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红色抗战著作《东方欲晓》英译、解析和导读。(9月开工)

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九州方圆44  中级会员   发表于:2016-09-24 14:15   只看该作者
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The weary LiuMing suddenly turned as if full of energy now. She threw her black short-cut hair backwards and took out her handkerchief to weep off the sweat and dust on the face. She can’t remember how many days she hadn’t washed her face.  

“I will try my best to help you purchase the medicine necessary for anti-Japanese. After one or two days rest I will get started. I am quite familiar with the hospital and the clerks in drug department. In addition, many of my classmates will give you aid too. Did you find MiaoHong? She is at this hospital now and I can bring you to her……”Then LiuMing stood up and CaoHongYuan followed. When she turned her head she found the BaiShiWu stood under a small tree nearby reaching out his head to watch them. Liu was angered but couldn’t say anything. So she just threw a glance in disfavor to him and led the CaoHongYuan towards the wards.

It is already six o’clock in the afternoon. In a big muggy room with different kinds of odors, the injured sleep on the crowded beds. Some raise their heads up slightly some opened their eyes wide some shut the eyes closely with tears on the cheek…… There are six or seven young men and women stood in the centre of the wards singing anti-Japanese song passionately. Among them stand little Miao. Her ruddy tender face thinned and became pale in color. She was singing passionately the song for condolence but her voice turned hoarse:

Your injury is for the people,

Lying on the hospital beds with air bombing continue outside.

The cannons are thundering still,

Fighting to our last drop of blood—

Safeguard our country—our homeland!……

The song climax at “Safeguard our country—our homeland!” then gradually in a declining tone and finally drew an end. The whole ward suddenly immersed in silence as if the passionate song is still resounding in their ears. The big eyes of MiaoHong are blinking with tears. She took out her handkerchief to sweep the sweat on her face as well the tears in the eyes. Some of the injured swept their sweat on the cheek with their big hands while others reach out their hands to clap for the performance. Though the clapping only counts several, just think they came from those seriously injured. On the other hand, their clapping moved those young performers who came for condolence they also took out their handkerchiefs—the hearts of people tied together and burning together……

LiuMing and CaoHongYuan who stood by the door also clapped their hands in tears. The enemy launched a general attack on China! Cannon balls and air-bombs are shaking BeiPing, down town as long as rural, day and night without a stop. The songs and blasts interwove into each other, which presents distinctively in the matter of fact way the BeiPing by that time. The Line—Fighting to our last drop of blood—Safeguard our country—our homeland!—accurately defined people’s willing and swear to defend the country. So when MiaoHong finished her performance, people were agitated and the patriotism was on the surge……  For a long while except for the several claps the ward was filled cursing words of indignation as “The damned Jap” etc.

The surge of antagonism had not died down when a male student sang the tune of Spt. 18th in tenor.

The sorghum leaves fresh green,

Spt. 18th the Jap invaded in.

They occupied the gunpowder magazine,

Then the north camp stationed.

Killing people and setting fires—the Jap are barbarous thing.

The Jap, they are barbarous thing!

Chiang Kai-shek has half million troop station in,

They abandoned ShengYang humbly give in.

In the hospital ward, the hearts of people surge along with the song like with the tide or wind. The current of antagonism emerges stronger and stronger.

Damned! I will fight against the Jap to my last breathe!”

“Did the centre Army die out?! What didn’t they come to aid us?”

As the student sang the solo, as the injured cursed the Jap, MiaoHong turned back to see LiuMing and CaoHongYuan stood at the entrance. She hurried to them held the hand of LiuMing while speaking to Cao:

“You are here too! Say something to encourage the injured, please! These brothers and officers from No, 29th Route Army are hot against the Jap! They……”

Look! You can’t hold if you ever started. ”LiuMing pointed CaoHongYuan and interrupted MiaoHong: “Cao sir has something to talk to you. Please come out for a while.”

“I go out for a few minutes……”MiaoHong said to a woman who stood in the middle of the ward and pointed her finger to the door then LiuMing dragged Cao off the big ward.

BaiShiWu tailed them suspiciously and stared his eyes big at their shadows.

Analysis: From the hospital conversation we well understood that the 29th Route Army was cheated. They still fight to wait for reinforcement from the centre Army, but the centre Army had already retreated to the south by that time. The Japan is a small country and their army in general is out numbered by China. But their industry and war product capacity is far more advanced than China by that time. They can produce more weapon than they can consume. The Chinese Government had not realized at the strategic point in history: face with this disadvantage they had to take early action to grab weapon from the war itself. They played a too reserved game and even let their own weapons and ammunition fall into the Japanese hand.  

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                                                第八章

柳明拉着苗虹,一连几天跑到北平大大小小的西药房里去买药。她们拿着曹鸿远给她们的八百元法币和一张药单子,走了一家又一家。可是,不论到哪家药房,那些往常对顾客笑脸相迎的掌柜伙计,个个没精打采地坐在柜台里的板凳上,动也不动地皱着眉头嘎声嘎气地问道:

“买什么药?”

“我们要买五万片阿司匹林,一万瓶红汞,一百磅药棉……”苗虹总是抢先说话。可是,没等她说完,掌柜就大惊失色地喊道:

“要买这么多药?干什么用呀?我们可没有!”

碰了钉子,她们只好又走进另一家。一进门,柳明慢声细气地对柜台里的人解释说:

“卢沟桥战事打得吃紧呵!前方下来那么多的伤兵,需要大批药品。咱们都是中国人,请你们尽量把这些最需要的药品卖给我们吧!”

“二十九军的军需处的药品多着呢!干嘛用你们这些学生来募捐买药?”柜台里的掌柜先生不紧不慢地反驳着。

苗虹急了,连珠炮似的向那个扇着大蒲扇、穿着一身白绸裤褂的商人开了火:

“二十九军有药没有,你怎么知道得那么清楚?他们军需处能知道日本鬼子在七月七号突然进攻卢沟桥么?能知道二十九军的士兵不怕死、跟鬼子拼得那么勇敢,牺牲的、受伤的有这么多么?你们做商人的也是中国人,你们存着这么多药品不卖给打日本的人,打算卖给什么人呀?你们商界也组织了慰问团,好些人还捐了款。我们买你们的药又不是白要你的,你们要多少钱,我们照数给你们还不行呀!”

扇着蒲扇的掌柜也火了,站起身子把蒲扇向柜台上一扔,圆瞪着两只眼珠子,飞溅着吐沫星子说:

“我说,你们这些爱国的学生,要有气,卢沟桥上的日本人去发,干嘛平白无故找到我这门脸上发起火来啦?我当然抗日!可是,我一家老小能喝西北风去抗么?我问你们拿什么钱来买药?的—法币对不对?法币,这钱—跟你们实说吧,我们信不着啦!谁知道哪一天日本人进了北平城,这法币立刻就变成一堆废纸。可我们的药品没了!我一家老小要吃窝头咸菜呀!呵,呵,二位小姐……”

苗虹一看那劲儿,火气更加上来了。

“凭你这么大的西药房,卖给我们这么点儿药就会成了吃窝头咸菜的穷光蛋?你别没理找理!不管怎么着,今天你就得卖给我们!不然,你们就是……”下面的“汉奸”两个字还没说出口来,忽然,一个声音把她们的话打断了。

“掌柜先生,爱国人人有份。您这位先生也是不甘心当亡国奴的吧?囤积药品如今也不保险呀!”

柳明、苗虹同时回过头来—原来是曹鸿远。他提着一个手提包也走进这家药房来了。两个女孩子好像得救了似的。苗虹急忙对曹鸿远说:

“曹先生,您来得正好。您跟这些见利忘义的人去讲讲道理吧!我可实在……”她想说“气死了”,柳明拉了她一下,她才把话咽了回去。

鸿远和气地跟药房掌柜又讲了一些抗日道理,这个掌柜的总算卖给了他们一千片阿司匹林、五磅红汞还有一点别的药品,还要了高价。三个人走到药房门外,个个累得满头大汗、口干舌燥。忽然,苗虹看到了什么,对着门外墙上的几个大字努着嘴巴,气冲冲地:

“你们看,这药房墙上写着什么。”

本店出售花柳病第一灵药—

淋病的福音—天下驰名只此一家。

柳明看了这些字样,象吃了苍蝇似的一阵恶心。她把头一扭,捶了苗虹一下:“小家伙,你倒眼尖,看这些干什么!”

“妈的!救抗战伤员的药他不卖,可治花柳、淋病的药,你要是大批去买,他准保拱手送上门来。”
柳明看苗虹那么放荡不羁,不由得扭头看了看鸿远一眼,好像是她自己胡说什么似的,脸绯红了。鸿远没有注意这些,只轻声对身边的两个女孩子说:

“药很难买吧?”

柳明点点头,从手提包里拿出几个白纸包着的药包和几个药瓶,递给鸿远:

“你看,常常说了半天好话,药房才卖给我们五百片阿司匹林。象这样,我们的钱什么时候才能花完呢?……”



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第二首诗:

硝烟漫尽宛平城,国运未定死与生。志士阵前热血献,贼臣几度埋祸根。
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For several successivedays LiuMing dragged MiaoHong to purchase those medicines together, theycovered almost all pharmacies, big and small, in BeiPing. They took the eighthundred legal lenders Cao gave them and a list of demanded medicines to searchfor. But what ever pharmacy they went into the usual welcoming face of the managersturned dull. They uniformly sat on the bench behind the counter, frowned andmake helpless posture to say:

“What do you want?”

“We need fiftythousand aspirin pills, ten thousand bottles of merbromine and one hundredpound of absorbent cotton……”MiaoHong said in advance as she always did. Butthe assistant surprised to say before she could finish the words:

“So much! What’s theuse of them? We do not have so much available.”

They were refused sothe two girls went into another pharmacy. Then LiuMing explained to the managerat the counter:

“The Bridge LuGoubattle went fierce. Many more injured come off the firing line, so the demandfor medicine uplifted quickly. We are all Chinese men, please sell to us!”

“The military supplydepartment of the 29th  Route Army should have quantity in storage. Whyshould they encourage students to donate and purchase those medicines?” Themanager behind the counter argued calmly.

MiaoHong turnedanxious, she began running her mouth at the man in white overall behind thecounter who fanned a cattail leaf fan and said:

“They have or havenot the medicine but how can you know so much detail? Could the military supplydepartment predict that the war broke out on July the 7th at BridgeLuGou? Could they predict the valiant soldiers of their army dare to charge theJap and suffered much losses and injury? Are your business men Chinese too? Youhave so much medicine in storage if you refuse to sell to our army in fightingagainst the Jap then to whom you will sell to later? The business circle alsoorganized condolence team and many of the business men also donated. We pay youfor the stuff. It is not a robbery! How much you quote, please make it and wecan pay accordingly!”

The manager behind the counter got angry too,he threw his fan onto the desktop, stared wide his eyes and said puffingspittle:

“Say, you patrioticstudents! If you are angered please point towards those Jap on the Bridge LuGou.Why set your teeth on us without founding? For sure I’m on anti-Jap side! Butcan I protest them by hunger strike? What I want to say is how do you plan topay me for the medicine? The legal lender, is that so? To tell you the truth wedo not believe in the currency. Who knows if the Jap broke into BeiPing one daythe legal lender can turn into rubbish. Then we run out of the medicine and howcan we feed our household? Feed them on pickles and sorghum bread? Just thinkabout it. Miss.……”

At this MiaoHong goteven more angered.

“Your pharmacy is so big and how can thepitiful medicine you sell me make you a poor man to depend on pickles andsorghum bread? Don’t seek your excuses anywhere possible! Anyway you have tosell us the medicine today! Otherwise you are the
……”She wanted to say traitor but held back. Suddenly a voiceintercepted in:

“Manager, to bepatriotic is everyone’s responsibility. I believe you are not willing to be aslave without a nation. Otherwise to hoard the medicine can not promise yousecurity too.”

LiuMing and MiaoHong turned their head just todiscover the speaker to be CaoHongYuan. He had a handbag in the hand cominginto the pharmacy. The two girls got exited as if a saving star was found. Miaohurried up with her words:

“Cao, you come justin time to reason with those fellows who throw away justice for profit! I amalmost angered to
……” She wanted to say “death” but LiuMing pulled her then sheswallowed the words.

Cao repeated someother principle of anti-Japanese activity to the manager and he finally agreedto sell a thousand pieces of aspirin pills, five pounds of merbromine at highprice. Then the three walked out of the pharmacy. Every one of them had a drymouth, sweated and tired. Suddenly MiaoHong discovered something on the wall protrudingher mouth and said in anger:

“Look! What’s on thewall?”

We sell medicinesspecific for V.D and clap. Unique under heaven! ”  

LiuMing’s stomachturned at this for disgust. She held back her face, patted on MiaoHong andsaid:

“Kiddy! Your eyesare so quick at this! Why shall you look at this?”

“Dame it! Theyrefuse to sell medicines for anti-Japanese. But ready to pushing selling thesein quantity and send them to your house!”

LiuMing realizedMiao’s boldness and side looked at Cao as if she said something careless. Sheflushed. Cao didn’t mind it and only speak in low voice:

“Must be difficultto buy, yeah?”

LiuMing nodded thentool out some white paper packed pills and several bottles to hand over to Cao.

“Look. It cost ussuch a long bargaining to buy only 500 aspirin pills and how can we spend allthe money by this?……”

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Analysis: There should be security for any man to hoard anything if the Jap occupied the city. The legal lender can be useless and became illegal further more the legal ownership of anything can be confiscated. The red zone was in urgent demand of these medicines for they mainly stay in the remote places where there are no industries or pharmacies. The bargaining turned out to be a quarrelthey finally forced out something but far from enough.

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“不管怎么着,咱们是中国的青年,对危难中的祖国总应当尽自己的一份力量。小白,你嘴里说爱国,可行动不一致。你可不能总这么吊儿郎当的。你应该做点有益国家、民族的事情。”

“你叫我做什么呢?”白士吾翻着眼皮咬着愁眉苦脸地说,只要你吩咐,我一定听从你的命令这样吧,这是我的零用钱二百元,拿给你,也做为我向抗日军的捐献。你替我转交好吧?”

柳明接过钱来放在小桌上,高兴地说:

“钱可以替你转交。不过,我还得求你帮助办一件事就是替伤员买些药品。你不是有个亲戚开着一家大西药房么,请你帮助我们买一万克雷弗奴尔、一千克黄碘、三十磅红汞,还有……”

“呵,‘我们’,‘我们’?这个‘们’是谁?……”不等柳明说完,白士吾打断她得话,“你那个‘们’,是不是就是那个在你护理伤兵的时候,把你叫出去的小伙子?就是在大街上游行时候相遇的人?没想到,你倒真听他的话,为他这般卖力……”白士吾的脸色突然变了。

听到白士吾这些带刺儿的话,柳明霍地站起身来,把短发一甩:

“白士吾,你干么说这些无聊话!告诉你,这个‘我们’就是人民大众!我是替人民大众而买药,是为了抗战而买药。你干什么乱扯?不肯帮忙就拉倒!”平日对白士吾有点傲慢的柳明,此刻甚至变得凌厉起来,一下子把白士吾吓坏了。他赶忙站起身来,想拉柳明的手,可刚把手伸出来又急忙缩了回去因为他不敢。这时,他的声音变柔和了,抬起头,用脉脉含情的目光看着柳明:

“我的小脚,别生气,别生气!我这就为‘人民大众’效劳买药还不成么?要买多少药,开个单子给我,我一定想办法替你去买。而且,我还愿意为了你支付所有的药款。”

“谁要你白给买!”柳明的口气变和缓了,叹口气说,“这里有张单子,你照着单子上的药品,尽量帮我们买来。用多少钱,我这里有。”

“好吧,一定照办可是,得有个条件。”

“什么条件?”

“我知道你为买药跑了一天,又饿又渴。走,我请你去吃馆子西餐还是中餐随你挑。我知道你爱吃冰淇淋,凉凉甜甜地吃两杯消消暑再吃饭。你可得好好保养身体。看你,近来瘦多了。”

白士吾的关切和柔情又把柳明感动了。她脉脉含情地向男友投去动人的一瞥,嘴角含着一丝甜甜的微笑:

“小白,你听,你听我念给你听‘花自飘零水自流,一种相思,两处闲愁,此情无计可消除,才下眉头,又上心头。’我的心你自己明白么?每天我一想念你,就念这首词……”

柳明微微点头,脸上又是一阵红潮。

看看父母都不在屋,她对白士吾说道:“我饿了,现在跟你一块儿吃饭去。”

白士吾笑逐颜开:

“好,好,咱们饱饱地去吃一顿。别看有些饭馆前边没有好菜吃了,咱们可以到后头去吃。许多开饭馆的都跟我家不是沾亲就是带故。你想吃什么,包你满意。”

黄昏过后,月上梢头。出了柳家的大门口,白士吾挨着柳明没走几步,忽然扭过头笑嘻嘻问道:

“小柳,问你句话,可别恼。那个拖你买药的小伙子,是你新交上的朋友么?”

一句话又惹恼了柳明。

“你如果不愿意帮忙,那就拉倒!想不到你这么不了解人!”说着,柳明返身就往自家的门口跑。

“小柳,小柳!别生气!我只不过信口开河……走,快吃饭去,你一定饿坏了。”白士吾赶上去拉住柳明,急得脑门子上直冒汗珠。

柳明转过身来,不理白士吾,径直超胡同口走去。

白士吾高兴了,诚惶诚恐地追在她的身后,几步赶上了她。并肩走了一阵,忽然长长叹了口气,带着悲怆的音调又低声地吟哦起来:

“‘曾经沧海难为水,除却巫山不是云’……小柳,知道这诗的意思么?这诗真好象是形容我的心境我在为你受尽煎熬,你能领会么?”

沉沉暮色中,柳明听到白士吾为她诵吟的情感募地涌上心头。她的眼睛潮湿了。侧过头,看了白士吾一眼,那对美丽的酒窝微微颤动了一下,望望一弯斜月,没有出声。


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                         第九章

在北平西城靠近中国大学的地方,新开张不久的大成公寓里,二十多个小房间住满了各式各样的客人有来北平考大学因发生战事交通断绝回不了家的青年;有没能住上宿舍的,或者带着妻子来北平上学的大学生;间或也有失业青年和商人们住在这里。

张怡临时住在这个公寓里。一间不大的房间,只有一张木板床、一张小二屉桌、一个小书架。傍晚时分,曹鸿远来了。两人就挨着小桌,头碰头地低声在鸿远耳边谈起话来:

“国民党还在侈谈和平。不出兵抗战,也不支持二十九军抗战。北平人民和二十九军都想死守住这座孤城,不过事实上恐怕很难守住。听说宋哲元将要离开北平,留下张自忠去和日寇周旋。这样一来,北平的沦亡更要加快了……”

张怡沉痛的声调感染了曹鸿远。他凝视着张怡清秀的脸,一字一句地说:

“老师,北平如果沦亡,我的工作怎么办?我本应当赶快完成任务回延安去。可是药品、交通……”

“听说你动员了不少人帮你买药。这药还没有买够么?”张怡的态度总是从容不迫。他不提回延安的事,只问买药的情况,“你又找过华兴了么?”

鸿远苦笑了一下:“找过了。他答应再设法买一些。可是一般药房,你说了半天好话,一次也只肯买给你几百片阿司匹林,这些药行商人还说这是‘爱国’呢!所以,药品到现在还没有买够。”

“你新认识的那两个女大学生,她们帮你买的怎样了?”

“她们确实很热心。柳明还动员了她的一个男朋友那人有个亲戚开西药房,她已经委托他多给买一些。我看如果一次买得多,就叫药房收了款后开个提货单,免得把大批药品提来提去,目标大,又麻烦。我已经对柳明嘱咐过了。华兴也赞成这样做。”说到这儿,鸿远稍微蹙起浓黑的剑眉,看着张怡的眼睛,若有所思地说,“苗虹是个热情的、心直口快的姑娘,她叫我去找她爸爸苗振宇教授帮忙这样,可能买的多些、快些。不过,我不愿意去找这样的高级人物……”

“为什么不可以去找这样的高级人物?”张怡一反常态地打断了鸿远的话,脸上露出惊讶的神气,“去年春天,我就代表东北学生到西安去找过张学良。难道苗教授比张学良这个人物还高级么?”

鸿远脸红了。张怡没有正面批评他、责备他,可是,却使他感到一种比受到批评、责备更深的不安。他想了一会儿,轻声地说:

“接近工农或者一般的学生,我还不大为难。要去接近那些大人物就像苗教授这样的高级知识分子吧,我就觉得没把握,不知道谈什么好了。”

“今天的形势还有什么别的可谈?谈抗日救国嘛。”张怡拍着曹鸿远的肩膀笑着说:“张学良、杨虎城那样的高级将领,而且是奉蒋介石之命去‘剿共’的高级将领,我们党都能够争取他们发动‘双十二事变’,逼蒋抗日。当前,日本帝国主义的加紧侵略,正在促使全中国人民觉醒,团结起来一致抗日。苗振宇是东北人,家乡的沦丧,祖国的危亡,他会有很深的感触。而且,他又是个日本留学生。咱们正应该去做他的工作,促使他走进抗日的行列。”

曹鸿远紧紧握住张怡的手,一种发自内心的感激的波浪冲击着他。他想起七年前,那是他才十六岁。一个寒冬的夜晚,在前门车站扛完了大个,他已经累得东倒西歪,几乎站不住脚。天又下着大雪。他一边啃着窝头,一边走向他当时的宿处天桥一带的“鸡毛小店”。可是,因为天冷、下雪,那天店里的住客特别多。鸿远想挤个地方,却怎么也挤不下。他跑了几个小店,全是这情况。他又不愿跟别的和他一样的穷哥们打架争地盘,于是咬咬牙,冒着寒风、顶着大雪跑到张怡的公寓里。这时天都快半夜了,张怡还在灯下读书。他一见鸿远冻的抖抖瑟瑟的样子,赶紧帮他脱掉打湿了的破棉衣,叫他钻进自己的被窝里,把两条被子全盖在他身上。他太乏了,头一沾枕就睡熟了。热乎乎地一觉醒来,天已大亮。睁眼一看,张怡还坐在小桌前读书为了让他美美地睡上一夜,他的张老师竟一夜没合眼。当时,鸿远跳下床来,抱住张怡的脖子哭了……而今天,张怡的话又像是一把神奇的钥匙,打开了鸿远头脑中那扇狭隘的小门,使他的心胸顿时开阔起来。

“老师,我去找苗教授,争取他加入抗日的行列。”

“要大胆地开展抗日民族统一战线的工作,尽力把一切愿意抗日的人都团结到我们的周围来,这是当前的战略方针。你不能光想着买药。要通过买药,多做人的工作。小曹,你说对不对?嗯!‘对不对’三个字可是你的口头禅呵!”


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鸿远连连点头:

“对!对!现在我可不再问你对不对了。”

两个朋友互相望着,会意地笑了。

鸿远准备走了,张怡忽然小声在他耳边说:

“东北那边有一支游击队开到北平附近,在妙峰山、十三陵一带活动。他们缺枪、缺人。有可靠的人,你可以介绍去参加,越多越好。如果能够帮助他们弄到一些枪支就更好了。……怎么样?你不嫌肩膀上的担子越来越重吧!”

“那你就不买药了?不做苗教授的工作了?嗯!”

鸿远低头不语了。沉默了一会儿,他抬起头来,果决地说:

“我又心血来潮了。刚才的话收回。我该做什么仍做什么。”

“对,批准你收回。我看你还是先去拜访苗教授,可以拉着柳明一同去。争取好这个人,这对于我们今后的工作肯定会大有好处。”

曹鸿远离开大成公寓,立刻到医学院附属医院去找柳明。这些天,在卢沟桥炮声时紧时松、战争打打停停的情况下,有些重伤员已经从北平转移出去,但医院里仍然拥塞着不断从前线抬下来的伤员或老百姓。柳明自从父亲叫她读了范长江的那篇通讯,还受到他的批评,就更加把全副心思放在救护伤员上,尽量少见白士吾,更不肯跟他花前月下地逛公园了。她把买药的事托给白士吾之后,又回到医院里来。

跑了几个病房,鸿远才找到柳明。听说叫她陪着一同去看苗教授,柳明二话没说,向另一个同学交代了几句,利索地脱下身上的白罩衣,摘下白帽子。她那乌黑的短发和裹着素花布旗袍的袅娜身材,立刻使这个热情、纯洁的少女路露出一股典雅、温柔的美来。两个人出了医院,并肩走在黑黑的马路上,彼此都很少说话。当他们走了半个多小时,来到苗教授的客厅,已经八点钟了。

客厅不很大,有新式沙发,有几个玻璃书橱,里面装满了精装的英文、日文和德文书籍。在靠近窗户傍边,还有一架半旧的钢琴。苗虹这时正在弹着一支外国曲子。一个长头发、白净脸、戴着一副深度近视眼的男青年倚在一旁,聚精会神地听着。屋里没有别人。

鸿远随着柳明刚一进屋,首先看到的就是那个长头发青年。他低声问柳明:“那是高雍雅,对不对?”

柳明点点头,向屋里的两个人提高了嗓音:

“苗虹,高雍雅,你们的雅兴真不小呀!大炮轰隆隆地响,还有钢琴来伴奏……”

没等柳明说完,苗虹从小凳子上跳了过来,红着脸,喘着气,拉着柳明说:

“明姐,战争打得这么不利,我心里难受死啦!可是他……”她用手一指高雍雅,撅着嘴巴,“他非叫我给他弹个舒伯特的小夜曲不可。说这可以唤起他的诗兴,解除他的烦恼……”

高雍雅也离开了钢琴,向走进屋来的柳明打招呼:

“密斯柳,你怎么肯离开医院那个神圣的场所,来看苗虹?”

说着,又用近视眼瞟了一下曹鸿远,向他们傲然地微微一点头。

苗虹急忙替他们介绍:

“小高,他就是我向你说过的那位救了我们的传奇式的人物曹鸿远先生。”又指着高雍雅,“他就是高雍雅。爱写诗,特别喜欢波特莱尔的诗。燕京大学英语系的。……这个人自高自大,曹先生,您别见怪他。”

曹鸿远立刻伸出手去握住了高雍雅的手:

“爱写诗?那太好啦!在这风云突变的伟大时代,你的诗将对垂危的祖国起到唤起民众的作用。你们说对不对?”他转脸望着柳明和苗虹,露着洁白的牙齿笑了。

“我叫他写歌颂抗战的诗,可是他”苗虹脸又红了,不好意思说了,急忙转了话题,“明姐,你是带曹先生来找我爸爸的吧?我已经跟他说过啦,他很欢迎曹先生来。”苗虹说着,跑向北屋。不一会儿,个子高大,满面红光、戴着一副黑框眼镜,稍稍肥胖的苗教授被女儿拉着拽着走进客厅里来。

苗教授一见鸿远,立刻拉住他的手,端详起他的脸来。看了几秒钟,才用宏亮的声音大笑道:

“小伙子,看你好面熟啊!三年前,你在我们医学院当过练习生。我的记忆不错吧?不过,你这个练习生跟别的练习生大大不同在我讲课的时候,我常发现你来偷听我的课。当时,我心里感到很诧异。但你的好学精神感动了我,给我留下了深刻的印象。哈哈,所以我从来没有把你赶出课堂去,是这样的吧?”

苗教授穿着白绸衬衫,灰色料子短裤,红红胖胖的圆脸上,留着一撮仁丹小胡。一看就知道是个豪爽、热情、心胸开朗的人。对着这位谈笑风生的教授先生,鸿远拘束不安之感立刻消失了,向苗教授鞠了一躬,微笑着说:

“苗教授,您的记忆力真好!这几年了,您还记得我这个小练习生听过您的课。我确实很喜欢学习,只是家境困难,上不起学只能偷着上一些学校去听点课……”

苗教授不等鸿远说完,一把拉他坐到沙发上,两只圆眼透过眼镜片儿,露出一副赞许、同情的神色:

“你叫曹鸿远是不是?我就叫你小曹吧。小曹,古今中外,许多有成就的科学家、文学家、发明家,不一定都是从正规大学里毕业出来的。有没有成就,有没有出息,关键在于自己的刻苦努力,不断钻研象爱迪生,穷得连学校都进不起,却给人类发明了电灯,创造了上千种科学成果……”


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“Anyhow we areChinese young we should try our best to do something for our endangeredcountry. Little Bai you said you are patriotic, but you did not behaveaccordingly. You shouldn’t always be in such slack discipline. You should dosomething to the benefit of our nation and people. ”

“What do you want meto do?” BaiShiWu turned his eyes upward and said morosely:

“If you have anyinstruction I can follow it. Here I give you these two hundred yuan of mypocket money to donate for anti—Japanese. Transmit it on my behalf.”

Liu took the moneyand put on the desk top. She said in delight: “I can transmit the money butplease help me in another case—help us purchase some medicine for the injured. Didyou say you have a relative who opened a big pharmacy? Please help us in theprocurement of 10 thousand gram of Clay F Nur, 1 thousand gram of iodine, 30pounds of merbromine and
……”

My! Our? What does this ‘our’ refer to? ”BaiShiWuintercepted in before LiuMing could finish her words: “Dose the other part ofthe ‘our’ compose of the young fellow who called you out when you were nursingthe injured? The one you met in the anti-Japanese procession? I can’t imaginethat you shall listen to him and labor for him as such……”BaiShiWu changed his look.

At these ironicwords of Bai, LiuMing stood up suddenly threw back her short cut hairs andsaid:

“BaiShiWu! How canyou talk of these non-senses? Tell you the truth the ‘our’ refers to thepeople, the masses. I purchase the medicine for the people and foranti-Japanese. How shall you say the rubbish? If you did not want to aid us,then let it be!” LiuMing usually treat BaiShiWu arrogantly but this time turnedhard, which startled Bai. He stood up immediately and wanted to hold LiuMing’shand in his. But he withdrew his reaching out hand in haste, for he dare not. Nowhis voice softened, lifted up his head and looked at LiuMing full of affection:

“I am short sighted.I’m short sighted. Don’t be angry! I set up immediately to purchase themedicine for the people. Is that all right? How much do you want? Give me alist and I will try my best to help with them. Further more I am willing to payfor all those.”

“No one wants you togive in vain!” LiuMing turn mild in her tone. He sighed with the words: “Hereis the list. Make your purchase accordingly and try your best. We will give youthe sum you spend on it.”

“Ok, we will helpyou accordingly. But ask for one thing. ”

“What’s that?”

“I know had been runningfor the medicine whole day long, thirsty and weary. Let’s go. I invite you todinner in a restaurant and it’s for you to choose: Western cuisine or Chinesecuisine. I know you like ice-cream. Have two cups cold and sweet to cool downfrom the summer heat. You shall keep in good health. Look! You thinned a lot.”

The concern andtenderness of Bai touched LiuMing once more. She threw an affectionate look ather boyfriend, retaining a sweet smile on the corner of her mouth.

“Little Bai, listen,listen to my reading of the poem: ‘Petals fallen; waterflew. The same lovesickness and the different place sit idle. No way out of thesorrow. The second off my mind, crawled into my heart also.’ Can you readmy mind? Every day when I thought of you I read this poem……

LiuMing nodded herhead slightly and flushed.

Seeing her parentsnot available LiuMing said to Bai: “Yes. I am hungry and would like follow youto dinner.”

BaiShiWu blossomedwith smile:

“Good, that’s good! Let’sgo to have a hearty feast. Never mind that there couldn’t be delicate dish inthe front service we can go to inner room for private dishes. Many restaurantrunners are my relatives or kinsman. You will be satisfied whatever you like tohave.”

As the night fellthe moon climbed up above the tree. A few paces after they went out of LiuMing’shouse side by side BaiShiWu turned back to ask her naughtily:

“Little Liu, I havesomething to ask you, never mind it. Does the fellow who drag you out to buythe medicine a newly friend of yours?”

These words angeredLiuMing again.

“If you do not wantto help, never bother with it. I can’t imagine that you are not consideratelike this!” then she turned back running towards home.

“Never mind it! Nevermind it! Little Liu,
I just mentioned itcasually…… Come and have dinner withme, please. You must be very hungry now.” Bai caught up to holdLiuMing by the hand, sweat beaded out of his forehead.

Liuturned again and headed for the entrance of the lane directly ignoring him.

BaiWuShibecame delighted and he followed Liu with reverence and awe. Then he caught upto walk side by side. They walked in such manner for a while then Bai broke outwith a long sigh and murmured in low the pathetic voice:

“‘Theonce vast ocean can no longer hold water; removed mount WuShan theclouds can not be entitled so.’
……
Little Liu, can you understand this line? It really depictedwhat I have in my heart. I did torture for you. Can you feel it?”

Under the heavynight curtain, LiuMing heard the quotation and affection rose up in her heart.Her eyes wetted. She threw a glance at BaiShiWu and the pair of her dimplequivered she looked at the inclined moon without making a sound.

Analysis: We can not say that BaiShiWu is not patriotic but for surehis patriotism only placed in the corner of his mind. He agreed to helppurchase the medicine but that is not his original motive. He only wanted totake the chance to play up to LiuMing. Bai lived a melancholy life and we knowhis state of mind in his quotation of the poems.  

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In the two dozen or so small apartments ofthe newly established DaCheng house which locates in west of BeiPing near the State University,there crowded with a variety of different guests. Among them there are thosestudents who went to BeiPing for university entrance examination but blocked bythe war, those who failed to book a hotel, those who took their wife with themfor university life and might be some unemployed or business men mixed in.

ZhangYi temporarily quartered in the house—a not too spacious room with a set of plank bed, a desk with two drawers and asmall bookshelf. By the time of dust CaoHongYuan arrived and the two stood bythe desk. Zhang whispered into the newcomer’s ears:

“But the GuoMingDang party still prattledabout peace. They did not dispatch their army to fight against the Jap nor didthey support the 29th  Route Army. The people of BeiPing and the 29thArmy want to defend this isolated city, but actually that’s possibly a jobbeyond possible. I heard it said that SongZheYuan wants to abandon the city andonly leave us ZhangZiZhong to tackle the Jap. If so the submerge of BeiPingwould be imminent
……

The deep tone of ZhangYi infectedCaoHongYuan. He gazed at the graceful feature of Zhang then said word by word:

“Teacher, if BeiPing submerged how can wecomplete our task? I should have completed it as quick as possible and rushback to YanAn. But you see the obstacles: the transportation and the medicineitself……”

I heard that you persuaded many people to help you make the procurement.But haven’t you gathered up enough?” ZhangYi never got impatient. He nevermentioned going back to YanAn and only inquired about the medical purchase, “Didyou meet HuaXing again?”

HongYuan forced out a bitter smile: “Yes, hepromised to try his best for some more medicines. But in the ordinary pharmacyyou begged for half a day they only promise you a few hundred aspirin pills. Thebusinessmen call this patriotic though meager in quantity. So the medicine isnot available by now.”

“What about the two female students you gotto know recently. How about their purchase? ”

“LiuMing is really enthusiastic and she alsopersuaded her boyfriend. The boy has a relative in the pharmacy and she hadalready entrusted him for some more medicine. I think if you purchased too muchat one go you should let the pharmacy sign a bill of lading after the payment. Sowe avoided creating too big a target in the transmission of large quantity. Ialready told LiuMing that and HuaXing also support me this way.” At thisHongYuan frowned his black-sword like brows and he looked at the eyes of Zhangsaid in meditation, “MiaoHong is a direct and enthusiastic girl and she let meseek help from her father so he can purchase more and quickly. But I am notwilling to seek help from such professional with high social status……”   

“Why could you not seek help from suchadvanced professional?” Zhang Yi intercepted in an unusual manner wearingastonished look, “Last spring I went to XiAn to meet general ZhangXueLiang inrepresent of students from north east China. Do you think professor Miaovalue more advanced than general Zhang?”

HongYuan flushed, Zhang did not criticizehim in face but he felt more uneasy than being criticized. He thought for awhile then said in a low voice:

“It is not difficult to approach the workersand patients. But to approach those celebrities as the senior intellectualprofessor Miao then I am not sure what to talk.”

“As the present situation concerns, whatelse can we talk except for anti-Japnese?” ZhangYi Patted on the shoulder ofCaoHongYuan, he smiled and said: “Even the senior army general likeZhangXueLiang and YangHuCheng who took the order from Chiang Kai-shek to wipeus out had been won over by us. Our party persuaded them to launch XiAnincidence and compelled Chiang to join anti-Japanese ally. Now the aggressiveinvasion from Japanis waking up us Chinese and forced us to form an anti-Japanese union. ProfessorMiao comes from north east Chinaand he was deeply hurt by the submerging of homeland and the endangeredsituation of China.Further more he is a Japanese graduate. We should try to win him over into ourunion. ”   

Cao hold ZhangYi’s hand tightly, an innerrose appreciation surged him. He recalled things 7 years before then he is only16 years old. In a wintry night, he did some porter’s work at QianMen railwaystation then he got so tired that he couldn’t stand there stably. It is snowingagain. Cao bit the steamed bread in the mean time walking towards his meagerapartment—the petty inn around the overpass. For the cold and snowing the innwas especially crowded. Cao wanted to make a room but couldn’t squeeze in. Hesearched several other inns, but it is all the same. Then he is not willing tofight against other poor guys for a place so he tolerate it and went to ZhangYi’squarter in the storm and through the snow. Now it is almost mid-night, butZhang still read his book under the lamp. As soon as he saw the quivering Caohe helped to remove the wetted cotton coat and let him sleep in his own quiltthen put another quilt on to make warmer. Cao was too tired he fallen asleep assoon as his head touches the pillow. As he woke up from the warm night sleepthe day has already broken. Cao opened his eyes to see Zhang is still sittingat the desk reading. In order to let him sleep sweetly the teacher had nottaken asleep whole night long. The moment HongYuan jumped off the bed embracedthe teacher on his neck and cried…… While today ZhangYi’s words served as a mindopener which presented a broad view before Cao’s narrow mind:

“Teacher, I will go to meet professor Miaoand try to win him over to the anti-Japanese ally.”

“You should set your hands free to promotethe united national front line in anti-Japanese course and try your best tounite all the anti-Japanese strength. This is our present strategy. Don’tconsider the medicine purchase only, motivate people through it. Is that allright? And this is your usual question.”

Analysis: GuoMingGang partygave up the BeiPing, how valiant the 29th Army could be they can notdefend the city without any military support. But if you would like me toanalysis the situation objectively, at this moment the major forces ofGuoMingDang party was concentrated to the YangZi Riverregion. They prepare an imminent battle to defend ShangHaiand their capital NanJing.But anyhow the party still have many strong military forces in ShanXi but the problemare that their forces are majorly private owned and would not easily to obeythe centre government immediately. And this ZhangZiZhong of 29thArmy who was left to tackle the Jap is a real national hero who sacrificedhimself valiantly in the later ZaoYi battle in SiChuan province.
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HongYuan shook his head continuously

“No! No! I’ll never prompt with the questionanymore.”

The two friends gazed at each other, smiledagreeably.

HongYuan prepared to go then ZhangYisuddenly whispered into his ears:

“A guerrilla force from north east China had approached BeiPing taking actionaround mount MiaoFeng and Ming tombs. They are inlack of guns and person. If you know anyone dependable please introduce him in,the more the better. And if you can smugger some guns for them that’s the best…… How about it? Didyou mind the growing burden on your shoulder?”

“Then, you need not do anything in medicinepurchase and in the work to win over professor Miao. Yeah? ”

Then HongYuan bent down his head silencedfor a while then raised up head again to express decisively:

“I was much carried away just now. I takeback what I had said and will do what I should do.”

“Ok. I admit it. I suggest you pay a visitto professor Miao in advance and you can go with LiuMing. To win over him is ofgreat benefit to our work afterwards.”

As soon as CaoHongYuan left DaCheng house,he soon went to the hospital affiliated to the medicine academy to findLiuMing. These days the skirmishes at Bridge LuGou went on with intervals andthe gunfire sometimes on sometimes off. Taking advantage of the break, the seriouslyinjured were carried away out of the city but the hospital still congested withinjured soldiers and civilian coming from the fire line. From the day fatherlet her read the news report of FanChangJiang and criticized her, LiuMing paidall her attention to nurse the injured and tried her best to avoid BaiShiWu andspent even lesser time to stroll in the park with him. She entrusted themedicine procurement to BaiShiWu then returned to the hospital.

CaoHongYuan find LiuMing after he hadsearched several wards. When she heard that Cao came to have her visitprofessor Miao in his company, she didn’t say anything to take off her whiteovercoat and cap after throwing a few words at her fellows. Her short cutpitch-black hair and the tender slender figure inside the plain colored cottoncheongsam made her an enthusiastic, pure maiden of elegance and gracefullysoft. The two of them went out of the hospital to walk side by side silently onthe black colored street. They walked for more than half an hour. When theywent into the meeting room of professor Miao it is already 8 o’clock in theevening.

The meeting room can not be called big, butstill have a couple of new fashion sofa, glass windowed bookshelf filled withdelicately covered Books of English, Japanese and German. By the side ofwindows stand also a set of piano half worn. Miao was playing a foreign episodeby this time. A long haired, clean faced young man with a pair of high degreeglasses for myopia leaning by the side listening attentively. Except that no oneelse are there in the room.

HongYuan followed LiuMing into the room and thefirst one he saw is the long-haired young man. He lowered his voice to ask Liu:“That is GaoYongYa. right? ”

LiuMing nodded her head and rose up hervoice to speak to the two in that house:

“You are quite refined now! MiaoHong andYongYa, you still should have piano company in the thunder of cannons!……

Before LiuMing could finish with her wordsMiaoHong jumped up from the bench. She pulled the hand of Liu flushed andgasping out:

“Sister Ming, the war fair was developing tothe disadvantage of us and I’m very much depressed. But he…… ”She pointed to GaoYongYa protruding her mouth and said: “Buthe forced me to play Schubert’s serenade. He said the episode could rise up hisinspiration in poem writing and relieve his worry……”

GaoYongYa also left the piano and greetedthe LiuMing who was coming into the room:

“Miss.Liu, how can you leave your holy hospital and came here to see MiaoHong?” thenhe threw a glance at CaoHongYuan with his myopic eyes and nodded to themproudly.

MiaoHong hurried with her introduction:

“Little Gao, he is the legendary figure ofCaoHongYuan about whom I had told you the story of his rescue to us.” Then shepointed to Gao, “He is GaoYongYa who likes to write poems and favor theBaudelaire’s, a student in the English department of YanJing University…… This fellow is quite conceited. Don’t mind.”   

CaoHongYuan immediately reached out hishands to hold GaoYongYa’s.

“You like writing poem! That’s too good! Atthe present storming era your poem could wake up people for our endangerednation. Is that right?” he turned to LiuMing and MiaoHong showed his whiteteeth in the smile.

“I let him write anti-Japanese poem but……”Miao flushed too shy to say anything. She changed the topic,“Sister Ming, are you here to meet my father with Cao sir? I have told himthis, and he welcomes Cao sir very much.” MiaoHong went to the apartment facingnorth in the talking. A moment later professor Miao, a tall, ruddy faced, fattyman with black framed glasses, was pulled into the meeting room by his daughter.      

Professor Miao held HongYuan’s hand as soonas he saw him examining the face. A few seconds later, he smiled and said in aloud voice:

“Young man, you look so familiar. Threeyears ago you had been intern student in our academy. Is that all right? Butyou are so different to other students and I discovered that you often slippedin to listen to my lectures secretly. I was astonished at that time. But yourcuriousness moved me and impressed me much. So I had never drove you out of myclass, is that so? ”

Professor Miao was in white silk shirt greybreeches. He kept a pinch of beard and could be considered to a straightenthusiastic and optimistic man. In the face of this cheerful and humorousprofessor the awkwardness of Cao disappeared immediately. He made a bow to theprofessor smiled and said:

“Professor Miao, you had a really goodmemory! All these years passed and you cans still bear in mind the meagerintern student had listened to your lecture. Yes, I like to study but I have apoor family that couldn’t afford me for the study so what I can do is to slipinto some classes at certain school……”

HongYuan hadn’t finished with the talkbefore professor Miao introduced him to sit on a sofa. Through the glasses theprofessor looked at him compassionately and approvingly with a pair of bigeyes.

“Are you CaoHongYuan? Let me call you littleCao then. Little Cao, from ancient to present and from broad and home, manyachieved scientists, literary men and inventors are not formal universitygraduates. The personal achievement completely depends on his hard learning andhard working. Edison can not afford to study, but he invented electric bulb andachieved in more than a thousand science studies……”

Analysis: Professor Miao turn out to be a key person in the medicalpurchase. Further more he had been studied in Japan and knows several foreignlanguages through which he can do international work. To win over him into theanti-Japanese ally is of significance. The red zone during the anti-Japanesewar are quite concealed to the world the underground anti-Japanese strugglesometimes turn out to be more cruel and need more valiant intellectuals.


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英文能争取更多对红色抗战的国际认同。
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“你们都听说过红军二万五千里长征吧?我就说个红军过草地的故事。草地在西康境内,那儿茫茫无际,渺无人烟。行军时只能踏着长在水草里的青草走,没有长草的地方就是泥潭。这些泥潭很奇怪,个个都是无底洞。无论人或牲畜,一不留神,掉在表面上是平地的泥潭里,就会越陷越深,谁也没有法子去搭救。直到完全没了顶,人和马全都不见了,这些泥潭才又恢复原状。红军吃什么呢?开始大家身上还有炒麦子、炒麦面。后来,这些吃完了,就吃青草、野菜、草根、树皮,甚至有的人把皮带都煮着吃了。有些红军因为得了病,再加上缺乏食物,走着走着就在草地上倒下了,永远停止了呼吸……活着的人,拿起死者的枪,含着眼泪又继续前进……你们都知道周恩来先生吧‘双十二政变’和平解决,就是共产党中央派他去说服张学良、杨虎城二位将军,不杀蒋介石,从而赢得今天第二次国共合作的局面。长征时,红军渡过大渡河不久,周先生得了重病,整天高烧不退。当时红军药品非常缺乏,连一些最普通的药品都很难得到。周先生的看护员名叫刘江萍,急得心里火烧火燎,她和医生商量,想到各个部队去找点药来给周先生治病。可是,得了肝浓疡病的周先生,虽然肝区剧烈疼痛不止,却坚决制止说:‘战士们比我更需要药品,决不能到部队上去找药!’当时中共中央批准给他一副担架,可他从来不用,让其他伤病员用。直到病情严重得实在走不动了,他才坐上去。不久病好了一点,有一次设法煮了一小缸子稀饭给他送去。周先生却说:‘我们革命的队伍官兵一致。战士吃什么,我也吃什么!’他坚决不吃这碗稀饭,仍然和战士们一样吃野菜……”

“呵,红军!红军!周恩来!周恩来!……”听了鸿远讲的故事,苗虹激动得喊了起来,“世界上有这样艰苦的生活,我还是第一次听说。世界上有这么好的人象周恩来那样的人物,我也是第一次听说。现在,他们都很好吧?”

“嗯,小苗。红军已经到达了陕北去是为了什么?你能够回答这个问题么?”鸿远喝了一口茶水,扭头笑着问苗虹。

苗虹把头摇得货郎鼓似的,吐吐舌头笑了:

“我交白卷还是你说吧。”

“就是为了北上抗日呀。”鸿远面容严肃了,“为了北上打击日本侵略者,红军才付出那么大代价,作出重大牺牲,进行了二万五千里的长征。最近,‘卢沟桥事变’的第二天,共产党中央就在陕北向全国各界发出了紧急号召。号召说:‘全国同胞们,平、津危急!华北危急!……武装保卫平津!保卫华北!不让日本帝国主义占领中国寸土。’这个号召是多么急切!多么诚恳!多么明确!可是蒋介石呢,还在跟日本商量什么撤兵办法你们已经看见了吧,现在每天从山海关外开到平、津各地的日本军车一列接着一列……伯父,你提的问题,我还用再回答么?”

苗教授双眼望着鸿远,沉思着。额上的皱纹,凸了出来,他在苦苦思索着什么。

“哎呀,曹先生,难道咱们就这样等待亡国么?”苗虹喊了起来。柳明的眼里忽然泪水盈盈,心里激动地想:“这个曹他也许就是红军吧?多么不平凡的人物……”

听鸿远不再开口,苗虹忽然用手捂着双眼又喊起来:“不!不!我决不当亡国奴!为了中华民族的解放,我、我愿意……”

“你愿意什么?”高雍雅急忙扯开她的手,掏出一条手绢,象要替他擦眼泪似的喃喃着,“苗苗,你愿意什么呀?……”

“去你的!总这么动手动脚的,也不看个时候。”苗虹从高雍雅手里抽回自己的手,她的眼睛是潮红的。

曹鸿远说的故事和对抗战形势的简略描绘,给人们的心头压上了一层愁云,同时又仿佛给人们带来一线希望。

“小苗,你没有听懂我的故事吧! 干什么绝望悲伤?中国是有希望的!”鸿远见屋里的几个人都忧形于色,坐在沙发上轻声解释着。

“我明白了!”苗教授忽然把肥厚的手掌用力一拍,爽朗地笑了起来,“小曹讲的这个故事含义很深它说明红军在那样艰苦绝伦的处境下,还能战胜国民党军队的‘围剿’,北上抗日,到达陕北;它还告诉我们,红军和共产党的领导人象周恩来先生那样,身患重病却和士兵们共甘苦……呵,苗苗,你还愁什么?小曹告诉咱们共产党是可以办救国大事的!孩子们,呵!呵!……”苗教授涨红着脸,激动得喊了起来。这位年高的人情绪一变,整个客厅的空气也变了人们的脸上有了喜色。又是苗虹第一个跳起来,用力抱住柳明的脖子,笑着说:

“曹先生的话我全相信!明姐,你相信么?”

柳明用力点了点头:“我也相信。”

苗教授站起高大的身躯,把呼呼响动的电风扇关掉。然后,转过身,用两只大手紧紧握住曹鸿远的双手,带着浓重的东北口音说:

“小曹,过去你听过我讲课,我算是你的半个先生;今天,你又来当了我们大家的先生,来给我们上了很好的一课我希望它不是《最后一课》……好吧,你要我办的事,为了中华民族的生存,为了那些英勇抗战的将士,我一定竭尽绵薄之力。这样吧,五天之后,你来取发货单。那一百片、一百片的阿司匹林哪一辈子才能买够数啊!”

听了爸爸的话,苗虹活像个装着弹簧的洋娃娃,一下子蹦了起来紧紧搂住爸爸的脖子,发出了惊喜的呼喊声:

“爸爸!爸爸!真是个好爸爸!”

苗教授也动了真情,低下头抱起女儿美丽的脸蛋,在额头上亲了一下,呓语似的喃喃道:

“孩子!苗苗,你真是我的好女儿!”

柳明坐在椅子上高兴地笑了。她一笑,左腮边上的一个小酒窝,又微微颤动起来。


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Have you all listened to the 25 thousand LiLong March? Then
I would like tell you astory where the red Army marches through the swamp. The swamp locates in XiKangregion where the deserted land reaches far beyond the horizon. In the march youcan only walk along the green grass line otherwise there must be mires. Thosemires are very strange there every one of them seems bottomless. Whether men oranimals if carelessly dropped in the seemingly even and solid mire they got tosink deeper and deeper so that no one could have any way to draw them out. Themire would turn out to be the same look as before when the man or the animalsubmerged totally. Then on what the red army fed them? In the beginning there is still some cookedgrain powder or wheat powder in their knapsack. But after they consumed theirration they started to feed on green grasses, eatable wild herb, grass rootsand the bark. Some red army soldiers even boil their leather belts for food. Somesoldiers fell ill on the way then worsened in lack of food they fell down onthe march and stopped heart beating for ever…… But those still living did not stop they took over the guns ofthe dead and marched on with tears in the eyes…… Did you know Mr.ZhouEnLai? December the 12th incidence could be peacefullyco-mediated due to his contribution. Our party entrusted him to persuadegeneral ZhangXueLiang and YangHuCheng not to kill the captured Chiang Kai-shekfor which the cooperation between communist party and GuoMingDang party wererealized a second time. In the long march Mr.ZhouEnLai fell seriously ill andhigh fever lasted whole day long, but the red army seriously ran short ofmedicine by that time and it is difficult to get even the most common pills. Thenurse who took care of ZhouEnLai named LiuJiangPing, she got worried about itand prepare to gather medicines from every branches of the army to heal him. Butthe ZhouEnLai who had liver sore stopped her in spite of the sharp pain. Hesaid: ‘The solders are in more urgent demand of medicines you can not searchthe army for theirs. ’ the centre committee at that time allocated a set ofstretch for him but he never made any use of it and save the stretch for otherinjured or sick soldiers. He laid down on the stretch until too sick to insiston the walking. Later ZhouEnLai turned a little better a comrade cooked a smallcup of porridge for him. But he refused with the words: ‘In our revolutionarytroop the officer and the soldier feed on the same ration and I ate what thesoldiers ate. ’ he prefer to eatable wild herbs to keep the discipline……

“Oh, it’s the redarmy! Red army!—ZhouEnLai! ZhouEnLai!……”MiaoHongshrieked out in listening to the story, “It is the first time that I ever heardof such hard life in the world. And the first time I ever heard there should beso kind man as ZhouEnLai. Are they all right now?”

“Yes, little Miao. Thered army had reached north ShanXiprovince. But do you know for what they took the long march there?” HongYuantook a sip of the tea then turned to MiaoHong smiled and asked.

MiaoHong shook herhead like a rattle-drum, then sticking out her tongue to smile:

“I hand in a blanksheet. Please tell me then!”

“They march thenorth to fight against the Jap.” HongYuan turned serious, “They paid so muchand sacrifice so much in the 25 thousand Li Long March in order to fightagainst the Japanese invaders. The second day after the Bridge LuGou incidence,our centre government sent out an emergency call to the whole nation: ‘Fellowcitizens all around the country! BeiPing and TianJin are endangered, our north Chinaare endangered!…… Safeguard our BeiPing and TianJin! Safeguard north China! Drivethe Japanese invaders out of Chinanot one inch reserved! ’ the call is so urgent! So sincere! So definite! Butwhat the Chiang Kai-shek did? He is negotiating with the Jap as to how toretreat out his troops! As you can see one train after another of Japanesesoldiers are carrying through ShanHaiGuan pass into different regions ofBeiPing and TianJin.Uncle needn’t I say anything more to answer your question?”

Professor Miaostared at HongYuan in meditation, the wrinkles on his forehead protruding outand he is in hard reasoning.  

“My! Cao sir, shallwe wait for the country to die like this?!” MiaoHong shrieked again and LiuMing’seyes filled with tears. She excitedly had this in the mind: “This Cao, shouldhe be the red army man? How extraordinary he is!……

Seeing that HongYuanstopped talking, MiaoHong shaded her eyes with the hands and shouted outanother time: “No! No! No! We can never be slaves without a country! In orderto liberate our country I am willing to
……”

What are you willing to do?” GaoYongYapulled her hands away and took out a handkerchief as if to wipe off her tears. Murmuredagain: “Little Miao, what are you willing to do then?”

“Get away, don’ttouch me like this! Watch the occasion!” MiaoHong drew back her hands from Gao’s,her eyes still red.

The story told byCaoHongYuan, and the brief introduction to the situation of anti-Japanese warpressed hard on their hearts in then mean time bring them a beacon of hope.

“Little Miao, don’tyou understand my story! How shall you feel sorrow and disappeared. China still hashope.” HongYuan saw that all the others in the room looked worried so he explainedon the sofa.

“I understand!”professor Miao abruptly patted with his fatty thick hand and laughed brightly, “Thestory little Cao told has profound meaning. It indicates under such hardcondition the red army still can overcame all the difficulties to reach northShanXi province and it also indicates that in the communist army the leaderslike ZhouEnLai could experience the hardship along with common soldiers thoughin seriously illness…… Little Miao, don’t worry about it! Little Cao has informed usthe communist party could complete such great task as to saving the nation. Look!Boys and girls……” Professor Miao flushed and shouted outexcitedly. As the emotion of this elderly change the atmosphere of the whole householdchanged too. Happy looks wore on people’s face! Again MiaoHong jumped up first,she embraced LiuMing on the neck and smiled to say:

“I believe in allwhat Cao sir said. Sister Ming, did you believe in him?”

LiuMing nodded herhead hard: “I believe in him too.”

The big and tallprofessor Miao stood up and turned off the buzzing electric fan. Then he turnedto hold the hands of CaoHongYuan tightly in his and said in his thick northeastChinaaccent:

“Little Cao, you hadlistened to my lesson in the past. I could be counted to some extend yourteacher. Today you come here to be our teacher. You give us a very good lessonand I hope it would not be The Last Lesson…… I will try my best to complete the task you assigned for thesurvival of our nation and for the valiant anti-Japanese soldiers. Then fivedays later you come to get the bill of lading. How long it shall take to finishpurchasing the one hundred pieces a pack aspirin!”

Hearing what herfather said, MiaoHong jump up happily as happy as a toy girl—she embraced herfather on the neck and made a happy outcry:

“Father! Father! Youare a kind father.”

Professor Miao was alsotruly moved. He bent down to hold the beautiful face of his daughter and kissedon the forehead. He murmured like in the sleeping:

“Miao, you arereally my good daughter.”

LiuMing sat on thechair and smiled happily. As she smiled a dimple appeared on the face then thedimple quivered slightly.


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Analysis: Why CaoHongYuan told the story of red army and the long march? The red army was in great difficulty then. They just broke through Chiang Kai-shek besiege from JiangXi province and reached the land between west SiChuan province and east Tibet. The army shrunk from 80 thousand to a little more than 10 thousand due to sacrifices and injuries in battles, misleading ways, disperses and illness, etc. They could select a good county on the Tibetan land where there are cattle and sheet, barley and potatoes to recover for a long period. For Chiang Kai-shek would not hunt them in the moor land and the dictator would have been quite satisfied if the red army stay only on the moor land as low as bandit. But in order to call the whole nation together and unit all possible to fight against the Japanese invasion, the red army chose to make greater contribution and sacrifice. They marched through the wetland to reach north ShanXi province and fight for a revolutionary base there. No army without strong willing and perseverance can complete the long march or even think about it. So the whole nation and the whole world turned their eyes to this small but strong willed army.
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夜将阑,曹鸿远答应苗教授夫妇送柳明回家,苗虹这才拉着柳明一同走出大门外,走着,叨着:

“曹先生,您可一定得把我明姐送到家呵!听说趁着打仗,汉奸、流氓、坏蛋还有日本间谍都在街上活动着呢。我明姐要是有什么差错,我可要找您……”说道这儿,苗虹吐了一下舌头,不说了。

柳明搂着苗苗的肩膀,低声说:

“操心老得快。回去吧明天你还到我们医院去唱歌吗?”

“不去了。明天我要给演《放下你的鞭子》的崔嵬伴唱同学介绍的。明姐,你看过这出戏么?好极了!群众看了都感动得掉泪就在街头演的。”

柳明点点头:“是好,我已经看过了。”

苗教授夫妇亲自把鸿远、柳明送到大门口外;高雍雅也出来走上另一条路。苗家三口人目送他们走了一段路,才关好街门走进去。

这时已经是晚上十点多钟了,出了胡同口,曹鸿远对走在身边的柳明轻声说:

“对不起!柳小姐,把你拉来找苗教授,这么晚了才回家。令尊、令堂一定很不放心真的,今晚要是戒严就麻烦了。真是抱歉!”

“不是晚十一点以后才戒严么,”柳明有点心慌,偏过头望着鸿远,“要是不让过去,回不了家怎么办?”

“柳小姐,不要慌。你有医学院的徽章,遇见巡逻队,就说倒苗教授家里商量救护二十九军伤员的事,谈晚了。他们如果不信,可给教授打电话。”

柳明瞥了一下曹鸿远,在路灯下,那张英姿焕发的脸,沉稳、安详,没有丝毫慌悚的表现。柳明受了感染,立刻安静下来,却又为身边的人担心了。

“曹先生,那您呢?您自己要是遇见巡逻队什么的,怎么办呢?您不要送我了,这条路我常走,很熟。您赶快回家吧。”

“小姐,请不要多说了。苗教授的嘱托,我怎么能不守约?我一定要送你到家。至于我自己没关系。我在你家附近有朋友,今晚就住在朋友那儿。柳小姐,你的安全,今晚我要负全责,对不对?”

柳明自尊心极强,看曹鸿远那种若无其事的样子,就不再说什么。虽然她心里还是有些怕怕遇见坏人,怕被巡逻队拦阻;她也怕身边这个高大俊气的小伙子。平生除了跟白士吾一起在晚间逛公园、看电影,每次都由他送回家之外,柳明可从未跟任何男子夜里同行。现在,天色黑黑的,街头冷冷清清的,这个曹究竟是什么人呢?是侠客?是共产党?还是一个伪装的……她怕起来了。不住偷偷拿眼望着身边的人。“不,绝对不是的!”她想起了在小禹庄时的一幕,那是个多么不平凡的人,跟这样的人在一起,不应当怕……绝对不应当!当她又一次向身边的人一瞥时,她立刻感到羞惭和歉疚了那双眼睛善良、睿智、深邃、镇定……坏人怎会有这种眼睛?他在向自己微笑含蓄地微笑呢。在笑我的惶悚不安吧?笑我的幼稚浅薄吧?……不能叫他轻视自己,即使遇见危险也不能慌。他这个身边的人一定会挺身而出……

柳明镇定了,虽然两个人走得都很快,却步履整齐,从容不迫了。

这时柳明的意念又转到另一个人的身上,转到有段时节几乎每天都相见的白士吾身上。他象个影子,随时随地都跟着他心爱的姑娘。今天傍晚,他说过要到医院来的。但曹鸿远先找来了,她顾不得等他,就急忙陪曹鸿远来找苗教授。白士吾到医院不见她,这个晚上,他会多么焦急,多么记挂,说不定又在各处找她了。柳明抬眼四顾,她忽然希望对面匆匆走来白士吾,这就不必烦劳这个还不大了解的高个儿送自己了。小白可以送她回家,还可以一路握着她的手……姑娘心思乱了。原来自己不见白士吾时也是想念他的。他们两个的关系,好像越来越深了。

为了打破路上的芩寂,曹鸿远问柳明一些事,最后问道:

“柳小姐,我想问一下,你说有位朋友可以帮助买药,不知是否已经托办了?”

柳明似从梦幻中惊醒,扭头看看身边的人,不好意思地笑了笑:

“您放心!我已经托付他了。他会办到的。”

“噢,现在的药很不好买啊!”鸿远不便多说什么,转了话题。他向柳明讲起北平的大中学生,还有全国的大中学生在大敌当前的情况下,如何奋发激扬,如何投笔从戎的一些情形。他的声音不高,却感情真挚,铿锵有力,材料丰富,有根有据。柳明的心思立刻离开了白士吾,专心致志地听着曹鸿远的讲话。柳明表面沉静,心里却敏锐、富于情感。她对身边这个人,经过今天傍晚,直到目前的一番话,心里终于涌起一股异常的敬意,“呵多好的人……”她又在心头感叹了。


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The night is going deeper. CaoHongYuanpromised to the couple of Professor Miao that he would escort LiuMing home. ThenMiao Hong went out of the door hand in hand with Liu walking while gossiping.

“Cao sir, do escort our sister Ming home! Iheard it said that the traitors, immoral and evil men as well as Japanese spiestook the advantage of the war to act in the street. If anything could happen tosister Ming, I will revenge you……” MiaoHong protruded her tongue for aninstant at this point then stopped her words.

“If you worry too much you get older soon. Goback home and will you go to our academy for the singing tomorrow?”

“I won’t be there tomorrow. I have to takethe role of vocal accompany to CuiWei in the drama Put down Your Whip. One of my classmates introduced the job. SisterMing, have you ever watched the drama? It a great one and people are alwaysmoved to tears on every show. They just perform in the street.”

LiuMing nodded her head to admit: “Yes itgood and I have watched.” The couple of professor Miao accompanied LiuMing andMiaoHong out of the door. GaoYongYa also walked out to another road. Three ofprofessor Miao’s family saw them off until they walked far away then theyreturned and shut door the gate.   

The time is already ten o’clock in thenight, Cao said in low voice to Liu when they walked out of the lane:

“Excuse me Liu! How shall I drag you out tothe professor and be back so late at night. Your parents must be worrying foryou. If it happened to be a curfew this night then it’s the real trouble. I amreally sorry!”   

“Didn’t they say the curfew would be impostonly after 11 o’clock?” LiuMing is somewhat nervous and she threw a side glanceat Cao, “What shall we do if they do not let pass so that I can not return?”

“Don’t worry about it. You have the badge ofthe academy. If you should encounter patrolling gendarmes just excuse you wentto professor Miao’s to discuss how to rescue the injuries from the 29th RouteArmy and the talk last too long. If they do not believe in then let themtelephone the professor.”  

LiuMing glanced at CaoHongYuan again. Underthe street light his smart and spirited face looked calm and quiet without anyterror. LiuMing was influenced and calmed down instantly, but worry for the manbeside her.”

“Cao sir. What about you then? What if youencounter the patrolling gendarme or something else happened. Leave me alonethen, I am accustomed to this road. You hurry back then.”

“Miss, don’t speak too much. How can I notkeep the promise made to professor Miao? I will escort you home. As for me, itdoesn’t matter. I have a friend who quartered near your family so I can staythere for the night. Miss.Liu I take the responsibility for your safety this night, is that so? ”

LiuMing is a highly self esteemed, she sawthe free look of CaoYuanHong then stopped her persuasion. But she is stillsomewhat afraid. She is afraid that she would encounter evil men; she is afraidthe patrolling gendarme will stop her. She is also afraid of the tall handsomefellow beside her. LiuMing had never been alone with man walking at night,except that the BaiShiWu had escort her home after they stroll together in thepark or after they came out of the cinema. Now the sky turned dark and thestreet turned deserted. What kind of man this Cao could be? Is he a chivalrousor a member of the communist party or someone in the disguise of?……”LiuMing turned afraid and kept watching the man by her side. “No,that’s absolutely impossible!” She recalled the scene in Village XiaoYu. Howoutstanding the fellow was then! I should not be afraid of such man. Absolutelynot! When she watched the fellow beside her she felt ashamed and sorry—his pairof eyes looks so kind, full of wisdom, profound and calm. How can an evil guyhave such pair of eyes? He smiled inwardly. He might laugh at my astonishment;he might laugh at my superficiality…… I can’t make her despise me. I won’t be at aloss even if I encountered danger. The fellow beside me is for sure to giveaid.

LiuMing calmed down. Though the two walkedvery fast, they went easily in co-ordinate steps. This time LiuMing’s ideaswitched to another man—the BaiShiWu who she met everyday. He walked like ashadow which follows his beloved girl every second. He said he would be in thehospital by the time of this evening. But CaoHongYuan come first, LiuMing can’twait the coming of her boyfriend then hurried up with Cao to the Professor Miao’s.BaiShiWu can’t find LiuMing in the hospital, how much worried he could be this evening?He might be seeking her everywhere. LiuMing looked around and she suddenlyhoped the BaiShi Wu was walking towards her then she wouldn’t bother this tallfellow who she does not familiar to escort her. BaiShiWu would accompany herhome and he would hold her hand all the way…… The mind of the girlwas in a total mess. She found herself would miss BaiShiWu when he is notpresent. Their relation seems to develop deeper and deeper.

In order to break the ice CaoHongYuan askedLiuMing some questions and finally he inquired:

“Miss Liu, you said you have a friend tohelp you purchase the medicine so I want to know if every thing had beenarranged?”

As if waken from her dream, Liu turn to thefellow beside her and smiled shyly:

“Take it easy and I had already entrustedhim. He can make the deal.”

“But the medicine is difficult to purchasenowadays!” it is not convenient for HongYuan to say anything more so heswitched the topic. He told LiuMing how the senior high school students anduniversity students put off their pens to join the army faced with thesituation of incoming enemies. He did not rise up his voice but every thing hesaid he express it firm with determination, affection and enough evidence.LiuMing’s mind instantly deserted BaiShiWu to concentrate on what Cao wastalking. LiuMing looked calm by appearance but acute psychologically shedeveloped a special respect towards this fellow through the talk tonight. “oh,what a good fellow he is!……”Liu exclaimed.


Analysis: LiuMing had developed an attachment to BaiShiWu but tonightshe also discovered something admirable in CaoHongYuan. He is a mysteriousfigure in Liu’s mind, patriotic, eloquent and determined. He always has the confidenceand has the way. The high school and university students put down their pens tojoint the army. That is the most exiting and most tragic story for theintellectuals. According to historical records, those students only receivedvery basic military training and mostly sacrificed their lives in the Japanesebreak through.

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曹鸿远似乎对北平的地理很熟,东绕西绕、拐弯抹角,尽走一些小胡同。他们终于避开巡逻队的巡查,走到柳明所住的背阴胡同里。这时,柳明心里忽然又涌上一股少有的感激之情。她为自己曾怀疑曹鸿远也许是个坏人而自责;又想,他身上总洋溢着一股青春的气息,他一定是个不一般的人,也许还是个英雄吧?认识这样的人真是幸运……正当柳明思潮起伏,对曹鸿远作着种种猜测的时候,一根电线杆子后面猛地窜出一个人影来。柳明吓了一跳;曹鸿远把柳明向身后一推,也站住了。

那个人窜上前来,一把揪住柳明的胳臂,瞪眼望着曹鸿远大喊一声:

“你是什么东西!怎么敢欺辱我的、我的未婚妻!”

曹鸿远望着那个戴着眼镜、声嘶力竭地狂喊着的白士吾,自己稳稳地站着,望着,脸上仍含着淡淡的笑容,没有出声。

“白士吾,你疯啦?要不要我送你到脑系去检查一下?……你怎么可以对曹先生这样无礼!是苗教授请他送我回家的。你不知道,现在北平正处在战争的动乱时期么?”

白士吾听了柳明的话,仍然不相信。瞪着曹鸿远,咬着嘴唇,昏暗的街灯照着他的白脸,显得更加苍白。他把头转向柳明,带着哭声:

“今天傍晚是这个人把你拉走的。我知道!柳明,你不要被他欺骗他不是好人……”

曹鸿远不理白士吾,沉默了半分钟,含笑对柳明缓缓地说:

“柳小姐,苗教授委托我办的事,我已经办完了。你已经平安到家了。现在告辞。”说着,对柳明点点头,转身大步走了。

柳明站在冷清昏暗的街灯下怔住了。

白士吾站在他身边也怔住了。

晚风轻飘飘、凉嗖嗖的。天上的星星缀锦缎般的流云上,一闪一闪的。不时,枪炮声象闷雷似的在寂寥的夜空中滚滚响过。美丽的夏夜,被笼罩在一片清净、沉郁的气氛中。

柳明终于从惊惶激忿中醒转来,她看都不看白士吾,几步闯进自己的家门。不意一头撞歪了一个人原来是母亲正站在街门口观望着女儿。她把母亲往门里一推,砰地一声插上街门,拉住母亲就往屋里跑。

门外响起了敲门声。砰、砰、砰一声接一声。

柳明倒在自己的小床上,拉住母亲,流着眼泪说:

“妈,不许给那个阔公子开门!”

“好丫头,别生白少爷的气。他今儿晚上为你快把腿跑细啦跑了好些地方找你……”

“他跑断了腿,活该,自找!妈,你要给他开门,我马上就走!”可是,门还是开了。白士吾还是慌悚地站到柳明的床前。

柳明妈急忙退了出去。

白士吾见柳明用被单紧紧裹住头,不理他。慌了神,一下子双腿跪在床前拉扯被单,嘴里不住喃喃地乞求:

“小柳,原谅我!饶恕我!我错怪你们不,我错怪了你。……你是多么纯洁正派的好姑娘,我知道你爱我。……我该死,该死!你打我一顿吧!可千万别不理我别不理我呀!不然,我跪在你窗前一夜不起来永远不起来……”

眼泪鼻涕流了白士吾一脸,这个美貌男子真的伤心了。

柳明蒙着被单抽泣着,仍然不理白士吾。

母亲进屋劝解了。她为白士吾说了许多好话,最后说,如果女儿还不理白少爷,她也要跪在女儿的床前。

柳明把被单一掀,翻身坐在床上。

白士吾见柳明坐起来了,虽然把头扭向墙壁,他还是欢喜得一跃而起,拉住女友的胳臂,颤声地吟哦起来:

“……花自飘零水自流。一种相思,两处闲愁。此情无计可消除,才下眉头,又上心头……”

“又是那首歪诗!别卖弄了!还不快回府去你爸爸该急坏了。”

见柳明说了话,白士吾抹着脸上的泪水笑嘻嘻地说:

“我早打电话告诉阿妈今晚不回家我准备找你一个通宵呢!伯母已经为我在外屋搭了一个小铺,你不信,去看看。”说着拉住柳明向外屋扯。

“你快回府吧!叫你家王升李顺来接你。我家又脏又窄,别脏了你白少爷的娇贵身子。”

白士吾用手捂住柳明的嘴,多情的眼睛,脉脉地注视着那双生气时更见黑白分明的眸子,笑嘻嘻地说:

“伯母已经答应我住在你家了。你赶我走,半路上出了危险,你不后悔么?”

她蓦然想起了曹鸿远他一个人深夜走回住处,不是已经很冒险了么?

这问题把柳明难住了。一种对朋友的责任感,促使她冷静下来。有意把话锋一转、严肃地问:

“小白,托你买药的事,你想着没有?你要不认真办好,以后我就不理你了。”

“办!办!办!小姐的命令如同圣旨,我肝脑涂地,敢不办呀!”

柳明终于又被他逗笑了。


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Cao seems to be familiar with the layout of BeiPing. He went beating about the bush turning around and around through different lanes. They finally shunned the patrolling gendarmes and reached BeiYing Lane where LiuMing quartered. This moment a flow of appreciation surged in side LiuMing and she cursed herself inner hearted for she had suspected him. Then she thought over him: the fellow always bring young and active atmosphere around him, he should not be an ordinary man. Should he be a hero? It is a fortune to get to know such kind of man…… As LiuMing’s mind was surging with thoughts a black shadow jumped out from an electric post. LiuMing took a fright and the instance CaoHongYuan stopped to pushed her aback.

But the figure dashed forward and clutched to LiuMing’s arm. He stared his eyes wide at CaoHongYuan and cried out:

“What are you? How dare you take advantage of her! She is my unmarried wife!”

CaoHongYuan looked at the hysteric BaiShiWu with spectacles. He stood firm and watched in silence, a light smile still retained on the face.

“Are you mad BaiShiWu? Shall you go to be check in the psychological department?
…… How can you be so rude to CaoHongYuan! It’s the Professor Miao who let him escort me home. Don’t you know it is time of Chaos for war? ”

BaiShiWu did not believe in it even if LiuMing said so. He bit on his lips and stared at HongYuan. The dim street light lighted in his white face to make it even pale. He turned to LiuMing and said in a sad tone:

“This evening it is this fellow who dragged you away. I understand! LiuMing, don’t be cheated by him. He is not a good fellow!……”

CaoHongYuan did not mind him. He kept in silence for half a minute, then smiled and said to LiuMing slowly:

“Miss Liu, I have done what professor Miao entrusted me. You have reached your home safely. Now it’s time to say good-by.” Then he nodded to LiuMing and strode away.

LiuMing got stunned there, under the cold street light.

BaiShiWu stand by the side, also stunned.

The evening wind blew light and cold. The stars sowed themselves on the brocade of by passing cloud twinkling. Occasionally the gun fires thunder through the night sky in a muffled way. The beautiful summer night was curtained in a depressed and deserted air.

Finally LiuMing woke from the panic and indignation. She broke into her house without looking at the BaiShiWu. Unconsciously he knocked into a figure. It is her mother who stood by the door watching her daughter. She pushed her mother in, shut the door and latched it then pulled on her mother to run inside.

The sound of knocking rose up behind. Bang, bang, bang.

LiuMing lay down on her little bed, held her mother’s hand and said in tears:

“Mon. Do not open the door for the rich dandy!”

“My fair daughter, don’t get angry with childe BaiShiWu. He exhausted himself in finding you out this night. He searched many places for you……”

“He deserves it! Mom, don’t open the door. I will take leave right now.”

But anyhow the door opened. Anyhow BaiShiWu stood frightened by her bed.

LiuMing’s mother retreated from the apartment in haste.

BaiShiWu saw LiuMing wrapped her head in the quilt in ignorance of him then he was in fidget and knelt down by her bed begging constantly:

      

“Forgive me! Little Liu, forgive me. I misunderstood you. I misunderstood you two. How pure and upright girl you are! I know you love me…… I deserve it! I deserve it! You beat me over then. But please don’t ignore me, never ignore me. Otherwise I would knelt down by your bed a whole night, no I never stand up until……”

BaiShiWu was weeping and sniffling, the delicately looking man really tortured.

LiuMing also wept in her quilt, she still ignored the BaiShiWu.

Mother came in to persuade her daughter. She said much in favor of BaiShiWu. Finally if LiuMing still turn down him she intended to kneel down also.

LiuMing threw away the quilt and sit on her bed.

Seeing that the LiuMing sit up though BaiShiWu still kept his face to the wall, he stand up all in a sudden joyfully. He held the arm of LiuMing and quoted in quivering voice:

“……Let flowers fallen, let water flow. The same lovesickness stays while the different place to stroll. No way to erase my sorrow. The instance came down my brows it crawled into my heart to grow.”

“Again that twisted poem! Don’t show off! Hurry up home. Your father would worry to death!”

Seeing that LiuMing opened his mouth, BaiShiWu swept the tears on the face and said in smile:

“I telephoned my early in the day that I won’t stay at home tonight and I prepared to search you whole night long. My aunt set up a small bed for me outside the room and you can go out for a look.” He tried to draw LiuMing out for a look at this.

“Go back to your house as soon as possible. Let WangSheng and LiShun take you home. My house is narrow and dirty. Don’t let it spoil your clothes and your delicate body!”

BaiShiWu covered LiuMing’s mouth with his hand and looked affectionately at her clear black and white eyes which seem to be clearer in anger. He smiled and said:   

“Aunt has permitted me to stay here for the night. If you drove me out wouldn’t you regret in case anything happen to me? “

LiuMing suddenly thought of CaoHongYuan. He went back home alone. Didn’t he take great risk? The question puzzled LiuMing. A responsibility towards friend calmed her down. She changed the topic and asked Bai seriously:

“Little Bai, haven’t you accomplished the thing I entrust you to do? I mean the medicine purchase. If you refuse to do it carefully then I would ignore you forever!”

“Yes! Yes! Yes! How dare I ignore? Your words weigh as the imperial edict and I will do even at the cost of my life.”

LiuMing was amused at last.


Analysis: BaiShiWu really cared so much to LiuMing. But I’d rather say it is an attachment in stead of love. He found her adorable but this fellow never made any appearance at critical point when the girl served at the front nor did he do anything sincerely in the hospital service where LiuMing devoted herself. I can’t name what kind of attachment it is between them but it is really an attachment only.

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   第十一章

柳明家只有两间南房。外间屋放着一大一小两张床,大床父母睡,小床弟弟睡。里间屋里柳明一人住。这个夜晚白士吾住在她家里,弟弟睡在父亲的床上,把小床让给白士吾睡;母亲就和柳明挤在里间屋里的小床上。柳明怎么睡的着呢她的男朋友就睡在咫尺之外,中间只隔着一层板壁。他从来没有在柳明家住过,这次因为战争时期的戒严,她只好允许他住在自己家里。但这却引起了她的忐忑不安他家那么阔,地毯、席梦思床、雪洞似的屋子。而自己家,两间破旧的小屋,比他家佣人住的房子还要差。他睡在硬梆梆的板床上能够入睡么?蚊子不会咬他么?……他为了寻找自己,奔波了一个夜晚,太累了,也许立刻睡去了。那好!只要他能够睡着觉就好。她忽然想起唐伯虎为了秋香去当奴仆的故事。这故事是动人的,她心头立刻涌上一泓清泉似的甜丝丝的感觉。因为白士吾为了她,也有点像唐伯虎不断地往她家跑;不断地对她低身下气;甚至对一个目不识丁的小脚老太太也不断地巴结、讨好……不知怎的,柳明的眼睛潮湿了。她第一次为自己对白士吾过于冷漠而感到内疚。这个人虽然有些阔公子的毛病、习气,但对爱情柳明第一次在心头用起爱情这个字眼是热烈的、执着的。他爱自己,从小青梅竹马就爱着自己。只是由于自己以学业为上,不愿意被爱情羁绊罢了。如今,自己学也不能上了,想用功也用不成了,那么,应当和他……和他……和他怎么样呢?姑娘害羞地想不下去了。是的,她除了允许小白握住她的手,摸她的头发之外,无论用多少柔情打动她,她绝不允许他越雷池半步。她是个自信的、固执的、又有些骄傲的姑娘。在她心目中,白士吾固然漂亮、多情,但他身上似乎缺少点什么,使她感到不满。究竟缺少点什么呢?她挨着母亲睡着,母亲累了一天,已经睡熟了;伴随着母亲的鼾声,她反复地想:他身上缺少点什么呢?他攻读法律,也还算用功;他还喜欢中国的旧诗词,不时用些缠绵悱恻的诗句来打动她;他长得漂亮又对她关怀备至不如说是无微不至。将来他还有条件出洋留学,成为一个法律专家,登上中国法坛的宝座……这样的男子也许不是容易找到的。可是柳明又在心头自问了:他身上到底缺少点什么呢?缺少点什么呢?……这时,一个影子募地跳到她眼前。虽然在黑洞洞的小屋里,除了纸糊的窗格有微微的光亮外,什么也难以辨认,柳明却清晰地看见一个高高的个子,含着温和的笑容站到她面前来他就是新认识不久的曹鸿远。啊,对了!小白缺少的也许正是曹鸿远的那股劲他挺身而出救王福来父子,又救苗苗和自己,后来还在敌人群里抢救出王永泰。想起来了,那天,他身上还沾着片片血迹,是舅舅拿件布褂给他换了,他才走的。他为了给抗战的士兵买药,找自己找苗教授,劳累奔波却总是那么高高兴兴的。而白士吾呢,除了爱自己,追自己,为自己受点累外,没有见他做过什么有价值的事情来尤其在这国难当头的危急时刻。对了,他缺少的,正是曹鸿远的勇敢、无私……想到这里,柳明喂然叹了口气,世界上的事总是不能十全十美,小白要是象他那样……她不能想下去了。这时,里屋窗纸忽然簌簌响了起来。柳明立刻竖起耳朵:“这是什么声音?”她轻轻地坐起身来朝窗纸望去……

“小柳,你睡着了么?我睡不着你出来一下,咱俩在院子里聊聊。”

柳明一阵恼火。这半夜三更的,院里还有那么多邻居!她轻轻走到窗前,想叱责白士吾几句,可是,她没有张口,又急忙返回床上。

“不能跟他说话叫人听了多不好意思。”柳明倒在枕头上,用被单蒙起头不理白士吾,心却像小鹿般突突跳起来。

窗纸还在轻轻地响。柳明从被单缝隙中,望见窗纸被戳破了一个洞,她更加恼火了。这算什么,偷香窃玉之流!她读过《西厢》,这个白士吾不就像那个偷越粉墙的张生么?仿佛人格受到了侮辱,她狠狠地推了母亲一下子,提高声音,说:

“妈,你听!外面有贼?!……”

“什么!什么?哪儿来的贼?!……”母亲翻身坐起,拉亮电灯,睡眼惺忪地东张西望。

窗纸不响了,什么声响也没有了。母亲证了一会儿,一下把灯拉灭,躺下身,用手拍着柳明象当年拍着襁褓中的女儿:“丫头,别疑神疑鬼的。外边几个男子大汉,怕什么呀!快睡吧,别吵醒了白少爷。”


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