trial is very near. You're my friend now, and you must help to find that document. You're going to escape, boy!"

Smith was surprised but very pleased. "How, Mr Billing?" he asked. "How can I escape from Newgate?"

Mr Billing explained. He knew the building. Smith was a thin boy and could escape through the chimney. The chimney was quite wide enough to climb.

"Little boys used to climb these chimneys when they were cleaning them," the lawyer said. "You'll find places for your fingers and toes. There are bars across the top. But I'll give some money to the gaoler, and he'll take the bars away."

"When shall I go, Mr Billing?"

"Next Tuesday."

"That's the day of my trial. Why not Monday, Mr Billing?"

"Because Tuesday is better than Monday. The gaolers will be busy with Dick Mulrone. Your trial is at ten o'clock. And so you must escape from here at six o'clock. You'll be free, Smith!" Mr Billing laughed. "Tuesday will be Document Day!"