2008年10月12日

8.Anne's Bringing-up Is Begun-2

Anne went and attended to the dishcloth. Then she returned to Marilla and fastened imploring eyes of the latter's face. "Well," said Marilla, unable to find any excuse for deferring her explanation longer, "I suppose I might as well tell you. Matthew and I have decided to keep you--that is, if you will try to be a good little girl and show yourself grateful. Why, child, whatever is the matter?"

"I'm crying," said Anne in a tone of bewilderment. "I can't think why. I'm glad as glad can be. Oh, glad doesn't seem the right word at all. I was glad about the White Way and the cherry blossoms--but this! Oh, it's something more than glad. I'm so happy. I'll try to be so good. It will be uphill work, I expect, for Mrs. Thomas often told me I was desperately wicked. However, I'll do my very best. But can you tell me why I'm crying?"

      attend  vi.  (+to)  精を出す。専心する

              Ex. attend to business  商売に精を出す

   fasten  vt.  じっと向ける。 

        Ex. The child fastened his eyes on the old man's beard.

                      子供はその老人のひげをじっと見据えた。

   imploring  adj.  嘆願の、 哀願するような 

             Ex. an imploring glance  嘆願するようなまなざし

   latter  adj.  後者の (この場合はマリラ)

   defer  vt.  延ばす、延期する

         Ex.  defer one's departure for a week.  一週間出発を延ばす

   uphill  adj.  骨の折れる、困難な Ex. an uphill task  骨の折れる仕事

   bewildderment  n.  当惑、うろたえ  

                           Ex. look around in bewilderment  当惑してあたりを見回す

   I'm glad as glad can be あたしはこの上なくうれしいの。

   wicked  adj.  邪悪な、いたずらな

 

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