智慧树
The Tree of Knowledge

  • 作   者:

    亨利•詹姆斯
    Henry James

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    外语教学与研究出版社
    Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press

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    双语

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城里、城外,婚姻是涓涓流淌的相守岁月,如何上演一个个喜剧、悲剧?

对于彼得·布伦奇来说,生活的秘诀就是隐瞒对于朋友马洛先生才能的质疑,以及对马洛夫人的爱意。这场隐瞒表面上让他们的关系稳固而安然无事,实质则是暗流涌动,而这一切是要最终爆发还是归于沉默?

亨利·詹姆斯(Henry James)是美国小说家,文学批评家,剧作家和散文家,被一致认为是心理分析小说的开创者之一,他对人的行为的认识有独到之处,是20世纪小说的意识流写作技巧的先驱。

Henry James, OM (15 April 1843 – 28 February 1916) was an American-English writer who spent most of his writing career in Britain. He is regarded as one of the key figures of 19th-century literary realism. He was the son of Henry James, Sr. and the brother of philosopher and psychologist William James and diarist Alice James.

生活秘诀,人皆有之。而彼得•布伦奇的秘诀,就是从来不对他的朋友摩根•马洛的所谓作品作出任何评价,这是他的人生最主要的成就。对此,他深信自己无懈可击,绝不可能授人以柄。在任何场合,或面临任何尴尬局面,他都不可能留下究竟是撒了谎还是说了实话的任何痕迹。即便对他这样一个建树颇多的男人来说,这一成就也是可圈可点的——他已年届五旬;不曾受过婚姻的桎梏;生活精打细算,一直还过得去;多年来深爱马洛夫人却从未启齿;还有最重要的,他对自己作过一番终极评价——自己生性极度恭顺谦卑,然而最使他自鸣得意的,是自己在上述人生重大关头对局面的把控能力。如此一来,他最为信任的人,正是他最有所保留的人,这着实让人惊奇。他不能告诉马洛先生,一看到他工作室里成倍增加的大理石雕塑,便让人痛苦不堪,任凭时光流逝也无法有半点削减。他更不能向马洛夫人一诉衷肠,至少他认为,作为优秀的男人,他不能告诉马洛夫人——他从未结婚的原因在于心中有了一个美丽的她。就如我先前所说,对于这些创作作品,彼得的成功之处不仅仅在于他没有表露出不屑,而主要是在于他没有使用其他方式藏匿心迹。

It was one of the secret opinions, such as we all have, of Peter Brench that his main success in life would have consisted in his never having committed himself about the work, as it was called, of his friend Morgan Mallow. This was a subject on which it was, to the best of his belief, impossible with veracity to quote him, and it was nowhere on record that he had, in the connexion, on any occasion and in any embarrassment, either lied or spoken the truth. Such a triumph had its honour even for a man of other triumphs—a man who had reached fifty, who had escaped marriage, who had lived within his means, who had been in love with Mrs Mallow for years without breathing it, and who, last but not least, had judged himself once for all. He had so judged himself in fact that he felt an extreme and general humility to be his proper portion; yet there was nothing that made him think so well of his parts as the course he had steered so often through the shallows just mentioned. It became thus a real wonder that the friends in whom he had most confidence were just those with whom he had most reserves. He couldn't tell Mrs Mallow—or at least he supposed, excellent man, he couldn't—that she was the one beautiful reason he had never married; any more than he could tell her husband that the sight of the multiplied marbles in that gentleman's studio was an affliction of which even time had never blunted the edge. His victory, however, as I have intimated, in regard to these productions, was not simply in his not having let it out that he deplored them; it was, remarkably, in his not having kept it in by anything else.

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