B: What kind of toys did you have when you were young, then?
A: I remember one year I got a ventriloquist’s dummy for my birthday. It had a grotesque face and a shock of red hair, with bushy eyebrows and googly eyes.
B: I think that face would have given me nightmares. My sister had a doll with eyes that opened when she sat up and closed when you put her down to sleep. It spoke, too, saying things like, “Mom, I’m hungry.”
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A: My sister had one of those, too. When the doll got old, the eyes would flicker in the halfway position, neither open nor closed. It used to freak me out. Especially when it stared at you with those flickering eyes and told you it was hungry.
B: 我如果看到這張臉，會做惡夢耶。 我姊有一個洋娃娃，坐著的時候眼睛會張開，讓它躺著，眼睛就會閉起來。它也會講話喔！會說「媽，我餓了」之類的。
（Paul Cooper, Taipei Times／台北時報林俐凱譯）
A ventriloquist is an entertainer who can give the impression their voice is coming from a source other than themselves, usually a puppet or “dummy.” The ventriloquist is said to be able to “throw” their voice.
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