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有声读物《象人》第8期:一位重要的来访者(2)

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One wonderful day, a very important lady came to the hospital to visit him. I met the lady, and took her to his room. Then I opened the door, and smiled at him.'Good morning, Joseph, 'I said. 'There is a new visitor to see you today. A very famous lady. '

一天,天气非常宜人,一位很有身份的女士来到医院拜访他。我遇到这位女士,把她带到他的房间。我打开门,冲他笑着说:“约瑟夫,早上好!今天有一位新客人来拜访你,是一位名人!”
Merrick stood up beside his table. He did not smile, because his face could not smile, but his eyes looked happy.
麦里克从桌子旁站了起来。他没有笑,因为他的脸不会笑,但从他的眼睛里能看出他很高兴。
'That's good, 'he said. 'Who is it?'
他说:“太好了,是谁?”
I moved away from the door, and the visitor walked in. 'Your Majesty, this is Joseph Merrick, 'I said. 'Joseph, this is Her Majesty, Queen Alexandra, the Queen of England. '
我将来访者引进来给他们介绍说:“陛下,这是约瑟夫·麦里克。约瑟夫,这是陛下,亚历山德拉王后,当今英国女王。”
Queen Alexandra smiled at him. 'How do you do, Mr Merrick, 'She said. 'I'm very pleased to meet you. 'Then she shook his hand.
亚历山德拉王后与他握着手,朝他笑着说:“麦里克先生,你好。见到你非常高兴。”
Merrick did not move. For nearly half a minute he stood and looked at her with his mouth open. Then he spoke, in his strange, slow voice.'How… how do you do, Your Majesty, 'he said. But I don't think the Queen understood him, because he tried to get down on his knees at the same time. It was very difficult for him, because of his enormous legs.
麦里克没有移动,站在那里张着嘴朝她看了约半分钟之久,然后用一种奇怪的声音缓缓说道:“噢……陛下,您好!”也不知王后是否听清了他的话,因为与此同时他想要跪下,给王后请安,但由于他那两条腿太粗了,他很难跪下。
'No, please, Mr Merrick, do get up, 'said the Queen. 'I would like to talk to you. Can we sit at your table?'
王后说:“麦里克先生,请不必这样,起来吧。我想与你说说话,我们可以在你的桌旁坐坐吗?”
'Yes…yes, of course, 'he said. They sat at the table. She took his left hand, the good hand, in hers. She looked at the hand carefully, and then smiled at Merrick again.
他回答着:“好的,当然可以。”他们都在桌子旁坐下,她拉着他的左手——那只好手放在她的手里。
'I often read about you in the newspapers, 'she said. 'You are a very interesting man, Mr Merrick. You have a very difficult life, but people say you're happy. Is it true? Are you happy now?''Oh, yes, Your Majesty, yes! 'said Merrick. 'I'm a very happy man! I have a home here now, and friends, and my books. I'm happy every hour of the day! '
她仔细看了看他的手后又朝麦里克笑笑说:“我常在报纸上看到有关你的情况,你是一个很有趣的人,你生活虽难以自理,但人们说你很幸福,是真的吗?你现在很幸福吗?”麦里克回答说:“嗯,陛下,是的,我是一个很幸福的人,现在我有一个家,有许多朋友,还有许多书。我每时每刻都很愉快。”

'What a wonderful story! 'she said. 'I'm very pleased to hear it Now, tell me about your reading. I see you have a lot of books here. '

她说:“多么精彩的故事,我非常想听,请把你读到的讲给我听,我发现你这儿有许多书。”
'Oh, yes, Your Majesty. I love my books, 'said Merrick. And for nearly half an hour they sat and talked about books. The Queen gave him a little book, and some red flowers, before she left.
他说:“哦,陛下,是的,我喜欢这些书。”他们在那儿就书上的事谈了近半个小时。王后离开时送给了他一本小书和一些红花。
After her visit, Merrick began to sing. He could not sing easily, of course, because of his mouth, but all that day there was a strange, happy noise in his room. He looked at the flowers carefully, and put them on his table.
在她来访以后,麦里克开始唱歌。尽管他的嘴不能自如地歌唱,但那些日子里他的房间里总是回荡着一种奇怪、幸福的歌声。他仔细看了看这些花,将它们摆在桌子上。
He had many visits from the Queen, and at Christmas she sent him a Christmas card.
王后多次拜访他,圣诞节那天她送给他一张圣诞卡片:
Windsor Castle
于温莎城堡

20th December 1888

1888年12月 20日

Dear Joseph,

亲爱的约瑟夫:
Here is a small Christmas present for you. I think it looks like me, doesn't it?I do like visiting you very much, and I am going to come to the hospital again in the New Year.
给你一个小小的圣诞礼物,我想你见到这就如同见到我一样,是吗?我很喜欢拜访你,我将在新年那天去医院看你。
Happy Christmas!
祝圣诞快乐!

Your friend Alexandra

你的朋友 亚历山德拉

The present was a picture of Queen Alexandra, with her name on it. Merrick cried over it, and put it carefully by the bed in his room. Then he sat down and wrote a letter to the Queen. It was the first letter of his life.

这份礼物是亚历山德拉王后的一张照片,上面有她的名字。麦里克喜不自禁,把它放在房间里他的床边,然后坐下来给王后写信。这是他有生以来写的第一封信:
The London Hospital
于伦敦医院
23rd December 1888
1888年12月 23日
My dear Queen,
亲爱的王后:
Thank you very, very, much for your wonderful card and the beautiful picture. It is the best thing in my room, the very best, the most beautiful thing I have. This is the first Christmas in my life, and my first Christmas present. Perhaps I had a Christmas with my mother once, but I do not remember it. I have my mother's picture too, and she is beautiful, like you. But now I know many famous ladies and kind people like Dr Treves, and I am a very happy man. I am happy too because I am going to see you in the New Year.
非常感谢您给我精美的卡片和漂亮的照片,这是我房间里最好的东西,也是我所拥有的最好最漂亮的东西。我有生以来过第一个圣诞节,这是我的第一个圣诞节礼物。也许我曾与母亲一起度过一个圣诞节,但我已记不住了。我也有一张母亲的照片,她很漂亮,像你一样。现在我认识许多有名望的女士和好心肠的人们,他们都像特里维斯博士一样,我是一个很幸福的人。我很高兴将在新年里再次见到你。
Happy Christmas to you, my dear friend,
祝我亲爱的朋友圣诞节愉快!
With all my love,
献上我诚挚的敬意,
Joseph Merrick
你的朋友 约瑟夫·麦里克

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adj. 巨大的,庞大的

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