《傲慢与偏见》有声名著第44章01(中英对照)

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2012-5-18 09:01

《傲慢与偏见》有声名著第44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 44

ELIZABETH had settled it that Mr. Darcy would bring his sister to visit her the very day after her reaching Pemberley; and was consequently resolved not to be out of sight of the inn the whole of that morning. But her conclusion was false; for on the very morning after their own arrival at Lambton, these visitors came. They had been walking about the place with some of their new friends, and were just returned to the inn to dress themselves for dining with the same family, when the sound of a carriage drew them to a window, and they saw a gentleman and lady in a curricle, driving up the street. Elizabeth, immediately recognising the livery, guessed what it meant, and imparted no small degree of surprise to her relations by acquainting them with the honour which she expected. Her uncle and aunt were all amazement; and the embarrassment of her manner as she spoke, joined to the circumstance itself, and many of the circumstances of the preceding day, opened to them a new idea on the business. Nothing had ever suggested it before, but they now felt that there was no other way of accounting for such attentions from such a quarter than by supposing a partiality for their niece. While these newly-born notions were passing in their heads, the perturbation of Elizabeth's feelings was every moment increasing. She was quite amazed at her own discomposure; but amongst other causes of disquiet, she dreaded lest the partiality of the brother should have said too much in her favour; and more than commonly anxious to please, she naturally suspected that every power of pleasing would fail her.
She retreated from the window, fearful of being seen; and as she walked up and down the room, endeavouring to compose herself, saw such looks of enquiring surprise in her uncle and aunt as made every thing worse.

Miss Darcy and her brother appeared, and this formidable introduction took place. With astonishment did Elizabeth see that her new acquaintance was at least as much embarrassed as herself. Since her being at Lambton, she had heard that Miss Darcy was exceedingly proud; but the observation of a very few minutes convinced her that she was only exceedingly shy. She found it difficult to obtain even a word from her beyond a monosyllable.

Miss Darcy was tall, and on a larger scale than Elizabeth; and, though little more than sixteen, her figure was formed, and her appearance womanly and graceful. She was less handsome than her brother, but there was sense and good humour in her face, and her manners were perfectly unassuming and gentle. Elizabeth, who had expected to find in her as acute and unembarrassed an observer as ever Mr. Darcy had been, was much relieved by discerning such different feelings.

They had not been long together before Darcy told her that Bingley was also coming to wait on her; and she had barely time to express her satisfaction, and prepare for such a visitor, when Bingley's quick step was heard on the stairs, and in a moment he entered the room. All Elizabeth's anger against him had been long done away; but, had she still felt any, it could hardly have stood its ground against the unaffected cordiality with which he expressed himself on seeing her again. He enquired in a friendly, though general way, after her family, and looked and spoke with the same good-humoured ease that he had ever done.

第四十四章

伊丽莎白料定达西先生的妹妹一到彭伯里,达西先生隔天就会带着她来拜访她,因此决定那天整个上午都不离开旅馆,至多在附近走走。可是她完全猜错了,原来她舅父母到达蓝白屯的当天上午,那批客人就到了彭伯里。他们到了蓝白屯的,便跟着几个新朋友到各处去溜达了一转,刚刚回到旅馆去换衣服,以便到一家朋友那里去吃饭,忽然听到一阵马车声,他们便走到窗口,只见一男一女,坐着一辆双轮马车,从大街上往这边来。伊丽莎白立刻就认出了马车夫的号衣,心里有了数,于是告诉舅父母说,她就要有贵客光临。舅父母听了都非常惊讶。他们看见她说起话来那么窘,再把眼前的事实和昨天种种情景前前后后想一想,便对这件事有了一种新的看法。他们以前虽然完全蒙在鼓里,没有看出达西先生爱上了他们的外甥女儿,可是他们现在觉得一定是这么回事,否则他这百般殷勤就无法解释了。他们脑子里不断地转着这些新的念头,伊丽莎白本人也不禁越来越心慌意乱。她奇怪自己怎么会这样坐立不安。她前思后想,很是焦急,怕的是达西先生为了爱她缘故,会在他妹妹面前把她捧得太过分;她愈是想要讨人喜欢,便愈是怀疑自己没有讨人喜欢的本领。

她为了怕让舅父母看见,便打从窗前退缩回来,在房间里踱来踱去,竭力装出心神镇定的样子,只见舅父母神色诧异,这可更糟了。

达西兄妹终于走进了旅馆,大家郑重其事地介绍了一番,伊丽莎白看到达西小姐也和自己同样显得不好意思,不禁颇感惊奇。自从她来到蓝白屯以来,总是听说达西小姐为人非常傲慢,可是这会儿她只观察了她几分钟工夫,就断定她不过是过分羞怯畏缩。达西小姐只是唯唯喏喏,此外你休想再逼得出她一句话来。

达西小姐身材很高,身段比伊丽莎白粗壮,她虽然才十六岁,可是已经发育完全,一举一动都象大人,端庄大方。她抵不上她哥哥漂亮,可是她的脸蛋儿长得聪明有趣,仪表又谦和文雅。伊丽莎白本以为她看起人来也象达西一样尖酸刻薄,不留情面,现在见她并不如此,倒放下了心。

他们见面不久,达西先生就告诉伊丽莎白说,彬格莱也要来拜访她;她正要说一声不胜荣幸,可是话未出口,就听见彬格莱先生上楼梯的急促的脚步声,一刹那工夫,他就进来了。伊丽莎白本来已经对他心平气和,纵使余怒未消,只要看他这次来访,情恳意切,喜庆重逢,这般情景便使得她有气也变成无气了。他亲亲切切地问候她全家安好,虽然只说了几句寻常话,可是他的容貌谈吐,却完全和从前一样安详愉快。