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Long Walk to Forever (永恒的漫步)

onnegut

by Kurt V

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They had grown up next door to each other, on the fringe of a city, near fields and woods and orchards, within sight of a lovely bell tower that belonged to a school for the blind. Now they were twenty, had not seen each other for nearly a year. There had always been playful, comfortable warmth between them, but never any talk of love.

His name was Newt. Her name was Catharine. In the early afternoon, Newt knocked on Catharine's front door.

Catharine came to the door. She was carrying a fat, lossy magazine she had been reading. The magazine was devoted entirely to brides. "Newt!" she said. She was sur- prised to see him. "Could you come for a walk?" he said. He was a shy person, even with Catharine. He covered his shyness by speaking absently, as though he were a secret agent pausing briefly on a mission between beautiful, distant, and sinister points. This manner of speaking had always been Newt's style, even in matters that concerned him desperately.

"A walk?" said Catharine.

"One foot in front of the other," said Newt, "Through leaves, over bridges--"

"I had no idea you were in town, "she said.

"Just this minute got in, "he said.

"Still in the Army, I see," she said

"Seven more months to go, "he said. He was a private first class(一等兵) in the Artillery. His uniform was rumpled. His shoes were dusty. He needed a shave. He held out his hand for the magazine." Let's see the pretty book," he said.

She gave it to him." I'm getting married, Newt," she said.

"I know," he said." Let's go for a walk."

"I'm awfully busy, Newt," she said. "The wedding is only a week away."

"If we go for a walk," he said, "it will make you rosy. It will make you a rosy bride. "He turned the pages of the magazine. "A rosy bride like her--like her--like her," he said, showing her rosy brides. Catharine turned rosy, thinking about rosy brides.

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