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The Doctor had taken care that it should be there-had assured him
that it would be there-and at this stage of the proceedings it was
produced and read.

Citizen Gabelle was called to confirm it, and did so. Citizen
Gabelle hinted, with infinite delicacy and politeness, that in the
pressure of business imposed on the Tribunal by the multitude of
enemies of the Republic with which it had to deal, he had been
slightly overlooked in his prison of the Abbaye-in fact, had rather
passed out of the Tribunalís patriotic remembrance-until three
days ago; when he had been summoned before it, and had been set
at liberty on the Juryís declaring themselves satisfied that the
accusation against him was answered, as to himself, by the
surrender of the citizen Evremonde, called Darnay.

Doctor Manette was next questioned. His high personal popularity,
and the cleanness of his answers, made a great impression; but, as
he proceeded, as he showed that the Accused was his first friend
on his release from his long imprisonment; that, the accused had
remained in England, always faithful and devoted to his daughter
and himself in their exile; that, so far from being in favour with the
Aristocrat government there, he had actually been tried for his life
by it, as the foe of England and friend of the United States-as he
brought these circumstances into view, with the greatest discretion
and with the straightforward force of truth and earnestness, the
Jury and the populace became one. At last, when he appealed by
name to Monsieur Lorry, an English gentleman then and there
present, who, like himself, had been a witness on that English trial
and could corroborate his account of it, the Jury declared that they
had heard enough, and that they were ready with their votes if the
President were content to receive them.

At every vote (the Jurymen voted aloud and individually), the
populace set up a shout of applause. All the voices were in the
prisonerís favour, and the President declared him free.

Then, began one of those extraordinary scenes with which the
populace sometimes gratified their fickleness, or their better
impulses towards generosity and mercy, or which they regarded as
some set-off against their swollen account of cruel rage. No man
can decide now to which of these motives such extraordinary
scenes were referable; it is probable, to a blending of all the three,
with the second predominating. No sooner was the acquittal
pronounced, than tears were shed as freely as blood at another
time, and such fraternal embraces were bestowed upon the
prisoner by as many of both sexes as could rush at him, that after
his long and unwholesome confinement he was in danger of
fainting from exhaustion; none the less because he knew very well,
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