ENGLISH

Sweet porridge

日本語

おいしいお粥


There was a poor but good little girl who lived alone with her mother, and they no longer had anything to eat. So the child went into the forest, and there an aged woman met her who was aware of her sorrow, and presented her with a little pot, which when she said, "Cook, little pot, cook," would cook good, sweet porridge, and when she said, "Stop, little pot," it ceased to cook. The girl took the pot home to her mother, and now they were freed from their poverty and hunger, and ate sweet porridge as often as they chose. Once on a time when the girl had gone out, her mother said, "Cook, little pot, cook." And it did cook and she ate till she was satisfied, and then she wanted the pot to stop cooking, but did not know the word. So it went on cooking and the porridge rose over the edge, and still it cooked on until the kitchen and whole house were full, and then the next house, and then the whole street, just as if it wanted to satisfy the hunger of the whole world, and there was the greatest distress, but no one knew how to stop it. At last when only one single house remained, the child came home and just said, "Stop, little pot," and it stopped and gave up cooking, and whosoever wished to return to the town had to eat his way back.
母親と二人だけで暮らしている、貧しいけれど心のやさしい女の子がいました。二人にはもう食べるものがなくなったので、子供は森へ入って行き、そこでおばあさんと出会いました。おばあさんは子供の悲しみを知って、ちいさな壺をあげました。その壺は「煮て、壺よ、煮て」と言えば、良いおいしいおかゆを作り、「止まって、壺よ、止まって」と言えば作るのをやめるのです。女の子はそのつぼを母親のところに持って帰り、もう貧乏と空腹から救われ、好きなだけおいしいおかゆを食べました。

女の子がでかけていたあるとき、母親は「煮て、壺よ、煮て」と言いました。それで壺は煮て、母親は満腹するまで食べました。それで壺に作るのを止めて欲しかったのですが、言葉を知りませんでした。それで壺はどんどん作り続け、おかゆがふちをこえてあふれてきました。それでも作り続け、台所と家中がいっぱいになりました。それから、隣の家が、それから通りが、いっぱいになり、まるで世界中の空腹を満たしたいかのようでした。とても困りましたが、だれも壺の止め方を知りませんでした。

とうとうただ一つの家が残ったとき、子供が帰ってきて、「止まって、壺よ、止まって」と言いました。それで壺は止まって作るのを止めました。町へ戻りたい人はみんな帰り道を食べて帰らなくてはなりませんでした。




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