《双城记》与《洛丽塔》

《双城记》

那是最美好的时代,那是最糟糕的时代;那是智慧的年头,那是愚昧的年头;那是信仰的时期,那是怀疑的时期;那是光明的季节,那是黑暗的季节;那是希望的春天,那是绝望的冬天;我们拥有面前的一切,我们面前一无所有;人们正在直登天堂,人们正在直下地狱。

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way.

《洛丽塔》

洛丽塔,我的生命之光,我的欲念之火。我的罪恶,我的灵魂。洛——丽——塔:舌尖向上,分三步,从上颚往下轻轻落在牙齿上。洛。丽。塔。

在早晨,她就是洛,普普通通的洛,穿一只袜子,身高四尺十寸。穿上宽松裤时,她是洛拉。在学校里她是多丽。正式签名时她是多洛雷斯。可在我的怀里,她永远是洛丽塔。

Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta.

She was Lo, plain Lo, in the morning, standing four feet ten in one sock. She was Lola in slacks. She was Dolly at school. She was Dolores on the dotted line. But in my arms she was always Lolita.

2 thoughts on “《双城记》与《洛丽塔》

    • Good question.

      The reason was just that I liked this opening of Lolita so much that I reread it for dozens of times and finally decided to have it posted in my blog.

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