《傲慢与偏见》有声名著第59章05(中英对照)

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2012-9-12 11:49

《傲慢与偏见》有声名著第59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 59

When her mother went up to her dressing-room at night, she followed her, and made the important communication. Its effect was most extraordinary; for on first hearing it, Mrs. Bennet sat quite still, and unable to utter a syllable. Nor was it under many, many minutes that she could comprehend what she heard; though not in general backward to credit what was for the advantage of her family, or that came in the shape of a lover to any of them. She began at length to recover, to fidget about in her chair, get up, sit down again, wonder, and bless herself.

"Good gracious! Lord bless me! only think! dear me! Mr. Darcy! Who would have thought it! And is it really true? Oh! my sweetest Lizzy! how rich and how great you will be! What pin-money, what jewels, what carriages you will have! Jane's is nothing to it -- nothing at all. I am so pleased -- so happy. Such a charming man! -- so handsome! so tall! -- Oh, my dear Lizzy! pray apologise for my having disliked him so much before. I hope he will overlook it. Dear, dear Lizzy. A house in town! Every thing that is charming! Three daughters married! Ten thousand a year! Oh, Lord! What will become of me. I shall go distracted."

This was enough to prove that her approbation need not be doubted: and Elizabeth, rejoicing that such an effusion was heard only by herself, soon went away. But before she had been three minutes in her own room, her mother followed her.

"My dearest child," she cried, "I can think of nothing else! Ten thousand a year, and very likely more! 'Tis as good as a Lord! And a special licence. You must and shall be married by a special licence. But my dearest love, tell me what dish Mr. Darcy is particularly fond of, that I may have it tomorrow."

This was a sad omen of what her mother's behaviour to the gentleman himself might be; and Elizabeth found that, though in the certain possession of his warmest affection, and secure of her relations' consent, there was still something to be wished for. But the morrow passed off much better than she expected; for Mrs. Bennet luckily stood in such awe of her intended son-in-law that she ventured not to speak to him, unless it was in her power to offer him any attention, or mark her deference for his opinion.

Elizabeth had the satisfaction of seeing her father taking pains to get acquainted with him; and Mr. Bennet soon assured her that he was rising every hour in his esteem.

"I admire all my three sons-in-law highly," said he. "Wickham, perhaps, is my favourite; but I think I shall like your husband quite as well as Jane's."

晚上母亲进化妆室去的时候,伊丽莎白也跟着母亲一起去,把这个重要的消息告诉她。班纳特太太的反应极好。她初听到这消息,只是静静地坐着,一句话也说不出,过了好一会儿,她才听懂了女儿的话,才隐隐约约地明白了又有一个女儿要出嫁了,这对于家里有多少好处。到最后她才完全弄明白了是怎么回事,于是在椅子上坐立不安,一会儿站起来,一会儿又坐下去,一会儿诧异,一会儿又为自己祝福。

“谢谢老天爷!谢天谢地!且想想看吧!天啊!达西先生!谁想得到哟!真有这回事吗?丽萃,我的心肝宝贝,你马上就要大富大贵了!你将要有多少针线钱,有多少珠宝,多少马车啊!吉英比起来就差得太远了──简直是天上地下。我真高兴──真快乐。这样可爱的丈夫!那么漂亮,那么魁伟!噢,我的好丽萃!我以前那么讨厌他,请你代我去向他求饶吧!我希望他不会计较。丽萃,我的心肝,我的宝贝。他在城里有所大住宅!漂亮的东西一应俱全!三个女儿出嫁啦!每年有一万镑收入!噢,天啊!我真乐不可支了。我要发狂了!“

这番话足以证明她完全赞成这门婚姻;伊丽莎白心喜的是,幸亏母亲这些得意忘形的话只有她一个人听见。不久她便走出房来,可是她走到自己房间里还没有三分钟,母亲又赶来了。

母亲大声叫道:“我的心肝,我脑子里再也想不到旁的东西了!一年有一万镑的收入,可能还要多!简直阔得象个皇亲国戚!而且还有特许结婚证──你当然要用特许结婚证结婚的。可是,我的宝贝,告诉我,达西先生爱吃什么菜,让我明天准备起来。“

这句话不是好兆头,看来她母亲明天又要在那位先生面前出丑;伊丽莎白心想,现在虽然已经十拿九稳地获得了他的热爱,而且也得到了家里人的同意,恐怕还是难免节外生枝。好在事出意料,第二天的情形非常好,这完全是多亏班纳特太太对她这位未来的女婿极其敬畏,简直不敢跟他说话,只是尽量向他献些殷勤,或者是恭维一下他的高谈阔论。

伊丽莎白看到父亲也尽心竭力地跟他亲近,觉得很满意;班纳特先生不久又对她说,他愈来愈器重达西先生了。

他说:“三个女婿都使我非常得意,或许韦翰是我最宠爱的一个;可是我想,你的丈夫也会象吉英丈夫一样讨我喜欢。“