2014.04.16【英译中】Write Your Own Life(谱写生命的乐章)

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发表于:2014-04-16 15:05 [只看楼主] [划词开启]

Suppose someone gave you a pen - a sealed, solid-colored pen.
假如有人送你一支笔,一支不可拆卸的单色钢笔。

You couldn't see how much ink it had. It might run dry after the first few tentative words or last just long enough to create a masterpiece (or several) that would last forever and make a difference in the scheme of things. You don't know before you begin.
在钢笔里面究竟有多少墨水,你看不出。或许在你试探性地写上几个字后它就会枯干,或许足够用来创作一部影响深远的不朽巨著(甚至是几部)。但这些,在你动笔前,都无法得知。

Under the rules of the game, you really never know. You have to take a chance! Actually, no rule of the game states you must do anything. Instead of picking up and using the pen, you could leave it on a shelf or in a drawer where it will dry up, unused.
在这个游戏规则下,你真的永远不会预知结果。你只能去碰运气!事实上,这个游戏里没有规则指定你必须要做什幺。相反,你甚至可以根本不去动用这支笔,把它扔在书架上或是抽屉里让它的墨水干枯。

But if you do decide to use it, what would you do with it? How would you play the game?
然而,如果你决定要用它的话,你会用它来做什幺呢?你将怎样来进行这个游戏呢?

Would you plan and plan before you ever wrote a word? Would your plans be so extensive that you never even got to the writing?

你会不写一个字,老是计划来计划去吗?你会不会由于计划过于宏大而来不及动笔呢?

Or would you take the pen in hand, plunge right in and just do it, struggling to keep up with the twists and turns of the torrents of words that take you where they take you?
或者你只是手里握着笔,一头扎进去写,永不停歇地写着,艰难地随着文字汹涌浪涛而随波逐流?

Would you write cautiously and carefully, as if the pen might run dry the next moment, or would you pretend or believe (or pretend to believe) that the pen will write forever and proceed accordingly?
你会十二万分小心地书写,好象这支笔在下一时刻就可能会干枯;还是装做或相信这支笔能够永远写下去而信手写下去呢?

Now, suppose someone gave you a life...
现在,如果有人给予你一支生命的笔...
分类: 英语

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