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  • Hello! Well my Lord's been doing really  well. He's done well in the joust,  


  • he's done well in the foot combat. And now it's  time for a parade so I've got my work cut out.  


  • The blacksmith's got his harness, he's knocking  the dings out of it. Which reminds me... I heard  


  • a great story about a blacksmith and a millerMake yourself comfortable, this won't take long

    一個關於鐵匠和磨坊主的偉大故事。 請自便,不會太久的

  • So, once in a village not far from  here, there lived a miller. Huge, great,  


  • hulking giant of a fellow he was. Now this was  because he spent his day in the mill, carrying in  


  • great big sacks full of grain, grinding them up to  make flour, and then putting them into sacks again  


  • and taking the flour out to give to bakers to  bake bread. Well, you can imagine, his clothing  


  • and his apron were white and wherever he went he  sort of left a trail of flour dust behind him.  

    他的圍裙是白色的 無論他走到哪裡,他都會在身後留下一串麵粉的痕跡。

  • His best friend in the village was the blacksmith.  


  • Now the blacksmith couldn't have been more  different. The blacksmith was small and wiry,  


  • there wasn't an ounce of fat on him, he was  all muscle. And that's because he spent his day  


  • at the forge, pumping away at the bellows  to get the fire to the right temperature  


  • and then hammering away at pieces of iron to  make useful things like nails and horseshoes.  


  • His apron, and his clothing, well... they  were all black because he spent all his time  

    他的圍裙,還有他的衣服... 都是黑色的,因為他一直都是這樣的

  • stood next to a fire and he was forever  getting singed and burnt by the embers.  


  • Now, it was generally held in the village that  these two - the blacksmith and the miller - were  


  • the most incorrigible rogues they had ever metAnd if anything ever went missing in the village,  

    他們所見過的最無藥可救的流氓。 如果村子裡有什麼東西丟失了,

  • the blame was always put at the door of  either the miller, or the blacksmith, or both.


  • One evening, the miller and the blacksmith  were enjoying a few cups of ales  


  • and, as they always didthey talked about their exploits.  


  • Talking soon turned to boastingboasting then turned to bragging,  


  • and in the end the two of them were arguing  about which one of them was the best thief.  


  • Well the miller couldn't take it anymore. He leapt  to his feet. "Right! There is only one way we can  


  • settle this my friend - a contest. We must havecontest to see which of us is the greatest thief."


  • "Very well" said the blacksmith, "I  accept, and may the best man - me - win."


  • The miller thought to himself for a moment  


  • and then he smiled. "You know that farmer that  had the big orchard of walnut trees, the one who  


  • loved walnuts, the one who died a few days ago  and we buried this morning. The one who insisted  


  • that at his burial he was buried with a bag of  his favourite walnuts. Well, I am going to go  


  • to his walnut orchard tonight and I'm going to  take a sack with me and steal all his walnuts."


  • "Ha!" said the blacksmith. "That's nothing...  I'm going to go to the field of the farmer  

    "哈!"鐵匠說。"這沒什麼,. 我要到農夫的田裡去。

  • who's forever boasting about having  the finest sheep in the whole county  


  • and I'm going to steal away his prizefat ewe. Now I suggest that once we've  


  • committed our crimes we meet somewhere  quiet, somewhere where nobody will see us..."


  • "Ah!" said the miller, "what  about the porch of the church?"


  • "Excellent!" said the blacksmith,  "then we will meet there.  


  • And then we can go back to the mill and enjoy some  walnuts and roast mutton." And with that the two  


  • of them - the miller and the blacksmith - snuck  off into the darkness to commit their crimes...

    他們中的磨坊主和鐵匠 悄悄溜進黑暗中犯罪...

  • Well, truth be told, the miller's job was  the easier of the two for all he had to do  


  • was walk down to the farmer's orchard, find  himself a ladder, prop it up against a tree,  


  • climb into the tree, empty as  many of the walnuts as he could  


  • into the great big sack that he brought with him  from the mill and then move on to the next tree.  


  • So he went from tree to tree to tree. It didn't  take him long until the sack was completely full.  


  • Very quietly he dragged the sack up, up to the  church yard, opened the gate to the churchyard,  


  • walked up the path and sat  himself down in the porch.


  • By now it was quiet late in the evening and he  was quite hungry. And he couldn't resist it. So he  


  • put his hand into the sack of walnutsstarted taking them out, crushing them  


  • in his great big paws and then  he sat there munching away.


  • By now it would have been about  nine o'clock in the evening.  


  • The sexton... now the sexton is a servant of  the parish priest. And his jobs are to keep the  

    六分儀... 現在六分儀是教區牧師的僕人。而他的工作是保持

  • churchyard and church neat and tidy, to dig graves  as required, but also at around about the hour of  


  • nine to go up to the churchyard to ring the curfew  bell. And this is the bell they rung every night  


  • just to let everybody know that it's time they  were in their bed, going to sleep, and not causing  


  • any mischief. This was the part of his job he  really hated. He wrapped himself up in a big,  


  • black cloak to keep himself warm and now he made  his way up to the churchyard to ring the bell.  


  • Well you can imagine his surprise when  looking up from the gate of the church  


  • towards the porch he could seefigure. Something white and luminous.  


  • Even more frightening, as he looked at the  figure, it was putting its hand into a great  


  • big sack and taking out somethingcracking it and eating the contents.


  • "Lord preserve us" said the sexton, "it's  that poor man that we buried this morning.  

    "主啊,保佑我們 "六合彩資料大全說,"就是那個可憐的人,我們今天早上埋的。

  • The man who loved walnuts. His  ghost has come back to haunt us!"


  • Well, with that, the sexton ran for all he  was worth, he ran back to his house. Now,  


  • the sexton's house mate was a poor, sick  man. And his sickness meant he was lame  


  • and couldn't move his legs, so when the sexton  got back and woke him up in a great big panic,  


  • this man was a little bit aggravated.  "What do you want?" he cried out.

    這人有點委屈。 "你想怎麼樣?"他喊道。

  • "Quick, you must come with me! Something terrible  has happened! You know that fellow we buried this  


  • morning, the farmer who loved walnuts? His ghost  has come back. He's sat in the church porch with  


  • his bag of walnuts and he's eating away. You must  come with me, we must find out what this means!"


  • Well, his house mate was not best pleased to  have been woken up in the middle of the night.  


  • "Are you sure?" he said.


  • "Yes!" said the sexton, "I'm  quite sure. I saw him clearly!"


  • "Urgh, I can't come with you" said the poor  man. "To start off with, look at me - I've got  


  • my night shirt on. I'm not going to get dressedSecondly, you forget I am sick, I cannot walk."

    我的睡衣上。我是不會穿衣服的。 第二,你忘了我有病,我不能走路。"

  • "That does not matter!" said the sexton. "I  will carry you my friend". And with that,  


  • he hoisted the man up on to his back and  carried him in the direction of the church.


  • The miller was getting bored. He had been in the  porch for quite a while now and was looking about  


  • when... in the distance what did he see... he saw  a dark figure with something white on its back.  

    當... 在遠處,他看到了什麼... 他看到一個黑色的身影,背上有白色的東西。

  • 'The blacksmith has done it then' thought  the miller, 'he's got the sheep...excellent!'


  • And with that, the miller  whispered in the darkness...

    就這樣,磨坊主在黑暗中低聲說... ...

  • "I see you have him. Looks juicyLet's take it home and roast it!"

    "我看你有他。看起來多汁啊! 我們把它帶回家烤了吧!"

  • Well, the sexton on hearing these words  wasn't sure what it meant but he was  


  • absolutely terrified to be  addressed by a ghost. So,  


  • he carefully took his friend off his shoulders  and threw him on the ground and cried out


  • "Take him, take him! Only spare mespare me!" and with that, he ran.


  • Now, his friend, in mortal fear for his  life suddenly discovered that he did have  


  • some use of his legs. So he started to crawl  away as quickly as he could. Well, from where  


  • the miller was, he could see a figure in black  shouting and something on all fours moving away,  


  • so he thought the blacksmith must have been  caught in the act by the constable and he was now  


  • crying out 'spare me, spare me...only take himreferring to the miller, trying to get the miller  


  • to take the blame. Well the miller was  having none of it. He took up his sack  


  • of walnuts and by a fairly circuitous back  route he made his way back to the mill.


  • The sexton ran all the way to the  priest's house. He hammered on the door.


  • "Oh Father, thank goodness" he cried, "you  must come with me as quickly as possible,  

    "哦,父親,謝天謝地 "他喊道,"你必須儘快跟我走。

  • something terrible has happened. That man that we  buried this morning, the farmer who loved walnuts,  

    發生了可怕的事情。今天早上我們埋葬的那個人 那個愛吃核桃的農夫。

  • his ghost has come back and is sat in the  porch of the church with his bag of walnuts  


  • and is crying out that he's going to take  us off to hell and eat us and roast us!"


  • At first the priest refused to believe the  sexton, but the sexton was clearly terrified.  


  • So the priest got his bag and put into his bag his  crucifix, a vial of holy water, his prayer book,  


  • and then he put on his white stoll and made his  way with the sexton back up towards the church.


  • So the blacksmith had come back. He looked  up at the church porch, he couldn't see  


  • the miller there, but when he got closer  and had a look around he could see all  


  • over the floor there were fragments of walnut  shell so clearly the miller had been there.


  • 'Ah' the blacksmith thought, 'the miller  


  • must have got bored with waiting and he's  gone back to the mill to stoke up a good fire  


  • for when we roast [grunt] this great big fat  sheep that I've been carrying on my back'.


  • Well, the blacksmith set off down the path from  the church porch back down towards the gate.  


  • Looking out into the darkness, he could see  figures moving around. As he got to the gate, the  


  • sheep on his back suddenly wriggled and struggled  in trying to get free. So the blacksmith cried out


  • "Oh no you don't, my friend. You're not getting  away. You're coming with me for the fire!"


  • Well, when the priest and the sexton who  were lurking in the shadows heard that,  


  • the priest assumed in the darkness that what he  was looking at was the devil carrying the ghost  


  • of the poor farmer who loved walnuts who had diedand dragging him off to hell. So the priest ran.


  • Well, when the sexton saw the  priest run, naturally he ran too.  


  • So the blacksmith looking out into the darkness  saw a figure in white running, and then a dark  


  • figure running along behind. 'Ah' thought the  blacksmith, 'that must be the miller, but it  


  • looks like he's being pursued by the constable.  I better follow on to see what's going on.'

    看來他被警察追殺了。 我最好跟著去看看發生了什麼事。

  • And so the blacksmith set off down the  street through the village towards the  


  • mill, the same direction in which the priest  and the sexton were running in their terror.  


  • When they saw behind them the dark figure with  something white on its back following them,  


  • they threw themselves into a deepdark, stinking ditch and tried to hide.


  • Now the ditch just happened  to be right next to the mill.  


  • So the blacksmith walked down the street  until he got to the door of the mill,  


  • he hammered on the door and cried out


  • "I have him! A good fat oneHe'll make excellent eating.  

    "我抓到他了!一個好的胖子。 它可以做極好的食物。

  • I have the strength to go back  for more. Will you join me?"


  • When the priest and the sexton  heard that, they thought the devil  


  • was out on the hunt for more souls and  they were both terrified. The priest  


  • tried to get up out of the ditch to run away  but as he did, he fell backwards and his head  


  • struck the bottom of the ditch and got covered in  filth and he got stuck. So he started screaming


  • "Help! Help! Bring a rope! Bring a rope!"


  • When the blacksmith heard somebody crying out for  help and 'bring a rope', he thought to himself

    當鐵匠聽到有人喊救命,"拿條繩子來 "時,他心想

  • 'That must be the constable. Perhaps  he's already apprehended the miller and  


  • now I'm here he's calling for a rope  so that he can hang the pair of us.'


  • Well, with that, the blacksmith very  quickly took the sheep from his back  


  • and undid the cord from around its legs, and  the blacksmith ran. The sexton ran as well.  


  • The priest dragged himself out of the mire in  which he was stuck and he ran. And the miller,  


  • hearing all this commotion outside, peered out  through the window, saw all these figures running  


  • around, so he went to the back door... he ran  as well, leaving behind a rather confused sheep.


  • The miller and the blacksmith? Never seen again.


  • And that's my story. And the moral of  the story is, because all stories I  

    這就是我的故事。而故事的寓意是,因為所有的故事,我... ...

  • suppose should have some sort of a moralis that ... when you are out and about  

    我想應該有某種寓意,就是... ...當你出門在外的時候

  • of an evening, and you see something in  the dark and you're not sure what it is


  • Stop. Take a deep breath, for it is a fool who  believes their imagination in the darkness.


  • Right, I better crack on with this.


  • Have a good day.


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磨坊主與鐵匠|歷史上的高談闊論 #6 (The Miller and the Blacksmith | Tall Tales from History #6)

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