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【ATKD-140】奴隷色のステージ秘密クラブ

Source global Wall Street Journal     time 2020-02-29 04:21:26
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【ATKD-140】奴隷色のステージ秘密クラブ �


Aflushhadrisentoherfaceandtherewasanexpressioninhergreen-grayeyesasifshehadjustrecognizedsomeoneshewasintimatewithandfondof.

ItwasjustthenthatMissMinchinenteredtheroom.Shewasverylikeherhouse,Sarafelt:tallanddull,andrespectableandugly.Shehadlarge,cold,fishyeyes,andalarge,cold,fishysmile.ItspreaditselfintoaverylargesmilewhenshesawSaraandCaptainCrewe.Shehadheardagreatmanydesirablethingsoftheyoungsoldierfromtheladywhohadrecommendedherschooltohim.Amongotherthings,shehadheardthathewasarichfatherwhowaswillingtospendagreatdealofmoneyonhislittledaughter.

Asshesatdowninoneofthestiffmahoganychairs,Saracastoneofherquicklooksabouther.

Sarastayedwithherfatherathishotelforseveraldays;infact,sheremainedwithhimuntilhesailedawayagaintoIndia.Theywentoutandvisitedmanybigshopstogether,andboughtagreatmanythings.Theybought,indeed,agreatmanymorethingsthanSaraneeded;butCaptainCrewewasarash,innocentyoungmanandwantedhislittlegirltohaveeverythingsheadmiredandeverythingheadmiredhimself,sobetweenthemtheycollectedawardrobemuchtoograndforachildofseven.Therewerevelvetdressestrimmedwithcostlyfurs,andlacedresses,andembroideredones,andhatswithgreat,softostrichfeathers,anderminecoatsandmuffs,andboxesoftinyglovesandhandkerchiefsandsilkstockingsinsuchabundantsuppliesthatthepoliteyoungwomenbehindthecounterswhisperedtoeachotherthattheoddlittlegirlwiththebig,solemneyesmustbeatleastsomeforeignprincess--perhapsthelittledaughterofanIndianrajah.

"Iamnotintheleastanxiousabouthereducation,"CaptainCrewesaid,withhisgaylaugh,asheheldSara'shandandpattedit."Thedifficultywillbetokeepherfromlearningtoofastandtoomuch.Sheisalwayssittingwithherlittlenoseburrowingintobooks.Shedoesn'treadthem,MissMinchin;shegobblesthemupasifshewerealittlewolfinsteadofalittlegirl.Sheisalwaysstarvingfornewbookstogobble,andshewantsgrown-upbooks--great,big,fatones--FrenchandGermanaswellasEnglish--historyandbiographyandpoets,andallsortsofthings.Dragherawayfromherbookswhenshereadstoomuch.MakeherrideherponyintheRoworgooutandbuyanewdoll.Sheoughttoplaymorewithdolls."

Duringhershortlifeonlyonethinghadtroubledher,andthatthingwas"theplace"shewastobetakentosomeday.TheclimateofIndiawasverybadforchildren,andassoonaspossibletheyweresentawayfromit--generallytoEnglandandtoschool.Shehadseenotherchildrengoaway,andhadheardtheirfathersandmotherstalkabouttheletterstheyreceivedfromthem.Shehadknownthatshewouldbeobligedtogoalso,andthoughsometimesherfather'sstoriesofthevoyageandthenewcountryhadattractedher,shehadbeentroubledbythethoughtthathecouldnotstaywithher.

Duringhershortlifeonlyonethinghadtroubledher,andthatthingwas"theplace"shewastobetakentosomeday.TheclimateofIndiawasverybadforchildren,andassoonaspossibletheyweresentawayfromit--generallytoEnglandandtoschool.Shehadseenotherchildrengoaway,andhadheardtheirfathersandmotherstalkabouttheletterstheyreceivedfromthem.Shehadknownthatshewouldbeobligedtogoalso,andthoughsometimesherfather'sstoriesofthevoyageandthenewcountryhadattractedher,shehadbeentroubledbythethoughtthathecouldnotstaywithher.

"WhydoesshesayIamabeautifulchild?"shewasthinking."Iamnotbeautifulatall.ColonelGrange'slittlegirl,Isobel,isbeautiful.Shehasdimplesandrose-coloredcheeks,andlonghairthecolorofgold.Ihaveshortblackhairandgreeneyes;besideswhich,Iamathinchildandnotfairintheleast.IamoneoftheugliestchildrenIeversaw.Sheisbeginningbytellingastory."

"Papa,"saidSara,"yousee,ifIwentoutandboughtanewdolleveryfewdaysIshouldhavemorethanIcouldbefondof.Dollsoughttobeintimatefriends.Emilyisgoingtobemyintimatefriend."


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