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残忍而美丽的情谊:The Kite Runner 追风筝的人(43)

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"No monster," I said, feeling a little better, to my own surprise.

"没有鬼怪。"我低声说,出乎意料的是我竟然觉得好些了。

He smiled. "No monster."

他微笑:"没有鬼怪。"

"Are you sure?"

"你确定?"

He closed his eyes. Nodded.

他闭上双眼,点点头。

I looked to the kids scampering down the street, flinging snowballs. "It is a beautiful day, isn't it?"

我看着那些在街道蹿上蹿下打雪仗的孩子,"今天是个好日子,对吧?"

"Let's fly," he said.

"我们来放风筝吧。"他说。

It occurred to me then that maybe Hassan had made up his dream. Was that possible? I decided it wasn't. Hassan wasn't that smart. I wasn't that smart. But made up or not, the silly dream had lifted some of my anxiety. Maybe I should take off my shirt, take a swim in the lake. Why not?

当时我觉得哈桑那个梦可能是他编出来的。那可能吗?我确定不是,哈桑没那么聪明,我也没那么聪明。但不管是否是编造的,那个愚蠢的梦缓解了我的焦虑。兴许我该除去衣服,到湖里去游一游。为什么不呢?

"Let's do it,"I said.

"我们来放。"我说。

Hassan's face brightened. "Good,"he said. He lifted our kite, red with yellow borders, and, just beneath where the central and cross spars met, marked with Saifo's unmistakable signature. He licked his finger and held it up, tested the wind, then ran in its direction-on those rare occasions we flew kites in the summer, he'd kick up dust to see which way the wind blew it. The spool rolled in my hands until Hassan stopped, about fifty feet away. He held the kite high over his head, like an Olympic athlete showing his gold medal. I jerked the string twice, our usual signal, and Hassan tossed the kite.

哈桑神色一振:"好啊!"他举起我们的风筝:红色的风筝,镶着黄边,在竖轴和横轴交叉的地方,有塞弗的亲笔签名。他舔舔手指,把它举起,测试风向,然后顺风跑去。我们偶尔也在夏天放风筝,他会踢起灰尘,看风吹向什么方位。我手里的卷轴转动着,直到哈桑停下来,大约在五十英尺开外。他将风筝高举过顶,仿佛一个奥运会的田径运动员高举获得的金牌。按照我们往常的信号,我猛拉两次线,哈桑放开了风筝。

Caught between Baba and the mullahs at school, I still hadn't made up my mind about God. But when a Koran ayat I had learned in my diniyat class rose to my lips, I muttered it. I took a deep breath, exhaled, and pulled on the string. Within a minute, my kite was rocketing to the sky. It made a sound like a paper bird flapping its wings. Hassan clapped his hands, whistled, and ran back to me. I handed him the spool, holding on to the string, and he spun it quickly to roll the loose string back on.

虽说爸爸和学校的老师诲我不倦,我终究无法对真主死心塌地。可是当时,从教义答问课程学到的某段《可兰经》涌上嘴边,我低声念诵,然后深深吸气,呼气,跟着拉线跑开。不消一分钟,我的风筝扶摇直上,发出宛如鸟儿扑打翅膀的声音。哈桑拍掌称好,跑在我身后。我把卷轴交给他,双手拉紧风筝线,他敏捷地将那松弛的线卷起来。

At least two dozen kites already hung in the sky, like paper sharks roaming for prey. Within an hour, the number doubled, and red, blue, and yellow kites glided and spun in the sky. A cold breeze wafted through my hair. The wind was perfect for kite flying, blowing just hard enough to give some lift, make the sweeps easier. Next to me, Hassan held the spool, his hands already bloodied by the string.

空中已经挂着至少二十来只风筝,如同纸制的鲨鱼,巡游搜猎食物。不到一个钟头,这个数字翻了一番,红色的、蓝色的、黄色的风筝在苍穹来回飞舞,熠熠生辉。寒冷的微风吹过我的头发。这风正适宜放风筝,风速不大,恰好能让风筝飘浮起来,也便于操控。哈桑在我身旁,帮忙拿着卷轴,手掌已被线割得鲜血淋漓。

Soon, the cutting started and the first of the defeated kites whirled out of control. They fell from the sky like shooting stars with brilliant, rippling tails, showering the neighborhoods below with prizes for the kite runners. I could hear the runners now, hollering as they ran the streets. Someone shouted reports of a fight breaking out two streets down.

顷刻间,割线开始了,第一批被挫败的风筝断了线,回旋着跌落下来。它们像流星那样划过苍天,拖着闪亮的尾巴,散落在临近的街区,给追风筝的人带来奖赏。我能听得见那些追风筝的人,高声叫嚷,奔过大街小巷。有人扯开喉咙,报告说有两条街上爆发冲突了。

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athlete ['æθli:t]

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n. 运动员

 
string [striŋ]

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n. 线,一串,字串
vt. 串起,成串,收紧

 
medal ['medl]

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n. 奖章,勋章,纪念章
vi. 获得奖章

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control [kən'trəul]

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n. 克制,控制,管制,操作装置
vt. 控制

 
prey [prei]

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n. 被掠食者,牺牲者
vi. 捕食,掠夺,使

 
smart [smɑ:t]

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adj. 聪明的,时髦的,漂亮的,敏捷的,轻快的,整洁的

 
rare [rɛə]

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adj. 稀罕的,稀薄的,罕见的,珍贵的
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brilliant ['briljənt]

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adj. 卓越的,光辉的,灿烂的
n. 宝石

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signal ['signl]

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n. 信号,标志
v. (发信号)通知、表示<

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fell [fel]

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动词fall的过去式
n. 兽皮
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