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【ABP-002】NEWTOKYO流儀01あいかりん

Source global Wall Street Journal     time 2020-02-27 16:32:45
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【ABP-002】NEWTOKYO流儀01あいかりん �


Itwasperhapsinmakinghissalutetoherthatheloosenedhisholdonthemonkey.Hewasanimpishmonkeyandalwaysreadyforadventure,anditisprobablethatthesightofalittlegirlexcitedhim.Hesuddenlybrokeloose,jumpedontotheslates,ranacrossthemchattering,andactuallyleapedontoSara'sshoulder,andfromtheredownintoheratticroom.Itmadeherlaughanddelightedher;butsheknewhemustberestoredtohismaster--iftheLascarwashismaster--andshewonderedhowthiswastobedone.Wouldhelethercatchhim,orwouldhebenaughtyandrefusetobecaught,andperhapsgetawayandrunoffovertheroofsandbelost?Thatwouldnotdoatall.PerhapshebelongedtotheIndiangentleman,andthepoormanwasfondofhim.

ThatwasthebeginningofthestoryoftheIndiangentleman.

ThatwasthebeginningofthestoryoftheIndiangentleman.

Shesuddenlyturnedherheadbecausesheheardasoundafewyardsawayfromher.Itwasanoddsoundlikeaqueerlittlesqueakychattering.Itcamefromthewindowofthenextattic.Someonehadcometolookatthesunsetasshehad.Therewasaheadandapartofabodyemergingfromtheskylight,butitwasnottheheadorbodyofalittlegirlorahousemaid;itwasthepicturesquewhite-swathedformanddark-faced,gleaming-eyed,white-turbanedheadofanativeIndianman-servant--"aLascar,"Sarasaidtoherselfquickly--andthesoundshehadheardcamefromasmallmonkeyheheldinhisarmsasifhewerefondofit,andwhichwassnugglingandchatteringagainsthisbreast.

Shethoughtshehadneverseenmoresurpriseanddelightthanthedarkfaceexpressedwhenshespokeinthefamiliartongue.Thetruthwasthatthepoorfellowfeltasifhisgodshadintervened,andthekindlittlevoicecamefromheavenitself.AtonceSarasawthathehadbeenaccustomedtoEuropeanchildren.Hepouredforthafloodofrespectfulthanks.HewastheservantofMisseeSahib.Themonkeywasagoodmonkeyandwouldnotbite;but,unfortunately,hewasdifficulttocatch.Hewouldfleefromonespottoanother,likethelightning.Hewasdisobedient,thoughnotevil.RamDassknewhimasifhewerehischild,andRamDasshewouldsometimesobey,butnotalways.IfMisseeSahibwouldpermitRamDass,hehimselfcouldcrosstherooftoherroom,enterthewindows,andregaintheunworthylittleanimal.ButhewasevidentlyafraidSaramightthinkhewastakingagreatlibertyandperhapswouldnotlethimcome.

Therewassomethingsohonestandkindinhisface,andhelookedsolikelytobeheartbrokenlydisappointedifshedidnottakeit,thatSaraknewshemustnotrefusehim.Tobeasproudasthatwouldbeacruelthing.Sosheactuallyputherprideinherpocket,thoughitmustbeadmittedhercheeksburned.

TherewassuchasunsetasthisafewdaysaftertheIndiangentlemanwasbroughttohisnewhome;and,asitfortunatelyhappenedthattheafternoon'sworkwasdoneinthekitchenandnobodyhadorderedhertogoanywhereorperformanytask,Sarafounditeasierthanusualtoslipawayandgoupstairs.

"Youdon'tknowthatyouaresayingthesethingstoaprincess,andthatifIchoseIcouldwavemyhandandorderyoutoexecution.IonlyspareyoubecauseIamaprincess,andyouareapoor,stupid,unkind,vulgaroldthing,anddon'tknowanybetter."

Shewouldalmosthavelikedtojointhegroupofloitererswhohadstoppedonthepavementtowatchthethingscarriedin.Shehadanideathatifshecouldseesomeofthefurnitureshecouldguesssomethingaboutthepeopleitbelongedto.


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