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家破何归

作者: 苏州翻译公司 发布时间:2017-05-09 14:40:08  点击率:

久别重逢的父女坐在一起吃桃子,这时候一条小虫从父亲吃了一半的桃子里爬了出来,这条小虫的命运会如何呢?5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

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家破何归

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By William Saroyan5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

They were to eat peaches, as planned, after her nap, and now she sat across from the man who would have been a total stranger except that he was in fact her father. They had been together again (although she couldn’t quite remember when they had been together before) for almost a hundred years now, or was it only since day before yesterday? Anyhow, they were together again, and he was kind of funny. First, he had the biggest mustache she had ever seen on anybody, although to her it was not a mustache at all; it was a lot of red and brown hair under his nose and around the ends of his mouth. Second, he wore a blue-and-white striped jersey instead of a shirt and tie, and no coat. His arms were covered with the same hair, only it was a little lighter and thinner. He wore blue slacks , but no shoes and socks, He was barefoot, and so was she, of course.5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

He was at home. She was with him in his home in Paris, if you could call it a home. He was very old, especially for a young man—thirty-six, he had told her; and she was six, just up from sleep on a very hot afternoon in August.5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

That morning, on a little walk in the neighborhood, she had seen peaches in a box outside a small store and she had stopped to look at them, so he had bought a kilo.5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

Now, the peaches were on a large plate on the card table at which they sat.5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

There were seven of them, but one of them was flawed. It looked as good as others, almost the size of a tennis ball, nice red fading to light green, but where the stem had been there was now a break that went straight down into the heart of the seed.5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

He placed the biggest and best-looking peach on the small plate in front of the girl, and then took the flawed peach and began to remove the skin. When he had half the skin off the peach he ate that side, neither of them talking, both of them just being there, and not being excited or anything—no plans, that is.5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

The man held the half-eaten peach in his fingers and looked down into the cavity, into the open seed. The girl looked too.5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

While they were looking, two feelers poked out from the cavity. They were attached to a kind of brown knob-head, which followed the feelers, and then two large legs took a strong grip on the edge of the cavity and hoisted some of the rest of whatever it was out of the seed, and stopped there a moment, as if to look around.5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

The man studied the seed dweller, and so, of course, did the girl.5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

The creature paused only a fraction of a second, and then continued to come out of the seed, to walk down the eaten side of the peach to wherever it was going.5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

The girl had never seen anything like it—a whole big thing made out of brown color, a knob-head, feelers, and a great many legs. It was very active too. Almost businesslike, you might say. The man placed the peach back on the plate. The creature moved off the peach onto the surface of the white plate. There it came to a thoughtful stop.5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“Who is it?” the girl said.5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“Gaston.”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“Where does he live?”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“Well, he used to live in this peach seed, but now that the peach has been harvested and sold, and I have eaten half of it, it looks as if he’s out of house and home.”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“Aren’t you going to squash him?”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“No, of course not, why should I?”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“He is a bug. He is ugh.”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“Not at all. He is Gaston the grand boulevardier.”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“Everybody hollers when a bug comes out of an apple, but you don’t holler or anything.”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“Of course not. How should we like it if somebody hollered every time we came out of our house?”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“Why would they?”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“Precisely. So why should we holler at Gaston?”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“He is not the same as us.”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“Well, not exactly, but he’s the same as a lot of other occupants of peach seeds. Now, the poor fellow hasn’t got a home, and there he is with all that pure design and handsome form, and nowhere to go.”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“Handsome?”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“Gaston is just about the handsomest of his kind I’ve ever seen.”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“What’s he saying?”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“Well, he’s a little confused. Now, inside that house of his he had everything in order. Bed here, porch there, and so forth.”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“Show me.”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

The man picked up the peach, leaving Gaston entirely alone on the white plate. He removed the peeling and ate the rest of the peach.5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“Nobody else I know would do that,” the girl said. “They’d throw it away.”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“I can’t imagine why. It’s a perfect good peach.”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

He opened the seed and placed the two sides not far from Gaston. The girl studied the open halves.5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“Is that where he lives?”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“It’s where he used to live. Gaston is out in the world and on his own now. You can see for yourself how comfortable he was in there. He had everything.”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“Now what has he got?”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“Not very much, I’m afraid.”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“What’s he going to do?”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“What are we going to do?”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“Well, we’re not going to squash him, that’s one thing we’re not going to do,” the girl said.5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“What are we going to do, then?”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“Put him back?”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“Oh, that house is finished.”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“Well, he can’t live in our house, can he?”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“Not happily.”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“Can he live in our house at all?”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“Well, he could try, I suppose. Don’t you want to eat a peach?”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“Only if it’s a peach with somebody in the seed. ”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“Well, see if you can find a peach that has an opening at the top, because if you can, that’ll be a peach in which you’re likeliest to find somebody.”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

The girl examined each of the peaches on the big plate.5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“They’re all shut,” she said.5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“Well, eat one, then.”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“No. I want the same kind that you ate, with somebody in the seed.”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“Well, to tell you the truth, the peach I ate would be considered a bad peach, so of course stores don’t like to sell them. I was sold that one by mistake, most likely. And so now Gaston is without a home, and we’ve got six perfect peaches to eat.”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“I don’t want a perfect peach. I want a peach with people.”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“Well, I’ll go out and see if I can find one.”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“Where will I go?”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“You’ll go with me, unless you’d rather stay. I’ll only be five minutes .”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“If the phone rings, what shall I say?”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“I don’t think it’ll ring, but if it does, say hello and see who it is.”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“If it is my mother, what shall I say?”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“Tell her I’ve gone to get you a bad peach, and anything else you want to tell her.”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“If she wants me to go back, what shall I say?”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“Say yes if you want to go back.”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“Do you want me to?”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“Of course not, but the important thing is what you want, not what I want.”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“Why is that the important thing?”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“Because I want you to be where you want to be.”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“I want to be here.”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“I’ll be right back.”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

He put on socks and shoes, and a jacket, and went out. She watched Gaston trying to find out what to do next. Gaston wandered around the plate, but everything seemed wrong and he didn’t know what to do or where to go.5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

The telephone rang and her mother said she was sending the chauffeur to pick her up because there was a little party for somebody’s daughter who was also six, and then tomorrow they would fly back to New York.5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“Let me speak to your father,” she said.5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“He’s gone to get a peach.”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“One peach?”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“One with people.”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“You haven’t been with your father two days and already you sound like him.”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“There are peaches with people in them. I know. I saw one of them come out.”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“A bug?”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“Not a bug. Gaston.”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“Who?”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“Gaston the grand something.”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“Somebody get a peach with a bug in it, and throws it away, but not him. He makes up a lot of foolishness about it.”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“It’s not foolishness.”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“All right, all right, don’t get angry at me about a horrible peach bug of some kind.”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“Gaston is right here, just outside his broken house, and I’m not angry at you.”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“You’ll have a lot of fun at the party.”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“OK.”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“We’ll have fun flying back to New York, too.”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“OK.”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“Are you glad you saw your father?”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“Of course I am.”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“Is he funny?”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“Yes.”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“Is he crazy?”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“Yes. I mean, no. He just doesn’t holler when he sees a bug crawling out of a peach seed or anything. He just looks at it carefully. But it is just a bug, isn’t it, really?”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“That’s all it is.”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“And we have to squash it?”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“That’s right. I can’t wait to see you, darling. These two days have been like two years to me. Good-bye.”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

The girl watched Gaston on the plate, and she actually didn’t like him. He was all ugh, as he had been in the first place. He didn’t have a home anymore and he was wandering around on the white plate and he was silly and wrong and ridiculous and useless and all sorts of other things. She cried a little, but only inside, because long ago she had decided she didn’t like crying because if you ever started to cry it seemed as if there was so much to cry about you almost couldn’t stop, and she didn’t like that at all. The open halves of the peach seed were wrong, too. They were ugly or something. They weren’t clean.5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

The man bought a kilo of peaches but found no flawed peaches among them, so he bought another kilo at another store, and this time his luck was better, and there were two that were flawed. He hurried back to his flat and let himself in.5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

His daughter was in her room, in her best dress.5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“My mother phoned,” she said, “and she’s sending the chauffeur for me because there’s another birthday party.”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“Another?”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“I mean, there’s always a lot of them in New York.”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“Will the chauffeur bring you back?”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“No. We’re flying back to New York tomorrow.”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“Oh.”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“I liked being in your house.”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“I liked having you here.”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“Why do you live here?”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“This is my home.”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“It’s nice, but it’s a lot different from our home.”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“Yes, I suppose it is.”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“It’s kind of like Gaston’s house.”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“Where is Gaston?”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“I squashed him.”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“Really? Why?”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“Everybody squashes bugs and worms.”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“Oh. Well. I found you a peach.”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“I don’t want a peach anymore.”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“OK.”5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

He got her dressed, and he was packing her stuff when the chauffeur arrived. He went down the three flights of stairs with his daughter and the chauffeur, and in the street he was about to hug the girl when he decided he had better not. They shook hands instead, as if they were strangers.5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

He watched the huge car drive off, and then he went around the corner where he took his coffee every morning, feeling a little, he thought, like Gaston on the white plate.5A7苏州翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

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