《傲慢与偏见》有声名著第58章05(中英对照)

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2012-8-30 09:07

《傲慢与偏见》有声名著第58章05(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

She expressed her gratitude again, but it was too painful a subject to each, to be dwelt on farther.

After walking several miles in a leisurely manner, and too busy to know any thing about it, they found at last, on examining their watches, that it was time to be at home.

"What could become of Mr. Bingley and Jane!" was a wonder which introduced the discussion of their affairs. Darcy was delighted with their engagement; his friend had given him the earliest information of it.

"I must ask whether you were surprised?" said Elizabeth.

"Not at all. When I went away, I felt that it would soon happen."

"That is to say, you had given your permission. I guessed as much." And though he exclaimed at the term, she found that it had been pretty much the case.

"On the evening before my going to London," said he, "I made a confession to him, which I believe I ought to have made long ago. I told him of all that had occurred to make my former interference in his affairs absurd and impertinent. His surprise was great. He had never had the slightest suspicion. I told him, moreover, that I believed myself mistaken in supposing, as I had done, that your sister was indifferent to him; and as I could easily perceive that his attachment to her was unabated, I felt no doubt of their happiness together."

Elizabeth could not help smiling at his easy manner of directing his friend.

"Did you speak from your own observation," said she, "when you told him that my sister loved him, or merely from my information last spring?"

"From the former. I had narrowly observed her during the two visits which I had lately made here; and I was convinced of her affection."

"And your assurance of it, I suppose, carried immediate conviction to him."

"It did. Bingley is most unaffectedly modest. His diffidence had prevented his depending on his own judgment in so anxious a case, but his reliance on mine made every thing easy. I was obliged to confess one thing, which for a time, and not unjustly, offended him. I could not allow myself to conceal that your sister had been in town three months last winter, that I had known it, and purposely kept it from him. He was angry. But his anger, I am persuaded, lasted no longer than he remained in any doubt of your sister's sentiments. He has heartily forgiven me now."

Elizabeth longed to observe that Mr. Bingley had been a most delightful friend; so easily guided that his worth was invaluable; but she checked herself. She remembered that he had yet to learn to be laughed at, and it was rather too early to begin. In anticipating the happiness of Bingley, which of course was to be inferior only to his own, he continued the conversation till they reached the house. In the hall they parted.

第五十八章


她又感谢了他一次,但是提起这桩事,双方都非常痛苦,所以没有再谈下去。

他们这样悠闲自在地溜达了好几英里路,也无心再去注意这种事,最后看看表,才发觉应该回家了。

“彬格莱和吉英上哪儿去了?“他们俩从这句话又谈到那另外一对的事情上去。达西早已知道他朋友已经和吉英订婚,觉得很高兴。

伊丽莎白说:“我得问问你,你是否觉得事出意外?“

“完全不觉得意外。我临走的时候,便觉得事情马上会成功。“

“那么说,你早就允许了他啦。真让我猜着了。“虽然他意图声辨,说她这种说法不对,她却认为事实确实如此。

他说:“我到伦敦去的前一个晚上,便把这事情向他坦白了,其实早就应该坦白的。我把过去的事都对他说了,使他明白我当初阻挡他那件事,真是又荒谬又冒失。他大吃一惊。他从来没有想到会有这种事。我还告诉他说,我从前以为你姐姐对他平平淡淡,现在才明白是我自己想错了;我立刻看出他对吉英依旧一往情深,因此我十分相信他们俩的结合一定会幸福。“

伊丽莎白听到他能够这样轻而易举地指挥他的朋友,不禁一笑。

她问道:“你跟他说,我姐姐爱他,你这话是自己体验出来的呢,还是春天里听我说的?“

“是我自己体验出来的。最近我到你家里去过两次,仔细观察了她一下,便看出她对他感情很深切。“

“我想,一经你说明,他也立刻明白了吧。“

“的确如此。彬格莱为人极其诚恳谦虚。他因为胆怯,所以遇到这种迫切问题,自己便拿不定主张,总是相信我的话,因此这次一切都做得很顺利。我不得不向他招认了一件事,我估计他在短时期里当然难免要为这件事生气。我老实对他说,去年冬天你姐姐进城去待了三个月,当时我知道这件事,却故意瞒住了他。他果然很生气。可是我相信,他只要明白了你姐姐对他有情感,他的气愤自然会消除。他现在已经真心诚意地宽恕了我。“

伊丽莎白觉得,彬格莱这样容易听信别人的话,真是难得;她禁不往要说,彬格莱真是个太可爱的人,可是她毕竟没有把这句话说出口。她想起了目前还不便跟达西开玩笑,现在就开他的玩笑未免太早。他继续跟她谈下去,预言着彬格莱的幸福──这种幸福当然抵不上他自己的幸福。两人一直块谈到走进家门,步入穿堂,方才分开。