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首页 欧亨利短篇小说集(英文版)

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欧亨利短篇小说集(英文版)

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StrictlyBusinessHenry,OPublished:Type(s):ShortFiction,CollectionsSource:http:wwwgutenbergorg�AboutHenry:OHenrywasthepennameofAmericanwriterWilliamSydneyPorter(September,¨CJune,)OHenryshortstoriesareknownforwit,wordplay,warmcharacterizationandclevertwistendingsTopSagecom�STRICTLYBUSINESSIsupposeyouknowallaboutthestageandstagepeopleYou'vebeentouchedwithandbyactors,andyoureadthenewspapercriticismsandthejokesintheweekliesabouttheRialtoandthechorusgirlsandthelonghairedtragediansAndIsupposethatacondensedlistofyourideasaboutthemysteriousstagelandwouldboildowntosomethinglikethis:Leadingladieshavefivehusbands,pastediamonds,andfiguresnobetterthanyourown(madam)iftheyweren'tpaddedChorusgirlsareinseparablefromperoxide,PanhardsandPittsburgAllshowswalkbacktoNewYorkontanoxfordandrailroadtiesIrreproachableactressesreservethecomiclandladypartfortheirmothersonBroadwayandtheirstepauntsontheroadKyrleBellew'srealnameisBoyleO'KelleyTheravingsofJohnMcCulloughinthephonographwerestolenfromthefirstsaleoftheEllenTerrymemoirsJoeWeberisfunnierthanEHSothernbutHenryMillerisgettingolderthanhewasAlltheatricalpeopleonleavingthetheatreatnightdrinkchampagneandeatlobstersuntilnoonthenextdayAfterall,themovingpictureshavegotthewholebunchpoundedtoapulpNow,fewofusknowthereallifeofthestagepeopleIfwedid,theprofessionmightbemoreovercrowdedthanitisWelookaskanceattheplayerswithaneyefullofpatronizingsuperiority¡ªandwegohomeandpractiseallsortsofelocutionandgesturesinfrontofourlookingglassesLatterlytherehasbeenmuchtalkoftheactorpeopleinanewlightItseemstohavebeendivulgedthatinsteadofbeingmotoringbacchanaliansanddiamondhungryloreleistheyarebusinesslikefolk,studentsandasceticswithchilderandhomesandlibraries,owningrealestate,andconductingtheirprivateaffairsinasorderlyandunsensationalamannerasanyofusgoodcitizenswhoareboundtothechariotwheelsofthegas,rent,coal,ice,andwardmenWhethertheoldorthenewreportofthesockandbuskinersbethetrueoneisasurmisethathasnoplacehereIofferyoumerelythislittlestoryoftwostrollersandforproofofitstruthIcanshowyouonlythedarkpatchabovethecastironofthestageentrancedoorofKeetor'soldvaudevilletheatremadetherebythepetulantpushofglovedhandstooimpatienttofingertheclumsythumblatch¡ªandwhereIlastsawCherrywhiskingthroughlikeaswallowintohernest,ontimetotheminute,asusual,todressforheractTopSagecom�ThevaudevilleteamofHartCherrywasaninspirationBobHarthadbeenroamingthroughtheEasternandWesterncircuitsforfouryearswithamixedupactcomprisingamonologue,threelightningchangeswithsongs,acoupleofimitationsofcelebratedimitators,andabuckandwingdancethathaddrawnaglanceofapprovalfromthebassviolplayerinmorethanonehouse¡ªthanwhichnoperformereverreceivedmoresatisfactoryevidenceofgoodworkThegreatesttreatanactorcanhaveistowitnessthepitifulperformancewithwhichallotheractorsdesecratethestageInordertogivehimselfthispleasurehewilloftenforsakethesunniestBroadwaycornerbetweenThirtyfourthandFortyfourthtoattendamatin¨¦eofferingbyhislessgiftedbrothersOnceduringthelifetimeofaminstreljokeonecomestoscoffandremainstogothroughwiththatmostdifficultexerciseofThespianmuscles¡ªtheaudiblecontactofthepalmofonehandagainstthepalmoftheotherOneafternoonBobHartpresentedhissolvent,serious,wellknownvaudevillianfaceattheboxofficewindowofarivalattractionandgothisdhcouponforanorchestraseatA,B,C,andDglowedsuccessivelyontheannouncementspacesandpassedintooblivion,eachplungingMrHartdeeperintogloomOthersoftheaudienceshrieked,squirmed,whistled,andapplaudedbutBobHart,"AlltheMustardandaWholeShowinHimself,"satwithhisfaceaslongandhishandsasfarapartasaboyholdingahankofyarnforhisgrandmothertowindintoaballButwhenHcameon,"TheMustard"suddenlysatupstraightHwasthehappyalphabeticalprognosticatorofWinonaCherry,inCharacterSongsandImpersonationsTherewerescarcelymorethantwobitestoCherrybutshedeliveredthemerchandisetiedwithapinkcordandchargedtotheoldman'saccountShefirstshowedyouadeliciouslydewyandginghamycountrygirlwithabasketofpropertydaisieswhoinformedyouingenuouslythattherewereotherthingstobelearnedattheoldlogschoolhousebesidescipherin'andnouns,especially"WhentheTeacherKeptMein"Vanishing,withaquickflirtofginghamapronstrings,shereappearedinconsiderablylessthana"trice"asafluffy"Parisienne"¡ªsoneardoesArtbringtheoldredmilltotheMoulinRougeAndthen¡ªButyouknowtherestAndsodidBobHartbuthesawsomebodyelseHethoughthesawthatCherrywastheonlyprofessionalontheshortorderstagethathehadseenwhoseemedexactlytofitthepartofTopSagecom�"HelenGrimes"inthesketchhehadwrittenandkepttuckedawayinthetrayofhistrunkOfcourseBobHart,aswellaseveryothernormalactor,grocer,newspaperman,professor,curbbroker,andfarmer,hasaplaytuckedawaysomewhereTheytuck'emintraysoftrunks,trunksoftrees,desks,haymows,pigeonholes,insidepockets,safedepositvaults,handboxes,andcoalcellars,waitingforMrFrohmantocallTheybelongamongthefiftysevendifferentkindsButBobHart'ssketchwasnotdestinedtoendinapicklejarHecalledit"MiceWillPlay"Hehadkeptitquietandhiddenawayeversincehewroteit,waitingtofindapartnerwhofittedhisconceptionof"HelenGrimes"Andherewas"Helen"herself,withalltheinnocentabandon,theyou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vegotapropositiontomaketoyouthatwillreduceourexpensesalotandhelpyouworkoutyourownfutureandhelpmeworkoutmine¡ªandallonbusinessprinciples""MiceWillPlay"hadatremendouslysuccessfulruninNewYorkfortenweeks¡ªratherneatforavaudevillesketch¡ªandthenitstartedonthecircuitsWithoutfollowingit,itmaybesaidthatitwasasoliddrawingcardfortwoyearswithoutasignofabatedpopularitySamPackard,managerofoneofKeetor'sNewYorkhouses,saidofHartCherry:"AssquareandhightonedalittleteamasevercameoverthecircuitIt'sapleasuretoreadtheirnameson

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