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热夜之梦_英文版_Fevre_Dream.doc

Lyndon商正
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热夜之梦英文版FevreDreamdocVersionproofreadandformattedbybravenGeorgeRRMartinFevreDreamCHAPTERONEStLouis,AprilABNERMarshrappedtheheadofhishickorywalkingsticksmartlyonthehoteldesktogettheclerk'sattention"I'mheretoseeamannamedYork,"hesaid"JoshYork,IbelievehecallshisselfYougotsuchamanhere"TheclerkwasanelderlymanwithspectaclesHejumpedatthesoundoftherap,thenturnedandspiedMarshandsmiled"Why,it'sCap'nMarsh,"hesaidamiably"Ain'tseenyouforhalfayear,Cap'nHeardaboutyourmisfortune,thoughTerrible,justterribleIbeenheresince'andIneverseennoicejamlikethatone""Neveryoumindaboutthat,"AbnerMarshsaid,annoyedHehadanticipatedsuchcommentsThePlanters'HousewasapopularhostelryamongsteamboatmenMarshhimselfhaddinedthereregularlybeforethatcruelwinterButsincetheicejamhe'dbeenstayingaway,andnotonlybecauseofthepricesMuchashelikedPlanters'Housefood,hewasnoteagerforitsbrandofcompany:pilotsandcaptainsandmates,rivermenall,oldfriendsandoldrivals,andallofthemknowinghismisfortuneAbnerMarshwantednoman'spity"YoujustsaywhereYork'sroobutthebeastcouldneverdieItwasclever,andpatient,andstrongAbnerMarsheyedtheshotgunagainIfonlyhecouldreachitIfonlyhewasasfastandstrongashehadbeenfortyyearsagoIfonlyJoshuacouldholdthebeast'sattentionlongenoughButitwasnogoodThebeastwouldnotmeetJoshua'seyesMarshwasneitherfastnorstrong,andhisarmwasbrokenandinagonyHecouldneverlurchtohisfeetandreachthegunintimeThebarrelwaspointedinthewrongdirectiontooIthadfallensoitpointedatJoshuaIfitpointedtheotherway,maybeitwouldbeworththeriskThenhewouldjusthavetodiveforthegun,raiseitupquick,andpullthetriggerButthewayitlay,hewouldhavetograbitandturnallthewayaroundtofireatthethingthathadcalleditselfJulianWithabrokenarmNoMarshknewitwouldbefutileThebeastwastoofastAmoanescapedJoshua'slips,ahalfsuppressedcryofpainHeputahandtohisbrow,thenleanedforwardandburiedhisfaceinhishandsHisskinwaspinkishalreadyBeforelongitwouldberedThencharredandblackandburnedAbnerMarshcouldseethevitalityebbingfromhimWhatwillkepthiminthatburningcircleofsun,MarshcouldnotknowJoshuahadguts,though,damnedifhedidn'tAllofasuddenMarshhadtosaysomething"Killhim,"hecalledoutloudly"Joshua,getoutofthereandgoforhim,goddamnitNevermindme"JoshuaYorklookedupandsmiledweakly"No""Goddamnitalltohell,youstubbornfoolDolikeItellyou!I'magoddamnedoldman,mylifedon'tmeannothin'Joshua,dolikeI'mtellin'you!"JoshuashookhisheadandburiedhisfaceinhishandsagainThebeastwasstaringatMarshstrangely,asifitcouldnotcomprehendhiswords,asifithadforgottenallthespeechiteverknewMarshlookedinitseyesandshiveredHisarmhurt,andhehadtearshidinginthebackofhiseyesHecussedandsworeuntilhisfaceturnedredItwasbetterthanweepinglikesomedamnedwomanThenhecalledout,"Youbeenonehellofapartner,JoshuaIain'tgoin'toforgetyouaslongasIlive"YorksmiledEventhesmilewaspained,MarshcouldseeJoshuawasweakeningvisiblyThelightwasgoingtokillhim,andthenMarshwouldbeherealoneTheyhadhoursandhoursofdaylightleftButhourspassedNightwouldcomeAbnerMarshcouldn'tstopitcomingnomore'nhecouldreachthatgoddamneduselessshotgunThesunwouldsetanddarknesswouldcomecreepingovertheFevreDream,andthebeastwouldsmileandrisefromitschairAllalongthegrandsaloonthedoorswouldopen,astheothersstirredandwoke,allthechildrenofthenight,thevampires,thesonsanddaughtersandslavesofthebeastFrombehindthebrokenmirrorsandthefadedoilpaintingstheywouldcome,silent,withtheircoldsmilesandwhitefacesandterribleeyesSomeofthemwereJoshua'sfriendsandoneborehischildbutMarshknewwithadeadlycertaintythatitwouldmakenodifferenceTheybelongedtothebeastJoshuahadthewordsandthejusticeandthedream,butthebeasthadthepower,anditwouldcallouttothebeaststhatlivedinalltheothers,itwouldwaketheirredthirstandbendthemtoitswillIthadnothirstitself,butitrememberedAndwhenthosedoorsbegantoopen,AbnerMarshwoulddieDamonJulianhadtalkedofsparinghim,butthebeastwasnotboundbyJulian'sfoolpromises,itknewhowdangerousMarshwasUglyornot,MarshwouldfeedthemtonightAndJoshuawoulddieaswell,orworsebecomelikethemAndhischildwouldgrowintoanotherbeast,andthekillingwouldgoonandon,theredthirstwouldflowdownthecenturiesunquenched,thefevredreamswouldturntosicknessandtorotHowcoulditendanyotherwayThebeastwasgreaterthantheywere,aforceofnatureThebeastwasliketheriver,eternalIthadnodoubts,nothoughts,nodreamsorplansJoshuaYorkmightoverwhelmDamonJulian,butwhenJulianfellthebeastlaybeneath:alive,implacable,strongJoshuahaddruggedhisownbeast,hadtamedittohiswill,sohehadonlyhumanitytofacethebeastthatlivedinJulianAndhumanitywasnotenoughHecouldnothopetowinAbnerMarshfrownedSomethinginhisthoughtsnaggedathimHetriedtofigureoutwhatitwas,butitwriggledfreeofhimHisarmthrobbedHewishedhehadsomeofJoshua'sgoddamneddrinkIttastedlikehell,butJoshuahadsaidonceithadlaudanuminit,andthatwouldhelpthepainThealcoholwouldn'thurtnone,neitherTheangleofthelightpouringinthroughtheshotoutskylighthadchangedItwasafternoon,MarshfiguredAfternoonandgettinglaterTheywouldhaveafewhoursmoreThenthedoorswouldstarttoopenHelookedatJulian,attheshotgunHesqueezedhisarm,asifthatcouldlessenthepainsomehowWhatthehellwashethinkingaboutAboutwantingsomeofJoshua'sdamndrinkforhisarmno,aboutthebeast,abouthowJoshuacouldn'tneverbeatit,onaccountAbnerMarsh'seyesnarrowed,andhelookedovertoJoshuaHehadbeathim,MarshthoughtOnce,hebeathimonce,beastornoWhycan'thedoitagainWhyMarshclutchedathisarm,rockedslowlybackandforth,andtriedtodriveoffthepainsohecouldthinkclearerWhy,why,whyAnditcametohim,likesuchthingsalwaysdidMaybehewasslow,butAbnerMarshneverforgotItcametohimThedrink,hethoughtHecouldseehowithadbeenHe'dpouredthelastofitdownJoshua'sdamnedgulletwhenhepassedoutinthesunThefinaldropfellonhisbootandhethrewthebottleintheriverJoshuahadlefthourslater,andithadtakenhimhowlongdays,ithadtakenhimdaystogetbacktotheFevreDreamHe'dbeenrunning,runningtohisdamnbottles,runningfromtheredthirstThenhefoundthesteamer,andallthedead,andstartedrippingloosethemboards,andJulianhadcomeMarshrememberedJoshua'sownwordsIwasscreamingathim,screamingincoherently,IwantedvengeanceIwantedtokillhimasbadlyasIhaveeverwantedtokillanyone,wantedtoripopenthatpalethroatofhis,andtastehisdamnableblood!MyangerNo,thoughtMarsh,notjustangerThirstJoshuahadbeensomadheneverevenknewit,buthewasinthefirststageoftheredthirst!HemusthavehadaglassofhisdrinkassoonasJulianstoleoff,soheneverrealizedwhatitwas,whythattimehadbeendifferentMarshgotarealcoldfeelingrightthen,wonderingifJoshuahadknowntherealreasonhewasrippingfreethoseboards,wonderingwhatwouldhavehappenedifJulianhadn'tintervenedNowonderJoshuahadwonthen,andneveragainHisburns,hisfears,thecarnageallaroundhim,nodrinksfordaysithadtohavebeenthethirstHisbeastwasawakethatnight,andstrongerthanJulian'sBrieflyAbnerMarshwasgrippedbyagreatexcitementThen,rapidly,itdawnedonhimthathiswildhopewasmisplacedMaybehehadfiguredsomethingout,butitwasn'tdoingthemagoddamnedbitofgoodJoshuahadtakenagoodsupplyofhisdrinkonthislastescapeofhisHe'ddrunkahalfbottleinNewOrleansbeforetheysetoutforJulian'splantationMarshcouldn'tseenowaytowakethefeverinJoshua,thefeverthatwastheironlychancehiseyeswentbacktotheshotgun,thedamneduselessshotgun"Hell,"hemutteredForgettheshotgun,hetoldhimself,itain'tnogoodtoyou,think,thinklikeMisterJefferswouldhave,figuresomethingoutLikeinasteamboatrace,MarshthoughtYoucouldn'tjustrunherstraightoutagainstanotherfastboat,youhadtobesmart,youhadtogetalightnin'pilotwhoknewallthecutoffsandhowtoshavethemclose,andmaybeyouboughtupallthebeechsotheotherboatcouldn'tgetnothingbutcottonwood,ormaybeyouhadsomelardinreserveTricks!MarshscowledandtuggedathiswhiskerswithhisgoodhandHecouldn'tdonothing,heknewItwasuptoJoshuaOnlyJoshuawasburningup,Joshuawasgettingweakerbytheminute,andhewasn'tgoingtomovesolongasMarsh'slifewasatstakeIfonlytherewassomewaytogetJoshuamovingtowakethethirstsomehowHowdiditcomenowEverymonth,somethinglikethat,exceptitdidn'tcomeatallwhenyouusedthebottleWasn'ttheresomethingelseSomethingelsethatmightbringonthethirstMarshthoughttheremightbe,buthecouldn'tthinkofitMaybeangerhadsomethingtodowithit,butitwasn'tenoughBeautyRealbeautifulthingstemptedhim,evenwithhisdrinkHeprobablypickedmeashispartner'causetheytoldhimIwastheugliestmanonthegoddamnedriver,MarshthoughtButitstillwasn'tenoughDamnedDamonJulianwasprettyenough,andhegotJoshuaawfulangry,butJoshuastilllost,alwayslost,thedrinkmadeitso,ithadtobeMarshbegantothinkbackonallthestoriesthatJoshuahadevertoldhim,allthedarknights,thedeaths,theterriblebittertimeswhenhisthirsthadtakenholdofhimbodyandsoulcaughtmeinthestomach,square,saidJoshua,andIbledbadlyIgotupImusthavebeenaterriblesight,palefacedandcoveredwithbloodAndastrangefeelingwasonmeJulianwassippingathiswine,smiling,sayingDidyoutrulyfearIwouldharmyouthatnightinAugustOh,perhapsIwouldhave,inmypainandrageButnotbeforeMarshsawhisface,twistedandbestial,ashepulledJeffers'swordcanefromhisbodyherememberedValerie,burning,dyingintheyawl,rememberedthewayshehadscreamedandgoneforKarlFramm'sthroatheheardJoshuatalking,sayingthemanhitmeagain,andIlashedoutbackhandedathimhewasonmeagainIthadtoberight,AbnerMarshthought,ithadtobe,itwastheonlythinghecouldthinkof,theonlythinghecouldfigureHepeeredupattheskylightTheanglewassharpernow,anditseemedtoMarshthatthelighthadgrownjustthetiniestbitredJoshuawaspartlyinshadownowAnhourago,MarshwouldhavebeenrelievedtoseeitNowhewasn'tsosure"Helpme"thevoicesaidItwasabrokenwhisper,aghastlypainrackedchokingButtheyhearditInthedarkenedsilencetheyallhearditSourBillyTiptonhadcomecrawlingoutofthedimness,leavingatrailofbloodbehindhimonthecarpetHewasn'treallycrawling,MarshsawHewasdragginghimself,stickinghisgoddamnedlittleknifeintothedeckandpullinghimselfforwardwithhisarms,wriggling,hislegsandwholelowerhalfofhisbodyscrapingbehindhimHisspinewasbentatanangleitshouldn'thavebentatBillyhardlylookedhumanHewascoveredwithslimeandfilth,crustedoverwithdryblood,bleedingevenastheywatchedHepulledhimselfforwardanotherfootHischestlookedcavedin,andpainhadtwistedhisfaceintoahideousmaskJoshuaYorkroseslowlyfromhischair,likeamaninadreamHisfacewasanawfulred,Marshsaw"Billy"hebegan"Staywhereyouare,Joshua,"saidthebeastYorklookedathimdully,andlickedhisdry,crackedlips"Iwillnotthreatenyou,"hesaid"LetmekillhimItwouldbeamercy"DamonJuliansmiledandshookhishead"KillpoorBilly,"hesaid,"andImustkillCaptainMarsh"ItsoundedalmostlikeJulianagainnowtheliquidsophisticationofthevoice,thechillwithinthewords,theairofvagueamusementSourBillymovedanotherpainfulfootandstopped,hisbodyshakingBlooddrippedfromhismouthandhisnose"Julian,"hesaid"You'llhavetospeakup,BillyWecan'thearyouverywell"SourBillyclutchedhisknifeandgrimacedHetriedtoraisehisheadasmuchashecould"I'mhelpmehurt,I'mhurtBadInsideinside,MisterJulian"DamonJulianrosefromhischair"Icanseethat,BillyWhatdoyouwant"SourBilly'smouthbegantotrembleattheedges"Help"hewhispered"ChangefinishthechangegottoI'mdyin'"JulianwaswatchingBilly,andwatchingJoshua,too,JoshuawasstillstandingAbnerMarshtensedhismusclesandlookedattheshotgunWithJulianalreadyonhisfeet,itwasn'tpossibleNottoturnitonhim,andfireButmaybehelookedatBilly,whoseagonyalmostmadeMarshforgethisbrokenarmBillywasbegging"liveforeverJulianchangemeoneofyou""Ah,"saidJulian"I'mafraidIhavesadnewsforyou,BillyIcan'tchangeyouDidyoureallythinkacreaturelikeyoucouldbecomeoneofus""promised,"Billywhisperedshrilly"YoupromisedI'mdyin'!"DamonJuliansmiled"WhateverwillIdowithoutyou"hesaidHelaughedlightly,andthatwaswhenMarshknewforafactthatitwasJulian,thatthebeasthadlethimsurfaceagainItwasJulian'slaughter,richandmusicalandstupidMarshheardthelaughandwatchedSourBilly'sfaceandsawhishandshakeashewrenchedtheknifefreeofthedeck"Thehellwithyou!"MarshroaredatJulian,asheheavedhimselftohisfeetJulianlookedover,startledMarshbitbackthepainandwentfortheshotgun,divingacrosstheroomJulianwasahundredtimesquickerthanhimMarshlandedheavilyonthegun,andalmostblankedoutfromthepainthatshotthroughhim,butevenashefeltthehardnessofthebarrelbeneathhisstomach,hefeltJulian'scoldwhitehandscloseroundhisneckAndthentheyweregone,andDamonJulianwasscreamingAbnerMarshrolledoverJulianwasstaggeringbackward,hishandsupoverhisfaceSourBilly'sknifewasstickingoutofhislefteye,andbloodwasrunningdownbetweenhispalewhitefingers"Die,goddamnyou,"MarshyelledasheyankedthetriggerTheshotblewJulianoffhisfeetThegunkickedbackintoMarsh'sarm,andhescreamedForaninstanthedidblackoutWhenthepainclearedenoughsohecouldsee,hehadtroubleclimbingtohisfeetButhediditJustintimetohearasharpcrack,likeawetbranchbeingbrokenJoshuaYorkrosefromBillyTipton'sbodywithbloodonhishands"Therewasnohopeforhim,"YorksaidMarshsuckedinairingreatdraughts,hisheartpounding"Wedidit,Joshua,"hesaid"Wekilledthegoddamned"SomeonelaughedMarshturnedandbackedawayJuliansmiledHewasn'tdeadHehadlostaneye,buttheknifehadn'tgonedeepenough,hadn'ttouchedhisbrainHewashalfblindbuthewasn'tdeadToolateMarshrealizedhismistakeHe'dshotatJulian'schest,thegoddamnedchest,heoughttohaveblownoffhishead,buthe'dtakentheeasyshotinsteadJulian'sdressinggownhungfromhiminbloodytatters,buthewasn'tdead"IamnotsoeasytokillaspoorBilly,"hesaidBloodwelledinhiseyesocketanddrippeddownhischeekAlreadyitwascrusting,clotting"Noraseasyasyouwillbe"HecametowardMarshwithlanguidinevitableslownessMarshtriedtoholdtheshotgunwithhisbrokenarmwhilehegottwoshellsfromhispocketHepinneditunderhisarmagainsthisbody,steppingbackward,butthepainmadehimweakandclumsyHisfingersslippedandoneoftheshellsdroppedtothefloorMarshbackeduphardagainstacolumnDamonJulianlaughed"No,"saidJoshuaYorkHesteppedbetweenthem,hisfacerawandred"IforbiditIambloodmasterStop,Julian""Ah,"saidJulian"Again,dearJoshuaAgainthenButthisshallbethelasttimeEvenBillyhaslearnedhistruenatureItistimeforyoutolearnyours,dearJoshua"Hislefteyewascrustedblood,hisrightahowlingblackabyssJoshuaYorkstoodunmoving"Youcan'tbeathim,"AbnerMarshsaid"ThedamnbeastJoshua,no"ButJoshuaYorkwaspasthearingTheshotgunfellfrombeneathMarsh'sshatteredarmHebent,snatcheditupwithhisgoodhand,slappeditdownonthetablebehindhim,andbegantoloaditWithonlyonehand,itwasslowworkHisfingerswerethickandclumsyTheshellkeptsquirtingfreeFinallyhegotitin,closedthegun,raiseditupclumsilyunderhisgoodarmJoshuaYorkhadturnedaround,slowly,thewaytheFevreDreamhadspunthatnightshecameaftertheEliReynoldsHetookasteptowardAbnerMarsh"Joshua,no,"Marshsaid"Stayaway"JoshuamovedcloserHewastrembling,fightingit"Getclear,"Marshsaid"Letmegetoffashot"Joshuadidn'tseemtohearHehadanawfuldeadlookonhisfaceHebelongedtothebeastHisstrongpalehandswereraised"Hell,"saidMarsh,"hellJoshua,IgottodoitIgotitfiguredIt'stheonlyway"JoshuaYorkseizedAbnerMarsharoundthethroat,hisgrayeyeswideanddemonicMarshshovedtheshotgunupunderJoshua'sarmpitandyankedthetriggerTherewasaterribleexplosion,thescentofsmokeandbloodYorkspunandfellheavily,cryingoutinpain,asMarshsteppedawayfromhimDamonJuliansmiledsardonicallyandmovedlikearattlesnake,wrenchingthesmokinggunfromMarsh'shand"Andnowthereareonlythetwoofus,"hesaid"Onlythetwoofus,dearCaptain"HewasstillsmilingwhenJoshuamadeasoundthatwashalfasnarlandhalfascream,andthrewhimselfonJulianfrombehindJuliancriedoutinsurpriseTheyrolledoverandover,grapplingwitheachotherferociouslyuntiltheyslammedupagainstthebar,andbrokeapartDamonJulianrosefirst,JoshuasoonafterYork'sshoulderwasabloodyruin,andhisarmwaslimpathisside,butinhisslittedgrayeyes,throughthehazeofbloodandpain,AbnerMarshcouldfeeltherageofthefeveredbeastYorkwasinpain,Marshthoughttriumphantly,andpaincouldwakethethirstJoshuaadvancedslowlyJulianmovedback,smiling,"Notme,Joshua,"hesaid"ItwastheCaptainwhohurtyouTheCaptain"JoshuapausedandglancedbrieflyatMarsh,andforalongmomentMarshwaitedtoseewhichwaythethirstwoulddrivehim,toseewhetherJoshuaorhisbeastwasthemasterFinallyYorksmiledthinlyatDamonJulian,andthequietfightbeganWeakwithrelief,MarshpausedamomenttogatherhisstrengthbeforehestoopedtopickuptheshotgunfromwhereJulianhaddroppeditHedepositeditonthetable,brokeit,reloadeditslowlyandlaboriouslyWhenhepickeditupandcradleditbeneathhisarm,DamonJulianwaskneelingHehadreachedintohiseyesocketwithhisfingers,andtornouthisblindandbloodyeyeHewasholdingitup,hishandcupped,whileJoshuaYorkbenttothebloodyofferingAbnerMarshsteppedforwardquickly,pushedtheshotgunuptoJulian'stemple,againstthefineblackcurls,andletflywithbothbarrelsJoshualookedstunned,likehehadbeenwrenchedabruptlyfromsomedreamMarshgruntedandtosseddownthegun"Youdidn'twantthat,"hetoldJoshua"HoldstillIgotwhatyouwant"Hewalkedheavilybehindthebar,andfoundthedarkunlabeledwinebottlesMarshpickedoneupandblewawaythedustThatwaswhenhehappenedtolookupandseealltheopendoors,allthepalefaces,watchingTheshots,hethoughtTheshotshadbroughtthemoutOnehanded,MarshhadtroublegettingoutthecorkHefinallyusedhisteethJoshuaYorkdriftedtowardthebar,asifinadazeInhiseyesthefightwentonMarshheldoutthebottle,andJoshuareachedoutandgrabbedhisarmMarshheldverystillForalongmomenthedidnotknowwhichitwouldbe,whetherJoshuawouldtakethebottleortearopentheveinsinhiswrist"Weallgottomakeourgoddamnedchoices,Joshua,"hesaidsoftly,inthegripofJoshua'sstrongfingersJoshuaYorkstaredathimforhalfofforeverThenhewrenchedthebottlefreeofMarsh'shand,threwbackhishead,andupendeditThedarkliquorcamegurglingdown,andranalloverhisgoddamnedchinMarshpulledoutasecondbottleofthenoxiousstuff,smasheditstopoffcleanagainstthehardedgeofthemarblebar,andraiseditup"TothegoddamnedFevreDream!"hesaidTheydranktogetherEPILOGUETHEgraveyardisoldandovergrown,andfilledwiththesoundsoftheriverItsitshighonitsbluff,andbelowitrollstheMississippi,onandon,asithasrolledforthousandsofyearsYoucansitontheedgeofthebluff,feetdangling,andlookoutovertheriver,drinkinginthepeace,thebeautyTheriverhasathousandfacesuphereSometimesit'sgolden,andalivewithripplesfrominsectsskimmingthesurfaceandwaterflowingaroundsomehalfsubmergedbranchAtsunsetitturnsbronzeforawhile,andthenred,andtheredspreadsandmakesyouthinkofMosesandanotherriveralongwayawayOnaclearnight,thewaterflowsdarkandcleanasblacksatin,andbeneathitsshimmeringsurfacearestars,andafairymoonthatshiftsanddancesandissomehowlargerandprettierthantheoneupintheskyTheriverchangeswiththeseasons,tooWhenthespringfloodscome,itisbrownandmuddyandcreepsuptothehighwatermarksonthetreesandbanksInautumn,leavesofathousandcolorsdriftpastlazilyinitsblueembraceAndinwintertheriverfreezeshard,andthesnowcomesdriftingdowntocoverit,andtransformsitintoawildwhiteroaduponwhichnoonemaytravel,sobrightithurtstheeyesBeneaththeice,thewatersstillflow,icyandturbulent,neverrestingAndfinallytherivershrugs,andthewinter'siceshatterslikethunderandbreaksapartwithterrible,rendingcracksAlloftheriver'smoodscanbeseenfromthegraveyardFromthere,theriverlookslikeitdidathousandyearsagoEvennowtheIowasideisnothingbuttreesandhigh,rockybluffsTheriveritselfistranquil,empty,stillAthousandyearsagoyoumightwatchforhoursandseenothingbutasolitaryIndianinabirchbarkcanoeTodayyoumightwatchforjustaslong,andseeonlyonelongprocessionofsealedbarges,pushedbyasinglesmalldieseltowboatInbetweenthenandnow,therewasatimewhentheriverswarmedandlived,whensmokeandsteamandwhistlesandfireswereeverywhereThesteamboatsareallgonenow,thoughTheriverispeacefulThedeadinthegraveyardwouldn'tlikeitmuchthiswayHalfofthoseburiedherewererivermenThegraveyardispeaceful,tooMostoftheplotswerefilledalong,longtimeago,andnoweventhegrandchildrenofthosewholieherehavediedVisitorsarerare,andthefewwhocomevisitasingle,unimpressivegraveSomeofthegraveshavelargemonumentsOnehasastatueontopofit,ofatallmandressedlikeasteamerpilot,holdingaportionofawheelandgazingoutintothedistanceSeveralhavecolorfulaccountsoflifeanddeathontheriverinscribedontheirtombstones,tellinghowtheydiedinaboilerexplosion,orthewar,orbydrowningButthevisitorscometononeoftheseThegravetheyseekoutisrelativelyplainThestonehasseenahundredyearsofweathering,butithasheldupwellThewordschiseledintoitareplainlyreadable:aname,somedates,andtwolinesofpoetryCAP'NABNERMARSH–Sowe'llgonomorearovingSolateintothenightAbovethename,carvedintothestonewithgreatskillandgreatcare,isasmalldecoration,raisedandfinelydetailed,showingtwogreatsidewheelsteamersinaraceTimeandweatherhavewreakedtheirdamage,butyoucanstillseethesmokestreamingfromtheirchimneys,andyoucanalmostsensetheirspeedIfyouleancloseenoughandrunyourfingertipsoverthestone,youcanevendiscerntheirnamesThetrailingboatistheEclipse,afamoussteamerinherdayTheoneinfrontisunknowntomostriverhistoriansSheappearstobenamedtheFevreDreamThevisitorwhocomesmostoftenalwaystouchesher,asifforluckOddlyenough,healwayscomesbynigh
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