影片对白:

Monolog: Sometimes we are on a collision course and we just don't know it. Whether it's by accident or by design, there's not a thing we can do about it.

A woman in Paris was on her way to go shopping. But she had forgotten her coat, and went back to get it. When she had gotten her coat the phone had rung, so she had stopped to answer it and talked for a couple of minutes. While the woman was on the phone,Daisy was rehearsing for performance at the Paris Opera House. And while she was rehearsing, the woman, off the phone now, had gone outside to get a taxi.

Now a taxi driver had dropped off a fare earlier, and had stopped to get a cup of coffee. And all the while Daisy was rehearsing. And this cab driver who had dropped off the earlier fare, and had stopped to get the cup of coffee, had picked up the lady who was going shopping, who had missed getting the earlier cab.

Taxi had to stop for a man crossing the street, who had left for work 5 minutes later than he normally did, because he forgot to set his alarm. While the man, late for work, was crossing the street, Daisy had finished rehearsing and was taking a shower. While Daisy was showering, taxi was waiting outside a Boutique for the woman to pick up a package which hadn't been wrapped yet because the girl who was supposed to wrap it had broken up with her boyfriend the night before, and forgot.

When the package was wrapped, the woman, who was back in the cab, was blocked by a delivery truck. All the while Daisy was getting dressed. The delivery truck pulled away and the taxi was able to move. While Daisy, the last to be dressed, waited for one of her friends who had broken a shoelace. While the taxi was stopped, waiting for a traffic light, Daisy and her friend came out the back of the theater.

And if only one thing had happened differently, if that shoelace hadn't broken, or that delivery truck had moved moments earlier, or that package had been wrapped and ready, because the girl hadn't broken up with her boyfriend, or that man had set his alarm and got up five minutes earlier, or that taxi driver hadn't stopped for a cup of coffee, or that woman had remembered her coat and had gotten into an earlier cab, Daisy and her friend would have crossed the street.

妙语佳句,活学活用

1.collision course: 碰撞航线,冲突的方向。影片独白:“有些时候我们就活在即将发生冲撞的轨道上,却浑然不知。”来看例句:

The destroyer was turning to a collision course.驱逐舰改为迎面开来的航向。

The two parties are on a collision course.这两个政党正朝着导致冲突的方向发展。

2.drop off: 让...下车,从(交通工具上)下来。影片独白:“那个出租司机由于这班活儿完的比较早,便停下来去喝杯咖啡。”

He dropped me off at the gate.他让我在大门口下车。

drop off 在口语中还有睡着,入睡的意思。

She dropped off in front of the fire.他在炉火前睡着了。

3.pull away:把...开走,离开。影片独白:“在运货车离开后,出租车终于可以行驶了。”来看例句:

He pulled his car away from the roadside.他把汽车驶离路边。

4.if only:要是...多好。影片独白:“要是只有那么一件事情,并没有按原样发生的话...”

If only he could come! 要是他能来多好!

If only you knew about it.你要是知道就好了。


Benjamin Button 《返老还童》精讲之四: http://insuns.com/article/18630-1.html

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