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[每日口语] BBC 新闻词汇-宁愿坐在劳斯莱斯里哭,也不愿坐着自行车笑“寡妇杀手拒绝以劳动换

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A few hours of work seems a small price to pay for a taste of liberty. But one of Italy's most infamous inmates, known as the Black Widow, has rejected an offer of work in exchange for limited freedom. She was jailed for 29 years in 1998.

以几个小时的劳动来换取一点自由应该是很小的代价。可是意大利最臭名昭著的犯人之一,黑寡妇,却断然拒绝了法庭提出的假释条件。她在1998年因谋杀罪被判29年。


Patrizia Reggiani once said she'd rather cry in a Rolls than be happy on a bicycle. She doesn't seem to have changed her mind.

帕特里齐亚·蕾加妮曾经说过宁愿坐在劳斯莱斯里哭,也不愿坐在自行车上面笑,看来到现在她的想法仍然没有改变。

Dubbed the Black Widow after she was jailed for ordering the murder of her ex-husband, the heir to the Gucci family fortune, Ms Reggiani has spent most of the past 13 years at San Vittore prison in Milan.

被世人称之为黑寡妇的她因为策划暗杀她的前夫,也就是古琦家族企业的的继承人而锒铛入狱,到现在她已经在米兰的圣维托莱监狱度过了13个春夏秋冬。

Judges had offered her the chance of day release, if she agreed to take a job outside the prison walls. But Ms Reggiani, who's 63, was having none of it. She'd never worked in her life, she told the judges, and she didn't intend to start now.

法官最近给了她一个机会,只要她同意在监狱外面工作,就允许她能在白天获得人身自由。但是今年已经63岁的蕾加妮断然拒绝了法官的假释条件。她说她这一生都没有工作过,以前没有将来更不会有。

Her trial in 1998 attracted worldwide interest. It had everything: a woman betrayed by the man she'd loved and the low-life murder of the heir to a multi-million dollar fashion fortune.

1998年,她的审判曾经引起了全世界的关注。她的案子包含了诸多吸引人眼球的因素:一个女人,背叛了她曾经深爱过的男人;还卑劣到试图谋杀这个时尚业巨擘的继承人,以夺取他的亿万家产。

For now, though, Patrizia Reggiani, who once complained that her allowance of more than US$630,000 a year wasn't enough to live on, will return to the comfort of her pet ferret and her plants in her cell at San Vittore.

不过时至今日,这个曾经每个月有63万美元津贴还嫌不够的女人,现在只有在圣维托莱的小牢房里陪着她的白鼬和她的小花小草度日了。

Mark Duff, BBC News, Milan

【Vocabulary】  

she'd rather 她宁愿
she would prefer

dubbed 被称为的
given a name, usually by the media
He was dubbed a traitor.
他被称为卖国贼

day release
scheme that allows her to leave prison during daytime

having none of it 任何条款都不同意
not accepting any of the terms offered

intend 试图,打算
plan

betrayed by
deceived by

low-life 低级,卑劣的
not high-class

complained 抱怨
expressed unhappiness about

allowance 津贴,补助
amount of money received regularly from the person who financially supported her

ferret  雪貂;白鼬
long-bodied furry mammal

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