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The Idiots

by Joseph Conrad
We we driving along the ro from Treguier to Kervanda. We passed at a smart trot between the hedges topping an ear wall on each side of the road; then at the fo of the ste ascent before Ploumar the horse dropped into a walk, and the driver jumped do heavily fr the box. He flicked his wh and climb the incline, stepping clumsily uphill by the side of the carriage, one hand on the footboard, his eyes on the ground. After a wh he lifted his head, pointed up the ro with the end of the whip, and said-- "The idiot!" The sun was shining vi upon the undulating surface of the land. The rises were topped by clumps of mea trees, with th branches sh high on the sky as if they had been perched upon stilts. The small fields, cut up by hed and stone walls that zig-zagged over the slopes, lay in rectangular patches of vi greens and yellows, re the unskilful daubs of a naive picture. And the landscape was div in two by the white str of a road stret in lo loops far away, like a river of dust crawling out of the hi on its way to the sea. "Here he is," said the driver, again. In the long gr bor the road a fa glided past the carri at the level of the whee as we drove slowly by. The imbecile face was red, and the bullet he with close-cropped hair seemed to lie alone, its chin in the dust. The body was lost in the bus growi thick along the bott of the de ditch. It was a boy's face. He mig have been sixteen, judging from the size--perhaps less, perhaps more. Such creatures are forgott by time, and live untouched by years till de gathers th up in its compassionate bosom; the faithful death th never forge in the pr of work the most 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 st near in the middle of the road in the bl of sunsh at the end of his own short shadow. And he st with ha pushed into the opp slee of his long coat, his head sunk between the shoulders, all hunched up in the fl of heat. From a distance he had the aspect of one suffering from intense cold.