《傲慢与偏见》有声名著第44章02(中英对照)

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2012-5-21 09:20

《傲慢与偏见》有声名著第44章02(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

To Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner he was scarcely a less interesting personage than to herself. They had long wished to see him. The whole party before them, indeed, excited a lively attention. The suspicions which had just arisen, of Mr. Darcy and their niece, directed their observation towards each with an earnest, though guarded, enquiry; and they soon drew from those enquiries the full conviction that one of them at least knew what it was to love. Of the lady's sensations they remained a little in doubt; but that the gentleman was overflowing with admiration was evident enough.

Elizabeth, on her side, had much to do. She wanted to ascertain the feelings of each of her visitors, she wanted to compose her own, and to make herself agreeable to all; and in the latter object, where she feared most to fail, she was most sure of success, for those to whom she endeavoured to give pleasure were prepossessed in her favour. Bingley was ready, Georgiana was eager, and Darcy determined to be pleased.

In seeing Bingley, her thoughts naturally flew to her sister; and oh! how ardently did she long to know whether any of his were directed in a like manner. Sometimes she could fancy that he talked less than on former occasions, and once or twice pleased herself with the notion that as he looked at her, he was trying to trace a resemblance. But though this might be imaginary, she could not be deceived as to his behaviour to Miss Darcy, who had been set up as a rival of Jane. No look appeared on either side that spoke particular regard. Nothing occurred between them that could justify the hopes of his sister. On this point she was soon satisfied; and two or three little circumstances occurred ere they parted which, in her anxious interpretation, denoted a recollection of Jane not untinctured by tenderness, and a wish of saying more that might lead to the mention of her, had he dared. He observed to her, at a moment when the others were talking together, and in a tone which had something of real regret, that it "was a very long time since he had had the pleasure of seeing her --" and, before she could reply, he added, "It is above eight months. We have not met since the 26th of November, when we were all dancing together at Netherfield."

Elizabeth was pleased to find his memory so exact; and he afterwards took occasion to ask her, when unattended to by any of the rest, whether all her sisters were at Longbourn. There was not much in the question, nor in the preceding remark, but there was a look and manner which gave them meaning.

It was not often that she could turn her eyes on Mr. Darcy himself; but, whenever she did catch a glimpse, she saw an expression of general complaisance, and in all that he said she heard an accent so far removed from hauteur or disdain of his companions, as convinced her that the improvement of manners which she had yesterday witnessed, however temporary its existence might prove, had at least outlived one day.


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嘉丁纳夫妇也和她有同感,认为他是个耐人寻味的人物。他们早就想见见他。眼前这些人确实引起了他们极大的兴趣。他们因为怀疑达西先生跟他们外甥女儿的关系,便禁不住偷偷仔细观察双方的情形,观察的结果,他们立刻确定两个人中间至少有一个已经尝到了恋爱的滋味。小姐的心思一时还不能断定,可是先生方面显然是情意绵绵。

伊丽莎白忙于应付。她既要明白在场宾客中每个人对她观感如何,又要确定她自己对人家的观感如何,还要搏得大家的好感。她最怕不能博得大家的好感,可是效果偏偏非常好,因为她要讨好的那些人,未来之前都已对她怀着好感。彬格莱存心要和她交好,乔治安娜极想和她要好,达西非要讨她的好不可。

看到了彬格莱,她一切的念头自然都转到自己姐姐身上去了,她多么想要知道他是不是也同她一样,会想到她姐姐!她有时觉得他比从前说话说得少了。不过有一两次,当他看着她的时候,她又觉得他竭力想在她身上看出一点和姐姐相似的地方。这也许是她自己的凭空假想,不过有一件事她可看得很真切:人家都说达西小姐是吉英的情敌,其实彬格莱先生对达西小姐并没有什么情意。他们两人之间看不出有什么特别钟情的地方。无论什么地方,都不能证明彬格莱小姐的愿望一定会实现。伊丽莎白立刻就觉得自己这种想法颇近情理。宾客们临走以前,又发生了两三件小事,伊丽莎白因为爱姐心切,便认为为两三件小事足以说明彬格莱先生对吉英依然旧情难忘,而且他还想多攀谈一会儿,以便谈到吉英身上去,只可惜他胆量甚小,未敢如此。他只有趁着别人在一起谈话时,才用一种万分遗憾的语气跟她说:“我和她好久不曾相见,真是福薄缘浅。“她还没有来得及回他的话,他又说道:“有八个多月不见面了。我们是十一月二十六日分别的,那一次我们大家都在尼日斐花园跳舞。“

伊丽莎白见他对往事记得这么清楚,很是高兴;后来他又趁着别人不在意的时候,向她问起她姐妹们现在是不是全在浪搏恩。这前前后后的一些话,本身并没有什么深意,可是说话人的神情态度,却大可玩味。

她虽然不能常常向达西先生顾盼,可是她只消随时瞥他一眼,就看见他脸上总是那么亲切,她听他谈吐之间既没有丝毫的高傲习气,也没有半点蔑视她亲戚的意味,于是她心里不由得想道:昨天亲眼看到他作风大有改进,那即使是一时的改变,至少也保持到了今天。