日本語

狼と名付けをたのんだ奥さま

ENGLISH

Gossip wolf and the fox (The fox and his cousin)


狼が子どもを産んで狐を名付け親に頼みました。「何と言っても、近い親戚なのよ。」と狼は言いました。「頭がいいし、才能も豊かだわ。うちの息子を教えて世間に出ていく助けをしてくれるわ。」狐もすっかり真面目くさった様子で、「奥様、私にお授けくださった名誉に感謝いたします。この名誉に報いるよう努めさせていただきます。」と言いました。

狐はお祝いの席でご馳走を食べ、陽気にして、そのあとで、「奥様、子どもの世話をするのは私たちの義務です。強い体にするには良い食べ物を食べさせなくてはいけません。すばらしい御馳走をとれる羊小屋を知っていますよ。」と言いました。狼はその考えが気に入って、狐と一緒に農家の庭に出かけて行きました。狐は遠くから小屋を指差し、「あそこから見られないで忍びこめます。その間私はニワトリをとれるか向こう側を見てきます。」と言いました。ところが狐はそこに行かないで森の入口に座り脚を伸ばして休んでいました。

狼は羊小屋に忍び込みました。そこに犬がいてさんざん吠えたのでお百姓が走って出てきて、狼をつかまえ、衣類などを洗うために用意してあった強力な揮発油を狼の毛皮にふりかけ、火をつけました。狼はほうほうのていで逃げて足を引きずりながら外にでました。そこに狐がいて、文句たらたらのふりをして言いました。「ああ、奥様、なんともひどい目にあいました。お百姓たちが私に襲いかかって、手足がみんな折れてしまいました。ここにいて死んで欲しくないと思ってくださるなら、背負ってくれませんか」狼は自分でもゆっくりしか歩けませんでしたが、狐のことが心配だったので、狐を背負い、のろのろ運びました。狐はすっかり無事で家に着きました。すると狐は狼に叫びました。「ははは、さよなら、奥様、味わった焼き物が奥様の身になりますように。」心の底から笑いながら跳ねていってしまいました。
The she-wolf brought forth a young one, and invited the fox to be godfather. "After all, he is a near relative of ours," said she, "he has a good understanding, and much talent; he can instruct my little son, and help him forward in the world." The fox, too, appeared quite honest, and said, "Worthy Mrs. Gossip, I thank you for the honour which you are doing me; I will, however, conduct myself in such a way that you shall be repaid for it." He enjoyed himself at the feast, and made merry; afterwards he said, "Dear Mrs. Gossip, it is our duty to take care of the child, it must have good food that it may be strong. I know a sheep-fold from which we might fetch a nice morsel." The wolf was pleased with the ditty, and she went out with the fox to the farm-yard. He pointed out the fold from afar, and said, "You will be able to creep in there without being seen, and in the meantime I will look about on the other side to see if I can pick up a chicken." He, however, did not go there, but sat down at the entrance to the forest, stretched his legs and rested. The she-wolf crept into the stable. A dog was lying there, and it made such a noise that the peasants came running out, caught Gossip Wolf, and poured a strong burning mixture, which had been prepared for washing, over her skin. At last she escaped, and dragged herself outside. There lay the fox, who pretended to be full of complaints, and said, "Ah, dear Mistress Gossip, how ill I have fared, the peasants have fallen on me, and have broken every limb I have; if you do not want me to lie where I am and perish, you must carry me away." The she-wolf herself was only able to go away slowly, but she was in such concern about the fox that she took him on her back, and slowly carried him perfectly safe and sound to her house. Then the fox cried to her, "Farewell, dear Mistress Gossip, may the roasting you have had do you good," laughed heartily at her, and bounded off.




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