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THE WRETCHED WIFE of the innocent man thus doomed to die,
fell under the sentence, as if she had been mortally stricken. But,
she uttered no sound; and so strong was the voice within her,
representing that it was she of all the world who must uphold him
in his misery and not augment it, that it quickly raised her, even
from that shock.

The Judges having to take part in a public demonstration out of
doors, the Tribunal adjourned. The quick noise and movement of
the court’s emptying itself by many passages had not ceased, when
Lucie stood stretching out her arms towards her husband, with
nothing in her face but love and consolation.

“If I might touch him! If I might embrace him once! O, good
citizens, if you would have so much compassion for us!” There was
but a gaoler left, along with two of the four men who had taken
him last night, and Barsad. The people had all poured out to the
show in the streets. Barsad proposed to the rest, “Let her embrace
him then; it is but a moment.” It was silently acquiesced in, and
they passed her over the seats in the hall to a raised place, where
he, by leaning over the dock, could fold her in his arms.
“Farewell, dear darling of my soul. My parting blessing on my
love. We shall meet again, where the weary are at rest!”

They were her husband’s words, as he held her to his bosom.
“I can bear it, dear Charles. I am supported from above: don’t
suffer for me.

A parting blessing for our child.” “I send it to her by you. I kiss her
by you. I say farewell to her by you.” “My husband. No! A
moment!” He was tearing himself apart from her. “We shall not be
separated long. I feel that this will break my heart by-and-bye; but
I will do my duty while I can, and when I leave her, God will raise
up friends for her, as He did for me.” Her father had followed her,
and would have fallen on his knees to both of them, but that
Darnay put out a hand and seized him, crying: “No, no! What
have you done, what have you done, that you should kneel to us!
We know now, what a struggle you made of old. We know, now
what you underwent when you suspected my descent, and when
you knew it. We know now, the natural antipathy you strove
against, and conquered, for her dear sake. We thank you with all
our hearts, and all our love and duty. Heaven be with you!” Her
father’s only answer was to draw his hands through his white hair,
and wring them with a shriek of anguish.
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