《傲慢与偏见》有声名著第46章02(中英对照)

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2012-5-30 09:09

《傲慢与偏见》有声名著第46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 46

"By this time, my dearest sister, you have received my hurried letter; I wish this may be more intelligible, but though not confined for time, my head is so bewildered that I cannot answer for being coherent. Dearest Lizzy, I hardly know what I would write, but I have bad news for you, and it cannot be delayed. Imprudent as a marriage between Mr. Wickham and our poor Lydia would be, we are now anxious to be assured it has taken place, for there is but too much reason to fear they are not gone to Scotland. Colonel Forster came yesterday, having left Brighton the day before, not many hours after the express. Though Lydia's short letter to Mrs. F. gave them to understand that they were going to Gretna Green, something was dropped by Denny expressing his belief that W. never intended to go there, or to marry Lydia at all, which was repeated to Colonel F., who, instantly taking the alarm, set off from B. intending to trace their route. He did trace them easily to Clapham, but no farther; for on entering that place they removed into a hackney-coach and dismissed the chaise that brought them from Epsom. All that is known after this is that they were seen to continue the London road. I know not what to think. After making every possible enquiry on that side London, Colonel F. came on into Hertfordshire, anxiously renewing them at all the turnpikes, and at the inns in Barnet and Hatfield, but without any success; no such people had been seen to pass through. With the kindest concern he came on to Longbourn, and broke his apprehensions to us in a manner most creditable to his heart. I am sincerely grieved for him and Mrs. F., but no one can throw any blame on them. Our distress, my dear Lizzy, is very great. My father and mother believe the worst, but I cannot think so ill of him. Many circumstances might make it more eligible for them to be married privately in town than to pursue their first plan; and even if he could form such a design against a young woman of Lydia's connections, which is not likely, can I suppose her so lost to every thing? -- Impossible. I grieve to find, however, that Colonel F. is not disposed to depend upon their marriage; he shook his head when I expressed my hopes, and said he feared W. was not a man to be trusted. My poor mother is really ill and keeps her room. Could she exert herself it would be better, but this is not to be expected; and as to my father, I never in my life saw him so affected. Poor Kitty has anger for having concealed their attachment; but as it was a matter of confidence, one cannot wonder. I am truly glad, dearest Lizzy, that you have been spared something of these distressing scenes; but now, as the first shock is over, shall I own that I long for your return? I am not so selfish, however, as to press for it, if inconvenient. Adieu.

第四十六章

亲爱的妹妹,你现在大概收到了我那封匆促草成的信了吧。我希望这封信会把问题说得明白些;不过,时间虽然并不是急促,我的头脑却糊里糊涂,因此并不是担保这封信一定会写得有条有理。我的亲丽萃,我简直不知道该写些什么,但是我总得把坏消息报道给你,而且事不宜迟。尽管韦翰先生和我们可怜的丽迪雅的婚姻是多么荒唐,可是我们却巴不得听到他们已经结婚的消息,因为我们非常担心他们并没有到苏格兰去。弗斯脱上校前天寄出那封快信以后,稍隔数小时即由白利屯出发到我们这儿来,已于昨日抵达此间。虽然丽迪雅给弗太太的那封短信里说,他们俩要到格利那草场去,可是根据丹呢透露出来的口风,他相信韦决不打算到那儿去,也根本不打算跟丽迪雅结婚。弗上校一听此话,大为骇异,便连忙从白出发,希望能追到他们。他一路追踪觅迹,追到克拉普汗,这倒还不费什么事,可是再往前追便不容易,因为他们两人到达此地后,便把从艾普桑雇来的马车打发走了,重新雇了出租马车。以后的先踪去迹便颇难打听,只听见有人说,看见他们继续往伦敦那方面去。我不知道应该怎样想法。弗上校在伦敦竭力仔细打听了一番以后,便来到哈福德郡,在沿路的关卡上以及巴纳特和帽场两地所有的旅馆里,统统探寻了一遍,可是不得要领而返。大家都说没有看见这样的人走过。他无限关切地来到了浪搏恩,把他的种种疑虑全都诚心诚意地告诉了我们。我实在替他和弗太太难过;谁也不能怪他们夫妇俩。亲爱的丽萃,我们真是痛苦到极点。父亲和母亲都以为,这事情的下场势必糟透坏极,可是我却不忍心把他看作那么坏。也许为了种种关系,他们觉得在城里私下结婚,比较合适,故未按照原来计划进行;纵使他欺侮丽迪雅年幼无知,没有显亲贵戚,因而对她存心不良,难道丽迪雅自己也会不顾一切吗?这件事绝对不可能!不过,听到弗上校不大相信他们俩会结婚,我又不免伤心。我把我的心愿说给他听,他只是频频摇头,又说韦恐怕是个靠不住的人。可怜的妈真要病倒了,整天不出房门。要是她能勉强克制一下,事情也许要好些,可惜她无法办到。讲到父亲,我一辈子也没见过他这样难受。可怜的吉蒂也很气愤,她怪她自己没有把他们俩的亲密关系预先告诉家里;但是他们俩既然信任她能够保守秘密,我也不便怪她没有早讲。最亲爱的丽萃,我真替你高兴,这些痛苦的场面对你说来,真是眼不见为净。不过,开头一场惊险既已过去,我很希望你回来,你不会觉得我这是不合情理吧?如果你不方便,自然我也不会太自私,非要逼你回来不可。