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all drawn up together singing a Liberty song. Happily, however,
there was sleep in Beauvais that night to help them out of it and
they passed on once more into solitude and loneliness: jingling
through the untimely cold and wet, among impoverished fields
that had yielded no fruits of the earth that year, diversified by the
blackened remains of burnt houses, and by the sudden emergence
from ambuscade, and sharp reining up across their way, of patriot
patrols on the watch on all the roads.

Daylight at last found them before the wall of Paris. The barrier
was closed and strongly guarded when they rode up to it.

“Where are the papers of this prisoner?” demanded a resolute-
looking man in authority, who was summoned out by the guard.
Naturally struck by the disagreeable word, Charles Darnay
requested the speaker to take notice that he was a free traveller and
French citizen, in charge of an escort which the disturbed state of
the country had imposed upon him, and which he had paid for.
“Where,” repeated the same personage, without taking any heed of
him whatever, “are the papers of this prisoner?” The drunken
patriot had them in his cap, and produced them. Casting his eyes
over Gabelle’s letter, the same personage in authority showed some
disorder and surprise, and looked at Darnay with a close attention.
He left escort and escorted without saying a word, however, and
went into the guard-room; meanwhile, they sat upon their horses
outside the gate. Looking about him while in this state of suspense,
Charles Darnay observed that the gate was held by a mixed guard
of soldiers and patriots, the latter far outnumbering the former;
and that while ingress into the city for peasants’ carts bringing in
supplies, and for similar traffic and traffickers, was easy enough,
egress, even for the homeliest people, was very difficult. A
numerous medley of men and women, not to mention beasts and
vehicles of various sorts, was waiting to issue forth; but, the
previous identification was so strict, that they filtered through the
barrier very slowly. Some of these people knew their turn for
examination to be so far off, that they lay down on the ground to
sleep or smoke, while others talked together, or loitered about. The
red cap and tricolour cockade were universal, both among men
and women.

When he had sat in his saddle some half-hour, taking note of these
things, Darnay found himself confronted by the same man in
authority, who directed the guard to open the barrier. Then he
delivered to the escort, drunk and sober, a receipt for the escorted,
and requested him to dismount. He did so, and the two patriots,
leading his tired horse, turned and rode away without entering the
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