2014.08.04【英译中】The Alchemist牧羊少年的奇幻之旅(13)

发表于:2014-08-04 21:51 [只看楼主] [划词开启]

He decided to wait until the sun had sunk a bit lower in the sky before following his flock back through the fields. Three days from now, he would be with the merchant's daughter.

圣地亚哥决定等太阳再落下去一些再赶着羊群穿过田地。再过三天,他就要见到纺织品店主的女儿啦!

He started to read the book he had bought. On the very first page it described a burial ceremony. And the names of the people involved were very difficult to pronounce. If he ever wrote a book, he thought, he would present one person at a time, so that the reader wouldn't have to worry about memorizing a lot of names.

圣地亚哥开始读刚买的那本书。书的第一页讲的是一个葬礼,里面人物的名字很难拼读。他想:如果我写一本书,每次就写一个人这样读者们就不用费劲去记那么多名字啦。

When he was finally able to concentrate on what he was reading, he liked the book better; the burial was on a snowy day, and he welcomed the feeling of being cold. As he read on, an old man sat down at his side and tried to strike up a conversation.

当圣地亚哥终于能够专心读他的书,他发现自己挺喜欢这本书的;葬礼发生在一个雪天,他喜欢这种寒冷的感觉。他继续往下读,这时候一个老人在他旁边坐下来开始跟他讲话。

"What are they doing?" the old man asked, pointing at the people in the plaza.

“他们在干什么呢?”老人手指着广场上的人们问道。

"Working," the boy answered dryly, making it look as if he wanted to concentrate on his reading.

“工作,”圣地亚哥冷冷地回答,想让自己看起来像正在聚精会神地看书。

Actually, he was thinking about shearing his sheep in front of the merchant's daughter, so that she could see that he was someone who was capable of doing difficult things. He had already imagined the scene many times; every time, the girl became fascinated when he explained that the sheep had to be sheared from back to front. He also tried to remember some good stories to relate as he sheared the sheep. Most of them he had read in books, but he would tell them as if they were from his personal experience. She would never know the difference, because she didn't know how to read.

实际上,圣地亚哥在想,如果能在纺织品店主女儿面前剪羊毛,她就知道圣地亚哥是个能干的人了——能干复杂的事。他已经无数次设想过这个场景了。每一次,他给女孩解释羊毛必须从后往前剪的时候,她都会变得着迷。每一次,他都在剪羊毛的时候努力记起好故事讲给女孩听。虽然大部分故事都是他在书中读到的,但他讲的时候都假装那些故事是他经历的。女孩永远都不会发觉,因为她不会读书。

字数:432.


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