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efforts to control and steady his breathing shook the lips from
which the colour rushed to his heart. The buzz of the great flies
was loud again.

“Miss Manette, have you seen the prisoner before?” “Yes, sir.”
“Where?” “On board of the packet-ship just now referred to, sir,
and on the same occasion.” “You are the young lady just now
referred to?” “O! most unhappily, I am!” The plaintive tone of her
compassion merged into the less musical voice of the Judge, as he
said something fiercely: “Answer the questions put to you, and
make no remark upon them.” “Miss Manette, had you any
conversation with the prisoner on that passage across the
Channel?” “Yes, sir.” “Recall it.” In the midst of a profound
stillness, she faintly began: “When the gentleman came on board--
” “Do you mean the prisoner?” inquired the Judge, knitting his

“Yes, my Lord.” “Then say the prisoner.” “When the prisoner came
on board, he noticed that my father,” turning her eyes lovingly to
him as he stood beside her, “was much fatigued and in a very
weak state of health. My father was so reduced that I was afraid to
take him out of the air, and I had made a bed for him on the deck
near the cabin steps, and I sat on the deck at his side to take care of
him. There were no other passengers that night, but we four. The
prisoner was so good as to beg permission to advise me how I
could shelter my father from the wind and weather, better than I
had done.

I had not known how to do it well, not understanding how the
wind would set when we were out of the harbour. He did it for
me. He expressed great gentleness and kindness for my father’s
state, and I am sure he felt it. That was the manner of our
beginning to speak together.” “Let me interrupt you for a moment.
Had he come on board alone?” “No.” “How many were with
him?” “Two French gentlemen.” “Had they conferred together?”
“They had conferred together until the last moment, when it was
necessary for the French gentlemen to be landed in their boat.”
“Had any papers been handed about among them, similar to these
lists?” “Some papers had been handed about among them, but I
don’t know what papers.” “Like these in shape and size?”
“Possibly, but indeed I don’t know, although they stood
whispering very near to me: because they stood at the top of the
cabin steps to have the light of the lamp that was hanging there; it
was a dull lamp, and they spoke very low, and I did not hear what
they said, and saw only that they looked at papers.” “Now, to the
prisoner’s conversation, Miss Manette.” “The prisoner was as open
in his confidence with me-which arose out of my helpless
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