The Man Who Laughs VICTOR HUGO PART 1 CHAPTER 1 Portland Bill 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 1 Portland Bill An obstinate north wind blew without ceasing over the mainland of Europe and yet more roughly over England during all the month of December 1689 and all the month of January 1690. Hence the disastrous cold weather which caused that winter to be noted as memorable to the poor on the margin of the old Bible in the Presbyterian chapel of the Nonjurors in London. Thanks to the lasting qualities of the old monarchical parchment employed in official registers long lists of poor persons found dead of famine and cold are still legible in many local repositories particularly in the archives of the Liberty of the Clink in the borough of Southwark of Pie Powder Court which signifies Dusty Feet Court and in those of Whitechapel Court held in the village of Stepney by the bailiff of the Lord of the Manor. The Thames was frozen over--a thing which does not happen once in a century as the ice forms on it with difficulty owing to the action of the sea. Coaches rolled over the frozen river and a fair was held with booths bear-baiting and bull-baiting. An ox was roasted whole on the ice. This thick ice lasted two months. The hard year 1690 surpassed in severity even the famous winters at the beginning of the seventeenth century so minutely observed by Dr. Gideon Delane--the same who was in his quality of apothecary to King James honoured by the city of London with a bust and a pedestal. One evening towards the close of one of the most bitter days of the month of January 1690 something unusual was going on in one of the numerous inhospitable bights of the bay of Portland which caused the sea-gulls and wild geese to scream and circle round its mouth not daring to re-enter. In this creek the most dangerous of all which line the bay during the continuance of certain winds and consequently the most lonely--convenient by reason of its very danger for ships in hiding--a little vessel almost touching the cliff so deep was the .

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