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《懒人闲思录》出自英国幽默名家杰罗姆之手,这位“懒人”思想家善于从“懒人”的视角静观众生世相。平淡的生活细节一进入他的文章,就会妙趣盎然,栩栩如生。在这些文章中杰罗姆运用幽默冷峻的笔触展现了19世纪英格兰的社会风貌。
PREFACE2015-04-23
One or two friends to whom I showed these papers in MS. havingobserved that they were not half bad, and some of my relations havingpromised to buy the book if it ever came out, I feel I have no rightto longer delay its issue. But for this, as one may say, publicdemand, I perhaps should not have vent
ON BEING IDLE2015-04-22
Now, this is a subject on which I flatter myself I really am _aufait_. The gentleman who, when I was young, bathed me at wisdomsfont for nine guineas a term--no extras--used to say he never knew aboy who could do less work in more time; and I remember my poorgrandmother once incidentally observing,
ON BEING IN LOVE2015-04-22
Youve been in love, of course! If not youve got it to come. Loveis like the measles; we all have to go through it. Also like themeasles, we take it only once. One never need be afraid of catchingit a second time. The man who has had it can go into the mostdangerous places and play the most foolhar
ON BEING IN THE BLUES2015-04-21
I can enjoy feeling melancholy, and there is a good deal ofsatisfaction about being thoroughly miserable; but nobody likes a fitof the blues. Nevertheless, everybody has them; notwithstandingwhich, nobody can tell why. There is no accounting for them. You arejust as likely to have one on the day aft
ON BEING HARD UP2015-04-21
It is a most remarkable thing. I sat down with the full intention ofwriting something clever and original; but for the life of me I cantthink of anything clever and original--at least, not at this moment. The only thing I can think about now is being hard up. I supposehaving my hands in my pockets h
ON VANITY AND VANITIES2015-04-20
All is vanity and everybodys vain. Women are terribly vain. So aremen--more so, if possible. So are children, particularly children. One of them at this very moment is hammering upon my legs. She wantsto know what I think of her new shoes. Candidly I dont think much ofthem. They lack symmetry and c
ON GETTING ON IN THE WORLD2015-04-20
Not exactly the sort of thing for an idle fellow to think about, isit? But outsiders, you know, often see most of the game; and sittingin my arbor by the wayside, smoking my hookah of contentment andeating the sweet lotus-leaves of indolence, I can look out musinglyupon the whirling throng that roll
ON THE WEATHER2015-04-19
Things do go so contrary-like with me. I wanted to hit upon anespecially novel, out-of-the-way subject for one of these articles. I will write one paper about something altogether new, I said tomyself; something that nobody else has ever written or talked aboutbefore; and then I can have it all my
ON CATS AND DOGS2015-04-19
What Ive suffered from them this morning no tongue can tell. Itbegan with Gustavus Adolphus. Gustavus Adolphus (they call himGusty down-stairs for short) is a very good sort of dog when he isin the middle of a large field or on a fairly extensive common, but Iwont have him indoors. He means well
ON BEING SHY2015-04-18
All great literary men are shy. I am myself, though I am told it ishardly noticeable. I am glad it is not. It used to be extremely prominent at one time,and was the cause of much misery to myself and discomfort to every oneabout me--my lady friends especially complained most bitterly aboutit. A shy ma
ON BABIES2015-04-18
Oh, yes, I do--I know a lot about em. I was one myself once, thoughnot long--not so long as my clothes. They were very long, Irecollect, and always in my way when I wanted to kick. Why do babieshave such yards of unnecessary clothing? It is not a riddle. Ireally want to know. I never could understa
ON EATING AND DRINKING2015-04-17
I always was fond of eating and drinking, even as a child--especiallyeating, in those early days. I had an appetite then, also adigestion. I remember a dull-eyed, livid-complexioned gentlemancoming to dine at our house once. He watched me eating for about fiveminutes, quite fascinated seemingly, and
ON FURNISHED APARTMENTS2015-04-17
Oh, you have some rooms to let. Mother!Well, what is it?Eres a gentleman about the rooms. Ask im in. Ill be up in a minute. Will yer step inside, sir? Motherll be up in a minute. So you step inside and after a minute mother comes slowly up thekitchen stairs, untying her apron as she c
ON DRESS AND DEPORTMENT2015-04-16
They say--people who ought to be ashamed of themselves do--that theconsciousness of being well dressed imparts a blissfulness to thehuman heart that religion is powerless to bestow. I am afraid thesecynical persons are sometimes correct. I know that when I was a veryyoung man (many, many years ago,
ON MEMORY2015-04-16
I remember, I remember,In the days of chill November,How the blackbird on the--I forget the rest. It is the beginning of the first piece of poetry Iever learned; forHey, diddle diddle,The cat and the fiddle,I take no note of, it being of a frivolous character and lacking inthe qualities of true

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