2014.07.24【英译中】THE TESTAMENT Chapter 5(7)

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 They had learned little about Rachel. Evelyn Cunningham, her mother, was from the small town ofDelhi,Louisiana. When she was nineteen, she moved toBaton Rougeand found a job as a secretary in one of Troy Phelan's companies. She was a beautiful woman andTroyspotted her during one of his visits fromNew York. Within a few months, Evelyn was pregnant.

 Troy's people arranged for Evelyn to go to a hospital inNew Orleans, where Rachel was born in November 1954. Evelyn never saw her child.Troyarranged for the quick, private adoption of Rachel by a minister and his wife inMontana. Evelyn took ten thousand dollars and returned toDelhi. She moved in with her parents, rarely left the house, and began to miss her daughter.

  She wrote letters toTroy, none of which were answered. As the years passed, Evelyn became more and more depressed. She killed herself on November 2, 1959, on Rachel's fifth birthday. She drove her parents' car to the edge of town and jumped off a bridge.

他们搜集到了瑞秋的一些情报。她的母亲艾弗琳·卡宁汉来自路易斯安那州德里市的一个小镇,十九岁的时候她到巴吞鲁日找到一份工作,在托伊·费兰的公司当秘书。她是个美丽的女子,托伊从纽约来视察的某天留下了她,不出几个月,艾弗琳就怀孕了。

托伊的下属安排她住进了新奥尔良的一家医院,195411月,瑞秋就在那里出生了。艾弗琳连看她孩子一眼的机会都没有,托伊就迅速而低调地办理了由蒙大纳的一对牧师夫妇收养瑞秋的手续。艾弗琳拿到了一万美元,返回德里搬去与父母同住,鲜少出门的她开始思念自己的女儿。

她不停地给托伊写信,却全部石沉大海。随着时间的流逝,艾弗琳渐渐心灰意冷,最终,在1959112日,瑞秋五岁生日这天,她亲手断送了自己的生命。那天她开着父母的车跑到城郊,从一座桥上跳了下去。


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