《傲慢与偏见》有声名著第43章09(中英对照)

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2012-5-17 09:09

《傲慢与偏见》有声名著第43章09(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

"To be sure, Lizzy," said her aunt, "he is not so handsome as Wickham; or rather he has not Wickham's countenance, for his features are perfectly good. But how came you to tell us that he was so disagreeable?"

Elizabeth excused herself as well as she could; said that she had liked him better when they met in Kent than before, and that she had never seen him so pleasant as this morning.

"But perhaps he may be a little whimsical in his civilities," replied her uncle. "Your great men often are; and therefore I shall not take him at his word about fishing, as he might change his mind another day, and warn me off his grounds."

Elizabeth felt that they had entirely mistaken his character, but said nothing.

"From what we have seen of him," continued Mrs. Gardiner, "I really should not have thought that he could have behaved in so cruel a way by any body, as he has done by poor Wickham. He has not an ill-natured look. On the contrary, there is something pleasing about his mouth when he speaks. And there is something of dignity in his countenance, that would not give one an unfavourable idea of his heart. But to be sure, the good lady who shewed us the house did give him a most flaming character! I could hardly help laughing aloud sometimes. But he is a liberal master, I suppose, and that in the eye of a servant comprehends every virtue."

Elizabeth here felt herself called on to say something in vindication of his behaviour to Wickham; and therefore gave them to understand, in as guarded a manner as she could, that by what she had heard from his relations in Kent, his actions were capable of a very different construction; and that his character was by no means so faulty, nor Wickham's so amiable, as they had been considered in Hertfordshire. In confirmation of this, she related the particulars of all the pecuniary transactions in which they had been connected, without actually naming her authority, but stating it to be such as might be relied on.

Mrs. Gardiner was surprised and concerned; but as they were now approaching the scene of her former pleasures, every idea gave way to the charm of recollection; and she was too much engaged in pointing out to her husband all the interesting spots in its environs to think of any thing else. Fatigued as she had been by the morning's walk, they had no sooner dined than she set off again in quest of her former acquaintance, and the evening was spent in the satisfactions of an intercourse renewed after many years discontinuance.

The occurrences of the day were too full of interest to leave Elizabeth much attention for any of these new friends; and she could do nothing but think, and think with wonder, of Mr. Darcy's civility, and above all, of his wishing her to be acquainted with his sister.

第四十三章

舅母说:“丽萃,他当然比不上韦翰那么漂亮,或者可以说,他不象韦翰那样谈笑风生,因为他的容貌十分端庄。可是你怎么会跟我们说他十分讨厌呢?“

伊丽莎白竭力为自己辨解,她说她那次在肯特郡见他时,就比以前对他有好感,又说,她从来没有看见过他象今天上午那么和蔼可亲。

舅父说:“不过,他那么殷勤客气,也许靠不大住,这些贵人大都如此;他请我常常去钓鱼,我也不能信他的话,也许有一天他会改变了主意,不许我进他的庄园。“

伊丽莎白觉得他们完全误解了他的性格,可是并没说出口来。

嘉丁纳太太接着说:“从我们看到他的一些情形来说,我真想象不出,他竟会那样狠心地对待可怜的韦翰。这人看上去心地不坏。他说起话来,嘴上的表情倒很讨人喜欢。至于他脸上的表情,的确有些尊严,不过人家也不会因此就说他心肠不好。只是带我们去参观的那个管家奶奶,倒真把他的性格说得天花乱坠。有几次我几乎忍不住要笑出声来。不过,我看他一定是位很慷慨的主人;在一个佣人的眼睛里看来,一切的德性就在于这一点上面。“

伊丽莎白听到这里,觉得应该替达西说几句公道话,辨明他并没有亏待韦翰;她便小心翼翼地把事情的原委说给舅父母听。她说,据达西在肯特郡的有些亲友,他们曾告诉她,他的行为和人家所传说的情形大有出入,他的为人决不象哈福德郡的人们所想象的那么荒谬,韦翰的为人也决不象哈福德郡的人们所想象的那么厚道。为了证实这一点,她又把他们两人之间银钱往来上的事情,一五一十地讲了出来,虽然没有指明这话是谁讲出来的,可是她断定这些话很可靠。

这番话使嘉丁纳太太听得既感惊奇,又极担心,只是大家现在已经走到从前她喜爱的那个地方,于是她一切的心思都云散烟消,完全沉醉在甜蜜的回忆里面。她把这周围一切有趣的处所一一指给她丈夫看,根本无心想到别的事上面去。虽然一上午的步行已经使她感到疲倦,可是一吃过饭,她又动身去探访故友旧交。这一晚过得真有意思,正所谓:连年怨阔别,一朝喜重逢。