The Man Who Laughs VICTOR HUGO PART 1 CHAPTER 2 Left Alone Đây là một tác phẩm anh ngữ nổi tiếng với những từ vựng nâng cao chuyên ngành văn chương. Nhằm giúp các bạn yêu thich tiếng anh luyện tập và củng cố thêm kỹ năng đọc tiếng anh . | The Man Who Laughs VICTOR HUGO PART 1 CHAPTER 2 Left Alone This is what an observer close at hand might have noted. All wore long cloaks torn and patched but covering them and at need concealing them up to the eyes useful alike against the north wind and curiosity. They moved with ease under these cloaks. The greater number wore a handkerchief rolled round the head--a sort of rudiment which marks the commencement of the turban in Spain. This headdress was nothing unusual in England. At that time the South was in fashion in the North perhaps this was connected with the fact that the North was beating the South. It conquered and admired. After the defeat of the Armada Castilian was considered in the halls of Elizabeth to be elegant court talk. To speak English in the palace of the Queen of England was held almost an impropriety. Partially to adopt the manners of those upon whom we impose our laws is the habit of the conquering barbarian towards conquered civilization. The Tartar contemplates and imitates the Chinese. It was thus Castilian fashions penetrated into England in return English interests crept into Spain. One of the men in the group embarking appeared to be a chief. He had sandals on his feet and was bedizened with gold lace tatters and a tinsel waistcoat shining under his cloak like the belly of a fish. Another pulled down over his face a huge piece of felt cut like a sombrero this felt had no hole for a pipe thus indicating the wearer to be a man of letters. On the principle that a man s vest is a child s cloak the child was wrapped over his rags in a sailor s jacket which descended to his knees. By his height you would have guessed him to be a boy of ten or eleven his feet were bare. The crew of the hooker was composed of a captain and two sailors. The hooker had apparently come from Spain and was about to return thither. She was beyond a doubt engaged in a stealthy service from one coast to the other. The persons embarking in her whispered among .