带家具出租的房间(英文版)
The Furnished Room

  • 作   者:

    欧·亨利
    O. Henry

  • 出版社:

    外语教学与研究出版社
    Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press

  • 语   言:

    英文

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文中并没有提及瓦希娜姑娘为何要离家出走,只是客观地给我们截取了一个出走另一个追寻的画面,但通过作者一而再、再而三地提及到的表演、舞台、剧院等,我们可以推断出Vashner是为了实现心目中登台歌唱的愿望而离家出走,一个挨一个剧团去寻找机会。而年轻人不停地寻找爱人Vashner,是因为她就是他的希望、是他的全部。因此,画面所展现的追寻是循环,而终点都指向希望。生活毕竟是残酷的,Vashner成为歌唱家的梦想不能实现,年轻人寻找Vashner的希望也日渐渺茫,所以生活这个陀螺转来转去只得又把他们转到一起——两人死后灵魂终于又可以交际了。作者用神秘的气氛渲染了一对爱人先后在同一个房间里自尽的悲剧。

This is perhaps the bleakest of O. Henry’s best-known stories. Although the basic ironic plot can be summarized in a sentence—a young man commits suicide in the same room where a young woman for whom he has vainly searched killed herself—it is the musty atmosphere of the room and the suggestion that every place bears the traces of the lives that have inhabited it that makes the story so compelling. It is a story of transience, of lives that move through a bleak, indifferent world, leaving only bits of themselves, which the young man uncovers as he searches through drawers and pokes into every corner and crevice of the room looking for something that remains of the woman he seeks. However, all that is left is an illusory sweet familiar smell, which melodramatically becomes the sweet smell of the gas he turns on in despair, as she did only one week previously. Although the fact that the young man ends up in the very same room in which his lost sweetheart took her life is one of the most extreme coincidences in all of O. Henry’s fiction, the power of the atmosphere of the story is so strong that readers are willing to accept it.

《带家具出租的房间》,作者用神秘的气氛渲染了一对爱人先后在同一个房间里自尽的悲剧。

A man searching for his lost love finds her ghost in a New York City tenement calling to him. This ghost story is a very unusual tale for O. Henry—longer than most and one of the few he wrote that dealt with the supernatural. The author tells a sad story of how two lovers have committed a suicide successively in the same room by heightening the air of mystery.

欧·亨利是其笔名,原名为威廉·西德尼·波特(William Sydney Porter)。美国著名批判现实主义作家,世界三大短篇小说大师之一。曾被评论界誉为曼哈顿桂冠散文作家和美国现代短篇小说之父。他的作品构思新颖,语言诙谐,结局常常出人意料,其中一些名篇如《爱的牺牲》、《警察与赞美诗》、《带家具出租的房间》、《贤人的礼物》、《最后一片藤叶》等使他获得了世界声誉。

William Sydney Porter (September 11, 1862—June 5, 1910), known by his pen name O. Henry, was an American writer. O. Henry's short stories are known for their wit, wordplay, warm characterization and clever twist endings. The best known ones are A Service of Love, The Cop and the Anthem, The Furnished Room, The Gift of the Magi and The Last Leaf, which help him win fame abroad.

正当他在那里歇息的时候,突然房间里弥漫着木樨草浓烈的芳香。它随一阵风袭来,千真万确,是那样芬芳浓郁,俨然一个生动逼真的座上客。那个青年仿佛有人叫他似的,大叫道:“怎么了,亲爱的?”然后跳起来,四处张望。这股浓香紧紧依附着他,把他围绕在中央。他伸出双臂拥抱香气;他的全部感觉顿时迷乱地交织在了一起。一个人怎么会被一阵香气紧急召唤去了呢?召唤他的肯定是一种声音。可是,这难道不是曾打动过他、安抚过他的声音吗?

Then, suddenly, as he rested there, the room was filled with the strong, sweet odour of mignonette.It came as upon a single buffet of wind with such sureness and fragrance and emphasis that it almost seemed a living visitant.And the man cried aloud: “What, dear?” as if he had been called, and sprang up and faced about.The rich odour clung to him and wrapped him around.He reached out his arms for it, all his senses for the time confused and commingled.How could one be peremptorily called by an odour? Surely it must have been a sound.But, was it not the sound that had touched, that had caressed him?

生活中,我们甚至也时刻面临着年轻人和瓦希娜这样濒于绝望的困境。

欧·亨利是20世纪初美国杰出的短篇小说大师,有“美国的莫泊桑”之称。他的作品因富于生活情趣被誉为“美国生活的幽默百科全书”。

O. Henry's stories are gems of their kind; mellow, humorous, ironic, ingenious and shot through with that eminently salable quality known as 'human interest.'" —Bennet Cerf and Van Cartmell

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