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名人家书:马克吐温致妻 (奥莉维亚 L 兰登)( 1 )

来源:慢速英语   时间:1970-01-01 08:00:00

  15 february 1869, ohio

  livy,darling, how are you this morning?forit is morning,i guess,inasmuch as it is only halfpast 9,&i have not got up yet.i only awoke a

  little while ago,&naturally thought of you the first thing.i don't intend to get up till noon.

  i wrote to our mother,——if she will allow me to call her so——&the letter is gone. if i hadit back i would write it over again. i see that inletting the letter“write itself” it took entirely too unconventional a form. i forgot,occasionally, thefact that i was really writing to the public,instead of to her. and so i elaborated what neededno elaboration,& merely touched upon matterswhich should have been treated more fully. but don't you see?——if i had kept the public in mymind, the sense of being questioned & crossquestioned by outsiders, upon matters essentiallyprivate & personal, would have been so oppressivethat i could not have written at all. it is hard toknow that what you are writing(confessing) aboutyour most delicate& private affairs is to be read bystrangers and unlovingly criticised & commentedon at tea tables & among miscellaneous groupswho would often rather say a smart thing than akind one. so i think that maybe, after all, theremay have been a little natural impulse to holdback,instead of speaking out freely, though i wasnot really conscious of such an impulse. i do notthink i am more sensitive than others woule be under like circumstances.