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saying; if Monsieur Manette had not died; if he had suddenly and
silently disappeared; if he had been spirited away; if it had not
been difficult to guess to what dreadful place, though no art could
trace him; if he had an enemy in some compatriot who could
exercise a privilege that I in my own time have known the boldest
people afraid to speak of in a whisper, across the water there; for
instance, the privilege of filling up blank forms for the
consignment of any one to the oblivion of a prison for any length of
time; if his wife had implored the king, the queen, the queen, the
court, the clergy, for any tidings of him, and all quite in vain;- then
the history of your father would have been the history of this
unfortunate gentleman, the Doctor of Beauvais.” “I entreat you to
tell me more, sir.” “I will. I am going to. You can bear it?”

“I can bear anything but the uncertainty you leave me in at this
moment.” “You speak collectedly, and you-are collected. That’s
good!” (Though his manner was less satisfied than his words.) “A
matter of business. Regard it as a matter of business-business that
must be done. Now if this doctor’s wife, though a lady of great
courage and spirit, had suffered so intensely from this cause before
her little child was born--” “The little child was a daughter, sir.”
“A daughter. A-a-matter of business-don’t be distressed. Miss, if
the poor lady had suffered so intensely before her little child was
born, that she came to the determination of sparing the poor child
the inheritance of any part of the agony she had known the pains
of, by rearing her in the belief that her father was dead-- No, don’t
kneel! In Heaven’s name why should you kneel to me!” “For the
truth. O dear, good, compassionate sir, for the truth!” “A-a matter
of business. You confuse me, and how can I transact business if I
am confused? Let us be clear-headed. If you could kindly mention
now, for instance, what nine times ninepence are, or how many
shillings in twenty guineas, it would be so encouraging. I should
be so much more at my ease about your state of mind.” Without
directly answering to this appeal, she sat so still when he had very
gently raised her, and the hands that had not ceased to clasp his
wrists were so much more steady than they had been, that she
communicated some reassurance to Mr. Jarvis Lorry.

“That’s right, that’s right. Courage! Business! You have business
before you; useful business. Miss Manette, your mother took this
course with you. And when she died-I believe broken-hearted-
having never slackened her unavailing search for your father, she
left you, at two years old, to grow to be blooming, beautiful, and
happy, without the dark cloud upon you of living in uncertainty
whether your father soon wore his heart out in prison, or wasted
there through many lingering years.” As he said the words he
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