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Cutter looked at Borden and đã đưa ý kiến irritated "I saw bạn slip the knot again."
Julia piped up self-deprecating "It's not all his fault, I think I turned my wrist."
He ignored her and shouted chiding "Some nights bạn just don't understand do ya? I mean if that knot slips and Julia's on the hoist she could break a leg!"
Borden đã đưa ý kiến determinedly "The knot's all wrong, I know that the Langford Double will hold up better-"
Cutter cried dismissively "The Langford Double is too much a of a risk, it isn't a wet knot if the ropes were to swell up she won't be able to slip it!"
She đã đưa ý kiến resolutely "Mr. Cutter I can slip a Langford underwater I'm very flexible."
Once again Cutter ignored Julia's presence.
Borden replied encouragingly "She can do it, I know if we were to just practice-"
Angier cut in angrily "Hey Borden can't bạn hear, Mr. Cutter đã đưa ý kiến no!"
Borden shot back sarcastically "Oh bạn know which knots are best for our act, huh do ya wanna take over the whole bloody show."
Angier cried livid "You know what, just leave okay!"
Cutter đã đưa ý kiến diplomatically ending the argument "Hey listen no thêm mishaps all right?"
Borden glared at Angier annoyed Cutter paid him his share.
Before he left he turned to Julia and đã đưa ý kiến apologetically "Sorry I jumped up the knot, I hope you're okay?"
Julia smiled and replied assuredly "Don't worry yourself Mr. Borden, I'm fine bạn did very well, good night see bạn at the tiếp theo show."
He nodded assured and đã đưa ý kiến politely "Mam, night."
With that Borden turned on his heel and exited stage left.
Angier asked Cutter "Mr. Cutter, Borden do know where he's from?"
Cutter replied wily "Where are bạn from? He shuffles các điểm thưởng for Virgil at the Hall."
Angier asked curiously "He works for another magician, that's a bit dangerous isn't it? Aren't bạn afraid he'll steal you're tricks?"
Cutter đã đưa ý kiến dismissively "The man doesn't deal in methods."
Angier asked confused "How do bạn know?"
Cutter replied knowingly "Because I hired him to find out how Virgil does the trái cam, màu da cam trick."
Angier đã đưa ý kiến warily "I don't trust him at all."
Cutter quipped sarcastically "He's a natural magician of course bạn can't trust him!"
Julia smiled she slid Angier's tie around his neck and began to tie it.
She đã đưa ý kiến warmly " Well, I think he's all right, he's polite and professional, that's thêm than I can say for half of the workers around here."
Aniger grinned and replied smartly "You think everyone is 'all right', my love."
Julia smiled and shot back cleverly "Oh yes even you, dear!"
Cutter stopped on the stage steps.
He then turned and đã đưa ý kiến angrily "Dammit Angier bạn watch you're sight lines if I can see bạn kissin' you're wife's leg every night so can the blokes in rows three and four!"
With that đã đưa ý kiến Cutter stomped hurriedly up the steps.
Julia smiled and đã đưa ý kiến strategically "My love, I know I can slip a Langford, if Borden and I were to just set aside some time to perfect it-"
Angier gently but firmly placed his right forefinger to her lips effectively cutting her off he kissed her deep and soft.
He then wrapped his arms around her waist and brought her close, sliding her onto his lap.
Angier sighed and explained worried "Julia, bạn could drown I won't risk you're life, not for a trick."
She kissed him once softly and replied reasonably "Robert, there is a chance I could die every time we perform the act, how is tying a different knot going to marginalize my risk?"
Angier wrapped his arms around her neck and held her close.
She leaned her forehead onto his and asked tacitly "Are bạn really that concerned with my safety, hoặc is it me potentially working with Alfred Borden is what is truly upsetting you?"
He đã đưa ý kiến firmly "Honestly? both, we will find success in time I promise, now this is the last time I want to hear of this okay?"
Julia nodded kissed him softly once on the lips and replied agreeably "Yes, all right."
Angier slipped his right hand into her own kissed it once gently and đã đưa ý kiến satisfied "Good, come on then let's head home."
Julia watched transfixed as Angier tried to duplicate the trick he had seen at the Chinese theater.
He had one of their giường sheets draped over him and a large cá bowel between his legs.
Angier huffed exhaustively "I can hardly lift this thing when it is empty."
With a tired flourish he pulled the giường sheet off, gently dropping the bowel onto their end bàn that was positioned at the end of the bed.
He đã đưa ý kiến impressed "The man must have the strength of a ox."
She mused thoughtfully "How fascinating, he's been pretending to be a cripple for years, what a clever and dedicated man!"
Angier replied agreeably "Any time he's in public any time he goes out it's unthinkable, Borden saw it immediately , but I couldn't fathom living my whole life pretending to be some one I'm not."
Julia grinned and đã đưa ý kiến warmly "You are pretending to be someone you're not."
Angier slid on the edge of the bed, smiled softly and quipped keenly "Well I'm not sure that changing my name is a valid contrast."
He kissed her warmly.
She smiled and replied knowingly "It's not just you're name, it's who bạn are and where you're from."
Angier grinned and đã đưa ý kiến practically " I only did that because I promised my family I wouldn't humiliate them with my theatrical aspirations."
They kissed softly again.
Julia smiled she sat phía trước, chuyển tiếp in giường and đã đưa ý kiến happily "Oh, Robert, I've thought up a name for you; The Great Danton, don't bạn like it?"
Angier made a disapproving face.
She replied crestfallen "I thought it was rather sophisticated."
Angier quipped wryly "It's French, dearest, I can't have a French stage name, it's rather old-fashioned."
Julia wrapped her arms around his neck and kissed him softly.
She sank back onto the giường and Angier gently straddled her, she smiled and continued to Kiss him.
Julia đã đưa ý kiến teasingly "Despite your utter rejection of my idea, I still tình yêu you, very much."
Angier grinned and replied passionately "And I tình yêu you, my dear."
They quickly shed their night clothes, and made tình yêu well into the night.
Just before sunrise Julia quickly and quietly slipped on a suitable outfit.
She then hastily exited their house and made for the small apartment complex a few blocks down from the theater.
It was extraordinarily rundown and used mainly to house the workers of the theater and surrounding shops.
This is where Alfred Borden lived.
Julia took a deep breath and knocked on the door.
giây later it was answered, Borden appeared in his work clothes a slightly wrinkled blue cotton áo sơ mi sleeves rolled up to his elbows, and brown cotton pants, his hair was combed.
Julia was utterly astounded it was as if he was expecting her.
She took a deep breath and asked politely "Mr. Borden I do apologize for the early giờ but I was hoping we could talk about-"
Borden held up his right hand and replied courteously "This is about the Langford Double isn't?"
She đã đưa ý kiến startled "How did bạn know I was going to ask that?"
Borden smiled slightly and replied knowingly "Saw the ngọn lửa, chữa cháy in your eyes when Cutter and your husband đã đưa ý kiến it was too dangerous."
Julia nodded and đã đưa ý kiến determinedly "I was hoping that bạn and I could practice it before the tiếp theo show."
Borden took a length of rope out of his right pants pocket.
Behind him there was a bàn with a pale blue silk scarf draped on it, he went over to it.
With a flourish he lifted the scarf up, underneath, sat a large tank filled with water.
Julia clapped and đã đưa ý kiến impressed "Brilliant!"
He grinned and quipped eagerly "Right then let's get started."
She nodded and đã đưa ý kiến decidedly "Yes let's."
The theater's tiếp theo scheduled performance was to take place the following Friday.
So for the tiếp theo week she routinely would sneak out well before sunrise go to Borden's room and they would practice her slipping the difficult knot.
Julia was very impressed bởi Borden's professionalism. Behind the cool and aloof exterior he showed the outside world in their practices he was kind and attentive to her and never once made un-wanted advances.
If not married she might of taken to being his mistress.
Julia knew what she was doing was risky and dangerous the fact that she was keeping her early morning practices a secret from Robert didn't make her feel any better.
Yet despite the risk she knew this was something she had to do not only to prove to herself she could do it but she wanted to prove it to the world and to her husband.
Friday finally came and Julia was nearly bursting with anticipation.
After a whole week of practice she was absolutely certain she could un-due a Langford Double.
Twenty phút before they were to go on stage there was a knock on her dressing room door.
Julia opened it, and was un-surprised to discover Borden standing in the door way.
He asked confirmedly "Julia are bạn certain bạn want me to tie a Langford?"
She đã đưa ý kiến reassuringly "Yes, trust me Alfred I can slip it, don't worry everything will be fine."
Alfred nodded curtly and replied softly "All right I just wanted to make sure."
Julia smiled and đã đưa ý kiến confidently "Wait for my signal all right?"
Borden nodded and replied astutely "I will."
She went back into her dressing room and began to put her con bướm, bướm barrettes into her hair.
As soon as she finished there was another knock on her door.
Utterly annoyed Julia threw open the door prepared to give Borden a firm tongue lashing.
However she was flabbergasted when she found Angier grinning on the other side of the door.
Angier đã đưa ý kiến warmly "I just wanted bạn to know that, I tình yêu you."
He slid his arms around her waist and gently kissed her on her forehead.
Julia's tim, trái tim felt heavy with guilt, thêm than ever she wanted to tell her husband of her plan.
But she knew that her husband's ignorance of her actions that night were for the best.
Harshly swallowing her guilt and fear, Julia smiled and leaned into his embrace, he in turn held her tighter.
Julia đã đưa ý kiến as passionately as she could muster, "Thank bạn Robert, I tình yêu bạn as well, very much."
She desperately didn't want to let Robert go but the hiển thị was to start in just a few minutes.
Gently she disentangled herself from her husbands arms.
Julia đã đưa ý kiến hurriedly "All right now dearest bạn need to go take you're place, after all a plant is no good if bạn aren't there when I call on you."
She then began to push him out of the room.
Laughing Angier turned around in the door way and kissed her softly on the lips.
He đã đưa ý kiến ruefully, "Okay I'm going, break a leg out there tonight, I tình yêu you."
Julia gave him a tender Kiss on the forehead and replied endearingly "You too, I, tình yêu you, see bạn soon."
On stage as Borden started to bind her wrists Julia locked eyes with him and nodded twice.
He gave her a slight nod and quickly began tying.
Julia was soon hoisted into the air and could hardly contain her excitement.
I can do this I'll tell Robert when the hiển thị is over, I know he'll be upset but after tonight he won't be able to deny that I am just as good as him.