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【KTPD-005】七人の「顔騎」女たち

Source global Wall Street Journal     time 2020-02-23 10:21:43
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【KTPD-005】七人の「顔騎」女たち �


'Well,youknow,Missisalwayssaidtheywerepoorandquitedespicable:andtheymaybepoor;butIbelievetheyareasmuchgentryastheReedsare;foroneday,nearlysevenyearsago,aMr.EyrecametoGatesheadandwantedtoseeyou;Mississaidyouwereatschoolfiftymilesoff;heseemedsomuchdisappointed,forhecouldnotstay:hewasgoingonavoyagetoaforeigncountry,andtheshipwastosailfromLondoninadayortwo.Helookedquiteagentleman,andIbelievehewasyourfather'sbrother.'

'IsyournameEyre,Miss?'

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'Alittle.'

'Yes.'Hehoisteditontothevehicle,whichwasasortofcar,andthenIgotin;beforeheshutmeup,IaskedhimhowfaritwastoThornfield.

'Anewservitude!Thereissomethinginthat,'Isoliloquised(mentally,beitunderstood;Ididnottalkaloud).'Iknowthereis,becauseitdoesnotsoundtoosweet;itisnotlikesuchwordsasLiberty,Excitement,Enjoyment:delightfulsoundstruly;butnomorethansoundsforme;andsohollowandfleetingthatitismerewasteoftimetolistentothem.ButServitude!Thatmustbematteroffact.Anyonemayserve:Ihaveservedhereeightyears;nowallIwantistoserveelsewhere.CanInotgetsomuchofmyownwill?Isnotthethingfeasible?Yes-yes-theendisnotsodifficult;ifIhadonlyabrainactiveenoughtoferretoutthemeansofattainingit.'

Iexaminedthedocumentlong:thewritingwasold-fashionedandratheruncertain,likethatofanelderlylady.Thiscircumstancewassatisfactory:aprivatefearhadhauntedme,thatinthusactingformyself,andbymyownguidance,Irantheriskofgettingintosomescrape;and,aboveallthings,Iwishedtheresultofmyendeavourstoberespectable,proper,enregle.InowfeltthatanelderlyladywasnobadingredientinthebusinessIhadonhand.Mrs.Fairfax!Isawherinablackgownandwidow'scap;frigid,perhaps,butnotuncivil:amodelofelderlyEnglishrespectability.Thornfield!that,doubtless,wasthenameofherhouse:aneatorderlyspot,Iwassure;thoughIfailedinmyeffortstoconceivearecollectionsofthemapofEngland;yes,Isawit;boththeshireandcountywhereInowresided:thatwasarecommendationtome.Ilongedtogowheretherewaslifeandmovement:Millcotewasalargedoubtless:somuchthebetter;itwouldbeacompletechangeatleast.Notthatmyfancywasmuchcaptivatedbytheideaoflongchimneysandcloudsofsmoke-'but,'Iargued,'Thornfieldwill,probably,beagoodwayfromthetown.'

Isatupinbedbywayofarousingthissaidbrain:itwasachillynight;Icoveredmyshoulderswithashawl,andthenIproceededtothinkagainwithallmymight.

'IsyournameEyre,Miss?'


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