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【WSP-056】頬張るオクチが愛しくて…4時間

Source global Wall Street Journal     time 2020-02-18 08:43:18
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【WSP-056】頬張るオクチが愛しくて…4時間 �


"YouarenothingbutaDOLL>!shecried."Nothingbutadoll--doll--doll!Youcarefornothing.Youarestuffedwithsawdust.Youneverhadaheart.Nothingcouldevermakeyoufeel.YouareaDOLL>!"Emilylayonthefloor,withherlegsignominiouslydoubledupoverherhead,andanewflatplaceontheendofhernose;butshewascalm,evendignified.Sarahidherfaceinherarms.Theratsinthewallbegantofightandbiteeachotherandsqueakandscramble.Melchisedecwaschastisingsomeofhisfamily.

Itwasperhapsinmakinghissalutetoherthatheloosenedhisholdonthemonkey.Hewasanimpishmonkeyandalwaysreadyforadventure,anditisprobablethatthesightofalittlegirlexcitedhim.Hesuddenlybrokeloose,jumpedontotheslates,ranacrossthemchattering,andactuallyleapedontoSara'sshoulder,andfromtheredownintoheratticroom.Itmadeherlaughanddelightedher;butsheknewhemustberestoredtohismaster--iftheLascarwashismaster--andshewonderedhowthiswastobedone.Wouldhelethercatchhim,orwouldhebenaughtyandrefusetobecaught,andperhapsgetawayandrunoffovertheroofsandbelost?Thatwouldnotdoatall.PerhapshebelongedtotheIndiangentleman,andthepoormanwasfondofhim.

Itwasperhapsinmakinghissalutetoherthatheloosenedhisholdonthemonkey.Hewasanimpishmonkeyandalwaysreadyforadventure,anditisprobablethatthesightofalittlegirlexcitedhim.Hesuddenlybrokeloose,jumpedontotheslates,ranacrossthemchattering,andactuallyleapedontoSara'sshoulder,andfromtheredownintoheratticroom.Itmadeherlaughanddelightedher;butsheknewhemustberestoredtohismaster--iftheLascarwashismaster--andshewonderedhowthiswastobedone.Wouldhelethercatchhim,orwouldhebenaughtyandrefusetobecaught,andperhapsgetawayandrunoffovertheroofsandbelost?Thatwouldnotdoatall.PerhapshebelongedtotheIndiangentleman,andthepoormanwasfondofhim.

Thisusedtointerestandamusehermorethananythingelse;andqueerandfancifulasitwas,shefoundcomfortinitanditwasagoodthingforher.Whilethethoughtheldpossessionofher,shecouldnotbemaderudeandmaliciousbytherudenessandmaliceofthoseabouther.

Shehadwishedverymuchthatsomeonewouldtaketheemptyhousenextdoor.Shewisheditbecauseoftheatticwindowwhichwassonearhers.Itseemedasifitwouldbesonicetoseeitproppedopensomedayandaheadandshouldersrisingoutofthesquareaperture.

Saraknewnothingaboutthefact,butfromthattimetheLargeFamilywasasprofoundlyinterestedinherasshewasinit.Facesusedtoappearatthenurserywindowswhenshepassed,andmanydiscussionsconcerningherwereheldroundthefire.

"SomeoneinthefamilyMUSThavebeeninIndia,"Sarathought."TheyhavegotusedtoIndianthingsandlikethem.IAMglad.Ishallfeelasiftheywerefriends,evenifaheadneverlooksoutoftheatticwindow."

Shemountedhertableandstoodlookingout.{I}twasawonderfulmoment.Therewerefloodsofmoltengoldcoveringthewest,asifaglorioustidewassweepingovertheworld.Adeep,richyellowlightfilledtheair;thebirdsflyingacrossthetopsofthehousesshowedquiteblackagainstit.

"Thencome,"shesaid;"heisflyingfromsidetosideoftheroomasifhewasfrightened."


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