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2012/05/11

長腿叔叔 (52 – 完)

Thursday Morning

My Very Dearest Master-Jervie-Daddy-Long-Legs Pendleton-Smith,

Did you sleep last night? I didn't. Not a single wink. I was too amazed and excited and bewildered and happy. I don't believe I ever shall sleep again—or eat either. But I hope you slept; you must, you know, because then you will get well faster and can come to me.

週四早晨

我最親愛的哲維少爺長腿叔叔潘得敦史密斯先生:

你昨天有睡嗎?我整晚都沒有閤眼.我太意外,太激動,太不知所措,太開心了.我覺得我可能永遠也無法入眠了 - 或是吃東西.但我希望你有睡覺,你一定要的,你知道嗎?因為這樣你才可以快點好起來然後來找我.

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2012/05/10

長腿叔叔 (51)

27th August

Dear Daddy-Long-Legs,

Where are you, I wonder?

I never know what part of the world you are in, but I hope you're not in New York during this awful weather. I hope you're on a mountain peak (but not in Switzerland; somewhere nearer) looking at the snow and thinking about me. Please be thinking about me. I'm quite lonely and I want to be thought about. Oh, Daddy, I wish I knew you! Then when we were unhappy we could cheer each other up.

八月二十七日

親愛的長腿叔叔:

你在哪兒呢?

我從來不知道你身處這世界的何處,但希望在這惡劣的氣候中你不是在紐約.我希望你是在山上(但不是在瑞士,在離我近一點的山上),欣賞雪景並想著我.請想著我.我好孤單而且希望有人想著我.真希望我認識你,那麼當我們不開心時可以互相打氣.

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2012/05/09

長腿叔叔 (50)

 24th July

Dearest Daddy-Long-Legs,

Isn't it fun to work—or don't you ever do it? It's especially fun when your kind of work is the thing you'd rather do more than anything else in the world. I've been writing as fast as my pen would go every day this summer, and my only quarrel with life is that the days aren't long enough to write all the beautiful and valuable and entertaining thoughts I'm thinking.

七月二十四日

最親愛的長腿叔叔:

工作真是件有趣的事,不是嗎?你曾經工作過嗎?如果你的工作是全世界你最想做的事,那就更加有趣了.這個夏天我每天都不停的寫寫寫,唯一令我不滿的是時間不夠用,不夠讓我寫下我腦中美麗的,重要的,愉悅的思緒.

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2012/05/08

長腿叔叔 (49)

17th May

Dear Daddy-Long-Legs,

This is going to be extremely short because my shoulder aches at the sight of a pen. Lecture notes all day, immortal novel all evening, make too much writing.

五月十七日

親愛的長腿叔叔:

這封信會很短,因為我一看到筆就肩膀酸痛.抄了整天的上課筆記,寫了整晚我的不朽名著,我真的是寫太多了.


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2012/05/07

長腿叔叔 (48)

March Fifth

Dear Mr. Trustee,

Tomorrow is the first Wednesday in the month—a weary day for the John Grier Home. How relieved they'll be when five o'clock comes and you pat them on the head and take yourselves off! Did you (individually) ever pat me on the head, Daddy? I don't believe so—my memory seems to be concerned only with fat Trustees.

三月五日

親愛的理事先生:

明天是本月的第一個星期三 - 一個令人疲倦的日子.五點鐘到來時,當你們拍拍孤兒院小孩的頭然後離去時,小孩們會大大的鬆口氣.你曾經拍過我的頭嗎,Daddy?我覺得沒有 - 我的記憶似乎只侷限在胖胖的理事身上.


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2012/05/04

長腿叔叔 (47)

12th Jan.

Dear Mr. Philanthropist,

Your cheque for my family came yesterday. Thank you so much! I cut gymnasium and took it down to them right after luncheon, and you should have seen the girl's face! She was so surprised and happy and relieved that she looked almost young; and she's only twenty-four. Isn't it pitiful?

一月十二日

親愛的慈善家先生:

你寄給那家人的支票昨天收到了.非常謝謝你.午餐過後我跳過體育課立刻把支票送過去,你真該看看那個女孩的臉!她無比的意外,開心,而且大大的鬆了口氣,看起來幾乎要像個年輕的女孩子,但她也不過才二十四歲,真可惜,不是嗎?


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2012/05/03

長腿叔叔 (46)

26th December

My Dear, Dear, Daddy,

Haven't you any sense? Don't you KNOW that you mustn't give one girl seventeen Christmas presents? I'm a Socialist, please remember; do you wish to turn me into a Plutocrat?

十二月二十六日

最最親愛的Daddy

你難道不知道給一個女孩子十七件耶誕禮物是一件不對的事嗎?請別忘了我是社會主義者,難道你想把我變成富豪財閥嗎?

Think how embarrassing it would be if we should ever quarrel! I should have to engage a moving-van to return your gifts.

如果我們吵架了,想想看那會有多可怕!我可能得僱一輛搬家的貨車,才能把所有你送我的禮物退回給你.


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2012/05/02

長腿叔叔 (45)

17th November

Dear Daddy-Long-Legs,

Such a blight has fallen over my literary career. I don't know whether to tell you or not, but I would like some sympathy—silent sympathy, please; don't re-open the wound by referring to it in your next letter.

十一月十七日

親愛的長腿叔叔:

我的文學生涯遭受到重大打擊.我不知道該不該告訴你,但是我需要一些同情 - 沈默的同情,請不要在你的回信提及此事重啟我的傷口.


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2012/05/01

長腿叔叔 (44)

CAMP MCBRIDE

6th September

Dear Daddy,

Your letter didn't come in time (I am pleased to say). If you wish your instructions to be obeyed, you must have your secretary transmit them in less than two weeks. As you observe, I am here, and have been for five days.

麥克白家營地

九月六日

親愛的Daddy:

你的信沒有及時送達(真令人慶幸).如果你希望你的指令被遵守,你應該讓你的秘書在兩週內寄出.如你所知我已經在營地,而且這已經是第五天了.


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2012/04/30

長腿叔叔 (43)

MAGNOLIA,

Four days later

I'd got just that much written, when—what do you think happened? The maid arrived with Master Jervie's card. He is going abroad too this summer; not with Julia and her family, but entirely by himself. I told him that you had invited me to go with a lady who is chaperoning a party of girls. He knows about you, Daddy. That is, he knows that my father and mother are dead, and that a kind gentleman is sending me to college; I simply didn't have the courage to tell him about the John Grier Home and all the rest. He thinks that you are my guardian and a perfectly legitimate old family friend. I have never told him that I didn't know you—that would seem too queer!

瑪哥諾利亞

四天後

當我剛寫完上面那部份時,你知道發生什麼事嗎?佣人拿著哲維少爺的名片進來.這個夏天他也要出國,不過不是跟茱莉亞和她的家人一起去,而是獨自一人.我跟他說你有邀請我去,跟一群女孩,有一位女士帶領照顧.他知道你的存在,Daddy.他知道我父母雙亡,一位好心的紳士贊助我讀大學;不過我還沒有勇氣跟他說孤兒院和其他的事.他以為你是我的監護人,一個正派的家庭老友.我沒有跟說其實我並不認識你 - 因為那聽起來很奇怪.


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2012/04/27

長腿叔叔 (42)

4th June

Dear Daddy,

Very busy time—commencement in ten days, examinations tomorrow; lots of studying, lots of packing, and the outdoor world so lovely that it hurts you to stay inside.

六月四日

親愛的長腿叔叔:

最近好忙碌 - 再十天就是畢業典禮,明天大考,要讀好多書,打包好多行李,而外面的世界如此美麗,待在室內是一件很受傷的事.


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2012/04/26

長腿叔叔 (41)

24th April

Dear Daddy,

Spring has come again! You should see how lovely the campus is. I think you might come and look at it for yourself. Master Jervie dropped in again last Friday—but he chose a most unpropitious time, for Sallie and Julia and I were just running to catch a train. And where do you think we were going? To Princeton, to attend a dance and a ball game, if you please! I didn't ask you if I might go, because I had a feeling that your secretary would say no. But it was entirely regular; we had leave-of-absence from college, and Mrs. McBride chaperoned us. We had a charming time—but I shall have to omit details; they are too many and complicated.

四月二十四日

親愛的Daddy

春天來了!校園好美.我覺得你應該親自過來看一下.上週五哲維少爺又來了 - 但他偏偏挑了一個最不合適的時間,因為莎莉,茱莉亞和我正趕著去搭火車.你知道我們去哪裏嗎?我們去普林斯敦大學參加一個舞會和球賽.我沒有事先問過你,因為我覺得你的秘書會說不可以.但那是完全合乎規定的,我們向學校請假,麥克白太太陪著我們去.我們玩的好開心 - 不過我得省略一些細節,因為太多太複雜了.


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2012/04/25

長腿叔叔 (40)

Dear Comrade,

Hooray! I'm a Fabian.

That's a Socialist who's willing to wait. We don't want the social revolution to come tomorrow morning; it would be too upsetting. We want it to come very gradually in the distant future, when we shall all be prepared and able to sustain the shock.

In the meantime, we must be getting ready, by instituting industrial, educational and orphan asylum reforms.

Yours, with fraternal love,

Judy

親愛的同志:

萬歲!我是一個法比安主義者了.(註)

有一個願意等待的社會主義者.我們不希望明早就來一場社會革命;那會讓人心情不好.我們希望改革在未來慢慢的到來,當我們都已準備就緒而且能夠承受驚嚇時.

在此同時,我們一定要準備好,藉由進行工業,教育和孤兒院改革.

                你的同志,

                茱蒂

註:法比安主義是一種英國社會運動,如同主角所言,其宗旨是藉由溫和的方式逐步達成民主社會主義的改革,而不是藉由革命.


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2012/04/24

長腿叔叔 (39)

20th December

Dear Daddy-Long-Legs,

I've just a moment, because I must attend two classes, pack a trunk and a suit-case, and catch the four-o'clock train—but I couldn't go without sending a word to let you know how much I appreciate my Christmas box.

十二月二十日

親愛的長腿叔叔:

我只有幾分鐘的時間可以寫信了,因為我得去上兩堂課,然後打包一大一小的行李箱,趕四點的火車 - 但在我出發之前,我一定要跟你說我有多麼感謝你寄來的耶誕禮盒.


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2012/04/23

長腿叔叔 (38)

9th November

Dear Daddy-Long-Legs,

I started down town today to buy a bottle of shoe blacking and some collars and the material for a new blouse and a jar of violet cream and a cake of Castile soap—all very necessary; I couldn't be happy another day without them—and when I tried to pay the car fare, I found that I had left my purse in the pocket of my other coat. So I had to get out and take the next car, and was late for gymnasium.

十一月九日

親愛的長腿叔叔:

今天我到鎮上去採購,買了一罐鞋油,一些做一件新上衣的材料,一瓶紫羅蘭乳霜,一塊香皂 - 都是生活必須品,一些令生活開心的必須品 - 但是當我想要付錢時,我發現把錢包忘在另一件大衣的口袋裏了.所以我得離開商店搭車回來,因此上體育課遲到了.


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2012/04/20

長腿叔叔 (37)

 

26th September
 
Dear Daddy-Long-Legs,
Back at college again and an upper classman. Our study is better than ever this year—faces the South with two huge windows and oh! so furnished. Julia, with an unlimited allowance, arrived two days early and was attacked with a fever for settling.
 
九月二十六日
 
親愛的長腿叔叔:
 
開學了,我已經是高年級生.今年我們的書房更棒了 - 有兩扇朝南的大窗,而且,裝飾得好美.茱莉亞開學前兩天回校,用她沒有金額限制的預算瘋狂的裝飾了一番.
 

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2012/04/19

長腿叔叔 (36)

10th September

Dear Daddy,

He has gone, and we are missing him! When you get accustomed to people or places or ways of living, and then have them snatched away, it does leave an awfully empty, gnawing sort of sensation. I'm finding Mrs. Semple's conversation pretty unseasoned food.

九月十日

親愛的Daddy

他離開了,我們都很想念他.當你習慣了某些人,地方或生活方式,然後離開了他們,總是會留下一些糟糕的,空洞的,啃蝕人心的感覺.我發現山普太太的談話好像是沒有加調味料的食物.


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2012/04/18

長腿叔叔 (35)

25th August

八月二十五日

Well, Daddy, Master Jervie's here. And such a nice time as we're having! At least I am, and I think he is, too—he has been here ten days and he doesn't show any signs of going. The way Mrs. Semple pampers that man is scandalous. If she indulged him as much when he was a baby, I don't know how he ever turned out so well.

哲維少爺來了.我們共度開心的時光.至少我是這麼覺得的,我想他也是 - 他已經來十天了,還沒有任何離開的跡象.山普太太寵那個男人的方式真是令人難為情啊!如果他小時候山普太太就是這麼的縱容他,真不知道他是如何長成一個好人的.


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2012/04/17

長腿叔叔 (34)

Friday

週五

Good morning! Here is some news! What do you think? You'd never, never, never guess who's coming to Lock Willow. A letter to Mrs. Semple from Mr. Pendleton. He's motoring through the Berkshires, and is tired and wants to rest on a nice quiet farm—if he climbs out at her doorstep some night will she have a room ready for him? Maybe he'll stay one week, or maybe two, or maybe three; he'll see how restful it is when he gets here.

早安.有新消息可以報告了.你知道嗎?你絕對絕對猜不到誰要來柳樹農場.潘得敦先生捎來一封信給山普太太.他正在開車越過柏克邵途中,他很疲倦,想找個安靜的農場休息 - 如果他在某個晚上出現在她門口,她會為他備好一間房嗎?也許他會待個一週,也許兩週,或許三週,視他到達時的疲憊程度而定.


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2012/04/16

長腿叔叔 (33)

10th August

Mr. Daddy-Long-Legs,

八月十日

親愛的長腿叔叔:

SIR: I address you from the second crotch in the willow tree by the pool in the pasture. There's a frog croaking underneath, a locust singing overhead and two little 'devil downheads' darting up and down the trunk. I've been here for an hour; it's a very comfortable crotch, especially after being upholstered with two sofa cushions. I came up with a pen and tablet hoping to write an immortal short story, but I've been having a dreadful time with my heroine—I CAN'T make her behave as I want her to behave; so I've abandoned her for the moment, and am writing to you. (Not much relief though, for I can't make you behave as I want you to, either.)

先生:我從草原池塘邊柳樹上的第二根樹枝寫信給你.樹下有一隻青蛙在呱呱叫,一隻蝗蟲在我頭上方鼓譟,還有兩隻小鳥沿著樹幹跳上跳下的.我已經在這兒待了一小時,這是一根很棒的樹枝,尤其是我在背後放了兩個靠枕的情況下.我帶著一支筆和一個寫字板爬上來,希望寫一個不朽的故事,但女主角的部份讓我窒礙難行 - 我沒有辦法要求她照我的方式去做;所以我暫時放棄她,轉而寫信給你.(不過也起不了多少調劑的作用,因為我也無法要求你照我的方式去做.)


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2012/04/13

長腿叔叔 (32)

LOCK WILLOW FARM,

3rd August

Dear Daddy-Long-Legs,

 

柳樹農場

八月三日

親愛的長腿叔叔:

It has been nearly two months since I wrote, which wasn't nice of me, I know, but I haven't loved you much this summer—you see I'm being frank!

距離上一封信已經有兩個月了.我知道我不該這樣,但是這個暑假我並沒有很愛你 - 你瞧,我是坦白的.


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2012/04/12

長腿叔叔 (31)

5th June

Dear Daddy-Long-Legs,

六月五日

親愛的長腿叔叔:

Your secretary man has just written to me saying that Mr. Smith prefers that I should not accept Mrs. McBride's invitation, but should return to Lock Willow the same as last summer.

Why, why, WHY, Daddy?

你的男秘書寫信來說:史密斯先生希望妳不要接受麥克白太太的邀請,同時他希望妳如同去年夏天一樣去柳樹農場過暑假.

為什麼?為什麼?為什麼,Daddy


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2012/04/03

長腿叔叔 (30)

Mr. Daddy-Long-Legs Smith,

親愛的長腿史密斯先生:

SIR: Having completed the study of argumentation and the science of dividing a thesis into heads, I have decided to adopt the following form for letter-writing. It contains all necessary facts, but no unnecessary verbiage.

先生:在完成辯論研究,以及論文標題編列法的學習後,我決定採用以下的形式做為書信寫作.此形式包含所有必要的細節,而沒有不必要的冗詞:


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2012/04/03

長腿叔叔 (29)

4th May

五月四日

Dear Daddy-Long-Legs,

Field Day last Saturday. It was a very spectacular occasion. First we had a parade of all the classes, with everybody dressed in white linen, the Seniors carrying blue and gold Japanese umbrellas, and the juniors white and yellow banners. Our class had crimson balloons—very fetching, especially as they were always getting loose and floating off—and the Freshmen wore green tissue-paper hats with long streamers. Also we had a band in blue uniforms hired from town. Also about a dozen funny people, like clowns in a circus, to keep the spectators entertained between events.

親愛的長腿叔叔:

上週六是學校運動會,一個非常壯觀的場合.首先,所有的班級進行遊行,大家都穿著白上衣,大四生舉著藍金相間的日本傘,大三生拿著白黃色的布條.我們班拿紅色汽球 - 非常搶眼,尤其是當汽球被鬆開而往上飛時 - 大一生戴著綠色衛生紙做的帽子和長長的彩帶.我們還從鎮上花錢請來一組穿制服的樂隊.還有大約一打的滑稽人物,例如馬戲團的小丑,在比賽與比賽之間娛樂觀眾.


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2012/04/03

長腿叔叔 (28)

10th April

Dear Mr. Rich-Man,

Here's your cheque for fifty dollars. Thank you very much, but I do not feel that I can keep it. My allowance is sufficient to afford all of the hats that I need. I am sorry that I wrote all that silly stuff about the millinery shop; it's just that I had never seen anything like it before.

四月十日

親愛的有錢人:

隨信附上你寄來的五十元支票.非常的感謝你,但我不認為我應該收下.我的零用錢已經足以支付我需要的帽子.很抱歉我寫了那些關於女帽店的愚蠢的東西,那是因為我沒見過那些東西.


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2012/04/03

長腿叔叔 (27)

24th March, maybe the 25th

三月二十四日,也許是二十五日

Dear Daddy-Long-Legs,

I don't believe I can be going to Heaven—I am getting such a lot of good things here; it wouldn't be fair to get them hereafter too. Listen to what has happened.

親愛的長腿叔叔:

真是令人不敢相信!我簡直要樂上天了 - 我在這裏得到好多好棒的東西.請聽我一一道來.


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2012/04/03

長腿叔叔 (26)

5th March

Dear Daddy-Long-Legs,

There is a March wind blowing, and the sky is filled with heavy, black moving clouds. The crows in the pine trees are making such a clamour! It's an intoxicating, exhilarating, CALLING noise. You want to close your books and be off over the hills to race with the wind.

三月五日

親愛的長腿叔叔:

外面三月的風在吹著,在天空中移動的是厚厚的烏雲.松樹中的烏鴉吵吵鬧鬧的.那是一種誘人的,激動的,呼喚的聲音.讓人想閤上書本,到山丘上跟風賽跑.


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2012/03/27

長腿叔叔 (25)

20th Jan.

Dear Daddy-Long-Legs,

Did you ever have a sweet baby girl who was stolen from the cradle in infancy?

一月二十日

親愛的長腿叔叔:

你是不是曾經有一個甜美的女嬰兒,在襁褓時期被從搖籃裏偷走?


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2012/03/27

長腿叔叔 (24)

6.30, Saturday

Dear Daddy,

We started to walk to town today, but mercy! how it poured. I like winter to be winter with snow instead of rain.

6:30; 週六

親愛的Daddy:

今天我們走路去鎮上,但是,天啊,雨下得好大.我喜歡的是下雪的冬天,而不是下雨.


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2012/03/27

長腿叔叔 (23)

'STONE GATE',

WORCESTER, MASS.,

31st December

Dear Daddy-Long-Legs,

I meant to write to you before and thank you for your Christmas cheque, but life in the McBride household is very absorbing, and I don't seem able to find two consecutive minutes to spend at a desk.

石門

渥爾切斯特,麻賽諸塞州

十二月三十一日

親愛的長腿叔叔:

一直想寫信謝謝你的耶誕支票,但麥克白家的生活實在令人目不暇給,連找出兩分鐘的空檔寫信都似乎不可能.


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