The Hotel Concert
第33章 ホテルの演芸会(コンサート)(松本訳)

"Put on your white organdy, by all means, Anne," advised Diana decidedly.

They were together in the east gable chamber; outside it was only twilight--a lovely yellowish-green twilight with a clear-blue cloudless sky. A big round moon, slowly deepening from her pallid luster into burnished silver, hung over the Haunted Wood; the air was full of sweet summer sounds--sleepy birds twittering, freakish breezes, faraway voices and laughter. But in Anne's room the blind was drawn and the lamp lighted, for an important toilet was being made.

The east gable was a very different place from what it had been on that night four years before,
「four years before」そろそろ終盤モードになって、回想している
when Anne had felt its bareness penetrate to the marrow of her spirit with its inhospitable chill.
CHAPTER III with impression? Marilla Cuthbert is Surprised との比較
Changes had crept in, Marilla conniving at them resignedly, until it was as sweet and dainty a nest as a young girl could desire.
「young girl」もちろん little ではないけれども、big でもない。bigよりも young のほうが大人っぽい気がするのは気のせいかしら

The velvet carpet with the pink roses and the pink silk curtains of Anne's early visions had certainly never materialized; but her dreams had kept pace with her growth,
「her dreams had kept pace with her growth」そうでなくちゃ。ここでも、growth 成長が重要なキーワードとなっている
and it is not probable she lamented them. The floor was covered with a pretty matting,
床といえば、マリラお手製の丸いマットがあっただけ。「The floor was bare, too, except for a round braided mat in the middle such as Anne had never seen before.」CHAPTER III with impression? Marilla Cuthbert is Surprised
and the curtains that softened the high window and fluttered in the vagrant breezes were of pale-green art muslin.
窓はフリルがついているだけで白だった。「the window, with an icy white muslin frill over it」CHAPTER III with impression? Marilla Cuthbert is Surprised
The walls, hung not with gold and silver brocade tapestry, but with a dainty apple-blossom paper,
壁にはもちろん何もなかった。「The whitewashed walls were so painfully bare and staring that she thought they must ache over their own bareness. 」CHAPTER III with impression? Marilla Cuthbert is Surprised もちろん、sheはアン
「apple-blossom」りんごの花といえば、もちろん、White Way of Delight 歓びの白い路(松本訳)(CHAPTER II with impression Matthew Cuthbert is surprised )
were adorned with a few good pictures given Anne by Mrs. Allan. Miss Stacy's photograph occupied the place of honor,
and Anne made a sentimental point of keeping fresh flowers on the bracket under it. Tonight a spike of white lilies faintly perfumed the room like the dream of a fragrance. There was no "mahogany furniture," but there was a white-painted bookcase filled with books,
「bookcase」本棚といえば、本の入っていないトマスのおばさんの、ガラスの扉のもの。「a bookcase in her sitting room with glass doors. There weren't any books in it」 そして、もちろん、ケイティ・モーリス(CHAPTER VIII with impression? Anne's Bringing-up Is Begun)
a cushioned wicker rocker, a toilet table befrilled with white muslin, a quaint, gilt-framed mirror with chubby pink Cupids and purple grapes painted over its arched top,
「mirror」鏡といえば、縦8インチ、横6インチの小さなもの「a little six-by-eight mirror」(CHAPTER III with impression? Marilla Cuthbert is Surprised)
that used to hang in the spare room,
「in the spare room」客用寝室に掛けてあっただけあって、紫(最も高貴な色)が使ってあったり、キューピッドがいたりする
and a low white bed.
「bed」ベッドは、古風の高さのあるものでした。「the bed, a high, old-fashioned one, with four dark, low- turned posts.」(CHAPTER III with impression? Marilla Cuthbert is Surprised)いつ替えたのでしょう。ベッドの中にもぐったとかベッドの上に倒れた/腰かけたといった描写はいくつもありますが、ベッドそのものの描写はない

Anne was dressing for a concert at the White Sands Hotel. The guests had got it up in aid of the Charlottetown hospital, and had hunted out all the available amateur talent in the surrounding districts to help it along. Bertha Sampson and Pearl Clay of the White Sands Baptist choir
「Pearl Clay of the White Sands Baptist choir」パール・クレイ(真珠色の粘土)、ホワイトサンズ(白い砂)。物語クラブでお話を作ったとき、ダイアナは困るとすぐに登場人物を殺してしまうとアンは批評していましたが(CHAPTER XXVI with impression The Story Club Is Formed )、登場人物の名前に困ると、つい、土地の名前を借りてくる癖がモードにはあった???(Charlotte Gillisがシャーロットタウンに行く前のところに出てきたり…… CHAPTER XXIX with impression An Epoch in Anne's Life )
「Baptist」松本訳注第33章(1) p. 525参照
had been asked to sing a duet; Milton Clark of Newbridge was to give a violin solo; Winnie Adella Blair of Carmody was to sing a Scotch ballad;
気にしすぎでしょうけども「Winnie Adella Blair of Carmody」の頭文字がWABCとABCになっているのも意味があるか(あまり面白くない駄洒落かなにか)と思ってしまったり……
and Laura Spencer of Spencervale
Spencervaleの Laura Spencerさん……
and Anne Shirley of Avonlea were to recite.

As Anne would have said at one time, it was "an epoch in her life,"
「"an epoch in her life"」もう、自分の作品を「古典扱い」にしている?>モードやりすぎよ…… CHAPTER XXIX with impression An Epoch in Anne's Life )
and she was deliciously athrill with the excitement of it. Matthew was in the seventh heaven of gratified pride over the honor conferred on his Anne
「the seventh heaven」チャーリー・スローンとマシューは似ている……(CHAPTER XVII with impression? A New Interest in Life)
and Marilla was not far behind, although she would have died rather than admit it, and said she didn't think it was very proper for a lot of young folks to be gadding over to the hotel without any responsible person with them.

Anne and Diana were to drive over with Jane Andrews and her brother Billy in their double-seated buggy; and several other Avonlea girls and boys were going too. There was a party of visitors expected out from town, and after the concert a supper was to be given to the performers.
「supper」ホテルの夕食はディナーじゃなかったの?残念。そういえば、アンはダイアナと一緒にバリーさんに連れていってもらってディナーをいただいたんでしょうか。この丁度1年前あたりのことですが(CHAPTER XXX with impression The Queens Class Is Organized)

"Do you really think the organdy will be best?" queried Anne anxiously. "I don't think it's as pretty as my blue-flowered muslin--and it certainly isn't so fashionable."

"But it suits you ever so much better," said Diana. "It's so soft and frilly and clinging. The muslin is stiff, and makes you look too dressed up. But the organdy seems as if it grew on you."

Anne sighed and yielded. Diana was beginning to have a reputation for notable taste in dressing, and her advice on such subjects was much sought after. She was looking very pretty herself on this particular night in a dress of the lovely wild-rose pink, from which Anne was forever debarred; but she was not to take any part in the concert, so her appearance was of minor importance. All her pains were bestowed upon Anne, who, she vowed, must, for the credit of Avonlea, be dressed and combed and adorned to the Queen's taste.

"Pull out that frill a little more--so; here, let me tie your sash; now for your slippers. I'm going to braid your hair in two thick braids, and tie them halfway up with big white bows--
「braids」緑色に髪を染めてしまって、ばっさり切ってから(CHAPTER XXVII with impression Vanity and Vexation of Spirit)、2年4ヶ月。みっともないということはないにせよ、まだあまり長くなっていないはず。せいぜい、肩くらい。そうすると、太めに編んだ2本の髪を大きな白いリボンでまとめてちょっと浮かすといっても、短いので、編んだ髪をきゅっと後ろでまとめて(まとめ方によってはおだんご?)白いリボンに隠れるくらいでしょうか
no, don't pull out a single curl over your forehead--just have the soft part. There is no way you do your hair suits you so well, Anne, and Mrs. Allan says you look like a Madonna when you part it so. I shall fasten this little white house rose just behind your ear. There was just one on my bush, and I saved it for you."

"Shall I put my pearl beads on?" asked Anne. "Matthew brought me a string from town last week, and I know he'd like to see them on me."

Diana pursed up her lips, put her black head on one side critically, and finally pronounced in favor of the beads, which were thereupon tied around Anne's slim milk-white throat.

"There's something so stylish about you, Anne," said Diana, with unenvious admiration. "You hold your head with such an air. I suppose it's your figure. I am just a dumpling. I've always been afraid of it, and now I know it is so. Well, I suppose I shall just have to resign myself to it."

"But you have such dimples," said Anne, smiling affectionately into the pretty, vivacious face so near her own.
「the pretty, vivacious face so near her own」顔を近づけて:ふたりの親しさ、近しさがよくでている。これを読むと、ダイアナとはじめて会った日の様子を読者に思い出させる、そういうふうに仕込んであるとは考えすぎ?「The two little girls walked with their arms about each other.」(CHAPTER XII with impression? A Solemn Vow and Promise)
"Lovely dimples, like little dents in cream. I have given up all hope of dimples. My dimple-dream will never come true; but so many of my dreams have that I mustn't complain. Am I all ready now?"

"All ready," assured Diana, as Marilla appeared in the doorway, a gaunt figure with grayer hair than of yore and no fewer angles, but with a much softer face.
「a gaunt figure with grayer hair than of yore and no fewer angles, but with a much softer face.」マリラもいくらか変わったところがある。やせていかつい体つきは変わらないが、白髪が増え、やさしい顔つきになった「Marilla was a tall, thin woman, with angles and without curves; her dark hair showed some gray streaks ... She looked like a woman of narrow experience and rigid conscience, which she was; but there was a saving something about her mouth which, if it had been ever so slightly developed, might have been considered indicative of a sense of humor.」(CHAPTER I with impression Mrs. Rachel Lynde is Surprised)
"Come right in and look at our elocutionist, Marilla. Doesn't she look lovely?"

Marilla emitted a sound between a sniff and a grunt.

"She looks neat and proper.
I like that way of fixing her hair. But I expect she'll ruin that dress driving over there in the dust and dew with it, and it looks most too thin for these damp nights. Organdy's the most unserviceable stuff in the world anyhow, and I told Matthew so when he got it. But there is no use in saying anything to Matthew nowadays. Time was when he would take my advice,
「Time was when」= There was time when
but now he just buys things for Anne regardless, and the clerks at Carmody know they can palm anything off on him.
「palm off」だましてつかませる:あとで、palmも鍵になる
マシューがアンの服を、レイチェルやマリラの助けを借りずに買ってやっている!はいはい、ちゃんと CHAPTER XXV with impression? Matthew Insists on Puffed Sleeves を思い出しましたよ
Just let them tell him a thing is pretty and fashionable, and Matthew plunks his money down for it. Mind you keep your skirt clear of the wheel, Anne, and put your warm jacket on."
「your... Anne」ここではもちろん、アンに言っている

Then Marilla stalked downstairs, thinking proudly how sweet Anne looked, with that

"One moonbeam from the forehead to the crown"
「One moonbeam from the forehead to the crown」松本訳注第33章(2) p. 525参照

and regretting that she could not go to the concert herself to hear her girl recite.

"I wonder if it IS too damp for my dress," said Anne anxiously.

"Not a bit of it," said Diana, pulling up the window blind. "It's a perfect night, and there won't be any dew. Look at the moonlight."

"I'm so glad my window looks east into the sunrising," said Anne,
この言葉を聞いて(読んで)、アンがグリーンゲイブルズではじめて迎えた朝の様子(CHAPTER IV with impression? Morning at Green Gables)を思い出してしまうのは、モードのワナにはまってしまったのかしら
going over to Diana. "It's so splendid to see the morning coming up over those long hills and glowing through those sharp fir tops. It's new every morning,
「It's new every morning」松本訳注第33章(3) p. 525参照
and I feel as if I washed my very soul in that bath of earliest sunshine. Oh, Diana, I love this little room so dearly. I don't know how I'll get along without it when I go to town next month."

"Don't speak of your going away tonight," begged Diana. "I don't want to think of it, it makes me so miserable, and I do want to have a good time this evening. What are you going to recite, Anne? And are you nervous?"

"Not a bit. I've recited so often in public I don't mind at all now.
I've decided to give `The Maiden's Vow.'
「The Maiden's Vow」松本訳注第33章(4) p. 526参照
It's so pathetic. Laura Spencer is going to give a comic recitation, but I'd rather make people cry than laugh."

"What will you recite if they encore you?"

"They won't dream of encoring me," scoffed Anne, who was not without her own secret hopes that they would, and already visioned herself telling Matthew all about it at the next morning's breakfast table. "There are Billy and Jane now-- I hear the wheels. Come on."

Billy Andrews insisted that Anne should ride on the front seat with him, so she unwillingly climbed up. She would have much preferred to sit back with the girls, where she could have laughed and chattered to her heart's content.
このdouble-seated buggyに、アン、ビリーが前、ダイアナ、ジェーンが後ろに乗り込んだということは2列はみな前向き
There was not much of either laughter or chatter in Billy. He was a big, fat, stolid youth of twenty, with a round, expressionless face, and a painful lack of conversational gifts.
「a painful lack of conversational gifts」このビリーの描写、ちょっとひどーい
But he admired Anne immensely, and was puffed up with pride over the prospect of driving to White Sands with that slim, upright figure beside him.

Anne, by dint of talking over her shoulder to the girls and occasionally passing a sop of civility to Billy--who grinned and chuckled and never could think of any reply until it was too late--contrived to enjoy the drive in spite of all. It was a night for enjoyment. The road was full of buggies, all bound for the hotel, and laughter, silver clear, echoed and reechoed along it. When they reached the hotel it was a blaze of light from top to bottom. They were met by the ladies of the concert committee, one of whom took Anne off to the performers' dressing room which was filled with the members of a Charlottetown Symphony Club,
「Charlottetown Symphony Club」松本訳注第33章(5) p. 527参照
among whom Anne felt suddenly shy and frightened and countrified. Her dress, which, in the east gable, had seemed so dainty and pretty, now seemed simple and plain--too simple and plain, she thought, among all the silks and laces that glistened and rustled around her.
「the silks and laces」ここでは特定の、ではないのですが、絹とレースで華やかさを表している
What were her pearl beads compared to the diamonds of the big, handsome lady near her? And how poor her one wee white rose must look beside all the hothouse flowers the others wore! Anne laid her hat and jacket away, and shrank miserably into a corner. She wished herself back in the white room at Green Gables.

It was still worse on the platform of the big concert hall of the hotel, where she presently found herself. The electric lights dazzled her eyes,
「electric lights」電灯!
the perfume and hum bewildered her. She wished she were sitting down in the audience with Diana and Jane, who seemed to be having a splendid time away at the back. She was wedged in between a stout lady in pink silk and a tall, scornful-looking girl in a white-lace dress.
「a stout lady in pink silk and a tall, scornful-looking girl in a white-lace dress」絹やレースの華やかなドレスを着た人の代表(ほとんど生贄?)の登場
The stout lady occasionally turned her head squarely around and surveyed Anne through her eyeglasses until Anne, acutely sensitive of being so scrutinized, felt that she must scream aloud; and the white-lace girl kept talking audibly to her next neighbor about the "country bumpkins" and "rustic belles" in the audience, languidly anticipating "such fun" from the displays of local talent on the program. Anne believed that she would hate that white-lace girl to the end of life.
「to the end of life」久々の big words

Unfortunately for Anne, a professional elocutionist was staying at the hotel and had consented to recite. She was a lithe, dark-eyed woman in a wonderful gown of shimmering gray stuff like woven moonbeams, with gems on her neck and in her dark hair. She had a marvelously flexible voice and wonderful power of expression; the audience went wild over her selection. Anne, forgetting all about herself and her troubles for the time, listened with rapt and shining eyes; but when the recitation ended she suddenly put her hands over her face. She could never get up and recite after that--never. Had she ever thought she could recite? Oh, if she were only back at Green Gables!
「if she were only」仮定法:できさえすればいいのに、できない

At this unpropitious moment her name was called. Somehow Anne--who did not notice the rather guilty little start of surprise the white-lace girl gave, and would not have understood the subtle compliment implied therein if she had--got on her feet, and moved dizzily out to the front. She was so pale that Diana and Jane, down in the audience, clasped each other's hands in nervous sympathy.

Anne was the victim of an overwhelming attack of stage fright. Often as she had recited in public, she had never before faced such an audience as this, and the sight of it paralyzed her energies completely. Everything was so strange, so brilliant, so bewildering--the rows of ladies in evening dress, the critical faces, the whole atmosphere of wealth and culture about her. Very different this from the plain benches
「Very different this from」たぶん、This was very different fromとすると普通の文になる
at the Debating Club, filled with the homely, sympathetic faces of friends and neighbors. These people, she thought, would be merciless critics. Perhaps, like the white-lace girl, they anticipated amusement from her "rustic" efforts. She felt hopelessly, helplessly ashamed and miserable. Her knees trembled, her heart fluttered, a horrible faintness came over her; not a word could she utter, and the next moment she would have fled from the platform despite the humiliation which, she felt, must ever after be her portion if she did so.

But suddenly, as her dilated, frightened eyes gazed out over the audience, she saw Gilbert Blythe away at the back of the room, bending forward with a smile on his face--a smile which seemed to Anne at once triumphant and taunting. In reality it was nothing of the kind. Gilbert was merely smiling with appreciation of the whole affair in general and of the effect produced by Anne's slender white form and spiritual face against a background of palms in particular.
「palms」またもやpalm。ここでは、ヤシ/シュロの木ととるのが素直。palmの入ったイディオムでは、上のマシューのところの「だましてつかませる(palm off)」のほか、「yeild (give) the palm to ~に勝ちを譲る、負ける」もある。ここは、ギルバートがアンの出演を素直に認めていて、しかも、自分が出ていないことも許している、ということがあるのかも、なんて思ってしまったり。想像しすぎかしら。againstという単語からそんな気がしてきてしまったのですが……。ギルバートはもう何度も出演している、という話題がCHAPTER XIX with impression? A Concert a Catastrophe and a Confession にあったりします。
"Hasn't it been a delightful time?" sighed Anne rapturously. "It must be splendid to get up and recite there. Do you suppose we will ever be asked to do it, Diana?"
"Yes, of course, someday. They're always wanting the big scholars to recite. Gilbert Blythe does often and he's only two years older than us.
もっともこれはThe Avonlea Debating Clubの話で、ホワイトサンズのホテルのConcertに比べれば小さなもの。
Josie Pye, whom he had driven over, sat beside him, and her face certainly was both triumphant and taunting. But Anne did not see Josie, and would not have cared if she had. She drew a long breath and flung her head up proudly, courage and determination tingling over her like an electric shock. She WOULD NOT fail before Gilbert Blythe--
he should never be able to laugh at her, never, never! Her fright and nervousness vanished; and she began her recitation, her clear, sweet voice reaching to the farthest corner of the room without a tremor or a break. Self-possession was fully restored to her, and in the reaction from that horrible moment of powerlessness she recited as she had never done before. When she finished there were bursts of honest applause. Anne, stepping back to her seat, blushing with shyness and delight, found her hand vigorously clasped and shaken by the stout lady in pink silk.

"My dear, you did splendidly," she puffed. "I've been crying like a baby, actually I have. There, they're encoring you-- they're bound to have you back!"

"Oh, I can't go," said Anne confusedly. "But yet--I must, or Matthew will be disappointed. He said they would encore me."

"Then don't disappoint Matthew," said the pink lady, laughing.

Smiling, blushing, limpid eyed, Anne tripped back and gave a quaint, funny little selection that captivated her audience still further. The rest of the evening was quite a little triumph for her.

When the concert was over, the stout, pink lady--who was the wife of an American millionaire--took her under her wing, and introduced her to everybody; and everybody was very nice to her. The professional elocutionist, Mrs. Evans, came and chatted with her, telling her that she had a charming voice and "interpreted" her selections beautifully.
「"interpreted"」わざわさクォーテーションで(Puffin Books版ではシングル)囲んでいるところを見ると、「解釈」と「演出(表現)」の両方をもったいぶって説明され、ほめられたんでしょうか
Even the white-lace girl paid her a languid little compliment. They had supper in the big, beautifully decorated dining room;
Diana and Jane were invited to partake of this, also, since they had come with Anne, but Billy was nowhere to be found, having decamped in mortal fear of some such invitation. He was in waiting for them, with the team,
however, when it was all over, and the three girls came merrily out into the calm, white moonshine radiance. Anne breathed deeply, and looked into the clear sky beyond the dark boughs of the firs.

Oh, it was good to be out again in the purity and silence of the night!
人工的な室内よりやっぱりプリンスエドワード島の自然のほうがいい、は、アンのいつもの、そして、下での発言にある気持そのもの。あ、ここでは、CHAPTER II with impression Matthew Cuthbert is surprised の「This Island is the bloomiest place. I just love it already, and I'm so glad I'm going to live here. I've always heard that Prince Edward Island was the prettiest place in the world, and I used to imagine I was living here, but I never really expected I would.」とのアンのおしゃべりを思い出すべきでしょうか
How great and still and wonderful everything was, with the murmur of the sea sounding through it and the darkling cliffs beyond like grim giants guarding enchanted coasts.

"Hasn't it been a perfectly splendid time?" sighed Jane, as they drove away. "I just wish I was a rich American and could spend my summer at a hotel and wear jewels and low-necked dresses and have ice cream and chicken salad every blessed day.
「chicken salad」鶏料理はやはり贅沢?
I'm sure it would be ever so much more fun than teaching school. Anne, your recitation was simply great, although I thought at first you were never going to begin. I think it was better than Mrs. Evans's."

"Oh, no, don't say things like that, Jane," said Anne quickly, "because it sounds silly. It couldn't be better than Mrs. Evans's, you know, for she is a professional, and I'm only a schoolgirl, with a little knack of reciting. I'm quite satisfied if the people just liked mine pretty well."

"I've a compliment for you, Anne," said Diana. "At least I think it must be a compliment because of the tone he said it in. Part of it was anyhow. There was an American sitting behind Jane and me--such a romantic-looking man, with coal-black hair and eyes. Josie Pye says he is a distinguished artist, and that her mother's cousin in Boston is married to a man that used to go to school with him. Well, we heard him say--didn't we, Jane?--`Who is that girl on the platform with the splendid Titian hair? She has a face I should like to paint.' There now, Anne. But what does Titian hair mean?"

"Being interpreted it means plain red, I guess," laughed Anne. "Titian was a very famous artist who liked to paint red-haired women."
「Titian」松本訳注第33章(6) p. 527参照

"DID you see all the diamonds those ladies wore?" sighed Jane. "They were simply dazzling. Wouldn't you just love to be rich, girls?"

"We ARE rich," said Anne staunchly. "Why, we have sixteen years to our credit,
and we're happy as queens, and we've all got imaginations, more or less. Look at that sea, girls--all silver and shadow and vision of things not seen. We couldn't enjoy its loveliness any more if we had millions of dollars and ropes of diamonds. You wouldn't change into any of those women if you could. Would you want to be that white-lace girl and wear a sour look all your life, as if you'd been born turning up your nose at the world? Or the pink lady, kind and nice as she is, so stout and short that you'd really no figure at all? Or even Mrs. Evans, with that sad, sad look in her eyes? She must have been dreadfully unhappy sometime to have such a look. You KNOW you wouldn't, Jane Andrews!"
これ、アン。アラン夫人の言葉を忘れたのかい。Mrs. Allan says we should never make uncharitable speeches; but they do slip out so often before you think, don't they?CHAPTER XXVI with impression The Story Club Is Formed
"I DON'T know--exactly," said Jane unconvinced. "I think diamonds would comfort a person for a good deal."

"Well, I don't want to be anyone but myself, even if I go uncomforted by diamonds all my life," declared Anne. "I'm quite content to be Anne of Green Gables, with my string of pearl beads. I know Matthew gave me as much love with them as ever went with Madame the Pink Lady's jewels."

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