Chapter 5: Disturbing Revelations

這一章Tom在講Brightman’s Bookstore的老闆Harry的故事.

Gay, 但娶了一個愛她給她全部自由的老婆Bette, 人家出錢給他一個Gallery管理. 幾年之後生了兩個人的女兒Flora(其實對這塊略詫異..原著又說了太含糊..)anyway, 這gallery一直都開的不錯 有個叫Alec Smith的畫家, 長期供給這個gallery他的畫, 好像一切都挺好的樣子. 每次Alec Smith的畫從Mexico送過來, 都很快就賣掉了, 知道有一天Alec的birthday party還是什麽記不清了, 喝多之後Alec從屋頂跳下來了…他老婆說是自殺, 他情婦認為另有隱情, 重要的是Harry這時候才開始panic不知道沒了Alec Smith的畫這Gallery還能撐多久. 當時他在和另外一個年輕的畫家有一段secret relationship, 電光火石就燒起來了, 人家suggest說有個辦法可以解決哦.然後說這畫家自己可以模仿Alec Smith的畫然後說成是那個人的遺作. 這樣過了很多年, 一直相安無事, Harry告訴Tom說那是最刺激最膽戰心驚但也最開心的幾年. 知道幾年後Alec Smith的前妻返回美國, 有一次發現了Harry賣給別人的謊稱是她前夫的畫. 於是事情暴露出來, 他當年的小情人也進了監獄. 前妻的爸爸趁機以不再給Bette錢和遺產為由讓他們都簽了離婚協議, 後來在他serving his time in prison的時候, 他的father-in-law出面來同他簽了一個協議, 給他一筆錢, 開始新生活, 永遠不再聯繫Bette&Flora..(He was too weak not to, too terrified about his his future not to accept, but the moment he put his signature on the contract, he knew that he had signed away his soul and would be damned forever..)

後來的這個新生活就是現在的Harry和Brightman’s Bookstore.

中間比較值得一說的是這個Harry的女兒Flora, 精神分裂癥, 為此Bette的爸爸還一直在暗暗的怪Harry. (題外話我為什麽永遠都記不住精神分裂癥schizophrenia這個詞是怎么拼的!!!) 後來Harry回憶給Tom一些他在去監獄之前呆在家裡和Flora一起的日子, 那時候Flora還尚能清晰知道Harry是她爸爸, 但是意識上已經略不清, 常常和他們說 每41秒有十個新生兒, 每58秒有十個人死亡. 於是Flora就每天坐在自己的椅子上, 不時的喊:

“Rejoice! Rejoice for the ten who are born, who will be born and who have been born every 41 seconds. Rejoice for them and do not stop. Rejoice unceasingly, for this much is certain, this much is true, and this much is beyong doubt: ten people live who do not live before, rejoice!

Grieve! Grieve for the ten who have vanished. Grieve for the ten whose lives are no more, who began their journey into the vast unknown. Grieve endlessly for the dead. Grieve for the men and women who were good. Grieve for the old whose bodies have failed them. Grieve for the young who died before their time. Grieve for the world who allows death to take us from the world. Grieve!

— by Paul Auster

這段故事真不錯, 不過不知道是不是太dramatic(我自動把Neal Caffery套入了Harry當時的那個gay boyfriend, 那個模仿Alec Smith的畫的小畫家…==), 總覺得沒有上兩章Tom這一路的故事的時候更觸動.

4th, Aug, 2012

Night.

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