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The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell, v.1

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* 「アンデス山脈」

 クラマー(受験準備のための学校)時代の一時期,エドワード・フィッツジェラルド(Edward Arthur FitzGerald, 1871-1931:イギリスの登山家。1897年,アコンカグアの初登頂を目指す遠征隊を率い,成功/右写真)という名前の友人がいた。母親はアメリカ人,父親はカナダ人であったが,彼は,ニュージーランド・アルプスやアンデス山脈(登頂で)で多くの偉業を成し遂げ,後年,偉大な登山家として名前が広く知られるようになった。彼の一家は大変裕福で,ラットランド・ゲート19番地(右の地図参照)の大きな屋敷に住んでいた。(ラッセル注:今はすっかり取りこわされてしまっている)。
 彼には,詩を書いている姉がいたが,彼女は,私がそのラットランド・ゲートの家で頻繁に会ったロバート・ブラウニング(Robert Browning, 1812〜1889/英国ビクトリア朝時代の詩人)と非常に親しかった。
(ラッセル注:私は,かつて一度,2歳の年に,ペンブローク・ロッジの我が家に昼食にやってきたロバート・ブラウニングと会ったことがある。その時,全員彼が一緒につれて来た俳優サルヴィニ(訳注:イタリアの俳優 Tommaso Salvini, 1829-1915 のことか?)から話を聞きたがっているのに,彼は際限なしに一人しゃべり続けた。とうとう私は,突き刺すような声で叫んだ−「あの人,おしゃべりやめればいいのに・・・」 そうしたら彼は,その通りにした。)
 彼女は後に,最初エドモンド・フィッツモーリス令夫人Lady Edmond Fitzmaurice)となり,つぎにフィリップ令夫人Signora de Philippi)となった。彼女は,弟よりもかなり年上であり,大成した古典学者であった。私は彼女に対して,ロマンティックな賛美の念を抱いたが,後になって彼女に会ったときは,全く退屈な人間であるように思われた。

For a time at the crammer's I had one friend - a man named Edward FitzGerald. His mother was American, and his father Canadian, and he became well known in later years as a great mountain climber, performing many exploits in the New Zealand Alps and the Andes. His people were very rich, and lived in a large house*1 No. 19 Rutland Gate.
He had a sister who wrote poetry and was a great friend of Robert Browning whom I frequently met at Rutland Gate.
She afterwards became first Lady Edmond Fitzmaurice, and then Signora de Philippi. His sister was considerably older than he was, and an accomplished classical scholar. I conceived a romantic admiration for her, though when I met her later she seemed an unmitigated bore.
He had been brought up in America, and was exceedingly sophisticated. He was lazy and lackadaisical, but had remarkable ability in a great many directions, notably in mathematics. He could tell the year of any reputable wine or cigar. He could eat a spoonful of mixed mustard and cayenne pepper. He was intimate with Continental brothels. His knowledge of literature was extensive, and while an undergraduate at Cambridge, he acquired a fine library of first editions. When he first came to the crammer's, I took to him at once, because he was at any rate a civilised being, which none of the others were. (Robert Browning died while I was there, and none of the others had ever heard of him.)
We used both to go home for the weekend, and on the way he would always take me first to lunch with his people and then to a matinee. My people made inquiries about the family, but were reassured by a testimonial from Robert Browning.

*1 It is now pulled down.
*2 I had met Robert Browning once before at the age of two when he came to lunch at Pembroke Lodge and talked unceasingly although everybody wished to hear the actor Salvini whom he had brought with him. At last I exclaimed in a piercing voice, 'I wish that man would stop talking'. And he did.