ENGLISH

The rabbit's bride

日本語

子ウサギのおよめさん


There was once a woman who lived with her daughter in a beautiful cabbage-garden; and there came a rabbit and ate up all the cabbages. At last said the woman to her daughter, "Go into the garden, and drive out the rabbit." - "Shoo! shoo!" said the maiden; "don't eat up all our cabbages, little rabbit!" - "Come, maiden," said the rabbit, "sit on my tail and go with me to my rabbit-hutch." But the maiden would not. Another day, back came the rabbit, and ate away at the cabbages, until the woman said to her daughter, "Go into the garden, and drive away the rabbit." - "Shoo! shoo!" said the maiden; "don't eat up all our cabbages, little rabbit!" - "Come, maiden," said the rabbit, "sit on my tail and go with me to my rabbit-hutch." But the maiden would not. Again, a third time back came the rabbit, and ate away at the cabbages, until the woman said to her daughter, "Go into the garden, and drive away the rabbit." - "Shoo! shoo!" said the maiden; "don't eat up all our cabbages, little rabbit!" - "Come, maiden," said the rabbit, "sit on my tail and go with me to my rabbit-hutch." And then the girl seated herself on the rabbit's tail, and the rabbit took her to his hutch. "Now," said he, "set to work and cook some bran and cabbage; I am going to bid the wedding guests." And soon they were all collected. Would you like to know who they were? Well, I can only tell you what was told to me; all the hares came, and the crow who was to be the parson to marry them, and the fox for the clerk, and the altar was under the rainbow.

But the maiden was sad, because she was so lonely. "Get up! get up!" said the rabbit, "the wedding folk are all merry." But the bride wept and said nothing, and the rabbit went away, but very soon came back again. "Get up! get up!" said he, "the wedding folk are waiting." But the bride said nothing, and the rabbit went away. Then she made a figure of straw, and dressed it in her own clothes, and gave it a red mouth, and set it to watch the kettle of bran, and then she went home to her mother. Back again came the rabbit, saying, "Get up! get up!" and he went up and hit the straw figure on the head, so that it tumbled down.

And the rabbit thought that he had killed his bride, and he went away and was very sad.
昔、キャベツを植えているきれいな庭に住む母親と娘がいました。そして小さなウサギがそこに入り、冬にはキャベツを全部食べてしまいました。それで母親は娘に、「庭に行ってウサギを追い払ってね。」と言いました。

女の子は「シ、シ、ウサギ、あなたはうちのキャベツをみんな食べてしまうわ。」とウサギに言います。「おいで、お嬢さん、私の小さなウサギの尻尾に座って私のおうちに一緒においで。」とウサギはいいます。女の子は行きません。

次の日、ウサギはまたやって来てキャベツを食べます。それで母親は娘に「庭に行ってウサギを追い払ってね。」と言います。娘は「シ、シ、ウサギ、あなたはキャベツをみんな食べてしまうわ。」とウサギに言います。「おいで、お嬢さん、私の小さなウサギの尻尾に座って私のおうちに一緒においで。」とウサギはいいます。娘は断ります。

三日目、ウサギはまたやって来てキャベツを食べます。それで母親は娘に「庭に行ってウサギを追い払ってね。」と言います。娘は「シ、シ、ウサギ、あなたはキャベツをみんな食べてしまうわ。」とウサギに言います。「おいで、お嬢さん、私の小さなウサギの尻尾に座って私のおうちに一緒においで。」とウサギはいいます。

女の子が小さなウサギの尻尾に座ると、ウサギは遠く離れた自分の小さな家に連れていき、「さあ、緑のキャベツとアワ種を料理して。私は結婚式のお客を呼ぶからね。」と言います。それから結婚式のお客が集まりました。結婚式のお客は誰かって?別の人が話してくれたから教えてあげられるよ。お客はみんなウサギでした。そして花嫁と花婿を結婚させる牧師としてカラスがいました。それから助手として狐がいて、祭壇は虹の下にありました。

しかし、女の子は悲しかったのです。というのはたった1人だったから。小さなウサギが来て「ドアを開けて、ドアを開けて、結婚式のお客は陽気だ。」と言います。花嫁は何も言わず泣きます。小さなウサギは立ち去ります。小さなウサギは戻ってきて、「ふたを外して、ふたを外して、結婚式のお客は待っている。」と言います。すると花嫁は何も言わず、ウサギは立ち去ります。しかし、女の子はわら人形に自分の服を着せ、かき回すしゃもじを持たせ、アワ種の入っているなべのそばに置き、母親のところへ戻ります。小さなウサギはもう一度やって来て、「ふたを外して、ふたを外して、立ち上がって」と言い、人形の頭を叩くので、人形の帽子が落ちます。それで小さなウサギはそれが花嫁じゃないとわかり、立ち去り、悲しみます。




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