《傲慢与偏见》有声名著第54章02(中英对照)

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2012-8-1 11:21

《傲慢与偏见》有声名著第54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 54

She was not near enough to hear any of their discourse, but she could see how seldom they spoke to each other, and how formal and cold was their manner whenever they did. Her mother's ungraciousness, made the sense of what they owed him more painful to Elizabeth's mind; and she would, at times, have given any thing to be privileged to tell him that his kindness was neither unknown nor unfelt by the whole of the family.

She was in hopes that the evening would afford some opportunity of bringing them together; that the whole of the visit would not pass away without enabling them to enter into something more of conversation than the mere ceremonious salutation attending his entrance. Anxious and uneasy, the period which passed in the drawing-room, before the gentlemen came, was wearisome and dull to a degree that almost made her uncivil. She looked forward to their entrance as the point on which all her chance of pleasure for the evening must depend.

"If he does not come to me, then," said she, "I shall give him up for ever."

The gentlemen came; and she thought he looked as if he would have answered her hopes; but, alas! the ladies had crowded round the table, where Miss Bennet was making tea, and Elizabeth pouring out the coffee, in so close a confederacy that there was not a single vacancy near her which would admit of a chair. And on the gentlemen's approaching, one of the girls moved closer to her than ever, and said, in a whisper,

"The men shan't come and part us, I am determined. We want none of them; do we?"

Darcy had walked away to another part of the room. She followed him with her eyes, envied every one to whom he spoke, had scarcely patience enough to help anybody to coffee; and then was enraged against herself for being so silly!

"A man who has once been refused! How could I ever be foolish enough to expect a renewal of his love? Is there one among the sex, who would not protest against such a weakness as a second proposal to the same woman? There is no indignity so abhorrent to their feelings!"

She was a little revived, however, by his bringing back his coffee cup himself; and she seized the opportunity of saying,

"Is your sister at Pemberley still?"

"Yes, she will remain there till Christmas."

"And quite alone? Have all her friends left her?"

"Mrs. Annesley is with her. The others have been gone on to Scarborough, these three weeks."

She could think of nothing more to say; but if he wished to converse with her, he might have better success. He stood by her, however, for some minutes, in silence; and, at last, on the young lady's whispering to Elizabeth again, he walked away.

When the tea-things were removed, and the card tables placed, the ladies all rose, and Elizabeth was then hoping to be soon joined by him, when all her views were overthrown by seeing him fall a victim to her mother's rapacity for whist players, and in a few moments after seated with the rest of the party. She now lost every expectation of pleasure. They were confined for the evening at different tables, and she had nothing to hope, but that his eyes were so often turned towards her side of the room, as to make him play as unsuccessfully as herself.

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她觉得这无论是对于达西,对于她母亲,都是兴味索然,两不方便。座位隔得远了,她自然听不清达西跟她母亲讲些什么,可是她看得出他们俩很少谈话,谈起来又非常拘泥,非常冷淡。看看母亲对他那样敷衍应酬,再想想他对她们家里情深谊重,她当然分外难受。有几次她真恨不得能够告诉他说,她家里并不是没有人知道他的好处,并不是全家都对他忘恩负义。

她但愿这个下午彼此能够亲近一些,多谈些话,不要辜负了他这一场拜访,不要让他只是在进门时听到她照例地招呼一声,便一无所获。她感到万分焦急不安,因此在两位贵客没有走进会客室以前,她几乎厌倦沉闷得快要发脾气了。她一心盼望他们进来,因为整个下午的兴致完全在此一着。

她想:“假如那时候他依旧不到我跟前来,我只好永远把他放弃。“两位贵客进来了;看他那副神情,她倒觉得他不会辜负她一片心意。可是天哪!班纳特小姐在桌子上斟茶,伊丽莎白在洒咖啡,女客们却把这张桌子团团围住,大家挤在一起,摆一张椅子的空地方也没有。他们进来以后,有一个姑娘又向伊丽莎白身边更挨近一些,跟她低声说道:“我决计不让这般男人来把我们分开。不管哪个男人,我们都不让他来,好不好?“

达西只得走开。伊丽莎白眼睛盯牢着他看随便看到什么人跟他说话,她都觉得嫉妒。她几乎没有心思给客人们洒咖啡了。过了一会儿,她又埋怨自己不该这样痴心。

“他是一个被我拒绝过的男人!我怎么蠢到这般地步,竟会指望他重新爱上我?哪一个男人会这样没有骨气,向一个女人求第二次婚?他们决不屑做这种丢面子的事!“

这时只见他亲自把咖啡杯送回来,因此她总算稍微高兴了一些,立即抓住这个机会跟他说话:

“你妹妹还在彭伯里吗?“

“还在,她一直要在那儿待到圣诞节。“

“只有她一个人吗?她的朋友都走了没有?“

“安涅斯雷太太跟她在一起。别的人都在三个星期以前上斯卡巴勒去了。“

她想不出别的话可说了;不过,只要他愿意跟她谈话,他自有办法。他默默无言地在她身旁站了几分钟,后来那位年轻的小姐又眼伊丽莎白咬起耳朵来,他又只得走开。

等到茶具撤走、牌桌全摆好以后,女客们都站起身来,这时伊丽莎白更希望他立刻就到自己身边来,但见她母亲在四处硬拉人打“惠斯脱“,他也情面难却,顷刻之间就和从宾客一起坐上牌桌,于是她一切的希望都落了空。她满怀的兴致都变成泡影。今晚她已毫无指望。两个人只得各坐牌桌一张,达西的眼睛频频向她这边看,结果两个人都打输了牌。