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THE STORY OF BABAR (1)  [BABAR]

THE STORY OF BABAR (1) 

In the great forest a little elephant is born.

His name is Babar.

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His mother loved him very much. She locks him to sleep with her trunk while singing softly to him.

Babar has grown bigger.

He now plays with the other little elephants.
He is a very good elephant.

See him digging in the sand with his shell.

Babar is riding happily on his mother's back, when a wicked hunter, hidden behind some bushes, shoots at them.

The hunter has killed Babar's mother !

The monkey hides, the birds fly, Babar cries.

The hunter runs up to catch poor Babar.

Babar runs away because he is afraid of the hunter.

After several days, very tired indeed, he comes to a town...

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原作はフランス語ですので、ゾウのババールくん。


THE STORY OF BABAR (2) [BABAR]

THE STORY OF BABAR (2)

He hardly knows what to make of it because this is the first time that he has seen so many houses.

So many things are new to him !

The broad streets ! The automobiles and noises !

However, he is especially interested in two gentlemen he totices on the street.

He say to himself: " Really they are very well dressed. I would like to have some fine clothes, too ! I wonder how I can get them ? "


Luckily, a very rich old lady who has always been fond of little elephants understands right away that he is longing for a fine suit.

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As she likes to make people happy, she gives him her purse.

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THE STORY OF BABAR (3)  [BABAR]

THE STORY OF BABAR (3)

Babar says to her politely: " Thank you, Madam. "

Without wasting any time, Babar goes into a big store.

He enters the elevator.

It is such fun to ride up and down in this funny box, that he rides all the way up ten times and all the way down ten times.

He did not want to stop but the elevator boy finally said to him: " This is not a toy, Mr.Elephant. You must get out and do your shopping. Look, here is the floorwalker. "

Babar then buys himself: a shirt with a collar and tie, a suit of  a becoming shade of green, then a handsome derby hat, and also shoes with spats.

Well satisfied with his purchases and feeling very elegant indeed, Babar now goes to the photographer to have his picture taken.


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And here is his photograph.
 

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THE STORY OF BABAR (4) [BABAR]

THE STORY OF BABAR (4)

Babar dines with his friend the old lady.


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She thinks he looks very smart in his new clothes.

After dinner, because he is tired, he goes to bed and falls asleep very quickly.

Babar now lives at the old lady's house.

In the mornig, he does setting-up exercises with her, and then he takes his bath.

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He goes out for an automobile ride every day.

The old lady has given him the car.
She gives him whatever he wants.

A learned professor gives him lessons.

Babar pays attention and does well his work.
He is good pupil and makes rapid progress.

In the evening, after dinner, he tells the old lady's friends all about his life in the great forest.

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THE STORY OF BABAR (5) [BABAR]

THE STORY OF BABAR (5)

Howeve, Babar is not quite happy, for he misses playing in the great forest with his little cousins and his friends the monkeys.

He often stands at the window, thinking sadly of his childhood, and cries when he remembers his mother.

Two years have passed.

One day during his walk he sees two little elephants coming toward him.

They have no clothes on.

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" Why, " he says in astonishment to the old lady, " it's Arthur and C
éleste, my little cousins ! "

Babar kisses them affectionary and hurries off with them to buy them some fine clothes.

He takes them to a pastry shop to eat some good cakes.


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THE STORY OF BABAR (6) [BABAR]

THE STORY OF BABAR (6)

Meanwhile, in the forest, the elephants are calling an hunting high and low for Arther and C
éleste, and their mothers are very worried.

Fortunately, in flying over the town, an old maradou bird has seen them and comes back quickly to tell the news.

The mothers of Arthur and
Céleste have come to the town to fetch them.

They are very happy to have them back, but they scold them just the same because they ran away.

Babar makes up his mind to go back with Arthur and
Céleste and their mothers to see the great forest again.

The old lady helps him to pack his trunk.

They are all ready to start.

Babar kisses the old lady good-bye.
He would be quite happy to go if it were not for leaving her.

He promises to come back some day.
He will never foget her.

They have gone...

There is no room in the car for the mothers, so they run behind
, and lift up their trunks to avoid breathing the dust.

The old lady is left alone.
Sadly she wonders: " When shall I see my little Babar again ? "


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THE STORY OF BABAR (7) [BABAR]

THE STORY OF BABAR (7)

Alas, that very day,the King of the elephants had eaten a bad mushroom.

It poisoned him and he became ill, so ill that he died.

This was great calamity.

After the feneral the three oldest elephants were holding a meeting to choose a new King.

Just then they hear a noise, they turn around.

Guess what they see !

Babar arriving in his car, and all the elephants running and shouting:
" Here they are ! Here they are ! Hello Babar ! Hello Arthur ! Hello
Céleste !
 What a beautiful clothes ! What a beautiful car ! "

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THE STORY OF BABAR (8) [BABAR]

THE STORY OF BABAR (8)

Then Cornelius, the oldest of all the elephants, spoke in his quavering voice: " My good friends, we are seeking a King, why not choose Babar ? he has just returned from the big city, he has learned so much living among men, let us crown him King. "

All the other elephants thought that Cornelius had spoken wiselyーand eargerly they await Babar's reply.

" I want to thank you one and all, " said Babar,
" but before accepting your proposal, I must explain to you that, while we were traveling in the car,
Céleste and I became engaged.
If I become your King, she will be your Queen. "

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THE STORY OF BABAR (9) [BABAR]

THE STORY OF BABAR (9)

" Long live Queen
Céleste ! Long live King Babar ! " cry all the elephants without a moment's hesitation.

And thus was that Babar became King.

" You have good ideas, " said Babar to Conelius, " I will therefore make you a general, and when I get my crown, I will give you my hat.
In a week I shall marry
Céleste.
We will then have a splendid party in honor of our marriage and ourcoronation. "

Then turning to the birds, babar asks them ro go and invite all the animals to the festivities, and he tells the dromedary to go to the town and buy some beautiful wedding clothes.

The wedding guests begin to arrive.

The dromedary returns with the bridal costumes just in the nick of time for the ceremony.

After the wedding and the coronation, everybody dances merrily.

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本日、7時に(10 完)が出ます。

THE STORY OF BABAR (10 完) [BABAR]

THE STORY OF BABAR (10 完)

The festvities are over, night has fallen, the stars have been in te sky.

King Babar and Queen
Célesteare indeed very happy.

Now the worlds is asleep.

The guests have gone homeーhappy, though tired from too much dancing.

They will long remember this great celebration.


And now King Babar and Queen
Céleste, both eager for further adventure, set out on their honeymoon in a gorgeous yellow balloon.

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再掲 (9と10の順番を治すため & 次回予告)

突然ですが、Babar(象のババール=原文がフランス語なので) の新婚旅行後の物語 Babar the King を、明日から連載することとしました。
全18回を予定しています。