Simon Wyler: About the... the other day it was not
a good moment. I was in a hell of a
Alex: Of course. You've got some nice pieces here.
Simon: Oh, yeah. Music's fine, music helps. It's like Nietzsche says: "Life
would be senseless--"
Alex: "Without music."
Simon: I guess I told you that, huh? Pour yourself a drink. Can you
appreciate a good wine by now?
Alex: You bet.
Simon: You know, you'll have to forgive your father for being curious but
where have you been all these years? I thought your Kerouac days were behind
Alex: I'm sorry, what?
Simon: What? Oh, you can come up, if you like.
Alex: What are you working on?
Simon: Oh, I'm just--I'm just remembering things. It's not such an easy job,
let me tell you. Nor is it particularly innocent, in my case. Your father is
writing his memoirs.
Alex: Are we in it?
Simon: What do you think? Do you wanna be?
Alex: Do you?
Simon: Of course. You were all a part of your father's life.
Alex: Why are you talking to me in the third person?
Simon: Well, I--I don't--Because I'm writing about myself, I suppose. Why,
doesn't it suit you?
Alex: I thought you might like these.
Simon: What are these? Something you've been working on?
Alex: No, they're--They're yours. From a house I just bought on the lake.
Simon: Oh, yes, I heard. They said some sleazy little condo developer had
snapped it up. Oh, come on, indulge
your father. Can't you take a little joke, for God's sake? Come on. Tell me.
Where have you been? I really want to know.
Alex: I was trying to forget you. Or forgive you.
Simon: Did you succeed?
Alex: No. Let me know if you need any help remembering.
Simon: Oh, yeah, I will.
1. a hell of a
这是一个表示程度的表达，意思比较灵活，可以是“非常好的”或者“极恶劣的，让人受不了的”。如： You did a hell of a job!
看看你干的好事！（这里是反语，表示让人受不了。） 18 is a hell of an age. 十八岁真的是黄金年华！
2. You bet!
口语中的一个常用的短句，意思相当于 Of course! 或者You are absolutely right!
当你完全同意别人观点的时候就可以使用这个表达。如： --I think this movie really sucks! --You bet!
3. snap up
If you snap something up, you buy it quickly because it is cheap or is just
what you want. 抢购；抢先弄到手 e.g.: Every time we get a new delivery of clothes,
people are queuing to snap them up. One girl snapped up a pair of ancient
style earrings for just $6.