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Say It Right Series

第一回: Chunk 2

Posted by henning July 11, 2008 in the Group General Discussion.

Tags: 红楼梦, 第一回, 古文, classic

故曰"甄士隐"云云. 但书中所记何事何人?自又云:"今 风尘碌碌, 一事无成,忽念及当日所有之女子,一一细考较去,觉其行止见识,皆出于 我之上

My try:

Therefore 甄士隐 tells that story.

But which events take place and what persons are involved in the book? I myself say again: Today, weary from a long journey nothing is completed. I suddenly remember that day when there was that woman, her behaviour and knowledge both surpass mine.

Breakdown:

故曰"甄士隐"云云
Therefore (just learned that 故 is "because of" here and not story!) "甄士隐" tells (云云)

但书中所记何事何人?
But in the book which events take place and what persons are involved?

自又云
I myself say again:

今 风尘碌碌
In the present time (今 is not "now" here), weary from a long journey (风尘碌碌 - abstract sense?).

一事无成
Nothing is completed (lit.: not one thing is finished)

忽念及当日所有之女子
I suddenly remember (念及) that day (当日) when there was a woman.

一一细考较去
When I think more precicely (一一+细 - finer/better, 考较 - think/ponder/evaluate) 去 than all 一一 (?)


觉其行止见识
Then I find (觉) her (其) behaviour (行止) and knowledge (见识)

皆出于我之上
both (皆 ) surpass 出于+之上 me/mine (我)

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