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親愛的長腿叔叔:

 

    你應該看看我們全校都在努力啃書!我們把剛過完的假期忘得精光。過去四天裹我背了五十七個不規則動詞,但願考試前不會忘記。

   

    有的女孩把念過的課本掉了,我打算全部留著。畢業後好把我受過的教育陳列在書架上,如果要查詢資料,還可以隨時翻閱。這比全部記在腦子裹要容易得多,也更準確。

 

     晚上,朱麗雅˙彭德爾頓突然來我這裹做禮貌性的拜訪,坐了整整一個小時。她談開了家庭,我無法打斷這個話題。她要知道我母親的娘家姓你聽過有誰這樣冒昧問孤兒院的人這種問題嗎?我沒有勇氣說我不曉得,只得可憐巴巴地隨口瞎說了一個蒙哥馬利。她又追問是麻薩諸塞的蒙哥馬利家族,還是維吉尼亞州的蒙哥馬利家族。

    

     她的母親姓路德福特,這一姓氏可以上溯到方舟時代,還曾經和亨利八世聯姻。她父親那一方始於亞當之前。她家系中最早的一支,是一群毛色柔美、尾巴奇長的良種猿猴。

 

     今天晚上,本來想高高興興寫信給你,但我太睏了,而且憂心忡忡。大一學生可真苦。

 

快要考試的朱蒂˙艾博特

考試前夕

 

 

 

 

On the Eve

Dear Daddy-Long-Legs,

     You should see the way this college Is studying!  We’ve forgotten we ever had a vacation.  Fifty-seven irregular verbs have I introduced to my brain in the past four daysI’m only hoping they’ll stay till after examinations.

     Some of the girls sell their textbooks when they’re through with them, but I intend to keep mine.  Then after I’ve graduated I shall have my whole education in a row n the bookcase, and when I need to use any detail, I can turn to it without the slightest hesitation.  So much easier and more accurate than trying to keep it in your head.

     Julia Pendleton dropped in this evening to pay a social call, and stayed a solid hour.  She got started on the subject of family, and I couldn’t switch her off.  She wanted to know what my mother’s maiden name was did you ever hear such an impertinent question to ask of a person from a founding asylum?  I didn’t have the courage to say I didn’t know, so I just miserably plumped on the first name I could think of, and that was Montgomery.  Then she wanted to know whether I belonged to the Massachusetts Montgomerys or the Virginia Montgomerys.

     Her mother was a Rutherford.  The family came over in the ark[基督教聖經中為避洪水而造的方形大船。], and were connected by marriage with Henry the Eighth.  On her father’s side they date back further than Adam[亞當,基督教聖經中人類的始祖。].  On the topmost branches of her family tree there’s a superior breed of monkeys, with very fine silky hair and extra long tails.

     I meant to write you a nice, cheerful, entertaining letter tonight, but I’m too sleepyand scared.  The freshman’s lot is not a happy one.

  

Yours, about to be examined,

Judy Abbott