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英文文学名著之欧·亨利《动荡不定》

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WhirligigsbyOHenry作者简介Henry,O亨利,欧()WilliamSydneyPorter的笔名作家短篇小说大师生于北卡罗来纳州格林斯伯勒。他在南方内战后的萧条时期长大在担任第一花旗银行出纳员之前做过多种工作。后因盗用公款坐牢()在狱中开始用笔名写短篇小说。年被释放后移居纽约市。年发表了他多卷短篇小说集中的第一卷《白菜与国王》(CabbagesandKings)。他的小说使日常生活富有浪漫色彩和幽默感而且故事中有许多巧合和出人不意的结尾因此而著名。其他小说集还有《市声》(TheVoiceoftheCity,)、《动荡不定》(Whirligigs,)和《无家可归的人》(WaifsandStrays,,死后出版)等。尽管他在写作上获得巨大成功但一生却因负债、疾病和酗酒而黯然失色。CONTENTSTHEWORLDANDTHEDOORTHETHEORYANDTHEHOUNDTHEHYPOTHESESOFFAILURECALLOWAY’SCODEAMATTEROFMEANELEVATIONSOCIOLOGYINSERGEANDSTRAWTHERANSOMOFREDCHIEFTHEMARRYMONTHOFMAYATECHNICALERRORSUITEHOMESANDTHEIRROMANCETHEWHIRLIGIGOFLIFEASACRIFICEHITTHEROADSWETAKEABLACKJACKBARGAINERTHESONGANDTHESERGEANTONEDOLLAR’SWORTHANEWSPAPERSTORYTOMMY’SBURGLARACHAPARRALCHRISTMASGIFTALITTLELOCALCOLOURGEORGIA’SRULINGBLINDMAN’SHOLIDAYMADAMEBOPEEP,OFTHERANCHESWhirligigsTHEWORLDANDTHEDOORAfavouritedodgetogetyourstoryreadbythepublicistoassertthatitistrue,andthenaddthatTruthisstrangerthanFictionIdonotknowiftheyarnIamanxiousforyoutoreadistruebuttheSpanishpurserofthefruitsteamerElCarrerosworetomebytheshrineofSantaGuadalupethathehadthefactsfromtheUSviceconsulatLaPazapersonwhocouldnotpossiblyhavebeencognizantofhalfofthemAsfortheadagequotedabove,ItakepleasureinpuncturingitbyaffirmingthatIreadinapurelyfictionalstorytheotherdaytheline:“‘Beitso,’saidthepoliceman”NothingsostrangehasyetcroppedoutinTruthWhenHFergusonHedges,millionairepromoter,investorandmanaboutNewYork,turnedhisthoughtsuponmattersconvivial,andwordofitwent“downtheline,”bouncerstookaprecautionaryturnattheIndianclubs,waitersputironstonechinaonhisfavouritetables,cabdriverscrowdedclosetothecurbstoneinfrontofallnightcafés,andcarefulcashiersinhisregularhauntschargedupafewbottlestohisaccountbywayofprefaceandintroductionAsamoneypoweraonemillionaireisofsmallaccountinacitywherethemanwhocutsyoursliceofbeefbehindthefreelunchcounterridestoworkinhisownautomobileButHedgesspenthismoneyaslavishly,loudlyandshowilyasthoughhewereonlyaclerksquanderingaweek’swagesAnd,afterall,thebartendertakesnointerestinyourreservefundHewouldratherlookyouuponhiscashregisterthaninBradstreetOntheeveningthatthematerialallegationoffactsbegins,HedgeswasbiddingdullcarebegoneinthecompanyoffiveorsixgoodfellowsacquaintancesandfriendswhohadgatheredinhiswakeAmongthemweretwoyoungermenRalphMerriam,abroker,andWade,hisfriendTwodeepseacabmenwerecharteredAtColumbusCircletheyhovetolongenoughtorevilethestatueofthegreatnavigator,unpatrioticallyrebukinghimforhavingvoyagedinsearchoflandinsteadofliquidsMidnightovertookthepartymaroonedintherearofacheapcaffaruptownHedgeswasarrogant,overridingandquarrelsomeHewasburlyandtough,irongraybutvigorous,“good”fortherestofthenightTherewasadisputeaboutnothingthatmattersandthefivefingeredwordswereWhirligigspassedthewordsthatrepresenttheglovecastintothelistsMerriamplayedtherôleoftheverbalHotspurHedgesrosequickly,seizedhischair,swungitonceandsmashedwildlydowpatMerriam’sheadMerriamdodged,drewasmallrevolverandshotHedgesinthechestTheleadingroystererstumbled,fellinawryheap,andlaystillWade,acommuter,hadformedthathabitofpromptnessHejuggledMerriamoutasidedoor,walkedhimtothecorner,ranhimablockandcaughtahansomTheyrodefiveminutesandthengotoutonadarkcorneranddismissedthecabAcrossthestreetthelightsofasmallsaloonbetrayeditshectichospitality“Gointhebackroomofthatsaloon,”saidWade,“andwaitI’llgofindoutwhat’sdoingandletyouknowYoumaytaketwodrinkswhileIamgonenomore”Attenminutestooneo’clockWadereturned“Braceup,oldchap,”hesaid“TheambulancegottherejustasIdidThedoctorsayshe’sdeadYoumayhaveonemoredrinkYouletmerunthisthingforyouYou’vegottoskipIdon’tbelieveachairislegallyadeadlyweaponYou’vegottomaketracks,that’sallthereistoit”Merriamcomplainedofthecoldquerulously,andaskedforanotherdrink“Didyounoticewhatbigveinshehadonthebackofhishands”hesaid“InevercouldstandInevercould““Takeonemore,”saidWade,“andthencomeonI’llseeyouthrough”Wadekepthispromisesowellthatateleveno’clockthenextmorningMerriam,withanewsuitcasefullofnewclothesandhairbrushes,steppedquietlyonboardalittletonfruitsteameratanEastRiverpierThevesselhadbroughttheseason’sfirstcargooflimesfromPortLimon,andwashomewardboundMerriamhadhisbankbalanceof$,inhispocketinlargebills,andbriefinstructionstopileupasmuchwaterashecouldbetweenhimselfandNewYorkTherewasnotimeforanythingmoreFromPortLimonMerriamworkeddownthecoastbyschoonerandslooptoColon,thenceacrosstheisthmustoPanama,wherehecaughtatrampboundforCallaoandsuchintermediateportsasmighttemptthediscursiveskipperfromhiscourseItwasatLaPazthatMerriamdecidedtolandLaPaztheBeautiful,alittleharbourlesstownsmotheredinalivinggreenribbonthatbandedthefootofacloudpiercingmountainHerethelittlesteamerstoppedtotreadwaterwhilethecaptain’sdorytookhimashorethathemightfeelthepulseofthecocoanutmarketMerriamwenttoo,withhissuitcase,andremainedKalb,theviceconsul,aGræcoArmeniancitizenoftheUnitedStates,WhirligigsborninHessenDarmstadt,andeducatedinCincinnatiwardprimaries,consideredallAmericanshisbrothersandbankersHeattachedhimselftoMerriam’selbow,introducedhimtoeveryoneinLaPazwhoworeshoes,borrowedtendollarsandwentbacktohishammockTherewasalittlewoodenhotelintheedgeofabananagrove,facingthesea,thatcateredtothetastesofthefewforeignersthathaddroppedoutoftheworldintothet,ri,qtePeruviantownAtKalb’sintroductory:“Shakehandswith,”hehadobedientlyexchangedmanualsalutationswithaGermandoctor,oneFrenchandtwoItalianmerchants,andthreeorfourAmericanswhowerespokenofasgoldmen,rubbermen,mahoganymenanythingbutmenoflivingtissueAfterdinnerMerriamsatinacornerofthebroadfrontgaleriawithBibb,aVermonterinterestedinhydraulicmining,andsmokedanddrankScotch“smoke”Themoonlitsea,spreadinginfinitelybeforehim,seemedtoseparatehimbeyondallapprehensionfromhisoldlifeThehorridtragedyinwhichhehadplayedsuchadisastrouspartnowbegan,forthefirsttimesincehestoleonboardthefruiter,awretchedfugitive,toloseitssharperoutlinesDistancelentassuagementtohisviewBibbhadopenedthefloodgatesofastreamoflongdammeddiscourse,overjoyedtohavecapturedanaudiencethathadnotsufferedunderahundredrepetitionsofhisviewsandtheories“Oneyearmore,”saidBibb,“andI’llgobacktoGod’scountryOh,Iknowit’sprettyhere,andyougetdolcefarnientebandedtoyouinchunks,butthiscountrywasn’tmadeforawhitemantoliveinYou’vegottohavetoplugthroughsnownowandthen,andseeagameofbaseballandwearastiffcollarandhaveapolicemancussyouStill,LaPazisagoodsortofapipedreamyoldholeAndMrsConantishereWhenanyofusfeelsparticularlylikejumpingintotheseawerusharoundtoherhouseandproposeIt’snicertoberejectedbyMrsConantthanitistobedrownedAndtheysaydrowningisadelightfulsensation”“Manylikeherhere”askedMerriam“Notanywhere,”saidBibb,withacomfortablesighShe’stheonlywhitewomaninLaPazTherestrangefromadappledduntothecolourofabflatpianokeyShe’sbeenhereayearComesfromwell,youknowhowawomancantalkask‘emtosay‘string’andthey’llsay‘crow’sfoot’or‘cat’scradle’Sometimesyou’dthinkshewasfromOshkosh,andagainfromJacksonville,Florida,andthenextdayfromCapeCod”“Mystery”venturedMerriam“Mwell,shelooksitbuthertalk’stranslucentenoughButthat’sawomanIsupposeiftheSphinxweretobegintalkingshe’dmerelysay:Whirligigs‘Goodnessme!morevisitorscomingfordinner,andnothingtoeatbutthesandwhichishere’Butyouwon’tthinkaboutthatwhenyoumeether,MerriamYou’llproposetohertoo”Tomakeahardstorysoft,MerriamdidmeetherandproposetoherHefoundhertobeawomaninblackwithhairthecolourofabronzeturkey’swings,andmysterious,rememberingeyesthatwell,thatlookedasifshemighthavebeenatrainednurselookingonwhenEvewascreatedHerwordsandmanner,though,weretranslucent,asBibbhadsaidShespoke,vaguely,offriendsinCaliforniaandsomeofthelowerparishesinLouisianaThetropicalclimateandindolentlifesuitedhershehadthoughtofbuyinganorangegrovelateronLaPazallinall,charmedherMerriam’scourtshipoftheSphinxlastedthreemonths,althoughbedidnotknowthathewascourtingherHewasusingherasanantidoteforremorse,untilhefound,toolate,thathehadacquiredthehabitDuringthattimehehadreceivednonewsfromhomeWadedidnotknowwherehewasandhewasnotsureofWade’sexactaddress,andwasafraidtowriteHethoughthehadbetterletmattersrestastheywereforawhileOneafternoonheandMrsConanthiredtwoponiesandrodeoutalongthemountaintrailasfarasthelittlecoldriverthatcametumblingdownthefoothillsTheretheystoppedforadrink,andMerriamspokehispieceheproposed,asBibbhadprophesiedMrsConantgavehimoneglanceofbrillianttenderness,andthenherfacetookonsuchastrange,haggardlookthatMerriamwasshakenoutofhisintoxicationandbacktohissenses“Ibegyourpardon,Florence,”hesaid,releasingherhand“butI’llhavetohedgeonpartofwhatIsaidIcan’taskyoutomarryme,ofcourseIkilledamaninNewYorkamanwhowasmyfriendshothimdowninquiteacowardlymanner,IunderstandOfcourse,thedrinkingdidn’texcuseitWell,Icouldn’tresisthavingmysayandI’llalwaysmeanitI’mhereasafugitivefromjustice,andIsupposethatendsouracquaintance”MrsConantpluckedlittleleavesassiduouslyfromthelowhangingbranchofalimetree“Isupposeso,”shesaid,inlowandoddlyuneventones“butthatdependsuponyouI’llbeashonestasyouwereIpoisonedmyhusbandIamaselfmadewidowAmancannotloveamurderessSoIsupposethatendsouracquaintance”ShelookedupathimslowlyHisfaceturnedalittlepale,andhestaredatherblankly,likeadeafanddumbmanwhowaswonderingwhatitwasallaboutShetookaswiftsteptowardhim,withstiffenedarmsandeyesblazingWhirligigs“Don’tlookatmelikethat!”shecried,asthoughshewereinacutepain“Curseme,orturnyourbackonme,butdon’tlookthatwayAmIawomantobebeatenIfIcouldshowyouhereonmyarms,andonmybackarescarsandithasbeenmorethanayearscarsthathemadeinhisbrutalragesAholynunwouldhaverisenandstruckthefienddownYes,IkilledhimThefoulandhorriblewordsthathehurledatmethatlastdayarerepeatedinmyearseverynightwhenIsleepAndthencamehisblows,andtheendofmyenduranceIgotthepoisonthatafternoonItwashiscustomtodrinkeverynightinthelibrarybeforegoingtobedahotpunchmadeofrumandwineOnlyfrommyfairhandswouldhereceiveitbecauseheknewthefumesofspiritsalwayssickenedmeThatnightwhenthemaidbroughtittomeIsentherdownstairsonanerrandBeforetakinghimhisdrinkIwenttomylittleprivatecabinetandpouredintoitmorethanateaspoonfuloftinctureofaconiteenoughtokillthreemen,soIhadlearnedIhaddrawn$,thatIhadinbank,andwiththatandafewthingsinasatchelIleftthehousewithoutanyoneseeingmeAsIpassedthelibraryIheardhimstaggerupandfallheavilyonacouchItookanighttrainforNewOrleans,andfromthereIsailedtotheBermudasIfinallycastanchorinLaPazAndnowwhathaveyoutosayCanyouopenyourmouth”Merriamcamebacktolife“Florence,”hesaidearnestly,“IwantyouIdon’tcarewhatyou’vedoneIftheworld““Ralph,”sheinterrupted,almostwithascream,“bemyworld!”HereyesmeltedsherelaxedmagnificentlvandswayedtowardMerriamsosuddenlythathehadtojumptocatchherDearme!insuchsceneshowthetalkrunsintoartificialproseButitcan’tbehelpedIt’sthesubconscioussmellofthefootlights’smokethat’sinallofusStirthedepthsofyourcook’ssoulsufficientlyandshewilldiscourseinBulwerLyttoneseMerriamandMrsConantwereveryhappyHeannouncedtheirengagementattheHotelOrilladelMarEightforeignersandfournativeAstorspoundedhisbackandshoutedinsincerecongratulationsathimPedrito,theCastilianmanneredbarkeep,wasgoadedtoextradutyuntilhisagilitywouldhaveturnedaBostoncherryphosphateclerkapalelilacwithenvyTheywerebothveryhappyAccordingtothestrangemathematicsofthegodofmutualaffinity,theshadowsthatcloudedtheirpastswhenunitedbecameonlyhalfasdenseinsteadofdarkerTheyshuttheworldoutandboltedthedoorsEachwastheother’sworldMrsConantlivedagainTherememberinglooklefthereyesMerriamwaswithhereverymomentthatwaspossibleOnalittleplateauunderagroveofpalmsandcalabashWhirligigstreestheyweregoingtobuildafairybungalowTheyweretobemarriedintwomonthsManyhoursofthedaytheyhadtheirheadstogetheroverthehouseplansTheirjointcapitalwouldsetupabusinessinfruitorwoodsthatwouldyieldacomfortablesupport“Goodnight,myworld,”wouldsayMrsConanteveryeveningwhenMerriamleftherforhishotelTheywereveryhappyTheirlovehad,circumstantially,thatelementofmelancholyinitthatitseemstorequiretoattainitssupremestelevationAnditseemedthattheirmutualgreatmisfortuneorsinwasabondthatnothingcouldseverOnedayasteamerhoveintheoffingBareleggedandbareshoulderedLaPazscampereddowntothebeach,forthearrivalofasteamerwastheirlooptheloop,circus,EmancipationDayandfouro’clockteaWhenthesteamerwasnearenough,wiseonesproclaimedthatshewasthePajaro,boundupcoastfromCallaotoPanamaThePaiaroputonbrakesamileoffshoreSoonaboatcamebobbingshorewardMerriamstrolleddownonthebeachtolookonIntheshallowwatertheCaribsailorssprangoutanddraggedtheboatwithamightyrushtothefirmshingleOutclimbedthepurser,thecaptainandtwopassengers,ploughingtheirwaythroughthedeepsandtowardthehotelMerriamglancedtowardthemwiththemildinterestduetostrangersTherewassomethingfamiliartohiminthewalkofoneofthepassengersHelookedagain,andhisbloodseemedtoturntostrawberryicecreaminhisveinsBurly,arrogant,debonairasever,HFergusonHedges,themanhehadkilled,wascomingtowardhimtenfeetawayWhenHedgessawMerriamhisfaceflushedadarkredThenheshoutedinhisold,bluffway:“Hello,MerriamGladtoseeyouDidn’texpecttofindyououthereQuinby,thisismyoldfriendMerriam,ofNewYorkMerriam,MrQuinby”MerriamgaveHedgesandthenQuinbyanicecoldhand“Brrrr!”saidHedges“Butyou’vegotafrappédflipper!Man,you’renotwellYou’reasyellowasaChinamanMalarialhereSteerustoabarifthereissuchathing,andlet’stakeaprophylactic”Merriam,stillhalfcomatose,ledthemtowardtheHotelOrilladelMar“QuinbyandI”explainedHedges,puffingthroughtheslipperysand,“arelookingoutalongthecoastforsomeinvestmentsWe’vejustcomeupfromConcepciónandValparaisoandLimaThecaptainofthissubsidizedferryboattoldustherewassomegoodpickingaroundhereinsilverminesSowegotoffNow,whereisthatcafMerriamOh,inthisportablesodawaterpavilion”LeavingQuinbyatthebar,HedgesdrewMerriamside“Now,whatdoesthismean”hesaid,withgruffkindness“AreyouWhirligigssulkingaboutthatfoolrowwehad”“Ithought,”stammeredMerriam“IheardtheytoldmeyouwerethatIhad““Well,youdidn’t,andI’mnot,”saidHedges“ThatfoolyoungambulancesurgeontoldWadeIwasacandidateforacoffinjustbecauseI’dgottiredandquitbreathingIlaidupinaprivatehospitalforamonthbuthereIam,kickingashardaseverWadeandItriedtofindyou,butcouldn’tNow,Merriam,shakehandsandforgetitallIwasasmuchtoblameasyouwereandtheshotreallydidmegoodIcameoutofthehospitalashealthyandfitasacabhorseComeonthatdrink’swaiting”“Oldman,”saidMerriam,brokenly,“Idon’tknowhowtothankyouIwell,youknow““Oh,forgetit,”boomedHedges“Quinby’lldieofthirstifwedon’tjoinhim”Bibbwassittingontheshadysideofthegallerywaitingfortheeleveno’clockbreakfastPresentlyMerriamcameoutandjoinedhimHiseyewasstrangelybright“Bibb,myboy,”saidhe,slowlywavinghishand,“doyouseethosemountainsandthatseaandskyandsunshinethey’remine,Bibbsyallmine”“Yougoin,”saidBibb,“andtakeeightgrainsofquinine,rightawayItwon’tdointhisclimateforamantogettothinkinghe’sRock

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