en-fr  Smith - Chapter 3
Smith avait une bonne idée. Il voulait lire le document lui-même, et il devait donc apprendre. Il espérait apprendre à Newgate Gaol. Il y avait différents types de criminels dans la prison.

Il y avait des tueurs, des bandits de grand chemin, des pickpockets, et aussi des débiteurs. Les débiteurs n'étaient pas de vrais criminels, mais ils devaient de l'argent à des personnes. Si un homme doit de l'argent aujourd'hui, il ne va plus en prison. Mais à cette époque, il y avait beaucoup de débiteurs à Newgate. Smith avait l'habitude de porter des notes pour eux.

Smith savait que les débiteurs pouvaient lire. — Peut-être qu'ils m'apprendront, pensa-t-il.

D'abord il demanda M. Jones, le bourreau, et celui-ci lui donna trois shillings pour le travail de ses sœurs. Puis il alla à la salle des débiteurs et demanda des leçons.

"Je ne vais certainement pas t'apprendre", déclara un homme de grande taille. Tu ne seras jamais heureux si tu peux lire. Écoute, Smith. Les lettres et les papiers n'apportent que des ennuis à l'homme. Alors, n'essaie jamais de lire !

L'homme suivant dit presque la même chose. — Tu n'as pas besoin de lire, Smith. Je suis vraiment désolé de pouvoir le faire ! Et il désigna les chaînes autour de ses jambes. "Pourquoi est-ce que je porte ces chaînes ? Parce que je sais lire ! Je me suis arrêté dans la rue et j'ai lu un panneau. Ils m'ont attrapé, et maintenant je suis en prison.

Puis Smith demanda à M. Palmer. C'était un débiteur aussi et il devait beaucoup d'argent. Mais il était furieux contre Smith.

— Oui, je vais t'apprendre, déclara M. Palmer. "Viens ici. Ce sera ta première leçon.

Il tira fortement le nez de Smith, et le garçon cria. Les jambes de M. Palmer étaient également enchaînées, mais celles de Smith ne l'étaient pas. Il se battit contre l'homme avec ses pieds. Et M. Palmer fut content de le libérer.

Smith courut hors de la cellule des débiteurs et quitta la prison. Il se fit une promesse. — Si je reste libre, je n'y retournerai plus jamais, dit-il.

Mais il souhaitait toujours apprendre à lire. — Je lirai, pensa-t-il. Il mit la main dans son manteau et toucha le document. — Toi et moi allons être riches, dit-il. Tu vas me rapporter de l'argent !

Smith savait que de nombreuses personnes à Londres savaient lire. Il vit un vieux monsieur et traversa la rue dans sa direction.

— Je veux lire, monsieur, dit-il. Pouvez-vous m'apprendre, s'il-vous-plaît ?

Juste à ce moment le vent enleva le chapeau du vieux monsieur, et Smith se mit à rire. L'homme brandit sa canne, et Smith se mit à courir !

Il demanda à trois ou quatre messieurs, mais la réponse fut toujours : — non ! Les gens ne voulaient pas lui apprendre. Ils étaient trop occupés pour aider un pauvre garçon sale et peut-être n'aimaient-ils pas son odeur.

Un peu plus tard, Smith passa devant l'extrémité de la rue Godliman. Un homme sortit de la rue et s'arrêta. Il regarda attentivement Smith, mais celui-ci ne le remarqua pas.

Smith entra dans une rue où se trouvaient de nombreuses librairies. — C'est l'endroit idéal pour moi, pensa-t-il. Je demanderai ici.

Il connaissait une librairie plutôt bien, et connaissait le libraire également. De hauts murs de livres remplissaient l'endroit.

— Ne touche pas à ces livres, Smith ! cria le libraire.
— Je ne sais pas encore lire, répondit Smith. Mais je veux apprendre. Voulez-vous m'apprendre, s'il-vous-plaît ?

— Va-t-en ! dit l'homme.

— Pourquoi ne voulez-vous pas m'apprendre ?

— Parce que tu es un sale petit pickpockett ! Maintenant, va-t-en.

Le marchand leva la main et Smith bondit en arrière précipitamment. C'était un essai malheureux. Un millier de livres tomba par terre et recouvrit le marchand. Smith s'évapora en courant.

Des personnes rentrèrent dans la boutique et aidèrent le marchand. Il expliqua le problème. — C'était Smith ! cria-t-il. C'est Smith qui a fait cela. Il a poussé les livres sur moi. Un homme posa une question. C'était l'homme qui se trouvait au coin de la rue Godliman. — Et où habite Smith ? demanda-t-il.

— À la taverne Red Lion, dit le marchand.
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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.