★(729) 自然の機微に触れて世界がまとまる・・One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
- (2020-12-07 06:38:53)
One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
この記事を書くために、ちょっと調べたら、Wikipediaに「William Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida」の中のセリフとあった。
それと、かの O. Henry の作品に「Makes the Whole World Kin」というショートストーリーがあるとのこと。内容はこうだ：
Makes the Whole World Kin
"Makes the Whole World Kin" is a short story written by O. Henry (a pen name for William Sydney Porter), allegedly at Pete's Tavern on Irving Place in New York City.
The story starts with a young thief walking through a neighbourhood, scouting for his next house. The thief is described as an ordinary man, with no extreme tendencies.
The burglar wore a blue sweater. The police would have been baffled had they attempted to classify him. They have not yet heard of the respectable, unassuming burglar who is neither above nor below his station. He wore no masks, dark lanterns, or gum shoes.
This burglar of the third class began to prowl. He carried a .38-calibre revolver in his pocket,and he chewed peppermint gum thoughtfully.
Once he finds a respectable house, the thief climbs inside through an open window. Once inside, he scouts for valuable items. He discovers, to his amazement, that a light had been left on inside one of the bedrooms. As he walks inside, he finds an old man lying in bed, asleep. The thief wakes the man and instructs him to raise his hands. The old man can only lift one arm and proceeds to inform the thief that he suffers from rheumatism. The thief, shocked at what he hears, lowers the gun and tells his victim that he as well, suffers from the disease. They proceed to exchange words of comfort about the haunting pain, and the young thief asks for tips to dull the swellings. Though both are filled with hope, the old man warns the thief that the pain only gets worse and he must find a way to cope with it, in his later years. The old man, suggests that he have a drink.
The young thief invites the old man for a drink at the local pub. He helps the old man get dressed and the two make their way for the bar. Outside the house, the old man realises that he has no money with him - the thief, kindly, offers to pay for the drinks.