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英语PK台 第1043期:不羡人有 坦然面对生活之难

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1. This motel was at the edge of Garden City, Kansas. In the front of the lobby, across the parking lot, was a small swimming pool.It was a place the last of my money could take me, for a night. A late October Friday, Indian summer, warm. I didn’t have a swimsuit. I did not own short pants since I was a boy. My duffel held only necessary work clothes and some personal things. I stripped off my shirt and boots and socks and went to the pool in my filthy1 jeans. I had my eyes closed and didn’t realize I was asleep until the sliding door of a van slammed shut and woke me up. 


2. A woman about my age and a half-dozen preteen girls stepped out of the van, and walked to the lobby in a way that suggested a long and tiring ride. The woman looked at me a little warily2. I knew those girls were going to want to swim, and not with someone as shaky-looking as me around. I went back to my room. 


3. Television seemed like an indulgence. A man read the news and told me things I hadn’t an inkling of. I was hungry but had eaten my dinner already, and could not afford another meal. I could hear the little girls out in the water now, squealing3 and plunging4. I pulled a room chair outside to sit there in front of my room, to feel the cooling air of the night. 


4. In the parking lot that was my view, a big Cadillac, new-looking, had appeared. The car was blue with white leather seats. The trunk was still open, as was the door to a room close to mine, and after a while a man came out to get the rest of his things from the car. 


5. He was tiny. He was maybe a little more than three feet tall. I guessed him to be in his sixties. He turned and saw me standing5 there. In a reedy voice, he said, “Give an old fellow a hand?” I got up and went around to the trunk and took out his bag, which was leather and expensive-looking. He had thick glasses and his face was all lines. I brought the suitcase in and laid it at the foot of his bed, and then he said, “Say, let me offer you a drink. I’ll join you outside.”


6. Out of his suitcase, he took a bottle of Chivas, a metal jigger, and four glasses. He made our drinks, Scotch6 over ice, and off we went outside, him carrying the drinks with his palms underneath7, me carrying his chair out to put next to mine. 


7. “Where are you headed?” I asked. “I have to be down in the place called Liberal in the morning,” he said. “You?” “Looking for work,” I said. “Indulging myself for one night.” He, with his car and his leather luggage and his Scotch, nodded and said nothing. After a while, he said, “Call me Frank.” 


8. A blue Air Force station wagon8 rolled into the parking lot. Four young men got out, in jumpsuits and colourful ascots. They were clean-cut and joking, relaxed with big smiles. Frank and I watched them take out their bags and go to the office. “Jet pilots, they must be,” Frank said. We sat and finished our drinks and he fixed9 us a couple more. 


9. After a while the woman and the little girls came out to the van, their hair still wet from the pool. The woman, having forgotten something, fumbled10 with her keys and went back in the room. One by one, the girls saw the little man and one of them said something nasty and the others tried, not overly hard, to suppress their giggles11. “A lifetime of that,” Frank said, clearly to put me at ease. “Living like you’re comfortable with what life deals you, that’s the big impossible sometimes.” For a few moments I thought about robbing Frank.

过了一会儿,刚刚的那名女子和那个几个小女孩走了出来,朝着她们的那辆厢车走去,因为刚刚从泳池中出来她们的头发还都是湿的。那名女子,应该是忘了什么东西,摸索着她的那串钥匙,回到了房间。女孩们一个接一个地把目光投向了我身边的这个小老头,她们其中一个人说了句脏话,其他人则在一旁咯咯地窃笑。“人这一辈子,”弗兰克说,显然是为了让我放心了,“活着就要坦然面对生活给予你的一切,虽然有时候我们真的做不到。” 一时间,我有了抢劫弗兰克的念头。

10. The little girls couldn’t stop staring. Another remark, and another louder round of squeals12. The woman came out, got in the van, and they drove off. “What business are you in?” I said. “I’m pretty much retired,” Frank said. “You’re traveling for fun?” “No,” he said. “Every once in a while, my services are in demand. It’s a way of making a little money quickly and easily. Then I can go home.” He was lost in himself for a second, then he turned to me. “I notice you have no vehicle. What is it that you do?” “I work,” I said. “I have to get to places where the jobs are. I just finished on a farm out east of here. I’m walking into town tomorrow to get a bus.” “Good work, hard work,” he said. “Yes,” I said. “That’s good.” 


11. Again, for a few moments I thought about robbing Frank. In my situation at that time, the thought was almost inevitable13 whenever I met someone new: the car, gassed up with the keys nearby; his wallet inevitably14 fat. But I thought about him without his car, without his scotch, without his leather suitcase worth more than all of my possessions together. Frank was my friend. 



1 filthy ZgOzj     
  • The whole river has been fouled up with filthy waste from factories.整条河都被工厂的污秽废物污染了。
  • You really should throw out that filthy old sofa and get a new one.你真的应该扔掉那张肮脏的旧沙发,然后再去买张新的。
2 warily 5gvwz     
  • He looked warily around him,pretending to look after Carrie.他小心地看了一下四周,假装是在照顾嘉莉。
  • They were heading warily to a point in the enemy line.他们正小心翼翼地向着敌人封锁线的某一处前进。
3 squealing b55ccc77031ac474fd1639ff54a5ad9e     
v.长声尖叫,用长而尖锐的声音说( squeal的现在分词 )
  • Pigs were grunting and squealing in the yard. 猪在院子里哼哼地叫个不停。
  • The pigs were squealing. 猪尖叫着。
4 plunging 5fe12477bea00d74cd494313d62da074     
adj.跳进的,突进的v.颠簸( plunge的现在分词 );暴跌;骤降;突降
  • War broke out again, plunging the people into misery and suffering. 战祸复发,生灵涂炭。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • He is plunging into an abyss of despair. 他陷入了绝望的深渊。 来自《简明英汉词典》
5 standing 2hCzgo     
  • After the earthquake only a few houses were left standing.地震过后只有几幢房屋还立着。
  • They're standing out against any change in the law.他们坚决反对对法律做任何修改。
6 scotch ZZ3x8     
  • Facts will eventually scotch these rumours.这种谣言在事实面前将不攻自破。
  • Italy was full of fine views and virtually empty of Scotch whiskey.意大利多的是美景,真正缺的是苏格兰威士忌。
7 underneath VKRz2     
  • Working underneath the car is always a messy job.在汽车底下工作是件脏活。
  • She wore a coat with a dress underneath.她穿着一件大衣,里面套着一条连衣裙。
8 wagon XhUwP     
  • We have to fork the hay into the wagon.我们得把干草用叉子挑进马车里去。
  • The muddy road bemired the wagon.马车陷入了泥泞的道路。
9 fixed JsKzzj     
  • Have you two fixed on a date for the wedding yet?你们俩选定婚期了吗?
  • Once the aim is fixed,we should not change it arbitrarily.目标一旦确定,我们就不应该随意改变。
10 fumbled 78441379bedbe3ea49c53fb90c34475f     
(笨拙地)摸索或处理(某事物)( fumble的过去式和过去分词 ); 乱摸,笨拙地弄; 使落下
  • She fumbled in her pocket for a handkerchief. 她在她口袋里胡乱摸找手帕。
  • He fumbled about in his pockets for the ticket. 他(瞎)摸着衣兜找票。
11 giggles 0aa08b5c91758a166d13e7cd3f455951     
n.咯咯的笑( giggle的名词复数 );傻笑;玩笑;the giggles 止不住的格格笑v.咯咯地笑( giggle的第三人称单数 )
  • Her nervous giggles annoyed me. 她神经质的傻笑把我惹火了。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • I had to rush to the loo to avoid an attack of hysterical giggles. 我不得不冲向卫生间,以免遭到别人的疯狂嘲笑。 来自辞典例句
12 squeals 4754a49a0816ef203d1dddc615bc7983     
n.长而尖锐的叫声( squeal的名词复数 )v.长声尖叫,用长而尖锐的声音说( squeal的第三人称单数 )
  • There was an outburst of squeals from the cage. 铁笼子里传来一阵吱吱的叫声。 来自英汉文学
  • There were squeals of excitement from the children. 孩子们兴奋得大声尖叫。 来自辞典例句
13 inevitable 5xcyq     
  • Mary was wearing her inevitable large hat.玛丽戴着她总是戴的那顶大帽子。
  • The defeat had inevitable consequences for British policy.战败对英国政策不可避免地产生了影响。
14 inevitably x7axc     
  • In the way you go on,you are inevitably coming apart.照你们这样下去,毫无疑问是会散伙的。
  • Technological changes will inevitably lead to unemployment.技术变革必然会导致失业。
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