了不起的盖茨比(埃克尔堡大夫的大眼睛广告牌)

at 3年前  ca 了不起的盖茨比英文原文  pv 4367  by 名著  

    导读:煤矿区的工人们把它当做了上帝的眼镜,这双眼睛目睹着这个小镇、这座城市,乃至这个国家发生的一切——贪婪、丑恶、暴力、血腥、毒品、淫靡、欺骗、诅咒、偷情,一切的一切,然而这双被喻为上帝之眼的牌子就在那静静的矗立着。

     About half way between West Egg and New York the motor road hastily joins the railroad and runs beside it for a quarter of a mile, so as to shrink away from a certain desolate area of land.

          This is a valley of ashes—a fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills and grotesque gardens;

grotesque:a very ugly or comically distorted figure, creature, or image.

          where ashes take the forms of houses and chimneys and rising smoke and, finally, with a transcendent effort, of men who move dimly and already crumbling through the powdery air.

take the form:形成。

   有些垃圾则堆成了房子的形状,附带着烟囱和袅袅升起的炊烟,最后,经过超绝的努力,堆成一个个灰蒙蒙的人,隐隐约约地在走动,而且已经在尘土飞扬的空气中瓦解了。

    Occasionally a line of gray cars crawls along an invisible track, gives out a ghastly creak, and comes to rest, and immediately the ash-gray men swarm up with leaden spades and stir up an impenetrable cloud, which screens their obscure operations from your sight.

ghastly:extremely unwell.    creak:a harsh scraping or squeaking sound刺耳的声音.

          But above the gray land and the spasms of bleak dust which drift endlessly over it, you perceive, after a moment, the eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg.

了不起的盖茨比(埃克尔堡大夫的大眼睛广告牌)

    The eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg are blue and gigantic—their irises are one yard high.

irises:瞳孔

    They look out of no face, but, instead, from a pair of enormous yellow spectacles which pass over a nonexistent nose.

          Evidently some wild wag of an oculist set them there to fatten his practice in the borough of Queens, and then sank down himself into eternal blindness, or forgot them and moved away.

waga person who makes facetious jokes.

这显然是某个眼科医生异想天开竖起来的广告,以便为他在皇后区的诊所招徕顾客,后来他大概是永远闭上了眼睛,或者忘记了这回事搬到了别处。

         But his eyes, dimmed a little by many paintless days, under sun and rain, brood on over the solemn dumping ground.


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