《傲慢与偏见》有声名著第43章04(中英对照)

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2012-5-10 09:34

《傲慢与偏见》有声名著第43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

"He is certainly a good brother," said Elizabeth, as she walked towards one of the windows.

Mrs. Reynolds anticipated Miss Darcy's delight when she should enter the room. "And this is always the way with him," she added. -- "Whatever can give his sister any pleasure is sure to be done in a moment. There is nothing he would not do for her."

The picture gallery, and two or three of the principal bedrooms, were all that remained to be shewn. In the former were many good paintings; but Elizabeth knew nothing of the art; and from such as had been already visible below, she had willingly turned to look at some drawings of Miss Darcy's, in crayons, whose subjects were usually more interesting, and also more intelligible.

In the gallery there were many family portraits, but they could have little to fix the attention of a stranger. Elizabeth walked on in quest of the only face whose features would be known to her. At last it arrested her -- and she beheld a striking resemblance of Mr. Darcy, with such a smile over the face as she remembered to have sometimes seen, when he looked at her. She stood several minutes before the picture in earnest contemplation, and returned to it again before they quitted the gallery. Mrs. Reynolds informed them that it had been taken in his father's life time.

There was certainly at this moment, in Elizabeth's mind, a more gentle sensation towards the original than she had ever felt in the height of their acquaintance. The commendation bestowed on him by Mrs. Reynolds was of no trifling nature. What praise is more valuable than the praise of an intelligent servant? As a brother, a landlord, a master, she considered how many people's happiness were in his guardianship! -- How much of pleasure or pain it was in his power to bestow! -- How much of good or evil must be done by him! Every idea that had been brought forward by the housekeeper was favourable to his character, and as she stood before the canvas, on which he was represented, and fixed his eyes upon herself, she thought of his regard with a deeper sentiment of gratitude than it had ever raised before; she remembered its warmth, and softened its impropriety of expression.

When all of the house that was open to general inspection had been seen, they returned down stairs, and, taking leave of the housekeeper, were consigned over to the gardener, who met them at the hall door.

As they walked across the lawn towards the river, Elizabeth turned back to look again; her uncle and aunt stopped also, and while the former was conjecturing as to the date of the building, the owner of it himself suddenly came forward from the road, which led behind it to the stables.

They were within twenty yards of each other, and so abrupt was his appearance, that it was impossible to avoid his sight. Their eyes instantly met, and the cheeks of each were overspread with the deepest blush. He absolutely started, and for a moment seemed immoveable from surprise; but shortly recovering himself, advanced towards the party, and spoke to Elizabeth, if not in terms of perfect composure, at least of perfect civility.

第四十三章

“他千真万确是一个好哥哥,“伊丽莎白一面说,一面走到一个窗户跟前。

雷诺奶奶估计达西小姐一走进这间屋子,将会怎样高兴。她说:“他一向就是这样,凡是能使他妹妹高兴的事情,他马上办到。他从来没有一桩事不依她。“

剩下来只有画室和两三间主要的寝室要指给他们看了。

画室里陈列着许多优美的油画,可惜伊丽莎白对艺术方面完全是外行,但觉这些画好象在楼下都已经看到过,于是她宁可掉过头去看看达西小姐所画的几张粉笔画,因为这些画的题材一般都比较耐人寻味,而且比较容易看得懂。

画室里都是家族的画像,陌生人看了不会感到兴趣。伊丽莎白走来走去,专门去找那个面熟的人的画像;她终于看到了有张画像非常象达西先生,只见他脸上的笑容正象他从前看起来的时候那种笑容。她在这幅画像跟前站了几分钟,欣赏得出了神,临出画室之前,又走回去看了一下。雷诺奶奶告诉他们说,这张画像还是他父亲在世的时候画的。

伊丽莎白不禁对画里那个人立刻起了一阵亲切之感,即使从前她跟他见面最多的时候,她对他也从来没有过这种感觉。我们不应当小看了雷诺奶奶对她主人的这种称赞。什么样的称赞会比一个聪明的下人的称赞更来得宝贵呢?她认为他无论是作为一个兄长,一个庄主,一个家主,都一手操纵着多少人的幸福;他能够给人家多少快乐,又能够给人家多少痛苦;他可以行多少善,又可以作多少恶。那个管家奶奶所提出的每一件事情,都足心说明他品格的优良。她站在他的画像面前只觉得他一双眼睛在盯着她看,她不由得想起了他对她的钟情,于是一阵从来没有过的感激之情油然而生,她一记起他钟情的殷切,便不再去计较他求爱的唐突了。

凡是可以公开参观的地方,他们都走遍了,然后走下楼来,告别了管家奶奶,管家奶奶便吩咐一个园丁在大厅门口迎接他们。

他们穿过草地,走向河边,伊丽莎白这时候又掉过头来看了一直,舅父母也都停住了脚步,哪知道她舅舅正想估量一下这房子的建筑年代,忽然看到屋主人从一条通往马厩的大路上走了过来。

他们只相隔二十码路光景,他这样突然出现,叫人家简直来不及躲避。顷刻之间,四只眼睛碰在一起,两个人脸上都涨得血红。只见主人吃惊非凡,竟楞在那儿一动不动,但是他立刻定了一定心,走到他们面前来,跟伊丽莎白说话,语气之间即使不能算是十分镇静,至少十分有礼貌。