《呼啸山庄》有声名著第二十八章02(中英对照)

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2011-5-6 09:27

《呼啸山庄》有声名著第二十八章02(中英对照)

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《呼啸山庄》是英国女作家勃朗特姐妹之一艾米莉·勃朗特的作品。小说描写吉卜赛弃儿希 斯克利夫被山庄老主人收养后,因受辱和恋爱不遂,外出致富,回来后对与其女友凯瑟琳结婚的地主林顿及其子女进行报复的故事。全篇充满强烈的反压迫、争幸福 的斗争精神,又始终笼罩着离奇、紧张的浪漫气氛。它开始曾被人看做是年青女作家脱离现实的天真幻想,但结合其所描写地区激烈的阶级斗争和英国的社会现象, 它不久便被评论界高度肯定,并受到读者的热烈欢迎。根据这部小说改编的影视作品至今久演不衰。

Chapter28-02

`And you can get the key if you choose?' I said.

`Yes, when I'm upstairs,' he answered; `but I can't walk upstairs now.

`In what apartment is it?' I asked.

`Oh,' he cried, `I shan't tell you where it is! It is our secret. Nobody, neither Hareton nor Zillah, is to know. There! you've tired me--go away, go away!' And he turned his face on to his arm, and shut his eyes again.

I considered it best to depart without seeing Mr Heathcliff, and bring a rescue for my young lady from the Grange. On reaching it, the astonishment of my fellow-servants to see me, and their joy also, was intense; and when they heard that their little mistress was safe, two or three were about to hurry up and shout the news at Mr Edgar's door: but I bespoke the announcement of it, myself. How changed I found him, even in those few days! He lay an image of sadness and resignation waiting his death. Very young he looked; though his actual age was thirty-nine, one would have called him ten years younger, at least. He thought of Catherine; for he murmured her name. I touched his hand, and spoke.

`Catherine is coming, dear master!' I whispered; `she is alive and well; and will be here, I hope, tonight.'

I trembled at the first effects of this intelligence: he half rose up, looked eagerly round the apartment, and then sank back in a swoon. As soon as he recovered, I related our compulsory visit, and detention at the Heights. I said Heathcliff forced me to go in: which was not quite true. I uttered as little as possible against Linton; nor did I describe all his father's brutal conduct--my intentions being to add no bitterness, if I could help it, to his already overflowing cup.

He divined that one of his enemy's purposes was to secure the personal property, as well as the estate, to his son: or rather himself; yet why he did not wait till his decease was a puzzle to my master, because ignorant how nearly he and his nephew would quit the world together. However, he felt that his will had better be altered: instead of leaving Catherine's fortune at her own disposal, he determined to put it in the hands of trustees for her use during life, and for her children, if she had any, after her. By that means, it could not fall to Mr Heathcliff should Linton die.

Having received his orders, I dispatched a man to fetch the attorney, and four more, provided with serviceable weapons, to demand my young lady of her jailer. Both parties were delayed very late. The single servant returned first. He said Mr Green, the lawyer, was out when he arrived at his house, and he had to wait two hours for his re-entrance; and then Mr Green told him he had a little business in the village that must be done; but he would be at Thrushcross Grange before morning. The four men came back unaccompanied also. They brought word that Catherine was ill: too ill to quit her room; and Heathcliff would not suffer them to see her. I scolded the stupid fellows well for listening to that tale, which I would not carry to my master; resolving to take a whole bevy up to the Heights, at daylight, and storm it literally, unless the prisoner were quietly surrendered to us. Her father shall see her, I vowed, and vowed again, if that devil be killed on his own doorstones in trying to prevent it!

Happily, I was spared the journey and the trouble. I had gone downstairs at three o'clock to fetch a jug of water; and was passing through the hall with it in my hand, when a sharp knock at the front door made me jump. `Oh! it is Green,' I said, recollecting myself--`only Green,' and I went on, intending to send somebody else to open it; but the knock was repeated: not loud, and still importunately. I put the jug on the banister and hastened to admit him myself. The harvest moon shone clear outside. It was not the attorney. My own sweet little mistress sprang on my neck, sobbing:

`Ellen! Ellen! is papa alive?'

`Yes,' I cried: `yes, my angel, he is. God be thanked, you are safe with us again!'

She wanted to run, breathless as she was, upstairs to Mr Linton's room; but I compelled her to sit down on a chair, and made her drink, and washed her pale face, chafing it into a faint colour with my apron. Then I said I must go first, and tell of her arrival; imploring her to say, she should be happy with young Heathcliff. She stared, but soon comprehending why I counselled her to utter the falsehood, she assured me she would not complain.

I couldn't abide to be present at their meeting. I stood outside the chamber door a quarter of an hour, and hardly ventured near the bed, then. All was composed, however: Catherine's despair was as silent as her father's joy. She supported him calmly, in appearance; and he fixed on her features his raised eyes, that seemed dilating with ecstasy.

He died blissfully, Mr Lockwood: he died so. Kissing her cheek, he murmured.

`I am going to her; and you, darling child, shall come to us!' and never stirred or spoke again; but continued that rapt, radiant gaze, till his pulse imperceptibly stopped and his soul departed. None could have noticed the exact minute of his death, it was so entirely without a struggle.

Whether Catherine had spent her tears, or whether the grief were too weighty to let them flow, she sat there dry-eyed till the sun rose: she sat till noon, and would still have remained brooding over that deathbed, but I insisted on her coming away and taking some repose. It was well I succeeded in removing her; for at dinner time appeared the lawyer, having called at Wuthering Heights to get his instructions how to behave. He had sold himself to Mr Heathcliff, and that was the cause of his delay in obeying my master's summons. Fortunately, no thought of worldly affairs crossed the latter's mind, to disturb him, after his daughter's arrival.

Mr Green took upon himself to order everything and everybody about the place. He gave all the servants, but me, notice to quit. He would have carried his delegated authority to the point of insisting that Edgar Linton should not be buried beside his wife, but in the chapel, with his family. There was the will, however, to hinder that, and my loud protestations against any infringement of its directions. The funeral was hurried over; Catherine, Mrs Linton Heathcliff now, was suffered to stay at the Grange till her father's corpse had quitted it.

She told me that her anguish had at last spurred Linton to incur the risk of liberating her. She heard the men I sent disputing at the door, and she gathered the sense of Heathcliff's answer. It drove her desperate. Linton, who had been conveyed up to the little parlour soon after I left, was terrified into fetching the key before his father re-ascended. He had the cunning to unlock and relock the door, without shutting it; and when he should have gone to bed, he begged to sleep with Hareton, and his petition was granted for once. Catherine stole out before break of day. She dare not try the doors, lest the dogs should raise an alarm; she visited the empty chambers and examined their windows; and, luckily, lighting on her mother's, she got easily out of its lattice, and on to the ground, by means of the fir tree close by. Her accomplice suffered for his share in the escape, notwithstanding his timid contrivances.



第二十八章02

“要是你愿意的话,你能拿到钥匙吧?“我说。

“能,只要我在楼上,“他回答,“可是我现在不能走上楼。“

“在哪间屋子?“我问。

“啊,“他叫,“我才不会告诉你在哪儿。那是我们的秘密。没有人知道,哈里顿或齐拉也不知道。啊呀!你把我搞累了--走开,走开!“他把脸转过去,靠在他的胳臂上,又闭上了双眼。

我考虑最好不用看到希刺克厉夫先生就走,再从田庄带人来救我的小姐。一到家,我的伙伴们看见我,都是惊喜非常的,他们一听到他们的小女主人平安,有两三个人就要赶忙到埃德加先生的房门口前大声呼喊这个消息;但我愿自己通报。才几天的工夫,我发现他变得多么厉害呀!他带着悲哀的,听天由命的神气躺着等死。他看来很年轻:虽然他实际年龄是三十九岁。至少,人家会把他当作年轻十岁看。他想着凯瑟琳,因为他在喃喃地叫着她的名字。我摸着他的手说:

“凯瑟琳就来了,亲爱的主人!“我低声说,“她活着,而且挺好;就要来了;我希望,今天晚上。“

这消息引起的最初效果使我颤抖起来:他撑起半身,热切地向这屋子四下望着,跟着就晕过去了。等他恢复过来,我就把我们的被迫进门,以及在山庄的被扣留都说了。我说希刺克厉夫强迫我进去;那是不大真实的。我尽可能少说反对林惇的话;我也没把他父亲的禽兽行为全描述出来--我的用意是,只要我能够,就不想在他那已经溢满的苦杯中再增添苦味了。

他推测他的敌人目的之一就是取得他私人的财产以及田地,好给他的儿子;或者宁可说给他自己;但使我主人疑惑不解的是他为什么不能等自己死后再动手,而不知道他外甥将要差不多和他一同离开人世了。无论如何,他觉得他的遗嘱最好改一下:不必把凯瑟琳的财产由她自己支配了,他决定把这财产交到委托人手里,供她生前使用,如果她有孩子,在她死后给她孩子用。依靠这方法,即使林惇死了,财产也不会落到希刺克厉夫先生手里了。

我接受了他的吩咐后,就派一个人去请律师,又派了四个人,配备了可用的武器,去把我的小姐从她的狱卒那儿要回来。两批人都耽搁得很晚才回来。单人出去的仆人先回来。他说当他到律师格林先生家的时候,格林先生不在家,他不得不等了两个钟头,律师才回来。然后格林先生告诉他说他在村里有点小事要办;但他在早晨以前一定可以赶到画眉田庄。那四个人也没陪着小姐回来。他们捎回口信说凯瑟琳病了--病得离不开她的屋子,希刺克厉夫不许他们去见她。我痛痛快快骂这些笨家伙一顿,因为他们听信了那套瞎话,我不把这话传给主人,决定天亮带一群人上山庄去,认真地大闹一番,除非他们把被监禁的人稳稳地交到我们手里。他父亲一定要见到她,我发誓,又发誓,如果那个魔鬼想阻止这个,即使让他死在他自己的门阶前也成!

幸好,我省去了这趟出行和麻烦。我在三点钟下楼去拿一罐水,正在提着水罐走过大厅时,这时前门一阵猛敲使我吓一跳。“啊,那是格林,“我说,镇定着自己--“就是格林,“我仍然向前走,打算叫别人来开门;可是门又敲起来:声音不大,仍然很急促。我把水罐放在栏杆上,连忙自己开门让他进来。中秋的满月在外面照得很亮。那不是律师。我自己的可爱的小女主人跳过来搂着我的脖子哭泣着:“艾伦,艾伦!爸爸还活着吧?“

“是的,“我叫着,“是的,我的天使,他还活着,谢谢上帝,你平平安安地又跟我们在一起啦!“

她已经喘不过气来,却想跑上楼到林惇先生的屋子里去;但是我强迫她坐在椅子上,叫她喝点水,又洗洗她那苍白的脸,用我的围裙把她的脸擦得微微泛红。然后我说我必须先去说一声她来了,又求她对林惇先生说,她和小希刺克厉夫在一起会很幸福的。她愣住了,可是马上就明白我为什么劝她说假话,她向我保证她不会诉苦的。

我不忍待在那儿看他们见面。我在卧房门外站了一刻钟,简直不敢走近床前。但是,一切都很安宁:凯瑟琳的绝望如同她父亲的欢乐一样不露声色,表面上,她镇静地扶着他;他抬起他那像是因狂喜而张大的眼睛盯住她的脸。

他死得有福气,洛克乌德先生,他是这样死的:他亲亲她的脸,低声说:“我去她那儿了;你,宝贝孩子,将来也要到我们那儿去的!“就再也没动,也没说话;但那狂喜的明亮的凝视一直延续着,直到他的脉搏不知不觉地停止,他的灵魂离开了。没有人能注意到他去世的准确时刻,那是完全没有一点挣扎就死去了。

也许凯瑟琳把她的眼泪耗尽了,也许悲哀太沉重,以致哭不出来,她就这么眼中无泪地坐在那里直到日出:她坐到中午,还要待在那儿对着灵床呆想,但是我坚持要她走开,休息一下。好的是我把她劝开了,因为午饭时律师来了,他已经到过呼啸山庄,取得了如何处理的指示。他把自己卖给希刺克厉夫先生了:这就是他在我主人召唤以后迟迟不来的缘故,幸亏,在他女儿来到之后,他就根本没有想到过那些尘世间的种种事务。

格林先生自行负起责任安排一切事情以及安排这地方的每一个人。他把所有的仆人,除了我,都辞退了。他还要执行他的委托权,坚持埃德加·林惇不能葬在他妻子旁边,却要葬在教堂里,跟他的家族在一起。无论如何,遗嘱阻止那样行事,我也高声抗议,反对任何违反遗嘱指示的行为。丧事匆匆地办完了。凯瑟琳,如今的林惇·希刺克厉夫夫人,被准许住在田庄,直到她父亲起灵为止。

她告诉我说她的痛苦终于刺激了林惇,他冒险放走了她。她听见我派去的人在门口争论,她听出了希刺克厉夫的回答中的意思。那使她不顾死活了。林惇在我走后就被搬到楼上小客厅里去,他被吓得趁他父亲还没有再上楼,就拿到了钥匙。他很机灵地把门开开锁又重新上了锁,可没把它关严;当他该上床时,他要求跟哈里顿睡,他的请求这一回算是被批准了。凯瑟琳在天亮前偷偷出去。她不敢开门,生怕那些狗要引起骚扰;她到那些空的房间,检查那里的窗子;很幸运,她走到她母亲的房间,她从那里的窗台上很容易出来了,利用靠近的枞树,溜到地上。她的同谋者,尽管想出了他那怯懦的策略,为了这件逃脱的事还是吃了苦头。