《傲慢与偏见》有声名著第55章02(中英对照)

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2012-8-6 09:12

《傲慢与偏见》有声名著第55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 55

Mrs. Bennet's schemes for this day were ineffectual. Bingley was every thing that was charming, except the professed lover of her daughter. His ease and cheerfulness rendered him a most agreeable addition to their evening party; and he bore with the ill-judged officiousness of the mother, and heard all her silly remarks with a forbearance and command of countenance particularly grateful to the daughter.

He scarcely needed an invitation to stay supper; and before he went away, an engagement was formed, chiefly through his own and Mrs. Bennet's means, for his coming next morning to shoot with her husband.

After this day, Jane said no more of her indifference. Not a word passed between the sisters concerning Bingley; but Elizabeth went to bed in the happy belief that all must speedily be concluded, unless Mr. Darcy returned within the stated time. Seriously, however, she felt tolerably persuaded that all this must have taken place with that gentleman's concurrence.

Bingley was punctual to his appointment; and he and Mr. Bennet spent the morning together, as had been agreed on. The latter was much more agreeable than his companion expected. There was nothing of presumption or folly in Bingley that could provoke his ridicule, or disgust him into silence; and he was more communicative, and less eccentric, than the other had ever seen him. Bingley of course returned with him to dinner; and in the evening Mrs. Bennet's invention was again at work to get every body away from him and her daughter. Elizabeth, who had a letter to write, went into the breakfast room for that purpose soon after tea; for as the others were all going to sit down to cards, she could not be wanted to counteract her mother's schemes.

But on returning to the drawing room, when her letter was finished, she saw, to her infinite surprise, there was reason to fear that her mother had been too ingenious for her. On opening the door, she perceived her sister and Bingley standing together over the hearth, as if engaged in earnest conversation; and had this led to no suspicion, the faces of both, as they hastily turned round and moved away from each other, would have told it all. Their situation was awkward enough; but her's she thought was still worse. Not a syllable was uttered by either; and Elizabeth was on the point of going away again, when Bingley, who as well as the other had sat down, suddenly rose, and whispering a few words to her sister, ran out of the room.

Jane could have no reserves from Elizabeth, where confidence would give pleasure; and instantly embracing her, acknowledged, with the liveliest emotion, that she was the happiest creature in the world.

"'Tis too much!" she added, "by far too much. I do not deserve it. Oh! why is not every body as happy?"

Elizabeth's congratulations were given with a sincerity, a warmth, a delight, which words could but poorly express. Every sentence of kindness was a fresh source of happiness to Jane. But she would not allow herself to stay with her sister, or say half that remained to be said for the present.

第五十五章

班纳特太太这一天的打算没有如愿。彬格莱样样都讨人喜爱,只可惜没有公然以她女儿的情人自居。他安然自若,神情愉快,在她们晚间的家庭聚会上,人人都喜欢他。虽然班纳特太太不知分寸,多管闲事,他却竭力忍受;尽管她讲出多少蠢话,他也一些不动声色,很有耐性地听着,这特别叫那女儿满意。

他几乎用不到主人家邀请,便自己留下来吃饭;他还没有告辞,便又顺应着班纳特太太的意思,将计就计,约定明天来跟她丈夫打鸟。

自从这一天以后,吉英再也不说对他无所谓了。姐妹两人事后一句也没有谈起彬格莱,可是伊丽莎白上床的时候,心里很是快活,觉得只要达西先生不准时赶回来,这件事很快便会有眉目。不过她又认为事到如今,达西先生一定早已表示同意。

第二天彬格莱准时赴约,依照事先约定,跟班纳特先生在一起消磨了整个上午。班纳特先生和蔼可亲,实在远远出乎彬格莱先生的意料。这是因为,彬格莱没有什么傲慢或愚蠢的地方惹他嘲笑,或是叫他讨厌得不肯理睬他。比起彬格莱上次跟他见面的情形来,他这次更加健谈。也不象以前那样古怪。不用说,彬格莱跟他一同回来吃了中饭,晚上班纳特太太又设法把别人都遣开,让他跟她女儿在一起。伊丽莎白今晚有一封信要写吃,过茶以后,便到起坐间去写信,因为她看到别人都坐下打牌,不便再和她母亲作对。

等她写好了信回到客厅里来的时候,一看那种情景,不由得触目惊心,认为母亲果然比她聪明得多。且说她一走进门,只见姐姐和彬格莱一起站在壁炉跟前,看来正在谈话谈得起劲,如果这情形还没有什么可疑,那么,只消看看他们俩那般的脸色,那般慌慌张张转过身去,立即分开,你心里便有数了。他们窘态毕露,可是她自己却更窘。他们坐了下来,一言不发;伊丽莎白正待走开,只见彬格莱突然站起身来,跟她姐姐悄悄地说了几句话,便跑出去了。

吉英心里有了快活的事情,向来不隐瞒伊丽莎白,于是她马上抱住妹妹,极其热情地承认她自己是天下最幸福的人。

她又说:“太幸福了!实在太幸福了。我不配。哎哟,为什么不能人人都象我这样幸福呢?“

伊丽莎白连忙向她道喜,真诚热烈,欢欣异常,实在非笔墨所能形容。她每说一句亲切的话,就增加吉英一分幸福的感觉。可是吉英不能跟妹妹多纠缠了,她要说的话还没有说到一半,可不能再说下去了。