【美哉義大利三部曲(三)】托斯卡尼艷陽下 Under the Tuscan Sun

甫失去婚姻的作家法蘭西絲,來到義大利托斯卡尼旅行。途中她看見一棟溫馨、隱身在藤葛蔓延的老房子。離婚後,從未走出陰霾的法蘭西絲,覺得這是她重新開始的契機,於是不顧一切的耗盡積蓄,買下房子,在此定居。MCDUNTH EC024

重新開始,也意味著必須適應異地環境,獨自扛起整修破舊家園的工作。經歷駭人的雷雨夜晚,房間又出現蛇影蹤跡的驚魂後,她倉惶無助,不知自己的決定是否過於衝動愚蠢。

溫文儒雅的房仲朋友馬提尼說:女士,在奧地利與義大利之間有段非常險峻的山路,人們為了要銜接維也納和威尼斯的交通,決定在阿爾卑斯山的群峰之間,建造鐵路;當時他們還造不出有足夠動力的火車,但還是決定先鋪鐵軌,因為火車終究會來。

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之後,一位曾拍過電影的女性朋友告訴她:大導演費里尼曾跟我說,你必須打開心胸,勇於嘗試,永遠不要失去赤子之心,那麼好事自然會來⋯⋯

法蘭西絲終於定下心來整修房子。

有一天,她到羅馬買傢俱,邂逅了有著湛藍雙眼的馬切羅(Marcello),兩人一見鍾情,一起到馬切羅位於南部波西塔諾(Positano)的家過夜,盡享魚水之歡。然而,男女相隔兩地,聚少離多。當她滿懷期望,從中部丘陵起伏的托斯卡尼來到南部海岸的波西塔諾找馬切羅時,卻發現他有別的女人。

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雖然憤怒傷心,但已學會不讓過去的悔恨阻礙她的未來;法蘭西絲的家即將裝潢完成,磚瓦之內填滿與裝修工人胼手胝足的回憶;她甚至以家長身分,幫年輕的波蘭水泥工,向鄰家女孩父母提親,並在自己甫落成的家舉辦婚禮。

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她想起女性友人的話:
當我是個小女孩,我花很長時間追逐瓢蟲,然後我放棄了,倒在草地上睡著。醒來時,發現身上竟爬滿了瓢蟲。

是的,如果我們順著夢想做,他們就會出現。不必強求立即的結果,因為本於初衷往前邁進時,沿路的風景都標誌了我們心靈的印記,因此人生的旅程也充滿意義。

讓我們一起跟著法蘭西絲來到阿瑪非海岸邊,如真似幻的波西塔諾(Positano)。

原文如下

Martini: Signora, between Austria and Italy, there is a section of the Alps called the Semmering. It is an impossibly steep, very high part of the mountains. They built a train track over these Alps to connect Vienna and Venice. They built these tracks even before there was a train in existence that could make the trip. They built it because they knew some day, the train would come.

Katherine: You have to live spherically in many directions.Never lose your childish enthusiasm, and things will come your way.

Regrets are a waste of time. They’re the past crippling you in the present.No matter what happens, always keep your childish innocence. It’s the most important thing.

Listen, when I was a little girl, I used to spend hours looking for ladybugs.Finally, I’d just give up and fall asleep in the grass. When I woke up,they were crawling all over me.

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