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短篇翻译-6

(2007-01-13 14:05:35)
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     Arsenius said I was getting really good at signing up for things.
     However, Maybelle was the first to send emails with pictures, which really miffed me. Always out there in front, that's Maybelle. She sent me three pictures of her prize gardenias. They were clear so you could see the morning dew on their creamy white petals. Arsenius said you had to have a digital camera to send pictures, or a scanner, which was cheaper. We went to Media World and bought a digital camera.
     Arsenius said it would take a while to learn to use a digital camera. And then how to download and upload, which sounded vaguely racy.
     I said, "OK."

阿森纽斯夸我非常擅长在网上订阅东西。
然而,梅比莉是第一个在电子邮件中附带图片的人,这真让我有点恼火。梅比莉就是这样,总是走在你的前面。她发给我3张她的获奖栀子花的照片。那些照片是那么清晰,能看得到嫩嫩的乳白色花瓣上的晨露。阿森纽斯说要想把照片发给别人,就得买一个数码相机或者扫描仪,后者便宜些。我们便到媒体世界买了一台数码相机。

阿森纽斯说学会使用数码相机需要不少时间,然后还要学习如何上传和下载。什么上啊下啊的,怎么听起来有点暧昧下流呢?
我说:“ok。”

     Arsenius and I spent the next month clicking away at everything...all the flowers in my garden, spiders, snakes, ladybugs, and at the supermarket, square pumpkins and weird shaped eggplants and Ruth Ann, the cashier, and of course every angle of the Chevy. Then Arsenius took pictures of me, and I took pictures of him. We uploaded and downloaded, and I sent Maybelle a picture a day. She was impressed and started asking my advice on cutting and pasting and fancy framing for her digital pics. I was ever so accommodating and explained all the fine points on the phone, every night after the news.

接下来的一个月,我和阿森纽斯见什么拍什么……我花园里所有的花,蜘蛛,蛇,瓢虫,还有在超市里,方形的南瓜,奇形怪状的茄子,还有鲁丝安——收银员,当然,还有从每一个角度拍出来的雪佛兰。然后阿森纽斯为我拍照,我给他照。我们上传,下载,我每天给梅比莉发一张图片。她很受震动,开始向我咨询如何剪切和粘贴图片,如何给她的数码照片配上有趣的像框。我从没像现在这样乐于助人,每天晚上看完新闻后都在电话里不厌其烦的解释所有要领。

That's when Arsenius asked if he could email a few of his "portraits", as he called the pictures I had taken of him, to his new girlfriend, Lavinia. Mind you, Lavinia used dime store perfume. I could smell it in the car. It was a heavy, musky scent forty year old prostitutes might use. I knew right away Lavinia was not the right girl for Arsenius, but kept my mouth shut. Until he started receiving pictures of Lavinia. He showed them to me, proudly. This girl/woman was his first girlfriend, you could tell; he had been too busy with his school, his family, his work to go seriously courting before. But now he had a car. My car.

就是这个时候,阿森纽斯问我,他能不能把他的几张“肖像”——他这样称呼我给他拍的照片——发给他的女朋友,拉维尼娅。顺便提醒一下,拉维尼娅适用一种折扣店出售的廉价香水。我能在车里闻到这种味道。那种香水味道浓重而刺鼻,40岁的妓女才有可能用。我马上意识到这个女孩绝对不适合阿森纽斯,但是坚持没有说出口。知道了他开始从拉维尼娅那儿接收照片,我忍不住要开口了。他非常骄傲的向我展示那些照片。这个女孩(或者说女人)是他的第一个女朋友,你可以看得出来。他以前太忙了,要做作业,要照顾家庭,要打工,没有时间四处招摇。但是现在他有一部车了,我的车。

My suspicions proved to be entirely correct. Within days, Arsenius started talking about buying a color printer. Media World delivered a color printer. Then three pictures of Lavinia appeared on my desktop, and were duly printed, five copies each. In the first, she was dancing in a bar and there were older white men leering at her in the background. In the second, she'd got herself up as a gypsy for Halloween. Gold jewelry hung from her ears, her neck, her arms, her hands, her ankles and all of her toes. There was a come-hither glint in her sultry eyes. In the third, Lavinia was curled up on a sofa, surrounded by five or six big black kids, all in sweatshirts, hood up, huge jeans and giant laceless tennis shoes. Not one of them wasn't sporting nose and ear rings, and numerous gold chains.

很快我的猜测就被证明是完全正确的。没过几天,阿森纽斯就开始谈论买一个彩色打印机。媒体世界送过来一个。然后3张拉维尼娅的照片就被适时地打印出来,摆到了我的桌面上,每张照片打印了5份。第一张照片里,她在一个酒吧里跳舞,背景里有个白人老头在色迷迷的盯着她。第二张,她把自己打扮的像一个参加万圣节化妆舞会的吉普赛人。金色的首饰挂在她的耳朵上,脖子上,手臂上,脚踝上,以及每个脚趾上。她神情淫荡,目光迷离。在第三张照片里,她蜷曲在一个沙发上,周围环绕着五六个黑人少年,都穿着长长的汗衫,包着头巾,肥大的牛仔裤,巨大的无带网球鞋。没有一个不在鼻子和耳朵上带金属环的,还有许多金链子。


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