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九州方圆44  中级会员   发表于:2016-10-14 22:11   只看该作者
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柳明睨着小白,一丝甜蜜的柔情,驱赶着连日愁苦的心绪。她对他笑笑,接过蛋糕吃着。

“你别故弄玄虚,快说给我什么好消息你知道不,这些天我真苦恼极了。”

白士吾一下抱住柳明的肩膀,在她耳边低声说:

“你有好前途了!我也有了,而且咱俩永远不分离……”

“什么好前途?”柳明把白士吾的两只手推开,翻身坐在床边,疑惑地忽闪着大眼睛、长睫毛。

“你不是为中断了学业,不能在医学上深造,老是烦恼么?这次,一切都准备好啦咱俩走咱俩到一个科学发达、医学也发达的国家去学习深造。小柳,这一回你可有希望登上医学大师的宝座啦!……亲爱的,高兴不高兴?”白士吾每见柳明脸色温和,就立刻把“Dear”、“亲爱的”这类字眼喊了出来。

“你是说,出国去留学?”

“是呀,船票都定好啦,就在七天之后。你不知道,中日一开仗,有钱人家都纷纷要到外国去避难。这英国怡和洋行的轮船票都预定到一个半月之后了。是我爸托了人,这才用双倍的价钱定了两张船票。”

“到外国到外国去?……”柳明自语似的喃喃着,似乎还没有听懂这意味着什么意思。

“是呀,小柳,咱们到外国去呀!那儿不打仗,没有危险;而且,咱们都还可以继续求学。尤其是你这位高材生,太应该去了!再过不了多少年,柳明博士很有可能成为诺贝尔奖金获得者。”白士吾眉飞色舞地说,不由自主地又把手搭在柳明的肩膀上。

柳明忘了推开他的手,只是怔怔地自言自语到:“到外国去留学去留学?……”她忽然苏醒过来似的问:“小白,到外国去?你说是到哪一个国家呢?”

“到日本。阿爸那里熟人多。咱们去了,吃穿享用,一切不成问题。况且日本的医学在当前世界上是数一数二的。”

柳明眨巴着大眼睛,忽上忽下地打量着白士吾,好像不认识他似的。这时,她心里亦喜亦忧,拿不定主意其日本吧,那里确实医学发达,世界上除了德国就属日本了。到哪儿可以继续求学,可以进一步深造,而且身边还有白士吾……一切费用呢,他爱自己,和他结了婚,自然……想到这儿,柳明心里悚然一惊,怎么,这不成了卖身求学?……此刻那张秀美的瓜子脸,突然地涨成了紫红色的鸡冠花。仿佛受到了侮辱,她的自尊心隐隐在作痛。她突然缄默了,眼里浮上泪水。

“怎么啦?小柳,说得好好的,怎么又发起呆来啦?没想到这么大的好消息,这么叫人高兴的消息,你倒难受起来!”白士吾一脸惶悚,说着,掏出手帕要给柳明拭泪。

“去你的!”柳明拨开小白的手,瞅着他轻声说,“你不了解我,跟你说不清。这是件大事,你怎么不跟我商量一下就自作决定呢!等我再考虑几天回答你行不行?”

“那怎么行呵!”白士吾立刻又说了一大篇去日本的好处。他说他的父母原先不大同意他和柳明好,后来知道柳明是个用功的好学生人品好,长得好,如果她同意和白士吾结婚,成了白家的少奶奶,他们就同意送他俩去日本留学,这是他和父母经过几次争吵才取得的结果。柳明要是不去,怎么对得起他的一片痴情,也对不起他为她深造而作出的苦心安排……说着,说着,这位少爷也滴下泪来。

柳明的心乱极了。对这突然发生的奇迹将要走上这样一条道路的奇迹,她一下子还分析不清,决断不了。她只下意识地感觉到:去,这对她自己的生活,对她的学业长进肯定大有好处。可是,那个国家是个正在侵略中国的敌国,为了个人的成就卑躬屈节到敌国去;而且还要以和白士吾结婚作为先决条件她不想结婚,却逼着要结婚。一种出卖自己的羞耻心,一种自幼形成的自尊、要强的心理,象一只无形的手,眼看就要把柳明眼前闪闪发光的火苗捺灭下去。

她把白士吾赶走了,一个人关上屋门,陷入苦苦的思索中……


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LiuMing side-glanced Little Bai, a kind of sweat tenderness drove the distress and anxiety all these days. She smiled to him and took over the cake to eat.

“Don’t beating about the bush. Tell me what’s the good news? Don’t you know I’m very much distressed these days?”

Suddenly BaiShiWu held her shoulders and murmured into her ears:

“You had good future now, so I did! Further more we can never separate each other……

“What’s the future then?” LiuMing pushed away his hand and turned over to sit by her bedside blinking her long-eyelashed big eyes.

“Didn’t you always worry about the interrupt of your learning so that you can not go on and complete your study? This time everything was arranged. Let’s go to a scientifically and medically developed country to study. Little Liu, this time you have the chance to become a master in the medical field…… Dear Liu, don’t you feel happy.” As soon as he saw LiuMing’s face turned mild he would keep on flattering with the words “Dear” “Honey” etc.

“You mean to study abroad?”

“Yes, the ticket had already booked in seven days. You know many rich family would go abroad to take refuge. The steam liner of British YiHe Firm had been fully booked a month before. My father entrusted an agency and booked these two tickets in double price.

“Go abroad—go abroad?……”LiuMing spoke as if murmuring to herself. She seems has not yet catched the meaning.  

“Yes, Little Liu. We go abroad! There’s no war there and no danger. Moreover we can go on learning, especially for this highly talented student. You should be there! Not many years later, doctor LiuMing could be Nobel price winner.” BaiShiWu said all these exaggeratingly then conconciouly put his hand on Liu’s shoulder again.

LiuMing forgot to push his hand a second time but said to herself astonishingly: “To go abroad for study?……” Then she seemed to wake up abruptly and inquired: “Little Bai, you mean to go abroad, but which country to go to?”

“To Japan, Father has many friends there. If we went there we would worry nothing over the accommodation and recreation. Nothing to worry about, futher more the medical science in Japan is the world first class.”

LiuMing looked him up and down with her big blinking eyes as if she does not know him. LiuMing felt happy but also worried about it. She can not make the decision—That Japan is truly advanced in medical science placed second to German in the world. She can complete her study there then upgrade it. Besides she could have BaiShiWu by her…… As for the cost, if BaiShiWu love her and intend to marry her then…… LiuMing’s heart took a startle at this. How can it be? It would turn to a body trade!
…… This moment, the graceful egg shaped face suddenly turned into purple likes the color of coxcomb. She felt as if shamed and her self—esteem was hurt. LiuMing silenced for the moment, tears in the eyes.

“What’s the problem Little Liu? Everything went on well but why shall you turn stumbled? I can’t imagine you shall feel sorrow at this good happy news, so big news! ” BaiShiWu concerned so much about LiuMing that he took out his handkerchief to wipe off her tears.

“Get away!” LiuMing pushed aside his hand, looked at him and said in low voice: “You don’t understand me and I can’t make it clear. This is a big event but how could you make the decision without referring to me? Forgive me a few days. Ok?”

“How can it be?” BaiShiWu propagandized a long tale of the benefits for going to Japan. He said that originally his parents did not want him to make her his girlfriend. Then they got to know that LiuMing studied hard, the girl has good moral and good look. If she would marry BaiShiWu and be their daughter in law, they are willing to send the pair to study in Japan. And he won this not without argues even quarrels with his parents. If LiuMing should turn it down how could she live up to his favor and how could live up to all the arrangements he tried his best to make for her study abroad?
…… Childe Bai, asle shed his tear in the talking.

LiuMing’s mind was all in a mess. Faced with this suddenly occurred magic chance, faced with this magic road, she couldn’t make the anlysis and she couldn’t make the decision. She only subconciouly felt if she go then it would be a great improvement for her life and study. But that country is invading China and how can one bent down to study from the enemy? Furthermore the precondition is to marry BaiShiWu, but she did not want to marry at present, to be forced into it. The sense of shame for selling herself and the self-esteem formed from childhood as well as the eager to excel act like a shapless hand. They were about to suppress the fire tongue of hope that glittering before her.

She drove the BaiShiWu away then shut herself in bitter meditation.     




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                       第十六章  

“丫头!丫头,快开门!”妈妈在门外连连拍门喊叫。

“又是什么事?您总是呼儿喊叫的。”柳明在自己屋里懒懒地说。

母亲进到屋里且不开口,仰着白胖的圆脸,双目炯炯的盯在女儿的脸上,仔细审视着她的表情。半晌,才打了一串连珠炮:

“丫头,这是老天爷睁眼,天上掉下馅饼来啦!天大的
好事啊!人家白少爷对待你,我的傻丫头,真是天上少有,地上全无。一百一的真情用个新词儿,叫它爱情吧。这么爱情你的人,家里有钱,长得又俊,咱们中国的仗打败了,他要带上你到日本国去留学搁在别的姑娘身上,烧高香还烧不来哩!怎么,怎么我刚刚才听说你还不大愿意,还要过几天才给白少爷回信儿。傻、傻,我的傻丫头呀,怎么长着这么一颗榆木疙瘩的脑袋,跟你那老爹可真是一根筋连在一块儿了!你、你要把老娘我急死啦!”

“妈,您说够了没有?我并没有说一定不去呵,这是件大事,我得好好考虑。这,您也容不得么?要着急,您跟着他去!”

一句话,又把妈妈呛了个大筋斗。柳明妈明白了女儿一眼,刚露出怒容,立刻又满脸是笑:

“那好!闺女、宝贝儿,那是得多算计算计,也得多准备准备。可是话又说回来,算计什么呀?跟着阔女婿留洋,这年头不是常有的事儿么?当年赛金花不是还跟着她那状元男人到德国去当大官太太……”

“放屁!不懂得事,少胡说八道!”没容柳明生气,父亲柳青泉窜到屋里来,冲着老婆子瞪着眼吼道,“赛金花是个什么东西!婊子!妓女!知道么?她是给人当姨太太出洋的。不嫌丢人现眼!为了出洋,你这糊涂虫,怎么要把闺女当下三烂卖了呵?”

见老头儿生了大气,女儿也气得满脸涨红,这位多嘴的柳明妈,才扭过头不出声了。半天,拉住女儿的手,赔起不是:

“好丫头,别生气。怪妈大字不识,没知识,说错了话。丫头别怪大人不见小人怪嘛。”

柳明噗呲笑出声来,把手一甩:

“什么大人小人的!妈,您这张嘴真该找两个把门的,要不,我用手术针给您缝起来。……现在,不跟你费嘴唇了,我这就去找苗虹,好几天不见她了。”

“呕,你是跟她商量你留洋的事吧?是得跟好朋友说一声。丫头,外边街上乱糟糟的,叫人不放心,叫你兄弟陪你去吧!早去早回。”

柳明没出声,拉着弟弟的手就走。

高雍雅在苗虹家。另一个北平学联的负责人清华大学地质系学生吴华林也在苗虹家的客厅里。

他们见柳明进来,三个人的表情不一样:苗虹先跳起来,搂住柳明的脖子,低声说:

“北平完了明姐,你怎么也跟着倒下啦?你那个小白脸怎么样啦?”

高雍雅站起来,和柳明握手寒暄:

“柳明同学,芦沟桥头,你很勇敢我知道你抢救了一些伤员,很能干的。可是,北平的枪声一停,就难得见到你了。”

柳明的脸微微一红,拉住苗虹并肩坐在沙发上,睇视一下三个人,轻声说:

“北平要失守了,我好象也要失业了。心里不舒服,只好躲在家里。……”

苗虹抢着对在座的两个朋友说:

“我去看明姐,拉她出来看看、转转,可是,真怪,她变得足不出户了。连小白脸都拉不动。明姐,究竟是怎么回事?怎么一下子变得这样消沉?”

“消沉?”柳明听到这两个字很刺耳。可是一想,几天前听到宋哲元逃离北平,北平沦亡在即的消息之后,她确实足不出户了。消沉?难道自己真的消沉了?……”柳明胡乱地思忖着,竟忘掉屋里的三个年轻人都在望着她。

“柳明,刚才听吴华林说,现在北平还不算真沦陷,大批的青年学生多半都是各大院校的大学生,不愿当亡国奴,都纷纷离开北平去找抗日的路了。当然,也有剃了光头怕说是知识分子,准备留下来的。明姐,咱们怎么办呢?我也愁起来啦!也不知道怎么是好啦!咱们以后怎么办呢?”

听了苗虹的话,柳明的心,狠狠地动了一下。不愿当亡国奴的大学生们,都纷纷离开北平去找抗日的路了,可是自己“到日本去学习深造医学博士……”这几个字眼在心上一跳,一蹦,好像一根根钢针,狠狠地扎着什么地方。她的脸由红色转白,一句话也说不出来。

“明姐,你脸色怎么这么难看?病了么?我跟小高正商量着,要不,咱们都到南方去。我爸爸认识国民党里的人;小高爸爸在那边也有不少熟朋友。我们就跟着国民党抗日去好么?”

柳明仍然沉默着,这时,一个熟悉的影子慕然跳到眼前来曹鸿远。他是抗日的,但他决不是国民党。二十九军为什么打败仗?他不是说蒋介石不肯出兵支援么?是这样的!如果国民党开来大军队和二十九军一起坚决抵抗日本侵略者,佟麟阁,吉星文这些二十九军的高级将领,何至于牺牲?……柳明想着,对苗虹他们想去南方的主意,有点儿不以为然。然而,她又感到羞愧,自己还准备去日本呢,有什么资格去评论别人的短长!

柳明同学,你准备到哪里去?”吴华林含着微笑,单刀直入地打断了柳明的思路。

“不知道。”柳明摇摇头,脸又红了。

“北平沦陷在即,天津也岌岌可危。日本侵略者野心很大,正准备向全中国伸出战争的魔爪。逃出北平,是个办法;但不是彻底的办法。”吴华林温和地说,没有一点激昂慷慨的语气,“咱们青年是国家的栋梁,是祖国的未来。在这面临十字路口的关键时刻,选择走哪一条路,可是关键的关键!”

“关键的关键!”柳明在心里狠狠地重复着这句话。有些问题她闹不太清,想问吴华林,但和这个人仅仅在芦沟桥慰劳、救护二十九军时稍有接触……此刻,她心绪紊乱,更不想张口了。

“明姐,咱们一定一起走!爸爸妈妈都想到南方去。带着我,当然也可以带着你。你舍不得那个小白脸么,叫他也跟咱们一起走!”

“满嘴胡说!”柳明最不爱听苗虹把白士吾叫“小白脸”,可是,任性的苗苗,偏爱这么叫。有时气得柳明擂她几下,可也没用。她一高兴,还是这么叫。“苗苗,国民党抗日并不积极,二十九军怎么失败了?北平怎么就要失守了?你知道这原因么?”柳明板起脸来,象问苗虹,又象问其他人。

“你靠不住我,我知道一点。可是要想抗日,要想不当亡国奴,不向南走往哪儿走呵?……啊,想起来了,那位曹鸿远好像是西边的—延安那边的人。延安抗日是比国民党更坚决。可是,这乱糟糟的,怎么去延安呢?又到哪儿去找个曹先生呢?自从爸爸替他买了药—”说到这里,苗虹把舌头一吐,知道自己说走了嘴,急忙刹车。苹果样的圆脸涨的绯红。


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“My girl! Mydaughter! Open the door please!” mother stood outside kept knocking at the doorand crying.

“What’s the matteragain? Why shall you keep on shrieking? ” LiuMing stay lazily in her apartmentand managed with the questions.

The mother keptsilence for a while after getting into the room then fixed her eyes on thedaughter in careful inspection. A long while later she began shooting out herwords successively:

“My girl, the heavenopened its gate for you! And it is showing apple pies. It is a big fortunatething! My fool no one else in the world can treat you as good as ChildeBai do. It is one hundred percent sincere. I can apply a fashionableword—love. He loves you so sincerly, he is so rich and handsome. If the fortunehad fallen on other girls that would be such a lucky thing they could neverexpect. Why? I heard it said that you are a kind of not willing to and youshould wait a couple of days for the answer? Fools, fools, my fool! How can youhave such a stubborn head?! You are of the same kind with your father. You, youdetermined to worry me to death?!”

“Mother, have yousaid enough?! I didn’t say I won go, but it’s not a small case let me take timeto think it over. How can you be in such haste? If you can’t wait please goabroad with him yourself. ”   

Again LiuMing’swords choked her mother. The mother threw her a look of disfavor and turn fromangry look into smile.

“Ok, my daughter, mybaby. Then take time to think it over and make a thorough preparation. But whatcan you think about? It is not a strange thing to follow the rich husbandstuding abroad nowadays. SaiJingHua, the lady in the tale, followed her numberone scholar in the imperial examine to Gernman to be an official’s wife too……”

“That’s sheernonsense! If you don’t know keep your mouth shut!” Before LiuMing could turnangry her father broke into the room and shouted at wife with his eyes widelystared: What does that SaiJinHua counts to? She isonly a prostitude, don’t you know and she went abroad to be a concubine. Couldn’tyou feel shame? How stupid you are to sell your daughter low-graded for hergoing abroad?”

The gossiping motherturned her face back in silence when she saw both her old husband and daughterangered in red faces. She held on to the hand of her daughter and apologized:

“Don’t be angry, mygirl. It is me who is to be blamed for I am illiterate and unknowledged. Don’tbe angered the knowledged should not blame the ignorant. ”

LiuMing bursted outlaughing then got away from the mother’s hand.

“Why mention this—theknowledged and the illiterate? You should hire two door keepers for your mouthmother. Or I stitch your mouth with my surgical needle?
…… Now I won’t wastemy time in argue. I would go to find MiaoHong. I haven’t seen her for a fewdays.”

“Then you consulther for the going abroad? Of course you should say something to your friends. Mygirl the streets are in disorder, let your brother accompany you there or Iwould be in worry. Go early and be back early.”

LiuMing did not makea sound holding the hands of her little brother and went out.   

GaoYongYa was inMiaoHong’s home by that time. Another one who in charge of the student’s union—WuHuaLin, a student from Geology department of QingHua Universityalso present there in the meeting room.

In sight of LiuMing,these three were caught in different facial expressions and greetings: MiaoHongjumped up firstly, she embraced aroundthe neck of LiuMing and said in lowvoice:

“BeiPing hasfinished. But how can you be fallen too? How about your white faced fellow? ”

GaoYongYa stood upand shook LiuMing’s hand in greeting:

“Classmate Liu, you arevery brave at Bridge LuGou. I know you saved a lot of injured soldiers. Butafter the cease fire in BeiPing you made little appearance.

LiuMing flushed alittle and she pushed MiaoHong to sit on the sofa side by side with her. Shelooked around the three people in the room then said in low voice:

“We lost BeiPing andit seems I would lose my career soon. I felt uncomfortable and shut myself home.
……”

MiaoHong struggledto say before the other two:

“When I went to seemy siser Ming to drag her out for walk and sight seeing, I found it strangethat she kept herself home even her white faced fellow can not move her out.What’s the matter sister Ming? How can you turn depressed suddenly?”

“Depressed?”Theword is harsh to LiuMing’s ears. But she remembered a few days before when sheheard SongZheYuan had eacaped and submerge of BeiPing became imminent she didshut herself home. “Depressed? Did I really turn depressed?……” LiuMingreflected the things in disorder that she should forget there are other threeyoung fellows in the room.

“LiuMing,I heard WuHuaLin said just now that we can not consider BeiPing had lost. Manyyoung students—mainly students from a variety of universities—had left the cityto seek an anti-Japanese road. Certainly there are some who shaved their hairsclean to conceal themselves and stay. LiuMing, what shall we do then? I alsoworry about it and at a loss what to do. What shall we do in the incoming days?”

MiaoHong’swords touched the heart of LiuMing hardly. The students who are not willing tolive as a slave without a country took their leave for an anti—Japanese road. Whatabout herself then? “To study in Japan and uplift herself to doctor’sdegree.” This phrase jumped out to prick her hard like a steal needle. Her faceturned white from it and she could say anything for a long while.

“SisterMing, How shall your face turn pale-colored? Are you fallen ill? I am justconsulting with Little Gao if we should move to south-China. My father knows someonein the GuoMingDang party and the father of Gao also has a lot of acquaintancethere. Then, shall we follow GuoMingDang party for anti-Japanese? ”


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LiuMing still kept her silence there. The instance a familiar shadow suddenly jump out in her mind—CaoHongYuan. He is in the anti—Japanese force but by no means the member of GuoMingDang party. How can the 29th Rout army be defeated? Didn’t he say ChiangKai-shek refuse to reinforce them? That should be the case. If GuoMingDang party had marched in their giant forces to fight shoulder to shoulder with the 29th Routh army, how can senior officers like TongLinGe and JiXingWen sacrifice their lives?…… Thinking of these, LiuMing wanted to dismiss their idea of going south. Then she also felt ashamed, she had planed to go to Japan herself so how can she have the right to reason?   

“Classmate Liu, where do you prepare to go?” WuHuaLin interrupted in with the question and broke the thoughts of LiuMing.

“I do not know.” LiuMing flushed and nodded her head.

“BeiPing is facing the imminent submerge and TianJing is also endangered. The Jap boosted up their wild ambition and they are reaching their tenacles of war all over China. Escaping out of BeiPing serves one way but not a thorough one.” WuHuaLin said it mildly instead of in agitated tone: “We young men are pillars of the country and the future of the nation. At this intersection your choice is critical!”  

“That’s the most critical thing!” LiuMing repeated the phrase and emphasized in her heart. She can not fully comprehance something and want to refer to Mr. Young. But, LiuMing only met him few times in first aid work for the 29th Route Army…… ” This time LiuMing’s mind were all in a mess never mension to say anything.

“Sister Ming, be sure to go with us! My parents want to go south, they will take me and of course they are willing to take you there. If you couldn’t part your white faced fellow, then let him follow us too.”

“Shut your mouth please!” LiuMing does not like Miao to nick name BaiShiWu “The white faced fellow.” But the capricious LiuMing preferred to. Sometimes Liu turn angered and knocked her back with the fists but that won’t help. She took delight to nickname him. “Miao, the GuoMingDang party did not take active measure to fight against the Jap. Why BeiPing is going to be occupied? Do you know the detail?” LiuMing hardened her face to question MiaoHong in the mean time to test others.

“You can’t depend on me. But if you want to fight against the Jap or do not live as a slave without a nation, where can you go except for the south?…… My! I got it. The CaoHongYuan, he comes from the west maybe—from YanAn. For sure YanAn is more determined to fight against Jap than Chiang Kai-shek. But it is all in chaotic now and how can we go to YanAn? But where can we find the Cao? He has not maken his appearance since my father made the medical purchase for him—” At this MiaoHong protruded her tongue, she knew she said something out of place so stepped on the brake. Her face turned as red as an apple.

Analysis: As it says LiuMing stand at the intersection. Presently she has three choices: to go abroad, to go south or to go to YanAn. To complete her original ambition in career success the first choice seems the most ideal one. The BaiShiWu has large fortune for him there is nothing to worry if he take the Japanese side. Now LiuMing has medical experiences in the war and advanced her surgical skill so Japan is possibly welcome her. But she strongly turned against the thought for she had been educated both in school and on the first aid work with patriotism and the patriotism reinforced by war and blood. The second is also much easier than the third. At least she can temporarily escape the war in the south. To go to YanAn would be the most difficult choice, almost everything would be in shortage and at present stage she can’t imagine it. But that is a choice determined to fight against the Jap and win national liberation.

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屋里几个人沉默着。

柳明也想到,如果曹鸿远在这里,他会给大家出些好主意。可是,一想到自己有心和白士吾去日本—那,这个人—这个人—似乎曹鸿远这个人又有些可怕了。

她怏怏地回到家中。白士吾又在家里等她。他知道柳明去了苗虹家,但他有点怕苗虹那张嘴,没去追她,却在等她。

一见柳明,他立刻捧起一个大哈密瓜送到她跟前:

“小柳,我等着你呢,你一回来咱们就打开瓜。我特别爱吃新疆的这种瓜—我喜欢,当然,你也会喜欢。”

“我不喜欢—我吃不起。够穷人吃一个月的棒子面了。”

“瞧你,丫头,怎么回事,吃了枪药啦?怎么对白少爷说话这么不客气呀?他为了你,大热天好不容易买来这个瓜。怎么还跟人家摔脸子!你也太狂啦,官儿还不打送礼的呢。……再说,你就要跟着他上日本去了,还不高高兴兴地准备准备。往后,可不许你再出去瞎跑了。”

柳明妈自顾地唠唠叨叨,小白拉着柳明早进到里间屋里。

那双闪亮的十分柔情的眼睛,盯在柳明的脸上转了转,然后坐在她身边轻声说:

“小柳,什么事这么不痛快?苗虹那位快嘴姑娘又说了些什么吧?”

柳明直率地告诉白士吾,苗虹他们要想去南方,叫她一同去的事。白士吾立刻大吃一惊,声音都变了:

“小柳,你也想去南方么?那可不成!咱们的船票都定好了呵!至迟不能超过八月十号……”

“我并没有答应跟他们去呵,瞧你们急什么。”

白士吾长吁了一口气:

“那就好了,我就放心了。咱们快吃西瓜,吃完了,我带你上瑞蚨祥绸缎庄去扯料子。你要多做几件漂亮的绸缎旗袍—平日,你太朴素了,以后出了国,又是一位少夫人,一定要打扮得—不打扮,你已经出人头地了;再一打扮,那还不倾城倾国……”说着,从自己的裤袋里,掏出一个雪白手帕包着的小包,打开小包,出现一个金光闪闪的手饰盒子。再打开盒子,又出现一颗晶莹碧绿的发着耀眼光芒的宝石戒指。戒指捧在白士吾的手上,闪烁在柳明的眼前。她还闹不清是怎么回事,白士吾已经把宝石戒指在柳明的右手食指上。他满脸喜色,还在那只戴着戒指的手指上吻了一下,“亲爱的,你答应我一起走吧?这是咱们的订婚戒指—它是我外祖父庆亲王送给我母亲陪嫁的礼物—猫儿眼,无价之宝呵!”

柳明突然象在梦寐中。怎么回事?又是宝石戒指,又是猫儿眼,又是庆亲王,又是陪嫁……生在穷教书匠家中的她,对这些物品,毫无知识,也毫无兴趣。她迷糊地想:去日本就要成为他的妻子,就要穿绸缎衣服,戴宝石戒指,以后说不定还要跟着这位阔少过起荣华富贵、纸醉金迷的生活。什么医学博士,什么科学的金字塔会不会全成为炮影?……柳明忽然感到一阵难言的怅惘,她仰头望望白士吾喘吁吁地愣了一会儿。接着把戒指摘下来,放在白士吾的手心里,冷冷地说:

“我要这个有什么用!还给你母亲吧。”

“那、那,订婚戒指一定要有的呵!”

“我们有好些同学,两个人恋爱了,就一起同居。全部嫁妆不过是公寓里的一间破房,一张破床,一条被子,什么值钱的东西也没有。他们不是也很幸福么?”

“那是他们没有钱,不得不如此呵!小柳,你的拗劲又上来了。我阿爸阿妈现在都很喜欢你了。阿妈就我这一个儿子,她知道你是个好姑娘,就把她带了五十年的这只珍宝送给你。不说它价值连城,也是稀世珍宝。你怎能不要呢?这一来,不但我伤心,我阿妈也要伤心的呀!小柳,你就戴上吧!”说着,白士吾拉过柳明的手,又要把宝石戒指往她手上戴。

柳明手一缩,又一甩,戒指几乎掉在地上。白士吾一把接住,白脸变红了:

“小柳,你、你、你怎么这样?你是不是不跟我好—不想跟我出国了?你打算干什么去!?”

“我并没有答应一定跟你走呵!干么这么性急,就要订婚,先要用金银财宝把我拴住!我跟你说过,学业没有成就,我决不订婚,更不结婚。这一点,跟你说过无数遍了,你怎么就是听不见!三军可夺帅也,匹夫不可夺志也。真是燕雀安知鸿鹄之志!”柳明说着,说着,忍不住提高了声音。

白士吾愣住了,他没有料到柳明竟然说了这番话。

这时,母亲在外屋咳嗽敲门:

“丫头呵,快开门!该吃瓜啦。全切好等着你们呢……怎么,又吵嘴啦?明丫头,十回吵嘴,八回该你的不是!你这脾气,什么时候才能改呵!”

白士吾开了门,柳明妈端进一大瓷盘切好的哈密瓜。柳明不说话,白士吾也不出声。二人闷闷地吃着瓜。

忽然,老太太怀里抱来一大堆颜色鲜艳、质地轻柔的上好的绫罗绸缎,里面还有考究的印度绸和乔其纱,一撒手全放在柳明的小床上。床上立刻五颜六色、光彩夺目,象一座花团锦簇的小山。

“明丫头,往后你也该打扮打扮啦!这都是白少爷给你买的,赶快拿到裁缝店里去做吧!晚了,就赶不上趟了。听说,外国做衣裳手工可贵哩!再说,他们也不会做咱们中国的旗袍呵。”

柳明望着一床的漂亮衣料,有些腻烦,有些好奇,也有些感动。买这些东西,白士吾花了许多钱不用说,他还要花费多少心思挑选呵!……她坐在床沿,一边看着,一边把衣料一块块地叠了起来,最后都叠得整整齐齐了,这才望着白士吾微微一笑:

“小白,别怪我,你给我买这些高级玩意,我不感兴趣。有这些钱,你还不如替我装备一个实验室,或者买一架X光机……”

百无聊赖的白士吾,用打火机点燃一根纸烟吸起来。他仰在椅子上,看着一圈圈吐出的烟圈,心里堆满了失望的愁云。


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The several one in the house then kept in silence.

LiuMing had thought if CaoHongYuan should be present he would have proposed with some good suggestions. But when she recalled she should have the intention to go to Japan with BaiShiWu the figure of CaoHongYuan turned a kind of fearful.

She returned sullenly and the BaiShiWu was waiting for her at home again. He knew LiuMing had gone to the MiaoHong’s but he took afraid of Miao’s quick mouth so preferred to stay and wait.  

BaiShiWu held in his hands a big HaMi melon and present to LiuMing as soon as he saw her.

“Little Liu, I am waiting for you to cut and divide the melon. I favor this kind of melon from XinJiang and of course you would like it too.”

“I do not like it. It is too expensive and cost a whole month subsistence of the poor for corn flour. ”

“Look, What’s the matter my girl? Did you eat the gunpowder and turned so aggressive to Childe Bai? He had tried his best to buy the menlon in so hot a day and it is all for you. How can you be so ironic to him? You behave too much! Even the officer would not turn down a man with a present…… Further more, you will soon go to Japan with him, why not make the preparation happily? I won’t alow you going out as you wish afterwards.”

The mother of LiuMing rattle on herself while little Bai dragged her to the inner apartment.

He focused his bright and affectionate eyes on LiuMing, then sat by her side and said in soft way:

“Little Liu, what had angered you? Does that quick mouthed MiaoHong say something to annoy you again?”

LiuMing told him directly that MiaoHong want her go south with them. Bai took a big afraid and even lost his tongue:

“Little Liu, You want to go south too? That’s impossible! The steamer tickets had already booked. The latest linear to be on could not exceed Auguest 10th. ”

“I had not admited it to them. Look, how much worried you are?”

“That’s good! I can take it easy then. Hurry up with your melon and I will take you to RuiFuXiang silk work store for some fabric. You should have a few more silk cheogonsams—you used to be in plain clothes. After going abroad and be a rich lady, you must dress you up. You looked originally outstanding, a little dress up only made you beauty of the country……” BaiShiWu produced from the pocket of his trousers a glittering jewlery box. He further opened the box to show a green jade ring that is also shinning. The ring held in the hands of BaiShiWu while shining before LiuMing’s eyes. She did not realize what the matter before BaiShiWu fixed the ring to her ring finger. Bai wear happy expression on the face and even kissed the hand with the ring. “Darling, let’s go together then. The ring is for the engagement—it is a present from my grandpa to mother for her marrage. It is cat’s eye—a priceless thing!”


  LiuMing was made perplexed as if thrown into dream. What’s the matter? How comes these jade ring, cat’s eyes, prince and dowery? LiuMing who comes from poor teacher’s family knows nothing and showed no interests in these articles and titles. She thought in half conscious: to go to Japan means to marry him and have to wear silk garments and the jade ring. Possibly she had to live a luxury and dissipated life. So could the career success of medical doctor as well as her medical research would possible go in vain?
…… LiuMing suddenly felt lost, she rose up her head to look at the BaiShiWu in heavy breath then took off the ring to say coldly:

“What the use of this for me. Return it to your mother.”  

“No, No. There should be ring for engagement!”

“Many of my classmates fell in love with each other and live together. All of the dowery is nothing but a shabby apartment, a simple bed and quilt, nothing of any value. Did they also live happily?”

“That’s for they have no money and have to manage with it. Little Liu, you turn stubborn again! Now my parents turned to like you. I am the only son of my mother and she knew you are a good girl so she gave this ring which she had woren for fifty years to you. I can’t say it’s priceless but it can be counted as a piece of rare treasure. How can you turn it down? If you refuse to accept it my mother and I would be hurt. Little Liu, wear it please. ”At these LiuMing held the hands of BaiShiWu and wanted to fix the ring on to her finger again.

LiuMing withdrew her hand again and the ring almost fell on the ground. BaiShiWu catched the ring in the air and his face turned red:

“Little Liu. How shall you behave like this? Do you want to leave me? You don’t want to go abroad with me then? What do you plan to do?”

“I didn’t say I have to follow you! Why are you in such a hurry for the engagement? Did you want to tie me up with your treasure? I had said I won’t engage before I completed my study never mention marrage. I repeated it for too many times. Did you ever heart it? The general can be changed but the will of common walks can not. How can the hen understand the ambition of the eagle?” LiuMing raised up her voice in the talking automatically.   

BaiShiWu stunned and he didn’t expect LiuMing could say this.

This time mother made a cough outside and knocked the door:

“Open the door please, girl. It’s time to eat the melon. It had been split and waiting for you…… How shall you quarrel again? My girl, eight times out of ten it is your fault. When can you change your temper?”

BaiShiWu opened the door. Mother carried in a porcelain plate of well cut melon pieces then the two silenced down and bent over the plate eating.

A while later, the mother held in her hands a pile of silkwork amongh which are India silk and georgette. She released all on the bed of LiuMing and the small bed turned into a hill of shining colors.

“My girl, you should dress up afterward. Childe Bai had bought all these for you. Have them tailored soon! Hurry up or you miss the trip. I heard it say the cost for tailoring is extreamly expensive abroad. More over, they can not tailor our cheogonsam. Is that right? ”

  LiuMing looked at the beautiful fabric she felt strange and bored but also moved. We did not say how much money had the BaiShiWu spent on them, just think of how much time it cost him in the selection…… She sat on the edge of the bed, inspected the material while folded them up. At last all was tidy and in order then she smiled at BaiShiWu.

“Little Bai, Don’t threw blame on me. I show no interests in these expensive things for me. If you are so rich it’s better to equip me a laboratory or purchase a set of X-ray machine……”

BaiShiWu lit-up a cigarette in his idleness. He relied on the chair and observed the smoke rings. His heart was full of worry and disappointment.

Analysis: The departure is on the schedule now, and the BaiShiWu showed his haste. He produced the engagement ring and forced on the finger of LiuMing. The love seems to be enforced one. Because when LiuMing wanted to turn it down he said: How can you do it?” And he mentioned his mother’s attitude and the value of the ring. If it is only a trade or business deal, it is also too haste to do so. Love is more than a trade but the boy made it less than a trade.     

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                       第十七章  

清早五点多钟,柳明妈正在升火炉、打扫院子的时候,突然听到街门砰砰敲响。

“谁呀?这大早就叫门来啦?”

“我找柳小姐—柳明。劳驾,请您打开门。”门外答话的是个青年男子,嗓音有点嘶哑,但很和蔼。

大清早上,来找女儿的又是个陌生男人,柳明妈不禁大吃一惊!宋哲元逃走了,二十九军叫日本人打散了,鬼子就要占领北平城了……在这兵荒马乱的时候,大清早就有人来找女儿—莫非她参加救护伤兵的事叫日本人知道了?莫非日本人派汉奸来整治她?……老太太吓得心里砰砰乱跳,不去开门,径直跑到女儿正在睡觉的里屋床边,风风火火地压低嗓门喊道:

“丫头!闺女!……明儿!明儿!赶快起来!有人抓你来啦!”

柳明一骨碌从小床上做了起来,皱起眉头盯着母亲:

“妈,您见了什么人,这么蝎虎?抓我的人在哪儿?”

“就在咱家的街门外,穿上鞋,从头顶套上白色洋布短旗袍,系好纽扣,站在当屋地上想了一下。听听门外还在喊她的名字。她一狠心,也不顾母亲的拦阻,几步就跑到大门口,门闩一拉,门杠一放,把两扇街门呼啦一下子打开—原来站在街门外的是面色苍白、推着自行车的曹鸿远。

柳明十分意外。怎么这个人,突然找到自己家里来了。她不大自然地堆起笑容,心里竟突突地跳了起来。

“您来了……请进来坐吧!”柳明满脸绯红,站在冷清的街门口,想让曹鸿远进屋去。

曹鸿远看了柳明一眼。这个平日文雅、沉静的女孩子,今天怎么显得那么慌张、不安?他有点儿奇怪,但又不好多问。只淡淡地说:

“小柳,你出来一下,咱们谈点事情。”

“好,那您不进来啦?”

“我不进去了,你出来吧!”

柳明刚要迈腿走出门去。突然,母亲一把拉住她的胳臂,象两把老虎钳子把她紧紧挟住:

“丫头,你上哪儿去?这么大清早,外边又那么乱……”

柳明看了母亲一眼,指着曹鸿远说:

“这位曹鸿远是熟人,他找我有点事情,一会儿就回来。”

柳明妈使劲看了曹鸿远几眼—看他沉静、和谐,笑吟吟地不象是坏人,这才放开柳明的胳臂,拐着两只小脚,急步迈出街门外。在这儿,她又对着曹鸿远上上下下打量起来。打量够了,看出这是个挺稳重的小伙子,便放下心,睨着柳明说:

“日本人快进城啦,你可得快点儿回家来呀!往后呵,我可不许你这个大姑娘家到处乱跑了!”

柳明没搭理母亲,推着曹鸿远的车把就想走,鸿远却没立时走,他望着这位对自己打量不休的老太太,笑笑说:

“伯母,早上好!我找柳明有点事,她一会儿就回来。您放心吧!”
“去吧!去吧!”柳明妈对曹鸿远那种谦恭有礼的神态挺满意,脸上露出了笑容。

太阳刚露头,晨雾还没有消散,柳明随着曹鸿远走在寂寥冷清的小胡同里,心里惊奇、纳闷,再加上一种自己也说不清的感觉,以致心头不住地怦怦乱跳。走出胡同口,转了一会儿,来到一个小湖边上,看看四处无人,鸿远这才停住脚步对她说:

“小柳,今天下午一点钟,你尽量打扮得漂亮阔气点,还要打一把十分鲜艳的洋伞,跟我去办一件重要的事情,可以么?”

“啊!什么重要的事情?还要打扮?还要打洋伞?……”柳明一听鸿远的话,更加惊奇、纳闷了,不禁露出疑惑的神色。

“什么事现在先不告诉你。只告诉你,今天下午日本人就要正式开进北平城。北平也就沦陷了。你肯去么?”

“好,我一定去!”柳明意识到事情的重要,满口答应下来。

“中午十二点,你必须打扮好,在天桥大街上,路东双义饭馆前等我。千万不能延误一点时间,也千万不能告诉任何人!”

“好,您放心好了!我一定准时到。”

鸿远又盯问一句:“你妈妈真疼你,她能让你去么?”

“放心,她可扯不住我的腿!什么人也扯不住我的腿!”柳明高兴地一甩短发,那双黑亮的大眼睛,蓦然荡漾起明媚的春光。

从西北天际升起的乌云,遮住了七月的骄阳。晴朗的天空逐渐灰暗起来。空气中蒸发的热气,混合着街道上的滚滚尘埃,像浓雾样笼罩在昏沉的上空,似乎要把整个北平城窒息、闷死。

象征着中华民族几千年文明历史的永定门城楼,象个被人凌辱的老人,颤颤巍巍地蹲在逐渐灰暗的天空下,他的口里—巨大的门洞里,似乎发出了沉重的叹息:“唉!……”

它怎么能够不叹息呢?

看,在它—门楼的两侧各插上了一面临时挂起的太阳旗,多么象两把利剑插进了老人的腰间。不仅如此,门楼上还出现了这类奇怪的大布告:


大日本华北派遣军司令部布告

大日本天皇陛下,为振兴东亚,扫除共党;为日中亲善,拯救中国;大日本皇军兹定于今日午后进驻北平。仰北平全体市民、工商各界届时勿惊,特此知照。

此布


大日本华北派遣军


司令官佐佐木正雄

昭和十二年七月三十一日

民国二十六年七月三十一日

随着许多围观群众的叹息声,一些用木柴盒装着,挂在城墙上和各处大街上的播音喇叭,也在反复播送着日本军队举行入城式的布告。一个女报告员娇滴滴的声音,发出了一阵阵令人感到肉麻的尖叫。

“北平广播电台—PPBC—下面播送大日本华北派遣军司令部布告:大日本天皇陛下,为振兴东亚为扫除共党为中日亲善为拯救国家……兹定于今日午后,举行北平入城式……”这撕裂人心的广播声时时被喧嚣的人声打断。广播新闻刚刚结束,流行歌曲立刻发出靡靡的刺耳尖声,响在街头的上空:

卖夜来香呵!

卖夜来香呵!

有钱的人儿快来买,

莫等人老珠黄花不香……


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    Five o’clock in the earlymorning, as Liu’s mother was burning the stove and cleaning the courtyard therecome the sound of knocking at the door open to the street.   

     “Who’s that knocking at the doorso early?”

     “I am searching for Miss Liu—LiuMing.Excuse me. Open the door please!” the man answered is young with hoarse butmild voice.


The mother tookafraid, how could a strange man come so early in the morning to search LiuMing.SongZheYuan escaped and the 29th Route Army was crushed by the Japand the Jap will occupy BeiPing soon……In the turmoil of warhow can a man come in the early morning to find my daughter? Is it possiblethat the Jap got to know she had been on the front line for first aid? Couldthe Jap send a traitor here to torture him?
……Mother was afraid and her heart beating faster. Shedidn’t go to open the door in stead she went directily to her daughter’ssleeping bed. She lowered her voice and shouted on haste:

“My girl, my daughter!……Ming, Ming! Get up soon! There’s someone here tocatch you!”

LiuMing suddenly got up from her bed. She frowned and stared at the mother.

“Mother who did you meet and how can you turn so alert. Where is he whocomes to catch me?”

“He is standing outside on the street. Put on your shoes and wear the whiteCheogomsam. Fix the fastener and stand there to think over it. The one iscalling her name outside. Liu hardened her heart and strode toward the door inspite of her mother’s blockage. She unbolted the door and pulled it open—theman is CaoHongYuan, he pushed his bicycle standing outside in pale look.

It is out of Liu’s expectation. How can this man suddenly present himselfhere in front of my house? She smiled unnaturely and her heart also beatfaster.

“You are here…… Come in and have a seat.” LiuMing flushed and stood by the deserted doorto let in CaoHongYuan.

CaoHongYuan glanced at Liu. How can theelegant and quiet girl turn uneasy and lost? He felt it strange butinconvenient to inquire. So he addressed it lightly.   

“Little Liu, Allow me a few seconds out. I have something to talk to you. ”

“Ok, then you won’t come in?”

“I won’t. You come out!”

The time LiuMing wanted to step out, mother dragged on her arms and pinchedtightly.

“My girl, where are you going? It is too early in the morning more over itis chaotic outside.”

LiuMing looked at her mother then pointed at CaoHongYuan to say:

“This is my acquaintance. He has something to talk to me and I will be backin a minute.”   

LiuMing’s mother took a few glances at him to see the man is quiet,harmounious and smiling. He does not seem to be a bad guy, so she released hishand and crippled out hastely on her little feet. Again she looked up and downCaoHongYuan outside the door. She observed enough and concluded that he is adependable fellow. The mother relieved and narrow her eyes to look at LiuMingthen said:

“The Jap will march in soon. Return as soon as possible! I won’t allow youto go out as you wish afterwards.  

LiuMing did not mind her mother she pushed the handle of the bicycle andprepare to go. But CaoHongYuan did not move immediately she smiled at thegossipping old woman:

“Good morning, aunt! I havesomething to talk to LiuMing, she will be back soon. Take it easy!”

“Ok! Ok!” the mother was satisfied with the humble and polite manner ofCao, she smiled:

The sun just rose up a little and the morning frog has not yet dispersed. LiuMingfollowed CaoHongYuan in the lonely lane. She is wondering, surprised and hassome unnamed feeling that her heart beat fast. The two walked out of the lane,strolling for a moment before reached a small lake. Cao Looked around to makesure there is no one near then stopped and say:

“Little Liu, one o’clock in the afternoon. Dress you up prettily and hold adelicate western umbrella in hand to fill an important task with me. Are youwilling to?”




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“What important thing is it that needs to dress up prettily and hold a western umbrella?……” Hearing Cao’s instruction, LiuMing turned more surprised and puzzled that he couldn’t help showing suspecting look.

“I won’t tell you anything about it now. What I can tell you is that the Jap would march in formally this afternoon and BeiPing would be occupied from then on. Are you willing to go?”

“Ok. I’ll be there.” LiuMing knew the importance so admitted readily.

“Twelve o’clock at noon be dressed up prettily and waiting for me in front of the ShuangYi Resturant on the overpass. Never delay a second or tell anyone else.

“Ok. Be sure of it and I’ll be there in time.”

Then HonYuan added up: “Mother cares you so much. Would she allow you to do so?”

“Take it easy. She can not stop me and no one can stop me.” LiuMing threw back her short cut hair in delight her black eyes blinking with the wave of spring.

The clouds from north-west curtained the scorching sun of July gradually. The steaming hot in the air mixed the stirred up dust on the street like thick frog befallen. They intend to choke out the breath.

YongDing gate mansion which embodies thousands years of Chinese civilization stand there like an insulted old man squatted shrinkingly under the grey sky. The gate tunnel, its mouth, seems taking a long sigh.

How can he prevent?

Look! Japanese national flags were on the two sides. The flags postured like to swords that inserted into the two sides of the old man. More over there are strange notices on the wall:

     Declaration from Royal                         Japanese Expeditionary Force North China Division

In order to revive East Asia, sweep clean the commonuist forces, develop the friendship between the two countries and save the Chinese nation, the Mikado his majesty decree the royal Japanese force would take position in BeiPing this afternoon. Here inform the citizens of BeiPing, commercial and industrial links to keep calmful and smooth running.

                                     Sincerely yours.

                        Royal Japanese force north China division.

                                Comander in chief: Sasaki.

Shawa 12, July 31st.

The republic of China 26: July 31st.

Along with the sigh of readers many wooden cased loudspeakers hanging on the city wall and everywhere along the streets kept repeating the declaration. A female shrilling voice was shrieking it in a flattering tone.

“BeiPing Radio Station, The P.P.B.C People’s Republic Broadcasting, here to announce the declaration of the Royal Japanese Expedition North China Division: In order to revive East Asia, sweep clean the commonuist forces, develop the friendship between the two countries and save the Chinese nation, the Mikado his majesty decree the royal Japanese force would take position in BeiPing this afternoon……”The thrilling voice was constantly interfered by the noisy hunman sound. The announcement was ended with shrieking and affectionate pop songs.

                           Sweet flower, sweet flower……

                              Buy it if you have the coin,

                                  Not to wait till its ruin.

Analysis: The Japanese force is taking over BeiPing. At the strategic moment LiuMing received an urgent task maybe to welcome the invaders. But behind it CaoHongYuan refused to disclose the plan. Would it change the fate of LiuMing? The declaration of the Jap and the peace making radio announcement are all made to pacify the people and make their taking over as well as the rulling afterwards smooth. Even if it is a powerful army, it is samller numbered in comparasion to the people in the city, never mention the population of the nation. They have to cheat for their existence and they have to make their public relations.  



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柳明按时在中午十二点到达天桥南边的双义饭店门前。她穿着淡绿色绸子旗袍,肉色长筒丝袜,白色半高跟皮鞋。一手打着一把漂亮的绿花绸子洋伞,一手提着一只金边的绿漆皮包。她一打扮,更显出她那修长窈窕的身材,好像一棵婀娜的青青杨柳,又象衬着碧绿荷叶的芙蓉。她刚站在双义饭店门前没有两分钟,鸿远身穿一身米色料子西装、头戴崭新的巴拿马草帽,脚上着一双白漆皮鞋象一个时髦的阔少,又象一个有钱的大学生,风度偏偏地走到她身边,微微一笑:

“进去吃饭把。看电影的时间还早着呢!”

“呵,你来啦!……”柳明对鸿远笑着点头。一扭头,只见一辆人力车停在不远的马路旁,那个洋车夫正擦着汗不是别人,原来是王永泰。

“就在这儿吃饭?”她向王永泰一努嘴,“你的车夫怎么办?”

“给他二斤大饼就行了。咱们进去吧!”

天桥南边,永定门里,数这个饭馆最大。柳明随着曹鸿远穿过楼下只有几个零落顾客的饭堂,进到楼上一间临街的雅座里。这是个小单间,门上挂着半截白布帘,两个人挨着一张八仙桌子靠窗刚坐下,跟着进来的伙计,肩搭一块白毛巾,满面带笑,恭敬地问道:

“少爷,小姐,二位吃什么?还是先沏茶,要上等好香片。随后再上饭菜。”

鸿远望着这二十多的店伙,熟谙而派气地说:

“沏一壶茶,要上好香片。随后再上饭菜。”

伙计诺诺连声地下楼去了。

鸿远对柳明挤挤眼,故意提高了声音:

“你听见广播了吗?今天午后日本人要举行入城仪式啦!听说从南苑、丰台一带开过来,就从永定门入城。”

柳明咬着嘴唇,睁大眼睛使劲点了一下头。她不明白曹鸿远说这些话是什么用意,用迷茫的目光看着那张苍白的脸,低声说:

“开就开进来吧。咱们吃饱了,闲着没事看看热闹吧。”说着,仍旧回到座位上。

伙计端着一壶茶水和两个小茶杯上楼来了。一边往茶杯里斟着入城刚沏的茶水,一边搭言说:

“日本人今天要进北平城啦!二位没听见广播么?城门上还贴着入城大布告呢。”

鸿远和柳明只望着他点头,没有出声。伙计估计这是一对情侣,不再多说什么,转身下楼去了。

鸿远起身到楼上各个单间雅座都掀开帘子望了一下,见没有别的顾客,整个楼上就只有他和柳明两个人。他走回来坐下,在柳明耳边低声说:

“下午四点钟日本人进永定门。城墙上,咱们的游击队已经准备好给他们一顿点心。咱们两个跟王家父子的任务是在城里城外这一带负责侦察情况。吃过饭咱们就混到人群当中去。日本人进城以前,他们一定会先在城墙上侦察的,咱们游击队等日本人侦察过后,就埋伏到城墙上。当日本人进城的时候,如果没有发现城墙上的点心就是埋伏。你就把洋伞撑开,举起来连着晃三晃,然后收拢来。完了咱们就上陶然亭去。万一情况有变化,你就不必撑伞、晃伞,立刻坐上王永泰的洋车快走。其他的事你就不必管了。”鸿远说道这里,忽然提高了声音,“密斯李,喝水吧!看这天气多闷热……”

柳明听着这低低的好像下达命令的声音,象战士听到战斗的号角,心里又喜又惊,跳个不停。她兴奋,自己终于加到战斗的行列里来了。却又有些担心,自己能够很好地完成任务么?那洋伞怎么撑起来晃三晃、收拢来?什么时候晃三晃、收拢来?……”她瞅着鸿远轻声说:

“那您可别离开我我不知道什么时候撑开,收拢……”

鸿远点点头,没出声。他喝着茶,悠然地哼起那支流行歌曲:


卖夜来香呵!


卖夜来香呵!


花儿好,不久长……

看着鸿远那风流倜傥、镇定自若的神态,柳明忍不住抿嘴笑了。一种异常新奇的感觉冲击着她的心房呵,多么有趣的、神秘的、神话般的生活呵!和他这样的人在一起真有意思!

吃罢饭已经午后二时了。出了饭馆,柳明撑开洋伞,两人并肩走在马路旁的人行便道上。喧嚣、杂乱的天桥一带今天变得冷清起来,那些唱曲般的叫卖声、吆喊声听不到了,马路上熙熙攘攘穿梭似的人群、车辆也看不见了。人们都涌到永定门里外的便道上,怀着惊慌而又好奇的心情去观看日军入城仪式。

“他妈的,养兵千日,用兵一时,二十九军抵挡不住,你姓蒋的为什么不出来打打日本……”

“别看这些畜类耀武扬威,兔子尾巴长不了!”

人群里不断发出怒骂声、悲叹声,有的年轻人和妇女的眼里还含着泪水……

午后三时,空旷的马路上,行人和车辆全部断绝了。只有奉命维持秩序的国民党警察,仍穿着那套黑色制服,手上举着木棒,跑来跑去向拥到马路边的人群吆喝着:

“日本皇军快进城啦!戒严!都上胡同口里去欢迎!”

有人怒视着警察,慢慢退到胡同口去。

有人边走边骂:“这可找着后爹啦当汉奸倒挺卖劲儿!”

警察刚要去追骂他的人,一个撑着粉红洋伞的姑娘把他拦住了:

“我说警察先生,你们辛苦啦!”

警察见是个穿着花绸子旗袍、细长身材、而且十分美貌的姑娘跟他说话,怒气立刻消了,忙趋到身边笑着说:

“我说小姐,您还不赶快回府?这日本人马上就要过来了,您这年轻小姐……”

听了警察的话,那姑娘并不惊恐,也不生气。俊秀的瓜子脸上,露出淡墨的神情说:

“日本人有什么可怕?!可怕的倒是中国人自己不争气我就是要站在这儿,看看日本鬼子能把我怎么样!”

“对!这位小姐说得对!”人群里发出赞许声,又拥向前。那个警察刚要举棒驱赶人群,一个跨着破篮子、身材高大的老太太,猛然呼叫起来:

“老天爷呀,你真要我这苦老婆子的命啦!鬼子占了东三省,我一家五口死了三口,好不容易才拉扯着小儿子从虎口里逃生出来今儿个、今儿个,鬼子又要占领北平城啦!我,我们往哪儿逃呵?我们可怎么活下去呵……”说着,摇晃几下,咕咚向道边一栽老人晕过去了。


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LiuMing arrived at ShuangYi Resturant to the south of the overpass twelve o’clock on time. She wore light colored green cheongsam, flesh colored silk stockings and white medium heeled shoes. She had a pretty green silk fabric umbrella in one hand, a green leather bag with golden outline in other. When she dressed herself up she looks like a graceful green willow tree or a lotus cushioned by green leaves in her slim and tender posture. Two minutes later, CaoHongYuan appeared in his cream colored suit, a pair of white leather shoes with a new straw panama hat on the head. The fellow looks like a rich childe or a rich university student, walking towards her in his delicate manner and slight smile.

“Go in to have a lunch. It is still long before the film.”

“oh, you have arrived……”LiuMing nodded to him. She turned and saw a rickshaw waiting in not so far a distance by the street. The puller who was wiping his sweat happened to be WangYongTai.

“We eat our lunch here?” then LiuMing protrude her mouth to the puller and said: “How about the puller then?”

“Give him a kilo of bare flour pie and we go in.”

Inside YongDing gate and to the south of overpass, this returant counted the biggest. LiuMing followed CaoHongYuan through several sparse dinning rooms on the first floor and entered a private room on the second floor facing the street. That is a small single room, a white colored curtain hung to the half length of the door. The two sat themselves at a big table by the window then a business associate came in with a white towel on the shoulder. The associate smiled and made his inquiry:

“This lady and gentlman, can I help you? Make your order directly or have a cup of scented tea first?”   

HongYuan looked at the associate in his twenties and made the order fluently as well as generously:

“A pot of tea please—scented and first class. Then dishes and rice please.”

The associate said: “yes, yes.” Then he went downstairs.

HongYuan blinked his eyes and intentionally raised his voice to say:

“Did you hear the radio broadcast? This afternoon the Japanese force would march in BeiPing. I heard it said they will set off from NanYuan and FengTai then march in through YongDing Gate.   

LiuMing bitted her lips and stared wide her eyes to nod with effort. She does not know his intention behind the words. She looked at his pale face with her confused eyes then said in low voice:

“Let it be then. How about going for a look after the lunch?” she returned to her seat while speaking.

The associate went up stairs with a pot of tea and two cups. He was filling the cups with tea water and said simultaneously:

“The Jap will march into BeiPing! Did you hear the radio broadcast? And there is declaration sticked on the gate wall.

LiuMing and HongYuan said nothing they only looked at the associate and nodded the head. The associate think they could be lovers so he stopped and went downstairs.

CaoHongYuan searched every single room upstairs. He uncurtained every room to make sure there is no one else on the second floor. So he returned to murmur into Liu’s ears:

“Four o’clock in the afternoon, the Jap will march in through YongDing Gate. Our guerrilla force had prepared for them some dim sum on the gate mansion. We two and the Wang’s mission are to observe the enemy’s activity inside and outside the city. We would mix up in the mass after lunch. The Jap would surely inspect the gate mansion before their force march in through it. After their inspection our guerrilla force would ambush in the mansion. If there is no dim sum in the mansion when the Jap is marching in, then there should be a trap. In this case you open your western umbrella, held high in your hand and shake three times then draw in…… After this we all went to Tao Ran pavilion. In case of unexpected things you do not have to perform it in stead you jump into WangYongTai’s rickshaw to escape as quickly as possible. You do not have to care about other things.” Cao rose up his voice at this, “Miss Li, have a cup of tea please. It’s too hot and humid a day……”  

Hearing the murmured command line like words, LiuMing behave as if a soldier heard the horn for battle. She was happy and excited with a quick pumping heart. At last she could join the battle force. But Liu also worry about it. Could she complete the mission successfully? How and when to apply the umbrella strategy?……” She looked at HongYuan and said in low voice:

“Don’t leave me then for I don’t know when to use the umbrella……”

HongYuan nodded his head in silence. He drunk the tea and was sining the pop tone:

           Sweet flowers, sweet flowers.

           The flower is sweat but it will not last……

Seeing the casual and calm expression of Cao, LiuMing couldn’t help pursing her lips to suppress the laugh. A novel feeling impacted on her heart. What an interesting, magic and tale like life it is! It would be interesting by his side.  

After the lunch, it is already two o’clock in the afternoon. As they went out of the restaurant LiuMing opened the umbrella, the two walked side by side on the pedestrian. The noisy sound and disorder around the overpass died down today. The singing like push selling disappeared. The coming and going of people and vehicles were never to be seen there. People gathered in side and out side YongDing Gate on the pedestrian to watch the march in ceremony of the Japanese force with interesting and fearfulness.   


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“Damned, if we admit the value of mainting the army three years only to use them one time, then why Chiang Kai-shek did not stand out to fight if the 29th Route Army can not denfend the Jap?”

“However proud this animal force looked like, they can not stay long before driven out!”

Shoutings and sighings constantly broke out from the gathering. Some young man and women even had tears in their eyes.

Three o’clock in the afternoon, the flow of viehicle and people completely disappeared on the street. Only the peace making GuoMingDang policemen still presented there in their black uniforms to keep order. They held the club high, running here and there to shout at the crowd:

“It’s a curfew! The Japanese royal force would march in soon. Come out to welcome them at the entrance of the lane.”

Some one stared at the policemen in anger and retreated to the lane entrance.

Someone walked and cursed, “They found their step father finally. You are so active to be a traitor!”

The moment the policeman wanted to chase the cursor, a girl with pink umbrella blocked him.

“Mr. Policeman, you did a really hard job!”

The policeman saw the speaker is a beautiful slender girl in flower print silk cheongsam, his anger disappeared and approached to say in smile:

“Say, this girl. Why not hurry back home soon. The Jap will march in soon and the girl like you……”

The girl did not feel astonished or angered at this. The graceful egg-shaped face showed a light expression to say:

“The Jap is nothing to be dreadful. The most dreadful thing are the discourage Chinese. I prefer standing here to see what the Jap can do!”

“Yes, you got it, girl!” many praises rose in the crowed and they pushed forward. The instance the policeman wanted to drive away the crowed, a tall built old woman with a worn basket shouted out suddenly.

“My god, you demand the life of this old woman. The Jap occupied the three provinces in north east China, three out of the five of my family members died. I managed to drag out my little son from the tiger’s mouth. But today…… But today they would occupy BeiPing too. Where can we escape to and how can we live on?…… ”the woman shook and fell down on the ground in the talking.


Analysis: LiuMing is a patriotic girl and responsible doctor, but not yet an experience guerrilla soldier. She knew that BeiPing had lost, but she took the guerrilla mission with too romantic tinge. She used the phrase of magic, tale like and happy, but actually any of such action is cruel and by chance. The citizens of BeiPing were also angered at the lost but they seemed ignorant at the consequence. The old women who fell on the ground told something true and that might be a hint to the sufferings that would soon be inflicted on the people of BeiPing.   



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鸿远站在不远处,认出这晕倒的老太太正是张怡介绍他认识的裕丰药房的小伙计华兴的母亲。他心里一惊,很想跑过去扶起她。但一看自己这身衣服,再一想到紧急任务,只得忍住,象看热闹似的站在一边。

拿粉红洋伞的姑娘急忙把伞挟在腋窝间,一把抱住老人喊道:

“中国不会亡,您老人家会活下去的!”

随着姑娘的声音,人群也应和着喊起来:

“中国不会亡!”

“中国不会亡!”

人们呐喊着、悲呼着,把老人搀扶到路旁一家店铺里去。

柳明和曹鸿远并肩站在路旁,被群众激愤悲痛的情绪感染着。互相望望没有出声。使他们惊异的是,那个拿着粉红洋伞在群众中进行宣传的竟是他俩都见过的路芳。柳明想挤上去和自己钦慕的女性打个招呼,曹鸿远轻轻一碰她的胳臂,她会意,立刻止住步子,扭头看着他。两个人慢慢地向空旷的永定门前走去。

警察看他们衣着阔绰,互相挽着臂膀,象一对情侣,瞪了一眼,也没理会他们。

他们漫步出了永定门。这儿路旁也围着等候观看日军入城式的人群,喇叭里也在播送日军入城式的布告。柳明一眼发现人群里面还有王福来只见他头带破草帽,身穿灰布旧长衫,肩挑两只破竹筐,手里还拿着一只银元大小的小皮鼓敲打着,吆喊着。原来,他化装成了个“打鼓的”。柳明扭头对身边的鸿远微微一笑,轻声说:

“他怎么到这儿收买破烂来了?”

鸿远摇摇头,暗示柳明不要出声。他呢,不慌不忙,既不看人群,也不看王福来,只静静地站在一堵粉墙前,观看一张贴在上面的红红绿绿的招贴画。画上印着一个西洋金发美人的半身像。

金喉歌后格蕾丝摩亚主演《鸟语花香》

特请参加英王加冕典礼

“绝代佳人”不可不看……

这张电影美人的画像傍,贴着一张报纸。上面的赫然大字触人眼帘

津昨竟发生激战。河北一带悉成焦土……

“焦土一片焦土……”鸿远轻声呼出这令人心酸的字眼。可是表面上他神色自若,挽着柳明的胳臂,一派悠然。

柳明心里暗暗想到:应当象他那样沉着、冷静……可我为什么总是这么心慌意乱的?……正想着,听见王福来打着小鼓、拉着长声,在人群里大声吆喊起来:

“破烂我买有破衣裳、旧鞋、旧袜子我买!……”

人群中有人嫌他嚷嚷,冲着他喝道:

“我说打鼓的,你做买卖也不看个时候这是什么功夫呵?日本鬼子眼看就到了,你还……”

“知道!知道!”王福来和善地说,“北平立时就要归日本占领啦!亡国大祸就要临头啦!我是个中国人,怎么能不知道!……可是,不打鼓做点买卖,今儿个的窝头就混不到肚子里呵……”

人们用同情的目光望着这个有爱国心的小贩,任由他来来回回地吆喊,不再说什么。

四点钟了。天气更加闷热。太阳有时露一下头,有时又被浓厚的乌云遮盖着。

永定门外的人群,突然骚动起来。有人尖声喊道:

“看!那边日本人过来了!……”

“日军进城来了,大家欢迎!”几个警察一边跑着,一边向街道两旁的市民吆喝着,举着棍子把人们向胡同里驱赶着。

这之前,柳明跟着曹鸿远又从永定门走进城里来了。挨着城墙里边有一片开阔的空地,过了空地才是街道,两旁有些店铺和住家。他俩好象一对故意躲避着人群的情侣,曹鸿远仍然挽着柳明的胳臂,双双走在这空旷的城墙边上。柳明虽然一直脸红心跳,不好意思,但她知道这是在执行任务,一种隐隐的幸福感,反而阵阵冲击着她。

下午四时正,当人群惊喊着日军就要进城的时候,他俩已经混在人群中站在马路两旁的一个胡同口上这儿离城墙门洞不过二百多米。

日军入城式开始了。

先是一队军用的黄色摩托车,缓缓地从南边开了过来。前边的两轮摩托,由单个日本宪兵驾驶着。宪兵们左肩斜挎着装上皮套的“安兜式”手枪,皮带左侧吊着战刀;左臂戴着白布袖章,上面印着拳头大的“宪兵”两个红字,显得十分刺目、耀眼。接着是三轮摩托过来了。它的挎斗里,坐着日本宪兵的下级军官和戴着红箍大沿帽的日本陆军特务机关的下级军官。摩托车开进永定门之后,接着开过来的是两辆黄色吉普车,帆布车篷都折叠在汽车后部。第一辆车里站着四个大鼻子的洋人:一个穿着德国军服,一个穿着意大利军服,两人腰间都挂着手枪。这是两个随军记者。另外两个穿西装的则是英国“路透社”和美国“合众社”的特派记者。

他们都是准备采访这次日本进驻北平的惊人新闻的。这四个记者都脸朝后站着,个个手里举着摄影机。第二辆汽车上则站着四个日本记者两个随军记者,两个《朝日新闻》和《读卖新闻》的特派记者,四个人也都举着摄影机脸朝后站在车上,准备随时拍摄这次进驻北平、显示日军赫赫战功的精彩镜头。

跟在这两辆汽车后面的是骑兵部队。疲惫的军马垂着头,喷着响鼻,马身上散发出一股刺鼻的骚腥气味。骑兵过去了,紧接着是炮兵。由十几匹或五、六匹马牵引的木轮炮车,驮载不同类型、不同口径的火炮。军马上还骑着炮手。这些由轻型、重型火炮构成的队列,一眼便可看出不属于同一个建制,而是临时拼凑起来向中国人炫耀武力的。

炮兵队伍后面是步兵。它的先导,是一面由一个威风、骄横的旗手举着的日本军旗。步兵分成四路纵队向城里行进。他们的卡其布军装被汗水渍透,泛出了一圈圈白色的汗斑。他们的战斗帽后面飘垂着几根布条,活像正在忽扇着的两只猪耳朵。

步兵进城不久,出现了一辆指挥车。车子里坐着一个五十岁左右、留着一撇胡子的日本高级军官入城式的指挥官。他笔挺的军服前面挂着两枚军工勋章,肩上挎着黄色绶带,戴着白色手套的手里握着高级军刀。他神色严峻,目不斜视,一副典型的日本军人的骄横神气。两边座位上,还有两名日本军官陪同着。汽车缓缓地行驶着,尾随车子后面的又是源源不断的步兵,每队步兵都挑着日本军旗……


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CaoHongYuan stood not too far away from the old woman who had fallen down. She is the mother of the apprentice named HuaXing in YuFeng pharmacy who ZhangYi had introduced to him. He was startled and intended to help her stand up. But in view of his make up and mission Cao had to withhold. Cao could only act as onlooker.

The girl with the pink colored umbrella pinched the umbrella under her armpit then held the old woman up to say:

“China won’t collapse, grandma you can live on!”

The gathered people also shouted in answering:

“China won’t collapse! China won’t collapse!”

In the shouting and grief they supported the old woman to have a rest in a shop by the street.

LiuMing and CaoHongYuan stood shoulder to shoulder by the roadside, exchanging their look in silence. They were influenced by the grief and anger of the mass. What made them surprised was that the girl with pink western umbrella happened to be LuFang whom both of the two aquainted. LiuMing intended to say hello to the woman whom she admires but Cao touched her arm and she understand the situation then withheld the intention. So she threw her a glance in stead. They walked slowly in the direction of YongDing Gate mansion.

Policemen looked at their rich make up and the joined arms then acknowledge them to be lovers. The police didn’t mind the two only cast them a look in stead.   

They walked out of the YongDing Gate. By the roadside also gathered people who stood there waiting for the march in ceremony of the Japanese force. The loud speaker there was announcing the declaration of the Jap. LiuMing discovered WangFuLai in the crowd—he had a shabby straw hat, wore a grey colored old long gown, had two bamboo baskets on the shoulder and shook a rattle as big as silver coin. The man is calling for business. WangFuLai disguised himself to be a recycler. LiuMing turned to face HongYuan by her side, she smiled and said:

“How can he be here recycling the unused?”

HongYuan shook his head to hint that she shall keep in silence. He kept calm perfectly, did not look at the crowd nor the WangFuLai. The fellow stood quietly before a whitewashed wall reading a piece of colorful pictorial poster on which printed a blond western beauty above the waist.

Golden throat— Gracia are performing The Spring Day.

Specially invite you to the coronation of British Emperor.

You can’t miss the the raving beauty!

By the side of film poster pastes a newspaper report, the big characters catched the eyes:

Fierce fighting broke out in TianJing. The whole land of HeBei province turned scorched earth.

“Scorched earth, totally scorched!……”HongYuan repeated the sad line in soft voice, but he is calm in looking, joining LiuMing’s arm in a casual relaxed manner.

LiuMing thought it secretely: I should behave as calm as he…… But why I was disturbed inside?
…… Just this moment, WangFuLai shook his rattle and prolonged his voice in shouting:

“Recycling, Recycling! For the unused clothes, shoes and stockings……”

Someone in the crowd was annoyed and shouted back:

“The recycler, can you choose a right moment for your business. Look! What time is it? The Japanese army will arrive soon, but you……”

I know! I know!” WangFuLai said mildly: “BeiPing will be occupied by the Jap. The disaster of national collapse would be imminent! I am a Chinese man and how can’t I understand…… But if I stop the business I would have no steamed bread to eat for the day……”

Peole looked at this patriotic recycle with compassion. They stopped the curse and let him do what he likes.

It’s four o’clock in the afternoon. The weather turned hotter and more humid. The sun made its appearance for an instance then shaded in the thick black clouds.

The crowds outside YongDing Gate stirred and some one was shrieking:

“Look! Over there, the Jap is approaching!……”  

“The royal Japanese army is marching in. Welcome them please!” several plicemen are running and shouting at the crowds by the street. They are driving the people into the lane with clubs.  

Before this LiuMing followed CaoHongYuan and went into the city through YongDing Gate again. There is a spacious ground ajoining the city inside the city then followed the streets with shop and civilian quarters by two sides. He behave like lovers who intentioned to hide from the crowd. They still walk side by side with joint arms on the spacious ground. LiuMing felt embarrassed with her face flushed and heart fast beating. But she knew it is a mission so a lucky feeling surged inside.

Four o’clock on time when the crowds were shouting that the army was approaching the two had mixed into the crowd at the entrance of a lane where the distance to the tunnel of city gate measures around only 200 meters.

The march in ceremony of the Japanese army has initiated.


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A group of yellow painted motor cycles marched in the head. They drove on slowly from the south. Individual soldiers rode on the two wheeled marching ahead, the gendarmes left shouldered Ann pocket type pistal and a sword also hung on the leather belt by the left. They wore white cloth armband on the left arm with two fist size scarlet character “gendarme” painted on. The characters catch eyes and flaring in the look. The motor tricycle followed them. Junior officers of the gendarme force and the junior officers of the secret service of land force in red hooped big lipped cap sat in the side cars. Two yellow jeeps drove in after the motor teams both had the canvas hood foldered backward. Four big nosed westerners sat in the leading jeep: one in German army uniform and the other in Italy army uniform, they are military correspondent and hung pistal on the waist. The rest two wore western suit. One comes from British Leuters the other from American united press. They are special correspondents.

The four prepared to interview the shocking new of Japanese taking over the city BeiPing. The four correspandants stood at the Jeep facing backward with their cameras in hand. Four Japanese correspondents stood in the second jeep—two of them are military correspondent and the rest comes from Asahi shibum and Yormiri shibum separately. They are also special correspondants. The four Japanese correspondents stood in the same posture like the westerners. They prepared to record the splendid procession of the ceremony to show the military achievement.

Horse troop followed the two jeeps. The exhausted army horse bent down their heads and sneeze soundly. The horse let out a pungent smell. Then the artilary force followed the horse troop. Cannons of different type and different caliber were dragged on wooden wheels by a dozen or half dozen horses separately. Gunners also ride on the military horses. The artillery forces with light and heavy artilaries are obviously from different military units they muster up templorarily to make a show of force to Chinese people. Infantry followed artilary forces. An arrogant standard bearer took the lead with Japanese military flag in the hand. The infantry marched forward in four columns with their kaki army uniform stained in sweat and showed white circles. Several strips of cloth hanging down the back of their army cap which looked like the pig ears.  

Not long after the march in of infants followed a commander veihicle. A commander around fifty years old with a tuft of short cut beard sat in the car—he is a senior army officer and the commander of the march in ceremony. Two medals hang in the front of his starched uniform and yellow ribbon bore on the shoulder. He held a first class sword in his white gloved hand. The senior officer has severe look and looked straight ahead, typically as arrogant as Japanese military men. Other two officers accompanied him by the two sides. The car drove on slowly followed by a long line of infantry force and every unit held a military flag.


Analysis:
The old woman fell down but people held her up and consoled her that the live will go on and China will not collapse. It indicates that the people will not let the country collapse. The loss of BeiPing is temporarily. Then the author depicted the march in ceremony of Japanese army. How arrogant those soldiers looked like. The news would be spread around the world soon. But actually every invader is very strong by appearance but very fragile psychologically and the stronger he pretend to be the more fragile inner hearted he has in actual.   
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军马杂乱的啼声,炮车木轮的吱呀声,士兵军靴上的铁钉和路面的摩擦声……在这些刺耳的噪声中仿佛轰响着一种撕裂人心的惨痛呼声:“北平我们的文化古都,今天,你沦亡了沦亡了!……”

日本兵摆出一副胜利者的姿态,旁若无人地穿过城门洞继续向城里行进着。他们既没有看见街道两旁的北平市民,也没有看见那些维持秩序的警察向他们立正致敬的卑恭动作;对那一小撮手拿纸糊的太阳旗、臂戴日本旗图案袖章向他们鼓掌致敬,表示欢迎的中国顺民,似乎也并不感兴趣。一双双眼睛活象镶嵌的鱼眼,瞬也不瞬、动也不动地直视着前面……

“至圣的主呵,眼前的这些人是救世主呢,还是魔鬼?请给我以启示!我好回答您的可怜的有罪的孩子们。阿门!”一个教士,铁青着枯木般没有表情的长脸,在胸前划着十字。

周围的人厌恶地望着这个喃喃自语的教士。柳明也望了这个教士一眼,她刚要说什么,曹鸿远却紧紧捏了一下她的手这是叫她撑开洋伞、举起来是晃三晃的暗号。

柳明的心立刻激跳起来,连晃三晃。

就在同一个时间,忽见那个美丽的路芳也在马路对面撑开了洋伞,高高地连晃三晃。

就在这同一时间,城外面,紧挨城墙挑着挑子的王福来忽然用力敲起响亮的小鼓,高声喊道:

“日本人进城啦!我这买卖做不成啦!……”说着,喊着,急速地溜进了一条小胡同。于是,就在那辆指挥官的汽车刚刚穿过城门洞、开到那片开阔地时突然,轰隆隆!仿佛从天地之间发出一阵惊人的巨响。

轰!轰!轰!……随着手榴弹爆炸的巨响,随着升起的冲天烟柱,正襟危坐的日本指挥官和他身旁的两个少佐被炸得七零八碎地抛出了车外。指挥车也被炸瘫了,狼狈地停在一些被炸死的日军尸体旁。

一面耀眼的军旗被气浪吹响空中,在空中旋转了几下,然后斜刺里飘落下来。黄澄澄的旗枪头插在城根前一座公园厕所墙头上贴着的“专治花柳”、“专治五淋白浊”之类乱七八招的广告奇妙地混合在一起。

已经开到前面的那辆德、意、英、美记者乘坐的汽车,听见了爆炸声,立刻开足马力,左弯右转地越过摩托群,向门内的东交民巷飞驰而去。

当市民们怀着惊喜的心情,匆匆离开马路旁奔向各自的家门时,曹鸿远拉着柳明急步走向路西的一条胡同胡同口上停着王永泰的洋车。鸿远把柳明往洋车上一推,随即自己也登上车去,挤在柳明的身边。站在车旁满脸喜色地向城墙那边张望着的王永泰,一见他们就上车了,急忙说:

“呵,老主顾来了!上哪儿去?”说着,他抄起车把,对曹鸿远咧嘴一笑。立刻,象一辆开足马车的摩托,如飞般跑进了另一条小胡同口。      


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                       第十八章

日本人进城后,北平的市面秩序逐渐安定。店铺已照常营业;马路上也人来熙往。在许多街道和胡同里,都可以见到日本太阳旗—它代替了国民党的青天白日旗,而且显得更多、更耀眼。

柳明不再出门。白士吾却在听差王升李顺保驾下,几乎每天都要去看她。这天,他强拉柳明去逛故宫,好叫她散散心。柳明打电话,约苗虹和高雍雅一起去。上午八点多钟,四个年轻人,走进了故宫后门—神武门。

八月初,北平的天气炎热难当。午后,人们更热得不愿出门。只有在上午,故宫的神武门前才出现少数游人—有中国人,也有一些日本军人或商人带着他们穿着和服、花枝招展的妻女,大摇大摆地来逛故宫。

柳明和白士吾、苗虹和高雍雅走进故宫里,顺着东墙根,缓步向南面太和殿一路走去。

这是个大晴天。上午九点,故宫的黄色琉璃瓦顶,在阳光照耀下,闪射出晶莹却又有些刺目的光芒。宫墙和一座座相连的殿宇,在朝阳斜射下,掩映出一片片闪动着树影的阴凉。由于无人修理,一段宫墙根前长出了丛丛杂草和各种颜色的小野花。成群的麻雀扑在野草丛中唧唧喳喳地捕捉昆虫。时或,什么声响惊动了它们,忽地一声,成群地飞落到宫墙上。窥视一阵,见没有什么,一只只仍又唧唧喳喳地扑落在草丛中。

今天,白士吾打扮得分外漂亮:一身笔挺的白色料子西装,还把白绸衬衫的领子翻到外面,脚上的白漆皮鞋和一头打了发蜡的黑发互相映衬,显得风度翩翩,潇洒自如。走在他身旁的柳明,却身穿短袖的、下襟膝头的白洋布旗袍,脚着白线短袜、白皮凉鞋。和身旁的白士吾一比较,显得格外朴素而又动人。

她不声不响地走在白士吾身旁,对那些褪了红色、一派颓败景象的殿堂和游廊,好像不曾看见一般,两眼直直地望着前面。白士吾却眉飞色舞地想逗她说话:

“你看,苗虹今天打扮得多漂亮!她穿着绸衬衫纱裙子,可比穿旗袍好看—这可以露出一种活泼、健康的美貌来。我可不喜欢高雍雅那幅扮相:留着老长的头发,戴着深度的近视眼睛,连皮鞋的带子都没有系好。上等料子的西服穿到他老先生身上,总是皱皱巴巴的……小柳,你今天为什么不打扮得漂亮一点呢?我托人从上海给你买来的那些料子,你为什么全退还给我了?为什么不做几件漂亮的衣服穿穿?”白士吾自言自语似的说道这里,话头一停,双眼紧紧盯在柳明的脸上,“小柳,今天你好象很不高兴,为什么?不过你不高兴倒反而更加好看—眉蹙春山,愁含眼底,真像林黛玉—小柳,我背诵一首词给你听听—不,我就背最后几句吧:‘墙里秋千墙外道,墙外行人,墙里佳人笑。笑渐不闻声渐悄,多情却被无情恼……’小柳,你知道这是谁的词么?”

“瞧你瞎扯什么!我没有心情听你这些玩意儿!”柳明白了白士吾一眼,愁闷地说:“白士吾,你瞧瞧那些人!”她用嘴巴轻轻朝着前边不远处的几个日本男女一努,微微叹了口气,“当了被奴役者,难道还该庆贺么?瞧你这么兴致勃勃地打扮自己,还念起这么多情的诗,真实‘商女不知亡国恨!’—我真替你害羞!”

“小柳,请原谅!”白士吾也瞟了那几个趾高气扬的日本人一眼,轻轻摇摇头,“已经是既成事实,我们手无寸铁的学生之流,又能怎么样?小柳,我很担心你的情绪,所以今天特地约你出来散散心。怎么,你把小苗他们俩带来干什么?这样咱们谈话多不方便……”

“人多点热闹。心烦死了,不是你拉着我,我根本不想来。”

“我真不明白,什么事叫你这样儿愁苦?告诉我,小柳,告诉我!有什么事你不该瞒着我呀!”

“你不理解。对你说了,也没用。”

真的,这几天,柳明是陷到一种难言的矛盾中了。

自从曹鸿远拉着柳明参加了一次颇有戏剧性的永定门狙击战之后,柳明回到家里忽然变得更加沉闷、更加忧郁。一个人时常坐在小凳上看着窗外的一棵小枣树出神—一出神就是半天。母亲拉她吃饭,她不动、不吃;有时拉急了,她不回答,也不说话。白士吾慌了,问柳明妈拍打着两只手掌,气喘吁吁地说了半天,也说不上原因。后来,她忽然想起那个大清早,一个年轻的男人来找过柳明,打那以后,女儿的样儿就变了。可是,女儿再三叮嘱过她,曹鸿远找上门来的事,谁也不能告诉。她这才咽回了已经冒到嘴边的话,改口对白士吾说:“别是中了邪吧,是狐仙爷,还是刺猬精把我那丫头附上了体?白少爷,要不要请个下神的(巫婆)给她治治呀?”

白士吾忧心忡忡地摇摇头,附在柳明耳边小声说:

“小柳,出了什么事?你再不告诉我,我就不离开你—我就不回家了。”

“没什么事。”柳明淡淡地说,“我在考虑跟你去日本还是不去的事。”

柳明说的是真话。


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In the noisy whinny, in the squeak of wooden wheels that carries the cannonand in the fricative sound between boots and ground…… All these harsh sounds seem to cryout a painstaking line: “BeiPing our ancient capital of civilization, today yousunk—you sunk!……”

The Japanese soldiers posture themselves as winners. They were marchinginto the city through the gate tunnel in ignorance of all the others. They didnot look to see the civilian who lined by the street, nor those policemen whostood there to keep order and salute to them in humble manner. It seems theydoes not show any interests in the obedient people who were waving the papermade sun flags, wore the armband painted with Japanese national flag andsaluted to them or applaud to them. Their fish like eyes fixed still and lookedstraight ahead……

My holy God, please tell me who these men are. Are they saving stars ordevils? Give me hint please! Tell me so I can tell your pathetic and sinfulchildren. Amen……”A priest hardened his expressionless face and crossed with his finger onthe chest.  

The surrounding people threw ugly look at the murmuring priest. LiuMingalso threw him a glance and prepared to say something, but Cao pinched her handthe instance and that is the hint to make her open the umbrella and vave itthree times.  

LiuMing’s heart beat faster the instance and wave three times her umbrella.

This instance the WangFyLai who stood by the city wall with his basketsshook the rattle hard and cried aloud:

“The Jap has marched in! And I would have no chance for the business……” He escaped into a lane in the crying. Then the moment when the commander’scar was entering the spacious ground after the gate tunnel the sound of blastbroke out suddenly as if a loud thunder that struck suddenly in the sky.

Bang! Bang! Bang!
……Following the blast of hand grenades, fire andsmoke rose high in the sky. The Japanese senior officer and the two assistantswho sat in the car were blasted out in pieces. The car was destroyed also andstopped by serveral dead bodies of the Japanese soldiers who were killed in thegrenade attack.

A flaring military flag of Japanwas blewn up high into the sky by the impact. It turned several times in theair then dropped slantly. The yellow spearhead planted into a mess of posterson the wall of a park toilet finely to fix into the advertisement of treating thevenereal diseases.

Hearing the explosion, the leading jeep with German, Italy, Britishand American correspondent accelerated and ran ahead of the moter formation ina zigzag course. They drove in full speed into Legation Street inside the city.

When the civilians running towards their home with surprise and enjoyment,CaoHongYuan pushed LiuMing to a lane west of the street—WangYongTai and hisrickshaw had been waiting there already. HongYuan pulled LiuMing onto therickshaw then he himself fellowed onto and sat by her side. WangYongTai stoodby the rickshaw watching over the gate. He hastened with the following words assoon as he saw the two:

“Oh, my old customer, where are you heading for?” he raised the handle ofhis rickshaw and smiled. Soon the rickshaw flied into another lane like amotorcycle in full speed.



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After the march in of Japanese army, gradually the social order of BeiPingrecovered. The shops started their business as usual and the flow of people onthe street intensified. Japanese sun flags can be seen everywhere in thestreets and lanes in place of the blue sky and white sun. They outstanded andout numbered the former.   

LiuMing kept herself home while BaiShiWu went to visit her almost every dayunder the escort of WangSheng and LiShun. The day he wanted to have a walk withLiuMing in the Imperial Palace. Then Liutelephoned MiaoHong and GaoYongYa inviting them to go together. After eight o’clock,the four young fellows walked into the back door of Imperial Palace—ShengWuGate.

The weather in early August isscorching hot. In the afternoon people felt too hot to go out. Only a fewtourists made their appearances in front of ShenWu gate—some are Chinese andothers are Japanese soldiers or commercial men with their daughters and wife incoquettish kimonos. They swaggered here for a sight seeing.  

The four went into the Imperial Palace. They went alongthe east wall southward slowly approaching the Hall of Supreme Harmony.  

This is a sunny day. Nine o’clock in the morning the glazed tiles of the Imperial Palace were glittering with dazzinglight under the sunshine. The palace wall and the adjoining mansions under theslanting morning ray gave shade to the ground and made a cool space along withthe shadow of trees. In lack of maintance bushes and wild flowers grow indisorder in front of a section of imperial wall. A flock of sparrows chirrupamong the weed competing for worms. At times something startled them and theyflied onto the wall in groups. The sparrows stay on the wall and looked aroundto make sure nothing ever happened then dived into the weed again.

Today BaiShiWu dressed up especially decent: he was in starched whitefabric suit and turned outside the collar of his white silk shirt. He wore apair of white leather shoes. The white color stayed in tune with his oiledblack hairs to show his decency and handsomeness. But the LiuMing by his sidewas in white foreign cloth cheongsam with an opening to the knees. She hadwhite thread socks and white leather sandals. The girl was simple andattractive in comparasion to the BaiShiWu by the side.

She walked by the side of BaiShiWu in silence with her eyes fixed ahead inignorance of the decaying mansions and corridors in decayed red color while theBaiShiWu was urgent to make her say something.

“Look! How prettily MiaoHong dressed herself up today. She wore white silkblouse and skirt, looked prettier than in cheongsam. The make up can show heractiveness, healthy and beauty. But I don’t like the dress of GaoYongYa: hishairs are too long and he has a pair of spectacles of thick myopic lens. He didnot even fasten his waist belt properly. The high quality suit seems crumpledon his body…… Little Liu, why didn’t you dress up prettier today? How shall you turn backthe material I purchased in ShangHai?Why didn’t you tailor a few pieces of clothes with them? ” BaiShiWu stopped hisself-talk like speech here and fixed his eyes on LiuMing’s face, “Little Liu,you seemed not happy today. Why? Anyhow you looked prettier in the mood: springin your frown, sorrow in the eyes, like DaiYu in the Dream of Red Mansions. LittleLiu, I like quote a poem for you, no, just a few lines from it: ‘A swing insidethe yard, a path beyond the wall. A beauty smiles inside and the pedestrianmindless walk. He turns deaf to the joy and the affectionate was ruthlesslycooled.’ Little Liu, don’t you know who wrote it?”

“Look! What did you talk about? I amnot interested in listening to this.” LiuMing glanced BaiShiWu in disfavor andsaid in depress, “Look at those people there please!” Liu slightly protrudedher mouth towards the several Japanese men and woman, taking a sigh andcontinued, “Shall you congratulate being a slave? Look, you dress yourself upso joyfully and recited so affectionate poem lines. That’s ‘The business womenof Kindom Shang did not knot the bitterness of country collapse!’ –I did feelshame for you!”

“Forgive me! Little Liu.” BaiShiWu also glanced at the several proudJapanese people then shook his head slightly, “It had turned to be a matter offact way. What can we help then? Little Liu I worry about your mood so Iinvited you out for a walk. Why? You dragged out MiaoHong and her husband also.How inconvenient it would be for our talking?……

“It is more active to have someone join us. I am really in worry and I won’tbe out if you had not invited.”

“I can’t understand what make you feel so worried. Tell me please! Tell me,Little Liu. I should share it with you.”

“You can’t understand. Even if I said it won’t help!”

Yes, these days LiuMing was trapped in untold bitterness of psychologicalclashes.

Since CaoHongYuan dragged her into the dramatic YongDing Gate snipingLiuMing became more depressed and melancholy. She often sat solitudely on abench fixing her eyes to a small date tree and stay in the daze for long. Shedid not move even if mother called her for meal. Sometimes mother worried overit but Liu still kept her silence. And the BaiShiWu also couldn’t be calm. Hepatted on his hands but could explain nothing to the mother too. Later themother recalled there was a morning when a young man came to visit her and fromthen on her daughter turned to be in such way. But daughter warn her time andagain that she mustn’t tell the thing to anyone. For this the mother swallowedthe question by her lips and changed a topic: “Did evil spirit catch her? Shallit be the fox lady or the hedgehog ghost? Childe Bai, shall we invite a witchhome for a look?”

BaiShiWu shook his head in the worry then murmured into LiuMing’s ears:

“Little Liu, What’s the problem? I won’t leave you if you refuse to tellme.”

“It’s really nothing.” LiuMing said lightly, “I am reasoning whether or notI shall go to Japan.”

LiuMing told him the truth.

Analysis: The most beautiful scene is nothing to the eyes of a man whose countrycollapsed. The depression of LiuMing happened to be the depression of the wholenation. But the BaiShiWu had little sense of the nation. He lives an unworriedlife or he let it be when the collapse turned to the matter of fact way. Differentenvironment educated and forged different attitudes toward the national event. Soeven if the country stay as one the trends are diversified, especially in anation who had experienced thousands years of fuedulist ruling and has adiversified social classes.   

   

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