Yours, &c.” ”Yes; these four evenings have enabled them to ascertain that they both like Vingt-un better than Commerce; but with respect to any other leading characteristic, I do not imagine that much has been unfolded.”
彬格莱小姐说:“伊丽莎·班纳特小姐瞧不起玩牌,她是个了不起的读书人,对别的事都不感到乐趣。”
”Thank you -- but I always mend my own.”
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.

“你真是个好心肠的人,我的好老爷!我早就知道你终究会给我说服的。你既然疼爱自己的女儿,当然就不会把这样一个朋友不放在心上。我真太高兴了!你这个玩笑开得真太有意思,谁想到你竟会今天上午去拜访他,而且到现在一字不提。”

”Can I have the carriage?” said Jane.
  • ”Oh! single, my dear, to be sure! A single man of large fortune; four or five thousand a year. What a fine thing for our girls!”
  • “噢!”丽迪雅满不在乎地说。
    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。
    ”Is he married or single?”
    他们正谈得起劲和时候,忽然看见赫斯脱太太和伊丽莎白从另外一条路走过来。
    “他也长得很漂亮,”伊丽莎白回答道,“一个年轻的男人也得弄得漂亮些,除非办不到,那又当别论。他真够得上一个完美无瑕的人。”
  • ”I do not mind his not talking to Mrs. Long,” said Miss Lucas, ”but I wish he had danced with Eliza.”
  • 037. I’d hate for you to…

  • ”Aye -- that is because you have the right disposition. But that gentleman,” looking at Darcy, ”seemed to think the country was nothing at all.”
  • 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。
    “遗憾得很,你竟会跟我说这种话;你怎么不早说呢?要是今天上午听到你这样说,那我当然不会去拜访他啦。这真叫不凑巧。现在既然拜访也拜访过了,我们今后就少不了要结交这个朋友。“
    女儿们都对父亲瞪着眼。班纳特太太只随口说了声:“毫无意思!”
    Mrs. Bennet was prevented replying by the entrance of the footman with a note for Miss Bennet; it came from Netherfield, and the servant waited for an answer. Mrs. Bennets eyes sparkled with pleasure, and she was eagerly calling out, while her daughter read,

    “要是我们赶得快些,”丽迪雅边走边这么说,“或许我们还来得及赶在卡特尔上尉临走以前看看他。”

    ”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.” “这倒是真话,”伊丽莎白回答道,“要是他没有触犯我的骄傲,我也很容易原谅他的骄傲。” 027. How do you like…?

    “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。”

    “如果不问是非,随随便便就听从,恐怕对于两个人全不能算是一种恭维吧。”
    ”Do you prefer reading to cards?” said he; ”that is rather singular.” 他停了一会儿,指望对方回答;可是对方根本就懒得回答。不久伊丽莎白朝他们跟前走来,他灵机一动,想乘此献一下殷勤,便对她叫道:

    089. What’s the matter with…?

    074. The first thing I’m going to do when… is…
    ”Oh!” said Lydia stoutly, ”I am not afraid; for though I am the youngest, Im the tallest.”
    ”Removed!” cried Bingley. ”It must not be thought of. My sister, I am sure, will not hear of her removal.”

    052. It’s too bad that…

  • ”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.”
  • 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.
    ”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.”
    ”This was a lucky idea of mine, indeed!” said Mrs. Bennet, more than once, as if the credit of making it rain were all her own. Till the next morning, however, she was not aware of all the felicity of her contrivance. Breakfast was scarcely over when a servant from Netherfield brought the following note for Elizabeth:

    010. Don’t ever…

    班纳特太太听到刚刚达西以那样一种口气提到乡下,不禁颇为生气,便连忙嚷道:“这才说得对呀,告诉你吧,乡下可供研究的对象并不比城里少。”
    “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。”
    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。”

    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。

    084. …what-do-you-call-it (what·cha·ma·call·it)
    ”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.”
  • 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.
  • 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.”
  • 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。
  • ”Is he married or single?”

    He made no answer.

    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。

    049. I’m thinking about…

    The boy protested that she should not; she continued to declare that she would, and the argument ended only with the visit.

    Mr. Bennet replied that he had not.
    No one made any reply. She then yawned again, threw aside her book, and cast her eyes round the room in quest of some amusement; when, hearing her brother mentioning a ball to Miss Bennet, she turned suddenly towards him and said,
    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。”

    咖苔琳一听此话,颇感不安,可是并没有回答。丽迪雅却完全没有把爸爸的话当一回事,还是接着说下去,说她自己多么爱慕卡特上尉,还希望当天能够跟他见面,因为他明天上午就要到伦敦去。

    ”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?”

    065. No wonder…

    ”I cannot comprehend the neglect of a family library in such days as these,”
    ”Is Miss Darcy much grown since the spring?” said Miss Bingley; ”will she be as tall as I am?”

    不过她们一离开了饭厅,就重新做出百般温柔体贴的样子,来到吉英房间里,一直陪着她坐到喝咖啡的时候。吉英的病还不见好转,伊丽莎白寸步不离地守着她,一直到黄昏,看见她睡着了,才放下了心,觉得自己应该到楼下去一趟(虽说她并不乐意下楼去)。走进客厅,她发觉大家正在玩牌,大家当时立刻邀她也来玩,可是她恐怕他们输赢很大,便谢绝了,只推说放心不下姐姐,一会儿就得上楼去,她可以拿本书来消消遣遣。赫斯脱先生惊奇地朝她望了一下。

    “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。”

    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。

    ”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.”

    ”My dear Mr. Bennet,” said his lady to him one day, ”have you heard that Netherfield Park is let at last?”

    伊丽莎白掉过头去,免得人家看见她发笑。

    ”Design! nonsense, how can you talk so! But it is very likely that he may fall in love with one of them, and therefore you must visit him as soon as he comes.” ”That is exactly the question which I expected you to ask. A ladys imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony, in a moment. I knew you would be wishing me joy.” “你宁可看书,不要玩牌吗?”他说。“这真是少有。”
    ”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.”
    班纳特先生尽管在自己太太面前自始至终都说是不想去拜访彬格莱先生,事实上一直都打算去拜访他,而且还是跟第一批人一起去拜访他的。等到他去拜访过以后,当天晚上太太才知道实情。这消息透露出来的经过是这样的--他看到第二个女儿在装饰帽子,就突然对她说:
    Mrs. Bennet and her daughters then departed, and Elizabeth returned instantly to Jane, leaving her own and her relations behaviour to the remarks of the two ladies and Mr. Darcy; the latter of whom, however, could not be prevailed on to join in their censure of her, in spite of all Miss Bingleys witticisms on fine eyes.
      052. It’s too bad that…
    “你真是个好心肠的人,我的好老爷!我早就知道你终究会给我说服的。你既然疼爱自己的女儿,当然就不会把这样一个朋友不放在心上。我真太高兴了!你这个玩笑开得真太有意思,谁想到你竟会今天上午去拜访他,而且到现在一字不提。”
    “既是你要说给我听,我听听也无妨。”

    夏绿蒂当时说道:“这种事想瞒过大家,也许是怪有意思的,不过,这样提心吊胆,有时候反而不妙。要是一个女人在她自己心爱的人面前,也用这种技巧遮遮掩掩,不让他知道她对他有意思,那她就可能没有机会博得他的欢心;那么,就是把天下人都蒙在鼓里,也无补于事。男女恋爱大都免不了要借重于双方的感恩图报之心和虚荣自负之感,听其自然是很难成其好事的。恋爱的开头都是随随便便──某人对某人发生点儿好感,本是极其自然的一回事;只可惜没有对方和鼓励而自己就肯没头没脑去钟情的人,简直太少了。女人家十有八九都是心里有一分爱表面上就露出两分。毫无问题,彬格莱喜欢你姐姐;可是你姐姐如果不帮他一把劲,他也许喜欢喜欢她就算了。”

    ”Your plan is a good one,” replied Elizabeth, ”where nothing is in question but the desire of being well married; and if I were determined to get a rich husband, or any husband, I dare say I should adopt it. But these are not Janes feelings; she is not acting by design. As yet, she cannot even be certain of the degree of her own regard, nor of its reasonableness. She has known him only a fortnight. She danced four dances with him at Meryton; she saw him one morning at his own house, and has since dined in company with him four times. This is not quite enough to make her understand his character.”
    003. As far as…
    “要是男方和女方见面的机会很多,或许他总会看得出。虽然彬格莱和吉英见面的次数相当多,却从来没有在一起接连待上几个钟头,何况他们见起面来,总是跟一些杂七杂八的人在一起,不可能让他们俩畅谈。因此吉英就得时时刻刻留神,一看到有机会可以逗引他,千万不要借过。等到能把他抓到手,再从从容容尽量去谈恋爱还来得及。”
    ”Is he married or single?”
    002. Are you used to?
    052. It’s too bad that… 大家都吃了一惊。达西朝她望了一会儿便静悄悄地走开了。班纳特太太自以为完全占了他的上风,便趁着一股兴头说下去:“我觉得伦敦除了店铺和公共场所以外,比起乡下并没有什么大不了的好处。乡下可舒服得多了──不是吗,彬格莱先生?”
  • “要是男方和女方见面的机会很多,或许他总会看得出。虽然彬格莱和吉英见面的次数相当多,却从来没有在一起接连待上几个钟头,何况他们见起面来,总是跟一些杂七杂八的人在一起,不可能让他们俩畅谈。因此吉英就得时时刻刻留神,一看到有机会可以逗引他,千万不要借过。等到能把他抓到手,再从从容容尽量去谈恋爱还来得及。”
  • 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。
    ”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.”

    “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。”

    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。”

    ”Tell your sister I am delighted to hear of her improvement on the harp, and pray let her know that I am quite in raptures with her beautiful little design for a table, and I think it infinitely superior to Miss Grantleys.”
    “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。”

    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.

      娘儿们吃过晚饭以后,伊丽莎白就上楼到她姐姐那儿去,看她穿戴得妥妥贴贴,不会着凉,便陪着她上客厅去。她的女朋友们见到她,都表示欢迎,一个个都说非常高兴。在男客们没有来的那一个钟头里,她们是那么和蔼可亲,伊丽莎白从来不曾看到过。她们的健谈本领真是吓人,描述起宴会来纤毫入微,说起故事来风趣横溢,讥笑起一个朋友来也是有声有色。
    ”This was a lucky idea of mine, indeed!” said Mrs. Bennet, more than once, as if the credit of making it rain were all her own. Till the next morning, however, she was not aware of all the felicity of her contrivance. Breakfast was scarcely over when a servant from Netherfield brought the following note for Elizabeth:
    “关于促进我的家庭幸福方面,你还有什么别的意见吗?”
    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.

    ”But, my dear, you must indeed go and see Mr. Bingley when he comes into the neighbourhood.”

    ”Design! nonsense, how can you talk so! But it is very likely that he may fall in love with one of them, and therefore you must visit him as soon as he comes.”
    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:
    ”But people themselves alter so much, that there is something new to be observed in them for ever.”

    ”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?”

    “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。”
    ”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?”

    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.

    007. By the way…
    ”Will you give me leave to defer your raptures till I write again? -- At present I have not room to do them justice.” ”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.”

    “可是,她们倘使想嫁给有地位的男人,机会可就大大减少了,”达西回答道。

    “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。 ”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.”

    ”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.”

  • 066. Now that I (come to) think about it,…
  • 037. I’d hate for you to…

    ”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.”

    ”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.”
    Mr. Bingley inherited property to the amount of nearly an hundred thousand pounds from his father, who had intended to purchase an estate, but did not live to do it. -- Mr. Bingley intended it likewise, and sometimes made choice of his county; but as he was now provided with a good house and the liberty of a manor, it was doubtful to many of those who best knew the easiness of his temper, whether he might not spend the remainder of his days at Netherfield, and leave the next generation to purchase.

    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。

      “原来达西先生是不能让人笑话的!”伊丽莎白嚷道。“这种优越的条件倒真少有,我希望一直不要多,这样的朋友多了,我的损失可大啦。我特别喜欢笑话。“
    ”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.”

    028. How long does it take…?

    ”Is Miss Darcy much grown since the spring?” said Miss Bingley; ”will she be as tall as I am?”
    ”Perhaps I do. Arguments are too much like disputes. If you and Miss Bennet will defer yours till I am out of the room, I shall be very thankful; and then you may say whatever you like of me.”
    066. Now that I (come to) think about it,…

    “丽萃,”她的父亲说,“你的意思是叫我替你弄几匹马来驾马车吗?”

    010. Don’t ever…
    022. He is not only… but also…
    ”I did not know that you intended to walk,” said Miss Bingley, in some confusion, lest they had been overheard.
    “你这话可说得不对。我写得相当慢。”

    “我绝对不跳。你知道我一向多么讨厌跳舞,除非跟特别熟的人跳。在这样的舞会上跳舞,简直叫人受不了。你的姐妹们都在跟别人跳,要是叫舞场里别的女人跟我跳,没有一个不叫我活受罪的。”

    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。

    Mr. Bingley inherited property to the amount of nearly an hundred thousand pounds from his father, who had intended to purchase an estate, but did not live to do it. -- Mr. Bingley intended it likewise, and sometimes made choice of his county; but as he was now provided with a good house and the liberty of a manor, it was doubtful to many of those who best knew the easiness of his temper, whether he might not spend the remainder of his days at Netherfield, and leave the next generation to purchase.

      达西听出她这几句话是有意说给他自己听的,便连忙答道:“毫无疑问,姑娘们为了勾引男子,有时竟不择手段,使用巧计,这真是卑鄙。只要你的做法带有几分狡诈,都应该受到鄙弃。”
    ”Yes, she called yesterday with her father. What an agreeable man Sir William is, Mr. Bingley -- is not he? so much the man of fashion! so genteel and so easy! -- He has always something to say to every body. -- That is my idea of good breeding; and those persons who fancy themselves very important and never open their mouths, quite mistake the matter.”
  • ”Your plan is a good one,” replied Elizabeth, ”where nothing is in question but the desire of being well married; and if I were determined to get a rich husband, or any husband, I dare say I should adopt it. But these are not Janes feelings; she is not acting by design. As yet, she cannot even be certain of the degree of her own regard, nor of its reasonableness. She has known him only a fortnight. She danced four dances with him at Meryton; she saw him one morning at his own house, and has since dined in company with him four times. This is not quite enough to make her understand his character.”
  • “老实对你说吧,你完全猜错了。我心里想的东西要妙得多呢。我正在玩味着:一个漂亮女人的美丽的眼睛竟会给人这么大的快乐。”
      ”You are mistaken. I write rather slowly.”
    ”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.”

    “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。”

    “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! you are a great deal too apt, you know, to like people in general. You never see a fault in any body. All the world are good and agreeable in your eyes. I never heard you speak ill of a human being in my life.”

    Elizabeth, having rather expected to affront him, was amazed at his gallantry; but there was a mixture of sweetness and archness in her manner which made it difficult for her to affront anybody; and Darcy had never been so bewitched by any woman as he was by her. He really believed, that were it not for the inferiority of her connections, he should be in some danger.

    第十章 暴风雨

    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,
    ”You are considering how insupportable it would be to pass many evenings in this manner -- in such society; and indeed I am quite of your opinion. I was never more annoyed! The insipidity and yet the noise; the nothingness and yet the self-importance of all these people! -- What would I give to hear your strictures on them!”
    “珈罗琳,我敢说,买下彭伯里比仿照彭伯里的式样造房子,可能性更大些。”伊丽莎白听这些话听得出了神,弄得没心思看书了,索性把书放在一旁,走到牌桌跟前,坐在彬格莱先生和他的妹妹之间,看他们斗牌。
  • ”Upon my word I cannot exactly explain the matter; Darcy must speak for himself.”
  • “不,”达西说,“我并没有说过这种装场面的话。我有够多的毛病,不过这些毛病与头脑并没有关系。至于我的性格,我可不敢自夸。我认为我的性格太不能委曲求全,这当然是说我在处世方面太不能委曲求全地随和别人。别人的愚蠢和过错我本应该赶快忘掉,却偏偏忘不掉;人家得罪了我,我也忘不掉。说到我的一些情绪,也并不是我一打算把它们去除掉,它们就会烟消云散。我的脾气可以说是够叫人厌恶的。我对于某个人一旦没有了好感,就永远没有好感。”

    ”To-morrow fortnight.”

      “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?”
  • 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.
  • 064. No matter what…
    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.
    “不,”达西说,“我并没有说过这种装场面的话。我有够多的毛病,不过这些毛病与头脑并没有关系。至于我的性格,我可不敢自夸。我认为我的性格太不能委曲求全,这当然是说我在处世方面太不能委曲求全地随和别人。别人的愚蠢和过错我本应该赶快忘掉,却偏偏忘不掉;人家得罪了我,我也忘不掉。说到我的一些情绪,也并不是我一打算把它们去除掉,它们就会烟消云散。我的脾气可以说是够叫人厌恶的。我对于某个人一旦没有了好感,就永远没有好感。”

    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。

    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.
    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。

    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.

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

    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!”
    “伊丽莎白·班纳特小姐!”彬格莱小姐重复了一遍。“我真感到惊奇。你看中她多久啦?──请你告诉我,我几时可以向你道喜啊?”
    “噢!”丽迪雅满不在乎地说。
    不过达西却觉得这是个好消息,他认为伊丽莎白在尼日斐花园待得够久了。他没想到这次会给她弄得这般地心醉,加上彬格莱小姐一方面对她没礼貌,另方面又越发拿他自己开玩笑。他灵机一动,决定叫自己特别当心些,目前决不要流露出对她有什么爱慕的意思───一点儿形迹也不要流露出来,免得她存非份之想,就此要操纵我达西的终身幸福。他感觉到,假如她存了那种心,那么一定是他昨天对待她的态度起了举足轻重的作用──叫她不是对他更有好感,便是把他完全厌弃。他这样拿定了主意,于是星期六一整天简直没有跟她说上十句话。虽然他那天曾经有一次跟她单独在一起待了半小时之久,他却正大光明地用心看书,看也没看她一眼。
      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。”
    ”Nay,” cried Bingley, ”this is too much, to remember at night all the foolish things that were said in the morning. And yet, upon my honour, I believed what I said of myself to be true, and I believe it at this moment. At least, therefore, I did not assume the character of needless precipitance merely to shew off before the ladies.”

    “你在城里一定有住宅吧?”

    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。

    ”Oh! single, my dear, to be sure! A single man of large fortune; four or five thousand a year. What a fine thing for our girls!”

    ”All young ladies accomplished! My dear Charles, what do you mean?”
  • Miss Bingley saw, or suspected, enough to be jealous; and her great anxiety for the recovery of her dear friend Jane received some assistance from her desire of getting rid of Elizabeth.
  • ”Nothing is more deceitful,” said Darcy, ”than the appearance of humility. It is often only carelessness of opinion, and sometimes an indirect boast.”

    “可否请你通融一下,让我把你的喜欢,延迟到下一次写信时再告诉她?这一次我可写不下这么多啦。”

    ”How delighted Miss Darcy will be to receive such a letter!”

    ”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?”

    “要是男方和女方见面的机会很多,或许他总会看得出。虽然彬格莱和吉英见面的次数相当多,却从来没有在一起接连待上几个钟头,何况他们见起面来,总是跟一些杂七杂八的人在一起,不可能让他们俩畅谈。因此吉英就得时时刻刻留神,一看到有机会可以逗引他,千万不要借过。等到能把他抓到手,再从从容容尽量去谈恋爱还来得及。”
  • 彬格莱先生说:“那正说明了她的手足情深,真是好极了。”
  • ”How delighted Miss Darcy will be to receive such a letter!”
  • ”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.”
      “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。”
      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.”
      038. If it hadn’t been for…

    She did at last extort from her father an acknowledgment that the horses were engaged. Jane was therefore obliged to go on horseback, and her mother attended her to the door with many cheerful prognostics of a bad day. Her hopes were answered; Jane had not been gone long before it rained hard. Her sisters were uneasy for her, but her mother was delighted. The rain continued the whole evening without intermission; Jane certainly could not come back.

    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.”
    “那当然罗,”伊丽莎白回答道,“这样的人的确有,可是我希望我自己不在其内。我希望我怎么样也不会讥笑聪明的行为或者是良好的行为。愚蠢和无聊,荒唐和矛盾,这的确叫我觉得好笑,我自己也承认,我只要能够加以讥笑,总是加以讥笑。不过我觉得这些弱点正是你身上所没有的。”
    065. No wonder…
  • “啊!你不知道我怎样受苦呢!”
  • “你有一种倾向,──对什么人都感到厌恶,这就是你的缺陷。”
  • ”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!”
  • 040. I have no idea…

    “是呀;她们还有个舅舅住在齐普赛附近。”

  • ”Nor I, I am sure,” said Miss Bingley.
  • “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。”
  • ”My dear Mr. Bennet, you must not expect such girls to have the sense of their father and mother. -- When they get to our age, I dare say they will not think about officers any more than we do. I remember the time when I liked a red coat myself very well -- and indeed, so I do still at my heart; and if a smart young colonel, with five or six thousand a year, should want one of my girls, I shall not say nay to him; and I thought Colonel Forster looked very becoming the other night at Sir Williams in his regimentals.”
  • ”Dining out,” said Mrs. Bennet, ”that is very unlucky.”
  • ”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.””
    ”I believe, Maam, I may safely promise you never to dance with him.”
    She often tried to provoke Darcy into disliking her guest, by talking of their supposed marriage, and planning his happiness in such an alliance.
  • Elizabeth turned away to hide a smile.
  • “说到随随便便地轻易听从一个朋友的劝告,在你身上可还找不出这个优点。”
    “农庄上常常要马用,可惜到我手里的时候并不多。”
    ”That is a question which Mr. Darcy only can answer.” “你这样说我们,未免太尖刻了些吧。”
    The communication excited many professions of concern; and enough was said of wishing them to stay at least till the following day, to work on Jane; and till the morrow their going was deferred. Miss Bingley was then sorry that she had proposed the delay, for her jealousy and dislike of one sister much exceeded her affection for the other.
      004. As far as… (is) (am) (are) concerned,…

    ”Oh! shocking!” cried Miss Bingley. ”I never heard any thing so abominable. How shall we punish him for such a speech?”

    091. What’s the use of…? “你真错怪了我,我的好太太。我非常尊重你的神经。它们是我的老朋友。至少在最近二十年以来,我一直听道你慎重其事地提到它们。” 059. It may surprise you, but… Mr. Darcy bowed.
    ”Miss Bingley,” said he, ”has given me credit for more than can be. The wisest and the best of men, nay, the wisest and best of their actions, may be rendered ridiculous by a person whose first object in life is a joke.”

    《刀客情仇》

    ”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.”

    Chapter 5

      011. Do you agree…?
    “这样看来,一个女人家对自己的美貌也转不了多少念头喽。”
    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:

    “噢,当然罗,”他的忠实助手叫起来了,“要是一个妇女不能超越常人,就不能算是多才多艺。一个女人必须精通音乐、歌唱、图画、舞蹈以及现代语文,那才当得起这个称号;除此以外,她的仪表和步态,她的声调,她的谈吐和表情,都得有相当风趣,否则她就不够资格。”

  • “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。”
    • 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.
    ”Yes; -- but he seemed to like his second better.”
    055. It’s on the tip of my tongue.
    ”Is that his design in settling here?”
    彬格莱小姐不太满意他这个回答,因此也就没有再谈下去。
    Elizabeth assured him that she could suit herself perfectly with those in the room.
    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:
    054. It’s not that… but…
    ”But it is,” returned she; ”for Mrs. Long has just been here, and she told me all about it.” ”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.”
      “我只要能看到一个女儿在尼日斐花园幸福地安了家,”班纳特太太对她的丈夫说,“看到其他几个也匹配得这样门当户对,此生就没有别的奢望了。”
    班纳特太太回答道:“我却没有想象到会这般严重呢,先生,她病得太厉害了,根本不能搬动。钟斯大夫也说,千万不可以叫她搬动。我们只得叨光你们多照顾几天啦。”

    班纳特先生的全部家当几乎都在一宗产业上,每年可以借此获得两千磅的收入。说起这宗产业,真是他女儿们的不幸。他因为没有儿子,产业得由一个远亲来继承,至于她们母亲的家私,在这样的人家本来也算得上一笔大数目,事实上却还不够补他的损失。班纳特太太的父亲曾经在麦里屯当过律师,给了她四千英镑的遗产。她有过妹妹,嫁给了她爸爸的书记腓力普,妹夫接下来就承继了她爸爸的行业;她还有兄弟,住在伦敦,生意做得很得法。浪博恩这个村子和麦里屯相隔只有一英里路,这么一段距离对于那几位年轻的小姐们是再便利不过的了,她们每星期总得上那儿在三四次,看看她们的姨母,还可以顺便看看那边一家卖女人帽子的商店。两个最小的妹妹咖苔琳和丽迪雅特别倾心于这方面,她们比姐姐们心事要少得多,每当没有更好的消遣办法时,就必定到麦里屯走一遭,消遣消遣美好的晨光,并且晚上也就有了谈助。尽管这村子里通常没有什么新闻可以打听,她们还老是千方百计地从她们姨妈那儿打听到一些。附近地方最近开到了一团民兵,她们的消息来源当然从此就丰富了,真叫她们高兴非凡。这一团人要在这儿驻扎整个冬天,麦里屯就是司令部的所在地。

    “我却一贯认为,诗是爱情的食粮,”达西说。

    ”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.”
  • ”And your defect is a propensity to hate every body.”
  • The girls stared at their father. Mrs. Bennet said only, ”Nonsense, nonsense!”

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

      The communication excited many professions of concern; and enough was said of wishing them to stay at least till the following day, to work on Jane; and till the morrow their going was deferred. Miss Bingley was then sorry that she had proposed the delay, for her jealousy and dislike of one sister much exceeded her affection for the other.
    “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!”
    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。“
    ”Yes; I do comprehend a great deal in it.”

    “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。”

    “谅你也猜不中。”
    “我怕你那支笔不大管用了吧。让我来代你修理修理。修笔真是我的拿手好戏。” 023. Help yourself to…
    046. I’m calling to…

    ”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.”

  • “唔,原来如此,”她的母亲嚷道,“郎格太太可要挨到开跳舞会的前一天才能赶回来;那么,她可来不及把他介绍给你们啦,她自己也还不认识他呢。”
  • “不过我可以告诉你,”她补充道,“丽萃不中他的意,这对丽萃并没有什么可惜,因为他是个最讨厌、最可恶的人不值得去奉承他。那么高傲,那么自大,叫人不可容忍!他一会儿走到这里,一会儿走到那里,把自己看得那么了不起!还要嫌人家不够漂亮,配不上跟他跳舞呢!要是你在场的话,你就可以好好地教训他一顿。我厌恶透了那个人。”

    这暴风雨说来就来,大雨一阵倾盆而下,接着就绵绵不绝,司马玉龙和紫若儿浑身被淋了个落汤鸡,好不容易找到一个废旧的茅草屋,那是砍柴人的一个临时处所,那屋里的什物乱七八糟,只剩一堆草垫地和一捆柴火在那里,二人的衣物都湿透了,司马玉龙在屋的角落寻到一块打火石,将屋内的空地上生着一堆火,将上衣晾在木支架上烘烤,紫若儿有些害羞,穿着湿湿的衣服只打冷颤。司马玉龙见此,摇头笑笑,紫若儿娇嗔道“你还笑,要不是因为你,本姑娘能受这份罪吗”

    司马玉龙笑道“哦,原来还是我连累了紫若儿姑娘,那你说要怎么办才能让你安下心”

    紫若儿说道“你出去,我想换衣服了”

    司马玉龙站起身来,笑着走出门去,他望着门外淅淅沥沥的雨点,那雨点仿佛是一道穿不透的利剑组成的剑林,让人躲不过也死得不舒服,似有那种万剑穿心的痛苦,借屋内的火光,此时屋内一个美丽的倩影在脱去衣裳,那窈窕身材突显出来,凹凸有致,司马玉龙看呆了,暗惊那紫若儿有如此好的身材,只是那一身黑衣让她犹陷囹囵。

    司马玉龙叫道“外面好冷,紫若儿姑娘好了没有,可否让在下进去啊”

    “还没呢,再等一等吧,湿衣服还没干,我没穿衣服,你不方便进来”

    司马玉龙只身着一件单内衣,屋外虽下着雨,但时不时有一丝凉风袭来,让他不禁得打起了寒战,猛然间打了一声哈欠,屋内那个不说话,他也不好意思进屋去,不过实在太冷了,他只得来回渡步让身体有一丝暖意来抗寒。站在屋门口好久了,他冷得实在呆不下去了,他朝屋里喊了一声,结果没声音,他轻轻的走进屋去,只见紫若儿只身着一件内衣,双手托住下巴静静地睡着了,她那种可爱样子让他心生爱怜,让他觉得怎么看都不可能认为她是一个禁衣卫,他呆呆地看了她半天,虽说她穿的衣服单薄,那祼露的脖茎以下,那蠢蠢欲动的乳沟曲线,让他不由得浮想联翩,但他很快很理智,忙上前将自己的那件烘干了的外衣披在了紫若儿身上,自己则往火堆里添加了不少柴火,紫若儿此时转醒了,她见司马玉龙坐在自己身前,自己身上还披着他的外衣,忙护住身体叫道“司马玉龙,你……你对我做了什么,我这是在哪?”

    “你什么你,我能对你做什么,再说我即便对你那什么,你还不把我给杀了吗,我刚才进来见你这样,怕你着凉,所以给你披了件外衣,至于你在哪,你自然比我更清楚不过了”

    “那什么,你怎么进来了,本姑娘还没叫你进来呢,我穿的又这么少,难免你会产生非份之想,你先出去”

    “我在外面已经呆的差不多了,还让我出去啊,再说你的衣服也差不多干了啊”

    “你到底出不出去啊,我要换衣服啊”

    “好吧,那我好人做底,我出去行了吧”

    说完司马玉龙走出了屋,外面的雨越下越大,似乎并不想停下来,这多半是老天爷眼中的泪水太多了。他无奈的笑一笑,冷不丁身上又是一阵凉意,又开始打起了寒颤,冷得牙关开始发响,屋内的紫若儿似乎听到了什么,她叫道“喂,你进屋里来吧,别冻坏了”

    司马玉龙忙抱着身子来到了火堆旁,此时身体开始回暖,紫若儿笑着说“喂,冻坏了吧?”

    “废话,你出去试试”

    “我才不试呢,刚才谢谢了,要不睡着了肯定会着凉”

    “不用谢,这又不算什么事,我说你不瞌睡了”“还有点困意,不过我不放心你这个色狼”“你既然认为我会非理你,你还跟着我干嘛,不如我们分开吧,等一下,我穿上衣物就出去啊,这样你放心了吧”

    “你要去哪”

    “我出林子,我怕我这个色狼非理你”

    司马玉龙说完穿上外衣,就走出了门口,那紫若儿急坏了,叫道“你真走啊,你走了我还是害怕,人家只不过和你开个玩笑而已,”

    “好吧,这可是你留下我的”

    “是的”

    “那你不怕我非理你吗?”

    “不怕,我睡觉时手里拿把剑,这样你非理我,我就杀了你”

    司马玉龙无奈的笑一笑,他真拿她没办法。

    紫若儿果真手里握着那把星月剑睡觉了,她躺在那软软的草垫上,刚开始还有些不放心,睡得并不踏实,侧过来转过去,后来实在困得不行了,就进入了梦乡。司马玉龙打理着火堆,不让它熄灭,又添加了些许柴火,他转头看见紫若儿熟睡了,那酣睡的美态让他不禁看的入了神,看着看着他也顶不住了,他也有了睡意,便不觉的倒下去了……。

    ”I think she will. She is now about Miss Elizabeth Bennets height, or rather taller.” 078. We’d be better off without… ”When is your next ball to be, Lizzy?” 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。
  • Chapter 4
    • ”How delighted Miss Darcy will be to receive such a letter!”
    ”Not at all,” he replied; ”they were brightened by the exercise.” -- A short pause followed this speech, and Mrs. Hurst began again.

    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,

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

    “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。”

    “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。”
  • “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。”
  • ”How can you contrive to write so even?”

    ”They have none of them much to recommend them,” replied he; ”they are all silly and ignorant like other girls; but Lizzy has something more of quickness than her sisters.”

    达西先生耸了耸身子。

    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.

      “不过我可以告诉你,”她补充道,“丽萃不中他的意,这对丽萃并没有什么可惜,因为他是个最讨厌、最可恶的人不值得去奉承他。那么高傲,那么自大,叫人不可容忍!他一会儿走到这里,一会儿走到那里,把自己看得那么了不起!还要嫌人家不够漂亮,配不上跟他跳舞呢!要是你在场的话,你就可以好好地教训他一顿。我厌恶透了那个人。”
    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.
  • ”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.”
  • “唔,原来如此,”她的母亲嚷道,“郎格太太可要挨到开跳舞会的前一天才能赶回来;那么,她可来不及把他介绍给你们啦,她自己也还不认识他呢。”

    026. How dare you…!

    ”My dear Mr. Bennet, you must not expect such girls to have the sense of their father and mother. -- When they get to our age, I dare say they will not think about officers any more than we do. I remember the time when I liked a red coat myself very well -- and indeed, so I do still at my heart; and if a smart young colonel, with five or six thousand a year, should want one of my girls, I shall not say nay to him; and I thought Colonel Forster looked very becoming the other night at Sir Williams in his regimentals.”

    ”I am sick of Mr. Bingley,” cried his wife.

    048. I’m not really happy with…
    “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?”

    ”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.”

  • 041. I have got to…
  • 036. I’d like you to…
    为了挑拨达西厌恶这位客人,她常常闲言闲语,说他跟伊丽莎白终将结成美满良缘,而且估料着这一门良缘会给达西带来多大幸福。

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

    班纳特先生尽管在自己太太面前自始至终都说是不想去拜访彬格莱先生,事实上一直都打算去拜访他,而且还是跟第一批人一起去拜访他的。等到他去拜访过以后,当天晚上太太才知道实情。这消息透露出来的经过是这样的--他看到第二个女儿在装饰帽子,就突然对她说:
    “你这一下反而被别人嘲笑了,”卢卡斯小姐说。“我去打开琴,伊丽莎,下文如何,你自个儿明白。”
    ”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.”
    068. … only to find…
    ”What an excellent father you have, girls,” said she, when the door was shut. ”I do not know how you will ever make him amends for his kindness; or me either, for that matter. At our time of life, it is not so pleasant I can tell you, to be making new acquaintance every day; but for your sakes, we would do any thing. Lydia, my love, though you are the youngest, I dare say Mr. Bingley will dance with you at the next ball.”
  • ”And which of the two do you call my little recent piece of modesty?”
  • ”In such cases, a woman has not often much beauty to think of.”

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    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。 “说不定你指的是我喻听到他和鲁宾逊先生的谈话吧;我不是跟你说过了吗?鲁宾逊先生问他喜欢不喜欢我们麦里屯的跳舞会,问他是否觉得到场的女宾们中间有许多人很美,问他认为哪一个最美?他立刻回答了最后一个问题:“毫无问题是班纳特家的大小姐最美。关于这一点,人们决不会有别的看法。” “我又不是故意咳着玩儿。”吉蒂气恼地回答道。
  • 055. It’s on the tip of my tongue.
  • 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.

    伊丽莎白从心底里感激他,然后走到一张放了几本书的桌子跟前。他立刻要另外拿些书来给她──把他书房里所有的书都拿来。“要是我的藏书多一些就好啦,无论是为你的益处着想,为我自己的面子着想;可是我是个懒鬼,藏书不多,读过的就更少了。”伊丽莎白跟他说,房间里那几本书尽够她看了。

    ”Miss Elizabeth Bennet.”
  • “是呀;她们还有个舅舅住在齐普赛附近。”
  • “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。”
    三姐妹到了麦里屯便分了手;两位妹妹上一个军官太太的家里去,留下伊丽莎白独个儿继续往前走,急急忙忙地大踏步走过了一片片田野,跨过了一道道围栅,跳过了一个个水洼,终于看见了那所屋子。她这时候已经双脚乏力,袜子上沾满了泥污,脸上也累得通红。
    She often tried to provoke Darcy into disliking her guest, by talking of their supposed marriage, and planning his happiness in such an alliance.

    “可否请你通融一下,让我把你的喜欢,延迟到下一次写信时再告诉她?这一次我可写不下这么多啦。”

    ”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.”
  • 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.
    • ”Is that his design in settling here?”
    “关于促进我的家庭幸福方面,你还有什么别的意见吗?”

    “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。”

    ”Design! nonsense, how can you talk so! But it is very likely that he may fall in love with one of them, and therefore you must visit him as soon as he comes.”

    “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。”
    ”Miss Elizabeth Bennet!” repeated Miss Bingley. ”I am all astonishment. How long has she been such a favourite? -- and pray when am I to wish you joy?”

    “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?”

    019. He is as… as…
    “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。” 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. 伊丽莎白从心底里感激他,然后走到一张放了几本书的桌子跟前。他立刻要另外拿些书来给她──把他书房里所有的书都拿来。“要是我的藏书多一些就好啦,无论是为你的益处着想,为我自己的面子着想;可是我是个懒鬼,藏书不多,读过的就更少了。”伊丽莎白跟他说,房间里那几本书尽够她看了。

    ”Perhaps that is not possible for any one. But it has been the study of my life to avoid those weaknesses which often expose a strong understanding to ridicule.”

    “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。”
      “你真的没想到吗?我倒替你想到了。不过,这正是我和你大不相同的地方。你遇到人家抬举你,总是受宠若惊,我就不是这样。他第二次再来请你跳舞,这不是再自然不过的事吗?你比起舞场里任何一位小姐都要漂亮得不知多少倍,他长了眼睛自然会看得出。他向你献殷勤你又何必感激。说起来,他的确很可爱,我也不反对你喜欢他。不过你以前可也喜欢过很多蠢货啊。”
    Chapter 5

    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?”

    ”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.”

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

    ”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.”

    ”No more have I,” said Mr. Bennet; ”and I am glad to find that you do not depend on her serving you.”
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    “你难道不想知道是谁租去的吗?”太太不耐烦地嚷起来了。066. Now that I (come to) think about it,… “我的好老爷,你怎么舍得这样糟蹋自己的新生亲生女儿?你是在故意叫我气恼,好让你自己得意吧。你半点儿也不体谅我的神经衰弱。”
    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.
    ”This is the only point, I flatter myself, on which we do not agree. I had hoped that our sentiments coincided in every particular, but I must so far differ from you as to think our two youngest daughters uncommonly foolish.”

    “噢,是呀──我完全了解你。”

      “你们的跳舞会定在那一天开,丽萃?”
    “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。”

    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.

    “我的好老爷,你太捧我啦。从前也的确有人赞赏过我的美貌,现在我可有敢说有什么出众的地方了。一个女人家有了五个成年的女儿,就不该对自己的美貌再转什么念头。” 为了挑拨达西厌恶这位客人,她常常闲言闲语,说他跟伊丽莎白终将结成美满良缘,而且估料着这一门良缘会给达西带来多大幸福。

    “哦!亲爱的,你得知道,郎格太太说,租尼日斐花园的是个阔少爷,他是英格兰北部的人;听说他星期一那天,乘着一辆驷马大轿车来看房子,看得非常中意,当场就和莫理斯先生谈妥了;他要在‘米迦勒节’以前搬进来,打算下个周未先叫几个佣人来住。”

    Chapter 10
    ”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.”
    060. I have been… ”Miss Elizabeth Bennet.”

    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。

  • ”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.”
  • 013. Do you have… available? ”I do not mind his not talking to Mrs. Long,” said Miss Lucas, ”but I wish he had danced with Eliza.”

    Chapter 3

      The boy protested that she should not; she continued to declare that she would, and the argument ended only with the visit.
    ”Would Mr. Darcy then consider the rashness of your original intention as atoned for by your obstinacy in adhering to it?”
      Chapter 4
    094. Where there is… there is…
    ”My stile of writing is very different from yours.”
    079. We’d better…
    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.

    “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。”

    “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?”
    第二天彬格莱小姐跟达西两人在矮树林里散步,彬格莱小姐说:“我希望将来有一天好事如愿的时候,你得委婉地奉劝你那位岳母出言吐语要谨慎些,还有你那几位小姨子,要是你能力办得到,最好也得把她们那种醉心追求军官的毛病医治好。还有一件事,我真不好意思说出口;尊夫人有一点儿小脾气,好象是自高自大,又好象是不懂礼貌,你也得尽力帮助她克制一下。” ”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.”

    ”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.”

    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。
    ”I wish it may.”
    ”To yield readily -- easily -- to the persuasion of a friend is no merit with you.”
    班纳特先生尽管在自己太太面前自始至终都说是不想去拜访彬格莱先生,事实上一直都打算去拜访他,而且还是跟第一批人一起去拜访他的。等到他去拜访过以后,当天晚上太太才知道实情。这消息透露出来的经过是这样的--他看到第二个女儿在装饰帽子,就突然对她说:
    ”Nor I, I am sure,” said Miss Bingley.
  • ”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.”
  • 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.”
  • ”While Mary is adjusting her ideas,” he continued, ”let us return to Mr. Bingley.”
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    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 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.”
    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.
    The astonishment of the ladies was just what he wished; that of Mrs. Bennet perhaps surpassing the rest; though when the first tumult of joy was over, she began to declare that it was what she had expected all the while.
    060. I have been…
    “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。”
    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.
    The boy protested that she should not; she continued to declare that she would, and the argument ended only with the visit.
    026. How dare you…!

    ”Then, my dear, you may have the advantage of your friend, and introduce Mr. Bingley to her.”

      ”She seems a very pleasant young woman,” said Bingley.
    ”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.””

    ”She seems a very pleasant young woman,” said Bingley.

    WITHIN a short walk of Longbourn lived a family with whom the Bennets were particularly intimate. Sir William Lucas had been formerly in trade in Meryton, where he had made a tolerable fortune and risen to the honour of knighthood by an address to the King during his mayoralty. The distinction had perhaps been felt too strongly. It had given him a disgust to his business and to his residence in a small market town; and quitting them both, he had removed with his family to a house about a mile from Meryton, denominated from that period Lucas Lodge, where he could think with pleasure of his own importance, and, unshackled by business, occupy himself solely in being civil to all the world. For though elated by his rank, it did not render him supercilious; on the contrary, he was all attention to every body. By nature inoffensive, friendly and obliging, his presentation at St. Jamess had made him courteous. Lady Lucas was a very good kind of woman, not too clever to be a valuable neighbour to Mrs. Bennet. -- They had several children. The eldest of them, a sensible, intelligent young woman, about twenty-seven, was Elizabeths intimate friend.

    “例如虚荣和傲慢就是属于这一类弱点。”
    “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。”
      ”But, my dear, you must indeed go and see Mr. Bingley when he comes into the neighbourhood.”
    ”Have you any thing else to propose for my domestic felicity?”

    “我也的确不敢说大话,”彬格莱小姐说。

    他们正谈得起劲和时候,忽然看见赫斯脱太太和伊丽莎白从另外一条路走过来。
    伊丽莎白听着姐姐的话,嘴上一声不响,心里可并不信服。她比她姐姐的观察力来得敏锐,脾气她没有姐姐那么好惹,因此提到彬家姐妹,她只要想想她们在跳舞场里的那种举止,就知道她们并不打算要讨一般人的好。而且她胸有城府,决不因为人家等待她好就改变主张,她不会对她们发生多大好感的。事实上她们都是些非常好的小姐;她们并不是不会谈笑风生,问题是在要碰到她们高兴的时候;她们也不是不会待人和颜悦色,问题在于她们是否乐意这样做。可惜的是,她们一味骄傲自大。她们都长得很漂亮,曾经在一个上流的专科学校里受过教育,有两万镑的财产,花起钱来总是挥霍无度,爱结交有身价地位的人,因此才造成了她们在各方面都自视甚高,不把别人放在眼里。她们出生于英格兰北部的一个体面家族。她们对自己的出身记得很牢,可是却几乎忘了她们兄弟的财产以及她们自己的财产都是做生意赚来的。
    “说不定你指的是我喻听到他和鲁宾逊先生的谈话吧;我不是跟你说过了吗?鲁宾逊先生问他喜欢不喜欢我们麦里屯的跳舞会,问他是否觉得到场的女宾们中间有许多人很美,问他认为哪一个最美?他立刻回答了最后一个问题:“毫无问题是班纳特家的大小姐最美。关于这一点,人们决不会有别的看法。” “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?”
  • 班纳特太太连声道谢。
    • 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.”
    “你说得不错,可是事实上,她们却一个个都很聪明。”
      ”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.”
    伊丽莎白一吃过晚饭就回到吉英那儿去。她一走出饭厅,彬格莱小姐就开始说她的坏话,把她的作风说得坏透了,说她既傲慢又无礼貌,不懂得跟人家攀谈,仪表不佳,风趣索然,人又长得难看。赫斯脱太太也是同样的看法,而且还补充了几句:
      ”I do not cough for my own amusement,” replied Kitty fretfully.
    055. It’s on the tip of my tongue.
      伊丽莎白笑盈盈地瞟了一眼就转身走开了。她的拒绝并没有使达西觉得难过。达西正在相当高兴地想念着她,恰巧彬格莱小姐走过来招呼他:

    “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。”

      ”They are generally long; but whether always charming, it is not for me to determine.”

    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。”

    ”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.

    “请你告诉令妹,我很想和她见见面。”

    “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:
    Miss Bingleys attention was quite as much engaged in watching Mr. Darcys progress through his book, as in reading her own; and she was perpetually either making some inquiry, or looking at his page. She could not win him, however, to any conversation; he merely answered her question, and read on. At length, quite exhausted by the attempt to be amused with her own book, which she had only chosen because it was the second volume of his, she gave a great yawn and said, ”How pleasant it is to spend an evening in this way! I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! -- When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”
  • “你在城里一定有住宅吧?”
  • ”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.”

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    Elizabeth assured him that she could suit herself perfectly with those in the room.
    ”Mr. Darcy is all politeness,” said Elizabeth, smiling.
    “可是,她们倘使想嫁给有地位的男人,机会可就大大减少了,”达西回答道。
    ”But you forget, mama,” said Elizabeth, ”that we shall meet him at the assemblies, and that Mrs. Long has promised to introduce him.” “我,相信一个人不管是怎样的脾气,都免不了有某种短处,这是一种天生的缺陷,即使受教育受得再好,也还是克服不了。”
    “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。”

    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.

    At that moment they were met from another walk, by Mrs. Hurst and Elizabeth herself.
  • “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。“
  • 011. Do you agree…?

    他们正谈得起劲和时候,忽然看见赫斯脱太太和伊丽莎白从另外一条路走过来。

    ”Do you prefer reading to cards?” said he; ”that is rather singular.”

    “唔!我知道,你总是太容易发生好感。你从来看不出人家的短处。在你眼睛里看来,天下都是好人,你都看得顺眼。我生平从来没听见你说人家的坏话。”

    ”I was very much flattered by his asking me to dance a second time. I did not expect such a compliment.”
    047. I’m looking forward to…
    ”Oh! you are a great deal too apt, you know, to like people in general. You never see a fault in any body. All the world are good and agreeable in your eyes. I never heard you speak ill of a human being in my life.”
    ”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.”
    067. Once you…

    048. I’m not really happy with…

    ”I had much rather go in the coach.”
    074. The first thing I’m going to do when… is…
    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。
  • ”Nor I, I am sure,” said Miss Bingley.
  • 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.

  • ”Can I have the carriage?” said Jane.
  • “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。”
  • “见过,不错,而且看得非常高兴。你常到宫里去跳舞吗?”
  • “可否请你通融一下,让我把你的喜欢,延迟到下一次写信时再告诉她?这一次我可写不下这么多啦。”