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What if you were the villain in someone else's story?
So imagine that you're 21 or 22 years old,
you moved out of the house as soon as you could, at eighteen because your
family just never appreciated you. You were basically invisible at your own home.
You loved your sister, but she was always the more special one
and always had a way of making you feel sort of small.
So you left home and you found a man who makes you
feel like the most special and beautiful person in the world.
You guys have a kid together, who you love more than you've ever loved anything.
And you are not going to repeat your parents mistakes.
You are gonna make sure that he knows that he is the most special thing in the world.
You go about your business that day.
Your husband is working hard, and you want him to know how much you appreciate that.
You cook an elaborate dinner, you deal with your fussing baby, who's teething.
Your husband comes home and for some reason he asks about your sister.
Why would he bring this up today?
Yes, I think about calling her everyday. Yes, I sent her a gift at Christmas.
But the last time I saw her I met her new husband
and he was terrible to me.
You've heard that she has a new baby, around your son's age
but you just can't ever get yourself to pick up the phone
That night, you and your husband put your child to bed.
You go to bed yourselves.
You get woken up in the middle of the night
by a sound at the door
You open the door and you have to look down before you realize
that what awakened you is the sound of this adorable baby in a bassinet
who's bleeding from the forehead and the only thing with him is a letter.
You pick up the letter, and that is how you learn
that your sister has been killed,
and this is your nephew whom you've never met before.
You realize that the life that you have fought for for the last few years
has just evaporated in front of your eyes.
The life that you had worked so hard for is gone.
You would be Petunia Dursley
in the first chapter of Harry Potter.
We'll have conversations like this in our new podcast
Harry Potter and the Sacred Text.
Wherever you listen to your podcasts,
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【哈利波特】你能原諒佩妮·德思禮嗎? (Can You Forgive Petunia Dursley?)

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Rain 發佈於 2018 年 7 月 28 日   April Lu 翻譯   Evangeline 審核

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你是《哈利波特》迷嗎?不知道你對於哈利的阿姨——佩妮‧德思禮有什麼想法呢?那個總是對哈利惡言相向,甚至把他關在碗櫥裡的壞心腸,總是受到不少讀者唾棄,今天影片要從另一個角度帶你認識這個所謂的「惡阿姨」,一起來看看你是否會改觀吧!

1go about your business0:47
這個片語有「做自己平常在做的事情」的意思,所以不一定跟上班、工作有關,若平時是個家庭主婦,則 go about your business 就是類似打掃、洗衣、煮飯等日常瑣事。
I got the good news when I was going about my business at home.
當我在家做家務時,聽到了這個好消息。


*同場加映:
《極地戰嚎 5》Far Cry 5 第一集 【Silent Simon 玩遊戲學英文】 (Far Cry 5-Episode1)


2elaborate0:54
elaborate 作為形容詞有「精緻的、複雜的」的意思,做為動詞,則是「詳細說明;盡力去做」,或是「變得複雜」的意思。
The performance was so elaborate that every detail had been taken care of.
那場表演十分精緻,每個小細節都被注意到了。


*同場加映:
小男孩夢想擁有自己的遊樂區!快來看看他用紙箱做了什麼! (Caine's Arcade)


3fuss0:56
fuss 作為動詞有「大驚小怪;忙亂」、「使人煩憂、惱人」的意思;另外也可以作為名詞,意思是「抱怨;異議;小題大作」。在使用上,無論作為名詞或動詞,後面通常會加上 about 或是 over 這兩個介係詞。
I don't see why you are kicking up such a fuss.
我不明白你為什麼要這樣小題大作。


*同場加映:
殘酷的真相:一場壓榨窮忙族的戰爭 (The War on the Poor and Working Families)


4bring up1:05
bring up 這個片語有好幾種不同的用法,有「養育、培養」、「提出 (意見、想法等)、帶來」、「使人愣住」等意思。在影片中是「提起一件事」的意思。
I was brought up to always respect my elders.
我從小就被教導要尊敬長輩。


*同場加映:
【TED】聆聽羞辱感 (Listening to shame | Brené Brown)


5evaporate2:02
這個字跟第二個單字 elaborate 在拼字和發音上都有點相似,但是兩者意思卻大相逕庭,evaporate 這個動詞來自於 vapor 這個字,vapor 是「蒸氣、煙霧」的意思,evaporate 則是「使汽化;蒸發」以及「消失;失蹤」的意思。
Water on the ground evaporates back into the sky and condenses into rain.
地面上的水分會蒸發到天空中並凝結成雨水。


*同場加映:
三種摧毀宇宙的方法 (Three Ways to Destroy the Universe)


看完故事敘述後,是不是對於佩妮的處境有點可以理解了呢?不過小 V 還是認為她做了許多過分的事情,即使有故事背景、理由,也不該對我們小哈利這麼惡劣,若是你有任何想法,也歡迎告訴小 V 一起討論唷!

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