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"Araby" by James Joyce
发布时间:2012-10-13 浏览次数:
Araby
James Joyce
【故事梗概】
故事以第一人称叙述。主人公是一位少年,和姑姑、叔叔住在一起。他们家原来住着的一位教士死了,留下了一些书。少年在那些书中找到自己喜欢的东西。
冬日里,少年常常在匆匆吃完晚饭后就和小伙伴们到街上玩耍。同伴曼根住在附近,少年爱上了曼根的姐姐。他每天早上躺在前厅的地板上盯着她家的门看,只要姑娘出现在台阶上,少年的心就会怦怦直跳,此时他会抓起一本书,紧跟在她后面,天天如此。但除了随意打声招呼外,从未与她说过话,但姑娘的身影无时不在他眼前出现。有时在做祷告或唱赞美诗时,姑娘的名字也会莫名其妙地从他嘴里脱口而出。
一天晚上,姑娘终于与少年相见了。姑娘说他应该去阿拉比集市看看。慌乱不堪的少年此时却不知说什么好,只是说他若去的话,一定帮她买点东西。从那晚起,少年整天神思恍惚,脑海里出现了许多怪念头。无论白天在教室里还是晚上在卧室里,姑娘的身影总是伴随着他。 生活中的正常活动使他厌倦,就连学校的功课也使他感到乏味。课堂上他很少回答问题,整天盼望着去阿拉比的日子早点到来。
一个周六的早晨,少年告诉叔叔自己晚上要去阿拉比集市,可那天叔叔直到晚上九点才回来。叔叔晚饭还未吃完,少年提出要点钱去阿拉比。少年攥着一枚两先令的银币往火车站赶去,他独自一人坐在一节车厢里,觉得火车简直是在爬行。待他赶到阿拉比市场时已是九点五十分了。他匆匆忙忙付了钱,进入了一个大厅,但此时半个大厅已是漆黑一片,他有一种孤独感,仿佛置身于做完礼拜后的教堂中,商场中间还有几个柜台在营业。少年随便走到一个摊位前,转悠了一会,发现自己什么也买不起。又过了一会,传来了熄灯的喊叫声,少年觉得自己真是一个可怜虫,只好带着痛苦和愤怒怏怏不乐地离开。
【小说欣赏】
North Richmond Street, being blind, was a quiet street except at the hour when the Christian Brothers' School set the boys free. An uninhabited house of two storeys stood at the blind end, detached from its neighbours in a square ground. The other houses of the street, conscious of decent lives within them, gazed at one another with brown imperturbable faces.
The former tenant of our house, a priest, had died in the back drawing-room. Air, musty from having been long enclosed, hung in all the rooms, and the waste room behind the kitchen was littered with old useless papers. Among these I found a few paper-covered books, the pages of which were curled and damp: The Abbot, by Walter Scott, The Devout Communicant, and The Memoirs of Vidocq. I liked the last best because its leaves were yellow. The wild garden behind the house contained a central apple-tree and a few straggling bushes, under one of which I found the late tenant's rusty bicycle-pump. He had been a very charitable priest; in his will he had left all his money to institutions and the furniture of his house to his sister.
When the short days of winter came, dusk fell before we had well eaten our dinners. When we met in the street...

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