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(2)A Call from Mr. Holtzman’s Ex-Wife

前妻からの電話



Maya
ふう、やれやれ。これでやっと落ち着いたわ。
(トイレから出てくると、書斎にいたホルツマン氏がまやを見かけて声をかけた)
Holtzman
Hello, Maya. How’s your etiquette lesson coming along? Is it helpful to you?
Maya Yes, very much . I’m learning a lot.
Holtzman
That’s good. I’d like Chris to see that you have good manners.
Grace
ほーら、やっぱりね。
(そこに電話のベルが鳴り、マーサがダイニングルームで電話をとった)
Martha
Mr. Holtzman. It’s your ex-wife. Would you like to take it in the den?
Holtzman
Yes, please switch it to the den.
(書斎の電話で話すホルツマン氏の声が聞こえてくる)
Holtzman

Yes. What can I do for you? ……..No, that is not true! It’s none of your business anyway. Huh?... Right. The party is for Chris. You may come if you want to but please stay away from my Japanese house guest, okay?

(ホルツマン氏が音を立てて電話を切ったとき、まやはまだ書斎のドアの前に立っていた)
Holtzman
I’m sorry, Maya. Not to worry. It was from Chris’s mother, my ex-wife. She just wanted to come to the party, that’s all. Oh, by the way, Martha showed me your dress last night. It looks really nice. I hope you like it.

Maya
Yes, I like it very much. I got a matching scarf and a new pair of wonderful shoes, too.
Holtzman
Good. And Maya, if you like, you can go to a hairdresser. I’ll ask Martha to take you to a beauty salon. They can fix your hair, give you a facial, and do your makeup.
Grace
おやまあ、大変な気合の入れようね。パーティーに備えて、エステ付きの美容院にも行かせてくれるらしいよ。
Maya
Thank you, Jon-san. It’s very kind of you.
Holtzman It’s my pleasure. I’m going out for a while now. I’ll be home before dinner.
Maya See you, Jon-san.
(玄関のドアを閉め、ホルツマン氏が出ていった)
Grace
Did you hear Jon talking on the telephone? He sounded so angry.
Maya そうね、あんなに怒っているジョンさんの声、初めて聞いたわ。相手は、奥さん?
Grace Jon said it was his “ex-wife.”「別れた奥さん」か、やっぱりね。
Maya へえー、あなたの勘が当たったわね。奥さんとは離婚していたんだ。でもグレース... その “ex-wife” が今度のパーティーにやってくるって、どういうことなのかしら? なんだか嫌な予感がするわ。

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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