海伦凯勒自传《我的生活》:第44期

发表时间:2017-05-07内容来源:VOA英语学习网

When I next saw her she was a formless heap of cotton, which I should not have recognized at all except for the two bead eyes which looked out at me reproachfully.

当我再见到她时,她已经变成了一个走了形的棉花团。除了那两只怒目而视的玻璃眼珠,我一点儿都认不出她了。

When the train at last pulled into the station at Boston it was as if a beautiful fairy tale had come true. The "once upon a time" was now; the "far-away country" was here.

当火车终于停靠在波士顿的站台时,一个美丽的童话故事仿佛就要变成现实了。此时变成了“在很久以前”,此地变成了“遥远的国度”。

We had scarcely arrived at the Perkins Institution for the Blind when I began to make friends with the little blind children. It delighted me inexpressibly to find that they knew the manual alphabet. What joy to talk with other children in my own language! Until then I had been like a foreigner speaking through an interpreter. In the school where Laura Bridgman was taught I was in my own country. It took me some time to appreciate the fact that my new friends were blind. I knew I could not see; but it did not seem possible that all the eager, loving children who gathered round me and joined heartily in my frolics were also blind. I remember the surprise and the pain I felt as I noticed that they placed their hands over mine when I talked to them and that they read books with their fingers. Although I had been told this before, and although I understood my own deprivations, yet I had thought vaguely that since they could hear, they must have a sort of "second sight," and I was not prepared to find one child and another and yet another deprived of the same precious gift. But they were so happy and contented that I lost all sense of pain in the pleasure of their companionship.

我们刚到帕金斯盲人学院,我就开始和这里的盲童交朋友了。我的兴奋之情溢于言表,因为我发现同伴们都懂得用手语字母交流。能用我自己的语言同其他孩子讲话真是令人开心!在这之前,我一直像个外国人一样,需要翻译才能讲话。劳拉·布里吉曼在这所学校学习的时候,我还待在自己的家乡。我花了一些时间才意识到我的新朋友们都是盲人。虽然我自己也看不见,但是当我被一群热情好客,同样看不见的伙伴们围在身边,尽情嬉戏玩耍的时候,我觉得这似乎是不可能的事情。我对伙伴们说话的时候,他们就会把他们的手放在我的手上,而且,他们还会用手指读书。当我发现这一点后,我感到既惊奇又苦恼。尽管家人在来这里之前就对我讲过,尽管我知道自己的感官缺陷,可我还是隐约地想到,因为同伴们具有听力,所以他们肯定有一种“第二视觉”功能。当然,我也没有指望要找到一个和我一样既盲又聋的孩子,我想,听觉和视觉一样,都是人类弥足珍贵的礼物。但不管怎么说,他们是如此地快乐和满足,置身在伙伴们的友谊之中,我完全忘却了忧愁烦恼。

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