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首页 欧亨利短篇小说(英文)

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欧亨利短篇小说(英文)

宁静志远
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"Girl"(O·Henry)INGILTlettersonthegroundglassofthedoorofroomNowerethewords:"RobbinsHartley,Brokers"TheclerkshadgoneItwaspastfive,andwiththesolidtrampofadroveofprizePercherons,scrubwomenwereinvadingthecloudcappedtwentystoryofficebuildingApuffofredhotairflavouredwithlemonpeelings,softcoalsmokeandtrainoilcameinthroughthehalfopenwindowsRobbins,fifty,somethingofanoverweightbeau,andaddictedtofirstnightsandhotelpalmrooms,pretendedtobeenviousofhispartner'scommuter'sjoys"Goingtobesomethingdoinginthehumiditylinetonight,"hesaid"Yououtoftownchapswillbethepeople,withyourkatydidsandmoonlightandlongdrinksandthingsoutonthefrontporch"Hartley,twentynine,serious,thin,goodlooking,nervous,sighedandfrownedalittle"Yes,"saidhe,"wealwayshavecoolnightsinFloralhurst,especiallyinthewinter"AmanwithanairofmysterycameinthedoorandwentuptoHartley"I'vefoundwhereshelives,"heannouncedintheportentoushalfwhisperthatmakesthedetectiveatworkamarkedbeingtohisfellowmenHartleyscowledhimintoastateofdramaticsilenceandquietudeButbythattimeRobbinshadgothiscaneandsethistiepintohisliking,andwithadebonairnodwentouttohismetropolitanamusements"Hereistheaddress,"saidthedetectiveinanaturaltone,beingdeprivedofanaudiencetofoilHartleytooktheleaftornoutofthesleuth'sdingymemorandumbookOnitwerepencilledthewords"VivienneArlington,NoEastthStreet,careofMrsMcComus""Movedthereaweekago,"saidthedetective"Now,ifyouwantanyshadowingdone,MrHartley,IcandoyouasfineajobinthatlineasanybodyinthecityItwillbeonly$adayandexpensesCansendinadailytypewrittenreport,covering""Youneedn'tgoon,"interruptedthebroker"Itisn'tacaseofthatkindImerelywantedtheaddressHowmuchshallIpayyou""Oneday'swork,"saidthesleuth"Atennerwillcoverit"HartleypaidthemananddismissedhimThenhelefttheofficeandboardedaBroadwaycarAtthefirstlargecrosstownarteryoftravelhetookaneastboundcarthatdepositedhiminadecayingavenue,whoseancientstructuresonceshelteredtheprideandgloryofthetownWalkingafewsquares,hecametothebuildingthathesoughtItwasanewflathouse,bearingcarveduponitscheapstoneportalitssonorousname,"TheVallambrosa"Fireescapeszigzaggeddownitsfronttheseladenwithhouseholdgoods,dryingclothes,andsquallingchildrenevictedbythemidsummerheatHereandthereapalerubberplantpeepedfromthemiscellaneousmass,asifwonderingtowhatkingdomitbelongedvegetable,animalorartificialHartleypressedthe"McComus"buttonThedoorlatchclickedspasmodicallynowhospitably,nowdoubtfully,asthoughinanxietywhetheritmightbeadmittingfriendsordunsHartleyenteredandbegantoclimbthestairsafterthemannerofthosewhoseektheirfriendsincityflathouseswhichisthemannerofaboywhoclimbsanappletree,stoppingwhenhecomesuponwhathewantsOnthefourthfloorhesawViviennestandinginanopendoorSheinvitedhiminside,withanodandabright,genuinesmileSheplacedachairforhimnearawindow,andpoisedherselfgracefullyupontheedgeofoneofthoseJekyllandHydepiecesoffurniturethataremaskedandmysteriouslyhooded,unguessablebulksbydayandinquisitorialracksoftorturebynightHartleycastaquick,critical,appreciativeglanceatherbeforespeaking,andtoldhimselfthathistasteinchoosinghadbeenflawlessViviennewasabouttwentyoneShewasofthepurestSaxontypeHerhairwasaruddygolden,eachfilamentoftheneatlygatheredmassshiningwithitsownlustreanddelicategraduationofcolourInperfectharmonywereherivoryclearcomplexionanddeepseablueeyesthatlookedupontheworldwiththeingenuouscalmnessofamermaidorthepixieofanundiscoveredmountainstreamHerframewasstrongandyetpossessedthegraceofabsolutenaturalnessAndyetwithallherNorthernclearnessandfranknessoflineandcolouring,thereseemedtobesomethingofthetropicsinhersomethingoflanguorinthedroopofherpose,ofloveofeaseinheringeniouscomplacencyofsatisfactionandcomfortinthemereactofbreathingsomethingthatseemedtoclaimforherarightasaperfectworkofnaturetoexistandbeadmiredequallywitharareflowerorsomebeautiful,milkwhitedoveamongitssoberhuedcompanionsShewasdressedinawhitewaistanddarkskirtthatdiscreetmasqueradeofgoosegirlandduchess"Vivienne,"saidHartley,lookingatherpleadingly,"youdidnotanswermylastletterItwasonlybynearlyaweek'ssearchthatIfoundwhereyouhadmovedtoWhyhaveyoukeptmeinsuspensewhenyouknewhowanxiouslyIwaswaitingtoseeyouandhearfromyou"Thegirllookedoutthewindowdreamily"MrHartley,"shesaidhesitatingly,"IhardlyknowwhattosaytoyouIrealizealltheadvantagesofyouroffer,andsometimesIfeelsurethatIcouldbecontentedwithyouBut,again,IamdoubtfulIwasbornacitygirl,andIamafraidtobindmyselftoaquietsuburbanlife""Mydeargirl,"saidHartley,ardently,"haveInottoldyouthatyoushallhaveeverythingthatyourheartcandesirethatisinmypowertogiveyouYoushallcometothecityforthetheatres,forshoppingandtovisityourfriendsasoftenasyoucaretoYoucantrustme,canyounot""Tothefullest,"shesaid,turningherfrankeyesuponhimwithasmile"Iknowyouarethekindestofmen,andthatthegirlyougetwillbealuckyoneIlearnedallaboutyouwhenIwasattheMontgomerys'""Ah!"exclaimedHartley,withatender,reminiscentlightinhiseye"IrememberwelltheeveningIfirstsawyouattheMontgomerys'MrsMontgomerywassoundingyourpraisestomealltheeveningAndshehardlydidyoujusticeIshallneverforgetthatsupperCome,Vivienne,promisemeIwantyouYou'llneverregretcomingwithmeNooneelsewillevergiveyouaspleasantahome"ThegirlsighedandlookeddownatherfoldedhandsAsuddenjealoussuspicionseizedHartley"Tellme,Vivienne,"heasked,regardingherkeenly,"isthereanotheristheresomeoneelse"Arosyflushcreptslowlyoverherfaircheeksandneck"Youshouldn'taskthat,MrHartley,"shesaid,insomeconfusion"ButIwilltellyouThereisoneotherbuthehasnorightIhavepromisedhimnothing""Hisname"demandedHartley,sternly"Townsend""RaffordTownsend!"exclaimedHartley,withagrimtighteningofhisjaw"HowdidthatmancometoknowyouAfterallI'vedoneforhim""Hisautohasjuststoppedbelow,"saidVivienne,bendingoverthewindowsill"He'scomingforhisanswerOhIdon'tknowwhattodo!"ThebellintheflatkitchenwhirredViviennehurriedtopressthelatchbutton"Stayhere,"saidHartley"Iwillmeethiminthehall"Townsend,lookinglikeaSpanishgrandeeinhislighttweeds,Panamahatandcurlingblackmustache,cameupthestairsthreeatatimeHestoppedatsightofHartleyandlookedfoolish"Goback,"saidHartley,firmly,pointingdownstairswithhisforefinger"Hullo!"saidTownsend,feigningsurprise"What'supWhatareyoudoinghere,oldman""Goback,"repeatedHartley,inflexibly"TheLawoftheJungleDoyouwantthePacktotearyouinpiecesThekillismine""Icameheretoseeaplumberaboutthebathroomconnections,"saidTownsend,bravely"Allright,"saidHartley"YoushallhavethatlyingplastertostickuponyourtraitoroussoulBut,goback"Townsendwentdownstairs,leavingabitterwordtobewaftedupthedraughtofthestaircaseHartleywentbacktohiswooing"Vivienne,"saidhe,masterfully"IhavegottohaveyouIwilltakenomorerefusalsordillydallying""Whendoyouwantme"sheasked"NowAssoonasyoucangetready"Shestoodcalmlybeforehimandlookedhimintheeye"Doyouthinkforonemoment,"shesaid,"thatIwouldenteryourhomewhileHéloiseisthere"HartleycringedasiffromanunexpectedblowHefoldedhisarmsandpacedthecarpetonceortwice"Sheshallgo,"hedeclaredgrimlyDropsstooduponhisbrow"WhyshouldIletthatwomanmakemylifemiserableNeverhaveIseenonedayoffreedomfromtroublesinceIhaveknownherYouareright,VivienneHéloisemustbesentawaybeforeIcantakeyouhomeButsheshallgoIhavedecidedIwillturnherfrommydoors""Whenwillyoudothis"askedthegirlHartleyclinchedhisteethandbenthisbrowstogether"Tonight,"hesaid,resolutely"Iwillsendherawaytonight""Then,"saidVivienne,"myansweris'yes'Comeformewhenyouwill"Shelookedintohiseyeswithasweet,sincerelightinherownHartleycouldscarcelybelievethathersurrenderwastrue,itwassoswiftandcomplete"Promiseme,"hesaidfeelingly,"onyourwordandhonour""Onmywordandhonour,"repeatedVivienne,softlyAtthedoorheturnedandgazedatherhappily,butyetasonewhoscarcelytruststhefoundationsofhisjoy"Tomorrow,"hesaid,withaforefingerofreminderuplifted"Tomorrow,"sherepeatedwithasmileoftruthandcandourInanhourandfortyminutesHartleysteppedoffthetrainatFloralhurstAbriskwalkoftenminutesbroughthimtothegateofahandsometwostorycottagesetuponawideandwelltendedlawnHalfwaytothehousehewasmetbyawomanwithjetblackbraidedhairandflowingwhitesummergown,whohalfstrangledhimwithoutapparentcauseWhentheysteppedintothehallshesaid:"Mamma'shereTheautoiscomingforherinhalfanhourShecametodinner,butthere'snodinner""I'vesomethingtotellyou,"saidHartley"Ithoughttobreakittoyougently,butsinceyourmotherisherewemayaswelloutwithit"HestoopedandwhisperedsomethingatherearHiswifescreamedHermothercamerunningintothehallThedarkhairedwomanscreamedagainthejoyfulscreamofawellbelovedandpettedwoman"Oh,mamma!"shecriedecstatically,"whatdoyouthinkVivienneiscomingtocookforus!SheistheonethatstayedwiththeMontgomerysawholeyearAndnow,Billy,dear,"sheconcluded,"youmustgorightdownintothekitchenanddischargeHéloiseShehasbeendrunkagainthewholedaylong""WhatYouWant"(O·Henry)NighthadfallenonthatgreatandbeautifulcityknownasBagdadontheSubwayAndwiththenightcametheenchantedglamourthatbelongsnottoArabiaaloneIndifferentmasqueradethestreets,bazaarsandwalledhousesoftheoccidentalcityofromancewerefilledwiththesamekindoffolkthatsomuchinterestedourinterestingoldfriend,thelateMrHARashidTheyworeclotheselevenhundredyearsnearertothelateststylesthanHAsawinoldBagdadbuttheywereaboutthesamepeopleunderneathWiththeeyeoffaith,youcouldhaveseentheLittleHunchback,SinbadtheSailor,FitbadtheTailor,theBeautifulPersian,theoneeyedCalenders,AliBabaandFortyRobbersoneveryblock,andtheBarberandhisSixBrothers,andalltheoldArabiangangeasilyButletusrevenuetoourlambchopsOldTomCrowleywasacaliphHehad$,,inpreferredstocksandbondswithsolidgoldedgesInthesetimes,tobecalledacaliphyoumusthavemoneyTheoldstylecaliphbusinessasconductedbyMrRashidisnotsafeIfyouholdupapersonnowadaysinabazaaroraTurkishbathorasidestreet,andinquireintohisprivateandpersonalaffairs,thepolicecourt'llgetyouOldTomwastiredofclubs,theatres,dinners,friends,music,moneyandeverythingThat'swhatmakesacaliphyoumustgettodespiseeverythingthatmoneycanbuy,andthengooutandtrytowantsomethingthatyoucan'tpayfor"I'lltakealittletrotaroundtownallbymyself,"thoughtoldTom,"andtryifIcanstirupanythingnewLet'sseeitseemsI'vereadaboutakingoraCardiffgiantorsomethinginoldtimeswhousedtogoaboutwithfalsewhiskerson,makingPersiandateswithfolkshehadn'tbeenintroducedtoThatdon'tlistenlikeabadideaIcertainlyhavegotacaseofhumdrumnessandfatigueonfortheonesIdoknowThatoldCardiffusedtopickupcasesoftroubleasheranupon'emandgive'emgoldsequins,Ithinkitwasandmake'emmarryorgot'emgoodGovernmentjobsNow,I'dlikesomethingofthatsortMymoneyisasgoodashiswasevenifthemagazinesdoaskmeeverymonthwhereIgotitYes,IguessI'lldoalittleCardiffbusinesstonight,andseehowitgoes"Plainlydressed,oldTomCrowleylefthisMadisonAvenuepalace,andwalkedwestwardandthensouthAshesteppedtothesidewalk,Fate,whoholdstheendsofthestringsinthecentralofficesofalltheenchantedcitiespulledathread,andayoungmantwentyblocksawaylookedatawallclock,andthenputonhiscoatJamesTurnerworkedinoneofthoselittlehatcleaningestablishmentsonSixthAvenueinwhichafirealarmsringswhenyoupushthedooropen,andwheretheycleanyourhatwhileyouwaittwodaysJamesstoodalldayatanelectricmachinethatturnedhatsaroundfasterthanthebestbrandsofchampagneevercouldhavedoneOverlookingyourmildimpertinenceinfeelingacuriosityaboutthepersonalappearanceofastranger,IwillgiveyouamodifieddescriptionofhimWeight,complexion,hairandbrain,lightheight,fivefeetsixage,abouttwentythreedressedina$suitofgreenishbluesergepocketscontainingtwokeysandsixtythreecentsinchangeButdonotmisconjecturebecausethisdescriptionsoundslikeaGeneralAlarmthatJameswaseitherlostoradeadoneAllons!JamesstoodalldayathisworkHisfeetweretenderandextremelysusceptibletoimpositionsbeingputuponorbelowthemAlldaylongtheyburnedandsmarted,causinghimmuchsufferingandinconvenienceButhewasearningtwelvedollarsperweek,whichheneededtosupporthisfeetwhetherhisfeetwouldsupporthimornotJamesTurnerhadhisownconceptionofwhathappinesswas,justasyouandIhaveoursYourdelightistogadabouttheworldinyachtsandmotorcarsandtohurlducatsatwildfowlMineistosmokeapipeatevenfallandwatchabadger,arattlesnake,andanowlgointotheircommonprairiehomeonebyoneJamesTurner'sideaofblisswasdifferentbutitwashisHewouldgodirectlytohisboardinghousewhenhisday'sworkwasdoneAfterhissupperofsmallsteak,Bessemerpotatoes,stooed(notstewed)applesandinfusionofchicory,hewouldascendtohisfifthfloorbackhallroomThenhewouldtakeoffhisshoesandsocks,placethesolesofhisburningfeetagainstthecoldbarsofhisironbed,andreadClarkRussell'sseayarnsThedeliciousreliefofthecoolmetalappliedtohissmartingsoleswashisnightlyjoyHisfavoritenovelsneverpalleduponhimtheseaandtheadventuresofitsnavigatorswerehissoleintellectualpassionNomillionairewaseverhappierthanJamesTurnertakinghiseaseWhenJamesleftthehatcleaningshophewalkedthreeblocksoutofhiswayhometolookoverthegoodsofasecondhandbookstallOnthesidewalkstandshehadmorethanoncepickedupapapercoveredvolumeofClarkRussellathalfpriceWhilehewasbendingwithascholarlystoopoverthemarkeddownmiscellanyofcastoffliterature,oldTomthecaliphsaunteredbyHisdiscerningeye,madekeenbytwentyyears'experienceinthemanufactureoflaundrysoap(savethewrappers!)recognizedinstantlythepooranddiscerningscholar,aworthyobjectofhiscaliphanousmoodHedescendedthetwoshallowstonestepsthatledfromthesidewalk,andaddressedwithouthesitationtheobjectofhisdesignedmunificenceHisfirstwordswerenoworsethansalutatoryandtentativeJamesTurnerlookedupcoldly,with"SartorResartus"inonehandand"AMadMarriage"intheother"Beatit,"saidhe"Idon'twanttobuyanycoathangersortownlotsinHankipoo,NewJerseyRunalong,now,andplaywithyourTeddybear""Youngman,"saidthecaliph,ignoringtheflippancyofthehatcleaner,"IobservethatyouareofastudiousdispositionLearningisoneofthefinestthingsintheworldIneverhadanyofitworthmentioning,butIadmiretoseeitinothersIcomefromtheWest,whereweimaginenothingbutfactsMaybeIcouldn'tunderstandthepoetryandallusionsinthembooksyouarepickingover,butIliketoseesomebodyelseseemtoknowwhattheymeanI'mworthabout$,,,andI'mgettingrichereverydayImadetheheightofitmanufacturingAuntPatty'sSilverSoapIinventedtheartofmakingitIexperimentedforthreeyearsbeforeIgotjusttherightquantityofchlorideofsodiumsolutionandcausticpotashmixturetocurdleproperlyAndafterIhadtakensome$,,outofthesoapbusinessImadetherestincornandwheatfuturesNow,youseemtohavetheliteraryandscholarlyturnofcharacterandI'lltellyouwhatI'lldoI'llpayforyoureducationatthefinestcollegeintheworldI'llpaytheexpenseofyourrummagingoverEuropeandtheartgalleries,andfinallysetyouupinagoodbusinessYouneedn'tmakeitsoapifyouhaveanyobjectionsIseebyyourclothesandfrazzlednecktiethatyouaremightypoorandyoucan'taffordtoturndowntheofferWell,whendoyouwanttobegin"ThehatcleanerturneduponoldTomtheeyeoftheBigCity,whichisaneyeexpressiveofcoldandjustifiablesuspicion,ofjudgmentsuspendedashighasHamanwashung,ofselfpreservation,ofchallenge,curiosity,defiance,cynicism,and,strangeasyoumaythinkit,ofachildlikeyearningforfriendlinessandfellowshipthatmustbehiddenwhenonewalksamongthe"strangerbands"ForinNewBagdadone,inordertosurvive,mustsuspectwhosoeversits,dwells,drinks,rides,walksorsleepsintheadjacentchair,house,booth,seat,pathorroom"Say,Mike,"saidJamesTurner,"what'syourline,anywayshoelacesI'mnotbuyinganythingYoubetterputanegginyourshoeandbeatitbeforeincidentsoccurtoyouYoucan'tworkoffanyfountainpens,goldspectaclesyoufoundonthestreet,ortrustcompanycertificatehouseclearingsonmeSay,doIlooklikeI'dclimbeddownoneofthemmissingfireescapesatHeliconHallWhat'svitiatingyou,anyhow""Son,"saidthecaliph,inhismostHarunishtones,"asIsaid,I'mworth$,,Idon'twanttohaveitallputinmycoffinwhenIdieIwanttodosomegoodwithitIseenyouhandlingovertheseherevolumesofliterature,andIthoughtI'dkeepyouI'vegivethemissionarysocieties$,,,butwhatdidIgetoutofitNothingbutareceiptfromthesecretaryNow,youarejustthekindofyoungmanI'dliketotakeupandseewhatmoneycouldmakeofhim"VolumesofClarkRussellwerehardtofindthateveningattheOldBookShopAndJamesTurner'ssmartingandachingfeetdidnottendtoimprovehistemperHumblehatcleanerthoughhewas,hehadaspiritequaltoanycaliph's"Say,youoldfaker,"hesaid,angrily,"beonyourwayIdon'tknowwhatyourgameis,unlessyouwantchangeforabogus$,,billWell,Idon'tcarrythatmucharoundwithmeButIdocarryaprettyfairlefthandedpunchthatyou'llgetifyoudon'tmoveon""Youareablamedimpudentlittlegutterpup,"

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