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          Stars on a Snowy Night

          The thermometer had dropped to 18 deGREes below zero, but still chose to sleep in the porch as usual. In the evening, the most familiar sight to me would be stars in the sky. Though they were a mere sprinkle of twinkling dots, yet I had become so accustomed to them that their occasional absence would bring me loneliness and ennui.

          It had been snowing all night, not a single star in sight. My roommate and I, each wrapped in a quilt, were seated far apart in a different corner of the porch, facing each other and chatting away.

          She exclaimed pointing to something afar, “Look, Venus in rising!” I looked up and saw nothing but a lamp round the bend in a mountain path. I beamed and said pointing to a tiny lamplight on the opposite mountain, “It’s Jupiter over there!”

          More and more lights came into sight as we kept pointing here and there. Lights from hurricane lamps flickering about in the pine forest created the scene of a star-studded sky. With the distinction between sky and forest obscured by snowflakes, the numerous lamp-lights now easily passed for as many stars.

          Completely lost in a make-believe world, I seemed to see all the lamplights drifting from the ground. With the illusory stars hanging still overhead, I was spared the effort of tracing their positions when I woke up from my dreams in the dead of night.

          Thus I found consolation even on a lonely snowy night !



         ?、?題目《雨雪時候的星辰》翻譯為Stars on a Snowy Night。“雨雪”作“下雪”解,“雨”在此是動詞,讀音為yù。

         ?、?“無聊” 翻譯為ennui,是英語常用文學語言,意即a feeling of boredom caused by a lack of excitement or activity。

         ?、?“一點星光都看不見” 譯為not a single star in sight,是句中獨立主格, 和not a single star being in sight同。又譯文用s押頭韻,night和sight壓韻腳,有音韻美。

         ?、?“荷和我……” 譯為My roommate and I...,其中用My roommate(同寢之友)代替專門名詞He(荷),以免外國讀者把He讀解為男性第三人稱的代詞。

         ?、?“荷指著說……” 譯為She said pointing her finger at...,因英語to point one's finger at有“指責”的含義。

         ?、?“我抬頭望時” 不宜逐字死譯為I raised my head to take a look 。譯為I liked up即可。

         ?、?“山路轉折處” 譯為round the bend in a mountain path。注意bend后面跟介詞in,屬習慣用法。

          “將繁燈當作繁星,簡直是抵得過” 譯為the numerous lamp-lights now easily passed for as many stars,其中短語to pass for 的意思是“被看作”,“被當作”等。



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