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The History of Jack the Giant-Killer (1) [Jack the Giant-Killer]

The History of Jack the Giant-Killer (1)

  In the reign of the famous King Arthur there lived in Cornwall a lad named Jack, who was a bold fellow and took delight in hearing or reading of conjurers, giant and fairies ; and used to listen eagerly to stories of the deeds of the knights of King Arthur's Round Table.

  In those days there lived on St.Michael's Mount, off Cornwall, a huge giant called Cormoran ; his fierce and savage looks were the terror of all who beheld him.

  He dwelt in a gloomy cavern on the top of the mountain, and used to wade over to the mainland in search of prey ; he would throw half-a-dozen oxen upon his back, and tie three times as many sheep and hogs round his waist, and march back to his own abode.

  Cormoran had done this for many years when Jack resolved to destroy him.

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古典の童話です。
少し長いので、18回の途中で、別の物語との二本立てとなる見込みです。

The History of Jack the Giant-Killer (2) [Jack the Giant-Killer]

The History of Jack the Giant-Killer (2)

  Jack rook a horn, a shovel, a pickaxe, his armour, and a dark lantern and one winter's evening he went to the mount.

  There he dug an enormous pit.
  He covered the top over so as to make it look like solid ground.

  He then blew such a tantivy on his horn that Giant awoke and came out of his den, crying out : " You saucy villain ! you shall pay for this. I shall broil you for my breakfast.

  He had just finished, when, taking one step further, he trembled headlong into the pit, and Jackstruck him a blow on the head with his pickaxe which killed him.

  Jack then returned home to cheer his friends with the news 

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The History of Jack the Giant-Killer (3) [Jack the Giant-Killer]

The History of Jack the Giant-Killer (3)

  Another Giant, called Blunderbore, vowed to be revenged on Jack if ever he should have him in his power.

  Blunderbore kept an enchanted castle in the midst of a lonly wood ; and some time after a death of Cormoran, Jack was passing through a wood, and being weary sat down and went to sleep.

  The Giant, passing by and seeing Jack, carried him to his castle, where he locked him up in a large room, the floor of which was covered with the bodies, skulls and bones of men and women.

  A short while later the Giant went to fetch his brother, who was likewise a giant, to take a meal off his flesh ; and Jack saw with terror through the bars of his prison the two Giants approaching.

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The History of Jack the Giant-Killer (4) [Jack the Giant-Killer]

The History of Jack the giant-Killer (4)

  Jack, perceiving in one corner of the room a strong ccord, took courage, and making a slip-knot at each end, he threw them over their heads, and tied it to the window bars ; he then pulled till he had choked them.

  When they were black in the face he slid down the rope and stabbed them to the heart.

  Jack next took a great bunch of keys from the pocket of Blunerbore, and went into the castle again.

  He made a search through all the rooms, and in one of them found four ladies tied up by the hair of their heads, and almost starved to death.

  They told him that their husbands had been killed by the evil Giant, who had then condemned them to bestarved to death,they would not eat the fresh of their own dead husbands.

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The History of Jack the Giant-Killer (5) [Jack the Giant-Killer]

The History of Jack the Giant-Killer (5)

  " Ladies, " said Jack, " I have put an end to the monster and his wicked brother ; and I gaive you this castle and all the riches it contains, to make some amends for the dreadful pains you have felt. "

  He then very politely gaive them the keys of the castle, and went further on his journey to Wales.

  As Jack had very little money, he went on as fast as possible.

  At length he came to a handsome house.
  Jack knocked at the door, and there came forth a giant with two heads.

  Jack said he was a traveller who had lost his way, and the Giant made him welcome, and let him into a room where there was a good bed to sleep in.

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The History of Jack the Giant-Killer (6) [Jack the Giant-Killer]

The History of Jack the Giant-Killer (6)

  Jack took off his clothesquickly, but though he was weary he could not go to sleep.

  Soon after this he heard the Giant walking to and fro in the next room, and saying to himself :
 " Though here you lodge with me
   this night,
   You shall not see the morning
   light ;
   My club shall dash your brains
   out quite. "

  " Say you so ? " thought Jakc.
  " Are these your tricks upon travellers ? But I hope to prove as cunning as you are. "

  Then, getting out of bed, hegroped about the room,and at last a large trick billet of wood.
  He laid it in his own place in the bed, and then hid himself in a dark corner of the room.

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遅くなり申し訳ありません。
明日以降は、毎日出ると思います。

The History of Jack the Giant-Killer (7) [Jack the Giant-Killer]

The History of Jack the Giant-Killer (7)

  The Giant, about midnight, entered the apartment, and with his bludgeon struck many blows on the bed, in the very place where Jack had laid the log ; and then he went back to his own room, thinking he had broken all Jack's bones.

  Early in the morning Jack put a bold face upon the matter, and walked into the Giant's room to thank him for his lodging.

 The Giant started when he saw him, and began to stammer out:   " Oh ! dear me ; is it you ? Pray how did you sleep last night ? Did you hear or see anything in the dead of the night ? "

  " Nothing worth speaking of, " answered Jack carelessly : " a rat, I believe, gave me three or four slaps with its tail, and disturbed me a little ; but I soon went to sleep again. "

  The Giant wondered more and more at this : " yet he did not answer a word, but went to bring two great bowls of hasty pudding for their breakfast.

  Jack wanted to make the Giant believe that he could eat as much as himself, so he contrived to button a leather bag inside his coat, and slip the hasty pudding into this bag, while he seemd to put it into his mouth.

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The History of Jack the Giant-Killer (8) [Jack the Giant-Killer]

The History of Jack the Giant-Killer (8)

  When breakfast was over he said to the Giant : " Now I will show you a fine trick. I can cure all wounds with a touch : I could cut off my head in one minute, and the next put it sound again on my shoulders. You shall see an example. "

  He then took hold of the knife, ripped up the leather bag, and all the hasty pudding tumbled out upon the floor.

  " Ods splutter hur nails ! " cried the Welsh Giant, who was ashamed to be outdone by such a little fellow as Jack, " hur can do that hurself ; " so he snatched up the knife, plunged it into his own stomach, and in a moment dropped down dead.

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The History of Jack the Giant-Killer (9) [Jack the Giant-Killer]

The History of Jack the Giant-Killer (9)

  Jack, having been successful in all his undertaking, roslved not to be idle in future ; he therefore furnished himself, with a horse, a cap of knowledge, a sword of sharpness, and an invisible coat, the better to perform the wonderful enterprises that lay before him.

  He travelled over high hills, and on the third day he came to a large and spacious forest through which his road lay.

  Scarcely had he entered the forest when he beheld a monstrous giant dragging along by the hair of their heads a handsome knight and his lady.

  Jack alighted from his horse and, tying him to an oak tree, put on his invisible coat, under which he carried his sword of sharpness.

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The History of Jack the Killer (10) [Jack the Giant-Killer]

The History of Jack the GIant-Killer (10)

  When he came up to the Giant he made several strokes at him, but could not reach his body.

  However, he wounded hiss tights in several places ;and at length, puttig both hands to his sword and aiming all his might, he cut off both his legs.

  Then Jack, setting his foot upon his neck, plunged his sword into the Giant's body, and the monster gave  agroan and expired.

  The Knight and his Lady thanked jack for their deliverance, and invited him to their house to receive a proper reward for his services.

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2~3日後からもうひとつ始まる予定です。

The History of Jack the GIant-Killer (11) [Jack the Giant-Killer]

The History of jack the Giant-Killer (11)

  " No, " said Jack, " I cannot be easy till I have found out where this monster lives. "

  So taking the knight's directions, he mounted his horse, and soon after came in sight of another giant, who was sitting on a block of timber waiting for his brother's return.

  Jack alighted from his horse and, putting on his invisible coat, approached and aimed a blow at the Giant's head, but missing his aim he only cut off his nose.

  On this the Giant seized his club and laid about him most unmercifully.

  " Nay, " said Jack, " if this be the case I'd better dispatch you ! "
so jumping on the block, he stabbed him in the back, and the Giant dropped down dead.

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The History of Jack the Giant-Killer (12) [Jack the Giant-Killer]

The History of Jack the Giant-Killer (12)

  Jack continued on his travels, performing heroic deeds along the way.

  Eventually he arrived at the castle of the Knight whom he had delivered from the power of the Giant and, recollecting his invitation, he went in and was received with every demonstration of joy imaginable, by both the Knight and his Lady.

  They gave a splendid entertainment in hornour of Jack's victory, which lasted many days and to which all the nobility and gentry of that part of the country were invited.

  When the company were assembled, the Knight related the noble exploit of Jack and presented him, as a token of gratitude, with  a beautiful ring, on which was engraved a picture of the Gaint dragging along the unfortunate Knight and his Lady by the hair.

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30日は不測の事態にて申しわけございませんでした。
新物語も遅れておりますが、以後は、心がけて、一日一分を抜かさぬよう、遵守したいと思います。

The History of Jack the Giant-Killer (13) [Jack the Giant-Killer]

The History of Jack the Giant-Killer (13)

  However, suddenly a herald, breathless with haste and terror, rushed into the midst of company and cried out that Thundol a ferocious giant, having heard of the deathof his kinsmen, had come from the north to be revenged on Jack.

  He was only a short distance from the house.

  The country people all flew before him in the greatest terror like chaff before the wind.

  At these tidings, the very boldest of guests humbled with confusion and dismay : while the undaunted Jack brandished his sword and cried, " Let him come ; for I have a rod to chastise him. "

  The good Knight's house was surrounded by a deep moat, over which was a drawbridge.

  Jack employed two men to cut the bridge almost to the middle and then, putting on his invisible coat, he went out to meet the Giant with his sword of sharpness.

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The History of Jack the Giant-Killer (14) [Jack the Giant-Killer]

The History of Jack the Giant-Killer (14)

  As Jack came close to him (though the Giant could not see him on account of his invisible coat) he was aware of some impending danger, and roared out in a voice that was quite terrible :
  " Fe, fi, fo, fum,
    I smell the blood of an
    Englishman.
    Be he living, or be he dead,
    I'll grind his bones to be my
    bread.  "

  " You must catch me first, " said Jack ; and throwing off his invisible coat, and putting on his shoes of swiftness, he began to run.

  The furious Giant stalked after him like a moving castle, making the earth shake at every step he took.

  Jack ran over the drawbridge, the Giant still pursuing him with his club.

  As the Giant reached the middle, where the bridge had been cut by Jack's order, with the very great weight of his immense body and the tremendous step that he took, it broke and he tumbled into the water, and rooled about like a large whale.

  jack, standing by the moat, laughed and jeered at him for some time.

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The History of Jack the Giant-Killer (15) [Jack the Giant-Killer]

The History of Jack the Giant-Killer (15)

  At last he ordered a cart rope to be brought to him, and he cast it over the Giant's head.

  With the help of a great number of horses, he dragged him to the edge, and then in the presence of the Knight and his guests, he snapped off the monster's head and, before he ate or drink, sent them to the court of King Arthur.

  He then returned to the company, and the remainder of the day was spent inmirth, good cheer, and the congratulations of all the company.

  After staying with the Knight for some time, Jack began to grow weary of such an idle life, and so he set out again in search of new adventures.

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The History of Jack the Giant-Killer (16) [Jack the Giant-Killer]

The History of Jack the Giant-Killer (16)

  He travelled over hills and dales till he arrived at the foot of a high mountain.

  He knocked at the door of a lonely house, and an old man let him in.

  When Jack was seated the hermit said to him : " My son, on the top of this mountain is an enchanted castle, kept by the Giant Galligantus and a vile magician.

  I lament the fate of a duke's daughter, whom they seized as she was walking in her father's garden, and carried her away in a chariot drawn by two fiery dragons, and transformed her into a deer. "

  Jack promised that in the morning, at the risk of his life, he would break the enchantment ; and after a sound sleep he rose early, put on his invisible coat, and got ready for the attempt.

  When he had climbed to the top of the mountain he saw two fiery dragons ; but he passsed between them without the least fear of danger, for they could not see him because he had on his invisible coat.

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The History of Jack the Giant-Killer (17) [Jack the Giant-Killer]

The History of Jack the Giant-Killer (17)

  On the castle gate he found a golden trumpet, under which were written these lines :
  whoever can this trumpet blow
  shall cause the Giant's overthrow.


  As soon as Jack had read this he seized the trumpet and blew a shrill blast, which made the gates fly open and the very castle itself tremble.

  The Giant and the Magician now knew that their wicked course was an end, and they stood biting their thumbs and shaking with fear.

  Jack, with his sword of sharpness, soon killed the Giant, and the Magician was then carried away by a whirlwind :and every knight and beautiful lady who had been changed into birds and beasts returned to their proper shapes.

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The History of Jack the Giant-Killer (18 完) [Jack the Giant-Killer]

The History of Jack the Giant-Killer (18 完)

  They flocked around their gallant deliverer and thanked him most gratefully for their happy escape.

  The castle vanished away like smoke, and the head of the Giant Galligantus was then sent to King Arthur.

  The knights and ladies rested that night at the old man's hermitage, and next day they set off for the Court.

  Jack then went up to the King, and gave his Majesty an account of all his fierce battles.

  Jack's fame had now spread through the whole country, and at the King's desire the Duke gave him his daughter in marriage, to the joy of all his kingdom.

  After this the King gave him a large estate, on which he and his wife lived the rest of their days in joy and contentment.

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