2008年10月10日

7.Anne Says Her Prayers-2

 "You'll have to remember a little better if you stay here," admonished Marilla. "Say your prayers now and get into bed."

"I never say any prayers," announced Anne.

"Why, Anne, what do you mean? Were you never taught to say your prayers? Don't you know who God is, Anne?"

"`God is a spirit, infinite, eternal and unchangeable, in His being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth,'" responded Anne promptly and glibly.

Marilla looked rather relieved.

"So you do know something then, thank goodness! You're not quite a heathen. Where did you learn that?"

"Oh, at the asylum Sunday-school. They made us learn the whole catechism. I liked it pretty well. There's something splendid about some of the words. `Infinite, eternal and unchangeable.' Isn't that grand? It has such a roll to it--just like a big organ playing. You couldn't quite call it poetry, I suppose, but it sounds a lot like it, doesn't it?" 

 "We're not talking about poetry, Anne--we are talking about saying your prayers. Don't you know it's a terrible wicked thing not to say your prayers every night? I'm afraid you are a very bad little girl."

"You'd find it easier to be bad than good if you had red hair," said Anne reproachfully.

      admonish  vt.  さとす、注意する、忠告する

            Ex. His employer admonished him.  雇用主は彼に忠告を与えた。       

      infinite  adj.  無限の   Ex.  infinite space 無限の空間

       gibly   adv.  もっともらしく

       heathen n.  異教徒

       catechism  n. 教理問答書

       grand adj. すてきな、すばらしい

      Ex.  We had a grand time at the party.  パーティーですてきな時を過ごした。

       roll  n.  (韻文などの)朗々とした調子

   wicked  adj.  邪悪な、不道徳な、不正な Ex. Wicked man  悪人

   reproachfully  adv.  とがめるように、 非難するように



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