海伦凯勒自传《我的生活》:第96期

发表时间:2017-08-23内容来源:VOA英语学习网

In geometry my chief difficulty was that I had always been accustomed to read the propositions in line print, or to have them spelled into my hand; and somehow, although the propositions were right before me, I found the braille confusing, and could not fix clearly in my mind what I was reading. But when I took up algebra I had a harder time still. The signs, which I had so lately learned, and which I thought I knew, perplexed me. Besides, I could not see what I wrote on my typewriter. I had always done my work in braille or in my head. Mr. Keith had relied too much on my ability to solve problems mentally, and had not trained me to write examination papers. Consequently my work was painfully slow, and I had to read the examples over and over before I could form any idea of what I was required to do. Indeed, I am not sure now that I read all the signs correctly. I found it very hard to keep my wits about me.

在几何考试中,我还是遇到了标注不清的问题。过去我一直习惯于按照行列印刷的方式阅读命题,或者是把命题在我的手上拼写出来;可是不知怎么搞的,尽管那些命题就摆在我面前,我还是被盲文搞糊涂了,而且我无法把我读到的内容清晰地呈现在脑子里。考代数的时候,我仍然遇到了相同的问题。总之,我想困扰我的正是我刚刚学到的那些符号。此外,我也无法看到自己在打字机上写下的东西。而我以前总是用盲文和头脑进行工作学习的。凯斯先生一贯鼓励我以心智解决问题,他并没有特别训练我如何书写答卷,因此,我只能承受漫长而痛苦的考试过程。我不得不一遍又一遍地阅读示范文本,以便根据考题要求形成自己头脑中的概念。事实上,直到现在我也不敢说我把所有的符号都理解无误了。我发现随机应变实属不易。

But I do not blame any one. The administrative board of Radcliffe did not realize how difficult they were making my examinations, nor did they understand the peculiar difficulties I had to surmount. But if they unintentionally placed obstacles in my way, I have the consolation of knowing that I overcame them all.

但是我不会指责任何人。拉德克利夫学院的行政委员会并没有意识到他们的所作所为——他们不会想到他们为我设置的考试障碍有多艰巨,他们也不会理解我必须要克服怎样特殊的困难才能够完成考试。我想,如果说他们是在无意之间在我的成长之路上设置了障碍的话,那么,当我知道自己有能力将这些障碍一一攻克的时候,我依旧会感到无比宽慰。

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