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Zuleika Dobson, or, An Oxford Love Story [朱莱卡.多卜生]

所属栏目: Romance

点    击: 419

作    者:Max Beerbohm

小说大小:322 KB

推荐等级:2级

整理时间:2010-06-28

内容简介

Zuleika Dobson, full title Zuleika Dobson, or, an Oxford love story, is a 1911 novel by Max Beerbohm, a satire of undergraduate life at Oxford. It was his only novel, but was nonetheless very successful.

Plot summary

Zuleika Dobson is a stunningly attractive young woman, a true femme fatale, who is a conjurer by profession. Zuleika manages to gain entrance to the privileged, all-male domain of Oxford University when she visits her grandfather, the Warden of Judas College (based on Merton College, Oxford, Beerbohm's alma mater). There she entices the undergraduates with her manner and looks; however, as she feels that she cannot love anyone unless he is impervious to her charms, she rejects her suitors and they are driven to suicide.

This satire includes such wonderful lines as "Death cancels all engagements" and presents a wickedly funny view of Edwardian Oxford.
[edit] Death of the Duke of Dorset

By an ancient tradition, on the eve of the death of a Duke of Dorset, two black owls come and perch on the battlements of Tankerton Hall, the family seat. The owls remain there through the night, hooting. At dawn they fly away, none knows whither.

In the course of the novel, the present Duke, an Oxford undergraduate, receives a telegram from his butler at Tankerton — "Deeply regret inform your grace last night two black owls came and perched on battlements remained there through night hooting at dawn flew away none knows whither awaiting instructions Jellings". The Duke promptly replies "Jellings Tankerton Hall Prepare vault for funeral Monday Dorset." Later the same day, a thunderstorm overwhelms the May Week boat races and the Duke drowns himself in the River Isis, wearing the robes of a Knight of the Garter. All of his fellow undergraduates, except one, promptly follow suit.
[edit] A Twist Ending

All of the Oxford undergraduates are dead, including the coward Noaks, who may or may not have died accidentally. "Zuleika," the author writes, "had taken full toll now." A few pages later, Zuleika has ordered a special train for the next morning... bound for Cambridge.

Meanwhile, the University's academic staff barely notice that all of their undergraduates have vanished.

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