今回の「英語ジョーク＆ショートストーリー」は少々好き嫌いが分かれるかも知れません。いわゆるブラックジョークなので『very bad taste』です。でもオチ自体は「なるほど！そうきたか」と感心するほどハイレベルなものでした。主人公がScotsman（スコットランド人の男性）であるところもこのストーリーのポイントです。
英語タイトル：”Generosity and Compassion Joke”
One evening a Scotsman was riding in his limousine when he saw two men along the road eating grass. Disturbed, he yelled at his driver to stop and got out to investigate.
- grass = 草
- disturb = 〔平安や静けさを〕乱す、破る
- yell = 叫ぶ
- investigate = 調べる
He asked one man “Why are you eating the grass?” “Well, we don’t have any money for food” the poor man replied. “So we have to eat grass.” “Well then, come with me to my house and I’ll feed you” the Scotsman said. “But sir, I also have a wife and two children with me. They are over there, under that tree.” “Ok, bring them along too” the Scotsman replied. Turning to the other poor man he stated, “You come with us, also.”
- feed = 食べさせてあげる
- turn to ~ = ～の方を向く
- bring someone along = 〔人を目的地に〕連れて来る
The second man, in a pitiful voice, then said, “But sir, I also have a wife and SEVEN children with me!” “Very well then, bring them all” the Scotsman answered. They all piled into the limousine, which was no easy task. Once under way, one of the poor fellows turned to the Scotsman and said, “Sir, you are truly too kind.. Thank you for taking all of us with you.
The Scotsman replied, “No problem, glad to do it. “You’ll really love my place.” “「オチは何でしょう？」“
- pitiful = 気の毒な
- pile = 積み重なる
- I want you all to wash my limousine.
- Your are my elder brother, aren’t you?
- The grass is almost a foot high.
- Okay, now 10 pounds each to my home, please.
- Do you drink beer?
- I’m a vegetarian and I want to have dinner with someone.
- I have 10 kids and they need friends.
- Would you like Chinese or French?
- Today is my birthday, didn’t you know that?
- You all go home by foot after dinner. Okay?
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