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Moment in Peking  Chapter I  京华烟云 第一章 0003

The sun rose from the east and shone upon the entrance to the house, making the leaves of the big colanut tree glisten with the dew. This was the Yao house. It was not an imposing entrance - a small black door with a red disc in the center. The colanut tree cast its shade over the entrance, and a driver was sitting on a low stone tablet sunk into the ground. The morning was delightful, and yet it promised to be a hot day with a clear sky. A medium-sized earthen jar was standing near the tree, which provided tea in hot summer days for thirsty wayfarers. But it was still empty. Noticing the jar, a driver remarked, "Your master does good deeds."

太阳从东方升起来,照着那座宅第的大门,巨大梧桐树的叶子上,晨间的清露珠光闪耀。这栋房子便是姚家的住宅。大门口儿并没有堂皇壮观的气派,只不过一个小小的黑漆门,正中一个红圆心,梧桐的树荫罩盖着门前。一个骡夫正坐在安在地上的一块方厚的石头上。晨光虽然是清爽宜人,看来又是一个晴空万里的炎热天气。树下安放着一个不大不小的茶缸,是夏天施给过路人解喝的,可是这时候儿那茶缸还空着。看见了这个茶缸,一个骡夫开口说:"你们东家是个大善人哪。"

Lota replied there was no better man on earth than their master. He pointed to a slip of red paper pasted near the doorpost, which the driver could not read; but Lota explained to him that it said that medicines against cholera, colic, and dysentery would be given free to anybody.

罗大回答说:"世界上再没有比我们东家更好的人了。"他手指了指门柱旁边贴的一张红纸条儿,可是骡夫不认识上面写的是什么,罗大告诉他们说:"上面写的是赠送霍乱、痧症、痢疾特效灵药。"

"That's something important," said the driver. "You'd better give us some of that medicine for the journey."

那个骡夫猛然想起来,他说:"这倒很有用。你最好拿点儿给我们,在路上也放心。"

"Why should you worry about medicine when you are traveling with our master?" said Lota. "isn't it the same whether you carry it or our master carries it?"

罗大说:"你跟我们东家一路上走,还用担心什么药?他老人家身边儿带着,和交给你带还不是一样?"

The drivers tried to pry out of Lota information about the family. Lota merely told them that his master was an owner of medicine shops.

骡夫们于是想探听这个行善人家的情形,可是罗大只告诉他们说,他家主人是一家药铺的东家。

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