少年派的奇幻漂流 Chapter 60
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Chapter 60
I awoke once during the night. I pushed the canopy1 aside and looked out. The moon was a sharply defined crescent and the sky was perfectly2 clear. The stars shone with such fierce, contained brilliance3 that it seemed absurd to call the night dark. The sea lay quietly, bathed in a shy, light-footed light, a dancing play of black and silver that extended without limits all about me. The volume of things was confounding - the volume of air above me, the volume of water around and beneath me. I was half-moved, half-terrified. I felt like the sage4 Markandeya, who fell out of Vishnu's mouth while Vishnu was sleeping and so beheld5 the entire universe, everything that there is. Before the sage could die of fright, Vishnu awoke and took him back into his mouth. For the first time I noticed - as I would notice repeatedly during my ordeal6, between one throe of agony and the next - that my suffering was taking place in a grand setting. I saw my suffering for what it was, finite and insignificant7, and I was still. My suffering did not fit anywhere, I realized. And I could accept this. It was all right. (It was daylight that brought my protest: "No! No! No! My suffering does matter. I want to live! I can't help but mix my life with that of the universe. Life is a peephole, a single tiny entry onto a vastness - how can I not dwell on this brief, cramped8 view I have of things? This peephole is all I've got!") I mumbled9 words of Muslim prayer and went back to sleep. 

    夜 里,我醒了一次。我把顶篷推开,向外面望去。天空异常明净,一轮弯月挂在天上,轮廓十分清晰。星星如此耀眼地平静地闪烁着,要说夜晚是黑暗的,似乎很荒 唐。海静静地躺着,沐浴在羞怯的轻盈的光里,那是跳动摇曳的黑色与银色,在我周围无限伸展。周围的一切多得令我不知所措——我周围的空气那么多,我四周和 下面的水那么多。我半是感动,半是害怕。我感到自己就像圣人马肯得亚,在毗湿奴睡着的时候从他嘴里掉了出来,于是他看见了整个的宇宙,所有的一切。就在他 快被吓死的时候毗湿奴醒了,把他放回了嘴里。我第一次注意到——在我的苦难经历中,在一阵剧烈的痛苦和下一阵剧烈的痛苦之间,我还将不断地注意到——我的 痛苦是在一个宏伟庄严的环境中发生的。我从痛苦本身去看待它,认为它是有限的、不重要的,而我是静止不动的。找意识到自己的痛苦并不算什么。我能接受痛 苦。这没关系。(是白昼让我抗议:“不!不!不!我的痛苦有关系。我想要活!我情不自禁地要把自己的生命和宇宙的生命融合在一起。生命就是一个窥孔,是通 向广袤无垠的惟一一个小小的人口——我怎么能不凝视我看到的这短暂而狭小的景象呢——这个窥孔就是我的全部所有啊!”)我咕哝了几句穆斯林祷告词,又接着 睡了。


1 canopy Rczya     
  • The trees formed a leafy canopy above their heads.树木在他们头顶上空形成了一个枝叶茂盛的遮篷。
  • They lay down under a canopy of stars.他们躺在繁星点点的天幕下。
2 perfectly 8Mzxb     
  • The witnesses were each perfectly certain of what they said.证人们个个对自己所说的话十分肯定。
  • Everything that we're doing is all perfectly above board.我们做的每件事情都是光明正大的。
3 brilliance 1svzs     
  • I was totally amazed by the brilliance of her paintings.她的绘画才能令我惊歎不已。
  • The gorgeous costume added to the brilliance of the dance.华丽的服装使舞蹈更加光彩夺目。
4 sage sCUz2     
  • I was grateful for the old man's sage advice.我很感激那位老人贤明的忠告。
  • The sage is the instructor of a hundred ages.这位哲人是百代之师。
5 beheld beheld     
v.看,注视( behold的过去式和过去分词 );瞧;看呀;(叙述中用于引出某人意外的出现)哎哟
  • His eyes had never beheld such opulence. 他从未见过这样的财富。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The soul beheld its features in the mirror of the passing moment. 灵魂在逝去的瞬间的镜子中看到了自己的模样。 来自英汉文学 - 红字
6 ordeal B4Pzs     
  • She managed to keep her sanity throughout the ordeal.在那场磨难中她始终保持神志正常。
  • Being lost in the wilderness for a week was an ordeal for me.在荒野里迷路一星期对我来说真是一场磨难。
7 insignificant k6Mx1     
  • In winter the effect was found to be insignificant.在冬季,这种作用是不明显的。
  • This problem was insignificant compared to others she faced.这一问题与她面临的其他问题比较起来算不得什么。
8 cramped 287c2bb79385d19c466ec2df5b5ce970     
  • The house was terribly small and cramped, but the agent described it as a bijou residence. 房子十分狭小拥挤,但经纪人却把它说成是小巧别致的住宅。
  • working in cramped conditions 在拥挤的环境里工作
9 mumbled 3855fd60b1f055fa928ebec8bcf3f539     
含糊地说某事,叽咕,咕哝( mumble的过去式和过去分词 )
  • He mumbled something to me which I did not quite catch. 他对我叽咕了几句话,可我没太听清楚。
  • George mumbled incoherently to himself. 乔治语无伦次地喃喃自语。
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