Question

Translate the following story into good English.
Be sure to use the vocabulary given with the story in your translation.

Plinius, -i, m - Pliny (the name of a Roman historian)
Marcellinus, -i, m - Marcellinus (the name of a Roman man)
amitto, amittere amisi, amissus - lose
Minicia, -ae, f - Minicia (the name of a Roman girl)
bellus, -a, -um - beautiful
crudelis, -is, -e - cruel
annus, -i, m - year
medicus, -i, m - doctor
eius = her
villa, -ae, f - house
auxilium, -i, n - help
iste, ista, istud - that
morbus, -i, m - illness
remedium, -i, n - cure
fugio, -ere - fly
haec (acc pl neuter) = these

Plinius Marcellino amico S.D.
Hodie miseri sumus. Minicia, filia amici nostri, vitam heri amisit. Puella non solum bella sed etiam sapiens erat; patri matrique cara erat. Fatum crudele eam ab eis cepit. Duodecim annos vixit. Medici ad villam eius venerunt, sed frustra. Medici puellae auxilium dare non potuerunt quod iste morbus acer sine remedio erat. Vita eius brevis sed laeta erat. Vitae nostrae quoque fugiunt dum haec verba scribo. Vale.

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Pliny Marcellinus friend of S.D.
Today we are (we feel) miserable....

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