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星新一ショートショート『The Department of Sustainable Living』 2/2

 

 

1. The woman clung to a pillar in the foyer for a moment, and said in a trembling voice.

2. Why do we follow such a principle? This is unbearable.

3. Soon, we'd have an overpopulated society, just like before.

4. You would hear babies crying loudly from every open window, and parks would be filled with uneducated, mischievous kids.

5. There's never been even a rumor of favoritism at the agency.

6. We do not differentiate elderly people from children.

7. The right to live and the duty to die are conferred uniformly.

8. The woman nodded feebly.

9. I hid behind the wall, took out a small laser gun from the inside pocket of my jacket, and undid the safety catch.

10. As I waited for the opportune moment to pull the trigger, a horsefly suddenly appeared.

11.  Its soft hum filled the short, empty wait.

 

------日本語------

1. cling / V   to stick onto something or hold someone tightly 

(くっつく)

pillar / N   a strong column made of stone, metal or wood

(柱)

foyer / N   a opened area where is in a hotel or this kind of building. Similar to front or lobby

(玄関、フロント、ロビー)

tremble / V   to shake slightly because of the fear, emotion or cold

(震える)

2. unbearable / ADJ   too hard to accept because the unpleasantness

(耐えがたい、我慢できない)

3. overpopulated / ADJ   the state that the city or country have tremendous population

(人口過剰な)

4. mischievous / ADJ   to behave a hiralious and bad way that usually little boys do but it is not intended to hurt someone

(いたずら好きな)

5. favoritism / N   an unfair support that is often for one person or one group by someone or an organization

(えこひいき)

6. differentiate / V   to recognize the difference between two things

(識別する)

 differentiateとdistinguishの違いはこちら

7. confer / V   to discuss something

(議論する)

uniformly / ADV   in a way that is the same everywhere or for everyone

(一律に)

8. feebly / ADV   in a way that is no power or enegy

(弱々しく、微かに)

9. undo / V   to unfasten something that was fastened or tied

(締まっていたものを外す)

10. opportune / ADJ  the right time for something like producing success to happen

(適切な)

11. hum / V   to make a continuous deep sound

(ハミングする)