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【VNDS-2311】未亡人昭和絵巻「紐擦り崩し」3

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【VNDS-2311】未亡人昭和絵巻「紐擦り崩し」3 �


'No:butnightwillcomeagainbeforelong:andbesides,-Iamunhappy,-veryunhappy,forotherthings.'

Heavenisahome,andarestwillnotfailme;

'Surelynot!why,sheistoooldforsuchpettishness.'

Bessiehadbeendownintothekitchen,andshebroughtupwithheratartonacertainbrightlypaintedchinaplate,whosebirdofparadise,nestlinginawreathofconvolvuliandrosebuds,hadbeenwonttostirinmeamostenthusiasticsenseofadmiration;andwhichplateIhadoftenpetitionedtobeallowedtotakeinmyhandinordertoexamineitmoreclosely,buthadalwayshithertobeendeemedunworthyofsuchaprivilege.Thispreciousvesselwasnowplacedonmyknee,andIwascordiallyinvitedtoeatthecircletofdelicatepastryuponit.Vainfavour!coming,likemostotherfavourslongdeferredandoftenwishedfor,toolate!Icouldnoteatthetart;andtheplumageofthebird,thetintsoftheflowers,seemedstrangelyfaded:Iputbothplateandtartaway.BessieaskedifIwouldhaveabook:thewordbookactedasatransientstimulus,andIbeggedhertofetchGulliver'sTravelsfromthelibrary.ThisbookIhadagainandagainperusedwithdelight.Iconsidereditanarrativeoffacts,anddiscoveredinitaveinofinterestdeeperthanwhatIfoundinfairytales:forastotheelves,havingsoughttheminvainamongfox-gloveleavesandbells,undermushroomsandbeneaththeground-ivymantlingoldwall-nooks,Ihadatlengthmadeupmymindtothesadtruth,thattheywereallgoneoutofEnglandtosomesavagecountrywherethewoodswerewilderandthicker,andthepopulationmorescant;whereas,LilliputandBrobdingnagbeing,inmycreed,solidpartsoftheearth'ssurface,IdoubtednotthatImightoneday,bytakingalongvoyage,seewithmyowneyesthelittlefields,houses,andtrees,thediminutivepeople,thetinycows,sheep,andbirdsoftheonerealm;andthecorn-fields,forest-high,themightymastiffs,themonstercats,thetower-likemenandwomen,oftheother.Yet,whenthischerishedvolumewasnowplacedinmyhand-whenIturnedoveritsleaves,andsoughtinitsmarvellouspicturesthecharmIhad,tillnow,neverfailedtofind-allwaseerieanddreary;thegiantsweregauntgoblins,thepigmiesmalevolentandfearfulimps,Gulliveramostdesolatewandererinmostdreadanddangerousregions.Iclosedthebook,whichIdarednolongerperuse,andputitonthetable,besidetheuntastedtart.

StillwillmyFather,withpromiseandblessing,

'Oh!IdaresaysheiscryingbecauseshecouldnotgooutwithMissisinthecarriage,'interposedBessie.

'Bessie,whatisthematterwithme?AmIill?'

StillwillmyFather,withpromiseandblessing,

'Shehadafall,'saidBessie,againputtinginherword.


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