2014.06.29【英译中】The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time(14)

猫四狗八 (ho) 路人甲
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发表于:2014-06-29 19:21 [只看楼主] [划词开启]
47.  In the bus on the way to school next morning we passed 4 red cars in a row, which meant that it was a Good Day, so I decided not to be sad about Wellington.
在第二天(叙述者从警局回来以后早上去学校的巴士上,我们超了4辆红色汽车,这说明这是很好的一天,于是我决定不在为韦灵顿的事情伤心了。

Mr. Jeavons, the psychologist at the school, once asked me why 4 red cars in a row made it a Good Day, and 3 red cars in a row made it a Quite Good Day, and 5 red cars in a row made it a Super Good Day,  and why 4 yellow cars in a row made it a Black Day,  which is a day when I don’t speak to anyone and sit on my own reading books and don’t eat my lunch and Take No Risks.

杰文斯先生在学校做心理医生,他问过我为什么超了四辆红色汽车就说明是很好的一天,五辆车就说明是极好的一天,而为什么四辆黄色的车就是不好的一天,而那样的一天里我不和别人说话,看自己的书,不吃饭,不冒险。


He said that I was clearly a very logical person, so he was surprised that I should think like this because it wasn’t very logical.

他说很显然我是一个很有逻辑思维的人,但我在这件事上却不是,所以感到很吃惊。


I said that I liked things to be in a nice order. And one way of things being in a nice order was to be logical. Especially if those things were numbers or an argument. But there were other ways of putting things in a nice order. And that was why I had Good Days and Black Days.  And I said that some people who worked in an office came out of their house in the morning and saw that the sun was shining and it made them feel happy, or they saw that it was raining and it made them feel sad, but the only difference was the weather and if they worked in an office the weather didn’t have anything to do with whether they had a good day or a bad day.

我说我喜欢很有次序的事,有次序的事物皆有逻辑,特别是那些有关数字和情节的。但还有其他方式让事情变得很有次序。这就是为什么我认为有好的一天和坏的一天的分别。有的人在办公室工作当他们一早从家里走出来看到阳光就会很开心,但如果在下雨就会弄得他们不快,仅仅是天气不同而已,但他们在办公室里,我觉得天气根本就和他们的心情好坏无关。


I said that when Father got up in the morning he always put his trousers on before he put his socks on and it wasn’t logical but he always did it that way, because he liked things in a nice order, too. Also whenever he went upstairs he went up two at a time, always starting with his right foot.

我爸早上起床总是先穿裤子再穿袜子,我觉得这一点也不符合逻辑,但他却总是那么做,我想他也喜欢事情很有次序。并且他在爬楼梯的时候总是一次上两阶,总是右脚先走。


Mr. Jeavons said that I was a very clever boy.
I said that I wasn’t clever. I was just noticing how things were, and that wasn’t clever. That was just being observant. Being clever was when you looked at how things were and used the evidence to work out something new. Like the universe expanding, or who committed a murder. Or if you see someone’s name and you give each letter a value from 1 to 26 (a = 1 , b = 2 , etc.) and you add the numbers up in your head and you find that it makes a prime number, likeJesus Christ (151), or Scooby-Doo (113), or Sherlock Holmes (163), orDoctor Watson (167).

杰文斯先生说我很聪明,但我并不这么觉得,我只是看到事物究竟怎么回事而已。只需要你善于观察就行了。聪明的人通常会发现事物的原貌并且利用它干一些别的事情。就像宇宙膨胀或谁实施了谋杀。又或者你看到某人的名字并从1到26给每一个字母赋值,并在脑海中将这些数字求和就会得到一个质数,比如Jesus Christ (151),或者  Scooby-Doo (113),还有 Sherlock Holmes (163)和Doctor Watson (167).


Mr. Jeavons asked me whether this made me feel safe, having things always in a nice order, and I said it did.

杰文斯先生问我是否让所有事情都必须会让我觉得很有安全感。我说是的。


Then he asked if I didn’t like things changing. And I said I wouldn’t mind things changing if I became an astronaut, for example, which is one of the biggest changes you can imagine, apart from becoming a girl or dying.
He asked whether I wanted to become an astronaut and I said I did.

他还问我是不是不喜欢变化的事物。我说如果我成为一名宇航员的话我便不在意了,比起变成一个女孩或则即将死去,这几乎是我能想象到的最大的改变了。他说这是不是说我想成为一名宇航员。我说是的。


He said that it was very difficult to become an astronaut. I said that I knew. You had to become an officer in the air force and you had to take lots of orders and be prepared to kill other human beings, and I couldn’t take orders. Also I didn’t have 20/20 vision, which you needed to be a pilot. But I said that you could still want something that is very unlikely to happen.

他告诉我要成为一名宇航员是很难的。我说我知道。这必须在空军队伍中做到军官的位置,并且遵守不少命令,随时准备杀死敌人。而我却不能遵守那些命令。而且要做宇航员还必须有绝佳的视力,这我也没有。但我认为人依旧可以追求那些不太可能发生的事。


Terry, who is the older brother of Francis, who is at the school, said I would only ever get a job collecting supermarket trollies or cleaning out donkey shit at an animal sanctuary and they didn’t let spazzers drive rockets that cost billions of pounds. When I told this to Father he said that Terry was jealous of my being cleverer than him. Which was a stupid thing to think because we weren’t in a competition. But Terry is stupid, so quod erat   demonstrandum,which is Latin for which is the thing that was going to be proved,  which meansthus it is proved.
弗朗西斯的哥哥特里在学校时对我说,我只能找到在超市收手推车的工作或是在避难所打扫驴粪,人们是不会让一个脑残驾驶价值几亿英镑的火箭的。我把这些告诉老爸,他说特里只是嫉妒我比他聪明。这样想不是很傻吗,因为我们根本就没有竞争。特里是个傻瓜,这是被证实了的
so quod erat   demonstrandum 就是用拉丁语说这件事情已经被证实了。(拉丁语看不懂= =

I’m not a spazzer, which means spastic,  not like Francis, who is a spazzer, and even though I probably won’t become an astronaut, I am going to go to university and study mathematics, or physics, or physics and mathematics (which is a Joint Honor School), because I like mathematics and physics and I’m very good at them. But Terry won’t go to university. Father says Terry is most likely to end up in prison.
我不是脑残,像弗朗西斯那样患有脑麻痹才是脑残。但即使这样,我可能也做不了宇航员,因为我要上大学学习数学或物理,或者数学和物理(一所联合大学)。因为我喜欢数学和物理,而且我还很擅长。但特里上不了大学,老爸说他很可能会进监狱。


Terry has a tattoo on his arm of a heart shape with a knife through the middle of it.

特里的臂膀上有一个心型中间插着刀的纹身。


But this is what is called a digression, and now I am going to go back to the fact that it was a Good Day.

貌似有点跑题了,现在回到好的一天这个正题上来。


Because it was a Good Day I decided that I would try and find out who killed Wellington because a Good Day is a day for projects and planning things.

因为今天是好的一天我决定试着找出是谁杀了韦灵顿,好的一天适合计划一些事情。


When I said this to Siobhan she said, “Well, we’re meant to be writing stories today, so why don’t you write about finding Wellington and going to the police station.”

当我把这些告诉西沃恩时,她说,“看来我们今天得写点故事了,那你就把找到韦灵顿并去了一趟警局的事情写下来吧。”


And that is when I started writing this.
And Siobhan said that she would help with the spelling and the grammar and the footnotes.
于是我就这样开始写了。
西沃恩说她会帮我改改拼写,语法以及脚页。
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