2014.03.15-16【英译中】【伴郎】

乖乖背单词 (lisa) 路人甲
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发表于:2014-03-15 08:38 [只看楼主] [划词开启]

The house was humongous—a monster Victorian—but seemed almost small with all the guests just standing around smiling hard and sipping drinks and talking in an exaggeratedly unanxious way, trying not to notice that the bride and bridegroom were, like, forty-five minutes late. It was the kind of house his mother liked to sell, all gleaming wood and built-in bookcases, and furniture that looked too good to sit on. Vee had positioned himself at the foot of the winding staircase in order to capture the happy couple as they took their very first steps into the room.

这是一栋很大的房子——一座维多利亚式的宏伟建筑,然而,当所有的宾客都只站着勉强地微笑着啜饮酒水并用放松得近乎夸张的方式聊天时,房子就显得几乎是太小了,宾客们在极力装作不知道新郎和新娘迟到了,大约,45分钟。这栋房子是他妈妈想卖的那种,所有的木板都闪闪发光,有嵌入式的书柜,还有精致到不舍得坐的家具。为了捕捉到新婚夫妇踏入婚礼房间那一刻的幸福景象,维已经在盘梯脚边找到了最佳位置。

Shooting weddings was not Vee’s only business, he had several, his father liked to say he was a Veritable Young Entrepreneur, though there was something condescending about the way that he said it, something slightly mocking that Vee didn’t like. His other businesses included babysitting (which was how he’d met Beth andLena), included lawn care and snow removal, included pet sitting, included basically any single thing that his college-professor clients needed. Vee specialized in college professors because his father was one and had introduced him to several, and, well, because they didn’t do much for themselves, either wouldn’t or couldn’t, they needed lots of help, which was part of his business plan, they were an actual niche market, here in the college-fat Pioneer Valley, a market Vee could exploit, and he did. And made mad, mad money, which he absolutely happened to need.

婚礼的现场拍摄并不是维唯一的生意,他做好几种生意,他爸爸喜欢称他为“一个真正的年轻企业家”,虽然其中夹杂着些许优越感和些许维所不喜欢的嘲笑的意味。维的其他生意包括有:当临时保姆(这就是他认识贝丝和莉娜的途径)、草坪护理、清扫积雪、临时替人照看宠物,还包括他的大学教授客户们需要的几乎所有的物品。维专门为大学教授们服务,因为他父亲就是其中的一员并向他介绍了好几位教授;也因为那些教授们自己不太做什么事,或者说他们不想或不会做那些事,所以他们需要很多帮助。这是维的生意经中的一部分,大学教授们是一个真正的缝隙市场,尤其是在山谷这个大学教育收入丰厚的先锋小镇,维可以开辟出一个市场来,而他也确实是这样做的,并且在他恰巧急需用钱的时候赚了相当可观的私房钱。



Vee needed money for his surgery. Or surgeries, plural, likely there’d be more than one. Now Vee was circling back, circling back to the question, already established, of gender expression: Vee happened to have been born Olive, née Olive, in other words, he was actually born she not he, though he couldn’t remember, it went so far back, the first time he switched the pronouns in his head. Right now he was sixteen years old and his actual transition was years and years away, but Vee knew it would come, this wasAmerica, after all, where anything and everything was possible, or so people said, anything was possible if you worked hard enough, which he did; Vee worked harder than anyone he knew.

维在筹钱做外科手术,也许该用复数形式,手术很可能不止一场。现在,维在不停地追溯,追溯到一个已经确定的关于性别的表达的问题上:维意外地以奥莉芙的身份诞生,妮 奥莉芙,换句话说,就是实际上,他出生的时候是她而不是他,虽然由于时间太久远,他已经记不起他是什么时候开始转换他的人称代词了。现在他16岁,而他真正的转变是多年以前的事了。但是,维知道那会到来的,因为这里是美国,一个任何事情一切事情都有可能发生的地方,或者像人们说的,如果你足够努力,一切皆有可能,维也正是这么做的:他比任何他所知道的人都要努力!




So he was glad to shoot the wedding, though in this particular instance he was making some green by ripping his own heart out, because he happened to be madly and passionately and devastatingly in love withLena. The bride, not the bridegroom. Vee babysat forLenaand Beth’s little boy, Max, who was mixed race, though his white parents were not. Maximilian was adopted, plus a great kid, if a little serious, if a little self-important. Maybe he got it from his moms, they were serious themselves, though maybe earnest was a better word, maybe supercorrect, though not in a tight-fisted way, more in a genuine, heartbreaking, we’re-gonna-do-right-by-our-brown-son kind of way. 

维很高兴能拍摄这场婚礼,因为即使是在这样特殊的情况下,他也在做着一些与青春有关的事情,他的小鹿乱跳,心脏都快要蹦出去了;他恰恰疯狂地强烈地同时也充满讽刺性地爱上了莉娜。新娘,不是新郎。维为贝丝和莉娜照顾他们的小男孩,马克斯,一个混血儿,但是他的白人父母却不是。马克西米兰是收养的,算是一个“好孩子”,就是有点严肃,有点高傲。可能这是他从他的母亲们身上学来的,他们是严肃的,用“认真”这个词可能会比较合适,可能更正确;他们的严肃不是以一种握紧拳头的方式,而是以一种比较诚恳的,令人悲伤的方式,感觉有点儿‘在我们的棕色皮肤的儿子面前要做得正确’的意味。


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