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 ヘンリーのお話に引き続き、
中3の時に英語の教科書(NEW HORIZON)で出会ってから、ずっと忘れられない英文をご紹介しますにょ。

何回読んでも、ウルってきちゃいますυ

和訳は、記事の『続き』に書いてみました♪(☆にゃんこ☆的訳です;)



−−The Giving Tree−−


Once there was a tree ... and she loved a little boy.

And every day the boy would come and he would gather her leaves and make them into crowns and play king of the forest.

He would climb up her trunk and swing from her branches and eat apples.
And they would play hide-and-go-seek.
And when he was tired, he would sleep in her shade.

And the boy loved the tree ... very much.
And the tree was happy.

But time went by.
And the boy grew older.
And the tree was often alone.
Then one day the boy came to the tree and the tree said, "Come, Boy, come and climb up my trunk and swing from my branches and eat apples and play in my shade and be happy."
"I am too big to climb and play," said the boy.
"I want to buy things and have fun.
I want some money.
Can you give me some money?"

"I'm sorry," said the tree, "but I have no money.
I have only leaves and apples.
Take my apples, Boy, and sell them in the city.
Then you will be happy."
And so the boy climbed up the tree and gathered her apples and carried them away.
And the tree was happy.

But the boy stayed away for a long time ... and the tree was sad.
And then one day the boy came back and the tree shook with joy and she said, "Come, Boy, climb up my trunk and swing from my branches and be happy."

"I am too busy to climb trees," said the boy.
"I want a house to keep me warm," he said.
"I want a wife and I want children, and so I need a house.
Can you give me a house?"
"I have no house," said the tree.
"The forest is my house, but you may cut off my branches and build a house.
Then you will be happy."

And so the boy cut off her branches and carried them away to build his house.
And the tree was happy.

But the boy stayed away for a long time.
And when he came back, the tree was so happy she could hardly speak.
"Come, Boy," she whispered, "come and play."
"I am too old and sad to play," said the boy.
"I want a boat that will take me far away from here.
Can you give me a boat?"

"Cut down my trunk and make a boat," said the tree.
"Then you can sail away ... and be happy."
And so the boy cut down her trunk and made a boat and sailed away.
And the tree was happy ... but not really.

And after a long time the boy came back again.
"I am sorry, Boy," said the tree, "but I have nothing left to give you−
My apples are gone."
"My teeth are too weak for apples," said the boy.

"My branches are gone," said the tree.
"You cannot swing on them−"
"I am too old to swing on branches," said the boy.

"My trunk is gone," said the tree.
"You cannot climb−"
"I am too tired to climb," said the boy.
"I am sorry," sighed the tree.
"I wish that I could give you something ... but I have nothing left.
I am just an old stump.
I am sorry...."

"I don't need very much now," said the boy, "just a quiet place to sit and rest.
I am very tired."
"Well," said the tree, straightening herself up as much as she could, "well, an old stump is good for sitting and resting.
Come, Boy, sit down.
Sit down and rest."
And the boy did.





And the tree was happy.



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ヘンリーのお話。
 
☆にゃんこ☆が学生時代に使った英語の問題集に載っていた英文が、
ちょっとおもしろくて、ちょっと切ない内容で、
ずっと忘れられなかったので、さがしてみましたにょ♪


見つけたにょで、載せてみます♪


『引用』の範囲を越えてると思いますが、読んで欲しいので…

記事の続きに、和訳も載せてますにょ♪♪



 Once there was an old fisherman who had a pet trout named Henry, which he kept in a tub.
But the trout got pretty big and the fisherman had to change the water quite often to keep him alive.
The fisherman decided to teach the trout to live out of water.
He began by taking Henry out of the tub for a few minutes at a time, and then he took him out more often and kept him out longer, and soon Henry could stay out of the tub for a long time if he was placed in the wet grass.
Then the fisherman found he could leave him in the wet grass all night, and soon that trout could live in the shade whether the grass was wet or not.
By that time he had become quite friendly, too, and he used to follow the old fisherman wherever he went.
The old man loved that fish, and when Henry didn't need water at all, but could go anywhere down the dry dusty road and stay all day out in the hot sun, you never saw the fisherman without his trout.
You'd see him coming to town with Henry following along in the road behind, traveling quite slowly on its stomach.
People in show business wanted to buy Henry, but the old man said he wouldn't sell a fish like that, not for any price.

 It was very sad the way that fisherman lost his trout, and it was strange, too.
He started for town one day with Henry coming along behind him as usual.
Along the way, there was a bridge over a small brook.
When the old man came to the bridge, he saw that there was a small hole in the center; but he went on over it without thinking.
A few minutes later, he looked around for Henry, but Henry wasn't there.
He went back and called, but he couldn't see anything of his pet.
Then he came to the bridge and saw the hole, and realized that his trout might be in there.
So he went to the hole and looked down, and sure enough, there was Henry floating on the water, dead.
He'd fallen through that hole and into the brook and drowned.

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