201103222119"The Age of Innocence 每日一文(一)

Though there was already talk of the erection in remote metropolitan distances "above the Forties," of a new Opera House which should compete in costliness and splendour with those of the great European capitals, the world of fashion was still content to reassemble every winter in the shabby red and gold boxes of the sociable old Academy. Conservatives cherished it for being small  and inconvenient, and thus keeping out the "new people" whom New York was beginning to dread and yet be drawn to; and the sentimental clung to it for its historic associations, and the musical for its excellent acoustics, always so problematic a quality in halls built for the hearting of music. 

雖然有一座美侖美渙,足以與歐洲最棒城市媲美的歌劇廳位在40幾哩外的遙遠衛星城市,但是每年冬季社交界仍然在這座金紅相間色如箱子般的老舊藝術學院集會。保守者珍愛這座小巧又不便利的老學院,因為這使得那些讓紐約人逐漸開始懼怕與談論的「新人」無法進入;多愁善感者眷戀它歷史悠長的社團組織;雖然扮演這座音樂藝術學院心臟的大廳品質有很多問題,但音樂家仍不捨它出色的音樂廳。

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