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CHAPTER IV
CALM IN STORM


DOCTOR MANETTE did not return until the morning of the
fourth day of his absence. So much of what had happened in that
dreadful time as could be kept from the knowledge of Lucie was so
well concealed from her, that not until long afterwards, when
France and she were far apart, did she know that eleven hundred
defenceless prisoners of both sexes and all ages had been killed by
the populace; that four days and nights had been darkened by this
deed of horror; and that the air around her had been tainted by the
slain. She only knew that there had been an attack upon the
prisons, that all political prisoners had been in danger, and that
some had been dragged out by the crowd and murdered.

To Mr. Lorry, the Doctor communicated under an injunction of
secrecy on which he had no need to dwell, that the crowd had
taken him through a scene of carnage to the prison of La Force.
That, in the prison he had found a self-appointed Tribunal sitting,
before which the prisoners were brought singly, and by which they
were rapidly ordered to be put forth to be massacred, or to be
released, or (in a few cases) to be sent back to their cells. That,
presented by his conductors to this Tribunal, he had announced
himself by name and profession as having been for eighteen years
a secret and unaccused prisoner in the Bastille; that, one of the
body so sitting in judgment had risen and identified him, and that
this man was Defarge.

That, hereupon he had ascertained, through the registers on the
table, that his son-in-law was among the living prisoners, and had
pleaded hard to the Tribunalof whom some members were asleep
and some awake, some dirty with murder and some clean, some
sober and some not-for his life and liberty. That, in the first frantic
greetings lavished on himself as a notable sufferer under the
overthrown system, it had been accorded to him to have Charles
Darnay brought before the lawless Court, and examined. That, he
seemed on the point of being at once released, when the tide in his
favour met with some unexplained check (not intelligible to the
Doctor), which led to a few words of secret conference. That, the
man sitting as President had then informed Doctor Manette that
the prisoner must remain in custody, but should, for his sake, be
held inviolate in safe custody.

That, immediately, on a signal, the prisoner was removed to the
interior of the prison again; but, that he, the Doctor, had then so
strongly pleaded for permission to remain and assure himself that
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