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【VNDS-2466】挑発BOINS

Source global Wall Street Journal     time 2020-02-29 11:49:26
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【VNDS-2466】挑発BOINS �


'Itispartlyacharity-school:youandI,andalltherestofus,arecharity-children.Isupposeyouareanorphan:arenoteitheryourfatheroryourmotherdead?'

'Yes.'

Therefectorywasagreat,low-ceiled,gloomyroom;ontwolongtablessmokedbasinsofsomethinghot,which,however,tomydismay,sentforthanodourfarfrominviting.Isawauniversalmanifestationofdiscontentwhenthefumesoftherepastmetthenostrilsofthosedestinedtoswallowit;fromthevanoftheprocession,thetallgirlsofthefirstclass,rosethewhisperedwords-

'Yes.'

Disciplineprevailed:infiveminutestheconfusedthrongwasresolvedintoorder,andcomparativesilencequelledtheBabelclamouroftongues.Theupperteachersnowpunctuallyresumedtheirposts:butstill,allseemedtowait.Rangedonbenchesdownthesidesoftheroom,theeightygirlssatmotionlessanderect;aquaintassemblagetheyappeared,allwithplainlockscombedfromtheirfaces,notacurlvisible;inbrowndresses,madehighandsurroundedbyanarrowtuckeraboutthethroat,withlittlepocketsofholland(shapedsomethinglikeaHighlander'spurse)tiedinfrontoftheirfrocks,anddestinedtoservethepurposeofawork-bag:all,too,wearingwoollenstockingsandcountry-madeshoes,fastenedwithbrassbuckles.Abovetwentyofthosecladinthiscostumewerefull-growngirls,orratheryoungwomen;itsuitedthemill,andgaveanairofoddityeventotheprettiest.

'Monitors,collectthelesson-booksandputthemaway!'

Themealover,prayerswerereadbyMissMiller,andtheclassesfiledoff,twoandtwo,upstairs.Overpoweredbythistimewithweariness,Iscarcelynoticedwhatsortofaplacethebedroomwas,exceptthat,liketheschoolroom,Isawitwasverylong.To-nightIwastobeMissMiller'sbed-fellow;shehelpedmetoundress:whenlaiddownIglancedatthelongrowsofbeds,eachofwhichwasquicklyfilledwithtwooccupants;intenminutesthesinglelightwasextinguished,andamidstsilenceandcompletedarknessIfellasleep.

Thetumultofcessationfromlessonswasalreadybreakingforth,butitsankathervoice.Shewenton-

Ravenous,andnowveryfaint,Idevouredaspoonfulortwoofmyportionwithoutthinkingofitstaste;butthefirstedgeofhungerblunted,IperceivedIhadgotinhandanauseousmess;burntporridgeisalmostasbadasrottenpotatoes;famineitselfsoonsickensoverit.Thespoonsweremovedslowly:Isaweachgirltasteherfoodandtrytoswallowit;butinmostcasestheeffortwassoonrelinquished.Breakfastwasover,andnonehadbreakfasted.Thanksbeingreturnedforwhatwehadnotgot,andasecondhymnchanted,therefectorywasevacuatedfortheschoolroom.Iwasoneofthelasttogoout,andinpassingthetables,Isawoneteachertakeabasinoftheporridgeandtasteit;shelookedattheothers;alltheircountenancesexpresseddispleasure,andoneofthem,thestoutone,whispered-


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