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that the very same people, carried by another current, would have
rushed at him with the very same intensity, to rend him to pieces
and strew him over the streets.

His removal, to make way for other accused persons who were to
be tried, rescued him from these caresses for the moment. Five
were to be tried together, next, as enemies of the Republic,
forasmuch as they had not assisted it by word or deed. So quick
was the Tribunal to compensate itself and the nation for a chance
lost, that these five came down to him before he left the place,
condemned to die within twenty-four hours. The first of them told
him so, with the customary prison sign of Death-a raised finger-
and they all added in words, “Long live the Republic!” The five
had had, it is true, no audience to lengthen their proceedings, for
when he and Doctor Manette emerged from the gate, there was a
great crowd about it, in which there seemed to be every face he
had seen in Court-except two, for which he looked in vain. On his
coming out, the concourse made at him anew, weeping, embracing,
and shouting, all by turns and all together, until the very tide of the
river on the bank of which the mad scene was acted, seemed to run
mad, like the people on the shore.

They put him into a great chair they had among them, and which
they had taken either out of the Court itself, or one of its rooms or
passages. Over the chair they had thrown a red flag, and to the
back of it they had bound a pike with a red cap on its top. In this
car of triumph, not even the Doctor’s entreaties could prevent his
being carried to his home on men’s shoulders, with a confused sea
of red caps heaving about him, and casting up to sight from the
stormy deep such wrecks of faces, that he more than once
misdoubted his mind being in confusion, and that he was in the
tumbril on his way to the Guillotine In wild dreamlike procession,
embracing whom they met and pointing him out, they carried him
on. Reddening the snowy streets with the prevailing Republican
colour, in winding and tramping through them, as they had
reddened them below the snow with a deeper dye, they carried
him thus into the courtyard of the building where he lived. Her
father had gone on before, to prepare her, and when her husband
stood upon his feet, she dropped insensible in his arms.

As he held her to his heart and turned her beautiful head between
his face and the brawling crowd, so that his tears and her lips
might come together unseen, a few of the people fell to dancing.
Instantly, all the rest fell to dancing, and the courtyard overflowed
with the Carmagnole. Then, they elevated into the vacant chair a
young woman from the crowd to be carried as the Goddess of
Liberty, and then swelling and overflowing out into the adjacent
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