《傲慢与偏见》有声名著第45章01(中英对照)

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2012-5-24 09:13

《傲慢与偏见》有声名著第45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 45

CONVINCED as Elizabeth now was that Miss Bingley's dislike of her had originated in jealousy, she could not help feeling how very unwelcome her appearance at Pemberley must be to her, and was curious to know with how much civility on that lady's side the acquaintance would now be renewed.
On reaching the house, they were shewn through the hall into the saloon, whose northern aspect rendered it delightful for summer. Its windows, opening to the ground, admitted a most refreshing view of the high woody hills behind the house, and of the beautiful oaks and Spanish chesnuts which were scattered over the intermediate lawn.

In this room they were received by Miss Darcy, who was sitting there with Mrs. Hurst and Miss Bingley, and the lady with whom she lived in London. Georgiana's reception of them was very civil; but attended with all that embarrassment which, though proceeding from shyness and the fear of doing wrong, would easily give to those who felt themselves inferior the belief of her being proud and reserved. Mrs. Gardiner and her niece, however, did her justice, and pitied her.

By Mrs. Hurst and Miss Bingley, they were noticed only by a curtsey; and on their being seated, a pause, awkward as such pauses must always be, succeeded for a few moments. It was first broken by Mrs. Annesley, a genteel, agreeable looking woman, whose endeavour to introduce some kind of discourse proved her to be more truly well bred than either of the others; and between her and Mrs. Gardiner, with occasional help from Elizabeth, the conversation was carried on. Miss Darcy looked as if she wished for courage enough to join in it; and sometimes did venture a short sentence, when there was least danger of its being heard.

Elizabeth soon saw that she was herself closely watched by Miss Bingley, and that she could not speak a word, especially to Miss Darcy, without calling her attention. This observation would not have prevented her from trying to talk to the latter, had they not been seated at an inconvenient distance; but she was not sorry to be spared the necessity of saying much. Her own thoughts were employing her. She expected every moment that some of the gentlemen would enter the room. She wished, she feared, that the master of the house might be amongst them; and whether she wished or feared it most, she could scarcely determine. After sitting in this manner a quarter of an hour without hearing Miss Bingley's voice, Elizabeth was roused by receiving from her a cold enquiry after the health of her family. She answered with equal indifference and brevity, and the other said no more.

The next variation which their visit afforded was produced by the entrance of servants with cold meat, cake, and a variety of all the finest fruits in season; but this did not take place till after many a significant look and smile from Mrs. Annesley to Miss Darcy had been given, to remind her of her post. There was now employment for the whole party; for though they could not all talk, they could all eat; and the beautiful pyramids of grapes, nectarines, and peaches soon collected them round the table.

第四十五章

伊丽莎白现在认为,彬格莱小姐所以一向厌恶她,原因不外乎和她吃醋。她既然有了这种想法,便不禁觉得这次到彭伯里去,彬格莱小姐一定不会欢迎她;尽管如此,她倒想看看这一次旧雨重逢,那位小姐是否会多少顾全一些大体。

到了彭伯里的大厦,家人们就带着她们走过穿堂,进入客厅,只见客厅北面景色非常动人,窗户外边是一片空地,屋后树林茂密,岗峦耸叠,草地上种满了美丽的橡树和西班牙栗树,真是好一派爽心悦目的夏日风光。

达西小姐在这间屋子里接待她们,跟她一同来接她们的还有赫斯脱太太、彬格莱小姐,以及那位在伦敦跟达西小姐住在一起的太太。乔治安娜对她们礼貌非常周全,只是态度颇不自然,这固然是因为她有几分羞怯,生怕有失礼的地方,可是在那些自以为身份比她低的人看来,便容易误会她为人傲慢矜持,幸亏嘉丁纳太太和她外甥女决不会错怪她反而还同情她。

赫斯脱太太和彬格莱小姐只对她们行了个屈膝礼。她们坐定以后,宾主之间许久不曾交谈,实在别扭。后来还是安涅斯雷太太第一个开口说话。这位太太是个和蔼可亲的大家闺秀,你只要瞧她竭力想出话来攀谈,便可以知道她确实比另外两位有教养得多。全靠她同嘉丁纳太太先攀谈起来,再加上伊丽莎白不时地插几句嘴助助兴,谈话才算没有冷场。达西小姐好象想说话而又缺乏勇气,只是趁着人家听不见的时候支吾一两声,也总算难得。

伊丽莎白立刻发觉彬格莱小姐在仔细地看着她,注意她的一言一语,特别注意她跟达西小姐攀谈。如果伊丽莎白跟达西小姐座位隔得很近,攀谈起来很方便,她决不会因为畏忌彬格莱小姐而就不和达西小姐攀谈,可是既然毋须多谈,再加她自己也正心思重重,所以也并不觉得遗憾。她时时刻刻都盼望着男客们一同进来,可是她虽然盼望,却又害怕,她究竟是盼望得迫切,还是害怕得厉害,她自己也几乎说不上来。伊丽莎白就这样坐了一刻钟之久,没有听到彬格莱小姐发表一言半语,后来忽然之间吓了一跳,原来是彬格莱小姐冷冰冰地问候她家里人的安好。她也同样冷冷谈谈简简单单地敷衍了她几句,对方便也就不再开口。

她们来了不久,佣人们便送来了冷肉、点心、以及各种应时鲜果。本来达西小姐一直忘了叫人端来,幸亏安涅斯雷太太频频向她做着眼色,装着微笑,方才提醒了她做主人的责任。这一下大家都有事情可做了。虽然不是每个人都健谈,可是每个人都会吃;大家一看见那大堆大堆美丽的葡萄、油桃和桃子,一下子就聚拢来围着桌子坐下。