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2006年NPR美国国家公共电台八月-Novelist Lee, Playing with Three 'Lost He

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Zenin has brought her to the hotel in C, the Vyborg L, the classic bedecked hotel where rich friends of Nicholson Mira's parents stay. But Zenin and Mira meet no one because they've entered through a side door where an elevator leads to a small one-room apartment lined in red velvet1.

A big low bed with a formal cover of red damask, gold-framed botanical prints that no one has ever looked at. Dark 19th century cupboards where no one ever puts away anything. A slippery empire couch that no one ever uses except to fling clothes onto or to perform sexual acrobatics2 too complicated for the bed. A seventieth-looking giant television and a glistening3 wide marble bathroom. Windows, shutter4 bolted, draped blind with silk.

It's a kind of room Mira and Nick would giggle5 at. Trade ironic6 comments about Victorian porn, jokes to disguise their uneasiness to straightforward7 eroticism of the suite8. It's been our power. It exists for one purpose only and it is the color of blood of Valentines of Babylon.

It lies hidden deep in Rome, like a heart in a human breast. And faintly from the cobblestone maze9 of shopping streets outside, rises the sound of the river of tourists flowing by. Zenin who has chosen the place because none of his friends go there, thinks it's overpriced but correct.

Calmly, without theatricality10, she takes off the linen11 dress, the small undergarment that she knew would be seen when she put them on,and stands naked in front of him, in her high-heeled shoes, doesn't pose just stands. And as she does so, a strange thing happens to Zenin, something that never happens else to do his business deals.

He sees things through her eyes as well as his own, feels her mixture of excitement and shame, extending their strip in front of the tall man with the expensive badly fitting suit. How brazenly12 pleased, she has to show her body, feels just for a second, how much she has set aside to come to him. She knows that there will never be another moment like this when she stands presented and beheld13, that she will never be as powerful. And that part of the reason is that she is doing something she thinks is wrong. Mira feels as if she has come to the center of her life, to the center of a wood in which all the leaves on the trees are eyes. Or to the hidden center, the secret heart she's been searching for in the labyrinth14 of Rome.

She puts out a hand and touches his face and Zenin feels himself tremble. He shuts off the light and in the hotel blackout, begins to tear his clothes. And making love to her is, as he knew it would be, like a reconciliation15, like two enemies surrendering in the same instant. Violent and silent recognition there in the dark. Her body is so young, so smooth, like a weapon or a piece of perfect machinery16. And Zenin who's begun to brood about middle age, about his miserable17 stressful tycoon's life, to worry about impotence, realizes that deep inside without even knowing it Mira loathes18 him. And because of this, he will be able to be excited by her for a long time.
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bedeck
[transitive usually passive] literary
to decorate something such as a building or street by hanging things all over it
be bedecked with something
a balcony bedecked with hanging baskets
damask
缎子
theatricality
戏剧风格, 不自然
brazenly
adv.
厚脸皮地


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1 velvet 5gqyO     
n.丝绒,天鹅绒;adj.丝绒制的,柔软的
参考例句:
  • This material feels like velvet.这料子摸起来像丝绒。
  • The new settlers wore the finest silk and velvet clothing.新来的移民穿着最华丽的丝绸和天鹅绒衣服。
2 acrobatics IzgzpT     
n.杂技
参考例句:
  • Acrobatics is hard to learn but beautiful to watch.杂技不好学,但很好看。
  • We watched a performance which included a puppet show and acrobatics.我们观看了一场演出,内容有木偶和杂技。
3 glistening glistening     
adj.闪耀的,反光的v.湿物闪耀,闪亮( glisten的现在分词 )
参考例句:
  • Her eyes were glistening with tears. 她眼里闪着晶莹的泪花。
  • Her eyes were glistening with tears. 她眼睛中的泪水闪着柔和的光。 来自《用法词典》
4 shutter qEpy6     
n.百叶窗;(照相机)快门;关闭装置
参考例句:
  • The camera has a shutter speed of one-sixtieth of a second.这架照像机的快门速度达六十分之一秒。
  • The shutter rattled in the wind.百叶窗在风中发出嘎嘎声。
5 giggle 4eNzz     
n.痴笑,咯咯地笑;v.咯咯地笑着说
参考例句:
  • Both girls began to giggle.两个女孩都咯咯地笑了起来。
  • All that giggle and whisper is too much for me.我受不了那些咯咯的笑声和交头接耳的样子。
6 ironic 1atzm     
adj.讽刺的,有讽刺意味的,出乎意料的
参考例句:
  • That is a summary and ironic end.那是一个具有概括性和讽刺意味的结局。
  • People used to call me Mr Popularity at high school,but they were being ironic.人们中学时常把我称作“万人迷先生”,但他们是在挖苦我。
7 straightforward fFfyA     
adj.正直的,坦率的;易懂的,简单的
参考例句:
  • A straightforward talk is better than a flowery speech.巧言不如直说。
  • I must insist on your giving me a straightforward answer.我一定要你给我一个直截了当的回答。
8 suite MsMwB     
n.一套(家具);套房;随从人员
参考例句:
  • She has a suite of rooms in the hotel.她在那家旅馆有一套房间。
  • That is a nice suite of furniture.那套家具很不错。
9 maze F76ze     
n.迷宫,八阵图,混乱,迷惑
参考例句:
  • He found his way through the complex maze of corridors.他穿过了迷宮一样的走廊。
  • She was lost in the maze for several hours.一连几小时,她的头脑处于一片糊涂状态。
10 theatricality b65c464339a1704680cd99d61d478dac     
n.戏剧风格,不自然
参考例句:
  • The scene breaks out before you with the theatricality of a curtain lifted from a stage. 景色立即如拉开了舞台的帷幕一般充满了戏剧性地出现在你面前。 来自辞典例句
11 linen W3LyK     
n.亚麻布,亚麻线,亚麻制品;adj.亚麻布制的,亚麻的
参考例句:
  • The worker is starching the linen.这名工人正在给亚麻布上浆。
  • Fine linen and cotton fabrics were known as well as wool.精细的亚麻织品和棉织品像羊毛一样闻名遐迩。
12 brazenly 050b0303ab1c4b948fddde2c176e6101     
adv.厚颜无耻地;厚脸皮地肆无忌惮地
参考例句:
  • How dare he distort the facts so brazenly! 他怎么敢如此肆无忌惮地歪曲事实! 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
  • "I don't know," he answered, looking her brazenly over. “我也不知道,"他厚颜无耻地打量着她。 来自英汉文学 - 嘉莉妹妹
13 beheld beheld     
v.看,注视( behold的过去式和过去分词 );瞧;看呀;(叙述中用于引出某人意外的出现)哎哟
参考例句:
  • His eyes had never beheld such opulence. 他从未见过这样的财富。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The soul beheld its features in the mirror of the passing moment. 灵魂在逝去的瞬间的镜子中看到了自己的模样。 来自英汉文学 - 红字
14 labyrinth h9Fzr     
n.迷宫;难解的事物;迷路
参考例句:
  • He wandered through the labyrinth of the alleyways.他在迷宫似的小巷中闲逛。
  • The human mind is a labyrinth.人的心灵是一座迷宫。
15 reconciliation DUhxh     
n.和解,和谐,一致
参考例句:
  • He was taken up with the reconciliation of husband and wife.他忙于做夫妻间的调解工作。
  • Their handshake appeared to be a gesture of reconciliation.他们的握手似乎是和解的表示。
16 machinery CAdxb     
n.(总称)机械,机器;机构
参考例句:
  • Has the machinery been put up ready for the broadcast?广播器材安装完毕了吗?
  • Machinery ought to be well maintained all the time.机器应该随时注意维护。
17 miserable g18yk     
adj.悲惨的,痛苦的;可怜的,糟糕的
参考例句:
  • It was miserable of you to make fun of him.你取笑他,这是可耻的。
  • Her past life was miserable.她过去的生活很苦。
18 loathes 247461a99697ce2acabe9fecbc05ee94     
v.憎恨,厌恶( loathe的第三人称单数 );极不喜欢
参考例句:
  • He loathes the sight of crabs. 他看到蟹就恶心。 来自辞典例句
  • Loathes this continually air all to bring the false society. 厌恶这连空气都带着虚伪的社会。 来自互联网
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