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英语美文:远方的朋友

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【美文】远方的朋友
A Faraway Friend is someone you grew up with or went to school with or lived in the same town as until one of you moved away. Without a Faraway Friend, you would never get any mail addressed in handwriting. A Faraway Friend calls late at night, invites you to her wedding, always says she is coming to visit but rarely shows up. An actual visit from a Faraway Friend is a cause for celebration and binges of all kinds.
远方的朋友是这样的一个人:和你从小一同长大的,或者是同学,或者和你原本住在同一个镇上,后来你们中的一人搬到了别处。没有一位远方的朋友,你连一封手写的信都收不到。远方的朋友会半夜打来电话,邀请你去参加她的婚礼,她总是说要来看你,却很少露面。要是真的来访,那才叫“不亦乐乎”,各种名目的狂欢可就有了理由。


Faraway friends go through phases of intense communication, then maybe out of touch for many months. Either way, the connection is always there. A conversation with your Faraway Friend always helps to put your life in perspective: When you feel you’ve hit a dead end, come to a confusing fork in the road, or gotten lost in some cracker-box subdivision of your life, the advice of the Faraway Friend — who has the big picture, who is so well acquainted with the route that brought you to this place — is indispensable.
两个远方的朋友会经历密切交流的阶段,接下来或许几个月都不联系。但无论联系与否,友谊永远不会改变。与远方的朋友一席长谈,总是有助于你更好地认识生活;当你觉得自己走入了死胡同时,当你面对岔路而不知所措时,来自远方朋友的忠告就越发不可或缺,她看得清大局,完全了解你是怎么走到这一步的。


Another useful function of the Faraway Friend is to help you remember things from a long time ago, like the name of your seventh-grade history teacher, what was in that really good stir-fry, or exactly what happened that night on the boat with the guys from Florida.
远方的朋友还有一个益处,就是能让你记起很久以前的事情,比如七年级历史老师的名字,那盘炒菜里究竟什么东西那么好吃,或者那天晚上在船里和佛罗里达来的男孩子们都干了些什么。


Ah, the former friend. A sad thing. At best a wistful memory, at worst a dangerous enemy who is in possession of many of your deepest secrets. But what was it that drove you apart? A misunderstanding, a betrayed confidence, an underpaid loan, an ill-conceived flirtation. A poor choice of spouse can do in a friendship just like that. Going into business together can be a serious mistake. Time, money, distance, cult religions: all noted friendship killers. You quit doing drugs, you’re not such good friends with your dealer anymore.
啊,从前的朋友。让人忧伤的事情。好了的话是一段伤感的记忆,不好的话你有一个危险的敌人,而且对你许多最隐秘的事情都了如指掌。可究竟是什么把你们分开的呢?一个误解,一个被泄露的秘密,一笔没有偿还的借款,一次有欠考虑的轻俏之举。择偶不慎也会使友谊分崩离析;一起做生意会成为一个严重的错误;时间、金钱、距离、宗教狂热,这都是耳熟能详的友谊杀手。如同一旦你戒了毒,你就不再是你供货商的好朋友了。

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