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The Idiots

by Joseph Conrad
We were dr along the road from Treguier to Kervanda. We passed at a smart trot between the hedges topping an earth wall on ea si of the road; th at the foot of the st ascent before Ploumar the hor dropped into a walk, and the driver jumped down heavily from the box. He flicked his whip and clim the incline, stepping clumsily uph by the si of the carriage, one hand on the footboard, his eyes on the ground. After a while he lifted his head, poin up the ro with the end of the whip, and said-- "The idiot!" The sun was shining violently up the undulating surface of the land. The rises were topped by clumps of meagre trees, with their branches showi high on the sky as if they had been perch upon stilts. The small fields, cut up by hedges and stone walls that zig-zagged over the slopes, lay in rectangular patches of vivid greens and yellows, resembling the unskilful daubs of a na picture. And the landscape was divided in two by the wh streak of a road stret in lo loo far away, like a ri of dust crawling out of the hi on its way to the sea. "Here he is," said the driver, again. In the lo gr bordering the road a face glided pa the carriage at the level of the wheels as we dro slowly by. The im face was red, and the bu head with close-cropped hair seemed to lie alone, its ch in the dust. The body was lost in the bushes gro thick al the bot of the de ditch. It was a boy's face. He might have been sixteen, judging from the size--perhaps less, perhaps more. Such crea are forgotten by time, and live untouched by years ti dea gathers them up into its compassionate bosom; the faith de that never forgets in the press of work the most insig of its children. "Ah! there's another," said the man, with a certain satisfaction in his tone, as if he had caught sight of some expected. There was another. That one sto ne in the middle of the road in the blaze of sun at the end of his own short shadow. And he stood with han pushed into the opposite slee of his long coat, his head su betw the shoulders, all hunched up in the flo of heat. From a distance he had the aspect of one suffering fr inten cold.