安徒生童话故事全集:幸运的套鞋7(双语)

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The Watchman's Adventure
守夜人的故事
 
"That was an unpleasant dream," said he; "but it was droll enough altogether. I fancied that I was the lieutenant over there: and yet the thing was not very much to my taste after all. I missed my good old mother and the dear little ones; who almost tear me to pieces for sheer love."He seated himself once more and nodded: the dream continued to haunt him, for he still had the shoes on his feet. A falling star shone in the dark firmament. 
"这真是一个丑恶的梦!"他说,"但是也够滑稽。我觉得我曾经变成了楼上的中尉,但这并不是一件很痛快的事情。我想念我的老婆和孩子们,他们这时正准备着大批的吻,要把我亲个半死。"他又坐下来,点点头。这梦并不马上在他的思想中消逝,因为他脚上仍然穿着那双套鞋。这时天上有一颗流星滑落下来了。 
"There falls another star," said he: "but what does it matter; there are always enough left. I should not much mind examining the little glimmering things somewhat nearer, especially the moon; for that would not slip so easily through a man's fingers. When we die--so at least says the student, for whom my wife does the washing--we shall fly about as light as a feather from one such a star to the other. That's, of course, not true: but it would be pretty enough if it were so. If I could but once take a leap up there, my body might stay here on the steps for what I care."Behold--there are certain things in the world to which one ought never to give utterance except with the greatest caution; but doubly careful must one be when we have the Shoes of Fortune on our feet. Now just listen to what happened to the watchman. 
"它落下来了!"他说。"但是落也落不完的,多着呢。我倒想更仔细地瞧瞧这些东西,特别是这一轮月亮,因为它不会从手里滑走的。我的女人经常替一位大学生洗衣服,那位大学生常常说,我们死了以后,就从这颗星飞到那颗星。这话并不可靠,不过,假如真是这样,那倒也很妙。如果我能飞到那儿去,即使我的躯壳躺在楼梯上,我也不在乎。"在这世界上,有些话我们说出来的时候,必须万分谨慎,尤其是当我们穿上了"幸运的套鞋"的时候。请听听发生在守夜人身上的故事吧。 
As to ourselves, we all know the speed produced by the employment of steam; we have experienced it either on railroads, or in boats when crossing the sea;but such a flight is like the travelling of a sloth in comparison with theve lo city with which light moves. It flies nineteen million times faster than the best race-horse; and yet electricity is quicker still. Death is an electric shock which our heart receives; the freed soul soars upwards on the wings of electricity. The sun's light wants eight minutes and some seconds to perform a journey of more than twenty million of our Danish* miles; borne by electricity, the soul wants even some minutes less to accomplish the same flight. To it the space between the heavenly bodies is not greater than the distance between the homes of our friends in town is for us, even if they livea short way from each other; such an electric shock in the heart, however,costs us the use of the body here below; unless, like the watchman of EastStreet, we happen to have on the Shoes of Fortune. 
就我们人说来,我们差不多都知道蒸汽输送东西是多么迅速;这种事我们已经在铁道上或在海上的轮船中试验过。但是跟光线的速度比起来,这不过只等于树懒①的动作或蜗牛的爬行罢了。光比最快的骏马还要快1900万倍,可是电的速度更要快。死不过是我们心中所受到的一种触电,被解放了的灵魂,骑在电的翅膀上,就可以远走高飞。太阳只须八分和几秒钟就可以走完将近两亿里的路程。灵魂骑上电力,要走同样的路程,只须几秒钟就够了。就解放了的灵魂说来,各种行星之间的距离,不会比我们住在同一城市中的朋友的房子之间的距离大,甚至于还不会比住在近邻的朋友的房子之间的距离大。不过在人间的世界里,除非我们像守夜人一样穿上了"幸运的套鞋",我们的心一触电,我们就永远跟身体分家了。 
In a few seconds the watchman had done the fifty-two thousand of our miles up to the moon, which, as everyone knows, was formed out of matter much lighter than our earth; and is, so we should say, as soft as newly-fallen snow. He found himself on one of the many circumjacent mountain-ridges with which weare acquainted by means of Dr. Madler's "Map of the Moon." Within, down it sunk perpendicularly into a caldron, about a Danish mile in depth; while below lay a town, whose appearance we can, in some measure, realize to ourselves by beating the white of an egg in a glass of water. The matter of which it was built was just as soft, and formed similar towers, and domes, and pillars,transparent and rocking in the thin air; while above his head our earth was rolling like a large fiery ball. 
在几秒钟之内,守夜人走了72.8万里,到月亮上面去了。我们知道,组成月球的物质比我们的地球要轻得多,而且还很柔软,像刚下的雪一样。他来到一群数不清的山组成的大环形山——我们早就在麦特勒博士①所绘的月球图上看到这些环形山——他来到其中的一座山上。你也看到过的吧?在这一环大山当中,有一个像锅一样的深坑,它凹下去有八九里深。坑下面有一个城市。它的形状很像装在玻璃杯里的水中的蛋白;这儿的尖塔、圆屋顶和像船帆一样的阳台,浮在透明的、稀薄的空气中,也是同样地轻,同样地白。我们的地球浮在他的头上像一个火红的大球。 
He perceived immediately a quantity of beings who were certainly what we call"men"; yet they looked different to us.They had a language too; but surely nobody can expect that the soul of the watchman should understand it. Be that as it may, it did comprehend it; 
他马上看见了许多的生物。这些东西无疑就是我们所谓的"人类"了,不过他们的样子跟我们显然不同。他们也说一种语言,但是谁也不能指望守夜人的灵魂能够听懂。但是他居然听懂了。 
The watchman's spirit understood the language of the inhabitants of the moon pretty well. The Selenites* disputed variously about our earth, and expressed their doubts if it could be inhabited: the air, they said, must certainly be too dense to allow any rational dweller in the moon the necessary free respiration. They considered the moon alone to be inhabited: they imagined it was the real heart of the universe or planetary system, on which the genuine Cosmopolites, or citizens of the world, dwelt. What strange things men--no,what strange things Selenites sometimes take into their heads! 
守夜人的灵魂懂得月球上居民的语言,而且懂得很透彻。关于我们的地球他们争论了一番,他们怀疑地球上能不能住人,地球上的空气对于聪明的月球上的居民说来一定是太厚,不适宜于居住。他们认为只是月球上才能有生物,而且月球才是最初人类所居住的地方。① 


①这是中、南美洲所产的一种动物。它的举动迟钝,常常待在树上不动。

①麦特勒(JohanHeinrichvonMaAdler,1794-1874)是德国的一位天文学家。
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