《傲慢与偏见》有声名著第60章03(中英对照)

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2012-9-14 11:22

《傲慢与偏见》有声名著第60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 60

"Lady Catherine has been of infinite use, which ought to make her happy, for she loves to be of use. But tell me, what did you come down to Netherfield for? Was it merely to ride to Longbourn and be embarrassed? or had you intended any more serious consequence?"

"My real purpose was to see you, and to judge, if I could, whether I might ever hope to make you love me. My avowed one, or what I avowed to myself, was to see whether your sister were still partial to Bingley, and if she were, to make the confession to him which I have since made."

"Shall you ever have courage to announce to Lady Catherine what is to befall her?"

"I am more likely to want more time than courage, Elizabeth. But it ought to done, and if you will give me a sheet of paper, it shall be done directly."

"And if I had not a letter to write myself, I might sit by you and admire the evenness of your writing, as another young lady once did. But I have an aunt, too, who must not be longer neglected."

From an unwillingness to confess how much her intimacy with Mr. Darcy had been over-rated, Elizabeth had never yet answered Mrs. Gardiner's long letter; but now, having that to communicate which she knew would be most welcome, she was almost ashamed to find that her uncle and aunt had already lost three days of happiness, and immediately wrote as follows:

"I would have thanked you before, my dear aunt, as I ought to have done, for your long, kind, satisfactory, detail of particulars; but to say the truth, I was too cross to write. You supposed more than really existed. But now suppose as much as you chuse; give a loose to your fancy, indulge your imagination in every possible flight which the subject will afford, and unless you believe me actually married, you cannot greatly err. You must write again very soon, and praise him a great deal more than you did in your last. I thank you, again and again, for not going to the Lakes. How could I be so silly as to wish it! Your idea of the ponies is delightful. We will go round the Park every day. I am the happiest creature in the world. Perhaps other people have said so before, but not one with such justice. I am happier even than Jane; she only smiles, I laugh. Mr. Darcy sends you all the love in the world that he can spare from me. You are all to come to Pemberley at Christmas. Your's, &c."

Mr. Darcy's letter to Lady Catherine was in a different style; and still different from either was what Mr. Bennet sent to Mr. Collins, in reply to his last.

“咖苔琳夫人倒帮了极大的忙,她自己也应该高兴,因为她喜欢帮人家的忙。可是请你告诉我,你这次上尼日斐花园来是干什么的?难道就是为了骑着马到浪搏恩来难为情一番吗?你不没有预备要做出些正经大事来呢?“

“我上这儿来的真正目的,就是为了看看你。如果可能的话,我还要想法子研究研究,是否有希望使你爱上我。至于在别人面前,在我自己心里,我总是说,是为了看看你姐姐对彬格莱是否依然有情,我就决计把这事的原委向他说明。“

“你有没有勇气把咖苔琳夫人的自讨没趣,向她自己宣布一遍?“

“我并不是没有勇气,而是没有时间,伊丽莎白。可是这件事是应该要做的;如果你给我一张纸,我马上就来做。“

“要不是我自己有封信要写,我一定会象另外一位年轻的小姐一样,坐在你身旁欣赏你那工整的书法。可惜我也有一位舅母,再不能不回信给她了。“

且说前些时候,舅母过高地估计了伊丽莎白和达西先生的交情,伊丽莎白又不愿意把事情向舅母说明白,因此嘉丁纳太太写来的那封长信一直还没有回答,现在有了这个可喜的消息告诉她,她一定会喜欢,可是伊丽莎白倒觉得,让舅父母迟了三天才知道这个消息,真有些不好意思。她马上写道;──

亲爱的舅母,蒙你写给我那封亲切而令人满意的长信,告诉了我种种详情细节,本当早日回信道谢,无奈我当时实在情绪不佳,因而不愿意动笔。你当时所想象的情况,实在有些过甚其辞。可是现在,你大可爱怎么想就怎么想了。关于这件事,你可以放纵你的幻想,想到哪里就是哪里,只要你不以为我已经结了婚,你总不会猜想得太过分。你得马上再写封信来把他赞美一番,而且要赞美得大大超过你上一封信。我要多谢你没有带我到湖区去旅行。我真傻,为什么到湖区去呢?你说要弄几匹小马去游园,这个打算可真有意思。今后我们便可以每天在那个园里兜圈子了。我现在成了天下最幸福的人。也许别人以前也说过这句话,可是谁也不能象我这样名副其实。我甚至比吉英还要幸福;她只是莞尔微笑,我却纵声大笑。达西先生分一部分爱我之心问候你。欢迎你们到彭伯里来圣诞节。──你的甥女。(下略)

达西先生写给咖苔琳夫人的信,格调和这封信不一样,而班纳特先生写给柯林斯先生的轵,和这两封信又是全不相同。