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speak so graciously.’ “’We have been to your residence,’ said the
first, ‘and not being so fortunate as to find you there, and being
informed that you were probably walking in this direction, we
followed, in the hope of overtaking you. Will you please to enter
the carriage?’ “The manner of both was imperious, and they both
moved, as these words were spoken, so as to place me between
themselves and the carriage door. They were armed. I was not.
“’Gentlemen,’ said I, ‘pardon me; but I usually inquire who does
me the honour to seek my assistance, and what is the nature of the
case to which I am summoned.’ “The reply to this was made by
him who had spoken second. ‘Doctor, your clients are, people of
condition. As to the nature of the case, our confidence in your skill
assures us that you will ascertain it for yourself better than we can
describe it. Enough. Will you please to enter the carriage?’ “I could
do nothing but comply, and I entered it in silence. They both
entered after me-the last springing in, after putting up the steps.
The carriage turned about, and drove on at its former speed.

“I repeat this conversation exactly as it occurred. I have no doubt
that it is, word for word, the same. I describe everything exactly as
it took place, constraining my mind not to wander from the task.
Where I make the broken marks that follow here, I leave off for the
time, and put my paper in its hiding-place. * * * * “The carriage left
the streets behind, passed the North Barrier, and emerged upon the
country road. At two-thirds of a league from the Barrier-I did not
esti-mate the distance at that time, but afterwards when I
traversed it-it struck out of the main avenue, and presently
stopped at a solitary house. We all three alighted, and walked, by a
damp soft footpath in a garden where a neglected fountain had
overflowed, to the door of the house. It was not opened
immediately, in answer to the ringing of the bell, and one of my
two conductors struck the man who opened it, with his heavy
riding glove, across the face.

“There was nothing in this action to attract my particular attention,
for I had seen common people struck more commonly than dogs.
But, the other of the two, being angry likewise, struck the man in
like manner with his arm; the look and bearing of the brothers
were then so exactly alike, that I then first perceived them to be
twin brothers.

“From the time of our alighting at the outer gate (which we found
locked, and which one of the brothers had opened to admit us, and
had relocked), I had heard cries proceeding from an upper
chamber. I was conducted to this chamber straight, the cries
growing louder as we ascended the stairs, and I found a patient in
a high fever of the brain, lying on a bed.
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