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The Idiots

by Joseph Conrad
We were driving along the road from Treguier to Kervanda. We passed at a sm trot between the hedg topping an earth wa on each side of the road; th at the foot of the steep ascent befo Ploumar the horse dro in a walk, and the driver jumped do heavi from the box. He fli his wh and clim the incline, stepping clumsily uphill by the side of the carriage, one hand on the footboard, his eyes on the ground. Af a while he li his head, point up the road with the end of the whip, and said-- "The idiot!" The sun was shining vio up the undula surface of the land. The ri were topped by clumps of meag trees, wi their br showing high on the sky as if they had been perched upon stilts. The small fields, cut up by hedges and st walls that zig-zagged over the slopes, lay in rectangular patches of viv greens and yellows, resembling the unski daubs of a nai picture. And the landscape was divided in two by the white str of a road stretching in long loops far away, like a river of dust craw out of the hills on its way to the sea. "Here he is," said the driver, again. In the long grass bord the ro a face glid past the carriage at the level of the wheels as we dr sl by. The imbecile face was red, and the bu he with close-cropped hair seemed to lie alone, its ch in the dust. The bo was lost in the bushes growing thick al the bottom of the deep ditch. It was a boy's face. He mig ha been sixteen, judging fr the size--perhaps less, pe more. Such creatures are forgot by time, and live untouched by years ti death gathe them up in its compass bosom; the faithful death that ne forgets in the pr of work the most insignificant of its children. "Ah! there's another," said the man, wi a certain satisfaction in his tone, as if he had caught sight of something expected. There was another. That one st nearly in the middle of the road in the blaze of sun at the end of his own short shadow. And he sto with hands pushed into the opposite sleeves of his long coat, his head sunk be the shoulders, all hunched up in the fl of heat. From a distan he had the asp of one suffering from intense cold.