《傲慢与偏见》有声名著第46章03(中英对照)

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2012-5-31 08:56

《傲慢与偏见》有声名著第46章03(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

I take up my pen again to do what I have just told you I would not, but circumstances are such, that I cannot help earnestly begging you all to come here as soon as possible. I know my dear uncle and aunt so well that I am not afraid of requesting it, though I have still something more to ask of the former. My father is going to London with Colonel Forster instantly, to try to discover her. What he means to do, I am sure I know not; but his excessive distress will not allow him to pursue any measure in the best and safest way, and Colonel Forster is obliged to be at Brighton again to-morrow evening. In such an exigence my uncle's advice and assistance would be every thing in the world; he will immediately comprehend what I must feel, and I rely upon his goodness."

"Oh! where, where is my uncle?" cried Elizabeth, darting from her seat as she finished the letter, in eagerness to follow him without losing a moment of the time so precious; but as she reached the door, it was opened by a servant, and Mr. Darcy appeared. Her pale face and impetuous manner made him start, and before he could recover himself enough to speak, she, in whose mind every idea was superseded by Lydia's situation, hastily exclaimed, "I beg your pardon, but I must leave you. I must find Mr. Gardiner this moment, on business that cannot be delayed; I have not a moment to lose."

"Good God! what is the matter?" cried he, with more feeling than politeness; then recollecting himself, "I will not detain you a minute, but let me, or let the servant, go after Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner. You are not well enough; -- you cannot go yourself."

Elizabeth hesitated, but her knees trembled under her, and she felt how little would be gained by her attempting to pursue them. Calling back the servant, therefore, she commissioned him, though in so breathless an accent as made her almost unintelligible, to fetch his master and mistress home instantly.

On his quitting the room, she sat down, unable to support herself, and looking so miserably ill that it was impossible for Darcy to leave her, or to refrain from saying, in a tone of gentleness and commiseration, "Let me call your maid. Is there nothing you could take, to give you present relief? -- A glass of wine; -- shall I get you one? -- You are very ill."

"No, I thank you;" she replied, endeavouring to recover herself. "There is nothing the matter with me. I am quite well. I am only distressed by some dreadful news which I have just received from Longbourn."

She burst into tears as she alluded to it, and for a few minutes could not speak another word. Darcy, in wretched suspense, could only say something indistinctly of his concern, and observe her in compassionate silence. At length, she spoke again. "I have just had a letter from Jane, with such dreadful news. It cannot be concealed from any one. My youngest sister has left all her friends -- has eloped; -- has thrown herself into the power of -- of Mr. Wickham. They are gone off together from Brighton. You know him too well to doubt the rest. She has no money, no connections, nothing that can tempt him to -- she is lost for ever."

Darcy was fixed in astonishment. "When I consider," she added, in a yet more agitated voice, "that I might have prevented it! -- I who knew what he was. Had I but explained some part of it only -- some part of what I learnt -- to my own family! Had his character been known, this could not have happened. But it is all, all too late now."

"I am grieved, indeed," cried Darcy; "grieved -- shocked. But is it certain, absolutely certain?"

"Oh yes! -- They left Brighton together on Sunday night, and were traced almost to London, but not beyond; they are certainly not gone to Scotland."

"And what has been done, what has been attempted, to recover her?"

第四十六章

再见吧!刚刚才告诉过你,我不愿意逼你回来,现在我又要拿起笔来逼你了,因为照目前情况看来,我不得不诚恳地请求你们尽可能快些回来。舅父母和我相知颇深,决不会见怪,我因此才大胆提出要求,而且我还有别的事要求舅父帮忙。父亲马上就要跟弗斯脱上校到伦敦去想办法找她。他的具体打算我无从知道,可是看他那么痛苦万状,就知道他办起事来决不会十分稳妥,而弗斯脱上校明天晚上就得回白利屯。情况如此紧急,万万非请舅父前来协助指示不可。我相信他一定会体谅我此刻的心情,我相信他一定肯来帮忙。

伊丽莎白读完信以后,不禁失声叫道:“舅父上哪儿去啦?“她连忙从椅子上跳起来急急去找寻舅父。时间太宝贵,一分钟也不能错过。她刚走到门口,恰逢佣人把门打开,达西先生走了进来。他看见她脸色苍白,神情仓皇,不由得吃了一惊。他还没有定下心来说一句话,她却因为一心只想到丽迪雅的处境,却连忙叫起来了:“对不起,不能奉陪。我有紧要的事要去找嘉丁纳先生,一分钟也不能耽搁。“

他抑制不住一时的感情冲动,便也顾不得礼貌。大声嚷道:“老天爷,这究竟是怎么回事?“他让自己定了一下心,然后接下去说:“我不愿意耽搁你一分钟;不过还是让我去替你找嘉丁纳先生夫妇吧,或是让佣人去也好。你身体不好;你不能去。“

伊丽莎白犹豫不定,但是她已经双膝发抖,也觉得自己没有办法去找他们。她只得叫佣人来,打发他去把主人和主妇立刻找回来。她说话的时候上气不接下气,几乎叫人家听不清楚。

佣人走出去以后,她便坐下来,达西见她身体已经支持不住,脸色非常难看,简直不放心离开她,便用了一种温柔体贴的声调跟她说:“让我把你的女佣人叫来吧。你能不能吃点东西,叫你自己好过一些?要我给你弄一杯酒吗?你好象有病呢。“

她竭力保持镇静,回答他道:“不要,谢谢你。我没有什么。我很好;只是刚刚从浪搏恩传来了一个不幸的消息,使我很难受。“

她说到这里,不禁哭了起来,半天说不出一句话。达西一时摸不着头脑,只得含含糊糊说了些慰问的话,默默无言地望着她,心里很是同情。后来她便向他吐露实情:“我刚刚收到吉英一封信,告诉我一个非常不幸的消息,反正这也瞒不住任何人。告诉你,我那最小的妹妹丢了她所有的亲友──私奔了──落入了韦翰先生的圈套。他们俩是从白利屯逃走的。你深知他的为人,下文也就不必提了。她没钱没势,没有任何地方足以使他要──丽迪雅一生完了。“

达西给吓呆了。伊丽莎白又用一种更激动的声调接下去说:“我本来是可以阻止这一件事的!我知道他的真面目!我只要把那件事的一部分──我所听到的一部分,早讲给家里人听就好了,要是大家都知道了他的品格,就不会出这一场乱子了,但现在事已太迟。“

达西叫道:“我真痛心,又痛心又惊吓。但是这消息靠得住吗,完全靠得住吗?“

“当然靠得住!他们是星期日晚上从白利屯出奔的,人家追他们一直追到伦敦,可是无法再追下去。他们一定没有去苏格兰。“

“那么,有没有想什么办法去找她呢?“