《傲慢与偏见》有声名著第46章04(中英对照)

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2012-6-1 09:04

《傲慢与偏见》有声名著第46章04(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

"My father is gone to London, and Jane has written to beg my uncle's immediate assistance, and we shall be off, I hope, in half an hour. But nothing can be done; I know very well that nothing can be done. How is such a man to be worked on? How are they even to be discovered? I have not the smallest hope. It is every way horrible!"

Darcy shook his head in silent acquiescence.

"When my eyes were opened to his real character. -- Oh! had I known what I ought, what I dared, to do! But I knew not -- I was afraid of doing too much. Wretched, wretched, mistake!"

Darcy made no answer. He seemed scarcely to hear her, and was walking up and down the room in earnest meditation; his brow contracted, his air gloomy. Elizabeth soon observed and instantly understood it. Her power was sinking; every thing must sink under such a proof of family weakness, such an assurance of the deepest disgrace. She should neither wonder nor condemn, but the belief of his self-conquest brought nothing consolatory to her bosom, afforded no palliation of her distress. It was, on the contrary, exactly calculated to make her understand her own wishes; and never had she so honestly felt that she could have loved him, as now, when all love must be vain.

But self, though it would intrude, could not engross her. Lydia -- the humiliation, the misery, she was bringing on them all -- soon swallowed up every private care; and covering her face with her handkerchief, Elizabeth was soon lost to every thing else; and, after a pause of several minutes, was only recalled to a sense of her situation by the voice of her companion, who, in a manner, which though it spoke compassion, spoke likewise restraint, said, "I am afraid you have been long desiring my absence, nor have I any thing to plead in excuse of my stay, but real, though unavailing, concern. Would to heaven that any thing could be either said or done on my part, that might offer consolation to such distress! -- But I will not torment you with vain wishes, which may seem purposely to ask for your thanks. This unfortunate affair will, I fear, prevent my sister's having the pleasure of seeing you at Pemberley to-day."

"Oh, yes. Be so kind as to apologize for us to Miss Darcy. Say that urgent business calls us home immediately. Conceal the unhappy truth as long as it is possible. -- I know it cannot be long."

He readily assured her of his secrecy -- again expressed his sorrow for her distress, wished it a happier conclusion than there was at present reason to hope, and, leaving his compliments for her relations, with only one serious, parting, look, went away.

As he quitted the room, Elizabeth felt how improbable it was that they should ever see each other again on such terms of cordiality as had marked their several meetings in Derbyshire; and as she threw a retrospective glance over the whole of their acquaintance, so full of contradictions and varieties, sighed at the perverseness of those feelings which would now have promoted its continuance, and would formerly have rejoiced in its termination.

第四十六章

“我父亲到伦敦去了,吉英写信来,要舅父立刻回去帮忙,我希望我们在半个钟头之内就能动身。可是事情毫无办法,我认为一定毫无办法。这样的一个人,有什么办法对付得了?又想得出什么办法去找他们?我实在不敢存一线的希望。想来想去真可怕。“

达西摇摇头,表示默认。

“我当初本已看穿了他的人品,只怪我一时缺乏果断,没有大着胆子去办事。我只怕做得太过火,这真是千不该万不该!“

达西没有回答。他好象完全没有听到她的话,只是在房间里踱来踱去,煞费苦心地在深思默想。他双眉紧蹙,满脸忧愁。伊丽莎白立刻看到了他这副面容,而且随即明白了他的心思。她对他的魔力一步步在消退了;家庭这样不争气,招来了这样的奇耻大辱,自然处处都会惹得人家一天比一天看不起。她丝毫不觉得诧异,也不怪别人。她即使姑且认为他愿意委曲求全,也未必就会感到安慰,未必就会减轻痛苦。这反而足发使她愈加有自知之明。现在千恩万爱都已落空,她倒第一次感觉到真心真意地爱他。

她虽然难免想到自己,却并不是完全只想到自己。只要一想到丽迪雅给大家带来的耻辱和痛苦,她立刻就打消了一切的个人顾虑。她用一条手绢掩住了脸,便一切都不闻不问了。过了好一会儿,她听到她朋友的声音,这才神志清醒过来。只听得达西说话的声调里满含着同情,也带着一些拘束;“我恐怕你早就希望我走开了吧,我实在没有理由待在这儿,不过我无限地同情你,虽然这种同情无济于事。天哪,我但愿能够说几句什么话,或是尽我一份力量,来安慰安慰你这样深切的痛苦!可是我不愿意说些空洞的漂亮话,让你受罪,这样做倒好象是我故意要讨你的好。我恐怕这桩不幸的事,会使得你们今天不能到彭伯里去看我妹妹了。“

“哦!是呀,请你替我们向达西小姐道个歉吧。就说我们有紧要的事,非立刻回家不可。请你把这一桩不幸的事尽可能多隐瞒一些时候。不过我也知道隐瞒不了多久。“

他立刻答应替她保守秘密,又重新说他非常同情她的苦痛,希望这一件事会得到比较圆满的结局,不至于象现在所想象的这样糟糕,又请她代为问候她家里人,然后郑重地望了她一眼便告辞了。

他一走出房门,伊丽莎白就不禁想到;这一次居然能和他在德比郡见面,而且好几次见面都蒙他竭诚相待,这简直是出人意料。她又回想了一下他们整个一段交情,真是矛盾百出,千变万化,她以前曾经巴不得断绝这一段交情,如今却又希望能继续下去,想到这种颠三倒四的地方,不由得叹了口气。