Wednesday, 8 April 2015

琼瑶:水雲間(梅花三弄 系列)

书中印象深刻的文字、诗句、情感 等等。。。
 
(作者:琼瑶 1993 作品)
 
1。子默在若鴻墙上的两句“彩筆由我舞,揮灑一片天”前加了两句 “把酒黄昏後,醉臥水云間”。若鴻觉得子默太暸解他了,所以常说:
“生我者父母,知我者子默也”

我的感想
觉得整句话挺耳熟的所以上网查了一下。
原本的句子:“生我者父母,知我者鮑子也”

这典故来自春秋时期齐国, 出自于管仲夷的《史记-管晏列传》。详细解释请阅读:原文+译文
我对这句话的了解是我虽是父母生的但最了解我的并不是父母而是他人。
典故中的“鮑子”“鮑叔”是一位很了解管仲夷的朋友。所以说书中的“子默”也是一位很了解若鴻的朋友,而我们可以用最要好的朋友的名字来取代“鮑子”、“子默”
 
2。醉馬畫會的會員們坐了一天牢,隔天被釋放。随後在煙雨樓那湖的平台升起了火,办个聚會。子璇連喝了好多杯酒之後叫著説要跳竹竿舞。跳著時,眾人围在旁邊,高聲唸著蘇東坡的詞。。
“明月幾時有?把酒問青天,不知天上宫闕,今夕是何年?我欲乘風歸去,唯恐瓊樓玉宇,高處不勝寒。。。。。。”

我的感想
这首词是苏轼 “苏东坡”的《水调歌头。明月几时有》。上网查了原文,详细解释请阅读: 词句注释及作品译文
原文如下
“丙辰中秋,欢饮达旦,大醉,作此篇,兼杯子由(序)
明月几时有?把酒问青天。不知天上宫阙,今夕是何年。我欲乘风归去,又恐琼楼玉宇,高处不胜寒。起舞弄清影,何似在人间?转朱阁,低绮户,照无眠。不应有恨,何事长向时圆?人有悲欢离合,月有阴晴圆缺,此事古难全。但愿人长久,千里共婵娟。”
 
3。一向抱著獨身主義的汪子默在眾人前坦誠對杜芊芊有好感。
“眾裏尋他千百度,驀然回首,那人卻在燈火闌珊處!”

我的感想
影像中无论在电视剧或书本里比较常听到以上那句话。上网查了一下才发现原来这是原文的后段。。。

原文来自辛弃疾 《青玉案-元夕》
“东风夜放花千树,更吹落,星如雨。宝马雕车香满路,萧声动,玉壶光转,一夜鱼龙舞。蛾儿雪柳黄金楼,笑语盈盈暗香去。众里寻她千百度,蓦然回首,那人却在灯火阑珊处”
 
4。子默被告知芊芊原来是愛著若鴻,当初的不告而别也是因为他,而且还在左邊胸部上刺了一朵象征梅若鴻的紅梅。在樹林裡向芊芊兴师问罪時说道。。。
“我本將心比明月,奈何明月照溝渠”
 
我的感想
我大概了解这句话的意思:真心真意的爱着一个人但那份爱却得不到相同的回应,被不当一回事。

心想这句话会不会也是古人诗句的一部分。在好奇的情形下,上网查询。。。

“我本将心向明月,奈何明月照沟渠”是一句流传很广的诗句,常被引用在小说里(例如:此书“水云间”,《封神演义》又名《封神榜》)或在南戏里(例如:元。高明《琵琶记》)。很难考证原版来自哪里。

Baike 释义

意思是:我好心好意地对待你,你却无动于衷,毫不领情。自己的真心付出没有的到应有的尊重。

我想,和我原先对这句话的了解,意思差不多一样。。。
 
5。因燒畫事件而遭眾人排挤、指责的子黙想起若鴻常説的两句话。。。
“冠蓋滿京華,斯人獨憔悴”
 
我的感想在网上搜寻这句话的意思。原文来自杜甫:梦李白二首,而此句出现在其二首。作品原文、注释译文请点击这里
 
我不是很了解这整个作品背后的意义但是从baidu所了解到的是,这“梦李白二首”是杜甫因思念好友李白所写的。
 
句中““冠蓋滿京華,斯人獨憔悴”以我的了解如下 (全属个人了解,提供参考):
 
“京城里有很多官员而且他们都过得很好可以说是意气风发,丝毫没烦恼,只有李白一个人憔悴”
 
读后感想
 
有些人物之间的情感我觉得稍微突然,尤其子和若鸿之间。
 
起初的部分我一直以为锺舒奇常围绕在身边除了是喜欢外,也对他有一点意思。因为他们两个常在一起,书中描绘的情景挺暧昧的。但在芊芊第一次离开杭州前往上海,在若鸿最悴弱时主动的‘奉献自己’和若鸿发生关系。
 
说真的,从第一页到那个部分,感觉上和若鸿彼此之间只是画会的好朋友,就如和芊芊、其他4位男会友(另外再加前夫)一样。所以对于的‘奉献’我有点错愕。
 
之后书中描绘的情景又转向说是子其实一直喜欢若鸿,自己离了婚虽然不是因为他,可是既然离了婚所以想和若鸿在一起???  目前为止,连续读了5本小说 (雪珂,望夫崖,青青河边草,梅花烙,水云间),唯独这一本在读的过程中有困惑和不解而促使我写这篇读后感想。
 
不知道是不是只有我有这样的疑惑。虽然只是本小说,但我很好奇民国十八年 (1929年)的女性有像子璇那么开放吗?还是唯独在那个年代是位前卫的女性? 还有包括在身上刺青的芊芊呢!

而且突然消失的一个角色:卿姨娘,书中所提到的卿姨娘在第17章页之后再没出现过。第19尾,芊芊随着杜世全(爸爸),意莲(妈妈),小葳(同父异母弟弟)全家去了上海 到最后返回杭州也没提起。

Monday, 23 March 2015

R.I.P. MR LEE KUAN YEW


Since 17th March 2015 after our PM's update that our founding father, MR LKY's condition has worsened, everyday when I wake up, the first thing I do despite having trouble opening my eyes is to check his Facebook for updates.  No news is always good news.

But today, its different. While squinting my eyes scrolling through Facebook, I saw Xiaxue's update, then PM's and then shortly after the news was also confirmed on Twitter.  I sprang out of bed at 7.30am.  Instead of hitting the 5min snooze like I always every working weekdays mornings, I quickly showered to watch the PM's address at 8am.
http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/more-singapore-stories/story/pm-lee-grieved-beyond-words-mr-lee-kuan-yews-death-20150
In an emotional speech that was broadcast live from the Istana at 8am, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong paid tribute to Singapore's founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. He says he is "grieved beyond words" at the death of his father, who died on Monday morning at the Singapore General Hospital aged 91. -- SCREENGRAB: CHANNEL NEWSASIA -- taken from Straits Times.
The address was first delivered in Malay, then Chinese and English.


Seeing PM's voice cracked during the Chinese speech and having to pause several seconds to recompose himself, my heart sank.  I could not hold it in any longer and started to cry.
 
(pictures gotten online and linked to original source if possible)

The view of General Post Office from Singapore River Year: 1940
  Next couple of pictures from CNN's article in 2010
Marina Bay Then
Marina Bay Now
Orchard Road Then
Orchard Road Now
http://travel.cnn.com/singapore/life/then-and-now-266369
Boat Quay Then
Picture taken from virtourist.com: Boat Quay Now
Really.

We rose from a 3rd world country to the 1st in 50years.  Yes, MR LKY may not have done it himself but without his leadership, guidance and strict iron-fist rule, there is no way we could have done it.  I am thankful for all he has done for this country.

I am grateful to be a Singaporean.  Given the opportunity to live in comfort and in a relatively clean and safe country.  Comparing to other countries where corruption is rampant, I would say our government is relatively clean.  Yes, there were complains here and there about how Singapore has become and how irritated I was but it does not mean I am not thankful.

Think about it. We could have still been living in these conditions... Unstable electricity supply, water supply, sanitation, medical welfare, education etc....

picture taken by Mr Quek Tiong Swee. donated to NLB
 
How not to be thankful and grateful?  Which also makes me question on the intention and motives of those who can spread rumours of his death a week earlier? Those who criticise him and his family.  Those who can just verbally attack them at this junction? 
 
Without his contributions, we would not be even having air-conditioned transportations, steady supply of electricity, clean water to drink from the tap and the ever most important WIFI now to use.  You may not agree with him but please show some decency and respect at this point, to him and his family.
 
No one is perfect ok but he did his very best for this country during the darkest of times.  We are just reaping the benefits right now and yet people can just shoot off their mouths and say awful things.  I feel damn angry just thinking about it.
 
HOW CAN THEY EVEN????
 
I really fear for the future of Singapore.  Would there be another 50yrs to come and beyond?
 
 
We as ordinary citizens cannot do much on a political scale for we are not diplomats or leaders but I guess we could contribute to the nation by being a law abiding citizen.  Exercise restrain, tolerance and have respect for the practices of other religions/race.

taken from PAP's facebook page
Rest In Peace, Mr Lee Kuan Yew.
 
I will do my best in my part as a citizen of Singapore.  Thank you for all that you have done either good or bad cause I believe you have done it with the best interest for Singapore.
 

 
Thank you, Mr & Mrs Lee.
 
Read more about the late MR LKY here:
 
Other sources/reads:
1. CNN



Friday, 20 March 2015

琼瑶:梅花烙(梅花三弄 系列)

书中印象深刻的文字、诗句、情感 等等。。。
 
梅花烙(作者:琼瑶 1993 作品) 
 
1。秦嬷嬷从火盆前取出已在火中烤了多時的一支梅花簪。。。随后在煙火的爆響中,雪如手中的梅花簪立即烙上嬰兒的右肩。。。 
[我苦命的女兒呀!這朵梅花,烙在你肩上,也烙在娘心上!今天這番生離,决非死别!娘会天天燒香拜佛,向上天祈求,希望終有那麼一天,你能夠回到娘的身邊来!] 她搂著孩子,吻著孩子。。[再續母女情,但憑梅花烙!]

2。白老爷(吟霜的父亲)為救女兒惨遭多隆貝子打死。。。因‘身無長物,復舉目無親’吟霜决定賣身為家奴以好葬父而期间皓禎因忙碌没再訪龍源樓,未能阻止此事而自责。
“我,來晚了,對不起”

我的感想简单的7个字但足以让我感到些许感动

3。吟霜葬父后搬进小四合院。皓禎三天兩天來訪,分享彼此的故事。倆人情不自禁的,分擔著對方的苦與樂,去探索著彼此的心靈。。。但吟霜對自己非主非僕的身分感到很不安。。。逐漸活在期待他的到来裡,来了之后活在有他的驚喜裡。。。  
“期待中有著痛楚,驚喜中有著隱憂,她是那樣患得患失,忽喜忽悲了。”

4。皓禎和蘭公主闹翻后,蘭公主带着一大隊人回宫。随后霜有了身孕。當如告知王爺這消息時,王爺又驚又喜的表情證實她的看法。。。
“不孝有三無後爲大”
我的感想这句话引起我的好奇心。心想那么其他2不孝是什么?所以上Google查询。 原来此句话来自于《孟子。离娄上:第二十六章》。我把解释给抄了下来已方便读者们了解。
原文
 
离娄上:第二十六章
孟子日:[不孝有三,无后为大。舜不告而娶,为无后也。君子以为犹告也。]
注释
不孝有三:赵注云:
“于礼有不孝者三事,谓阿意屈从,陷亲不义,一不孝也;家贫亲老,不为仕禄,二不孝也;不娶无子,绝先祖祀,三不孝也。”
译文
孟子说:“不孝顺的事有三种,没有子孙后代是最为严重的。舜不先禀告父母就娶妻,就因为担心没有子孙,因此君子认为他没有禀告如同禀告过了一样。
 
以为顺从,见父母有过错而不劝说,使他们陷入不义之中,这是第一种不孝。
家境贫穷,父母年老,自己却不去当官吃俸禄来供养父母,这是第二种不孝。
不娶妻生子,断绝后代,这是第三种不孝。
 
“不孝有三無後爲大”理解为没有传宗接代是最大的不孝。
 
5。皇上下令吟“削髪爲尼,青燈古佛,了以残生!”後蘭公等人回宫。当晚在房里從背後抱住了,颤声說:
“青丝可斷,我和你的情緣,永遠永遠不端斷!”
隔天早上雪如因不舍再于吟骨肉分離,当众人面前坦诚二十一年前的偷龍轉鳳。。。以爲不認她,王爺也不相信她,所以從王爺腰間的一把匕首用力的抽了出来,往脖子上一横,準備自刎時說:
“自做孽。。。。。。不可活!”

6。吟在刑場前對喊了最後一句,轉身飛奔回府,爲了追随即将被斬首的而自我了断。。。
“午時鍾響,魂魄相會!天上人間,必然相聚!”
喃喃複誦著吟的句子又加了兩句。。。
“生而無歡,死而何懼?”