蒋大元帅学英文

这两个月,各个英国大报都介绍了有关宋美龄的新书自传。

书名叫 The Last Empress: Madame Chiang Kai-Shek and the birth of Modern China (最后的女皇:蒋介石夫人和新中国的诞生)

作者是Hannah Pakula。

我连看了三篇书评,把有趣的章节,写出来和大家分享。

最有趣的一点是,三个书评作者,在提到宋美龄时,左一句Mey-ling, 右一句Mei Ling,连宋美龄的名和姓都搞不清楚,很可笑。Mey-ling,Mei Ling,宋大娘活到106岁,名字是这样给你随便叫的吗?

英国卫报的书评作者Julia Lovell形容,40年代,宋美龄在美国颠倒众生,穿着镶嵌着钻石的旗袍,迷惑美国政府,让美国拨出了数以亿计的美元,协助中国抗战(是对抗共产党,还是对抗日本,就不得而知了)。

文中如此形容蒋介石大元帅:木纳、社交能力差劲 (the stiff, socially inept Chiang),不上镜的王八(less photogenic – that “crabbed little bastard”)而宋美龄则迷人、美艳,完全美国化,是国民党取悦美国的关键人物。

“宋美龄的裙子镶着黄金,戴上玉耳环,在香槟舞会上穿梭自如。她的毛大衣,花掉了500万美元。(she was dazzling the Americans with her gold-trimmed dresses and jade earrings, dancing from one champagne reception to another, and spending half a million dollars on fur coats.)

 1942年,宋美龄在美国展开了10个月的魅力之旅,宣扬中美关系,寻求美国的道德(和美元)支援。

她在美国国会里发言,慷慨激愤,让众人热泪盈眶。

她有群众魅力,公开演说场面爆满,美国时代杂志更封蒋介石和夫人为‘年代风云人物’。(She brought a cheering Congress to the verge of tears; she drew tens of thousands to her public lectures; Time named her and Chiang “Man and Wife of the Year”.

卫报的书评提到,蒋介石是个偏执狂,脾气暴躁(Chiang – a monomaniac with a filthy temper),还有,他坚持女人不可以穿裤子。

蒋介石学英语,又是怎么一回事呢?

宋美龄在美国受教育,当然要当蒋介石的英语老师。有一次,蒋介石在和英国驻华公使在社交场合见面,蒋大元帅说:“Kiss me, Lampson” (请给我一个吻,蓝普森),害蒋夫人差点晕倒,也从此不敢再叫蒋元帅开口说英文。

1943年的开罗峰会上,宋美龄和丘吉尔、罗斯福、史达林平起平坐。她是会上唯一的女人。会上,她多次打断口译员的翻译。她抗议口译的翻译不够好,没能表达蒋大将军的思想。

还有一次,美国罗斯福总统问她,她该如何对付罢工的劳工。”她伸出了纤纤玉手,把玉手搁在喉咙上,做出割划喉咙的动作。( “the beautiful, small hand came up and slid across her throat.”)

最后的女皇宋美龄

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Janet Williams 張玉雲

I am Janet Williams, an academic living in the southeast of England. I blog about culture, history, languages and my community. I created Chandler's Ford Today. During my spare time, I make Origami. Thank you for stopping by.

One thought on “蒋大元帅学英文”

  1. 我也刚好才看完一本关于她的书,中文版的。的确是个非凡一时的女人,中国政坛上这样耀眼的女性不知道再过多少年才会重现。

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