日本語

三人の黒いお姫さま

ENGLISH

The three black princesses


東インドが敵に包囲され、敵は600ドル受け取るまで囲みを解こうとしませんでした。それで町の人々は、そのお金を調達できるだれでも市長にする、と太鼓を打ってお触れを出しました。さて息子と海で漁をしていた貧しい猟師がいましたが、敵がきて、息子をとりこにし、代わりに父親に600ドルくれました。それで父親は行って町のお偉方にお金を渡し、敵は出ていき、猟師は市長になりました。すると、「市長様」と言わない人はだれでも縛り首の死刑にする、というお触れが出されました。

息子は敵から逃げて、高い山の大きな森に来ました。山が開いて、息子は大きな魔法の城に入りました。そこでは椅子、テーブル、ベンチがみんな黒い布をかけられていました。するとすっかり黒ずくめで顔だけが少し白い3人の若い王女がやってきました。王女たちは息子に、怖がらなくていいのよ、あなたを傷つけたりしないわ、あなたは私たちを救うことができるの、と言いました。息子は、どうしたらよいかわかりさえしたら、喜んでそうしますよ、と言いました。すると王女たちは、まる一年自分たちに話してはいけないし、見てもいけない、欲しいものはただそう言えばよい、もし自分たちがあなたに答える気があればそうするから、と言いました。

しばらくそこにいたあと、息子は父親のところに行きたいと言いました。すると王女たちは、行ってもよい、お金の入っているこの財布を持っていくがよい、このコートを着なさい、一週間でまたここにもどらなくてはいけませんよ、と言いました。それから息子は持ち上げられ、あっという間に東インドにいました。息子は猟師の小屋にもう父親を見つけられなかったので、貧しい猟師はいったいどこだろう?と人々に尋ねました。すると人々は、そう言ってはいけない、さもないと縛り首になるよ、と息子に言いました。それから、父親のところへ行き、「猟師、どうやってここにいるんだ?」と言いました。すると父親は「そう言ってはいけない。もし町のお偉方がそれを知ったら、お前は縛り首になるよ。」と言いました。

しかし、息子はやめようとしなかったので、首つり台へ連れていかれました。そこにいるとき、息子は、「皆様方、どうか古い猟師の小屋へ行く許可をください。」と言いました。それから自分の古い仕事着を着るとお偉方のところに戻り、「今度はわかりませんか?私は貧しい猟師の息子じゃないですか?この服を着て、父母のためにパンを稼ぎませんでしたでしょうか?」と言いました。これで父親は息子をわかり、息子に謝り、家へ連れて帰りました。それから息子は自分におこったあらゆることを、高い山の森へ入っていき、山が開いて、魔法の城へ入り、そこではすべてが黒く、顔が少し白い他は黒い三人の若い王女がじぶんのところにきて、自分にこわがらないようにと言い、自分が王女たちを救える、と言ったことを語りました。

すると母親が、それをするのはいいことじゃなさそうだね、聖いろうそくを持っていって、王女たちの顔に沸騰したロウを落としてみるといいよ、といいました。息子はまた戻りました。そしてとても怖かったので、王女たちが眠っていたとき顔にロウを垂らしました。すると顔はみんな半分白くなりました。それから三人の王女は三人ともぱっと起きあがり、「このいまいましい犬め、私たちの血がお前に仕返しを叫ぶぞ。もうこの世にうまれている誰もいない。私たちを救うことができる誰もこれからも生まれないだろう、まだ私たちには7本の鎖につながれている三人の兄弟がいる。兄弟にお前をずたずたにひきさかせてやるぞ。」と言いました。それから城中に大きな悲鳴が聞こえ、息子は窓からとび出て脚を折りました。そして城はまた地中に沈み、山がまた閉じて、城がどこにあったのかだれもわかりませんでした。
East India was besieged by an enemy who would not retire until he had received six hundred dollars. Then the townsfolk caused it to be proclaimed by beat of drum that whosoever was able to procure the money should be burgomaster. Now there was a poor fisherman who fished on the lake with his son, and the enemy came and took the son prisoner, and gave the father six hundred dollars for him. So the father went and gave them to the great men of the town, and the enemy departed, and the fisherman became burgomaster. Then it was proclaimed that whosoever did not say, "Mr. Burgomaster," should be put to death on the gallows.
The son got away again from the enemy, and came to a great forest on a high mountain. The mountain opened, and he went into a great enchanted castle, wherein chairs, tables, and benches were all hung with black. Then came three young princesses who were entirely dressed in black, but had a little white on their faces; they told him he was not to be afraid, they would not hurt him, and that he could deliver them. He said he would gladly do that, if he did but know how. At this, they told him he must for a whole year not speak to them and also not look at them, and what he wanted to have he was just to ask for, and if they dared give him an answer they would do so. When he had been there for a long while he said he should like to go to his father, and they told him he might go. He was to take with him this purse with money, put on this coat, and in a week he must be back there again.

Then he was caught up, and was instantly in East India. He could no longer find his father in the fisherman's hut, and asked the people where the poor fisherman could be, and they told him he must not say that, or he would come to the gallows. Then he went to his father and said, "Fisherman, how hast thou got here?" Then the father said, "Thou must not say that, if the great men of the town knew of that, thou wouldst come to the gallows." He, however, would not stop, and was brought to the gallows. When he was there, he said, "O, my masters, just give me leave to go to the old fisherman's hut." Then he put on his old smock-frock, and came back to the great men, and said, "Do ye not now see? Am I not the son of the poor fisherman? Did I not earn bread for my father and mother in this dress?" Hereupon his father knew him again, and begged his pardon, and took him home with him, and then he related all that had happened to him, and how he had got into a forest on a high mountain, and the mountain had opened and he had gone into an enchanted castle, where all was black, and three young princesses had come to him who were black except a little white on their faces. And they had told him not to fear, and that he could deliver them. Then his mother said that might very likely not be a good thing to do, and that he ought to take a holy-water vessel with him, and drop some boiling water on their faces.

He went back again, and he was in great fear, and he dropped the water on their faces as they were sleeping, and they all turned half-white. Then all the three princesses sprang up, and said, "Thou accursed dog, our blood shall cry for vengeance on thee! Now there is no man born in the world, nor will any ever be born who can set us free! We have still three brothers who are bound by seven chains they shall tear thee to pieces." Then there was a loud shrieking all over the castle, and he sprang out of the window, and broke his leg, and the castle sank into the earth again, the mountain shut to again, and no one knew where the castle had stood.




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