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英語研究会12月例会報告

2018.12.20 更新
December 15th, 2018
総研ビル 8F 第10会議室


◎講読クラス
久守和子先生の明晰な解釈のご指導の下、漠然とした理解からtextのはっきりとした把握にいたる英文学の醍醐味を味わう講読クラスが今日も始まった。
A Discovery In The Woods ( from Complete Short Stories by Graham Greene )

物語は大人の世界に入る前の少年、少女の木の実採りから始まる冒険の1日である。

The children, when they didn’t accompany their fathers to the shingled cove in which the boats lay, would climb up higher for their games---of “Old Noh” and “Ware that Cloud”---below the red rocks that dominated their home.

Pete’s father said that he was nine and that after one more winter he would be old enough to join the crew of the boat.
So this, he believed, was to be the last autumn on land, and he was not much concerned about it.

The blackberries this particular autumn were nearly over---had been stripped bone-bare.
When the gang had gathered at the rendezvous Pete made a revolutionary proposal---that they should enter a new territory in search of fruit.

子供達は森の中へと入って行く。

They were half-way up the slope of the ravine by this time, out of breath from the scramble.
Pete said, " Why, I've seen better than these in our territory. They've been growing for years and years and years ---why, I wouldn't be surprised if we came on a whole forest of them with bushes as high as trees and berries as big as apples. We’ll leave the little ones for the others if they want to pick them. You and I will climb up higher and find real treasure.”
They climbed up and up among the birches and bushes.

彼等が森の頂上で見たものは、

“It’s a house,” Liz said. “It’s a huge house.” “A house for giants.”
“It’s a boat,” Pete said. “It’s Noh’s boat.”
“You’re nuts,” Number One said. “Noh’s a game. There was never anyone called Noh.”
“How can we tell? Maybe he did live hundreds of years ago. And if he had all the beasts with him, what could he do without lots of cages?”
“How would a boat get up here?”
“How would a house as big as this get up here? You know the story. It floated here, and then the waters went down again and left it.”
Then Number Three said, “Do you really believe it?”
"What about all our other games? ”Ware that Cloud”?”
"It may have been the cloud which frightened Noh.”
"But where did everybody go? There aren’t any corpses.”

子供達が階段を上がっていくと、

“Noh,” Pete said.
“A giant, “ Liz said.
He was a white clean skeleton.
Number Three paced the length of the skeleton. He said, “He was nearly six feet tall.”

At last Number Two said suddenly, “It’s late. I’m going home,” and he made his hop-and ?skip way to the ladder, and after a moment’s hesitation Number One and Number Three limped after him. A forfeit went crunch under a foot. At the top of the ladder Pete turned to see what Liz was up to, finding that she was weeping.
“What is it, Liz?” he asked.
She leaned forward towards the gaping mouth and said, “ He’s six feet tall and he has beautiful straight legs.”

森の中で子供達は遊びの中のわらべ歌の世界の不思議さと遭遇する。これから一人一人がそれをどう受け止めるか、Greene の微笑む姿が想像される。
子供達の長い夏の一日が終わった。

◎Oral Class

Vocabulary
save face lose face long face =sad
calm before the storm canary in a coal mine = warning
Taking coals to New Castle =useless
Beauty is only skin deep by the skin of his teeth = tiny bit
in the driver’s seat take a back seat be on the edge of your seat = exciting , thrilled
the last laugh the last straw = I cannot stand
My dear friend, A dear John letter = the end of love
dearly departed = die
leak = give me a secret
A penny saved is a penny earned.
He’s earned his stripes (spurs) 彼は頑張った。
a rare bird as rare as hen’s teeth (rare = unusual)
Take a long walk on a short pier = get away
A mile a minute = very quick

Free Conversation
In Thailand, New Year’s Eve is more valued than Christmas Eve.
They carry Khom loi, like a lantern.

言葉をひっくり返す遊び
save (vase) face (café) calm(clam) coal (cola) leak (lake)
dear (read) flea(leaf) earn (near) mile (lime)
reef (free) note (tone) ours (sour)

2018年も終わりを告げようとしております。
久守和子先生、Jonathan Hammond先生、丁寧なご指導を有難うございました。
会員の皆様、ご協力有難うございました。
皆様のご健康とご多幸を心よりお祈り申し上げます。
来年もどうぞよろしくお願い致します。

次回の予定
2019年1月26日(土)5号館532教室
講読クラス休講。
その時間に " A Room With A View “ のDVD上映。
Oral Class は通常通り実施。
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