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Mirror mirror on the wall

 

Jayさんにコメントをいただいておかげで、積読になっていた『入門ビジネス英語』6月号に目を通しました。オフィス英語で普通に使われている表現や最近耳にするようになっている表現をスキットに盛り込んでくれていて、とても勉強になるなと改めて思いました。

今回は小ネタを取り上げます。商品会議でのブレストでハイテクdressing table(化粧台)について話しているところで、以下のような会話がありました。

That’s impossible. You mean like in Snow White: “Mirror mirror on the wall, how should I wear my makeup today?” And the mirror will tell you the best option?

改めてディズニー映画の該当部分をみてみると、Speak! Let me see thy face.と古めかしい話方をしていたことに気付きました。テキストにも出てきた有名な「鏡よ鏡」のフレーズはMagic mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all? - Famed is thy beauty, Majesty.となっています。



Queen: Slave in the magic mirror, come from the farthest space, through wind and darkness I summon thee. Speak! Let me see thy face.
Magic Mirror: What wouldst thou know, my Queen?
Queen: Magic mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?
Magic Mirror: Famed is thy beauty, Majesty. But hold, a lovely maid I see. Rags cannot hide her gentle grace. Alas, she is more fair than thee.
Queen: Alas for her! Reveal her name.
Magic Mirror: Lips red as the rose. Hair black as ebony. Skin white as snow.
Queen: Snow White!


オックスフォードもロングマンもSnow Whiteを見出しに立てています。ジーニアスもウィズダムも「雪のように白い」という形容詞の用法しか載せていません。その点プログレッシブはさすがです。

(プログレッシブ)
snow-white
[形]雪のように白い. ▼Snow Whiteは「白雪姫」.


(オックスフォード)
Snow White
a traditional children's story. Snow White is a beautiful princess. Her stepmother (= the woman who married her father after her mother died) is jealous of her beauty and orders a man to kill her. He takes pity on her and leaves her alive in a forest, where she lives happily with seven dwarfs (= very small people). The stepmother discovers that Snow White is alive, and gives her an apple full of poison. Snow White falls asleep after eating it and does not wake up until a prince kisses her, and all ends happily. The story was made into a successful Walt Disney film in 1937, and is a popular subject for pantomimes in Britain. In the film the seven dwarfs are called Dopey, Doc, Sneezy, Bashful, Sleepy, Grumpy and Happy.


(ロングマン)
Snow White
the main character in a fairy tale called Snow White, who is a beautiful princess who has a jealous stepmother. The stepmother sends Snow White into the forest to be killed. Snow White does not die, but goes to live with seven dwarfs (=imaginary creatures like very small men). Her stepmother then tries to kill her with a poisoned apple, but instead of dying she goes to sleep until a prince kisses her and wakes her. There is a famous Walt Disney cartoon film based on the story, made in the 1930s.


現代の英語だとMirror mirror, on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?とかMirror mirror, on the wall, who's fairest of them all?となっていますね。



スクリプト
Once upon a time, in an enchanted kingdom, there was a beautiful princess.
# I believe, I believe, I believe in love!
With skin as white as snow, and hair as black as night.
(Queen) Blah, blah, blah.
Her hair is not black, it's raven, and she's 18 and her skin has never seen the sun, so of course it's good.
Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?
(mirror) Snow White.




Snow White and the Huntsman trailer
Evil Queen: “Do you hear that? It’s the sound of battles fought and lives lost. It once pained me to know that I am the cause of such despair. But now, their cries give me strength. Beauty is my power.
Mirror, mirror on the wall. Who is fairest of them all?”
Mirror: “ You are the fairest but there is another destined to surpass you. Consume her heart and you shall live forever. ”
Evil Queen: “ Find me someone who does not fear the dark forest to hunt her down. ”
The Huntsman: “ Why she has such value?”
Evil Queen: " That is not of your concern"
The Huntsman: " If I refuse?“
Evil Queen: ” Lips red as blood, hair black as night, bring me your heart, my dear dear Snow White. “


意識はしないけど何気に普通に知っている知識、”Mirror mirror on the wall”というセリフもそのひとつなのでしょうね。
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