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せんだって文学者ぶんがくしゃのいるせきハリソン歴史れきし小説しょうせつセオファーノはなからぼくはあれは歴史小説うち白眉はくびである。ことにじょ主人公しゅじんこうところは鬼気ききじんおそようだとひょうしたら、僕のむこすわっているらんったことのない先生せんせいが、そうそうあすこはじつ名文めいぶんだといった。それで僕はこのおとこもやはり僕同様どうようこの小説をんでおらないという事を知った」神経胃弱性しんけいいじゃくせい主人しゅじんまるくしていかけた。「そんな出鱈目でたらめをいってもし相手あいてが読んでいたらどうするつもりだ」あたかも人をあざむのは差支さしつかえない、ただばけかわがあらわれたときこまじゃないかとかんじたもののごとくである。美学者びがくしゃすこしもどうじない。「なにその時ゃべつほん間違まちがえたとかなんとか云うばかりさ」と云ってけらけらわらっている。この美学者は金縁きんぶち眼鏡めがねけているがその性質せいしつ車屋くるまやくろところがある。主人はだまっていて吾輩わがはいにはそんな勇気ゆうきはないと云わんばかりのかおをしている。美学者はそれだからをかいても駄目だめだという目付めつきで「しかし冗談じょうだんは冗談だが画というものは実際じっさいむずかしいものだよ、レオナルド・ダ・ヴィンチ門下生もんかせい寺院じいんかべしみうつおしえた事があるそうだ。なるほど雪隠せっちんなどに這入はいってあめ壁を余念よねんなくながめていると、なかなかうまい模様画もようが自然しぜん出来できているぜ。きみ注意ちゅういして写生しゃせいして見給みたまきっと面白おもしろものが出来るから」「まただまのだろう」「いえこれだけはたしかだよ。実際奇警きけいじゃないか、ダ・ヴィンチでもいいそうな事だあね」「なるほど奇警には相違そういないな」と主人は半分はんぶん降参こうさんをした。しかし彼はまだ雪隠で写生はせぬようだ。

Rough translation

"The other day, at a certain gathering of literary folk, talk turned to Harrison's historical novel Theophano, so I lauded it as a standout example of historical fiction. The horrific death of the female protagonist, I noted, had moved me most deeply. The man of letters opposite me, a notorious know-it-all, was quick to second my sentiment, adding his own praise for the quality of the writing. He had, I Thus confirmed, no more read it than I had." My master, he of weak nerves and poor digestion, was wide-eyed with amazement. "How can you venture such shenanigans? What if he'd read it and called you out?" The master's concern, it seemed, lay not in deceipt of others, but rather the risk of being exposed. The aesthete was thoroughly unperturbed. "In that case, I just make up an excuse, like I must have confused it with a different work," he replied with a shrill laugh. This aesthete may sport gold-rimmed spectacles, but when it comes down to it, he and Kurumaya no Kuro are two of a kind. The master held his silence, blew out a ring of smoke, and watched it rise. His expression all but acknowledged he could never have such nerve. The aesthete, in turn, had a look in his eyes all but replying, 'that's why you can't paint.' "Jokes are one thing, but painting is another. It's really not easy. They say Leonardo da Vinci once instructed his disciples to sketch the stains on the cathedral walls. If you go into the lavatory, or some such place, and study the walls where the rain's leaked in, you'll find some impressive motifs, and within them nature's hand. Give it a try. Observe and sketch. The results may surprise you." "You're pulling my leg again." "I mean it this time. At least it's original, don't you think. Like something da Vinci might well have said." "Original it is, I'll grant you that." The master had half given in. Then again, he's yet to go sketch in the john.

Vocabulary

る a certain文学者ぶんがくしゃ literary scholarsせき location; place (of gathering)ハリソン Harrison (Frederic Harrison; British jurist and historian; 1831-1923)歴史れきし小説しょうせつ historical novelセオファーノ Theophano (Theophano - The Crusade of the 10th Century; published 1904)はなし talk; conversationた aroseぼく I; meうちで among白眉はくび finest example; best ofじょ female主人公しゅじんこう main character; protagonistぬ die; pass away鬼気きき ghastly; dreadful; horrificじん a personおそう attack; assailひょうしたら critique; comment onむこう other side; oppositeすわって sit; be seatedらん don't know; am not familiar withった said; stated; admittedことのない has never ...先生せんせい teacher; scholarじつに indeed; in fact名文めいぶん exemplary writing; fine proseおとこ man; fellow同様どうよう same as; equal toんで read神経胃弱性しんけいいじゃくせい of weak nerves and poor digestion主人しゅじん masterまるくして with wide eyesいかけた asked; questioned出鱈目でたらめ nonsense; rubbish相手あいて the other partyあざむく deceive; delude; fool差支さしつかえない warranted; justifiedばけかわ true colors; true characterとき time; occasionこまる be troubled; be in a bindかんじた felt; sensed美学者びがくしゃ aestheteすこしも (not) in the leastどうじない be unshaken; be unperturbedべつの other; differentほん book間違まちがえた mistook (for)なんとか something or otherけらけらわらって cackle金縁きんぶちの gold-rimmed眼鏡めがね glasses; spectaclesけて wear (glasses)性質せいしつ nature; disposition車屋くるまやくろ Kurumaya no Kuro (name of a neighboring cat)た resembledだまって in silence; without speaking rising sun ring; circle; loopいて blow (smoke)吾輩わがはい I; me; myself勇気ゆうき nerve; pluckかお face; (facial) expression painting駄目だめ hopeless; futile; a lost cause目付めつき look; expression (of the eyes)冗談じょうだん jest; joke実際じっさい really; trulyレオナルド・ダ・ヴィンチ Leonardo da Vinci門下生もんかせい pupils; disciples; followers寺院じいん temple; cathedralかべ wallしみ stainsうつせ copy; transcribeおしえた instructed雪隠せっちん toilet; lavatory這入はいって go into; enterあめ rainる leak余念よねんなく attentively; intentlyながめて gaze at; fix one's eyes on模様画もようが patterned image; motif自然しぜんに naturally; of its own accord出来できている has taken shape; is presentきみ you注意ちゅういして take notice; look closely写生しゃせいして見給みたまえ try sketching面白おもしろい interesting; intriguingだます fool; trick奇警きけいな witty; original words; speechには相違そういない no doubt ...半分はんぶん halfway降参こうさん surrender; submission; giving in