Madame Shrew (Translation)

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“Xenia! Xenia! Wake up, my girl – we don’t have much time!”

The day hasn’t even started yet and mom has sent Eleftheria to to get me out of my bed. Even from where I was, I could hear grandma in the kitchen.

Chaos first thing in the morning, I thought tiredly, pulling the blanket over my unkempt head. Eleftheria gave a cry when she saw me falling back into my bed.

Every time that Uncle Makis visited, our house didn’t have a moment of peace. Uncle Makis has married the biggest snob of our village. Even if he searched for such a lady, he wouldn’t find her.

I say that she threw herself at his feet. I earn a smack whenever I say that in front of mom. Uncle Makis is a sterling man, I tell you. How he took that shrew as a wife, I’ll never know.

Oh, yes. That shrew has a name – a name from the comedies of the sixties.

Afroxyllanthe is her name, and she was a merchant’s daughter.

Madame Afroxyllanthe was visiting us today -

And I didn’t like that at all.

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  1. Avatar NightMaiden

    It’s not as funny in English, since most of the sayings have been – ha ha – lost in translation, but I did my best to do it word by word. :)

  2. Avatar ElshaHawk (LoA)

    I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed the use of italics as inside thoughts.. mmm, it’s like remembering ice cream again. Missed you!
    I do see where the jokes are lost, however, you have a great family dynamic working here. :)

  3. Avatar dkscully

    Nice. The bits that have slipped away in the translation don’t seem to ruin the piece as a whole.

    I really like it.

  4. Avatar OrangeOreos (LoA)

    I agree with dkscully. It might not be as good (I had the same problem… :P) but it still works!

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