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简介:本文档为《Appointment+in+Samarrapdf》,可适用于人文社科领域,主题内容包含JohnO’HaraAppointmentinSamarraJOHNO’HARAwasborninPottsville,Pennsylvania,i符等。

JohnO’HaraAppointmentinSamarraJOHNO’HARAwasborninPottsville,Pennsylvania,in,thesonofarespectedlocalphysicianAftergraduatingfromNiagaraPreparatorySchool,hepassedhiscollegeentranceexaminations,buthisfather’sdeathrequiredthathegotoworkAfteravarietyofjobsinPennsylvaniaandtheninNewYork,MrO’HarapublishedAppointmentinSamarra,hisfirstnovel,inthisbookwasclearindicationofhispenetratingknowledgeofAmericansocietyandthedirectfactualstylethatcharacterizeshisworkThoughhehasspenttimeinHollywoodandsuccessfullyventuredontoBroadwayintowritethebookforthemusicaladaptationofhisstoryPalJoey,O’Hara’sliteraryproductionhascontinuedunabatedovertheyearsHisnovelsincludeButterfield(),ARagetoLive(),theNationalBookAwardwinnerTenNorthFrederick(),FromtheTerrace(),andTheBigLaugh()HisshortstorycollectionsincludeTheDoctor’sSonandOtherStories(),Assembly(),andTheCapeCodLighter()Atpresent,MrO’HaralivesnearPrinceton,NewJersey,wherehecontinuestowriteJohnO’HaraAppointmentinSamarraDEATHSPEAKS:TherewasamerchantinBagdadwhosenthisservanttomarkettobuyprovisionsandinalittlewhiletheservantcameback,whiteand,trembling,andsaid,Master,justnowwhenIwasinthemarketplaceIwasjostledbyawomaninthecrowdandwhenIturnedIsawitwasDeaththatjostledmeShelookedatmeandmadeathreateninggesturenow,lendmeyourhorse,andIwillrideawayfromthiscityandavoidmyfateIwillgotoSamarraandthereDeathwillnotfindmeThemerchantlenthimhishorse,andtheservantmountedit,andhedughisspursinitsflanksandasfastasthehorsecouldgallophewentThenthemerchantwentdowntothemarketplaceandhesawmestandinginthecrowdandhecametomeandsaid,WhydidyoumakeathreateninggesturetomyservantwhenyousawhimthismorningThatwasnotathreateninggesture,Isaid,itwasonlyastartofsurpriseIwasastonishedtoseehiminBagdad,forIhadanappointmentwithhimtonightinSamarraWSomersetMaughamJohnO’HaraAppointmentinSamarraAPPOINTMENTINSAMARRAJOHNO'HARAWithanAfterwordbyArthurMizenerASIGNETCLASSICPublishedbyTheNewAmericanLibraryJohnO’HaraAppointmentinSamarraCopyright,,byJohnO’HaraAllrightsreservedincludingtherighttoreproducethisbookorportionsthereofinanyformForinformationaddressRandomHouse,Inc,MadisonAvenue,NewYork,NewYorkPublishedbyarrangementwithRandomHouse,Inc,andDuell,SloanPearce,IncFirstPrinting,August,TenthPrinting,August,ThequotationonpageiiappearsinSheppey,aplaybyWSomersetMaugham(copyright,,byWSomersetMaugham),publishedinbyWilliamHeinemannLtd,London,andinbyDoubledayandCompany,IncSIGNETTRADEMARKREGUSPATOFFANDFOREIGNCOUNTRIESREGISTEREDTRADEMARKMARCAREGISTRADAHECHOENCHICAGO,DSASIGNETCLASSICSarepublishedbyTheNewAmericanLibraryofWorldLiterature,IncMadisonAvenue,NewYork,NewYorkPRINTEDINTHEUNITEDSTATESOFAMERICAJohnO’HaraAppointmentinSamarraToFPAJohnO’HaraAppointmentinSamarraCHAPTEROURSTORYopensinthemindofLutherL(LforLeRoy)Fliegler,whoislyinginhisbed,notthinkingofanything,butjustawareofsounds,consciousofhisownbreathing,andsensitivetohisownheartbeatsLyingbesidehimishiswife,lyingonherrightsideandenjoyinghersleepShehasearnedhersleep,foritisChristmasmorning,strictlyspeaking,andallthedaybeforeshehasworkedlikeadog,cleaningtheturkeyandbakingthings,and,untilafewhoursago,trimmingthetreeTheawfulproximityofhisheartbeatsmakesLutherFlieglerbegintowanthiswifealittle,butIrmacansaynowhensheistiredItistoomuchtrouble,shesayswhensheistired,andshewon’ttakeanychancesThreechildrenisenoughthreechildrenintenyearsSoLutherFlieglerdoesnotreachoutforherItisChristmasmorning,andhewilldoherthefavoroflettingherenjoyhersleepafavorwhichshewillneverknowhedidforherAnditisafavor,allright,becauseIrmalikesChristmastoo,andonthisonemorningshemightnotmindthetrouble,mightbewillingtotakeachanceLutherFlieglermoreactivelystifledthelittletemptationandthoughtthehellwithit,andthenturnedandputhishandsaroundhiswife’swaistandcaressedthelittlerubbertireoffleshacrossherdiaphragmShebegantostirandthensheopenedhereyesandsaid:“MyGod,Lute,whatareyoudoing”“MerryChristmas,”hesaid“Don’t,willyouplease”shesaid,butshesmiledhappilyandputherarmsaroundhisbigback“Godyou’recrazy,”shesaid“Oh,butIloveyou”AndforalittlewhileGibbsvilleknewnohappierpeoplethanLutherFlieglerandhiswife,IrmaThenLutherwenttosleep,andIrmagotupandthencamebacktothebedroom,stoppingtolookoutthewindowbeforeshegotintobedagainLantenengoStreethadasortofcottonysilencetoitThesnowwaspiledhighinthegutters,andthestreetwasopenonlytothewidthoftwocarsItwastoodarkforthestreettolookcottony,andtherewasanillusionevenaboutthesilenceIrmathoughtshecouldyellherloudestandnotbeheard,sopuffilysilentdiditlook,butshealsoknewthatifshewantedto(whichshedidn’t)shecouldcarryonaconversationwithMrsBrombergacrosstheway,withouteitherofthemraisinghervoiceIrmachidedherselfforthinkingthiswayaboutMrsBrombergonChristmasmorning,butimmediatelyshedefendedherself:JewsdonotobserveChristmas,excepttomakemoremoneyoutofChristians,soyoudonothavetotreatJewsanydifferentonChristmasthanonanyotherdayoftheyearBesides,havingtheBrombergsonLantenengoStreethurtrealestatevaluesEverybodysaidsoTheBrombergs,Lutehaditongoodauthority,hadpaidthirtythousandforthePriceproperty,whichwastwelvethousandfivehundredmorethanWillPricehadbeenaskingbutiftheBrombergswantedtoliveonLantenengoStreet,theycouldpayforitIrmawonderedifitwastruethatSylviaBromberg’ssisterandbrotherinlawweredickeringfortheMcAdamspropertynextdoorShewouldn’tbesurprisedPrettysoontherewouldbeawholecolonyofJewsintheneighborhood,andtheFlieglerchildrenandalltheothernicechildrenintheneighborhoodwouldgrowupwithJewishaccentsIrmaFlieglerhadhatedSylviaBrombergsincethesummerbefore,whenSylviawashavingababyandscreamedallthroughasummereveningShecouldhavegonetotheCatholichospitalsheknewshewashavingababy,anditwasawfultohavethosescreamsandhavetomakeupstoriestotellthenicechildrenwhyMrsBrombergwasscreamingItwasdisgustingIrmaturnedawayfromthewindowandwentbacktobed,prayingthatshewouldnotgetcaught,andhatingtheBrombergsformovingintotheneighborhoodLutewassleepingpeacefullyandIrmaJohnO’HaraAppointmentinSamarrawasgladofthewarmthofhisbigbodyandtheheavysmellofhimShereachedoverandrubbedherfingersacrosshisshoulder,wheretherewerefournavellikescars,shrapnelscarsLutebelongedonLantenengoStreet,andsheashiswifebelongedonLantenengoStreetAndnotonlyashiswifeHerfamilyhadbeeninGibbsvillealotlongerthanthegreatmajorityofthepeoplewholivedonLantenengoStreetShewasaDoane,andGrandfatherDoanehadbeenadrummerboyintheMexicanWarandhadaCongressionalMedalofHonorfromtheCivilWarGrandfatherDoanehadbeenamemberoftheSchoolBoardforclosetothirtyyears,beforehedied,andhewastheonlymaninthispartoftheStatewhohadtheCongressionalMedalofHonorLutehadtheFrenchCroixdeGuerrewithpalmforsomethingbesaidhedidwhenhewasdrunk,andtherewereacoupleofmenwhogotDistinguishedServiceCrossesandDistinguishedServiceMedalsduringtheWar,butGrandfatherDoanehadtheonlyCongressionalMedalofHonorIrmastillthoughtshewasentitledtothemedal,becauseshehadbeenGrandfatherDoane’sfavoriteeveryoneknewthatButherbrotherWillardandhiswife,theygotitbecauseWillardwascarryingonthenameWell,theycouldhaveitItwasChristmas,andIrmadidnotbegrudgeittothemaslongastheytookcareofitandappreciateditIrmalaythere,fullyawake,andheardasound:cack,thock,cack,thock,cack,thockAcarwithaloosecrosschainbangingagainstthefender,comingslowlyupordownLantenengoStreet,shecouldnotmakeoutwhichThenitcamealittlefasterandthesoundchangedtocack,cack,cack,cackcackcackcackItpassedherhouseandshecouldtellitwasanopencar,becausesheheardtheflappingofthesidecurtainsItprobablywasacompanycar,aDodgeProbablyanaccidentatoneoftheminesandoneofthebosseswasbeingcalledoutinthemiddleofthenight,thenightbeforeChristmas,totakechargeoftheaccidentAwfulShewasgladLutedidnotworkfortheCoalIronCompanyYouhadtobeacollegegraduate,PennStateorLehigh,whichLutewasnot,togetanykindofadecentjobwiththeCoalIron,andwhenyoudidgetajobyouhadtowaitforsomeonetodiebeforeyougotadecentpromotionAndcalledoutatallhoursofthedayandnight,likeadoctor,whenthepumpsdidn’tworkorsomethingelsehappenedAndevenyourordinaryworkontheengineeringcorps,youcamehomedirty,lookinglikeanordinaryminerinshortrubberbootsandcapandlunchcanAcollegegraduate,andyouhadtoundressinthecellarwhenyoucamehomeLutewasright:hefiguredifyouselltwoCadillacsamonth,youmakeexpenses,andanythingoverthatissomuchgravy,andmeanwhileyoulooklikeadecenthumanbeingandyou’renottakingchancesofbeingcrushedtodeathunderafalloftoprock,orblowntohellinanexplosionofblackdampInsidethemineswasnoplaceforamarriedman,LutealwayssaidnotifhegaveadamnabouthiswifeandchildrenAndLutewasarealfamilymanIrmashiftedinbeduntilherbackwasagainstLute’sbackSheheldherhandinbackofher,gentlyclaspingLute’sforearmNextyear,accordingtoHoover,thingswouldbemuchbetterallaround,andtheywouldbeabletodoalotofthingstheyhadplannedtodo,buthadhadtopostponebecauseofthisslumpIrmaheardthesoundofanotherloosecrosschain,fastwhenshefirstheardit,andthenslowandfinallystoppingThecarwasgettinganewstart,inlowgearIrmarecognizedit:DrNewton’sBuickcoachNewton,thedentist,andhiswifeLillianwhohadthehousetwodoorsbelowTheywouldbegettinghomefromthedanceatthecountryclubTedNewtonwasprobablyalittleplastered,andLillianwasprobablyhavingherhandsfullwithhim,becauseshehadtogethomeearlyonaccountofbeingpregnantThreemonthsgone,oralittleoverIrmawonderedwhattimeitwasShereachedoutandfoundLute’swatchOnlytwentyafterthreeGoodLord,shethoughtitwasmuchlaterthanthatTwentyafterthreeThecountryclubdancewouldjustbegettinggood,IrmasupposedThekidshomefromboardingschoolandcollege,andtheyoungermarrieds,mostofwhomsheknewbytheirfirstnames,andthentheoldercrowdNextyearsheandLutewouldbegoingtothosedancesandhavingfunShecouldhavegonetotheonetonight,butsheandLuteagreedthateventhoughJohnO’HaraAppointmentinSamarrayouknewthepeoplebytheirfirstnames,itwasn’trighttogodowntotheclubunlessyouwereamemberEvertimeyouwent,whoeveryouweretheguestofhadtopayadollar,andevenatthatyouwerenotsupposedtogounderanycircumstancesmorethantwiceinanyquarteroftheyearThatwastheruleNextyearsheandLutewouldbemembers,anditwouldbeagoodthing,becauseLutewouldbeabletomakebettercontactsandsellmoreCadillacstoclubmembersButasLutesaid:“We’lljoinwhenwecanafforditIdon’tbelieveinthatideaofmixingyoursociallifewithyourbusinesslifetoomuchYougetsigningchecksforprospectsdownatthecountryclub,andyouwindupbehindtheeightballWe’lljoinwhenwecanaffordit”LutewasallrightDependableandhonestasthedayislong,andneverlookedatanotherwoman,eveninfunThatwasonereasonwhyshewascontenttowaituntiltheycouldreallyaffordtojointheclubIfshehadmarried,say,JulianEnglish,shewouldbeamemberoftheclub,butshewouldn’ttradeherlifeforCarolineEnglish’s,notifyoupaidherShewonderedifJulianandCarolinewerehavinganotheroneoftheirbattleroyalsIIThesmokingroomoftheLantenengoCountryClubwassocrowdeditdidnotseemasthoughanotherpersoncouldgetin,butpeoplemovedinandoutsomehowThesmokingroomhadbecomecoeducationaloriginally,whentheclubwasbuiltin,ithadbeenformenonly,butduringmanyweddingreceptionswomenhadbrokentheruleagainsttheirenteringweddingreceptionswereprivateparties,andclubrulescouldbebrokenwhenthewholeclubwastakenoverbyonepartySothefemininemembershadmuscledinonthesmokingroom,andnowtherewereasmanyfemalesasmalesintheroomItwasonlyalittleafterthreeo’clock,butthepartyhadbeengoingonforever,andhardlyanyonewonderedwhenitwouldendAnyonewhowantedittoendcouldgohomeHewouldnotbemissedThepeoplewhostayedwerethepeoplewhobelongedonthepartyinthefirstplaceAnymemberoftheclubcouldcometothedance,butnoteveryonewhocametothedancewasreallywelcomeinthesmokingroomThesmokingroomcrowdalwaysstartedoutwithasmallnumber,alwaysthesamepeopleTheWhitHofmans,theJulianEnglishes,theFroggyOgdensandsoonTheywerethespendersanddrinkersandsociallysecure,whocouldthumbtheirnosesandnothavetoanswertoanyoneexcepttheirownfamiliesTherewereabouttwentypersonsinthisgroup,andyourstandingintheyoungersetofGibbsvillecouldbejudgedbytheassurancewithwhichyoujoinedthenucleusofthesmokingroomcrowdBythreeo’clockeveryonewhowantedtohadbeeninthesmokingroomthefigurativebarswereletdownataboutonethirty,whichtimecoincidedwiththetimeatwhichtheHofmansandEnglishesandsoonhadgotdrunkenoughtowelcomeanyone,thelesseligiblethebetterSofarnothingterriblehadoccurredYoungJohnnyDibblehadbeencaughtstealingliquorfromsomeone’slockerandwaskickedinthebehindElinorHolloway’sshoulderstraphadslippedorbeenpulleddown,momentarilyrevealingherleftbreast,whichmostoftheyoungmenpresenthadseenandtouchedatonetimeoranotherFrankGorman,Georgetown,andDwightRoss,Yale,hadfought,cried,andkissedafteranargumentaboutwhattheteamGormanhadnotmadewouldhavedonetotheteamRosswassubstitutehalfbackonDuringoneofthoseinexplicablesilences,TedNewtonwasheardtosaytohiswife:“I’lldrinkasmuchasIGoddamnplease”ElizabethGorman,thefatnieceofHarryReilly,whosesocialclimbingwasasighttobehold,hadembarrassedherunclebybelchingloudandunashamedLorimerGouldIII,ofNewYork,whowasvisitingsomeoneorother,hadbeentoldninetimesthatGibbsvillewasdullasdishwatertheyear’round,buteveryonefromoutoftownthoughtitwasthepeppiestplaceinthecountryatChristmasBobbyHerrmann,whowaspostedfornonpaymentofduesandrestaurantcharges,waspresentinabusinesssuit,JohnO’HaraAppointmentinSamarragloriouslydrunkandpersonagrataattheinnersanctum(hewasfamousforhavingsaid,onseeingthegolfcoursewithoutapersonplayingonit:“Thecourseisratherdelinquenttoday”),andexplainingtothewivesandfiancéesofhisfriendsthathewouldliketodancewiththem,butcouldnotbecausehewaspostedEveryonewasdrinking,orhadjustfinishedadrink,orwasjustabouttotakeoneThedrinkswereryeandgingerale,practicallyunanimously,exceptforafewhighballsofapplejackandWhiteRockorappleandgingerale,orginandgingeraleOnlyafewoftheinnersanctummembersweredrinkingScotchTheliquor,thatis,therye,wasallaboutthesame:mostpeopleboughtdrugstoreryeonprescriptions(thephysicianswhowereclubmemberssaved“scrips”fortheirpatients),andcutitwithalcoholandcoloredwaterItwasnotpoisonous,anditgotyoutight,whichwasallthatwasrequiredofitandallthatcouldbesaidforitThevibrationsoftheorchestra(TommyLake’sRoyalCollegians,aGibbsvilleband)reachedthesmokingroom,andtheyoungestpeopleintheroombegantohumSomethingToRememberYouByTheyoungmenaddressedthegirls:“Dance”andthegirlssaid:“Loveto,”or“Sawell,”or“Uhhuh”SlowlytheroombecamelesscrowdedAfewremainedaroundonefairlylargetableinacorner,whichbycommonconsentoreminentdomainorsomethingwasconcededtobetheWhitHofmancrowd’stableHarryReillywastellingadirtystoryinanIrishbrogue,whichwasmadeslightlymorerealisticorfunnybythefactthathisbridgework,donebeforetheReillyscameintothebigmoney,didnotfittoowell,andHarryasaresultalwayswhistledfaintlywhenhespokeReillyhadabig,jovialwhiteface,grayhairandabigmouthwiththinlipsHiseyeswereshrewdandsmall,andhewasbeginningtogetfatHewasintails,andhiswhitetiewasdaintilysoiledfromhishabitoftouchingitbetweengesturesofthestoryHisclothesweregood,buthehadbeenborninatinycoalminingvillage,or“patch,”asthesevillagesarecalledandReillyhimselfwasthefirsttosay:“Youcantaketheboyoutofthepatch,butyoucan’ttakethepatchoutoftheboy”ReillytoldstoriesinparagraphsWhilehewasspeakinghewouldleanforwardwithanarmonhisknee,likeapictureyouhaveseenofacowboyWhenhecametotheendoftheparagraphhewouldlookquicklyoverhisshoulder,asthoughheexpectedtobearrestedbeforefinishingthestoryhewouldfingerhistieandclosehismouthtight,andthenhewouldturnbacktohisaudienceandgointothenextparagraph:“SoPatsaid”ItwasfunnytowatchpeoplelisteningtoHarrytellingastoryIftheytookasipofadrinkinthemiddleofaparagraph,theydiditslowly,asthoughconcealingitAndtheyalwaysknewwhentolaugh,evenwhenitwasaCatholicjoke,becauseReillysignaledthepayofflinebyslappinghislegjustbeforeitwasdeliveredWheneveryonehadlaughed(Reillywouldlookateachpersontoseethatheorshewasgettingit),hewouldfollowwithashorthistoryofthestory,wherehehadhearditandunderwhatcircumstancesandthehistorywouldleadtoanotherstoryEveryoneelseusuallysaid:“Harry,Idon’tseehowyourememberthemIhearalotofstories,butInevercanthinkofthem”HarryhadagreatreputationasawitawittyIrishmanJulianEnglishsattherewatchinghim,througheyesthathepermittedtoappearsleepierthantheyfeltWhy,hewondered,didhehateHarryReillyWhycouldn’thestandhimWhatwasthereaboutReil

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