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商务英语培训之英文短文分享:《柑橘颂一》

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《柑橘颂》
哦,40年代,那些柑橘在隆冬时节运抵北达科他州,装在网袋或板条箱里,从白雪皑皑的户外搬进室内。仅仅看那颜色就令人垂涎欲滴,也足以让我和哥哥想到是该生病的时候了,这是确保我们能够不断吃到橘子的最保险的办法。
“妈妈,我们感冒了。”
“‘我们’?你是说,你们俩想吃橘子吧?”
对于这个问题,我们很难回答或者辩解;问题好像超出了我们小小的要求。
“如果你们想吃橘子,”她会说,“为什么不直接要呢?”
“我们想要一个橘子。”
“又是'我们',我们想要一个橘子。”
“请给我们一个吧。”
“这才是我喜欢的问法,那么,为什么你们不用同一种方法各自要一个,而是分开说呢?”
“妈妈-”于是我们照办了。为了得到一个橘子我们作任何让步。如果橘子没有在感恩节前运到北部,肯定会在圣诞节前运到。橘子首先堆放在仓库里的板条箱里。仓库里充满了霉味,一张张长椅背靠背放着。堆满橘子后,仓库里充斥着一种春天特有的橘酸味,仿佛这里用万能清洁剂清洗过一遍,以备来年再用。接下来,板条箱会现在出现在当地食品店,顶端的班条通常反着插几根,因为我们能嗅到新鲜木头的清香混合着弥漫于空气中的橘香。这比日历更明确地预示着该季节的到来。
打开的板条箱里(似乎橘子本身的力量撑破的),一两个可爱的橘子会挤出包装--一般都是紫色薄纸,似乎紫色是唯一能包裹拥挤在一起的橘子的颜色。板条箱一端贴有纸质标签--蓝色的背景衬托着一个橘子,或是橙色的背景衬托着一只蓝鹅--寓意着多彩的另一个世界(不像我们这儿正值隆冬)。每一个橘子,剥去外面的包装纸,呈现在眼前的就像一个圆圆的小太阳,鼓励你想象放在餐厅果品盘里的橘子。它们在灯光下熠熠生辉,似乎散发着来自窗外的真正冬日阳光的温暖。而且,它们都盖有带蓝色名字的印戳,使你能想象到它们原产于另一个陌生的世界。因此,在圣诞节,你会扒开圣诞袜中其他所有的物品,犹如挖一条通向中国的隧道,找出袜筒脚趾部位那个鼓鼓囊囊的圆形物体。它在悄悄地提醒你,千山万水之外还存在另一个完全不同的国度。
从满满的一筐中,你终于拿到一个橘子--就是它--当母亲等技术娴熟的人拿刀切开橘子,切的如此恰到好处,突然爆发出来的橘香和橘汁就像烟花一样向四面八方扩散。此刻如果有机会偷偷拿根火柴(禁物)和橘皮,真的能点燃出如雾的烟花。靠近蜡烛挤压橘皮也可以制造出四处飞溅的烟花(圣诞节至少会点燃一支蜡烛吧),剩下的橘皮可以放在炉火上熏香整个屋子。

《Ode to an Orange》
Oh.those oranges arriving in the midst of the North Dakota winters of the forties--the mere color of them,carried through the door in a net bag or a crate from out of the white winter landscape.Their appearance was enough to set my brother and me to thinking that it might be about time to develop an illness,which was the surest way of receiving a steady supply of them.
      "Mom,we think we're getting a could."
      "'we'?YOu mean,you two want an orange?"
      This was diffcult for us to answer or dispute;the matter seemed moved beyond our mere wanting.
      "If you want an orange,"she would say,"why don't you ask for one?"
      "We want an orange."
      "'We'again.'We want an orange.'"
      "May we have an orange,plesse."
      "That's the way you know I like you to ask for one Now,why don't each of you ask for one in that same way,but separately?"
      "Nom-"And so on.There was no depth of degradation that we wouldn't descend to in order to get one.If the oranges hadn't wended their way northward by Thanksgiving,they were sure to arrive before the Christmas season,stacked first in crates at the depot,filling that musty place,where pews sat back to back.with a springtime acidity,as if te buiding had been rinsed with a renewing elixir that set it right for yet another year.Then the crates would appear at the local grocery store,often with the top slats pried beck on a few of them,so that we were aware of a resious smell of fresh wood in addition to the already rangy atmosphere that foretold the season more explicitly than any calendar.
      And in the broken-open crates(as if burst by the power of the oranges themselves).one or two of the lovely spheres would lie free of the tissue they came wrapped in--always purple tissue,as if that were the only color that could contain the populations of them in their nestled positions.The crates bore paper labels at one end--of an orange against a blue background,or of a blue goose against an orange background--signitying the colorful otherworld(unlike our witry one)that these phenomena had arisen from.Each orange,stripped of its pro tective wrapping,as vivid in nomena had arisen from.Each orange.Stripped of its protective wrapping,as vivid in your vision as a pebbled sun,encouraged you to picture a whole pyramid of them in a bowl on your dining room table,glowing in the light as if gicing fof the warmthe that came through the windows from the real winter sun .And all fo them came stamped with a a bluepurple name as froeigh as the otherworld that you might imagine as their place of origin,so that on Christams day you would find yourself digging past everthing else in your Christmas stocking,as if tunneling down to the country of China,in order to reach the rounded bulge at the tip of the toe which meat that you had received a personal reminder of another state of existence,wholly separted from your own.

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