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Say It Right Series

第一回: Chunk 10

Posted by henning July 19, 2008 in the Group General Discussion.

Tags: 红楼梦, 第一回, 古文, classic

一日, 正当嗟悼之际,俄见一僧一道远远而来,生得骨格不凡,丰神迥异,说说笑 笑来至峰下, 坐于石边高谈快论.

My try:

The whining stone keeps us busy...

One day, the stone was just lamenting, he suddenly saw a Buddist monk and a Daoist monk coming from the distance. Their body looked astonishing, godlike and far from the ordinary, they spoke laughing until they reached that point under the summit, where they sat by the side of the stone. And they discussed loudly and fast.


Breakdown:

One day, just when (正当) lamenting (嗟悼)

俄见一僧一道远远而来
Suddenly [he] saw a (Buddhist) monk and a Daoist monk (一道) coming along from the distance (远远而来)

生得骨格不凡,
“Their skeleton grew” (生得骨格) -> They looked like (today one would probably say 长得) out of the ordinary (不凡)

丰神迥异
Very godlike (丰神) and far from the ordinary (迥异)

说说笑笑来至峰下
Spoke laughing until [they] reached that point under the summit (至峰下)


坐于石边高谈快论
They sat by the side of the stone (坐于石边)
And discussed loudly and fast (高谈快论)

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