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「アンクル・トムの小屋」（ Lit2Go より）の第３章です。
0The Morning After
1Next morning, when it was discovered that Eliza had run away with her little boy, there was great excitement and confusion all over the house.
2Mrs. Shelby was very glad. 3“Thank God!” she said. 4“I hope Eliza will get right away. I could not bear to think of Harry being sold to that cruel man”
5Mr. Shelby was angry. 6“Haley knew I didn’t want to sell the child,” he said. 7“He will blame me for this.”
8One person only was quite silent, and that was Aunt Chloe. 9She went on, making the breakfast as if she heard and saw nothing of the excitement round her.
10All the little black boys belonging to the house thought it was fine fun. 11Very soon, about a dozen young imps were roosting, like so many crows, on the railings, waiting for Haley to come. 12They wanted to see how angry he would be, when he heard the news.
13And he was dreadfully angry. 14The little nigger boys thought it was grand. 15They shouted and laughed and made faces at him to their hearts’ content.
16At last Haley became so angry, that Mr. Shelby offered to give him two men to help him to find Eliza.
17But these two men, Sam and Andy, knew quite well that Mrs. Shelby did not want Eliza to be caught, so they put off as much time as they could.
18They let loose their horses and Haley’s too. 19Then they frightened and chased them, till they raced like mad things all over the great lawns which surrounded the house.
20Whenever it seemed likely that a horse would be caught, Sam ran up, waving his hat and shouting wildly, “Now for it! Cotch him! Cotch him!” 21This frightened the horses so much that they galloped off faster than before.
22Haley rushed up and down, shouting and using dreadful, naughty words, and stamping with rage all the time.
23At last, about twelve o’clock, Sam came riding up with Haley’s horse. 24“He’s cotched,” he said, seemingly very proud of himself. 25“I cotched him!’
26Of course, now it was too late to start before dinner. 27Besides, the horses were so tired with all their running about, that they had to have a rest.
28When at last they did start, Sam led them by a wrong road. 29So the sun was almost setting before they arrived at the village where Haley hoped to find Eliza.
［1］ ウィズダム英和辞典 第３版（2012）
［3］ ランダムハウス英語辞典 第２版（1993）
［4］ リーダーズ英和辞典 第３版（2012）
［43］ 現代英文法講義 安藤貞雄著 開拓社（2005）