《傲慢与偏见》有声名著第55章03(中英对照)

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2012-8-7 09:07

《傲慢与偏见》有声名著第55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 55

"I must go instantly to my mother;" she cried. "I would not on any account trifle with her affectionate solicitude; or allow her to hear it from any one but myself. He is gone to my father already. Oh! Lizzy, to know that what I have to relate will give such pleasure to all my dear family! how shall I bear so much happiness!"

She then hastened away to her mother, who had purposely broken up the card party, and was sitting up stairs with Kitty.

Elizabeth, who was left by herself, now smiled at the rapidity and ease with which an affair was finally settled, that had given them so many previous months of suspense and vexation.

"And this," said she, "is the end of all his friend's anxious circumspection! of all his sister's falsehood and contrivance! the happiest, wisest, most reasonable end!"

In a few minutes she was joined by Bingley, whose conference with her father had been short and to the purpose.

"Where is your sister?" said he hastily, as he opened the door.

"With my mother up stairs. She will be down in a moment, I dare say."

He then shut the door, and, coming up to her, claimed the good wishes and affection of a sister. Elizabeth honestly and heartily expressed her delight in the prospect of their relationship. They shook hands with great cordiality; and then, till her sister came down, she had to listen to all he had to say of his own happiness, and of Jane's perfections; and in spite of his being a lover, Elizabeth really believed all his expectations of felicity to be rationally founded, because they had for basis the excellent understanding, and super-excellent disposition of Jane, and a general similarity of feeling and taste between her and himself.

It was an evening of no common delight to them all; the satisfaction of Miss Bennet's mind gave a glow of such sweet animation to her face, as made her look handsomer than ever. Kitty simpered and smiled, and hoped her turn was coming soon. Mrs. Bennet could not give her consent or speak her approbation in terms warm enough to satisfy her feelings, though she talked to Bingley of nothing else for half an hour; and when Mr. Bennet joined them at supper, his voice and manner plainly shewed how really happy he was.

Not a word, however, passed his lips in allusion to it, till their visitor took his leave for the night; but as soon as he was gone, he turned to his daughter, and said,

"Jane, I congratulate you. You will be a very happy woman."

Jane went to him instantly, kissed him, and thanked him for his goodness.

"You are a good girl;" he replied, "and I have great pleasure in thinking you will be so happily settled. I have not a doubt of your doing very well together. Your tempers are by no means unlike. You are each of you so complying, that nothing will ever be resolved on; so easy, that every servant will cheat you; and so generous, that you will always exceed your income."

"I hope not so. Imprudence or thoughtlessness in money matters would be unpardonable in me."

第五十五章

吉英说:“我得马上上妈妈那儿去,我千万不能辜负她一片好心好意,我要亲自去把这件事说给她听,不要别人转言。他已经去告诉爸爸了。噢,丽萃,你知道,家里听到这件事,一个个会觉得多么高兴啊!我怎么受得了这样的幸福!“

于是她连忙到母亲那儿去,只见母亲已经特地散了牌场,跟吉蒂坐在椅上。

伊丽莎白一个人留在那儿,心想:家里人为了这件事,几个月来一直在烦神担心,如今却一下子便得到了解决,她想到这里,不禁一笑。

她说:“这就是他那位朋友处心积虑的结局!是他自己的姐妹自欺欺人的下场!这个结果真是太幸福、太圆满、太有意思了!“

没过几分钟,彬格莱就到她这儿来了,因为他跟她父亲谈得很简捷扼要。

他一打开门,便连忙问道:“你姐姐在哪儿?“

“在楼上我妈那儿,马上就会下来。“

他于是关上了门,走到她跟前,让她亲切地祝贺姐夫。伊丽莎白真心诚意地说,她为他们俩未来的美满姻缘感到欣喜。两人亲切地握了握手。她只听得他讲他自己的幸福,讲吉英的十全十美,一直讲到吉英下楼为止。虽然这些话是出于一个情人之口,可是她深信他那幸福的愿望一定可以实现,因为吉英绝顶聪明,脾气更是好得不能再好,这便是幸福的基础,而且他们彼此的性格和趣味也十分相近。

这一晚大家都非常高兴,班纳特小姐因为心里得意,脸上也显得鲜艳娇美,光彩焕发,比平常更加漂亮。吉蒂笑笑忍忍,忍忍笑笑,一心只希望这样的幸运赶快轮到自己头上。班纳特太太同彬格莱足足谈了半个钟头之久,她满口嘉许,极端赞美,可总觉得不能够把满腔的热情充分表达出来;班纳特先生跟大家一块儿吃晚饭的时候,但看他的谈吐举止,便可以看出他也快活到极点。

不过他当时对这件事却一字不提,等到贵客一走,他又连忙转过身来对大女儿说:

“吉英,我恭喜你。你可成了一个极幸福的姑娘啦。“

吉英立刻走上前去吻他,多谢他的好意。

他说:“你是个好孩子;想到你这样幸福地解决了终身大事,我真高兴。我相信你们一定能够和好相处。你们的性格很相近。你们遇事都肯迁就,结果会弄得样样事都拿不定主张,你们那么好讲话,结果会弄得个个佣人都欺负你们;你们都那么慷慨,到头来一定会入不敷出。“

“但愿不会如此。我要是在银钱问题上粗心大意,那是不可原谅的。“