​英語で小噺

English Rakugo Short Stories

by 鹿鳴家 英楽(Kanariya Eiraku)

71. 嘘をつき通した男

An Accomplished Liar

71. 嘘をつき通した男

An Accomplished Liar

​SCRIPT

A man who was known as a liar is dying. All the neighbors gathered at his deathbed.
The landlord said,

Landlord:    You’ve been known as a liar all your life. Why don’t you  become honest in your last moments?
Liar:           Yes, that’s right. Sorry to have bothered you because of my lies.
                  I’ve buried a small box beneath the floor. There’s some money in it. Please dig it up after I die, and share it among yourselves.

When he died, the neighbors dug it up.

Man:  (Opening the box)
                  Oh, there’s no money inside. Only a slip of paper. What does it say?
         (Looking at the slip)
                    “This is my last lie.”