《傲慢与偏见》有声名著第43章01(中英对照)

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2012-5-7 08:57

《傲慢与偏见》有声名著第43章01(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之一.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。

Chapter 43

ELIZABETH, as they drove along, watched for the first appearance of Pemberley Woods with some perturbation; and when at length they turned in at the lodge, her spirits were in a high flutter.
The park was very large, and contained great variety of ground. They entered it in one of its lowest points, and drove for some time through a beautiful wood, stretching over a wide extent.

Elizabeth's mind was too full for conversation, but she saw and admired every remarkable spot and point of view. They gradually ascended for half a mile, and then found themselves at the top of a considerable eminence, where the wood ceased, and the eye was instantly caught by Pemberley House, situated on the opposite side of a valley, into which the road, with some abruptness, wound. It was a large, handsome, stone building, standing well on rising ground, and backed by a ridge of high woody hills; -- and in front, a stream of some natural importance was swelled into greater, but without any artificial appearance. Its banks were neither formal, nor falsely adorned. Elizabeth was delighted. She had never seen a place for which nature had done more, or where natural beauty had been so little counteracted by an awkward taste. They were all of them warm in their admiration; and at that moment she felt that to be mistress of Pemberley might be something!

They descended the hill, crossed the bridge, and drove to the door; and, while examining the nearer aspect of the house, all her apprehensions of meeting its owner returned. She dreaded lest the chambermaid had been mistaken. On applying to see the place, they were admitted into the hall; and Elizabeth, as they waited for the housekeeper, had leisure to wonder at her being where she was.

The housekeeper came; a respectable-looking, elderly woman, much less fine, and more civil, than she had any notion of finding her. They followed her into the dining-parlour. It was a large, well-proportioned room, handsomely fitted up. Elizabeth, after slightly surveying it, went to a window to enjoy its prospect. The hill, crowned with wood, from which they had descended, receiving increased abruptness from the distance, was a beautiful object. Every disposition of the ground was good; and she looked on the whole scene -- the river, the trees scattered on its banks, and the winding of the valley, as far as she could trace it -- with delight. As they passed into other rooms, these objects were taking different positions; but from every window there were beauties to be seen. The rooms were lofty and handsome, and their furniture suitable to the fortune of their proprietor; but Elizabeth saw, with admiration of his taste, that it was neither gaudy nor uselessly fine; with less of splendor, and more real elegance, than the furniture of Rosings.

"And of this place," thought she, "I might have been mistress! With these rooms I might now have been familiarly acquainted! Instead of viewing them as a stranger, I might have rejoiced in them as my own, and welcomed to them as visitors my uncle and aunt. -- But no," -- recollecting herself, -- "that could never be: my uncle and aunt would have been lost to me: I should not have been allowed to invite them."

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他们坐着车子一直向前去。彭伯里的树林一出现在眼前,伊丽莎白就有些心慌;等到走进了庄园,她更加心神不定。

花园很大,只见里边高阜低洼,气象万千。他们拣一个最低的地方走进了园,在一座深邃辽阔的美丽的树林里坐着车子走了好久。

伊丽莎白满怀感触,无心说话,可是看到了每一处、每一角的美景,她都叹赏不已。他们沿着上坡路慢慢儿走了半英里光景,最后来到了一个相当高的山坡上,这也就是树林子尽头的地方,彭伯里大厦马上映入眼帘。房子在山谷那边,有一条相当陡斜的路曲曲折折地通到谷中。这是一幢很大很漂亮的石头建筑物,屹立在高垅上,屋子后面枕着一连片树林茂密的高高的小山冈;屋前一泓颇有天然情趣的溪流正在涨潮,没有一丝一毫人工的痕迹。两岸的点缀既不呆板,也不做作。伊丽莎白高兴极了。她从来不曾看到过一个比这里更富于自然情趣的地方,也没有见过任何地方的自然之美能象这儿一样的不受到庸俗的沾损。大家都热烈地赞赏不已,伊丽莎白顿时不禁觉得:在彭伯里当个主妇也还不错吧。他们下了山坡,过了桥,一直驶到大厦门前,欣赏那附近一带的景物,伊丽莎白这时候不免又起了一阵疑惧,生怕闯见主人。她担心旅馆里的侍女弄错了。他们请求进去参观,立刻被让进客厅;大家都在等着管家奶奶,这时候伊丽莎白方才想起身在何处。

管家奶奶来了,是一个态度端庄的老妇人,远不如她们想象中那么有丰姿,可是礼貌的周到倒出乎她的想象。他们跟着她走进了餐室。那是一间宽敞舒适的大屋子,布置得很精致。伊丽莎白稍许看了一下,便走到窗口欣赏风景。他们望着刚才下来的那座小山,只见丛林密布,从远处望去益发显得陡峭,真是个美丽的地方。处处都收拾得很美观。她纵目四望,只见一弯河道,林木夹岸,山谷蜿蜒曲折,真看得她心旷神怡。他们再走到别的房间里去看,每换一个房间,景致总会两样,可是不管你走到哪个窗口,都自有秀色可餐。一个个房间都高大美观,家具陈设也和主人的身份颇为相称,既不俗气,又不过分侈丽,比起罗新斯来,可以说是豪华不足,风雅有余,伊丽莎白看了,很佩服主人的情趣。她心里想:“我差一点就做了这儿的主妇呢!这些房间也许早就让我走熟了!我非但不必以一个陌生人的身份来参观,而且还可以当作自己的住宅来受用,把舅父母当做贵客欢迎。可是不行,“她忽然想了起来,“这是万万办不到的事:那时候我就见不到舅父母了,他决不会允许我邀他们来。“