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Adventure in NARNIA (1) [Adventure in NARNIA]

Adventure in NARNIA (1)

Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy.

They were sent away from London during the war to the house of an old profeddor who lived in the heart of the country, ten miles from the nearest railway station and two miles from the nearest post office.

He had no wife and he lived in a very large house with a housekeeper and three servants.

They liked him almost at once; but on the first evening when he came out to meet them at the front door he was so odd-looking that Lucy(who was the youngest) was a little afraid of him.

As soon as they had said goodnight to the Professor and gone upstairs on the first night, the boys came into the girl's room and they all talked it over. 

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C.S.Lewis さん原作の、いわゆる「ナルニア国物語」のスタート巻は、最初に出版されました第2巻の、
{THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE}です。
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おそらく、映画で見られた方が多いと思うのですが。

今回お出ししますのは、そのナルニア国物語最初の部分を、簡易に要約したものです(と言いましても、文はほとんど原文通りで、少し端折ったものです)


簡易要約化に少し時間が掛かりますので、毎日ではなく、2日に1回ていどの、若干飛び飛びの形で連載する運びとさせていただきたいと思います。連載回数30回は、暫定的なものです。


なお、同著作の著作権期間は、先月をもって満了しておりますので、著作権に抵触するものではありません、


Adventure in NARNIA (2) [Adventure in NARNIA]

Adventure in NARNIA (2)

" We've fallen on our feet and no mistake, " said Peter.
" This is going to be perfectly splendid. That old chap will let us anything we like. "

" I think he's an old dear, " said Susan.

" Oh, come off it ! " said Edmund, who was tired and pretending not to be tired, which always made him bad-tempered.
" Don't go on talking like that. "

" Hadn't we all better go to bed ?" said Lucy.
" There's sure to be a row  if  we're heard talking here. "

" No there won't, " said Peter.
" I tell you this is the sort of house where no one's going to mind what we do. Anyway, they won't hear us. It's about ten minutes' walk from here down to that dining-room, and any amount of stairs and passages in between. "

" What's that noise ? " said Lucy suddenly.

" It's only a bird, silly, " said Edmund.

" It's an owl, " said Peter.
" This is going to be a wonderful place for birds. I shall go to bed now. I say, let's go and explore tomorrow.
You might find anything in a place like this.  Did you see those mountains as we came along ? And the woods ? There might be eagles. There might be stags. There'll be hawks. "

But when the next morning came there was a steady rain falling, so thick that when you look out of the window you could see neither the mountains nor the woods nor even the stream in the garden.

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西新井ブログでは、2日に1回程度の頻度で、と申しましたが、1回の量を若干変動的にして、あまり途中を飛ばさずに、できるだけ毎日アップしたいと思います。
ただ、時々、2日おきになるやもしれません。では。

Adventure in NARNIA (4) [Adventure in NARNIA]

Adventure in NARNIA (4)

There was nothing else in the room at all except a dead bluebottle on the window-sill.

" Nothing there ! " said Peter, and they all trooped out again ー all except Lucy.

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She stayed behind because she thought it would be worthwhile trying the door of the wardrobe, even though she felt almost sure that  it would be locked.

To her surprise it opened quite easily, and two mothballs dropped out.

Looking into the inside, she saw several coats hanging up ー mostly long fur coats.

There was nothing Lucy liked so much as the smell and feel of fur.
She immediately stepped into the wardrobe and got in among the coats and rubbed her face against them, leaving the door open, of course, because she knew that it is very foolish to shut oneself into any wardrobe.

Soon she went further in and found that there was a second row of coats hanging up behind the first one.

It was almost quite dark in there and she kept her arms stretched out in front of her so as not to bump her face into the back of the wardrobe. 

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Adventure in NARNIA (5) [Adventure in NARNIA]

Adventure in NARNIA (5)

She took a step further in ー then two or three steps ー always expecting to feel woodwork against the tips of her fingers.
But she could not feel it.

" This must be a simply enormous wardrobe ! " thought Lucy, going still further in and pushing the soft folds of the coats aside to make room for her.

 Then she noticed that there was something crunching under her feet.
" I wonder is that more mothballs ? " she thought. stooping down to feel it with her hand.

But instead of feeling the hard, smooth wood of the floor of the wardrobe, she felt something soft and powdery and extremely cold.
" This is very queer, " she said, and went on a step or two further.

Next moment she found that what was rubbing against her face and hands was no longer soft fur but something hard and rough and even prickly.
" Why, it is just like branches of trees ! " exclaimed Lucy.

And then she saw that there was a light ahead of her; not a few inches away where the back of the wardrobe ought to have been, but a long way off.
Something cold and soft was falling on her. 

A moment later she found that she was standing in the middle of a wood at night-time with snow under her feet and snowflakes falling through the air.

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Adventure in NARNIA (6) [Adventure in NARNIA]

Adventure in NARNIA (6)

Lucy felt a little frightened, butshe felt very inquistive and excited as well.

she looked back over her shoulder and there, between the dark tre-trunks, she could still see the open doorway of the wardrobe and eve catch aglinpse of the empty room from which she had set out. (she had, of course, left the door open, for she knew that it is very silly thing to shut oneself into a wardrobe. )

It seemed to be syill daylight there.

" I canalways get back if anuything goes wrong. " thought Lucy.

She began to walk forward, crunch-chrunch over the snow and through the wood towards the other light.

In about ten minutes she reached it and found it was a lamp-post.

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As she stood looking at it, wondering why there was a lamp-post in the middle of a wood and wondering what to do next, she heard a pitter patter of feet coming towards her.

And soon after that a very strange person stepped out from among the tres into the kight of the lamp-post.

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Adventure in NARNIA (7) [Adventure in NARNIA]

Adventure in NARNIA (7)

He was only a little taller than himself and he carried over his head an umbrella , white with snow from the waist upwards he was like a man, but his legs were shaped like a goat's ( the hair on them was glossy black ) and instead of feet he had goat's hoofs. 

He also had a tail, but Lucy did not notice this at first because it was nearly caught up over the arm that held a umbrella so as to keep it from trailing in the snow.

He had a red woolen muffler round his neck,  and his skin was rather reddish too.

He had a strange, but pleasant little face, with a short pointed beard and curly hair, and out of the hair there stuck two horns, one on each side of his forehead.

One of his hands, as I have said, held the umbrella ; in the other arm he carried several brown-paper parcels.

What with the parcels and the snow it looked just as if he had been doing his Christmas shopping.

He was a Faun.

And when he saw Lucy he gave such a start of surprise that he dropped all his parcels.

" Goodness gracious me ! " exclaimed the Faun.

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Adventure in NARNIA (8) [Adventure in NARNIA]

Adventure in NARNIA (8)

Chapter2 What Lucy found there

" Good evening, " said Lucy.
But the Faun was so busy picking up its parcels thatat first it did not reply.
When it had finished, it made her a little bow.

" Good evening, good evening, " said the Faun.
" Excuse me ー I don't want to be inquisitive ー but should I be right in thinking that you are a Daughter of Eve ? "

" My name's Lucy, " said she, not quite understand him.

" But you are ー forgive me ー you are what they call a girl ?" said the Faun.

" Of course, I'm a girl, " said Lucy.

" You are in fact Human ? "

" Of course I'm human, " said Lucy, still a little puzzled.

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Adventure in NARNIA (9) [Adventure in NARNIA]

Adventure in NARNIA (9)

" To be sure, to be sure, " said the Faun.
" How stupid of me !  But I've never seen s Son of Adam or a Daughter of Eve before. I am delighted. That is say・・・" and then it stopped as if it had been going to say something it had not intended but had remembered in time.
" Delighted, delighted, " he went on, " Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Tumnus. "

" I am very pleased to meet you, Mr Tumnus, " said Lucy.

" And may I ask. O Lucy Daughter of Eve, " said the Mr Tumnus, " how you have come into Narnia ?

" Narnia ? What's that ? " said Lucy.

" This is the land of Narnia, " said the faun, " where we are now, all that lies between the lamp-post and the great castle of Cair Paravel on the eastern sea. And you ー you have come from the Wild Woods of the west ?"

" I ー I got in through the wardrobe in the spare room, " said Lucy.

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Adventure in NARNIA (10) [Adventure in NARNIA]

 

Adventure in NARNIA (10)

" Ah ! " said Mr Tumnus in a rather melancholy voice.
" If only I had worked harder at geography when I was a little Faun, I should no doubt know all about those strange countries. It is too late now. "

" But they aren't countries at all, " said Lucy, almost laughing.
" It's only just back there ー at least ー I'm not sure. It is summer there. "

" Meanwhile, " said Mr Tumnus, " it is winter in Narnia, and has been for ever so long, and we shall both catch cold if we stand here talking in the snow.
Daughter of Eve from the far land of Spare Oom where eternal summer reigns around the bright city of War Drobe, how would it be if you came and had tea with me ? " 

" Thank you very much, Mr Tumnus, " said Lucy.
" But I was wondering whether I ought to be getting back. "、

" It's only just round the corner, " said the Faun, " and there'll be a raring fire ー and toast ー and sardines ー and cake. "

" Well, it's very kind of you, said Lucy.
" but I shan't be able to stay long. "

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Adventure in NARNIA(11) [Adventure in NARNIA]

Adventure in NARNIA (11)

" If you will take my arm, Daughter of Eve, " said the Mr Tumnus, " I shall be able to hold the umbrella over both of us. That's the way, Now ー off we go. "

And so Lucy found herself walking through the wood arm in arm with this strange creature as if they had known one another all their lives.

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They had not gone far before they came to a place where the ground became rough and there were rocks all about and little hills up and little hills down.

At the bottom of one small valley Mr Tumnus turned suddenly aside as if he were going to walk straight into an unusually large rocks, but at the last moment Lucy found he was leading her into the entrance of a cave .

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Adventure in NARNIA (12) [Adventure in NARNIA]

Adventure in NARNIA (12)

As soon as they were inside she found herself blinking in the light of a wood fire.

Then Mr Tumnus stooped and took a flaming piece of wood  out of the fire with a neat liitle pair of tongues, and lit a lamp.

" Now we shan't be long, " he said, and immediately put a kettle on.

Lucy thought she had nevr been in a nicer place.

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It was a little, dry, clean cave of reddish stone with a carpet on the floor and two liitle chair ("One for me and one for a friend" said the Mr Tumnus) and a table and a dresser and a mantelpiece over the fire and above that a picture of an old faun with a grey beard.

In one corner there was a door which Lucy thought must lead to Mr Tumus's bedroom, and on one wall was a shelf full of books.

Lucy looked at these while he was setting out the tea things.
They had titles like The Life and Letters of Silenus or Nymphs and Their Ways or Men, Monks and Gamekeepers A study in Popular legend or Is Man a Myth ?

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Adventure in NARNIA (13) [Adventure in NARNIA]

Adventure in NARNIA (13)

" Now, daughter of Eve ! ", said the Faun.

And really it was a wonderful tea. There was a nice brown egg, lightly boiled, for each of them, and then sardine on toast, and then buttered toast, and then toast with honey, and then a sugar-topped cake.

And when Lucy was tired of eating, the Faun began to talk.
He had wonderful tales to tell  of life in forest.

He told about the midnight dances and how the Nymphs who lived in the wells and the Dryads who lived in the trees came out to dance with the Fauns ; about long hunting parties after the milk-white stag who could give you wishes if you caught him.

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He told about feasting and treasure-seeking with the wild Red Dwarfs in deep mines and caverns far beneath the forest floor.

And then he told about summer when the woods were green and old Silenus on his fat donkey would come to visit them, and sometimes Bacchus himself, and then the streams would run with wine instead of water and the whole forest would give itself up to jellification for weeks on end.

" Not that it isn't always winter now, " he added gloomily.   

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Adventure in NARNIA (14) [Adventure in NARNIA]

Adventure in NARNIA (14)

Then to cheer himself up he took out from its case on the dresser a strange little flute that looked as if it were made of straw, and then tune he played made Lucy went to cry and laugh and dance and go to sleep all the same time.

It must have been hours later when she shook herself and said;
 " Oh, Mr Tumnus - i'm so sorry to stop you, and I do love that tune - but really, I must go home. I only meant to stay for a few minutes. "

" It's no good now, you know," said the Faun, laying down its flute and shaking its head at her very sorrowfully.

" No good ? " said Lucy, jumping up and feeling rather frightened.
" What do you mean ? I've got to go home at once. The others will be wondering what has happened to me. "

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Adventure in NARNIA (15) [Adventure in NARNIA]

Adventure in NARNIA (15)

But moment later she asked, " Mr Tumnus ! Whatever is the matter ? " for the Faun's brown eyes had filled with tears and then the tears began to running off the end of its nose; and at last it covered its face with its hand s and began to howl.

"Mr Tumnus ! Mr Tumnus ! " said Lucy in great distress.
" Don't ! Don't ! What is the matter ? Aren't you well ? Dear Mr Tumnus, do tell me what is wrong. "
but the Faun continued sobbing as if its heart would break.

Andeven when Lucy went over and put her arms round him and lent him her handkerchief, he did not stop.

He merely took a the handkerchief and kept on using it, wringing it outwith both hands whenever it got too wet to be any more use, so that presently Lucy was standing in a damp patch. 

" Mr Tumnus ! " hawled Lucy in his ear, shaking him.
" Do stop, stop it at once ! You ought to be ashamed of yourself, a great big Faun like you. What on earth are you crying about ? "

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Adventure in NARNIA (16) [Adventure in NARNIA]

Adventure in NARNIA (16)

" Oh -oh ー oh ! " sobbed Mr Tumnus.
" I'm crying because I'm such a bad man. "

" I don't think you're  a bad Faun at all, " said Lucy.
" I think you are a very good Faun. You are the nicest faun I've ever met. "

" Oh -oh ー you wouldn't say that if you knew, " replies Me Tumnus between his sobs.
"No, I'm a bad Faun. I don't suppose there ever was a  worse Faun since the beginning of the world. "

" But what have you done ? " asked Lucy.

" My old father, now, " said Mr Tumnus, " that's his picture over the mantelpiece. He would never have done a thing like this. "

" A thing like what ? " said Lucy.

" Like what I've done, " said the Faun.
" Taken service under the White Witch. That's what I am. I'm in the pay of the White Witch. "

" The White Witch ? Who is she? "

" Why, it is she who has got all Narnia under her thumb. It's she who makes it always winter. Always winter and never Christmas; think of that ! "

" How awful ! " said Lucy.
" But what does she pay you for ? "

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帰宅が遅れ、遅くなりましてすみません。
BABAR THE KING は、あと30分ほど遅れます。
 
   

Adventure in NARNIA (17) [Adventure in NARNIA]

Adventure in NARNIA (17)

" That's the worst of it, " said Mr Tumnus with a deep groan.
" I'm a kidnapper for her, that's what I am. Look at me, Daughter of Eve.  Would you believe  that I'M the sort ofFaun to meet a poor innocent child in the wood, one that had never done me any harm, and pretend to be friendly with it, and invite it home to my cave, all for the sake of lulling it asleep and then handing it over to the White Witch ? "

" No, " said Lucy.
" I'm sure you wouldn't do anything of the sort. "

" But I have. " said the Faun.

" Well, " said Lucy rather slowly ( for she wanted to be truthful and yet not be too hard on him ), " well, that was pretty bad. But you're so sorry for it that I'm sure you will never do it again. "

" Daughter of Eve, don't you understand ? " said the Faun.
" It isn't something I have done. I'm doing it now, this very moment. " 

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BABAR THE KING は若干おくれるかもしれません。

Adventure in NARNIA (18) [Adventure in NARNIA]

Adventure in NARNIA (18)

" What do you mean ? " cried Lucy, turning very white.

" You are the child, " said Tumnus.
" I had orders from the White Witch that if ever I saw a Sonof Adam or a Daughter of Eve in the wood, I was to catch them and hand them over to her. And you are the first I have ever met. And I've pretended to be your friend and asked you to tea, and all the time I've been meaning to wait till you were asleep and then go and tell her. "

" Oh, but you won't,Mr Tumnus, " said Lucy. 
" You won't, will you ? Indeed you really mustn't . "

" And if I don't, " said he, beginning to cry again,
" she's sure to find out. And she'll have my tail cut off,  and my horns sawn off, and my beard plucked out, and she7ll wave her wand over my beautiful cloven hoofs and turn them into horriedsolid hoofd like a wretched horse's.
And if she is extra and specially angry she'll turn me into stone and I shall be only a statue of a faun in her horrible house until the four thrones at Cair Paravel are filled-and goodness knows when that will happen, or whether it will ever happen at all. "

" I'm very sorry, Mr Tmnus, " said Lucy.
" But please let me go home. "

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一部訂正しました。 O'm → I'm 

Adventure in NARNIA (19) [Adventure in NARNIA]

Adventure in NARNIA (19)

" Of course I will, " said the Faun.
" Of course I've got to.  I see that now. I hadn't known what humans were like before I met you. Of course I can't give you up in the Witch; not now that I know you.. But we must be off at once.  I'll see you back to the lamp-post. I suppose you can find your own way from there back to Spare Oom and War Drobe ? "

" I'm sure I can, " said Lucy.

" We must go as quickly as we can, " said Mr Tumnus .
" The whole wood is full of her spies.  Even some of the trees are on her side. "

They both got up and left the tea things on the table, and Mr Tumnus once more put up his umbrella and gave Lucy his arm, and they went out into the snow.

The journey back was not at all like the journey to the faun's cave, they stole along as quickly as they could, without speaking a word, and Mr tumnus kept to the darkest place.

Lucy was believed when they reached the lamp-post again.

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" Do you know your way from here, Daughter of Eve ? " said Mr Tumnus.

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Adventure in NARNIA (20) [Adventure in NARNIA]

Adventure in NARNIA (20)

Lucy looked very hard between the trees and could just see in the distance a patch of light that looked like daylight.
" Yes, " she said, " I can see the wardrobe door. "

" Then be off home as quick as you can, " said the Faun, " and ー c-can you ever forgive me for what I meant to do ? "

" Why, of course I can, " said Lucy, shaking him heartily by the hand.
" And I d hope you won't get into dreadful trouble on my account. "

" Farewell, Daughter of Eve, " said he.
" Perhaps I may keep the handkerchief ? "

" Rather ! , " said Lucy, and then ran towards the far off patch of daylight as quickly as her legs would carry her.

And presently instead of rough branches brushing @ast her she felt coats , and instead of crunching snow under her feet she felt wooden boards, and all at once she found herself jumping out of the wardrobe into the same empty room from which the whole adventure had started.

She shut the wardrobe door tightly  behind her and looked around, panting for breath.

It was still raining and she could hear the voices od the others in the passage.

" I'm here, " she shouted, " I'm here. I've comeback, I'm all raight. "

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明日から、次章 Edmund and the wardrobe へ入ります。      

Adventure in NARNIA (21) [Adventure in NARNIA]

Adventure in NARNIA (21)

Chapter3
Edmund and the Wardrobe

Lucy ran out of the empty room into the passage a nd found the other three.

" It's all raight, " she repeated, " I've come back. "

" What on earth are you talking about, Lucy ? " asked Susan.

" Why, " said Lucy in amazement, " haven't you all been wondering where I was ? "

" So you've been hiding, have you ? " said Peter.
" Poor old Lu, hiding and nobody noticed ! You 'll have to hide longer than that if you want people to start looking for you. "

" But I've been away for hours and hours, " said Lucy.

The others all stared at one another.

" Batty !, " said Edmund, tapping his head.
" Quite batty. "

" What do you man, Lu ? " asked Peter.

" What I said, " answered Lucy.
" It was just after breakfast when I went into the wardrobe, and I've been away for hours, and hours and had tea, and all sorts of things have happened. " 

" Don't be silly Lucy, " said Susan.
" We've only just come out that room a moment ago, and you were there then. "

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Adventure in NARNIA (22) [Adventure in NARNIA]

Adventure in NARNIA (22)

" She's not being silly at all, " aid Peter, " she 's just making up a story for fun, aren't you, Lu ? And why shouldn't she ? "

" No, Peter, I'm not, " she said.
" It's ー it's a magic wardrobe. There's a wood inside it, and it's snowing and there's a Faun  and a Witch and it's called Narnia: come and see. "

The others did not know what to think, but Lucy was so excited that they all went back with her into the room.

She rushed ahead of them, flung open the door of the wardrobe and cried, " Now ! Go in and see for yourselves. "

" Why, you goose, " said Susan, putting her head inside and pulling the fur coats apart, " it's just an ordinary wardrobe : look ! There's the back of it. "

Then everyone looked in  and pulled the coats apart, and they all saw ー Lucy herself saw ー a perfectly ordinary wardrobe.

There was no wood and no snow, only the back of the wardrobe, with hooks on it.   

Peter went in and rapped his knackles on it to make sure that it was solid.

" A jolly good hoax, Lu, " he said as he came out again : " you have really taken us in. I must admit. We half believed you. "

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Adventure in NARNIA (23) [Adventure in NARNIA]

Adventure in NARNIA (23)

" But it wasn't a hoax at all, " said Lucy, " really and trly. It was all different a moment ago. Honestly  it was. I promise. "

" Come, Lu, " said Peter, " that's going a bit far. You've had your joke.   Hadn't you better drop it now ? "

Lucy grew very red in the face and tried to say something, though she hardly knew what she was trying to say, and burst into tears.

For the next few days she was very miserable.
She could have made it up with the others quite easily at any moment if she could have brought herself to say that whole thing was only a story made up for fun.
But Lucy was a very truthful girl and she knew that she was really in the right; and she could not bring herself to say this. 

The others who thought she was telling a lie, and silly lie too, made her very unhappy.

The two elder ones did this without meaning to do it, but Edmund could be spiteful, and on this occasion he was spiteful/

He sneered and jeered at Lucy and kept on asking her if she'd found any other new countries in other cupboards all over the house.  

What made it worse was that  these days ought to have been delightful.

The weather was fine and they were out of doors from morning to night, bathing, fishing, climbing trees, and lying in the heather.

But Lucy could not properly enjoy any of it.
And so things went on until the next wet day.  

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Adventure in NARNIA (24) [Adventure in NARNIA]

Adventure in NARNIA (24)

That day, when it came to the afternoon and there was still no sign of a  break in the weather, they decide to play hid-and -seek.

Susan was " It " and as soon as the others scattered to hide, Lucy went to the room where the wardrobe was. 

She did not mean to hide in the wardrobe, because she knew that would only set the others talking again about the whole wretched business.

But she did want to have one more look inside it ; for by this time she was beginning to wonder herself whether Narnia and the Faun had not been a dream.

The house was so large and complicated and full of hiding-place that she thought she would have time to have one look into the wardrobe and then hide somewhere else.

But as soon as she reached it she heard steps in the passage outside, and then there was nothing for it but to jump into the wardrobe and hold the door closed behind her.

She did not shut it properly because she knew that it is very silly to shut oneself into a wardrobe, even if it is not a magic one.

Now the steps she had heard were those of Edmund and he came into the room just in time to see Lucy vanishing into the wardrobe.

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Adventure in NARNIA (25) [Adventure in NARNIA]

Adventure in NARNIA (25)

He at once decided to get into it himself ー not because he thought it a particularly good place to hide but because he wanted to go on teasing her about her imaginary country.

He
 opened the door.
There were the coats hanging up as usual and a smell of mothballs, and darkness and silence, and no sign of Lucy.

" She thinks I'm Susan come to catch her, " said Edmund to himself, "and so she's keeping very quiet at the back. "
He jumped in and shut the door, forgetting what a very foolish thing this is to do.

Then he began feeling about for Lucy in the dark.
he had expected to find her in a few seconds and was very surprised when he did not.

He decided to open the door again and let in some light.

But he could not find the door either.

He didn't like this at all and began groping wildly in ever directions; he even shouted out, " Lucy ! Lu ! Where are you ? I know you're here. "

There was no answer and Edmund noticed that his own voice had a curious  sound - not the sound you expect in a cupboard, but a kind of open air sound.

He also noticed that he was unexpectedly cold; and then he saw a light.

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Adventure in NARNIA (26) [Adventure in NARNIA]

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" Thank goodness, " said Edmund, " the door must have swung open of its own accord. "

He forgot all about Lucy and went towards the light, which he thought was the open door f the wardrobe.

But instead of finding himself stepping out into the spare room he found himself stepping out from the shadow of some thick dark fir trees into an open place in the middle of a wood.

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There was crisp, dry snow under his feet and more snow lying on the branches of the trees.

Over head there was pale blue sky, the sort of sky one sees on a fine weather day in the morning.

Straight ahead of him he saw between the tree trunks the sun, just rising, very red and clear.

Everything was perfectly still, as if he were the only living creature in that country. 

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There was not even a robin or squirrel among the trees, and the wood stretched as far as he could see in every direction.
He shivered.

He now remembered that he had been lookingfor Lucy: and also how unpleasant he had been to her about her " imaginary country " which now turnedout not to have been imaginary at all.

He thought that she must be somewhere quite close and so he shouted, " Lucy ! Lucy ! I'm here too ー Edmund. "

There was no answer.

" She's angry about all the things I've been saying lately, " thought Edmund.
And thought he did not like to admit that he had been wrong, he also did not much like being alone in the strange, cold, quite place ; so he shouted again.

" I say, Lu ! I'm sorry I didn't believe you. I see now you were right all along. Do come out. Make it Pax. "

Still there was no answer.

" Just like a girl, " said Edmund to himself, " sulking somewhere, and won't accept an apology. "

He looked round him again and decided he did not much like this place, and had almost made up his mind to go home, when he heard, very far off in the wood, a sound of bells.

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He listened and the sound came nearer and nearer and at last there swept into sight a sledge drawn by tqo reindeer.

The reindeer were about the size of Shetland  ponies and their hair was so white that even the snow hardly looked  white compared with them: their branching horns were gilded and shone like a something on fire when the sunrise caught them.

Their harness was of scarlet leather and covered with bells.

On the sledge, driving the reindeer, sat a fat dwarf who would have been about three feet high if he had been standing.

He was dressed in polar bear's fur and on his head he wore a red hood with a long gold tassel hanging down from its point; his huge beard covered his knees and served him instead of a rug.

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But behind him, on a much higher seat in the middle of the sledge sat a very different person ー a great lady, taller then any woman that Edmund had ever seen.

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She also was covered in white fur up to her throat and held a long, straight golden wand in her right hand and wore golden crown on her head.

Her face was white ー not merely pale, but white like snow or paer or icing-sugar, except for he vey ed mouth.
It was a beautiful face in other respects, but proud and  cold and stern.

The sledge was a fine sight as it came sweeping towards.

Edmund with the bells jingling and the dwarf cracking his whip and the snow flying up on each side of it.

" Stop ! " said the Lady, and the dwarf pulled the reindeer up so sharply that they almost sat down.

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Then they recovered themselves and stood champing their bits and blowing.

In the frosty air the breath coming out of their nostrils looked like smoke.

" And what, pray, are you ? " said the Lady, looking hard at Edmund.

" I'm ー I'm ー my name's Edmund, " said Edmund rather awkwardly.
He did not like the wayshe looked at him.

The Lady frowned.
" Is that how you address a wueen ? " she asked, looking sterner than ever.

" I beg your pardon, your Majesty, I didn't know. "
 said Edmund.

" Not know the Queen of Narnia ? "cried hse.
" Ha ! You shall know us better hereafter. But I repeat - what are you ? "

" Please, your Majesty, " said Edmund " I don't know what are you mean. I'm at shool ー at least I was ー it's the holidays now. "

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これでChapter 3 を終えたところですが、全体の1/5 です。Chapterは、17まであります。
30回を終えましたが、明日から、Chapter 4 へ移り、物語を続けたいと思います。
{やさしい」と言いつつ、この原作は、結構難しい(「読みやすいレベル」という基準では、相当上のレベル4~5、大人向けのやさしいPBがレベル7
)というランク設定されているのです。ちょっとわかりにく部分は飛ばしてもいいかと思います。節などを多用した長文が多いことと、been が多いことが読みにくさの一因かと思いますが、読み進むにつれてどんどん面白くなってゆく物語と思います。
というわけで、まだしばらく、続きます。
では、また明日。
 


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Chapter 4  Turkish Delight

" But what are you ? " said the Queen again.
" Are you a great overgrown dwarf that has cut off its bread ? "

" No, your Majesty, " said Edmund.
" I never had a beard. I'm a boy. "

" A boy ! " said she.
" Do you mean you are a Son of Adam ? "

Edmund stood still, saying nothing.
He was too confused by this timeto understand what the question meant.

" I see you are an idiot, whatever else you may be, " said the Queen.
" Answer me, once and for all, or I shall lose my patience. Are you human ? "

" Yes, your Majesty, " said Edmund.

" And how, pray, did you come to enter my dominions ? "

" Please, your Majesty, I came to through a wardrobe. "

"A wardrobe ? What do you mean ? "

" I ー I opened a door and just found myself here, your majesty, " said Edmund.

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