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If two American,girls vacationing in England hadn't stopped for five minutes in front of a shop window in the village of Newhaven, they would have been S25,000 poorer. Here's how it happened. The two girls, Betty and Jane had had a lovely holiday cycling around the lovely English countryside and now it was coming to an end. When they came to a little old village called Newhaven, they stopped to look at the shops for five minutes. They needed a present for their mother back in New York. Soon entered a little old antique shop which sold china, silver and all kinds of antiques. Mr Hubbard, the owner, asked if he could help them. "Yes," replied Jane, we need something for less than a dollar as a present. It's very difficult to buy any kind of antique for such a low price but finally Mr. Hubbard offered them a small bead necklace for just 70 cents, which they bought. When they got outside the shop Betty said, "It seems mean to give mother such a dirty-looking old necklace, but at least she couldn't buy it at a supermarket. Perhaps we can have it cleaned up a bit when we get to London. They went up to London that afternoon, then when they'd checked into a hotel, they took the necklace to Coghill's, a famous jeweller to have it cleaned. They 10 were told it would be ready for them to pick up the following morning. After a good night's sleep, they went to the shop and when they asked for the necklace, the man at the counter asked them to follow him to the president's office: In the beautiful room they were greeted but by Mr. Grisby, director of the not only by the president, was British Museum. Beside him in a red velvet-lined box, their necklace, now it looked different. Mr. Grisby said, "As you see, this is a necklace of beautiful black pearls, not beads. But more important is the fact that this is the most historical necklace in Britain. It belonged to Mary, Queen of Scotland who is said to have worn it in 1587 when she head cut off at the order of her cousin Queen Elizabeth 1 of England. At that time it was lost and we've been looking for it for nearly 400 years. Now you have found it. We hope you'll accept s25,000 for this necklace." Jane and Betty were so amazed they couldn't speak. They nodded their agreement.

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またGoogle翻訳を元に修正してみましたが、これは結構修正が必要でした。 でも、前のもそうだけど結構面白い話なので、自分で訳さないと損だと思うな。 ---- イングランドで休暇を取っていた2人のアメリカ人の若い娘たちが、もしニューヘブンの村にある店の窓の前で5分間立ち止まっていなかったら、今よりも2万5千ドル貧乏だっただろう。 一体何が起こったのでしょう。 2人の娘達、BettyとJaneは美しい英国の田舎をサイクリングでまわりながら素敵な休暇を過ごしていましたが、それも終わりに近づいていました。彼らがニューヘブンと呼ばれる少し古びた村に立ち寄った時、5分程店を探すため立ち止まりました。彼らはニューヨークの母親のためにプレゼントが必要でした。ほどなく彼女らは陶磁器、銀器、いろいろな種類の骨董品を売るその小さな古いアンティークショップに入りました。オーナーであるハバード氏は、何かお手伝いできるかどうか尋ねました。 "はい”、ジェーンは答えました。”プレゼントとして1ドル未満のものが必要です”。こんなに安い価格でアンティークを買うのは非常に難しいのですが、ハバード氏はたった70セントの小さなビーズのネックレスを見せ、彼女らはそれを買いました。店の外に出たとき、ベティは言いました、 "母親にそのような汚れた古いネックレスを与えるのは悪いけど、少なくともスーパーマーケットで買うことはでき無いわよね。ロンドンについてから少しきれいにできるかもしれないわ” 。午後ロンドンに到着し、ホテルにチェックインした後、有名な宝石店であるCoghill'sにそのネックレスを持って行き、クリーニングを頼みました。彼女らは翌朝には準備ができるので取りに来るよう伝えられました。晩にぐっすり良く寝た後、彼女たちは店に行き、ネックレスについて頼むと、カウンターの男性は彼らに社長の事務所についてくるように言いました。美しい部屋で社長だけでなく、宝石商のディレクターのグリズビー氏にも挨拶をされました。そこは大英博物館だったのです。彼の横に置かれた赤いベルベットのラインがつけられた箱の中に今は違うように見える彼らのネックレスがありました。グリスビー氏いわく、”ご覧の通り、これは美しい黒真珠のネックレスです。ビーズではありません。しかしもっと重要なことは、これが英国で最も歴史的なネックレスであるという事実です。スコットランドの女王メアリーが所持していて、1587年に彼女のいとこの英国女王のエリザベス1世の命令で首をはねられた時に身に着けていたと言われています。その時、これは失われ、私たちは400年近くそれを探し続けて来たのです。それをあなた達が今、見つけたのです。このネックレスを$25,000でお譲りいただければ幸いです。」ジェーンとベティはとても驚いて話すことができませんでした。彼女たちは同意のために頷くのがやっとでした。

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