2009年04月30日

第9章ウォルターの悲しみ

アンお母さんが重い病気だと信じ、ウォルターはパーカー邸を抜け出します。

"I'll . . . I'll just pretend I'm not afraid," he said aloud . . . and then shuddered with terror over the lost sound of his own voice in the great night.

But he went on . . . one had to go on when Mother was going to die. Once he fell and bruised and skinned his knee badly on a stone. Once he heard a buggy coming along behind him and hid behind a tree till it passed, terrified lest Dr. Parker had discovered he had gone and was coming after him. Once he stopped in sheer terror of something black and furry sitting on the side of the road. He could not pass it . . . he could not . . . but he did. It was a big black dog . . . Was it a dog? . . . but he was past it. He dared not run lest it chase him. He stole a desperate glance over his shoulder . . . it had got up and was loping away in the opposite direction. Walter put his little brown hand up to his face and found it wet with sweat.

   shudder  vi.  身震いする

        Ex. It gives me the shudders.  それにはぞっとする。

   skin one's knee  ひざをすりむく

   lest  接続詞 〜しはすまいかと

        Ex. I was afraid lest he should come too late.

                    彼の来るのが遅すぎないかと心配した。

   dare  vt.  あえて〜する、思い切って〜する


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