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【OKSN-015】お母さんのすべて木村よしの

Source global Wall Street Journal     time 2020-02-19 21:35:18
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【OKSN-015】お母さんのすべて木村よしの �


Neverthelesshetravelledwithhismanservantandhisveryneatcar,thisDublinmongrel.

TherewasnocommunicationbetweenWragbyHallandTevershallvillage,none.Nocapsweretouched,nocurtseysbobbed.Thecolliersmerelystared;thetradesmenliftedtheircapstoConnieastoanacquaintance,andnoddedawkwardlytoClifford;thatwasall.Gulfimpassable,andaquietsortofresentmentoneitherside.AtfirstConniesufferedfromthesteadydrizzleofresentmentthatcamefromthevillage.Thenshehardenedherselftoit,anditbecameasortoftonic,somethingtoliveupto.ItwasnotthatsheandCliffordwereunpopular,theymerelybelongedtoanotherspeciesaltogetherfromthecolliers.Gulfimpassable,breachindescribable,suchasisperhapsnonexistentsouthoftheTrent.ButintheMidlandsandtheindustrialNorthgulfimpassable,acrosswhichnocommunicationcouldtakeplace.Yousticktoyourside,I'llsticktomine!Astrangedenialofthecommonpulseofhumanity.

TherewassomethingabouthimthatConnieliked.Hedidn'tputonairstohimself,hehadnoillusionsabouthimself.HetalkedtoCliffordsensibly,briefly,practically,aboutallthethingsCliffordwantedtoknow.Hedidn'texpandorlethimselfgo.HeknewhehadbeenaskeddowntoWragbytobemadeuseof,andlikeanold,shrewd,almostindifferentbusinessman,orbig-businessman,helethimselfbeaskedquestions,andheansweredwithaslittlewasteoffeelingaspossible.

Therectorwasanicemanofaboutsixty,fullofhisduty,andreduced,personally,almosttoanonentitybythesilent---Youleavemealone!---ofthevillage.Theminers'wiveswerenearlyallMethodists.Theminerswerenothing.Butevensomuchofficialuniformastheclergymanworewasenoughtoobscureentirelythefactthathewasamanlikeanyotherman.No,hewasMesterAshby,asortofautomaticpreachingandprayingconcern.

Butearlyin1918Cliffordwasshippedhomesmashed,andtherewasnochild.AndSirGeoffreydiedofchagrin.

TheywereratherearnestabouttheTommies,andthethreatofconscription,andtheshortageofsugarandtoffeeforthechildren.Inallthesethings,ofcourse,theauthoritieswereridiculouslyatfault.ButCliffordcouldnottakeittoheart.Tohimtheauthoritieswereridiculousabovo,notbecauseoftoffeeorTommies.

Connie'sfather,wherehepaidaflyingvisittoWragby,andinprivatetohisdaughter:AsforClifford'swriting,it'ssmart,butthere'snothinginit.Itwon'tlast!ConnielookedattheburlyScottishknightwhohaddonehimselfwellallhislife,andhereyes,herbig,still-wonderingblueeyesbecamevague.Nothinginit!Whatdidhemeanbynothinginit?Ifthecriticspraisedit,andClifford'snamewasalmostfamous,anditevenbroughtinmoney...whatdidherfathermeanbysayingtherewasnothinginClifford'swriting?Whatelsecouldtherebe?

`Ademi-vierge!'repliedConnievaguely.`Why?Whynot?'

Hisrelativestreatedherquitekindly.Sheknewthatthekindlinessindicatedalackoffear,andthatthesepeoplehadnorespectforyouunlessyoucouldfrightenthemalittle.Butagainshehadnocontact.Sheletthembekindlyanddisdainful,sheletthemfeeltheyhadnoneedtodrawtheirsteelinreadiness.Shehadnorealconnexionwiththem.


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