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 am bî brʈ a Jeṇvīz, n mî faṃli z wn v ɖ most dstnḡśt v ɖt rpublic. Mî ansestrz hd bn fr mni yirz cǎnslrz n sindics, n mî faɖr hd fild sevṛl public sićueśnz wɖ onr n repyteśn. H wz rspctd bî ol hu ń him fr hiz integṛti n indifatiġbl atnśn t public biznis. H pást hiz yungr dez ppć̣li okpaid bî ɖ aferz v hiz cuntri; a vrayti v srcmstansz hd privntd hiz mariyñ rli, nr wz it untl ɖ dclîn v lîf ɖt h bcem a huzbnd n ɖ faɖr v a faṃli.

Az ɖ srcmstansz v hiz marij iḷstret hiz caṛctr, I canot rfren fṛm rletñ ɖm. Wn v hiz most intiṃt frendz wz a mrćnt hu, fṛm a fluṛśñ stet, fél, ʈru ńmṛs msćansẓ, intu poṿti. Ɖs man, huz nem wz Bǒf̣t, wz v a prǎd n unbndñ disṗziśn n cd nt ber t liv in poṿti n oblivịn in ɖ sem cuntri ẃr h hd formrli bn dstnḡśt fr hiz ranc n mgnifisns. Hvñ peid hiz déts, ɖrfr, in ɖ most onṛbl manr, h rtritd wɖ hiz dōtr t ɖ tǎn v Lūsrn, ẃr h livd uņoun n in rećidnis. Mî faɖr luvd Bǒf̣t wɖ ɖ truist frendśp n wz dīpli grīvd bî hiz rtrit in ɖz unforćṇt srcmstansz. H bitrli dplord ɖ fōls prîd ẃć léd hiz frend t a conduct so litl wrɖi v ɖ afx́n ɖt ynîtd ɖm. H lost no tîm in indeṿrñ t sīc him ǎt, wɖ ɖ hop v pswedñ him t bgin ɖ wrld agn ʈru hiz credit n asistns.

Bǒf̣t hd tecn ifcćl meźrz t cnsil himslf, n it wz ten munʈs bfr mî faɖr dscuvrd hiz abod. Oṿjoid at ɖs dscuṿri, h hesnd t ɖ hǎs, ẃć wz sićuetd in a mīn strīt nir ɖ Rǒs. Bt ẃn h entrd, miẓri n dsper alon welcmd him. Bǒf̣t hd sevd bt a vri smōl sum v muni fṛm ɖ rec v hiz fortynz, bt it wz sfiśnt t pṛvîd him wɖ susṭnns fr sm munʈs, n in ɖ mntm h hopt t pṛkr sm rspctbl implômnt in a mrćnt’s hǎs. Ɖ inṭvl wz, consiqntli, spent in inax́n; hiz grīf onli bcem mor dīp n ranc̣lñ ẃn h hd leźr fr rflex́n, n at leñʈ it tc so fast hold v hiz mînd ɖt at ɖ end v ʈri munʈs h le on a bed v sicnis, inceṗbl v eni xrśn.

Hiz dōtr atndd him wɖ ɖ gretist tndrnis, bt ś sw wɖ dsper ɖt ɖer litl fund wz rapidli dcrisñ n ɖt ɖr wz no uɖr prospect v s’port. Bt Caṛlîn Bǒf̣t pzest a mînd v an uncomn mold, n hr curij rouz t s’port hr in hr advrṣti. Ś pṛkrd plen wrc; ś pleitd strw n bî verịs mīnz cntrîvd t rn a piṭns scersli sfiśnt t s’port lîf.

Sevṛl munʈs pást in ɖs manr. Hr faɖr grù wrs; hr tîm wz mor intîrli okpaid in atndñ him; hr mīnz v sbsistns dcrist; n in ɖ tnʈ munʈ hr faɖr daid in hr armz, līvñ hr an orfn n a begr. Ɖs last blo oṿcem hr, n ś nlt bî Bǒf̣t’s cofin wīpñ bitrli, ẃn mî faɖr entrd ɖ ćembr. H cem lîc a pṛtctñ spirit t ɖ pur grl, hu cmitd hrslf t hiz cer; n aftr ɖ intrmnt v hiz frend h cnductd hr t Jnīva n plest hr undr ɖ pṛtx́n v a rleśn. Tū yirz aftr ɖs ivnt Caṛlîn bcem hiz wîf.

Ɖr wz a cnsidṛbl difṛns btwn ɖ ejz v mî peṛnts, bt ɖs srcmstans sīmd t ynît ɖm onli closr in bondz v dvotd afx́n. Ɖr wz a sns v justis in mî faɖr’z uprît mînd ẃć rendrd it nesṣri ɖt h śd apruv hîli t luv stroñli. Phps jrñ formr yirz h hd sufrd fṛm ɖ lêt-dscuvrd unwrɖinis v wn b’luvid n so wz dspozd t set a gretr valy on traid wrʈ. Ɖr wz a śo v grattyd n wrśp in hiz ataćmnt t mî muɖr, dif̣rñ hoļi fṛm ɖ dǒtñ fondnis v ej, fr it wz inspîrd bî revṛns fr hr vrćuz n a dzîr t b ɖ mīnz v, in sm dgri, recmpnsñ hr fr ɖ soroz ś hd indyrd, bt ẃć gev inxpresbl gres t hiz bhevyr t hr. Evrʈñ wz md t yīld t hr wśz n hr cnvīńns. H strouv t śltr hr, az a fer xotic z śltrd bî ɖ gardnr, fṛm evri rufr wind n t srǎnd hr wɖ ol ɖt cd tnd t xît pleźṛbl imośn in hr soft n bnevlnt mînd. Hr hlʈ, n īvn ɖ tranqiḷti v hr hiɖrtu constnt spirit, hd bn śecn bî ẃt ś hd gn ʈru. Jrñ ɖ tū yirz ɖt hd ilapst prīvịs t ɖer marij mî faɖr hd graɉli rlinqiśt ol hiz public fuñśnz; n imīɉtli aftr ɖer yńn ɖe sòt ɖ pleznt clîṃt v Iṭli, n ɖ ćenj v sīn n inṭrest atndnt on a tur ʈru ɖt land v wundrz, az a rstoṛtiv fr hr wìcnd frem.

Fṛm Iṭli ɖe viẓtd Jrṃni n Frans. I, ɖer eldist ćîld, wz born at Neplz, n az an inf̣nt acumṗnid ɖm in ɖer ramblz. I rmend fr sevṛl yirz ɖer onli ćîld. Mć az ɖe wr ataćt t ć uɖr, ɖe sīmd t drw inxōstbl storz v afx́n fṛm a vri main v luv t bsto ɖm upn m. Mî muɖr’z tndr c’resz n mî faɖr’z smîl v bnevlnt pleźr ẃl rgardñ m r mî frst rec̣lex́nz. I wz ɖer plêʈñ n ɖer aidl, n smʈñ betr—ɖer ćîld, ɖ iṇsnt n hlplis crīćr bstoud on ɖm bî hevn, hūm t brñ p t gd, n huz fyćr lot it wz in ɖer handz t d’rect t hapinis or miẓri, acordñ az ɖe flfild ɖer dytiz twdz m. Wɖ ɖs dīp conśsnis v ẃt ɖe oud twdz ɖ biyñ t ẃć ɖe hd gvn lîf, add t ɖ activ spirit v tndrnis ɖt aṇmetd bʈ, it me b imajind ɖt ẃl jrñ evri aur v mî inf̣nt lîf I rsivd a lésn v peśns, v ćaṛti, n v slf-cntrol, I wz so gîdd bî a silcn cord ɖt ol sīmd bt wn tren v injômnt t m. Fr a loñ tîm I wz ɖer onli cer. Mî muɖr hd mć dzîrd t hv a dōtr, bt I cntinyd ɖer sngl ofsprñ. Ẃn I wz abt fîv yirz old, ẃl mcñ an xcrśn bynd ɖ fruntirz v Iṭli, ɖe pást a wīc on ɖ śorz v ɖ Lec v Como. Ɖer bnevlnt disṗziśn ofn md ɖm entr ɖ coṭjz v ɖ pur. Ɖs, t mî muɖr, wz mor ɖn a dyti; it wz a nseṣti, a paśn—rmemḅrñ ẃt ś hd sufrd, n hǎ ś hd bn rlivd—fr hr t act in hr trn ɖ gardịn enjl t ɖ aflictd. Jrñ wn v ɖer wōcs a pur cót in ɖ foldñz v a vel atractd ɖer notis az biyñ snğlrli dsconsḷt, ẃl ɖ numbr v haf-cloɖd ćildṛn gaɖrd abt it spouc v peńri in its wrst śep. Wn de, ẃn mî faɖr hd gn bî himslf t Milan, mî muɖr, acumṗnid bî m, viẓtd ɖs abod. Ś faund a peznt n hiz wîf, hard wrcñ, bnt dǎn bî cer n lebr, dstribytñ a scanti mīl t fîv hungri bebz. Amñ ɖz ɖr wz wn ẃć atractd mî muɖr far abv ol ɖ rest. Ś apird v a difṛnt stoc. Ɖ for uɖrz wr darc-aid, hardi litl vegṛnts; ɖs ćîld wz ʈin n vri fer. Hr her wz ɖ brîtist livñ gold, n dspt ɖ poṿti v hr cloɖñ, sīmd t set a crǎn v dstñśn on hr hed. Hr brǎ wz clir n ampl, hr blu îz clǎdlis, n hr lips n ɖ moldñ v hr fes so xpresiv v snsbiḷti n swītnis ɖt nn cd bhold hr wɖt lcñ on hr az v a dstñt spīśīz, a biyñ hevn-snt, n bẹrñ a s’lesćl stamp in ol hr fīćrz. Ɖ peznt wmn, psivñ ɖt mî muɖr fixt îz v wundr n adṃreśn on ɖs luvli grl, īgrli cḿṇcetd hr hisṭri. Ś wz nt hr ćîld, bt ɖ dōtr v a Miḷnīz noblmn. Hr muɖr wz a Jrmn n hd daid on gvñ hr brʈ. Ɖ inf̣nt hd bn plest wɖ ɖz gd ppl t nrs: ɖe wr betr of ɖen. Ɖe hd nt bn loñ marid, n ɖer eldist ćîld wz bt jst born. Ɖ faɖr v ɖer ćarj wz wn v ɖoz Itałnz nrst in ɖ meṃri v ɖ antīc glori v Iṭli—wn amñ ɖ schiavi ognor frementi, hu xrtd himslf t obten ɖ liḅti v hiz cuntri. H bcem ɖ victim v its wìcnis. Ẃɖr h hd daid or stl lingrd in ɖ dunjnz v Ostria wz nt noun. Hiz proṗti wz conf̣scetd; hiz ćîld bcem an orfn n a begr. Ś cntinyd wɖ hr fostrpeṛnts n blūmd in ɖer rūd abod, fẹrr ɖn a gardn rouz amñ darc-līvd bramblz. Ẃn mî faɖr rtrnd fṛm Milan, h faund pleyñ wɖ m in ɖ hōl v ǎr vila a ćîld fẹrr ɖn picćrd ćeṛb—a crīćr hu sīmd t śed redịns fṛm hr lcs n huz form n mośnz wr lîtr ɖn ɖ śamwā v ɖ hilz. Ɖ aṗriśn wz sn xplend. Wɖ hiz pmiśn mî muɖr priveld on hr rustic gardịnz t yīld ɖer ćarj t hr. Ɖe wr fond v ɖ swīt orfn. Hr prezns hd sīmd a blesñ t ɖm, bt it wd b unfer t hr t cīp hr in poṿti n wont ẃn Provdns afordd hr sć pǎrfl pṛtx́n. Ɖe cnsultd ɖer vilijprīst, n ɖ rzult wz ɖt Iliẓbʈ L’vnza bcem ɖ inmet v mî peṛnts’ hǎs—mî mor ɖn sistr—ɖ bytifl n adord cmpańn v ol mî okpeśnz n mî pleźrz.

Evrwn luvd Iliẓbʈ. Ɖ paśṇt n olmst reṿrenśl ataćmnt wɖ ẃć ol rgardd hr bcem, ẃl I śerd it, mî prîd n mî dlît. On ɖ īvnñ prīvịs t hr biyñ bròt t mî hom, mî muɖr hd sd plêf̣li, “I hv a priti preznt fr mî Victr—tmro h śl hv it.” N ẃn, on ɖ moro, ś prizntd Iliẓbʈ t m az hr promist gift, I, wɖ ćîldiś sirịsnis, intrpṛtd hr wrdz litṛli n lct upn Iliẓbʈ az mîn—mîn t pṛtct, luv, n ćeriś. Ol prezz bstoud on hr I rsivd az md t a pześn v mî ǒn. W cōld ć uɖr fmiłrli bî ɖ nem v cuzn. No wrd, no xpreśn cd bodi fʈ ɖ cnd v rleśn in ẃć ś std t m—mî mor ɖn sistr, sins tl deʈ ś wz t b mîn onli.


W

 wr bròt p tgɖr; ɖr wz nt qt a yir difṛns in ǎr ejz. I nīd nt se ɖt w wr strenjrz t eni spīśīz v dsyńn or dspyt. Harṃni wz ɖ soul v ǎr cmpańnśp, n ɖ dvrṣti n contrast ɖt sbsistd in ǎr caṛctrz drù s nirr tgɖr. Iliẓbʈ wz v a cāmr n mor consntretd disṗziśn; bt, wɖ ol mî ardr, I wz ceṗbl v a mor intns apḷceśn n wz mor dīpli smitn wɖ ɖ ʈrst fr nolij. Ś bizid hrslf wɖ folowñ ɖ erịl crieśnz v ɖ powts; n in ɖ mjestic n wundṛs sīnz ẃć srǎndd ǎr Swis hom —ɖ sblîm śeps v ɖ mǎntnz, ɖ ćenjz v ɖ sīznz, tempist n cām, ɖ sîḷns v wintr, n ɖ lîf n trbyḷns v ǎr Alpîn sumrz—ś faund ampl scop fr adṃreśn n dlît. Ẃl mî cmpańn contmpletd wɖ a sirịs n saṭsfaid spirit ɖ mgnifisnt apiṛnsz v ʈñz, I dlîtd in invstgetñ ɖer cōzz. Ɖ wrld wz t m a sīcrit ẃć I dzîrd t dvîn. Krioṣti, rnist rsrć t lrn ɖ hidn lwz v nećr, gladnis acin t rapćr, az ɖe wr unfoldd t m, r amñ ɖ rliist snseśnz I cn rmembr.

On ɖ brʈ v a secnd sun, mî jūńr bî sevn yirz, mî peṛnts gev p intîrli ɖer wonḍrñ lîf n fixt ɖmslvz in ɖer netiv cuntri. W pzest a hǎs in Jnīva, n a campagne on Belrīv, ɖ īstn śor v ɖ lec, at ɖ distns v rɖr mor ɖn a līg fṛm ɖ siti. W rzîdd prinsipli in ɖ latr, n ɖ lîvz v mî peṛnts wr pást in cnsidṛbl s’cluźn. It wz mî tmpr t avôd a crǎd n t atać mslf frvntli t a fy. I wz indifṛnt, ɖrfr, t mî scūlfeloz in jenṛl; bt I ynîtd mslf in ɖ bondz v ɖ closist frendśp t wn amñ ɖm. Õri Clerval wz ɖ sun v a mrćnt v Jnīva. H wz a bô v snğlr taḷnt n fansi. H luvd enṭprîz, hardśp, n īvn denjr fr its ǒn sec. H wz dīpli réd in bcs v śivlri n romans. H cmpozd hrǒic soñz n bgan t rait mni a têl v inćantmnt n naitli advnćr. H traid t mc s act plez n t entr intu masc̣redz, in ẃć ɖ caṛctrz wr drwn fṛm ɖ hiroz v Ronssval, v ɖ Rǎnd Tebl v Cñ Arʈr, n ɖ śivlṛs tren hu śed ɖer blud t rdim ɖ holi seplcr fṛm ɖ handz v ɖ inf̣délz.

No hymn biyñ cd hv pást a hapịr ćîldhd ɖn mslf. Mî peṛnts wr pzest bî ɖ vri spirit v cîndnis n induljns. W flt ɖt ɖe wr nt ɖ tîṛnts t rūl ǎr lot acordñ t ɖer cprīs, bt ɖ ejnts n crietrz v ol ɖ mni dlîts ẃć w injoid. Ẃn I mngld wɖ uɖr faṃliz I dstñtli dsrnd hǎ pkłrli forćṇt mî lot wz, n grattyd asistd ɖ dveḷpmnt v filial luv.

Mî tmpr wz smtmz vayḷnt, n mî paśnz viymnt; bt bî sm lw in mî tmpṛćr ɖe wr trnd nt twdz ćîldiś psyts bt t an īgr dzîr t lrn, n nt t lrn ol ʈñz indiscrimiṇtli. I cnfes ɖt nɖr ɖ strucćr v lanḡjz, nr ɖ cod v guvnmnts, nr ɖ poḷtics v verịs stets pzest atrax́nz fr m. It wz ɖ sīcrits v hevn n rʈ ɖt I dzîrd t lrn; n ẃɖr it wz ɖ ǎtwd substns v ʈñz or ɖ inr spirit v nećr n ɖ mstirịs soul v man ɖt okpaid m, stl mî inqîriz wr d’rectd t ɖ meṭfizicl, or in its hîist sns, ɖ fizicl sīcrits v ɖ wrld.

Mnẃl Clerval okpaid himslf, so t spīc, wɖ ɖ moṛl rleśnz v ʈñz. Ɖ bizi stej v lîf, ɖ vrćuz v hiroz, n ɖ ax́nz v men wr hiz ʈīm; n hiz hop n hiz drīm wz t bcm wn amñ ɖoz huz nemz r rcordd in stori az ɖ gaḷnt n advnćṛs beṇfactrz v ǎr spīśīz. Ɖ sentli soul v Iliẓbʈ śon lîc a śrîn-dedcetd lamp in ǎr pīsfl hom. Hr simṗʈi wz ǎrz; hr smîl, hr soft vôs, ɖ swīt glans v hr s’lesćl îz, wr evr ɖr t bles n aṇmet s. Ś wz ɖ livñ spirit v luv t sofn n atract; I mt hv bcm suḷn in mî studi, ruf ʈru ɖ ardr v mî nećr, bt ɖt ś wz ɖr t sbdy m t a sembḷns v hr ǒn jntlnis. N Clerval—cd ōt il intrenć on ɖ nobl spirit v Clerval? Yt h mt nt hv bn so prf̣cli hymen, so ʈtfl in hiz jeṇroṣti, so fl v cîndnis n tndrnis amdst hiz paśn fr advnćṛs xplôt, hd ś nt unfoldd t him ɖ riyl luvlinis v bnefisns n md ɖ dwñ gd ɖ end n em v hiz sōrñ ambiśn.

I fīl xqizit pleźr in dwelñ on ɖ rec̣lex́nz v ćîldhd, bfr msfortyn hd tentd mî mînd n ćenjd its brît viźnz v xtnsiv ysflnis intu glūmi n naro rflex́nz upn slf. Bsdz, in drw̃ ɖ picćr v mî rli dez, I olso rcord ɖoz ivnts ẃć léd, bî insnsbl steps, t mî aftr têl v miẓri, fr ẃn I wd acǎnt t mslf fr ɖ brʈ v ɖt paśn ẃć aftwdz rūld mî desṭni I fînd it arîz, lîc a mǎntn rivr, fṛm ignobl n olmst fgotn sorsz; bt, swelñ az it pṛsidd, it bcem ɖ toṛnt ẃć, in its cors, hz swept awe ol mî hops n jôz. Naćṛl f’loṣfi z ɖ jīńs ɖt hz reğletd mî fet; I dzîr, ɖrfr, in ɖs nreśn, t stet ɖoz facts ẃć léd t mî prīḍlex́n fr ɖt sayns. Ẃn I wz ʈrtīn yirz v ej w ol wnt on a parti v pleźr t ɖ baɖz nir Tonón; ɖ inclemnsi v ɖ weɖr oblîjd s t rmen a de cnfînd t ɖ ín. In ɖs hǎs I ćanst t fînd a volym v ɖ wrcs v Cornīłs Agripa. I opnd it wɖ aṗʈi; ɖ ʈiyri ẃć h atmts t demnstret n ɖ wundrfl facts ẃć h rlets sn ćenjd ɖs fīlñ intu inʈyziazm. A ny lît sīmd t dōn upn mî mînd, n bǎndñ wɖ jô, I cḿṇcetd mî dscuṿri t mî faɖr. Mî faɖr lct cerlisli at ɖ tîtlpej v mî bc n sd, “Ā! Cornīłs Agripa! Mî dir Victr, d nt west yr tîm upn ɖs; it z sad traś.”

F, instd v ɖs rmarc, mî faɖr hd tecn ɖ penz t xplen t m ɖt ɖ prínsiplz v Agripa hd bn intîrli xplodd n ɖt a modn sistm v sayns hd bn intṛdyst ẃć pzest mć gretr pǎrz ɖn ɖ enćnt, bcz ɖ pǎrz v ɖ latr wr cîmiricl, ẃl ɖoz v ɖ formr wr riyl n practicl, undr sć srcmstansz I śd srtnli hv ʈroun Agripa asd n hv cntntd mî imaɉneśn, wormd az it wz, bî rtrnñ wɖ gretr ardr t mî formr studiz. It z īvn poṣbl ɖt ɖ tren v mî îdīaz wd nvr hv rsivd ɖ fetl impuls ɖt léd t mî ruin. Bt ɖ crṣri glans mî faɖr hd tecn v mî volym bî no mīnz aśurd m ɖt h wz aqentd wɖ its contents, n I cntinyd t rīd wɖ ɖ gretist avidti. Ẃn I rtrnd hom mî frst cer wz t pṛkr ɖ hol wrcs v ɖs oʈr, n aftwdz v Paṛselss n Alberṭs Magṇs. I réd n studid ɖ wîld fansiz v ɖz raitrz wɖ dlît; ɖe apird t m treźrz noun t fy bsdz mslf. I hv dscrîbd mslf az olwz hvñ bn imbyd wɖ a frvnt loññ t peṇtret ɖ sīcrits v nećr. In spît v ɖ intns lebr n wundrfl dscuṿriz v modn f’loṣfrz, I olwz cem fṛm mî studiz discntntd n unsaṭsfaid. Sr Îzac Ńtn z sd t hv avaud ɖt h flt lîc a ćîld picñ p ślz bsd ɖ gret n unxplord ośn v truʈ. Ɖoz v hiz s’xesrz in ć branć v naćṛl f’loṣfi wɖ hūm I wz aqentd apird īvn t mî bô’z aprihnśnz az tîroz ingejd in ɖ sem psyt.

Ɖ untòt peznt bheld ɖ elimnts arnd him n wz aqentd wɖ ɖer practicl ysz. Ɖ most lrnt f’loṣfr ń litl mor. H hd parṣ́li unveild ɖ fes v Nećr, bt hr imortl linịmnts wr stl a wundr n a misṭri. H mt dsct, anaṭmîz, n gv nemz; bt, nt t spīc v a fînl cōz, cōzz in ɖer secnḍri n trṣ́ri gredz wr utrli uņoun t him. I hd gezd upn ɖ fortif̣ceśnz n impedimnts ɖt sīmd t cīp hymn biyñz fṛm enṭrñ ɖ siṭdél v nećr, n raśli n ignṛntli I hd rpînd.

Bt hir wr bcs, n hir wr men hu hd peṇtretd dīpr n ń mor. I tc ɖer wrd fr ol ɖt ɖe avŕd, n I bcem ɖer dsîpl. It me apir strenj ɖt sć śd arîz in ɖ etīnʈ snćri; bt ẃl I foloud ɖ rūtīn v edyceśn in ɖ scūlz v Jnīva, I wz, t a gret dgri, slf-tòt wɖ rgard t mî feṿrit studiz. Mî faɖr wz nt sạntific, n I wz left t strugl wɖ a ćîld’z blîndnis, add t a stydnt’s ʈrst fr nolij. Undr ɖ gîdns v mî ny priseptrz I entrd wɖ ɖ gretist dilijns intu ɖ srć v ɖ f’loṣfr’z ston n ɖ ilixr v lîf; bt ɖ latr sn obtend mî undivîdd atnśn. Wlʈ wz an infirịr objict, bt ẃt glori wd atnd ɖ dscuṿri f I cd baniś dziz fṛm ɖ hymn frem n rendr man invulnṛbl t eni bt a vayḷnt deʈ! Nr wr ɖz mî onli viźnz. Ɖ rezñ v gosts or devlz wz a promis libṛli acordd bî mî feṿrit oʈrz, ɖ flfilmnt v ẃć I most īgrli sòt; n f mî incanteśnz wr olwz unṣxesfl, I atribytd ɖ fełr rɖr t mî ǒn inxpirịns n mstec ɖn t a wont v scil or fideḷti in mî instructrz. N ɖus fr a tîm I wz okpaid bî xplodd sistmz, mnġlñ, lîc an un’dpt, a ʈǎznd contṛdictri ʈiriz n flǎnḍrñ despṛtli in a vri slǎ v multiferịs nolij, gîdd bî an ardnt imaɉneśn n ćîldiś rīẓnñ, tl an axidnt agn ćenjd ɖ cuṛnt v mî îdīaz. Ẃn I wz abt fiftīn yirz old w hd rtîrd t ǎr hǎs nir Belrīv, ẃn w witnist a most vayḷnt n teṛbl ʈundrstorm. It advanst fṛm bhnd ɖ mǎntnz v Jura, n ɖ ʈundr brst at wns wɖ frîtfl lǎdnis fṛm verịs qortrz v ɖ hevnz. I rmend, ẃl ɖ storm lastd, woćñ its progres wɖ krioṣti n dlît. Az I std at ɖ dor, on a sudn I bheld a strīm v fîr iśu fṛm an old n bytifl oc ẃć std abt twenti yardz fṛm ǎr hǎs; n so sn az ɖ daẓlñ lît vaniśt, ɖ oc hd dis’pird, n nʈñ rmend bt a blastd stump. Ẃn w viẓtd it ɖ nxt mornñ, w faund ɖ tri śatrd in a snğlr manr. It wz nt splintrd bî ɖ śoc, bt intîrli rdyst t ʈin ribnz v wŭd. I nvr bheld enʈñ so utrli dstroid.

Bfr ɖs I wz nt un’qentd wɖ ɖ mor obvịs lwz v ilectriṣti. On ɖs oceźn a man v gret rsrć in naćṛl f’loṣfi wz wɖ s, n xîtd bî ɖs ctastṛfi, h entrd on ɖ xpḷneśn v a ʈiyri ẃć h hd formd on ɖ subjict v ilectriṣti n galṿnizm, ẃć wz at wns ny n astoṇśñ t m. Ol ɖt h sd ʈrù gretli intu ɖ śêd Cornīłs Agripa, Alberṭs Magṇs, n Paṛselss, ɖ lordz v mî imaɉneśn; bt bî sm ftaḷti ɖ oṿʈro v ɖz men disinclînd m t psy mî acustmd studiz. It sīmd t m az f nʈñ wd or cd evr b noun. Ol ɖt hd so loñ ingejd mî atnśn sudnli grù dspicbl. Bî wn v ɖoz cprīsz v ɖ mînd ẃć w r phps most subjict t in rli yʈ, I at wns gev p mî formr okpeśnz, set dǎn naćṛl hisṭri n ol its proɉni az a dformd n abortiv crieśn, n enttend ɖ gretist dsden fr a wd-bi sayns ẃć cd nvr īvn step wɖn ɖ ʈreśhold v riyl nolij. In ɖs mūd v mînd I btc mslf t ɖ maʈ̇matics n ɖ branćz v studi aṗtenñ t ɖt sayns az biyñ bilt upn s’kr fǎndeśnz, n so wrɖi v mî cnsiḍreśn.

Ɖus strenjli r ǎr soulz cnstructd, n bî sć slît liġmnts r w bǎnd t pṛspeṛti or ruin. Ẃn I lc bac, it sīmz t m az f ɖs olmst mrakḷs ćenj v incḷneśn n wil wz ɖ imīɉt sjsćn v ɖ gardịnenjl v mî lîf—ɖ last ef̣t md bî ɖ spirit v preẓveśn t avrt ɖ storm ɖt wz īvn ɖen haññ in ɖ starz n redi t inveḷp m. Hr vicṭri wz anǎnst bî an unyźl tranqiḷti n gladnis v soul ẃć foloud ɖ rlinqśñ v mî enćnt n latrli tormntñ studiz. It wz ɖus ɖt I wz t b tòt t asośiet īvl wɖ ɖer proṣkśn, hapinis wɖ ɖer disrigard.

It wz a stroñ ef̣t v ɖ spirit v gd, bt it wz inifcćl. Desṭni wz tù potnt, n hr iḿṭbl lwz hd dcrìd mî utr n teṛbl dstrux́n.


n I hd atend ɖ ej v sevntīn mî peṛnts rzolvd ɖt I śd bcm a stydnt at ɖ yṇvrṣti v Ingolśtat. I hd hiɖrtu atndd ɖ scūlz v Jnīva, bt mî faɖr ʈt it nesṣri fr ɖ cmpliśn v mî edyceśn ɖt I śd b md aqentd wɖ uɖr custmz ɖn ɖoz v mî netiv cuntri. Mî dparćr wz ɖrfr fixt at an rli det, bt bfr ɖ de rzolvd upn cd arîv, ɖ frst msfortyn v mî lîf ocŕd—an omn, az it wr, v mî fyćr miẓri. Iliẓbʈ hd còt ɖ scarlit fīvr; hr ilnis wz svir, n ś wz in ɖ gretist denjr. Jrñ hr ilnis mni arğmnts hd bn rjd t pswed mî muɖr t rfren fṛm atndñ upn hr. Ś hd at frst yīldd t ǎr intritiz, bt ẃn ś hŕd ɖt ɖ lîf v hr feṿrit wz menist, ś cd no longr cntrol hr añzayti. Ś atndd hr sicbed; hr woćfl atnśnz trîumft ovr ɖ mligṇti v ɖ dstmpr—Iliẓbʈ wz sevd, bt ɖ consiqnsz v ɖs imprudns wr fetl t hr prizrvr. On ɖ ʈrd de mî muɖr sicnd; hr fīvr wz acumṗnid bî ɖ most alarmñ simtmz, n ɖ lcs v hr medicl atndnts pṛgnosṭcetd ɖ wrst ivnt. On hr deʈbéd ɖ forttyd n bnigṇti v ɖs bst v wimin dd nt dzrt hr. Ś jônd ɖ handz v Iliẓbʈ n mslf. “Mî ćildṛn,” ś sd, “mî frmist hops v fyćr hapinis wr plest on ɖ prospect v yr yńn. Ɖs xpcteśn wl nǎ b ɖ conṣleśn v yr faɖr. Iliẓbʈ, mî luv, y mst s’plî mî ples t mî yungr ćildṛn. Alas! I rgret ɖt I am tecn fṛm y; n, hapi n b’luvid az I hv bn, z it nt hard t qit y ol? Bt ɖz r nt ʈts bfitñ m; I wl indevr t rzîn mslf ćirf̣li t deʈ n wl indulj a hop v mītñ y in anɖr wrld.”

Ś daid cāmli, n hr cǎntinns xprest afx́n īvn in deʈ. I nīd nt dscrîb ɖ fīlñz v ɖoz huz dirist tîz r rent bî ɖt most irepṛbl īvl, ɖ vôd ɖt priznts itslf t ɖ soul, n ɖ dsper ɖt z xibtd on ɖ cǎntinns. It z so loñ bfr ɖ mînd cn pswed itslf ɖt ś hūm w sw evri de n huz vri xistns apird a part v ǎr ǒn cn hv dpartd fr evr—ɖt ɖ brîtnis v a b’luvid î cn hv bn xtnḡśt n ɖ sǎnd v a vôs so fmiłr n dir t ɖ ir cn b huśt, nvr mor t b hŕd. Ɖz r ɖ rflex́nz v ɖ frst dez; bt ẃn ɖ laps v tîm pruvz ɖ riaḷti v ɖ īvl, ɖen ɖ acćl bitrnis v grīf cmnsz. Yt fṛm hūm hz nt ɖt rūd hand rent awe sm dir cnx́n? N ẃ śd I dscrîb a soro ẃć ol hv flt, n mst fīl? Ɖ tîm at leñʈ arîvz ẃn grīf z rɖr an induljns ɖn a nseṣti; n ɖ smîl ɖt plez upn ɖ lips, olɖo it me b dīmd a sacṛlij, z nt baniśt. Mî muɖr wz ded, bt w hd stl dytiz ẃć w òt t pform; w mst cntiny ǎr cors wɖ ɖ rest n lrn t ʈnc ǎrslvz forćṇt ẃlst wn rmenz hūm ɖ spôlr hz nt sizd.

Mî dparćr fr Ingolśtat, ẃć hd bn dfŕd bî ɖz ivnts, wz nǎ agn dtrmind upn. I obtend fṛm mî faɖr a respît v sm wīcs. It apird t m sacṛlij so sn t līv ɖ rpoz, acin t deʈ, v ɖ hǎs v mōrnñ n t ruś intu ɖ ʈic v lîf. I wz ny t soro, bt it dd nt ɖ les alarm m. I wz unwilñ t qit ɖ sît v ɖoz ɖt rmend t m, n abv ol, I dzîrd t si mî swīt Iliẓbʈ in sm dgri cnsold.

Ś indd veild hr grīf n strouv t act ɖ cumf̣tr t s ol. Ś lct steḍli on lîf n asymd its dytiz wɖ curij n zīl. Ś dvotd hrslf t ɖoz hūm ś hd bn tòt t cōl hr uncl n cuznz. Nvr wz ś so inćantñ az at ɖs tîm, ẃn ś rcōld ɖ súnśîn v hr smîlz n spent ɖm upn s. Ś fgot īvn hr ǒn rgret in hr indevrz t mc s fget.

Ɖ de v mî dparćr at leñʈ arîvd. Clerval spent ɖ last īvnñ wɖ s. H hd indevrd t pswed hiz faɖr t pmit him t acumṗni m n t bcm mî felostydnt, bt in ven. Hiz faɖr wz a naro-mîndd tredr n sw îdlnis n ruin in ɖ asṗreśnz n ambiśn v hiz sun. Õri dīpli flt ɖ msfortyn v biyñ dbard fṛm a libṛl edyceśn. H sd litl, bt ẃn h spouc I réd in hiz cinḍlñ î n in hiz aṇmetd glans a rstrend bt frm rzolv nt t b ćend t ɖ mizṛbl dītelz v comrs.

W sat lêt. W cd nt ter ǎrslvz awe fṛm ć uɖr nr pswed ǎrslvz t se ɖ wrd “Férwel!” It wz sd, n w rtîrd undr ɖ pritns v sīcñ rpoz, ć fansiyñ ɖt ɖ uɖr wz dsivd; bt ẃn at mornñ’z dōn I dsndd t ɖ carij ẃć wz t cnve m awe, ɖe wr ol ɖr—mî faɖr agn t bles m, Clerval t pres mî hand wns mor, mî Iliẓbʈ t rny hr intritiz ɖt I wd rait ofn n t bsto ɖ last feṃnin atnśnz on hr plêmêt n frend.

I ʈrù mslf intu ɖ śêz ɖt wz t cnve m awe n induljd in ɖ most meḷnc̣li rflex́nz. I, hu hd evr bn srǎndd bî emịbl cmpańnz, cntińli ingejd in indeṿrñ t bsto ḿćl pleźr—I wz nǎ alon. In ɖ yṇvrṣti ẃiɖr I wz gwñ I mst form mî ǒn frendz n b mî ǒn pṛtctr. Mî lîf hd hiɖrtu bn rmarcbli s’cludd n dmestic, n ɖs hd gvn m invinsbl rpugnns t ny cǎntinnsz. I luvd mî bruɖrz, Iliẓbʈ, n Clerval; ɖz wr “old fmiłr fesz,” bt I b’livd mslf toṭli unfitd fr ɖ cumṗni v strenjrz. Sć wr mî rflex́nz az I cmnst mî jrni; bt az I pṛsidd, mî spirits n hops rouz. I ardntli dzîrd ɖ aqziśn v nolij. I hd ofn, ẃn at hom, ʈt it hard t rmen jrñ mî yʈ cūpt p in wn ples n hd loñd t entr ɖ wrld n tec mî steśn amñ uɖr hymn biyñz. Nǎ mî dzîrz wr cmplaid wɖ, n it wd, indd, hv bn foli t rpnt.

I hd sfiśnt leźr fr ɖz n mni uɖr rflex́nz jrñ mî jrni t Ingolśtat, ẃć wz loñ n ftīgñ. At leñʈ ɖ hî ẃît stīpl v ɖ tǎn met mî îz. I alîtd n wz cnductd t mî solitri apartmnt t spend ɖ īvnñ az I plizd.

Ɖ nxt mornñ I dlivrd mî letrz v intṛdux́n n peid a vizit t sm v ɖ prinsipl pṛfesrz. Ćans—or rɖr ɖ īvl inflụns, ɖ Enjl v Dstrux́n, ẃć asrtd omniṗtnt swe ovr m fṛm ɖ momnt I trnd mî rluctnt steps fṛm mî faɖr’z dor—léd m frst t M. Crempa, pṛfesr v naćṛl f’loṣfi. H wz an uncuʈ man, bt dīpli imbyd in ɖ sīcrits v hiz sayns. H asct m sevṛl qsćnz cnsrnñ mî progres in ɖ difṛnt branćz v sayns aṗtenñ t naćṛl f’loṣfi. I rplaid cerlisli, n partli in cntmt, mnśnd ɖ nemz v mî alc̣mists az ɖ prinsipl oʈrz I hd studid. Ɖ pṛfesr stérd. “Hv y,” h sd, “riyli spent yr tîm in studiyñ sć nonsns?”

I rplaid in ɖ afrṃtiv. “Evri minit,” cntinyd M. Crempa wɖ wormʈ, “evri instnt ɖt y hv westd on ɖoz bcs z utrli n intîrli lost. Y hv brdnd yr meṃri wɖ xplodd sistmz n yslis nemz. Gd God! In ẃt deẓtland hv y livd, ẃr nwn wz cnd inuf t inform y ɖt ɖz fansiz ẃć y hv so grīḍli imbîbd r a ʈǎznd yirz old n az musti az ɖe r enćnt? I litl xpctd, in ɖs inlîtnd n sạntific ej, t fînd a dsîpl v Alberṭs Magṇs n Paṛselss. Mî dir sr, y mst bgin yr studiz intîrli any.”

So seyñ, h stept asd n rout dǎn a list v sevṛl bcs trītñ v naćṛl f’loṣfi ẃć h dzîrd m t pṛkr, n dsmist m aftr mnṣ́nñ ɖt in ɖ bginñ v ɖ folowñ wīc h intndd t cmns a cors v lecćrz upn naćṛl f’loṣfi in its jenṛl rleśnz, n ɖt M. Wōldmn, a felopṛfesr, wd lecćr upn ceṃstri ɖ oltrṇt dez ɖt h omitd.

I rtrnd hom nt dis’pôntd, fr I hv sd ɖt I hd loñ cnsidrd ɖoz oʈrz yslis hūm ɖ pṛfesr repṛbetd; bt I rtrnd nt at ol ɖ mor inclînd t rcŕ t ɖz studiz in eni śep. M. Crempa wz a litl sqot man wɖ a gruf vôs n a rpulsiv cǎntinns; ɖ tīćr, ɖrfr, dd nt prīṗzes m in fevr v hiz psyts. In rɖr a tù fiḷsoficl n cnctd a stren, phps, I hv gvn an acǎnt v ɖ cncluźnz I hd cm t cnsrnñ ɖm in mî rli yirz. Az a ćîld I hd nt bn cntnt wɖ ɖ rzults promist bî ɖ modn pṛfesrz v naćṛl sayns. Wɖ a cnfyźn v îdīaz onli t b acǎntd fr bî mî xtrim yʈ n mî wont v a gîd on sć matrz, I hd rtród ɖ steps v nolij alñ ɖ paɖz v tîm n xćenjd ɖ dscuṿriz v rīsnt inqîrrz fr ɖ drīmz v fgotn alc̣mists. Bsdz, I hd a cntmt fr ɖ ysz v modn naćṛl f’loṣfi. It wz vri difṛnt ẃn ɖ mastrz v ɖ sayns sòt imortaḷti n pǎr; sć vyz, olɖo fytîl, wr grand; bt nǎ ɖ sīn wz ćenjd. Ɖ ambiśn v ɖ inqîrr sīmd t limit itslf t ɖ anạleśn v ɖoz viźnz on ẃć mî inṭrest in sayns wz ćīfli fǎndd. I wz rqîrd t xćenj cîmiraz v bǎndlis granjr fr riaḷtiz v litl wrʈ.

Sć wr mî rflex́nz jrñ ɖ frst tū or ʈri dez v mî rezidns at Ingolśtat, ẃć wr ćīfli spent in bcmñ aqentd wɖ ɖ l’caḷtiz n ɖ prinsipl rezidnts in mî ny abod. Bt az ɖ insywñ wīc cmnst, I ʈt v ɖ inf̣meśn ẃć M. Crempa hd gvn m cnsrnñ ɖ lecćrz. N olɖo I cd nt cnsnt t g n hír ɖt litl cnsitd felo dlivr sntnsz ǎt v a plpit, I rec̣lectd ẃt h hd sd v M. Wōldmn, hūm I hd nvr sìn, az h hd hiɖrtu bn ǎt v tǎn.

Partli fṛm krioṣti n partli fṛm îdlnis, I wnt intu ɖ lecćrñrūm, ẃć M. Wōldmn entrd śortli aftr. Ɖs pṛfesr wz vri unlîc hiz colīg. H apird abt fifti yirz v ej, bt wɖ an aspect xpresiv v ɖ gretist bnevḷns; a fy gre herz cuvrd hiz templz, bt ɖoz at ɖ bac v hiz hed wr nirli blac. Hiz prsn wz śort bt rmarcbli irect n hiz vôs ɖ swītist I hd evr hŕd. H bgan hiz lecćr bî a rīc̣pić̣leśn v ɖ hisṭri v ceṃstri n ɖ verịs impruvmnts md bî difṛnt men v lrnñ, pṛnǎnsñ wɖ frvr ɖ nemz v ɖ most dstnḡśt dscuvrrz. H ɖen tc a crṣri vy v ɖ preznt stet v ɖ sayns n xplend mni v its eḷmntri trmz. Aftr hvñ md a fy pripaṛtri xperimnts, h cncludd wɖ a paṇjiric upn modn ceṃstri, ɖ trmz v ẃć I śl nvr fget: “Ɖ enćnt tīćrz v ɖs sayns,” sd h, “promist imposbiḷtiz n pformd nʈñ. Ɖ modn mastrz promis vri litl; ɖe nǒ ɖt metlz canot b trnzḿtd n ɖt ɖ ilixr v lîf z a cîmira bt ɖz f’loṣfrz, huz handz sīm onli md t dabl in drt, n ɖer îz t pōr ovr ɖ mîcṛscop or cruṣbl, hv indd pformd miṛclz. Ɖe peṇtret intu ɖ rsesz v nećr n śo hǎ ś wrcs in hr hîdñplesz. Ɖe asnd intu ɖ hevnz; ɖe hv dscuvrd hǎ ɖ blud srklets, n ɖ nećr v ɖ er w briɖ. Ɖe hv aqîrd ny n olmst unliṃtd pǎrz; ɖe cn cmand ɖ ʈunḍrz v hevn, mimic ɖ rʈqec, n īvn moc ɖ inviẓbl wrld wɖ its ǒn śadoz.”

Sć wr ɖ pṛfesr’z wrdz—rɖr let m se sć ɖ wrdz v ɖ fet—enounced t dstrô m. Az h wnt on I flt az f mî soul wr graṗlñ wɖ a palṗbl eṇmi; wn bî wn ɖ verịs ciz wr tućt ẃć formd ɖ mec̣nizm v mî biyñ; cōrd aftr cōrd wz sǎndd, n sn mî mînd wz fild wɖ wn ʈt, wn cnspśn, wn prṗs. So mć hz bn dn, xclemd ɖ soul v Francnstîn—mor, far mor, wl I aćiv; trédñ in ɖ steps olrdi marct, I wl paynir a ny we, xplor uņoun pǎrz, n unfold t ɖ wrld ɖ dīpist misṭriz v crieśn.

I clozd nt mî îz ɖt nît. Mî intrnl biyñ wz in a stet v inṣrex́n n trmôl; I flt ɖt ordr wd ɖns arîz, bt I hd no pǎr t pṛdys it. Bî dgriz, aftr ɖ mornñ’z dōn, slīp cem. I awouc, n mî yestrnît’s ʈts wr az a drīm. Ɖr onli rmend a reẓluśn t rtrn t mî enćnt studiz n t dvot mslf t a sayns fr ẃć I b’livd mslf t pzes a naćṛl taḷnt. On ɖ sem de I peid M. Wōldmn a vizit. Hiz manrz in prîṿt wr īvn mor mîld n atractiv ɖn in public, fr ɖr wz a srtn digṇti in hiz mȉn jrñ hiz lecćr ẃć in hiz ǒn hǎs wz rplest bî ɖ gretist afbiḷti n cîndnis. I gev him priti nirli ɖ sem acǎnt v mî formr psyts az I hd gvn t hiz felopṛfesr. H hŕd wɖ atnśn ɖ litl nreśn cnsrnñ mî studiz n smîld at ɖ nemz v Cornīłs Agripa n Paṛselss, bt wɖt ɖ cntmt ɖt M. Crempa hd xibtd. H sd ɖt “Ɖz wr men t huz indifatiġbl zīl modn f’loṣfrz wr indétd fr most v ɖ fǎndeśnz v ɖer nolij. Ɖe hd left t s, az an īzịr tasc, t gv ny nemz n arenj in cnctd clasif̣ceśnz ɖ facts ẃć ɖe in a gret dgri hd bn ɖ instṛmnts v brññ t lît. Ɖ lebrz v men v jīńs, hvr irońsli d’rectd, scersli evr fel in ultiṃtli trnñ t ɖ solid advantij v man-cnd.” I lisnd t hiz stetmnt, ẃć wz dlivrd wɖt eni prizumśn or afcteśn, n ɖen add ɖt hiz lecćr hd rmuvd mî preɉdisz agnst modn cemists; I xprest mslf in meźrd trmz, wɖ ɖ moḍsti n defṛns dy fṛm a yʈ t hiz instructr, wɖt letñ iscep (inxpirịns in lîf wd hv md m aśemd) eni v ɖ inʈyziazm ẃć stiḿletd mî intndd lebrz. I rqstd hiz advîs cnsrnñ ɖ bcs I òt t pṛkr.

“I am hapi,” sd M. Wōldmn, “t hv gend a dsîpl; n f yr apḷceśn īqlz yr abiḷti, I hv no dǎt v yr s’xes. Ceṃstri z ɖt branć v naćṛl f’loṣfi in ẃć ɖ gretist impruvmnts hv bn n me b md; it z on ɖt acǎnt ɖt I hv md it mî pkłr studi; bt at ɖ sem tîm, I hv nt nglectd ɖ uɖr branćz v sayns. A man wd mc bt a vri sori cemist f h atndd t ɖt dpartmnt v hymn nolij alon. F yr wś z t bcm riyli a man v sayns n nt mirli a peti xpeṛmnṭlist, I śd advîz y t aplî t evri branć v naćṛl f’loṣfi, includñ maʈ̇matics.” H ɖen tc m intu hiz l’boṛtri n xplend t m ɖ ysz v hiz verịs mśīnz, instructñ m az t ẃt I òt t pṛkr n proṃsñ m ɖ yz v hiz ǒn ẃn I śd hv advanst far inuf in ɖ sayns nt t d’renj ɖer mec̣nizm. H olso gev m ɖ list v bcs ẃć I hd rqstd, n I tc mî līv.

Ɖus endd a de memṛbl t m; it dsîdd mî fyćr desṭni.


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ṛm ɖs de naćṛl f’loṣfi, n ptiklrli ceṃstri, in ɖ most comprihnsiv sns v ɖ trm, bcem nirli mî sol okpeśn. I réd wɖ ardr ɖoz wrcs, so fl v jīńs n dscriṃneśn, ẃć modn inqîrrz hv ritn on ɖz subjicts. I atndd ɖ lecćrz n cultvetd ɖ aqentns v ɖ men v sayns v ɖ yṇvrṣti, n I faund īvn in M. Crempa a gret dīl v sǎnd sns n riyl inf̣meśn, cmbînd, it z tru, wɖ a rpulsiv fizioṇmi n manrz, bt nt on ɖt acǎnt ɖ les vałbl. In M. Wōldmn I faund a tru frend. Hiz jntlnis wz nvr tinjd bî dogṃtizm, n hiz instrux́nz wr gvn wɖ an er v francnis n gd nećr ɖt baniśt evri îdīa v pedntri. In a ʈǎznd wez h smuɖd fr m ɖ paʈ v nolij n md ɖ most abstrūs inqîriz clir n fasil t mî aprihnśn. Mî apḷceśn wz at frst flucćuetñ n unsrtn; it gend streñʈ az I pṛsidd n sn bcem so ardnt n īgr ɖt ɖ starz ofn dis’pird in ɖ lît v mornñ ẃlst I wz yt ingejd in mî l’boṛtri.

Az I aplaid so closli, it me b īẓli cnsivd ɖt mî progres wz rapid. Mî ardr wz indd ɖ astoniśmnt v ɖ stydnts, n mî pṛfiśnsi ɖt v ɖ mastrz. Pṛfesr Crempa ofn asct m, wɖ a slî smîl, hǎ Cornīłs Agripa wnt on, ẃlst M. Wōldmn xprest ɖ most hart-flt xlteśn in mî progres. Tū yirz pást in ɖs manr, jrñ ẃć I peid no vizit t Jnīva, bt wz ingejd, hart n soul, in ɖ psyt v sm dscuṿriz ẃć I hopt t mc. Nn bt ɖoz hu hv xpirịnst ɖm cn cnsiv v ɖ intîsmnts v sayns. In uɖr studiz y g az far az uɖrz hv gn bfr y, n ɖr z nʈñ mor t nǒ; bt in a sạntific psyt ɖr z cntińl fūd fr dscuṿri n wundr. A mînd v modṛt cpaṣti ẃć closli psyz wn studi mst infaḷbli arîv at gret pṛfiśnsi in ɖt studi; n I, hu cntińli sòt ɖ atenmnt v wn objict v psyt n wz soļi rápt p in ɖs, impruvd so rapidli ɖt at ɖ end v tū yirz I md sm dscuṿriz in ɖ impruvmnt v sm cemicl instṛmnts, ẃć pṛkrd m gret istim n adṃreśn at ɖ yṇvrṣti. Ẃn I hd arîvd at ɖs pônt n hd bcm az wel aqentd wɖ ɖ ʈiyri n practis v naćṛl f’loṣfi az dpndd on ɖ lésnz v eni v ɖ pṛfesrz at Ingolśtat, mî rezidns ɖr biyñ no longr cndysiv t mî impruvmnts, I ʈt v rtrnñ t mî frendz n mî netiv tǎn, ẃn an insidnt hapnd ɖt pṛtractd mî ste.

Wn v ɖ fnoṃna ẃć hd pkłrli atractd mî atnśn wz ɖ strucćr v ɖ hymn frem, n, indd, eni animl indyd wɖ lîf. Ẃns, I ofn asct mslf, dd ɖ prínsipl v lîf pṛsid? It wz a bold qsćn, n wn ẃć hz evr bn cnsidrd az a misṭri; yt wɖ hǎ mni ʈñz r w upn ɖ brinc v bcmñ aqentd, f cawdis or cerlisnis dd nt rstren ǎr inqîriz. I rvolvd ɖz srcmstansz in mî mînd n dtrmind ɖnsfʈ t aplî mslf mor ptiklrli t ɖoz branćz v naćṛl f’loṣfi ẃć rlet t fizioḷji. Unls I hd bn aṇmetd bî an olmst sūṗnaćṛl inʈyziazm, mî apḷceśn t ɖs studi wd hv bn rcsm n olmst intolṛbl. T xamin ɖ cōzz v lîf, w mst frst hv rcors t deʈ. I bcem aqentd wɖ ɖ sayns v anaṭmi, bt ɖs wz nt sfiśnt; I mst olso obzrv ɖ naćṛl dce n c’rupśn v ɖ hymn bodi. In mî edyceśn mî faɖr hd tecn ɖ gretist pricōśnz ɖt mî mînd śd b imprest wɖ no sūṗnaćṛl horrz. I d nt evr rmembr t hv trembld at a têl v sūṗstiśn or t hv fird ɖ aṗriśn v a spirit. Darcnis hd no ifct upn mî fansi, n a ćrćyard wz t m mirli ɖ rspticl v bodiz dprîvd v lîf, ẃć, fṛm biyñ ɖ sīt v byti n streñʈ, hd bcm fūd fr ɖ wrm. Nǎ I wz léd t xamin ɖ cōz n progres v ɖs dce n forst t spend dez n nîts in vōlts n ćarnlhǎzz. Mî atnśn wz fixt upn evri objict ɖ most inṣportbl t ɖ delic̣si v ɖ hymn fīlñz. I sw hǎ ɖ fîn form v man wz dgredd n westd; I bheld ɖ c’rupśn v deʈ s’xid t ɖ blūmñ ćīc v lîf; I sw hǎ ɖ wrm inheṛtd ɖ wundrz v ɖ î n bren. I pōzd, xaṃnñ n aṇlîzñ ol ɖ mnūśii v cōześn, az xmpḷfaid in ɖ ćenj fṛm lîf t deʈ, n deʈ t lîf, untl fṛm ɖ mdst v ɖs darcnis a sudn lît brouc in upn m—a lît so briłnt n wundṛs, yt so simpl, ɖt ẃl I bcem dizi wɖ ɖ imnṣti v ɖ prospect ẃć it iḷstretd, I wz s’prîzd ɖt amñ so mni men v jīńs hu hd d’rectd ɖer inqîriz twdz ɖ sem sayns, ɖt I alon śd b rzrvd t dscuvr so astoṇśñ a sīcrit.

Rmembr, I am nt rcordñ ɖ viźn v a madmn. Ɖ sún dz nt mor srtnli śîn in ɖ hevnz ɖn ɖt ẃć I nǎ afrm z tru. Sm miṛcl mt hv pṛdyst it, yt ɖ stejz v ɖ dscuṿri wr dstñt n probbl. Aftr dez n nîts v increḍbl lebr n ftīg, I s’xidd in dscuṿrñ ɖ cōz v jeṇreśn n lîf; nê, mor, I bcem mslf ceṗbl v bstowñ aṇmeśn upn lîflis matr.

Ɖ astoniśmnt ẃć I hd at frst xpirịnst on ɖs dscuṿri sn gev ples t dlît n rapćr. Aftr so mć tîm spent in penfl lebr, t arîv at wns at ɖ sumit v mî dzîrz wz ɖ most graṭfayñ consymeśn v mî tôlz. Bt ɖs dscuṿri wz so gret n oṿẃlmñ ɖt ol ɖ steps bî ẃć I hd bn pṛgresivli léd t it wr obliṭretd, n I bheld onli ɖ rzult. Ẃt hd bn ɖ studi n dzîr v ɖ wîzist men sins ɖ crieśn v ɖ wrld wz nǎ wɖn mî grasp. Nt ɖt, lîc a majic sīn, it ol opnd upn m at wns: ɖ inf̣meśn I hd obtend wz v a nećr rɖr t d’rect mî indevrz so sn az I śd pônt ɖm twdz ɖ objict v mî srć ɖn t xibit ɖt objict olrdi acumpliśt. I wz lîc ɖ Arebịn hu hd bn berid wɖ ɖ ded n faund a pasij t lîf, edd onli bî wn gliṃrñ n sīmñli inifcćl lît.

I si bî yr īgrnis n ɖ wundr n hop ẃć yr îz xpres, mî frend, ɖt y xpct t b informd v ɖ sīcrit wɖ ẃć I am aqentd; ɖt canot b; lisn peśntli untl ɖ end v mî stori, n y wl īẓli psiv ẃ I am rzrvd upn ɖt subjict. I wl nt līd y on, ungardd n ardnt az I ɖen wz, t yr dstrux́n n infaḷbl miẓri. Lrn fṛm m, f nt bî mî prīsepts, at līst bî mî xampl, hǎ denjṛs z ɖ aqîrmnt v nolij n hǎ mć hapịr ɖt man z hu b’livz hiz netiv tǎn t b ɖ wrld, ɖn h hu aspîrz t bcm gretr ɖn hiz nećr wl alǎ.

Ẃn I faund so astoṇśñ a pǎr plest wɖn mî handz, I heztetd a loñ tîm cnsrnñ ɖ manr in ẃć I śd implô it. Olɖo I pzest ɖ cpaṣti v bstowñ aṇmeśn, yt t priper a frem fr ɖ rspśn v it, wɖ ol its intric̣siz v fîbrz, muslz, n veinz, stl rmend a wrc v incnsiṿbl dificlti n lebr. I dǎtd at frst ẃɖr I śd atmt ɖ crieśn v a biyñ lîc mslf, or wn v simplr orġnîześn; bt mî imaɉneśn wz tù mć xōltd bî mî frst s’xes t pmit m t dǎt v mî abiḷti t gv lîf t an animl az complex n wundrfl az man. Ɖ mtirịlz at preznt wɖn mî cmand hardli apird adiqt t so ardẏs an unḍtecñ, bt I dǎtd nt ɖt I śd ultiṃtli s’xid. I priperd mslf fr a multtyd v rvrsz; mî oṗreśnz mt b insesntli bafld, n at last mî wrc b imprfict, yt ẃn I cnsidrd ɖ impruvmnt ẃć evri de tecs ples in sayns n mcanics, I wz incurijd t hop mî preznt atmts wd at līst le ɖ fǎndeśnz v fyćr s’xes. Nr cd I cnsidr ɖ magṇtyd n cmplex̣ti v mî plan az eni arğmnt v its impracticbiḷti. It wz wɖ ɖz fīlñz ɖt I bgan ɖ crieśn v a hymn biyñ. Az ɖ mînytnis v ɖ parts formd a gret hindṛns t mî spīd, I rzolvd, contrri t mî frst intnśn, t mc ɖ biyñ v a jîgantic staćr, ɖt z t se, abt et fīt in hît, n pṛporśṇbli larj. Aftr hvñ formd ɖs dtrṃneśn n hvñ spent sm munʈs in s’xesf̣li c’lectñ n arenjñ mî mtirịlz, I bgan.

Nwn cn cnsiv ɖ vrayti v fīlñz ẃć bòr m onẉdz, lîc a huṛcen, in ɖ frst inʈyziazm v s’xes. Lîf n deʈ apird t m îdiyl bǎndz, ẃć I śd frst brec ʈru, n por a toṛnt v lît intu ǎr darc wrld. A ny spīśīz wd bles m az its crietr n sors; mni hapi n xḷnt nećrz wd o ɖer biyñ t m. No faɖr cd clem ɖ grattyd v hiz ćîld so cmplitli az I śd dzrv ɖerz. Psywñ ɖz rflex́nz, I ʈt ɖt f I cd bsto aṇmeśn upn lîflis matr, I mt in proses v tîm (olɖo I nǎ faund it imposbl) rny lîf ẃr deʈ hd apaṛntli dvotd ɖ bodi t c’rupśn.

Ɖz ʈts s’portd mî spirits, ẃl I psyd mî unḍtecñ wɖ unrimitñ ardr. Mî ćīc hd groun pel wɖ studi, n mî prsn hd bcm imesietd wɖ cnfînmnt. Smtmz, on ɖ vri brinc v srtnti, I feld; yt stl I cluñ t ɖ hop ẃć ɖ nxt de or ɖ nxt aur mt riylîz. Wn sīcrit ẃć I alon pzest wz ɖ hop t ẃć I hd dedcetd mslf; n ɖ mūn gezd on mî midnît lebrz, ẃl, wɖ unrilaxt n breʈlis īgrnis, I psyd nećr t hr hîdñplesz. Hu śl cnsiv ɖ horrz v mî sīcrit tôl az I dabld amñ ɖ unhaloud damps v ɖ grev or torćrd ɖ livñ animl t aṇmet ɖ lîflis cle? Mî limz nǎ trembl, n mî îz swim wɖ ɖ rmembṛns; bt ɖen a rzistlis n olmst frantic impuls rjd m fwd; I sīmd t hv lost ol soul or snseśn bt fr ɖs wn psyt. It wz indd bt a pasñ trans, ɖt onli md m fīl wɖ rnyd aktnis so sn az, ɖ uņaćṛl stiḿḷs sīsñ t oṗret, I hd rtrnd t mî old habits. I c’lectd bonz fṛm ćarnlhǎzz n dstrbd, wɖ pṛfen fngrz, ɖ tṛmnḍs sīcrits v ɖ hymn frem. In a solitri ćembr, or rɖr sél, at ɖ top v ɖ hǎs, n seṗretd fṛm ol ɖ uɖr apartmnts bî a gaḷri n sterces, I cept mî wrcśop v filʈi crieśn; mî îbōlz wr startñ fṛm ɖer socits in atndñ t ɖ dītelz v mî implômnt. Ɖ dsctñrūm n ɖ slōtrhǎs frniśt mni v mî mtirịlz; n ofn dd mî hymn nećr trn wɖ loɖñ fṛm mî okpeśn, ẃlst, stl rjd on bî an īgrnis ẃć ppć̣li incrist, I bròt mî wrc nir t a cncluźn.

Ɖ sumr munʈs pást ẃl I wz ɖus ingejd, hart n soul, in wn psyt. It wz a most bytifl sīzn; nvr dd ɖ fīldz bsto a mor plentifl harvist or ɖ vînz yīld a mor lux́urịnt vintij, bt mî îz wr insnsbl t ɖ ćarmz v nećr. N ɖ sem fīlñz ẃć md m nglect ɖ sīnz arnd m cōzd m olso t fget ɖoz frendz hu wr so mni mîlz absnt, n hūm I hd nt sìn fr so loñ a tîm. I ń mî sîḷns dsqaytd ɖm, n I wel rmembrd ɖ wrdz v mî faɖr: “I nǒ ɖt ẃl y r plizd wɖ yrslf y wl ʈnc v s wɖ afx́n, n w śl hír reğlrli fṛm y. Y mst pardn m f I rgard eni inṭrupśn in yr corispondns az a prūf ɖt yr uɖr dytiz r īqli nglectd.”

I ń wel ɖrfr ẃt wd b mî faɖr’z fīlñz, bt I cd nt ter mî ʈts fṛm mî implômnt, loɖsm in itslf, bt ẃć hd tecn an irizistbl hold v mî imaɉneśn. I wśt, az it wr, t pṛcrasṭnet ol ɖt rletd t mî fīlñz v afx́n untl ɖ gret objict, ẃć swoloud p evri habit v mî nećr, śd b cmplitd.

I ɖen ʈt ɖt mî faɖr wd b unjust f h ascrîbd mî nglect t vîs or fōltinis on mî part, bt I am nǎ cnvinst ɖt h wz jusṭfaid in cnsivñ ɖt I śd nt b oltgɖr fri fṛm blem. A hymn biyñ in pfx́n òt olwz t prizrv a cām n pīsfl mînd n nvr t alǎ paśn or a transitri dzîr t dstrb hiz tranqiḷti. I d nt ʈnc ɖt ɖ psyt v nolij z an xpśn t ɖs rūl. F ɖ studi t ẃć y aplî yrslf hz a tndnsi t wìcn yr afx́nz n t dstrô yr test fr ɖoz simpl pleźrz in ẃć no alô cn poṣbli mix, ɖen ɖt studi z srtnli unlwfl, ɖt z t se, nt bfitñ ɖ hymn mînd. F ɖs rūl wr olwz obzrvd; f no man alaud eni psyt ẃtsvr t inṭfir wɖ ɖ tranqiḷti v hiz dmestic afx́nz, Grīs hd nt bn inslevd, Sìzr wd hv sperd hiz cuntri, America wd hv bn dscuvrd mor graɉli, n ɖ empîrz v Mx̣co n P’ru hd nt bn dstroid.

Bt I fget ɖt I am moṛlîzñ in ɖ most inṭrestñ part v mî têl, n yr lcs rmînd m t pṛsid. Mî faɖr md no rproć in hiz letrz n onli tc notis v mî sîḷns bî inqîrñ intu mî okpeśnz mor ptiklrli ɖn bfr. Wintr, sprñ, n sumr pást awe jrñ mî lebrz; bt I dd nt woć ɖ blosm or ɖ xpandñ līvz—sîts ẃć bfr olwz yīldd m s’prīm dlît—so dīpli wz I ingrost in mî okpeśn. Ɖ līvz v ɖt yir hd wiɖrd bfr mî wrc drù nir t a clos, n nǎ evri de śoud m mor plenli hǎ wel I hd s’xidd. Bt mî inʈyziazm wz ćect bî mî añzayti, n I apird rɖr lîc wn dūmd bî sleṿri t tôl in ɖ mînz, or eni uɖr unholsm tred ɖn an artist okpaid bî hiz feṿrit implômnt. Evri nît I wz oprest bî a slo fīvr, n I bcem nrṿs t a most penfl dgri; ɖ fōl v a līf startld m, n I śund mî felocrīćrs az f I hd bn gilti v a crîm. Smtmz I grù alarmd at ɖ rec I psivd ɖt I hd bcm; ɖ eṇji v mî prṗs alon sstend m: mî lebrz wd sn end, n I b’livd ɖt x’sîz n aḿzmnt wd ɖen drîv awe insipịnt dziz; n I promist mslf bʈ v ɖz ẃn mî crieśn śd b cmplit.


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t wz on a driri nît v Nvmbr ɖt I bheld ɖ acumpliśmnt v mî tôlz. Wɖ an añzayti ɖt olmst amǎntd t aġni, I c’lectd ɖ instṛmnts v lîf arnd m, ɖt I mt infyz a sparc v biyñ intu ɖ lîflis ʈñ ɖt le at mî fīt. It wz olrdi wn in ɖ mornñ; ɖ ren patrd dizṃli agnst ɖ peinz, n mî candl wz nirli brnt ǎt, ẃn, bî ɖ glimr v ɖ haf-xtnḡśt lît, I sw ɖ dul yelo î v ɖ crīćr opn; it briɖd hard, n a cnvulsiv mośn ajtetd its limz.

Hǎ cn I dscrîb mî imośnz at ɖs ctastṛfi, or hǎ dliniet ɖ reć hūm wɖ sć infiṇt penz n cer I hd indevrd t form? Hiz limz wr in pṛporśn, n I hd s’lectd hiz fīćrz az bytifl. Bytifl! Gret God! Hiz yelo scin scersli cuvrd ɖ wrc v muslz n arṭriz bnʈ; hiz her wz v a lustṛs blac, n flowñ; hiz tīʈ v a prli ẃîtnis; bt ɖz lux́urịnsz onli formd a mor horid contrast wɖ hiz wōṭri îz, ɖt sīmd olmst v ɖ sem culr az ɖ dun-ẃît socits in ẃć ɖe wr set, hiz śrivld cmplex́n n stret blac lips.

Ɖ difṛnt axidnts v lîf r nt so ćenɉbl az ɖ fīlñz v hymn nećr. I hd wrct hard fr nirli tū yirz, fr ɖ sol prṗs v infyzñ lîf intu an inaniṃt bodi. Fr ɖs I hd dprîvd mslf v rest n hlʈ. I hd dzîrd it wɖ an ardr ɖt far xidd moḍreśn; bt nǎ ɖt I hd finiśt, ɖ byti v ɖ drīm vaniśt, n breʈlis horr n dsgust fild mî hart. Unebl t indyr ɖ aspect v ɖ biyñ I hd crietd, I ruśt ǎt v ɖ rūm n cntinyd a loñ tîm tṛvrsñ mî bedćembr, unebl t cmpoz mî mînd t slīp. At leñʈ laṣtyd s’xidd t ɖ tymult I hd bfr indyrd, n I ʈrù mslf on ɖ bed in mî cloɖz, indeṿrñ t sīc a fy momnts v fgetflnis. Bt it wz in ven; I slept, indd, bt I wz dstrbd bî ɖ wîldist drīmz. I ʈt I sw Iliẓbʈ, in ɖ blūm v hlʈ, wōcñ in ɖ strīts v Ingolśtat. Dlîtd n s’prîzd, I imbrest hr, bt az I imprintd ɖ frst cis on hr lips, ɖe bcem livid wɖ ɖ hy v deʈ; hr fīćrz apird t ćenj, n I ʈt ɖt I hld ɖ corps v mî ded muɖr in mî armz; a śrǎd inveḷpt hr form, n I sw ɖ grev-wrmz crōlñ in ɖ foldz v ɖ flanl. I startd fṛm mî slīp wɖ horr; a cold dȳ cuvrd mî fōrhed, mî tīʈ ćatrd, n evri lim bcem cnvulst; ẃn, bî ɖ dim n yelo lît v ɖ mūn, az it forst its we ʈru ɖ windo śutrz, I bheld ɖ reć—ɖ mizṛbl monstr hūm I hd crietd. H hld p ɖ crtn v ɖ bed; n hiz îz, f îz ɖe me b cōld, wr fixt on m. Hiz jwz opnd, n h mutrd sm inartikḷt sǎndz, ẃl a grin rincld hiz ćīcs. H mt hv spocn, bt I dd nt hír; wn hand wz strećt ǎt, sīmñli t dten m, bt I iscept n ruśt dǎnsterz. I tc refyj in ɖ cortyard b’loññ t ɖ hǎs ẃć I inhaḅtd, ẃr I rmend jrñ ɖ rest v ɖ nît, wōcñ p n dǎn in ɖ gretist ajteśn, liṣnñ atntivli, caćñ n firñ ć sǎnd az f it wr t anǎns ɖ aproć v ɖ dīṃnaycl corps t ẃć I hd so mizṛbli gvn lîf.

Ǒ! No mortl cd s’port ɖ horr v ɖt cǎntinns. A mumi agn indyd wɖ aṇmeśn cd nt b so hidịs az ɖt reć. I hd gezd on him ẃl unfiniśt; h wz ugli ɖen, bt ẃn ɖoz muslz n jônts wr rendrd ceṗbl v mośn, it bcem a ʈñ sć az īvn Dante cd nt hv cnsivd.

I pást ɖ nît rećidli. Smtmz mî puls bìt so qcli n hardli ɖt I flt ɖ palṗteśn v evri arṭri; at uɖrz, I nirli sanc t ɖ grǎnd ʈru langr n xtrim wìcnis. Mngld wɖ ɖs horr, I flt ɖ bitrnis v dis’pôntmnt; drīmz ɖt hd bn mî fūd n pleznt rest fr so loñ a spes wr nǎ bcm a hel t m; n ɖ ćenj wz so rapid, ɖ oṿʈro so cmplit!

Mornñ, dizṃl n wet, at leñʈ dōnd n dscuvrd t mî slīplis n ecñ îz ɖ ćrć v Ingolśtat, its ẃît stīpl n cloc, ẃć indcetd ɖ sixʈ aur. Ɖ portr opnd ɖ gets v ɖ cort, ẃć hd ɖt nît bn mî asîḷm, n I iśùd intu ɖ strīts, pesñ ɖm wɖ qc steps, az f I sòt t avôd ɖ reć hūm I fird evri trnñ v ɖ strīt wd preznt t mî vy. I dd nt der rtrn t ɖ apartmnt ẃć I inhaḅtd, bt flt impeld t huri on, olɖo drenćt bî ɖ ren ẃć pord fṛm a blac n cumf̣tlis scî.

I cntinyd wōcñ in ɖs manr fr sm tîm, indeṿrñ bî boḍli x’sîz t īz ɖ lod ɖt weid upn mî mînd. I tṛvrst ɖ strīts wɖt eni clir cnspśn v ẃr I wz or ẃt I wz dwñ. Mî hart palṗtetd in ɖ sicnis v fir, n I hurid on wɖ ireğlr steps, nt dẹrñ t lc abt m:

Lîc wn hu, on a lonli rod,
Duʈ wōc in fir n dred,
N, hvñ wns trnd rnd, wōcs on,
N trnz no mor hiz hed;
Bcz h nz a frîtfl fīnd
Duʈ clos bhnd him tréd.

Cntinywñ ɖus, I cem at leñʈ oṗzit t ɖ ín at ẃć ɖ verịs dilijnsz n caṛjz yẓ́li stopt. Hir I pōzd, I ń nt ẃ; bt I rmend sm minits wɖ mî îz fixt on a coć ɖt wz cmñ twdz m fṛm ɖ uɖr end v ɖ strīt. Az it drù nirr I obzrvd ɖt it wz ɖ Swis dilijns; it stopt jst ẃr I wz standñ, n on ɖ dor biyñ opnd, I psivd Õri Clerval, hu, on siyñ m, instntli spruñ ǎt. “Mî dir Francnstîn,” xclemd h, “hǎ glad I am t si y! Hǎ forćṇt ɖt y śd b hir at ɖ vri momnt v mî alîtñ!”

Nʈñ cd īql mî dlît on siyñ Clerval; hiz prezns bròt bac t mî ʈts mî faɖr, Iliẓbʈ, n ol ɖoz sīnz v hom so dir t mî rec̣lex́n. I graspt hiz hand, n in a momnt fgot mî horr n msfortyn; I flt sudnli, n fr ɖ frst tîm jrñ mni munʈs, cām n srīn jô. I welcmd mî frend, ɖrfr, in ɖ most cordịl manr, n w wōct twdz mî colij. Clerval cntinyd tōcñ fr sm tîm abt ǎr ḿćl frendz n hiz ǒn gd fortyn in biyñ pmitd t cm t Ingolśtat. “Y me īẓli b’liv,” sd h, “hǎ gret wz ɖ dificlti t pswed mî faɖr ɖt ol nesṣri nolij wz nt cmprîzd in ɖ nobl art v bc-cīpñ; n, indd, I b’liv I left him increɉḷs t ɖ last, fr hiz constnt ansr t mî unwirid intritiz wz ɖ sem az ɖt v ɖ Duć scūlmastr in Ɖ Vicr v Wecfīld: ‘I hv ten ʈǎznd florinz a yir wɖt Grīc, I īt harṭli wɖt Grīc.’ Bt hiz afx́n fr m at leñʈ oṿcem hiz dslîc v lrnñ, n h hz pmitd m t unḍtec a vôij v dscuṿri t ɖ land v nolij.”

“It gvz m ɖ gretist dlît t si y; bt tel m hǎ y left mî faɖr, bruɖrz, n Iliẓbʈ.”

“Vri wel, n vri hapi, onli a litl unīzi ɖt ɖe hír fṛm y so sldm. Bî ɖ bî, I mīn t lecćr y a litl upn ɖer acǎnt mslf. Bt, mî dir Francnstîn,” cntinyd h, stopñ śort n gezñ fl in mî fes, “I dd nt bfr rmarc hǎ vri il y apir; so ʈin n pel; y lc az f y hd bn woćñ fr sevṛl nîts.”

“Y hv gst rît; I hv lêtli bn so dīpli ingejd in wn okpeśn ɖt I hv nt alaud mslf sfiśnt rest, az y si; bt I hop, I s’nsirli hop, ɖt ol ɖz implômnts r nǎ at an end n ɖt I am at leñʈ fri.”

I trembld xesivli; I cd nt indyr t ʈnc v, n far les t alud t, ɖ ocuṛnsiz v ɖ prisidñ nît. I wōct wɖ a qc pes, n w sn arîvd at mî colij. I ɖen rflectd, n ɖ ʈt md m śivr, ɖt ɖ crīćr hūm I hd left in mî apartmnt mt stl b ɖr, alîv n wōcñ abt. I dredd t bhold ɖs monstr, bt I fird stl mor ɖt Õri śd si him. Intritñ him, ɖrfr, t rmen a fy minits at ɖ botm v ɖ sterz, I dartd p twdz mî ǒn rūm. Mî hand wz olrdi on ɖ loc v ɖ dor bfr I rec̣lectd mslf. I ɖen pōzd, n a cold śiṿrñ cem ovr m. I ʈrù ɖ dor forṣbli opn, az ćildṛn r acustmd t d ẃn ɖe xpct a spectr t stand in wêtñ fr ɖm on ɖ uɖr sîd; bt nʈñ apird. I stept firf̣li in: ɖ apartmnt wz emti, n mî bedrūm wz olso frìd fṛm its hidịs gest. I cd hardli b’liv ɖt so gret a gd fortyn cd hv bfōḷn m, bt ẃn I bcem aśurd ɖt mî eṇmi hd indd fled, I clapt mî handz fr jô n ran dǎn t Clerval.

W asndd intu mî rūm, n ɖ srvnt prezntli bròt brecfst; bt I wz unebl t cnten mslf. It wz nt jô onli ɖt pzest m; I flt mî fleś tngl wɖ xes v snṣtivnis, n mî puls bìt rapidli. I wz unebl t rmen fr a sngl instnt in ɖ sem ples; I jumt ovr ɖ ćerz, clapt mî handz, n laft alǎd. Clerval at frst atribytd mî unyźl spirits t jô on hiz arîvl, bt ẃn h obzrvd m mor atntivli, h sw a wîldnis in mî îz fr ẃć h cd nt acǎnt, n mî lǎd, unristrend, hartlis laftr frîtnd n astoniśt him.

“Mî dir Victr,” craid h, “ẃt, fr God’z sec, z ɖ matr? D nt laf in ɖt manr. Hǎ il y r! Ẃt z ɖ cōz v ol ɖs?”

“D nt asc m,” craid I, ptñ mî handz bfr mî îz, fr I ʈt I sw ɖ dredd spectr glîd intu ɖ rūm; “H cn tel. Ǒ, sev m! Sev m!” I imajind ɖt ɖ monstr sizd m; I strugld fyrịsli n fél dǎn in a fit.

Pur Clerval! Ẃt mst hv bn hiz fīlñz? A mītñ, ẃć h antiṣpetd wɖ sć jô, so strenjli trnd t bitrnis. Bt I wz nt ɖ witnis v hiz grīf, fr I wz lîflis n dd nt rcuvr mî snsz fr a loñ, loñ tîm.

Ɖs wz ɖ cmnsmnt v a nrṿs fīvr ẃć cnfînd m fr sevṛl munʈs. Jrñ ol ɖt tîm Õri wz mî onli nrs. I aftwdz lrnt ɖt, nwñ mî faɖr’z advanst ej n unfitnis fr so loñ a jrni, n hǎ rećid mî sicnis wd mc Iliẓbʈ, h sperd ɖm ɖs grīf bî cnsilñ ɖ xtnt v mî dsordr. H ń ɖt I cd nt hv a mor cnd n atntiv nrs ɖn himslf; n, frm in ɖ hop h flt v mî rcuṿri, h dd nt dǎt ɖt, instd v dwñ harm, h pformd ɖ cîndist ax́n ɖt h cd twdz ɖm.

Bt I wz in riaḷti vri il, n śrli nʈñ bt ɖ unbǎndd n unrimitñ atnśnz v mî frend cd hv rstord m t lîf. Ɖ form v ɖ monstr on hūm I hd bstoud xistns wz fr evr bfr mî îz, n I revd insesntli cnsrnñ him. Dǎtlis mî wrdz s’prîzd Õri; h at frst b’livd ɖm t b ɖ wonḍrñz v mî dstrbd imaɉneśn, bt ɖ prṭnaṣti wɖ ẃć I cntińli rcŕd t ɖ sem subjict pswedd him ɖt mî dsordr indd oud its oṛjin t sm uncomn n teṛbl ivnt.

Bî vri slo dgriz, n wɖ frīqnt rlapsz ɖt alarmd n grīvd mî frend, I rcuvrd. I rmembr ɖ frst tîm I bcem ceṗbl v obzrvñ ǎtwd objicts wɖ eni cnd v pleźr, I psivd ɖt ɖ fōḷn līvz hd dis’pird n ɖt ɖ yuñ budz wr śūtñ fʈ fṛm ɖ triz ɖt śêdd mî windo. It wz a dvîn sprñ, n ɖ sīzn cntribytd gretli t mî convlesns. I flt olso sntimnts v jô n afx́n rvîv in mî bŭzm; mî glūm dis’pird, n in a śort tîm I bcem az ćirfl az bfr I wz atact bî ɖ fetl paśn.

“Dirist Clerval,” xclemd I, “hǎ cnd, hǎ vri gd y r t m. Ɖs hol wintr, instd v biyñ spent in studi, az y promist yrslf, hz bn cnsymd in mî sic rūm. Hǎ śl I evr rpe y? I fīl ɖ gretist rmors fr ɖ dis’pôntmnt v ẃć I hv bn ɖ oceźn, bt y wl fgiv m.”

“Y wl rpe m intîrli f y d nt discmpoz yrslf, bt gt wel az fast az y cn; n sins y apir in sć gd spirits, I me spīc t y on wn subjict, me I nt?”

I trembld. Wn subjict! Ẃt cd it b? Cd h alud t an objict on hūm I derd nt īvn ʈnc? “Cmpoz yrslf,” sd Clerval, hu obzrvd mî ćenj v culr, “I wl nt mnśn it f it aɉtets y; bt yr faɖr n cuzn wd b vri hapi f ɖe rsivd a letr fṛm y in yr ǒn handraitñ. Ɖe hardli nǒ hǎ il y hv bn n r unīzi at yr loñ sîḷns.”

“Z ɖt ol, mî dir Õri? Hǎ cd y s’poz ɖt mî frst ʈt wd nt flî twdz ɖoz dir, dir frendz hūm I luv n hu r so dzrvñ v mî luv?”

“F ɖs z yr preznt tmpr, mî frend, y wl phps b glad t si a letr ɖt hz bn layñ hir sm dez fr y; it z fṛm yr cuzn, I b’liv.”


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lerval ɖen pt ɖ folowñ letr intu mî handz. It wz fṛm mî ǒn Iliẓbʈ:

“Mî dirist Cuzn,

“Y hv bn il, vri il, n īvn ɖ constnt letrz v dir cnd Õri r nt sfiśnt t ri’śur m on yr acǎnt. Y r fbidn t rait—t hold a pén; yt wn wrd fṛm y, dir Victr, z nesṣri t cām ǎr aprihnśnz. Fr a loñ tîm I hv ʈt ɖt ć post wd brñ ɖs lîn, n mî psweźnz hv rstrend mî uncl fṛm unḍtecñ a jrni t Ingolśtat. I hv privntd hiz incǎnṭrñ ɖ incnvińnsz n phps denjrz v so loñ a jrni, yt hǎ ofn hv I rgretd nt biyñ ebl t pform it mslf! I figr t mslf ɖt ɖ tasc v atndñ on yr sicbed hz dvolvd on sm mrsnri old nrs, hu cd nvr ges yr wśz nr ministr t ɖm wɖ ɖ cer n afx́n v yr pur cuzn. Yt ɖt z ovr nǎ: Clerval raits ɖt indd y r gtñ betr. I īgrli hop ɖt y wl cnfrm ɖs intelijns sn in yr ǒn handraitñ.

“Gt wel—n rtrn t s. Y wl fînd a hapi, ćirfl hom n frendz hu luv y dirli. Yr faɖr’z hlʈ z vigṛs, n h ascs bt t si y, bt t b aśurd ɖt y r wel; n nt a cer wl evr clǎd hiz bnevlnt cǎntinns. Hǎ plizd y wd b t rmarc ɖ impruvmnt v ǎr Ŕnist! H z nǎ sixtīn n fl v activti n spirit. H z dzîṛs t b a tru Swis n t entr intu foṛn srvis, bt w canot part wɖ him, at līst untl hiz eldr bruɖr rtrnz t s. Mî uncl z nt plizd wɖ ɖ îdīa v a militri c’rir in a distnt cuntri, bt Ŕnist nvr hd yr pǎrz v apḷceśn. H lcs upn studi az an odịs fetr; hiz tîm z spent in ɖ opn er, clîmñ ɖ hilz or rowñ on ɖ lec. I fir ɖt h wl bcm an îdlr unls w yīld ɖ pônt n pmit him t entr on ɖ pṛfeśn ẃć h hz s’lectd.

“Litl olṭreśn, xpt ɖ groʈ v ǎr dir ćildṛn, hz tecn ples sins y left s. Ɖ blu lec n sno-clad mǎntnz—ɖe nvr ćenj; n I ʈnc ǎr plasid hom n ǎr cntntd hārts r reğletd bî ɖ sem iḿṭbl lwz. Mî trîf̣lñ okpeśnz tec p mî tîm n aḿz m, n I am rwordd fr eni xrśnz bî siyñ nn bt hapi, cînd fesz arnd m. Sins y left s, bt wn ćenj hz tecn ples in ǎr litl hǎshold. D y rmembr on ẃt oceźn Justīn Morits entrd ǎr faṃli? Probbli y d nt; I wl rlet hr hisṭri, ɖrfr in a fy wrdz. Madm Morits, hr muɖr, wz a wido wɖ for ćildṛn, v hūm Justīn wz ɖ ʈrd. Ɖs grl hd olwz bn ɖ feṿrit v hr faɖr, bt ʈru a strenj pvrṣti, hr muɖr cd nt indyr hr, n aftr ɖ deʈ v M. Morits, trītd hr vri il. Mî ānt obzrvd ɖs, n ẃn Justīn wz twelv yirz v ej, priveld on hr muɖr t alǎ hr t liv at ǎr hǎs. Ɖ rpublicn insttyśnz v ǎr cuntri hv pṛdyst simplr n hapịr manrz ɖn ɖoz ẃć privel in ɖ gret moṇciz ɖt srǎnd it. Hns ɖr z les dstñśn btwn ɖ sevṛl clasz v its inhabitnts; n ɖ lowr ordrz, biyñ nɖr so pur nr so dspîzd, ɖer manrz r mor rfînd n moṛl. A srvnt in Jnīva dz nt mīn ɖ sem ʈñ az a srvnt in Frans n Ñgḷnd. Justīn, ɖus rsivd in ǎr faṃli, lrnt ɖ dytiz v a srvnt, a cndiśn ẃć, in ǎr forćṇt cuntri, dz nt includ ɖ îdīa v ignṛns n a sacṛfîs v ɖ digṇti v a hymn biyñ.

“Justīn, y me rmembr, wz a gret feṿrit v yrz; n I rec̣lect y wns rmarct ɖt f y wr in an il hymr, wn glans fṛm Justīn cd diṣpet it, fr ɖ sem rīzn ɖt Ariosto gvz cnsrnñ ɖ byti v Anjelica—ś lct so franc-hartd n hapi. Mî ānt cnsivd a gret ataćmnt fr hr, bî ẃć ś wz indyst t gv hr an edyceśn s’pirịr t ɖt ẃć ś hd at frst intndd. Ɖs beṇfit wz fŭli rpeid; Justīn wz ɖ most gretfl litl crīćr in ɖ wrld: I d nt mīn ɖt ś md eni pṛfeśnz; I nvr hŕd wn pas hr lips, bt y cd si bî hr îz ɖt ś olmst adord hr pṛtctris. Olɖo hr disṗziśn wz ge n in mni rspcts incnsidṛt, yt ś peid ɖ gretist atnśn t evri jsćr v mî ānt. Ś ʈt hr ɖ modl v ol x’ḷns n indevrd t iṃtet hr frezioḷji n manrz, so ɖt īvn nǎ ś ofn rmîndz m v hr.

“Ẃn mî dirist ānt daid evrwn wz tù mć okpaid in ɖer ǒn grīf t notis pur Justīn, hu hd atndd hr jrñ hr ilnis wɖ ɖ most añśs afx́n. Pur Justīn wz vri il; bt uɖr trîlz wr rzrvd fr hr.

“Wn bî wn, hr bruɖrz n sistr daid; n hr muɖr, wɖ ɖ xpśn v hr nglectd dōtr, wz left ćîldlis. Ɖ conśns v ɖ wmn wz trubld; ś bgan t ʈnc ɖt ɖ deʈs v hr feṿrits wz a jujmnt fṛm hevn t ćastîz hr parśiaḷti. Ś wz a Romn Caʈ̇lic; n I b’liv hr cnfesr cnfrmd ɖ îdīa ẃć ś hd cnsivd. Acordñli, a fy munʈs aftr yr dparćr fr Ingolśtat, Justīn wz cōld hom bî hr rpntnt muɖr. Pur grl! Ś wept ẃn ś qitd ǎr hǎs; ś wz mć oltrd sins ɖ deʈ v mî ānt; grīf hd gvn softnis n a winñ mîldnis t hr manrz, ẃć hd bfr bn rmarcbl fr vivaṣti. Nr wz hr rezidns at hr muɖr’z hǎs v a nećr t rstor hr geyti. Ɖ pur wmn wz vri vaṣletñ in hr rpntns. Ś smtmz begd Justīn t fgiv hr uncîndnis, bt mć of̣nr akzd hr v hvñ cōzd ɖ deʈs v hr bruɖrz n sistr. Ppećl fretñ at leñʈ ʈrù Madm Morits intu a dclîn, ẃć at frst incrist hr iritbiḷti, bt ś z nǎ at pīs fr evr. Ś daid on ɖ frst aproć v cold weɖr, at ɖ bginñ v ɖs last wintr. Justīn hz jst rtrnd t s; n I aśur y I luv hr tndrli. Ś z vri clevr n jntl, n xtrimli priti; az I mnśnd bfr, hr mȉn n hr xpreśn cntińli rmînd m v mî dir ānt.

“I mst se olso a fy wrdz t y, mî dir cuzn, v litl darlñ Wiłm. I wś y cd si him; h z vri tōl v hiz ej, wɖ swīt lafñ blu îz, darc îlaśz, n crlñ her. Ẃn h smîlz, tū litl dimplz apir on ć ćīc, ẃć r rozi wɖ hlʈ. H hz olrdi hd wn or tū litl WÎVZ, bt Luīza Bîṛn z hiz feṿrit, a priti litl grl v fîv yirz v ej.

“Nǎ, dir Victr, I der se y wś t b induljd in a litl gosip cnsrnñ ɖ gd ppl v Jnīva. Ɖ priti Mis Mansfīld hz olrdi rsivd ɖ cngrać̣letri vizits on hr aproćñ marij wɖ a yuñ Ñgliśmn, Jon Melbōrn, Isq. Hr ugli sistr, Manón, marid M. Dūviard, ɖ rić bancr, last ōtm. Yr feṿrit scūlfelo, Lui Manwar, hz sufrd sevṛl msfortynz sins ɖ dparćr v Clerval fṛm Jnīva. Bt h hz olrdi rcuvrd hiz spirits, n z rportd t b on ɖ pônt v mariyñ a lîvli priti Frenćwŭmn, Madm Tavernie. Ś z a wido, n mć oldr ɖn Manwar; bt ś z vri mć admîrd, n a feṿrit wɖ evrbdi.

“I hv ritn mslf intu betr spirits, dir cuzn; bt mî añzayti rtrnz upn m az I cnclud. Rait, dirist Victr,—wn lîn—wn wrd wl b a blesñ t s. Ten ʈǎznd ʈancs t Õri fr hiz cîndnis, hiz afx́n, n hiz mni letrz; w r s’nsirli gretfl. Ady! mî cuzn; tec cer v yrslf; n, I intrit y, rait!

“Iliẓbʈ L’vnza.

“Jnīva, Marć 18, 17—.”

“Dir, dir Iliẓbʈ!” I xclemd, ẃn I hd réd hr letr: “I wl rait instntli n rliv ɖm fṛm ɖ añzayti ɖe mst fīl.” I rout, n ɖs xrśn gretli ftīgd m; bt mî convlesns hd cmnst, n pṛsidd reğlrli. In anɖr fortnît I wz ebl t līv mî ćembr.

Wn v mî frst dytiz on mî rcuṿri wz t intṛdys Clerval t ɖ sevṛl pṛfesrz v ɖ yṇvrṣti. In dwñ ɖs, I unḍwnt a cnd v ruf ysij, il bfitñ ɖ wūndz ɖt mî mînd hd sstend. Evr sins ɖ fetl nît, ɖ end v mî lebrz, n ɖ bginñ v mî msfortynz, I hd cnsivd a vayḷnt antiṗʈi īvn t ɖ nem v naćṛl f’loṣfi. Ẃn I wz uɖ̇̇wz qt rstord t hlʈ, ɖ sît v a cemicl instṛmnt wd rny ol ɖ aġni v mî nrṿs simtmz. Õri sw ɖs, n hd rmuvd ol mî aṗreṭs fṛm mî vy. H hd olso ćenjd mî apartmnt; fr h psivd ɖt I hd aqîrd a dslîc fr ɖ rūm ẃć hd prīvịsli bn mî l’boṛtri. Bt ɖz cerz v Clerval wr md v no avel ẃn I viẓtd ɖ pṛfesrz. M. Wōldmn inflictd torćr ẃn h prezd, wɖ cîndnis n wormʈ, ɖ astoṇśñ progres I hd md in ɖ saynsz. H sn psivd ɖt I dslîct ɖ subjict; bt nt gesñ ɖ riyl cōz, h atribytd mî fīlñz t moḍsti, n ćenjd ɖ subjict fṛm mî impruvmnt, t ɖ sayns itslf, wɖ a dzîr, az I evidntli sw, v drw̃ m ǎt. Ẃt cd I d? H mnt t plīz, n h tormntd m. I flt az f h hd plest cerf̣li, wn bî wn, in mî vy ɖoz instṛmnts ẃć wr t b aftwdz yzd in ptñ m t a slo n cruwl deʈ. I rîɖd undr hiz wrdz, yt derd nt xibit ɖ pen I flt. Clerval, huz îz n fīlñz wr olwz qc in dsrnñ ɖ snseśnz v uɖrz, dclînd ɖ subjict, alejñ, in xks, hiz totl ignṛns; n ɖ convseśn tc a mor jenṛl trn. I ʈanct mî frend fṛm mî hart, bt I dd nt spīc. I sw plenli ɖt h wz s’prîzd, bt h nvr atmtd t drw mî sīcrit fṛm m; n olɖo I luvd him wɖ a mixćr v afx́n n revṛns ɖt ń no bǎndz, yt I cd nvr pswed mslf t cnfîd in him ɖt ivnt ẃć wz so ofn preznt t mî rec̣lex́n, bt ẃć I fird ɖ dītel t anɖr wd onli impres mor dīpli.

  1. Crempa wz nt īqli dosîl; n in mî cndiśn at ɖt tîm, v olmst inṣportbl snṣtivnis, hiz harś blunt incomịmz gev m īvn mor pen ɖn ɖ bnevlnt apṛbeśn v M. Wōldmn. “D—m ɖ felo!” craid h; “ẃ, M. Clerval, I aśur y h hz ǎtstript s ol. Ai, stér f y plīz; bt it z nvɖles tru. A yuñstr hu, bt a fy yirz ago, b’livd in Cornīłs Agripa az frmli az in ɖ gospl, hz nǎ set himslf at ɖ hed v ɖ yṇvrṣti; n f h z nt sn pld dǎn, w śl ol b ǎt v cǎntinns.—Ai, ai,” cntinyd h, obzrvñ mî fes xpresiv v suf̣rñ, “M. Francnstîn z modist; an xḷnt qoḷti in a yuñ man. Yuñ men śd b difidnt v ɖmslvz, y nǒ, M. Clerval: I wz mslf ẃn yuñ; bt ɖt werz ǎt in a vri śort tîm.”
  2. Crempa hd nǎ cmnst an yḷji on himslf, ẃć haṗli trnd ɖ convseśn fṛm a subjict ɖt wz so anoyñ t m.

Clerval hd nvr simṗʈîzd in mî tests fr naćṛl sayns; n hiz litrri psyts difrd hoļi fṛm ɖoz ẃć hd okpaid m. H cem t ɖ yṇvrṣti wɖ ɖ dzîn v mcñ himslf cmplit mastr v ɖ orientl lanḡjz, n ɖus h śd opn a fīld fr ɖ plan v lîf h hd marct ǎt fr himslf. Rzolvd t psy no inglorịs c’rir, h trnd hiz îz twd ɖ Īst, az afordñ scop fr hiz spirit v enṭprîz. Ɖ Prśn, Aṛbic, n Sanscrit lanḡjz ingejd hiz atnśn, n I wz īẓli indyst t entr on ɖ sem studiz. Îdlnis hd evr bn rcsm t m, n nǎ ɖt I wśt t flî fṛm rflex́n, n hetd mî formr studiz, I flt gret rlif in biyñ ɖ felopypl wɖ mî frend, n faund nt onli instrux́n bt conṣleśn in ɖ wrcs v ɖ orienṭlists. I dd nt, lîc him, atmt a criticl nolij v ɖer daylects, fr I dd nt contmplet mcñ eni uɖr ys v ɖm ɖn temprri aḿzmnt. I réd mirli t unḍstand ɖer mīnñ, n ɖe wel rpeid mî lebrz. Ɖer meḷnc̣li z suɖñ, n ɖer jô eḷvetñ, t a dgri I nvr xpirịnst in studiyñ ɖ oʈrz v eni uɖr cuntri. Ẃn y rīd ɖer raitñz, lîf apirz t cnsist in a worm sún n a gardn v rozz,—in ɖ smîlz n frǎnz v a fer eṇmi, n ɖ fîr ɖt cnsymz yr ǒn hart. Hǎ difṛnt fṛm ɖ manli n hrôicl powtri v Grīs n Rǒm!

Sumr pást awe in ɖz okpeśnz, n mî rtrn t Jnīva wz fixt fr ɖ latr end v ōtm; bt biyñ dleid bî sevṛl axidnts, wintr n sno arîvd, ɖ rodz wr dīmd impaṣbl, n mî jrni wz rtardd untl ɖ insywñ sprñ. I flt ɖs dle vri bitrli; fr I loñd t si mî netiv tǎn n mî b’luvid frendz. Mî rtrn hd onli bn dleid so loñ, fṛm an unwilñnis t līv Clerval in a strenj ples, bfr h hd bcm aqentd wɖ eni v its inhabitnts. Ɖ wintr, hvr, wz spent ćirf̣li; n olɖo ɖ sprñ wz uncomnli lêt, ẃn it cem its byti compnsetd fr its diḷtrinis.

Ɖ munʈ v Me hd olrdi cmnst, n I xpctd ɖ letr dêli ẃć wz t fix ɖ det v mî dparćr, ẃn Õri pṛpozd a pdestrịn tur in ɖ invîṛnz v Ingolśtat, ɖt I mt bid a prsnl férwel t ɖ cuntri I hd so loñ inhaḅtd. I axidd wɖ pleźr t ɖs propziśn: I wz fond v x’sîz, n Clerval hd olwz bn mî feṿrit cmpańn in ɖ rambl v ɖs nećr ɖt I hd tecn amñ ɖ sīnz v mî netiv cuntri.

W pást a fortnît in ɖz p’rambyleśnz: mî hlʈ n spirits hd loñ bn rstord, n ɖe gend adiśnl streñʈ fṛm ɖ s’lubrịs er I briɖd, ɖ naćṛl insidnts v ǎr progres, n ɖ convseśn v mî frend. Studi hd bfr s’cludd m fṛm ɖ inṭcors v mî felocrīćrz, n rendrd m unsośl; bt Clerval cōld fʈ ɖ betr fīlñz v mî hart; h agn tòt m t luv ɖ aspect v nećr, n ɖ ćirfl fesz v ćildṛn. Xḷnt frend! hǎ s’nsirli y dd luv m, n indevr t eḷvet mî mînd untl it wz on a levl wɖ yr ǒn. A slfiś psyt hd cramt n naroud m, untl yr jntlnis n afx́n wormd n opnd mî snsz; I bcem ɖ sem hapi crīćr hu, a fy yirz ago, luvd n b’luvid bî ol, hd no soro or cer. Ẃn hapi, inaniṃt nećr hd ɖ pǎr v bstowñ on m ɖ most dlîtfl snseśnz. A srīn scî n vrdnt fīldz fild m wɖ xṭsi. Ɖ preznt sīzn wz indd dvîn; ɖ flǎrz v sprñ blūmd in ɖ hejz, ẃl ɖoz v sumr wr olrdi in bud. I wz undistrbd bî ʈts ẃć jrñ ɖ prisidñ yir hd prest upn m, ntwɖstandñ mî indevrz t ʈro ɖm of, wɖ an invinsbl brdn.

Õri rjôst in mî geyti, n s’nsirli simṗʈîzd in mî fīlñz: h xrtd himslf t aḿz m, ẃl h xprest ɖ snseśnz ɖt fild hiz soul. Ɖ rzorsz v hiz mînd on ɖs oceźn wr trūli astoṇśñ: hiz convseśn wz fl v imaɉneśn; n vri ofn, in iṃteśn v ɖ Prśn n Aṛbic raitrz, h invntd têlz v wundrfl fansi n paśn. At uɖr tîmz h rpitd mî feṿrit powmz, or drù m ǎt intu arğmnts, ẃć h s’portd wɖ gret inɉnywti. W rtrnd t ǎr colij on a Súnde afṭnun: ɖ peznts wr dansñ, n evrwn w met apird ge n hapi. Mî ǒn spirits wr hî, n I bǎndd alñ wɖ fīlñz v unbraidld jô n hilaṛti.


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n mî rtrn, I faund ɖ folowñ letr fṛm mî faɖr:—

“Mî dir Victr,

“Y hv probbli wêtd impeśntli fr a letr t fix ɖ det v yr rtrn t s; n I wz at frst tmtd t rait onli a fy lînz, mirli mnṣ́nñ ɖ de on ẃć I śd xpct y. Bt ɖt wd b a cruwl cîndnis, n I der nt d it. Ẃt wd b yr s’prîz, mî sun, ẃn y xpctd a hapi n glad welcm, t bhold, on ɖ contrri, tirz n rećidnis? N hǎ, Victr, cn I rlet ǎr msfortyn? Absns canot hv rendrd y caḷs t ǎr jôz n grīfs; n hǎ śl I inflict pen on mî loñ absnt sun? I wś t priper y fr ɖ wǒfl nyz, bt I nǒ it z imposbl; īvn nǎ yr î scimz ovr ɖ pej t sīc ɖ wrdz ẃć r t cnve t y ɖ hoṛbl tîdñz.

“Wiłm z ded!—ɖt swīt ćîld, huz smîlz dlîtd n wormd mî hart, hu wz so jntl, yt so ge! Victr, h z mrdrd!

“I wl nt atmt t consol y; bt wl simpli rlet ɖ srcmstansz v ɖ trnzax́n.

“Last Ʈrzde (Me 7ʈ), I, mî nīs, n yr tū bruɖrz, wnt t wōc in Plãpale. Ɖ īvnñ wz worm n srīn, n w pṛloñd ǎr wōc farɖr ɖn yźl. It wz olrdi dusc bfr w ʈt v rtrnñ; n ɖen w dscuvrd ɖt Wiłm n Ŕnist, hu hd gn on bfr, wr nt t b faund. W acordñli restd on a sīt untl ɖe śd rtrn. Prezntli Ŕnist cem, n inqîrd f w hd sìn hiz bruɖr; h sd, ɖt h hd bn pleyñ wɖ him, ɖt Wiłm hd run awe t hîd himslf, n ɖt h venli sòt fr him, n aftwdz wêtd fr a loñ tîm, bt ɖt h dd nt rtrn.

“Ɖs acǎnt rɖr alarmd s, n w cntinyd t srć fr him untl nît fél, ẃn Iliẓbʈ cnjcćrd ɖt h mt hv rtrnd t ɖ hǎs. H wz nt ɖr. W rtrnd agn, wɖ torćz; fr I cd nt rest, ẃn I ʈt ɖt mî swīt bô hd lost himslf, n wz xpozd t ol ɖ damps n dȳz v nît; Iliẓbʈ olso sufrd xtrim anḡś. Abt fîv in ɖ mornñ I dscuvrd mî luvli bô, hūm ɖ nît bfr I hd sìn blūmñ n activ in hlʈ, strećt on ɖ gras livid n mośnlis; ɖ print v ɖ mrdrr’z fngr wz on hiz nec.

“H wz cnveid hom, n ɖ anḡś ɖt wz viẓbl in mî cǎntinns btreid ɖ sīcrit t Iliẓbʈ. Ś wz vri rnist t si ɖ corps. At frst I atmtd t privnt hr bt ś psistd, n enṭrñ ɖ rūm ẃr it le, hesṭli xamind ɖ nec v ɖ victim, n claspñ hr handz xclemd, ‘O God! I hv mrdrd mî darlñ ćîld!’

“Ś fentd, n wz rstord wɖ xtrim dificlti. Ẃn ś agn livd, it wz onli t wīp n sai. Ś tld m, ɖt ɖt sem īvnñ Wiłm hd tizd hr t let him wer a vri vałbl minićr ɖt ś pzest v yr muɖr. Ɖs picćr z gn, n wz dǎtlis ɖ tmteśn ẃć rjd ɖ mrdrr t ɖ dīd. W hv no tres v him at preznt, olɖo ǎr xrśnz t dscuvr him r unrimitd; bt ɖe wl nt rstor mî b’luvid Wiłm!

“Cm, dirist Victr; y alon cn consol Iliẓbʈ. Ś wīps cntińli, n akzz hrslf unjustli az ɖ cōz v hiz deʈ; hr wrdz pirs mî hart. W r ol unhapi; bt wl nt ɖt b an adiśnl motiv fr y, mî sun, t rtrn n b ǎr cumf̣tr? Yr dir muɖr! Alas, Victr! I nǎ se, Ʈanc God ś dd nt liv t witnis ɖ cruwl, mizṛbl deʈ v hr yungist darlñ!

“Cm, Victr; nt brūdñ ʈts v vnjns agnst ɖ asasin, bt wɖ fīlñz v pīs n jntlnis, ɖt wl hīl, instd v fsṭrñ, ɖ wūndz v ǎr mîndz. Entr ɖ hǎs v mōrnñ, mî frend, bt wɖ cîndnis n afx́n fr ɖoz hu luv y, n nt wɖ hetrid fr yr eṇmiz.

“Yr afx́ṇt n aflictd faɖr,

“Alfons Francnstîn.

“Jnīva, Me 12ʈ, 17—.”

Clerval, hu hd woćt mî cǎntinns az I réd ɖs letr, wz s’prîzd t obzrv ɖ dsper ɖt s’xidd ɖ jô I at frst xprest on rsivñ nyz fṛm mî frendz. I ʈrù ɖ letr on ɖ tebl, n cuvrd mî fes wɖ mî handz.

“Mî dir Francnstîn,” xclemd Õri, ẃn h psivd m wīp wɖ bitrnis, “r y olwz t b unhapi? Mî dir frend, ẃt hz hapnd?”

I mośnd him t tec p ɖ letr, ẃl I wōct p n dǎn ɖ rūm in ɖ xtrimist ajteśn. Tirz olso guśt fṛm ɖ îz v Clerval, az h réd ɖ acǎnt v mî msfortyn.

“I cn ofr y no conṣleśn, mî frend,” sd h; “yr dzastr z irepṛbl. Ẃt d y intnd t d?”

“T g instntli t Jnīva: cm wɖ m, Õri, t ordr ɖ horsz.”

Jrñ ǎr wōc, Clerval indevrd t se a fy wrdz v conṣleśn; h cd onli xpres hiz hart-flt simṗʈi. “Pur Wiłm!” sd h, “dir luvli ćîld, h nǎ slīps wɖ hiz enjlmuɖr! Hu ɖt hd sìn him brît n joys in hiz yuñ byti, bt mst wīp ovr hiz untîmli los! T dî so mizṛbli; t fīl ɖ mrdrr’z grasp! Hǎ mć mor a mrdrr, ɖt cd dstrô sć redịnt iṇsns! Pur litl felo! wn onli conṣleśn hv w; hiz frendz mōrn n wīp, bt h z at rest. Ɖ pañ z ovr, hiz suf̣rñz r at an end fr evr. A sod cuvrz hiz jntl form, n h nz no pen. H cn no longr b a subjict fr piti; w mst rzrv ɖt fr hiz mizṛbl svîvrz.”

Clerval spouc ɖus az w hurid ʈru ɖ strīts; ɖ wrdz imprest ɖmslvz on mî mînd n I rmembrd ɖm aftwdz in soḷtyd. Bt nǎ, az sn az ɖ horsz arîvd, I hurid intu a cabrịle, n bád férwel t mî frend.

Mî jrni wz vri meḷnc̣li. At frst I wśt t huri on, fr I loñd t consol n simṗʈîz wɖ mî luvd n sorowñ frendz; bt ẃn I drù nir mî netiv tǎn, I slacnd mî progres. I cd hardli ssten ɖ multtyd v fīlñz ɖt crǎdd intu mî mînd. I pást ʈru sīnz fmiłr t mî yʈ, bt ẃć I hd nt sìn fr nirli six yirz. Hǎ oltrd evrʈñ mt b jrñ ɖt tîm! Wn sudn n deẓletñ ćenj hd tecn ples; bt a ʈǎznd litl srcmstansz mt hv bî dgriz wrct uɖr olṭreśnz, ẃć, olɖo ɖe wr dn mor tranqli, mt nt b ɖ les dsîsiv. Fir oṿcem m; I derd no advans, dredñ a ʈǎznd nemlis īvlz ɖt md m trembl, olɖo I wz unebl t dfîn ɖm. I rmend tū dez at Lozán, in ɖs penfl stet v mînd. I contmpletd ɖ lec: ɖ wōtrz wr plasid; ol arnd wz cām; n ɖ snǒi mǎntnz, ‘ɖ paḷsz v nećr,’ wr nt ćenjd. Bî dgriz ɖ cām n hevnli sīn rstord m, n I cntinyd mî jrni twdz Jnīva.

Ɖ rod ran bî ɖ sîd v ɖ lec, ẃć bcem narowr az I aproćt mî netiv tǎn. I dscuvrd mor dstñtli ɖ blac sîdz v Jura, n ɖ brît sumit v Mõ Blã. I wept lîc a ćîld. “Dir mǎntnz! mî ǒn bytifl lec! hǎ d y welcm yr wondrr? Yr sumits r clir; ɖ scî n lec r blu n plasid. Z ɖs t pṛgnosṭcet pīs, or t moc at mî unhapinis?”

I fir, mî frend, ɖt I śl rendr mslf tīdịs bî dwelñ on ɖz priliminri srcmstansz; bt ɖe wr dez v cmpaṛtiv hapinis, n I ʈnc v ɖm wɖ pleźr. Mî cuntri, mî b’luvid cuntri! hu bt a netiv cn tel ɖ dlît I tc in agn bholdñ ɖî strīmz, ɖî mǎntnz, n, mor ɖn ol, ɖî luvli lec!

Yt, az I drù nirr hom, grīf n fir agn oṿcem m. Nît olso clozd arnd; n ẃn I cd hardli si ɖ darc mǎntnz, I flt stl mor glūṃli. Ɖ picćr apird a vast n dim sīn v īvl, n I fōrsw obskrli ɖt I wz destind t bcm ɖ most rećid v hymn biyñz. Alas! I prof̣said trūli, n feld onli in wn sngl srcmstans, ɖt in ol ɖ miẓri I imajind n dredd, I dd nt cnsiv ɖ hundṛdʈ part v ɖ anḡś I wz destind t indyr. It wz cmplitli darc ẃn I arîvd in ɖ invîṛnz v Jnīva; ɖ gets v ɖ tǎn wr olrdi śut; n I wz oblîjd t pas ɖ nît at Seśerõ, a vilij at ɖ distns v haf a līg fṛm ɖ siti. Ɖ scî wz srīn; n, az I wz unebl t rest, I rzolvd t vizit ɖ spot ẃr mî pur Wiłm hd bn mrdrd. Az I cd nt pas ʈru ɖ tǎn, I wz oblîjd t cros ɖ lec in a bot t arîv at Plãpale. Jrñ ɖs śort vôij I sw ɖ lîtnñ pleyñ on ɖ sumit v Mõ Blã in ɖ most bytifl figrz. Ɖ storm apird t aproć rapidli, n, on landñ, I asndd a lo hil, ɖt I mt obzrv its progres. It advanst; ɖ hevnz wr clǎdd, n I sn flt ɖ ren cmñ slǒli in larj drops, bt its vayḷns qcli incrist.

I qitd mî sīt, n wōct on, olɖo ɖ darcnis n storm incrist evri minit, n ɖ ʈundr brst wɖ a t’rific craś ovr mî hed. It wz ecoud fṛm Salev, ɖ Juraz, n ɖ Alps v Svô; vivid flaśz v lîtnñ dazld mî îz, iluṃnetñ ɖ lec, mcñ it apir lîc a vast śīt v fîr; ɖen fr an instnt evrʈñ sīmd v a pići darcnis, untl ɖ î rcuvrd itslf fṛm ɖ prisidñ flaś. Ɖ storm, az z ofn ɖ ces in Switṣḷnd, apird at wns in verịs parts v ɖ hevnz. Ɖ most vayḷnt storm huñ xacli norʈ v ɖ tǎn, ovr ɖ part v ɖ lec ẃć lîz btwn ɖ proṃntri v Belrīv n ɖ vilij v Copét. Anɖr storm inlîtnd Jura wɖ fent flaśz; n anɖr darcnd n smtmz dsclozd ɖ Mol, a pīct mǎntn t ɖ īst v ɖ lec.

Ẃl I woćt ɖ tempist, so bytifl yt t’rific, I wondrd on wɖ a hesti step. Ɖs nobl wor in ɖ scî eḷvetd mî spirits; I claspt mî handz, n xclemd alǎd, “Wiłm, dir enjl! ɖs z ɖî fynṛl, ɖs ɖî drj!” Az I sd ɖz wrdz, I psivd in ɖ glūm a figr ẃć stoul fṛm bhnd a clump v triz nir m; I std fixt, gezñ intntli: I cd nt b mstecn. A flaś v lîtnñ iluṃnetd ɖ objict, n dscuvrd its śep plenli t m; its jîgantic staćr, n ɖ dforṃti v its aspect mor hidịs ɖn b’loñz t hymaṇti, instntli informd m ɖt it wz ɖ reć, ɖ filʈi dīmn, t hūm I hd gvn lîf. Ẃt dd h ɖr? Cd h b (I śudrd at ɖ cnspśn) ɖ mrdrr v mî bruɖr? No snr dd ɖt îdīa cros mî imaɉneśn, ɖn I bcem cnvinst v its truʈ; mî tīʈ ćatrd, n I wz forst t līn agnst a tri fr s’port. Ɖ figr pást m qcli, n I lost it in ɖ glūm.

Nʈñ in hymn śep cd hv dstroid ɖ fer ćîld. H wz ɖ mrdrr! I cd nt dǎt it. Ɖ mir prezns v ɖ îdīa wz an irizistbl prūf v ɖ fact. I ʈt v psywñ ɖ devl; bt it wd hv bn in ven, fr anɖr flaś dscuvrd him t m haññ amñ ɖ rocs v ɖ nirli prṗndiklr asent v Mont Salev, a hil ɖt bǎndz Plãpale on ɖ sǎʈ. H sn rīćt ɖ sumit, n dis’pird.

I rmend mośnlis. Ɖ ʈundr sīst; bt ɖ ren stl cntinyd, n ɖ sīn wz inveḷpt in an impeṇtṛbl darcnis. I rvolvd in mî mînd ɖ ivnts ẃć I hd untl nǎ sòt t fget: ɖ hol tren v mî progres twd ɖ crieśn; ɖ apiṛns v ɖ wrcs v mî ǒn handz at mî bedsîd; its dparćr. Tū yirz hd nǎ nirli ilapst sins ɖ nît on ẃć h frst rsivd lîf; n wz ɖs hiz frst crîm? Alas! I hd trnd lūs intu ɖ wrld a dprevd reć, huz dlît wz in carnij n miẓri; hd h nt mrdrd mî bruɖr?

Nwn cn cnsiv ɖ anḡś I sufrd jrñ ɖ rmendr v ɖ nît, ẃć I spent, cold n wet, in ɖ opn er. Bt I dd nt fīl ɖ incnvińns v ɖ weɖr; mî imaɉneśn wz bizi in sīnz v īvl n dsper. I cnsidrd ɖ biyñ hūm I hd cast amñ man-cnd, n indaud wɖ ɖ wil n pǎr t ifct prṗsz v horr, sć az ɖ dīd ẃć h hd nǎ dn, nirli in ɖ lît v mî ǒn vampîr, mî ǒn spirit let lūs fṛm ɖ grev, n forst t dstrô ol ɖt wz dir t m.

De dōnd; n I d’rectd mî steps twdz ɖ tǎn. Ɖ gets wr opn, n I hesnd t mî faɖr’z hǎs. Mî frst ʈt wz t dscuvr ẃt I ń v ɖ mrdrr, n cōz instnt psyt t b md. Bt I pōzd ẃn I rflectd on ɖ stori ɖt I hd t tel. A biyñ hūm I mslf hd formd, n indyd wɖ lîf, hd met m at midnît amñ ɖ preṣpisz v an in’xesbl mǎntn. I rmembrd olso ɖ nrṿs fīvr wɖ ẃć I hd bn sizd jst at ɖ tîm ɖt I detd mî crieśn, n ẃć wd gv an er v dlirịm t a têl uɖ̇̇wz so utrli improbbl. I wel ń ɖt f eni uɖr hd cḿṇcetd sć a rleśn t m, I śd hv lct upn it az ɖ revñz v insaṇti. Bsdz, ɖ strenj nećr v ɖ animl wd ilud ol psyt, īvn f I wr so far creḍtd az t pswed mî reḷtivz t cmns it. N ɖen v ẃt ys wd b psyt? Hu cd arest a crīćr ceṗbl v scelñ ɖ oṿhaññ sîdz v Mõ Salev? Ɖz rflex́nz dtrmind m, n I rzolvd t rmen sîḷnt.

It wz abt fîv in ɖ mornñ ẃn I entrd mî faɖr’z hǎs. I tld ɖ srvnts nt t dstrb ɖ faṃli, n wnt intu ɖ lîbrri t atnd ɖer yźl aur v rîzñ.

Six yirz hd ilapst, pást in a drīm bt fr wn indeḷbl tres, n I std in ɖ sem ples ẃr I hd last imbrest mî faɖr bfr mî dparćr fr Ingolśtat. B’luvid n venṛbl peṛnt! H stl rmend t m. I gezd on ɖ picćr v mî muɖr, ẃć std ovr ɖ mantlpìs. It wz an historicl subjict, pentd at mî faɖr’z dzîr, n reprizntd Caṛlîn Bǒf̣t in an aġni v dsper, nīlñ bî ɖ cofin v hr ded faɖr. Hr garb wz rustic, n hr ćīc pel; bt ɖr wz an er v digṇti n byti, ɖt hardli pmitd ɖ sntimnt v piti. B’lo ɖs picćr wz a minićr v Wiłm; n mî tirz floud ẃn I lct upn it. Ẃl I wz ɖus ingejd, Ŕnist entrd: h hd hŕd m arîv, n hesnd t welcm m: “Welcm, mî dirist Victr,” sd h. “Ā! I wś y hd cm ʈri munʈs ago, n ɖen y wd hv faund s ol joys n dlîtd. Y cm t s nǎ t śer a miẓri ẃć nʈñ cn alīviet; yt yr prezns wl, I hop, rvîv ǎr faɖr, hu sīmz sncñ undr hiz msfortyn; n yr psweźnz wl indys pur Iliẓbʈ t sīs hr ven n tormntñ slf-akześnz.—Pur Wiłm! h wz ǎr darlñ n ǎr prîd!”

Tirz, unristrend, fél fṛm mî bruɖr’z îz; a sns v mortl aġni crept ovr mî frem. Bfr, I hd onli imajind ɖ rećidnis v mî deṣletd hom; ɖ riaḷti cem on m az a ny, n a nt les teṛbl, dzastr. I traid t cām Ŕnist; I inqîrd mor mînytli cnsrnñ mî faɖr, n hir I nemd mî cuzn.

“Ś most v ol,” sd Ŕnist, “rqîrz conṣleśn; ś akzd hrslf v hvñ cōzd ɖ deʈ v mî bruɖr, n ɖt md hr vri rećid. Bt sins ɖ mrdrr hz bn dscuvrd—”

“Ɖ mrdrr dscuvrd! Gd God! hǎ cn ɖt b? hu cd atmt t psy him? It z imposbl; wn mt az wel trî t oṿtec ɖ windz, or cnfîn a mǎntnstrīm wɖ a strw. I sw him tù; h wz fri last nît!”

“I d nt nǒ ẃt y mīn,” rplaid mî bruɖr, in axnts v wundr, “bt t s ɖ dscuṿri w hv md cmplits ǎr miẓri. Nwn wd b’liv it at frst; n īvn nǎ Iliẓbʈ wl nt b cnvinst, ntwɖstandñ ol ɖ evidns. Indd, hu wd credit ɖt Justīn Morits, hu wz so emịbl, n fond v ol ɖ faṃli, cd sudnli bcm so ceṗbl v so frîtfl, so apōlñ a crîm?”

“Justīn Morits! Pur, pur grl, z ś ɖ akzd? Bt it z roñf̣li; evrwn nz ɖt; nwn b’livz it, śrli, Ŕnist?”

“Nwn dd at frst; bt sevṛl srcmstansz cem ǎt, ɖt hv olmst forst cnvix́n upn s; n hr ǒn bhevyr hz bn so cnfyzd, az t ad t ɖ evidns v facts a weit ɖt, I fir, līvz no hop fr dǎt. Bt ś wl b traid tde, n y wl ɖen hír ol.”

H ɖen rletd ɖt, ɖ mornñ on ẃć ɖ mrdr v pur Wiłm hd bn dscuvrd, Justīn hd bn tecn il, n cnfînd t hr bed fr sevṛl dez. Jrñ ɖs inṭvl, wn v ɖ srvnts, haṗnñ t xamin ɖ apaṛl ś hd wòrn on ɖ nît v ɖ mrdr, hd dscuvrd in hr pocit ɖ picćr v mî muɖr, ẃć hd bn jujd t b ɖ tmteśn v ɖ mrdrr. Ɖ srvnt instntli śoud it t wn v ɖ uɖrz, hu, wɖt seyñ a wrd t eni v ɖ faṃli, wnt t a maɉstret; n, upn ɖer dīṗziśn, Justīn wz aprihndd. On biyñ ćarjd wɖ ɖ fact, ɖ pur grl cnfrmd ɖ sspiśn in a gret meźr bî hr xtrim cnfyźn v manr.

Ɖs wz a strenj têl, bt it dd nt śec mî feʈ; n I rplaid rṇstli, “Y r ol mstecn; I nǒ ɖ mrdrr. Justīn, pur, gd Justīn, z iṇsnt.”

At ɖt instnt mî faɖr entrd. I sw unhapinis dīpli imprest on hiz cǎntinns, bt h indevrd t welcm m ćirf̣li; n, aftr w hd xćenjd ǎr mōrnfl grītñ, wd hv intṛdyst sm uɖr topic ɖn ɖt v ǎr dzastr, hd nt Ŕnist xclemd, “Gd God, ppā! Victr sz ɖt h nz hu wz ɖ mrdrr v pur Wiłm.”

“W d olso, unforćṇtli,” rplaid mî faɖr, “fr indd I hd rɖr hv bn fr evr ignṛnt ɖn hv dscuvrd so mć dpravti n ungrattyd in wn I valyd so hîli.”

“Mî dir faɖr, y r mstecn; Justīn z iṇsnt.”

“F ś z, God fbid ɖt ś śd sufr az gilti. Ś z t b traid tde, n I hop, I s’nsirli hop, ɖt ś wl b aqitd.”

Ɖs spīć cāmd m. I wz frmli cnvinst in mî ǒn mînd ɖt Justīn, n indd evri hymn biyñ, wz giltlis v ɖs mrdr. I hd no fir, ɖrfr, ɖt eni srcmstanśl evidns cd b bròt fwd stroñ inuf t convict hr. Mî têl wz nt wn t anǎns pubḷcli; its astǎndñ horr wd b lct upn az madnis bî ɖ vulgr. Dd enwn indd xist, xpt I, ɖ crietr, hu wd b’liv, unls hiz snsz cnvinst him, in ɖ xistns v ɖ livñ mońmnt v prizumśn n raś ignṛns ẃć I hd let lūs upn ɖ wrld?

W wr sn jônd bî Iliẓbʈ. Tîm hd oltrd hr sins I last bheld hr; it hd indaud hr wɖ luvlinis s’pasñ ɖ byti v hr ćîldiś yirz. Ɖr wz ɖ sem candr, ɖ sem vivaṣti, bt it wz alaid t an xpreśn mor fl v snsbiḷti n inṭlect. Ś welcmd m wɖ ɖ gretist afx́n. “Yr arîvl, mî dir cuzn,” sd ś, “filz m wɖ hop. Y phps wl fînd sm mīnz t jusṭfî mî pur giltlis Justīn. Alas! hu z sef, f ś b cnvictd v crîm? I rlî on hr iṇsns az srtnli az I d upn mî ǒn. Ǎr msfortyn z dubli hard t s; w hv nt onli lost ɖt luvli darlñ bô, bt ɖs pur grl, hūm I s’nsirli luv, z t b torn awe bî īvn a wrs fet. F ś z cndemd, I nvr śl nǒ jô mor. Bt ś wl nt, I am śr ś wl nt; n ɖen I śl b hapi agn, īvn aftr ɖ sad deʈ v mî litl Wiłm.”

“Ś z iṇsnt, mî Iliẓbʈ,” sd I, “n ɖt śl b pruvd; fir nʈñ, bt let yr spirits b ćird bî ɖ aśuṛns v hr aqitl.”

“Hǎ cînd n jenṛs y r! evrwn els b’livz in hr gilt, n ɖt md m rećid, fr I ń ɖt it wz imposbl: n t si evrwn els preɉdist in so dedli a manr rendrd m hoplis n dsperñ.” Ś wept.

“Dirist nīs,” sd mî faɖr, “drî yr tirz. F ś z, az y b’liv, iṇsnt, rlî on ɖ justis v ǎr lwz, n ɖ activti wɖ ẃć I śl privnt ɖ slîtist śado v parśiaḷti.”


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 pást a fy sad aurz untl ilevn o’cloc, ẃn ɖ trîl wz t cmns. Mî faɖr n ɖ rest v ɖ faṃli biyñ oblîjd t atnd az witṇsz, I acumṗnid ɖm t ɖ cort. Jrñ ɖ hol v ɖs rećid moc̣ri v justis I sufrd livñ torćr. It wz t b dsîdd ẃɖr ɖ rzult v mî krioṣti n lwlis dvîsz wd cōz ɖ deʈ v tū v mî felobiyñz: wn a smîlñ beb fl v iṇsns n jô, ɖ uɖr far mor dredf̣li mrdrd, wɖ evri agṛveśn v inf̣mi ɖt cd mc ɖ mrdr memṛbl in horr. Justīn olso wz a grl v merit n pzest qoḷtz ẃć promist t rendr hr lîf hapi; nǎ ol wz t b obliṭretd in an igṇmińs grev, n I ɖ cōz! A ʈǎznd tîmz rɖr wd I hv cnfest mslf gilti v ɖ crîm ascrîbd t Justīn, bt I wz absnt ẃn it wz cmitd, n sć a decḷreśn wd hv bn cnsidrd az ɖ revñz v a madmn n wd nt hv xclpetd hr hu sufrd ʈru m.

Ɖ apiṛns v Justīn wz cām. Ś wz drest in mōrnñ, n hr cǎntinns, olwz ingejñ, wz rendrd, bî ɖ s’lemṇti v hr fīlñz, xqiztli bytifl. Yt ś apird confidnt in iṇsns n dd nt trembl, olɖo gezd on n x’cretd bî ʈǎzndz, fr ol ɖ cîndnis ẃć hr byti mt uɖ̇̇wz hv xîtd wz obliṭretd in ɖ mîndz v ɖ spectetrz bî ɖ imaɉneśn v ɖ inorṃti ś wz s’pozd t hv cmitd. Ś wz tranqil, yt hr tranqiḷti wz evidntli cnstrend; n az hr cnfyźn hd bfr bn adyst az a prūf v hr gilt, ś wrct p hr mînd t an apiṛns v curij. Ẃn ś entrd ɖ cort ś ʈrù hr îz rnd it n qcli dscuvrd ẃr w wr sītd. A tir sīmd t dim hr î ẃn ś sw s, bt ś qcli rcuvrd hrslf, n a lc v soṛfl afx́n sīmd t atst hr utr giltlisnis.

Ɖ trîl bgan, n aftr ɖ advc̣t agnst hr hd stetd ɖ ćarj, sevṛl witṇsz wr cōld. Sevṛl strenj facts cmbînd agnst hr, ẃć mt hv stagrd enwn hu hd nt sć prūf v hr iṇsns az I hd. Ś hd bn ǎt ɖ hol v ɖ nît on ẃć ɖ mrdr hd bn cmitd n twdz mornñ hd bn psivd bî a marcit-wmn nt far fṛm ɖ spot ẃr ɖ bodi v ɖ mrdrd ćîld hd bn aftwdz faund. Ɖ wmn asct hr ẃt ś dd ɖr, bt ś lct vri strenjli n onli rtrnd a cnfyzd n uninteliɉbl ansr. Ś rtrnd t ɖ hǎs abt et o’cloc, n ẃn wn inqîrd ẃr ś hd pást ɖ nît, ś rplaid ɖt ś hd bn lcñ fr ɖ ćîld n dmandd rṇstli f enʈñ hd bn hŕd cnsrnñ him. Ẃn śoun ɖ bodi, ś fél intu vayḷnt histerics n cept hr bed fr sevṛl dez. Ɖ picćr wz ɖen pṛdyst ẃć ɖ srvnt hd faund in hr pocit; n ẃn Iliẓbʈ, in a fōlṭrñ vôs, pruvd ɖt it wz ɖ sem ẃć, an aur bfr ɖ ćîld hd bn míst, ś hd plest rnd hiz nec, a mrmr v horr n inḍgneśn fild ɖ cort.

Justīn wz cōld on fr hr dfns. Az ɖ trîl hd pṛsidd, hr cǎntinns hd oltrd. S’prîz, horr, n miẓri wr stroñli xprest. Smtmz ś strugld wɖ hr tirz, bt ẃn ś wz dzîrd t plīd, ś c’lectd hr pǎrz n spouc in an ōḍbl olɖo verịbl vôs.

“God nz,” ś sd, “hǎ intîrli I am iṇsnt. Bt I d nt pritnd ɖt mî proṭsteśnz śd aqit m; I rest mî iṇsns on a plen n simpl xpḷneśn v ɖ facts ẃć hv bn adyst agnst m, n I hop ɖ caṛctr I hv olwz bòrn wl inclîn mî jujz t a fevṛbl intrpṛteśn ẃr eni srcmstans apirz dǎtfl or sspiśs.”

Ś ɖen rletd ɖt, bî ɖ pmiśn v Iliẓbʈ, ś hd pást ɖ īvnñ v ɖ nît on ẃć ɖ mrdr hd bn cmitd at ɖ hǎs v an ānt at Śen, a vilij sićuetd at abt a līg fṛm Jnīva. On hr rtrn, at abt nîn o’cloc, ś met a man hu asct hr f ś hd sìn enʈñ v ɖ ćîld hu wz lost. Ś wz alarmd bî ɖs acǎnt n pást sevṛl aurz in lcñ fr him, ẃn ɖ gets v Jnīva wr śut, n ś wz forst t rmen sevṛl aurz v ɖ nît in a barn b’loññ t a cotij, biyñ unwilñ t cōl p ɖ inhabitnts, t hūm ś wz wel noun. Most v ɖ nît ś spent hir woćñ; twdz mornñ ś b’livd ɖt ś slept fr a fy minits; sm steps dstrbd hr, n ś awouc. It wz dōn, n ś qitd hr asîḷm, ɖt ś mt agn indevr t fînd mî bruɖr. F ś hd gn nir ɖ spot ẃr hiz bodi le, it wz wɖt hr nolij. Ɖt ś hd bn bwildrd ẃn qsćnd bî ɖ marcit-wmn wz nt s’prîzñ, sins ś hd pást a slīplis nît n ɖ fet v pur Wiłm wz yt unsrtn. Cnsrnñ ɖ picćr ś cd gv no acǎnt.

“I nǒ,” cntinyd ɖ unhapi victim, “hǎ heṿli n feṭli ɖs wn srcmstans weiz agnst m, bt I hv no pǎr v xplenñ it; n ẃn I hv xprest mî utr ignṛns, I am onli left t cnjcćr cnsrnñ ɖ probbiḷtiz bî ẃć it mt hv bn plest in mî pocit. Bt hir olso I am ćect. I b’liv ɖt I hv no eṇmi on rʈ, n nn śrli wd hv bn so wicid az t dstrô m wontnli. Dd ɖ mrdrr ples it ɖr? I nǒ v no oṗtyṇti afordd him fr so dwñ; or, f I hd, ẃ śd h hv stoḷn ɖ juwl, t part wɖ it agn so sn?

“I cmit mî cōz t ɖ justis v mî jujz, yt I si no rūm fr hop. I beg pmiśn t hv a fy witṇsz xamind cnsrnñ mî caṛctr, n f ɖer tstiṃni śl nt oṿwe mî s’pozd gilt, I mst b cndemd, olɖo I wd plej mî salveśn on mî iṇsns.”

Sevṛl witṇsz wr cōld hu hd noun hr fr mni yirz, n ɖe spouc wel v hr; bt fir n hetrid v ɖ crîm v ẃć ɖe s’pozd hr gilti rendrd ɖm timṛs n unwilñ t cm fwd. Iliẓbʈ sw īvn ɖs last rzors, hr xḷnt disṗziśnz n iriproćbl conduct, abt t fel ɖ akzd, ẃn, olɖo vayḷntli ajtetd, ś dzîrd pmiśn t adres ɖ cort.

“I am,” sd ś, “ɖ cuzn v ɖ unhapi ćîld hu wz mrdrd, or rɖr hiz sistr, fr I wz edycetd bî n hv livd wɖ hiz peṛnts evr sins n īvn loñ bfr hiz brʈ. It me ɖrfr b jujd indīsnt in m t cm fwd on ɖs oceźn, bt ẃn I si a felocrīćr abt t periś ʈru ɖ cawdis v hr pritndd frendz, I wś t b alaud t spīc, ɖt I me se ẃt I nǒ v hr caṛctr. I am wel aqentd wɖ ɖ akzd. I hv livd in ɖ sem hǎs wɖ hr, at wn tîm fr fîv n at anɖr fr nirli tū yirz. Jrñ ol ɖt pirịd ś apird t m ɖ most emịbl n bnevlnt v hymn crīćrz. Ś nrst Madm Francnstîn, mî ānt, in hr last ilnis, wɖ ɖ gretist afx́n n cer n aftwdz atndd hr ǒn muɖr jrñ a tīdịs ilnis, in a manr ɖt xîtd ɖ adṃreśn v ol hu ń hr, aftr ẃć ś agn livd in mî uncl’z hǎs, ẃr ś wz b’luvid bî ol ɖ faṃli. Ś wz wormli ataćt t ɖ ćîld hu z nǎ ded n actd twdz him lîc a most afx́ṇt muɖr. Fr mî ǒn part, I d nt heẓtet t se ɖt, ntwɖstandñ ol ɖ evidns pṛdyst agnst hr, I b’liv n rlî on hr prfict iṇsns. Ś hd no tmteśn fr sć an ax́n; az t ɖ bōbl on ẃć ɖ ćīf prūf rests, f ś hd rṇstli dzîrd it, I śd hv wilñli gvn it t hr, so mć d I istim n valy hr.”

A mrmr v apṛbeśn foloud Iliẓbʈ’s simpl n pǎrfl apil, bt it wz xîtd bî hr jenṛs inṭfiṛns, n nt in fevr v pur Justīn, on hūm ɖ public inḍgneśn wz trnd wɖ rnyd vayḷns, ćarjñ hr wɖ ɖ blacist ingrattyd. Ś hrslf wept az Iliẓbʈ spouc, bt ś dd nt ansr. Mî ǒn ajteśn n anḡś wz xtrim jrñ ɖ hol trîl. I b’livd in hr iṇsns; I ń it. Cd ɖ dīmn hu hd (I dd nt fr a minit dǎt) mrdrd mî bruɖr olso in hiz heliś sport hv btreid ɖ iṇsnt t deʈ n igṇmini? I cd nt ssten ɖ horr v mî sićueśn, n ẃn I psivd ɖt ɖ popylr vôs n ɖ cǎntinnsz v ɖ jujz hd olrdi cndemd mî unhapi victim, I ruśt ǎt v ɖ cort in aġni. Ɖ torćrz v ɖ akzd dd nt īql mîn; ś wz sstend bî iṇsns, bt ɖ fañz v rmors tòr mî bŭzm n wd nt forgo ɖer hold.

I pást a nît v unmngld rećidnis. In ɖ mornñ I wnt t ɖ cort; mî lips n ʈrot wr parćt. I derd nt asc ɖ fetl qsćn, bt I wz noun, n ɖ ofisr gst ɖ cōz v mî vizit. Ɖ baḷts hd bn ʈroun; ɖe wr ol blac, n Justīn wz cndemd.

I canot pritnd t dscrîb ẃt I ɖen flt. I hd bfr xpirịnst snseśnz v horr, n I hv indevrd t bsto upn ɖm adiqt xpreśnz, bt wrdz canot cnve an îdīa v ɖ hart-sic̣nñ dsper ɖt I ɖen indyrd. Ɖ prsn t hūm I adrest mslf add ɖt Justīn hd olrdi cnfest hr gilt. “Ɖt evidns,” h obzrvd, “wz hardli rqîrd in so glẹrñ a ces, bt I am glad v it, n, indd, nn v ǎr jujz lîc t cndem a criminl upn srcmstanśl evidns, b it evr so dsîsiv.”

Ɖs wz strenj n unxpctd intelijns; ẃt cd it mīn? Hd mî îz dsivd m? N wz I riyli az mad az ɖ hol wrld wd b’liv m t b f I dsclozd ɖ objict v mî sspiśnz? I hesnd t rtrn hom, n Iliẓbʈ īgrli dmandd ɖ rzult.

“Mî cuzn,” rplaid I, “it z dsîdd az y me hv xpctd; ol jujz hd rɖr ɖt ten iṇsnt śd sufr ɖn ɖt wn gilti śd iscep. Bt ś hz cnfest.”

Ɖs wz a dîr blo t pur Iliẓbʈ, hu hd rlaid wɖ frmnis upn Justīn’z iṇsns. “Alas!” sd ś. “Hǎ śl I evr agn b’liv in hymn gdnis? Justīn, hūm I luvd n istimd az mî sistr, hǎ cd ś pt on ɖoz smîlz v iṇsns onli t btre? Hr mîld îz sīmd inceṗbl v eni sveṛti or gîl, n yt ś hz cmitd a mrdr.”

Sn aftr w hŕd ɖt ɖ pur victim hd xprest a dzîr t si mî cuzn. Mî faɖr wśt hr nt t g bt sd ɖt h left it t hr ǒn jujmnt n fīlñz t dsîd. “Yes,” sd Iliẓbʈ, “I wl g, olɖo ś z gilti; n y, Victr, śl acumṗni m; I canot g alon.” Ɖ îdīa v ɖs vizit wz torćr t m, yt I cd nt rfyz. W entrd ɖ glūmi priznćembr n bheld Justīn sitñ on sm strw at ɖ farɖr end; hr handz wr maṇcld, n hr hed restd on hr niz. Ś rouz on siyñ s entr, n ẃn w wr left alon wɖ hr, ś ʈrù hrslf at ɖ fīt v Iliẓbʈ, wīpñ bitrli. Mî cuzn wept olso.

“Ǒ, Justīn!” sd ś. “Ẃ dd y rob m v mî last conṣleśn? I rlaid on yr iṇsns, n olɖo I wz ɖen vri rećid, I wz nt so mizṛbl az I am nǎ.”

“N d y olso b’liv ɖt I am so vri, vri wicid? D y olso jôn wɖ mî eṇmiz t cruś m, t cndem m az a mrdrr?” Hr vôs wz suf̣cetd wɖ sobz.

“Rîz, mî pur grl,” sd Iliẓbʈ; “ẃ d y nīl, f y r iṇsnt? I am nt wn v yr eṇmiz, I b’livd y giltlis, ntwɖstandñ evri evidns, untl I hŕd ɖt y hd yrslf dclerd yr gilt. Ɖt rport, y se, z fōls; n b aśurd, dir Justīn, ɖt nʈñ cn śec mî confidns in y fr a momnt, bt yr ǒn cnfeśn.”

“I dd cnfes, bt I cnfest a lai. I cnfest, ɖt I mt obten abṣluśn; bt nǎ ɖt fōlshd lîz hevịr at mî hart ɖn ol mî uɖr sinz. Ɖ God v hevn fgiv m! Evr sins I wz cndemd, mî cnfesr hz bsijd m; h ʈretnd n menist, untl I olmst bgan t ʈnc ɖt I wz ɖ monstr ɖt h sd I wz. H ʈretnd xcḿṇceśn n helfîr in mî last momnts f I cntinyd objṛt. Dir ledi, I hd nn t s’port m; ol lct on m az a reć dūmd t igṇmini n prdiśn. Ẃt cd I d? In an īvl aur I sbscrîbd t a lai; n nǎ onli am I trūli mizṛbl.”

Ś pōzd, wīpñ, n ɖen cntinyd, “I ʈt wɖ horr, mî swīt ledi, ɖt y śd b’liv yr Justīn, hūm yr blest ānt hd so hîli onrd, n hūm y luvd, wz a crīćr ceṗbl v a crîm ẃć nn bt ɖ devl himslf cd hv prṗtretd. Dir Wiłm! dirist blest ćîld! I sn śl si y agn in hevn, ẃr w śl ol b hapi; n ɖt cnsolz m, gwñ az I am t sufr igṇmini n deʈ.”

“Ǒ, Justīn! Fgiv m fr hvñ fr wn momnt dstrustd y. Ẃ dd y cnfes? Bt d nt mōrn, dir grl. D nt fir. I wl pṛclem, I wl pruv yr iṇsns. I wl mlt ɖ stoni hārts v yr eṇmiz bî mî tirz n prerz. Y śl nt dî! Y, mî plêfelo, mî cmpańn, mî sistr, periś on ɖ scafld! No! No! I nvr cd svîv so hoṛbl a msfortyn.”

Justīn śc hr hed mōrnf̣li. “I d nt fir t dî,” ś sd; “ɖt pañ z past. God rezz mî wìcnis n gvz m curij t indyr ɖ wrst. I līv a sad n bitr wrld; n f y rmembr m n ʈnc v m az v wn unjustli cndemd, I am rzînd t ɖ fet awêtñ m. Lrn fṛm m, dir ledi, t sbmit in peśns t ɖ wil v hevn!”

Jrñ ɖs convseśn I hd rtîrd t a cornr v ɖ priznrūm, ẃr I cd cnsil ɖ horid anḡś ɖt pzest m. Dsper! Hu derd tōc v ɖt? Ɖ pur victim, hu on ɖ moro wz t pas ɖ ōfl bǎnḍri btwn lîf n deʈ, flt nt, az I dd, sć dīp n bitr aġni. I náśt mî tīʈ n graund ɖm tgɖr, uṭrñ a gron ɖt cem fṛm mî inmost soul. Justīn startd. Ẃn ś sw hu it wz, ś aproćt m n sd, “Dir sr, y r vri cnd t vizit m; y, I hop, d nt b’liv ɖt I am gilti?”

I cd nt ansr. “No, Justīn,” sd Iliẓbʈ; “h z mor cnvinst v yr iṇsns ɖn I wz, fr īvn ẃn h hŕd ɖt y hd cnfest, h dd nt credit it.”

“I trūli ʈanc him. In ɖz last momnts I fīl ɖ sinsirist grattyd twdz ɖoz hu ʈnc v m wɖ cîndnis. Hǎ swīt z ɖ afx́n v uɖrz t sć a reć az I am! It rmuvz mor ɖn haf mî msfortyn, n I fīl az f I cd dî in pīs nǎ ɖt mî iṇsns z acnolijd bî y, dir ledi, n yr cuzn.”

Ɖus ɖ pur sufrr traid t cumf̣t uɖrz n hrslf. Ś indd gend ɖ reẓgneśn ś dzîrd. Bt I, ɖ tru mrdrr, flt ɖ nvr-dayñ wrm alîv in mî bŭzm, ẃć alaud v no hop or conṣleśn. Iliẓbʈ olso wept n wz unhapi, bt hrz olso wz ɖ miẓri v iṇsns, ẃć, lîc a clǎd ɖt pasz ovr ɖ fer mūn, fr a ẃl hîdz bt canot tarniś its brîtnis. Anḡś n dsper hd peṇtretd intu ɖ cor v mî hart; I bòr a hel wɖn m ẃć nʈñ cd xtnḡś. W steid sevṛl aurz wɖ Justīn, n it wz wɖ gret dificlti ɖt Iliẓbʈ cd ter hrslf awe. “I wś,” craid ś, “ɖt I wr t dî wɖ y; I canot liv in ɖs wrld v miẓri.”

Justīn asymd an er v ćirflnis, ẃl ś wɖ dificlti rprest hr bitr tirz. Ś imbrest Iliẓbʈ n sd in a vôs v haf-s’prest imośn, “Férwel, swīt ledi, dirist Iliẓbʈ, mî b’luvid n onli frend; me hevn, in its bǎnti, bles n prizrv y; me ɖs b ɖ last msfortyn ɖt y wl evr sufr! Liv, n b hapi, n mc uɖrz so.”

N on ɖ moro Justīn daid. Iliẓbʈ’s hārt-rendñ eḷqns feld t muv ɖ jujz fṛm ɖer setld cnvix́n in ɖ criṃnaḷti v ɖ sentli sufrr. Mî paśṇt n indignnt apilz wr lost upn ɖm. N ẃn I rsivd ɖer cold ansrz n hŕd ɖ harś, unfīlñ rīẓnñ v ɖz men, mî prṗst avawl daid awe on mî lips. Ɖus I mt pṛclem mslf a madmn, bt nt rvoc ɖ sntns pást upn mî rećid victim. Ś periśt on ɖ scafld az a mrḍres!

Fṛm ɖ torćrz v mî ǒn hart, I trnd t contmplet ɖ dīp n vôslis grīf v mî Iliẓbʈ. Ɖs olso wz mî dwñ! N mî faɖr’z wo, n ɖ deẓleśn v ɖt lêt so smîlñ hom ol wz ɖ wrc v mî ʈrîs-acrst handz! Yi wīp, unhapi wnz, bt ɖz r nt yr last tirz! Agn śl y rêz ɖ fynṛl weil, n ɖ sǎnd v yr lamnteśnz śl agn n agn b hŕd! Francnstîn, yr sun, yr cinzmn, yr rli, mć-luvd frend; h hu wd spend ć vîtl drop v blud fr yr secs, hu hz no ʈt nr sns v jô xpt az it z mirrd olso in yr dir cǎntinnsz, hu wd fil ɖ er wɖ blesñz n spend hiz lîf in srvñ y—h bidz y wīp, t śed cǎntlis tirz; hapi bynd hiz hops, f ɖus inxṛbl fet b saṭsfaid, n f ɖ dstrux́n pōz bfr ɖ pīs v ɖ grev hv s’xidd t yr sad torments!

Ɖus spouc mî pṛfetic soul, az, torn bî rmors, horr, n dsper, I bheld ɖoz I luvd spend ven soro upn ɖ grevz v Wiłm n Justīn, ɖ frst haplis victimz t mî unhaloud arts.


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