Ch.14-4 「ティガーは木登りがいちばん得意なんだ。」

第4章 ティガーが木に登り降りれなくなるお話(4)




In a little while they came to the Six Pine Trees.

"I can swim," said Roo. "I fell into the river, and I swimmed. Can Tiggers swim?"

注)swimmed : swim の過去形( swam のこと) 子供などが使う間違った表現

"Of course they can. Tiggers can do everything."

"Can they climb trees better than Pooh?" asked Roo, stopping under the tallest Pine Tree, and looking up at it.

"Climbing trees is what they do best," said Tigger. "Much better than Poohs."

"Could they climb this one?"

"They're always climbing trees like that," said Tigger. "Up and down all day."

"Oo, Tigger, are they really?"

"I'll show you," said Tigger bravely, "and you can sit on my back and watch me."

For of all the things which he had said Tiggers could do, the only one he felt really certain about suddenly was climbing trees.

注)bravely :勇敢に
注)sit on my back :背中に乗る

"Oo, Tigger--oo, Tigger--oo, Tigger!" squeaked Roo excitedly.

So he sat on Tigger's back and up they went.

And for the first ten feet Tigger said happily to himself,

“Up we go!” And for the next ten feet he said:
「さあ、行くぞ!」 次の10フィートで彼は言いました。

"I always said Tiggers could climb trees."

And for the next ten feet he said:

"Not that it's easy, mind you."

注)squeak :かん高い声で言う
注)mind you :いいかい

And for the next ten feet he said:

"Of course, there's the coming-down too. Backwards."

And then he said:

"Which will be difficult . . ."

"Unless one fell . . ."

"When it would be . . ."










And at the word “easy,” the branch he was standing on broke suddenly, and he just managed to clutch at the one above him as he felt himself going... and then slowly he got his chin over it...

and then one back paw...

and then the other...

until at last he was sitting on it, breathing very quickly,

and wishing that he had gone in for swimming instead.

Roo climbed off, and sat down next to him.

"Oo, Tigger," he said excitedly, "are we at the top?"

"No," said Tigger.

"Are we going to the top?"

"No," said Tigger.

"Oh!" said Roo rather sadly. And then he went on hopefully: "That was a lovely bit just now, when you pretended we were going to fall-bump-to-the-bottom, and we didn't. Will you do that bit again?"

"No," said Tigger.

注)pretended we were going to fall-bump-to-the-bottom :下まで落ちそうになるフリをして