今回は”Native American” = アメリカン・インディアンの首長が主人公となるショートストーリーです。最後の最後の一文がオチ（Punch line）になるので、オチだけ省いてクイズにしてみました。「インディアン嘘つかない」はずなのに。。。
It’s late fall and the Indians on a remote reservation in South Dakota asked their new chief if the coming winter was going to be cold or mild.
Since he was a chief in a modern society, he had never been taught the old secrets. When he looked at the sky, he couldn’t tell what the winter was going to be like.
Nevertheless, to be on the safe side, he told his tribe that the winter was indeed going to be cold and that the members of the village should collect firewood to be prepared.
- remote = 人里離れた、遠くの
- reservation = 先住民居留地、自然保護区
- chief = 首長
- modern society = 現代社会、近代社会
- nevertheless = それにもかかわらず
- be on the safe side = 安全を期して、大事を取って
- indeed = 実際は
- firewood = まき
But, being a practical leader, after several days, he got an idea. He went to the phone booth, called the National Weather Service and asked, ‘Is the coming winter going to be cold?’
‘It looks like this winter is going to be quite cold,’ the meteorologist at the weather service responded.
So the chief went back to his people and told them to collect even more firewood in order to be prepared.
- practical = 実質的な
- phone booth = 公衆電話ボックス
- meteorologist = 気象予報士
A week later, he called the National Weather Service again. ‘Does it still look like it is going to be a very cold winter?’
‘Yes,’ the man at National Weather Service again replied, ‘it’s going to be a very cold winter.’
The chief again went back to his people and ordered them to collect every scrap of firewood they could find.
Two weeks later, the chief called the National Weather Service again. ‘Are you absolutely sure that the winter is going to be very cold?’
‘Absolutely,’ the man replied. ‘It’s looking more and more like it is going to be one of the coldest winters we’ve ever seen.’
‘How can you be so sure?’ the chief asked.
The weatherman replied, ‘さあ、オチはなんでしょう！.’
- order = 命令した
- absolutely = 完全に、間違いなく
- The most popular weatherman said so.
- You like a cold winter, don’t you?
- I like to go skiing this winter.
- The Indians are collecting a lot of firewood.
- Winter is usually cold.
- India has no winter.
- South Dakota is located in the northern part of the country.
- The chief can make a final decision.
- I came from the future.
- The Indians love curry.
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