1 And, dear sir, even if he did he would not know what to do.
2 I stood in silence where I was, for I did not know what to do.
3 I could not pity her, for I knew now what had become of her child, and she was better dead.
4 I therefore pretended to fall in with his views, and asked him what dates I should put on the letters.
5 Nay, from what you have told me of your experiences already, you know something of what strange things there may be.
6 I could not understand then what the haste meant, but the driver was evidently bent on losing no time in reaching Borgo Prund.
7 It may have been that his breath was rank, but a horrible feeling of nausea came over me, which, do what I would, I could not conceal.
8 I thought and thought what should be my next move, but my brain seemed on fire, and I waited with a despairing feeling growing over me.
9 I have given the letters; I threw them through the bars of my window with a gold piece, and made what signs I could to have them posted.
10 This is a terrible thought; for if so, what does it mean that he could control the wolves, as he did, by only holding up his hand in silence.
11 When your master, employer, what you will, engaged that someone should come on his behalf, it was understood that my needs only were to be consulted.
12 I long to go through the crowded streets of your mighty London, to be in the midst of the whirl and rush of humanity, to share its life, its change, its death, and all that makes it what it is.
13 I did not know what to do, the less as the howling of the wolves grew closer; but while I wondered the driver suddenly appeared again, and without a word took his seat, and we resumed our journey.
14 With some difficulty I got a fellow-passenger to tell me what they meant; he would not answer at first, but on learning that I was English, he explained that it was a charm or guard against the evil eye.
15 I would have liked to have asked the driver what this all meant, but I really feared to do so, for I thought that, placed as I was, any protest would have had no effect in case there had been an intention to delay.
16 I did not know what to do, for, as an English Churchman, I have been taught to regard such things as in some measure idolatrous, and yet it seemed so ungracious to refuse an old lady meaning so well and in such a state of mind.
17 They were all of the thinnest foreign post, and looking at them, then at him, and noticing his quiet smile, with the sharp, canine teeth lying over the red underlip, I understood as well as if he had spoken that I should be careful what I wrote, for he would be able to read it.
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