英汉互译散文108篇 第32期:健忘的画眉 The Forgetful Song Thrush
日期:2013-12-04 06:44



The Forgetful Song Thrush


Lan man


The other day when I went into Riverside Park, I was greeted by the chirrup of a song thrush from a grove. Walking towards the sound I saw the thrush hopping about in a flower bed. I looked carefully trying to spot a tiny piece of string that should have been fastened to its leg, but in vain. Ah, it must have escaped from its cage. It was a free bird! One moment it jumped onto a rose spray and sang with its head high, the next it plunged into the grass and looked at me with its tail waving up and down. Its proud and self-satisfied manner was really enchanting.


Not far from the bird on the grass was a bird cage. It was made of painted bamboo strips and looked neat and clean. On top of the cage stood a big gleaming metal hook. From the cage-door hung a fiery red tassel, which added to the magnificence of the cage. As birdhouses go, this was certainly a luxurious residence.


An old man was dozing under a nearby hibiscus tree. He seemed to be the owner of the cage. Hearing my approaching steps he opened his eyes. I began the dialogue.


"Hello. You bird has got out."


"Yeah. Let it go for a stroll."


"Aren't you afraid it might fly away?"


The old man cast a glance at me and gave an uncaring smile. "Fly away? But why should it? It can't leave the food bowl."


Examining the bowl carefully, I found nothing special about it. It was no more than a small fine china bowl with a plum design on the side. The bird food in it was some yellow grains which gave off the refreshing smell of wild grass. I thought it must be a mixture of soaked millet and the yolk of boiled eggs, perhaps with some condiments added to it. There was nothing special about it.


I told the old man what was on my mind, but he just shook his head and smiled at me without saying a word. I knew better than to keep on inquiring, for each has his own tricks in raising birds and such secrets must never be given away.


Just at that moment I saw the carefree bird walk into the cage at a leisurely pace. Seeing that his bird was re-encaged, the old man slid down the cage-door with a click. Standing on the rim of the bowl complacently, the thrush had already begun to peck at its food. As I left the park, I turned over in my mind a recurring question—what was the magic in the food that had made this beautiful bird sing so happily but forget about its wings?


  • hookn. 钩状物,勾拳,钩 v. 钩住,弯成(钩装),当妓女
  • residencen. 住处,住宅,居住
  • castv. 投,掷,抛,铸造,丢弃,指定演员,加起来,投射(目
  • strolln. 闲逛,漫步 v. 闲逛,漫步
  • recurringadj. 再发的,循环的 动词recur的现在分词
  • bowln. 碗,碗状物,季后赛,圆形露天剧场 v. 打保龄球,
  • soakedadj. 湿透的 动词soak的过去式和过去分词
  • vainadj. 徒劳的,无效的,自负的,虚荣的
  • groven. 小树林,果树园
  • carefreeadj. 无忧无虑的,不负责的