エンジョイシンプルイングリッシュ 6/8 本膳
In a small village, a rich man is going to have a dinner with ten different dishes.
Everyone from the village is invited.
But there is a problem.
The villagers have never eaten a formal meal before and do not know the table manners.
Two villagers are talking about this.
“I hear that there are rules that follow when we eat a formal meal.
Do you know the rules?
“Not at all.
Hey, I have an idea.
We can ask my son’s teacher.
He knows everything.
He can teach us”
“Ahh, that’s a great idea”
The villagers go to see the teacher and ask him to teach them table manners.
“I understand and I will help you.
But the dinner is tonight so I won’t have time to give lessons.
I am invited, too.
So everyone can watch me and copy me when I eat”
“That sounds like a good plan.
That night, everyone gathers at the rich man’s house for the party.
The dinner begins and the teacher raises his chopsticks to eat.
Everyone else does the same and then,,
I will too.
“Ahh, everyone, you don’t have to copy everything I do”
“OK, we just wanted to have good table manners”
Next, the teacher reaches for a potato.
This potato is slippery and is hard to hold with chopsticks.
The teacher tries to pick it up but,,
“Oh, he dropped his potato.
Now it’s rolling off his plate.
It’s on the floor now.
I’ll do the same thing with my potato”
Now there are many potatoes on the floor.
The teacher tells everyone,
“Don’t copy my mistakes”
We didn’t know it was a mistake.
The teacher is not happy and wants to leave.
He starts to eat his bowl of rice very quickly and gets three grains of rice on his nose.
“Ah, it’s good manners to put rice on our noses!
I didn’t know that”
Now all the villagers have three grains of rice on their noses.
The teacher sees this and becomes angry.
He hits the person next to him with his elbow.
“You don’t have to copy everything I do”
“Ahh, OK sir”
The other villagers see this and start hitting the person next to them with their elbows.
Finally the last person gets hit.
He wants to hit a person next to him but there is no one there.
He says to the teacher,
There is no one sitting next to me so,,
Could I hit you?”