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, that need not be a disadvantage at all. One will spend more time in the rooms but that was only natural, that can't have offended him, for he is a sensible person." slipping off his dressing gown as he stood feebly enough, "it'll soon be three years since amount of light from the main hall of the station, in which it was standing; in front of go with you today, as I'm sleepy, I forgot to tell you that. And now I shall say goodbye, supporting himself on his umbrella with one hand, and on the handle of the suitcase slammed down on the counter the ticket he had been asked for and the change. Now the fact that there was nothing he wanted to find out from me and that he himself still connection with your friend and I have your customers here in my pocket!" the pupils, overlarge, fixedly looking at him from the corners of the eyes. come over here and that you're only hanging back of your own accord. Don't be too 85 "Yes, that could be done -- but it wouldn't be very nice if I didn't go -- and I'm "Then it's really better for you to go. I was only thinking. . . Anyway I couldn't "He has pockets even in his shirt!" said Georg to himself, and believed that with junior assistant clerk -- had come in and had said he thought a small fair man had you." done and, his eyes starting in his head, bit his tongue back, only too late, till the pain "If at least," Raban thought, "I were to get into a wrong train. Then it would at railings into the street, crossed it, leapt through the station entrance, after a while haven't even shrunk from pulling my leg. How could you have a friend out there! I my friend came to see us last. I remember that you used not to like him very much. At darkness. On his left, at the window, two gentlemen were sitting opposite each other, district, there will probably be a walk all together to that ruin; it will have been agreed 84 many a windowpane -- all were shut right up to the top -- a hissing arc lamp hung at and really never know for certain where all the others are, for if there is a ruin in the each time putting the suitcase on the step above and then following himself, the point with stabs of his forefinger. "I've been representing him here on the spot." respectable businessman! Do you think I didn't love you, I, from whom you are benches leaning against little trees, then went more slowly through an opening in the fans of puddle water formed, with a rushing sound, behind the turning wheels; it was Page His father leaned forward but did not topple. Since Georg did not come any "But your friend hasn't been betrayed after all!" cried his father, emphasizing expression! What other comfort was left to a poor old widower? Tell me -- and while but your mother has given me so much of her strength that I've established a fine easy as I imagine it now when I am still alone and can still do everything, can still go "Georg," said his father in a low voice, without moving. tired, yes, I'll go all right. If a telegram came, they'd get a fright, into the bargain. -lighted path between large shrubs, rushed into an open place with many empty back if I want to, for I shall have no one there whom I could pay calls on whenever I upturned faces of people on the seat opposite. In some places smoke was curling from But then, later, you got on with him very well. I was proud because you listened to him me today? -- he explained some things to me, didn't he, and described everything as it who could show me how his crops are doing or show me a quarry he is working there. when he was on a business trip to Kiev and ran into a riot, and saw a priest on a had both of them silently taken it for granted that the old man would go on living would move. Raban could hear the noise from the platform even when he had shut the
You've told that story yourself once or twice since. anyway?" strutting through the world. that's the have offended him even with a single word. and stalking away from his father with the closed face of a socks. shut his umbrella. bursting 108 made his knees give. old to the marrow of my bones? And my son can't believe it. The coach that he entered was brightly illuminated by the great only has to send the maid into the others' apartments." said Georg. but a against such invitations. lifting his father from the chair and "You have no friend in St. plagued by a disloyal staff. and the sky closed over him in pallid for the most part with loose reins that the driver guided the dripping horse. now set himself for having been neglectful. It's a quarter to six.room. Raban rubbed his feet thoroughly on the seat. after all. so not too late. after all. 93 found the booking office. I did refuse to spend the evening in town. Raban tried to count his change quickly." people you know fairly well. and the many raindrops on the glass were white. shouted at in a muffled voice. Addio. thinking he ought to be getting more. Raban stopped because he had was no need to think that there were wheels under the floor and in front the horse and appealed to the mob." Raban thought and. a short thread through the eye of a needle. Only just now Herr Pirkershofer -. Wrapped in the canvas of two sacks that had been cut up. I could quite well understand your dislike of him. the driver came over. for paying calls on had something else to do." between the shafts. in spite of Georg knelt down at once beside his father. against all the usual practice. for it is not so about eye level. Then he heard someone from the station shouting: "Hi!" if The lantern was attached to the end of the shaft. where would we go. I didn't have a chance to tell bride-to-be what arrangements should be made for his father in the future. Well. -. yes. You've always been a leg-puller and you he at once come and asked? Gillemann's. it stopped raining ages ago. and complain anywhere. Father. and remember me to Page 86 These words went hissing through his mind. . began to pull. He came up and spoke to me and then walked with me. or hadn't with the other. often single ones talking about the price of goods. send a telegram. But now all of a sudden he has gone away. for they room. my friend has his peculiarities. It should have certainly been his duty to see that least twice I kept you from seeing him. the horse. for one bethought himself and pushed his suitcase under his seat. inside his collar. dripped slowly through a crack into the carriage. although he was actually sitting with me in my "Just think back a bit. finishing off deals that I had prepared for him. and had to knock for a while on the iron shutter. stirring. having been will appear to me. so he had at once come and asked. Well.if you please. The rain gushed down the back of his neck. "Yes. where they are sitting over a And what for. "They're commercial travelers. and yet I can't with triumphant glee. it was a quarter to six. and the water on top of the bus. and he would like to start now. Petersburg. in the old man's weary face he saw Raban did not answer. me? Do shut your umbrella. there was anyone in the bus he might say so.Could "That's quite easy. a larger expedition is considered right. a good journey. Then the Meanwhile Georg had succeeded in lowering his father down again and been wanting to go by the omnibus. pulled on clean suddenly." The station clock struck. And yet I don't know whether I shall be able to. and sat up straight.
he had been playing cards with Lebeda and would have his attention drawn to this." Raban said. thought Georg. no discussion beforehand either. in one place drifting limply past the face of a girl. which lay in a narrow blue net over a seat. holding on to the for a moment Raban was walking against Lement's outstretched arm. for all will be expected to get together quite easily if they had just been getting on fine when the train came. He would go over and straighten it. as he had expected. then I doorpost with his right hand. badly socks. he did not mean to abuse anyone Page porter who was walking nearby hurried him through a glass door onto the platform. It was bright enough. close to his mouth. as I should like to drop in at balcony who cut a broad cross in blood on the palm of his hand and held the hand up one. what if he topples and smashes himself! everyone!" upon some time before. If you think back you're bound to remember. and if later. He reason one mustn't miss it. can you hear like. on closer inspection. "Yes. for I don't want to go through the wet park with you. it is not difficult to protect oneself Page too. he said. one must look forward to it. said it was really high time. I were to arrive in this station again on my way back. discussing these changes with each other. Wasn't Lement nice to From a little distance Lement then called back: "I say. as if the care he saw many people's backs. realized at once the harm any rate seem to me that the whole enterprise had begun.what else was left to me.For one isn't at all sure even of acquaintances of long standing. went along a narrow. If the scenery does turn out to be boring. It almost looked." Raban answered. he straightened himself again. But if there is no such sight to be seen. "You comedian!" Georg could not resist the retort. in my back meant to lavish there on his father might come too late. and no one with whom I could make more strenuous expeditions. to another his father had clean changes of underwear. There had been cleared up. no one there and nodded and asked him questions. and he would be getting there soon enough anyway. and the backs of their heads. took the bank note. Eduard. there was surely mud flying up into the spokes. Irritably he The road was perhaps hilly. however. impossible for him to take a look outside then. Then. Often the palpitations. still. and carriage door and sat down on the last little free bit of a light-brown wooden seat. Lement turned to the right and held out his right hand to say goodbye. and between them the should certainly feel much better. For instance. so that pipes and cigars. leaning out of the door. He booking clerk looked out. then he walked quickly along the park pool. the left hand held open. I don't need you! You think you have strength enough to nearer. as Lement sure! I am still much the stronger of us two. then the owner have here. of course I've been playing a comedy! A comedy! That's a good though the omnibus had black distempered walls and no glass in the windows. for that very "Stay where you are. If a stick or the metal-covered corner of a suitcase stuck out. Raban also on the seat opposite. the reflection of his stable lantern jumping through the puddles at his feet. All by myself I might have had to give way. used to tell us the most incredible stories of the Russian Revolution. which he had opened. after the mistake "Adieu. Well. The not particularly clean appearance of his underwear made him reproach . so that he need not go sprung?" Now he'll lean forward. He had not yet explicitly discussed with his own future establishment. then there will be passengers would change places. It would really have been would transfer their luggage. the darkness outside made it appear as letter or books and are delighted by this news. or they you're answering me be you still my living son -. began an explanation: listen here.
alone in the old house. But now he made a quick. There Raban looked around. thank you!" to the porter. firm decision to take him into his . while calling out "Thank you. and it was hard to see what business a gentleman like this could who did not understand that. Apart from that. this place here was a filthy dump.no half-measures. and and since he found no guard. he climbed up the steps of the nearest coach by himself.
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