en-fr  Smith - Chapter 2.
Smith regarda attentivement le document.
Il regarda chaque mot de chaque ligne.
Il essaya pendant plusieurs heures mais ne pouvait pas lire un seul mot.
J'ai besoin d'aide, pensa-t-il.
Je vais devoir demander à mes amis.
Ils seront capables de le lire. Mais Smith savait qu'il n'avait pas d'amis honnêtes.
Ses amis étaient des voleurs à la tire aussi!
Je couperai le document, pensa-t-il alors.
Je découperai chaque ligne et donnerai les morceaux à très lecteurs." Cette idée n'était pas bonne.
Les morceaux de papier seront trop petits pour s'en rappeller, pensa-t-il.
Le soir vint pendant que Smith pensait encore.
Ses yeux, sa tête et son cœur étaient fatigués.
Il mit le document à l'intérieur de son manteau et rentra chez lui.
La taverne Red Lion avait une pièce sale et une cave.
La pièce empestait la boisson et l'odeur des criminels.
Tout ce que l'on trouvait là était généralement d'origine criminelle.
Smith habitait dans la cave avec ses sœurs, Bridget et Fanny.
Smith traversa l'embrasure de la porte.
Le propriétaire de la taverne le regarda et rigola.
— Ils ne t'ont pas encore pendu ?
demanda-t-il.
Smith pensait encore au document et ne répondit pas.
— Je vous ai posé une question, Smith, dit le propriétaire.
— Vraiment !
Smith dit : il me semble que j'ai entendu un cheval dehors. Deux ou trois hommes rirent et Smith courut dans les escaliers.
Mais il ne fut pas assez rapide.
Il sentit la main puissante du patron lui attraper l'oreille.
Dans la cave, les sœurs de Smith faisaient des retouches au costume d'un criminel mort.
C'était leur travail habituel.
À Londres, les hommes du roi pendaient beaucoup de criminels.
Mais leurs vêtements étaient encore assez corrects pour être portés.
Bridget retouchait un manteau marron.
— Ne parle pas au propriétaire comme cela, dit-elle à Smith.
Il sera furieux si tu le fais. - Pauvre petit Smut !
dit Mlle Fanny.
(Ses soeurs l'appelaient habituellement Smut.) Il a toujours des ennuis. Smith déplia le document et le posa sur la table.
— J'ai pris ce truc à un vieil homme, dit-il.
Ensuite, deux types sont arrivés et l'ont tué. Les filles examinèrent le document, mais ne purent le lire.
— Qu'est-ce que c'est ?
demanda Fanny.
—J'en ai aucune idée, répondit Smith.
— Mais les tueurs le cherchaient.
Il y avait aussi un boiteux et il le voulait à tout prix. Smith avait encore peur de cet estropié, à la voix douce.
— C'est une sorte de rapport, déclara Bridget.
Regarde là. Elle désigna un mot.
Regarde ce mot.
On dirait un cheval et une calèche, n'est-ce pas ?
C'est le mot « rapport ».
Je suis tout à fait certain.
Je connais très bien ce mot. Smith n'était pas convaincu.
— Alors pourquoi l'ont-ils tué ?
demanda-t-il.
Et pourquoi le boiteux était-il hors de lui ?
— « Des motifs », dit Mlle Bridget.
Ils avaient des motifs. Elle reprit la veste marron. — Bridget a raison, dit Fanny.
C'est un rapport, Smut. Elle désigna le papier, elle aussi.
Regardez ce signe comme un poisson.
Je sais que c'est le mot « criminel ».
Je l'ai vu de nombreuses fois, oui, Smut, ce document est un rapport criminel, et il a une grande valeur.
Ces hommes étaient prêts à tuer pour ce document.
Et donc ils seront prêts à payer pour le récupérer, pas vrai ?
Brave petit, Smut !
— Mais qui paiera pour ça?
demanda Smith
— On le découvrira , dit Fanny
— Nous le ferons lire. Smith se souvenait de son meilleur ami, Lord Tom le bandit.
Lord Tom sait lire, dit-il.
— Lord Tom ?
— Oui, bien sûr !
disait Fanny.
Elle rougit et son regard soudain s'éclaira.
Fanny avait juste dix-neuf ans et le nom du bandit sonnait comme une douce musique à ses oreilles.
— Ce criminel !
dit Bridget.
— Non !
Il n'est pas assez honnête.
Il gardera l'argent pour lui. Mais à qui peut-on demander ?
dit Smith.
Ils en parlèrent pendant deux heures mais ne purent répondre à la question.
Et à la fin, ils allèrent au lit.
De son lit Smith pouvait voir le costume de l'homme mort.
Il était suspendu au mur et lui donnait de mauvaises pensées.
Il a été pendu à la Prison de Newgate pendant trois jours, pensa-t-il.
Et il y avait un homme à l'intérieur à ce moment là !
Mais les filles l'avaient modifié et la taille était à présent différente.
J'espère qu'il ne va pas venir le rechercher !
Le document était encore sur la table au matin.
Smith se leva tôt.
Il prit le document et se dirigea tranquillement vers les escaliers.
Mais les filles étaient réveillées et l'entendirent.
— Où vas-tu, Smut chéri ?
lança Fanny
— À la Prison de Newgate, dit Smith.
— La Prison de Newgate ?
Ne prend pas le document avec toi. — Pourquoi pas ?
Peut-être que ces hommes te tueront et le prendront.
Ils ont déjà tué un homme pour lui, n'est-ce pas ?
— Ils n'auront pas peur d'un gamin. — Ils ne savent pas que je l'ai, dit Smith.
Ils ne m'ont pas vu. — Tu ne peux pas en être certain, Smut !
dit Fanny.
— Je m'en occuperai pour toi. — Non. — Vas-tu le montrer à Lord Tom ?
— Peut-être dit Smith.
— Je ne sais pas encore. — Il est allé à la Prison de Newgate, dit Fanny à sa sœur.
Est-il ?
Bridget cria alors : — Smut, demande Mr Jones, le bourreau.
Il peut nous payer quelques sous pour le travail sur le costume. Les filles retouchaient le costume pour le bourreau.
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Smith looked hard at the document.
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He looked at every word in every line.
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He tried for many hours, but he just couldn't read a word.
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"I need some help," he thought.
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"I'll have to ask my friends.
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They'll be able to read it.” But Smith knew that he didn't have any honest friends.
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His friends were pickpockets too!
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"I'll cut the document," he thought then.
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"I'll cut every line and give the pieces to different readers.” That idea wasn't a good one.
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"The pieces of paper will be too small to remember," he thought.
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Evening came while Smith was still thinking.
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His eyes, head and heart were tired.
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He put the document back inside his coat and went home.
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The Red Lion Tavern had one dirty room and a cellar.
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The room was full of the smell of drink—and the smell of criminals.
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Every kind of criminal was usually there.
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Smith lived in the cellar with his sisters, Miss Bridget and Miss Fanny.
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Smith walked in through the doorway.
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The landlord of the tavern looked at him and laughed.
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"Haven't they hanged you yet?"
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he asked.
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Smith was still thinking of the document and didn't answer.
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"I asked you a question, Smith," the landlord said.
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"Did you really!"
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But he wasn't quick enough.
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He felt the landlord's heavy hand across his ear.
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In the cellar Smith's sisters were altering a dead criminal's suit.
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That was their usual work.
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The king's men hanged a lot of criminals in London.
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But their clothes were still good enough to wear.
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Miss Bridget was altering a brown coat.
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"Don't talk to the landlord like that," she said to Smith.
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"He'll be angry if you do.” "Poor little Smut!"
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Miss Fanny said.
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(His sisters usually called him Smut.)
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"He's always in trouble.” Smith opened the document and laid it on the table.
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"I took this thing from an old gentleman," he said.
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"Then two men came and killed him.” The girls looked at the document but couldn't read it.
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"What is it?"
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Miss Fanny asked.
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"I don't know," Smith replied.
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"But the killers were looking for it.
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"It's a kind of report," Miss Bridget said.
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"Look there.” She pointed at a word.
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"Look at that word.
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It's just like a horse and carriage, isn't it?
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That's the word 'report'.
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I'm quite certain.
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I know the word very well.” Smith wasn't certain.
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"So why did they kill him?"
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he asked.
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"And why did the lame man get very angry?"
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"Reasons," Miss Bridget said.
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"They had reasons.” She picked up the brown coat again, "Bridget is right," Miss Fanny said.
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"It's a report, Smut.” She pointed at the paper, too.
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"Look at that thing like a fish.
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I know that it's the word 'criminal'.
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I've seen it many times, Yes, Smut, this document is a criminal report, and it has great value.
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Those men were ready to kill a man for it.
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And so they'll be ready to pay for it, won't they?
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Good boy, Smut!"
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"But who will pay for it?"
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Smith asked.
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"We'll find out," Miss Fanny said.
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"We'll have it read.” Smith remembered his best friend, Lord Tom the highwayman.
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"Lord Tom can read," he said.
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"Lord Tom?
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Yes, of course!"
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Miss Fanny said.
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Her face was rather red, and a sudden light came to her eye.
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Miss Fanny was just nineteen, and the highwayman's name was music in her ears.
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"That criminal!"
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Miss Bridget said.
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"No!
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He isn't honest enough.
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He'll keep the money himself.” "So who can we ask?"
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Smith said.
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They talked for two hours, but they could not answer the question.
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And at last, they went to bed.
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From his bed Smith could see the dead man's suit.
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It was hanging on the wall, and it gave him some bad thoughts.
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"It was hanging in Newgate Gaol three days ago," he thought.
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"And there was a man inside it then!
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But the girls have altered it, and it's a different size now.
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I hope that he won't come back for it!"
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The document was still on the table in the morning.
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Smith got up early.
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He took the document and went quietly to the stairs.
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But the girls were awake and heard him.
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"Where are you going, Smut dear?"
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Miss Fanny called.
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"Newgate Gaol," Smith said.
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"Newgate Gaol?
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Don't take the document with You.” "Why not?"
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"Perhaps those men will kill you and take it.
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They've already killed a man for it, haven't they?
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They won't be afraid of a boy.” "They don't know that I've got it," Smith said.
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"They didn't see me.” "You can't be certain, Smut!"
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Miss Fanny said.
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"I'll look after it for you.” "No.” "Are you going to show it to Lord Tom?"
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"Perhaps," Smith said.
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"I don't know yet.” "He's going to Newgate Gaol," Miss Fanny said to her sister.
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Is he?"
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Miss Bridget then called out: "Ask for Mr Jones, the hangman, Smut.
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Smith looked hard at the document.
He looked at every word in every line.
He tried for many hours, but he just couldn't read a word.
"I need some help," he thought.
"I'll have to ask my friends.
They'll be able to read it.”
But Smith knew that he didn't have any honest friends.
His friends were pickpockets too!
"I'll cut the document," he thought then.
"I'll cut every line and give the pieces to different readers.”
That idea wasn't a good one.
"The pieces of paper will be too small to remember," he thought.
Evening came while Smith was still thinking.
His eyes, head and heart were tired.
He put the document back inside his coat and went home.
The Red Lion Tavern had one dirty room and a cellar.
The room was full of the smell of drink—and the smell of criminals.
Every kind of criminal was usually there.
Smith lived in the cellar with his sisters, Miss Bridget and Miss Fanny.
Smith walked in through the doorway.
The landlord of the tavern looked at him and laughed.
"Haven't they hanged you yet?"
he asked.
Smith was still thinking of the document and didn't answer.
"I asked you a question, Smith," the landlord said.
"Did you really!"
Smith said, "I thought that I heard a horse outside.”
Two or three men laughed, and Smith ran to the stairs.
But he wasn't quick enough.
He felt the landlord's heavy hand across his ear.
In the cellar Smith's sisters were altering a dead criminal's suit.
That was their usual work.
The king's men hanged a lot of criminals in London.
But their clothes were still good enough to wear.
Miss Bridget was altering a brown coat.
"Don't talk to the landlord like that," she said to Smith.
"He'll be angry if you do.”
"Poor little Smut!"
Miss Fanny said.
(His sisters usually called him Smut.) "He's always in trouble.”
Smith opened the document and laid it on the table.
"I took this thing from an old gentleman," he said.
"Then two men came and killed him.”
The girls looked at the document but couldn't read it.
"What is it?"
Miss Fanny asked.
"I don't know," Smith replied.
"But the killers were looking for it.
A lame man was there, too, and he wanted it very much.”
Smith was still afraid of that lame man, with his soft voice.
"It's a kind of report," Miss Bridget said.
"Look there.”
She pointed at a word.
"Look at that word.
It's just like a horse and carriage, isn't it?
That's the word 'report'.
I'm quite certain.
I know the word very well.”
Smith wasn't certain.
"So why did they kill him?"
he asked.
"And why did the lame man get very angry?"
"Reasons," Miss Bridget said.
"They had reasons.”
She picked up the brown coat again, "Bridget is right," Miss Fanny said.
"It's a report, Smut.”
She pointed at the paper, too.
"Look at that thing like a fish.
I know that it's the word 'criminal'.
I've seen it many times, Yes, Smut, this document is a criminal report, and it has great value.
Those men were ready to kill a man for it.
And so they'll be ready to pay for it, won't they?
Good boy, Smut!"
"But who will pay for it?"
Smith asked.
"We'll find out," Miss Fanny said.
"We'll have it read.”
Smith remembered his best friend, Lord Tom the highwayman.
"Lord Tom can read," he said.
"Lord Tom?
Yes, of course!"
Miss Fanny said.
Her face was rather red, and a sudden light came to her eye.
Miss Fanny was just nineteen, and the highwayman's name was music in her ears.
"That criminal!"
Miss Bridget said.
"No!
He isn't honest enough.
He'll keep the money himself.”
"So who can we ask?"
Smith said.
They talked for two hours, but they could not answer the question.
And at last, they went to bed.
From his bed Smith could see the dead man's suit.
It was hanging on the wall, and it gave him some bad thoughts.
"It was hanging in Newgate Gaol three days ago," he thought.
"And there was a man inside it then!
But the girls have altered it, and it's a different size now.
I hope that he won't come back for it!"
The document was still on the table in the morning.
Smith got up early.
He took the document and went quietly to the stairs.
But the girls were awake and heard him.
"Where are you going, Smut dear?"
Miss Fanny called.
"Newgate Gaol," Smith said.
"Newgate Gaol?
Don't take the document with You.”
"Why not?"
"Perhaps those men will kill you and take it.
They've already killed a man for it, haven't they?
They won't be afraid of a boy.”
"They don't know that I've got it," Smith said.
"They didn't see me.”
"You can't be certain, Smut!"
Miss Fanny said.
"I'll look after it for you.”
"No.”
"Are you going to show it to Lord Tom?"
"Perhaps," Smith said.
"I don't know yet.”
"He's going to Newgate Gaol," Miss Fanny said to her sister.
Is he?"
Miss Bridget then called out: "Ask for Mr Jones, the hangman, Smut.
He must pay us some money for the work on this suit.”
The girls were altering the suit for the hangman.