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suggested the vmplaned rungs of a miller's ladder. The landing at
the top was so small that the girl knocked against the young man,
as he fumbled in his pocket for his key. At last, however, he
opened the door. ' Don't come in, but wait, else you'll hurt
yourself again.' She did not stir. She was panting for breath, her
heart was beating fast, there was a buzzing in her ears, and she
felt indeed exhausted by that ascent in the dense gloom. It seemed
to her as if she had been climbing for hours, in such a maze,
amidst such a turning and twisting of stairs that she would never
be able to find her way down again. Inside the studio there was a
shuffling of heavy feet, a rustling of hands groping in the dark, a
clatter of things being tumbled about, accompanied by stifled
objurgations. At last the doorway was lighted up. ' Come in, it's
all right now.' She went in and looked around her, without
distinguishing anything. The solitary candle burned dim in that
garret, more than fifteen feet high, and filled with a confused
jumble of things whose big shadows showed fantastically on the
walls, which were painted in grey distemper. No, she did not
distinguish anything. She mechanically raised her eyes to the large
studio-window, against which the rain was beating with a deafening
roll like that of a drum, but at that moment another flash of
lightning illumined the sky, followed almost immediately by a
thunder-clap that seemed to split the roof. Dumb-stricken, pale as
death, she dropped upon a chair. ' The devil ' muttered Claude, who
also was rather pale. ' That clap wasn't far off. We were just in
time. It's better here than in the streets, isn't it ? ' Then he
went towards the door, closed it with a bang and turned the key,
while she watched him with a dazed look. ...
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