海伦凯勒自传《我的生活》:第100期

发表时间:2017-09-02内容来源:VOA英语学习网

When I began the study of Latin prosody, I devised and explained to my professor a system of signs indicating the different meters and quantities.

当我开始学习拉丁文音韵学时,我设法向我的导师解释了一套显示不同音节和词汇量的(盲文)系统。

I use the Hammond typewriter. I have tried many machines, and I find the Hammond is the best adapted to the peculiar needs of my work. With this machine movable type shuttles can be used, and one can have several shuttles, each with a different set of characters—Greek, French, or mathematical, according to the kind of writing one wishes to do on the typewriter. Without it, I doubt if I could go to college.

我使用一台哈蒙德牌打字机。我曾尝试过很多机型,但是我发现哈蒙德牌打字机是最符合我工作要求的机器。这种打字机具有可变动的键盘,你可以移动若干滑梭,每移动一次就会转换成不同的字体——你可以在希腊语、法语或者数学字符之间转换,总之,完全视你使用的情况而定。缺少了这种打字机,恐怕我就无法上大学了。

Very few of the books required in the various courses are printed for the blind, and I am obliged to have them spelled into my hand. Consequently I need more time to prepare my lessons than other girls. The manual part takes longer, and I have perplexities which they have not. There are days when the close attention I must give to details chafes my spirit, and the thought that I must spend hours reading a few chapters, while in the world without other girls are laughing and singing and dancing, makes me rebellious; but I soon recover my buoyancy and laugh the discontent out of my heart. For, after all, every one who wishes to gain true knowledge must climb the Hill Difficulty alone, and since there is no royal road to the summit, I must zigzag it in my own way. I slip back many times, I fall, I stand still, I run against the edge of hidden obstacles,

在诸多课程之中,盲文版本的课本屈指可数,所以在看书时,我只得把书中内容拼写在手上。同别的同学相比,我要花更多的时间准备功课。手指阅读耗时费力,而且我还要面对别人不会遇到的困惑。每时每刻,我都要集中精力让自己的意识处于兴奋状态,我会一口气花好几个小时阅读几章内容。事实上,我生活在一个没有女孩嬉笑、歌唱和舞蹈的世界里,而这样的生活常会令我生起抗拒心理。但是没过多久,我就找回了愉快的感觉,我为心中的不满情绪感到好笑。毕竟,每一个渴望获得真才实学的人都必须要独自攀登“希尔要塞”,对我而言,那里没有直达顶峰的大道通衢,我必须以我自己的方式蜿蜒行进。我滑倒过很多次,但是我仍然会爬起来向着隐藏的重重障碍冲击。

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