羊毛战记 Part 4 The Unraveling 33
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  Thy old groans1 ring yet in my ancient ears.
  Walker the electrician bent2 over a cluttered3 workbench and adjusted his magnifier. The great bulbouslens was attached to his head with a hoop4 that might’ve been uncomfortable had he not been wearingit for most of his sixty-two years. As he pushed the glass into position, the small black chip on thegreen electronics board came into crystal focus. He could see each of the silver metal legs bent outfrom its body like the limbs of a spider, the tiny feet seemingly trapped in silver puddles5 of frozensteel.
  With the tip of his finest soldering6 iron, Walker prodded7 a spot of silver while he worked thesuction bulb with his foot. The metal around the chip’s tiny foot melted and was pulled through astraw, one little leg of sixteen free.
  He was about to move to the other—he had stayed up all night pulling fried chips to distract hismind from other things—when he heard the recognizable patter of that new porter skittering down hishall.
  Walker dropped the board and hot iron on the workbench and hurried to his door. He held thejamb and leaned out as the kid ran past.
  “Porter!” he yelled, and the boy reluctantly stopped. “What news, boy?”
  The kid smiled, revealing the whites of youth. “I’ve got big news,” he said. “Cost you a chit,though.”
  Walker grunted8 with disgust but dug into his coveralls. He waved the kid over. “You’re thatSampson boy, right?”
  The kid bobbed his head, his hair dancing around his youthful face.
  “Shadowed under Gloria, didn’t you?”
  The kid nodded again as his eyes followed the silver chit drawn10 from Walker’s rattling11 pockets.
  “You know, Gloria used to take pity on an old man with no family and no life. Trusted me withnews, she did.”
  “Gloria’s dead,” the boy said, lifting his palm.
  “That she is,” Walker said with a sigh. He dropped the chit into the child’s outstretched palm, thenwaved his aged12 and spotted13 own for the news. He was dying to know everything and would havegladly paid ten chits. “The details, child. Don’t skip a one.”
  “No cleaning, Mr. Walker!”
  Walker’s heart missed a beat. The boy turned his shoulder to run on.
  “Stay, boy! What do you mean, no cleaning? She’s been set free?”
  The porter shook his head. His hair was long, wild, and seemingly built for flying up and down thestaircase. “Nosir. She refused!”
  The child’s eyes were electric, his grin huge with the possession of such knowledge. No one hadever refused to clean in his lifetime. In Walker’s, either. Maybe not ever. Walker felt a surge of pridein his Juliette.
  The boy waited a moment. He seemed eager to run off.
  “Anything else?” Walker asked.
  Samson nodded and glanced at Walker’s pockets.
  Walker let out a long sigh of disgust for what had become of this generation. He dug into hispocket with one hand and waved impatiently with the other.
  “She’s gone, Mr. Walker!”
  He snatched the chit from Walker’s palm.
  “Gone? As in dead? Speak up, son!”
  Samson’s teeth flashed as the chit disappeared into his overalls9. “Nosir. Gone as in over the hill.
  No cleaning, Mr. Walker, just strode right over and out of view. Gone to the city, and Mr. Bernardwitnessed the whole thing!”
  The young porter slapped Walker on the arm, needing, obviously, to strike something with hisenthusiasm. He swiped his hair off his face, smiled large, and turned to run along his route, his feetlighter and pockets heavier from the tale.
  Walker was left stunned14 in the doorway15. He gripped the jamb with an iron claw lest he tumble outinto the world. He stood there swaying, looking down at the pile of dishes he’d slipped outside thenight before. He glanced over his shoulder at the disheveled cot that had been calling his name allnight. Smoke still rose from the soldering iron. He turned away from the hall, which would soon bepattering and clinking with the sounds of first shift, and unplugged the iron before he started anotherfire.
  He remained there a moment, thinking about Jules, thinking about this news. He wondered ifshe’d gotten his note in time, if it had lessened16 the awful fear he’d felt in his gut17 for her.
  Walker returned to the doorway. The down deep was stirring. He felt a powerful tug18 to go outthere, to cross that threshold, to be a part of the unprecedented19.
  Shirly would probably be by soon with his breakfast and to take away his dishes. He could waitfor her, maybe talk a bit. Perhaps this spell of insanity20 would pass.
  But the thought of waiting, of the minutes stacking up like work orders, of not knowing how farJuliette had gotten or what reaction the others might be having to her not cleaning, pressed him intomotion.
  Walker lifted his foot and reached out past his doorway, his boot hovering21 over untrammeledground.
  He took a deep breath, fell forward, and caught himself on it. And suddenly, he felt like anintrepid explorer himself. There he was, fortysomething years later, teetering down a familiarhallway, one hand brushing the steel walls, a corner coming up, around which his eyes couldremember nothing.
  And Walker became one more old soul pushing into the great unknown, his brain dizzy with whathe might find out there.


1 groans 41bd40c1aa6a00b4445e6420ff52b6ad     
n.呻吟,叹息( groan的名词复数 );呻吟般的声音v.呻吟( groan的第三人称单数 );发牢骚;抱怨;受苦
  • There were loud groans when he started to sing. 他刚开始歌唱时有人发出了很大的嘘声。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • It was a weird old house, full of creaks and groans. 这是所神秘而可怕的旧宅,到处嘎吱嘎吱作响。 来自《简明英汉词典》
2 bent QQ8yD     
  • He was fully bent upon the project.他一心扑在这项计划上。
  • We bent over backward to help them.我们尽了最大努力帮助他们。
3 cluttered da1cd877cda71c915cf088ac1b1d48d3     
v.杂物,零乱的东西零乱vt.( clutter的过去式和过去分词 );乱糟糟地堆满,把…弄得很乱;(以…) 塞满…
  • The room is cluttered up with all kinds of things. 零七八碎的东西放满了一屋子。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • The desk is cluttered with books and papers. 桌上乱糟糟地堆满了书报。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
4 hoop wcFx9     
  • The child was rolling a hoop.那个孩子在滚铁环。
  • The wooden tub is fitted with the iron hoop.木盆都用铁箍箍紧。
5 puddles 38bcfd2b26c90ae36551f1fa3e14c14c     
n.水坑, (尤指道路上的)雨水坑( puddle的名词复数 )
  • The puddles had coalesced into a small stream. 地面上水洼子里的水汇流成了一条小溪。
  • The road was filled with puddles from the rain. 雨后路面到处是一坑坑的积水。 来自《简明英汉词典》
6 soldering 308a46b7e24a05d677a12004923dc03d     
n.软焊;锡焊;低温焊接;热焊接v.(使)焊接,焊合( solder的现在分词 )
  • Care must be exercised in attaching the lead wires to the soldering tabs. 在往接线片上焊导线时必须非常小心。 来自辞典例句
  • I suggest posing me with a soldering wand over my head like a sword. 我想让自己这样像把剑一样把电焊杆举过头顶。 来自电影对白
7 prodded a2885414c3c1347aa56e422c2c7ade4b     
v.刺,戳( prod的过去式和过去分词 );刺激;促使;(用手指或尖物)戳
  • She prodded him in the ribs to wake him up. 她用手指杵他的肋部把他叫醒。
  • He prodded at the plate of fish with his fork. 他拿叉子戳弄着那盘鱼。 来自《简明英汉词典》
8 grunted f18a3a8ced1d857427f2252db2abbeaf     
(猪等)作呼噜声( grunt的过去式和过去分词 ); (指人)发出类似的哼声; 咕哝着说
  • She just grunted, not deigning to look up from the page. 她只咕哝了一声,继续看书,不屑抬起头来看一眼。
  • She grunted some incomprehensible reply. 她咕噜着回答了些令人费解的话。
9 overalls 2mCz6w     
  • He is in overalls today.他今天穿的是工作裤。
  • He changed his overalls for a suit.他脱下工装裤,换上了一套西服。
10 drawn MuXzIi     
  • All the characters in the story are drawn from life.故事中的所有人物都取材于生活。
  • Her gaze was drawn irresistibly to the scene outside.她的目光禁不住被外面的风景所吸引。
11 rattling 7b0e25ab43c3cc912945aafbb80e7dfd     
adj. 格格作响的, 活泼的, 很好的 adv. 极其, 很, 非常 动词rattle的现在分词
  • This book is a rattling good read. 这是一本非常好的读物。
  • At that same instant,a deafening explosion set the windows rattling. 正在这时,一声震耳欲聋的爆炸突然袭来,把窗玻璃震得当当地响。
12 aged 6zWzdI     
  • He had put on weight and aged a little.他胖了,也老点了。
  • He is aged,but his memory is still good.他已年老,然而记忆力还好。
13 spotted 7FEyj     
  • The milkman selected the spotted cows,from among a herd of two hundred.牛奶商从一群200头牛中选出有斑点的牛。
  • Sam's shop stocks short spotted socks.山姆的商店屯积了有斑点的短袜。
14 stunned 735ec6d53723be15b1737edd89183ec2     
adj. 震惊的,惊讶的 动词stun的过去式和过去分词
  • The fall stunned me for a moment. 那一下摔得我昏迷了片刻。
  • The leaders of the Kopper Company were then stunned speechless. 科伯公司的领导们当时被惊得目瞪口呆。
15 doorway 2s0xK     
  • They huddled in the shop doorway to shelter from the rain.他们挤在商店门口躲雨。
  • Mary suddenly appeared in the doorway.玛丽突然出现在门口。
16 lessened 6351a909991322c8a53dc9baa69dda6f     
  • Listening to the speech through an interpreter lessened its impact somewhat. 演讲辞通过翻译的嘴说出来,多少削弱了演讲的力量。
  • The flight to suburbia lessened the number of middle-class families living within the city. 随着迁往郊外的风行,住在城内的中产家庭减少了。
17 gut MezzP     
  • It is not always necessary to gut the fish prior to freezing.冷冻鱼之前并不总是需要先把内脏掏空。
  • My immediate gut feeling was to refuse.我本能的直接反应是拒绝。
18 tug 5KBzo     
  • We need to tug the car round to the front.我们需要把那辆车拉到前面。
  • The tug is towing three barges.那只拖船正拖着三只驳船。
19 unprecedented 7gSyJ     
  • The air crash caused an unprecedented number of deaths.这次空难的死亡人数是空前的。
  • A flood of this sort is really unprecedented.这样大的洪水真是十年九不遇。
20 insanity H6xxf     
  • In his defense he alleged temporary insanity.他伪称一时精神错乱,为自己辩解。
  • He remained in his cell,and this visit only increased the belief in his insanity.他依旧还是住在他的地牢里,这次视察只是更加使人相信他是个疯子了。
21 hovering 99fdb695db3c202536060470c79b067f     
鸟( hover的现在分词 ); 靠近(某事物); (人)徘徊; 犹豫
  • The helicopter was hovering about 100 metres above the pad. 直升机在离发射台一百米的上空盘旋。
  • I'm hovering between the concert and the play tonight. 我犹豫不决今晚是听音乐会还是看戏。