"A fly in amber" nghĩa là gì?

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"A fly in amber" = con ruồi ở trong hổ phách -> ý chỉ đến những điều trong quá khứ những vẫn còn tới tận hiện tại, hoặc những điều gợi nhắc đến quá khứ.

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“This museum is really a fly in amber,” he said. “It has a very 19th-century approach (cách tiếp cận) to natural history. The place is just rows and rows and racks (kệ) and racks of dead things.”

One of my favourite places here is the charming (hấp dẫn) little seaside town of Wimereux, with its fly-in-amber atmosphere that comes from the many fanciful (huyền ảo) villas built here as holiday homes by wealthy (giàu có), mostly Northern, French industrialists (nhà tư bản công nghiệp) from the turn of the 19th century up to the First World War.

“Sometimes we are guilty (tội lỗi) of giving the impression that tradition is an exercise akin (hơi giống) to an athletics relay (chạy điền kinh tiếp sức) in which the aim is to pass the gold baton (que gỗ truyền tay trong chạy tiếp sức) of the faith onto the next runner just exactly as it was received. But this conception  (quan niệm) risks (mạo hiểm) reducing tradition to a fly in amber and ends up negating (phủ nhận) its very origin (nguồn gốc) and purpose (mục đích).”

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