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首页 The Horse Dealer's Daughter

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The Horse Dealer's Daughter

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2011-05-17 0人阅读 举报 0 0 暂无简介

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DHLawrenceTheHorseDealer'sDaughter'Well,Mabel,andwhatareyougoingtodowithyourself'askedJoe,withfoolishflippancyHefeltquitesafehimselfWithoutlisteningforananswer,heturnedaside,workedagrainoftobaccotothetipofhistongue,andspatitoutHedidnotcareaboutanything,sincehefeltsafehimselfThethreebrothersandthesistersatroundthedesolatebreakfasttable,attemptingsomesortofdesultoryconsultationThemorning'sposthadgiventhefinaltaptothefamilyfortunes,andallwasoverThedrearydiningroomitself,withitsheavymahoganyfurniture,lookedasifitwerewaitingtobedoneawaywithButtheconsultationamountedtonothingTherewasastrangeairofineffectualityaboutthethreemen,astheysprawledattable,smokingandreflectingvaguelyontheirownconditionThegirlwasalone,arathershort,sullenlookingyoungwomanoftwentysevenShedidnotsharethesamelifeasherbrothersShewouldhavebeengoodlooking,savefortheimpassivefixityofherface,'bulldog',asherbrotherscalleditTherewasaconfusedtrampingofhorses'feetoutsideThethreemenallsprawledroundintheirchairstowatchBeyondthedarkhollybushesthatseparatedthestripoflawnfromthehighroad,theycouldseeacavalcadeofshirehorsesswingingoutoftheirownyard,beingtakenforexerciseThiswasthelasttimeThesewerethelasthorsesthatwouldgothroughtheirhandsTheyoungmenwatchedwithcritical,callouslookTheywereallfrightenedatthecollapseoftheirlives,andthesenseofdisasterinwhichtheywereinvolvedleftthemnoinnerfreedomYettheywerethreefine,wellsetfellowsenoughJoe,theeldest,wasamanofthirtythree,broadandhandsomeinahot,flushedwayHisfacewasred,hetwistedhisblackmoustacheoverathickfinger,hiseyeswereshallowandrestlessHehadasensualwayofuncoveringhisteethwhenhelaughed,andhisbearingwasstupidNowhewatchedthehorseswithaglazedlookofhelplessnessinhiseyes,acertainstuporofdownfallThegreatdraughthorsesswungpastTheyweretiedheadtotail,fourofthem,andtheyheavedalongtowherealanebranchedofffromthehighroad,plantingtheirgreathoofsfloutinglyinthefineblackmud,swingingtheirgreatroundedhaunchessumptuously,andtrottingafewsuddenstepsastheywereledintothelane,roundthecornerEverymovementshowedamassive,slumbrousstrength,andastupiditywhichheldtheminsubjectionThegroomattheheadlookedback,jerkingtheleadingropeAndthecalvalcademovedoutofsightupthelane,thetailofthelasthorse,bobbeduptightandstiff,heldouttautfromtheswinginggreathaunchesastheyrockedbehindthehedgesinamotionlikesleepJoewatchedwithglazedhopelesseyesThehorseswerealmostlikehisownbodytohimHefelthewasdonefornowLuckilyhewasengagedtoawomanasoldashimself,andthereforeherfather,whowasstewardofaneighbouringestate,wouldprovidehimwithajobHewouldmarryandgointoharnessHislifewasover,hewouldbeasubjectanimalnowHeturneduneasilyaside,theretreatingstepsofthehorsesechoinginhisearsThen,withfoolishrestlessness,hereachedforthescrapsofbaconrindfromtheplates,andmakingafaintwhistlingsound,flungthemtotheterrierthatlayagainstthefenderHewatchedthedogswallowthem,andwaitedtillthecreaturelookedintohiseyesThenafaintgrincameonhisface,andinahigh,foolishvoicehesaid:'Youwon'tgetmuchmorebacon,shallyou,youlittleb'Thedogfaintlyanddismallywaggeditstail,thenloweredhishaunches,circledround,andlaydownagainTherewasanotherhelplesssilenceatthetableJoesprawleduneasilyinhisseat,notwillingtogotillthefamilyconclavewasdissolvedFredHenry,thesecondbrother,waserect,cleanlimbed,alertHehadwatchedthepassingofthehorseswithmoresangfroidIfhewasananimal,likeJoe,hewasananimalwhichcontrols,notonewhichiscontrolledHewasmasterofanyhorse,andhecarriedhimselfwithawelltemperedairofmasteryButhewasnotmasterofthesituationsoflifeHepushedhiscoarsebrownmoustacheupwards,offhislip,andglancedirritablyathissister,whosatimpassiveandinscrutable'You'llgoandstopwithLucyforabit,shan'tyou'heaskedThegirldidnotanswer'Idon'tseewhatelseyoucando,'persistedFredHenry'Goasaskivvy,'JoeinterpolatedlaconicallyThegirldidnotmoveamuscle'IfIwasher,Ishouldgoinfortrainingforanurse,'saidMalcolm,theyoungestofthemallHewasthebabyofthefamily,ayoungmanoftwentytwo,withafresh,jauntymuseauButMabeldidnottakeanynoticeofhimTheyhadtalkedatherandroundherforsomanyyears,thatshehardlyheardthematallThemarbleclockonthemantelpiecesoftlychimedthehalfhour,thedogroseuneasilyfromthehearthrugandlookedatthepartyatthebreakfasttableButstilltheysatoninineffectualconclave'Oh,allright,'saidJoesuddenly,àproposofnothing'I'llgetamoveon'Hepushedbackhischair,straddledhiskneeswithadownwardjerk,togetthemfree,inhorsyfashion,andwenttothefireStillhedidnotgooutoftheroomhewascurioustoknowwhattheotherswoulddoorsayHebegantochargehispipe,lookingdownatthedogandsaying,inahigh,affectedvoice:'Goingwi'meGoingwi'meareterTha'rtgoin'furtherthanthacountsonjustnow,dosthear'Thedogfaintlywaggeditstail,themanstuckouthisjawandcoveredhispipewithhishands,andpuffedintently,losinghimselfinthetobacco,lookingdownallthewhileatthedogwithanabsentbrowneyeThedoglookedupathiminmournfuldistrustJoestoodwithhiskneesstuckout,inrealhorsyfashion'HaveyouhadaletterfromLucy'FredHenryaskedofhissister'Lastweek,'cametheneutralreply'Andwhatdoesshesay'Therewasnoanswer'Doessheaskyoutogoandstopthere'persistedFredHenry'ShesaysIcanifIlike''Well,then,you'dbetterTellheryou'llcomeonMonday'Thiswasreceivedinsilence'That'swhatyou'lldothen,isit'saidFredHenry,insomeexasperationButshemadenoanswerTherewasasilenceoffutilityandirritationintheroomMalcolmgrinnedfatuously'You'llhavetomakeupyourmindbetweennowandnextWednesday,'saidJoeloudly,'orelsefindyourselflodgingsonthekerbstone'Thefaceoftheyoungwomandarkened,butshesatonimmutable'Here'sJackFergusson!'exclaimedMalcolm,whowaslookingaimlesslyoutofthewindow'Where'exclaimedJoe,loudly'Justgonepast''Comingin'Malcolmcranedhisnecktoseethegate'Yes,'hesaidTherewasasilenceMabelsatonlikeonecondemned,attheheadofthetableThenawhistlewasheardfromthekitchenThedoggotupandbarkedsharplyJoeopenedthedoorandshouted:'Comeon'AfteramomentayoungmanenteredHewasmuffledupinovercoatandapurplewoollenscarf,andhistweedcap,whichhedidnotremove,waspulleddownonhisheadHewasofmediumheight,hisfacewasratherlongandpale,hiseyeslookedtired'Hello,Jack!Well,Jack!'exclaimedMalcolmandJoeFredHenrymerelysaid,'Jack''What'sdoing'askedthenewcomer,evidentlyaddressingFredHenry'SameWe'vegottobeoutbyWednesdayGotacold''Ihavegotitbad,too''Whydon'tyoustopin''MestopinWhenIcan'tstandonmylegs,perhapsIshallhaveachance'TheyoungmanspokehuskilyHehadaslightScotchaccent'It'saknockout,isn'tit,'saidJoe,boisterously,'ifadoctorgoesroundcroakingwithacoldLooksbadforthepatients,doesn'tit'Theyoungdoctorlookedathimslowly'Anythingthematterwithyou,then'heaskedsarcastically'NotasIknowofDamnyoureyes,IhopenotWhy''Ithoughtyouwereveryconcernedaboutthepatients,wonderedifyoumightbeoneyourself''Damnit,no,I'veneverbeenpatienttonoflamingdoctor,andhopeInevershallbe,'returnedJoeAtthispointMabelrosefromthetable,andtheyallseemedtobecomeawareofherexistenceShebeganputtingthedishestogetherTheyoungdoctorlookedather,butdidnotaddressherHehadnotgreetedherShewentoutoftheroomwiththetray,herfaceimpassiveandunchanged'Whenareyouoffthen,allofyou'askedthedoctor'I'mcatchingtheelevenforty,'repliedMalcolm'Areyougoin'downwi'th'trap,Joe''Yes,I'vetoldyouI'mgoingdownwi'th'trap,haven'tI''We'dbetterbegettingherinthenSolong,Jack,ifIdon'tseeyoubeforeIgo,'saidMalcolm,shakinghandsHewentout,followedbyJoe,whoseemedtohavehistailbetweenhislegs'Well,thisisthedevil'sown,'exclaimedthedoctor,whenhewasleftalonewithFredHenry'GoingbeforeWednesday,areyou''That'stheorders,'repliedtheother'Where,toNorthampton''That'sit''Thedevil!'exclaimedFergusson,withquietchagrinAndtherewassilencebetweenthetwo'Allsettledup,areyou'askedFergusson'About'Therewasanotherpause'Well,Ishallmissyer,Freddy,boy,'saidtheyoungdoctor'AndIshallmissthee,Jack,'returnedtheother'Missyoulikehell,'musedthedoctorFredHenryturnedasideTherewasnothingtosayMabelcameinagain,tofinishclearingthetable'Whatareyougoingtodo,then,MissPervin'askedFergusson'Goingtoyoursister's,areyou'Mabellookedathimwithhersteady,dangerouseyes,thatalwaysmadehimuncomfortable,unsettlinghissuperficialease'No,'shesaid'Well,whatinthenameoffortuneareyougoingtodoSaywhatyoumeantodo,'criedFredHenry,withfutileintensityButsheonlyavertedherhead,andcontinuedherworkShefoldedthewhitetablecloth,andputonthechenillecloth'Thesulkiestbitchthatevertrod!'mutteredherbrotherButshefinishedhertaskwithperfectlyimpassiveface,theyoungdoctorwatchingherinterestedlyallthewhileThenshewentoutFredHenrystaredafterher,clenchinghislips,hisblueeyesfixinginsharpantagonism,ashemadeagrimaceofsourexasperation'Youcouldbrayherintobits,andthat'sallyou'dgetoutofher,'hesaid,inasmall,narrowedtoneThedoctorsmiledfaintly'What'sshegoingtodo,then'heasked'StrikemeifIknow!'returnedtheotherTherewasapauseThenthedoctorstirred'I'llbeseeingyoutonight,shallI'hesaidtohisfriend'Aywhere'sittobeArewegoingovertoJessdale''Idon'tknowI'vegotsuchacoldonmeI'llcomeroundtotheMoonandStars,anyway''LetLizzieandMaymisstheirnightforonce,eh''That'sitifIfeelasIdonow''All'sone'ThetwoyoungmenwentthroughthepassageanddowntothebackdoortogetherThehousewaslarge,butitwasservantlessnow,anddesolateAtthebackwasasmallbrickedhouseyard,andbeyondthatabigsquare,gravelledfineandred,andhavingstablesontwosidesSloping,dank,winterdarkfieldsstretchedawayontheopensidesButthestableswereemptyJosephPervin,thefatherofthefamily,hadbeenamanofnoeducation,whohadbecomeafairlylargehorsedealerThestableshadbeenfullofhorses,therewasagreatturmoilandcomeandgoofhorsesandofdealersandgroomsThenthekitchenwasfullofservantsButoflatethingshaddeclinedTheoldmanhadmarriedasecondtime,toretrievehisfortunesNowhewasdeadandeverythingwasgonetothedogs,therewasnothingbutdebtandthreateningFormonths,Mabelhadbeenservantlessinthebighouse,keepingthehometogetherinpenuryforherineffectualbrothersShehadkepthousefortenyearsButpreviously,itwaswithunstintedmeansThen,howeverbrutalandcoarseeverythingwas,thesenseofmoneyhadkeptherproud,confidentThemenmightbefoulmouthed,thewomeninthekitchenmighthavebadreputations,herbrothersmighthaveillegitimatechildrenButsolongastherewasmoney,thegirlfeltherselfestablished,andbrutallyproud,reservedNocompanycametothehouse,savedealersandcoarsemenMabelhadnoassociatesofherownsex,afterhersisterwentawayButshedidnotmindShewentregularlytochurch,sheattendedtoherfatherAndshelivedinthememoryofhermother,whohaddiedwhenshewasfourteen,andwhomshehadlovedShehadlovedherfather,too,inadifferentway,dependinguponhim,andfeelingsecureinhim,untilattheageoffiftyfourhemarriedagainAndthenshehadsethardagainsthimNowhehaddiedandleftthemallhopelesslyindebtShehadsufferedbadlyduringtheperiodofpovertyNothing,however,couldshakethecurioussullen,animalpridethatdominatedeachmemberofthefamilyNow,forMabel,theendhadcomeStillshewouldnotcastaboutherShewouldfollowherownwayjustthesameShewouldalwaysholdthekeysofherownsituationMindlessandpersistent,sheenduredfromdaytodayWhyshouldshethinkWhyshouldsheansweranybodyItwasenoughthatthiswastheend,andtherewasnowayoutSheneednotpassanymoredarklyalongthemainstreetofthesmalltown,avoidingeveryeyeSheneednotdemeanherselfanymore,goingintotheshopsandbuyingthecheapestfoodThiswasatanendShethoughtofnobody,notevenofherselfMindlessandpersistent,sheseemedinasortofecstasytobecomingnearertoherfulfilment,herownglorification,approachingherdeadmother,whowasglorifiedIntheafternoonshetookalittlebag,withshearsandspongeandasmallscrubbingbrush,andwentoutItwasagrey,wintryday,withsaddened,darkgreenfieldsandanatmosphereblackenedbythesmokeoffoundriesnotfaroffShewentquickly,darklyalongthecauseway,heedingnobody,throughthetowntothechurchyardThereshealwaysfeltsecure,asifnoonecouldseeher,althoughasamatteroffactshewasexposedtothestareofeveryonewhopassedalongunderthechurchyardwallNevertheless,onceundertheshadowofthegreatloomingchurch,amongthegraves,shefeltimmunefromtheworld,reservedwithinthethickchurchyardwallasinanothercountryCarefullysheclippedthegrassfromthegrave,andarrangedthepinkywhite,smallchrysanthemumsinthetincrossWhenthiswasdone,shetookanemptyjarfromaneighbouringgrave,broughtwater,andcarefully,mostscrupulouslyspongedthemarbleheadstoneandthecopingstoneItgavehersinceresatisfactiontodothisShefeltinimmediatecontactwiththeworldofhermotherShetookminutepains,wentthroughtheparkinastateborderingonpurehappiness,asifinperformingthistaskshecameintoasubtle,intimateconnexionwithhermotherForthelifeshefollowedhereintheworldwasfarlessrealthantheworldofdeathsheinheritedfromhermotherThedoctor'shousewasjustbythechurchFergusson,beingamerehiredassistant,wasslavetothecountrysideAshehurriednowtoattendtotheoutpatientsinthesurgery,glancingacrossthegraveyardwithhisquickeye,hesawthegirlathertaskatthegraveSheseemedsointentandremote,itwaslikelookingintoanotherworldSomemysticalelementwastouchedinhimHesloweddownashewalked,watchingherasifspellboundSheliftedhereyes,feelinghimlookingTheireyesmetAndeachlookedagainatonce,eachfeeling,insomeway,foundoutbytheotherHeliftedhiscapandpassedondowntheroadThereremaineddistinctinhisconsciousness,likeavision,thememoryofherface,liftedfromthetombstoneinthechurchyard,andlookingathimwithslow,large,portentouseyesItwasportentous,herfaceItseemedtomesmerizehimTherewasaheavypowerinhereyeswhichlaidholdofhiswholebeing,asifhehaddrunksomepowerfuldrugHehadbeenfeelingweakanddonebeforeNowthelifecamebackintohim,hefeltdeliveredfromhisownfretted,dailyselfHefinishedhisdutiesatthesurgeryasquicklyasmightbe,hastilyfillingupthebottlesofthewaitingpeoplewithcheapdrugsThen,inperpetualhaste,hesetoffagaintovisitseveralcasesinanotherpartofhisround,beforeteatimeAtalltimeshepreferredtowalk,ifhecould,butparticularlywhenhewasnotwellHefanciedthemotionrestoredhimTheafternoonwasfallingItwasgrey,deadened,andwintry,withaslow,moist,heavycoldnesssinkinginanddeadeningallthefacultiesButwhyshouldhethinkornoticeHehastilyclimbedthehillandturnedacrossthedarkgreenfields,followingtheblackcindertrackInthedistance,acrossashallowdipinthecountry,thesmalltownwasclusteredlikesmoulderingash,atower,aspire,aheapoflow,raw,extincthousesAndonthenearestfringeofthetown,slopingintothedip,wasOldmeadow,thePervins'houseHecouldseethestablesandtheoutbuildingsdistinctly,astheylaytowardshimontheslopeWell,hewouldnotgotheremanymoretimes!Anotherresourcewouldbelosttohim,anotherplacegone:theonlycompanyhecaredforinthealien,uglylittletownhewaslosingNothingbutwork,drudgery,constanthasteningfromdwellingtodwellingamongthecolliersandtheironworkersItworehimout,butatthesametimehehadacravingforitItwasastimulanttohimtobeinthehomesoftheworkingpeople,movingasitwerethroughtheinnermostbodyoftheirlifeHisnerveswereexcitedandgratifiedHecouldcomesonear,intotheverylivesoftherough,inarticulate,powerfullyemotionalmenandwomenHegrumbled,hesaidhehatedthehellishholeButasamatteroffactitexcitedhim,thecontactwiththerough,stronglyfeelingpeoplewasastimulantapplieddirecttohisnervesBelowOldmeadow,inthegreen,shallow,soddenedhollowoffields,layasquare,deeppondRovingacrossthelandscape,thedoctor'squickeyedetectedafigureinblackpassingthroughthegateofthefield,downtowardsthepondHelookedagainItwouldbeMabelPervinHismindsuddenlybecamealiveandattentiveWhywasshegoingdownthereHepulleduponthepathontheslopeabove,andstoodstaringHecouldjustmakesureofthesmallblackfiguremovinginthehollowofthefailingdayHeseemedtoseeherinthemidstofsuchobscurity,thathewaslikeaclairvoyant,seeingratherwiththemind'seyethanwithordinarysightYethecouldseeherpositivelyenough,whilsthekepthiseyeattentiveHefelt,ifhelookedawayfromher,inthethick,uglyfallingdusk,hewouldloseheraltogetherHefollowedherminutelyasshemoved,directandintent,likesomethingtransmittedratherthanstirringinvoluntaryactivity,straightdownthefieldtowardsthepondThereshestoodonthebankforamomentSheneverraisedherheadThenshewadedslowlyintothewaterHestoodmotionlessasthesmallblackfigurewalkedslowlyanddeliberatelytowardsthecentreofthepond,veryslowly,graduallymovingdeeperintothemotionlesswater,andstillmovingforwardasthewatergotuptoherbreastThenhecouldseehernomoreintheduskofthedeadafternoon'There!'heexclaimed'Wouldyoubelieveit'Andhehastenedstraightdown,runningoverthewet,soddenedfields,pushingthroughthehedges,downintothedepressionofcallouswintryobscurityIttookhimseveralminutestocometothepondHestoodonthebank,breathingheavilyHecouldseenothingHiseyesseemedtopenetratethedeadwaterYes,perhapsthatwasthedarkshadowofherblackclothingbeneaththesurfaceofthewaterHeslowlyventuredintothepondThebottomwasdeep,softclay,hesankin,andthewaterclaspeddeadcold

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