en-fr  Smith - Chapter 5
Le grand homme et le petit homme attendaient dans l'ombre près de la Taverne du Lion Rouge. Smith les vit tout de suite. Et il sut qu'ils commençaient à le suivre. Il était six heures et demie.

Les hommes suivirent Smith pendant cinq minutes le long de Saffron Hill. Puis ils le perdirent. Une minute plus tard, il apparut à Cross Street. Ils le virent et le suivirent encore. Ils le talonnèrent alors pendant dix minutes. À Cony Court, ils le perdirent encore. Ils regardèrent attentivement les ténèbres de la cour. Soudain, le petit homme pointa le doigt. — Il est là ! dit-il. Dans Cross Street !

Smith courait le long de Cross Street, en passant par Portpool Way et Hatton Garden. Les deux hommes suivirent. Ils arrivèrent sur Chart Street ; puis ils retournèrent à Saffron Hill ; Holborn Hill—Union Court—Hatton Garden à nouveau. Puis ils furent à Cross Street—Saffron Hill—Cox's Court ...

Il était neuf heures moins le quart, les deux hommes s'arrêtèrent à Hatton Garden. Ils se tenaient à côté d'un mur bas.

— Je... je dois me reposer... juste une minute ! dit le petit homme. Je suis trop... trop fatigué pour le suivre.

— Oui, dit le grand homme. Ren... rentrons au... au Lion Rouge. Nous attendrons là-bas ... Smith se reposait là aussi, juste derrière le mur. Il attendit alors qu'ils s'éloignent. Il était fatigué mais heureux. — Ils ne m'attraperont pas, se dit-il. Le document était humide sous son manteau.

Un homme passa. Smith le suivit et déroba un mouchoir — et une livre — de la poche du gentilhomme. Il enveloppa le document avec le mouchoir. — Il sera vite sec, pensa-t-il. La livre prit le chemin de la poche de Smith.

La nuit était froide et les rues étaient presque désertes. Smith s'arrêta dans une taverne et acheta une boisson. Il pensa à un lit chaud, mais les chambres de la taverne étaient toutes occupées. Il retourna dans la rue.

Smith marcha rapidement le long de la rue. Il pensait à la vie merveilleuse de bandit de grand chemin. — Finchley Common, pensa-t-il. C'est l'endroit ! C'est là que je serai plus tard. Mesdames et messieurs en voiture ! La bourse ou la vie ! dirai-je. Madame, vos bijoux, s'il vous plaît ! Monsieur, votre argent... ou je tire !

La tête de Smith était pleine de pensées merveilleuses. Alors qu'il tournait à l'angle d'une rue, il heurta de plein fouet un vieux gentilhomme.

— Oh ! Oh ! Quoi — ? Qui est-ce ? s'écria le vieil homme.

Il tomba, et Smith tomba à côté de lui. — Aidez-moi, monsieur ! cria le vieil homme. Il attrapa le pied de Smith. — Je suis aveugle ! Aidez-moi à me relever !

— Oh, qu'est-ce que j'ai fait maintenant ? dit Smith. Je vous aiderai si vous me lâchez le pied.

L'aveugle pensait: — C'est un garçon, un enfant, un pickpocket peut-être. Il va me voler, c'est sûr. Oh, comment trouverai-je le chemin ?

— Êtes-vous vraiment aveugle ? demanda Smith. Pouvez-vous me voir ? Qu'est ce que je fais maintenant ? Et il ouvrit grand la bouche.

— Je ne sais pas ! Je ne sais pas ! Je suis aveugle !

Smith n'en était pas encore certain. Il ne proposait jamais son aide à quelqu'un. Mais un aveugle ... — Voici ma main, dit-il. Maintenant, levez-vous ! Et voici votre chapeau.

Le gentilhomme était grand, et gros également. Smith semblait très petit à côté de lui.

— Vous êtes sacrément grand, n'est-ce pas ! dit Smith. Mais si vous êtes aveugle, vous ne pouvez pas savoir !

— Merci, mon garçon. Maintenant, trouve mon bâton, s'il te plait. Si tu me montres le chemin, je te donnerai une livre.

Smith avait besoin d'un ami, peut-être que ce vieil homme pourrait l'aider. Il lui donna son bâton et reprit sa main. — Je m'appelle Smith, dit-il. Douze ans et pas un sou. Toujours des problèmes. Petit mais costaud ! J'avais l'habitude de vivre à la Red Lion Tavern, près de Saffron Hill. Smith. Le vieil homme prit la main de Smith. — Et je m'appelle Mansfield, dit-il. Aveugle depuis douze ans, riche... mais qu'est-ce que l'argent peut m'apporter ? Je vis avec ma fille. Au 7, rue de la Vigne. Mansfield. Je suis magistrat !

Un bruit étrange sortit de la bouche de Smith. — J'aide un magistrat ! cria-t-il. Oh, que va-t-il se passer ensuite ?

— Il y a une église au bout de cette rue, Smith. Tu la connais ?

— Je connais chaque église à la ronde, M. Mansfield, dit Smith.

— Montre-moi le chemin pour y aller, s'il te plaît, tiens voici une livre.

Smith prit la livre. — Je vous accompagne, M. Mansfield, dit-il. Je vais aussi rue de la Vigne. — Je suis ravi de l'entendre Smith.

Ainsi ils marchèrent côte à côte, et le magistrat tenait la petite main de Smith. Après quelques minutes, Smith dit : — Pourquoi êtes-vous aveugle ? Étiez-vous malade ?

— Non. C'est à cause d'un incendie. Une maison a entièrement brûlé. J'ai perdu mes yeux. J'ai perdu ma femme également. Elle est morte dans l'incendie.

— C'est comment, sans les yeux ? demanda Smith.

— C'est sombre, Smith. Très sombre. Nous devrions être proche de l'église, à présent. Traverse la rue et tourne à droite.

Ils furent bientôt rue de la Vigne, devant la maison de Mansfield.

Le magistrat dit : — Veux-tu prendre le repas de ce soir avec moi, Smith ?

— Oui, s'il vous plaît, M. Mansfield.

— Puis-je t'offrir un lit pour la nuit ?

— Oui, s'il vous plaît, Monsieur. Mansfield.

— As-tu de la famille, Smith ?

— Deux sœurs.

— Auront-elles peur si tu ne rentres pas à la maison ?

— Non — Donc tu peux rester dormir ici. Je suis content de t'aider, Smith.

— Merci M. le magistrat Mansfield, et Smith pensa que la vie était bien étrange. Un magistrat allait l'aider, lui, Smith. Mais il n'avait besoin d'aide que pour une seule chose : il voulait savoir lire. Un aveugle ne pouvait lui apporter cette aide.
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The tall man and the short man were waiting in the shadows beside the Red Lion Tavern.
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Smith saw them at once.
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And he knew that they began to follow him.
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It was half past six.
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The men followed Smith for five minutes along Saffron Hill.
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Then they lost him.
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A minute later he appeared in Cross Street.
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They saw him and went after him again.
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They followed him then for ten minutes.
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At Cony Court they lost him again.
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They looked closely among the dark shadows of the court, Suddenly the short man pointed.
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"There he is!"
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he said.
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"In Cross Street!"
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Smith ran along Cross Street, down Portpool Way and through Hatton Garden.
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The two men followed.
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Then they were in Cross Street—Saffron Hill—Cox's Court...
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It was a quarter to nine, and the two men stopped in Hatton Garden.
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They stood beside a low wail.
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"I—I must rest—for a minute!"
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the short man said.
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"I'm too— too tired to follow him."
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"Yes," the tall man said.
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"We'll—go—go back—to the Red Lion.
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We'll wait there..." Smith was resting there, too, just behind the wall.
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He waited while they were walking away.
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He was tired but happy.
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"They won't catch me," he said to himself.
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The document was wet under his coat.
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A gentleman walked past.
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Smith followed and took a handkerchief—and a pound—from the gentleman's pocket.
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He put the handkerchief round the document.
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"It will soon dry," he thought.
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The pound went into Smith's pocket.
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The night was cold, and the streets were almost empty.
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Smith stopped at a tavern and bought a drink.
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He thought of a warm bed, but the rooms of the tavern were full.
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He went out to the street again.
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Smith walked quickly along the street.
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He was thinking of the wonderful life of a highwayman.
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"Finchley Common," he thought.
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"That's the place!
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I'll be there when I'm a man.
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Ladies and gentlemen in carriages!
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'Stand and deliver!'
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I'll say.
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'Madam, your jewels, please!
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Sir, your money—or I'll shoot!'"
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Smith's head was full of wonderful thoughts.
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He turned a corner—and walked straight into an old gentleman.
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"Oh!
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Oh!
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What—?
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Who is that?"
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the old man cried.
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He fell, and Smith fell beside him.
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"Help me, sir!"
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the old man cried.
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He caught Smith's foot.
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"I'm blind!
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Help to pull me up!"
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"Oh, what have I done now?"
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Smith said.
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"I'll help you if you free my foot."
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The blind man thought: "It's a boy—a child, a pickpocket perhaps.
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He'll rob me, of course.
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Oh, how shall I find the way?"
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"Are you really blind?"
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Smith asked.
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"Can you see me?
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What am I doing now?"
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And he opened his mouth wide.
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"I don't know!
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I don't know!
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I'm blind!"
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Smith was still uncertain.
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He never offered help to people.
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But a blind man... "Here's my hand," he said.
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"Now, stand up!
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And here's your hat."
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The gentleman was tall and also fat.
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Smith was very small beside him.
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"You're a big man, aren't you?"
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Smith said.
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"But if you're blind, you won't know!"
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"Thank you, boy.
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Now, find my stick, please.
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If you show me the way, I'll give you a pound."
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Smith needed a friend, and perhaps this old man could help him.
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He gave him his stick and took his hand again.
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"My name is Smith," he said.
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"Twelve years old and poor.
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Always in trouble.
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Very small but strong.
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I used to live in the Red Lion Tavern, near Saffron Hill.
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Smith," The old man held Smith's hand.
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"And my name is Mansfield," he said.
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"Blind for twelve years, Rich—but what can I do with money?
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I live with my daughter.
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Number Seven, Vine Street.
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Mansfield.
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I'm a magistrate!"
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A strange noise came out of Smith's mouth.
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"I'm helping a magistrate!"
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he cried.
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"Oh, what will happen next?
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"There's a church at the end of this street, Smith.
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Do you know it?"
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"I know every church round here, Mr Mansfield," Smith said.
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"Show me the way to it, please, and here's a pound."
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Smith took the pound.
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"I'll come with you, Mr Mansfield," he said.
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"I'm going along Vine Street, too," "I'm glad to hear it Smith."
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So they walked along, and the magistrate held Smith's thin hand.
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After a few minutes, Smith said: "Why are you blind?
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Were you ill?"
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"No.
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It was a fire.
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A house burned down.
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I lost my eyes.
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I lost my wife, too.
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She died in the fire."
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"What is it like, without eyes?"
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Smith asked.
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"It's dark, Smith.
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Very dark.
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We must be near the church now.
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Cross the street and turn to the right."
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Soon they were in Vine Street, outside Mr Mansfield's house.
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The magistrate said, "Will you have a late meal with me, Smith?"
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"Yes, please, Mr Mansfield."
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"May I offer you a bed for the night?"
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"Yes, please, Mr.
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Mansfield."
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"Have you any family, Smith?"
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"Two sisters."
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"Will they be afraid when you don't come home?"
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"No" "So you can sleep here.
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I'm glad to help you, Smith."
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"Thank you, Mr Magistrate Mansfield," Smith thought that life was very strange.
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A magistrate was going to help him—Smith.
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But he needed help only in one thing: he wanted to read.
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A blind man could not give that help.
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The tall man and the short man were waiting in the shadows beside the Red Lion Tavern. Smith saw them at once. And he knew that they began to follow him. It was half past six.

The men followed Smith for five minutes along Saffron Hill. Then they lost him. A minute later he appeared in Cross Street. They saw him and went after him again. They followed him then for ten minutes. At Cony Court they lost him again. They looked closely among the dark shadows of the court,

Suddenly the short man pointed. "There he is!" he said. "In Cross Street!"

Smith ran along Cross Street, down Portpool Way and through Hatton Garden. The two men followed. They came to Chart Street; then back to Saffron Hill; Holborn Hill—Union Court—Hatton Garden again. Then they were in Cross Street—Saffron Hill—Cox's Court...

It was a quarter to nine, and the two men stopped in Hatton Garden. They stood beside a low wail.

"I—I must rest—for a minute!" the short man said. "I'm too— too tired to follow him."

"Yes," the tall man said. "We'll—go—go back—to the Red Lion. We'll wait there..."

Smith was resting there, too, just behind the wall. He waited while they were walking away. He was tired but happy. "They won't catch me," he said to himself. The document was wet under his coat.

A gentleman walked past. Smith followed and took a handkerchief—and a pound—from the gentleman's pocket. He put the handkerchief round the document. "It will soon dry," he thought. The pound went into Smith's pocket.

The night was cold, and the streets were almost empty. Smith stopped at a tavern and bought a drink. He thought of a warm bed, but the rooms of the tavern were full. He went out to the street again.

Smith walked quickly along the street. He was thinking of the wonderful life of a highwayman. "Finchley Common," he thought. "That's the place! I'll be there when I'm a man. Ladies and gentlemen in carriages! 'Stand and deliver!' I'll say. 'Madam, your jewels, please! Sir, your money—or I'll shoot!'"

Smith's head was full of wonderful thoughts. He turned a corner—and walked straight into an old gentleman.

"Oh! Oh! What—? Who is that?" the old man cried.

He fell, and Smith fell beside him. "Help me, sir!" the old man cried. He caught Smith's foot. "I'm blind! Help to pull me up!"

"Oh, what have I done now?" Smith said. "I'll help you if you free my foot."

The blind man thought: "It's a boy—a child, a pickpocket perhaps. He'll rob me, of course. Oh, how shall I find the way?"

"Are you really blind?" Smith asked. "Can you see me? What am I doing now?" And he opened his mouth wide.

"I don't know! I don't know! I'm blind!"

Smith was still uncertain. He never offered help to people. But a blind man... "Here's my hand," he said. "Now, stand up! And here's your hat."

The gentleman was tall and also fat. Smith was very small beside him.

"You're a big man, aren't you?" Smith said. "But if you're blind, you won't know!"

"Thank you, boy. Now, find my stick, please. If you show me the way, I'll give you a pound."

Smith needed a friend, and perhaps this old man could help him. He gave him his stick and took his hand again. "My name is Smith," he said. "Twelve years old and poor. Always in trouble. Very small but strong. I used to live in the Red Lion Tavern, near Saffron Hill. Smith,"

The old man held Smith's hand. "And my name is Mansfield," he said. "Blind for twelve years, Rich—but what can I do with money? I live with my daughter. Number Seven, Vine Street. Mansfield. I'm a magistrate!"

A strange noise came out of Smith's mouth. "I'm helping a magistrate!" he cried. "Oh, what will happen next?

"There's a church at the end of this street, Smith. Do you know it?"

"I know every church round here, Mr Mansfield," Smith said.

"Show me the way to it, please, and here's a pound."

Smith took the pound. "I'll come with you, Mr Mansfield," he said. "I'm going along Vine Street, too,"

"I'm glad to hear it Smith."

So they walked along, and the magistrate held Smith's thin hand. After a few minutes, Smith said: "Why are you blind? Were you ill?"

"No. It was a fire. A house burned down. I lost my eyes. I lost my wife, too. She died in the fire."

"What is it like, without eyes?" Smith asked.

"It's dark, Smith. Very dark. We must be near the church now. Cross the street and turn to the right."

Soon they were in Vine Street, outside Mr Mansfield's house.

The magistrate said, "Will you have a late meal with me, Smith?"

"Yes, please, Mr Mansfield."

"May I offer you a bed for the night?"

"Yes, please, Mr. Mansfield."

"Have you any family, Smith?"

"Two sisters."

"Will they be afraid when you don't come home?"

"No"

"So you can sleep here. I'm glad to help you, Smith."

"Thank you, Mr Magistrate Mansfield,"

Smith thought that life was very strange. A magistrate was going to help him—Smith. But he needed help only in one thing: he wanted to read. A blind man could not give that help.