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简介:本文档为《Evelyn Waugh - A Handful of Dustpdf》,可适用于人文社科领域,主题内容包含http:wwwencomcn『原版英语』AHANDFULOFDUSTisEvelynWaugh’sscathingcommentaryonthew符等。

http:wwwencomcn『原版英语』AHANDFULOFDUSTisEvelynWaugh’sscathingcommentaryonthewellmannereddeathstrugglesoftheupperclassesanirrepressiblyamusingpictureofsocietypolitelyblowingitsownbrainsout,withadefiantsmileIttellsofBrenda,TonyandtheirfriendsawonderfullycongenialgroupwholivebyauniquesetofsocialstandardsAccordingtotheirrules,anysinisacceptableprovideditiscarriedoffingoodtastehttp:wwwencomcn『原版英语』PublishedbyDELLPUBLISHINGCO,INCThirdAvenueNewYork,,NYAHandfulofDust,Copyright,byEvelynWaughAllrightsreservedReprintedbyarrangementwithLittle,BrownandCompanyBoston,MassAllcharacters,namesandincidentsinthisbookareentiretyfictitiousPrintedinUSAhttp:wwwencomcn『原版英语』CONTENTSAHandfulofDustDuCdtédeChezBeaverEnglishGothicIHardCheeseonTonyEnglishGothicIIInSearchofaCityDuCdtédeChezToddEnglishGothicIIIhttp:wwwencomcn『原版英语』AHANDFULOFDUSThttp:wwwencomcn『原版英语』IwillshowyousomethingdifferentfromeitherYourshadowatmorningstridingbehindyouOryourshadowateveningrisingtomeetyouIwillshowyoufearinahandfulofdustTHEWASTELANDhttp:wwwencomcn『原版英语』CHAPTERONEDuCôtédeChezBeaver“WASanyonehurt”“NooneIamthankfultosay,”saidMrsBeaver,“excepttwohousemaidswholosttheirheadsandjumpedthroughaglassroofintothepavedcourtTheywereinnodangerThefireneverproperlyreachedthebedroomsIamafraidStilltheyareboundtoneeddoingup,everythingblackwithsmokeanddrenchedinwaterandluckilytheyhadthatoldfashionedsortofextinguisherthatruinseverythingOnereallycannotcomplainThechiefroomswerecompletelyguttedandeverythingwasinsuredSylviaNewportknowsthepeopleImustgetontothemthismorningbeforethatghoulMrsShuttersnapsthemup”MrsBeaverstoodwithherbacktothefire,eatinghermorningyoghortSheheldthecartoncloseunderherchinandgobbledwithaspoon“Heavens,hownastythisstuffisIwishyou’dtaketoit,JohnYou’relookingsotiredlatelyIdon’tknowhowIshouldgetthroughmydaywithoutit”“But,mumsey,Ihaven’tasmuchtodoasyouhave”“That’strue,myson”JohnBeaverlivedwithhismotheratthehouseinSussexGardenswheretheyhadmovedafterhisfather’sdeathTherewaslittleinittosuggesttheausterelyelegantinteriorswhichMrsBeaverplannedforhercustomersItwascrowdedwiththeunsaleablefurnitureoftwolargerhouses,withoutpretensiontoanyperiod,leastofalltothepresentThebestpiecesandthosewhichhadsentimentalinterestforMrsBeaverwereintheLshapeddrawingroomupstairsBeaverhadadarklittlesittingroomonthegroundfloorbehindthediningroom,andhisowntelephoneTheelderlyparlourmaidlookedafterhisclothesShealsodusted,polishedandmaintainedinsymmetricalorderonhisdressingtableandonthetopofhischestofdrawers,thecollectionofsombreandbulkyobjectsthathadstoodinhisfather’sdressingroomindestructiblepresentsforhisweddingandtwentyfirstbirthday,ivory,brassboundcoveredinpigskin,crestedandgoldmounted,suggestiveofexpensiveEdwardianmasculinityracingflasksandhuntingflasks,cigarcases,tobaccojars,jockeys,elaboratemeerschaumpipes,buttonhooksandhatbrushesTherewerefourservants,allfemaleandall,saveoneelderlyWhenanyoneaskedBeaverwhyhestayedthereinsteadofsettinguponhisown,hesometimessaidthathethoughthismotherlikedhavinghimthere(inspiteofherbusinessshewaslonely)sometimesthatitsavedhimatleastfivepoundsaweekHistotalincomevariedaroundsixpoundsaweek,thiswasanimportantsavingHewastwentyfiveyearsoldFromleavingOxforduntilthebeginningoftheslumphehadworkedinanadvertisingagencySincethennoonehadbeenabletofindanythingforhimtodoSohegotuplateandsatnearhistelephonemostoftheday,hopingtobecalledupWheneveritwaspossible,MrsBeavertookanhouroffinthemiddleofthemorningShewasalwaysathershoppunctuallyatnine,andbyhalfpastelevensheneededabreakThen,ifnoimportantcustomerwasimminent,shewouldgetintohertwoseateranddrivehometoSussexGardensBeaverwasusuallydressedbythenandshehadgrowntovaluetheirmorninginterchangeofgossip“Whatwasyourevening”“AudreyrangmeupateightandaskedmetodinnerTenofusattheEmbassy,ratherdrearyAfterwardsweallwentontoapartybyawomancalleddeTrommet”“IknowwhoyoumeanAmericanShehasn’tpaidforthetoiledejouychaircoverswemadeherlastAprilIhadadulltimetoodidn’tholdacardalltheeveningandcameawayfourpoundstentothebad”“Poormumsey”“I’mlunchingatViolaChasm’sWhatareyoudoingIdidn’torderanythinghereI’mafraid”“NothingsofarButIcanalwaysgoroundtoBrat’s”“Butthat’ssoexpensiveI’msureifweaskChambersshe’llbeabletogetyousomethinginIthoughtyouwerecertaintobeout”“WellIstillmaybeItisn’ttwelveyet”MostofBeaver’sinvitationscametohimatthelastmomentoccasionallyevenlater,whenhehadalreadybeguntoeatasolitarymealfromatray(…“John,darling,there’sbeenamuddleandSoniahasarrivedwithoutReggieCouldyoubeanangelandhelpmeoutOnlybequick,becausewe’regoinginnow”)Thenhewouldgoprecipitatelyforataxiandarrive,withapologies,afterthefirstcourseOneofhisfewrecentquarrelswithhismotherhadoccurredwhenheleftaluncheonpartyofhersinthisway“Whereareyougoingfortheweekend”“Hetton”“Who’sthatIforget”“TonyLast”“Yes,ofcourseShe’slovely,he’sratherastickIdidn’tknowyouknewthem”“WellIdon’treallyTonyaskedmeinBrat’stheothernightHemayhaveforgotten”“SendatelegramandremindthemItisfarbetterthanringingupItgivesthemlesschancetomakeexcusesSendittomorrowjustbeforeyoustartTheyowemeforatable”“What’stheirdossier”http:wwwencomcn『原版英语』“IusedtoseeherquitealotbeforeshemarriedShewasBrendaRex,LordStCloud’sdaughter,veryfair,underwaterlookPeopleusedtobemadaboutherwhenshewasagirlEveryonethoughtshewouldmarryJockGrantMenziesatonetimeWastedonTonyLast,he’saprigIshouldsayitwastimeshebegantobeboredThey’vebeenmarriedfiveorsixyearsQuitewelloffbuteverythinggoesinkeepingupthehouseI’veneverseenitbutI’veanideait’shugeandquitehideousThey’vegotonechildatleast,perhapsmore”“Mumsey,youarewonderfulIbelieveyouknowabouteveryone”“It’sagreathelpAllamatterofpayingattentionwhilepeoplearetalking”MrsBeaversmokedacigaretteandthendrovebacktohershopAnAmericanwomanboughttwopatchworkquiltsatthirtyguineaseach,LadyMetrolandtelephonedaboutabathroomceiling,anunknownyoungmanpaidcashforacushionintheintervalsbetweentheseevents,MrsBeaverwasabletodescendtothebasementwheretwodispiritedgirlswerepackinglampshadesItwascolddownthereinspiteofalittleoilstoveandthewallswerealwaysdampThegirlswerebecomingquitedeft,shenoticedwithpleasure,particularlytheshorteronewhowashandlingthecrateslikeaman“That’stheway,”shesaid,“youaredoingverynicely,JoyceI’llsoongetyouontosomethingmoreinteresting”“Thankyou,MrsBeaver”Theyhadbetterstayinthepackingdepartmentforabit,MrsBeaverdecidedaslongastheywouldstanditTheyhadneitherofthemenoughchictoworkupstairsBothhadpaidgoodpremiumstolearnMrsBeaver’sartBeaversatonbesidehistelephoneOnceitrangandavoicesaid,“MrBeaverWillyoupleaseholdtheline,sir,LadyTippingwouldliketospeaktoyou”TheinterveningsilencewasfullofpleasantexpectationLadyTippinghadaluncheonpartythatday,heknewtheyhadspentsometimetogethertheeveningbeforeandhehadbeenparticularlysuccessfulwithherSomeonehadchucked“Oh,MrBeaver,IamsosorrytotroubleyouIwaswondering,couldyoupossiblytellmethenameoftheyoungmanyouintroducedtomelastnightatMadamedeTrommet’sTheonewiththereddishmoustacheIthinkhewasinParliament”“IexpectyoumeanJockGrantMenzies”“Yes,that’sthenameYoudon’tbyanychanceknowwhereIcanfindhim,doyou”“He’sinthebookbutIdon’tsupposehe’llbeathomenowYoumightbeabletogethimatBrat’sataboutoneHe’salmostalwaysthere”“JockGrantMenzies,Brat’sClubThankyousoverymuchItiskindofyouIhopeyouwillcomeandseemesometime:Goodbye”AfterthatthetelephonewassilentAtoneo’clockBeaverdespairedHeputonhisovercoat,hisgloves,hisbowlerhatandwithneatlyrolledumbrellasetofftohisclub,takingapennybusasfarasthecornerofBondStreetTheairofantiquitypervadingBrat’s,derivedfromitselegantGeorgianfaçadeandfinelypanelledrooms,wasentirelyspurious,foritwasaclubofrecentorigin,foundedintheburstofbonhommieimmediatelyafterthewarItwasintendedforyoungmen,tobeaplacewheretheycouldstraddleacrossthefireandbejollyinthecardroomwithoutincurringscowlsfromoldermembersButnowthesefounderswerethemselvespassingintomiddleagetheywereheavier,balderandredderinthefacethanwhentheyhadbeendemobilized,buttheirjovialitypersistedanditwastheirturnnowtoembarrasstheirsuccessors,deploringtheirlackofmanlyandgentlemanlyqualitiesSixbroadbacksshutBeaverfromthebarHesettledinoneofthearmchairsintheouterroomandturnedoverthepagesoftheNewYorker,waitinguntilsomeoneheknewshouldturnupJockGrantMenziescameupstairsThemenatthebargreetedhimsaying,“Hullo,Jockoldboy,whatareyoudrinking”orsimply“Well,oldboy”HewastooyoungtohavefoughtinthewarbutthesementhoughthewasallrighttheylikedhimfarmorethantheydidBeaver,who,theythought,oughtnevertohavegotintotheclubatallButJockstoppedtotalktoBeaver“Well,oldboy,”hesaid“Whatareyoudrinking”“Nothingsofar”Beaverlookedathiswatch“ButIthinkit’stimeIhadoneBrandyandgingerale”Jockcalledthebarmanandthensaid:“Whowastheoldgirlyouwishedonmeatthatpartylastnight”“She’scalledLadyTipping”“IthoughtshemightbeThatexplainsitTheygavemeamessagedownstairsthatsomeonewithanamelikethatwantedmetolunchwithher”“Areyougoing”“No,I’mnogoodatlunchpartiesBesidesIdecidedwhenIgotupthatI’dhaveoystershere”Thebarmancamewiththedrinks“MrBeaver,sir,there’stenshillingsagainstyouinmybooksforlastmonth”“Ah,thankyou,Macdougal,remindmesometime,willyou”“Verygood,sir”Beaversaid,“I’mgoingtoHettontomorrow”“AreyounowGiveTonyandBrendamylove”“What’stheform”“Veryquietandenjoyable”“Nopapergames”“Oh,no,nothinglikethatAcertainamountofbridgeandbackgammonandlowpokerwiththeneighbours”“Comfortable”“NotbadPlentytodrinkRatherashortageofbathroomsYoucanstayinbedallthemorning”“I’venevermetBrenda”http:wwwencomcn『原版英语』“You’lllikeher,she’sagrandgirlIoftenthinkTonyLast’soneofthehappiestmenIknowHe’sgotjustenoughmoney,lovestheplace,onesonhe’scrazyabout,devotedwife,notaworryintheworld”“MostenviableYoudon’tknowanyoneelsewho’sgoing,doyouIwaswonderingifIcouldgetaliftdownthere”Idon’tI’mafraidIt’squiteeasybytrain”“Yes,butit’smorepleasantbyroad”“Andcheaper”“Yes,andcheaperIsupposewell,I’mgoingdowntolunchYouwon’thaveanother”Beaverrosetogo“Yes,IthinkIwill”“Oh,allrightMacdougalTwomoreplease”Macdougalsaid,“ShallIbookthemtoyou,sir”“Yes,ifyouwill”Later,atthebar,Jocksaid,“ImadeBeaverpayforadrink”“Hecan’thavelikedthat”“HenearlydiedofitKnowanythingaboutpigs”“NoWhy”“Onlythattheykeepwritingtomeaboutthemfrommyconstituency”Beaverwentdownstairsbutbeforegoingintothediningroomhetoldtheportertoringuphishomeandseeiftherewasanymessageforhim“LadyTippingrangupafewminutesagoandaskedwhetheryoucouldcometoluncheonwithhertoday”“WillyouringherupandsaythatIshallbedelightedtobutthatImaybeafewminuteslate”ItwasjustafterhalfpastonewhenheleftBrat’sandwalkedatagoodpacetowardsHillStreethttp:wwwencomcn『原版英语』CHAPTERTWOEnglishGothicIBETWEENthevillagesofHettonandComptonLastliestheextensiveparkofHettonAbbeyThis,formerlyoneofthenotablehousesofthecounty,wasentirelyrebuiltinintheGothicstyleandisnowdevoidofinterestThegroundsareopentothepublicdailyuntilsunsetandthehousemaybeviewedonapplicationbywritingItcontainssomegoodportraitsandfurnitureTheterracecommandsafineviewThispassagefromthecountyGuideBookdidnotcauseTonyLastanyseriousannoyanceUnkinderthingshadbeensaidHisauntFrances,embitteredbyanupbringingofunremittingseverity,remarkedthattheplansofthehousemusthavebeenadaptedbyMrPecksnifffromoneofhispupils’designsforanorphanageButtherewasnotaglazedbrickorencaustictilethatwasnotdeartoTony’sheartInsomeways,heknew,itwasnotconvenienttorunbutwhatbighousewasItwasnotaltogetheramenabletomodernideasofcomforthehadmanysmallimprovementsinmind,whichwouldbeputintoeffectassoonasthedeathdutieswerepaidoffButthegeneralaspectandatmosphereoftheplacethelineofitsbattlementsagainsttheskythecentralclocktowerwherequarterlychimesdisturbedallbuttheheaviestsleeperstheecclesiasticalgloomofthegreathall,itsceilinggroinedandpaintedindiapersofredandgold,supportedonshaftsofpolishedgranitewithcarvedcapitals,halflitbydaythroughlancetwindowsofarmorialstainedglass,atnightbyavastgasolierofbrassandwroughtiron,wirednowandfittedwithtwentyelectricbulbstheblastsofhotairthatrosesuddenlyatone’sfeet,throughgrillsofcastirontrefoilsfromtheantiquatedheatingapparatusbelow,thecavernouschillofthemoreremotecorridorswhere,economizingincoke,hehadhadthepipesshutoffthedininghallwithitshammerbeamroofandpitchpineminstrelsgallerythebedroomswiththeirbrassbedsteads,eachwithafriezeofGothictext,eachnamedfromMalory,Yseult,Elaine,MordredandMerlin,GawaineandBedivere,Lancelot,Perceval,Tristram,Galahad,hisowndressingroom,MorganleFay,andBrenda’sGuinevere,wherethebedstoodonadaisitswallshungwithtapestry,itsfireplacelikeatombofthethirteenthcentury,fromwhosebaywindowonecouldcountthespiresofsixchurchesallthesethingswithwhichhehadgrownupwereasourceofconstantdelightandexultationtoTonythingsoftendermemoryandproudpossessionTheywerenotinthefashion,hefullyrealizedTwentyyearsagopeoplehadlikedhalftimberandoldpewternowitwasurnsandcolonnadesbutthetimewouldcome,perhapsinJohnAndrew’sday,whenopinionwouldreinstateHettoninitsproperplaceAlreadyitwasreferredtoas“amusing”andaverycivilyoungmanhadaskedpermissiontophotographitforanarchitecturalreviewTheceilingofMorganleFaywasnotinperfectrepairInordertomakeanappearanceofcofferedwood,mouldedslatshadbeennailedinachequeracrosstheplasterTheywerepaintedinchevronsofblueandgoldThesquaresbetweenweredecoratedalternatelywithTudorrosesandfleurdelisButdamphadpenetratedintoonecorner,leavingalargepatchwherethegilthadtarnishedandthecolourflakedawayinanotherplacethewoodenlathshadbecomewarpedandseparatedfromtheplasterLyinginbed,inthegravetenminutesbetweenwakingandringing,TonystudiedthesedefectsandresolvedanewtohavethemputrightHewonderedwhetheritwouldbeeasy,nowadays,tofindcraftsmencapableofsuchdelicateworkMorganleFayhadalwaysbeenhisroomsinceheleftthenightnurseryHehadbeenputtheresothathewouldbewithincallingdistanceofhisparents,inseparableinGuinevereforuntilquitelateinhislifehewassubjecttonightmareHehadtakennothingfromtheroomsincehehadsleptthere,buteveryyearaddedtoitscontents,sothatitnowformedagalleryrepresentativeofeveryphaseofhisadolescencetheframedpictureofadreadnought(acolouredsupplementfromChums),allitsgunsspoutingflameandsmokeaphotographicgroupofhisprivateschoolacabinetcalled‘theMuseum,’filledwithadozendesultorycollections,eggs,butterflies,fossils,coinshisparents,intheleatherdiptychwhichhadstoodbyhisbedatschoolBrenda,eightyearsagowhenhehadbeentryingtogetengagedtoherBrendawithJohn,takenjustafterthechristeninganaquatintofHetton,asithadstooduntilhisgreatgrandfatherdemolisheditsomeshelvesofbooks,Bevis,WoodworkatHome,ConjuringforAll,TheYoungVisitors,TheLawofLandlordandTenant,FarewelltoArmsAlloverEnglandpeoplewerewakingup,queasyanddespondentTonylayfortenminutesveryhappilyplanningtherenovationofhisceilingThenherangthebell“Hasherladyshipbeencalledyet”“Aboutquarterofanhourago,sir”“ThenI’llhavebreakfastinherroom”HeputonhisdressinggownandslippersandwentthroughintoGuinevereBrendalayonthedaisShehadinsistedonamodernbedHertraywasbesideherandthequiltwaslitteredwithenvelopes,lettersandthedailypapersHerheadwasproppedagainstaverysmallbluepillowcleanofmakeup,herfacewasalmostcolourless,rosepearl,scarcelydeeperintonethanherarmsandneck“Well”saidTony“Kiss”Hesatbythetrayattheheadofthebedsheleantforwardtohim(anereidemergingfromfathomlessdepthsofclearwater)SheturnedherlipsawayandrubbedagainsthischeeklikeacatItwasawayshehad“Anythinginteresting”Hepickedupsomeoftheletters“NoMamawantsnannytosendJohn’smeasurementsShe’sknittinghimsomethingforChristmasAndthemayorwantsmetoopensomethingnextmonthPlease,needn’tI”“Ithinkyou’dbetter,wehaven’tdoneanythingforhimforalongtime”“WellyoumustwritethespeechI’mgettingtoooldforthegirlishoneIusedtogivethemallAndAngelasayswillwestayfortheNewYear”“That’seasyNotonherlife,wewon’t”http:wwwencomcn『原版英语』“Iguessednotthoughitsoundsanamusingparty”“YougoifyoulikeIcan’tpossiblygetaway”“That’sallrightIknewitwouldbe‘no’beforeIopenedtheletter”“WellwhatsortofpleasurecantherebeingoingallthewaytoYorkshireinthemiddleofwinter”“Darl

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