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。 “我也瞧不起她,”班纳特先生说;“你倒不指望她来替你效劳,这叫我听到高兴。”
”To yield readily -- easily -- to the persuasion of a friend is no merit with you.”
”Did Charlotte dine with you?”
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.
伊丽莎白说:“你要这样做,对我并没有什么损失;达西先生还是去把信写好吧。”
”I dare say you believed it; but I am by no means convinced that you would be gone with such celerity. Your conduct would be quite as dependant on chance as that of any man I know; and if, as you were mounting your horse, a friend were to say, ”Bingley, you had better stay till next week,” you would probably do it, you would probably not go -- and, at another word, might stay a month.”

“这个人叫什么名字?”

“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。”

060. I have been…

”I cannot see that London has any great advantage over the country for my part, except the shops and public places. The country is a vast deal pleasanter, is not it, Mr. Bingley?”

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

”Oh! my dear,” continued Mrs. Bennet, ”I am quite delighted with him. He is so excessively handsome! and his sisters are charming women. I never in my life saw any thing more elegant than their dresses. I dare say the lace upon Mrs. Hursts gown --”

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。”

“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。“

丽迪雅表示满意。“你这话说得不错。等到吉英复元以后再跳,那真好极了,而且到那时候,卡特尔上尉也许又可能回到麦里屯来。等你开过舞会以后,我一定非要他们也开一次不可。我一定会跟弗斯脱上校说,要是他不开,可真丢人哪。”

  • “请你告诉令妹,我很想和她见见面。”
  • 彬格莱先生仪表堂堂,大有绅士风度,而且和颜悦色,没有拘泥做作的气习。他的姐妹也都是些优美的女性,态度落落大方。他的姐夫赫斯脱只不过像个普通绅士,不大引人注目,但是他的朋友达西却立刻引起全场的注意,因为他身材魁伟,眉清目秀,举止高贵,于是他进场不到五分钟,大家都纷纷传说他每年有一万磅的收入。男宾们都称赞他的一表人才,女宾们都说他比彬格莱先生漂亮得多。人们差不多有半个晚上都带着爱慕的目光看着他。最后人们才发现他为人骄傲,看不起人,巴结不上他,因此对他起了厌恶的感觉,他那众望所归的极盛一时的场面才黯然失色。他既然摆起那么一副讨人嫌惹人厌的面貌,那么,不管他在德比郡有多大的财产,也挽救不了他,况且和他的朋友比起来,他更没有什么大不了。 “你写信写得这样快,真是少见。”
    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.
    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:

    “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?”

    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。”
    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。
  • “这怎么说?关女儿女儿们什么事?”
  • ”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.”
    “我猜中你现在在幻想些什么。”
    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.

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

    Chapter 11
    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。
    ”Dear Lizzy!”

    “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。”

    “来吧,达西,”彬格莱说,“我一定要你跳。我不愿看到你独个儿这么傻里傻气地站在这儿。还是去跳舞吧。”

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

    083. What do you mean by…?

    “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。” ”I am talking of possibilities, Charles.”
    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.
  • ”And which of the two do you call my little recent piece of modesty?”
  • ”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.”
  • 079. We’d better…
  • ”But it must very materially lessen their chance of marrying men of any consideration in the world,” replied Darcy.
    “老实跟你说吧,这不是我份内的事。”
    达西先生听从了她的意见,去把那封信写好。
    018. Not…until…

    045. I’m afraid…

    “你说的是哪一位?”他转过身来,朝着伊丽莎白望了一会儿,等她也看见了他,他才收回自己的目光,冷冷的说:“她还可以,但还没有漂亮到打动我的心,眼前我可没有兴趣去抬举那些受到别人冷眼看待的小姐。你还是回到你的舞伴身边去欣赏她的笑脸吧,犯不着把时间浪费在我的身上。”

    079. We’d better…
  • ”Oh! shocking!” cried Miss Bingley. ”I never heard any thing so abominable. How shall we punish him for such a speech?”
  • 丽迪雅表示满意。“你这话说得不错。等到吉英复元以后再跳,那真好极了,而且到那时候,卡特尔上尉也许又可能回到麦里屯来。等你开过舞会以后,我一定非要他们也开一次不可。我一定会跟弗斯脱上校说,要是他不开,可真丢人哪。”

    ”Mama,” cried Lydia, ”my aunt says that Colonel Forster and Captain Carter do not go so often to Miss Watsons as they did when they first came; she sees them now very often standing in Clarkes library.”

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

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

    “这怎么说?关女儿女儿们什么事?”

    ”Pride,” observed Mary, who piqued herself upon the solidity of her reflections, ”is a very common failing I believe. By all that I have ever read, I am convinced that it is very common indeed, that human nature is particularly prone to it, and that there are very few of us who do not cherish a feeling of self-complacency on the score of some quality or other, real or imaginary. Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonimously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us.”
    果然不出他所料,娘儿们一听此说,一个个都大这惊异,尤其是班纳特太太,比谁都惊异得厉害;不过,这样欢天喜地地喧嚷了一阵以后,她便当众宣布,说这件事她早就料到的。
    达西先生耸了耸身子。

    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。

    ”Nay, if you are so serious about it, I shall consider the matter as absolutely settled. You will have a charming mother-in-law, indeed, and of course she will be always at Pemberley with you.”
    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.

    ”To walk three miles, or four miles, or five miles, or whatever it is, above her ancles in dirt, and alone, quite alone! what could she mean by it? It seems to me to shew an abominable sort of conceited independence, a most country town indifference to decorum.”

    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。”
  • ”And yours,” he replied with a smile, ”is wilfully to misunderstand them.”
  • 025. How come…?

    ”Oh! my dear,” continued Mrs. Bennet, ”I am quite delighted with him. He is so excessively handsome! and his sisters are charming women. I never in my life saw any thing more elegant than their dresses. I dare say the lace upon Mrs. Hursts gown --”

    033. I can’t say…

    ”Can I have the carriage?” said Jane. Elizabeth looked archly, and turned away. Her resistance had not injured her with the gentleman, and he was thinking of her with some complacency, when thus accosted by Miss Bingley.
      ”Bingley.”

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

    她母亲气愤愤地说:“我们既然不预备去看彬格莱先生,当然就无从知道他喜欢什么。” “那真妙极了,”她的妹妹补充了一句,于是姐妹俩都纵情大笑。
    班纳特先生没有理睬她。
    “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。”
    ”I would wish not to be hasty in censuring any one; but I always speak what I think.”

    ”Your picture may be very exact, Louisa,” said Bingley; ”but this was all lost upon me. I thought Miss Elizabeth Bennet looked remarkably well, when she came into the room this morning. Her dirty petticoat quite escaped my notice.”

    “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?”
    077. There is nothing I like better than…

    “谅你也猜不中。”

      ”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.”

    “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。”

    “噢!亲爱的,”班纳特太太接下去说,“我非常喜欢他。他真太漂亮啦!他的姐妹们也都很讨人喜欢。我生平没有看见过任何东西比她们的衣饰更讲究。我敢说,赫斯脱太太衣服上的花边--”说到这里又给岔断了。
    “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?”
      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,

    ”To-morrow fortnight.”

    Mr. Bennet made no answer.

    “你有一种倾向,──对什么人都感到厌恶,这就是你的缺陷。”

  • “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。”
  • ”To walk three miles, or four miles, or five miles, or whatever it is, above her ancles in dirt, and alone, quite alone! what could she mean by it? It seems to me to shew an abominable sort of conceited independence, a most country town indifference to decorum.”

  • 064. No matter what…
  • 062. I wonder if…?
      ”This walk is not wide enough for our party. We had better go into the avenue.”

    “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。“

    065. No wonder…

    Her performance was pleasing, though by no means capital. After a song or two, and before she could reply to the entreaties of several that she would sing again, she was eagerly succeeded at the instrument by her sister Mary, who having, in consequence of being the only plain one in the family, worked hard for knowledge and accomplishments, was always impatient for display.

    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。

    ”What you ask,” said Elizabeth, ”is no sacrifice on my side; and Mr. Darcy had much better finish his letter,”

    Chapter 8
      “老实说,我也解释不清楚;那得由达西自己来说明。”
    006. But this doesn’t mean that…

    ”That is very true,” replied Elizabeth, ”and I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.”

    “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。”

    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。

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

    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.

    “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。” 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。”
    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。

    “伊丽莎白·班纳特小姐。”

    “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。”

    ”You write uncommonly fast.”

    “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。”
  • 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。”
  • ”There is, I believe, in every disposition a tendency to some particular evil, a natural defect, which not even the best education can overcome.”

    To Mr. Darcy it was welcome intelligence -- Elizabeth had been at Netherfield long enough. She attracted him more than he liked -- and Miss Bingley was uncivil to her, and more teazing than usual to himself. He wisely resolved to be particularly careful that no sign of admiration should now escape him, nothing that could elevate her with the hope of influencing his felicity; sensible that if such an idea had been suggested, his behaviour during the last day must have material weight in confirming or crushing it. Steady to his purpose, he scarcely spoke ten words to her through the whole of Saturday, and though they were at one time left by themselves for half an hour, he adhered most conscientiously to his book, and would not even look at her.

    ”Is Miss Darcy much grown since the spring?” said Miss Bingley; ”will she be as tall as I am?”
    “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?”
    “你写信写得这样快,真是少见。”

    “果真不敢。”

    024. How about…?
  • ”You appear to me, Mr. Darcy, to allow nothing for the influence of friendship and affection. A regard for the requester would often make one readily yield to a request without waiting for arguments to reason one into it. I am not particularly speaking of such a case as you have supposed about Mr. Bingley. We may as well wait, perhaps, till the circumstance occurs, before we discuss the discretion of his behaviour thereupon. But in general and ordinary cases between friend and friend, where one of them is desired by the other to change a resolution of no very great moment, should you think ill of that person for complying with the desire, without waiting to be argued into it?”
  • ”No more have I,” said Mr. Bennet; ”and I am glad to find that you do not depend on her serving you.”

    ”I desire you will do no such thing. Lizzy is not a bit better than the others; and I am sure she is not half so handsome as Jane, nor half so good humoured as Lydia. But you are always giving her the preference.”
  • ”Yes, vanity is a weakness indeed. But pride -- where there is a real superiority of mind, pride will be always under good regulation.”
  • ”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!”

    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。

    ”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.”
      “你难道不想知道是谁租去的吗?”太太不耐烦地嚷起来了。
    ”I desire you will do no such thing. Lizzy is not a bit better than the others; and I am sure she is not half so handsome as Jane, nor half so good humoured as Lydia. But you are always giving her the preference.”

    “我是在谈谈可能办到的事情,查尔斯。”

    ”Remember, Eliza, that he does not know Janes disposition as you do.”

    “我猜中你现在在幻想些什么。”

  • “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。”
  • ”Miss Eliza Bennet, let me persuade you to follow my example, and take a turn about the room. -- I assure you it is very refreshing after sitting so long in one attitude.”
    “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。”

    第十六章 路见不平

    “那真妙极了,”她的妹妹补充了一句,于是姐妹俩都纵情大笑。”No” -- said Darcy, ”I have made no such pretension. I have faults enough, but they are not, I hope, of understanding. My temper I dare not vouch for. -- It is I believe too little yielding -- certainly too little for the convenience of the world. I cannot forget the follies and vices of others so soon as I ought, nor their offences against myself. My feelings are not puffed about with every attempt to move them. My temper would perhaps be called resentful. -- My good opinion once lost is lost for ever.”
    Chapter 1
    “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:
    ”If we make haste,” said Lydia, as they walked along, ”perhaps we may see something of Captain Carter before he goes.”
  • “你在城里一定有住宅吧?”
  • “她的确象个疯子,露薏莎。我简直忍不住要笑出来。她这一趟来得无聊透顶;姐姐伤了点风,干吗要她那么大惊小怪地跑遍了整个村庄?──头发给弄得那么蓬乱,那么邋遢!”

    “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。”

    于是班纳特先生接下去说:“让曼丽仔细想一想再发表意见吧,我们还是重新来谈谈彬格莱先生。”
    ”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.” “我猜中你现在在幻想些什么。” Elizabeth was surprised, but agreed to it immediately. Miss Bingley succeeded no less in the real object of her civility; Mr. Darcy looked up. He was as much awake to the novelty of attention in that quarter as Elizabeth herself could be, and unconsciously closed his book. He was directly invited to join their party, but he declined it, observing that he could imagine but two motives for their chusing to walk up and down the room together, with either of which motives his joining them would interfere. ”What could he mean? she was dying to know what could be his meaning” -- and asked Elizabeth whether she could at all understand him?
      ”Would Mr. Darcy then consider the rashness of your original intention as atoned for by your obstinacy in adhering to it?”

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

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

    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。“
  • ”Miss Eliza Bennet,” said Miss Bingley, ”despises cards. She is a great reader and has no pleasure in anything else.”
  • 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.
    032. I can’t help…
    赫斯脱太太替她妹妹伴唱。当她们姐妹俩演奏的时候,伊丽莎白翻阅着钢琴上的几本琴谱,只见达西先生的眼睛总是望着她。如果说,这位了不起的人这样看着她是出于爱慕之意,她可不大敢存这种奢望,不过,要是说达西是因为讨厌她所以才望着她,那就更说不通了。最后,她只得这样想;她所以引起了达西的注意,大概是因为达西认为她比起在座的任何人来,都叫人看不顺眼。她作出了这个假想之后,并没有感到痛苦,因为她根本不喜欢他,因此不稀罕他的垂青。
      ”You make me laugh, Charlotte; but it is not sound. You know it is not sound, and that you would never act in this way yourself.”
    ”Remember, Eliza, that he does not know Janes disposition as you do.”
    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.

    达西微笑了一下,伊丽莎白本来要笑,可是觉得他好象有些生气了,便忍住了没有笑。彬格莱小姐看见人家拿他开玩笑,很是生气,便怪她的哥哥干吗要谈这样没意思的话。

    ”But if you have got them to-day,” said Elizabeth, ”my mothers purpose will be answered.”
    “我也的确不敢说大话,”彬格莱小姐说。 091. What’s the use of…? ”Miss Eliza Bennet,” said Miss Bingley, ”despises cards. She is a great reader and has no pleasure in anything else.” 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。”

    ”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.”

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

    ”Mr. Darcy is all politeness,” said Elizabeth, smiling.

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

    ”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!”

    ”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.”

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

    “这么说,这些信总算幸亏碰到了我,没有碰到你。”

    ”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?”

    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.
    ”But I would really advise you to make your purchase in that neighbourhood, and take Pemberley for a kind of model. There is not a finer county in England than Derbyshire.” ”Dear Lizzy!”

    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.”

    WHEN the ladies removed after dinner, Elizabeth ran up to her sister, and, seeing her well guarded from cold, attended her into the drawing-room; where she was welcomed by her two friends with many professions of pleasure; and Elizabeth had never seen them so agreeable as they were during the hour which passed before the gentlemen appeared. Their powers of conversation were considerable. They could describe an entertainment with accuracy, relate an anecdote with humour, and laugh at their acquaintance with spirit. But when the gentlemen entered, Jane was no longer the first object. Miss Bingleys eyes were instantly turned towards Darcy, and she had something to say to him before he had advanced many steps. He addressed himself directly to Miss Bennet, with a polite congratulation; Mr. Hurst also made her a slight bow, and said he was ”very glad;” but diffuseness and warmth remained for Bingleys salutation. He was full of joy and attention. The first half hour was spent in piling up the fire, lest she should suffer from the change of room; and she removed at his desire to the other side of the fireplace, that she might be farther from the door. He then sat down by her, and talked scarcely to any one else. Elizabeth, at work in the opposite corner, saw it all with great delight.
    ”I think I have heard you say, that their uncle is an attorney in Meryton.”
    ”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.”
    Mary wished to say something very sensible, but knew not how.
    046. I’m calling to…

    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:

    ”Yes; but intricate characters are the most amusing. They have at least that advantage.”
    ”Is he married or single?” “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:
    彬格莱小姐一面看达西读书,一面自己读书,两件事同时并做,都是半心半意。她老是向他问句什么的,或者是看他读到哪一页。不过,她总是没有办法逗她说话;她问一句他就答一句,答过以后便继续读他的书。彬格莱小姐所以要挑选那一本书读,只不过因为那是达西所读的第二卷,她满想读个津津有味,不料这会儿倒读得精疲力尽了。她打了个呵欠,说道:“这样度过一个晚上,真是多么愉快啊!我说呀,什么娱乐也抵不上读书的乐趣。无论干什么事,都是一上手就要厌倦,读书却不会这样!将来有一天我自己有了家,要是没有个很好的书房,那会多遗憾哟。”
    ”But if a woman is partial to a man, and does not endeavour to conceal it, he must find it out.”
    ”Miss Eliza Bennet,” said Miss Bingley, ”despises cards. She is a great reader and has no pleasure in anything else.”
    ”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.”

    ”And so ended his affection,” said Elizabeth impatiently. ”There has been many a one, I fancy, overcome in the same way. I wonder who first discovered the efficacy of poetry in driving away love!”

  • ”Do you prefer reading to cards?” said he; ”that is rather singular.”
  • ”Did not you? I did for you. But that is one great difference between us. Compliments always take you by surprise, and me never. What could be more natural than his asking you again? He could not help seeing that you were about five times as pretty as every other women in the room. No thanks to his gallantry for that. Well, he certainly is very agreeable, and I give you leave to like him. You have liked many a stupider person.”
  • “啊!你不知道我怎样受苦呢!”

    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。

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

    ”What you ask,” said Elizabeth, ”is no sacrifice on my side; and Mr. Darcy had much better finish his letter,”

  • 034. I cannot wait to…
  • ”My dear Mr. Bennet,” said his lady to him one day, ”have you heard that Netherfield Park is let at last?”
  • ”Neglect! I am sure you neglect nothing that can add to the beauties of that noble place. Charles, when you build your house, I wish it may be half as delightful as Pemberley.”
  • 接着她就挽住达西空着的那条臂膀,丢下伊丽莎白,让她独个儿去走。这条路恰巧只容得下三个人并排走。达西先生觉得她们太冒味了,便说道:

    087. What if…?

    凡是有钱的单身汉,总想娶位太太,这已经成了一条举世公认的真理。这样的单身汉,每逢新搬到一个地方,四邻八舍虽然完全不了解他的性情如何,见解如何,可是,既然这样的一条真理早已在人们心目中根深蒂固,因此人们总是把他看作自己某一个女儿理所应得的一笔财产。

    《刀客情仇》

    ”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.”
      “上军官们那儿去吃饭!”丽迪雅嚷道,“这件事怎么姨妈没告诉我们呢。”

    “我完全承认达西先生没有一些缺点。他自己也承认了这一点,并没有掩饰。”

    ”To yield without conviction is no compliment to the understanding of either.”
    ”Oh!” said Lydia stoutly, ”I am not afraid; for though I am the youngest, Im the tallest.”
  • “你大概在麦里屯看见过我跳舞的吧,先生。”
  • 她被领进了餐厅,只见他们全家人都在那儿,只有吉英不在场。她一走进门就引起全场人的惊奇。赫斯脱太太和彬格莱小姐心想,这么一大早,路上又这么泥泞,她竟从三英里路开外赶到这儿来,而且是独个儿赶来的,这事情简直叫人无法相信。伊丽莎白料定她们瞧不起她这种举动。不过事实上她们倒很客气地接待了她,特别是她们的兄弟,不仅是客客气气接待她,而且非常殷勤多礼。达西先生说话不多,赫斯脱先生完全一言不发。达西先生的心里被两种情感弄得七上八下:一方面爱慕她那步行之后的鲜艳的脸色,另方面又怀疑她是否值得为了这么点儿事情独个儿打那么远赶来。至于赫斯脱先生,他一心一意只想要吃早饭。
  • She was shewn into the breakfast-parlour, where all but Jane were assembled, and where her appearance created a great deal of surprise. -- That she should have walked three miles so early in the day, in such dirty weather, and by herself, was almost incredible to Mrs. Hurst and Miss Bingley; and Elizabeth was convinced that they held her in contempt for it. She was received, however, very politely by them; and in their brothers manners there was something better than politeness; there was good humour and kindness. -- Mr. Darcy said very little, and Mr. Hurst nothing at all. The former was divided between admiration of the brilliancy which exercise had given to her complexion, and doubt as to the occasions justifying her coming so far alone. The latter was thinking only of his breakfast.
    ”Do you prefer reading to cards?” said he; ”that is rather singular.”

    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!”

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

    “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。”
    Elizabeth assured him that she could suit herself perfectly with those in the room.
    026. How dare you…!
    ”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.”

    “你怎么对你们女人这般苛求,竟以为她们不可能具备这些条件?”

    ”And so ended his affection,” said Elizabeth impatiently. ”There has been many a one, I fancy, overcome in the same way. I wonder who first discovered the efficacy of poetry in driving away love!”
    ”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.”
    ”Aye -- that is because you have the right disposition. But that gentleman,” looking at Darcy, ”seemed to think the country was nothing at all.”
    ”We are not in a way to know what Mr. Bingley likes,” said her mother resentfully, ”since we are not to visit.”
    065. No wonder…

    曼丽想说几句有见识的话可又不知道怎么说才好。

    041. I have got to…
      049. I’m thinking about…
    Mr. Bennet replied that he had not. ”I cannot see that London has any great advantage over the country for my part, except the shops and public places. The country is a vast deal pleasanter, is not it, Mr. Bingley?” 伊丽莎白说:“你要这样做,对我并没有什么损失;达西先生还是去把信写好吧。”
    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。
    ”Kitty has no discretion in her coughs,” said her father; ”she times them ill.”

    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.

    “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。”

    “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。”
  • “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!”
  • 她们发觉曼丽还象以往一样,在埋头研究和声学以及人性的问题,她拿出了一些新的札记给她们欣赏,又发表一些对旧道德的新见解给她们听。咖苔琳和丽迪雅也告诉了她们一些新闻,可是性质完全不同。据她们说,民兵团自从上星期三以来又出了好多事,添了好多传说;有几个军官新近跟她们的姨爹吃过饭;一个士兵挨了鞭打,又听说弗斯脱上校的确快结婚了。

    080. We may as well…

    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。”

    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。
    “天地良心,我不懂得。不瞒你说,我们虽然相熟,可是要懂得怎样来对付他,不差得远呢。想要对付这种性格冷静和头脑机灵的人,可不容易!不行,不行,我想我们是搞不过他的。至于讥笑他,说句你不生气的话,我们可不能凭空笑人家,弄得反而惹人笑话。让达西先生去自鸣得意吧。”

    顺着水路行了两日,便回到京师,这些天的市集,人熙熙攘攘,比以往更加热闹,他一路行来,腹中渐感有些饥饿,便随地找了一个酒家,想填一下肚子,这酒家名叫云客留,进得里面,便有店小二招呼上前问道“客官吃点什么?”

    司马玉龙说道“就你们这上等的好酒来一酝,外加半斤牛肉,再来一盘小菜”

    店小二吆喝了一声好嘞,就去打理去了,不一会儿,那店小二将菜和酒端了上来,司马玉龙也是饿了,正吃着,那店小二在他跟前与他唠起话来,店小二说“这位官爷,见你衣着打扮不像为官之人,我顺便多张嘴,这京城要有大事发生,客官吃了饭之后还是早早离开这里吧”

    司马玉龙不解道“小二,有什么大事发生?”

    “听说有一帮叫花子要举众闹事,朝廷将派一批锦衣卫镇压,可能会有一场血肉屠杀,想想真的可怕”

    司马玉龙听到这里,心里一阵惊讶,这丐帮怎么会和朝廷有了过结,其中定有缘由。酒足饭饱后,向店小二付清了酒钱,就出了云客留。

    这时有一队骑马的官兵打从他身边飞驰而过,那风呼呼从他耳边刮过,沿路扬起了阵阵沙尘,前方不远处,有一老妇和一个小女孩正在沿街乞讨,那队骑马官兵冲了过去,一声惨叫,那老妇被那马蹄踏到身上,人和一只破碗倒在了一边,那些官兵连看都不看一眼,那个小女孩哭着扑到老妇身上,她们挡住了去路,其中一个官兵,抄起长戟准备刺向小女孩,领头的官兵说道“算了,我们有要事在身,别惹出事非”长戟官兵这才放手,那领头的扯了扯马僵,准备继续前行,那小女孩突然起身走到他们的马前,大声哭着挡在前边。

    那个领头的朝天上看了看,大概是估摸着时辰,随后朝身边的手下使了一个眼色,一个身背着弓箭的人拿出弓准备解决阻碍,司马玉龙顿时火冒三丈,他一个鱼跃,双脚离地,向前方腾空而去,他抓起小女孩,跃到路边,那人射出的一箭刚好被他抓在了手里,那领头的一看不知道从来冒出一个不知死活的,他愤怒了,本来是不想多生事端的,但当前情况发生了变化,他招呼手下跳下马背,提着武器,面对着眼前这个多管闲事的家伙,也不多说,就众人一起杀向司马玉龙,司马玉龙是何等人物,光影刀的名气也不是浪得虚名,掠影一剑的杀手锏威力在此刻也运用得当,不一会儿,这十来个官兵都打倒在了地,司马玉龙使光影一剑时并未招招毙命,只是让他们受点伤而已,那领头的见司马玉龙不好惹,和那帮受了伤部下飞奔上马,怆惶逃走了。他见那些人被打跑了,边上看热闹的众人一阵拍手叫好,司马玉龙无心接受称赞,他来到那母女俩跟前,他见那女人的伤并不是很严重,只是脚踝被马蹄踢破了,他忙从怀中掏出几张银票,交由那个小女孩,让她们快去医治,那母女连连道谢。司马玉龙并未料到,在他头顶上方的屋檐上正有一个蒙面黑衣人将这场景看到眼中,司马玉龙急于找寻无名,先前听说丐帮聚集京城,无论怎样,而依沙中天所说,无名是丐帮长老,这不知丐帮这次集会是否与她有关,想到此处,他也无暇顾及了。

    009. Did you use to…

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

  • ”I am afraid you do not like your pen. Let me mend it for you. I mend pens remarkably well.”
  • ”Miss Bingley told me,” said Jane, ”that he never speaks much unless among his intimate acquaintance. With them he is remarkably agreeable.”

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

    ”Indeed I do not dare.”

    ”That will not do for a compliment to Darcy, Caroline,” cried her brother -- ”because he does not write with ease. He studies too much for words of four syllables. -- Do not you, Darcy?”
    ”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.
      ”While Mary is adjusting her ideas,” he continued, ”let us return to Mr. Bingley.”
  • 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。‘
  • ”Another time, Lizzy,” said her mother, ”I would not dance with him, if I were you.”
      ”It will be no use to us if twenty such should come, since you will not visit them.”

    “他第二次又来请我跳舞,我真高兴死了。我真想不到他会这样抬举我。”

    015. Do you feel like…?

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

    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。”

    “这个问题只有达西先生自己能够回答。”

    “这样看来,一个女人家对自己的美貌也转不了多少念头喽。”

    ”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.”

    “达西先生,跳舞对于年轻人是多么可爱的一种娱乐!说来说去,什么都比不上跳舞,我认为这是上流社会里最出色的才艺。”

      伊丽莎白掉过头去,免得人家看见她发笑。
    013. Do you have… available?

    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.

    吉英本来并不轻易赞扬彬格莱先生,可是当她和伊丽莎白两个人在一起的时候,她就向她的妹妹倾诉衷曲,说她自己多么爱慕他。

    “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。

      这件事过去以后,达西要求彬格莱小姐和伊丽莎白小姐赏赐他一点音乐听听,彬格莱小姐便敏捷地走钢琴跟前,先客气了一番,请伊丽莎白带头,伊丽莎白却更加客气、更加诚恳地推辞了,然后彬格莱小姐才在琴旁坐下来。
    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:
    ”But if he does it any more, I shall certainly let him know that I see what he is about. He has a very satirical eye, and if I do not begin by being impertinent myself, I shall soon grow afraid of him.”
    彬格莱先生没有理睬为句话;他的姐妹们却听得非常得意,于是越发放肆无忌地拿班纳特小姐的微贱的亲戚开玩笑,开了老半天。
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    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. ”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.”
  • 025. How come…?
  • ”But it must very materially lessen their chance of marrying men of any consideration in the world,” replied Darcy.
  • ”To yield readily -- easily -- to the persuasion of a friend is no merit with you.”
  • “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。

  • “要算是转弯抹角的自夸,因为你对于你自己写信方面的缺点觉得很得意,你认为你思想敏捷,懒得去注意书法,而且你认为你这些方面即使没有什么了不起,完全不考虑到做出来的成绩是不是完美。你今天早上跟班纳特太太说,如果你决定要从尼日斐花园搬走,你五分钟之内就可以搬走,这种话无非是夸耀自己,恭维自己。再说,急躁的结果只会使得应该要做好的事情没有做好,无论对人对已,都没有真正的好处,这有什么值得赞美的呢?”
  • ”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?”
    “噢,不要紧。正月里我就可以跟她见面。不过,你老是写那么动人的长信给她吗,达西先生?”
    091. What’s the use of…? “老实跟你说吧,这不是我份内的事。”
    “你这样说我们,未免太尖刻了些吧。”
    ”With great energy; -- but it is a subject which always makes a lady energetic.”
    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。

    037. I’d hate for you to…

    ”Miss Bingley told me,” said Jane, ”that he never speaks much unless among his intimate acquaintance. With them he is remarkably agreeable.”

    “我一度想在城里住家,因为我喜欢上流社会;不过我可不敢说伦敦的空气是否适合于卢卡斯太太。”

    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. 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:
    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?”

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

    “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。”

    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.

    ”I deserve neither such praise nor such censure,” cried Elizabeth; ”I am not a great reader, and I have pleasure in many things.” ”It is a rule with me, that a person who can write a long letter, with ease, cannot write ill.”

    ”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.”

    “我有现在这样的日子过,自然不好意思疏忽家里的藏书室。“

    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.
    ”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.”
    ”Bingley.”
    “上别人家去吃饭,”班纳特太太说:“这真是晦气。”

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

  • Mr. Darcy stood near them in silent indignation at such a mode of passing the evening, to the exclusion of all conversation, and was too much engrossed by his own thoughts to perceive that Sir William Lucas was his neighbour, till Sir William thus began.
  • ”It is a compliment which I never pay to any place, if I can avoid 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.”
    “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?”
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    019. He is as… as…”What you ask,” said Elizabeth, ”is no sacrifice on my side; and Mr. Darcy had much better finish his letter,” “事情并不是你所说的那样。要是她只跟他吃吃晚饭,那她或许只看得出他的饭量好不好;可是你得记住,他们既在一起吃过四顿饭也就是在一起盘恒了四个晚上呀──四个晚上的作用可大着呢。” 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.”
  • “而你的缺陷呢,”达西笑着回答。“就是故意去误解别人。”
  • “这个问题只有达西先生自己能够回答。”
  • 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.
  • “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。”
  • 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。
      ”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.”
      “他虽然骄傲,”卢卡斯小姐说,“可不象一般人的骄傲那样使我生气,因为他的骄傲还勉强说得过去。这么优秀的一个青年,门第好,又有钱,样样都比人家强,也难怪他要自以为了不起,照我的说法,他有权利骄傲。”
    “伊丽莎小姐,你跳舞跳得那么高明,可是却不肯让我享享眼福,看你跳一场,这未免太说不过去了吧。再说,这位先生虽说平常并不喜欢这种娱乐,可是要他赏我们半个钟头的脸,我相信他也不会不肯的。”
    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.
    THE ladies of Longbourn soon waited on those of Netherfield. The visit was returned in due form. Miss Bennets pleasing manners grew on the good will of Mrs. Hurst and Miss Bingley; and though the mother was found to be intolerable and the younger sisters not worth speaking to, a wish of being better acquainted with them was expressed towards the two eldest. By Jane this attention was received with the greatest pleasure; but Elizabeth still saw superciliousness in their treatment of every body, hardly excepting even her sister, and could not like them; though their kindness to Jane, such as it was, had a value, as arising in all probability from the influence of their brothers admiration. It was generally evident whenever they met, that he did admire her; and to her it was equally evident that Jane was yielding to the preference which she had begun to entertain for him from the first, and was in a way to be very much in love; but she considered with pleasure that it was not likely to be discovered by the world in general, since Jane united with great strength of feeling a composure of temper and a uniform cheerfulness of manner, which would guard her from the suspicions of the impertinent. She mentioned this to her friend Miss Lucas. ”It may perhaps be pleasant,” replied Charlotte, ”to be able to impose on the public in such a case; but it is sometimes a disadvantage to be so very guarded. If a woman conceals her affection with the same skill from the object of it, she may lose the opportunity of fixing him; and it will then be but poor consolation to believe the world equally in the dark. There is so much of gratitude or vanity in almost every attachment, that it is not safe to leave any to itself. We can all begin freely -- a slight preference is natural enough; but there are very few of us who have heart enough to be really in love without encouragement. In nine cases out of ten, a woman had better shew more affection than she feels. Bingley likes your sister undoubtedly; but he may never do more than like her, if she does not help him on.”

    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.

    “他住到这儿来,就是为了这个打算吗?”
    彬格莱小姐一面看达西读书,一面自己读书,两件事同时并做,都是半心半意。她老是向他问句什么的,或者是看他读到哪一页。不过,她总是没有办法逗她说话;她问一句他就答一句,答过以后便继续读他的书。彬格莱小姐所以要挑选那一本书读,只不过因为那是达西所读的第二卷,她满想读个津津有味,不料这会儿倒读得精疲力尽了。她打了个呵欠,说道:“这样度过一个晚上,真是多么愉快啊!我说呀,什么娱乐也抵不上读书的乐趣。无论干什么事,都是一上手就要厌倦,读书却不会这样!将来有一天我自己有了家,要是没有个很好的书房,那会多遗憾哟。”
    “你写信写得这样快,真是少见。”
    Chapter 5

    “不过我希望你这毛病会好起来,那么,象这种每年有四千镑收入的阔少爷,你就可以眼看着他们一个个搬来做你的邻居了。”

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

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

    ”But I would really advise you to make your purchase in that neighbourhood, and take Pemberley for a kind of model. There is not a finer county in England than Derbyshire.”
    ”And which of the two do you call my little recent piece of modesty?”
    ”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?”

    “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。”

    “我只要见到吉英就成。”

      伊丽莎白回答道:“倘使只求嫁一个有钱的男人,你这个办法妙极了,我如果决心找个阔丈夫,或者干脆只要随便找个丈夫就算数,我或许会照你的办法去做。可惜吉英不是这样想法的;她为人处世,就是不愿意使心眼儿。而且,她自己也还拿不准她究竟对她钟情到什么地步,钟情得是否得体。她认识他才不过两个星期。她在麦里屯跟他跳了四次舞;有天上午她在他家里跟他见过一次面,此后又跟他吃过四次晚饭,可是总有别人在一起。就这么点儿来往,叫她怎么能了解他的性格呢。”
      ”When is your next ball to be, Lizzy?”
    ”That is exactly what I should have supposed of you,” said Elizabeth.
    五点钟的时候,主人家两姐妹出去更衣;六点半的时候伊丽莎白被请去吃晚饭。大家都礼貌周全,纷纷来探问吉英的病情,其中尤其是彬格莱先生问得特别关切,这叫伊丽莎白非常愉快,只可惜吉英的病情一些没有好转,因此她无法给人家满意的回答。那姐妹听到这话,便几次三番地说她们是多么担心,说重伤风是多么可怕,又说她们自己多么讨厌生病,──说过了这些话以后就不当它一回事了。伊丽莎白看到她们当吉英不在她们面前的时候就对吉英这般冷淡,于是她本来那种讨厌她们的心理现在又重新滋长起来。的确,她们这家人里面只有她们的兄弟能使她称心满意,你一眼便可以看出他是真的在为吉英担忧,再说他对于伊丽莎白也殷勤和悦到极点。伊丽莎白本以为人家会把她看作一个不速之客,可是有了这份殷勤,她就不这么想了。除他以外,别人都不大理睬她。彬格莱小姐的心在达西先生身上,赫斯脱太太差不多也没有什么两样;再说到赫斯脱先生,他就坐在伊丽莎白身旁,他天生一副懒骨头,活在世上就是为了吃、喝、玩牌,他听到伊丽莎白宁可吃一碟普通的菜而不喜欢吃烩肉,便和她谈不上劲了。
    038. If it hadn’t been for… 达西说:“你这一套极其平凡的所谓才艺,倒是千真万确。多少女人只不过会编织钱袋,点缀屏风,就享有了多才多艺的美名;可是我却不能同意你对一般妇女的估价。我不敢说大话;我认识很多女人,而真正多才多艺的实在不过半打。” 018. Not…until… “噢,”彬格莱小姐叫起来了,“查尔斯写起信来,那种潦草随便的态度,简直不可想象。他要漏掉一半字,涂掉一半字。”

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    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. 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:
    “有太太的呢,还是单身汉?”
  • 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.
  • “噢,有的是。千万把你姨丈人姨丈母的像挂到彭伯里画廊里面去,就挂在你那位当法官的伯祖父大人遗象旁边。你知道他们都是同行,只不过部门不同而已。至于尊夫人伊丽莎白,可千万别让别人替她画像,天下哪一个画家能够把她那一双美丽的眼睛画得维妙维肖?”
    “上军官们那儿去吃饭!”丽迪雅嚷道,“这件事怎么姨妈没告诉我们呢。” ”Bingley.”
  • “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?”
    • ”Your picture may be very exact, Louisa,” said Bingley; ”but this was all lost upon me. I thought Miss Elizabeth Bennet looked remarkably well, when she came into the room this morning. Her dirty petticoat quite escaped my notice.”
    The boy protested that she should not; she continued to declare that she would, and the argument ended only with the visit.
    ”Thank you -- but I always mend my own.”
      ”Is he married or single?”

    “我又不是故意咳着玩儿。”吉蒂气恼地回答道。

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

    ”That is very true,” replied Elizabeth, ”and I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.”

    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.

      ”Of a fine, stout, healthy love it may. Every thing nourishes what is strong already. But if it be only a slight, thin sort of inclination, I am convinced that one good sonnet will starve it entirely away.”

    五点钟的时候,主人家两姐妹出去更衣;六点半的时候伊丽莎白被请去吃晚饭。大家都礼貌周全,纷纷来探问吉英的病情,其中尤其是彬格莱先生问得特别关切,这叫伊丽莎白非常愉快,只可惜吉英的病情一些没有好转,因此她无法给人家满意的回答。那姐妹听到这话,便几次三番地说她们是多么担心,说重伤风是多么可怕,又说她们自己多么讨厌生病,──说过了这些话以后就不当它一回事了。伊丽莎白看到她们当吉英不在她们面前的时候就对吉英这般冷淡,于是她本来那种讨厌她们的心理现在又重新滋长起来。的确,她们这家人里面只有她们的兄弟能使她称心满意,你一眼便可以看出他是真的在为吉英担忧,再说他对于伊丽莎白也殷勤和悦到极点。伊丽莎白本以为人家会把她看作一个不速之客,可是有了这份殷勤,她就不这么想了。除他以外,别人都不大理睬她。彬格莱小姐的心在达西先生身上,赫斯脱太太差不多也没有什么两样;再说到赫斯脱先生,他就坐在伊丽莎白身旁,他天生一副懒骨头,活在世上就是为了吃、喝、玩牌,他听到伊丽莎白宁可吃一碟普通的菜而不喜欢吃烩肉,便和她谈不上劲了。

    044. I’d be grateful…
    ”You are mistaken. I write rather slowly.”
  • ”Is this a hint to me, Lizzy,” said her father, ”to send for the horses?”
  • 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:
  • ”Certainly, my dear, nobody said there were; but as to not meeting with many people in this neighbourhood, I believe there are few neighbourhoods larger. I know we dine with four and twenty families.”
  • ”Oh! dear, yes; -- but you must own she is very plain. Lady Lucas herself has often said so, and envied me Janes beauty. I do not like to boast of my own child, but to be sure, Jane -- one does not often see any body better looking. It is what every body says. I do not trust my own partiality. When she was only fifteen, there was a gentleman at my brother Gardiners in town, so much in love with her, that my sister-in-law was sure he would make her an offer before we came away. But however he did not. Perhaps he thought her too young. However, he wrote some verses on her, and very pretty they were.”

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

    “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?”

    ”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.”

    ”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.”
      Elizabeth thanked him from her heart, and then walked towards a table where a few books were lying. He immediately offered to fetch her others; all that his library afforded.
    “是的;这四个晚上叫他们彼此摸透了一样性格,那就是他们俩都喜欢玩二十一点,不喜欢玩‘康梅司’;讲到别的重要的特点,我看他们彼此之间还了解很少。”
  • ”You appear to me, Mr. Darcy, to allow nothing for the influence of friendship and affection. A regard for the requester would often make one readily yield to a request without waiting for arguments to reason one into it. I am not particularly speaking of such a case as you have supposed about Mr. Bingley. We may as well wait, perhaps, till the circumstance occurs, before we discuss the discretion of his behaviour thereupon. But in general and ordinary cases between friend and friend, where one of them is desired by the other to change a resolution of no very great moment, should you think ill of that person for complying with the desire, without waiting to be argued into it?”
  • ”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.”
    ”Are you so severe upon your own sex, as to doubt the possibility of all this?”
    “果真不敢。”

    “不过她已经尽心竭力在帮他的忙了。要是我都能看出她对他的好感,而他却看不出,那他未免太蠢了。”

    ”No, no; stay where you are. -- You are charmingly groupd, and appear to uncommon advantage. The picturesque would be spoilt by admitting a fourth. Good bye.”

    ”You want to tell me, and I have no objection to hearing it.”
  • 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.
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    Elizabeth assured him that she could suit herself perfectly with those in the room. ”You appear to me, Mr. Darcy, to allow nothing for the influence of friendship and affection. A regard for the requester would often make one readily yield to a request without waiting for arguments to reason one into it. I am not particularly speaking of such a case as you have supposed about Mr. Bingley. We may as well wait, perhaps, till the circumstance occurs, before we discuss the discretion of his behaviour thereupon. But in general and ordinary cases between friend and friend, where one of them is desired by the other to change a resolution of no very great moment, should you think ill of that person for complying with the desire, without waiting to be argued into it?”

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

    “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?”

    ”But it must very materially lessen their chance of marrying men of any consideration in the world,” replied Darcy.
    达西说:“假装谦虚偏偏往往就是信口开河,有时候简直是转弯抹角的自夸?”
    004. As far as… (is) (am) (are) concerned,…
  • “我不相信郎格太太肯这么做。她自己有两个亲侄女。她是个自私自利、假仁假义的女人,我睢不起她。”
  • ”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!”

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

    达西说:“你这一套极其平凡的所谓才艺,倒是千真万确。多少女人只不过会编织钱袋,点缀屏风,就享有了多才多艺的美名;可是我却不能同意你对一般妇女的估价。我不敢说大话;我认识很多女人,而真正多才多艺的实在不过半打。”

    034. I cannot wait to…

    “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。”

    ”Oh! dear, yes; -- but you must own she is very plain. Lady Lucas herself has often said so, and envied me Janes beauty. I do not like to boast of my own child, but to be sure, Jane -- one does not often see any body better looking. It is what every body says. I do not trust my own partiality. When she was only fifteen, there was a gentleman at my brother Gardiners in town, so much in love with her, that my sister-in-law was sure he would make her an offer before we came away. But however he did not. Perhaps he thought her too young. However, he wrote some verses on her, and very pretty they were.”

    ”But people themselves alter so much, that there is something new to be observed in them for ever.”

  • 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.
  • “天地良心,我不懂得。不瞒你说,我们虽然相熟,可是要懂得怎样来对付他,不差得远呢。想要对付这种性格冷静和头脑机灵的人,可不容易!不行,不行,我想我们是搞不过他的。至于讥笑他,说句你不生气的话,我们可不能凭空笑人家,弄得反而惹人笑话。让达西先生去自鸣得意吧。”

    ”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.”
    “我一度想在城里住家,因为我喜欢上流社会;不过我可不敢说伦敦的空气是否适合于卢卡斯太太。”
    “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?”
    ”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.”
    066. Now that I (come to) think about it,…
    他没有作声。 ”Never, sir.”

    “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。”

    ”You write uncommonly fast.”
    “请你告诉令妹,我很想和她见见面。”

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

    ”With all my heart; I will buy Pemberley itself if Darcy will sell it.”
    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.
    055. It’s on the tip of my tongue.