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有情人终成眷属

(2006-08-20 20:18:31)
                      有情人终成眷属
                 (海豚译) 
   1928年的夏天,19岁的维诺娜第一次遇见了高个英俊的爱德华。他来底特律参加他姐姐和维诺娜的哥哥的订婚仪式。爱德华与朋友住在一起,虽然只住了几天,但已有足够的时间认识那位在他们第一次见面时就吸引了他的可爱的、黑黑头发的女孩。他们约好用书信交往,爱德华返回了匹兹堡。
    很多个月,他们写了很多很长的信,分享着彼此的人生及梦想。就在爱德华离开之后,他很快的进入了她的生活。(忽然间)他的信就断了,维诺娜逐渐接受了他不再对她感兴趣的事实。爱德华也不理解为什么维诺娜不再来信,他也依从了他曾经爱着的那位女孩不再爱他的事实。
    几年后,维诺娜与一位比她大10岁长得英俊潇洒的罗伯特结了婚。他们生了3个儿子。维诺娜通过她的嫂嫂得到了(一些关于)爱得华生活的消息。在她结婚后的几年,爱德华也结了婚,也生了3个小孩。
    有一次,她去布法罗看望她的哥哥和嫂嫂,她的哥哥说,“我们要开车去匹兹堡参加爱得华女儿的婚礼,你想去吗?”维诺娜没有犹豫,和他们一同前往。
    在车上,她想着对那位已经30年没见的青年应该说些什么,便紧张起来。他还记得他们的信吗?他有时间和她聊天吗?他还想和她聊吗?
    他们到了婚礼招待的地方后不久,爱得华从屋子的一旁认出了维诺娜,他慢慢地走向她,他们挥手打招呼时,维诺娜心跳加速。当他们坐在一张大桌子旁聊天时,维诺娜的心跳如此的厉害,她很害怕爱德华会听见。他们彼此很有礼貌的谈及这次婚礼以及各自的家庭时,爱德华的眼里饱含了泪水。他们从未提及到那信,一会儿后,爱德华由于要履行新娘父亲的职责就离开了。
    维诺娜回到了底特律,她继续教钢琴课、在一个广告公司上班,无论怎样,她总是笑着迎对生活。她把与爱德华那次短暂的相逢以及有关他的其他回忆一同珍藏起来。
    10年后,爱德华的妻子逝世了,维诺娜寄去了悼念卡。2年后,维诺娜的丈夫也逝世了,爱德华给她来信。再一次,两人又联系了。
    爱德华时常写信,他的信成了维诺娜生活中最重要的一部分。在她上班途中,在邮局停下,取他的来信,红灯时就阅读。半小时的开车时间,好几封信就读完了,便快乐的开始了她一天的生活。逐渐的,爱德华表达了他对“亲爱的维诺娜”的爱意,他们计划着让他到底特律度过他的假期。
    维诺娜对爱德华的到来很激动有很紧张。毕竟,除了在婚礼上相见之后,他们已经40多年没在一起了。他们一直通了6个月的信,爱德华就要来两周了。
    在6月的一个阳光明媚的日子,维诺娜开车到机场接爱德华。这次,当他看到维诺娜,他立刻冲向她,爱人般的拥抱,抱着她许久。他们一边找到行李箱和车子,一边快乐而舒适的谈论着。一个很轻松的开始。
    在他们坐车去爱德华旅店的路途中,爱德华从他的口袋里掏出一个很小的丝绒的盒子,取出一个订婚戒指带在维诺娜的手上。她无语。他早在信中隐约提及过结婚的事,但这一切发生得太快太突然。难到不是吗?这些年来,她不是一直在等着去得到这份爱吗?
    两周中,爱德华向他的维诺娜求婚。他甚至从他的旅馆给她写信。在爱德华的浓浓爱意和朋友全力的支持下维诺娜的顾忌才得以消除。1971年9月18日,身穿粉色长袍的维诺娜由他的大儿子护送着走进走廊。她和爱德华结婚了,用爱德华的话说:“之后,我们幸福的生活着。”
    对于许多年前忽然停止的信是怎么回事呢?结果是爱德华的母亲因为不想失去她的小儿子,烧毁了所有维诺娜的来信。43年后,维诺娜又找到了他。
 
                
 
原版英文:
                Lost and Found
         
    Winona was 19 when she first met Edward,a tall,handsome young man,in the summer of 1928.He had come to Detroit to visit his sister,who was engaged to Winona's brother.Edward stayed with some friends,and although he was there for only a few days,there was enough time to get to know the lively,dark-haired young woman who intrigued him from their first meeting .They promised to write,and Edward returned to Pittsburgh.
    For many months ,they wrote long,newsy letters sharing details of their lives and their dream.Then as quickly as he came into her life,Edward left.His letters stopped,and Winona gradually accepted that he simple wasn't interested anymore.Edward couldn't understand why Winona had stopped writing,and he,too,resigned himself to the fact that the woman he had falled in love with did not return his love.
    Several years later,Winona married Robert,a dashing man 10 years her senior.They had three sons.She got news of Ed's life through her sister-in-law .Several years after Winona married ,Edward got married ,and he,too,had three children.
    On one of her visits to her brother and sister-in-law's in Buffalo,her brother announced,"We're driving to Pittsburgh to Ed's daughter's wedding.Do you want to come?''Winona didn't hesitate,and off they went.
    She was nervous in the car just thinking about what she would say to this man she hadn't seen in 30years.Would he remember their letters?Would he have time to talk with her?Would he even want to ?
    Soon after they got to the wedding reception,Ed spotted Winona from the other side of the room.He walked slowly over to her.Winona's heart was racing as they shook hands and said hello.When they sat at one of the long tabled to talk,Winona's heart was beating so hard she was afraid that Ed could heart it.Edward had tears in his eyes as they exchanged polite conversation about the wedding and their respective families.They never mentioned the letters,and after a few minutes,Ed returned to his duties as father of the bride.
    Winona returned to Detroit,where she continued teaching piano lessons,working at an advertising agency,and,as always,making the best of whatever life offered.She tucked away the memory of her brief visit with Ed along with her other memories of him.
    When Ed's wife died 10 years later,Winona sent him a sympathy card.Two years after that,Winona's husband died and Ed wrote to her.Once again,they were corresponding.
    Ed wrote often,and his letters because the highlight of Winona's day.On her way to work,she stopped by the post office to pick up his letters,and then she read them at the stoplights.By the end of her half-hour drive,the letters  were read and Winona had a happy start to her day.Gradually,Edward expressed his love for his "darling Winona'',and they arranged for him to come to Detroit for his vacation.
    Winona was excited and nervous about the visit.After all,except for their brief meeting at the wedding ,they hadn't spent any time together in over 40years.They had only been writing for six months,and  Edward was coming for two weeks.
    It was a lovely ,warm June day when Winona drove to the airport to pick up Edward.This time when he saw Winona ,he rushed to her and wrapped her in a long,loving hug.They chatted happily and confortably as they retrieved luggage and found their way to the car.It was an easy beginning.
    When they were in the car on their way to Edward's hotel,he pulled a small velvel box out of his pocket and slipped an engagement ring on Winona's finger.She was speechless.He had hinted at marriage in his letters,but this was too sudden and too soon.Or was it?Hadn't she waited all these years to know this love?
    For two weeks,Ed wooed his Winona .He even wrote her letters from his hotel.Winona's concerns gradually dissolved in the stream of Ed's love and the wholehearted support of her family and friends.On September 18,1971,dressed in a long pink  gown.Winona was escorted down the aisle on the arm of her oldest son.She and Ed were married and in Winona 's words,"We lived happily ever after.''
    And those letters that had suddenly stopped so many years before?It turns out that Edward's mother had destoryed Winona's letters because she didn't want to lose her youngest son.Forty-three years later,Winona found him.
   
     
 
 
 
 

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