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concession to the misgiving, to keep the forge?” There was another
“You see, too,” said the Doctor, tremulously, “it is such an old
companion.” “I would not keep it,” said Mr. Lorry, shaking his
head; for he gained in firmness as he saw the Doctor disquieted. “I
would recommend him to sacrifice it. I only want your authority. I
am sure it does no good. Come! Give me your authority, like a dear
good man. For his daughter’s sake, my dear Manette!” Very
strange to see what a struggle there was within him!
“In her name, then, let it be done; I sanction it. But, I would not
take it away while he was present. Let it be removed when he is
not there; let him miss his old companion after an absence.” Mr.
Lorry readily engaged for that, and the conference was ended.
They passed the day in the country, and the Doctor was quite
restored. On the three following days he remained perfectly well,
and on the fourteenth day he went away to join Lucie and her
husband. The precaution that had been taken to account for his
silence, Mr. Lorry had previously explained to him, and he had
written to Lucie in accordance with it, and she had no suspicions.
On the night of the day on which he left the house, Mr. Lorry went
into his room with a chopper, saw, chisel, and hammer, attended
by Miss Pross carrying a light. There, with closed doors, and in a
mysterious and guilty manner, Mr. Lorry hacked the shoemaker’s
bench to pieces, while Miss Pross held the candle as if she were
assisting at a murder for which, indeed, in her grimness, she was
no unsuitable figure. The burning of the body (previously reduced
to pieces convenient for the purpose) was commenced without
delay in the kitchen fire; and the tools, shoes, and leather, were
buried in the garden. So wicked do destruction and secrecy appear
to honest minds, that Mr. Lorry and Miss Pross, while engaged in
the commission of their deed and in the removal of its traces,
almost felt, and almost looked, like accomplices in a horrible crime.