• Dick Whittington and His Cat - 1951 칼테콧상 Honor Books
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  • Dick Whittington and His Cat
  • 그림작가 마샤 브라운(Marcia Brown)
  • 글작가 마샤 브라운
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  • 출판사 Aladdin
  • 발행일 1950-01-01

     

    1950년도에 발행된 그림책이니 반세기도 훨씬 지난 그림책입니다.

    고전적인 그림책이 그렇듯 과장되지 않은 글과 그림의 하모니가 아름답고,
    착한 주인공이 해피앤딩으로 끝나는 결말도 마음에 쏙 듭니다.

  • 영국 시골마을의 한 고아 소년이 런던으로 와서 갖은 고생을 하지만
    인생의 의미를 새롭게 발견한 후 모든 역경을 견디고 이겨냈을때
    고양이를 통한 뜻하지 않은 신의 축복으로 부자가 되고,
    착하고 아름다운 친구, 주인님의 딸과 결혼하여 영국에서 가장 행복한 커플로 불리며
    3번이나 런던 시장이 되어 왕과 여왕의 총애를 받으며 살았다는 내용입니다.
    꿈꾸는 것을 포기하고 싶을때. 내면에서 울리는 영롱한 음성에 귀를 기울일 수 있다면.
    그리고 그 음성을 따라 하루하루를 소중하게 여기며 살아가다보면 꿈을 이루게 될 것입니다.
    견디어 내고 마침내 이루어냅니다. ^^
    런던 시장이 되기 위해 나 자신에게 기회를 주어야 하지 않겠나?
    왜 나는 런던 시장이 되겠다는 생각을 못했단 말인가? 저렇게 훌륭한 마차도 타봐야 하지 않겠나?
    절망과 좌절의 순간에 이 소년의 머리를 스친 생각입니다.
    그 생각을 붙잡고 다시 되돌아간 소년, 그때부터 신이 이 세상에 나를 보내신 소명을 붙잡습니다.
    견디어 내고 마침내 이루어냅니다. ^^​






    Long ago in England there lived a little boy named Dick Whittington. Dick's father and mother died when he was very young, and as he was too small to work, he had a hard time of it. The people in the village were poor and could spare him little more than the parings of potatoes and now then a crust of bread. He ran about the country as ragged as a colt, until one day he met a wagoner on his way to London. "Come along with me," said the wagoner. So off they set together.


    Now Dick had heard of the great city of London. It was said that the people who lived there were all fine gentlemen and ladies, that there was singing and music all day long, and that the streets were paved with gold. As for the gold, "I'd be willing to get a bushel of that," said Dick to himself. But when Dick got to London, how sad he was to find the streets covered with dirt instead of gold! And there he was in a strange place, without food, without friends, and without money. Dick was soon so cold and hungry that he wished he were back sitting by a warm fire in a country kitchen. He sat down in a corner and cried himself to sleep.


    A kind gentleman saw him there and said, "Why don't you go to work, my lad?" Now Dick was again forlorn. He wandered back to town, fainting for want of food, and laid himself down at the door of Mr. Fitzwarren, a rich merchant. Here the cook saw him, and being an ill-natured hussy, she called out, "On your way there, lazy rogue, or would you like a scalding to make you jump?"Just then Mr. Fitzwarren came home to dinner. When he saw the dirty, ragged boy lying in his doorway, he said to him, "What ails you, boy? You look old enough to work." "Sir, I am a poor country lad," said Dick, "I have neither father nor mother nor any friend in the world. I would be glad to work, but I've had no food for three days." Dick then tried to get up, but he was so weak he fell down again.


    "Take this lad into the house," Mr. Fitzwarren ordered his servants. "Give him meat and drink. When he is stronger he can help the cook with her dirty work." For the cook was always roasting and basting, and when the spit was still, she basted his head with a broom or anything else she could lay her hands on. When Mr. Fitzwarren's daughter, Alice, saw what was going on, she warned the cook, "Treat that boy more kindly or leave this house!" Besides the crossness of the cook, Dick had another hardship. His bed was placed in a garret where there were so many rats and mice running over his bed he could never get to sleep.


    But one day a gentleman gave Dick a penny for brushing his shoes. The next day Dick saw a girl in the street with a cat under her arm. He ran up to her. "How much do you want for that cat?" he asked. "Oh, this cat is a good mouser," said the girl, "She will bring a great deal of money." "But I have only a penny in the world," said Dick, "and I need a cat sadly." So the girl let him have it. Dick hid his cat in the garret because he was afraid the cook would beat her too. He always saved part of his dinner for her, and Miss Puss wasted no time in killing or frightening away all the rats and mice. Now Dick could sleep as sound as a top.


    Not long after this, Mr. Frizwarren had a ship ready to sail. He called all his servants into the parlor and asked them what they chose to sent to trade. All the servants brought something but poor Dick. Since he han neither money nor goods, he couldn't think of sending anything. But the merchant said, "That will not do. It must be something of his own." "I have nothing but a cat," said Dick. "Fetch your cat, boy," said the merchant, "and let her go!" So Dick brought Puss and handed her over to the captain of the ship with tears in his eyes. "Now the rats and mice will keep me awake all night again," he said. All the company laughed, but Miss Alice pitied Dick and gave him half-pence to buy another cat.



    While Puss was beating the billows at sea, Dick was beaten at home by the cross cook. She used him so cruelly and made such fun of him for sending his cat to sea that the poor boy decided to run away. He packed the few things he had and set out early in the morning on All-Hallows Day. He walked as far as Holloway and sat down on a stone to rest. While he was sitting there wondering which way to go, the Bells of Bow began to ring. Dong! Dong! They seemed to say to him: "Turn again, Whittington, Lord Mayor of London." "Lord Mayor of London!" said Dick to himself. "What wouldn't I give to be Lord Mayor of London and ride in such a fine coach! I'll go back and I'll take the cuffings of the cook, if I'm to be Lord Mayor of London." So home he went. Luckily, he got into the house and about his business before the old cook downstairs.


    Meanwhile the ship with the cat on board was long beating about at sea. The winds finally drove it on the coast of Barbary. Here lived the Moors, a people unknown to the English. They came in great numbers on board to see the sailors and the goods which the captain wanted to trade. The captain sent some of his choicest goods to the king of the country. The king was so well pleased that he invited the captain and his officer to come to his palace, about a mile from the sea.


    Here they were placed on rich carpets, flowered with gold and silver. The king and queen sat at the upper end of the room, and dinner was brought in. No sooner had the servants set down the dishes than an amazing number of rats and mice rushed in. They helped themselves from every dish, scattering pieces of meat and gravy all about. The captain jumped for joy. He remembered Whittington and his cat and told the king he had a creature on board the ship that would soon destroy the mice. The king's heart heaved so high at this good news that his turban dropped off his head. "Bring this creature to me!" he cried. "Vermin are dreadful in a court! If she will do what you say, I will load your ship with ivory, gold dust and jewels in exchanged for her." They not only ruin his dinner, but also attack him in his chamber, even in his bed! He has to be watched while he is sleeping for fear of them!" The captain jumped for joy. He remembered Whittington and his cat and told the king he had a creature on board the ship that would soon destroy the mice. The king's heart heaved so high at this good news that his turban dropped off his head. "Bring this creature to me!" he cried. "Vermin are dreadful in a court! If she will do what you say, I will load your ship with ivory, gold dust and jewels in exchanged for her."​


    Away flew the captain to the ship, while another dinner was got ready. With Puss under his arm, he returned to the palace just in time to see the rats about to devour the second dinner. At first sight of the rats and mice the cat sprang from the captain's arms. Soon she had laid most of them dead at her feet, while the rest fled to their holes. The queen asked to see Miss Puss. When the captain presented the cat, the queen was a little afraid to touch a creature that had mad such havoc among the rats and mice. Finally she stroked her and said, "Puttey, puttey, puttey," for she had not learned English. The captain put the cat on the queen's lap, where she purred and played with her majesty's hand and then sang herself to sleep. The queen asked to see Miss Puss. When the captain presented the cat, the queen was a little afraid to touch a creature that had mad such havoc among the rats and mice. Finally she stroked her and said, "Puttey, puttey, puttey," for she had not learned English. The captain put the cat on the queen's lap, where she purred and played with her majesty's hand and then sang herself to sleep.​



    When the king learned that Miss Puss and her kittens would keep the whole country free from rats and mice, he bargained for the whole ship's cargo. He gave ten times as much for Miss Puss as for all the rest. When the ship was loaded, the captain and his officer took leave of their majesties. A breeze springing up, they hurried on board and set sail for England. When the ship was loaded, the captain and his officer took leave of their majesties. A breeze springing up, they hurried on board and set sail for England.​



    The sun was scarcely up one morning when Mr. Fitzwarren stole from his bed to count over the cash. He had just sat down at his desk in the counting house when somebody came tap, tap-tap at the door. At that the merchant cried out; "Go call him and tell him of his fame, And call him Mr. Whittington by name." The merchant bustled up in such a hurry that he forgot his gout. He opened the door. There stood the captain and his officer with a cabinet of jewels and a bill of lading. The merchant lifted up his eyes and thanked Heaven for such a prosperous voyage. They told him about the cat and showed him the caskets of diamonds and rubies they had brought for Dick. At that the merchant cried out; "Go call him and tell him of his fame, And call him Mr. Whittington by name."​




    Dick was scouring pots in the kitchen and did not want to come into the clean parlor. "The floor is polished, and my shoes are dirty and full of nails." But the merchant made him come in and sit down. Mr. Fitzwarren advised Mr. Whittington to send for tradesmen to dress him like a gentleman, and offered him his house until he could provide himself with a better. Now when Dick's face was washed, his hair curled, his hat cocked, and he was dressed in a rich suit of clothes, he turned out a genteel young fellow. When they showed him the caskets of jewels, Dick laid the whole at his master's feet, but Mr. Fitzwarren refused it. He offered them to his mistress and his good friend Miss Alice, but they too refused the smallest part. Dick then rewarded the captain and ship's crew for the care they had taken of Puss, and distributed presents to all the servants, even to his old enemy, the cook. Mr. Fitzwarren advised Mr. Whittington to send for tradesmen to dress him like a gentleman, and offered him his house until he could provide himself with a better. Now when Dick's face was washed, his hair curled, his hat cocked, and he was dressed in a rich suit of clothes, he turned out a genteel young fellow.​

     



    In a little time he dropped his sheepish behavior and soon became a sprightly companion. Miss Alice, who formerly looked on him with pity, now saw him in quite another light. The Lord Mayor in his coach, Court of Aldermen, Sheriffs, company of stationers, and a number of eminent merchants attended the wedding ceremony. And afterwards all were treated to an elegant entertainment. The Lord Mayor in his coach, Court of Aldermen, Sheriffs, company of stationers, and a number of eminent merchants attended the wedding ceremony. And afterwards all were treated to an elegant entertainment.​



    Whittington and his bride were called the happiest couple in England. He was chosen Sheriff and was three different times elected Lord Mayor of London. In the last year of his mayoralty Whittington entertained King Henry the Fifth and his Queen. "Never had Prince such a subject," said Henry, and Whittington replied, "Never had subject such a King!"