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I and My Chimney 我和我的烟囱

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I and My Chimney

by Herman Melville

I and my chimney, two grey-headed old smokers, reside in the country. We are, I may say, old settlers here; particularly my old chimney, which settles more and more every day. 

Though I always say, I AND MY CHIMNEY, as Cardinal Wolsey used to say, "I AND MY KING," yet this egotistic way of speaking, wherein I take precedence of my chimney, is hereby borne out by the facts; in everything, except the above phrase, my chimney taking precedence of me. 

Within thirty feet of the turf-sided road, my chimney--a huge, corpulent old Harry VIII of a chimney--rises full in front of me and all my possessions. Standing well up a hillside, my chimney, like Lord Rosse's monster telescope, swung vertical to hit the meridian moon, is the first object to greet the approaching traveler's eye, nor is it the last which the sun salutes. My chimney, too, is before me in receiving the first-fruits of the seasons. The snow is on its head ere on my hat; and every spring, as in a hollow beech tree, the first swallows build their nests in it
我和我的烟囱
赫尔曼·梅尔维尔
我和我的烟囱,两个灰头土脸的老烟民,住在乡下。我可以说,我们是这里的老定居者,尤其是我的老烟囱,每天都有越来越多的人落户。
虽然我总是说,我和我的烟囱,正如沃尔西枢机主教过去常说的,“我和我的国王”,但这种我优先于烟囱的自私自利的说话方式,现在已经被事实证明了;在每件事上,除了上面这句话,我的烟囱优先于我。
离草坪边的路不到30英尺,我的烟囱——一个巨大的、肥胖的老哈利八世的烟囱——就在我和我所有的财产面前。站在山坡上,我的烟囱像罗西勋爵的怪物望远镜一样,垂直地摆动着撞向子午线的月亮,是迎接即将到来的旅行者眼睛的第一个物体,也不是最后一个向太阳致敬的物体。我的烟囱,也在我面前,接受着季节的初果。在我的帽子上,雪在它的头上。每年春天,第一批燕子在它上面筑巢,就像在一棵中空的山毛榉树上一样

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