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【KTPD-005】七人の「顔騎」女たち

Source global Wall Street Journal     time 2020-02-23 16:36:21
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【KTPD-005】七人の「顔騎」女たち �


"SomeoneinthefamilyMUSThavebeeninIndia,"Sarathought."TheyhavegotusedtoIndianthingsandlikethem.IAMglad.Ishallfeelasiftheywerefriends,evenifaheadneverlooksoutoftheatticwindow."

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

"It'sa'Nindiangentlemanthat'scomin'tolivenextdoor,miss,"shesaid."Idon'tknowwhetherhe'sablackgentlemanornot,buthe'saNindianone.He'sveryrich,an'he'sill,an'thegentlemanoftheLargeFamilyishislawyer.He'shadalotoftrouble,an'it'smadehimillan'lowinhismind.Heworshipsidols,miss.He'san'eathenan'bowsdowntowoodan'stone.Iseena'idolbein'carriedinforhimtoworship.Somebodyhadoughtersendhimatrac'.Youcangetatrac'forapenny."

SheturnedtotheLascar,feelinggladthatsherememberedstillsomeoftheHindustanishehadlearnedwhenshelivedwithherfather.Shecouldmakethemanunderstand.Shespoketohiminthelanguageheknew.

"Yes,youmusttakeit,poorlittlegirl!"heinsistedstoutly."Youcanbuythingstoeatwithit.Itisawholesixpence!"

TherewassuchasunsetasthisafewdaysaftertheIndiangentlemanwasbroughttohisnewhome;and,asitfortunatelyhappenedthattheafternoon'sworkwasdoneinthekitchenandnobodyhadorderedhertogoanywhereorperformanytask,Sarafounditeasierthanusualtoslipawayandgoupstairs.

Shehadwishedverymuchthatsomeonewouldtaketheemptyhousenextdoor.Shewisheditbecauseoftheatticwindowwhichwassonearhers.Itseemedasifitwouldbesonicetoseeitproppedopensomedayandaheadandshouldersrisingoutofthesquareaperture.

"It'sa'Nindiangentlemanthat'scomin'tolivenextdoor,miss,"shesaid."Idon'tknowwhetherhe'sablackgentlemanornot,buthe'saNindianone.He'sveryrich,an'he'sill,an'thegentlemanoftheLargeFamilyishislawyer.He'shadalotoftrouble,an'it'smadehimillan'lowinhismind.Heworshipsidols,miss.He'san'eathenan'bowsdowntowoodan'stone.Iseena'idolbein'carriedinforhimtoworship.Somebodyhadoughtersendhimatrac'.Youcangetatrac'forapenny."

"Ifitlookedanicehead,"shethought,"Imightbeginbysaying,`Goodmorning,'andallsortsofthingsmighthappen.But,ofcourse,it'snotreallylikelythatanyonebutunderservantswouldsleepthere."


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