at 3年前 ca 了不起的盖茨比英文原文 pv 2706 by 名著
I believe that on the first night I went to Gatsby’s house I was one of the few guests who had actually been invited. People were not invited—they went there. They got into automobiles which bore them out to Long Island, and somehow they ended up at Gatsby’s door. Once there they were introduced by somebody who knew Gatsby, and after that they conducted themselves according to the rules of behavior associated with amusement parks. Sometimes they came and went without having met Gatsby at all, came for the party with a simplicity of heart that was its own ticket of admission.
I had been actually invited. A chauffeur【司机】 in a uniform of robin’s-egg blue crossed my lawn early that Saturday morning with a surprisingly formal note from his employer: the honor would be entirely Gatsby’s, it said, if I would attend his “little party.” that night. He had seen me several times, and had intended to call on me long before, but a peculiar combination of circumstances had prevented it—signed Jay Gatsby, in a majestic1 hand.【1、majestic：very big, impressive, or beautiful】
Dressed up in white flannels I went over to his lawn a little after seven, and wandered around rather ill at ease2 among swirls and eddies 【漩涡】of people I didn’t know—though here and there was a face I had noticed on the commuting train. I was immediately struck by the number of young Englishmen dotted about【布满】; all well dressed, all looking a little hungry, and all talking in low, earnest voices to solid and prosperous【殷实的】 Americans. I was sure that they were selling something: bonds or insurance or automobiles. They were at least agonizingly【折磨人的】 aware of the easy money in the vicinity【附近】 and convinced that it was theirs for a few words in the right key.
[2、ill at ease:紧张；不自在]
As soon as I arrived I made an attempt to find my host, but the two or three people of whom I asked his whereabouts stared at me in such an amazed way, and denied so vehemently3 any knowledge of his movements, that I slunk off【偷偷摸摸走】 in the direction of the cocktail table—the only place in the garden where a single man could linger without looking purposeless and alone.
【3、vehemently：情绪激烈的；观点激烈的very strong feelings or opinions and expresses them forcefully】