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あまりなじみの無い単語・熟語をちょっと解説。


Seven Years in Tibet :
On The Move-11
This little settlement certainly deserved to be called a village. It contained about forty houses with a monastery built above them on the hillside, a better-looking place than Gartok, standing several hundred feet higher. We had indeed discovered here the highest inhabited place in Asia and perhaps in the whole world.
The natives took us for Indians and sold us provisions freely. We were received hospitably in a house, and did we enjoy the luxury of being warm after long marches through snow and ice! We rested here a day and a night, eating well and feeding our dog. We avoided meeting the local authorities as the bonpo had locked up his residence and ignored us. Perhaps he was avoiding responsibility.
Willy-nilly we had to buy another sheepskin as our clothes were not made for the Tibetan winter. And after long and enjoyable bargaining we bought a yak. This was the fourth in our line of Armins, and he was no different from the others except that perhaps he was naughtier.

settlement:居留地、村落
deserve:値する
Gartok:地名
hillside:山腹、丘陵の斜面
indeed:実際に、いやそれどころか、本当に
native:土地の人
took us for Indians:我々をインド人と見なした
were received hospitably:手厚いもてなしを受けた
luxury:ぜいたく
bonpo:チベットの高級官僚
Willy-nilly:いや応なしに
Armin:ヤクの名前
naughtier:naughtyの比較級、いうことをきかない、わんぱくな

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