《傲慢与偏见》有声名著第52章04(中英对照)

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2012-7-18 09:26

《傲慢与偏见》有声名著第52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 52

Mr. Darcy was punctual in his return, and as Lydia informed you, attended the wedding. He dined with us the next day, and was to leave town again on Wednesday or Thursday. Will you be very angry with me, my dear Lizzy, if I take this opportunity of saying (what I was never bold enough to say before) how much I like him. His behaviour to us has, in every respect, been as pleasing as when we were in Derbyshire. His understanding and opinions all please me; he wants nothing but a little more liveliness, and that, if he marry prudently, his wife may teach him. I thought him very sly; -- he hardly ever mentioned your name. But slyness seems the fashion. Pray forgive me if I have been very presuming, or at least do not punish me so far as to exclude me from P. I shall never be quite happy till I have been all round the park. A low phaeton, with a nice little pair of ponies, would be the very thing. But I must write no more. The children have been wanting me this half hour. Your's, very sincerely,

M. GARDINER."

The contents of this letter threw Elizabeth into a flutter of spirits, in which it was difficult to determine whether pleasure or pain bore the greatest share. The vague and unsettled suspicions which uncertainty had produced of what Mr. Darcy might have been doing to forward her sister's match, which she had feared to encourage as an exertion of goodness too great to be probable, and at the same time dreaded to be just, from the pain of obligation, were proved beyond their greatest extent to be true! He had followed them purposely to town, he had taken on himself all the trouble and mortification attendant on such a research; in which supplication had been necessary to a woman whom he must abominate and despise, and where he was reduced to meet, frequently meet, reason with, persuade, and finally bribe, the man whom he always most wished to avoid, and whose very name it was punishment to him to pronounce. He had done all this for a girl whom he could neither regard nor esteem. Her heart did whisper that he had done it for her. But it was a hope shortly checked by other considerations, and she soon felt that even her vanity was insufficient, when required to depend on his affection for her -- for a woman who had already refused him -- as able to overcome a sentiment so natural as abhorrence against relationship with Wickham. Brother-in-law of Wickham! Every kind of pride must revolt from the connection. He had, to be sure, done much. She was ashamed to think how much. But he had given a reason for his interference, which asked no extraordinary stretch of belief. It was reasonable that he should feel he had been wrong; he had liberality, and he had the means of exercising it; and though she would not place herself as his principal inducement, she could, perhaps, believe that remaining partiality for her might assist his endeavours in a cause where her peace of mind must be materially concerned.

第五十二章

达西先生准时来到,正如丽迪雅所告诉你的,他参加了婚礼。他第二天跟我们在一起吃饭,星期三或星期四又要进城去。亲爱的丽萃,要是我利用这个机会说,我多么喜欢他(我以前一直没有敢这样说),你会生我的气吗?他对待我们的态度,从任何方面来说,都跟我们在德比郡的时候同样讨人喜爱。他的见识,他的言论,我都很喜欢。他没有任何缺点,只不过稍欠活泼;关于这一点,只要他结婚结得当心一些,娶个好太太,他也许会让她给教好的。我认为他很调皮,因为他几乎没有提起过你的名字。但是调皮倒好象成了时下的一种风气。如果我说得太放肆了,还得请你原谅,至少不要处罚我太厉害,将来连彭伯里也不许我去啊。我要把那个花园逛遍了,才会心满意足。我只要弄一辆矮矮的双轮小马车,驾上一对漂亮的小马就行了。我无法再写下去,孩子们已经嚷着要我要了半个钟头。

你的舅母M·嘉丁纳九月六日写于天恩寺街

伊丽莎白读了这封信,真是心神摇荡。她这种心情,叫人家弄不明白她是高兴多于苦痛,还是苦痛多于高兴。她本来也曾隐隐约约、疑疑惑惑地想到达西先生可能会成全她妹妹的好事,可是又不敢往这方面多想,怕他不可能好心到这个地步;另一方面她又顾虑到,如果他当真这样做了,那又未免情意太重,报答不了人家,因此她又痛苦。如今这些揣测却成了千真万确的事实!想不到他那天竟会跟随着她和舅父母赶到城里去。他不惜担当起一切的麻烦和艰苦,来探索这件事。他不得不向一个他所深恶痛绝、极其鄙视的女人去求情。他不得不委曲求全,同一个他极力要加以回避、而且连名字也不愿意提起的人去见面,常常见面,跟他说理,规劝他,最后还不得不贿赂他。他这般仁至义尽,只不过是为了一个他既无好感又不器重的姑娘。她心里轻轻地说,他这样做,都是为了她。但是,再想到一些别的方面,她立刻就不敢再存这个希望。她马上感觉到,她本可以从虚荣心出发,认为他确实爱她,可是她哪能存着那么大的虚荣心,指望他会爱上一个已经拒绝过他的女人!他不愿意跟韦翰做亲戚,这种情绪本来也极其自然,又哪能指望他去迁就!何况是跟韦翰做连襟!凡是稍有自尊心的人,都容忍不了这种亲戚关系。毫无问题,他为这件事出了很大的力。她简直不好意思去想象他究竟出了多大的力。他所以要过问这件事,理由已经由他自己加以说明,你不必多费思索就可以深信无疑。他怪他自己当初做事欠妥,这自然讲得通;他很慷慨,而且有资格可以慷慨;虽然她不愿意认为他这次主要就是为了她,可是她也许可以相信,他对她依旧未能忘情,因此遇到这样一件与她心境攸关的事情,他还是愿意尽心竭力。