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海倫凱勒自傳《我的生活》:第141期

發表時間:2017-12-09內容來源:VOA英語學習網

for she is one of those from whom we learn that one painful duty fulfilled makes the next plainer and easier.

從她身上,我們學到了這樣一條真理——只有克服了眼前的困難,下一步的路途才會變得平坦易行。

Mr. Hutton introduced me to many of his literary friends, greatest of whom are Mr. William Dean Howells and Mark Twain. I also met Mr. Richard Watson Gilder and Mr. Edmund Clarence Stedman. I also knew Mr. Charles Dudley Warner, the most delightful of story-tellers and the most beloved friend, whose sympathy was so broad that it may be truly said of him, he loved all living things and his neighbour as himself. Once Mr. Warner brought to see me the dear poet of the woodlands—Mr. John Burroughs. They were all gentle and sympathetic and I felt the charm of their manner as much as I had felt the brilliancy of their essays and poems. I could not keep pace with all these literary folk as they glanced from subject to subject and entered into deep dispute, or made conversation sparkle with epigrams and happy witticisms. I was like little Ascanius, who followed with unequal steps the heroic strides of Aeneas on his march toward mighty destinies. But they spoke many gracious words to me. Mr. Gilder told me about his moonlight journeys across the vast desert to the Pyramids, and in a letter he wrote me he made his mark under his signature deep in the paper so that I could feel it. This reminds me that Dr. Hale used to give a personal touch to his letters to me by pricking his signature in braille. I read from Mark Twain's lips one or two of his good stories. He has his own way of thinking, saying and doing everything. I feel the twinkle of his eye in his handshake.

休頓先生還把他很多文學界的朋友介紹給我,包括大名鼎鼎的威廉·迪安·豪厄爾斯和馬克·吐溫。我見到了理查德·沃特森·吉爾德先生和埃德蒙德·克拉倫斯·斯泰德曼先生,還結識了查爾斯·達德利·沃納先生。他是最討人喜歡的“說書人”,也是我最鐘愛的友人;他有著無比深切的同情心,愛人如己。記得有一次,沃納先生帶我拜會了可敬的“林地詩人”——約翰·巴勒斯先生。在我看來,他們都是些心地善良而富于同情心的人,他們的人格魅力正如他們筆下的散文和詩歌一樣散發著璀璨的光芒。當然,我是無法同這些文學大家盤經論道的,尤其是當他們在不同話題之間縱橫捭闔,或者辯論正酣、妙語連珠的時候。我就像小阿斯卡涅斯一樣,他步履蹣跚地跟在英雄父親埃涅阿斯身后,無怨無悔地迎接命運的安排。他們熱情地同我談天說地,吉爾德先生向我講述了他月夜旅行的經歷,他曾穿越浩瀚的大沙漠前往金字塔。在給我寫的信中,他特意在落款后面留下一個深深的標記,這樣我就可以在紙上摸到它了。而黑爾博士自有他私人的問候方式,他會把落款簽名用盲文刺在紙上。我還通過觸摸馬克·吐溫的嘴唇而“閱讀”了他的一兩篇小說。馬克·吐溫有著自己獨特的思維方式,無論講話做事都個性鮮明。在同他握手時,我能感覺到他那炯炯有神的目光。

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