Bill, Bingo and Bram 1
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Bill was a retired1, life long bachelor. He lived alone in the small terraced house(连栋房屋) next door but two from us. On a number of occasions, I visited Bill's house, and it seemed that it hadn't really changed much from the 50s. There were hints that some articles had been undisturbed apart from the occasional silverfish or visiting woodlouse, since the 1930s.

He had a picture of a dog in the small converted kitchen which housed his huge solid pillowed chair, newspapers protruding2 from beneath its seat cushion. It was among one or two other small photos. On closer examination these were:

A grey snap of seventeen year old Bill, grey in flat cap, sitting on grey grass with a winsome3(迷人的,可爱的) girl wearing her hair in grey bangs, and a cloche hat.

A brown photo of a young boy in Edwardian dress, his head tilted4 back slightly, despite his stiff collar, with a too-small school cap perched(栖息) on his head. Bill said it was him, but it looked like another person altogether.

Almost forgotten amid the clutter5 of pipe cleaners, matches, spills, bits of wire, tea coupons6 and old Yale keys was a very small dark photo of a black mongrel(杂种,混血) dog, lying in a back yard. A white stripe down its nose and in between its ears was one of the few ways it was distinguishable from the background gloom.

This was Bram, Bill told me, his dog.

"Or my brother Frank's dog, if everyone had their own."

Through the years, my family had a total of four dogs. We actually had no photographs whatever of the first two.

Yogi had departed before I could really remember him.

Rex was next - My only memory of him was drawing on him in biro(圆珠笔) when I ran out of paper. He loved it.

Rusty7 ran away never to be seen again, and Benny - well, he deserves a story of his own.


1 retired Njhzyv     
  • The old man retired to the country for rest.这位老人下乡休息去了。
  • Many retired people take up gardening as a hobby.许多退休的人都以从事园艺为嗜好。
2 protruding e7480908ef1e5355b3418870e3d0812f     
v.(使某物)伸出,(使某物)突出( protrude的现在分词 );凸
  • He hung his coat on a nail protruding from the wall. 他把上衣挂在凸出墙面的一根钉子上。
  • There is a protruding shelf over a fireplace. 壁炉上方有个突出的架子。 来自辞典例句
3 winsome HfTwx     
  • She gave him her best winsome smile.她给了他一个最为迷人的微笑。
  • She was a winsome creature.她十分可爱。
4 tilted 3gtzE5     
v. 倾斜的
  • Suddenly the boat tilted to one side. 小船突然倾向一侧。
  • She tilted her chin at him defiantly. 她向他翘起下巴表示挑衅。
5 clutter HWoym     
  • The garage is in such a clutter that we can't find anything.车库如此凌乱,我们什么也找不到。
  • We'll have to clear up all this clutter.我们得把这一切凌乱的东西整理清楚。
6 coupons 28882724d375042a7b19db1e976cb622     
n.礼券( coupon的名词复数 );优惠券;订货单;参赛表
  • The company gives away free coupons for drinks or other items. 公司为饮料或其它项目发放免费赠券。 来自辞典例句
  • Do you have any coupons? 你们有优惠卡吗? 来自英汉 - 翻译样例 - 口语
7 rusty hYlxq     
  • The lock on the door is rusty and won't open.门上的锁锈住了。
  • I haven't practiced my French for months and it's getting rusty.几个月不用,我的法语又荒疏了。
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