《傲慢与偏见》有声名著第58章04(中英对照)

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2012-8-29 08:58

《傲慢与偏见》有声名著第58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 58

As a child I was taught what was right, but I was not taught to correct my temper. I was given good principles, but left to follow them in pride and conceit. Unfortunately an only son (for many years an only child), I was spoilt by my parents, who, though good themselves (my father, particularly, all that was benevolent and amiable), allowed, encouraged, almost taught me to be selfish and overbearing; to care for none beyond my own family circle; to think meanly of all the rest of the world; to wish at least to think meanly of their sense and worth compared with my own. Such I was, from eight to eight and twenty; and such I might still have been but for you, dearest, loveliest Elizabeth! What do I not owe you! You taught me a lesson, hard indeed at first, but most advantageous. By you, I was properly humbled. I came to you without a doubt of my reception. You shewed me how insufficient were all my pretensions to please a woman worthy of being pleased."

"Had you then persuaded yourself that I should?"

"Indeed I had. What will you think of my vanity? I believed you to be wishing, expecting my addresses."

"My manners must have been in fault, but not intentionally, I assure you. I never meant to deceive you, but my spirits might often lead me wrong. How you must have hated me after that evening?"

"Hate you! I was angry perhaps at first, but my anger soon began to take a proper direction."

"I am almost afraid of asking what you thought of me, when we met at Pemberley. You blamed me for coming?"

"No indeed; I felt nothing but surprise."

"Your surprise could not be greater than mine in being noticed by you. My conscience told me that I deserved no extraordinary politeness, and I confess that I did not expect to receive more than my due."

"My object then," replied Darcy, "was to shew you, by every civility in my power, that I was not so mean as to resent the past; and I hoped to obtain your forgiveness, to lessen your ill opinion, by letting you see that your reproofs had been attended to. How soon any other wishes introduced themselves I can hardly tell, but I believe in about half an hour after I had seen you."

He then told her of Georgiana's delight in her acquaintance, and of her disappointment at its sudden interruption; which naturally leading to the cause of that interruption, she soon learnt that his resolution of following her from Derbyshire in quest of her sister had been formed before he quitted the inn, and that his gravity and thoughtfulness there had arisen from no other struggles than what such a purpose must comprehend.

第五十八章

从小时候起,大人就教我,为人处世应该如此这般,却不教我要把脾气改好。他们教我要学这个规矩那个规矩,又让我学会了他们的傲慢自大。不幸我是一个独生子(有好几年,家里只有我一个孩子),从小给父母亲宠坏了。虽然父母本身都是善良人(特别是父亲,完全是一片慈善心肠,和蔼可亲),却纵容我自私自利,傲慢自大,甚至还鼓励我如此,教我如此。他们教我,除了自己家里人以外,不要把任何人放在眼里,教我看不起天下人,至少希望我去鄙薄别人的见识,鄙薄别人的长处,把天下人都看得不如我。从八岁到二十八岁,我都是受的这种教养,好伊丽莎白,亲伊丽莎白,要不是亏了你,我可能到现在还是如此!我哪一点不都是亏了你!你给了我一顿教训,开头我当然受不了,可是我实在受益非浅。你羞辱得我好有道理。当初我向你求婚,以为你一定会答应。多亏你使我明白过来,我既然认定一位小姐值得我去博她欢心,我又一味对她自命不凡,那是万万办不到的。“

“当初你真以为会博得我的欢心吗?“

“我的确是那样想的。你一定会笑我太自负吧?我当时还以为你在指望着我、等待着我来求婚呢。“

“那一定是因为我态度不好,可是我告诉你,我并不是故意要那样。我决不是有意欺骗你,可是我往往凭着一时的兴致,以致造成大错,从那天下午起,你一定是非常恨我。“

“恨你!开头我也许很气你,可是过了不久,我便知道究竟应该气谁了。“

“我简直不敢问你,那次我们在彭伯里见面,你对我怎么看法。你怪我不该来吗?“

“不,哪儿的话;我只是觉得惊奇。“

“你固然惊奇,可是我蒙你那样抬举,恐怕比你还要惊奇。我的良心告诉我说,我不配受到你的殷勤款待,老实说,这当时的确没有料到会受到份外的待遇。“

达西说:“我当时的用意,是要尽量做到礼貌周全,让你看出我气量颇大,不计旧怨,希望你知道我已经重视了你的责备,诚心改过,能够原谅我,冲淡你对我的恶感。至于我从什么时候又起了别的念头,实在很难说,大概是看到你以后的半个钟头之内。“

然后他又说,那次乔治安娜非常乐意跟她做朋友,不料交情突然中断,使她十分扫兴;接着自然又谈到交情中断的原因,伊丽莎白这才明白,当初他还没有离开那家旅馆以前,就已下定决心,要跟着她从德比郡出发,去找她的妹妹,至于他当时所以沉闷忧郁,并不是为了别的事操心,而是为了这件事在转念头。