ENGLISH

The nail

日本語




A merchant had done good business at the fair; he had sold his wares, and lined his money-bags with gold and silver. Then he wanted to travel homewards, and be in his own house before nightfall. So he packed his trunk with the money on his horse, and rode away.
At noon he rested in a town, and when he wanted to go farther the stable-boy brought out his horse and said, "A nail is wanting, sir, in the shoe of its left hind foot." - "Let it be wanting," answered the merchant; "the shoe will certainly stay on for the six miles I have still to go. I am in a hurry."

In the afternoon, when he once more alighted and had his horse fed, the stable-boy went into the room to him and said, "Sir, a shoe is missing from your horse's left hind foot. Shall I take him to the blacksmith?" - "Let it still be wanting," answered the man; "the horse can very well hold out for the couple of miles which remain. I am in haste."

He rode forth, but before long the horse began to limp. It had not limped long before it began to stumble, and it had not stumbled long before it fell down and broke its leg. The merchant was forced to leave the horse where it was, and unbuckle the trunk, take it on his back, and go home on foot. And there he did not arrive until quite late at night. "And that unlucky nail," said he to himself, "has caused all this disaster."

Hasten slowly.
商人は市で商売がうまくいって、品物を売ってしまい、金袋を金銀でいっぱいにしました。それで、帰宅の旅をし、夜まえに家に着きたいと思いました。それで、お金の入ったトランクを馬に積み、出発しました。

昼にある町で休んで、また行こうとしたところ、馬番が馬を連れて来て「だんな、後ろ足の蹄鉄の釘が一本無いですよ。」と言いました。「無くても放っておいてくれ。これから行かなきゃならないのは6マイルだから、蹄鉄はきっとくっついているよ。急いでいるんだ。」と商人は答えました。

午後にもう一度馬を降りて、馬にえさをやったとき、馬番が部屋の商人のところに来て、「だんな、馬の後ろ足の蹄鉄がありませんよ。かじ屋に連れて行きましょうか?」と言いました。「無くてもほっといてくれ。残り2,3マイルだから馬は十分もつだろう。おれは急いでるもんでね。」と男は答えました。

それからまた馬に乗って進みましたが、まもなく馬は足を引きずり始めました。そして長くひきずらないうちによろめき始め、長くよろめかないうちに倒れて脚が折れました。商人は馬をその場に置いて行くしかなくなり、トランクをはずし、自分の背に担いで、歩いていきました。それで、夜うんと遅くなるまで家に着きませんでした。「あのいまいましい釘がこの災難の元だ。」と商人は心の中で思いました。急がば回れ。




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