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A bedroom at around 9pm. It's quiet, save for the rustle of the leaves in the garden outside.
We're side by side, each absorbed in a different world.
One of us might be in a submarine beneath the arctic ice floe, the other is flitting through the salons of 18th-century Paris.
Every so often our toes touch momentarily but without raising much notice.
We might briefly stretch a hand to touch the nape of the partner's neck before turning a page.
We can hear our partner very lightly breathing. There isblessedlyno need to say anything at all.
And so it goes, for what might be an hour or more. It's modest, comfortable and sweet.
And it is, of course, a pleasure that our society is almost congenitally prone not to notice or respect.
When we're invited to picture what a relationship might be for,
we imagine typically colourful scenarios: passionate sex up against a wall, a celebration of a triumph at work,
heading for the airport for a mini-break, the mutual exploration of one another's souls.
And yet when the true pleasures of long-term love are assessed, a rather different set of images emerges,
far less dramatic, but also far more real and in their own way gratifying:
the knowing sideways smile our partner gives us in the presence of a parent who has been tricky with us in the past,
or watching a TV drama episode by episode and bantering about the characters and plotlines,
or sitting on the floor sorting the socks after the wash,
the chat we have after the friends who came for lunch have departed,
or assembling a flat pack bookcase and realizing we've both got the instructions entirely wrong
and that it's almost rather funny.
It's within such a list of hidden pleasures that we find the joy of reading in bed together.
It represents in its own way a major psychological skill. There's not really anyone else we could do this with.
If the world were fairer,
we would seek partners not just who can perform spectacular sexual antics and look hot in a bar,
but also those with whom we could one day turn pages in silence.
To read together is symbolic of being able to share our true selves
without shame, embarrassment or the need to perform.
We are, as we lie in bed together, as we so seldom are in the rest of life, simply accepted.
Long-term relationships are, inevitably, deeply complicated enterprises.
Two ambitious, independent authentic people cannot hope to join their lives together without a huge amount of friction and pain.
We tend to be so much aware of the troubles,
we sometimes take the peaceable moments for granted,
failing to appreciate their underlying achievement.
It may lack glamour, but being able to read in bed together with someone is a major milestone; and a sign of deep affection.
We may be doing better than we think.
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一起來試試「睡前閱讀」吧! (The Pleasure of Reading in Bed Together)

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Samuel 發佈於 2018 年 7 月 26 日    Hannah Tseng 翻譯    Charlotte Chou 審核



1absorbed 0:10
absorb 這個動詞是「吸取」的意思。to be absorbed in something 意思是「沈浸於某事物中」。
Do you still remember what it's like to be completely absorbed in a book?

self-absorbed 從字面上就可以看出,是「自私」的意思。
Don't waste your energy on self-absorbed people.

【TED】詹姆士.柯麥隆:阿凡達之前...一個好奇的男孩 (Before Avatar ... a curious boy | James Cameron)

nape 指的是「頸背」,通常會說 the nape of the/one's neck
頸部和肩膀之間的部位則稱作 the crook of the neck
Don't forget to put sunscreen on the nape too.

3prone to0:53
prone to 表示「有⋯⋯的傾向」,通常用於負面的情況。同義詞有 tend toinclined tohave a tendency to 等等。
Many people are prone to emotional outbursts when under stress.

什麼!早起的人未必比晚睡的人有優勢?(Early Birds vs Night Owls)

4far less 1:22
lessmore 前面加上 far 就有加強作用,因此 far less 就變成「遠少於」、「遠不及」,far more 就是「遠多於」、「遠過於」的意思。
We had far less time than we thought we did.

This may be an unpopular opinion, but traveling is not the end all be all. There are many far more important things to invest in.

underlying 主要有兩層意思,第一個是「基本的」,第二個是「潛在的」。這裡的用法屬於第二種。
Important issues cannot be solved unless we can understand their underlying reasons.

Stop assuming that people always have an insidious underlying message when they speak in metaphors.

社企議題正夯!到底企業的社會責任是什麼?(What is Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)?)


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