19.6.3【英语美文】心理暗示与”心想事成”,一个厨师的梦预言 The Dreamer By W. W. Jacobs

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周一主题:【英语美文】心理暗示与心想事成,一个厨师的梦预言 The Dreamer By W. W. Jacobs


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by W. W. Jacobs

1.    “The only other dream I know of that came true, was from the cook of a bark I was aboard of once. He was a silly, pasty-faced sort o' chap, always giving education to sailor men who didn't believe in it. One night, when we were homeward-bound from Sydney to London, he suddenly sat up in 'is bunk and laughed so loud that he woke us all up.”

2.   "Wot's wrong, cookie?" ses one o' the chaps. "I was dreaming," ses the cook, "such a funny dream. I dreamt old Bill Foster broke 'is leg." "Well, wot is there to laugh at in that?" ses old Bill, very sharp. "It was funny in my dream," ses the cook. "You looked so comic with your leg doubled up under you, you can't imagine."

3.   “We went off to sleep again and forgot all about it. Only three days afterwards, poor Bill did fall and break his leg. The cook was not surprised.” "My dreams always come true," he said. "It's a gift, and, being tender-'arted, it worries me terrible sometimes." He was going on like that, taking credit for a pure accident. "I don't talk about it," he ses, "'cos it frightens people."

4.   “After that dream about Bill, the cook had dreams pretty near every night, and talked little bits of 'em in his sleep. When we asked 'im about them the next morning he'd always shake his 'ead and say: "Never mind." Sometimes he'd mention a chap's name in 'is sleep and make 'im nervous for days.”

5.   “The only chap that seemed to show any good feeling for the cook since, was a young feller named Joseph Meek; a steady young chap who was going to be married to old Bill Foster's niece as soon as we got home. Nobody else knew it, but he told the cook all about it one quiet night. He said she was too good for him, but he couldn't get her to see it.”

6.   "My feelings 'ave changed," he ses. "Perhaps they'll change again?" ses the cook, trying to comfort him. Joseph shook his head. "No, I've made up my mind," he ses, very slow. "I'm young, and, besides, I can't afford it; but how to get out of the marriage I don't know. Couldn't you have a dream again for me?"

7.   "What do you mean?" ses the cook. "Do you think I make my dreams up?" "No, no; certainly not," ses Joseph; "but couldn't you do it just for once? Have a dream that me and Emily are killed a few days after the wedding. Just dream we are killed. She might believe it.” It took 'im three days and a silver watch-chain to persuade the cook, but he did at last.

8.   One night, old Bill was watching him from his bunk bed when the cook began to talk in 'is sleep, and the very first words made Bill sit up. "There they go," ses the cook, "Emily Foster and Joseph Meek--and there's old Bill, good old Bill, going to give the bride away. How 'appy they all look, especially Joseph!" Old Bill put his 'and to his ear and leaned out of his bunk. "There they go," ses the cook again; "but what is that 'orrible black thing with claws hanging over Joseph?” Poor Bill nearly fell out of 'is bunk, and lay there as pale as death, listening. "Oh no... it's Joseph and Emily, stark and stiff, and they've only been married a week. 'Ow awful they look! Oh! oh! o-oh!"

9.   He woke up and saw old Bill staring at 'im. "You've been dreaming, cook," ses Bill, in a trembling voice. "'Have I?" ses the cook. "About Joseph and my niece," ses Bill." "Promise me you won't tell Joseph, Bill. It would only make 'im miserable, and it wouldn't do any good." "I don't know so much about that," ses Bill, "if they didn't marry, it couldn't 'appen, could it?" "Don't talk foolish," ses the cook; "they must marry. I saw it in my dream." "Well, we'll see," ses Bill. "I'm going to have a quiet talk with Joseph about it, and see what he ses. I ain't a-going to 'ave my poor gal murdered!"

10. “He 'ad a quiet talk with Joseph. Joseph wouldn't hear of it at first, but at last he said that they would tell Emily and let her decide. Joseph doubted if he had done the right thing, especially two weeks later, when they arrived in London and he saw Emily waiting for him at the docks. She was beautiful, and perfect in her demeanour… they’d make a splendid couple. Why on earth had he opened up to the cook about his doubts in marrying her!?”

11. “After Bill and Joseph told Emily, back in their apartment in London, she got up with a shiver.” "It's all nonsense!" ses Joseph suddenly, starting up. "True love would run the risk. I ain't afraid!" "It's too much to ask a gal," ses Bill, shaking his 'ead. "I couldn't dream of it," ses Emily. "What's the use of being married for a week? Look at uncle's leg--that's enough for me!" They all talked at once then, and Joseph tried all he could to persuade Emily, but it was no good. Emily said eventually she wouldn't marry him in a million years. To that, Joseph made a choking noise in his throat and then got up, went to the door, turned around and stared at them one last time. "Good-night all," he ses, and leaves…”


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