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            1. Amy Lowell - The Dinner-Party
              文章來源: 文章作者: 發布時間:2007-10-19 07:25 字體: [ ]  進入論壇
              "So . . ." they said,
              With their wine-glasses delicately poised,
              Mocking at the thing they cannot understand.
              "So . . ." they said again,
              Amused and insolent1.
              The silver on the table glittered,
              And the red wine in the glasses
              Seemed the blood I had wasted
              In a foolish cause.

              The gentleman with the grey-and-black whiskers
              Sneered languidly over his quail2.
              Then my heart flew up and laboured,
              And I burst from my own holding
              And hurled3 myself forward.
              With straight blows I beat upon him,
              Furiously, with red-hot anger, I thrust against him.
              But my weapon slithered over his polished surface,
              And I recoiled4 upon myself,

              In a dress all softness and half-tones,
              Indolent and half-reclined,
              She lay upon a couch,
              With the firelight reflected in her jewels.
              But her eyes had no reflection,
              They swam in a grey smoke,
              The smoke of smouldering ashes,
              The smoke of her cindered heart.

              They sat in a circle with their coffee-cups.
              One dropped in a lump of sugar,
              One stirred with a spoon.
              I saw them as a circle of ghosts
              Sipping blackness out of beautiful china,
              And mildly protesting against my coarseness
              In being alive.

              They took dead men's souls
              And pinned them on their breasts for ornament;
              Their cuff-links and tiaras
              Were gems5 dug from a grave;
              They were ghouls battening on exhumed6 thoughts;
              And I took a green liqueur from a servant
              So that he might come near me
              And give me the comfort of a living thing.

              Eleven O'Clock
              The front door was hard and heavy,
              It shut behind me on the house of ghosts.
              I flattened7 my feet on the pavement
              To feel it solid under me;
              I ran my hand along the railings
              And shook them,
              And pressed their pointed8 bars
              Into my palms.
              The hurt of it reassured9 me,
              And I did it again and again
              Until they were bruised10.
              When I woke in the night
              I laughed to find them aching,
              For only living flesh can suffer.


              1 insolent AbGzJ     
              • His insolent manner really got my blood up.他那傲慢的態度把我的肺都氣炸了。
              • It was insolent of them to demand special treatment.他們要求給予特殊待遇,臉皮真厚。
              2 quail f0UzL     
              • Cowards always quail before the enemy.在敵人面前,膽小鬼們總是畏縮不前的。
              • Quail eggs are very high in cholesterol.鵪鶉蛋膽固醇含量高。
              3 hurled 16e3a6ba35b6465e1376a4335ae25cd2     
              v.猛投,用力擲( hurl的過去式和過去分詞 );大聲叫罵
              • He hurled a brick through the window. 他往窗戶里扔了塊磚。
              • The strong wind hurled down bits of the roof. 大風把屋頂的瓦片刮了下來。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
              4 recoiled 8282f6b353b1fa6f91b917c46152c025     
              v.畏縮( recoil的過去式和過去分詞 );退縮;報應;返回
              • She recoiled from his touch. 她躲開他的觸摸。
              • Howard recoiled a little at the sharpness in my voice. 聽到我的尖聲,霍華德往后縮了一下。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
              5 gems 74ab5c34f71372016f1770a5a0bf4419     
              growth; economy; management; and customer satisfaction 增長
              • a crown studded with gems 鑲有寶石的皇冠
              • The apt citations and poetic gems have adorned his speeches. 貼切的引語和珠璣般的詩句為他的演說詞增添文采。
              6 exhumed 9d00013cea0c5916a17f400c6124ccf3     
              v.挖出,發掘出( exhume的過去式和過去分詞 )
              • Marie Curie's remains were exhumed and interred in the Pantheon. 瑪麗·居里的遺體被移出葬在先賢祠中。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
              • His remains have been exhumed from a cemetery in Queens, New York City. 他的遺體被從紐約市皇后區的墓地里挖了出來。 來自辭典例句
              7 flattened 1d5d9fedd9ab44a19d9f30a0b81f79a8     
              • She flattened her nose and lips against the window. 她把鼻子和嘴唇緊貼著窗戶。
              • I flattened myself against the wall to let them pass. 我身體緊靠著墻讓他們通過。
              8 pointed Il8zB4     
              • He gave me a very sharp pointed pencil.他給我一支削得非常尖的鉛筆。
              • She wished to show Mrs.John Dashwood by this pointed invitation to her brother.她想通過對達茨伍德夫人提出直截了當的邀請向她的哥哥表示出來。
              9 reassured ff7466d942d18e727fb4d5473e62a235     
              adj.使消除疑慮的;使放心的v.再保證,恢復信心( reassure的過去式和過去分詞)
              • The captain's confidence during the storm reassured the passengers. 在風暴中船長的信念使旅客們恢復了信心。 來自《現代英漢綜合大詞典》
              • The doctor reassured the old lady. 醫生叫那位老婦人放心。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
              10 bruised 5xKz2P     
              • his bruised and bloodied nose 他沾滿血的青腫的鼻子
              • She had slipped and badly bruised her face. 她滑了一跤,摔得鼻青臉腫。