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Mills: I've been trying to figure something in my head. Maybe you can help me out, yeah? When a person is insane, as you clearly are, do you know that you're insane? Maybe you're just sitting around, reading "Guns & Ammo...", masturbating in your own feces, do you just stop and go "Wow, it is amazing how fucking crazy I really am"? Yeah? Do you guys do that?

John: It's more comfortable for you to label me insane.

Mills: It's very comfortable.

John: It's not something I would expect you to accept but I did not choose. I was chosen.

Somerset: Whatever. I don't doubt that you believe that but seems to me you're overlooking a glaring contradiction.

John: Meaning what?

Somerset: Glad you asked. If you were chosen, that is, by a higher power, and if your hand was forced, seems strange to me you would get such enjoyment out of it. You enjoyed torturing those people. Just doesn't seem in keeping with martyrdom, does it?

Mills: John.

John: I doubt I enjoyed it any more than Detective Mills would enjoy time alone with me in a room without windows. Isn't that true? How happy would it make you to hurt me with impunity?

Mills: That hurts my feelings. I would never-

John: You wouldn't only because there's consequences. It's in those eyes of yours, though. Nothing wrong with a man taking pleasure in his work. I won't deny my own personal desire to turn each sin against the sinner.

Mills: Wait a minute. I thought all you did was killin’ innocent people.

John: Innocent? Is that supposed to be funny? An obese man, a disgusting man who could barely stand up, a man if you saw him on the street, you'd point out to your friends so they could join you in mocking him. A man if you saw him while you were eating you wouldn't be able to finish your meal. And after him, I picked the lawyer and you both must have secretly been thanking me for that one. This is a man who dedicated his life to making money by lying with every breath that he could muster to keeping murderers and rapists on the streets!

Mills: Murderers.

John: A woman!

Mills: Murderers, John, like yourself.

John: A woman so ugly on the inside that she couldn't barely go on living if she couldn't be beautiful on the outside. A drug dealer, a drug-dealing pederast, actually. And let's not forget the disease-spreading whore. Only in a world this shitty could you even try to say these were innocent people and keep a straight face. But that's the point. We see a deadly sin on every street corner in every home and we tolerate it. We tolerate it because it's common, it's... it's trivial. We tolerate it morning, noon, and night. Well, not anymore. I'm setting the example and what I've done is going to be puzzled over and studied and followed forever.

Mills: Yep. Delusions of grandeur.


1. dedicate to

这个短语大家应该都不陌生,就是“献身于,致力于”的意思,比如:He dedicated his life to the service of his country. 他将毕生献给了祖国。

需要注意的是,当用dedicate to时,dedicate 是作动词的,to 的后面要接名词,名词性短语和动名词。

2. on the street

这里的意思可不是“流落在外,无家可归”,而是“out of prison or police custody; at liberty在监狱外,不进监狱”,比如:Thanks to the lawyer, he finally was on the street. 多亏了律师,他最终没进监狱。

3. keep a straight face

这个片语的意思是“面无表情don't show one's feelings, especially refrain from laughing”,比如:The school orchestra played so many wrong notes that I had trouble keeping a straight face. 学校乐队的表演演奏错了那么多音符,我无法保持面无表情的状态。

4. Delusions of grandeur

A delusion in which one believes oneself possessed of great importance, power, wealth, intellect, or ability. 可以解释为“幻想自大症”,“自以为了不起” 等等。比如:He has delusions of grandeur. 他自以为很了不起。


电影的名字是Seven,“七”在基督教中是个神秘的数字:上帝用7天创造世界,用亚当的第7根肋骨造了夏娃。撒旦的原身是有7个头的火龙,世界共有7名堕落天使被称为撒旦。16世纪后,天主教更直接用撒旦的7个恶魔的形象来代表7种罪恶,即本片中的七宗罪——1. Pride 2. Envy 3. Wrath 4. Sloth 5. Greed 6. Gluttony 7. Lust。与之相对应的七种美德是——1. Humility 2. Contentment 3. Patience 4. Fortitude 5. Mercy 6. Moderation 7. Chastity。


照这样的思路,罪犯完全是照“主”的指引在匡正人世,他自己的话也是这么说的“I’m setting an example…”,但是,且住,《圣经•旧约•十诫》中说:“Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.不可妄称耶和华——你上帝的名。”就是说,圣主只有一个,凡人不能假借他的名字传道。只要抓准了这一条,凶手的立场就完全不成立,宿命一说也就烟消云散。Somerset其实已经找到了这个漏洞。在第7天(放晴的星期日),3个人在警车上时,Somerset问John是否认为自己在替上帝做事,而他无法正面回答,只说“上帝的行事是玄妙的”。这一点足以说明一切不过是他这个愤世嫉俗者自大狂妄到了极点,自认为可以代替主来传道——在他认为存在的宗教世界里。这和希特勒认为日耳曼民族是最优秀的民族、只有自己才能带领人类创建美好世界,以及日本军国主义认为只有自己才能拯救亚洲有什么不同呢?



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