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The Idiots

by Joseph Conrad
We were driv along the ro from Tregui to Kervanda. We passed at a smart trot between the hedges topp an earth wall on each side of the road; then at the foot of the steep ascent before Ploumar the hor dropped in a walk, and the driver jumped down heavily from the box. He flicked his whip and climbed the incline, stepping clumsily uphill by the side of the carriage, one ha on the footboard, his ey on the ground. After a whi he li his head, pointed 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 we topped by cl of meag trees, wi the bra showing high on the sky as if they had been perched upon stilts. The small fields, cut up by hedges and stone walls that zig-zagged over the slopes, lay in rectangular pa of viv gr and yellows, resembl the uns daubs of a naive picture. And the landscape was divided in two by the white streak of a road stretching in long loops far away, like a river of du crawling out of the hills on its way to the sea. "Here he is," sa the driver, again. In the long gr bordering the road a fa gli past the carria at the le of the wh as we dr slowly by. The imbecile fa was red, and the bullet head wi close-cropped ha see to lie alone, its ch in the dust. The body was lo in the bus gro thick al the bottom of the deep ditch. It was a boy's face. He might have been sixteen, judging from the size--perhaps less, perhaps more. Such creatures are forgotten by time, and li untouched by years till death gathers them up into its compassio bosom; the faithful dea that ne forgets in the press of work the most insignificant of its children. "Ah! there's another," sa the man, wi a ce satisfaction in his tone, as if he had caught sight of something expected. There was another. Th one stood nea in the middle of the road in the blaze of sunshine at the end of his own short shadow. And he stood wi ha pushed in the opposite slee of his long coat, his he sunk between the shoulders, all hunched up in the flood of heat. From a distance he had the as of one suff from int cold.