Sun, Oct 29, 2006 - Page 14 News List

Thomas Hardy's birthplaceto be let out to tourists 哈代小屋將出租遊客

Hardy'S Cottage, Dorset.
多塞特的哈代小屋。 (照片由NTPL/ERIC CRITHTON提供)

PHOTO COURTESY OF NTPL/ERIC CRICHTON

The cottage where Thomas Hardy, one of the great English writers of the 19th century, grew up will be let out to visitors over the winter months so they can experience the lifestyle he grew up in, The Times reported last week.

Guests will have to cook on an ancient stove and do their laundry by hand, though modern health and safety regulations will offer something in the way of creature comforts — candles will be battery-powered, water will come from a tap, and there will be a flushing lavatory and an electric kettle.

The National Trust, to which the cottage was left in 1948, will give points to the guests for how authentically they manage to live there, and each year a prize will be awarded to the most “hardy” tenant.

“We want to encourage people to live as much like the Hardy family did in the 1840s so they can find out what life was really like,” Helen Mann, who manages the cottage in Dorset, southeast England, was quoted as saying.

“This would create an increased income for the cottage and allow us to offer an innovative and evocative demonstration of Hardy's lifestyle. It will also help conserve the building over the winter months,” she said.

Hardy wrote two books while living in the cottage — Under the Greenwood Tree and Far from the Madding Crowd. He later built and moved to a house in Dorchester, in southeast England. The original cottage was built by Hardy's grandfather in 1800.

While the cottage does not contain any of his personal belongings, about 15,000 people visit it from around the world each year, when it is open from April to October.

Details for Hardy's cottage and other national trust attractions may be found at www.nationaltrust.org.uk.(AFP)

Today's Words 今天單字

1. authentically adv.

真正地 (zhen1 zheng4 di5)

例: The cuisine at Zorba restaurant is authentically Greek.

(佐巴餐廳的料理是正宗的希臘菜。)

2. hardy adj.

能吃苦耐勞的 (neng2 chi1 ku3 nai4 lao2 de5)

例: People who live in the desert are very hardy.

(生活在沙漠中的人都很能吃苦耐勞。)

3. innovative adj.

創新的 (chuang4 xin1 de5)

例: The new space shuttle is very innovative.

(那艘新型太空梭十分新穎。)

4. evocative adj.

喚起...的 (huan4 qi3 ... de5)

例: His aftershave was evocative of her ex-boyfriend.

(他的鬚後水讓人想起她的前男友。)


泰晤士報上週報導,英國十九世紀偉大作家湯瑪斯•哈代成長的小屋冬季時將出租給遊客,讓他們體驗一下哈代自小到大的生活方式。

遊客們將必須在舊式爐灶上烹煮食物、用手洗滌衣物,但現代健康安全規範將提供更舒適的生活享受─使用電池的蠟燭、自來水,還有沖水馬桶及電熱水壺。

一九四八年接管這間小屋的國民信託組織將依據遊客在那兒實際生活的狀況給予積分,每年還會頒獎給「最能吃苦耐勞」的房客。

報導中引述在英格蘭東南部多塞特管理這間小屋的海倫?曼恩的話說:「我們要鼓勵民眾儘可能像一八四0年代哈代家族般生活,這樣他們才能真正了解當時生活的狀況。」

她說:「這將為小屋創造更多的營收,也可以提供兼具創新及懷舊的哈代生活方式。有助於這棟建物在冬季的保存。」

哈代在小屋生活期間,完成了《綠樹林下》和《遠離塵囂》兩部作品。之後他在英格蘭東南部的多爾切斯特蓋了一棟房子,並遷居該處。原本的小屋是哈代的祖父於一八00年所搭建。

儘管小屋內沒有任何哈代的個人物品,每年四至十月對外開放期間,仍有來自全球約一萬五千名遊客到此探訪。

欲知哈代小屋及其他國民信託組織景點詳情,請上www.nationaltrust.org.uk查詢。

(法新社/翻譯:林倩如)

This story has been viewed 2936 times.
TOP top