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あれから○○年・・・

「10年後の8月」が今年の8月とは光陰矢の如しだね。この話題で思い出したのが中学の英語の教材にあった「After Twenty Years」という話。

ネットで調べるとこんな感じ。

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警官が夜の街の巡回中にある男を見つける。

In the doorway of a darkened hardware store a man leaned, with an unlighted cigar in his mouth. As the policeman walked up to him the man spoke up quickly.

"It's all right, officer," he said, reassuringly. "I'm just waiting for a friend. It's an appointment made twenty years ago. Sounds a little funny to you, doesn't it? Well, I'll explain if you'd like to make certain it's all straight. About that long ago there used to be a restaurant where this store stands--'Big Joe' Brady's restaurant."

"Until five years ago," said the policeman. "It was torn down then."

The man in the doorway struck a match and lit his cigar. The light showed a pale, square-jawed face with keen eyes, and a little white scar near his right eyebrow. His scarfpin was a large diamond, oddly set.

"Twenty years ago to-night," said the man, "I dined here at 'Big Joe' Brady's with Jimmy Wells, my best chum, and the finest chap in the world. He and I were raised here in New York, just like two brothers, together. I was eighteen and Jimmy was twenty. The next morning I was to start for the West to make my fortune. You couldn't have dragged Jimmy out of New York; he thought it was the only place on earth. Well, we agreed that night that we would meet here again exactly twenty years from that date and time, no matter what our conditions might be or from what distance we might have to come. We figured that in twenty years each of us ought to have our destiny worked out and our fortunes made, whatever they were going to be."

"It sounds pretty interesting," said the policeman.

立ち話が続く。

・・・・

"Good-night, sir," said the policeman, passing on along his beat, trying doors as he went.

警官が立ち去った後、別の男が現れて・・・

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最後のどんでん返しが印象的だったかな。記憶では"Good evening, sir,"と言って警官が先に話し掛けた気がするけど、どうも言っていないみたい。記憶違いかな。

'sir'という単語を初めて覚えたのがこの話だったと思う。単語と教材のセットで覚えている珍しいケースだね。

今でも英語の教材に使われているのかな?



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