《傲慢与偏见》有声名著第18章04(中英对照)

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2012-1-12 17:26

《傲慢与偏见》有声名著第18章04(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.

"Yes, always," she replied, without knowing what she said, for her thoughts had wandered far from the subject, as soon afterwards appeared by her suddenly exclaiming,

"I remember hearing you once say, Mr. Darcy, that you hardly ever forgave, that your resentment once created was unappeasable. You are very cautious, I suppose, as to its being created."

"I am," said he, with a firm voice.

"And never allow yourself to be blinded by prejudice?"

"I hope not."

"It is particularly incumbent on those who never change their opinion, to be secure of judging properly at first."

"May I ask to what these questions tend?"

"Merely to the illustration of your character," said she, endeavouring to shake off her gravity. "I am trying to make it out."

"And what is your success?"

She shook her head. "I do not get on at all. I hear such different accounts of you as puzzle me exceedingly."

"I can readily believe," answered he gravely, "that report may vary greatly with respect to me; and I could wish, Miss Bennet, that you were not to sketch my character at the present moment, as there is reason to fear that the performance would reflect no credit on either."

"But if I do not take your likeness now, I may never have another opportunity."

"I would by no means suspend any pleasure of yours," he coldly replied. She said no more, and they went down the other dance and parted in silence; on each side dissatisfied, though not to an equal degree, for in Darcy's breast there was a tolerable powerful feeling towards her, which soon procured her pardon, and directed all his anger against another.

They had not long separated when Miss Bingley came towards her, and with an expression of civil disdain thus accosted her,

"So, Miss Eliza, I hear you are quite delighted with George Wickham! -- Your sister has been talking to me about him, and asking me a thousand questions; and I find that the young man forgot to tell you, among his other communications, that he was the son of old Wickham, the late Mr. Darcy's steward. Let me recommend you, however, as a friend, not to give implicit confidence to all his assertions; for as to Mr. Darcy's using him ill, it is perfectly false; for, on the contrary, he has been always remarkably kind to him, though George Wickham has treated Mr. Darcy, in a most infamous manner. I do not know the particulars, but I know very well that Mr. Darcy is not in the least to blame, that he cannot bear to hear George Wickham mentioned, and that though my brother thought he could not well avoid including him in his invitation to the officers, he was excessively glad to find that he had taken himself out of the way. His coming into the country at all, is a most insolent thing indeed, and I wonder how he could presume to do it. I pity you, Miss Eliza, for this discovery of your favorite's guilt; but really, considering his descent one could not expect much better."

“是的,老是这样,“她答道。其实她并不知道自己在说些什么,她的思想跑到老远的地方去了,你且听她突然一下子说出这样的话吧:“达西先生,我记得有一次听见你说,你生来不能原谅别人──你和别人一结下了怨,就消除不掉。我想,你结的时候总该很慎重的吧?“

“正是,“他坚决地说。

“你从来不会受到偏见和蒙蔽吗?“

“我想不会。“

“对于某些坚持已见的人说来,在拿定一个主张的时候,开头应该特别慎重地考虑一下。“

“是否可以允许我请教你一声,你问我这些话用意何在?“

她竭力装出若无其事的神气说:“只不过为了要解释解释你的性格罢了,我想要把你的性格弄个明白。“

“那么你究竟弄明白了没有?“

她摇摇头。“我一点儿也弄不明白。我听到人家对于你的看法极不一致,叫我不知道相信谁的话才好。“

他严肃的答道:“人家对于我的看法极不一致,我相信其中一定大有出入。班纳特小姐,我希望你目前还是不要刻画我的性格,我怕这样做,结果对于你我都没有好处。“

“可是,倘若我现在不了解你一下,以后就没有机会了。“

于是他冷冷地答道:“我决不会打断你的兴头。“她便没有再说下去。他们俩人又跳了一次舞,于是就默默无言地分手了。两个人都怏怏不乐,不过程度上不同罢了。达西心里对她颇有好感,因此一下子就原谅了她,把一肚子气愤都转到另一个人身上去了。

他们俩分手了不多一会儿,彬格莱小姐就走到伊丽莎白跟前来,带着一种又轻藐又客气的神气对她说:

“噢,伊丽莎小姐,我听说你对乔治·韦翰很有好感!你姐姐刚才还跟我谈到他,问了我一大堆的话。我发觉那年轻的官人虽然把什么事都说给你听了,可就偏偏忘了说他自己是老达西先生的账房老韦翰的儿子。他说达西先生待他不好,那完全是胡说,让我站在朋友的立场奉劝你,不要盲目相信他的话。达西先生一直待他太好了,只有乔治·韦翰用卑鄙的手段对待达西先生。详细情形我不清楚,不过这件事我完全知道,一点儿也不应该怪达西先生。达西一听见人家提到乔治·韦翰就受不了。我哥哥这次宴请军官们,本来也很难把他剔开,总算他自己知趣,避开了,我哥哥真高兴。他跑到这个村里来真是太荒谬了,我不懂他怎么竟敢这样做。伊丽莎小姐,我对你不起,揭穿了你心上人的过错。可是事实上你只要看看他那种出身,当然就不会指望他干出什么好事来。“