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spoke here in his former thoughtful manner, “that one might be
listened to, and might have the power to persuade to some
restraint. Only last night, after you had left us, when I was talking
to Lucie--” “When you were talking to Lucie,” Mr. Lorry repeated.
“Yes. I wonder you are not ashamed to mention the name of Lucie!
Wishing you were going to France at this time of day!” “However,
I am not going,” said Charles Darnay, with a smile. “It is more to
the purpose that you say you are.” “And I am, in plain reality. The
truth is, my dear Charles,” Mr. Lorry glanced at the distant House,
and lowered his voice, “you can have no conception of the
difficulty with which our business is transacted, and of the peril in
which our books and papers over yonder are involved. The Lord
above knows what the compromising consequences would be to
numbers of people, if some of our documents were seized or
destroyed; and they might be, at any time, you know, for who can
say that Paris is not set afire to-day, or sacked to-morrow! Now, a
judicious selection from these with the least possible delay, and the
burying of them, or otherwise getting of them out of harm’s way, is
within the power (without loss of precious time) of scarcely any
one but myself, if any one. And shall I hang back, when Tellson’s
knows this and says this-Tellson’s, whose bread I have eaten these
sixty years-because I am a little stiff about the joints? Why, I am a
boy, sir, to half a dozen old codgers here!” “How I admire the
gallantry of your youthful spirit, Mr. Lorry.” “Tut! Nonsense, sir!-
And, my dear Charles,” said Mr. Lorry, glancing at the House
again, “you are to remember, that getting things out of Paris at this
present time, no matter what things, is next to an impossibility.
Papers and precious matters were this very day brought to us here
(I speak in strict confidence; it is not business-like to whisper it,
even to you), by the strangest bearers you can imagine, every one
of whom had his head hanging on by a single hair as he passed the
Barriers. At another time, our parcels would come and go, as easily
as in business-like Old England; but now, everything is stopped.”
“And do you really go to-night?” “I really go to-night, for the case
has become too pressing to admit of delay.”

“And do you take no one with you?” “All sorts of people have
been proposed to me, but I will have nothing to say to any of them.
I intend to take Jerry. Jerry has been my bodyguard on Sunday
nights for a long time past and I am used to him. Nobody will
suspect Jerry of being anything but an English bull-dog, or of
having any design in his head but to fly at anybody who touches
his master.” “I must say again that I heartily admire your gallantry
and youthfulness.” “I must say again, nonsense, nonsense! When I
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