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Source global Wall Street Journal     time 2022-01-14 21:29:38
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‘Four hundred and seventy-six bedrooms mean nothing to them,’ sighed Orlando.

然而,每当宴会达到高潮、宾客们欣喜若狂之时,奥兰多便会抽身而去,独自回屋,紧闭房门。在确信没人会来打扰后,他拿出一个旧笔记本,上面用男孩稚嫩的字体写着大橡树——诗一首”。这本子是当年他偷了母亲的丝线缝在一起的。他会在这本子上一直写到午夜报时的钟声敲响,乃至更晚。不过,他写进去多少行,又会划掉多少行,到年底,它们的总行数甚至往往少于当初,仿佛在写的过程中这诗歌反而消失不见了。因为,若要文学史家来评论的话,他的文风发生了惊人的变化。他的绚丽和丰饶受到了抑制,散文的时代正在使这些温暖的源泉凝结。外部的景观本身也少了很多斑斓,蔷薇丛不再那么多刺和盘根错节。或许,感觉本身就多了些许迟钝,味觉已不再受到蜂蜜和奶油的诱惑。同时,街道的下水系统更通畅,室内的采光更明快,毫无疑问,这对他的文风都有影响。

So then one may sketch her spending her morning in a China robe of ambiguous gender among her books; then receiving a client or two (for she had many scores of suppliants) in the same garment; then she would take a turn in the garden and clip the nut trees — for which knee-breeches were convenient; then she would change into a flowered taffeta which best suited a drive to Richmond and a proposal of marriage from some great nobleman; and so back again to town, where she would don a snuff-coloured gown like a lawyer’s and visit the courts to hear how her cases were doing,— for her fortune was wasting hourly and the suits seemed no nearer consummation than they had been a hundred years ago; and so, finally, when night came, she would more often than not become a nobleman complete from head to toe and walk the streets in search of adventure.

Howbeit, the Fates were hard; she could do no more than toss one kiss over her shoulder before Orlando sailed.

那么实情似乎是——如果根据上下文,我们敢用实情这个字眼——所有人都着了魔。女主人是现代的西比尔(西比尔,古代女预言家、女巫)。她是个女巫,用咒语迷住了客人。在这幢房子里,他们自认为很快活;在那幢房子里,他们自认为很机智;在另一幢房子里,他们自认为很深沉。一概是幻觉(这并无不妥之处,因为幻觉在天下万物中最珍贵、最不可缺少,能产生幻觉的人,可跻身世上最伟大的施惠者之列),但是由于众所周知,幻觉与现实冲突会破碎,因此在幻觉盛行的地方,容不得真正的快活、真正的机智、真正的深沉。这解释了为何漫漫五十年,杜狄范夫人只说了三句机智的话。说得太多,她的圈子就会毁灭。俏皮话一出口,就会断送正在进行的谈话,好似炮弹摧平紫罗兰和雏菊。她说出那句闻名遐迩的圣但尼之妙语”,当时四周的草地都燎焦了。接踵而来的是失望和忧伤。人们默默无语。 看在老天爷的面上,夫人,饶了我们,以后莫说这种话!”她的朋友异口同声地恳求。她顺从了他们。几乎十七年,她没说过一句值得记忆的话,结果事事顺遂。在她的圈子里,幻觉的美丽床罩丝毫没有遭到破坏,就像它在R夫人的圈子里一样。宾客们自认为很快活、很机智、很深沉,而且,由于他们如此认为,旁人就更强烈地如此认为,于是哄传最令人愉快的地方莫过于R夫人府邸的聚会;人人艳羡那些有幸厕身其间的人;那些人则因为别人的艳羡而自我艳羡;于是一切就这样循环往复——除了我们现在要讲述的这件事。


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