ENGLISH

The bright sun brings it to light

日本語

明るいお天道様は明るみに出す


A tailor's apprentice was travelling about the world in search of work, and at one time he could find none, and his poverty was so great that he had not a farthing to live on. Presently he met a Jew on the road, and as he thought he would have a great deal of money about him, the tailor thrust God out of his heart, fell on the Jew, and said, "Give me thy money, or I will strike thee dead." Then said the Jew, "Grant me my life, I have no money but eight farthings." But the tailor said, "Money thou hast; and it shall be produced," and used violence and beat him until he was near death. And when the Jew was dying, the last words he said were, "The bright sun will bring it to light," and thereupon he died. The tailor's apprentice felt in his pockets and sought for money, but he found nothing but eight farthings, as the Jew had said. Then he took him up and carried him behind a clump of trees, and went onwards to seek work. After he had traveled about a long while, he got work in a town with a master who had a pretty daughter, with whom he fell in love, and he married her, and lived in good and happy wedlock.
After a long time when he and his wife had two children, the wife's father and mother died, and the young people kept house alone. One morning, when the husband was sitting on the table before the window, his wife brought him his coffee, and when he had poured it out into the saucer, and was just going to drink, the sun shone on it and the reflection gleamed hither and thither on the wall above, and made circles on it. Then the tailor looked up and said, "Yes, it would like very much to bring it to light, and cannot!" The woman said, "Oh, dear husband, and what is that, then?" What dost thou mean by that?" He answered, "I must not tell thee." But she said, "If thou lovest me, thou must tell me," and used her most affectionate words, and said that no one should ever know it, and left him no rest. Then he told her how years ago, when he was travelling about seeking work and quite worn out and penniless, he had killed a Jew, and that in the last agonies of death, the Jew had spoken the words, "The bright sun will bring it to light." And now, the sun had just wanted to bring it to light, and had gleamed and made circles on the wall, but had not been able to do it. After this, he again charged her particularly never to tell this, or he would lose his life, and she did promise. When however, he had sat down to work again, she went to her great friend and confided the story to her, but she was never to repeat it to any human being, but before two days were over, the whole town knew it, and the tailor was brought to trial, and condemned. And thus, after all, the bright sun did bring it to light.
仕立て屋の職人が仕事を探して世間を旅をして歩いていました。あるとき仕事が何もみつからなくて、とても貧しくなり、一文無しになってしまいました。まもなく道で一人のユダヤ人に出会い、金をたくさんもっているだろうと考え、神様を心から追い出し、ユダヤ人に襲いかかって、「金をよこせ。さもないとぶっ殺すぞ。」と言いました。するとユダヤ人は、「命ばかりはお助け下さい。お金は8ファージングしかもっていないのです。」と言いました。しかし、仕立て屋は「金は持ってるはずだ。出せ。」と言って、暴力をふるい、ユダヤ人が死にそうになるまでなぐりました。死にかかっているユダヤ人は最後に、「明るいお日様がこれを明るみに出すだろう。」と言って、死んでゆきました。仕立て屋の職人はユダヤ人の懐をさぐって、金をさがしましたが、ユダヤ人が言ったように8ファージングしかみつかりませんでした。それから職人はユダヤ人を持ち上げて、密集した木々のかげに運び、仕事を探しに旅を続けました。職人は長い間旅をした後、ある町の主人のところに仕事を見つけ、その主人の美しい娘と恋をし、結婚して、仲むつまじくしあわせに暮らしていました。

しばらくして、この夫婦に子供が二人できたとき、妻の父母が死に、若い人たちだけで世帯を切り盛りしました。ある朝、夫が窓の前のテーブルに座っていたとき、妻がコーヒーを持ってきました。夫が受け皿に注いで、これから飲もうというとき、お日さまがそれに当たって、はね返った光が上の壁であちらこちら光り、そこでたくさんの輪を作りました。それで、仕立て屋は見上げて、「そうだな、お日さまはあれをとても明るみに出したいようだができないんだ。」と言いました。妻が、「あら、あなた、じゃあそれって何なの?なんのことを言ってるの?」と言いました。仕立て屋は、「お前に言えないよ。」と答えました。しかし、妻は、「私を愛してるなら、話してよ。」と言って、とても愛情たっぷりの言葉をいろいろ使い、誰にも言わないから、と言ってしつこくせがみました。それで、仕立て屋は、何年も前、仕事を探して旅をしていたときすっかり疲れ無一文で、ユダヤ人を殺したんだ、それで苦しんで死ぬ間際に、そのユダヤ人が「明るいお日さまが、これを明るみに出すぞ」という言葉を言ったんだ、それで今、お日さまがそれを明るみに出したがって、壁で光って輪を作ったが、そうできなかったよ、と妻に話しました。このあと、このことを誰にも言わないんだぞ、そうしないとおれは命を失うからな、と妻に特に念を押しました。妻はしっかり約束しました。ところが、また仕事を続けようと座った時、妻は親しい友達のところへ行ってこの話を打ち明け、誰にも言わないようにと頼みました。しかし、3日もたつと、町中がそれを知ってしまい、仕立て屋は裁判にかけられ、処刑されました。こうして、結局、明るいお日さまはそれを本当に明るみに出したのです。




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