2016年10月18日 星期二

busload, bleak, empty the room, windswept

Amid Plan to Raze ‘Jungle,’ Unrest Arrives in French Towns Before Migrants President François Hollande’s plan to resolve the Calais migrant crisis is sowing social unrest across the country as hundreds of towns brace for the arrival of refugees by the busloads.

HUANGSONGYU RESERVOIR, China -- The Buddhists came by the busload to this partially frozen reservoir about 55 miles north of Beijing. In the morning, they released 53,000 fish into holes cut in the ice. In the afternoon, they walked clockwise around a bonfire in the courtyard of a windswept rural...


In Indonesia on Thursday, Mrs. Clinton appeared on a popular variety show, “Awesome,” on which she told the young host, somewhat sheepishly, that her favorite musicians were the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. She politely declined to sing, saying it would empty the room.




Fed Chief Bleak on Economic Outlook
By STEVEN R. WEISMAN
A sense of gloom gripped Washington as the Federal Reserve chairman warned of the risks of a slowdown.


Top Officials See Bleaker Outlook for the Economy
By EDMUND L. ANDREWS
Both Ben S. Bernanke and Henry M. Paulson Jr. said they were scaling back their more optimistic forecasts.



談一段狄更斯 Bleak House 荒涼山莊 的翻譯(PR抄 Ch. 16

It's a black, dilapidated street avoided by all decent people; where the crazy houses were seized upon, when their decay was far advanced, by some bold vagrants, who, after establishing their own possession, took to letting them out in lodgings. Now, these tumbling tenements contain, by night, a swarm of misery. As on the ruined human wretch, vermin parasites appear, so, these ruined shelters have bred a crowd of foul existence that crawls in and out of gaps in walls and boards

這是一個很不像樣的街道,房屋破爛倒塌,而且被煤烟熏得污黑,體面的人都繞道而行。在這裡,有些大膽的無業遊民趁這些房子破爛不堪的時候,搬了進去,把它們據為己有,??(轉而?)租給別人。現在這些搖搖欲墜的房子,到了晚間便住滿了窮苦無告的人,正如窮人身上長滿虱子那樣,這些破房子也住滿了倒霉的傢伙,他們從那些破牆和木板牆的裂口爬進爬出,三五成群地在透風漏(雨?)的地方縮成一團睡覺。」

HC的看法:基本上採取解釋的翻譯(本段全後句;foul existence 等)。標點符號不合原文。wretch dilapidated
CRAZE 產生紋裂

bleak
adjective
1 If weather or a place is bleak, it is cold, empty and not welcoming or attractive:
The house stands on a bleak, windswept moor.

2 If a situation is bleak, there is little or no hope for the future:
The economic outlook is bleak.

bleakness
noun [U]paint a bleak/gloomy/rosy, etc. picture of sth
to describe something in a particular way:
He painted a rosy picture of family life.
She paints a gloomy picture of the future.

empty (NOTHING IN)
adjective
not containing any things or people:
an empty house/street
Shall I take the empty bottles for recycling?
The train was empty (= There were no passengers) by the time it reached London.

empty
verb
1 [T] to remove everything from inside something:
I emptied the closet and put my belongings into the black overnight case.
Would you mind emptying (out) your pockets?
Empty the soup into a saucepan and simmer gently for ten minutes.
She quickly emptied her glass (= drank its contents) and ordered another drink.

2 [I] to become empty:
The place emptied pretty quickly when the fight started.

windswept
adjective
(of places) open to and not protected from strong winds, or (of people) having hair that is untidy because it has been blown in different directions by the wind:
We drove down to the windswept Atlantic coast of Portugal.
windswept hair

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