《The price of salt》的一点摘抄

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“Come and play something.” And when Therese started to refuse, she said imperatively, “Oh, I don’t care how you play. Just play something.”

Therese played some Scarlatti she had learned at the Home. In a chair on the other side of the room, Carol sat listening relaxed and motionless, not even sipping the new glass of whisky and water. Therese played the C-major Sonata, which was slowish and rather simple, full of broken octaves, but it struck her as dull, then pretentious in the trill parts, and she stopped. It was suddenly too much, her hands on the keyboard that she knew Carol played, Carol watching her with eyes half closed, Carol’s whole house around her, and the music that made her abandon herself, made her—defenseless. With a gasp, she dropped her hands in her lap.

(第六章,65页)

Carol命Therese弹琴,Therese弹了一段D·斯卡拉蒂的奏鸣曲,甚是庸常(闷)啊,不似天才少女该做的,也难怪少女自己也觉得做作和不自在了。不过,一边弹一边脑子里想“这是女神手指常触摸的琴键”,倒是够海(史密斯)派。

“I’ll wake you in half an hour.” Carol pulled the blanket over her when she lay down. Carol sat down on the edge of the bed. “How old are you, Therese?”

Therese looked up at her, unable to bear her eyes now but bearing them nevertheless, not caring if she died that instant, if Carol strangled her, prostrate and vulnerable in her bed, the intruder. “Nineteen.” How old it sounded. Older than ninety-one.

Carol’s eyebrows frowned, though she smiled a little.

Therese felt that she thought of something so intensely, one might have touched the thought in the air between them. Then Carol slipped her hands under her shoulders, and bent her head down to Therese’s throat, and Therese felt the tension go out of Carol’s body with the sigh that made her neck warm, that carried the perfume that was in Carol’s hair.

“You’re a child,” Carol said, like a reproach. She lifted her head. “What would you like?”

(第六章,66页)

这一段笔法典型的海派,空寂郊外大屋,两人单独相处,尤其是长幼、强弱姿势明显的状况下,那种死亡幻想和欲望交织,frisson!

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2 Responses to 《The price of salt》的一点摘抄

  1. fi says:

    脑洞大的人表示看完这本书之后各种胡思乱想不能自拔。中妇身少女心伤不起呜呼