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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

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兩人世界越來越單調、無趣?或許你只是還沒發現平淡的美好!

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?
你還記得完全沈浸於一本書中的感覺嗎?


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.
不要浪費精力在自私的人身上。


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2nape0:29
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.
別忘了在頸背擦防曬。


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.
很多人壓力大時容易情緒爆發。


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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.
我們有的時間比我們想像中的要少許多。

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.
這應該是多數人唾棄的言論,但旅行不是一切,有很多更重要的事物值得投資。


5underlying3:02
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.
很多重要的問題無法解決,除非我們能夠了解背後真正的原因。

Stop assuming that people always have an insidious underlying message when they speak in metaphors.
不要再先入為主地認為當人們用類比的方式表達自己時背後一定有潛在的惡意。


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看完這部影片後,想想看,還有哪些事情是平淡卻甜蜜的?希望大家都能找到這樣的小確幸。

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