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Published by Severin Rossetti at Smashwords

Copyright 2011 Severin Rossetti

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June 1857

He could hear voices nearby but his fatigue was such that he lacked the will to turn his head their way, not even when it seemed that there might be some kindness spoken, some sympathy offered.

Sympathy he would have welcomed, had he but the energy, for sympathy was the best that could be hoped for; he knew he was beyond help.

'I pity the poor beggar lying there, taking the sun all this time.'

'Aye? Well he's a splendid enough shade of mahogany to begin with. His kind can bear it.'

'And the cold at night…'

'They're a sturdy breed.'

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