Ancient Chivalry『#25_カンタヴィルの幽霊』




The Canterville Ghost
Original and Japanese translation

The whole thing flashed across him.

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He had been tricked, foiled, and out-witted!

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The old Canterville look came into his eyes; he ground his toothless gums together;

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and, raising his withered hands high above his head, swore according to the picturesque phraseology of the antique school, that, when Chanticleer had sounded twice his merry horn, deeds of blood would be wrought, and murder walk abroad with silent feet.

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Hardly had he finished this awful oath when, from the red-tiled roof of a distant homestead, a cock crew.

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He laughed a long, low, bitter laugh, and waited.

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Hour after hour he waited, but the cock, for some strange reason, did not crow again.

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Finally, at half-past seven, the arrival of the housemaids made him give up his fearful vigil, and he stalked back to his room, thinking of his vain oath and baffled purpose.

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There he consulted several books of ancient chivalry, of which he was exceedingly fond, and found that, on every occasion on which this oath had been used, Chanticleer had always crowed a second time.

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“Perdition seize the naughty fowl,” he muttered, “I have seen the day when, with my stout spear, I would have run him through the gorge, and made him crow for me an 'twere in death!”

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He then retired to a comfortable lead coffin, and stayed there till evening.

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Reference : The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde(project gutenberg)
English – Japanese parallel translation, handwriting-based foreign language learning