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【VEC-049】友人の母親総集編

Source global Wall Street Journal     time 2020-02-23 14:53:42
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【VEC-049】友人の母親総集編 �


Shereturned;withherownhandsclearedherknittingapparatusandabookortwofromthetable,tomakeroomforthetraywhichLeahnowbrought,andthenherselfhandedmetherefreshments.IfeltratherconfusedatbeingtheobjectofmoreattentionthanIhadeverbeforereceived,and,thattoo,shownbymyemployerandsuperior;butasshedidnotherselfseemtoconsidershewasdoinganythingoutofherplace,Ithoughtitbettertotakehercivilitiesquietly.

Iunderstoodherverywell,forIhadbeenaccustomedtothefluenttongueofMadamePierrot.

'Adele,'Iinquired,'withwhomdidyoulivewhenyouwereinthatprettycleantownyouspokeof?'

Andsheproducedfromherpocketamosthousewifelybunchofkeys,anddeliveredthemtotheservant.

'Ihavenocausetodootherwisethanlikehim;andIbelieveheisconsideredajustandliberallandlordbyhistenants:buthehasneverlivedmuchamongstthem.'

'Tome?Blessyou,child;whatanidea!Tome!Iamonlythehousekeeper-themanager.TobesureIamdistantlyrelatedtotheRochestersbythemother'sside,oratleastmyhusbandwas;hewasaclergyman,incumbentofHay-thatlittlevillageyonderonthehill-andthatchurchnearthegateswashis.ThepresentMr.Rochester'smotherwasaFairfax,secondcousintomyhusband:butIneverpresumeontheconnection-infact,itisnothingtome;Iconsidermyselfquiteinthelightofanordinaryhousekeeper:myemployerisalwayscivil,andIexpectnothingmore.'

'Aire?Bah!Icannotsayit.Well,ourshipstoppedinthemorning,beforeitwasquitedaylight,atagreatcity-ahugecity,withverydarkhousesandallsmoky;notatallliketheprettycleantownIcamefrom;andMr.Rochestercarriedmeinhisarmsoveraplanktotheland,andSophiecameafter,andweallgotintoacoach,whichtookustoabeautifullargehouse,largerthanthisandfiner,calledanhotel.Westayedtherenearlyaweek:IandSophieusedtowalkeverydayinagreatgreenplacefulloftrees,calledthePark;andthereweremanychildrentherebesidesme,andapondwithbeautifulbirdsinit,thatIfedwithcrumbs.'

'Whatabeautifulroom!'Iexclaimed,asIlookedround;forIhadneverbeforeseenanyhalfsoimposing.

Asnugsmallroom;aroundtablebyacheerfulfire;anarm-chairhigh-backedandold-fashioned,whereinsattheneatestimaginablelittleelderlylady,inwidow'scap,blacksilkgown,andsnowymuslinapron;exactlylikewhatIhadfanciedMrs.Fairfax,onlylessstatelyandmilderlooking.Shewasoccupiedinknitting;alargecatsatdemurelyatherfeet;nothinginshortwaswantingtocompletethebeau-idealofdomesticcomfort.Amorereassuringintroductionforanewgovernesscouldscarcelybeconceived;therewasnograndeurtooverwhelm,nostatelinesstoembarrass;andthen,asIentered,theoldladygotupandpromptlyandkindlycameforwardtomeetme.


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