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            1. The Cross-Roads
              文章來源: 文章作者: 發布時間:2007-10-19 07:33 字體: [ ]  進入論壇
              A bullet through his heart at dawn.  On
              the table a letter signed
              with a woman's name.  A wind that goes howling round the
              and weeping as in shame.  Cold November dawn peeping through
              the windows,
              cold dawn creeping over the floor, creeping up his cold legs,
              creeping over his cold body, creeping across his cold face.
              A glaze1 of thin yellow sunlight on the staring eyes.  Wind
              through bent2 branches.  A wind which never dies down.  Howling,
              The gazing eyes glitter in the sunlight.  The lids are
              frozen open
              and the eyes glitter.

              The thudding of a pick on hard earth.  A spade grinding
              and crunching4.
              Overhead, branches writhing5, winding6, interlacing, unwinding, scattering;
              tortured twinings, tossings, creakings.  Wind flinging
              branches apart,
              drawing them together, whispering and whining7 among them.  A
              lobsided moon cutting through black clouds.  A stream
              of pebbles9 and earth
              and the empty spade gleams clear in the moonlight, then is rammed10
              into the black earth.  Tramping of feet.  Men
              and horses.
              Squeaking11 of wheels.
              "Whoa!  Ready, Jim?"
              "All ready."
              Something falls, settles, is still.  Suicides
              have no coffin12.
              "Give us the stake, Jim.  Now."
              Pound!  Pound!
              "He'll never walk.  Nailed to the ground."
              An ash stick pierces his heart, if it buds the
              roots will hold him.
              He is a part of the earth now, clay to clay.  Overhead
              the branches sway,
              and writhe13, and twist in the wind.  He'll never walk with
              a bullet
              in his heart, and an ash stick nailing him to the cold, black ground.

              Six months he lay still.  Six months.  And the
              water welled up in his body,
              and soft blue spots chequered it.  He lay still, for the
              ash stick
              held him in place.  Six months!  Then her face
              came out of a mist of green.
              Pink and white and frail14 like Dresden china, lilies-of-the-valley
              at her breast, puce-coloured silk sheening about her.  Under
              the young
              green leaves, the horse at a foot-pace, the high yellow wheels of
              the chaise
              scarcely turning, her face, rippling15 like grain a-blowing,
              under her puce-coloured bonnet16; and burning beside her, flaming
              his correct blue coat and brass17 buttons, is someone.  What
              has dimmed the sun?
              The horse steps on a rolling stone; a wind in the branches makes
              a moan.
              The little leaves tremble and shake, turn and quake, over and over,
              tearing their stems.  There is a shower of young leaves,
              and a sudden-sprung gale18 wails19 in the trees.
              The yellow-wheeled chaise is rocking -- rocking,
              and all the branches
              are knocking -- knocking.  The sun in the sky is a flat,
              red plate,
              the branches creak and grate.  She screams and cowers20,
              for the green foliage
              is a lowering wave surging to smother21 her.  But she sees
              The stake holds firm.  The body writhes22, the body squirms.
              The blue spots widen, the flesh tears, but the stake wears well
              in the deep, black ground.  It holds the body in the still,
              black ground.

              Two years!  The body has been in the ground two years.  It
              is worn away;
              it is clay to clay.  Where the heart moulders23, a greenish
              dust, the stake
              is thrust.  Late August it is, and night; a night flauntingly
              with stars, a night of shooting stars and loud insect noises.
              Down the road to Tilbury, silence -- and the slow flapping of large
              Down the road to Sutton, silence -- and the darkness of heavy-foliaged
              Down the road to Wayfleet, silence -- and the whirring scrape of
              in the branches.  Down the road to Edgarstown, silence
              -- and stars like
              stepping-stones in a pathway overhead.  It is very quiet
              at the cross-roads,
              and the sign-board points the way down the four roads, endlessly
              the way where nobody wishes to go.
              A horse is galloping24, galloping up from Sutton.  Shaking
              the wide,
              still leaves as he goes under them.  Striking sparks with
              his iron shoes;
              silencing the katydids.  Dr. Morgan riding to a child-birth
              over Tilbury way;
              riding to deliver a woman of her first-born son.  One
              o'clock from
              Wayfleet bell tower, what a shower of shooting stars!  And
              a breeze
              all of a sudden, jarring the big leaves and making them jerk up
              and down.
              Dr. Morgan's hat is blown from his head, the horse swerves25, and
              curves away
              from the sign-post.  An oath -- spurs -- a blurring26 of
              grey mist.
              A quick left twist, and the gelding is snorting and racing
              down the Tilbury road with the wind dropping away behind him.
              The stake has wrenched27, the stake has started,
              the body, flesh from flesh,
              has parted.  But the bones hold tight, socket28 and ball,
              and clamping them down
              in the hard, black ground is the stake, wedged through ribs29 and
              The bones may twist, and heave, and twine31, but the stake holds them
              in line.  The breeze goes down, and the round stars shine,
              for the stake
              holds the fleshless bones in line.

              Twenty years now!  Twenty long years!  The body
              has powdered itself away;
              it is clay to clay.  It is brown earth mingled32 with brown
              earth.  Only flaky
              bones remain, lain together so long they fit, although not one bone
              is knit
              to another.  The stake is there too, rotted through, but
              upright still,
              and still piercing down between ribs and spine in a straight line.
              Yellow stillness is on the cross-roads, yellow
              stillness is on the trees.
              The leaves hang drooping33, wan8.  The four roads point four
              yellow ways,
              saffron and gamboge ribbons to the gaze.  A little swirl34
              of dust
              blows up Tilbury road, the wind which fans it has not strength to
              do more;
              it ceases, and the dust settles down.  A little whirl
              of wind
              comes up Tilbury road.  It brings a sound of wheels and
              The wind reels a moment and faints to nothing under the sign-post.
              Wind again, wheels and feet louder.  Wind again -- again
              -- again.
              A drop of rain, flat into the dust.  Drop! -- Drop!  Thick
              heavy raindrops,
              and a shrieking35 wind bending the great trees and wrenching36 off their
              Under the black sky, bowed and dripping with rain,
              up Tilbury road,
              comes the procession.  A funeral procession, bound for
              the graveyard
              at Wayfleet.  Feet and wheels -- feet and wheels.  And
              among them
              one who is carried.
              The bones in the deep, still earth shiver and pull.  There
              is a quiver
              through the rotted stake.  Then stake and bones fall together
              in a little puffing37 of dust.
              Like meshes38 of linked steel the rain shuts down
              behind the procession,
              now well along the Wayfleet road.
              He wavers like smoke in the buffeting39 wind.  His
              fingers blow out like smoke,
              his head ripples40 in the gale.  Under the sign-post, in
              the pouring rain,
              he stands, and watches another quavering figure drifting down
              the Wayfleet road.  Then swiftly he streams after it.  It
              among the trees.  He licks out and winds about them.  Over,
              blown, contorted.  Spindrift after spindrift; smoke following
              There is a wailing through the trees, a wailing of fear,
              and after it laughter -- laughter -- laughter, skirling up to the
              black sky.
              Lightning jags over the funeral procession.  A heavy clap
              of thunder.
              Then darkness and rain, and the sound of feet and wheels.


              1 glaze glaze     
              • Brush the glaze over the top and sides of the hot cake.在熱蛋糕的頂上和周圍刷上一層蛋漿。
              • Tang three-color glaze horses are famous for their perfect design and realism.唐三彩上釉馬以其造型精美和形態生動而著名。
              2 bent QQ8yD     
              • He was fully bent upon the project.他一心撲在這項計劃上。
              • We bent over backward to help them.我們盡了最大努力幫助他們。
              3 wailing 25fbaeeefc437dc6816eab4c6298b423     
              v.哭叫,哀號( wail的現在分詞 );沱
              • A police car raced past with its siren wailing. 一輛警車鳴著警報器飛馳而過。
              • The little girl was wailing miserably. 那小女孩難過得號啕大哭。
              4 crunching crunching     
              v.嘎吱嘎吱地咬嚼( crunch的現在分詞 );嘎吱作響;(快速大量地)處理信息;數字搗弄
              • The horses were crunching their straw at their manger. 這些馬在嘎吱嘎吱地吃槽里的草。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
              • The dog was crunching a bone. 狗正嘎吱嘎吱地嚼骨頭。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
              5 writhing 8e4d2653b7af038722d3f7503ad7849c     
              (因極度痛苦而)扭動或翻滾( writhe的現在分詞 )
              • She was writhing around on the floor in agony. 她痛得在地板上直打滾。
              • He was writhing on the ground in agony. 他痛苦地在地上打滾。
              6 winding Ue7z09     
              • A winding lane led down towards the river.一條彎彎曲曲的小路通向河邊。
              • The winding trail caused us to lose our orientation.迂回曲折的小道使我們迷失了方向。
              7 whining whining     
              n. 抱怨,牢騷 v. 哭訴,發牢騷
              • That's the way with you whining, puny, pitiful players. 你們這種又愛哭、又軟弱、又可憐的賭棍就是這樣。
              • The dog sat outside the door whining (to be let in). 那條狗坐在門外狺狺叫著(要進來)。
              8 wan np5yT     
              (wide area network)廣域網
              • The shared connection can be an Ethernet,wireless LAN,or wireless WAN connection.提供共享的網絡連接可以是以太網、無線局域網或無線廣域網。
              9 pebbles e4aa8eab2296e27a327354cbb0b2c5d2     
              [復數]鵝卵石; 沙礫; 卵石,小圓石( pebble的名詞復數 )
              • The pebbles of the drive crunched under his feet. 汽車道上的小石子在他腳底下喀嚓作響。
              • Line the pots with pebbles to ensure good drainage. 在罐子里鋪一層鵝卵石,以確保排水良好。
              10 rammed 99b2b7e6fc02f63b92d2b50ea750a532     
              v.夯實(土等)( ram的過去式和過去分詞 );猛撞;猛壓;反復灌輸
              • Two passengers were injured when their taxi was rammed from behind by a bus. 公共汽車從后面撞來,出租車上的兩位乘客受了傷。
              • I rammed down the earth around the newly-planted tree. 我將新栽的樹周圍的土搗硬。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
              11 squeaking 467e7b45c42df668cdd7afec9e998feb     
              v.短促地尖叫( squeak的現在分詞 );吱吱叫;告密;充當告密者
              • Squeaking floorboards should be screwed down. 踏上去咯咯作響的地板應用螺釘釘住。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
              • Can you hear the mice squeaking? 你聽到老鼠吱吱叫嗎? 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
              12 coffin XWRy7     
              • When one's coffin is covered,all discussion about him can be settled.蓋棺論定。
              • The coffin was placed in the grave.那口棺材已安放到墳墓里去了。
              13 writhe QMvzJ     
              • They surely writhe under this pressure.他們肯定對這種壓力感到苦惱。
              • Her words made him writhe with shame.她的話使他慚愧地感到渾身不自在。
              14 frail yz3yD     
              • Mrs. Warner is already 96 and too frail to live by herself.華納太太已經九十六歲了,身體虛弱,不便獨居。
              • She lay in bed looking particularly frail.她躺在床上,看上去特別虛弱。
              15 rippling b84b2d05914b2749622963c1ef058ed5     
              • I could see the dawn breeze rippling the shining water. 我能看見黎明的微風在波光粼粼的水面上吹出道道漣漪。
              • The pool rippling was caused by the waving of the reeds. 池塘里的潺潺聲是蘆葦搖動時引起的。
              16 bonnet AtSzQ     
              • The baby's bonnet keeps the sun out of her eyes.嬰孩的帽子遮住陽光,使之不刺眼。
              • She wore a faded black bonnet garnished with faded artificial flowers.她戴著一頂褪了色的黑色無邊帽,帽上綴著褪了色的假花。
              17 brass DWbzI     
              • Many of the workers play in the factory's brass band.許多工人都在工廠銅管樂隊中演奏。
              • Brass is formed by the fusion of copper and zinc.黃銅是通過銅和鋅的熔合而成的。
              18 gale Xf3zD     
              • We got our roof blown off in the gale last night.昨夜的大風把我們的房頂給掀掉了。
              • According to the weather forecast,there will be a gale tomorrow.據氣象臺預報,明天有大風。
              19 wails 6fc385b881232f68e3c2bd9685a7fcc7     
              痛哭,哭聲( wail的名詞復數 )
              • The child burst into loud wails. 那個孩子突然大哭起來。
              • Through this glaciated silence the white wails of the apartment fixed arbitrary planes. 在這冰封似的沉寂中,公寓的白色墻壁構成了一個個任意的平面。 來自英漢非文學 - 科幻
              20 cowers fa626aa57abb67755b34e5fc107b157d     
              v.畏縮,抖縮( cower的第三人稱單數 )
              21 smother yxlwO     
              • They tried to smother the flames with a damp blanket.他們試圖用一條濕毯子去滅火。
              • We tried to smother our laughter.我們強忍住笑。
              22 writhes 0ae70a9a9ef39eaea22ba402bb017d17     
              (因極度痛苦而)扭動或翻滾( writhe的第三人稱單數 )
              • He pats her kindly on the shoulder. She writhes. 他和和氣氣地拍拍她的肩膀。她扭動了一下。
              • A little girl writhes on water face about, I ask what she has incorrect. 一個小女孩在水上翻騰轉身,我問她有什麼不對。
              23 moulders 0aecc7711e1ef345da5ffa22b6492a4d     
              v.腐朽( moulder的第三人稱單數 );腐爛,崩塌
              • Injection moulding without rejects is the ideal moulders try to attain. 避免不良品的注射成型是很多成型工藝員努力想達到的理想。 來自互聯網
              • That rotting inward slowly moulders all. 讓它侵蝕就逐漸糜爛一切。 來自互聯網
              24 galloping galloping     
              adj. 飛馳的, 急性的 動詞gallop的現在分詞形式
              • The horse started galloping the moment I gave it a good dig. 我猛戳了馬一下,它就奔馳起來了。
              • Japan is galloping ahead in the race to develop new technology. 日本在發展新技術的競爭中進展迅速,日新月異。
              25 swerves 1adf92417306db4b09902fcc027bc4f0     
              n.(使)改變方向,改變目的( swerve的名詞復數 )v.(使)改變方向,改變目的( swerve的第三人稱單數 )
              • The road swerves to the right. 道路向右轉彎。 來自《現代漢英綜合大詞典》
              • At the last moment, Nina swerves and slams into a parked car. 在最后關頭,尼娜突然轉彎,將車猛烈撞入一輛停著的車中。 來自互聯網
              26 blurring e5be37d075d8bb967bd24d82a994208d     
              n.模糊,斑點甚多,(圖像的)混亂v.(使)變模糊( blur的現在分詞 );(使)難以區分
              • Retinal hemorrhage, and blurring of the optic dise cause visual disturbances. 視網膜出血及神經盤模糊等可導致視力障礙。 來自辭典例句
              • In other ways the Bible limited Puritan writing, blurring and deadening the pages. 另一方面,圣經又限制了清教時期的作品,使它們顯得晦澀沉悶。 來自辭典例句
              27 wrenched c171af0af094a9c29fad8d3390564401     
              v.(猛力地)扭( wrench的過去式和過去分詞 );扭傷;使感到痛苦;使悲痛
              • The bag was wrenched from her grasp. 那只包從她緊握的手里被奪了出來。
              • He wrenched the book from her hands. 他從她的手中把書擰搶了過來。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
              28 socket jw9wm     
              • He put the electric plug into the socket.他把電插頭插入插座。
              • The battery charger plugs into any mains socket.這個電池充電器可以插入任何類型的電源插座。
              29 ribs 24fc137444401001077773555802b280     
              n.肋骨( rib的名詞復數 );(船或屋頂等的)肋拱;肋骨狀的東西;(織物的)凸條花紋
              • He suffered cracked ribs and bruising. 他斷了肋骨還有挫傷。
              • Make a small incision below the ribs. 在肋骨下方切開一個小口。
              30 spine lFQzT     
              • He broke his spine in a fall from a horse.他從馬上跌下摔斷了脊梁骨。
              • His spine developed a slight curve.他的脊柱有點彎曲。
              31 twine vg6yC     
              • He tied the parcel with twine.他用細繩捆包裹。
              • Their cardboard boxes were wrapped and tied neatly with waxed twine.他們的紙板盒用蠟線扎得整整齊齊。
              32 mingled fdf34efd22095ed7e00f43ccc823abdf     
              混合,混入( mingle的過去式和過去分詞 ); 混進,與…交往[聯系]
              • The sounds of laughter and singing mingled in the evening air. 笑聲和歌聲交織在夜空中。
              • The man and the woman mingled as everyone started to relax. 當大家開始放松的時候,這一男一女就開始交往了。
              33 drooping drooping     
              adj. 下垂的,無力的 動詞droop的現在分詞
              • The drooping willows are waving gently in the morning breeze. 晨風中垂柳裊裊。
              • The branches of the drooping willows were swaying lightly. 垂柳輕飄飄地擺動。
              34 swirl cgcyu     
              • The car raced roughly along in a swirl of pink dust.汽車在一股粉紅色塵土的漩渦中顛簸著快速前進。
              • You could lie up there,watching the flakes swirl past.你可以躺在那兒,看著雪花飄飄。
              35 shrieking abc59c5a22d7db02751db32b27b25dbb     
              v.尖叫( shriek的現在分詞 )
              • The boxers were goaded on by the shrieking crowd. 拳擊運動員聽見觀眾的喊叫就來勁兒了。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
              • They were all shrieking with laughter. 他們都發出了尖銳的笑聲。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
              36 wrenching 30892474a599ed7ca0cbef49ded6c26b     
              n.修截苗根,苗木鏟根(鏟根時苗木不起土或部分起土)v.(猛力地)扭( wrench的現在分詞 );扭傷;使感到痛苦;使悲痛
              • China has been through a wrenching series of changes and experiments. 中國經歷了一系列艱苦的變革和試驗。 來自辭典例句
              • A cold gust swept across her exposed breast, wrenching her back to reality. 一股寒氣打擊她的敞開的胸膛,把她從夢幻的境地中帶了回來。 來自漢英文學 - 家(1-26) - 家(1-26)
              37 puffing b3a737211571a681caa80669a39d25d3     
              v.使噴出( puff的現在分詞 );噴著汽(或煙)移動;吹噓;吹捧
              • He was puffing hard when he jumped on to the bus. 他跳上公共汽車時喘息不已。 來自《現代漢英綜合大詞典》
              • My father sat puffing contentedly on his pipe. 父親坐著心滿意足地抽著煙斗。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
              38 meshes 1541efdcede8c5a0c2ed7e32c89b361f     
              網孔( mesh的名詞復數 ); 網狀物; 陷阱; 困境
              • The net of Heaven has large meshes, but it lets nothing through. 天網恢恢,疏而不漏。
              • This net has half-inch meshes. 這個網有半英寸見方的網孔。
              39 buffeting c681ae460087cfe7df93f4e3feaed986     
              • The flowers took quite a buffeting in the storm. 花朵在暴風雨中備受摧殘。
              • He's been buffeting with misfortunes for 15 years. 15年來,他與各種不幸相博斗。
              40 ripples 10e54c54305aebf3deca20a1472f4b96     
              逐漸擴散的感覺( ripple的名詞復數 )
              • The moon danced on the ripples. 月亮在漣漪上舞動。
              • The sea leaves ripples on the sand. 海水在沙灘上留下了波痕。