《傲慢与偏见》有声名著第47章06(中英对照)

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2012-6-12 09:38

《傲慢与偏见》有声名著第47章06(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 47

In the afternoon, the two elder Miss Bennets were able to be for half an hour by themselves; and Elizabeth instantly availed herself of the opportunity of making many enquiries, which Jane was equally eager to satisfy. After joining in general lamentations over the dreadful sequel of this event, which Elizabeth considered as all but certain, and Miss Bennet could not assert to be wholly impossible, the former continued the subject by saying, "But tell me all and every thing about it which I have not already heard. Give me farther particulars. What did Colonel Forster say? Had they no apprehension of any thing before the elopement took place? They must have seen them together for ever."

"Colonel Forster did own that he had often suspected some partiality, especially on Lydia's side, but nothing to give him any alarm. I am so grieved for him. His behaviour was attentive and kind to the utmost. He was coming to us, in order to assure us of his concern, before he had any idea of their not being gone to Scotland; when that apprehension first got abroad, it hastened his journey."

"And was Denny convinced that Wickham would not marry? Did he know of their intending to go off? Had Colonel Forster seen Denny himself?"

"Yes; but when questioned by him, Denny denied knowing any thing of their plan, and would not give his real opinion about it. He did not repeat his persuasion of their not marrying -- and from that, I am inclined to hope, he might have been misunderstood before."

"And till Colonel Forster came himself, not one of you entertained a doubt, I suppose, of their being really married?"

"How was it possible that such an idea should enter our brains! I felt a little uneasy -- a little fearful of my sister's happiness with him in marriage, because I knew that his conduct had not been always quite right. My father and mother knew nothing of that, they only felt how imprudent a match it must be. Kitty then owned, with a very natural triumph on knowing more than the rest of us, that in Lydia's last letter she had prepared her for such a step. She had known, it seems, of their being in love with each other many weeks."

"But not before they went to Brighton?"

"No, I believe not."

"And did Colonel Forster appear to think ill of Wickham himself? Does he know his real character?"

"I must confess that he did not speak so well of Wickham as he formerly did. He believed him to be imprudent and extravagant. And since this sad affair has taken place, it is said that he left Meryton greatly in debt; but I hope this may be false."

"Oh, Jane, had we been less secret, had we told what we knew of him, this could not have happened!"

"Perhaps it would have been better," replied her sister. "But to expose the former faults of any person, without knowing what their present feelings were, seemed unjustifiable. We acted with the best intentions."

"Could Colonel Forster repeat the particulars of Lydia's note to his wife?"

"He brought it with him for us to see."

Jane then took it from her pocket-book, and gave it to Elizabeth. These were the contents:

第四十七章

到了下午,两位年纪最大的小姐有了半个钟头的时间可以在一起谈谈心。伊丽莎白不肯错过机会,连忙向吉英问东问西,吉英也连忙一一加以回答,好让妹妹放心。两姐妹先把这件事的不幸的后果共同叹息了一番。伊丽莎白认为一定会发生不幸的后果,吉英也认为难免。于是伊丽莎白继续说道:“凡是我不知道的情节,请你全部说给我听。请你谈得再详细一些。弗斯脱上校怎么说的?他们俩私奔之前,难道看不出一点形迹可疑的地方吗?照理应该常常看到他们两人在一起呀。“

“弗斯脱上校说,他也曾怀疑过他们俩有情感,特别是怀疑丽迪雅,可是他并没有看出什么形迹,因此没有及时留意。我真为他难受。他为人极其殷勤善良。远在他想到他们两人并没有到苏格兰去的时候,他就打算上我们这儿来慰问我们。等到人心惶惶的时候,他连忙便赶来了。“

“丹尼认为韦翰不会跟她结婚吗?他是否知道他们存心私奔?弗斯脱上校有没有见到丹尼本人?“

“见到的,不过他回到丹尼的时候,丹尼绝口否认,说是根本不知道他们私奔的打算,也不肯说出他自己对这件事究竟怎样看法。丹尼以后便没有再提起他们俩不会结婚之类的话。照这样看来,但愿上一次是我听错了他的话。“

“我想弗斯脱上校没有到这儿以前,你们谁都没有怀疑到他们不会正式结婚吧?“

“我们的脑子里怎么会有这种念头呢!我只是觉得有些不安心,有些顾虑,怕妹妹跟他结婚不会幸福,因为我早就知道他的品德不太端正。父亲和母亲完全不知道这种情形,他们只觉得这门亲事非常冒昧。吉蒂当时十分好胜地说,她比我们大家都熟悉内幕情形,丽迪雅给她的最后一封信上就已经隐隐约约透露也了一些口风,准备来这一着。看吉蒂那副神气,她好象远在她几个星期以前,就知道他们俩相爱了。“

“总不见得在他们俩去到白利屯以前就看出了吧?“

“不见得,我相信不见得。“

“弗斯脱上校是不是显出看不起韦翰的样子?他了解韦翰的真面目吗?“

“这我得承认,他不象从前那样器重他了。他认为他行事荒唐,又爱奢华,这件伤心的事发生以后,人们都传说他离开麦里屯的时候,还欠下了好多债,我但愿这是谣言。“

“哎哟,吉英,要是我们当初少替他保守一点秘密,把他的事情照直说出来,那也许就不会发生这件事了!“

吉英说:“说不定会好些,不过,光是揭露人家过去的错误,而不尊重人家目前的为人,未免亦有些说不过去。我们待人接物,应该完全好心好意。“

“弗斯脱上校能不能把丽迪雅留给他太太的那封短信逐字逐句背出来?“

“那封信他是随身带来给我们看的。“

于是吉英从口袋里掏出那封信,递给伊丽莎白。全文如下: