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夢十夜 Ten Nights of Dreams 1:1

こんな夢を見た。
腕組をして枕元に坐すわっていると、仰向あおむきに寝た女が、静かな声でもう死にますと云う。女は長い髪を枕に敷いて、輪郭りんかくの柔やわらかな瓜実うりざねがおをその中に横たえている。真白な頬の底に温かい血の色がほどよく差して、唇くちびるの色は無論赤い。とうてい死にそうには見えない。しかし女は静かな声で、もう死にますと判然はっきり云った。自分も確たしかにこれは死ぬなと思った。そこで、そうかね、もう死ぬのかね、と上から覗のぞき込むようにして聞いて見た。死にますとも、と云いながら、女はぱっちりと眼を開けた。大きな潤うるおいのある眼で、長い睫まつげに包まれた中は、ただ一面に真黒であった。その真黒な眸ひとみの奥に、自分の姿が鮮あざやかに浮かんでいる。

Translation after the break.


I had a dream like this.

I sat with my arms crossed by the bedside, a woman lay face up beside me and with her gentle voice she said “I will die soon.”

The woman’s long hair was spread on the pillow, the outline of her soft oval face framed within it. The depths of her snow white cheeks were healthily tinged with the colour of warm blood, and the colour of her lips was undeniably red. Certainly, she did not look near death at all.

However, the woman clearly said in her gentle voice, “I will die soon.”

I too felt certain that she would die. So, I tried to ask her “Can it really be? Will you really die soon?” as I bent forward to gaze down at her.

“I will indeed die.” She said, with her eyes opening wide.

Her eyes were big and moist, and wrapped inside her long eyelashes their entire surface was jet black. In the depths of those deep black pupils my own reflection was clearly floating.

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