《傲慢与偏见》有声名著第16章02(中英对照)

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2011-12-30 15:51

《傲慢与偏见》有声名著第16章02(中英对照)

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《傲慢与偏见》(Pride and prejudice)是简·奥斯汀最早完成的作品.这部作品以日常生活为素材,一反当时社会上流行的感伤小说的内容和矫揉造作的写作方法,生动地反映了18世纪末到19世纪初处于保守和闭塞状态下的英国乡镇生活和世态人情.这部社会风情画式的小说不仅在当时吸引着广大的读者,时至今日,仍给读者以独特的艺术享受.

With such rivals for the notice of the fair, as Mr. Wickham and the officers, Mr. Collins seemed likely to sink into insignificance; to the young ladies he certainly was nothing; but he had still at intervals a kind listener in Mrs. Philips, and was, by her watchfulness, most abundantly supplied with coffee and muffin.

When the card tables were placed, he had an opportunity of obliging her in return, by sitting down to whist.

"I know little of the game, at present," said he, "but I shall be glad to improve myself, for in my situation of life --" Mrs. Philips was very thankful for his compliance, but could not wait for his reason.

Mr. Wickham did not play at whist, and with ready delight was he received at the other table between Elizabeth and Lydia. At first there seemed danger of Lydia's engrossing him entirely for she was a most determined talker; but being likewise extremely fond of lottery tickets, she soon grew too much interested in the game, too eager in making bets and exclaiming after prizes, to have attention for any one in particular. Allowing for the common demands of the game, Mr. Wickham was therefore at leisure to talk to Elizabeth, and she was very willing to hear him, though what she chiefly wished to hear she could not hope to be told, the history of his acquaintance with Mr. Darcy. She dared not even mention that gentleman. Her curiosity however was unexpectedly relieved. Mr. Wickham began the subject himself. He inquired how far Netherfield was from Meryton; and, after receiving her answer, asked in an hesitating manner how long Mr. Darcy had been staying there.

"About a month," said Elizabeth; and then, unwilling to let the subject drop, added, "He is a man of very large property in Derbyshire, I understand."

"Yes," replied Wickham; -- "his estate there is a noble one. A clear ten thousand per annum. You could not have met with a person more capable of giving you certain information on that head than myself -- for I have been connected with his family in a particular manner from my infancy."

Elizabeth could not but look surprised.

"You may well be surprised, Miss Bennet, at such an assertion, after seeing, as you probably might, the very cold manner of our meeting yesterday. -- Are you much acquainted with Mr. Darcy?"

"As much as I ever wish to be," cried Elizabeth warmly, -- "I have spent four days in the same house with him, and I think him very disagreeable."

"I have no right to give my opinion," said Wickham, "as to his being agreeable or otherwise. I am not qualified to form one. I have known him too long and to well to be a fair judge. It is impossible for me to be impartial. But I believe your opinion of him would in general astonish -- and perhaps you would not express it quite so strongly anywhere else. -- Here you are in your own family."

"Upon my word I say no more here than I might say in any house in the neighbourhood, except Netherfield. He is not at all liked in Hertfordshire. Every body is disgusted with his pride. You will not find him more favourably spoken of by any one."

说起要博得女性的青眼,柯林斯先生遇到象韦翰先生和军官们这样的劲敌,真变得无足轻重了。他在小姐们眼睛里实在算不上什么,幸亏好心的腓力普太太有时候还听听他谈主,她又十分细心,尽量把咖啡和松饼敬给他吃。

一张张牌桌摆好以后,柯林斯便坐下来一同玩“惠斯脱“,总算有了一个机会报答她的好意。

他说:“我对这玩艺儿简直一窍不通,不过我很愿意把它学会,以我这样的身份来说──“腓力普太太很感激他的好意可是却不愿意听他谈论什么身份地位。

韦翰先生没有玩“惠斯脱“,因为他被小姐们高高兴兴地请到另一张桌子上去玩牌,坐在伊丽莎白和丽迪雅之间。开头的形势很叫人担忧,因为丽迪雅是个十足的健谈家,大有把他独占下来的可能;好在她对于摸奖也同样爱好,立刻对那玩艺儿大感兴趣,一股劲儿下注,得奖之后又大叫大嚷,因此就无从特别注意到某一个人身上去了。韦翰先生一面跟大家应付这玩艺儿,一面从容不迫地跟伊丽莎白谈话。伊丽莎白很愿意听他说话,很想了解一下他和达西先生过去的关系,可是她要听的他未必肯讲。于是她提也不敢提到那位先生。后来出人意料之外,韦翰先生竟自动地谈到那个问题上去了。因此她的好奇心到底还是得到了满足。韦翰先生问起尼日斐花园离开麦里屯有多远。她回答了他以后,他又吞吞吐吐地问起达西先生已经在那儿待了多久。

伊丽莎白说:“大概有一个月了。“为了不愿意让这个话题放松过去,她又接着说:“据我所知,他是德比郡一个大财主。“

“是的,“韦翰回答道。“他的财产很可观──每年有一万镑的净收入。说起这方面,谁也没有我知道得确实,因为我从小就和他家里有特别的关系。“

伊丽莎白不禁显出诧异的神气。

“班纳特小姐,你昨天也许看到我们见面时那种冷冰冰的样子了吧,难怪你听了我的话会觉得诧异。你同达西先生很熟吗?“

“我也只希望跟他这么熟就够了,“伊丽莎白冒火地叫道。“我和他在一起待了四天,觉得他很讨厌。“

韦翰说:“他究竟讨人喜欢还是讨人厌,我可没有权利说出我的意见。我不便发表意见。我认识他太久,跟他也处得太熟,因此很难做个公正的判断人。我不可能做到大公无私。不过我敢说,你对他的看法大致可以说是骇人听闻的,或许你在别的地方就不会说得这样过火吧。这儿都是你自己人呢。“

“老实说,除了在尼日斐花以外,我到附近任何人家去都会这样说。哈福德郡根本就没有人喜欢他。他那副傲慢的气派,哪一个见了都讨厌。你绝不会听到人家说他一句好话。“