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【HMNF-035】人妻とドキュメント篠田あゆみ、ゆい、美保、あい

Source global Wall Street Journal     time 2020-02-19 20:35:03
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【HMNF-035】人妻とドキュメント篠田あゆみ、ゆい、美保、あい �


'What!outalready?'saidshe.'Iseeyouareanearlyriser.'Iwentuptoher,andwasreceivedwithanaffablekissandshakeofthehand.

'Yes,youareright:dositdown.'

'Tome?Blessyou,child;whatanidea!Tome!Iamonlythehousekeeper-themanager.TobesureIamdistantlyrelatedtotheRochestersbythemother'sside,oratleastmyhusbandwas;hewasaclergyman,incumbentofHay-thatlittlevillageyonderonthehill-andthatchurchnearthegateswashis.ThepresentMr.Rochester'smotherwasaFairfax,secondcousintomyhusband:butIneverpresumeontheconnection-infact,itisnothingtome;Iconsidermyselfquiteinthelightofanordinaryhousekeeper:myemployerisalwayscivil,andIexpectnothingmore.'

'Yes,andshejustusedtosayitinthisway:"Qu'avezvousdonc?luiditundecesrats;parlez!"Shemademeliftmyhand-so-toremindmetoraisemyvoiceatthequestion.NowshallIdanceforyou?'

'Inwhatwayishepeculiar?'

AsIwasgoingupstairstofetchmyportfolioandpencils,Mrs.Fairfaxcalledtome:'Yourmorningschool-hoursareovernow,Isuppose,'saidshe.Shewasinaroomthefoldingdoorsofwhichstoodopen:Iwentinwhensheaddressedme.Itwasalarge,statelyapartment,withpurplechairsandcurtains,aTurkeycarpet,walnut-panelledwalls,onevastwindowrichinstainedglass,andaloftyceiling,noblymoulded.Mrs.Fairfaxwasdustingsomevasesoffinepurplespar,whichstoodonasideboard.

Traversingthelongandmattedgallery,Idescendedtheslipperystepsofoak;thenIgainedthehall:Ihaltedthereaminute;Ilookedatsomepicturesonthewalls(one,Iremember,representedagrimmaninacuirass,andonealadywithpowderedhairandapearlnecklace),atabronzelamppendentfromtheceiling,atagreatclockwhosecasewasofoakcuriouslycarved,andebonblackwithtimeandrubbing.Everythingappearedverystatelyandimposingtome;butthenIwassolittleaccustomedtograndeur.Thehall-door,whichwashalfofglass,stoodopen;Isteppedoverthethreshold.Itwasafineautumnmorning;theearlysunshoneserenelyonembrownedgrovesandstillgreenfields;advancingontothelawn,Ilookedupandsurveyedthefrontofthemansion.Itwasthreestoreyshigh,ofproportionsnotvast,thoughconsiderable:agentleman'smanor-house,notanobleman'sseat:battlementsroundthetopgaveitapicturesquelook.Itsgreyfrontstoodoutwellfromthebackgroundofarookery,whosecawingtenantswerenowonthewing:theyflewoverthelawnandgroundstoalightinagreatmeadow,fromwhichthesewereseparatedbyasunkfence,andwhereanarrayofmightyoldthorntrees,strong,knotty,andbroadasoaks,atonceexplainedtheetymologyofthemansion'sdesignation.Fartheroffwerehills:notsoloftyasthoseroundLowood,norsocraggy,norsolikebarriersofseparationfromthelivingworld;butyetquietandlonelyhillsenough,andseemingtoembraceThornfieldwithaseclusionIhadnotexpectedtofindexistentsonearthestirringlocalityofMillcote.Alittlehamlet,whoseroofswereblentwithtrees,straggledupthesideofoneofthesehills;thechurchofthedistrictstoodnearerThornfield:itsoldtower-toplookedoveraknollbetweenthehouseandgates.

'ButI'llnotkeepyousittinguplateto-night,'saidshe;'itisonthestrokeoftwelvenow,andyouhavebeentravellingallday:youmustfeeltired.Ifyouhavegotyourfeetwellwarmed,I'llshowyouyourbedroom.I'vehadtheroomnexttominepreparedforyou;itisonlyasmallapartment,butIthoughtyouwouldlikeitbetterthanoneofthelargefrontchambers:tobesuretheyhavefinerfurniture,buttheyaresodrearyandsolitary,Ineversleepinthemmyself.'

'Iwish,'continuedthegoodlady,'youwouldaskheraquestionortwoaboutherparents:Iwonderifsheremembersthem?'


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