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。
“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。”

”That will not do for a compliment to Darcy, Caroline,” cried her brother -- ”because he does not write with ease. He studies too much for words of four syllables. -- Do not you, Darcy?”

彬格莱先生说:“那正说明了她的手足情深,真是好极了。”

”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.”

“我的亲丽萃!”

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:

After listening one morning to their effusions on this subject, Mr. Bennet coolly observed,

”Oh!” said she, ”I heard you before; but I could not immediately determine what to say in reply. You wanted me, I know, to say ”Yes,” that you might have the pleasure of despising my taste; but I always delight in overthrowing those kind of schemes, and cheating a person of their premeditated contempt. I have therefore made up my mind to tell you that I do not want to dance a reel at all -- and now despise me if you dare.”

“我料到你会问出这样的话来的。女人的想象力真敏捷;从敬慕一跳就跳到爱情,一眨眼的工夫又从爱情跳到结婚。我知道你要预备来向我道喜了。”

  • “我有现在这样的日子过,自然不好意思疏忽家里的藏书室。“
  • ”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.” 033. I can’t say…

    “你们的跳舞会定在那一天开,丽萃?”

    082. What can I do for…? 达西开始希望跟她深交。他为了想要慢慢地跟她攀谈攀谈,因此她跟别人谈话的时候,他问题留神去听。于是,有一次威廉·卢卡斯爵士大请客,他这样的做法当场引起了她的注意。 “我写信的风格和你很不同。”

    “你实在过分心思啦。彬格莱先生一定高兴看到你的;我可以写封信给你带去,就说随便他挑中我哪一个女儿,我都心甘情愿地答应他把她娶过去;不过,我在信上得特别替小丽萃吹嘘几句。”

    你的永远的朋友珈罗琳·彬格莱
    This was invitation enough.
    ”Which do you mean?” and turning round, he looked for a moment at Elizabeth, till catching her eye, he withdrew his own and coldly said, ”She is tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt me; and I am in no humour at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men. You had better return to your partner and enjoy her smiles, for you are wasting your time with me.”

    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.

    彬格莱大声说道:“好极了,请你仔仔细细讲吧,连到他们的身材的高矮和大小也别忘了讲,因为,班纳特小姐,你一定想象不到讨论起问题来的时候这一点是多么重要。老实对你说,要是达西先生不比我高那么多,大那么多,你才休想叫我那么尊敬他。在某些时候,某些场合,达西是个再讨厌不过的家伙──特别是礼拜天晚上在他家里,当他没有事情做的时候。”

    He made no answer.

    081. What becomes of…?
    ”Are you so severe upon your own sex, as to doubt the possibility of all this?”
  • 门关上之后,彬格莱小姐说,“有些女人们为了自抬身价,往往在男人们面前编派女人,伊丽莎白·班纳特就是这样一个女人,这种手段在某些男人身上也许会发生效果,但是我认为这是一种下贱的诡计,一种卑鄙的手腕。”
  • 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。 Mary had neither genius nor taste; and though vanity had given her application, it had given her likewise a pedantic air and conceited manner, which would have injured a higher degree of excellence than she had reached. Elizabeth, easy and unaffected, had been listened to with much more pleasure, though not playing half so well; and Mary, at the end of a long concerto, was glad to purchase praise and gratitude by Scotch and Irish airs, at the request of her younger sisters, who, with some of the Lucases and two or three officers, joined eagerly in dancing at one end of the room.
    ”I did not know that you intended to walk,” said Miss Bingley, in some confusion, lest they had been overheard.
    ”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!”

    从此她们每次拜访腓力普太太都获得了最有趣的消息。她们每天都会打听到几个军官的名字和他们的社会关系。军官们的住宅不久就让大家知道了,再后来小姐们就直接跟他们搞熟了,腓力普先生一一拜访了那些军官,这真是替她的姨侄女们开辟了一道意想不到的幸福源泉。她们现在开口闭口都离不开那些军官。在这以前,只要提到彬格莱先生的偌大财产,她们的母亲就会眉飞色舞,如今跟军官们的制服对比起来,她们就觉得偌大的财产简直一钱不值了。

    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。” 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。
  • When that business was over, he applied to Miss Bingley and Elizabeth for the indulgence of some music. Miss Bingley moved with alacrity to the piano-forte, and after a polite request that Elizabeth would lead the way, which the other as politely and more earnestly negatived, she seated herself.
  • “农庄上常常要马用,可惜到我手里的时候并不多。”

    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.
    伊丽莎白读信的时候,班纳特先生对他太太说:“唔,好太太,要是你的女儿得了重病──万一她一病不起──倒也值得安慰呀,因为她是奉了你命令去追求彬格莱先生的。”
    ”There is, I believe, in every disposition a tendency to some particular evil, a natural defect, which not even the best education can overcome.” “不过我希望你这毛病会好起来,那么,象这种每年有四千镑收入的阔少爷,你就可以眼看着他们一个个搬来做你的邻居了。”
  • “如果你指的是达西,”她的哥哥大声说,“那么,他可以在跳舞开始以前就上床去睡觉,随他的便好啦。舞会已经决定了非开不可,只等尼可尔斯把一切都准备好了,我就下请贴。”
  • Mrs. Bennet was profuse in her acknowledgments.

    ”Neglect! I am sure you neglect nothing that can add to the beauties of that noble place. Charles, when you build your house, I wish it may be half as delightful as Pemberley.”

    班纳特太太一看见卢卡斯小姐,便客客气气,从容不迫地说:“那天晚上全靠你开场开得好,你做了彬格莱先生的第一个意中人。”
    ”But, my dear, your father cannot spare the horses, I am sure. They are wanted in the farm, Mr. Bennet, are not they?” “噢!我从来没有见过这么美丽的一个尤物!可是她的一个妹妹就坐在你后面,她也很漂亮,而且我敢说,她也很讨人爱。让我来请我的舞伴给你们介绍一下吧。”
    “如果你指的是达西,”她的哥哥大声说,“那么,他可以在跳舞开始以前就上床去睡觉,随他的便好啦。舞会已经决定了非开不可,只等尼可尔斯把一切都准备好了,我就下请贴。”
    从他俩谈起麦里屯舞会的态度来看,就足见两人性格的不同。彬格莱说,他生平从来没有遇到过什么人比这儿的人更和蔼,也没有遇到过什么姑娘比这儿的姑娘更漂亮;在他看来,这儿每个人都极其和善,极其殷勤,不拘礼,不局促,他一下子就觉得和全场的人都相处得很熟;讲起班纳特小姐,他想象不出人间会有一个比她更美丽的天使。至于达西,他总觉得他所看到的这些人既不美,又谈不上风度,没有一个人使他感兴趣,也没有一个人对他献殷勤,博取他的欢心。他承认班纳特小姐是漂亮的,可惜她笑得太多。赫斯脱太太姐妹同意他这种看法──可是她们仍然羡慕她,喜欢她,说她是个甜姐儿,她们并不反对跟她这样的一位小姐做个深交。班纳特小姐就这样成为一个甜姐儿了,她们的兄弟听到了这番赞美,便觉得今后可以爱怎么样想她就怎么样想她了。

    “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。”

    “我不是听你说过,她有个姨爹在麦里屯当律师吗?”

    She often tried to provoke Darcy into disliking her guest, by talking of their supposed marriage, and planning his happiness in such an alliance.

    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。 ”That is exactly what I should have supposed of you,” said Elizabeth.
    ”You have a house in town, I conclude?”
    “你说的是哪一位?”他转过身来,朝着伊丽莎白望了一会儿,等她也看见了他,他才收回自己的目光,冷冷的说:“她还可以,但还没有漂亮到打动我的心,眼前我可没有兴趣去抬举那些受到别人冷眼看待的小姐。你还是回到你的舞伴身边去欣赏她的笑脸吧,犯不着把时间浪费在我的身上。” ”She seems a very pleasant young woman,” said Bingley.
    ”Is Miss Darcy much grown since the spring?” said Miss Bingley; ”will she be as tall as I am?”

    我亲爱的的朋友,──要是你不肯发发慈悲,今天光临舍下跟露薏莎和我一同吃饭,我和她两个人就要结下终生的怨仇了。两个女人成天在一块儿谈心,到头来没有不吵架的。接信后希即尽快前来。我的哥和他的几位朋友们都要上军官们那儿去吃饭。

    “彬格莱先生,”伊丽莎白说,“你这样谦虚,真叫人家本来要责备你也不好意思责备了。”

    Between him and Darcy there was a very steady friendship, in spite of a great opposition of character. -- Bingley was endeared to Darcy by the easiness, openness, ductility of his temper, though no disposition could offer a greater contrast to his own, and though with his own he never appeared dissatisfied. On the strength of Darcys regard Bingley had the firmest reliance, and of his judgment the highest opinion. In understanding, Darcy was the superior. Bingley was by no means deficient, but Darcy was clever. He was at the same time haughty, reserved, and fastidious, and his manners, though well bred, were not inviting. In that respect his friend had greatly the advantage. Bingley was sure of being liked wherever he appeared; Darcy was continually giving offence.

    彬格莱马上转过身去对她大声说道:“你开始了解我啦,是吗?”
    ”It will be her turn soon to be teazed,” said Miss Lucas. ”I am going to open the instrument, Eliza, and you know what follows.”
    ”Come, Darcy,” said he, ”I must have you dance. I hate to see you standing about by yourself in this stupid manner. You had much better dance.”

    ”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.”

    ”To yield readily -- easily -- to the persuasion of a friend is no merit with you.”
    达西先生非常有礼貌地要求她赏光,跟他跳一场,可是他白白要求了。伊丽莎白下定了决心就不动摇,任凭威廉爵士怎么劝说也没有用。
  • 071. Speaking of…
  • With a renewal of tenderness, however, they repaired to her room on leaving the dining-parlour, and sat with her till summoned to coffee. She was still very poorly, and Elizabeth would not quit her at all till late in the evening, when she had the comfort of seeing her asleep, and when it appeared to her rather right than pleasant that she should go down stairs herself. On entering the drawing-room she found the whole party at loo, and was immediately invited to join them; but suspecting them to be playing high she declined it, and making her sister the excuse, said she would amuse herself for the short time she could stay below with a book. Mr. Hurst looked at her with astonishment.

    017. Have you ever…?

    ”Dont keep coughing so, Kitty, for heavens sake! Have a little compassion on my nerves. You tear them to pieces.” ”If my children are silly I must hope to be always sensible of it.”

    “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。”

  • “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!”
    • 赫斯脱太太和彬格莱小姐都叫起来了,说她不应该表示怀疑,因为这种怀疑是不公平的,而且她们还一致提出反证,说她们自己就知道有很多女人都够得上这些条件。一直等到赫斯脱先生叫她们好好打牌,怪她们不该对牌场上的事那么漫不经心,她们才住嘴,一场争论就这样结束了,伊丽莎白没有多久也走开了。

    达西接着说:“她除了具备这些条件以外,还应该多读书,长见识,有点真才实学。”

    ”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.”
    从此她们每次拜访腓力普太太都获得了最有趣的消息。她们每天都会打听到几个军官的名字和他们的社会关系。军官们的住宅不久就让大家知道了,再后来小姐们就直接跟他们搞熟了,腓力普先生一一拜访了那些军官,这真是替她的姨侄女们开辟了一道意想不到的幸福源泉。她们现在开口闭口都离不开那些军官。在这以前,只要提到彬格莱先生的偌大财产,她们的母亲就会眉飞色舞,如今跟军官们的制服对比起来,她们就觉得偌大的财产简直一钱不值了。
    ”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.”
    “假如一个女人爱上了一个男人,只要女方不故意瞒住男方,男方一定会看得出的。” 班纳特太太没有理睬他,可是忍不住气,便骂起女儿来。 ”I do not cough for my own amusement,” replied Kitty fretfully.

    “我却一贯认为,诗是爱情的食粮,”达西说。

    046. I’m calling to…
    “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 think I have heard you say, that their uncle is an attorney in Meryton.”
    ”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.”

    “我猜中你现在在幻想些什么。”

    “不错,我认为应该包括很多条件。”

    ”Your humility, Mr. Bingley,” said Elizabeth, ”must disarm reproof.”

    伊丽莎白本不想跟他们待在一起,一听这话,便笑嘻嘻地说:
    倘使班纳特太太发觉吉英有什么危险,那她真要伤心死了;但是一看到吉英的病并不怎么严重,她就满意了;她也并不希望吉英马上复元,因为,要是一复元,她就得离开尼日斐花园回家去。所以她的女儿一提起要她带她回家去,她听也不要听,况且那位差不多跟她同时来到的医生,也认为搬回去不是个好办法。母亲陪着吉英坐了一会儿工夫,彬格莱小姐便来请她吃早饭,于是她就带着三个女儿一块儿上饭厅去。彬格莱先生前来迎接她们,说是希望班纳特太太看到了小姐的病一定会觉得并不是想象中那般严重。
      ”But, my dear, your father cannot spare the horses, I am sure. They are wanted in the farm, Mr. Bennet, are not they?”

    “我不相信郎格太太肯这么做。她自己有两个亲侄女。她是个自私自利、假仁假义的女人,我睢不起她。”

    To this speech Bingley made no answer; but his sisters gave it their hearty assent, and indulged their mirth for some time at the expense of their dear friends vulgar relations. ”I am perfectly convinced by it that Mr. Darcy has no defect. He owns it himself without disguise.”

    ”I cannot comprehend the neglect of a family library in such days as these,”

    After playing some Italian songs, Miss Bingley varied the charm by a lively Scotch air; and soon afterwards Mr. Darcy, drawing near Elizabeth, said to her --

    But Elizabeth, who had not the least inclination to remain with them, laughingly answered,

    Chapter 7

    009. Did you use to…

    “我猜想得一点儿不错,”伊丽莎白说。

    “假如一个女人爱上了一个男人,只要女方不故意瞒住男方,男方一定会看得出的。”

    “疏忽!我相信凡是能为你那个高贵的地方啬主观的东西,你一件也没疏忽过。──查尔斯,以后你自己建筑住宅的时候,我只希望有彭伯里一半那么美丽就好了。”

    WHEN the ladies removed after dinner, Elizabeth ran up to her sister, and, seeing her well guarded from cold, attended her into the drawing-room; where she was welcomed by her two friends with many professions of pleasure; and Elizabeth had never seen them so agreeable as they were during the hour which passed before the gentlemen appeared. Their powers of conversation were considerable. They could describe an entertainment with accuracy, relate an anecdote with humour, and laugh at their acquaintance with spirit. But when the gentlemen entered, Jane was no longer the first object. Miss Bingleys eyes were instantly turned towards Darcy, and she had something to say to him before he had advanced many steps. He addressed himself directly to Miss Bennet, with a polite congratulation; Mr. Hurst also made her a slight bow, and said he was ”very glad;” but diffuseness and warmth remained for Bingleys salutation. He was full of joy and attention. The first half hour was spent in piling up the fire, lest she should suffer from the change of room; and she removed at his desire to the other side of the fireplace, that she might be farther from the door. He then sat down by her, and talked scarcely to any one else. Elizabeth, at work in the opposite corner, saw it all with great delight.

    Elizabeth listened in silence, but was not convinced. Their behaviour at the assembly had not been calculated to please in general; and with more quickness of observation and less pliancy of temper than her sister, and with a judgment, too, unassailed by any attention to herself, she was very little disposed to approve them. They were in fact very fine ladies, not deficient in good humour when they were pleased, nor in the power of being agreeable where they chose it; but proud and conceited. They were rather handsome, had been educated in one of the first private seminaries in town, had a fortune of twenty thousand pounds, were in the habit of spending more than they ought, and of associating with people of rank; and were therefore in every respect entitled to think well of themselves, and meanly of others. They were of a respectable family in the north of England; a circumstance more deeply impressed on their memories than that their brothers fortune and their own had been acquired by trade.
    ”It shews an affection for her sister that is very pleasing,” said Bingley.

    Yours, &c.”

    ”I do not cough for my own amusement,” replied Kitty fretfully.

    于是班纳特太太带着她的两个女儿走了。伊丽莎白立刻回到吉英身边去,也不去管彬格莱府上的两位小姐怎样在背后议论她跟她家里人有失体统。不过,尽管彬格莱小姐怎么样说俏皮话,怎么样拿她的“美丽的眼睛”开玩笑,达西却始终不肯受她们的怂恿,夹在她们一起来编派她的不是。
      “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?”
    ”Will it not be advisable, before we proceed on this subject, to arrange with rather more precision the degree of importance which is to appertain to this request, as well as the degree of intimacy subsisting between the parties?”
    080. We may as well…
  • “我真佩服你想得这般周到。两个星期的认识当然谈不上什么。跟一个人相处了两个星期,不可能就此了解他究竟是怎样一个人。不过,要是我们不去尝试尝试,别人可少不了要尝试的。话说到底,郎格太太和她的侄女一定不肯错过这个良机。因此,要是你不愿意办这件事,我自己来办好了,反正她会觉得这是我们对她的一片好意。”
  • 彬格莱先生说:“我断定乐意照料你自己的姐姐,但愿她快些复元,那你就会更加快活了。”

    ”Your list of the common extent of accomplishments,” said Darcy, ”has too much truth. The word is applied to many a woman who deserves it no otherwise than by netting a purse, or covering a skreen. But I am very far from agreeing with you in your estimation of ladies in general. I cannot boast of knowing more than half a dozen, in the whole range of my acquaintance, that are really accomplished.”

    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.
      Mrs. Hurst and her sister allowed it to be so -- but still they admired her and liked her, and pronounced her to be a sweet girl, and one whom they should not object to know more of. Miss Bennet was therefore established as a sweet girl, and their brother felt authorised by such commendation to think of her as he chose.
    她被领进了餐厅,只见他们全家人都在那儿,只有吉英不在场。她一走进门就引起全场人的惊奇。赫斯脱太太和彬格莱小姐心想,这么一大早,路上又这么泥泞,她竟从三英里路开外赶到这儿来,而且是独个儿赶来的,这事情简直叫人无法相信。伊丽莎白料定她们瞧不起她这种举动。不过事实上她们倒很客气地接待了她,特别是她们的兄弟,不仅是客客气气接待她,而且非常殷勤多礼。达西先生说话不多,赫斯脱先生完全一言不发。达西先生的心里被两种情感弄得七上八下:一方面爱慕她那步行之后的鲜艳的脸色,另方面又怀疑她是否值得为了这么点儿事情独个儿打那么远赶来。至于赫斯脱先生,他一心一意只想要吃早饭。 She smiled, but made no answer. He repeated the question, with some surprise at her silence. “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。”
    ”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.”

    ”Undoubtedly,” replied Darcy, to whom this remark was chiefly addressed, ”there is meanness in all the arts which ladies sometimes condescend to employ for captivation. Whatever bears affinity to cunning is despicable.”

    ”Nor I, I am sure,” said Miss Bingley.
      ”What a charming amusement for young people this is, Mr. Darcy! -- There is nothing like dancing after all. -- I consider it as one of the first refinements of polished societies.”
    078. We’d be better off without…
      ”My dear Friend,
    Between him and Darcy there was a very steady friendship, in spite of a great opposition of character. -- Bingley was endeared to Darcy by the easiness, openness, ductility of his temper, though no disposition could offer a greater contrast to his own, and though with his own he never appeared dissatisfied. On the strength of Darcys regard Bingley had the firmest reliance, and of his judgment the highest opinion. In understanding, Darcy was the superior. Bingley was by no means deficient, but Darcy was clever. He was at the same time haughty, reserved, and fastidious, and his manners, though well bred, were not inviting. In that respect his friend had greatly the advantage. Bingley was sure of being liked wherever he appeared; Darcy was continually giving offence.
    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.

    ”The country,” said Darcy, ”can in general supply but few subjects for such a study. In a country neighbourhood you move in a very confined and unvarying society.”

    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.”

      ”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.”
    “你怎么对你们女人这般苛求,竟以为她们不可能具备这些条件?”
      AT five oclock the two ladies retired to dress, and at half past six Elizabeth was summoned to dinner. To the civil enquiries which then poured in, and amongst which she had the pleasure of distinguishing the much superior solicitude of Mr. Bingleys, she could not make a very favourable answer. Jane was by no means better. The sisters, on hearing this, repeated three or four times how much they were grieved, how shocking it was to have a bad cold, and how excessively they disliked being ill themselves, and then thought no more of the matter; and their indifference towards Jane, when not immediately before them, restored Elizabeth to the enjoyment of all her original dislike. Their brother, indeed, was the only one of the party whom she could regard with any complacency. His anxiety for Jane was evident, and his attentions to herself most pleasing, and they prevented her feeling herself so much an intruder as she believed she was considered by the others. She had very little notice from any but him. Miss Bingley was engrossed by Mr. Darcy, her sister scarcely less so; and as for Mr. Hurst, by whom Elizabeth sat, he was an indolent man, who lived only to eat, drink, and play at cards, who, when he found her prefer a plain dish to a ragout, had nothing to say to her.
    Elizabeth assured him that she could suit herself perfectly with those in the room. “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。” Chapter 8
    “我以为骄傲是一般人的通病,”曼丽说。她觉得自己的见解很高明,因此提高了谈话的兴致。“从我所读过的许多书看来,我相信那的确是非常普遍的一种通病,人性特别容易趋向于这方面,简直谁都不免因为自己具有了某种品质而自命不凡。虚荣与骄傲是截然不同的两件事,尽管字面上常常当作同义词用,一个人可以骄傲而不虚荣。骄傲多半不外乎我们对我们自己的估价,虚荣却牵涉到我们希望别人对我们的看法。”卢家一个小哥儿(他是跟他姐姐们一起来的)忽然说道:“要是我也像达西先生那么有钱,我真不知道会骄傲到什么地步呢。我要养一群猎狗,还要每天喝一瓶酒。”班纳特太太说:“那你就喝得太过分啦,要量给我看见了,我就马上夺掉你的酒瓶。”那孩子抗议道,她不应该那样做;她接着又宣布了一遍,说她一定要那样,一场辩论直到客人告别时方才结束。
    ”You appear to me, Mr. Darcy, to allow nothing for the influence of friendship and affection. A regard for the requester would often make one readily yield to a request without waiting for arguments to reason one into it. I am not particularly speaking of such a case as you have supposed about Mr. Bingley. We may as well wait, perhaps, till the circumstance occurs, before we discuss the discretion of his behaviour thereupon. But in general and ordinary cases between friend and friend, where one of them is desired by the other to change a resolution of no very great moment, should you think ill of that person for complying with the desire, without waiting to be argued into it?”

    “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?”

    “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。”

    第七章 宛儿身世之谜

    ”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!”

    “这个问题只有达西先生自己能够回答。”

    “有太太的呢,还是单身汉?”

    Chapter 12

    班纳特太太对她丈夫说:“我真奇怪,亲爱的,你总喜欢说你自己的孩子蠢。要是我呀,什么人的孩子我都可以看不起,可是我决不会看不起自己的孩子。”

    “你一年里头得写多少封信啊。还得写事务上的信,我看这是够厌烦的吧!”

    046. I’m calling to…

    “伊丽莎小姐,你跳舞跳得那么高明,可是却不肯让我享享眼福,看你跳一场,这未免太说不过去了吧。再说,这位先生虽说平常并不喜欢这种娱乐,可是要他赏我们半个钟头的脸,我相信他也不会不肯的。”

    ”No” -- said Darcy, ”I have made no such pretension. I have faults enough, but they are not, I hope, of understanding. My temper I dare not vouch for. -- It is I believe too little yielding -- certainly too little for the convenience of the world. I cannot forget the follies and vices of others so soon as I ought, nor their offences against myself. My feelings are not puffed about with every attempt to move them. My temper would perhaps be called resentful. -- My good opinion once lost is lost for ever.”

  • ”It is a rule with me, that a person who can write a long letter, with ease, cannot write ill.”
  • 074. The first thing I’m going to do when… is… 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。”

    048. I’m not really happy with…

    ”Dont keep coughing so, Kitty, for heavens sake! Have a little compassion on my nerves. You tear them to pieces.”
    ”All young ladies accomplished! My dear Charles, what do you mean?”
    “噢,不要紧。正月里我就可以跟她见面。不过,你老是写那么动人的长信给她吗,达西先生?” ”I never saw such a woman, I never saw such capacity, and taste, and application, and elegance, as you describe, united.” “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。”
  • “是呀;她们还有个舅舅住在齐普赛附近。”
    • ”From all that I can collect by your manner of talking, you must be two of the silliest girls in the country. I have suspected it some time, but I am now convinced.”
    “不过我总觉得,凡是写起长信来一挥而就的人,无论如何也不会写得不好。”
    ”Upon my word! -- Well, that was very decided indeed -- that does seem as if -- but, however, it may all come to nothing, you know.”
    ”But people themselves alter so much, that there is something new to be observed in them for ever.”
    In Meryton they parted; the two youngest repaired to the lodgings of one of the officers wives, and Elizabeth continued her walk alone, crossing field after field at a quick pace, jumping over stiles and springing over puddles with impatient activity, and finding herself at last within view of the house, with weary ancles, dirty stockings, and a face glowing with the warmth of exercise.
    “农庄上常常要马用,可惜到我手里的时候并不多。” ”How so? how can it affect them?”

    008. Compared to…

    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。“
    Between him and Darcy there was a very steady friendship, in spite of a great opposition of character. -- Bingley was endeared to Darcy by the easiness, openness, ductility of his temper, though no disposition could offer a greater contrast to his own, and though with his own he never appeared dissatisfied. On the strength of Darcys regard Bingley had the firmest reliance, and of his judgment the highest opinion. In understanding, Darcy was the superior. Bingley was by no means deficient, but Darcy was clever. He was at the same time haughty, reserved, and fastidious, and his manners, though well bred, were not inviting. In that respect his friend had greatly the advantage. Bingley was sure of being liked wherever he appeared; Darcy was continually giving offence.
    ”It is more than I engage for, I assure you.”
    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,

    He began to wish to know more of her, and as a step towards conversing with her himself, attended to her conversation with others. His doing so drew her notice. It was at Sir William Lucass, where a large party were assembled. ”What does Mr. Darcy mean,” said she to Charlotte, ”by listening to my conversation with Colonel Forster?”

  • ”Oh!” said she, ”I heard you before; but I could not immediately determine what to say in reply. You wanted me, I know, to say ”Yes,” that you might have the pleasure of despising my taste; but I always delight in overthrowing those kind of schemes, and cheating a person of their premeditated contempt. I have therefore made up my mind to tell you that I do not want to dance a reel at all -- and now despise me if you dare.”
  • “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。”
  • “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。
  • 047. I’m looking forward to…
      ”I should imagine not.”
    Chapter 6
    Mr. Darcy bowed.

    “老实跟你说吧,这不是我份内的事。”

    076. There is nothing as…as…
    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。 ”I wish it may.” ”While Mary is adjusting her ideas,” he continued, ”let us return to Mr. Bingley.”

    “你们的跳舞会定在那一天开,丽萃?”

    Here she was interrupted again. Mr. Bennet protested against any description of finery. She was therefore obliged to seek another branch of the subject, and related, with much bitterness of spirit and some exaggeration, the shocking rudeness of Mr. Darcy.

    “我请求你别叫丽萃想起了他这种无礼的举动又生起气来;他是那么讨厌的一个人,被他看上了才叫倒霉呢。郎格太太告诉我说,昨儿晚上他坐在她身边有半个钟头,可是始终不开口。”

    ”That is as it happens. It does not necessarily follow that a deep, intricate character is more or less estimable than such a one as yours.”

    ”My stile of writing is very different from yours.”

    ”Would Mr. Darcy then consider the rashness of your original intention as atoned for by your obstinacy in adhering to it?”
    ”Indeed, Sir, I have not the least intention of dancing. -- I entreat you not to suppose that I moved this way in order to beg for a partner.”
    ”Mr. Darcy is all politeness,” said Elizabeth, smiling.
    073. Thank you for…

    ”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.”

    “我不相信郎格太太肯这么做。她自己有两个亲侄女。她是个自私自利、假仁假义的女人,我睢不起她。”

    039. If there is one thing that… me, it’s…

    ”You have a house in town, I conclude?”

    “我们且慢讨论这个问题,不妨先仔仔细细研究一下,那个朋友提出的要求究竟重要到什么程度,他们两个人的交情又深到什么程度,这样好不好?”

    093. Where can I…?

    ”You are mistaken. I write rather slowly.”

    028. How long does it take…?

    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。

    “彬格莱。”
    ”What you ask,” said Elizabeth, ”is no sacrifice on my side; and Mr. Darcy had much better finish his letter,”
    Chapter 6
    “你既然不愿意去拜访他们,即使有二十个搬了来,对我们又有什么好处!”

    ”Oh!” cried Miss Bingley, ”Charles writes in the most careless way imaginable. He leaves out half his words, and blots the rest.”

    ”Oh!” said Lydia stoutly, ”I am not afraid; for though I am the youngest, Im the tallest.”

    “是的;这四个晚上叫他们彼此摸透了一样性格,那就是他们俩都喜欢玩二十一点,不喜欢玩‘康梅司’;讲到别的重要的特点,我看他们彼此之间还了解很少。”

    ”In nursing your sister I am sure you have pleasure,” said Bingley; ”and I hope it will soon be increased by seeing her quite well.”

    ”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.”

    《刀客情仇》

    024. How about…?

    ”Oh!” said Lydia stoutly, ”I am not afraid; for though I am the youngest, Im the tallest.”

    “我却一贯认为,诗是爱情的食粮,”达西说。

    于是班纳特太太带着她的两个女儿走了。伊丽莎白立刻回到吉英身边去,也不去管彬格莱府上的两位小姐怎样在背后议论她跟她家里人有失体统。不过,尽管彬格莱小姐怎么样说俏皮话,怎么样拿她的“美丽的眼睛”开玩笑,达西却始终不肯受她们的怂恿,夹在她们一起来编派她的不是。

    “是的;这四个晚上叫他们彼此摸透了一样性格,那就是他们俩都喜欢玩二十一点,不喜欢玩‘康梅司’;讲到别的重要的特点,我看他们彼此之间还了解很少。”

      Chapter 3

    ”No more have I,” said Mr. Bennet; ”and I am glad to find that you do not depend on her serving you.”

    018. Not…until… ”Such as vanity and pride.”

    ”You began the evening well, Charlotte,” said Mrs. Bennet with civil self-command to Miss Lucas. ”You were Mr. Bingleys first choice.”

    彬格莱先生从他的父亲那儿只承继了一笔将近十万镑的遗产。他父亲生前本来打算购置些田产,可惜没有了却心愿就与世长辞了。彬格莱先生同样有这个打算,并且一度打算就在自己故乡购置,不过目前他既然有了一幢很好的房子,而且有庄园听他任意使用,于是那些了解他性格的人都说,象他这样一个随遇而安的人,下半辈子恐怕就在尼日斐花园度过,购置田产的事又要留给下一代去做了。他的姐妹们倒反而替他着急,希望早些购置产业;不过尽管他现在仅仅是以一个租户的身分在这儿住了下来,彬格莱小姐还是非常愿意替他掌管家务,再说那位嫁了个穷措大的赫斯脱太太,每逢上弟弟这儿来作客,依旧象是到了自己家里一样。当时彬格莱先生成年还不满两个年头,只因为偶然听到人家推荐尼日斐花园的房子,他便来到这儿看看。他里里外外看了半个钟头,地段和几间主要的房间都很中他的意,加上房东又把那幢房子大大赞美了一番,那番话对他也是正中下怀,于是他就当场租了下来。他和达西虽然性格大不相同,彼此之间友谊却始终如一。达西所以喜欢彬格莱,是因为彬格莱为人温柔敦厚、坦白直爽,尽管个性方面和他自己极端相反,而他自己也从来不曾觉得自己的个性有什么不完美的地方。达西很器重彬格莱,因此彬格莱对他极其信赖,对他的见解也推崇备至。在智力方面讲,达西比他强──这并不是说彬格莱笨,而是说达西聪明些。达西为人兼有傲慢、含蓄和爱挑剔的性子,他虽说受过良好的教养,可是他的风度总不受人欢迎。从这一方面讲,他的朋友可比他高明了。彬格莱无论走到哪儿,一定都会讨人喜欢,达西却始终得罪人。

    Her enquiries after her sister were not very favourably answered. Miss Bennet had slept ill, and though up, was very feverish and not well enough to leave her room. Elizabeth was glad to be taken to her immediately; and Jane, who had only been withheld by the fear of giving alarm or inconvenience, from expressing in her note how much she longed for such a visit, was delighted at her entrance. She was not equal, however, to much conversation, and when Miss Bingley left them together, could attempt little beside expressions of gratitude for the extraordinary kindness she was treated with. Elizabeth silently attended her.

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

    ”Pride,” observed Mary, who piqued herself upon the solidity of her reflections, ”is a very common failing I believe. By all that I have ever read, I am convinced that it is very common indeed, that human nature is particularly prone to it, and that there are very few of us who do not cherish a feeling of self-complacency on the score of some quality or other, real or imaginary. Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonimously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us.”

      “那必须是一种优美、坚贞、健康的爱情才行。本身健强了,吃什么东西都可以获得滋补。要是只不过有一点儿蛛丝马迹,那么我相信,一首十四行诗准会把它断送掉。”
      “总而言之,她除了跑路的本领以外,没有要样别的长处。她今儿早上那副样子我才永远忘不了呢,简直象个疯子。”
    Miss Bingley immediately fixed her eyes on his face, and desired he would tell her what lady had the credit of inspiring such reflections. Mr. Darcy replied with great intrepidity, ”But I hope you will get over it, and live to see many young men of four thousand a year come into the neighbourhood.”
      “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。”
    “噢!她难道这么一下子就会送命!哪有小伤风就会送命的道理。人家自会把她等候得好好的。只要她待在那儿,包管无事。倘使有车子的话,我也想去看看她。”真正着急的倒是伊丽莎白,她才不管有车无车,决定非去一趟不可。她既然不会骑马,唯一的办法便只有步行。她把自己的打算说了出来。
      她有母亲连忙嚷道:“丽萃,别忘了你在作客,家里让你撒野惯了,你可不能到人家这里来胡闹。”
    “我以为骄傲是一般人的通病,”曼丽说。她觉得自己的见解很高明,因此提高了谈话的兴致。“从我所读过的许多书看来,我相信那的确是非常普遍的一种通病,人性特别容易趋向于这方面,简直谁都不免因为自己具有了某种品质而自命不凡。虚荣与骄傲是截然不同的两件事,尽管字面上常常当作同义词用,一个人可以骄傲而不虚荣。骄傲多半不外乎我们对我们自己的估价,虚荣却牵涉到我们希望别人对我们的看法。”卢家一个小哥儿(他是跟他姐姐们一起来的)忽然说道:“要是我也像达西先生那么有钱,我真不知道会骄傲到什么地步呢。我要养一群猎狗,还要每天喝一瓶酒。”班纳特太太说:“那你就喝得太过分啦,要量给我看见了,我就马上夺掉你的酒瓶。”那孩子抗议道,她不应该那样做;她接着又宣布了一遍,说她一定要那样,一场辩论直到客人告别时方才结束。 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!”

    075. The more…the more…

    ”Dear Lizzy!”
  • 022. He is not only… but also…
  • 伊丽莎白觉得很诧异,可是立刻依了她的意思。于是彬格莱小姐献殷勤的真正目的达到了──达西先生果然抬起头来,原来达西也和伊丽莎白一样,看出了她在耍花招引人注目,便不知不觉地放下了书本。两位小姐立刻请他来一块儿踱步,可是他谢绝了,说是她们俩所以要在屋子里踱来踱去,据他的想象,无非有两个动机,如果他参加她们一起散步,对于她们的任何一个动机都会有妨碍。他这话是什么意思?彬格莱小姐极想知道他讲这话用意何在,便问伊丽莎白懂不懂。

    “那么,好太太,你正可以占你朋友的上风,反过来替她介绍这位贵人啦。”

    “哦,我想你是说吉英吧,因为他跟她跳了两次。看起来,他是真的爱上她呢──我的确相信他是真的──我听到了一些话──可是我弄不清究竟──我听到了一些有关鲁宾逊先生的话。”
    ”Thank you -- but I always mend my own.”
      彬格莱小姐死样怪气地说:“达西先生,我倒担心,她这次的冒失行为,会影响你对她那双美丽的眼睛的爱慕吧?”

    “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。”

    ”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.”
    With a renewal of tenderness, however, they repaired to her room on leaving the dining-parlour, and sat with her till summoned to coffee. She was still very poorly, and Elizabeth would not quit her at all till late in the evening, when she had the comfort of seeing her asleep, and when it appeared to her rather right than pleasant that she should go down stairs herself. On entering the drawing-room she found the whole party at loo, and was immediately invited to join them; but suspecting them to be playing high she declined it, and making her sister the excuse, said she would amuse herself for the short time she could stay below with a book. Mr. Hurst looked at her with astonishment.

    “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?”

    司马玉龙一直回味着宛儿那一刻间的嫣然,那种美,让他不觉间有些似曾相识,他抬头看这间屋里的什物,突然发现药柜上有一锦盒,那上面用金字刻着‘上官氏’四个字,正在不解之时,薜神医过来,要司马玉龙解开衣物,看他胸口中毒的迹象,当他看到司马玉龙胸前有一团血红的污迹,好似中了别人一掌,薜神医大感奇怪,他一生中从没有见到过这样的中毒迹象,忙问到道“司马少侠,你确实是被人下过毒吗,那天到底发生了什么事?”司马玉龙忙把当时的情况说了一下,薜神医这时突然想起了什么,自言自语道“这就是了”,司马玉龙问道“老前辈,你说什么是了,我不明白”

    “司马少侠,你有所不知,你中的毒好像不是来自江湖,如果老夫没猜错的话,这种毒出自宫廷大内,至于是何种毒,我现在也说不明白,不过依少侠你现在的中毒后的情形来看,毒性不会太大,应该有法可解”

    “那多谢薜前辈了,在下有一事不明,想请教一下薜老前辈”司马玉龙说

    “司马少侠,别老前辈老前辈的叫,我也不习惯,我只是一介以草为生的郎中,称不上神医的名号,只是江湖朋友给面子,你就叫我老薜吧”

    “老薜,上官家与你何渊源?”

    “哦,老夫不明白司马少侠的问话,你怎么会想到问这个?”

    “喏,就是你药箱上的一锦盒,上面刻有‘上官氏’三个字,这上官氏?”

    薜神医沉默不语,司马玉龙的一番言辞勾起了他以前的那段往事。

    司马玉龙看着薜神医,此时他知道,这里面肯定有一些事。但转念一想,似乎不该这么问的,想到这里,司马玉龙觉得不该多问,便说道“老薜,在下很是冒昧,不应该打听你的家事,实在有些对不住”

    “司马少侠,不必介怀,这并非我的家事,实话对你说吧,宛儿并非我的女儿,她是我捡来的,她还有一个姐姐名叫灵儿”

    “灵儿?”司马玉龙不解道。“哦,你看老朽糊涂,一时没给你说明白,宛儿她的姐姐叫上官灵儿”薜神医说道。

    “哦,原来如此,那无名她是?”

    “哦,你说无名啊,她是我从大街上领回来,当时我见到她时,她正在乞讨,当时她还小,所以一直以来我们使终以父女相称”

    “哦,原来如此”司马玉龙说道。

    “那怎么没见到灵儿姑娘”

    “不瞒司马少侠,灵儿她与我们已经失散了多年了”

    薜神医继续说:“当年在大漠的一场杀戮,让上官家的两个孩子与父母阴阳两隔,我那时实难忍受,后来我就一把火烧掉了我那经营多年的风悦客栈,背着两个女婴从大漠来到中原,当时其母与我并不相识,出于同情我才决心将两孩子抚养成人,后来我无意中在女婴的襁褓中找到了你说的那个锦盒,她们家是复姓上官,那锦盒因此成为了其母的唯一遗物,而就在大漠的那场打斗,让我胸口中了一箭,那箭上涂有漠北的一种慢性巨毒,每天子时发作一回,我疼痛难忍,我担心无力照顾两孩子,于是将她们暂时托付给了我的姑嫂,终有一天,毒性好似侵入了五脏六俯,让我痛得晕死过去,当我醒来之时,我师父就出现在我跟前,他是一个苗医,是他给我驱了毒,他说我现在武功尽失,只是幸运得捡回一条命,后来我就拜师于他门下,我现在的医术还得益于恩师,再后来,我去找回宛儿姐俩时,所看到的让我很惊心,只见我姑嫂全家尸横满地,宛儿我是在灶头那找到的,这孩子还活着,当时高兴坏了,但唯独没找见灵儿,再后来我就带着宛儿四处行医,直到现在灵儿的事一直是我心里的一个结”

    司马玉龙此时想起了一件往事,当年他路过大漠时,曾用弹弓救过一个女人,世事沧桑,几经变迁,他也快忘了这件事情了,而且这无关紧要的事,他也不便说,也不想说。就随口说道:

    “薜老,没想到在你们身上发生了这样多的曲折,至于找寻灵儿的下落,我或许可以帮神医打听一下”

    “那就劳烦司马少侠了,对了,只顾着说这些陈年旧事,倒忘了给你看伤了”

    ”Your humility, Mr. Bingley,” said Elizabeth, ”must disarm reproof.”
      ”How good it was in you, my dear Mr. Bennet! But I knew I should persuade you at last. I was sure you loved our girls too well to neglect such an acquaintance. Well, how pleased I am! and it is such a good joke, too, that you should have gone this morning, and never said a word about it till now.”
    ”I shall be very fit to see Jane -- which is all I want.”
    “伊丽莎白·班纳特小姐。”
      “我又不是故意咳着玩儿。”吉蒂气恼地回答道。
    五点钟的时候,主人家两姐妹出去更衣;六点半的时候伊丽莎白被请去吃晚饭。大家都礼貌周全,纷纷来探问吉英的病情,其中尤其是彬格莱先生问得特别关切,这叫伊丽莎白非常愉快,只可惜吉英的病情一些没有好转,因此她无法给人家满意的回答。那姐妹听到这话,便几次三番地说她们是多么担心,说重伤风是多么可怕,又说她们自己多么讨厌生病,──说过了这些话以后就不当它一回事了。伊丽莎白看到她们当吉英不在她们面前的时候就对吉英这般冷淡,于是她本来那种讨厌她们的心理现在又重新滋长起来。的确,她们这家人里面只有她们的兄弟能使她称心满意,你一眼便可以看出他是真的在为吉英担忧,再说他对于伊丽莎白也殷勤和悦到极点。伊丽莎白本以为人家会把她看作一个不速之客,可是有了这份殷勤,她就不这么想了。除他以外,别人都不大理睬她。彬格莱小姐的心在达西先生身上,赫斯脱太太差不多也没有什么两样;再说到赫斯脱先生,他就坐在伊丽莎白身旁,他天生一副懒骨头,活在世上就是为了吃、喝、玩牌,他听到伊丽莎白宁可吃一碟普通的菜而不喜欢吃烩肉,便和她谈不上劲了。
      “你怎么对你们女人这般苛求,竟以为她们不可能具备这些条件?”
  • ”Oh! but the gentlemen will have Mr. Bingleys chaise to go to Meryton; and the Hursts have no horses to theirs.”
  • 048. I’m not really happy with…
      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:
    Her enquiries after her sister were not very favourably answered. Miss Bennet had slept ill, and though up, was very feverish and not well enough to leave her room. Elizabeth was glad to be taken to her immediately; and Jane, who had only been withheld by the fear of giving alarm or inconvenience, from expressing in her note how much she longed for such a visit, was delighted at her entrance. She was not equal, however, to much conversation, and when Miss Bingley left them together, could attempt little beside expressions of gratitude for the extraordinary kindness she was treated with. Elizabeth silently attended her.

    087. What if…?

    “彬格莱小姐告诉我,”吉英说,“他从来不爱多说话,除非跟知已的朋友们谈谈。他对待知已朋友非常和蔼可亲。”

    “老实跟你说吧,这不是我份内的事。”

      ”The indirect boast; -- for you are really proud of your defects in writing, because you consider them as proceeding from a rapidity of thought and carelessness of execution, which if not estimable, you think at least highly interesting. The power of doing any thing with quickness is always much prized by the possessor, and often without any attention to the imperfection of the performance. When you told Mrs. Bennet this morning that if you ever resolved on quitting Netherfield you should be gone in five minutes, you meant it to be a sort of panegyric, of compliment to yourself -- and yet what is there so very laudable in a precipitance which must leave very necessary business undone, and can be of no real advantage to yourself or any one else?”
  • “你怎么这样大惊小怪!”他嚷道。“你以为替人家效点儿劳介绍是毫无意思的事吗?你这样的说法我可不大同意。你说呢,曼丽?我知道你是个有独到见解的少女,读的书都是皇皇巨著,而且还要做札记。”
  • ”This walk is not wide enough for our party. We had better go into the avenue.”

    “而你的缺陷呢,”达西笑着回答。“就是故意去误解别人。”

    “你有一种倾向,──对什么人都感到厌恶,这就是你的缺陷。”

    Chapter 7

    班府上不久就发请贴请他吃饭;班纳特太太已经计划了好几道菜,每道菜都足以增加她的体面,说明她是个会当家的贤主妇,可是事不凑巧,彬格莱先生第二天非进城不可,他们这一番盛意叫他无法领情,因此回信给他们,说是要迟一迟再说。班纳特太太大为不安。她想,此人刚来到哈福德郡,怎么就要进城有事,于是她开始担心思了;照理他应该在尼日斐花园安安定定住下来,看现在的情形,莫不是他经常都得这样东漂西泊,行踪不定?亏得卢卡斯太太对她说,可能他是到伦敦去邀请那一大群客人来参加舞会,这才使她稍许减除了一些顾虑。外面马上就纷纷传说彬格莱先生并没有带来十二个女宾,仅仅只带来六个,其中五个是他自己的姐妹,一个是表姐妹,这个消息才使小姐们放了心。后来等到这群贵客走进舞场的时候,却一共只有五个人--彬格莱先生,他的两个姐妹,姐夫,还有另外一个青年。

    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。

    ”Do not you want to know who has taken it?” cried his wife impatiently.
    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.

    073. Thank you for…

    ”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.”
  • 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.
  • “她看来是位很可爱的姑娘,”彬格莱说。

    006. But this doesn’t mean that…

    ”It is from Miss Bingley,” said Jane, and then read it aloud. “伊丽莎·班纳特小姐,我劝你还是学学我的样子,在房间里瞎走动走动吧。告诉你,坐了那么久,走动一下可以提提精神。”

    Mr. Darcy felt their rudeness and immediately said, --

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    她妈妈叫道:“你怎么这样蠢!路上这么泥泞,亏你想得出来!等你走到那儿,你那副样子怎么见人。””Do let us have a little music,” -- cried Miss Bingley, tired of a conversation in which she had no share. -- ”Louisa, you will not mind my waking Mr. Hurst.”
  • ”Your humility, Mr. Bingley,” said Elizabeth, ”must disarm reproof.”
  • ”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.”

    ”Is that his design in settling here?”

    不到一会儿工夫,达西又走到她身边来了,他表面上虽然并不想跟她们攀谈,卢卡斯小姐却不时怂恿伊丽莎白向他把这个问题正面提出来。伊丽莎白给她这样一激,便立刻转过脸来跟他说:

    “是呀;可是他喜欢的倒是第二个意中人。”

    ”If we make haste,” said Lydia, as they walked along, ”perhaps we may see something of Captain Carter before he goes.”

    ”I would not be so fastidious as you are,” cried Bingley, ”for a kingdom! Upon my honour I never met with so many pleasant girls in my life, as I have this evening; and there are several of them, you see, uncommonly pretty.”
    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。
    “你大概在麦里屯看见过我跳舞的吧,先生。”
      ”Aye, so it is,” cried her mother, ”and Mrs. Long does not come back till the day before; so it will be impossible for her to introduce him, for she will not know him herself.”
    097. Would you care for …?

    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,

    ”Do let us have a little music,” -- cried Miss Bingley, tired of a conversation in which she had no share. -- ”Louisa, you will not mind my waking Mr. Hurst.”

    ”You begin to comprehend me, do you?” cried he, turning towards her.

      ”Oh!” said she, ”I heard you before; but I could not immediately determine what to say in reply. You wanted me, I know, to say ”Yes,” that you might have the pleasure of despising my taste; but I always delight in overthrowing those kind of schemes, and cheating a person of their premeditated contempt. I have therefore made up my mind to tell you that I do not want to dance a reel at all -- and now despise me if you dare.”
    ”It ought to be good,” he replied, ”it has been the work of many generations.”

    ”It will be no use to us if twenty such should come, since you will not visit them.”

    MR. Bennet was among the earliest of those who waited on Mr. Bingley. He had always intended to visit him, though to the last always assuring his wife that he should not go; and till the evening after the visit was paid, she had no knowledge of it. It was then disclosed in the following manner. Observing his second daughter employed in trimming a hat, he suddenly addressed her with, ”I hope Mr. Bingley will like it, Lizzy.”

    “你们也太对不起我们了,”赫斯脱太太回答道,“只顾自己出来,也不告诉我们一声。”

    ”I never saw such a woman, I never saw such capacity, and taste, and application, and elegance, as you describe, united.”

    ”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.”
  • ”Never, sir.”
  • 010. Don’t ever…

    ”How so? how can it affect them?”
  • 033. I can’t say…
  • 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。
    ”My dear, you flatter me. I certainly have had my share of beauty, but I do not pretend to be any thing extraordinary now. When a woman has five grown up daughters, she ought to give over thinking of her own beauty.” 060. I have been… “我以为骄傲是一般人的通病,”曼丽说。她觉得自己的见解很高明,因此提高了谈话的兴致。“从我所读过的许多书看来,我相信那的确是非常普遍的一种通病,人性特别容易趋向于这方面,简直谁都不免因为自己具有了某种品质而自命不凡。虚荣与骄傲是截然不同的两件事,尽管字面上常常当作同义词用,一个人可以骄傲而不虚荣。骄傲多半不外乎我们对我们自己的估价,虚荣却牵涉到我们希望别人对我们的看法。”卢家一个小哥儿(他是跟他姐姐们一起来的)忽然说道:“要是我也像达西先生那么有钱,我真不知道会骄傲到什么地步呢。我要养一群猎狗,还要每天喝一瓶酒。”班纳特太太说:“那你就喝得太过分啦,要量给我看见了,我就马上夺掉你的酒瓶。”那孩子抗议道,她不应该那样做;她接着又宣布了一遍,说她一定要那样,一场辩论直到客人告别时方才结束。 051. It is… that…

    ”I did not know that you intended to walk,” said Miss Bingley, in some confusion, lest they had been overheard.

      ”To yield without conviction is no compliment to the understanding of either.”
    ”If I were as rich as Mr. Darcy,” cried a young Lucas who came with his sisters, ”I should not care how proud I was. I would keep a pack of foxhounds, and drink a bottle of wine every day.”
    After listening one morning to their effusions on this subject, Mr. Bennet coolly observed,
    “见过,不错,而且看得非常高兴。你常到宫里去跳舞吗?”
  • “我不相信郎格太太肯这么做。她自己有两个亲侄女。她是个自私自利、假仁假义的女人,我睢不起她。”
  • ”Certainly not; at first. But they are very pleasing women when you converse with them. Miss Bingley is to live with her brother and keep his house; and I am much mistaken if we shall not find a very charming neighbour in her.”
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    071. Speaking of…
    ”That would be a good scheme,” said Elizabeth, ”if you were sure that they would not offer to send her home.”
    ”Certainly, my dear, nobody said there were; but as to not meeting with many people in this neighbourhood, I believe there are few neighbourhoods larger. I know we dine with four and twenty families.”
    她终于逼得父亲不得不承认──那儿匹拉车子的马已经有了别的用处。于是吉英只得骑着另外一匹马去,母亲送她到门口,高高兴兴地说了许多预祝天气会变坏的话。她果真如愿了;吉英走了不久,就下起大雨来。妹妹们都替她担忧,只有她老人家反而高兴。大雨整个黄昏没有停住。吉英当然无法回来了。

    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。

    Elizabeth assured him that she could suit herself perfectly with those in the room. ”Depend upon it, my dear, that when there are twenty I will visit them all.” 接着她又说道:“要不是靠好朋友们照顾,我相信她真不知道变成什么样儿了;因为她实在病得很重,痛苦得很厉害,不过好在她有极大的耐性──她一贯都是那样的,我生平简直没见过第二个人有她这般温柔到极点的性格。我常常跟别的几个女儿们说,她们比起她来简直太差了。彬格莱先生,你这所房子很可爱呢,从那条鹅卵石铺道上望出去,景致也很美丽。在这个村庄里,我从来没见过一个地方比得上尼日斐花园。虽然你的租期很短,我劝你千万别急着搬走。”
    015. Do you feel like…?
    ”Kitty has no discretion in her coughs,” said her father; ”she times them ill.”
    092. What’s your favorite…?
    ”He is also handsome,” replied Elizabeth, ”which a young man ought likewise to be, if he possibly can. His character is thereby complete.”

    她母亲气愤愤地说:“我们既然不预备去看彬格莱先生,当然就无从知道他喜欢什么。”

    她妈妈叫道:“你怎么这样蠢!路上这么泥泞,亏你想得出来!等你走到那儿,你那副样子怎么见人。”

    ”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.”

    果然不出他所料,娘儿们一听此说,一个个都大这惊异,尤其是班纳特太太,比谁都惊异得厉害;不过,这样欢天喜地地喧嚷了一阵以后,她便当众宣布,说这件事她早就料到的。

    042…. as… as possible
      班纳特太太一看见卢卡斯小姐,便客客气气,从容不迫地说:“那天晚上全靠你开场开得好,你做了彬格莱先生的第一个意中人。”
  • “看你们谈话的神气,我觉得你们真是些再蠢不过的女孩子。以前我不过半信半疑,现在我可完全相信了。”
  • ELIZABETH passed the chief of the night in her sisters room, and in the morning had the pleasure of being able to send a tolerable answer to the enquiries which she very early received from Mr. Bingley by a housemaid, and some time afterwards from the two elegant ladies who waited on his sisters. In spite of this amendment, however, she requested to have a note sent to Longbourn, desiring her mother to visit Jane, and form her own judgment of her situation. The note was immediately dispatched, and its contents as quickly complied with. Mrs. Bennet, accompanied by her two youngest girls, reached Netherfield soon after the family breakfast. Had she found Jane in any apparent danger, Mrs. Bennet would have been very miserable; but being satisfied on seeing her, that her illness was not alarming, she had no wish of her recovering immediately, as her restoration to health would probably remove her from Netherfield. She would not listen therefore to her daughters proposal of being carried home; neither did the apothecary, who arrived about the same time, think it at all advisable. After sitting a little while with Jane, on Miss Bingleys appearance and invitation the mother and three daughters all attended her into the breakfast parlour. Bingley met them with hopes that Mrs. Bennet had not found Miss Bennet worse than she expected.
    • ”But she does help him on, as much as her nature will allow. If I can perceive her regard for him, he must be a simpleton indeed not to discover it too.”
      ”Why, my dear, you must know, Mrs. Long says that Netherfield is taken by a young man of large fortune from the north of England; that he came down on Monday in a chaise and four to see the place, and was so much delighted with it that he agreed with Mr. Morris immediately; that he is to take possession before Michaelmas, and some of his servants are to be in the house by the end of next week.”
      ”I do not believe a word of it, my dear. If he had been so very agreeable, he would have talked to Mrs. Long. But I can guess how it was; every body says that he is ate up with pride, and I dare say he had heard somehow that Mrs. Long does not keep a carriage, and had come to the ball in a hack chaise.”

    ”I am sorry to hear that; but why did not you tell me so before? If I had known as much this morning, I certainly would not have called on him. It is very unlucky; but as I have actually paid the visit, we cannot escape the acquaintance now.”

    ”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.”

    ”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.”

    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。

    “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。” “你的话靠得住吗,妈妈?──一点儿没说错吗?”吉英说。“我清清楚楚看到达西先生跟她说话的。” “上别人家去吃饭,”班纳特太太说:“这真是晦气。”
      “噢!我从来没有见过这么美丽的一个尤物!可是她的一个妹妹就坐在你后面,她也很漂亮,而且我敢说,她也很讨人爱。让我来请我的舞伴给你们介绍一下吧。”

    ”And your defect is a propensity to hate every body.”

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    ”Oh!” cried Miss Bingley, ”Charles writes in the most careless way imaginable. He leaves out half his words, and blots the rest.” 你的永远的朋友珈罗琳·彬格莱 Her enquiries after her sister were not very favourably answered. Miss Bennet had slept ill, and though up, was very feverish and not well enough to leave her room. Elizabeth was glad to be taken to her immediately; and Jane, who had only been withheld by the fear of giving alarm or inconvenience, from expressing in her note how much she longed for such a visit, was delighted at her entrance. She was not equal, however, to much conversation, and when Miss Bingley left them together, could attempt little beside expressions of gratitude for the extraordinary kindness she was treated with. Elizabeth silently attended her. ”Do not you feel a great inclination, Miss Bennet, to seize such an opportunity of dancing a reel?”
    “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。”
    ”You saw me dance at Meryton, I believe, Sir.”
    彬格莱先生从他的父亲那儿只承继了一笔将近十万镑的遗产。他父亲生前本来打算购置些田产,可惜没有了却心愿就与世长辞了。彬格莱先生同样有这个打算,并且一度打算就在自己故乡购置,不过目前他既然有了一幢很好的房子,而且有庄园听他任意使用,于是那些了解他性格的人都说,象他这样一个随遇而安的人,下半辈子恐怕就在尼日斐花园度过,购置田产的事又要留给下一代去做了。他的姐妹们倒反而替他着急,希望早些购置产业;不过尽管他现在仅仅是以一个租户的身分在这儿住了下来,彬格莱小姐还是非常愿意替他掌管家务,再说那位嫁了个穷措大的赫斯脱太太,每逢上弟弟这儿来作客,依旧象是到了自己家里一样。当时彬格莱先生成年还不满两个年头,只因为偶然听到人家推荐尼日斐花园的房子,他便来到这儿看看。他里里外外看了半个钟头,地段和几间主要的房间都很中他的意,加上房东又把那幢房子大大赞美了一番,那番话对他也是正中下怀,于是他就当场租了下来。他和达西虽然性格大不相同,彼此之间友谊却始终如一。达西所以喜欢彬格莱,是因为彬格莱为人温柔敦厚、坦白直爽,尽管个性方面和他自己极端相反,而他自己也从来不曾觉得自己的个性有什么不完美的地方。达西很器重彬格莱,因此彬格莱对他极其信赖,对他的见解也推崇备至。在智力方面讲,达西比他强──这并不是说彬格莱笨,而是说达西聪明些。达西为人兼有傲慢、含蓄和爱挑剔的性子,他虽说受过良好的教养,可是他的风度总不受人欢迎。从这一方面讲,他的朋友可比他高明了。彬格莱无论走到哪儿,一定都会讨人喜欢,达西却始终得罪人。
  • He made no answer.
  • “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。
  • 果然不出他所料,娘儿们一听此说,一个个都大这惊异,尤其是班纳特太太,比谁都惊异得厉害;不过,这样欢天喜地地喧嚷了一阵以后,她便当众宣布,说这件事她早就料到的。
  • “彬格莱。”
      “老实说,我也解释不清楚;那得由达西自己来说明。”
      ”Impossible, Mr. Bennet, impossible, when I am not acquainted with him myself; how can you be so teazing?”
    “噢!”丽迪雅满不在乎地说。
    016. Shouldn’t we…?
      “你们也太对不起我们了,”赫斯脱太太回答道,“只顾自己出来,也不告诉我们一声。”
    她终于逼得父亲不得不承认──那儿匹拉车子的马已经有了别的用处。于是吉英只得骑着另外一匹马去,母亲送她到门口,高高兴兴地说了许多预祝天气会变坏的话。她果真如愿了;吉英走了不久,就下起大雨来。妹妹们都替她担忧,只有她老人家反而高兴。大雨整个黄昏没有停住。吉英当然无法回来了。 “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。” “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?”
    ”Kitty has no discretion in her coughs,” said her father; ”she times them ill.”

    054. It’s not that… but…

      ”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.”

    Sir William only smiled. ”Your friend performs delightfully;” he continued after a pause, on seeing Bingley join the group; -- ”and I doubt not that you are an adept in the science yourself, Mr. Darcy.”

    036. I’d like you to…

    ”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.”

    达西说:“我明白你的用意,彬格莱,你不喜欢辩论,要把这场辩论压下去。” Mr. Darcy with grave propriety requested to be allowed the honour of her hand; but in vain. Elizabeth was determined; nor did Sir William at all shake her purpose by his attempt at persuasion. ”You saw me dance at Meryton, I believe, Sir.” ”I shall be very fit to see Jane -- which is all I want.”
    “有太太的呢,还是单身汉?”

    ”You mistake me, my dear. I have a high respect for your nerves. They are my old friends. I have heard you mention them with consideration these twenty years at least.”

    “我也的确不敢说大话,”彬格莱小姐说。
    ”What you ask,” said Elizabeth, ”is no sacrifice on my side; and Mr. Darcy had much better finish his letter,”

    ”You mistake me, my dear. I have a high respect for your nerves. They are my old friends. I have heard you mention them with consideration these twenty years at least.”

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    “看女儿的份上吧。只请你想一想,她们不论哪一个,要是攀上了这样一个人家,够多么好。威廉爵士夫妇已经决定去拜望他,他们也无非是这个用意。你知道,他们通常是不会拜望新搬来的邻居的。你的确应该去一次,要是你不去,叫我们怎么去。”

    Mr. Darcy with grave propriety requested to be allowed the honour of her hand; but in vain. Elizabeth was determined; nor did Sir William at all shake her purpose by his attempt at persuasion.

    048. I’m not really happy with…
    ”My dear, you flatter me. I certainly have had my share of beauty, but I do not pretend to be any thing extraordinary now. When a woman has five grown up daughters, she ought to give over thinking of her own beauty.”

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

    ”I honour your circumspection. A fortnights acquaintance is certainly very little. One cannot know what a man really is by the end of a fortnight. But if we do not venture, somebody else will; and after all, Mrs. Long and her nieces must stand their chance; and therefore, as she will think it an act of kindness, if you decline the office, I will take it on myself.” “先生,我的确一点儿也不想跳舞。你可千万别以为我是跑到这边来找舞伴的。”

    ”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.”

    ”When is your next ball to be, Lizzy?”

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

    ”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.”
    073. Thank you for…

    “我也许真是这样。辩论往往很象争论,假若你和班纳特小姐能够稍缓一下等我走出房间以后再,辩论那我是非常感激的。我走出去以后,你们便可以爱怎么说我就怎么说我了。”

    “妈妈,”丽迪雅嚷道,“姨妈说,弗斯脱上校跟卡特尔上尉上琴小姐家里去的次数,不象初来的时候那么勤了;她近来常常看到他们站在‘克拉克借书处’等人。”

    “我也的确不敢说大话,”彬格莱小姐说。
    Mrs. Hurst and her sister allowed it to be so -- but still they admired her and liked her, and pronounced her to be a sweet girl, and one whom they should not object to know more of. Miss Bennet was therefore established as a sweet girl, and their brother felt authorised by such commendation to think of her as he chose.
    ”Depend upon it, my dear, that when there are twenty I will visit them all.”

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

    “彬格莱先生,”伊丽莎白说,“你这样谦虚,真叫人家本来要责备你也不好意思责备了。”
    ”I honour your circumspection. A fortnights acquaintance is certainly very little. One cannot know what a man really is by the end of a fortnight. But if we do not venture, somebody else will; and after all, Mrs. Long and her nieces must stand their chance; and therefore, as she will think it an act of kindness, if you decline the office, I will take it on myself.”
    ”If we make haste,” said Lydia, as they walked along, ”perhaps we may see something of Captain Carter before he goes.”
    ”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.” ”It is from Miss Bingley,” said Jane, and then read it aloud.
    “你大概在麦里屯看见过我跳舞的吧,先生。”
  • 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.
  • ”Dont keep coughing so, Kitty, for heavens sake! Have a little compassion on my nerves. You tear them to pieces.”
    ”And your defect is a propensity to hate every body.”
    ”You expect me to account for opinions which you chuse to call mine, but which I have never acknowledged. Allowing the case, however, to stand according to your representation, you must remember, Miss Bennet, that the friend who is supposed to desire his return to the house, and the delay of his plan, has merely desired it, asked it without offering one argument in favour of its propriety.”

    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.

  • 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。”
  • 班纳特太太对她丈夫说:“我真奇怪,亲爱的,你总喜欢说你自己的孩子蠢。要是我呀,什么人的孩子我都可以看不起,可是我决不会看不起自己的孩子。”

    019. He is as… as…

    096. Why not…?

  • 曼丽既没有天才,格调也不高,虽说虚荣心促使她刻苦用功,但是同样也造成了她一脸的女才子气派和自高自大的态度。有了这种气派和态度,即使她的修养再好些也无补于事,何况她不过如此而已。再说伊丽莎白,虽说弹琴弹得并不如她,可是落落大方,没有矫揉造作的气习,因此大家听起来就高兴得多了。曼丽的几位妹妹,本在房间那头和卢家小姐们在一起,正在跟两三个军官跳舞跳得起劲,曼丽奏完了一支很长的协奏曲之后,她们便要求她再奏几支苏格兰和爱尔兰小调,她也高高兴兴地照办了,为的是要博得别人的夸奖和感激。达西先生就站在她们附近。他看到她们就这样度过一个晚上,也不跟别人攀谈攀谈,心里很是生气。他心思很重,威廉·卢卡斯爵士站在他身边他也不知道,最后他才听到爵士这样跟他说:
  • ”In nursing your sister I am sure you have pleasure,” said Bingley; ”and I hope it will soon be increased by seeing her quite well.”
    “我的好老爷,你可不能指望这些女孩都跟她们爹妈一样的见识呀。等她们到了我们这么大年纪,她们也许就会跟我们一样,不会再想到什么军官们了。我刻从前有个时期,我也很喜爱‘红制服’───当然,到现在我心里头还喜爱‘红制服’呢;要是有位漂亮的年轻上校,每年有五六千磅的收入,随便向我的哪一个女儿求婚,我决不会拒绝他的;有天晚上在威廉爵士家里,看见弗斯脱上校全副军装,真是一表人材!”
    班纳特太太一遍又一遍地说:“真亏我想出了这个好办法!”好象天下雨老师她一手造成的。不过,她的神机妙算究竟造成了多大幸福,她一直到第二天早上才知道。早饭还没吃完,尼日斐花园就打发了人送来一封信给伊丽莎白: “那必须是一种优美、坚贞、健康的爱情才行。本身健强了,吃什么东西都可以获得滋补。要是只不过有一点儿蛛丝马迹,那么我相信,一首十四行诗准会把它断送掉。”
  • 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。
  • ”Yes, indeed, and received no inconsiderable pleasure from the sight. Do you often dance at St. Jamess?”