Yu Dafu’s prose: The Winter scenery of Jiangnan

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Those who have spent the winter in the North always boil tea around the stove, or eat mutton, or peel peanuts, and drink the taste of white dried meat.However, no matter how deep the snow is outside the door or the wind is thundering, the two or three months spent living inside are the most exciting periods of the year.The elderly need not say, is the top like activities of the children, is always all in the nostalgia, because when the middle, some radish, ya er pear and other fruits of leisure food, and Chinese New Year’s Eve, the first day of the first month of the Lantern Festival and other lively festival.But in the South, it can be different;After the winter solstice, the leaves south of the Yangtze River will not run out.A cold wind — a northwest wind — blows now and then, but not for more than a day or two.In the morning, as soon as the sun was under the eaves, the birds squeaked again, steam was released from the mud, and old and young men and women could once again sit in the hollow of the door, talk and enjoy their outdoor lives.Isn’t this kind of winter scenery south of the Yangtze River also lovely?I grew up in the South of the Yangtze River, the childhood by the south of the winter impression, engraved deep;Although enter middle age gradually, fell in love with late autumn again, think autumn is read read, the most favorable section season of the person that writes a word, but to the winter scene of jiangnan, always feel it is a kind of special emotional appeal that can pass northern summer night, say more fashionable, it is a kind of anacreontic emotional appeal.I have also been to Fujian and Guangdong, where I spent the winter in a warm climate. Sometimes, at the end of the lunar calendar, I might even have to take out my muslin sweater.Through the savage hedge, but also see a lot of miscellaneous autumn flowers!After a shower and thunder, cool and cold;At best, he had to change into a jacket. Between Fujian and Guangdong, a fur robe and cotton-padded jacket were absolutely unnecessary.This extreme southern climate anomaly is not what I call the south of the winter, can only call it the south of the long spring, is the extension of spring or autumn.The geology of jiangnan is rich and moist, so it can contain heat and support plants.Therefore, along the Yangtze River, reed flowers can survive until the winter solstice, and red flowers can sometimes survive for more than three months.Like the Chinese tallow tree of the two sides of the Qiantang River, the red leaves are low, as well as the white tallow tree in the trunk, so that if you use the camera to take it out, you can clutter the truth of the plum blossom.The grass was ochre at best, and there was always a hint of green at the roots, which could not be burned by wildfires or blown by cold winds.If you encounter a warm afternoon, a person willing to go for a walk in the winter suburbs, then under the blue sky, you not only feel less than the age of the solemn killing, and can also feel a kind of inexplicable implicit anger there;The poet’s famous line, “If winter comes, spring always comes,” is most easily understood in the mountains and fields south of the Yangtze River.Speaking of the walk in the cold suburb, it is really the winter of jiangnan, which gives the inhabitants of Jiangnan a kind of special grace;The man who grows up in the frozen land of the north never has the opportunity to enjoy this bliss all his life.I do not know how German winters compare with those of our provinces and zhejiang, but from the fact that many writers like to use the word Spaziergang for the title of their creation, it can be seen that the seasons in southern Germany are not much different from those in southern Germany.For example, the local poet Of the 19th century, Peter Roseger (1843 — 1918), wrote many articles on the topic of “walking”, and his stories were mostly applicable to the mountainous areas of Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces of China.Jiangnan river port exchange, and the shore of the sea, lakes and marshes, so when the air contains moisture;To get winter, from time to time will also be under a slight rain, and this small rain cold village winter rain scene, but also an indescribable carefree realm.Just think of it. After the autumn harvest, three or five families will gather together in a small village along the river. The door faces the long bridge and the Windows are far away.On this picture of winter countryside, sprinkle a layer of fine white rain like powder, and add a layer of light ink background, you say it is not enough leisurely?If you want more scenery, you can moor a boat in front of the door, add some noisy drinkers to the hut, add a shade of red and yellow when the sky is falling, and draw a moonlight halo in the window to indicate the light.When people reach this realm, they will naturally be open-minded and free. As for gains and losses, they will die and be different from each other.Do we still remember the quatrains written by the tang Dynasty poet “The trees on the River are raining at dusk”?When the poet arrived here, he even began to be polite to the greenwood hawkers. What is the charm of the winter scenery in the South of the Yangtze River?Mention of rain, it is inevitable to think of snow: “late to snow, can drink a cup of no?”Nature is jiangnan sunset snow scene.”Han sha Mei shadow road, small snow wine village”, then snow Yuemei winter night three friends, meet together, in the wine girl.”Chaimen village dog bark, snow night return”, is the jiangnan snow night, quiet after the situation.The next morning came, and the village boy, who loved making snow as much as dogs, came to report the scene of the village.The poet’s lines may not have been written in the South of the Yangtze River, and the poet who wrote these lines may not have been a native of the South of the Yangtze River, but wouldn’t it be straightforward to describe the snowy scenery of the South of the Yangtze River in these lines, and far more beautiful than my prose with a stupid and bad pen?There are a few years, in the South of the Yangtze River, in the South of the Yangtze River may be no rain no snow over a winter, to the spring lunar calendar at the end of the first month or early February and then a cold cold under a little spring snow;The winter of last year (1934) was like this, and I’m afraid the winter of this year will be the same. According to the solar terms, the cold days will end in February of 1936, and at most they will only last seven or eight days.A winter like this, which the country people call a dry one, may be better for the wheat crop, but it hurts the population;Diphtheria, influenza and other diseases are naturally easy to be affected by the prolonged drought, but those who wish to indulge in the winter scenery of the South of the Yangtze River can only enjoy themselves a little more in this kind of winter, for there are more sunny days and more opportunities for leisurely walks in the countryside.The Japanese call it the hi-king, the Germans the Spaziergang maniacs, and this is what winter is all about.The weather outside the window was as fine as late autumn;The clarity of the clear sky and the exuberance of the sun tempt you to sit still in your room. Words are better than deeds. I don’t want to write any more of this boring essay.December 1, 1935