Dickens’ desk saved for public display thanks to grant 多虧了補助金,狄更斯的桌子被救回公開展覽

The desk where Charles Dickens wrote Great Expectations is finally on public display thanks to a £780,000 grant.

狄更斯寫「遠大前程」時所用的桌子,多虧了78萬英鎊的補助金,終於得以公開展覽。

The Charles Dickens Museum in London has been given the grant to buy the desk and chair, which has always been in private ownership.

倫敦狄更斯博物館拿到補助金,買下一直以來都是私人擁有的這套桌椅。

They had been passed down through the Dickens family after his death in 1870, but were auctioned in 2004. Dickens used the desk in his final home in Gad’s Hill Place in Kent. Our Mutual Friend and his unfinished novel The Mystery of Edwin Drood were also penned at the desk.

狄更斯1870年過世後,這套桌椅在狄更斯家族代代相傳,但在2004年被拍賣。狄更斯在他最後居住的肯特郡蓋德山莊使用這張桌子。「我們的共同朋友」及未完成的遺作「艾德溫.德魯德之謎」,也都是在這張桌子上寫作。

The furniture would have been sold at public auction if it was not for the grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF).

若無「國家遺產紀念基金會」(NHMF)補助金,這些家具早就在公開拍賣會上出售。

Made famous in two paintings begun the year he died, the Empty Chair by Luke Fildes and Dickens’ Dream by RW Buss, the desk and chair are already on display at the Charles Dickens Museum at the author’s former home.

這套桌椅因為出現在狄更斯去世那年開始創作的兩幅畫:費爾德茲「空缺的椅子」及巴斯「狄更斯的夢境」而聞名,現在已放在狄更斯故居闢設的狄更斯博物館展覽。

新聞辭典

thanks to:片語,幸虧,因為。例句:The baby is awake thanks to your shouting.(都怪你大叫,把寶寶吵醒了。)

pass sth down:片語,把…傳給後人,把…往下傳。例句:He’s engaged in the family trade, passed down from generation to generation.(他是做家族事業,一代一代傳下來的。)

pen:動詞,撰寫。例句:She penned a note of thanks to her hostess.(她寫了一封感謝函給女主人。)

 

宏浩翻譯  引用自 http://iservice.ltn.com.tw/Service/english/english.php?engno=868208&day=2015-04-02

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