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The Idiots

by Joseph Conrad
We we driving al the road from Treguier to Kervanda. We passed at a smart trot between the hedg topping an earth wa on each side of the road; th at the foot of the steep ascent before Ploumar the horse dropped into a walk, and the driver jumped down heavily fr the box. He flicked his whip and cl the incline, stepping clumsily uphill by the si of the carriage, one ha on the footboard, his eyes on the ground. After a wh he lifted his head, poin up the road with the end of the whip, and said-- "The idiot!" The sun was shining violently upon the undula surface of the land. The ri we topped by clumps of meagre trees, with their branches showing high on the sky as if they had been perc upon stilts. The small fields, cut up by hedges and stone walls that zig-zagged over the slopes, lay in re patches of viv greens and yellows, resembling the unskilful daubs of a nai picture. And the landscape was divided in two by the wh streak of a road stretching in long loops far away, li a river of dust crawling out of the hills on its way to the sea. "Here he is," sa the driver, again. In the long grass bordering the road a face glided past the carriage at the level of the wheels as we drove slowly by. The imbecile fa was red, and the bullet head with close-cropped hair seemed to lie alone, its chin in the dust. The body was lo in the bushes gr thi alo the bo of the de ditch. It was a boy's face. He might have been sixteen, judging fr the size--perhaps less, per more. Such creatures are forgotten by time, and live untouched by years ti death gathers them up in its compassionate bosom; the faith de th never forgets in the pr of work the most insign of its children. "Ah! there's another," sa the man, with a certain satisfaction in his tone, as if he had caught sight of something expected. The was another. That one stood nearly in the midd of the ro in the blaze of sunshine at the end of his own short shadow. And he stood wi hands pushed into the opposite sleeves of his lo coat, his head sunk between the shoulders, all hunched up in the flo of heat. Fr a di he had the aspect of one suffer from intense cold.