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Who Was Ben Franklin? (Who Was...?) / Dennis Brindell Fradin
2016年04月06日 (水) | 編集 |
Who Was Ben Franklin? (Who Was...?)
Who Was Ben Franklin? (Who Was...?)Dennis Brindell Fradin John O'Brien

Grosset & Dunlap 2002-02-18
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Who was シリーズの中で(たぶん)一番最初に
読んで、このシリーズにはまるきっかけにもなった
感動した本です。
最初読んだときは難しかったー。
再読したのもこの本だけかも。
John O'Brien のイラストも素敵なんですよね。
(cover illustration ではなく!(笑))

And people still use the phrase “Haste makes waste,” and other sayings that Ben made popular.
P2
急いては事をし損ずる

Ben’s family was large --- very large! He was number fifteen in a family with seventeen children.
P13

At the age of ten, Ben was taken out of school. His parents put him to work in the shop.
P17

そして
He didn’t retire, though. Ben was just forty-two years old. There was so much he hoped to do. He felt like he was just starting out in life.
P47
仕事で成功して早期リタイア。
その後の人生を好きなことをして過ごすって、
アメリカ人の理想みたいだけど、
ここにそのモデルが?!

“What is serving God?” Poor Richard asked in 1747. His answer: “Doing good to man.” After retiring from printing, Ben Franklin tried to do just that.
P48

His inventions could have made him a fortune, but Ben refused to profit from them. “The opportunity to serve others” was payment enough for him, he explained.
P59

He was to convince France to help America fight England.
P91
マリーアントワネットの伝記ではフランスがアメリカを
助けている間、当のフランス国内の状況は。。。
って書かれていたなあ。

William franklin had been set free during the war. He had fled to England. William learned that his father was in Southampton. Benjamin was seventy-nine years old. William was fifty-four. The father and son who had flown the kite in the storm saw each other one last time. Billy tried to make up, but his father refused to forgive him having sided with England.
P93

Ben returned home a hero. He landed at the spot where he had entered Philadelphia as a teenaged runaway.
P96
家出人として逃げ出した土地に
英雄として凱旋!

At eighty-one, Franklin was the oldest delegate. When there were arguments, Ben told funny stories to calm things down. He also helped solve a big problem. The large states wanted to have the most say in the government. The small states feared that they wouldn’t have much power. Franklin helped work out a solution. In the House of Representatives, large states would have more members than small states. But in the Senate, each state, regardless of size, would have two members.
P98
81歳になっても大活躍!
おかしな話で場を和ませるっていいですね。

He served as the governor of Pennsylvania until 1788. That year, he was eighty-two years old. But by his own special way of counting he was only fifty-eight. After age seventy, Ben had decided not to get any older. So, from then on, with each birthday he counted a year backwards!
(笑)!

One of Ben’s final projects was to try to end slavery. He served as president of as anti-slavery society. His very last public act was to sign a paper that was sent to Congress. The paper asked that slavery be stopped.
P100
ESL Podcastを聴いていると現在のアメリカの
歴史上の政治家の評価って
奴隷制にどう対処したか、
に左右されているような気がします。


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