廁所文化
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廁所文化(Toilet Culture)
 

    Everybody staying at a certain place long enough needs to know where the toilet is. I tried to find one when I first visited the Divinity School Library, the oldest school in Yale University: I tried to find the signs with words such as WC, Ladies, Bathroom, and Washroom. I used all the knowledge I had about toilet, but I could not find one. My common sense told me that it was impossible not to find one in the library, so I kept trying. Eventually I found a door on which was a single word: WOMEN.

    任何人在一個地方停留一段時間,就需要知道廁所在哪里。當我第一次到耶魯大學神學院圖書館時——神學院是耶魯大學最老的學院,我就想找廁所。我首先找“WC”,“Ladies”,“Bathroom”和“Washroom”等字樣,我幾乎用了我學過有關廁所的所有詞匯,但還是沒有找到。生活常識告訴我,在這么大的圖書館沒有廁所是不可能的,我又繼續尋找,最后找到標有“WOMEN”字樣的門。

  Although it did not look at all like a toilet, I assumed it must be one. And because I couldn't wait any longer, I had to try it. As I opened the door, I was sure I made a mistake, so I came out immediately. For what I had entered was a room much larger than my living room in Beijing, with a standing1 lamp by an antique-like table on a beautiful green carpet. On one side of the room, there was a very decent2 brown sofa, above which there was a wall mirrored up to the ceiling. There were two other sofas, by the side of the table. In one corner was a clothes hanger3 and in another corner was a big pot of green plants. It looked like a sitting room or lobby4 in a hotel. There was no sign of a toilet. But it was the only possible place a toilet could be. Then I remembered that there was another door in the room, so I went back in and opened the door. And there it was! What relief! I found it at last! The toilet room was only half the size of the outer room. It had only two seats with two sinks. What luxury“! It was like a two-room flat.

    盡管從外表上看一點也不像廁所,但是直覺告訴我,這就是廁所。我確實也憋不住了,不得不去試一下。當我推開門時,我認定我弄錯了,立即退了出來。因為我看到的房間比我在北京的客廳還要大。房間里鋪著漂亮的綠色地毯,古色古香的桌子旁有一個落地臺燈。房間的一側放著一個相當漂亮的棕色長沙發,沙發上方有一個覆蓋了一面墻的大鏡子頂著天花板。房間的另一側在桌子旁是一對單人沙發。房間的一角放著衣架,另一角放著一個種有綠色植物的大花盆,看上去像個豪華賓館的休息室,一點不像廁所,但是這又是惟一可能是廁所的地方。納悶時我記起這個房間里還有一個門,我決然走進去,把門打開。如釋重負!我終于找到了廁所。它只有外面休息室一半大小的面積,有兩個便座和兩個洗手池、這太奢侈了!像是個兩居室住所。

  After I relieved myself, another question occurred to me: since it was impossible for such a big library to have only one toilet, I had to ask someone about toilets. A “Rest Room” is also a toilet. The “rest” had only one seat and it was unisex. Both women and men could use it by locking the door from the inside.

    完恭后,我又想,這么大的一個圖書館不可能只有這么一個廁所,我不得不去請教別人。“休息室”,是廁所的另一代詞。它只有一個便座,而且是不分性別的,誰進去只要把門反鎖上就可專用。

  To refer to a toilet as a “rest room” is miles apart from the Chinese idea of a toilet. I never related the “rest room” with a “toilet”。 Here at Yale, when I use a toilet designated5 “women”, I feel myself a queen and enjoy looking at myself in a large mirror to see if I am properly attired6. And when using a “rest room”, I do have a feeling of rest, because it is clean and has a window with a beautiful view.

    “休息室”與中文廁所的概念相距十萬八千里。我從沒把“休息室”與“廁所”聯系在一起。而在耶魯,當我使用標?quot;women“的廁所時,真有點像當上了皇后的感覺,在休息室大鏡子前面自我欣賞一番,整理二下自己的衣著。當我使用”休息室“時,確實領會到休息的實在含意,因為休息室窗明幾凈,窗外景色迷人。

  My experience with the toilet at Yale has enlightened7 me as to why American visitors often asked for the toilet when they arrived at our university: they may have needed to relieve themselves but they may have needed more to make sure that they were presentable before meeting our president. It is a kind of moment of privacy8 that they need. I can imagine how disappointed they must have been when they found no mirrors in our toilets! Their toilets have more functions than ours.

    在耶魯大學使用廁所的經歷,使我明白了為什么以前美國來賓到我們學校時,總會問“廁所在哪里?”,現在回想起來,她們有可能是要使用廁所,但更需要的是在去見校長前,梳理化妝一番。她們需要一點“隱私”的時間。我可以想象,當她們發現我們的廁所里沒有鏡子時,會多么沮喪。她們的廁所功能遠比我們的多。



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1 standing 2hCzgo     
n.持續,地位;adj.永久的,不動的,直立的,不流動的
參考例句:
  • After the earthquake only a few houses were left standing.地震過后只有幾幢房屋還立著。
  • They're standing out against any change in the law.他們堅決反對對法律做任何修改。
2 decent mx6xr     
adj.象樣的,不錯的,體面的,正派的,恰當的
參考例句:
  • We want to raise our children to be decent men and women.我們盼望把孩子們培養成優秀人才。
  • There isn't even a decent table in this room.這屋里連張像樣的桌子也沒有。
3 hanger hanger     
n.吊架,吊軸承;掛鉤
參考例句:
  • I hung my coat up on a hanger.我把外衣掛在掛鉤上。
  • The ship is fitted with a large helicopter hanger and flight deck.這艘船配備有一個較大的直升飛機懸掛裝置和飛行甲板。
4 lobby lobby     
n.前廳,(劇院的)門廊
參考例句:
  • As he walked through the lobby,he skirted a group of ladies.他穿過門廳時,繞過了一群女士。
  • The delegates entered the assembly hall by way of the lobby.代表們通過大廳進入會場。
5 designated 2e3e4c6056e668bc95b729252f27e889     
a.指定的,特指的
參考例句:
  • Smoking is allowed in designated areas.允許在指定區域內吸煙。
6 attired 1ba349e3c80620d3c58c9cc6c01a7305     
adj.穿著整齊的v.使穿上衣服,使穿上盛裝( attire的過去式和過去分詞 )
參考例句:
  • The bride was attired in white. 新娘穿一身潔白的禮服。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
  • It is appropriate that everyone be suitably attired. 人人穿戴得體是恰當的。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
7 enlightened Ot3zmy     
a.開明的,有知識的
參考例句:
  • The teacher's words made me at once become enlightened. 老師的一席話使我頓開茅塞。
  • What she said enlightened all of us. 她一講,大家心里都亮堂了。
8 privacy 5Q3xC     
n.私人權利,個人自由,隱私權
參考例句:
  • In such matters,privacy is impossible.在這類事情中,保密是不可能的。
  • She wept in the privacy of her own room.她在自己房內暗暗落淚。
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