The Pearl 珍珠
Kino, a poor fisherman, has just found a very large and valuable pearl and is going to the nearest town to sell it. He needs money urgently to get medical help for his baby who has just been stung by a scorpion. Before Kino found the pearl, the only doctor available had refused to treat the baby because Kino could not afford to pay for the treatment.
A town is a thing like a colonial animal. A town has a nervous system and a head and shoulders and feet. A town is a thing separate from all other towns, so that there are no two towns alike. And a town has a whole emotion. How news travels through a town is a mystery not easily to be solved. News seems to move faster than small boys can scramble and dart to tell it, faster than women can call it over the fences.
Before Kino a nd Juana and the other fishers had come to Kino’s brush house, the nerves of the town were pulsing and vibrating with the news — Kino had found the Pearl of the World. Before panting little boys could strangle out the words, their mothers knew it. The news swept on past the brush houses, and it washed in a foaming wave into the town of stone and plaster. It came to the priest walking in his garden, and it put a thoughtful look in his eyes and a memory of certain repairs necessary to the church. He wondered what the pearl would be worth. And he wondered whether he had baptized Kino’s baby, or married him for that matter. The news came to the shopkeepers and they looked at men’s clothes that had not sold so well.
在奇諾、喬安娜和其他漁夫回到奇諾的茅草屋前,奇諾發現了稀世珍珠的消息已在鎮上迅猛傳播開來。在男孩上氣不接下氣地擠出幾個字前,母親 已經知道消息了。消息如同海潮般沖過茅草屋,泛著泡沫沖進鎮上的豪宅。消息傳到在花園裏散步的牧師,他富有深意的想著是時候修葺教堂了。 他盤算著珍珠到底值多少錢。他在回憶到底給奇諾的孩子洗禮過還是為他主持過婚禮。消息傳到服裝店老板那兒,他充滿希望的望著那沒賣出去的 男裝。
The news came to the doctor where he sat with a woman whose illness was age, though neither she nor the doctor would admit it. And when it was made plain who Kino was, the doctor grew stern and judicious at the same time. “He is a client of mine,” the doctor said.“I am treating his child for a scorpion sting.” And the doctor’s eyes rolled up a little in their fat hammocks and he thought of Paris. He remembered the room he had lived in there as a great and luxurious place. The doctor looked past his aged patient and saw himself sitting in a restaurant in Paris and a waiter was just opening a bottle of wine.
消息傳到了醫生那兒,他正為一位因衰老而一籌莫展的老婦人看病。但彼此都為這病不以為然。當弄清奇諾是何許人也時,醫生堅定而明智的說:“ 他是我的病人。我正在為他的孩子治療蠍子叮傷。 ” 醫生翻滾著他那肥頭大耳般的眼睛,然後思緒飄飛到遙遠的巴黎去了。他記得他住在一個寬敞 且豪華的房間裏。他的目光掠過老婦人看到自己正坐在巴黎的一家飯店內,一位侍者正為他開酒。
The news came early to the beggars in front of the church, and it made them giggle a little with pleasure, for they knew that there is no alms-giver in the world like a poor man who is suddenly lucky.
Kino has found the Pearl of the World. In the town, in little offices, sat the men who bought pearls from the fishers. They waited in their chairs until the pearls came in, and then they cackled and fought and shouted and threatened until they reached the lowest price the fisherman would stand. But there was a price below which they dared not go, for it had happened that a fisherman in despair had given his pearls to the church. And when the buying was over, these buyers sat alone and their fingers played restlessly with the pearls, and they wished they owned the pearls. For there were not many buyers really— there was only one, and he kept these agents in separate offices to give a semblance of competition. The news came to these men, and their eyes squinted and their finger-tips burned a little, and each one thought how the patron could not live forever and someone had to take his place. And each one thought how with some capital he could get a new start