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短篇翻译-4

(2007-01-05 22:11:58)
分类: 翻译
短篇翻译-4
 
     "Do you read books, Arsenius?"
     "When I have time."
     Arsenius, it turns out, didn't have much time. In bits and pieces, over the next months, I gathered what Arsenius's life was like. He was the eldest of five kids from three different fathers. His own father was long gone, his mother was only thirty-four years old and on welfare. They lived in subsidized housing in the worst part of town. His mother was often sick. What her illness was, Arsenius didn't say, but I could guess. He had a Saturday morning job. He kept up with his homework. He read books on Sundays after church, and after taking his brothers and sisters to the park to play, and after organizing his mother's medicines for the week.
 
“你平时读书吗,阿森纽斯?”
“有时间的话就读点儿。”
阿森纽斯,其实没有多少时间读书。接下来的一个多月里,零零碎碎的,我大致搞明白了阿森纽斯的生活是什么样子的。他是五个孩子中的老大,这五个孩子有三个不同父亲。他自己的父亲去世很久了,他的母亲只有三十四岁,靠社会福利生活。他们住在镇上最糟糕区域的政府补贴的廉租房里。他妈妈经常发病。他母亲到底是什么病,阿森纽斯没有说,但是我猜得出来。他有一份兼职工作,每周六上午上班。他坚持作家庭作业。每个星期日,到教堂作完礼拜后,他带弟弟妹妹们去公园玩耍,还要给妈妈安排好一个礼拜所需药品,忙完这些之后,他可以读点书。
 
     "What're you reading now?"
     "Conrad."
     "Which one?"
     "Nostromo."
     "What's it about?"
     Any other kid would have told me the plot.
     Arsenius said, "Responsibility. Corruption."
     He didn't waste words. Or time. Except when he was teaching me computers. It took us two weeks to get down to doing email.
 
“你现在正在读什么书?”
“康拉德。”
“哪部作品?”
“诺斯特罗摩。”
“这本说是写什么的?”
任何一个孩子都回告诉我那个秘密计划。
然而阿森纽斯说:“责任与堕落。”
他从不浪费口舌,也不浪费时间,除了他教我电脑的时候。我们花了两个礼拜才开始学到电子邮件。
 
Responsibility and corruption. The question in my mind now was, was it a good idea to give him my car four hours a week? Would he buy his mom drugs in my car? Would he visit the local whore house in my car? Would he drag race my car? Should I ask? I decided to try and trust him. He was a smart kid doing his best; he deserved a little trust. Maybelle didn't agree.
    
That first Saturday, he showed up in the afternoon, and we went to the supermarket. He did his family's shopping while I did mine. Without asking, he dropped car soap, car wax, Windex, two chamois, car oil, and car perfume into my shopping cart.
    
责任与堕落。现在我的问题是,把我的车每周给他四个小时,这是不是个好主意?他会开着车去给他妈妈买毒品吗?他会开车去逛妓院吗?他会去飙车吗?我该不该问问?我决定试验一下,并且信任他。他是个聪明的孩子,做事情尽心尽力;他理应得到一点信任。梅比莉不同意这么做。
第一个礼拜六,他在下午出现了,我们一起去了超市。当我买我的东西时,他也在为他的家庭采购。连问也没问,他就把洗车液,汽车蜡,两块擦车布,还有车用香水,扔到了我的小推车里。
 
    "What's this?"
    "Can't have your Daddy's car driving 'round town dirty."
     The kid could read me like a book.
     He carted my groceries into the kitchen and said,
     "Why don't you practice on Windows while I wash the car?"
     He had a change of clothes in his satchel. I admit I had a little peek inside. There was a freshly washed pair of blue jeans, a white tee shirt, and a grey hooded sweat shirt. All ironed and sweet smelling .
     I could hear the water running in the driveway. After a quarter of an hour, I had a quick look. Arsenius was drying the wheels with the chamois. The Chevy had not looked that good for at least twenty years.
 
“这是什么?”
“哪能让你老爸的车这么脏兮兮的在镇上跑。”
这孩子能像读书一样读懂我。
他把我买的东西推到厨房里,说,
“我洗车的时候你何不练习一下windows操作系统?”
他背包里带了备用衣服。我承认我窥视了一下他包里的东西,一条刚洗好的牛仔裤,一件白T恤,还有一件灰色带帽子的汗衫。所有衣服熨烫整齐,气味清新。
我听得到车道上流水的声音。大约一刻钟后,我朝外瞥了一眼,阿森纽斯正在擦拭车轮。那雪弗兰至少有20多年没这么好看过了。

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