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#20  警察与赞美诗 by O. Henry             Go Back
Krystian Zimerman - Beethoven - Piano Concerto No 3 in C minor, Op 37

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Leonard Bernstein, conductor

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Krystian Zimerman - Beethoven - Piano Concerto No 4 in G major, Op 58

(Zimerman, Bernstein, Wiener Philharmoniker)

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#18  警察与赞美诗 by O. Henry             Go Back
上面的链接失效。重贴。下个月去达拉斯听这部作品和第三“英雄”交响曲。这部作品好听,演奏录音太多,但让人心满意足的演奏不容易遇上。今年早些时候去坦帕听了一次,非常一般。


Beethoven - 5th Piano Concerto 'Emperor' (Zimerman, Bernstein, Wiener Philharmoniker)

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#17  Re: 警察与赞美诗 by O. Henry             Go Back
对于我,干面胡同那个窗口就是一座教堂:贝多芬《第四钢琴协奏曲》就是庄严而亲切的“管风琴乐调”;我好像就是苏贝。就陶冶性情,教人醒悟,脱胎换骨,“诗意化地栖息在这块土地上”和追思人生的诗意而论,任何艺术均莫过于音乐,尤其是贝多芬和莫扎特的作品。
----- 这段话似曾相识。 大概有些情感是相通的。


回读妹,《警察与赞美诗》是网上顺手狗来的,译者不祥。 小说当然是原汁原味的耐读。
顺祝母亲节快乐!

O.Henry 是短篇小说三大家之一。 结尾总是出人不意, surprising yet convincing.


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#16  Re: 警察与赞美诗 by O. Henry             Go Back
齐默尔曼的确是位大师。我希望他有天会回心转意,重登美国音乐厅舞台。如果那样,我一定争取去听。

我九年前这样写过,贝多芬第四钢琴协奏曲的“回旋曲的终曲乐章,充满喜悦,发自心灵深处的喜悦。回旋曲主题听上去逍遥自在,无忧无虑。这个乐章中,喜悦的情感抒发得如此自发而透彻,如此的动人而真切,我很难举出另一部作品与之匹敌。每当听到这个乐章,我就深深感到,原来喜悦可以和悲戚一样动人心魂。 ”

看看这个演奏录影最后,伯恩斯坦在指挥台上那个狂喜的跳跃,就可以知道这个乐章有多exciting.



reader86 wrote: (5/8/2013 22:23)
ZIMERMAN 和 BERNSTEIN 总有很好的配合。他们的 BEETHOVEN 4th Piano Concerto。

看BERNSTEIN那个 playboy 样子特别滑稽,又很有风味,百看不厌! 他们2个看起来都很 enjoying and having a great time.

ZIMERMAN(BERNSTEIN去世)和美国关系不好,其实他是当代最好的钢琴演奏家。




BBB那个是Eschenbach 指挥的,piano solo 不太熟悉。Eschenbach (是卡拉扬的学生)的成功在指挥 Mahler. 贝多芬就一般了。

教堂有贝多芬传来?那是他很不熟悉教堂音乐。教堂一般来说不弹贝多芬;巴赫,教堂多数是巴赫。

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Ai, 降B兄错也! to be a musician is to be different.

They don't care!

If anybody crushes my piano, 我也得玩命和他!

i am in an airport, will board soon!
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#14  Re: 警察与赞美诗 by O. Henry             Go Back
第五钢琴协奏曲“皇帝”是那种一下子就能抓住人心的那类作品。就因为它的这种特别的魔力,它的排山倒海的气势,所以人听人爱,也是我走上古典爱乐之路的启蒙作品。第二乐章也美的不可言喻。

但第四的魅力需要慢慢品味,才能听出来。第三也是杰作。第一是典型的早期成熟作品。第二是作得最早,能明显感觉贝多芬最早期作品的不足。

刚才另线上说到,柴可夫斯基不可和贝多芬相提并论,这不仅是他们作品无论是总体数量和质量的巨大差别,以及贝多芬作品中的那种精神特质和深度广度,老柴作品根本不及。就从一个艺术家的发展之路来比较。贝多芬的钢琴协奏曲,一部比一部明显进步成熟,艺术上突破(第四第五是成熟时期的巅峰之作,我将第四排在第五之上,完全是个人兴趣)。再看老柴,写了个第一钢琴协奏曲,虽然后来和现在很受欢迎,但我本人除了爱乐之初几年喜欢过这部作品,后来觉得惨不忍听。我这样的音乐外行,都能感觉它的明显毛病。比如第一乐章除了开始的引子那个受人欢迎的段落,中间大部分基本上让人感觉支离破碎。这个不说,他的第二和第三钢琴协奏曲,基本没有人演奏。这个说明他的艺术家的发展之路,非常的欠缺一种伟大艺术家的特质。

再比较其它古典浪漫时期的一流作曲家音乐家,海顿,莫扎特,舒伯特,勃拉姆斯,威尔第,瓦格纳,肖邦,无一不是杰作连绵不断,主要作品一部比一部好。



thesunlover wrote: (5/7/2013 12:0)
这篇小说非常经典,很多转折,严肃且幽默,结尾耐人寻味。不愧大家手笔。

赵这篇文章也不错。

说到贝钢协,我个人的感受是1到4都差不多(2或许稍逊一筹),5则出类拔萃,和交三、交五等一样是典型的贝式英雄风格。我爱之不尽。



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#13  Re: 警察与赞美诗 by O. Henry             Go Back
第一乐章是奏鸣曲式,它的第二主题极其优美典雅(1‘28“开始)。而第一主题开门见山,由钢琴独奏的几个音不紧不慢,成为这个乐章发展的基石,就如他的小提琴协奏曲第一乐章开始定音鼓敲出的四个音,成为那个乐章的基石。

第三乐章回旋曲的主题,不仅欢乐,而且是少有的那种欢乐得动人心魂,是非常少有的篇章。

第二乐章倒是没有什么旋律,这和贝多芬的其它协奏曲相反。但这个乐章其实是最有特色,由钢琴和乐对的对话表达异常激烈的情绪,是个特别富有戏剧性的短小乐章。不间断直接进入第三乐章(25'12")



reader86 wrote: (5/8/2013 23:8)
我印象是,《大公》的旋律很清晰,而《4th Piano Concerto》的旋律并不突出和张扬。也许属于无旋律变奏?BBB帮帮忙。

《大公》是很不错。谢爱阳推荐。

1st movement旋律非常壮丽和动听,真是有能引起一战的气势(当然,此大公非彼大公)!
2nd movement快板有些像拉锯齿, 不过很放松。
3nd movement行板,没有评价。
4nd movement这个有点海顿,或者莫扎特的特色。拉锯齿又来了。不过旋律(很年轻)和变奏都不难听。



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#12  Re: 警察与赞美诗 by O. Henry             Go Back
齐默尔曼的钢琴演奏,非常出色。我爱乐初期很喜欢听他的录音。

不过他09年在洛杉矶音乐厅音乐会上,宣布从此不再在美国演出的时候,说的抗议的话,"Get your hands off my country," ,是没头没脑,如果不是忘恩负义的话。从二战到冷战,是谁在坚定不移地支持波兰度过最艰难的时候?他要是早出身20年,他哪有到世界各地演出的自由。况且北约在波兰布置导弹防御系统,是波兰政府自己请求的。波兰和俄罗斯接壤,他自己不至于忘记了自己国家的历史。

我已经很久不听他了。尤其后来知道他在音乐会上的反美示威之后,就更是如此了。还是那句话,现在可选择听的演奏家,无论录音还是演奏会,实在太多,多一个少一个,一点关系都没有。作为一个演奏家,你的音乐内外的表演让我不感冒(音乐上的,我还不容易听出),我就懒得买你的录音。当然,他不缺我一个听众,我也不缺他一个录音。我这里没有不可取代的演奏家和录音,只有不可取代的作曲家和作品。

他是学肖邦没有学到点子上。



reader86 wrote: (5/9/2013 0:8)
忘了 Zimerman是怎么回事了,查了查wiki:

Shortly after September 11, 2001, Zimerman's personal Steinway grand piano was confiscated at JFK Airport when he landed in New York City to give a recital at Carnegie Hall. US customs destroyed his piano, claiming the glue smelled like explosives.

ai, 看看那个时候美国有多紧张(有多猖狂,多流氓!),连知名艺术家的钢琴都敢砸!这样的事在欧洲是不会发生的。



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忘了 Zimerman是怎么回事了,查了查wiki:

Shortly after September 11, 2001, Zimerman's personal Steinway grand piano was confiscated at JFK Airport when he landed in New York City to give a recital at Carnegie Hall. US customs destroyed his piano, claiming the glue smelled like explosives.

ai, 看看那个时候美国有多紧张(有多猖狂,多流氓!),连知名艺术家的钢琴都敢砸!这样的事在欧洲是不会发生的。
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#10  警察与赞美诗 by O. Henry             Go Back
唉,云天,《警察与赞美诗》是谁翻译的?

没细读,可是“苏贝”就翻得不妥!soapy 是从 soap 来,有些玩世不恭(像肥皂那般油腻)的意思,可是一下子翻成“苏贝”,就太正经了,风味失去了。
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#9  警察与赞美诗 by O. Henry             Go Back
我印象是,《大公》的旋律很清晰,而《4th Piano Concerto》的旋律并不突出和张扬。也许属于无旋律变奏?BBB帮帮忙。

《大公》是很不错。谢爱阳推荐。

1st movement旋律非常壮丽和动听,真是有能引起一战的气势(当然,此大公非彼大公)!
2nd movement快板有些像拉锯齿, 不过很放松。
3nd movement行板,没有评价。
4nd movement这个有点海顿,或者莫扎特的特色。拉锯齿又来了。不过旋律(很年轻)和变奏都不难听。
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#8  Re: 警察与赞美诗 by O. Henry             Go Back
赵鑫珊对德国哲学和文化,当然包括音乐,当然是非常清楚的。他是比喻。那个也不是教堂,是户人家的窗口。

Eschenbach前半生一直是钢琴家。



reader86 wrote: (5/8/2013 22:23)
BBB那个是Eschenbach 指挥的,piano solo 不太熟悉。Eschenbach (是卡拉扬的学生)的成功在指挥 Mahler. 贝多芬就一般了。

教堂有贝多芬传来?那是他很不熟悉教堂音乐。教堂一般来说不弹贝多芬;巴赫,教堂多数是巴赫。

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#7  警察与赞美诗 by O. Henry             Go Back
ZIMERMAN 和 BERNSTEIN 总有很好的配合。他们的 BEETHOVEN 4th Piano Concerto。

看BERNSTEIN那个 playboy 样子特别滑稽,又很有风味,百看不厌! 他们2个看起来都很 enjoying and having a great time.

ZIMERMAN(BERNSTEIN去世)和美国关系不好,其实他是当代最好的钢琴演奏家。




BBB那个是Eschenbach 指挥的,piano solo 不太熟悉。Eschenbach (是卡拉扬的学生)的成功在指挥 Mahler. 贝多芬就一般了。

教堂有贝多芬传来?那是他很不熟悉教堂音乐。教堂一般来说不弹贝多芬;巴赫,教堂多数是巴赫。
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#6  警察与赞美诗 by O. Henry             Go Back
这篇小说非常经典,很多转折,严肃且幽默,结尾耐人寻味。不愧大家手笔。

赵这篇文章也不错。

说到贝钢协,我个人的感受是1到4都差不多(2或许稍逊一筹),5则出类拔萃,和交三、交五等一样是典型的贝式英雄风格。我爱之不尽。
        

#5  Re: 【文学】 警察与赞美诗 by O. Henry             Go Back
第四钢琴协奏曲和《大公》三重奏都是贝多芬作品最最富有抒情性的作品。第四钢琴协奏曲是本人最喜欢的钢琴协奏曲中排Top。1.

钢琴家阿格里希最爱的钢琴协奏曲是这只,但她好像至今还没有演奏录制过。



和谈 wrote: (5/4/2013 22:3)
重新听了一遍这第四钢琴协奏曲,好像同《大公》有点相似地方呢,还是因为我最近一直在听大公的关系?

《贝多芬之魂》我也有,(顺手从架子上拿下,)在第82页有一张书签,估计看到那里就没有再看下去,所以不知道赵鑫珊提到过这个故事。

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#4  Re: 【文学】 警察与赞美诗 by O. Henry             Go Back
重新听了一遍这第四钢琴协奏曲,好像同《大公》有点相似地方呢,还是因为我最近一直在听大公的关系?

《贝多芬之魂》我也有,(顺手从架子上拿下,)在第82页有一张书签,估计看到那里就没有再看下去,所以不知道赵鑫珊提到过这个故事。
        

#3  Re: 【文学】 警察与赞美诗 by O. Henry             Go Back
这个故事很早前就听说过,对,是从赵鑫珊的书《贝多芬之魂》中,读到的。现在读了全文,果然是个精彩之极的短篇。

谢谢转贴。

摘自赵鑫珊《贝多芬之魂》:

1975年,我挥手告别了我的羊群和山坡上的紫罗兰,调回到了北京。。。有一回,我走过干面胡同,突然听到从一个窗口飘来了贝多芬《第四钢琴协奏曲》那热情洋溢,充满了诗意和浪漫气质的音响。那是第一乐章的一段钢琴独奏。

在那个年头听到贝多芬的音乐是很不容易的。估计那是一户很有些背景的人家。我久久地停立在窗下,当传出最后乐章的时候,我哭了----眼泪和心泪一起流,流在心底,点点滴滴,不能自止。当时我就象欧。亨利作品《警察与赞美诗》里的主人公苏贝在一个清风朗月之夜走过路角上一座古色古香的教堂,突然被那里的赞美诗音乐深深震撼了心灵那番情景。欧亨利是这样描述教堂管风琴乐曲给苏贝以心灵冲击和启示,以及他当时的灵魂状态的:“一股迅疾而强有力的冲动促使他要向坎坷的命运奋斗。他要把自己拔出泥沼,他要重新做人;他要征服那已经被控制了的邪念。那时还不晚;他算来还年轻;他要唤起当年那热切的志向,不含糊地努力最求。庄严而亲切的管风琴月调使他内心有了转变。”

对于我,干面胡同那个窗口就是一座教堂:贝多芬《第四钢琴协奏曲》就是庄严而亲切的“管风琴乐调”;我好像就是苏贝。就陶冶性情,教人醒悟,脱胎换骨,“诗意化地栖息在这块土地上”和追思人生的诗意而论,任何艺术均莫过于音乐,尤其是贝多芬和莫扎特的作品。

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The Cop and the Anthem
by O · Henry

On his bench in Madison Square Soapy moved uneasily. When wild goose honk high of nights,and when women without sealskin coats grow kind to their husbands,and when Soapy moves uneasily on his bench in the park,you may know that winter is near at hand.

A dead leaf fell in Soapy’s lap. That was Jack Frost’s card. Jack is kind to the regular denizens of Madison Square,and gives fair warning of his annual call. At the corners of four streets he hands his pasteboard to the North Wind,footman of the mansion of All Outdoors,so that the inhabitants thereof may make ready.

Soapy’s mind became cognisant of the fact that the time had come for him to resolve himself into a singular Committee of Ways and Means to provide against the coming rigour. And therefore he moved uneasily on his bench.

The hibernatorial ambitions of Soapy were not of the highest. In them were no considerations of Mediterranean cruises,of soporific Southern skies or drifting in the Vesuvian Bay. Three months on the Island was what his soul craved. Three months of assured board and bed and congenial company,safe from Boreas and bluecoats,seemed to Soapy the essence of things desirable.

For years the hospitable Blackwell’s had been his winter quarters. Just as his more fortunate fellow New Yorkers had bought their tickets to Palm Beach and the Riviera each winter,so Soapy had made his humble arrangements for his annual hegira to the Island. And now the time was come. On the previous night three Sabbath newspapers,distributed beneath his coat,about his ankles and over his lap,had failed to repulse the cold as he slept on his bench near the spurting fountain in the ancient square. So the Island loomed large and timely in Soapy’s mind. He scorned the provisions made in the name of charity for the city’s dependents. In Soapy’s opinion the Law was more benign than Philanthropy. There was an endless round of institutions,municipal and eleemosynary,on which he might set out and receive lodging and food accordant with the simple life. But to one of Soapy’s proud spirit the gifts of charity are encumbered. If not in coin you must pay in humiliation of spirit for every benefit received at the hands of philanthropy. As Cesar had his Brutus,every bed of charity must have its toll of a bath,every loaf of bread its compensation of a private and personal inquisition. Wherefore it is better to be a guest of the law,which though conducted by rules,does not meddle unduly with a gentleman’s private affairs.

Soapy,having decided to go to the Island,at once set about accomplishing his desire. There were many easy ways of doing this. The pleasantest was to dine luxuriously at some expensive restaurant; and then,after declaring insolvency,be handed over quietly and without uproar to a policeman. An accommodating magistrate would do the rest.

Soapy left his bench and strolled out of the square and across the level sea of asphalt,where Broadway and Fifth Avenue flow together. Up Broadway he turned,and halted at a glittering café,where are gathered together nightly the choicest products of the grape,the silkworm and the protoplasm.
Soapy had confidence in himself from the lowest button of his vest upward. He was shaven,and his coat was decent and his neat black,ready-tied four-in-hand had been presented to him by a lady missionary on Thanksgiving Day. If he could reach a table in the restaurant unsuspected,success would be his. The portion of him that would show above the table would raise no doubt in the waiter’s mind. A roasted mallard duck,thought Soapy,would be about the thing—with a bottle of Chablis,and then Camembert,a demi-tasse and a cigar. One dollar for the cigar would be enough. The total would not be so high as to call forth any supreme manifestation of revenge from the café management; and yet the meat would leave him filled and happy for the journey to his winter refuge.

But as Soapy set foot inside the restaurant door the head waiter’s eye fell upon his frayed trousers and decadent shoes. Strong and ready hands turned him about and conveyed him in silence and haste to the sidewalk and averted the ignoble fate of the menaced mallard.

Soapy turned off Broadway. It seemed that his route to the coveted island was not to be an epicurean one. Some other way of entering limbo must be thought of.

At a corner of Sixth Avenue electric lights and cunningly displayed wares behind plate-glass made a shop window conspicuous. Soapy took a cobble-stone and dashed it through the glass. People came running round the corner,a policeman in the lead. Soapy stood still,with his hands in his pockets,and smiled at the sight of brass buttons.

“Where’s the man that done that?” inquired the officer excitedly.

“Don’t you figure out that I might have had something to do with it?” said Soapy,not without sarcasm,but friendly,as one greets good fortune.

The policeman’s mind refused to accept Soapy even as a clue. Men who smash windows do not remain to parley with the law’s minions. They take to their heels. The policeman saw a man halfway down the block running to catch a car. With drawn club he joined in the pursuit. Soapy,with disgust in his heart,loafed along,twice unsuccessful.

On the opposite side of the street was a restaurant of no great pretensions. It catered to large appetites and modest purses. Its crockery and atmosphere were thick; its soup and napery thin. Into this place Soapy took his accusive shoes and tell-tale trousers without challenge. At a table he sat and consumed beefsteak,flap-jacks,doughnuts,and pie. And then to the waiter he betrayed the fact that the minutest coin and himself were strangers.

“Now,get busy and call a cop,” said Soapy. “And don’t keep a gentleman waiting.”

“No cop for youse,” said the waiter,with a voice like butter cakes and an eye like the cherry in a Manhattan cocktail. “Hey,Con!”

Neatly upon his left ear on the callous pavement two waiters pitched Soapy. He arose,joint by joint,as a carpenter’s rule opens,and beat the dust from his clothes. Arrest seemed but a rosy dream. The Island seemed very far away. A policeman who stood before a drug store two doors away laughed and walked down the street.

Five blocks Soapy travelled before his courage permitted him to woo capture again. This time the opportunity presented what he fatuously termed to himself a “cinch.” A young woman of a modest and pleasing guise was standing before a show window gazing with sprightly interest at its display of shaving mugs and inkstands,and two yards from the window a large policeman of severe demeanour leaned against a water-plug.

It was Soapy’s design to assume the rule of the despicable and execrated “masher.” The refined and elegant appearance of his victim and the contiguity of the conscientious cop encouraged him to believe that he would soon feel the pleasant official clutch upon his arm that would ensure his winter quarters of the right little,tight little isle.

Soapy straightened the lady missionary’s ready-made tie,dragged his shrinking cuffs into the open,set his hat at a killing cant and sidled toward the young women. He made eyes at her,was taken with sudden coughs and “hems,” smiled,smirked,and went brazenly through the impudent and contemptible litany of the “masher.” With half an eye Soapy saw that the policeman was watching him fixedly. The young woman moved away a few steps,and again bestowed her absorbed attention upon the shaving mugs. Soapy followed,boldly stepping to her side,raised his hat and said: “Ah there,Bedelia! Don’t you want to come and play in my yard?”

The policeman was still looking. The persecuted young woman had but to beckon a finger and Soapy would be practically en route for his insular haven. Already he imagined he could feel the cosy warmth of the station-house. The young woman faced him and,stretching out a hand,caught Soapy’s coat sleeve.

“Sure,Mike,” she said joyfully,“if you’ll blow me to a pail of suds. I’d have spoke to you sooner,but the cop was watching.”

With the young woman playing the clinging ivy to his oak Soapy walked past the policeman overcome with gloom. He seemed doomed to liberty.

At the next corner he shook off his companion and ran. He halted in the district where by night are found the lightest streets,hearts,vows,and librettos. Women in furs and men in greatcoats moved gaily in the wintry air. A sudden fear seized Soapy that some dreadful enchantment had rendered him immune to arrest. The thought brought a little of panic upon it,and when he came upon another policeman lounging grandly in front of a transplendent theatre he caught at the immediate straw of “disorderly conduct.”

On the sidewalk Soapy began to yell drunken gibberish at the top of his harsh voice. He danced,howled,raved,and otherwise disturbed the welkin.

The policeman twirled his club,turned his back to Soapy and remarked to a citizen: “’Tis one of them Yale lads celebratin’ the goose egg they give to the Hartford College. Noisy; but no harm. We’ve instructions to lave them be.”

Disconsolate,Soapy ceased his unavailing racket. Would never a policeman lay hands on him? In his fancy the Island seemed an unattainable Arcadia. He buttoned his thin coat against the chilling wind.
In a cigar store he saw a well-dressed man lighting a cigar at a swinging light. His silk umbrella he had set by the door on entering. Soapy stepped inside,secured the umbrella and sauntered off with it slowly. The man at the cigar light followed hastily.

“My umbrella,” he said sternly.

“Oh,is it?” sneered Soapy,adding insult to petit larceny. “Well,why don’t you call a policeman? I took it. Your umbrella! Why don’t you call a cop? There stands one on the corner.”

The umbrella owner slowed his steps. Soapy did likewise,with a presentiment that luck would run against him. The policeman looked at the two curiously.

“Of course,” said the umbrella man—“that is—well,you know how these mistakes occur—I—if it’s your umbrella I hope you’ll excuse me—I picked it up this morning in a restaurant—If you recognise it as yours,why—I hope you’ll—“

“Of course it’s mine,” said Soapy viciously.

The ex-umbrella man retreated. The policeman hurried to assist a tall blonde in an opera cloak across the street in front of a street car that was approaching two blocks away.

Soapy walked eastward through a street damaged by improvements. He hurled the umbrella wrathfully into an excavation. He muttered against the men who wear helmets and carry clubs. Because he wanted to fall into their clutches,they seemed to regard him as a king who could do no wrong.

At length Soapy reached one of the avenues to the east where the glitter and turmoil was but faint. He set his face down this toward Madison Square,for the homing instinct survives even when the home is a park bench.

But on an unusually quiet corner Soapy came to a standstill. Here was an old church,quaint and rambling and gabled. Through one violet-stained window a soft light glowed,where,no doubt,the organist loitered over the keys,making sure of his mastery of the coming Sabbath anthem. For there drifted out to Soapy’s ears sweet music that caught and held him transfixed against the convolutions of the iron fence.

The moon was above,lustrous and serene; vehicles and pedestrains were few; sparrows twittered sleepily in the eaves—for a little while the scene might have been a country churchyard. And the anthem that the organist played cemented Soapy to the iron fence,for he had known it well in the days when his life contained such things as mothers and roses and ambitions and friends and immaculate thoughts and collars.

The conjunction of Soapy’s receptive state of mind and the influences about the old church wrought a sudden and wonderful change in his soul. He viewed with swift horror the pit into which he had tumbled,the degraded days,unworthy desires,dead hopes,wrecked faculties,and base motives that made up his existence.

And also in a moment his heart responded thrillingly to this novel mood. An instantaneous and strong impulse moved him to battle with his desperate fate. He would pull himself out of the mire; he would make a man of himself again; he would conquer the evil that had taken possession of him. There was time; he was comparatively young yet; he would resurrect his old eager ambitions and pursue them without faltering. Those solemn but sweet organ notes had set up a revolution in him. Tomorrow he would go into the roaring down-town district and find work. A fur importer had once offered him a place as driver. He would find him to-morrow and ask for the position. He would be somebody in the world. He would—

Soapy felt a hand laid on his arm. He looked quickly round into the broad face of a policeman.

“What are you doin’ here?” asked the officer.

“Nothing’,” said Soapy.

“Then come along,” said the policeman.

“Three months on the Island,” said the Magistrate in the Police Court the next morning.
        

#1【文学 】   警察与赞美诗 by O. Henry             Go Back
警察与赞美诗
欧。 亨利

苏比躺在麦迪逊广场的那条长凳上,辗转反侧。每当雁群在夜空引吭高鸣,每当没有海豹皮大衣的女人跟丈夫亲热起来,每当苏比躺在街心公园长凳上辗转反侧,这时候,你就知道冬天迫在眉睫了。

一张枯叶飘落在苏比的膝头。这是杰克·弗洛斯特①的名片。杰克对麦迪逊广场的老住户很客气,每年光临之前,总要先打个招呼。他在十字街头把名片递给“露天公寓”的门公佬“北风”,好让房客们有所准备。
苏比明白,为了抵御寒冬,由他亲自出马组织一个单人财务委员会的时候到了。为此,他在长凳上辗转反侧,不能入寐。

苏比的冬居计划并不过奢。他没打算去地中海游弋,也不想去晒南方令人昏昏欲睡的太阳,更没考虑到维苏威湾去漂流。他衷心企求的仅仅是去岛上度过三个月。整整三个月不愁食宿,伙伴们意气相投,再没有“北风”老儿和警察老爷来纠缠不清,在苏比看来,人生的乐趣也莫过于此了。

多年来,好客的布莱克威尔岛②监狱一直是他的冬季寓所。正如福气比他好的纽约人每年冬天要买票去棕榈滩③和里维埃拉④一样,苏比也不免要为一年一度的“冬狩”作些最必要的安排。现在,时候到了。昨天晚上,他躺在古老的广场喷泉和近的长凳上,把三份星期天的厚报纸塞在上衣里,盖在脚踝和膝头上,都没有能挡住寒气。这就使苏比的脑海里迅速而鲜明地浮现出岛子的影子。他瞧不起慈善事业名下对地方上穷人所作的布施。在苏比眼里,法律比救济仁慈得多。他可去的地方多的是,有市政府办的,有救济机关办的,在那些地方他都能混吃混住。当然,生活不能算是奢侈。可是对苏比这样一个灵魂高傲的人来说,施舍的办法是行不通的。从慈善机构手里每得到一点点好处,钱固然不必花,却得付出精神上的屈辱来回报。正如恺撒对待布鲁图一样⑤,真是凡事有利必有弊,要睡慈善单位的床铺,先得让人押去洗上一个澡;要吃他一块面包,还得先一五一十交代清个人的历史。因此,还是当法律的客人来得强。法律虽然铁面无私,照章办事,至少没那么不知趣,会去干涉一位大爷的私事。
既然已经打定主意去岛上,苏比立刻准备实现自己的计划。省事的办法倒也不少。最舒服的莫过于在哪家豪华的餐馆里美美地吃上一顿,然后声明自己不名一钱,这就可以悄悄地、安安静静地交到警察手里。其余的事,自有一位识相的推事来料理。

苏比离开长凳,踱出广场,穿过百老汇路和五马路汇合处那处平坦的柏油路面。他拐到百老汇路,在一家灯火辉煌的餐馆门前停了下来,每天晚上,这里汇集着葡萄、蚕丝与原生质的最佳制品⑥。

苏比对自己西服背心最低一颗纽扣以上的部分很有信心。他刮过脸,他的上装还算过得去,他那条干干净净的活结领带是感恩节那天一位教会里的女士送给他的。只要他能走到餐桌边不引人生疑,那就是胜券在握了。他露出桌面的上半身还不至于让侍者起怀疑。一只烤野鸭,苏比寻思,那就差不离——再来一瓶夏白立酒⑦然后是一份卡门贝干酪⑧,一小杯浓咖啡,再来一支雪茄烟。一块钱一支的那种也就凑合了。总数既不会大得让饭店柜上发狠报复,这顿牙祭又能让他去冬宫的旅途上无牵无挂,心满意足。

可是苏比刚迈进饭店的门,侍者领班的眼光就落到他的旧裤子和破皮鞋上。粗壮利落的手把他推了个转身,悄悄而迅速地把他打发到人行道上,那只险遭暗算的野鸭的不体面命运也从而得以扭转。

苏比离开了百老汇路。看来靠打牙祭去那个日思夜想的岛是不成的了。要进地狱,还是想想别的办法。

在六马路拐角上有一家铺子,灯光通明,陈设别致,大玻璃橱窗很惹眼。苏比捡起块鹅卵石往大玻璃上砸去。人们从拐角上跑来,领头的是个巡警。苏比站定了不动,两手插在口袋里,对着铜纽扣直笑⑨。

“肇事的家伙在哪儿?”警察气急败坏地问。

“你难道看不出我也许跟这事有点牵连吗?”苏比说,口气虽然带点嘲讽,却很友善,仿佛好运在等着他。

在警察的脑子里苏比连个旁证都算不上。砸橱窗的人没有谁会留下来和法律的差役打交道。他们总是一溜烟似地跑。警察看见半条街外有个人跑着去赶搭车子。他抽出警棍,去追那个倒霉的人。苏比心里窝火极了,他拖着步子走了开去。两次了,都砸了锅。

街对面有家不怎么起眼的饭馆。它投合胃口大钱包小的吃客。它那儿的盘盏和气氛都粗里粗气,它那儿的菜汤和餐巾都稀得透光。苏比挪动他那双暴露身份的皮鞋和泄露真相的裤子跨进饭馆时倒没遭到白眼。他在桌子旁坐下来,消受了一块牛排、一份煎饼、一份油炸糖圈,以及一份馅儿饼。吃完后他向侍者坦白:他无缘结识钱大爷,钱大爷也与他素昧平生。

“手脚麻利些,去请个警察来,”苏比说,“别让大爷久等。”

“用不着惊动警察老爷,”侍者说,嗓音油腻得像奶油蛋糕,眼睛红得像鸡尾酒里浸泡的樱桃,“喂,阿康!”
两个侍者干净利落地把苏比往外一叉,正好让他左耳贴地摔在铁硬的人行道上。他一节一节地撑了起来,像木匠在打开一把折尺,然后又掸去衣服上的尘土。被捕仿佛只是一个绊色的梦。那个岛远在天边。两个门面之外一家药铺前就站着个警察,他光是笑了笑,顺着街走开去了。

苏比一直过了五个街口,才再次鼓起勇气去追求被捕。这一回机会好极了,他还满以为十拿九稳,万无一失呢。一个衣着简朴颇为讨人喜欢的年轻女子站在橱窗前,兴味十足地盯着陈列的剃须缸与墨水台。而离店两码远,就有一位彪形大汉——警察,表情严峻地靠在救火龙头上。

苏比的计划是扮演一个下流的、讨厌的小流氓。他的对象文雅娴静,又有一位忠于职守的巡警近在咫尺,使他很有理由相信,警察那双可爱的手很快就会落到他身上,使他在岛上冬蛰的小安乐窝里吃喝不愁。

苏比把教会女士送的活结领带拉挺,把缩进袖口的衬衫袖子拉出来,把帽子往后一推,歪得马上要掉下来,向那女子挨将过去。他厚着面皮把小流氓该干的那一套恶心勾当一段段表演下去。苏比把眼光斜扫过去,只见那警察在盯住他。年轻女人挪动了几步,又专心致志地看起剃须缸来。苏比跟了过去,大胆地挨到她的身边,把帽子举了一举,说:
“啊哈,我说,贝蒂丽亚!你不是说要到我院子里去玩儿吗?”

警察还在盯着。那受人轻薄的女子只消将手指一招,苏比就等于进安乐岛了。他想象中已经感到了巡捕房的舒适和温暖。年轻的女士转过脸来,伸出一只手,抓住苏比的袖子。

“可不是吗,迈克,”她兴致勃勃地说,“不过你先得破费给我买杯猫尿。要不是那巡警老盯着,我早就要跟你搭腔了。”

那娘们像常春藤一样紧紧攀住苏比这棵橡树,苏比好不懊丧地在警察身边走了过去。看来他的自由是命中注定的了。
一拐弯,他甩掉女伴撒腿就走。他一口气来到一个地方,一到晚上,最轻佻的灯光,最轻松的心灵,最轻率的盟誓,最轻快的歌剧,都在这里荟萃。身穿轻裘大氅的淑女绅士在寒冷的空气里兴高采烈地走动。苏比突然感到一阵恐惧,会不会有什么可怕的魔法镇住了他,使他永远也不会被捕呢?这个念头使他有点发慌,但是当他遇见一个警察大模大样在灯火通明的剧院门前巡逻时,他马上就捞起“扰乱治安”这根稻草来。

苏比在人行道上扯直他那破锣似的嗓子,像醉鬼那样乱嚷嚷。他又是跳,又是吼,又是骂,用尽了办法大吵大闹。
警察让警棍打着旋,身子转过去背对苏比,向一个市民解释道:

“这是个耶鲁的小伙子在庆祝胜利,他们跟哈德福学院赛球,请人家吃了鸭蛋。够吵的,可是不碍事。我们有指示,让他们只管闹去。”

苏比怏怏地停止了白费气力的吵闹。难道就没有一个警察来抓他了吗?在他的幻想中。那岛已成为可望不可即的阿卡狄亚⑩了。他扣好单薄的上衣以抵挡刺骨的寒风。

他看见雪茄烟店里一个衣冠楚楚的人对着摇曳的火头在点烟。那人进店时,将一把绸伞靠在门边。苏比跨进店门,拿起绸伞,慢吞吞地退了出去。对火的人赶紧追出来。

“我的伞。”他厉声说道。

“噢,是吗?”苏比冷笑说;在小偷小摸的罪名上又加上侮辱这一条。“好,那你干吗不叫警察?不错,是我拿的。你的伞!你怎么不叫巡警?那边拐角上就有一个。”

伞主人放慢了脚步,苏比也放慢脚步。他有一种预感:他又一次背运了。那警察好奇地瞅着这两个人。

“当然,”伞主人说,“嗯……是啊,你知道有时候会发生误会……我……要是这伞是你的我希望你别见怪……我是今天早上在一家饭店里捡的……要是你认出来这是你的,那么……我希望你别……”

“当然是我的。”苏比恶狠狠地说。

伞的前任主人退了下去。好警察急匆匆地跑去搀一位穿晚礼服的金发高个儿女士过马路,免得她被在两条街以外往这边驶来的电车撞着。

苏比往东走,穿过一条因为翻修而高低不平的马路。他忿忿地把伞扔进一个坑。他嘟嘟哝哝咒骂起那些头戴钢盔,手拿警棍的家伙来。因为他想落入法网,而他们偏偏认为他是个永远不会犯错误的国王①。

最后,苏比来到通往东区的一条马路上,这儿灯光暗了下来,嘈杂声传来也是隐隐约约的。他顺着街往麦迪逊广场走去,因为即使他的家仅仅是公园里的一条长凳,他仍然有夜深知归的本能。

可是,在一个异常幽静的地段,苏比停住了脚步。这里有一座古老的教堂,建筑古雅,不很规整,是有山墙的那种房子。柔和的灯光透过淡紫色花玻璃窗子映射出来,风琴师为了练熟星期天的赞美诗,在键盘上按过来按过去。动人的乐音飘进苏比的耳朵,吸引了他,把他胶着在螺旋形的铁栏杆上。

明月悬在中天,光辉、静穆;车辆与行人都很稀少;檐下的冻雀睡梦中啁啾了几声——这境界一时之间使人想起乡村教堂边上的墓地。风琴师奏出的赞美诗使铁栏杆前的苏比入定了,因为当他在生活中有母爱、玫瑰、雄心、朋友以及洁白无瑕的思想与衣领时,赞美诗对他来说是很熟悉的。

苏比这时敏感的心情和老教堂的潜移默化会合在一起,使他灵魂里突然起了奇妙的变化。他猛然对他所落入的泥坑感到憎厌。那堕落的时光,低俗的欲望,心灰意懒,才能衰退,动机不良——这一切现在都构成了他的生活内容。

一刹那间,新的意境醍醐灌顶似地激荡着他。一股强烈迅速的冲动激励着他去向坎坷的命运奋斗。他要把自己拉出泥坑,他要重新做一个好样儿的人。他要征服那已经控制了他的罪恶。时间还不晚,他还算年轻,他要重新振作当年的雄心壮志,坚定不移地把它实现。管风琴庄严而甜美的音调使他内心起了一场革命。明天他要到熙熙攘攘的商业区去找事做。有个皮货进口商曾经让他去赶车。他明天就去找那商人,把这差使接下来。他要做个@赫一时的人。他要——

苏比觉得有一只手按在他胳膊上。他霍地扭过头,只见是警察的一张胖脸。

“你在这儿干什么?”那警察问。

“没干什么。”苏比回答。

“那你跟我来。”警察说。

第二天早上,警察局法庭上的推事宣判道:“布莱克威尔岛,三个月。”

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①杰克·弗洛斯特(jack frost):“霜冻”的拟人化称呼。

②布莱克韦尔岛(blackwell):在纽约东河上。岛上有监狱。

③棕榈滩(palm beach):美国佛罗里达州东南部城镇,冬令游憩胜地。

④里维埃拉(the riviera):南欧沿地中海一段地区,在法国的东南部和意大利的西北部,是假节日憩游胜地。

⑤恺撒(julius caesar):(100—44bc)罗马统帅、政治家,罗马的独裁者,被共和派贵族刺杀。布鲁图(brutus):(85—42bc)罗马贵族派政治家,刺杀恺撒的主谋,后逃希腊,集结军队对抗安东尼和屋大维联军,因战败自杀。

⑥作者诙谐的说法,指美酒、华丽衣物和上流人物。

⑦夏布利酒(chablis):原产于法国的Chablis地方的一种无甜味的白葡萄酒。

⑧卡门贝(carmembert)干酪(cheese):一种产于法国的软干酪。原为Fr.诺曼底一村庄,产此干酪而得名。

⑨指警察,因警察上衣的纽扣是黄铜制的。

⑩阿卡狄亚(Arcadia):原为古希腊一山区,现在伯罗奔尼撒半岛中部,以其居民过着田园牧歌式的淳朴生活而著称,现指“世外桃源”。
        



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