疫情报告Known as Waste Meat News, the half-hour satiric revue has been a regular feature of Channel D since April, 1976, when a young Westsider named Ferris Butler decided that he had the talent to write, direct, and produce his own comedy series, even without money and film equipment. Time has proven him right: last year, TV World magazine discovered, in a poll of viewers, that Waste Meat News is the most popular comedy program on cable, out of 150 public access shows.虽然斯托尼家并不缺钱,但是艾赛儿的童年生活并不比朱利叶斯愉快多少。家里的四个孩子,全被送回爱尔兰上学,远离父母。这是一个典型的英属印度家庭,这些孩子的童年,成为了英国扩张的牺牲品之一。他们寄宿在舅舅威廉姆•克劳福德家里,他是克莱尔郡的一位银行经理,结过两回婚,头婚有两个孩子,二婚有四个孩子。所以,这个地方对于四个小寄宿者来说,是一个没有爱和关怀的地方。 1891年,这一家搬到了都柏林,在那里,艾赛儿每天乏味地坐着马车去上学,每顿饭只花三便士,这对她的发育造成了一些影响。17岁时,她被送到切尔腾纳姆女子学院去「纠正土方言」。在那里,她受到了贵族子女们的歧视,他们嘲笑她是「铁道+银行」的产物。尽管如此,她的心里仍然有一个梦想在摇曳,她想学习音乐艺术。因此,她在6个月后,去了巴黎大学文理学院。但是,她在巴黎也没待多久,因为她很快就发现了,法国人在歧视别人这个方面,并不比英国人逊色。于是,在1900年,艾赛儿跟她的姐姐伊夫莲一起,前往古努尔跟父母一起生活。来到印度,她终于摆脱了生活压力,但同时也告别了知识的世界──反正那个世界似乎永远排斥她。I advised her to go to bed and get some sleep, which she did, and awoke in the evening quite recovered, so far as her strength was concerned. It struck me as an odd thing that a girl who could find the nerve to shoot a huge black ruffian rushing to kill her with a spear should have been so affected at the thought of it afterwards; but it is, after all, characteristic of the sex. Poor Flossie! I fear that her nerves will not get over that night in the Masai camp for many a long year. She told me afterwards that it was the suspense that was so awful, having to sit there hour after hour through the livelong night utterly ignorant as to whether or not any attempt was to be made to rescue her. She said that on the whole she did not expect it, knowing how few of us, and how many of the Masai—who, by the way, came continually to stare at her, most of them never having seen a white person before, and handled her arms and hair with their filthy paws. She said also that she had made up her mind that if she saw no signs of succour by the time the first rays of the rising sun reached the kraal she would kill herself with the pistol, for the nurse had heard the Lygonani say that they were to be tortured to death as soon as the sun was up if one of the white men did not come in their place. It was an awful resolution to have to take, but she meant to act on it, and I have little doubt but what she would have done so. Although she was at an age when in England girls are in the schoolroom and come down to dessert, this ‘child of the wilderness’ had more courage, discretion, and power of mind than many a woman of mature age nurtured in idleness and luxury, with minds carefully drilled and educated out of any originality or self-resource that nature may have endowed them with.“Ha! that’s plain and reasonable,” returned Harold, scarce able to restrain a laugh at the man’s cool impudence. “But it would appear that some one else has carried the news; so, you see, you have been outwitted after all.”疫情报告
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