Ten Night of Dreams Study Guide 1


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第一だいいち

こんなゆめ

腕組うでぐみをして枕元まくらもとすわっていると、仰向あおむきおんなが、しずかなこえでもうにますとう。女はながかみまくらいて、輪郭りんかくやわらかな瓜実うりざねがおをそのなかよこたえている。真白まっしろほおそこあたたかいいろがほどよくして、くちびるの色は無論むろんあかい。とうてい死にそうにはえない。しかし女は静かな声で、もう死にますと判然はっきり云った。自分じぶんたしかにこれは死ぬなと思った。そこで、そうかね、もう死ぬのかね、とうえからのぞむようにしていて見た。死にますとも、と云いながら、女はぱっちりとけた。おおきなうるおいのある眼で、長いまつげつつまれた中は、ただ一面いちめん真黒まっくろであった。その真黒なひとみおくに、自分の姿すがたあざやかかんでいる。

自分じぶんとおるほどふかえるこの黒眼くろめ色沢つやながめて、これでもぬのかとおもった。それで、ねんごろにまくらそばくちけて、死ぬんじゃなかろうね、大丈夫だいじょうぶだろうね、とまたかえした。するとおんなくろねむそうにみはったまま、やっぱりしずかなこえで、でも、死ぬんですもの、仕方しかたがないわとった。

じゃ、わたしかおえるかいと一心いっしんくと、見えるかいって、そら、そこに、うつってるじゃありませんかと、にこりとわらって見せた。自分じぶんだまって、顔をまくらからはなした。腕組うでぐみをしながら、どうしてもぬのかなとおもった。

Rough translation

1st Night

This is what I saw in my dream.

As I sat at her bedside with my arms folded in front of me, the woman, who was lying on her back, told me in a quiet voice that she was going to die. Her long hair was spread out over her pillow, with her delicately contoured oval face resting in the middle. The depths of her white cheeks were flushed with the proper degree of warm color, and the color of her lips was naturally red. She didn't appear to be dying. However, she said clearly in her quiet voice that she would die. I thought too, then, that she might indeed die. So I asked, looking down on her from above, if it were true then that she was going to die. Affirming that she was going to die, she opened her eyes wide. Her large moist eyes, surrounded by long lashes, were of the purest black. Within the pure black of her pupils, my own reflection floated with vivid clarity.

As I gazed through to the depths of her lustrous black eyes, I wondered again if she were really going to die. So I carefully drew my mouth near to her pillow and asked again if she wouldn't live, if she wouldn't be alright. She responded in a quiet voice, with her dark eyes wide open but tired, that she would die, that she must die.

I asked in earnest if she could see my face. She smiled at me and replied that, yes, couldn't I see myself reflected in her eyes? I quietly drew away from her pillow. As I folded my arms again, I wondered if she really must die.

Vocabulary

第一だいいち 1st nightゆめ dreamた saw; had (a dream)腕組うでぐみをして fold one's arms in front of one枕元まくらもと by (someone's) pillow; by (someone's) bedsideすわって sit; be seated仰向あおむき looking up; (resting) on one's backた be resting; be lying downおんな womanしずかな quiet; soft (voice)こえ voiceにます die; pass awayう saidながい longかみ hairまくら pillowいて spread輪郭りんかく outline; contourやわらかな soft; tender瓜実うりざねがお oval faceなか middle; midstよこたえて lay down (on)真白まっしろな pure whiteほお cheeksそこ depthsあたたかい warm bloodいろ colorほどよく moderately; to just the proper degreeして tinge; flush (with color)くちびる lips無論むろん (as a matter) of courseあかい redえない didn't appear (to be ...)判然はっきり clearly自分じぶん oneself; Iたしかに assuredly; without doubtうえ aboveのぞむ look into (someone's face)いて ask; inquireぱっちりと widely; brightly eyesけた openedおおきな largeうるおい moisture; dampnessまつげ eyelashes; lashesつつまれた be wrapped (in)一面いちめん all over (a single surface)真黒まっくろ pitch blackひとみ pupilsおく interior; depths姿すがた shape; formあざやかに clearly; distinctlyかんで float; be reflected自分じぶん oneself; Iとおる be transparentふかく deepえる appear黒眼くろめ black eyes; ebony eyes色沢つや gloss; lusterながめて gaze (at)ぬ die; pass awayおもった wonderedねんごろに carefullyまくら pillowそば side; proximityくち mouthけて brought near (to); positioned大丈夫だいじょうぶ safe; secure; all rightかえした asked againおんな womanくろい black; ebony eyesねむそうに in a weary mannerみはった opened wide (eyes)しずかな quiet; soft (voice)こえ voice仕方しかたがない can't be avoidedった said