英語で読書♪簡単な本を中心に洋書での読書を楽しんでいます。映画の感想や旅行の記録などもアップしています。楽しくなる情報を共有できますように♪
Who Was Marie Antoinette? (Who Was...?) / Dana Meachen Rau
2016年04月22日 (金) | 編集 |
Who Was Marie Antoinette? (Who Was...?)
Who Was Marie Antoinette? (Who Was...?)Dana Meachen Rau John O'Brien

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マリーアントワネットというと、
ソフィア・コッポラ監督の映画Marie Antoinette を思い浮かべます。
この本を読んでも、フランス革命の一因になった、という印象は、
受けちゃいますね。

It was easy to be spoiled at Versailles. Her household (all the people who attended to her) totaled about five hundred people!
p49
500人!

Marie Antoinette’s poufs sometimes towered three feet about her head! A pouf would last for about a week, or until it lost its shape.
P52
pouf [púːf]
マリーアントワネットが流行らせた豪華な飾り付き巨大な女性用かつら、ですが、
辞書を引くと、今では
1 座席として使用される厚いクッション(thick cushion used as a seat)
2あからさまにホモセクシュアルの男性をさげすむ言葉(offensive term for an openly homosexual man)
という単語なんですね。
3フィート=約91センチ。高い!重そう。。

Sleeping was difficult---poufs had to be wrapped up like a package, and the wearer might even have to sleep sitting up. The warm dark space on a woman’s head under a pouf was the perfect place for bugs and lice to live. Some ladies used long-armed tools to reach under the wigs and scratch their itchy scalps.
P53
うーん、大変。

The government of France wasn't doing well, either. The high costs of supporting the American Revolution along with the king and queen’s spending left the country with no money.
p71
American Revolution に肩入れしたのも負担になって、French Revolution を招いたって、イギリスとの関係からだとしても大局を見極めるって難しいんでしょうね。。

When told that the starving people needed bread, she replied, "Let them eat cake!" The remark was meant to show how out of touch she was with the problems of the poor.
But this story was not true. Similar words were actually said by the wife of Louis XIV (the fourteenth)-two kings before Louis XVI-about one hundred years earlier.
p72

On the morning of October 5, 1789, the market women, servants, and washerwomen of Paris, who were worried about their starving children, gathered to march through the fog and pouring rain to Versailles. National Guard troops came along to help keep order. The mob of about six thousand carried weapons, such as pitchforks, broomsticks, and some guns.
p81
女性たちが。

Over the winter, she devoted her energy to writing letters to other royal families in Europe. She wrote in code or invisible ink. She smuggled the letters out of the Tuileries palace inside hats or boxed of chocolate. She wrote to her brother Leopold in Austria. She wrote to the leaders of Prussia, Spain, Sweden, and Russia.
Soon, Austria and Prussia went to war against France. They wanted to restore the French king’s power and remove the Legislative Assembly.
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The guillotine was still used in France until the 1980s!
p97
そんな最近まで。

From 1793 to 1794, the government executed thousands of people by guillotine, including Madame Elisabeth. This bloody year became known as the Reign of Terror. The revolution finally ended when Napoleon Bonaparte took control of the republic in 1799.
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終わらせる難しさ。

The only one to survive was Madame Royale, the princess Maria Therese. She was released on her seventeenth birthday to the safety of Austria, where her mother’s tragic story had first begun.
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