您的位置:首页>网络资源>文章正文

Mystery of the White Gardenia

编辑:Yuting来源:英语爱好者点击:1日期:2009-02-16

Mystery of the White Gardenia

Every year on my birthday, from the time I turned 12, a white gardenia was delivered to my house. No card or note came with it. Calls to the florist were always in vain——it was a cash purchase. After a while I stopped trying to discover the sender's identity and just delighted in the beauty and heady perfume of that one magical, perfect white flower nestled in soft pink tissue paper.
But I never stopped imagining who the anonymous giver might be. Some of my happiest moments were spent daydreaming about someone wonderful and exciting but too shy or eccentric to make known his or her identity.
My mother contributed to these imaginations. She’d ask me if there was someone for whom I had done a special kindness who might be showing appreciation. Perhaps the neighbor I'd helped when she was unloading a car full of groceries. Or maybe it was the old man across the street whose mail I retrieve during the winter so he wouldn’t have to venture down his icy steps. As a teenager,though,I had more fun speculating that it might be a boy I had a crush on or one who had noticed me even though I didn't know him.
When I was 17,a boy broke my heart. The night he called for the last time,I cried myself to sleep,When I awoke in the morning,there was a message scribbled on my mirror in red lipstick: “Heartily know, when half-gods go, the gods arrive.” I thought about that quotation from Emerson for a long time, until my heart healed. I left it where my mother had written it. When I finally went to get the glass cleaner, my mother knew everything was all right again.

I don't remember ever slamming my door in anger and shouting, “You just don't understand!” Because she did understand.
One month before my graduation, my father died of a heart attack. My feelings ranged from grief to abandonment, fear and overwhelming anger that my dad was missing some of the most important events in my life. I became completely uninterested in my upcoming graduation, the senior-class play and the dance. But my mother, in the midst of her own grief, would not hear of my skipping any of those things.
The day before my father died, my mother and I had gone shopping for a party dress. We’d found a spectacular one, with yards and yards of dotted Swiss in red,white,and blue. It made me feel like Scarlett O'Hara,but it was the wrong size. When my father died, I forgot about the dress.
My mother didn’t. The day before the dance, I found that dress——in the right size——draped majestically over the living-room sofa. It was presented to me——beautifully,artistically,lovingly. I didn't care if I had a new dress or not. But my mother did.
She wanted her children to feel loved and lovable, creative and imaginative, imbued with a sense that there was magic in the world and beauty even in the face of adversity. In truth, my mother wanted her children to see themselves much like the gardenia——lovely, strong and perfect——with an aura of magic and perhaps a bit of mystery.ong>
My mother died ten days after I was married. I was 22.That was the year the gardenia stopped coming.







注解:
vain (adj.) ①(对自己的才、貌等)自视过高;自负的
②无意义的,无价值的;空头的承诺,空欢喜,虚无的胜利
③无用的,无益的,无效的,徒劳的(劳而无功的努力)

purchase (n.) ①购买(日期)
②(为拉动或升举某物、防止滑落等的)紧握,紧抓;杠杆作用
(v.) ①~ sth (with sth); ~ sth (for sb) 购买某物
②~ sth (with sth) (以某种代价或牺牲)换得或实现某事物

delight (n.) ①高兴,愉快,快乐
②使人高兴的原因
③以某事物(做某事)为乐(尤指残忍的事或坏事)

nestle (v.) ①安顿下来
②处于半荫蔽或遮掩处
③容纳(某人/某物);怀抱
④~ sth against,使(头、肩等)依偎、紧挨某物;

anonymous (adj.) ①不知姓名的,不公开名字的
②匿名的,不具名的

eccentric (adj.) ①(指人,举止)异常的,古怪的
②(指圆形)没有共同圆心的

unload (v.) ①~ sth from sth 从(某物)上卸下货物
②~ sb/sth (on/onto sb)摆脱某人(某事物)

speculate(v.) 思考,思索,推断,推测

scribble (v.) ①匆匆或曹操书写(某内容)
②在某物上面(无意义的东西)

quotation (n.)①引用,引述,引证
②引用语,语录,引文
③行情,牌价,估价,报价

spectacular (adj.) ①壮观的,精彩的
②引人注目的,出色的,与众不同的

Scarlett O'Hara 人名,(《飘》的女主人公)同名

majestically (adv.) 庄严地,壮丽地,高贵地,宏伟地

imaginative (adj.) 富于想象力的,爱想象的