罗斯福怕了宋美龄

每日电讯报的书评作者,是Peter Foster。

他对宋美龄的这本新书《The Last Empress》(最后的女皇),评价很低。

他说,作者浪费了很大的篇幅,报道了中国的历史,以及革命时期的中国所使用的种种酷刑。

不过,书评有提到几点,很有意思。

1942年,宋美龄到白宫会见罗斯福总统。罗斯福怕了这个女人,在他和宋美龄之间,刻意摆放了一张牌桌,以免给这个妖妇蛊惑了( to avoid being “vamped” (his word) by the woman)。(注:vamp就是vampire–吸血鬼、妖妇之略)

书评指出,宋美龄对外是中国的‘复仇天使” ( China’s “avenging angel”),对抗日本,但是,私底下,她待人尖酸刻薄,极为冷淡。在激怒时,她曾经把字纸篓套在下人的头上。

(Madame Chiang was a “tart and brittle woman” who in fits of pique dumped waste-paper baskets on her servants’ heads.)

宋美龄在白宫做客时,也非常无理。每当她需要别人的关照时,她狂傲得不打电话,也不使用呼叫铃,而是猛力地拍掌, 把白宫里的员工当成中国的苦力一样的无情对待。( “she summoned help with a sharp clap-clap of the hands, “as if they were Chinese coolies”.)

宋美龄离开白宫后,罗斯福叹息道:“中国人有很多问题,而这个喜怒无常的霸道女人,就是其中一个大问题。”

“the Chinese have lots of problems, and not the least of them is their prima donna”.

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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.

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