《傲慢与偏见》有声名著第59章04(中英对照)

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2012-9-7 09:19

《傲慢与偏见》有声名著第59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 59

"Lizzy," said her father, "I have given him my consent. He is the kind of man, indeed, to whom I should never dare refuse any thing, which he condescended to ask. I now give it to you, if you are resolved on having him. But let me advise you to think better of it. I know your disposition, Lizzy. I know that you could be neither happy nor respectable, unless you truly esteemed your husband; unless you looked up to him as a superior. Your lively talents would place you in the greatest danger in an unequal marriage. You could scarcely escape discredit and misery. My child, let me not have the grief of seeing you unable to respect your partner in life. You know not what you are about."

Elizabeth, still more affected, was earnest and solemn in her reply; and at length, by repeated assurances that Mr. Darcy was really the object of her choice, by explaining the gradual change which her estimation of him had undergone, relating her absolute certainty that his affection was not the work of a day, but had stood the test of many months suspense, and enumerating with energy all his good qualities, she did conquer her father's incredulity, and reconcile him to the match.

"Well, my dear," said he, when she ceased speaking, "I have no more to say. If this be the case, he deserves you. I could not have parted with you, my Lizzy, to any one less worthy."

To complete the favourable impression, she then told him what Mr. Darcy had voluntarily done for Lydia. He heard her with astonishment.

"This is an evening of wonders, indeed! And so, Darcy did every thing: made up the match, gave the money, paid the fellow's debts, and got him his commission! So much the better. It will save me a world of trouble and economy. Had it been your uncle's doing, I must and would have paid him; but these violent young lovers carry every thing their own way. I shall offer to pay him to-morrow; he will rant and storm about his love for you, and there will be an end of the matter."

He then recollected her embarrassment a few days before, on his reading Mr. Collins's letter; and after laughing at her some time, allowed her at last to go -- saying, as she quitted the room, "If any young men come for Mary or Kitty, send them in, for I am quite at leisure."

Elizabeth's mind was now relieved from a very heavy weight; and, after half an hour's quiet reflection in her own room, she was able to join the others with tolerable composure. Every thing was too recent for gaiety, but the evening passed tranquilly away; there was no longer any thing material to be dreaded, and the comfort of ease and familiarity would come in time.

第五十九章

父亲说:“丽萃,我已经允许他了。象他那样的人,只要蒙他不弃,有所请求,我当然只有答应。如果你现在已经决定了要嫁他,我当然决计允许你。不过我劝你还是再仔细想想:我了解你的个性,丽萃。我知道,你除非真正能敬重你的丈夫,认为他高你一等,你便不会觉得幸福,也不会觉得得意。以你这样了不起的才能,要是婚姻攀得不相称,那是极其危险的,那你就很难逃得了丢脸和悲惨的下场。好孩子,别让我以后眼看着你瞧不起你的终身伴侣,为你伤心。你得明白,这不是闹着玩的“

伊丽莎白更加感动,便非常认真、非常严肃地回答他的话;后来她又几次三番地说,达西确实确实是她选中的对象,说她对他的敬爱已经步步提高,说她相信他的感情决不是一朝一夕生长起来的,而是搁置了好几个月考验出来的;她又竭力赞扬他种种优美的品质,这才打消了父亲的犹疑,完全赞成了这门婚姻。

她讲完了,他便说道:“好孩子,这么说,我没有别的意见了。当真这样,他的确配得上你。丽萃,我可不愿意让你嫁给一个够不上这种标准的人。“

为了要使得父亲对达西先生更有好感,她又把他自告奋勇搭救丽迪雅的事告诉了父亲,父亲听了,大为惊奇。

“今天真是无奇不有了!原来一切全仗达西的大力,他一手撮合他们的婚姻,为他们赔钱,替那个家伙还债,给他找差使!这是再好也没有了。省了我多少麻烦,省了我多少钱。假如这事是你舅舅做的,我就非还他不可,而且可能已经还他了;可是这些狂恋热爱的年轻人,样样事都喜欢自作主张。明天我就提出还他的钱,他一定会大吹大擂,说他怎么样爱你疼你,那么事情就这样完了。“

于是他记起了前几天给伊丽莎白读柯林斯先生那封信的时候,她是多么局促不安;他又取笑了她一阵,最后才让她走了;她正要走出房门,他又说:“如果还有什么年轻人来向曼丽和吉蒂求婚,带他们进来好了,我正闲着呢。“

伊丽莎白心里那块大石头这才算放了下来,在自己房间里待了半个钟头定了定心以后,便神色镇定地去和大家待在一起了。所有欢乐愉快的事情都来得太突然,这个下午就这样心旷神怡地消磨过去了;现在再也没有什么重大的事情需要担忧了,但觉心安理得,亲切愉快。