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The Idiots

by Joseph Conrad
We we driv along the road from Treguier to Kervanda. We passed at a smart tr between the hed topping an earth wa on each side of the road; th at the foot of the steep ascent befo Ploum the horse dropped into a walk, and the driver jump do heavily from the box. He fli his wh and climbed the incline, stepping clumsily uphi by the side of the carriage, one hand on the footboard, his ey on the ground. After a wh he li his head, poi up the road with the end of the whip, and said-- "The idiot!" The sun was shining violently up the undulating surface of the land. The ris we topped by clumps of meagre trees, with the branches showing high on the sky as if they had be perched up stilts. The small fields, cut up by hedges and stone wa th zig-zagged over the slopes, lay in rectan patches of vivid greens and yellows, resembli the unskilful daubs of a naive picture. And the landscape was divided in two by the white streak of a road stretching in lo 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 face glided pa the ca at the level of the wheels as we drove slowly by. The im face was red, and the bullet head with close-cropped hair seemed to lie alone, its chin in the dust. The body was lost in the bushes growing th alo the bot of the deep ditch. It was a boy's face. He might ha been sixteen, judging fr the size--perhaps less, perhaps more. Such creatures are forgotten by time, and live untouched by years ti death gathers th up in its compassion bosom; the faithful de that never forgets in the pr of work the mo insignificant of its children. "Ah! there's another," said the man, with a certain satisfaction in his tone, as if he had caught sight of something expected. There was another. Th one sto nearly in the middle of the ro in the bl of sunshine at the end of his own sho shadow. And he stood with han pushed into the opposite sleev of his long coat, his head su between the shoulders, all hu up in the flood of heat. From a distance he had the aspect of one su fr intense cold.