《傲慢与偏见》有声名著第46章01(中英对照)

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2012-5-29 09:17

《傲慢与偏见》有声名著第46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 46

ELIZABETH had been a good deal disappointed in not finding a letter from Jane on their first arrival at Lambton; and this disappointment had been renewed on each of the mornings that had now been spent there; but on the third, her repining was over, and her sister justified, by the receipt of two letters from her at once, on one of which was marked that it had been missent elsewhere. Elizabeth was not surprised at it, as Jane had written the direction remarkably ill.

They had just been preparing to walk as the letters came in; and her uncle and aunt, leaving her to enjoy them in quiet, set off by themselves. The one missent must be first attended to; it had been written five days ago. The beginning contained an account of all their little parties and engagements, with such news as the country afforded; but the latter half, which was dated a day later, and written in evident agitation, gave more important intelligence. It was to this effect:

"Since writing the above, dearest Lizzy, something has occurred of a most unexpected and serious nature; but I am afraid of alarming you -- be assured that we are all well. What I have to say relates to poor Lydia. An express came at twelve last night, just as we were all gone to bed, from Colonel Forster, to inform us that she was gone off to Scotland with one of his officers; to own the truth, with Wickham! -- Imagine our surprise. To Kitty, however, it does not seem so wholly unexpected. I am very, very sorry. So imprudent a match on both sides! -- But I am willing to hope the best, and that his character has been misunderstood. Thoughtless and indiscreet I can easily believe him, but this step (and let us rejoice over it) marks nothing bad at heart. His choice is disinterested at least, for he must know my father can give her nothing. Our poor mother is sadly grieved. My father bears it better. How thankful am I, that we never let them know what has been said against him; we must forget it ourselves. They were off Saturday night about twelve, as is conjectured, but were not missed till yesterday morning at eight. The express was sent off directly. My dear Lizzy, they must have passed within ten miles of us. Colonel Forster gives us reason to expect him here soon. Lydia left a few lines for his wife, informing her of their intention. I must conclude, for I cannot be long from my poor mother. I am afraid you will not be able to make it out, but I hardly know what I have written."

Without allowing herself time for consideration, and scarcely knowing what she felt, Elizabeth, on finishing this letter, instantly seized the other, and opening it with the utmost impatience, read as follows -- it had been written a day later than the conclusion of the first:

第四十六章

伊丽莎白到蓝白屯的时候,因为没有立即接到吉英的来信,感到非常失望;第二天早上又感到同样的失望。可是到了第三天,她就再也不用焦虑了,再也不埋怨她的姐姐了,因为她这一天收到了姐姐两封信,其中一封注明曾经送错了地方。伊丽莎白并不觉得诧异,因为吉英确实把地址写得很潦草。

那两封信送来的时候,他们刚刚要出去溜达;舅父母管自己走了,让她一个人去静静地读信。误投过的那封信当然要先读,那还是五天前写的。信上先讲了一些小规模的宴会和约会之类的事,又报道了一些乡下的新闻;后一半却报道了重要消息,而且注明是下一天写的,显见得写信人提笔时心绪很乱。后半封内容如下:

亲爱的丽萃,写了上半封信之后,发生了一件极其出人意料、极其严重的事;可是我又怕吓坏了你。请放心吧,家里人都好,我这里要说的是关于可怜的丽迪雅的事。昨天晚上十二点钟,我们正要睡觉和时候,突然接到弗斯脱上校一封快信,告诉我们说,丽迪雅跟他部下的一个军官到苏格兰去了;老实说,就是跟韦翰私奔了!你想象我们当时多么惊奇。不过吉蒂却以为这件事并非完全出人意料。我真难受。这两个男女就这样冒冒失失地配成了一对!可是我还是愿意从最好的方面去着想,希望别人都是误解了他的人品。我固然认为他为人轻率冒昧,不过他这次的举动未必就是存心不良(让我们但愿如此吧)。至少他选中这个对象不是为了有利可图,因为他一定知道父亲没有一个钱给她。可怜的母亲伤心得要命。父亲总算还支持得住。谢天谢地,好在我们从来没有让他们老人家知道外界对他的议论。我们自己也不必把它放在心上。据大家猜想,他们大概是星期六晚上十二点钟走的,但是一直到昨天早 上八点钟,才发现这两个失了踪。于是弗斯脱上校连忙写信告诉我们。亲爱的丽萃,他们所经过的地方离开我们一定不满十英里。弗斯脱上校说,他一定立刻就到我们这里来。丽迪雅留了一封短信给弗斯脱太太,把他们两人的意图告诉了她。我不得不停笔了,因为我不能离开母亲太久。我怕你一定觉得莫明其妙吧,我自己也简直不知道在写些什么。

伊丽莎白读完了这封信以后,几乎说不出自己是怎样的感觉,想也没有想一下,便连忙抓起另一封信,迫不及待一拆开就看。这封信比第一封信迟写一天。