遠山顕の英会話楽習 2020/7/21 (4)The Straw Millionaire Act4
Soon they arrived at a huge mansion. The man went straight to the stable and spoke to a stable hand.
Excuse me, sir, but I was wondering if I could have a little hay for my horse?
Sure you can! But just one moment!
The stable hand looked over the horse, and then ran into the mansion. Then he came running back with the owner of the estate. The wealthy man took one look at the horse and cried out.
My gosh! What a beautiful horse! It isn’t often one sees a horse like that.
The wealthy man invited the man into his mansion.
Come on in. Make yourself at home. My oh my! You couldn’t finda horse like that if you searched all over the country. Would you sell him to me? I don’t care what the price is. How about one thousand ryo?
One one thousand ryo?
Make it two thousand. What do you say to two thousand ryo?
The man swayed and fell to the floor.
Young man! Oh, no! He’s passed out! Daughter, bring us some water, quickly!
The rich man’s daughter came rushing into the room with cold water, and when she saw the man lying on the floor.
Oh, father! It’s that kind gentleman I was telling you about!
Fate has a strange way of having people meet. It was the same young woman that the man had given the tangerines to earlier that day. A little later when the man regained consciousness, he was lying on a fluffy futon. And when he opened his eyes, he saw a familiar face.
You are… you are that young lady!
Yes, kind sir. And this is my father.
And this is my daughter. Well, now that we know each other, I want to ask you something very important.
Could I have your horse? And will you be my daughter’s bridegroom so that there will be a successor to my estate?
Upon hearing this, the man pulled the covers over his head and exclaimed.
Oh, my goodness! I’m on a roll!
And so, as the Kan-non Bosatsu had prophesied and since the man had followed her instructions, the man became very, very lucky. And soon, all the people in the area began to call him “the straw millionaire.”