Ray Bradbury (雷·布拉德伯里)的著名小说 Fahrenheit 451(《华氏 451》)第一部分中 Clarisse(克拉莉丝)曾对主人公 Montag(蒙塔格)用一番话来回答她为什么不去学校,我是试译如下(原文附在文末):



Fahrenheit 451 引文的英文原文如下:

….Being with people is nice. But I don’t think it’s social to get a bunch of people together and then not let me talk, do you? An hour of TV class, an hour of basketball or baseball or running, another hour of transcription history or painting pictures, and more sports, but do you know, we never ask questions, or at least most don’t; they just run the answers at you, bing, bing, bing, and us sitting there for four more hours of film-teacher. That’s not social to me at all. It’s a lot of funnels and a lot of water poured down the spout and out the bottom, and them telling us it’s wine when it’s not. They run us so ragged by the end of the day we can’t do anything but go to bed or head for a Fun Park to bully people around, break window-panes in the Window Smasher place and wreck cars in the Car Wrecker place with the big steel ball. Or go out in the cars and race on the streets, trying to see how close you can get to lampposts, playing “chicken” and “knock hub-caps”. I guess I’m everything they say I am, all right. I haven’t any friends. That’s supposed to prove I’m abnormal. But everyone I know is either shouting or dancing around like wild or beating up one another. Do you notice how people hurt each other nowadays?

Ray Bradbury Fahrenheit 451