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Chapter One 3
3The dim light of a filthy1 bean-oil lamp on a millstone in the barn flickered3 uneasily, wisps ofblack smoke curling from the tip of its flame. The smell of lamp oil merged4 with the stink5 ofdonkey droppings and urine. The air was foul6. The black animal lay on the ground betweenthe millstone and a dark green stone trough. All Shangguan Lü could see when she walked inwas the flickering7 light of the lamp, but she heard the anxious voice of Shangguan Fulu:
“What did she have?”
She turned toward the sound and curled her lip, then crossed the room, past the donkey andShangguan Shouxi, who was massaging8 the animal’s belly9; she walked over to the windowand ripped away the paper covering. A dozen rays of golden sunlight lit up the far wall. Shethen went to the millstone and blew out the lamp, releasing the smell of burned oil to snuff outthe other rank odors. Shangguan Shouxi’s dark oily face took on a golden sheen; his tinyblack eyes sparkled like burning coals. “Mother,” he said fearfully, “let’s leave. Everybody atFelicity Manor10 has fled, the Japanese will be here soon …”
Shangguan Lü stared at her son with a look that said, Why can’t you be a man? Avoidingher eyes, he lowered his sweaty face.
“Who told you they’re coming?” Shangguan Lü demanded angrily.
“The steward11 at Felicity Manor has been firing his gun and sounding the alarm,”
Shangguan Shouxi muttered as he wiped his sweaty face with an arm covered with donkeyhairs. It was puny12 alongside the muscular arm of his mother. His lips, which had beenquivering like a baby at the tit, grew steady, as his head jerked up. Pricking13 up his tiny ears tolisten for sounds, he said, “Mother, Father, do you hear that?”
The hoarse14 voice of Sima Ting drifted lazily into the barn. “Elders, mothers, uncles, aunts— brothers, sisters-in-law — brothers and sisters — run for your lives, flee while you can,hide in the fields till the danger passes — the Japanese are on their way — this is not a falsealarm, it’s real. Fellow villagers, don’t waste another minute, run, don’t trade your lives for afew broken-down shacks15. While you live, the mountains stay green, while you live, the worldkeeps turning — fellow villagers, run while you can, do not wait until it’s too late …”
Shangguan Shouxi jumped to his feet. “Did you hear that, Mother? Let’s go!”
“Go? Go where?” Shangguan Lü said unhappily. “Of course the people at Felicity Manorhave run off. But why should we join them? We are blacksmiths and farmers. We owe notariff to the emperor or taxes to the nation. We are loyal citizens, whoever is in charge. TheJapanese are human, too, aren’t they? They’ve occupied the Northeast, but where would theybe without common folk to till the fields and pay the rent? You’re his father, the head of thefamily, tell me, am I right?”
Shangguan Fulu’s lips parted to reveal two rows of strong, yellow teeth. It was hard to tellif he was smiling or frowning.
“I asked you a question!” she shouted angrily. “What do you gain by showing me thoseyellow teeth? I can’t get a fart out of you, even with a stone roller!”
With a long face, Shangguan Fulu said, “Why ask me? If you say leave, we leave, if yousay stay, we stay.”
Shangguan Lü sighed. “If the signs are good, we’ll be all right. If not, there’s nothing wecan do about it. So get to work and push down on her belly!”
Opening and closing his mouth to build up his courage, Shangguan Shouxi asked loudly,but without much confidence, “Has the baby come?”
“Any man worth his salt focuses on what he’s doing,” Shangguan Lü said. “You take careof the donkey, and leave women’s business to me.”
“She’s my wife,” Shangguan Shouxi muttered. “No one says she isn’t.”
“My guess is this time it’s a boy,” Shangguan Shouxi said as he pressed down on thedonkey’s belly. “I’ve never seen her that big before.”
“You’re worthless …” Shangguan Lü was losing spirit. “Protect us, Bodhisattva.”
Shangguan Shouxi wanted to say more, but his mother’s sad face sealed his lips.
“You two keep at it here,” Shangguan Fulu said, “while I go see what’s going on outthere.”
“Where do you think you’re going?” Shangguan Lü demanded as she grabbed herhusband’s shoulders and dragged him back to where the donkey lay. “What’s going on outthere is none of your business! Just keep massaging the donkey’s belly. The sooner she foals,the better. Dear Bodhisattva, Lord in Heaven. The Shangguan ancestors were men of iron andsteel, so how did I wind up with two such worthless specimens17?”
Shangguan Fulu bent18 over, reached out with hands that were as dainty as his son’s, andpressed down on the donkey’s twitching19 belly. The donkey lay between him and his son;pressing down one after the other, they seemed to be on opposite ends of a teeter-totter. Upand down they went, massaging the animal’s hide. Weak father, weak son, accomplishinglittle with their soft hands — limp wicks, fluffy20 cotton, always careless and given to cuttingcorners. Standing21 behind them, Shangguan Lü could only shake her head in frustration22, beforereaching out, grabbing her husband by the neck, and jerking him to his feet. “Go on,” shedemanded, “out of my way!” She sent her husband, a blacksmith hardly worthy23 of the name,reeling into the corner, where he sprawled24 atop a sack of hay. “And you, get up!” she orderedher son. “You’re just underfoot. You never eat less than your share, and you’re never aroundwhen there’s work to be done. Lord in Heaven, what did I do to deserve this?”
Shangguan Shouxi jumped to his feet as if his life had been spared and ran over to join hisfather in the corner. Their dark little eyes rolled in their sockets25, their expressions were amixture of cunning and stupidity. The silence in the barn was broken once again by the shoutsof Sima Ting, setting father and son squirming, as if their bowels26 or bladders were about tobetray them.
Shangguan Lü knelt on the ground in front of the donkey’s belly, oblivious27 of the filth2, alook of solemn concentration on her face. Rolling up her sleeves, she rubbed her handstogether, creating a grating noise like scraping the soles of two shoes together. Laying hercheek against the animal’s belly, she listened attentively28 with her eyes narrowed. Then shestroked the donkey’s face. “Donkey,” she said, “go on, get it over with. It’s the curse of allfemales.” Then she straddled the donkey’s neck, bent over, and laid her hands on its belly. Asif planing a board, she pushed down and out. A pitiful bray29 tore from the donkey’s mouth andits legs shot out stiffly, four hooves quaking violently, as if beating a violent tattoo30 on fourdrums, the jagged rhythm bouncing off the walls. It raised its head, left it suspended in the airfor a moment, then brought it crashing back to earth with a moist, sticky thud. “Donkey,endure it a while longer,” she murmured. “Who made us female in the first place? Clenchyour teeth, push … push harder …” Holding her hands up to her chest to draw strength intothem, she took a deep breath, held it, and pushed down slowly, firmly.
The donkey struggled, yellow liquid shot out of its nostrils31 as its head jerked around andbanged on the ground. Down at the other end, amniotic fluid and wet, sticky feces sprayed thearea. In their horror, father and son covered their eyes.
“Fellow villagers, the Jap horse soldiers have already set out from the county seat. I’veheard eyewitness32 accounts, this is not a false alarm, run for your lives before it’s too late …”
Sima Ting’s shouts entered their ears with remarkable33 clarity.
Shangguan Fulu and his son opened their eyes and saw Shangguan Lü sitting beside thedonkey’s head, her own head lowered as she gasped34 for breath. Her white shirt was soakedwith sweat, throwing her solid, hard shoulder blades into prominent relief. Fresh blood pooledbetween the donkey’s legs as the spindly leg of its foal poked35 out from the birth canal; itlooked unreal, as if someone had stuck it up there as a prank36.
Once again, Shangguan Lü laid her twitching cheek against the donkey’s belly and listened.
To Shangguan Shouxi, his mother’s face looked like an overripe apricot, a serene37 goldencolor. Sima Ting’s persistent38 shouts floated in the air, like a fly in pursuit of rotting meat,sticking first to the wall, then buzzing over to the donkey’s hide. Pangs39 of fear struckShangguan Shouxi’s heart and made his skin crawl; a sense of impending40 doom41 wracked him.
He lacked the courage to run out of the barn, for a vague sense of foreboding told him that theminute he stepped out the door, he’d fall into the hands of Jap soldiers — those squat42 littlemen with short, stubby limbs, noses like cloves43 of garlic, and bulging44 eyes, who ate humanhearts and livers and drank their victims’ blood. They’d kill and eat him, leaving nothingbehind, not even bone scraps45. And at this very moment, he knew, they were massing innearby lanes to get their hands on local women and children, all the while bucking46 andkicking and snorting like wild horses. He turned to look at his father in hopes of gainingsolace. What he saw was an ashen-faced Shangguan Fulu, a blacksmith who was a disgrace tothe trade, sitting on a sack of hay, arms wrapped around his knees as he rocked back andforth, his back and head banging against the wall. Shangguan Shouxi’s nose began to ache, hewasn’t sure why, and tears flowed from his eyes.
With a cough, Shangguan Lü slowly raised her head. Stroking the donkey’s face, shesighed. “Donkey, oh donkey,” she said, “what have you done? How could you push its leg outlike that? Don’t you know the head has to come out first?” Water spilled from the animal’slackluster eyes. She dried them with her hand, blew her nose loudly, then turned to her son.
“Go get Third Master Fan. I was hoping we wouldn’t have to buy two bottles of liquor and apig’s head for him, but we’ll just have to spend the money. Go get him!”
Shangguan Shouxi shrank up against the wall in terror, his eyes glued to the door, whichled to the lanes outside. “The l-lanes are f-filled with J-Japanese,” he stammered47, “all those J-Japanese …”
Enraged48, Shangguan Lü stood up, stormed over to the door, and jerked it open, letting in anearly-summer southwest wind that carried the pungent49 smell of ripe wheat. The lane was still,absolutely quiet. A cluster of butterflies, looking somehow unreal, flitted past, etching apicture of colorful wings on Shangguan Shouxi’s heart; he was sure it was a bad omen16.


1 filthy ZgOzj     
  • The whole river has been fouled up with filthy waste from factories.整条河都被工厂的污秽废物污染了。
  • You really should throw out that filthy old sofa and get a new one.你真的应该扔掉那张肮脏的旧沙发,然后再去买张新的。
2 filth Cguzj     
  • I don't know how you can read such filth.我不明白你怎么会去读这种淫秽下流的东西。
  • The dialogue was all filth and innuendo.这段对话全是下流的言辞和影射。
3 flickered 93ec527d68268e88777d6ca26683cc82     
(通常指灯光)闪烁,摇曳( flicker的过去式和过去分词 )
  • The lights flickered and went out. 灯光闪了闪就熄了。
  • These lights flickered continuously like traffic lights which have gone mad. 这些灯象发狂的交通灯一样不停地闪动着。
4 merged d33b2d33223e1272c8bbe02180876e6f     
(使)混合( merge的过去式和过去分词 ); 相融; 融入; 渐渐消失在某物中
  • Turf wars are inevitable when two departments are merged. 两个部门合并时总免不了争争权限。
  • The small shops were merged into a large market. 那些小商店合并成为一个大商场。
5 stink ZG5zA     
  • The stink of the rotten fish turned my stomach.腐烂的鱼臭味使我恶心。
  • The room has awful stink.那个房间散发着难闻的臭气。
6 foul Sfnzy     
  • Take off those foul clothes and let me wash them.脱下那些脏衣服让我洗一洗。
  • What a foul day it is!多么恶劣的天气!
7 flickering wjLxa     
  • The crisp autumn wind is flickering away. 清爽的秋风正在吹拂。
  • The lights keep flickering. 灯光忽明忽暗。
8 massaging 900a624ac429d397d32b1f3bb9f962f1     
按摩,推拿( massage的现在分词 )
  • He watched the prisoner massaging his freed wrists. 他看着那个犯人不断揉搓着刚松开的两只手腕。
  • Massaging your leg will ease the cramp. 推拿大腿可解除抽筋。
9 belly QyKzLi     
  • The boss has a large belly.老板大腹便便。
  • His eyes are bigger than his belly.他眼馋肚饱。
10 manor d2Gy4     
  • The builder of the manor house is a direct ancestor of the present owner.建造这幢庄园的人就是它现在主人的一个直系祖先。
  • I am not lord of the manor,but its lady.我并非此地的领主,而是这儿的女主人。
11 steward uUtzw     
  • He's the steward of the club.他是这家俱乐部的管理员。
  • He went around the world as a ship's steward.他当客船服务员,到过世界各地。
12 puny Bt5y6     
  • The resources at the central banks' disposal are simply too puny.中央银行掌握的资金实在太少了。
  • Antonio was a puny lad,and not strong enough to work.安东尼奥是个瘦小的小家伙,身体还不壮,还不能干活。
13 pricking b0668ae926d80960b702acc7a89c84d6     
  • She felt a pricking on her scalp. 她感到头皮上被扎了一下。
  • Intercostal neuralgia causes paroxysmal burning pain or pricking pain. 肋间神经痛呈阵发性的灼痛或刺痛。
14 hoarse 5dqzA     
  • He asked me a question in a hoarse voice.他用嘶哑的声音问了我一个问题。
  • He was too excited and roared himself hoarse.他过于激动,嗓子都喊哑了。
15 shacks 10fad6885bef7d154b3947a97a2c36a9     
n.窝棚,简陋的小屋( shack的名词复数 )
  • They live in shacks which they made out of wood. 他们住在用木头搭成的简陋的小屋里。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Most people in Port au-Prince live in tin shacks. 太子港的大多数居民居住在铁皮棚里。 来自互联网
16 omen N5jzY     
  • The superstitious regard it as a bad omen.迷信的人认为那是一种恶兆。
  • Could this at last be a good omen for peace?这是否终于可以视作和平的吉兆了?
17 specimens 91fc365099a256001af897127174fcce     
n.样品( specimen的名词复数 );范例;(化验的)抽样;某种类型的人
  • Astronauts have brought back specimens of rock from the moon. 宇航员从月球带回了岩石标本。
  • The traveler brought back some specimens of the rocks from the mountains. 那位旅行者从山上带回了一些岩石标本。 来自《简明英汉词典》
18 bent QQ8yD     
  • He was fully bent upon the project.他一心扑在这项计划上。
  • We bent over backward to help them.我们尽了最大努力帮助他们。
19 twitching 97f99ba519862a2bc691c280cee4d4cf     
  • The child in a spasm kept twitching his arms and legs. 那个害痉挛的孩子四肢不断地抽搐。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • My eyelids keep twitching all the time. 我眼皮老是跳。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
20 fluffy CQjzv     
  • Newly hatched chicks are like fluffy balls.刚孵出的小鸡像绒毛球。
  • The steamed bread is very fluffy.馒头很暄。
21 standing 2hCzgo     
  • After the earthquake only a few houses were left standing.地震过后只有几幢房屋还立着。
  • They're standing out against any change in the law.他们坚决反对对法律做任何修改。
22 frustration 4hTxj     
  • He had to fight back tears of frustration.他不得不强忍住失意的泪水。
  • He beat his hands on the steering wheel in frustration.他沮丧地用手打了几下方向盘。
23 worthy vftwB     
  • I did not esteem him to be worthy of trust.我认为他不值得信赖。
  • There occurred nothing that was worthy to be mentioned.没有值得一提的事发生。
24 sprawled 6cc8223777584147c0ae6b08b9304472     
v.伸开四肢坐[躺]( sprawl的过去式和过去分词);蔓延;杂乱无序地拓展;四肢伸展坐着(或躺着)
  • He was sprawled full-length across the bed. 他手脚摊开横躺在床上。
  • He was lying sprawled in an armchair, watching TV. 他四肢伸开正懒散地靠在扶手椅上看电视。
25 sockets ffe33a3f6e35505faba01d17fd07d641     
n.套接字,使应用程序能够读写与收发通讯协定(protocol)与资料的程序( Socket的名词复数 );孔( socket的名词复数 );(电器上的)插口;托座;凹穴
  • All new PCs now have USB sockets. 新的个人计算机现在都有通用串行总线插孔。
  • Make sure the sockets in your house are fingerproof. 确保你房中的插座是防触电的。 来自超越目标英语 第4册
26 bowels qxMzez     
n.肠,内脏,内部;肠( bowel的名词复数 );内部,最深处
  • Salts is a medicine that causes movements of the bowels. 泻盐是一种促使肠子运动的药物。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The cabins are in the bowels of the ship. 舱房设在船腹内。 来自《简明英汉词典》
27 oblivious Y0Byc     
  • Mother has become quite oblivious after the illness.这次病后,妈妈变得特别健忘。
  • He was quite oblivious of the danger.他完全没有察觉到危险。
28 attentively AyQzjz     
  • She listened attentively while I poured out my problems. 我倾吐心中的烦恼时,她一直在注意听。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • She listened attentively and set down every word he said. 她专心听着,把他说的话一字不漏地记下来。 来自《简明英汉词典》
29 bray hnRyv     
n.驴叫声, 喇叭声;v.驴叫
  • She cut him off with a wild bray of laughter.她用刺耳的狂笑打断了他的讲话。
  • The donkey brayed and tried to bolt.这头驴嘶叫着试图脱缰而逃。
30 tattoo LIDzk     
  • I've decided to get my tattoo removed.我已经决定去掉我身上的纹身。
  • He had a tattoo on the back of his hand.他手背上刺有花纹。
31 nostrils 23a65b62ec4d8a35d85125cdb1b4410e     
鼻孔( nostril的名词复数 )
  • Her nostrils flared with anger. 她气得两个鼻孔都鼓了起来。
  • The horse dilated its nostrils. 马张大鼻孔。
32 eyewitness VlVxj     
  • The police questioned several eyewitness to the murder.警察询问了谋杀案的几位目击者。
  • He was the only eyewitness of the robbery.他是那起抢劫案的唯一目击者。
33 remarkable 8Vbx6     
  • She has made remarkable headway in her writing skills.她在写作技巧方面有了长足进步。
  • These cars are remarkable for the quietness of their engines.这些汽车因发动机没有噪音而不同凡响。
34 gasped e6af294d8a7477229d6749fa9e8f5b80     
v.喘气( gasp的过去式和过去分词 );喘息;倒抽气;很想要
  • She gasped at the wonderful view. 如此美景使她惊讶得屏住了呼吸。
  • People gasped with admiration at the superb skill of the gymnasts. 体操运动员的高超技艺令人赞叹。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
35 poked 87f534f05a838d18eb50660766da4122     
v.伸出( poke的过去式和过去分词 );戳出;拨弄;与(某人)性交
  • She poked him in the ribs with her elbow. 她用胳膊肘顶他的肋部。
  • His elbow poked out through his torn shirt sleeve. 他的胳膊从衬衫的破袖子中露了出来。 来自《简明英汉词典》
36 prank 51azg     
  • It was thought that the fire alarm had been set off as a prank.人们认为火警报警器响是个恶作剧。
  • The dean was ranking the boys for pulling the prank.系主任正在惩罚那些恶作剧的男学生。
37 serene PD2zZ     
adj. 安详的,宁静的,平静的
  • He has entered the serene autumn of his life.他已进入了美好的中年时期。
  • He didn't speak much,he just smiled with that serene smile of his.他话不多,只是脸上露出他招牌式的淡定的微笑。
38 persistent BSUzg     
  • Albert had a persistent headache that lasted for three days.艾伯特连续头痛了三天。
  • She felt embarrassed by his persistent attentions.他不时地向她大献殷勤,使她很难为情。
39 pangs 90e966ce71191d0a90f6fec2265e2758     
突然的剧痛( pang的名词复数 ); 悲痛
  • She felt sudden pangs of regret. 她突然感到痛悔不已。
  • With touching pathos he described the pangs of hunger. 他以极具感伤力的笔触描述了饥饿的痛苦。
40 impending 3qHzdb     
a.imminent, about to come or happen
  • Against a background of impending famine, heavy fighting took place. 即将发生饥荒之时,严重的战乱爆发了。
  • The king convoke parliament to cope with the impending danger. 国王召开国会以应付迫近眉睫的危险。
41 doom gsexJ     
  • The report on our economic situation is full of doom and gloom.这份关于我们经济状况的报告充满了令人绝望和沮丧的调子。
  • The dictator met his doom after ten years of rule.独裁者统治了十年终于完蛋了。
42 squat 2GRzp     
  • For this exercise you need to get into a squat.在这次练习中你需要蹲下来。
  • He is a squat man.他是一个矮胖的男人。
43 cloves 5ad54567fd694738fc0b84d05623a07a     
n.丁香(热带树木的干花,形似小钉子,用作调味品,尤用作甜食的香料)( clove的名词复数 );蒜瓣(a garlic ~|a ~of garlic)
  • My country is rich in cinnamon, cloves, ginger, pepper, and precious stones. 我国盛产肉桂、丁香、生姜、胡椒和宝石。 来自辞典例句
  • Ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper and cloves are common spices. 姜、肉豆蔻、肉桂、胡椒、丁香都是常用的香料。 来自辞典例句
44 bulging daa6dc27701a595ab18024cbb7b30c25     
膨胀; 凸出(部); 打气; 折皱
  • Her pockets were bulging with presents. 她的口袋里装满了礼物。
  • Conscious of the bulging red folder, Nim told her,"Ask if it's important." 尼姆想到那个鼓鼓囊囊的红色文件夹便告诉她:“问问是不是重要的事。”
45 scraps 737e4017931b7285cdd1fa3eb9dd77a3     
  • Don't litter up the floor with scraps of paper. 不要在地板上乱扔纸屑。
  • A patchwork quilt is a good way of using up scraps of material. 做杂拼花布棉被是利用零碎布料的好办法。
46 bucking a7de171d35652569506dd5bd33b58af6     
v.(马等)猛然弓背跃起( buck的现在分词 );抵制;猛然震荡;马等尥起后蹄跳跃
  • a bucking bronco in the rodeo 牛仔竞技表演中一匹弓背跳跃的野马
  • That means we'll be bucking grain bags, bustin's gut. 那就是说咱们要背这一袋袋的谷子,得把五脏都累坏。 来自辞典例句
47 stammered 76088bc9384c91d5745fd550a9d81721     
v.结巴地说出( stammer的过去式和过去分词 )
  • He stammered most when he was nervous. 他一紧张往往口吃。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
  • Barsad leaned back in his chair, and stammered, \"What do you mean?\" 巴萨往椅背上一靠,结结巴巴地说,“你是什么意思?” 来自英汉文学 - 双城记
48 enraged 7f01c0138fa015d429c01106e574231c     
使暴怒( enrage的过去式和过去分词 ); 歜; 激愤
  • I was enraged to find they had disobeyed my orders. 发现他们违抗了我的命令,我极为恼火。
  • The judge was enraged and stroke the table for several times. 大法官被气得连连拍案。
49 pungent ot6y7     
  • The article is written in a pungent style.文章写得泼辣。
  • Its pungent smell can choke terrorists and force them out of their hideouts.它的刺激性气味会令恐怖分子窒息,迫使他们从藏身地点逃脱出来。


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