伊丽莎白那一晚上的大部分时间都是在她姐姐房间里度过的,第二天一大早,彬格莱先生就派了个女佣人来问候她们。过了一会儿,彬格莱的姐姐妹妹也打发了两个文雅的侍女来探病,伊丽莎白总算可以聊以自慰地告诉她们说,病人已略见好转。不过,她虽然宽了一下心,却还是要求他们府上替她差人送封信到浪博恩去,要她的妈妈来看看吉英,来亲自判断她的病情如何。信立刻就送去了,信上所说的事也很快就照办了。班纳特太太带着两个最小的女儿来到尼日斐花园的时候,他们家里刚刚吃过早饭。
099. You can never… too…
They were not welcomed home very cordially by their mother. Mrs. Bennet wondered at their coming, and thought them very wrong to give so much trouble, and was sure Jane would have caught cold again. -- But their father, though very laconic in his expressions of pleasure, was really glad to see them; he had felt their importance in the family circle. The evening conversation, when they were all assembled, had lost much of its animation, and almost all its sense, by the absence of Jane and Elizabeth.
她问起姐姐的病情如何,可没有得到满意的回答。据说班纳特小姐晚上睡不好,现在虽然已经起床,热度却很高,不能出房门。使伊丽莎白高兴的是,他们马上就把她领到她姐姐那儿去。吉英看到她来,非常高兴,原来她为了不愿意让家里人着急和麻烦,所以信里并没有说明她极其盼望有个亲人来看看她。可是她没有力气多说话,因此,当彬格莱小姐走开以后,剩下她们姐妹俩在一块儿的时候,她只说到她们这儿待她太好了,使她非常感激───除了这些话以外,就没有再说什么。伊丽莎白静悄悄地等候着她。早饭吃过以后,彬格莱家的姐妹也来陪伴她们,伊丽莎白看到她们对吉英那么亲切和祥,便不禁对她们有了好感。医生来检查了病人的症状,说她是重伤风(其实这也是可想而知的),他嘱咐她们要尽力当心,又劝吉英上床去睡觉,并且给她开了几样药。医生的嘱呼立刻照办了,因为病人热度又高了一些,而且头痛得很厉害。伊丽莎白片刻也没有离开她的房间,另外两位小姐也不大走开;男客们都不在家里,其实他们在家里也帮不了什么忙。

”We will go as far as Meryton with you,” said Catherine and Lydia. -- Elizabeth accepted their company, and the three young ladies set off together.

“你难道不想知道是谁租去的吗?”太太不耐烦地嚷起来了。
  • THE ladies of Longbourn soon waited on those of Netherfield. The visit was returned in due form. Miss Bennets pleasing manners grew on the good will of Mrs. Hurst and Miss Bingley; and though the mother was found to be intolerable and the younger sisters not worth speaking to, a wish of being better acquainted with them was expressed towards the two eldest. By Jane this attention was received with the greatest pleasure; but Elizabeth still saw superciliousness in their treatment of every body, hardly excepting even her sister, and could not like them; though their kindness to Jane, such as it was, had a value, as arising in all probability from the influence of their brothers admiration. It was generally evident whenever they met, that he did admire her; and to her it was equally evident that Jane was yielding to the preference which she had begun to entertain for him from the first, and was in a way to be very much in love; but she considered with pleasure that it was not likely to be discovered by the world in general, since Jane united with great strength of feeling a composure of temper and a uniform cheerfulness of manner, which would guard her from the suspicions of the impertinent. She mentioned this to her friend Miss Lucas. ”It may perhaps be pleasant,” replied Charlotte, ”to be able to impose on the public in such a case; but it is sometimes a disadvantage to be so very guarded. If a woman conceals her affection with the same skill from the object of it, she may lose the opportunity of fixing him; and it will then be but poor consolation to believe the world equally in the dark. There is so much of gratitude or vanity in almost every attachment, that it is not safe to leave any to itself. We can all begin freely -- a slight preference is natural enough; but there are very few of us who have heart enough to be really in love without encouragement. In nine cases out of ten, a woman had better shew more affection than she feels. Bingley likes your sister undoubtedly; but he may never do more than like her, if she does not help him on.”
  • “不过她已经尽心竭力在帮他的忙了。要是我都能看出她对他的好感,而他却看不出,那他未免太蠢了。” ”But I hope you will get over it, and live to see many young men of four thousand a year come into the neighbourhood.” “我以前倒不知道你是个研究人的性格的专家。”彬格莱马上接下去说,“那一定是一门很有趣的学问吧。”

    “彬格莱小姐过奖我啦。”他说。“要是一个人把开玩笑当作人生最重要的事,那么,最聪明最优秀的人───不,最聪明最优秀的行为───也就会变得可笑了。”

    ”Did Charlotte dine with you?”
    ”All young ladies accomplished! My dear Charles, what do you mean?”
    ”Oh! -- you mean Jane, I suppose -- because he danced with her twice. To be sure that did seem as if he admired her -- indeed I rather believe he did -- I heard something about it -- but I hardly know what -- something about Mr. Robinson.”

    ”Nor I, I am sure,” said Miss Bingley.

    “他没跟郎格太太说话,我倒不计较,”卢卡斯小姐说,“我只怪他当时没跟伊丽莎跳舞。” ”What is his name?”
    IN consequence of an agreement between the sisters, Elizabeth wrote the next morning to her mother, to beg that the carriage might be sent for them in the course of the day. But Mrs. Bennet, who had calculated on her daughters remaining at Netherfield till the following Tuesday, which would exactly finish Janes week, could not bring herself to receive hem with pleasure before. Her answer, therefore, was not propitious, at least not to Elizabeths wishes, for she was impatient to get home. Mrs. Bennet sent them word that they could not possibly have the carriage before Tuesday; and in her postscript it was added that, if Mr. Bingley and his sister pressed them to stay longer, she could spare them very well. -- Against staying longer, however, Elizabeth was positively resolved -- nor did she much expect it would be asked; and fearful, on the contrary, as being considered as intruding themselves needlessly long, she urged Jane to borrow Mr. Bingleys carriage immediately, and at length it was settled that their original design of leaving Netherfield that morning should be mentioned, and the request made.
    ”Such as vanity and pride.”

    彬格莱先生很快就熟悉了全场所有的主要人物。他生气勃勃,为人又不拘泥,每一场舞都可以少不了要跳。使他气恼的是,舞会怎么散场得这样早。他又谈起他自己要在尼日斐花园开一次舞会。他这些可爱的地方自然会引起人家对他发生好感。他跟他的朋友是多么显著的对照啊!达西先生只跟赫斯脱太太跳了一次舞,跟彬格莱小姐跳了一次舞,此外就在室内踱来踱去,偶而找他自己人谈谈,人家要介绍他跟别的小姐跳舞,他怎么也不肯。大家都断定他是世界上最骄傲,最讨人厌的人,希望他不要再来。其中对他反感最厉害的是班纳特太太,她对他的整个举止都感到讨厌,而且这种讨厌竟变本加厉,形成了一种特殊的气愤,因为他得罪了他的一个女儿。

    ”While Mary is adjusting her ideas,” he continued, ”let us return to Mr. Bingley.”
    “是呀,可是你得承认,她的确长得很难看。卢卡斯太太本人也那么说,她还羡慕我的吉英长得漂亮呢。我并不喜欢夸张自己的孩子,可是说老实话。这并不是我说话有信心。还在她十五岁的那一年,在我城里那位兄弟嘉丁纳家里,有位先生就爱上了她,我的弟妇看准了那位先生一定会在临走以前向她求婚。不过后来他却没有提。也许是他以为她年纪太小了吧。不过他却为吉英写了好些诗,而且写得很好。”
    “不错,我认为应该包括很多条件。”
    ”And I wish my collection were larger for your benefit and my own credit; but I am an idle fellow, and though I have not many, I have more than I ever look into.”
  • “无缘无故赶上那么三英里路、五英里路,谁晓得多少英里呢,泥土盖没了踝骨,而且是孤孤单单的一个人!她这究竟是什么意思?我看她十足表现了没有家教的野态,完全是乡下人不懂礼貌的轻狂。“
  • ”Nothing so easy, if you have but the inclination,” said Elizabeth. ”We can all plague and punish one another. Teaze him -- laugh at him. -- Intimate as you are, you must know how it is to be done.”

    ”Oh! I am not at all afraid of her dying. People do not die of little trifling colds. She will be taken good care of. As long is she stays there, it is all very well. I would go and see her, if I could have the carriage.”

    Mrs. Hurst and Miss Bingley both cried out against the injustice of her implied doubt, and were both protesting that they knew many women who answered this description, when Mr. Hurst called them to order, with bitter complaints of their inattention to what was going forward. As all conversation was thereby at an end, Elizabeth soon afterwards left the room.

    “我偷听到的话比你听到的要更有意思了,伊丽莎,”夏绿蒂说。“达西先生的话没有他朋友的话中听,可不是吗?可怜的伊丽莎!他不过认为她还可以!”

  • ”You make me laugh, Charlotte; but it is not sound. You know it is not sound, and that you would never act in this way yourself.”
  • ”I am astonished, my dear,” said Mrs. Bennet, ”that you should be so ready to think your own children silly. If I wished to think slightingly of any bodys children, it should not be of my own, however.”

    班府上全家上这一个晚上大致都过得很高兴。大小姐蒙彬格莱先生邀她跳了两次舞,而且这位贵人的姐妹们都对她另眼相看。班太太看到尼日斐花园的一家人都这么喜爱她的大女儿,觉得非常得意。吉英跟她母亲一样得意,只不过没有象她母亲那样声张。伊丽莎白也为吉英快活。曼丽曾听到人们在彬格莱小姐面前提到她自己,说她是邻近一带最有才干的姑娘;咖苔琳和丽迪雅运气最好,没有那一场舞缺少舞伴,这是她们每逢开舞会时唯一关心的一件事。母女们高高兴兴地回到她们所住的浪搏恩村(她们算是这个村子里的旺族),看见班纳特先生还没有睡觉。且说这位先生平常只要捧上一本书,就忘了时间,可是这次他没有睡觉,却是因为他极想知道大家朝思暮想的这一盛会,经过情形究竟如何。他满以为他太太对那位贵客一定很失望,但是,他立刻就发觉事实并非如此。“噢!我的好老爷,”她一走进房间就这么说,“我们这一个晚上过得太快活了,舞会太好了。你没有去真可惜。吉英那么吃香,简直是无法形容。什么人都说她长得好;彬格莱先生认为她很美,跟她跳了两场舞!你光想想这一点看吧,亲爱的;他确实跟她跳了两场!全场那么多女宾,就只有她一个人蒙受了他两次邀请。他头一场舞是邀请卢卡斯小姐跳的。我看到他站到她身边去,不禁有些气恼!不过,他对她根本没意思,其实,什么人也不会对她有意思;当吉英走下舞池的时候,他可就显得非常着迷了。他立刻打听她的姓名,请人介绍,然后邀她跳下一场舞。他第三场舞是跟金小姐跳的,第四场跟玛丽雅·卢卡斯跳,第五场又跟吉英跳,第六场是跟丽萃跳,还有‘布朗谢’。”

    029. How often…?

    ”If he had had any compassion for me,” cried her husband impatiently, ”he would not have danced half so much! For Gods sake, say no more of his partners. Oh! that he had sprained his ancle in the first dance!”

    不到几天功夫,彬格莱先生上门回拜班纳特先生,在他的书房里跟他盘桓了十分钟左右。他久仰班纳特先生几位小姐的年轻美貌,很希望能够见见她们;但是他只见到了她们的父亲。倒是小姐们比他幸运,他们利用楼上的窗口,看清了他穿的是蓝外套,骑的是一匹黑马。 057. It’s up to…
    “上军官们那儿去吃饭!”丽迪雅嚷道,“这件事怎么姨妈没告诉我们呢。”
    ”Yes, indeed,” cried Mrs. Bennet, offended by his manner of mentioning a country neighbourhood. ”I assure you there is quite as much of that going on in the country as in town.”

    Mr. Darcy stood near them in silent indignation at such a mode of passing the evening, to the exclusion of all conversation, and was too much engrossed by his own thoughts to perceive that Sir William Lucas was his neighbour, till Sir William thus began.

    珈苔琳和丽迪雅同声说道:“我们陪你到麦里屯。”伊丽莎表示赞成,于是三位年轻的小姐就一块儿出发了。

    ”I desire you will do no such thing. Lizzy is not a bit better than the others; and I am sure she is not half so handsome as Jane, nor half so good humoured as Lydia. But you are always giving her the preference.”

    020. He is either…or…

    Mrs. Hurst sang with her sister, and while they were thus employed, Elizabeth could not help observing, as she turned over some music books that lay on the instrument, how frequently Mr. Darcys eyes were fixed on her. She hardly knew how to suppose that she could be an object of admiration to so great man; and yet that he should look at her because he disliked her was still more strange. She could only imagine however, at last, that she drew his notice because there was a something about her more wrong and reprehensible, according to his ideas of right, than in any other person present. The supposition did not pain her. She liked him too little to care for his approbation.

    “但愿你这句话是恭维我,不过,这么容易被人看透,那恐怕也是件可怜的事吧。”
    “我直想再见见她!我从来没碰到过这么使我喜爱的人。模样儿那么好,又那样懂得礼貌,小小的年纪就出落得多才多艺,她的钢琴真弹得高明极了。”
  • 尽管班纳特太太有了五个女儿帮腔,向她丈夫问起彬格莱先生这样那样,可是丈夫的回答总不能叫她满意。母女们想尽办法对付他--赤裸裸的问句,巧妙的设想,离题很远的猜测,什么办法都用到了;可是他并没有上她们的圈套。最后她们迫不得已,只得听取邻居卢卡斯太太的间接消息。她的报道全是好话。据说威廉爵士很喜欢他。他非常年轻,长得特别漂亮,为人又极其谦和,最重要的一点是,他打算请一大群客人来参加下次的舞会。这真是再好也没有的事;喜欢跳舞是谈情说爱的一个步骤;大家都热烈地希望去获得彬格莱先生的那颗心。
  • “你当然罗,舞场上唯一的一位漂亮姑娘在跟你跳舞!”达西先生说,一面望着班府上年纪最大的一位小姐。 “一个个年轻的姑娘们都是多才多艺!亲受的查尔斯,你这话是什么意思呀?”
  • ”It is more than I engage for, I assure you.”
  • 伊丽莎白本来打算使他难堪一下,这会儿见他那么体贴,倒楞住了。不过,伊丽莎白的为人一贯温柔乖巧,不轻易得罪任何人,而达西又对她非常着迷,以前任何女人也不曾使他这样着迷过。他不由得一本正经地想道,要不是她的亲戚出身微贱,那我难免危险了。

    我亲爱的丽萃,──今晨我觉得很不舒服,我想这可能是昨天淋了雨的缘故。承蒙这儿好朋友们的关切,要我等到身体舒适一些才回家来。朋友们再三要请钏斯医生来替我看病,因此,要是你们他上我这儿来过,可别惊讶。我只不过有点儿喉咙痛和头痛,并没有什么大不了的毛病。───姐字。

    “达西先生,跳舞对于年轻人是多么可爱的一种娱乐!说来说去,什么都比不上跳舞,我认为这是上流社会里最出色的才艺。”
    ”To yield readily -- easily -- to the persuasion of a friend is no merit with you.”
    彬格莱先生没有理睬为句话;他的姐妹们却听得非常得意,于是越发放肆无忌地拿班纳特小姐的微贱的亲戚开玩笑,开了老半天。
    “你连在宫里都不肯赏脸吗?”
    接着她就挽住达西空着的那条臂膀,丢下伊丽莎白,让她独个儿去走。这条路恰巧只容得下三个人并排走。达西先生觉得她们太冒味了,便说道:
    “亲爱的伊丽莎小姐,你干吗不跳舞呀?──达西先生,让我把这位年轻的小姐介绍给你,这是位最理想的舞伴。有了这样一个美人儿做你的舞伴,我想你总不会不跳了吧。”他拉住了伊丽莎白的手,预备往达西面前送,达西虽然极为惊奇,可亦不是不愿意接住那只玉手,却不料伊丽莎白立刻把手缩了回去,好象还有些神色仓皇地对威廉爵士说:
    ”But you forget, mama,” said Elizabeth, ”that we shall meet him at the assemblies, and that Mrs. Long has promised to introduce him.”
      ”If we make haste,” said Lydia, as they walked along, ”perhaps we may see something of Captain Carter before he goes.”

    “我倒希望不要轻易责难一个人,可是我一向都是想到什么就说什么。”

    ”She did indeed, Louisa. I could hardly keep my countenance. Very nonsensical to come at all! Why must she be scampering about the country, because her sister had a cold? Her hair so untidy, so blowsy!”

    达西先生听从了她的意见,去把那封信写好。

  • Mr. Darcy took her advice, and did finish his letter.
  • “噢,是呀──我完全了解你。”

    The master of the house heard with real sorrow that they were to go so soon, and repeatedly tried to persuade Miss Bennet that it would not be safe for her -- that she was not enough recovered; but Jane was firm where she felt herself to be right. ”Nor I, I am sure,” said Miss Bingley. She then ran gaily off, rejoicing, as she rambled about, in the hope of being at home again in a day or two. Jane was already so much recovered as to intend leaving her room for a couple of hours that evening.
    “噢,”她说,“我早就听见了;可是我一下子拿不准应该怎样回答你。当然,我知道你希望我回答一声‘是的’那你就会蔑视我的低级趣味,好让你自己得意一番,只可惜我一向喜欢戳穿人家的诡计,作弄一下那些存心想要蔑视人的人。因此,我决定跟你说,我根本不爱跳苏格兰舞;这一下你可不敢蔑视我了吧。”
    NOT all that Mrs. Bennet, however, with the assistance of her five daughters, could ask on the subject was sufficient to draw from her husband any satisfactory description of Mr. Bingley. They attacked him in various ways; with barefaced questions, ingenious suppositions, and distant surmises; but he eluded the skill of them all; and they were at last obliged to accept the second-hand intelligence of their neighbour Lady Lucas. Her report was highly favourable. Sir William had been delighted with him. He was quite young, wonderfully handsome, extremely agreeable, and, to crown the whole, he meant to be at the next assembly with a large party. Nothing could be more delightful! To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love; and very lively hopes of Mr. Bingleys heart were entertained. ”If I can but see one of my daughters happily settled at Netherfield,” said Mrs. Bennet to her husband, ”and all the others equally well married, I shall have nothing to wish for.” 030. I bet… 007. By the way…
    ”I am sure,” she added, ”if it was not for such good friends I do not know what would become of her, for she is very ill indeed, and suffers a vast deal, though with the greatest patience in the world -- which is always the way with her, for she has, without exception, the sweetest temper I ever met with. I often tell my other girls they are nothing to her. You have a sweet room here, Mr. Bingley, and a charming prospect over that gravel walk. I do not know a place in the country that is equal to Netherfield. You will not think of quitting it in a hurry I hope, though you have but a short lease.”
    ”Oh! she is the most beautiful creature I ever beheld! But there is one of her sisters sitting down just behind you, who is very pretty, and I dare say very agreeable. Do let me ask my partner to introduce you.”

    “她的确象个疯子,露薏莎。我简直忍不住要笑出来。她这一趟来得无聊透顶;姐姐伤了点风,干吗要她那么大惊小怪地跑遍了整个村庄?──头发给弄得那么蓬乱,那么邋遢!”

    Catherine was disconcerted, and made no answer; but Lydia, with perfect indifference, continued to express her admiration of Captain Carter, and her hope of seeing him in the course of the day, as he was going the next morning to London.

    “我是在谈谈可能办到的事情,查尔斯。”

    彬格莱小姐一面看达西读书,一面自己读书,两件事同时并做,都是半心半意。她老是向他问句什么的,或者是看他读到哪一页。不过,她总是没有办法逗她说话;她问一句他就答一句,答过以后便继续读他的书。彬格莱小姐所以要挑选那一本书读,只不过因为那是达西所读的第二卷,她满想读个津津有味,不料这会儿倒读得精疲力尽了。她打了个呵欠,说道:“这样度过一个晚上,真是多么愉快啊!我说呀,什么娱乐也抵不上读书的乐趣。无论干什么事,都是一上手就要厌倦,读书却不会这样!将来有一天我自己有了家,要是没有个很好的书房,那会多遗憾哟。”

    ”She did indeed, Louisa. I could hardly keep my countenance. Very nonsensical to come at all! Why must she be scampering about the country, because her sister had a cold? Her hair so untidy, so blowsy!”

    The evening altogether passed off pleasantly to the whole family. Mrs. Bennet had seen her eldest daughter much admired by the Netherfield party. Mr. Bingley had danced with her twice, and she had been distinguished by his sisters. Jane was as much gratified by this as her mother could be, though in a quieter way. Elizabeth felt Janes pleasure. Mary had heard herself mentioned to Miss Bingley as the most accomplished girl in the neighbourhood; and Catherine and Lydia had been fortunate enough to be never without partners, which was all that they had yet learnt to care for at a ball. They returned therefore, in good spirits to Longbourn, the village where they lived, and of which they were the principal inhabitants. They found Mr. Bennet still up. With a book, he was regardless of time; and on the present occasion he had a good deal of curiosity as to the event of an evening which had raised such splendid expectations. He had rather hoped that all his wifes views on the stranger would be disappointed; but he soon found that he had a very different story to hear.

    ”Dear Lizzy!”
      “你在城里一定有住宅吧?”
    THE day passed much as the day before had done. Mrs. Hurst and Miss Bingley had spent some hours of the morning with the invalid, who continued, though slowly, to mend; and in the evening Elizabeth joined their party in the drawing room. The loo table, however, did not appear. Mr. Darcy was writing, and Miss Bingley, seated near him, was watching the progress of his letter, and repeatedly calling off his attention by messages to his sister. Mr. Hurst and Mr. Bingley were at piquet, and Mrs. Hurst was observing their game. Elizabeth took up some needlework, and was sufficiently amused in attending to what passed between Darcy and his companion. The perpetual commendations of the lady either on his hand-writing, or on the evenness of his lines, or on the length of his letter, with the perfect unconcern with which her praises were received, formed a curious dialogue, and was exactly in unison with her opinion of each.

    “你想要把这些意见说成我的意见,我可从来没承认过。不过,班纳特小姐,即使把你所说的这种种情形假定为真有其事,你可别忘了这一点:那个朋友固然叫他回到屋子里去叫他不要那么说做就做,可是那也不过是那位朋友有那么一种希望,对他提出那么一个要求,可并没有坚持要他非那样做不可。”

      088. What I’m trying to say is…
    ”Yes; but intricate characters are the most amusing. They have at least that advantage.”
    ”Yes; -- but he seemed to like his second better.”

    ”Pray tell your sister that I long to see her.”

    “你心里正在想,许多个晚上都是跟这些人在一起无聊度过的,这实在叫人受不了,我跟你颇有同感。我从来不曾这样烦闷过!既枯燥乏味,又吵闹不堪,无聊到了极点。这批人又一个个都自以为了不起!我就想听听你指责他们几句。” 伊丽莎白那一晚上的大部分时间都是在她姐姐房间里度过的,第二天一大早,彬格莱先生就派了个女佣人来问候她们。过了一会儿,彬格莱的姐姐妹妹也打发了两个文雅的侍女来探病,伊丽莎白总算可以聊以自慰地告诉她们说,病人已略见好转。不过,她虽然宽了一下心,却还是要求他们府上替她差人送封信到浪博恩去,要她的妈妈来看看吉英,来亲自判断她的病情如何。信立刻就送去了,信上所说的事也很快就照办了。班纳特太太带着两个最小的女儿来到尼日斐花园的时候,他们家里刚刚吃过早饭。 彬格莱一听此话,便大叫起来:“即使她们有多得数不清的舅舅,可以把整个齐普赛都塞满,也不能把她们讨人喜爱的地方减损分毫。”
      Elizabeth assured him that she could suit herself perfectly with those in the room.

    “来过;她是昨儿跟他父亲一块儿来的。威廉爵士是个多么和蔼的人呀,彬格莱先生──他可不是吗?那么时髦的一个人!那么温雅,又那么随便!他见到什么人总要谈上儿句。这就是我所谓的有良好教养;那些自以为了不起、金口难开的人,他们的想法真是大错而特错。”

    ”But if he does it any more, I shall certainly let him know that I see what he is about. He has a very satirical eye, and if I do not begin by being impertinent myself, I shall soon grow afraid of him.”
    047. I’m looking forward to…
    浪博恩小姐们不久就去拜访尼是斐花园的小姐们了。人家了照例来回拜了她们。班纳特那种讨人喜爱的举止,使赫斯脱太太和彬格莱小姐对她愈来愈有好感。尽管班家老太太叫人不可容忍,几个小妹妹也不值得攀谈,可是两位彬格莱小姐却是愿意跟年纪大的两位班小姐作进一步深交,吉英极其喜悦地领受了这份盛意;可是伊丽莎白看出她们对待任何人仍然很高傲,甚至对待吉英也几乎没有两样,因此颇不喜欢她们;不过,她们所以待吉英好,看来多半还是由于她们兄弟爱慕她的缘故。只要你看见他们俩在一起,你就看得出他兄弟确是爱慕她的。伊丽莎白又很清楚地看出吉英一开头就看中了彬格莱先生,不由自主地向他屈服了,而且也可以说是对他喜爱极了。可是她高兴地想道,吉英虽说感情丰富,好在性格很镇定,外表上仍然保持着正常的和颜悦色,那就不会引起那些卤莽人的怀疑,因此他俩的心意也就不会给人察觉了。伊丽莎白曾经跟自己的朋友卢卡斯小姐谈到过这一点。

    ”I certainly shall not. You know how I detest it, unless I am particularly acquainted with my partner. At such an assembly as this, it would be insupportable. Your sisters are engaged, and there is not another woman in the room whom it would not be a punishment to me to stand up with.”

    “是呀,还有她的衬裙──可惜你没看到她的衬裙。我绝对不是瞎说,那上面糊上了有足足六英寸泥,她把外面的裙子放低了些,想把来遮盖,可是遮盖不住。”彬格莱先生说:“你形容得并没有过火的地方,露薏莎,可是我并不以为然。我倒觉得伊丽莎白·班纳特小姐今儿早上走进屋来的时候,那种神情风度很不错呢。我并没有看到她的肮脏的衬裙。”
    ”My dear Mr. Bennet,” replied his wife, ”how can you be so tiresome! You must know that I am thinking of his marrying one of them.”
    ”By the bye, Charles, are you really serious in meditating a dance at Netherfield? -- I would advise you, before you determine on it, to consult the wishes of the present party; I am much mistaken if there are not some among us to whom a ball would be rather a punishment than a pleasure.”
    ”With the officers!” cried Lydia. ”I wonder my aunt did not tell us of that.”
    Her sister made not the smallest objection, and the piano-forte was opened, and Darcy, after a few moments recollection, was not sorry for it. He began to feel the danger of paying Elizabeth too much attention.
      “不过,我的好老爷,彬格莱一搬到我们的邻近来,你的确应该去看看他。”
      009. Did you use to…
      077. There is nothing I like better than…
  • ”I see no occasion for that. You and the girls may go, or you may send them by themselves, which perhaps will be still better; for, as you are as handsome as any of them, Mr. Bingley might like you the best of the party.”
  • “我是在谈谈可能办到的事情,查尔斯。”

  • ”Your conjecture is totally wrong, I assure you. My mind was more agreeably engaged. I have been meditating on the very great pleasure which a pair of fine eyes in the face of a pretty woman can bestow.”
  • ”How can you be so silly,” cried her mother, ”as to think of such a thing, in all this dirt! You will not be fit to be seen when you get there.”
    “他虽然骄傲,”卢卡斯小姐说,“可不象一般人的骄傲那样使我生气,因为他的骄傲还勉强说得过去。这么优秀的一个青年,门第好,又有钱,样样都比人家强,也难怪他要自以为了不起,照我的说法,他有权利骄傲。”
    班纳特姐妹俩商量妥当了以后,伊丽莎白第二天早上就写信给她母亲,请她当天就派车子来接她们。可是,班纳特太太早就打算让她两个女儿在尼日斐花园待到下星期二,以便让吉英正好住满一个星期,因此不大乐意提前接她们回家,回信也写得使她们不太满意,──至少使伊丽莎白不十分满意,因为她急于要回家。班纳特太太信上说,非到星期二,家里弄不出马车来。她写完信之后,又补写了几句,说是倘若彬格莱先生兄妹挽留她们多待几天,她非常愿意让她们待下去。怎奈伊丽莎白就是不肯待下去,她打定主意非回家不可──也不怎么指望主人家挽留她们,她反而怕人家以为她们赖在那儿不肯走。于是她催促吉英马上去向彬格莱借马车。她们最后决定向主人家说明,她们当天上午就要离开尼日斐花园,而且把借马车的事也提出来。
  • ”I had once some thoughts of fixing in town myself -- for I am fond of superior society; but I did not feel quite certain that the air of London would agree with Lady Lucas.”
  • “要算是转弯抹角的自夸,因为你对于你自己写信方面的缺点觉得很得意,你认为你思想敏捷,懒得去注意书法,而且你认为你这些方面即使没有什么了不起,完全不考虑到做出来的成绩是不是完美。你今天早上跟班纳特太太说,如果你决定要从尼日斐花园搬走,你五分钟之内就可以搬走,这种话无非是夸耀自己,恭维自己。再说,急躁的结果只会使得应该要做好的事情没有做好,无论对人对已,都没有真正的好处,这有什么值得赞美的呢?”
    005. Be careful with…
    On his approaching them soon afterwards, though without seeming to have any intention of speaking, Miss Lucas defied her friend to mention such a subject to him, which immediately provoking Elizabeth to do it, she turned to him and said,

    029. How often…?

      “达西先生,我觉得你未免否定了友谊和感情对于一个人的影响。要知道,一个人如果尊重别人提出的要求,通常都是用不着说服就会心甘情愿地听从的。我并不是因为你说到彬格莱先生而就借题发挥。也许我们可以等到真有这种事情发生的时候,再来讨论他处理得是不适当。不过一般说来,朋友与朋友相处,遇到一件无关紧要的事情的时候,一个已经打定主意,另一个要他改变一下主意,如果被要求的人不等到到对方加以说服,就听众了对方的意见,你能说他有什么不是吗?”

    Elizabeth looked archly, and turned away. Her resistance had not injured her with the gentleman, and he was thinking of her with some complacency, when thus accosted by Miss Bingley.

    “那双眼睛的神气确不容易描画;可是眼睛的形状和颜色,以及她的睫毛,都非常美妙,也许描画得出来。” ”Yes; -- but he seemed to like his second better.”

    ”And yours,” he replied with a smile, ”is wilfully to misunderstand them.”

    “我希望你别这么做。丽萃没有一点儿地方胜过别的几个女儿;我敢说,论漂亮,她抵不上吉英一半;论性子,好抵不上丽迪雅一半。你可老是偏爱她。”“她们没有哪一个值得夸奖的,”他回答道;“他们跟人家的姑娘一样,又傻,又无知;倒是丽萃要比她的几个姐妹伶俐些。”
      “噢!亲爱的,”班纳特太太接下去说,“我非常喜欢他。他真太漂亮啦!他的姐妹们也都很讨人喜欢。我生平没有看见过任何东西比她们的衣饰更讲究。我敢说,赫斯脱太太衣服上的花边--”说到这里又给岔断了。

    095. Whether or not…

    ”Indeed I have, Sir,” was her answer. ”She is a great deal too ill to be moved. Mr. Jones says we must not think of moving her. We must trespass a little longer on your kindness.”

    Mary wished to say something very sensible, but knew not how.
    She often tried to provoke Darcy into disliking her guest, by talking of their supposed marriage, and planning his happiness in such an alliance.
    ”There is, I believe, in every disposition a tendency to some particular evil, a natural defect, which not even the best education can overcome.”

    Mr. Bingley had soon made himself acquainted with all the principal people in the room; he was lively and unreserved, danced every dance, was angry that the ball closed so early, and talked of giving one himself at Netherfield. Such amiable qualities must speak for themselves. What a contrast between him and his friend! Mr. Darcy danced only once with Mrs. Hurst and once with Miss Bingley, declined being introduced to any other lady, and spent the rest of the evening in walking about the room, speaking occasionally to one of his own party. His character was decided. He was the proudest, most disagreeable man in the world, and every body hoped that he would never come there again. Amongst the most violent against him was Mrs. Bennet, whose dislike of his general behaviour was sharpened into particular resentment by his having slighted one of her daughters.

      ”I hope,” said she, as they were walking together in the shrubbery the next day, ”you will give your mother-in-law a few hints, when this desirable event takes place, as to the advantage of holding her tongue; and if you can compass it, do cure the younger girls of running after the officers. -- And, if I may mention so delicate a subject, endeavour to check that little something, bordering on conceit and impertinence, which your lady possesses.”
    Chapter 8
  • “一个个年轻的姑娘们都是多才多艺!亲受的查尔斯,你这话是什么意思呀?”
  • Chapter 7
    “不错;可是最有趣味的还是研究复杂的性格。至少这样的性格有研究的价值。”
    ”Oh! it is of no consequence. I shall see her in January. But do you always write such charming long letters to her, Mr. Darcy?”
    这时彬格莱小姐又问达西:“从春天到现在,达西长高了很多吧?她将来会长到我这么高吧?”

    第四章 下 毒

    041. I have got to…
    喝过茶以后,赫斯脱先生提醒她的小姨子把牌桌摆好,可是没有用。她早就看出达西先生不想打牌,因此赫斯脱先生后来公开提出要打牌也被她拒绝了。她跟他说,谁也不想玩牌,只见全场对这件事都不作声,看来她的确没有说错。因此,赫斯脱先生无事可做,只得躺在沙发上打瞌睡。达西拿起一本书来。彬格莱小姐也拿起一本书来。赫斯脱太太聚精会神地在玩弄自己的手镯和指环,偶而也在她弟弟跟班纳特小姐的对话中插几句嘴。
    “我们两个人总算只有在这一点上看法不同。我本来希望你我在任何方面的意见都能融洽一致,可是说起我们的两个小女儿,的确非常蠢;关于这一点,到目前为止,我不得不跟你抱着两样的见解。”
    ”I did not know that you intended to walk,” said Miss Bingley, in some confusion, lest they had been overheard.
      “他真是一个典型的好青年,”她说,“有见识,有趣味,人又活泼;我从来没有见过他那种讨人喜欢的举止!那么大方,又有十全十美的教养!”
  • “是呀;可是他喜欢的倒是第二个意中人。”
  • “的确租出去了,”她说,“朗格太太刚刚上这儿来过,她把这件事的底细,一五一十地告诉了我。”
      ”By the bye, Charles, are you really serious in meditating a dance at Netherfield? -- I would advise you, before you determine on it, to consult the wishes of the present party; I am much mistaken if there are not some among us to whom a ball would be rather a punishment than a pleasure.”

    Mr. Bingley was good looking and gentlemanlike; he had a pleasant countenance, and easy, unaffected manners. His brother-in-law, Mr. Hurst, merely looked the gentleman; but his friend Mr. Darcy soon drew the attention of the room by his fine, tall person, handsome features, noble mien; and the report which was in general circulation within five minutes after his entrance, of his having ten thousand a year. The gentlemen pronounced him to be a fine figure of a man, the ladies declared he was much handsomer than Mr. Bingley, and he was looked at with great admiration for about half the evening, till his manners gave a disgust which turned the tide of his popularity; for he was discovered to be proud, to be above his company, and above being pleased; and not all his large estate in Derbyshire could then save him from having a most forbidding, disagreeable countenance, and being unworthy to be compared with his friend.

    IF you are not so compassionate as to dine to-day with Louisa and me, we shall be in danger of hating each other for the rest of our lives, for a whole days te^te-a`-te^te between two women can never end without a quarrel. Come as soon as you can on the receipt of this. My brother and the gentlemen are to dine with the officers. Yours ever,

      伊丽莎白说:“那么,在你的想象中,一个多才多艺的妇女应该包括很多条件啦。”

    The village of Longbourn was only one mile from Meryton; a most convenient distance for the young ladies, who were usually tempted thither three or four times a week, to pay their duty to their aunt, and to a milliners shop just over the way. The two youngest of the family, Catherine and Lydia, were particularly frequent in these attentions; their minds were more vacant than their sisters, and when nothing better offered, a walk to Meryton was necessary to amuse their morning hours and furnish conversation for the evening; and however bare of news the country in general might be, they always contrived to learn some from their aunt. At present, indeed, they were well supplied both with news and happiness by the recent arrival of a militia regiment in the neighbourhood; it was to remain the whole winter, and Meryton was the head quarters.

  • “我不是听你说过,她有个姨爹在麦里屯当律师吗?”
  • ”Never, sir.” ”I am astonished, my dear,” said Mrs. Bennet, ”that you should be so ready to think your own children silly. If I wished to think slightingly of any bodys children, it should not be of my own, however.” CAROLINE BINGLEY.”
    ”But consider your daughters. Only think what an establishment it would be for one of them. Sir William and Lady Lucas are determined to go, merely on that account, for in general, you know they visit no new comers. Indeed you must go, for it will be impossible for us to visit him, if you do not.”

    ”Not at all,” was her answer; ”but depend upon it, he means to be severe on us, and our surest way of disappointing him will be to ask nothing about it.”

    003. As far as…

    ”I beg you would not put it into Lizzys head to be vexed by his ill-treatment; for he is such a disagreeable man that it would be quite a misfortune to be liked by him. Mrs. Long told me last night that he sat close to her for half an hour without once opening his lips.”

      “那真妙极了,”她的妹妹补充了一句,于是姐妹俩都纵情大笑。

    ”Oh! I am not at all afraid of her dying. People do not die of little trifling colds. She will be taken good care of. As long is she stays there, it is all very well. I would go and see her, if I could have the carriage.”

  • “丽萃,假如我是你,”她母亲说,“我下次偏不跟他跳舞。”
  • Nothing but concern for Elizabeth could enable Bingley to keep his countenance. His sister was less delicate, and directed her eye towards Mr. Darcy with a very expressive smile. Elizabeth, for the sake of saying something that might turn her mothers thoughts, now asked her if Charlotte Lucas had been at Longbourn since her coming away.
  • ”But if a woman is partial to a man, and does not endeavour to conceal it, he must find it out.”

    彬格莱小姐见到这般光景,很是嫉妒,或者也可以说是她疑心病重,因此由疑而妒。于是她愈想把伊丽莎白撵走,就愈巴不得她的好朋友吉英病体赶快复元。
    “没有,她硬要回去。据我猜想,大概是她家里街头等着她回去做肉饼。彬格莱先生,我雇起佣人来,总得要她们能够料理份内的事,我的女儿就不是人家那样教养大的。可是一切要看各人自己,告诉你,卢卡斯家里的几个姑娘全是些很好的女孩子。只可惜长得不漂亮!当然并不是我个人以为夏绿蒂长得难看,她究竟是我们要好的朋友。”
    彬格莱小姐说:“我很奇怪,爸爸怎么只遣留下来了这么几本书。──达西先生,你在彭伯里的那个藏书室真是好极了!”
    “当然罗,宝贝──谁也没那么说过。要是说这个村子里还碰不到多少人,我相信比这大的村庄也就没有几个了。就我所知,平常跟我们来往吃饭的可也有二十四家呀。”
    ”Yes all of them, I think. They all paint tables, cover skreens, and net purses. I scarcely know any one who cannot do all this, and I am sure I never heard a young lady spoken of for the first time, without being informed that she was very accomplished.”
    “我念头转得太快,简直来有及写,因此有时候收信人读到我的信,反而觉得言之无物。”
    “她看来是位很可爱的姑娘,”彬格莱说。
    ”You are severe on us.”
    Lydia was a stout, well-grown girl of fifteen, with a fine complexion and good-humoured countenance; a favourite with her mother, whose affection had brought her into public at an early age. She had high animal spirits, and a sort of natural self-consequence, which the attentions of the officers, to whom her uncles good dinners and her own easy manners recommended her, had increased into assurance. She was very equal, therefore, to address Mr. Bingley on the subject of the ball, and abruptly reminded him of his promise; adding, that it would be the most shameful thing in the world if he did not keep it. His answer to this sudden attack was delightful to their mothers ear.
    ”I had once some thoughts of fixing in town myself -- for I am fond of superior society; but I did not feel quite certain that the air of London would agree with Lady Lucas.”
    “啊,那是因为你的性格好。可是那位先生,”她说到这里,便朝达西望了一眼,“就会觉得乡下一文不值。”
    ”I do not cough for my own amusement,” replied Kitty fretfully.
  • “他没跟郎格太太说话,我倒不计较,”卢卡斯小姐说,“我只怪他当时没跟伊丽莎跳舞。”
  • 于是她就得意洋洋地跑开了。她一面跪溜达,一面想到一两天内就可以回家,觉得很高兴。吉英的病已经大为好转,当天晚上就想走出房间去玩它两个钟头。

    024. How about…?
    ”You excel so much in the dance, Miss Eliza, that it is cruel to deny me the happiness of seeing you; and though this gentleman dislikes the amusement in general, he can have no objection, I am sure, to oblige us for one half hour.”
      The manner in which they spoke of the Meryton assembly was sufficiently characteristic. Bingley had never met with pleasanter people or prettier girls in his life; every body had been most kind and attentive to him, there had been no formality, no stiffness; he had soon felt acquainted with all the room; and as to Miss Bennet, he could not conceive an angel more beautiful. Darcy, on the contrary, had seen a collection of people in whom there was little beauty and no fashion, for none of whom he had felt the smallest interest, and from none received either attention or pleasure. Miss Bennet he acknowledged to be pretty, but she smiled too much.

    ”She has nothing, in short, to recommend her, but being an excellent walker. I shall never forget her appearance this morning. She really looked almost wild.”

  • ”Impossible, Mr. Bennet, impossible, when I am not acquainted with him myself; how can you be so teazing?”
  • “我是在谈谈可能办到的事情,查尔斯。”
    044. I’d be grateful…
    080. We may as well…
    “但愿你这句话是恭维我,不过,这么容易被人看透,那恐怕也是件可怜的事吧。”

    ”Yes -- but as it happens, they are all of them very clever.”

    “我不是听你说过,她有个姨爹在麦里屯当律师吗?”
  • ”You observed it, Mr. Darcy, I am sure,” said Miss Bingley, ”and I am inclined to think that you would not wish to see your sister make such an exhibition.”
  • “你想要把这些意见说成我的意见,我可从来没承认过。不过,班纳特小姐,即使把你所说的这种种情形假定为真有其事,你可别忘了这一点:那个朋友固然叫他回到屋子里去叫他不要那么说做就做,可是那也不过是那位朋友有那么一种希望,对他提出那么一个要求,可并没有坚持要他非那样做不可。”

      彬格莱小姐没有回答。不大一会儿工夫,她就站起身来,在房间里踱来踱去,故意在达西面前卖弄她优美的体态和矫健的步伐,只可惜达西只顾在那里一心一意地看书,因此她只落得枉费心机。她绝望之余,决定再作一次努力,于是转过身来对伊丽莎白说:
  • ”All this she must possess,” added Darcy, ”and to all this she must yet add something more substantial, in the improvement of her mind by extensive reading.”
  • ”Perhaps you mean what I overheard between him and Mr. Robinson; did not I mention it to you? Mr. Robinsons asking him how he liked our Meryton assemblies, and whether he did not think there were a great many pretty women in the room, and which he thought the prettiest? and his answering immediately to the last question -- ”Oh! the eldest Miss Bennet beyond a doubt, there cannot be two opinions on that point.””

      可是男客们一走进来,吉英就不怎么引人注目了。达西一进门,彬格莱小姐的眼睛就立刻转到他身上去,要跟他说话。达西首先向班纳特小姐问好,客客气气地祝贺她病休复元;赫斯脱先生也对她微微一鞠躬,说是见到她“非常高兴”;但是说到词气周到,情意恳切,可就比不上彬格莱先生那几声问候。彬格莱先生才算得上情深意切,满怀欢欣。开头半小时完全消磨在添煤上面,生怕屋子里冷起来会叫病人受不了。吉英依照彬格莱的话,移坐到火炉的另一边去,那样她就离开门口远一些,免得受凉。接着他自己在她身旁坐下,一心跟她说话,简直不理睬别人。伊丽莎白正在对面角落里做活计,把这全部情景都看在眼里,感到无限高兴。

    005. Be careful with…

    “我希望你别这么做。丽萃没有一点儿地方胜过别的几个女儿;我敢说,论漂亮,她抵不上吉英一半;论性子,好抵不上丽迪雅一半。你可老是偏爱她。”“她们没有哪一个值得夸奖的,”他回答道;“他们跟人家的姑娘一样,又傻,又无知;倒是丽萃要比她的几个姐妹伶俐些。”
      谁也没有理睬她。于是她又打了个呵欠,抛开书本,把整个房间里望了一转,要想找点儿什么东西消遗消遗,这时忽听得她哥哥跟班纳特小姐说要开一次跳舞会,她就猛可地掉过头来对他说:

    ”I wish I might take this for a compliment; but to be so easily seen through I am afraid is pitiful.”

    ”No, my dear, you had better go on horseback, because it seems likely to rain; and then you must stay all night.”

    “你这种朋友真是世上少有!──不管当着什么人的面,总是要我弹琴唱歌!──要是我存心在音乐会上出风头,我真要对你感激不尽。可是宾客们都是听惯了第一流演奏家的,我实在不好意思在他们面前坐下来献憾丑。”话虽如此,怎奈卢卡斯小姐再三要求,她便说道:“好吧,既是非献丑不可,只得献献丑吧。”她又板着脸对达西瞥了一眼,说道:“有名老古话说得好,在场的人当然也晓得这句话:‘留口气吹凉稀饭’;我也就留口气唱歌吧。”
    ”Upon my word I cannot exactly explain the matter; Darcy must speak for himself.” “那么,我刚刚那几句谦虚的话,究竟是信口开河呢,还是转弯抹角的自夸?” 一天早晨,班纳特先生听到她们滔滔不绝地谈到这个问题,他不禁冷言冷语地说:
    MR. BENNETS property consisted almost entirely in an estate of two thousand a year, which, unfortunately for his daughters, was entailed, in default of heirs male, on a distant relation; and their mothers fortune, though ample for her situation in life, could but ill supply the deficiency of his. Her father had been an attorney in Meryton, and had left her four thousand pounds. She had a sister married to a Mr. Phillips, who had been a clerk to their father, and succeeded him in the business, and a brother settled in London in a respectable line of trade.
    ”Oh! shocking!” cried Miss Bingley. ”I never heard any thing so abominable. How shall we punish him for such a speech?”

    《刀客情仇》

    ”Well,” said Charlotte, ”I wish Jane success with all my heart; and if she were married to him to-morrow, I should think she had as good a chance of happiness as if she were to be studying his character for a twelvemonth. Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance. If the dispositions of the parties are ever so well known to each other, or ever so similar before-hand, it does not advance their felicity in the least. They always contrive to grow sufficiently unlike afterwards to have their share of vexation; and it is better to know as little as possible of the defects of the person with whom you are to pass your life.”

    “事情并不是你所说的那样。要是她只跟他吃吃晚饭,那她或许只看得出他的饭量好不好;可是你得记住,他们既在一起吃过四顿饭也就是在一起盘恒了四个晚上呀──四个晚上的作用可大着呢。”

    “我的好老爷,”太太回答道,“你怎么这样叫人讨厌!告诉你吧,我正在盘算,他要是挑中我们一个女儿做老婆,可多好!”

    彬格莱说:“我真太高兴了,我的朋友所说的话,经你这么一圆转,反面变成恭维我的话了。不过,我只怕你这种圆转并不投合那位先生的本意,因为:我如果真遇到这种事,我会爽爽快快地谢绝那位朋友,骑上马就走,那他一定更看得起我。”
    ”When I am in the country,” he replied, ”I never wish to leave it; and when I am in town it is pretty much the same. They have each their advantages, and I can be equally happy in either.”

    ”If he had had any compassion for me,” cried her husband impatiently, ”he would not have danced half so much! For Gods sake, say no more of his partners. Oh! that he had sprained his ancle in the first dance!”

    ”You write uncommonly fast.”

    ”You used us abominably ill,” answered Mrs. Hurst, ”in running away without telling us that you were coming out.” Then taking the disengaged arm of Mr. Darcy, she left Elizabeth to walk by herself. The path just admitted three.

    ”Do you not think it would be a proper compliment to the place?”

      Chapter 10
    ”It is a rule with me, that a person who can write a long letter, with ease, cannot write ill.”

    彬格莱马上转过身去对她大声说道:“你开始了解我啦,是吗?”

    “噢,有的是。千万把你姨丈人姨丈母的像挂到彭伯里画廊里面去,就挂在你那位当法官的伯祖父大人遗象旁边。你知道他们都是同行,只不过部门不同而已。至于尊夫人伊丽莎白,可千万别让别人替她画像,天下哪一个画家能够把她那一双美丽的眼睛画得维妙维肖?”

    “我才不当它一回事。年纪虽然是我最小,个儿算我顶高。”

  • 005. Be careful with…
  • On his approaching them soon afterwards, though without seeming to have any intention of speaking, Miss Lucas defied her friend to mention such a subject to him, which immediately provoking Elizabeth to do it, she turned to him and said,

    When breakfast was over, they were joined by the sisters, and Elizabeth began to like them herself, when she saw how much affection and solicitude they shewed for Jane. The apothecary came, and having examined his patient, said, as might be supposed, that she had caught a violent cold, and that they must endeavour to get the better of it; advised her to return to bed, and promised her some draughts. The advice was followed readily, for the feverish symptoms increased, and her head ached acutely. Elizabeth did not quit her room for a moment, nor were the other ladies often absent; the gentlemen being out, they had in fact nothing to do elsewhere.
  • ”My overhearings were more to the purpose than yours, Eliza,” said Charlotte. ”Mr. Darcy is not so well worth listening to as his friend, is he? -- Poor Eliza! -- to be only just tolerable.”
  • Elizabeth joined them again only to say that her sister was worse, and that she could not leave her. Bingley urged Mr. Joness being sent for immediately; while his sisters, convinced that no country advice could be of any service, recommended an express to town for one of the most eminent physicians. This she would not hear of, but she was not so unwilling to comply with their brothers proposal; and it was settled that Mr. Jones should be sent for early in the morning if Miss Bennet were not decidedly better. Bingley was quite uncomfortable; his sisters declared that they were miserable. They solaced their wretchedness, however, by duets after supper, while he could find no better relief to his feelings than by giving his housekeeper directions that every possible attention might be paid to the sick lady and her sister. ”Is Miss Darcy much grown since the spring?” said Miss Bingley; ”will she be as tall as I am?” “无论在什么地方,我也不愿意赏这种脸,能避免总是避免。”

    033. I can’t say…

    “你有一种倾向,──对什么人都感到厌恶,这就是你的缺陷。”

    “可是你忘啦,妈妈,”伊丽莎白说,“我们将来可以在跳舞会上碰到他的,郎格太太不是答应过把他介绍给我们吗?”
    ”Have you any thing else to propose for my domestic felicity?”

    THE ladies of Longbourn soon waited on those of Netherfield. The visit was returned in due form. Miss Bennets pleasing manners grew on the good will of Mrs. Hurst and Miss Bingley; and though the mother was found to be intolerable and the younger sisters not worth speaking to, a wish of being better acquainted with them was expressed towards the two eldest. By Jane this attention was received with the greatest pleasure; but Elizabeth still saw superciliousness in their treatment of every body, hardly excepting even her sister, and could not like them; though their kindness to Jane, such as it was, had a value, as arising in all probability from the influence of their brothers admiration. It was generally evident whenever they met, that he did admire her; and to her it was equally evident that Jane was yielding to the preference which she had begun to entertain for him from the first, and was in a way to be very much in love; but she considered with pleasure that it was not likely to be discovered by the world in general, since Jane united with great strength of feeling a composure of temper and a uniform cheerfulness of manner, which would guard her from the suspicions of the impertinent. She mentioned this to her friend Miss Lucas. ”It may perhaps be pleasant,” replied Charlotte, ”to be able to impose on the public in such a case; but it is sometimes a disadvantage to be so very guarded. If a woman conceals her affection with the same skill from the object of it, she may lose the opportunity of fixing him; and it will then be but poor consolation to believe the world equally in the dark. There is so much of gratitude or vanity in almost every attachment, that it is not safe to leave any to itself. We can all begin freely -- a slight preference is natural enough; but there are very few of us who have heart enough to be really in love without encouragement. In nine cases out of ten, a woman had better shew more affection than she feels. Bingley likes your sister undoubtedly; but he may never do more than like her, if she does not help him on.”

    Chapter 3

    “一定的!说起来,那的确成了定论啦──看上去的确象是──不过,也许会全部落空呢,你知道。”

    “不错,虚荣的确是个弱点。可是傲慢──只要你果真聪明过人──你就会傲慢得比较有分寸。”
    THE ladies of Longbourn soon waited on those of Netherfield. The visit was returned in due form. Miss Bennets pleasing manners grew on the good will of Mrs. Hurst and Miss Bingley; and though the mother was found to be intolerable and the younger sisters not worth speaking to, a wish of being better acquainted with them was expressed towards the two eldest. By Jane this attention was received with the greatest pleasure; but Elizabeth still saw superciliousness in their treatment of every body, hardly excepting even her sister, and could not like them; though their kindness to Jane, such as it was, had a value, as arising in all probability from the influence of their brothers admiration. It was generally evident whenever they met, that he did admire her; and to her it was equally evident that Jane was yielding to the preference which she had begun to entertain for him from the first, and was in a way to be very much in love; but she considered with pleasure that it was not likely to be discovered by the world in general, since Jane united with great strength of feeling a composure of temper and a uniform cheerfulness of manner, which would guard her from the suspicions of the impertinent. She mentioned this to her friend Miss Lucas. ”It may perhaps be pleasant,” replied Charlotte, ”to be able to impose on the public in such a case; but it is sometimes a disadvantage to be so very guarded. If a woman conceals her affection with the same skill from the object of it, she may lose the opportunity of fixing him; and it will then be but poor consolation to believe the world equally in the dark. There is so much of gratitude or vanity in almost every attachment, that it is not safe to leave any to itself. We can all begin freely -- a slight preference is natural enough; but there are very few of us who have heart enough to be really in love without encouragement. In nine cases out of ten, a woman had better shew more affection than she feels. Bingley likes your sister undoubtedly; but he may never do more than like her, if she does not help him on.”
    ”I have been used to consider poetry as the food of love,” said Darcy.
  • “打算!胡扯,这是哪儿的话!不过,他倒作兴看中我们的某一个女儿呢。他一搬来,你就得去拜访拜访他。”
  • 司马玉龙安顿好金铁杖后就住在了隔壁,那晚,月光皎洁如新,他睡不着,于是问店小二要了一壶酒,飞身跃上房顶,独自畅饮,这时不远处,有一黑影飘过去,司马玉龙心惊此人的轻功好厉害,他站起来跟了上去,只见那个黑影进了朱贵的房间内,不久灯烛熄灭了,看不到屋里在做什么,他忙悄悄来到门边,静听屋里的动静,不一会屋里传来男女之欢,司马玉龙心想那黑影原来是个女人,想来这朱贵也是个好色之徒,他笑了笑,便悄悄地潜进了自己的房间,这会儿也有了睡意,忙合什被子进入了梦境……他梦到了林子豪和自己找到了师父,师父传授于他们二人一种无影剑,二人再次下山找到江飒,一对无影神剑双剑合璧,直杀得江飒那火云掌不能出手,正准备一剑刺向江飒,无奈一阵急促的咚咚声,让他开始手心发麻……司马玉龙睁开了双眼,原来是有人敲门,这场梦让他勾起了那段痛心的往事,让他不禁的有点感伤,那门敲得更响了,他忙下床打开门,见是那店小二,他手里端着一壶酒和一碟小菜,司马玉龙心下不明,问道:“怎么回事,我没有要这些东西啊?”那小二忙说道:“小的忘了说了,昨日有位客官吩咐小人一大早给你预备,那位客官说你就好这口,让你放心,他说对于你的那个金铁杖他早就死心了”接着小二拿出一张纸条说:“官爷,这是那位客官临走时留给你的,小的的差事办完了,你看没什么了,我就告退了”,说完就出去了,等店小二走了之后,他打开那张纸条一看,见什么也没写,他觉得奇怪,再看那一壶酒,说不定让人下了毒也不定啊,朱贵这个人素来不善于给人下毒这类下三烂的手段,再说为了一个区区金铁杖也不至于与自己为敌,心下安定了许多,忙穿好衣物,叫隔壁的金铁杖起来,准备赶路,哪想屋里没人回应,他心下甚疑,推门而入,见那金铁杖直挺挺躺在床上一动不动,一探鼻息,人却早己死了好几个时辰了,转头一看,在金铁杖身下压着一封信,信函是交于他的,忙拆开,信内说:‘光影刀,江湖上恩怨非你我能操控得了的,昨晚上我己经知道你会来偷听我们的谈话,所以我们就将计就计将你护弄了一番,你今天肯定会打开那张纸条,那上面抹了毒药,你看了之后就会中毒,而后就毒发身亡,其实我并无意加害于你,只是上头安排要这么做,我敬你是条汉子,就留你一个全尸,在你死之前,我让你明白一件事,这个姓金的瘸子,他杀死了当朝宰相之大公子,无奈大内高手招集江湖黑白道上的各路人,要除掉这个姓金的为儿子报仇,这金铁杖也算有些许小聪明,竟然躲藏的相当隐密,要不是你光影刀出手,我们还真找不到啊”看到这里,心下一阵悔恨,想不到做一个刀客做的竟无形中杀了一个江湖义士,正在难过,顿觉得眼睛开始模糊了起来,他猛得一阵狂吐,地上顿时一片污血,心下不妙,毒性开始攻心,忙闭目打坐,点中了自己的任督二脉,这样不致于毒素回流,并用内力裹住了毒血,不一会儿,身上不适有点缓和,算是暂时保住了性命,他忙下了楼去找店小二,到得楼下,便一眼瞅见,上前一阵好打,那店小二吓得一脸苍白,央求着饶命,他本身也很无辜,此时司马玉龙心下一股热血沸腾,一阵黑血直喷桌面,店里的其他伙计和在场的所有人都吓得走了,那店小二想上前扶他一把,他不明白这个客官为什么一早下来就冲他发火,他只是照那个官爷的吩咐送司马玉龙那些物什,但怎么会发生这么大变故呢,先是店里死了一个,又有一个在狂吐血,此时,司马玉龙将店小二的手一把推开,踉跄得走出了客栈。一路上跌跌撞撞,来到了一座小庙宇,里面早己破落不堪,蛛网连结,只是地上还有一堆杂草,想来是路人路过放进来的,司马玉龙心口又一阵闷热,顿时一股鲜血从嘴里喷出,头脑此刻也不再清醒,顺势倒在了杂草丛中…..

    ”Then you would drink a great deal more than you ought,” said Mrs. Bennet; ”and if I were to see you at it, I should take away your bottle directly.”

    “或许谁都还会有这些弱点,否则可真糟了,绝顶的聪慧也要招人嘲笑了。我一生都在研究该怎么样避免这些弱点。”

    “我已经遵命告诉过她了。”

    “我已经遵命告诉过她了。”

    她得表演虽然说不上奇妙绝伦,也还娓娓动听。唱了一两支歌以后,大家要求她再唱几支。她还没来得及回答,她的妹妹曼丽早就急切地接替她坐到钢琴跟前去了。原来在她们几个姐妹之间,就只有曼丽长得不好看,因此她发愤钻研学问,讲究才艺,老是急着要卖弄卖弄自己的本领。

    His sisters were very anxious for his having an estate of his own; but though he was now established only as a tenant, Miss Bingley was by no means unwilling to preside at his table, nor was Mrs. Hurst, who had married a man of more fashion than fortune, less disposed to consider his house as her home when it suited her. Mr. Bingley had not been of age two years, when he was tempted by an accidental recommendation to look at Netherfield House. He did look at it and into it for half an hour, was pleased with the situation and the principal rooms, satisfied with what the owner said in its praise, and took it immediately.
    ”Upon my word! -- Well, that was very decided indeed -- that does seem as if -- but, however, it may all come to nothing, you know.”

    ”I admire the activity of your benevolence,” observed Mary, ”but every impulse of feeling should be guided by reason; and, in my opinion, exertion should always be in proportion to what is required.”

    Lydia was a stout, well-grown girl of fifteen, with a fine complexion and good-humoured countenance; a favourite with her mother, whose affection had brought her into public at an early age. She had high animal spirits, and a sort of natural self-consequence, which the attentions of the officers, to whom her uncles good dinners and her own easy manners recommended her, had increased into assurance. She was very equal, therefore, to address Mr. Bingley on the subject of the ball, and abruptly reminded him of his promise; adding, that it would be the most shameful thing in the world if he did not keep it. His answer to this sudden attack was delightful to their mothers ear.

    “我倒希望不要轻易责难一个人,可是我一向都是想到什么就说什么。”

    He paused in hopes of an answer; but his companion was not disposed to make any; and Elizabeth at that instant moving towards them, he was struck with the notion of doing a very gallant thing, and called out to her,
    “初看上去的确比不上。不过跟她们攀谈起来,就觉得她们也都是些讨人喜欢的女人。听说彬格莱小姐将要跟她兄弟住在一起,替他料埋家务;她要不是个好邻居,那才怪呢。”

    055. It’s on the tip of my tongue.

    ”Oh! certainly,” cried his faithful assistant, ”no one can be really esteemed accomplished, who does not greatly surpass what is usually met with. A woman must have a thorough knowledge of music, singing, drawing, dancing, and the modern languages, to deserve the word; and besides all this, she must possess a certain something in her air and manner of walking, the tone of her voice, her address and expressions, or the word will be but half deserved.”

    达西说:“一般说来,乡下人可以作为这种研究对象的就很少。因为在乡下,你四周围的人都是非常不开通、非常单调。‘

    “当然不愿意。“
    ”Whatever I do is done in a hurry,” replied he; ”and therefore if I should resolve to quit Netherfield, I should probably be off in five minutes. At present, however, I consider myself as quite fixed here.”

    ”But I hope you will get over it, and live to see many young men of four thousand a year come into the neighbourhood.”

    056. It’s said that…
    “我可不愿意象你那样挑肥拣瘦,”彬格莱嚷道,“随便怎么我也不愿意;不瞒你说,我生平没有见过今天晚上这么许多可爱的姑娘;你瞧,其中几位真是美貌绝伦。”
    伊丽莎白一心只知道谈论彬格莱先生对她姐姐的殷勤,却一点儿没想到她自己已经成了彬格莱那位朋友的意中人。说到达西先生,他开头并不认为她怎么漂亮;他在跳舞会上望着她的时候,并没有带着丝毫的爱慕之意,第二次见面的时候,他也不过用吹毛求疵的眼光去看待她。不过,他尽管在朋友们面前,在自己心里,都说她的面貌一无可取,可是眨下眼的工夫,他就发觉她那双乌黑的眼睛美丽非凡,使她的整个脸蛋儿显得极其聪慧。紧接着这个发现之后,他又在她身上发现了几个同样叫人怄气的地方。他带着挑剔的眼光,发觉她的身段这儿也不匀称,那儿也不匀称,可是他到底不得不承认她体态轻盈,惹人喜爱;虽然他嘴上一口咬定她缺少上流社会的翩翩风采,可是她落落大方爱打趣的作风,又把他迷住了。伊丽莎白完全不明了这些情形,她只觉得达西是个到处不讨人喜欢的男人,何况他曾经认为她不够漂亮不配跟她跳舞。
    “我想会吧。她现在大概有伊丽莎白·班纳特小姐那么高了,恐怕还要高一点。”

    Elizabeth looked archly, and turned away. Her resistance had not injured her with the gentleman, and he was thinking of her with some complacency, when thus accosted by Miss Bingley.

    “我写信的风格和你很不同。”

    ”My ideas flow so rapidly that I have not time to express them -- by which means my letters sometimes convey no ideas at all to my correspondents.”

    ”Indeed, Mama, you are mistaken,” said Elizabeth, blushing for her mother. ”You quite mistook Mr. Darcy. He only meant that there were not such a variety of people to be met with in the country as in town, which you must acknowledge to be true.”

    ”Miss Eliza Bennet, let me persuade you to follow my example, and take a turn about the room. -- I assure you it is very refreshing after sitting so long in one attitude.”
  • ”You are over-scrupulous, surely. I dare say Mr. Bingley will be very glad to see you; and I will send a few lines by you to assure him of my hearty consent to his marrying which ever he chuses of the girls; though I must throw in a good word for my little Lizzy.”
  • “你说得不错,可是事实上,她们却一个个都很聪明。”
    025. How come…?

    ”To yield without conviction is no compliment to the understanding of either.”

    “一个个年轻的姑娘们都是多才多艺!亲受的查尔斯,你这话是什么意思呀?”

    她的哥哥嚷道:“这种恭维话可不能用在达西身上,珈罗琳,因为他并不能够大笔一挥而就,他还得在四个音节的字上面多多推敲。──达西,你可不是这样吗?”

    Elizabeth thanked him from her heart, and then walked towards a table where a few books were lying. He immediately offered to fetch her others; all that his library afforded.

    ”It is from Miss Bingley,” said Jane, and then read it aloud.

    可惜彬格莱小姐遇到任何事情都不忍心叫达西先生失望,于是再三要求他非把他的所谓两个动机解释一下不可。

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    ”He is indeed -- but considering the inducement, my dear Miss Eliza, we cannot wonder at his complaisance; for who would object to such a partner?”
    ”I have already told her so once, by your desire.”

    ”We will go as far as Meryton with you,” said Catherine and Lydia. -- Elizabeth accepted their company, and the three young ladies set off together.

    ”Thank you -- but I always mend my own.”

    喝过茶以后,赫斯脱先生提醒她的小姨子把牌桌摆好,可是没有用。她早就看出达西先生不想打牌,因此赫斯脱先生后来公开提出要打牌也被她拒绝了。她跟他说,谁也不想玩牌,只见全场对这件事都不作声,看来她的确没有说错。因此,赫斯脱先生无事可做,只得躺在沙发上打瞌睡。达西拿起一本书来。彬格莱小姐也拿起一本书来。赫斯脱太太聚精会神地在玩弄自己的手镯和指环,偶而也在她弟弟跟班纳特小姐的对话中插几句嘴。

    Miss Bingley made no answer; and soon afterwards got up and walked about the room. Her figure was elegant, and she walked well; -- but Darcy, at whom it was all aimed, was still inflexibly studious. In the desperation of her feelings she resolved on one effort more; and turning to Elizabeth, said, ”What is his name?”
  • The rest of the evening was spent in conjecturing how soon he would return Mr. Bennets visit, and determining when they should ask him to dinner.
  • ”Nay, if you are so serious about it, I shall consider the matter as absolutely settled. You will have a charming mother-in-law, indeed, and of course she will be always at Pemberley with you.”
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    ”Aye -- because she asked him at last how he liked Netherfield, and he could not help answering her; -- but she said he seemed very angry at being spoke to.”

    Darcy only smiled, and the general pause which ensued made Elizabeth tremble lest her mother should be exposing herself again. She longed to speak, but could think of nothing to say; and after a short silence Mrs. Bennet began repeating her thanks to Mr. Bingley for his kindness to Jane with an apology for troubling him also with Lizzy. Mr. Bingley was unaffectedly civil in his answer, and forced his younger sister to be civil also, and say what the occasion required. She performed her part, indeed, without much graciousness, but Mrs. Bennet was satisfied, and soon afterwards ordered her carriage. Upon this signal, the youngest of her daughters put herself forward. The two girls had been whispering to each other during the whole visit, and the result of it was, that the youngest should tax Mr. Bingley with having promised on his first coming into the country to give a ball at Netherfield.

    ”Well, Jane, who is it from? what is it about? what does he say? Well, Jane, make haste and tell us; make haste, my love.”
      On his approaching them soon afterwards, though without seeming to have any intention of speaking, Miss Lucas defied her friend to mention such a subject to him, which immediately provoking Elizabeth to do it, she turned to him and said,
      “放心吧,我的好太太,等到有了二十个,我一定去一个个拜望到。”
    ”No, she would go home. I fancy she was wanted about the mince pies. For my part, Mr. Bingley, I always keep servants that can do their own work; my daughters are brought up differently. But every body is to judge for themselves, and the Lucases are very good sort of girls, I assure you. It is a pity they are not handsome! Not that I think Charlotte so very plain -- but then she is our particular friend.”

    彬格莱先生说:“这真叫我惊奇,年轻的姑娘们怎么一个个都有那么大的能耐,把自己锻炼和多才多艺。”

  • “噢,吓坏人!”彬格莱小姐叫起来了。“我从来没听到过这么毒辣的话。──亏他说得出,该怎么罚他呀?”
  • ”You excel so much in the dance, Miss Eliza, that it is cruel to deny me the happiness of seeing you; and though this gentleman dislikes the amusement in general, he can have no objection, I am sure, to oblige us for one half hour.”

    ”Mr. Darcy is all politeness,” said Elizabeth, smiling.
    “我想会吧。她现在大概有伊丽莎白·班纳特小姐那么高了,恐怕还要高一点。”
    “这个人叫什么名字?”
    Elizabeth was so much caught by what passed, as to leave her very little attention for her book; and soon laying it wholly aside, she drew near the card-table, and stationed herself between Mr. Bingley and his eldest sister to observe the game. 她说得那么得意,他却完全似听非听,她看到他那般镇定自若,便放了心,于是那张利嘴越发滔滔不绝了。
  • ”How many letters you must have occasion to write in the course of the year! Letters of business too! How odious I should think them!”
  • “我偷听到的话比你听到的要更有意思了,伊丽莎,”夏绿蒂说。“达西先生的话没有他朋友的话中听,可不是吗?可怜的伊丽莎!他不过认为她还可以!”

  • ”I hope,” said she, as they were walking together in the shrubbery the next day, ”you will give your mother-in-law a few hints, when this desirable event takes place, as to the advantage of holding her tongue; and if you can compass it, do cure the younger girls of running after the officers. -- And, if I may mention so delicate a subject, endeavour to check that little something, bordering on conceit and impertinence, which your lady possesses.”
  • ”I am exceedingly gratified,” said Bingley, ”by your converting what my friend says into a compliment on the sweetness of my temper. But I am afraid you are giving it a turn which that gentleman did by no means intend; for he would certainly think the better of me, if under such a circumstance I were to give a flat denial, and ride off as fast as I could.”

    The manner in which they spoke of the Meryton assembly was sufficiently characteristic. Bingley had never met with pleasanter people or prettier girls in his life; every body had been most kind and attentive to him, there had been no formality, no stiffness; he had soon felt acquainted with all the room; and as to Miss Bennet, he could not conceive an angel more beautiful. Darcy, on the contrary, had seen a collection of people in whom there was little beauty and no fashion, for none of whom he had felt the smallest interest, and from none received either attention or pleasure. Miss Bennet he acknowledged to be pretty, but she smiled too much.

  • ”If they had uncles enough to fill all Cheapside,” cried Bingley, ”it would not make them one jot less agreeable.”
  • ”All young ladies accomplished! My dear Charles, what do you mean?”

    “我非常高兴那么办。我真想干脆就把彭伯里买下来,只要达西肯卖。”

    ”I know you do; and it is that which makes the wonder. With your good sense, to be honestly blind to the follies and nonsense of others! Affectation of candour is common enough; -- one meets it every where. But to be candid without ostentation or design -- to take the good of every bodys character and make it still better, and say nothing of the bad -- belongs to you alone. And so, you like this mans sisters too, do you? Their manners are not equal to his.”
  • ”Is he married or single?”
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    ”What is his name?”

    伊丽莎白说:“可是,如果今天到得你的手里,就如了妈妈的愿了。“

    ”If you mean Darcy,” cried her brother, ”he may go to bed, if he chuses, before it begins -- but as for the ball, it is quite a settled thing; and as soon as Nicholls has made white soup enough I shall send round my cards.”

    ”I deserve neither such praise nor such censure,” cried Elizabeth; ”I am not a great reader, and I have pleasure in many things.”

    ”How I long to see her again! I never met with anybody who delighted me so much. Such a countenance, such manners, and so extremely accomplished for her age! Her performance on the piano-forte is exquisite.”
    When the clock struck three, Elizabeth felt that she must go; and very unwillingly said so. Miss Bingley offered her the carriage, and she only wanted a little pressing to accept it, when Jane testified such concern in parting with her that Miss Bingley was obliged to convert the offer of the chaise into an invitation to remain at Netherfield for the present. Elizabeth most thankfully consented, and a servant was dispatched to Longbourn to acquaint the family with her stay, and bring back a supply of clothes.

    ”That is a question which Mr. Darcy only can answer.”

    In a few days Mr. Bingley returned Mr. Bennets visit, and sat about ten minutes with him in his library. He had entertained hopes of being admitted to a sight of the young ladies, of whose beauty he had heard much; but he saw only the father. The ladies were somewhat more fortunate, for they had the advantage of ascertaining, from an upper window, that he wore a blue coat and rode a black horse.

    到家以后,母亲并不怎么热诚地欢迎她们。班纳特太太奇怪她们俩怎么竟会提前回来,非常埋怨她们给家里招来那么多麻烦,说是吉英十拿九稳地又要伤风了。倒是她们的父亲,看到两个女儿回家来了,嘴上虽然没有说什么欢天喜地的话,心里确实非常高兴。他早就体会到,这两个女儿在家里的地位多么重要。晚上一家人聚在一起聊天的时候,要是吉英和伊丽莎白不在场,就没有劲,甚至毫无意义。

    IT is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife. However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his first entering a neighbourhood, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of the surrounding families, that he is considered as the rightful property of some one or other of their daughters. “噢!是个单身汉,亲爱的,确确实实是个单身汉!一个有钱的单身汉;每年有四五千磅的收入。真是女儿们的福气!”
    伊丽莎白嚷道:“这样的夸奖我不敢当,这样的责备我也不敢当,我并不是什么了不起的读书人,很多东西我都感到乐趣。”

    威廉先生笑了笑没作声。接下来他看见彬格莱也来参加跳舞,便对达西这么说:“你的朋友跳得很不错,我相信你对此道也是驾轻就熟吧,达西先生。“

    When the clock struck three, Elizabeth felt that she must go; and very unwillingly said so. Miss Bingley offered her the carriage, and she only wanted a little pressing to accept it, when Jane testified such concern in parting with her that Miss Bingley was obliged to convert the offer of the chaise into an invitation to remain at Netherfield for the present. Elizabeth most thankfully consented, and a servant was dispatched to Longbourn to acquaint the family with her stay, and bring back a supply of clothes.

    WHEN Jane and Elizabeth were alone, the former, who had been cautious in her praise of Mr. Bingley before, expressed to her sister how very much she admired him. ”He is just what a young man ought to be,” said she, ”sensible, good humoured, lively; and I never saw such happy manners! -- so much ease, with such perfect good breeding!”

    Elizabeth was so much caught by what passed, as to leave her very little attention for her book; and soon laying it wholly aside, she drew near the card-table, and stationed herself between Mr. Bingley and his eldest sister to observe the game.

    “这样说,查尔斯,你真打算在尼日斐花园开一次跳舞会吗?我劝你最好还是先征求一下在场朋友们的意见再作决定吧。这里面就会有人觉得跳舞是受罪,而不是娱乐,要是没有这种人,你怪我好了。”

    达西等她一住口,便马上说:“我非常愿意解释一下,事情不外乎是这样的,你们是心腹之交,所以选择了这个办法来消磨黄昏,还要谈谈私事,否则就是你们自以为散起步来体态显得特别好看,所以要散散步。倘若是出于第一个动机,我夹在你们一起就会妨碍你们;假若是出于第二个动机,那么我坐在火炉旁边可以更好地欣赏你们。”
  • ”Oh! yes -- I understand you perfectly.”
  • 丽迪雅是个胖胖的、发育得很好的姑娘,今年才十五岁,细皮白肉,笑颜常开,她是母亲的掌上明珠,由于娇纵过度,她很小就进入了社交界。她生性好动,天生有些不知分寸,加上她的姨爹一次次以美酒嘉肴宴请那些军官们,军官们又见她颇有几分浪荡的风情,便对她发生了相当好感,于是她更加肆无忌惮了。所以她就有资格向彬格莱先生提出开舞会的事,而且冒冒失失地提醒他先前的诺言,而且还说,要是他不实践诺言,那就是天下最丢人的事。彬格莱先生对她这一番突如其来的挑衅回答得叫她母亲很是高兴。

    “请告诉令妹,就说我听到她的竖琴弹得进步了。真觉得高兴,还请你告诉她说,她寄来给我装饰桌子的那张美丽的小图案,我真喜欢极了,我觉得比起格兰特小姐的那张真好得太多了。”

      IF you are not so compassionate as to dine to-day with Louisa and me, we shall be in danger of hating each other for the rest of our lives, for a whole days te^te-a`-te^te between two women can never end without a quarrel. Come as soon as you can on the receipt of this. My brother and the gentlemen are to dine with the officers. Yours ever,

    伊丽莎白没有回答他,只是笑了笑。他见她闷声不响,觉得有点儿奇怪,便又问了她一次。

    ”Eliza Bennet,” said Miss Bingley, when the door was closed on her, ”is one of those young ladies who seek to recommend themselves to the other sex by undervaluing their own, and with many men, I dare say, it succeeds. But, in my opinion, it is a paltry device, a very mean art.”

    ”With all my heart; I will buy Pemberley itself if Darcy will sell it.”

  • 076. There is nothing as…as…
  • ”Your humility, Mr. Bingley,” said Elizabeth, ”must disarm reproof.” 062. I wonder if…?

    “要算是转弯抹角的自夸,因为你对于你自己写信方面的缺点觉得很得意,你认为你思想敏捷,懒得去注意书法,而且你认为你这些方面即使没有什么了不起,完全不考虑到做出来的成绩是不是完美。你今天早上跟班纳特太太说,如果你决定要从尼日斐花园搬走,你五分钟之内就可以搬走,这种话无非是夸耀自己,恭维自己。再说,急躁的结果只会使得应该要做好的事情没有做好,无论对人对已,都没有真正的好处,这有什么值得赞美的呢?”

      Mr. Bennet was so odd a mixture of quick parts, sarcastic humour, reserve, and caprice, that the experience of three and twenty years had been insufficient to make his wife understand his character. Her mind was less difficult to develope. She was a woman of mean understanding, little information, and uncertain temper. When she was discontented, she fancied herself nervous. The business of her life was to get her daughters married; its solace was visiting and news.
    “我的好老爷,”太太回答道,“你怎么这样叫人讨厌!告诉你吧,我正在盘算,他要是挑中我们一个女儿做老婆,可多好!” 这句话足够鼓励她讲下去了。

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    彬格莱小姐立刻把眼睛盯在他的脸上,要他告诉她,究竟是哪位小姐有这种妙处使他这样想入非非。达西先生鼓起极大的勇气回答道:班纳特先生真是个古怪人,他一方面喜欢插科打浑,爱挖苦人,同时又不拘言笑,变幻莫测,真使他那位太太积二十三年之经验,还摸不透他的性格。太太的脑子是很容易加以分析的。她是个智力贫乏、不学无术、喜怒无常的女人,只要碰到不称心的事,她就以为神经衰弱。她生平的大事就是嫁女儿;她生平的安慰就是访友拜客和打听新闻。 他没有作声。

    “老实说,我也解释不清楚;那得由达西自己来说明。”

    “我就讨厌谈彬格莱先生,”他的太太嚷起来了。

    班纳特太太没有理睬他,可是忍不住气,便骂起女儿来。

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    ”You may depend upon it, Madam,” said Miss Bingley, with cold civility, ”that Miss Bennet shall receive every possible attention while she remains with us.”
    “可是人们本身的变动很多,他们身上永远有新的东西值得你去注意。”

    They found Mary, as usual, deep in the study of thorough bass and human nature; and had some new extracts to admire, and some new observations of thread-bare morality to listen to. Catherine and Lydia had information for them of a different sort. Much had been done and much had been said in the regiment since the preceding Wednesday; several of the officers had dined lately with their uncle, a private had been flogged, and it had actually been hinted that Colonel Forster was going to be married.

    “噢,有的是。千万把你姨丈人姨丈母的像挂到彭伯里画廊里面去,就挂在你那位当法官的伯祖父大人遗象旁边。你知道他们都是同行,只不过部门不同而已。至于尊夫人伊丽莎白,可千万别让别人替她画像,天下哪一个画家能够把她那一双美丽的眼睛画得维妙维肖?”

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    The manner in which they spoke of the Meryton assembly was sufficiently characteristic. Bingley had never met with pleasanter people or prettier girls in his life; every body had been most kind and attentive to him, there had been no formality, no stiffness; he had soon felt acquainted with all the room; and as to Miss Bennet, he could not conceive an angel more beautiful. Darcy, on the contrary, had seen a collection of people in whom there was little beauty and no fashion, for none of whom he had felt the smallest interest, and from none received either attention or pleasure. Miss Bennet he acknowledged to be pretty, but she smiled too much. 伊丽莎白叫道:“你这一番话只不过说明了彬格莱先生并没有任着他自己的性子说做就做。你这样一说,比他自己说更来得光彩啦。”

    The girls stared at their father. Mrs. Bennet said only, ”Nonsense, nonsense!”

    ”I am sure,” she added, ”if it was not for such good friends I do not know what would become of her, for she is very ill indeed, and suffers a vast deal, though with the greatest patience in the world -- which is always the way with her, for she has, without exception, the sweetest temper I ever met with. I often tell my other girls they are nothing to her. You have a sweet room here, Mr. Bingley, and a charming prospect over that gravel walk. I do not know a place in the country that is equal to Netherfield. You will not think of quitting it in a hurry I hope, though you have but a short lease.”

    016. Shouldn’t we…?

    069. On one hand…on the other hand…

    “初看上去的确比不上。不过跟她们攀谈起来,就觉得她们也都是些讨人喜欢的女人。听说彬格莱小姐将要跟她兄弟住在一起,替他料埋家务;她要不是个好邻居,那才怪呢。”
    ”With great energy; -- but it is a subject which always makes a lady energetic.”

    ”I have not the smallest objection to explaining them,” said he, as soon as she allowed him to speak. ”You either chuse this method of passing the evening because you are in each others confidence, and have secret affairs to discuss, or because you are conscious that your figures appear to the greatest advantage in walking; -- if the first, I should be completely in your way; -- and if the second, I can admire you much better as I sit by the fire.”

    距离浪博恩不远的地方,住着一家人家,这就是威廉·卢卡斯爵士府上。班纳特府上跟他们特别知已。爵士从前是在麦里屯做生意起家发迹的,曾在当市长的任内上书皇上,获得了一个爵士头衔;这个显要的身份使他觉得太荣幸,从此他就讨厌做生意,讨厌住在一个小镇上,于是歇了生意,告别小镇,带着家属迁到那离开麦里屯大约一英里路的一幢房子里去住,从那时候起就把那地方叫做卢家庄。他可以在这儿自得其乐,以显要自居,而且,既然摆脱了生意的纠缠,他大可以一心一意地从事社交活动。他尽管以自己的地位欣然自得,却并不因此而目空一切,反而对什么人都应酬得非常周到。他生来不肯得罪人,待人接物总是和蔼可亲,殷勤体贴,而且自从皇上觐见以来,更加彬彬有礼。卢卡斯太太是个很善良的女人,真是班纳特太太一位宝贵的邻居。卢府上有好几个孩子。大女儿是个明理懂事的年轻小姐,年纪大约二十六七岁,她是伊丽莎白的要好朋友。且说卢府上几位小姐跟班府上几位小姐这回非要见见面,谈谈这次跳舞会上的事业不可。于是在开完了跳舞会的第二天上午,卢府上的小姐们到浪博恩来跟班府上的小姐交换意见。
    099. You can never… too…
    ”I am perfectly convinced by it that Mr. Darcy has no defect. He owns it himself without disguise.”
      ”You began the evening well, Charlotte,” said Mrs. Bennet with civil self-command to Miss Lucas. ”You were Mr. Bingleys first choice.”
    ”I believe, Maam, I may safely promise you never to dance with him.”

    Mr. Darcy smiled; but Elizabeth thought she could perceive that he was rather offended; and therefore checked her laugh. Miss Bingley warmly resented the indignity he had received, in an expostulation with her brother for talking such nonsense.

      ”I think I have heard you say, that their uncle is an attorney in Meryton.”
    ”Then,” observed Elizabeth, ”you must comprehend a great deal in your idea of an accomplished women.”
  • IT is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife. However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his first entering a neighbourhood, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of the surrounding families, that he is considered as the rightful property of some one or other of their daughters.
  • “你考问达西先生考问好了吧,我想,”彬格莱小姐说。“请问结论如何?”
  • He paused in hopes of an answer; but his companion was not disposed to make any; and Elizabeth at that instant moving towards them, he was struck with the notion of doing a very gallant thing, and called out to her,

  • “他真是一个典型的好青年,”她说,“有见识,有趣味,人又活泼;我从来没有见过他那种讨人喜欢的举止!那么大方,又有十全十美的教养!”
    • “我以前倒不知道你是个研究人的性格的专家。”彬格莱马上接下去说,“那一定是一门很有趣的学问吧。”
    ”Indeed I do not dare.”

    ”I have been used to consider poetry as the food of love,” said Darcy.

    “我可不愿意象你那样挑肥拣瘦,”彬格莱嚷道,“随便怎么我也不愿意;不瞒你说,我生平没有见过今天晚上这么许多可爱的姑娘;你瞧,其中几位真是美貌绝伦。”

    “可是,乖孩子,我包管你爸爸匀不出拖车子的马来。──农庄上正要马用,我的好老爷,是不是?”

    ”I am perfectly convinced by it that Mr. Darcy has no defect. He owns it himself without disguise.”

  • “你这话可说得不对。我写得相当慢。”
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    Her sister made not the smallest objection, and the piano-forte was opened, and Darcy, after a few moments recollection, was not sorry for it. He began to feel the danger of paying Elizabeth too much attention.
    ”What can be the meaning of that emphatic exclamation?” cried he. ”Do you consider the forms of introduction, and the stress that is laid on them, as nonsense? I cannot quite agree with you there. What say you, Mary? for you are a young lady of deep reflection I know, and read great books, and make extracts.”
    067. Once you…
    “要算是转弯抹角的自夸,因为你对于你自己写信方面的缺点觉得很得意,你认为你思想敏捷,懒得去注意书法,而且你认为你这些方面即使没有什么了不起,完全不考虑到做出来的成绩是不是完美。你今天早上跟班纳特太太说,如果你决定要从尼日斐花园搬走,你五分钟之内就可以搬走,这种话无非是夸耀自己,恭维自己。再说,急躁的结果只会使得应该要做好的事情没有做好,无论对人对已,都没有真正的好处,这有什么值得赞美的呢?”

    ”Impossible, Mr. Bennet, impossible, when I am not acquainted with him myself; how can you be so teazing?”

    Lydia declared herself satisfied. ”Oh! yes -- it would be much better to wait till Jane was well, and by that time most likely Captain Carter would be at Meryton again. And when you have given your ball,” she added, ”I shall insist on their giving one also. I shall tell Colonel Forster it will be quite a shame if he does not.”

    “她的确象个疯子,露薏莎。我简直忍不住要笑出来。她这一趟来得无聊透顶;姐姐伤了点风,干吗要她那么大惊小怪地跑遍了整个村庄?──头发给弄得那么蓬乱,那么邋遢!”

    ”I believe, Maam, I may safely promise you never to dance with him.”

    084. …what-do-you-call-it (what·cha·ma·call·it)
    “放心吧,我的好太太,等到有了二十个,我一定去一个个拜望到。”
    ”How can you contrive to write so even?”
    Elizabeth, feeling really anxious, was determined to go to her, though the carriage was not to be had; and as she was no horse-woman, walking was her only alternative. She declared her resolution.

    ”Yes, and her petticoat; I hope you saw her petticoat, six inches deep in mud, I am absolutely certain; and the gown which had been let down to hide it not doing its office.”

    这一天过得和前一天没有多大的不同。赫斯脱太太和彬格莱小姐上午陪了病人几个钟头,病人尽管好转得很慢,却在不断地好转。晚上,伊丽莎白跟她们一块儿待在客厅里。不过这一回却没有看见有人打“禄牌”。达西先生在写信,彬格莱小姐坐在他身旁看他写,一再纠缠不清地要他代她附笔问候他的妹妹。赫斯脱先生和彬格莱先生在打“皮克牌”,赫斯脱太太在一旁看他们打。
    Mr. Darcy stood near them in silent indignation at such a mode of passing the evening, to the exclusion of all conversation, and was too much engrossed by his own thoughts to perceive that Sir William Lucas was his neighbour, till Sir William thus began.

    ”I should like balls infinitely better,” she replied, ”if they were carried on in a different manner; but there is something insufferably tedious in the usual process of such a meeting. It would surely be much more rational if conversation instead of dancing made the order of the day.”

    ”I am astonished,” said Miss Bingley, ”that my father should have left so small a collection of books. -- What a delightful library you have at Pemberley, Mr. Darcy!” ”Oh! my dear Mr. Bennet,” as she entered the room, ”we have had a most delightful evening, a most excellent ball. I wish you had been there. Jane was so admired, nothing could be like it. Every body said how well she looked; and Mr. Bingley thought her quite beautiful, and danced with her twice. Only think of that my dear; he actually danced with her twice; and she was the only creature in the room that he asked a second time. First of all, he asked Miss Lucas. I was so vexed to see him stand up with her; but, however, he did not admire her at all: indeed, nobody can, you know; and he seemed quite struck with Jane as she was going down the dance. So, he enquired who she was, and got introduced, and asked her for the two next. Then, the two third he danced with Miss King, and the two fourth with Maria Lucas, and the two fifth with Jane again, and the two sixth with Lizzy, and the Boulanger --” “我猜中你现在在幻想些什么。”
    “我想会吧。她现在大概有伊丽莎白·班纳特小姐那么高了,恐怕还要高一点。”
    ”Mr. Bennet, how can you abuse your own children in such way? You take delight in vexing me. You have no compassion on my poor nerves.”
    100. You only have to…in order to…
    主人家听到这话,表示百般关切,便再三挽留她们,希望她们至少待到下一天再走,吉英让她们说服了,于是姐妹俩只得再耽搁一天。这一下可叫彬格莱小姐后悔挽留她们,她对伊丽莎白又嫉妒又讨厌,因此也就顾不得对吉英的感情了。彬格莱听到她们马上要走非常发愁,便一遍又一遍劝导吉英,说她还没有完全复元,马上就走不大妥当,可是吉英既然觉得自己的主张是对的便再三坚持。 浪博恩小姐们不久就去拜访尼是斐花园的小姐们了。人家了照例来回拜了她们。班纳特那种讨人喜爱的举止,使赫斯脱太太和彬格莱小姐对她愈来愈有好感。尽管班家老太太叫人不可容忍,几个小妹妹也不值得攀谈,可是两位彬格莱小姐却是愿意跟年纪大的两位班小姐作进一步深交,吉英极其喜悦地领受了这份盛意;可是伊丽莎白看出她们对待任何人仍然很高傲,甚至对待吉英也几乎没有两样,因此颇不喜欢她们;不过,她们所以待吉英好,看来多半还是由于她们兄弟爱慕她的缘故。只要你看见他们俩在一起,你就看得出他兄弟确是爱慕她的。伊丽莎白又很清楚地看出吉英一开头就看中了彬格莱先生,不由自主地向他屈服了,而且也可以说是对他喜爱极了。可是她高兴地想道,吉英虽说感情丰富,好在性格很镇定,外表上仍然保持着正常的和颜悦色,那就不会引起那些卤莽人的怀疑,因此他俩的心意也就不会给人察觉了。伊丽莎白曾经跟自己的朋友卢卡斯小姐谈到过这一点。

    Lydia was a stout, well-grown girl of fifteen, with a fine complexion and good-humoured countenance; a favourite with her mother, whose affection had brought her into public at an early age. She had high animal spirits, and a sort of natural self-consequence, which the attentions of the officers, to whom her uncles good dinners and her own easy manners recommended her, had increased into assurance. She was very equal, therefore, to address Mr. Bingley on the subject of the ball, and abruptly reminded him of his promise; adding, that it would be the most shameful thing in the world if he did not keep it. His answer to this sudden attack was delightful to their mothers ear.

    达西说:“假装谦虚偏偏往往就是信口开河,有时候简直是转弯抹角的自夸?”

    “我又不是故意咳着玩儿。”吉蒂气恼地回答道。
    Every body was surprised; and Darcy, after looking at her for a moment, turned silently away. Mrs. Bennet, who fancied she had gained a complete victory over him, continued her triumph.
    班纳特先生不愿意听人谈到衣饰。她因此不得不另找话题,于是就谈到达西先生那不可一世的傲慢无礼的态度,她的措辞辛辣刻薄,而又带几分夸张。

    ”Oh! yes. -- Do let the portraits of your uncle and aunt Philips be placed in the gallery at Pemberley. Put them next to your great uncle, the judge. They are in the same profession, you know; only in different lines. As for your Elizabeths picture, you must not attempt to have it taken, for what painter could do justice to those beautiful eyes?”

    IF you are not so compassionate as to dine to-day with Louisa and me, we shall be in danger of hating each other for the rest of our lives, for a whole days te^te-a`-te^te between two women can never end without a quarrel. Come as soon as you can on the receipt of this. My brother and the gentlemen are to dine with the officers. Yours ever,

    ”Oh! yes -- I understand you perfectly.”