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『露店商人(金子文子)』第10巻

 

絵・訳:茜町春彦
原作:金子文子

 

Title: A Street Vendor (Kaneko Fumiko) volume 10
Illustrated and translated by: Akanemachi Haruhiko
Original author: Kaneko Fumiko


絵1

 

 

だがそれにもかかわらず私はもうどうにもこうにもならなくなっていた.

 

そこでふと思いついて、冬の衣類を2、3枚風呂敷に包んで質屋の暖簾をくぐった.

 

But nevertheless, I was living in extreme hardship.

Then, an idea unexpectedly came to me. I wrapped a few winter clothes with my carrying cloth and went to a pawnshop.


絵2

 

 

「へえ、いらっしゃい」と、薄暗い店で算盤をはじいていた番頭が顔をあげて私を迎えたが、多分私のみすぼらしいなりを見て、物にならないと思ったのであろう.

 

再びまた算盤と帳簿との上に目を注いだ.

 

"Hello. Can I help you?" said the clerk, who was doing a calculation with a calculator in the dim shop and lifted his head. And he looked at my shabby appearance.

Maybe, he thought that he couldn't make much profit. His eyes were focused on the calculator and the account book again.


絵3

 

 

もじもじしながら、私は質種を出して金の融通を頼んだ.

 

番頭は小うるさそうにしていたが、私の顔をじろじろと眺めながら言った.

 

「へえ・・・どなたかの紹介でもお持ちでしょうか.手前共の方では初めてのお方とは取り引きを致しませんのですが・・・」

 

「いいえ、紹介は別に持っていませんが、私の住居はすぐそこですから、何なら、ちょっと見届けて下さってもいいんですが・・・」

 

だが、番頭はもう私を相手にはしなかった.面倒臭そうに、帳簿に目を落としたまま答えた.

 

「ええ、ですけど、どうも規則として紹介のない方のは頂くわけには参りませんので・・・」

 

I hesitantly showed my pawn to the clerk and asked him to lend me money.

He was showing signs of annoying.

He scrutinized my face and said, "Well. Do you have any introduction from anyone? We cannot handle the articles of the first-time customer."

"No, I don't have any introduction. But my dwelling is near here. I will guide you along if you like."

The clerk didn't serve me anymore. Keeping to look at the account book, he unpleasantly answered.

"Well. But, according to our regulations, we are not to take the articles of the customer that we don't know."


絵4

 

 

仕方なく私はすごすごと帰った.

 

I just had to go home dejectedly.



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