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名人家书:艾温布鲁克斯怀特致 母亲(杰西哈特怀特)

来源:慢速英语   时间:1970-01-01 08:00:00

  beta theta pi house

  ohio state university

  columbus,ohio

  26 april 1922

  dearest mum:

  i am hoping this will arrive on april 27 togreet you on your 42nd wedding anniversary,but iam a little late in starting it as usual.your letterreached me at mansfield,o.a couple of days ago where it was forwarded from east aurora.i guess itold you in one of my previous letters that the wayto reach me by mail is via 159 park place,eastaurora.mr.cushman does the forwarding.

  so you've been gay for forty years

  for forty years and two—

  been jolly all through smiles and tears

  so you've been gay for forty years:

  a thing one very seldom hears.

  i send my love to you.

  so you've been gay for forty years

  for forty years and two.

  i hardly think i have written you since we lefteast aurora a week ago monday in the afternoon.we remained over easter at the cushmans and hadeaster sunday dinner at the roycroft.the nextday we left,clanking merrily out of town with ourbed upon our back as goes the turtle…

  spring has arrived in ohio.this is a flat statewhere red pigs graze in bright green fields andwhere farms are neat and prosperous——not likenew york farms.we roll along through dozens ofvillages and cities whose names we never heard.they are typical of the middle west.the oldestinhabitant is generally standing somewhere pullinga long white beard,the smithy door is generallyopen and the sound of the anvil to be heard,thevillage flapper is generally flapping up and downalong main street in front of a group of joblessyouths who help hold the drug store up,and somewhere there is always a housewife sweepingoff a porch or carrying a spadeful of manure to thegarden.toward evening the country scenes becomeidyllic ——the sort of thing you have seen in themoving pictures and never quite believed in.sheepcome drifting up long green lawns where poplars throw interminable shadows,come drifting up andstand like statues beneath white plum blossoms,while far down the lane and off in the fields a littleford tractor moves like a snail across the furrows.lilacs are in full bloom and the lavender iron-wood blossoms are coloring all the roads.