海伦凯勒自传《我的生活》:第129期

发表时间:2017-11-13内容来源:VOA英语学习网

I find even the smallest child excellent company, and I am glad to say that children usually like me. They lead me about and show me the things they are interested in. Of course the little ones cannot spell on their fingers; but I manage to read their lips. If I do not succeed they resort to dumb show. Sometimes I make a mistake and do the wrong thing. A burst of childish laughter greets my blunder, and the pantomime begins all over again. I often tell them stories or teach them a game, and the winged hours depart and leave us good and happy.

我发现即便是最小的孩子,也能成为我的好伙伴,而且,我可以很荣幸地说,孩子们都喜欢和我一起玩。他们会领着我四处走动,还把他们感兴趣的东西指给我看。当然,小一点的孩子还不会用手指拼写句子,但是我可以设法读懂他们的唇语。有时候我也无法领会他们的“哑语”,难免会做出错误的举动,这时我的失误就会遭到一阵孩子气的哄堂大笑,于是用手势沟通的过程又重新开始。我通常会给他们讲故事或者教他们做游戏,几个小时就这样匆匆流逝,唯有快乐和满足留存在每个人的心中。

Museums and art stores are also sources of pleasure and inspiration. Doubtless it will seem strange to many that the hand unaided by sight can feel action, sentiment, beauty in the cold marble; and yet it is true that I derive genuine pleasure from touching great works of art. As my finger tips trace line and curve, they discover the thought and emotion which the artist has portrayed. I can feel in the faces of gods and heroes hate, courage and love, just as I can detect them in living faces I am permitted to touch. I feel in Diana's posture the grace and freedom of the forest and the spirit that tames the mountain lion and subdues the fiercest passions. My soul delights in the repose and gracious curves of the Venus; and in Barre's bronzes the secrets of the jungle are revealed to me. A medallion of Homer hangs on the wall of my study, conveniently low, so that I can easily reach it and touch the beautiful, sad face with loving reverence. How well I know each line in that majestic brow—tracks of life and bitter evidences of struggle and sorrow;

博物馆和艺术品商店是带给我快乐和灵感的另一个源泉。很多人都觉得难以理解——在冷冰冰的大理石雕像面前,不凭借视觉,单靠触摸就能“看到”它的形态、情感和艺术魅力,这可能吗?事实上,我的确从触摸伟大艺术作品的过程中获得了无上的快乐,这一点是确凿无疑的。当我的指尖摸索着起伏的线条时,它们自会发现艺术家作画时的想法和激情。我能在众神和英雄们的脸上触摸到仇恨、勇气和爱怜的表情。当然,也只有在被允许触摸的时候,我才能探查到雕像生动的面容。我在狄安娜的身姿中触摸到了优雅和权威——这位主宰森林生灵的女神有本领驯化凶猛的山狮,也能慑服最狂暴的激情。在维纳斯的优雅曲线和睡姿当中,我感受到了灵魂的喜悦;而芭利的青铜雕像则揭示了丛林的秘密。我书房的墙壁上悬挂着一尊荷马的圆形浮雕,雕像挂得很低,因此我一伸手就可以触摸到荷马那张优美而悲伤的脸。雕像有着庄严的面目表情,我对脸部的每一根线条都了如指掌——生命的轨迹,挣扎的苦涩和忧伤;

来自:VOA英语网 文章地址: http://www.tingvoa.com/html/20171113/510806.html