《傲慢与偏见》有声名著第54章03(中英对照)

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2012-8-2 09:00

《傲慢与偏见》有声名著第54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 54

Mrs. Bennet had designed to keep the two Netherfield gentlemen to supper; but their carriage was unluckily ordered before any of the others, and she had no opportunity of detaining them.

"Well girls," said she, as soon as they were left to themselves, "What say you to the day? I think every thing has passed off uncommonly well, I assure you. The dinner was as well dressed as any I ever saw. The venison was roasted to a turn -- and everybody said they never saw so fat a haunch. The soup was fifty times better than what we had at the Lucases' last week; and even Mr. Darcy acknowledged, that the partridges were remarkably well done; and I suppose he has two or three French cooks at least. And, my dear Jane, I never saw you look in greater beauty. Mrs. Long said so too, for I asked her whether you did not. And what do you think she said besides? "Ah! Mrs. Bennet, we shall have her at Netherfield at last." She did indeed. I do think Mrs. Long is as good a creature as ever lived -- and her nieces are very pretty behaved girls, and not at all handsome: I like them prodigiously."

Mrs. Bennet, in short, was in very great spirits; she had seen enough of Bingley's behaviour to Jane, to be convinced that she would get him at last; and her expectations of advantage to her family, when in a happy humour, were so far beyond reason, that she was quite disappointed at not seeing him there again the next day, to make his proposals.

"It has been a very agreeable day," said Miss Bennet to Elizabeth. "The party seemed so well selected, so suitable one with the other. I hope we may often meet again."

Elizabeth smiled.

"Lizzy, you must not do so. You must not suspect me. It mortifies me. I assure you that I have now learnt to enjoy his conversation as an agreeable and sensible young man, without having a wish beyond it. I am perfectly satisfied, from what his manners now are, that he never had any design of engaging my affection. It is only that he is blessed with greater sweetness of address, and a stronger desire of generally pleasing, than any other man."

"You are very cruel," said her sister, "you will not let me smile, and are provoking me to it every moment."

"How hard it is in some cases to be believed!"

"And how impossible in others!"

"But why should you wish to persuade me that I feel more than I acknowledge?"

"That is a question which I hardly know how to answer. We all love to instruct, though we can teach only what is not worth knowing. Forgive me; and if you persist in indifference, do not make me your confidante."

第五十四章

班纳特太太本来打算留尼日斐花园的这两位贵客吃晚饭,不幸的是,他们吩咐佣人套车比谁都先,因此她没有机会留他们。

客人们一走,班纳特太太便说:“孩子们,今天过得快活吗?告诉你们,我觉得一切都非常顺利。饭菜烹调得从来没有过的那么好。鹿肉烧得恰到好处,大家都说,从来没有见过这么肥的腰肉。说到汤,比起我们上星期在卢卡斯家里吃的,那可不知要好多少。连达西先生也承认鹧鸪烧得美极了,我看他自己至少用了三个法国厨子呢。再说,亲爱的吉英,我从来没有看见你比今天更美。郎格太太也这么说,因为我在她面前问过你美不美。你猜她还说了些什么?她说:‘呃!班纳特太太,她少不了要嫁到尼日斐花园去的。她真是这么说来着。我觉得郎格太太这个人真是太好了;她的侄女们都是些规规矩矩的好姑娘,只可惜长得一点也不好看。我真喜欢她们。“

总而言之,班纳特太太今天的确高兴极了。她把彬格莱对吉英的一举一动全看在眼里,因此相信吉英一定会把他弄到手。她一时高兴,便不禁想入非非,一心只指望这门亲事会给她家里带来多少多少好处,等到第二天不见他来求婚,她又大失所望。

班纳特小姐对伊丽莎白说:“今天一天过得真有意思,来吃饭的客人都挑选得那么好,大家都很投机。我希望今后我们能够常常聚会。“

伊丽莎白笑了笑。

“丽萃,请你千万不要笑,千万不要疑心我。这会使我难受。告诉你吧,我只不过很欣赏这样一位聪明和蔼的年轻人的谈吐,并没有存别的非份之想。他的整个举止作风中间,有一点我完全感到满意,那就是他绝对没有想要博得我的欢心。只不过他的谈吐实在比别人美妙,而且他也比别人随和。“

只听得妹妹说:“你真狠心,你不让我笑,又偏偏要时时刻刻引我发笑。“

“有些事是多么不容易叫人相信!“

“又有些事简直不可能叫人相信!“

“可是,你为什么偏要逼我,认为我没有把真心话全说出来呢?“

“这话可收我无从回答了。我们都喜欢替人家出主意,可是人家出了主意,人家又不领情。算我对你不起。如果你再三要说你对他没有什么意思,可休想叫我相信。“