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[文化博览] 【整理】2013-02-15 狄更斯其人 Charles Dickens—5

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[Homework]2013-02-15 狄更斯其人 Charles Dickens—5

The first objects, he says, that assume a distinct presence before me as I look far back into the blank of my infancy, are my mother with her pretty hair and youthful shape and Peggotty with no shape at all. And eyes are so dark. It seems to darken their whole neighborhood in her face. That's that thing of children, remembering things much, much larger than it actually were in objective reality. Eyes are so dark. It seems to darken the whole neighborhood in her face. And cheeks and arms are so hard and red that I wondered the birds didn't peck her in preference to apples. Again, everything is very simple at this stage. Dickens the great wordsmith, the literary showman, is actually putting everything back into his box of tricks and shutting that box tight. So everything is more than syllables. Cheeks and arms so hard and red and that little image, the birds pecking at her cheeks and preference to apples. Of course, that's the image of a child would understand the bird pecking. He wouldn't have anything more sophisticated to compare Peggotty's cheeks to.But David's idyll shatters as his mother remarries to a cold and heartless man, called Mr. Murdstone. Now David can only see harshness wherever he gazes.
I could not look at her; I could not look at him. I knew quite well that he was looking at us both. And I turned to the window. I looked out there as some shrubs that were drooping their heads in the cold.


The young David Copperfield is the camera in this picture. And everything we're perceiving and everything we're reading about is done, as it perceives through his eyes. I turned to the window. And that scene of childhood where as you grow up, if you receive bad news, of if there's been in a subjective bad moment, you instantly recall the first image you saw at the time. And the image that no matter how insignificant it appears still burns there in your heart with significance. This whole process, these first few chapters of David Copperfield ...



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