”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?”
”Are you quite sure, Maam? -- is not there a little mistake?” said Jane. -- ”I certainly saw Mr. Darcy speaking to her.”
”Bingley.”
”Are you so severe upon your own sex, as to doubt the possibility of all this?”
“得了吧,”彬格莱先生嚷道,“晚上还记起早上的事,真是太不值得。而且老实说,我相信我对于自己的看法并没有错,我到现在还相信没有错。因此,我至少不是故意要显得那么神速,想要在小姐们面前炫耀自己。”

”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.”

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.”
“你这种朋友真是世上少有!──不管当着什么人的面,总是要我弹琴唱歌!──要是我存心在音乐会上出风头,我真要对你感激不尽。可是宾客们都是听惯了第一流演奏家的,我实在不好意思在他们面前坐下来献憾丑。”话虽如此,怎奈卢卡斯小姐再三要求,她便说道:“好吧,既是非献丑不可,只得献献丑吧。”她又板着脸对达西瞥了一眼,说道:“有名老古话说得好,在场的人当然也晓得这句话:‘留口气吹凉稀饭’;我也就留口气唱歌吧。”

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。

“搬动!”彬格莱叫道:“绝对不可以。我相信我的妹妹也决计不肯让她搬走的。”彬格莱小姐冷淡而有礼貌地说:“你放心好啦,老太太,班纳特小姐待在我们这儿,我们一定尽心尽意地照顾她。” 037. I’d hate for you to…

“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。”

“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。”

”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.”

”Removed!” cried Bingley. ”It must not be thought of. My sister, I am sure, will not hear of her removal.”
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。”

“上别人家去吃饭,”班纳特太太说:“这真是晦气。”

”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.”

“丽萃,假如我是你,”她母亲说,“我下次偏不跟他跳舞。”

”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.”
  • ”Nor I, I am sure,” said Miss Bingley.
  • “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。”
    ”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.”
    “从明天算起,还得再过两个星期。”

    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。

    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.
    ”Oh! it is of no consequence. I shall see her in January. But do you always write such charming long letters to her, Mr. Darcy?”

    班纳特姐妹俩商量妥当了以后,伊丽莎白第二天早上就写信给她母亲,请她当天就派车子来接她们。可是,班纳特太太早就打算让她两个女儿在尼日斐花园待到下星期二,以便让吉英正好住满一个星期,因此不大乐意提前接她们回家,回信也写得使她们不太满意,──至少使伊丽莎白不十分满意,因为她急于要回家。班纳特太太信上说,非到星期二,家里弄不出马车来。她写完信之后,又补写了几句,说是倘若彬格莱先生兄妹挽留她们多待几天,她非常愿意让她们待下去。怎奈伊丽莎白就是不肯待下去,她打定主意非回家不可──也不怎么指望主人家挽留她们,她反而怕人家以为她们赖在那儿不肯走。于是她催促吉英马上去向彬格莱借马车。她们最后决定向主人家说明,她们当天上午就要离开尼日斐花园,而且把借马车的事也提出来。

    ”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?”

    ”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.”

    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。

    ”But it is,” returned she; ”for Mrs. Long has just been here, and she told me all about it.” 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。

    ”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?”

    034. I cannot wait to…
  • 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。
  • 078. We’d be better off without…
    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.”
    Chapter 7
    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。
    ”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.”
    “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。”“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。”
    彬格莱小姐弹了几支意大利歌曲以后,便改弹了一些活泼的苏格兰曲子来变换变换情调。不大一会儿工夫,达西先生走到伊丽莎白跟前来,跟她说:
  • 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。
  • 伊丽莎白回答道:“根本不懂,他一定是存心刁难我们,不过你最好不要理睬他,让他失望一下。”
    ”But if you have got them to-day,” said Elizabeth, ”my mothers purpose will be answered.”

    Occupied in observing Mr. Bingleys attentions to her sister, Elizabeth was far from suspecting that she was herself becoming an object of some interest in the eyes of his friend. Mr. Darcy had at first scarcely allowed her to be pretty; he had looked at her without admiration at the ball; and when they next met, he looked at her only to criticise. But no sooner had he made it clear to himself and his friends that she had hardly a good feature in her face, than he began to find it was rendered uncommonly intelligent by the beautiful expression of her dark eyes. To this discovery succeeded some others equally mortifying. Though he had detected with a critical eye more than one failure of perfect symmetry in her form, he was forced to acknowledge her figure to be light and pleasing; and in spite of his asserting that her manners were not those of the fashionable world, he was caught by their easy playfulness. Of this she was perfectly unaware; -- to her he was only the man who made himself agreeable no where, and who had not thought her handsome enough to dance with.

    Chapter 3
    “我不用去。你带着女儿们去就得啦,要不你干脆打发她们自己去,那或许倒更好些,因为你跟女儿们比起来,她们哪一个都不能胜过你的美貌,你去了,彬格莱先生倒可能挑中你呢?”
  • 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.
  • “可是,乖孩子,我包管你爸爸匀不出拖车子的马来。──农庄上正要马用,我的好老爷,是不是?”
    095. Whether or not… 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。”

    “我希望彬格莱先生会喜欢你这顶帽子,丽萃。”

    “你连在宫里都不肯赏脸吗?” 009. Did you use to… 018. Not…until…

    ”You may depend upon it, Madam,” said Miss Bingley, with cold civility, ”that Miss Bennet shall receive every possible attention while she remains with us.”

    可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。
  • 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。
  • Chapter 5
  • “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。”
    ”I think I have heard you say, that their uncle is an attorney in Meryton.”
  • “可是,乖孩子,我包管你爸爸匀不出拖车子的马来。──农庄上正要马用,我的好老爷,是不是?”
  • ”You begin to comprehend me, do you?” cried he, turning towards her.

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

    ”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.”

    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.

    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。”

    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.
    ”I have already told her so once, by your desire.”
      “我有现在这样的日子过,自然不好意思疏忽家里的藏书室。“

    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。

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

    伊丽莎白回答道:“根本不懂,他一定是存心刁难我们,不过你最好不要理睬他,让他失望一下。”

    ”But upon my honour I do not. I do assure you that my intimacy has not yet taught me that. Teaze calmness of temper and presence of mind! No, no -- I feel he may defy us there. And as to laughter, we will not expose ourselves, if you please, by attempting to laugh without a subject. Mr. Darcy may hug himself.”

  • 037. I’d hate for you to…
  • 040. I have no idea…
  • “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。”

    “唔,”夏绿蒂说,“我一心一意祝吉英成功。我以为即使她明天就跟他结婚,她必能获得的幸福,比起她花上一年的时间,研究了他的性格、再去跟他结婚所能获得的幸福,并不见得会少到哪里去。婚姻生活是否幸福,完全是个机会问题。一对爱人婚前脾气摸得非常透,或者脾气非常相同,这并不能保证他们俩就会幸福。他们总是弄到后来距离越来越远,彼此烦恼。你既然得和这个人过一辈子,你最尽量少了解他的缺点。”
      “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。”

    Mr. Bennet replied that he had not.

    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.

    ”Much more rational, my dear Caroline, I dare say, but it would not be near so much like a ball.”

    ”You saw me dance at Meryton, I believe, Sir.”

    ”I am afraid, Mr. Darcy,” observed Miss Bingley in a half whisper, ”that this adventure has rather affected your admiration of her fine eyes.”
    ”I am astonished, my dear,” said Mrs. Bennet, ”that you should be so ready to think your own children silly. If I wished to think slightingly of any bodys children, it should not be of my own, however.”
    ”I had once some thoughts of fixing in town myself -- for I am fond of superior society; but I did not feel quite certain that the air of London would agree with Lady Lucas.”
    When tea was over, Mr. Hurst reminded his sister-in-law of the card-table -- but in vain. She had obtained private intelligence that Mr. Darcy did not wish for cards; and Mr. Hurst soon found even his open petition rejected. She assured him that no one intended to play, and the silence of the whole party on the subject seemed to justify her. Mr. Hurst had therefore nothing to do but to stretch himself on one of the sophas and go to sleep. Darcy took up a book; Miss Bingley did the same; and Mrs. Hurst, principally occupied in playing with her bracelets and rings, joined now and then in her brothers conversation with Miss Bennet.
    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。

    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?”

    Elizabeth Bennet had been obliged, by the scarcity of gentlemen, to sit down for two dances; and during part of that time, Mr. Darcy had been standing near enough for her to overhear a conversation between him and Mr. Bingley, who came from the dance for a few minutes to press his friend to join it.
    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?”

    “她看来是位很可爱的姑娘,”彬格莱说。

    Mr. Bennet made no answer.

    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.

    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.”

    “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。”

    ”I do not mind his not talking to Mrs. Long,” said Miss Lucas, ”but I wish he had danced with Eliza.”

    ”Oh! she is the most beautiful creature I ever beheld! But there is one of her sisters sitting down just behind you, who is very pretty, and I dare say very agreeable. Do let me ask my partner to introduce you.”

    ”I am sick of Mr. Bingley,” cried his wife.
    伊丽莎白本不想跟他们待在一起,一听这话,便笑嘻嘻地说: “这条路太窄,不能让我们大家一块儿并排走,我们不是走到大道上去吧。”
      Mr. Darcy bowed.
    伊丽莎白回答道:“根本不懂,他一定是存心刁难我们,不过你最好不要理睬他,让他失望一下。”
    THE day passed much as the day before had done. Mrs. Hurst and Miss Bingley had spent some hours of the morning with the invalid, who continued, though slowly, to mend; and in the evening Elizabeth joined their party in the drawing room. The loo table, however, did not appear. Mr. Darcy was writing, and Miss Bingley, seated near him, was watching the progress of his letter, and repeatedly calling off his attention by messages to his sister. Mr. Hurst and Mr. Bingley were at piquet, and Mrs. Hurst was observing their game. Elizabeth took up some needlework, and was sufficiently amused in attending to what passed between Darcy and his companion. The perpetual commendations of the lady either on his hand-writing, or on the evenness of his lines, or on the length of his letter, with the perfect unconcern with which her praises were received, formed a curious dialogue, and was exactly in unison with her opinion of each.
      “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!”

    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。“

    “伊丽莎,你得记住,他可不象你那么懂得吉英的性格。”The evening altogether passed off pleasantly to the whole family. Mrs. Bennet had seen her eldest daughter much admired by the Netherfield party. Mr. Bingley had danced with her twice, and she had been distinguished by his sisters. Jane was as much gratified by this as her mother could be, though in a quieter way. Elizabeth felt Janes pleasure. Mary had heard herself mentioned to Miss Bingley as the most accomplished girl in the neighbourhood; and Catherine and Lydia had been fortunate enough to be never without partners, which was all that they had yet learnt to care for at a ball. They returned therefore, in good spirits to Longbourn, the village where they lived, and of which they were the principal inhabitants. They found Mr. Bennet still up. With a book, he was regardless of time; and on the present occasion he had a good deal of curiosity as to the event of an evening which had raised such splendid expectations. He had rather hoped that all his wifes views on the stranger would be disappointed; but he soon found that he had a very different story to hear. ”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.” When tea was over, Mr. Hurst reminded his sister-in-law of the card-table -- but in vain. She had obtained private intelligence that Mr. Darcy did not wish for cards; and Mr. Hurst soon found even his open petition rejected. She assured him that no one intended to play, and the silence of the whole party on the subject seemed to justify her. Mr. Hurst had therefore nothing to do but to stretch himself on one of the sophas and go to sleep. Darcy took up a book; Miss Bingley did the same; and Mrs. Hurst, principally occupied in playing with her bracelets and rings, joined now and then in her brothers conversation with Miss Bennet.
  • ”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.”
  • 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。
  • ”Nor I, I am sure,” said Miss Bingley.
  • Mrs. Bennet deigned not to make any reply; but unable to contain herself, began scolding one of her daughters.
  • 088. What I’m trying to say is… “是呀;可是他喜欢的倒是第二个意中人。”
  • “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。”
  • Chapter 4
  • Occupied in observing Mr. Bingleys attentions to her sister, Elizabeth was far from suspecting that she was herself becoming an object of some interest in the eyes of his friend. Mr. Darcy had at first scarcely allowed her to be pretty; he had looked at her without admiration at the ball; and when they next met, he looked at her only to criticise. But no sooner had he made it clear to himself and his friends that she had hardly a good feature in her face, than he began to find it was rendered uncommonly intelligent by the beautiful expression of her dark eyes. To this discovery succeeded some others equally mortifying. Though he had detected with a critical eye more than one failure of perfect symmetry in her form, he was forced to acknowledge her figure to be light and pleasing; and in spite of his asserting that her manners were not those of the fashionable world, he was caught by their easy playfulness. Of this she was perfectly unaware; -- to her he was only the man who made himself agreeable no where, and who had not thought her handsome enough to dance with.

    ”All this she must possess,” added Darcy, ”and to all this she must yet add something more substantial, in the improvement of her mind by extensive reading.”

  • “她看来是位很可爱的姑娘,”彬格莱说。
  • 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?”

    ”You are dancing with the only handsome girl in the room,” said Mr. Darcy, looking at the eldest Miss Bennet.

    “唔,”夏绿蒂说,“我一心一意祝吉英成功。我以为即使她明天就跟他结婚,她必能获得的幸福,比起她花上一年的时间,研究了他的性格、再去跟他结婚所能获得的幸福,并不见得会少到哪里去。婚姻生活是否幸福,完全是个机会问题。一对爱人婚前脾气摸得非常透,或者脾气非常相同,这并不能保证他们俩就会幸福。他们总是弄到后来距离越来越远,彼此烦恼。你既然得和这个人过一辈子,你最尽量少了解他的缺点。” ”You have a house in town, I conclude?”
  • ”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.”
  • 我亲爱的丽萃,──今晨我觉得很不舒服,我想这可能是昨天淋了雨的缘故。承蒙这儿好朋友们的关切,要我等到身体舒适一些才回家来。朋友们再三要请钏斯医生来替我看病,因此,要是你们他上我这儿来过,可别惊讶。我只不过有点儿喉咙痛和头痛,并没有什么大不了的毛病。───姐字。
      097. Would you care for …?
    072. Thanks to… “一个个年轻的姑娘们都是多才多艺!亲受的查尔斯,你这话是什么意思呀?”
  • 这一天过得和前一天没有多大的不同。赫斯脱太太和彬格莱小姐上午陪了病人几个钟头,病人尽管好转得很慢,却在不断地好转。晚上,伊丽莎白跟她们一块儿待在客厅里。不过这一回却没有看见有人打“禄牌”。达西先生在写信,彬格莱小姐坐在他身旁看他写,一再纠缠不清地要他代她附笔问候他的妹妹。赫斯脱先生和彬格莱先生在打“皮克牌”,赫斯脱太太在一旁看他们打。
  • 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。“
    丽迪雅是个胖胖的、发育得很好的姑娘,今年才十五岁,细皮白肉,笑颜常开,她是母亲的掌上明珠,由于娇纵过度,她很小就进入了社交界。她生性好动,天生有些不知分寸,加上她的姨爹一次次以美酒嘉肴宴请那些军官们,军官们又见她颇有几分浪荡的风情,便对她发生了相当好感,于是她更加肆无忌惮了。所以她就有资格向彬格莱先生提出开舞会的事,而且冒冒失失地提醒他先前的诺言,而且还说,要是他不实践诺言,那就是天下最丢人的事。彬格莱先生对她这一番突如其来的挑衅回答得叫她母亲很是高兴。
      伊丽莎白本不想跟他们待在一起,一听这话,便笑嘻嘻地说:

    “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。“

    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。

    “从明天算起,还得再过两个星期。”

    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。

    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。“

      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。”
    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。
    “但愿你这句话是恭维我,不过,这么容易被人看透,那恐怕也是件可怜的事吧。”
    “我倒还是愿意乘着马车去。“

    第十四章 痛 心

    “是呀;她们还有个舅舅住在齐普赛附近。”

    ”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.”

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

    丽迪雅是个胖胖的、发育得很好的姑娘,今年才十五岁,细皮白肉,笑颜常开,她是母亲的掌上明珠,由于娇纵过度,她很小就进入了社交界。她生性好动,天生有些不知分寸,加上她的姨爹一次次以美酒嘉肴宴请那些军官们,军官们又见她颇有几分浪荡的风情,便对她发生了相当好感,于是她更加肆无忌惮了。所以她就有资格向彬格莱先生提出开舞会的事,而且冒冒失失地提醒他先前的诺言,而且还说,要是他不实践诺言,那就是天下最丢人的事。彬格莱先生对她这一番突如其来的挑衅回答得叫她母亲很是高兴。

    “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。“

    “彬格莱小姐过奖我啦。”他说。“要是一个人把开玩笑当作人生最重要的事,那么,最聪明最优秀的人───不,最聪明最优秀的行为───也就会变得可笑了。”
    ”I see no occasion for that. You and the girls may go, or you may send them by themselves, which perhaps will be still better; for, as you are as handsome as any of them, Mr. Bingley might like you the best of the party.”

    015. Do you feel like…?

    Chapter 4
      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.

    彬格莱马上转过身去对她大声说道:“你开始了解我啦,是吗?”

    090. What would you do if…?

    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:

    075. The more…the more…
    “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。”
    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,
  • 028. How long does it take…?
  • 058. It’s your turn…

    “办不到,我的好老爷,办不到,我自己还不认识他呢;你怎么可以这样嘲笑人?”

    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:

    彬格莱马上转过身去对她大声说道:“你开始了解我啦,是吗?”

    “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。”

    022. He is not only… but also…
    ”To yield without conviction is no compliment to the understanding of either.”
    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.
    ”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.”
    ”I have an excessive regard for Jane Bennet, she is really a very sweet girl, and I wish with all my heart she were well settled. But with such a father and mother, and such low connections, I am afraid there is no chance of it.”
  • ”Oh! she is the most beautiful creature I ever beheld! But there is one of her sisters sitting down just behind you, who is very pretty, and I dare say very agreeable. Do let me ask my partner to introduce you.”
  • ”There is, I believe, in every disposition a tendency to some particular evil, a natural defect, which not even the best education can overcome.”
    ”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.”
    ”I am no longer surprised at your knowing only six accomplished women. I rather wonder now at your knowing any.”
    019. He is as… as…
    “我已经遵命告诉过她了。”
    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。”
    彬格莱先生说:“这真叫我惊奇,年轻的姑娘们怎么一个个都有那么大的能耐,把自己锻炼和多才多艺。”

    Chapter 7

    “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。”

    005. Be careful with…

    ”Your humility, Mr. Bingley,” said Elizabeth, ”must disarm reproof.”
      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.
    091. What’s the use of…?

    ”I do not mind his not talking to Mrs. Long,” said Miss Lucas, ”but I wish he had danced with Eliza.”

    ”How can you contrive to write so even?”

    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。 The boy protested that she should not; she continued to declare that she would, and the argument ended only with the visit. ”But you forget, mama,” said Elizabeth, ”that we shall meet him at the assemblies, and that Mrs. Long has promised to introduce him.”
    ”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!”
    ”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.”
    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.

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

    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。

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

    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。”

  • 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。
  • 彬格莱小姐立刻把眼睛盯在他的脸上,要他告诉她,究竟是哪位小姐有这种妙处使他这样想入非非。达西先生鼓起极大的勇气回答道:
    ”You have a house in town, I conclude?”
    ”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.”
  • “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。”
  • 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.
    曼丽想说几句有见识的话可又不知道怎么说才好。
  • 077. There is nothing I like better than…
  • ”It will be no use to us if twenty such should come, since you will not visit them.”
  • ”Yes, indeed,” cried Mrs. Bennet, offended by his manner of mentioning a country neighbourhood. ”I assure you there is quite as much of that going on in the country as in town.” 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。“
    “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。”

    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.

    ”If we make haste,” said Lydia, as they walked along, ”perhaps we may see something of Captain Carter before he goes.”
    ”Is this a hint to me, Lizzy,” said her father, ”to send for the horses?”

    “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。”

    060. I have been… ”Lizzy,” cried her mother, ”remember where you are, and do not run on in the wild manner that you are suffered to do at home.”
  • ”All young ladies accomplished! My dear Charles, what do you mean?”
  • 《刀客情仇》

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

    这时彬格莱小姐又问达西:“从春天到现在,达西长高了很多吧?她将来会长到我这么高吧?”

    ”Another time, Lizzy,” said her mother, ”I would not dance with him, if I were you.”

      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。”
      ”Eliza Bennet,” said Miss Bingley, when the door was closed on her, ”is one of those young ladies who seek to recommend themselves to the other sex by undervaluing their own, and with many men, I dare say, it succeeds. But, in my opinion, it is a paltry device, a very mean art.”
    “噢,吓坏人!”彬格莱小姐叫起来了。“我从来没听到过这么毒辣的话。──亏他说得出,该怎么罚他呀?”
    ”How many letters you must have occasion to write in the course of the year! Letters of business too! How odious I should think them!”
    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:
    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。”

    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。

    “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?”
    “是的,我认为一个个都是那样。她们都会装饰台桌,点缀屏风,编织钱袋。我简直就没有见过哪一位不是样样都会,而且每逢听人谈起一个年轻姑娘,,没有哪一次不听说她是多才多艺的。”*
  • ”You are over-scrupulous, surely. I dare say Mr. Bingley will be very glad to see you; and I will send a few lines by you to assure him of my hearty consent to his marrying which ever he chuses of the girls; though I must throw in a good word for my little Lizzy.”
    • “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。“
    045. I’m afraid…
    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. ”I see your design, Bingley,” said his friend. -- ”You dislike an argument, and want to silence this.”

    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?”

  • 083. What do you mean by…?
  • Mr. Bennet was so odd a mixture of quick parts, sarcastic humour, reserve, and caprice, that the experience of three and twenty years had been insufficient to make his wife understand his character. Her mind was less difficult to develope. She was a woman of mean understanding, little information, and uncertain temper. When she was discontented, she fancied herself nervous. The business of her life was to get her daughters married; its solace was visiting and news.

    “噢!”丽迪雅满不在乎地说。

    “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!”
    ”Did not you think, Mr. Darcy, that I expressed myself uncommonly well just now, when I was teazing Colonel Forster to give us a ball at Meryton?”
    THE day passed much as the day before had done. Mrs. Hurst and Miss Bingley had spent some hours of the morning with the invalid, who continued, though slowly, to mend; and in the evening Elizabeth joined their party in the drawing room. The loo table, however, did not appear. Mr. Darcy was writing, and Miss Bingley, seated near him, was watching the progress of his letter, and repeatedly calling off his attention by messages to his sister. Mr. Hurst and Mr. Bingley were at piquet, and Mrs. Hurst was observing their game. Elizabeth took up some needlework, and was sufficiently amused in attending to what passed between Darcy and his companion. The perpetual commendations of the lady either on his hand-writing, or on the evenness of his lines, or on the length of his letter, with the perfect unconcern with which her praises were received, formed a curious dialogue, and was exactly in unison with her opinion of each.

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

  • 057. It’s up to…
  • ”By all means,” cried Bingley; ”Let us hear all the particulars, not forgetting their comparative height and size; for that will have more weight in the argument, Miss Bennet, than you may be aware of. I assure you that if Darcy were not such a great tall fellow, in comparison with myself, I should not pay him half so much deference. I declare I do not know a more aweful object than Darcy, on particular occasions, and in particular places; at his own house especially, and of a Sunday evening when he has nothing to do.”
    ”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.””
    ”Upon my word, Caroline, I should think it more possible to get Pemberley by purchase than by imitation.”
      ”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.”
  • ”Is he married or single?”
    • “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。”

    “怪不得你只认识六个才女啦。我现在简直疑心你连一个也不认识呢。”

      ”You are a very strange creature by way of a friend! -- always wanting me to play and sing before any body and every body! -- If my vanity had taken a musical turn, you would have been invaluable, but as it is, I would really rather not sit down before those who must be in the habit of hearing the very best performers.” On Miss Lucass persevering, however, she added, ”Very well; if it must be so, it must.” And gravely glancing at Mr. Darcy, ”There is a fine old saying, which every body here is of course familiar with -- ”Keep your breath to cool your porridge,” -- and I shall keep mine to swell my song.”
    ”Certainly,” replied Elizabeth -- ”there are such people, but I hope I am not one of them. I hope I never ridicule what is wise or good. Follies and nonsense, whims and inconsistencies do divert me, I own, and I laugh at them whenever I can. -- But these, I suppose, are precisely what you are without.”
      “我是在谈谈可能办到的事情,查尔斯。”
    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。

    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。”

    “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。”
    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。

    日上三杆时分,熟睡中的紫若一个侧转身,她不经意的伸手去摸司马玉龙,却是空空如也,她惊醒了过来,但早已不见司马玉龙,她坐起来穿好衣服,看见司马玉龙的留下的那张纸条,她脸上出现一阵铁青,她明白了,司马玉龙还是忘不了那个无名,最终还是寻她而去,也许她义父说的对,司马玉龙只是一个风流浪子,不值得自己为她这么牺牲,而现在不仅仅将自己的身子给了他,原本温柔的她此时心里恨之不已,她拿起那张纸条一阵狠命的厮扯,随手丢向空中,她又抓起那把星月剑不断挥舞,那纸片哗哗响,顷刻间化作一阵梨花雨,纸削撒落在了房间各处,发泄完怒气之后她收拾起行囊,走出了客栈。她不能去找司马玉龙,义父的事她还没完成,只能硬着头皮先回去负命,她虽恨司马玉龙的不告而别,但她还是很爱他的,必竟是自己唯一一个初夜给他的男子,对他是又爱又恨,不知道以后碰到了会不会剑下留情。想到此处,她来到一个集市,卖了一匹马,便骑上马飞奔而去。

    她来到一个偏僻的茶莊,然后进了去,只见几个人给她蒙上黑布,带她进了一个密道,约摸过了半个时辰,那些人带她来到一个冠冕堂皇的大厅里,而后听见其中有一个人说道“主上,紫若带到”

    那人说完,就见一白发老者出现在庭堂,他命令手下人给紫若摘去了黑布,紫若忙拱手说“拜见义父”

    那老者随后吩咐那些人退下了,转头对紫若说道“紫若,我交于你的任务办得怎么样了?”

    “回禀义父,那司马玉龙相信了属下,义父果然说的没错,他这个人容易被女人左右。”

    “很好,这场戏还得继续唱下去,虽然让你付出了肉体,但此事为父真的不想这样,实有对你不住啊”

    “义父,卑职的命是义父救的,义父犹如我的再生父亲,我愿为义父赴汤蹈火”“真是委屈你了”随后罢了罢手说“算了算了,为父知道你爱上了这司马玉龙,人之常情啊”

    “义父,我……”

    “罢了罢了,你下去吧”

    这时厅堂有属下来报,说有飞鸽传书过来,说大内出现江湖高手,那人坐着轮椅飞檐走壁,时常如影子一样来无踪去无影,上面想让我们去追查此事。这一禀报,让这老者愁眉紧锁,他忙招手道“紫若,你们都下去,我想一个人静一静”

    紫若只好退下,门外的那些手下,又拿黑布将紫若蒙上了双眼。随后又沿着密道走出去了,紫若出了这个密道之后,让她深深的长出了一口气,她回想刚才那手下报消息时,她听到大内两个字,她此时明白了一点事,她义父可能与朝廷有关,想到此处,她又开始暗暗伤神,再就是为司马玉龙的不告而别而恼怒不已。

    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。

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

    “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。”
    ”I should imagine not.”
    An invitation to dinner was soon afterwards dispatched; and already had Mrs. Bennet planned the courses that were to do credit to her housekeeping, when an answer arrived which deferred it all. Mr. Bingley was obliged to be in town the following day, and consequently unable to accept the honour of their invitation, &c. Mrs. Bennet was quite disconcerted. She could not imagine what business he could have in town so soon after his arrival in Hertfordshire; and she began to fear that he might be always flying about from one place to another, and never settled at Netherfield as he ought to be. Lady Lucas quieted her fears a little by starting the idea of his being gone to London only to get a large party for the ball; and a report soon followed that Mr. Bingley was to bring twelve ladies and seven gentlemen with him to the assembly. The girls grieved over such a large number of ladies; but were comforted the day before the ball by hearing that, instead of twelve, he had brought only six with him from London, his five sisters and a cousin. And when the party entered the assembly room, it consisted of only five altogether; Mr. Bingley, his two sisters, the husband of the oldest, and another young man.
    “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。”
    ”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.”
    “妈妈,你根本弄错了,”伊丽莎白这话一出口,她母亲就红了脸。“你完全弄错了达西先生的意思。他只不过说,乡下碰不到象城里那么些各色名样的人,这你可得承认是事实呀。”
    ”But, my dear, your father cannot spare the horses, I am sure. They are wanted in the farm, Mr. Bennet, are not they?”
    Mr. Bennet replied that he had not.
      “达西先生,我觉得你未免否定了友谊和感情对于一个人的影响。要知道,一个人如果尊重别人提出的要求,通常都是用不着说服就会心甘情愿地听从的。我并不是因为你说到彬格莱先生而就借题发挥。也许我们可以等到真有这种事情发生的时候,再来讨论他处理得是不适当。不过一般说来,朋友与朋友相处,遇到一件无关紧要的事情的时候,一个已经打定主意,另一个要他改变一下主意,如果被要求的人不等到到对方加以说服,就听众了对方的意见,你能说他有什么不是吗?”
      “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?”
    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。
    ”Perhaps he must, if he sees enough of her. But though Bingley and Jane meet tolerably often, it is never for many hours together; and as they always see each other in large mixed parties, it is impossible that every moment should be employed in conversing together. Jane should therefore make the most of every half hour in which she can command his attention. When she is secure of him, there will be leisure for falling in love as much as she chuses.”

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

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

    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.”

    伊丽莎白掉过头去,免得人家看见她发笑。
      049. I’m thinking about…

    “我希望彬格莱先生会喜欢你这顶帽子,丽萃。”

    “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。”
  • “也许有意思得多,珈罗琳,可是那还象什么舞会呢。”
  • 他没有回答。
  • ”All young ladies accomplished! My dear Charles, what do you mean?”
  • 025. How come…?
  • ”But consider your daughters. Only think what an establishment it would be for one of them. Sir William and Lady Lucas are determined to go, merely on that account, for in general, you know they visit no new comers. Indeed you must go, for it will be impossible for us to visit him, if you do not.”

    ”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.”

    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.
    ”Then,” observed Elizabeth, ”you must comprehend a great deal in your idea of an accomplished women.” “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。”

    “我到了乡下就不想走,”他回答道;“我住到城里也就不想走。乡下和城里各有各的好处,我随便住在哪儿都一样快乐。”

    “的确说得起劲极了,不过这件事本来就是叫小姐们非常起劲的。”
    ”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.”

    “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。

    “请你告诉令妹,我很想和她见见面。”
    ”Yes, indeed,” cried Mrs. Bennet, offended by his manner of mentioning a country neighbourhood. ”I assure you there is quite as much of that going on in the country as in town.”
    065. No wonder…
    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.”
    ”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?”

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

      Chapter 11
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    皮肤
    ”All young ladies accomplished! My dear Charles, what do you mean?”

    “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。“

    ”Do not you want to know who has taken it?” cried his wife impatiently.
      023. Help yourself to…
    Darcy only smiled, and the general pause which ensued made Elizabeth tremble lest her mother should be exposing herself again. She longed to speak, but could think of nothing to say; and after a short silence Mrs. Bennet began repeating her thanks to Mr. Bingley for his kindness to Jane with an apology for troubling him also with Lizzy. Mr. Bingley was unaffectedly civil in his answer, and forced his younger sister to be civil also, and say what the occasion required. She performed her part, indeed, without much graciousness, but Mrs. Bennet was satisfied, and soon afterwards ordered her carriage. Upon this signal, the youngest of her daughters put herself forward. The two girls had been whispering to each other during the whole visit, and the result of it was, that the youngest should tax Mr. Bingley with having promised on his first coming into the country to give a ball at Netherfield.
    “伊丽莎白·班纳特小姐。”
    “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。”
    ”I am astonished, my dear,” said Mrs. Bennet, ”that you should be so ready to think your own children silly. If I wished to think slightingly of any bodys children, it should not be of my own, however.”
    ”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.
  • ”My dear Friend,
  • Every body was surprised; and Darcy, after looking at her for a moment, turned silently away. Mrs. Bennet, who fancied she had gained a complete victory over him, continued her triumph.
      058. It’s your turn…
  • 达西回答道:“一点儿影响也没有,她跑过了这趟路以后,那双眼睛更加明亮了。”说完这句话,屋子里稍许沉默了一会儿,然后赫斯脱太太又开口说话:
  • 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。”
    ”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?”

    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,

  • 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.”
  • ”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.”
  • ”Do you prefer reading to cards?” said he; ”that is rather singular.”
      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。
      ”But consider your daughters. Only think what an establishment it would be for one of them. Sir William and Lady Lucas are determined to go, merely on that account, for in general, you know they visit no new comers. Indeed you must go, for it will be impossible for us to visit him, if you do not.”
    He listened to her with perfect indifference while she chose to entertain herself in this manner, and as his composure convinced her that all was safe, her wit flowed long.
    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。
    ”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.”
    021. He is so… that…
    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:

    ”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.”

    班纳特太太连声道谢。

  • 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.
  • 班纳特姐妹俩商量妥当了以后,伊丽莎白第二天早上就写信给她母亲,请她当天就派车子来接她们。可是,班纳特太太早就打算让她两个女儿在尼日斐花园待到下星期二,以便让吉英正好住满一个星期,因此不大乐意提前接她们回家,回信也写得使她们不太满意,──至少使伊丽莎白不十分满意,因为她急于要回家。班纳特太太信上说,非到星期二,家里弄不出马车来。她写完信之后,又补写了几句,说是倘若彬格莱先生兄妹挽留她们多待几天,她非常愿意让她们待下去。怎奈伊丽莎白就是不肯待下去,她打定主意非回家不可──也不怎么指望主人家挽留她们,她反而怕人家以为她们赖在那儿不肯走。于是她催促吉英马上去向彬格莱借马车。她们最后决定向主人家说明,她们当天上午就要离开尼日斐花园,而且把借马车的事也提出来。

    ”Depend upon it, my dear, that when there are twenty I will visit them all.”

    班纳特太太正要答话,不料一个小厮走了进来,拿来一封信给班纳特小姐。这是尼是斐花园送来的一封信,小厮等着取回信。班纳特太太高兴得眼睛也闪亮起来。吉英读信的时候,她心急地叫道:“嘿,吉英,谁来的信?信上说些什么?是怎么说的?喂,吉英,赶快看完说给听吧;快点儿呀,宝宝!”
    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?”
    星期日做过晨祷以后,班家两姐妹立即告辞,主人家几乎人人乐意。彬格莱小姐对伊丽莎白一下子变得有礼貌起来了,对吉英也一下子变得亲热了。分手的时候,她先跟吉英说,非常盼望以后有机会在浪博恩或者在尼日斐花园跟她重逢,接着又十分亲切地拥抱了她一番,甚至还跟伊丽莎白握了握手。伊丽莎白高高兴兴地告别了大家。
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    ”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.”
    伊丽莎白在做针线,一面留神地听着达西跟彬格莱小姐谈话。只听得彬格莱小姐恭维话说个不停,不是说他的字写得好,就是说他的字迹一行行很齐整,要不就是赞美他的信写得仔细,可是对方却完全是冷冰冰爱理不理。这两个人你问我答,形成了一段奇妙的对白。照这样看来,伊丽莎白的确没有把他们俩看错。

    “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。”

    Chapter 8
    ”It is more than I engage for, I assure you.”

    “有太太的呢,还是单身汉?”

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

    ”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.”

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

    ”But upon my honour I do not. I do assure you that my intimacy has not yet taught me that. Teaze calmness of temper and presence of mind! No, no -- I feel he may defy us there. And as to laughter, we will not expose ourselves, if you please, by attempting to laugh without a subject. Mr. Darcy may hug himself.”
    ”Now, Kitty, you may cough as much as you chuse,” said Mr. Bennet; and, as he spoke, he left the room, fatigued with the raptures of his wife.
    “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。”

    “办不到,我的好老爷,办不到,我自己还不认识他呢;你怎么可以这样嘲笑人?”

    “当然不是这个意思。我不怕步行,只要存心去,这点儿路算得上什么。才不过三英里路。我可以赶回来吃晚饭。” “是呀;她们还有个舅舅住在齐普赛附近。” “要是他稍许体谅我一点,”她的丈夫不耐烦地叫起来了,“他就不会跳这么多,一半也不会!天哪,不要提他那些舞伴了吧。噢!但愿他头一场舞就跳得脚踝扭了筋!”

    ”But I can assure you,” she added, ”that Lizzy does not lose much by not suiting his fancy; for he is a most disagreeable, horrid man, not at all worth pleasing. So high and so conceited that there was no enduring him! He walked here, and he walked there, fancying himself so very great! Not handsome enough to dance with! I wish you had been there, my dear, to have given him one of your set downs. I quite detest the man.”

    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?” ”No more have I,” said Mr. Bennet; ”and I am glad to find that you do not depend on her serving you.”
    丽迪雅是个胖胖的、发育得很好的姑娘,今年才十五岁,细皮白肉,笑颜常开,她是母亲的掌上明珠,由于娇纵过度,她很小就进入了社交界。她生性好动,天生有些不知分寸,加上她的姨爹一次次以美酒嘉肴宴请那些军官们,军官们又见她颇有几分浪荡的风情,便对她发生了相当好感,于是她更加肆无忌惮了。所以她就有资格向彬格莱先生提出开舞会的事,而且冒冒失失地提醒他先前的诺言,而且还说,要是他不实践诺言,那就是天下最丢人的事。彬格莱先生对她这一番突如其来的挑衅回答得叫她母亲很是高兴。
    ”I deserve neither such praise nor such censure,” cried Elizabeth; ”I am not a great reader, and I have pleasure in many things.”

    024. How about…?

    “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。”

    “从来没去过,先生。”

      ”I should imagine not.”
    077. There is nothing I like better than…
    061. I’ve had enough of…
    “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?”
    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.
    ”No, indeed. I do not wish to avoid the walk. The distance is nothing, when one has a motive; only three miles. I shall be back by dinner.”
    089. What’s the matter with…?
  • 达西说:“那有什么稀奇。那是好几代的成绩啊。”
  • 她问起姐姐的病情如何,可没有得到满意的回答。据说班纳特小姐晚上睡不好,现在虽然已经起床,热度却很高,不能出房门。使伊丽莎白高兴的是,他们马上就把她领到她姐姐那儿去。吉英看到她来,非常高兴,原来她为了不愿意让家里人着急和麻烦,所以信里并没有说明她极其盼望有个亲人来看看她。可是她没有力气多说话,因此,当彬格莱小姐走开以后,剩下她们姐妹俩在一块儿的时候,她只说到她们这儿待她太好了,使她非常感激───除了这些话以外,就没有再说什么。伊丽莎白静悄悄地等候着她。早饭吃过以后,彬格莱家的姐妹也来陪伴她们,伊丽莎白看到她们对吉英那么亲切和祥,便不禁对她们有了好感。医生来检查了病人的症状,说她是重伤风(其实这也是可想而知的),他嘱咐她们要尽力当心,又劝吉英上床去睡觉,并且给她开了几样药。医生的嘱呼立刻照办了,因为病人热度又高了一些,而且头痛得很厉害。伊丽莎白片刻也没有离开她的房间,另外两位小姐也不大走开;男客们都不在家里,其实他们在家里也帮不了什么忙。

    班纳特太太正要答话,不料一个小厮走了进来,拿来一封信给班纳特小姐。这是尼是斐花园送来的一封信,小厮等着取回信。班纳特太太高兴得眼睛也闪亮起来。吉英读信的时候,她心急地叫道:“嘿,吉英,谁来的信?信上说些什么?是怎么说的?喂,吉英,赶快看完说给听吧;快点儿呀,宝宝!”

      053. It’s my fault for…
  • ”To yield without conviction is no compliment to the understanding of either.”
    • ”Yes; and they have another, who lives somewhere near Cheapside.”
  • ”But it is,” returned she; ”for Mrs. Long has just been here, and she told me all about it.”
  • ”My dear Friend,
  • ”I did not know before,” continued Bingley immediately, ”that you were a studier of character. It must be an amusing study.”
  • 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.

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

    “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。“

    002. Are you used to?

  • ”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.”
  • Yours, &c.”
    “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。”
    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。

    “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!”

      ”Indeed I have, Sir,” was her answer. ”She is a great deal too ill to be moved. Mr. Jones says we must not think of moving her. We must trespass a little longer on your kindness.”
    ”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?”
    ”Now, Kitty, you may cough as much as you chuse,” said Mr. Bennet; and, as he spoke, he left the room, fatigued with the raptures of his wife.
    “老实跟你说吧,这不是我份内的事。”
      “可是,乖孩子,我包管你爸爸匀不出拖车子的马来。──农庄上正要马用,我的好老爷,是不是?”

    ”Oh! she is the most beautiful creature I ever beheld! But there is one of her sisters sitting down just behind you, who is very pretty, and I dare say very agreeable. Do let me ask my partner to introduce you.”

    ”Your examination of Mr. Darcy is over, I presume,” said Miss Bingley; -- ”and pray what is the result?”
  • 070. See that…
  • 085. What do you say…? 006. But this doesn’t mean that…

    085. What do you say…?

    “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。”

    015. Do you feel like…?

    “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。”
    “吉蒂真不知趣,”她的父亲说;“咳嗽也不知道拣个时候。”
    ”Miss Eliza Bennet,” said Miss Bingley, ”despises cards. She is a great reader and has no pleasure in anything else.”

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    ”I do not cough for my own amusement,” replied Kitty fretfully.
    ”But upon my honour I do not. I do assure you that my intimacy has not yet taught me that. Teaze calmness of temper and presence of mind! No, no -- I feel he may defy us there. And as to laughter, we will not expose ourselves, if you please, by attempting to laugh without a subject. Mr. Darcy may hug himself.”
    ”I am afraid, Mr. Darcy,” observed Miss Bingley in a half whisper, ”that this adventure has rather affected your admiration of her fine eyes.” “彬格莱。”
    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:
      “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。
      ”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.”

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

    ”How so? how can it affect them?”

    “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?”

    ”Upon my word, Caroline, I should think it more possible to get Pemberley by purchase than by imitation.”

    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. 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.

    “你难道不想知道是谁租去的吗?”太太不耐烦地嚷起来了。

    ”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?” ”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.”

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

    058. It’s your turn…
    “我们两个人总算只有在这一点上看法不同。我本来希望你我在任何方面的意见都能融洽一致,可是说起我们的两个小女儿,的确非常蠢;关于这一点,到目前为止,我不得不跟你抱着两样的见解。”

    “达西先生,我刚刚跟弗斯脱上校讲笑话,要他给我们在麦里屯开一次跳舞会,你看我的话是不是说得非常得体?”

    “我就讨厌谈彬格莱先生,”他的太太嚷起来了。
    082. What can I do for…?
    “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。” “而你的缺陷呢,”达西笑着回答。“就是故意去误解别人。” ”Certainly not.”
  • ”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.”
  • ”Do not you want to know who has taken it?” cried his wife impatiently.
  • “唔,要是你这么一本正经,我就认为这件事百分之百地决定啦。你一定会得到一位有趣的岳母大人,而且当然罗,她会永远在彭伯里跟你待在一起。”
    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。”
    班纳特太太连声道谢。

    087. What if…?

    伊丽莎白本来打算使他难堪一下,这会儿见他那么体贴,倒楞住了。不过,伊丽莎白的为人一贯温柔乖巧,不轻易得罪任何人,而达西又对她非常着迷,以前任何女人也不曾使他这样着迷过。他不由得一本正经地想道,要不是她的亲戚出身微贱,那我难免危险了。

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

    “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。

    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。 “这条路太窄,不能让我们大家一块儿并排走,我们不是走到大道上去吧。”
  • 彬格莱先生很快就熟悉了全场所有的主要人物。他生气勃勃,为人又不拘泥,每一场舞都可以少不了要跳。使他气恼的是,舞会怎么散场得这样早。他又谈起他自己要在尼日斐花园开一次舞会。他这些可爱的地方自然会引起人家对他发生好感。他跟他的朋友是多么显著的对照啊!达西先生只跟赫斯脱太太跳了一次舞,跟彬格莱小姐跳了一次舞,此外就在室内踱来踱去,偶而找他自己人谈谈,人家要介绍他跟别的小姐跳舞,他怎么也不肯。大家都断定他是世界上最骄傲,最讨人厌的人,希望他不要再来。其中对他反感最厉害的是班纳特太太,她对他的整个举止都感到讨厌,而且这种讨厌竟变本加厉,形成了一种特殊的气愤,因为他得罪了他的一个女儿。
  • 珈苔琳和丽迪雅同声说道:“我们陪你到麦里屯。”伊丽莎表示赞成,于是三位年轻的小姐就一块儿出发了。
    达西说:“一般说来,乡下人可以作为这种研究对象的就很少。因为在乡下,你四周围的人都是非常不开通、非常单调。‘

    ”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.”

    ”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.”

    ”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.”

  • ”I was very much flattered by his asking me to dance a second time. I did not expect such a compliment.”