雄伯手記980127

雄伯手記980127

 

年底W從台北聽經聞法回來,在樓下電話機前碎碎唸:「聲音太小,該汰舊換新了吧!」於是花了較高價格買了一台歌林的日本原裝電話機,W喜氣洋洋地娑摩它的功能:「你瞧!這裡按一下就是上查,再按一下就可以刪除舊有的來電資訊」。過了一天,W忽然又心血來潮地說:「舊的電話機放到哪裡?我要來研究一下。」從沙發桌下翻找出來後,她拿了一根螺絲起子轉開電話機外殼,得意洋洋地說:「你瞧!裏面就是那麼簡陋,一個主機板跟幾條線圈。我弄壞了,扔掉吧!」我趨前一瞧,偶然瞥見電話機旁一本她剛帶回來的人壽保險公司贈送的小冊子,心頭掠過一陣恍然。

 

記得未退休前,曾經利用課表沒課的時間,跟E在辦公室樓下的合作社休息室共讀馬奎斯Marquez的「預知死亡紀事」Chronicle of Death Foretold。第一段的生動描述迄今猶印象深刻:

 

On the day they were going to kill him, Santiago Nasar got up at five-thirty in the morning to wait for the boat the bishop was coming on. He’d dreamed he was going through a grove of timber trees where a gentle drizzle was falling, and for an instant he was happy in his dream, but when he awoke he felt completely spattered with bird shit.(在他們將要殺他的那一天,聖提亞哥、納沙早上五點半起床,去等待主教即將搭乘來臨的那班輪渡。他曾夢見他在細雨霏霏中正穿過一片樹林,有一陣子,他還愉悅於夢中景象,但是當他醒來時,卻覺得宛如全身濺滿鳥屎。)

 

“ He was always dreaming about trees,” Placida Linero, his mother, told me twenty-seven years later, recalling the details of that distressing Monday. “ The week before, he’d dreamed that he was alone in a tinfoil airplane and flying through the almond trees without bumping into anything,” she said to me. She had a well-earned reputation as an accurate interpreter of other people’s dreams, provided they were told her before eating, but she hadn’t noticed any ominous augury in those two dreams of her son’s, or in the other dreams of trees he’d described to her on the mornings preceding his death.(「他總是夢到樹木。」他的母親菩列希達二十七年後告訴我,回憶起那令人痛苦的星期一的細節。「前一個星期,他曾夢到他單獨在錫箔的飛機上飛越過杏樹林,沒有碰撞到任何東西。」她對我說。她作為一位靈驗的詳解他人夢境者,頗有些名聲,只要在吃飯以前告訴她夢中情景。但是她卻沒注意到,在她兒子的那兩個夢境,及他死亡前的幾個早上他曾對她描述的其他他夢到樹林的夢境,有任何不祥的預兆。)

 

 

 

 

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