短篇小说

  上午开始飘起鹅毛雪,但是并没有让地面铺上一层白。一小时前已经回家的同事发短信给还在办公室的同事:“终于真的下雪了!”走近窗口看,果然停驻的车子裹上了白雪,地面湿滑,气温虽低,还不足以积雪。
 
  整天一直反复回忆初中时修读英国文学时的短篇小说,记得会考后还不舍得丢弃课本,应该叫《Ten Short Stories》。搬了那么多次家,课本应该早丢了。忘了其中一篇的篇名,只记得有Molly这个妻子的角色。原来以为是《The Secret Life of Walter Mitty》,上网一查,原来竟然是非常著名的美国短篇,作者是James Thurber,讲一个内向丈夫陪太太去镇里做头发所做的五个白日梦。或许因为篇名特殊,被我记得。
 
  继续谷歌搜索,终于发现了我心目中要找的短篇,篇名叫《Samphire》,作者是著名的爱尔兰籍文学家Patrick O’Brain。我印象深刻是当时学校教这篇课文的是个白人女老师,她在讲解时模仿故事里Molly丈夫尖锐的口吻叫着“Molly, Molly”,让人起鸡皮疙瘩。因为年纪还小,并不明白故事里这对年轻夫妇的关系。白人女老师要说明的是,为何一路沉默不语的Molly在悬崖上突然奋起要推在崖边的丈夫一把。还记得她当时说,嫁到这种丈夫真的很不幸。
 
  网上有《The Secret Life of Walter Mitty》的全文,仔细地读了一遍,因为之前在网上看了一点赏析,所以更能明白故事的主题,尤其最后Mitty背靠着墙,在雨中抽完最后一口烟,冷然面对firing squad的一幕;奇怪的是,搜了半天还是找不到《Samphire》的全文,只知道篇名指的是一种长在英国岸边高崖上的一种植物。
 
  对于《Samphire》的网上讨论倒是不少,其中有人引述了开篇,确实很有气势:
 
  Sheer, sheer, the white cliff rising, straight up from the sea. Up there, unless you leaned over, you could not see the waves break, but for all the distance, the thunder of the water came loud. The wind tearing from the sea, rushing from a clear, high sky brought the salt tang of the sea to our lips.
 
  Molly患有惧高症,但她丈夫却非得让她陪伴到悬崖看丈夫喜欢的samphire。第二段:
 
  The two of us standing up there, on the very edge of the cliff. "It’s a clumps of samphire, Molly" he said with his high unmasculine voice. He then turned, "Molly, it is samphire. I said it was samphire, didn’t I?" I had heard him the first time but I could not reply. My chin was trembling: there was something in the back of the throught. I could not have spoken if my life depended on it. I stepped closer, feeling for a firm foot hold. I was so close…
 
  这是从Molly的角度写的,印象中当年白人女老师模仿丈夫叫Molly用的高调声,应该是在解释high unmasculine voice。
 
  记忆真的是个奇怪的东西,在最不起眼的时刻,突然就这么涌现出来。

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