2014.5.25【英译中】流沙(8)一个黑白混血女孩的传奇故事

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    Helga Crane had taught in Naxos for almost two years, at first with the keen joy and zest of those immature people who have dreamed dreams of doing good to their fellow men. 

    赫尔嘉 卡兰已经在纳克索斯教了近两年的书了。她刚来的时候对这个学校里那些不成熟的,总是做白日梦想为其他同事们搞福利人还怀着满心的愉悦和浓厚的兴趣。

   

     But gradually this zest was blotted out, giving place to a deep hatred for the trivial hypocrisies and careless cruelties which were, unintentionally perhaps, a part of the Naxos policy of uplift. 

    然而渐渐的,这种兴趣就烟消云散了。取而代之的是对这些无关痛痒的伪善和不经意的残忍行为产生的深深的厌恶。也许这些行为,就是纳克索斯晋升的一部分,而且好不矫揉造作。

    

    Yet she had continued to try only to teach, but to befriend those happy singing children, whose charm and distinctiveness the school was so surely ready to destroy. Instinctively Helga was aware that their smiling submissiveness covered many poignant heartaches and perhaps much secret contempt for their instructors. 

    现在她继续尝试着除了教课以外,其他事情都不管。但她与那些欣然放歌的孩子们为友,与那些迷人而又与众不同的断言这学校马上就要倒闭的人为友。凭借着直觉,赫尔嘉感到他们那微笑的顺从掩盖了他们那么多深深的心痛,又亦或是对他们指导者偷偷的蔑视。

   

    But she was powerless. In Naxos between teacher and student, between condescending authority and smoldering resentment, the gulf was too great, and too few had tried to cross it.

    但赫尔嘉的力量是渺小的。在纳克索斯,老师和学生之间,有优越感的掌权阶级和敢怒不敢言的无权阶级之间,算是天壤之别。几乎没有人试着去跨越那道鸿沟。

   

    It couldn’t be spanned by one sympathetic teacher. It was useless to offer her atom of friendship, which under the existing conditions was neither wanted nor understanding.

    一个富有同情心的老师不可能跨越这条鸿沟。给予赫尔嘉那少的可怜的那些友情是无用的,在这个根深蒂固的情况下,那些友情是不被人期待也不为人所理解的。

 

    Nor was the general atmosphere of Naxos, its air of self-rightness and intolerant dislike of difference, the best of mediums for a pretty, solitary girl with no family connections. Helga’s essentially likable and charming personality was smudged out.

    纳克索斯的整体气氛也不会容纳那些友情。它那充满了自负的,让人无法容忍的同化的气氛,是这个孑然一身,无依无靠的漂亮女孩生活的“最佳”环境。赫尔嘉那天生的可爱迷人的气质都被这气氛所抹除。

    

    

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