I was always frightened of the house
from the first moment I saw it.
It seemed to take all the pain, all the fear,
everything that lurks in the darkest corners of the mind,
and feed off it.
I don't want sympathy if that's what you think.
I don't want you to pity me.
I'm only trying to explain.
When my mother died, I thought I would never recover.
I desperately needed a distraction
and I suppose that's how it all started.
Yet in other respects, many other respects,
he is defensive about his influences.
When asked for example if he was influenced
by contemporary philosophers at the time,
he denied it on grounds of--
How are we supposed to concentrate?
What do you mean?
Just look at him, Ophelia.
I'm trying to listen.
Do you know who he's married to?
- The writer? - Yeah.
He goes for brains too.
Because his characters constantly
question what it is to have a sense of self.
- Watch it! - Sorry!
-你还好吗 -谢谢 抱歉
- You all right? - Thanks, thanks, sorry.
You missed this.
Oh, thank you.
Looks pretty dull to me.
Yes, it was rather.
Some Irish lecturer.
Yeah, I know him.
I'd rip those up if I were you.
It was a chance encounter.
I might've forgotten all about it.
But chance threw us together again.
I had a supervision with Professor Thomas.
- There's a note. - Yeah, yeah.
Please, sit down.
You know, I really need a system.
I can never find what I'm looking for.
What are we doing today?
- Hardy. - Hardy.
Well, there you have it. Is he in poets or is he in novelists?
Both, I expect.
Exactly. It's chaos.
I'm supposed to be an academic, not a librarian.
Right, I'm gonna stop this now.
Hardy, you said?
- Yes. - Yes.
老天 太抱歉了 我还没问过你叫什么呢
God, I'm so sorry. I never even asked you your name.
I have a list here somewhere.
Who said that?
Claudius, isn't it?
Oh, I see, I thought...
That's a shame.
Well, Hardy isn't really my area, but we'll manage.
Have you read this one?
"The House at Knockdara."
And it's better than Hardy?
No, I didn't...
Well take it anyway.
I'd like to know what you think,
as long as you don't think it's terrible.
It's about to be published.
- Congratulations. - Thank you.
You mind if I smoke?
Of course not, it's your room.
I've had three students complain already,
这可以理解 毕竟时代变了 但是...
which is fair enough I suppose these days, but...
I feel like I've got more to say when I smoke, you know?
When I'm with them, I got nothing to offer.
Does your wife let you smoke?
Yes, my wife lets me smoke.
That's not the problem.
She's a writer too, isn't she?
Yes, a much more successful writer than me.
Now how do you know that?
Reading around your subject?
Something like that.
The moment I gave into it, there seemed to be no going back.
It felt like I had no control.
I tried not to think about his wife,
the suffering we were causing,
until there was no hiding from it.
Yeah, I know.
I'm such a huge fan. I just love your books.
Sorry, you must get that all the time.
Are you reading English, Ophelia?
You might know Michael, my husband.
He's just published his first novel.
The reviews are annoyingly good.
Whereas I've just spent the last 10 minutes
listening to some dreary old don explain my own work to me.
Apparently, it's not bad for popular fiction,
which came as a huge relief you can imagine.
Oh dear, that's not good.
Michael knows how to play to these people,
but I, whew, I find it difficult.
Some of the men are awful.
And the women.
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