《傲慢与偏见》有声名著第18章03(中英对照)

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2012-1-11 17:33

《傲慢与偏见》有声名著第18章03(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.

He made no answer, and they were again silent till they had gone down the dance, when he asked her if she and her sisters did not very often walk to Meryton. She answered in the affirmative, and, unable to resist the temptation, added, "When you met us there the other day, we had just been forming a new acquaintance."

The effect was immediate. A deeper shade of hauteur overspread his features, but he said not a word, and Elizabeth, though blaming herself for her own weakness, could not go on. At length Darcy spoke, and in a constrained manner said,

"Mr. Wickham is blessed with such happy manners as may ensure his making friends -- whether he may be equally capable of retaining them, is less certain."

"He has been so unlucky as to lose your friendship," replied Elizabeth with emphasis, "and in a manner which he is likely to suffer from all his life."

Darcy made no answer, and seemed desirous of changing the subject. At that moment Sir William Lucas appeared close to them, meaning to pass through the set to the other side of the room; but on perceiving Mr. Darcy he stopt with a bow of superior courtesy, to compliment him on his dancing and his partner.

"I have been most highly gratified indeed, my dear Sir. Such very superior dancing is not often seen. It is evident that you belong to the first circles. Allow me to say, however, that your fair partner does not disgrace you, and that I must hope to have this pleasure often repeated, especially when a certain desirable event, my dear Miss Eliza (glancing at her sister and Bingley), shall take place. What congratulations will then flow in! I appeal to Mr. Darcy: -- but let me not interrupt you, Sir. -- You will not thank me for detaining you from the bewitching converse of that young lady, whose bright eyes are also upbraiding me."

The latter part of this address was scarcely, heard by Darcy; but Sir William's allusion to his friend seemed to strike him forcibly, and his eyes were directed with a very serious expression towards Bingley and Jane, who were dancing together. Recovering himself, however, shortly, he turned to his partner, and said,

"Sir William's interruption has made me forget what we were talking of."

"I do not think we were speaking at all. Sir William could not have interrupted any two people in the room who had less to say for themselves. -- We have tried two or three subjects already without success, and what we are to talk of next I cannot imagine."

"What think you of books?" said he, smiling.

"Books -- Oh! no. -- I am sure we never read the same, or not with the same feelings."

"I am sorry you think so; but if that be the case, there can at least be no want of subject. -- We may compare our different opinions."

"No -- I cannot talk of books in a ball-room; my head is always full of something else."

"The present always occupies you in such scenes -- does it?" said he, with a look of doubt.

他没有回答,他们俩又沉默了,直等到又下池去跳舞,他这才问她是不是常常和姐妹们上麦里屯去溜达。她回答说常常去。她说到这里,实在按捺不住了,便接下去说:“你那天在那儿碰到我们的时候,我们正在结交一个新朋友呢。“

这句话立刻发生了效果。一阵傲慢的阴影罩上了他的脸,可是他一句话也没有说。伊丽莎白说不下去了,不过她心里却在埋怨自己软弱。后来还是达西很勉强地先开口说:

“韦翰先生生来满面春风,交起朋友来得心应手。至于他是不是能和朋友们长久相处,那就不大靠得住了。“

伊丽莎白加重语气回答道:“他真不幸,竟失去了您的友谊,而且弄成那么尴尬的局面,可能会使他一辈子都感受痛苦。“

达西没有回答,好象想换个话题。就在这当儿,威廉·卢卡斯爵士走近他们身边,打算穿过舞池走到屋子的寻一边去,可是一看到达西先生,他就停住了,礼貌周全地向他鞠了一躬,满口称赞他跳舞跳得好,舞伴又找得好。

“我真太高兴了,亲爱的先生,跳得这样一手好舞,真是少见。你毫无问题是属于第一流的人材。让我再唠叨一句,你这位漂亮的舞伴也真配得上你,我真希望常常有这种眼福,特别是将来有一天某

一桩好事如愿的时候,亲爱的伊丽莎白小姐。“(他朝着她的姐姐和彬格莱望了一眼)“那时候将会有多热闹的祝贺场面啊。我要求达西先生:──可是我还是别打搅你吧,先生。你正在和这位小姐谈得心醉神迷,如果我耽搁了你,你是不会感激我的,瞧她那了双明亮的眼睛也在责备我呢。“

后半段话达西几乎没有听见。可是威廉爵士提起他那位朋友,却不免叫他心头大受震动,于是他一本正经去望着那正在跳舞的彬格莱和吉英。他马上又镇定了下来,掉转头来对他自己的舞伴说:

“威廉爵士打断了我们的话,我简直记不起我们刚刚谈些什么了。“

“我觉得我们根本就没有谈什么。这屋子里随便哪两个人都不比我们说话说得少的,因此威廉爵士打断不了什么话。我们已经换过两三次话题,总是谈不投机,以后还要谈些什么,我实在想不出了。“

“谈谈书本如何?“他笑着说。

“书本!噢,不;我相信我们读过的书不会一样,我们的体会也各有不同。“

“你会这样想,我真抱歉;假定真是那样,也不见得就无从谈起。我们也可以把不同见解比较一下。“

“不──我无法在舞场里谈书本;我脑子里老是想着些别的事。“

“你老是在为眼前的场合烦神,是不是?“他带着犹疑的眼光问。