”Oh! my dear Mr. Bennet,” as she entered the room, ”we have had a most delightful evening, a most excellent ball. I wish you had been there. Jane was so admired, nothing could be like it. Every body said how well she looked; and Mr. Bingley thought her quite beautiful, and danced with her twice. Only think of that my dear; he actually danced with her twice; and she was the only creature in the room that he asked a second time. First of all, he asked Miss Lucas. I was so vexed to see him stand up with her; but, however, he did not admire her at all: indeed, nobody can, you know; and he seemed quite struck with Jane as she was going down the dance. So, he enquired who she was, and got introduced, and asked her for the two next. Then, the two third he danced with Miss King, and the two fourth with Maria Lucas, and the two fifth with Jane again, and the two sixth with Lizzy, and the Boulanger --”
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.
”Dining out,” said Mrs. Bennet, ”that is very unlucky.”

”How can you contrive to write so even?”

“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。”
019. He is as… as…
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:
”Oh! but the gentlemen will have Mr. Bingleys chaise to go to Meryton; and the Hursts have no horses to theirs.”

082. What can I do for…?

”It is from Miss Bingley,” said Jane, and then read it aloud.
达西接着说:“她除了具备这些条件以外,还应该多读书,长见识,有点真才实学。”
011. Do you agree…?

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。

”Not as you represent it. Had she merely dined with him, she might only have discovered whether he had a good appetite; but you must remember that four evenings have been also spent together -- and four evenings may do a great deal.”
”All young ladies accomplished! My dear Charles, what do you mean?”

”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.”

“不错,我认为应该包括很多条件。”

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。”

班纳特太太连声道谢。

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

“我希望你别这么做。丽萃没有一点儿地方胜过别的几个女儿;我敢说,论漂亮,她抵不上吉英一半;论性子,好抵不上丽迪雅一半。你可老是偏爱她。”“她们没有哪一个值得夸奖的,”他回答道;“他们跟人家的姑娘一样,又傻,又无知;倒是丽萃要比她的几个姐妹伶俐些。”
“你们的跳舞会定在那一天开,丽萃?”
  • “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。”
  • ”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.”

    “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!”

    “我才不当它一回事。年纪虽然是我最小,个儿算我顶高。” 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。 ”I do not believe Mrs. Long will do any such thing. She has two nieces of her own. She is a selfish, hypocritical woman, and I have no opinion of her.”
    066. Now that I (come to) think about it,…
    ”How good it was in you, my dear Mr. Bennet! But I knew I should persuade you at last. I was sure you loved our girls too well to neglect such an acquaintance. Well, how pleased I am! and it is such a good joke, too, that you should have gone this morning, and never said a word about it till now.”

    “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。“

    036. I’d like you to…

    098. You are not to…

    “我又不是故意咳着玩儿。”吉蒂气恼地回答道。

  • ”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?”
  • “如果不问是非,随随便便就听从,恐怕对于两个人全不能算是一种恭维吧。”

    ”Is Miss Darcy much grown since the spring?” said Miss Bingley; ”will she be as tall as I am?”

    “的确租出去了,”她说,“朗格太太刚刚上这儿来过,她把这件事的底细,一五一十地告诉了我。”

    ”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.

    ”Miss Bingley,” said he, ”has given me credit for more than can be. The wisest and the best of men, nay, the wisest and best of their actions, may be rendered ridiculous by a person whose first object in life is a joke.” “你的话靠得住吗,妈妈?──一点儿没说错吗?”吉英说。“我清清楚楚看到达西先生跟她说话的。”
    ”Yes all of them, I think. They all paint tables, cover skreens, and net purses. I scarcely know any one who cannot do all this, and I am sure I never heard a young lady spoken of for the first time, without being informed that she was very accomplished.”
    016. Shouldn’t we…?
    为了挑拨达西厌恶这位客人,她常常闲言闲语,说他跟伊丽莎白终将结成美满良缘,而且估料着这一门良缘会给达西带来多大幸福。
    At that moment they were met from another walk, by Mrs. Hurst and Elizabeth herself.

    “谢谢你的好意,我一向都是自己修理。”

    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.
    053. It’s my fault for…
    ”Yes -- but as it happens, they are all of them very clever.”
    ”But it is,” returned she; ”for Mrs. Long has just been here, and she told me all about it.”

    069. On one hand…on the other hand…

    ”Kitty has no discretion in her coughs,” said her father; ”she times them ill.”

    “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?”

    067. Once you…
  • 大家都吃了一惊。达西朝她望了一会儿便静悄悄地走开了。班纳特太太自以为完全占了他的上风,便趁着一股兴头说下去:“我觉得伦敦除了店铺和公共场所以外,比起乡下并没有什么大不了的好处。乡下可舒服得多了──不是吗,彬格莱先生?”
  • 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。“
  • “当然罗,宝贝──谁也没那么说过。要是说这个村子里还碰不到多少人,我相信比这大的村庄也就没有几个了。就我所知,平常跟我们来往吃饭的可也有二十四家呀。”
    He was silent.
    ”I think I have heard you say, that their uncle is an attorney in Meryton.”

    “我猜中你现在在幻想些什么。”

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

    ”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.”

    “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。”
  • “我可以向你保证,我非常愿意实践我的诺言;只要等你姐姐复了元,由你随便订个日期就行。你总不愿意在姐姐生病的时候跳舞吧?!”
  • 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.

    “是彬格莱小姐写来的,”吉英说,一面把信读出来:
    她终于逼得父亲不得不承认──那儿匹拉车子的马已经有了别的用处。于是吉英只得骑着另外一匹马去,母亲送她到门口,高高兴兴地说了许多预祝天气会变坏的话。她果真如愿了;吉英走了不久,就下起大雨来。妹妹们都替她担忧,只有她老人家反而高兴。大雨整个黄昏没有停住。吉英当然无法回来了。
    班纳特太太没有理睬他,可是忍不住气,便骂起女儿来。
    ”I can guess the subject of your reverie.”

    IN consequence of an agreement between the sisters, Elizabeth wrote the next morning to her mother, to beg that the carriage might be sent for them in the course of the day. But Mrs. Bennet, who had calculated on her daughters remaining at Netherfield till the following Tuesday, which would exactly finish Janes week, could not bring herself to receive hem with pleasure before. Her answer, therefore, was not propitious, at least not to Elizabeths wishes, for she was impatient to get home. Mrs. Bennet sent them word that they could not possibly have the carriage before Tuesday; and in her postscript it was added that, if Mr. Bingley and his sister pressed them to stay longer, she could spare them very well. -- Against staying longer, however, Elizabeth was positively resolved -- nor did she much expect it would be asked; and fearful, on the contrary, as being considered as intruding themselves needlessly long, she urged Jane to borrow Mr. Bingleys carriage immediately, and at length it was settled that their original design of leaving Netherfield that morning should be mentioned, and the request made.

    “我的亲丽萃!”
  • “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。”
    • 074. The first thing I’m going to do when… is…
    097. Would you care for …?
    ”Nay,” cried Bingley, ”this is too much, to remember at night all the foolish things that were said in the morning. And yet, upon my honour, I believed what I said of myself to be true, and I believe it at this moment. At least, therefore, I did not assume the character of needless precipitance merely to shew off before the ladies.”
    浪博恩小姐们不久就去拜访尼是斐花园的小姐们了。人家了照例来回拜了她们。班纳特那种讨人喜爱的举止,使赫斯脱太太和彬格莱小姐对她愈来愈有好感。尽管班家老太太叫人不可容忍,几个小妹妹也不值得攀谈,可是两位彬格莱小姐却是愿意跟年纪大的两位班小姐作进一步深交,吉英极其喜悦地领受了这份盛意;可是伊丽莎白看出她们对待任何人仍然很高傲,甚至对待吉英也几乎没有两样,因此颇不喜欢她们;不过,她们所以待吉英好,看来多半还是由于她们兄弟爱慕她的缘故。只要你看见他们俩在一起,你就看得出他兄弟确是爱慕她的。伊丽莎白又很清楚地看出吉英一开头就看中了彬格莱先生,不由自主地向他屈服了,而且也可以说是对他喜爱极了。可是她高兴地想道,吉英虽说感情丰富,好在性格很镇定,外表上仍然保持着正常的和颜悦色,那就不会引起那些卤莽人的怀疑,因此他俩的心意也就不会给人察觉了。伊丽莎白曾经跟自己的朋友卢卡斯小姐谈到过这一点。
    ”She seems a very pleasant young woman,” said Bingley.

    ”Your examination of Mr. Darcy is over, I presume,” said Miss Bingley; -- ”and pray what is the result?”

    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.

    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.

    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。

    “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?”
    ”Mr. Bennet, how can you abuse your own children in such way? You take delight in vexing me. You have no compassion on my poor nerves.”

    “老实对你说吧,你完全猜错了。我心里想的东西要妙得多呢。我正在玩味着:一个漂亮女人的美丽的眼睛竟会给人这么大的快乐。”

    “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。”

  • ”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.”
    • She then ran gaily off, rejoicing, as she rambled about, in the hope of being at home again in a day or two. Jane was already so much recovered as to intend leaving her room for a couple of hours that evening.

    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,

    ”That is as it happens. It does not necessarily follow that a deep, intricate character is more or less estimable than such a one as yours.”
  • “丽萃,假如我是你,”她母亲说,“我下次偏不跟他跳舞。”
  • “你这样说我们,未免太尖刻了些吧。”

    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.

    ”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.”

    ”I shall be very fit to see Jane -- which is all I want.”
      “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。”

    “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。

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

    “可是,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?”

    ”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.”

    “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。”

    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。 ”I do not believe Mrs. Long will do any such thing. She has two nieces of her own. She is a selfish, hypocritical woman, and I have no opinion of her.”

    “我是在谈谈可能办到的事情,查尔斯。”

      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.
    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.
    ”But people themselves alter so much, that there is something new to be observed in them for ever.”
    “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。”
    028. How long does it take…?
    Chapter 3
      达西只笑了一下,接着大伙儿都沉默了一阵子,这时候伊丽莎白很是着急,怕她母亲又要出丑。她想说点儿什么,可是又想不出什么可说的。沉默了一下以后,班纳特太太又重新向彬格莱先生道谢,说是多亏他对吉英照顾周到,同时又向他道歉说,丽萃也来打扰了他。彬格莱先生回答得极其恳切而有礼貌,弄得他的妹妹也不得不讲礼貌,说了些很得体的话。她说话的态度并不十分自然,可是班纳特太太已经够满意的了。一会儿工夫,班纳特太太就叫预备马车。这个号令一发,她那位顶小的女儿立刻走上前来。原来自从她们母女来到此地,两个女儿就一直在交头接耳地商量,最后说定了由顶小的女儿来要求彬格莱先生兑现他刚以乡下时的诺言,在尼日斐花园开一次跳舞会。
      “从明天算起,还得再过两个星期。”
  • ”If my children are silly I must hope to be always sensible of it.”
  • 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.

    ”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 FIND myself very unwell this morning, which, I suppose, is to be imputed to my getting wet through yesterday. My kind friends will not hear of my returning home till I am better. They insist also on my seeing Mr. Jones -- therefore do not be alarmed if you should hear of his having been to me -- and excepting a sore throat and head-ache, there is not much the matter with me.
    伊丽莎白听着姐姐的话,嘴上一声不响,心里可并不信服。她比她姐姐的观察力来得敏锐,脾气她没有姐姐那么好惹,因此提到彬家姐妹,她只要想想她们在跳舞场里的那种举止,就知道她们并不打算要讨一般人的好。而且她胸有城府,决不因为人家等待她好就改变主张,她不会对她们发生多大好感的。事实上她们都是些非常好的小姐;她们并不是不会谈笑风生,问题是在要碰到她们高兴的时候;她们也不是不会待人和颜悦色,问题在于她们是否乐意这样做。可惜的是,她们一味骄傲自大。她们都长得很漂亮,曾经在一个上流的专科学校里受过教育,有两万镑的财产,花起钱来总是挥霍无度,爱结交有身价地位的人,因此才造成了她们在各方面都自视甚高,不把别人放在眼里。她们出生于英格兰北部的一个体面家族。她们对自己的出身记得很牢,可是却几乎忘了她们兄弟的财产以及她们自己的财产都是做生意赚来的。
  • 042…. as… as possible
  • Chapter 10

    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。

    “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。”

    “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。”

    037. I’d hate for you to… ”Do not you feel a great inclination, Miss Bennet, to seize such an opportunity of dancing a reel?”

    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.

    ”I should like balls infinitely better,” she replied, ”if they were carried on in a different manner; but there is something insufferably tedious in the usual process of such a meeting. It would surely be much more rational if conversation instead of dancing made the order of the day.”
    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。
    “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。”
  • 013. Do you have… available?
  • Between him and Darcy there was a very steady friendship, in spite of a great opposition of character. -- Bingley was endeared to Darcy by the easiness, openness, ductility of his temper, though no disposition could offer a greater contrast to his own, and though with his own he never appeared dissatisfied. On the strength of Darcys regard Bingley had the firmest reliance, and of his judgment the highest opinion. In understanding, Darcy was the superior. Bingley was by no means deficient, but Darcy was clever. He was at the same time haughty, reserved, and fastidious, and his manners, though well bred, were not inviting. In that respect his friend had greatly the advantage. Bingley was sure of being liked wherever he appeared; Darcy was continually giving offence.
    040. I have no idea…
    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.
    ”Your examination of Mr. Darcy is over, I presume,” said Miss Bingley; -- ”and pray what is the result?”
    ”I have been used to consider poetry as the food of love,” said Darcy.
    ”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.”
    Elizabeth assured him that she could suit herself perfectly with those in the room.
    “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。”
    Their visits to Mrs. Philips were now productive of the most interesting intelligence. Every day added something to their knowledge of the officers names and connections. Their lodgings were not long a secret, and at length they began to know the officers themselves. Mr. Philips visited them all, and this opened to his nieces a source of felicity unknown before. They could talk of nothing but officers; and Mr. Bingleys large fortune, the mention of which gave animation to their mother, was worthless in their eyes when opposed to the regimentals of an ensign.
    065. No wonder…

    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?”

    第十八章 上官宛儿(一)

    ”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.”
    042…. as… as possible

    达西只笑了一下,接着大伙儿都沉默了一阵子,这时候伊丽莎白很是着急,怕她母亲又要出丑。她想说点儿什么,可是又想不出什么可说的。沉默了一下以后,班纳特太太又重新向彬格莱先生道谢,说是多亏他对吉英照顾周到,同时又向他道歉说,丽萃也来打扰了他。彬格莱先生回答得极其恳切而有礼貌,弄得他的妹妹也不得不讲礼貌,说了些很得体的话。她说话的态度并不十分自然,可是班纳特太太已经够满意的了。一会儿工夫,班纳特太太就叫预备马车。这个号令一发,她那位顶小的女儿立刻走上前来。原来自从她们母女来到此地,两个女儿就一直在交头接耳地商量,最后说定了由顶小的女儿来要求彬格莱先生兑现他刚以乡下时的诺言,在尼日斐花园开一次跳舞会。

    ”Your examination of Mr. Darcy is over, I presume,” said Miss Bingley; -- ”and pray what is the result?”

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

    ”Dont keep coughing so, Kitty, for heavens sake! Have a little compassion on my nerves. You tear them to pieces.”
  • ”While Mary is adjusting her ideas,” he continued, ”let us return to Mr. Bingley.”
    • ”Perhaps that is not possible for any one. But it has been the study of my life to avoid those weaknesses which often expose a strong understanding to ridicule.”
    “既是你要说给我听,我听听也无妨。” 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.
    “我偷听到的话比你听到的要更有意思了,伊丽莎,”夏绿蒂说。“达西先生的话没有他朋友的话中听,可不是吗?可怜的伊丽莎!他不过认为她还可以!”
    达西先生听从了她的意见,去把那封信写好。
    “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。”
    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. ”Aye -- that is because you have the right disposition. But that gentleman,” looking at Darcy, ”seemed to think the country was nothing at all.”
      094. Where there is… there is…
    “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。”
    081. What becomes of…?
    “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?”

    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。

    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.
    In a few days Mr. Bingley returned Mr. Bennets visit, and sat about ten minutes with him in his library. He had entertained hopes of being admitted to a sight of the young ladies, of whose beauty he had heard much; but he saw only the father. The ladies were somewhat more fortunate, for they had the advantage of ascertaining, from an upper window, that he wore a blue coat and rode a black horse.
      ”Undoubtedly,” replied Darcy, to whom this remark was chiefly addressed, ”there is meanness in all the arts which ladies sometimes condescend to employ for captivation. Whatever bears affinity to cunning is despicable.”
      “我以前倒不知道你是个研究人的性格的专家。”彬格莱马上接下去说,“那一定是一门很有趣的学问吧。”
    “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。”
  • ”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.”
  • ”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!”
    097. Would you care for …?

    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.

    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?”
  • ”Yes, vanity is a weakness indeed. But pride -- where there is a real superiority of mind, pride will be always under good regulation.”
  • 001. Are you sure…?

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

    班纳特太太没有理睬他,可是忍不住气,便骂起女儿来。
    ”That is very true,” replied Elizabeth, ”and I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.”
  • ”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.”
  • 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。”

    ”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.”

    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。”
    ”They are generally long; but whether always charming, it is not for me to determine.”
    ”Is he married or single?”

    Miss Bingley, however, was incapable of disappointing Mr. Darcy in any thing, and persevered therefore in requiring an explanation of his two motives.

    “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 see your design, Bingley,” said his friend. -- ”You dislike an argument, and want to silence this.”

    “不错,虚荣的确是个弱点。可是傲慢──只要你果真聪明过人──你就会傲慢得比较有分寸。” “我从来没见过这样的女人。我从来没见过哪一个人象你所说的这样有才干,有情趣,又那么好学,那么仪态优雅。”
  • ”But you forget, mama,” said Elizabeth, ”that we shall meet him at the assemblies, and that Mrs. Long has promised to introduce him.”
  • 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.

    “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。”

    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.
  • ”Such as vanity and pride.”
    • 071. Speaking of…
    055. It’s on the tip of my tongue.
    “如果你指的是达西,”她的哥哥大声说,“那么,他可以在跳舞开始以前就上床去睡觉,随他的便好啦。舞会已经决定了非开不可,只等尼可尔斯把一切都准备好了,我就下请贴。”
  • “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。”
    • ”She seems a very pleasant young woman,” said Bingley.
  • ”Well,” said Charlotte, ”I wish Jane success with all my heart; and if she were married to him to-morrow, I should think she had as good a chance of happiness as if she were to be studying his character for a twelvemonth. Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance. If the dispositions of the parties are ever so well known to each other, or ever so similar before-hand, it does not advance their felicity in the least. They always contrive to grow sufficiently unlike afterwards to have their share of vexation; and it is better to know as little as possible of the defects of the person with whom you are to pass your life.”
  • 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。

    ”Upon my word, Caroline, I should think it more possible to get Pemberley by purchase than by imitation.”
  • ”What an excellent father you have, girls,” said she, when the door was shut. ”I do not know how you will ever make him amends for his kindness; or me either, for that matter. At our time of life, it is not so pleasant I can tell you, to be making new acquaintance every day; but for your sakes, we would do any thing. Lydia, my love, though you are the youngest, I dare say Mr. Bingley will dance with you at the next ball.”
  • “假如一个女人爱上了一个男人,只要女方不故意瞒住男方,男方一定会看得出的。”
    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。

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

    Miss Bingley made no answer; and soon afterwards got up and walked about the room. Her figure was elegant, and she walked well; -- but Darcy, at whom it was all aimed, was still inflexibly studious. In the desperation of her feelings she resolved on one effort more; and turning to Elizabeth, said,
    ”I would wish not to be hasty in censuring any one; but I always speak what I think.”
  • ”We are not in a way to know what Mr. Bingley likes,” said her mother resentfully, ”since we are not to visit.”
  • 达西先生听从了她的意见,去把那封信写好。

  • ”What an excellent father you have, girls,” said she, when the door was shut. ”I do not know how you will ever make him amends for his kindness; or me either, for that matter. At our time of life, it is not so pleasant I can tell you, to be making new acquaintance every day; but for your sakes, we would do any thing. Lydia, my love, though you are the youngest, I dare say Mr. Bingley will dance with you at the next ball.”
  • “我写信的风格和你很不同。”

    ”It shews an affection for her sister that is very pleasing,” said Bingley.

    班纳特太太一看见卢卡斯小姐,便客客气气,从容不迫地说:“那天晚上全靠你开场开得好,你做了彬格莱先生的第一个意中人。”
    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.
    ”No, she would go home. I fancy she was wanted about the mince pies. For my part, Mr. Bingley, I always keep servants that can do their own work; my daughters are brought up differently. But every body is to judge for themselves, and the Lucases are very good sort of girls, I assure you. It is a pity they are not handsome! Not that I think Charlotte so very plain -- but then she is our particular friend.”
    “我是在谈谈可能办到的事情,查尔斯。”

    《刀客情仇》

    “我写信的风格和你很不同。”“我可以乘着车子去吗?”吉英部。
    彬格莱小姐不太满意他这个回答,因此也就没有再谈下去。
    “啊!你不知道我怎样受苦呢!”
    “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。”

    “我希望彬格莱先生会喜欢你这顶帽子,丽萃。”

    “要是他再这样,我一定要叫他明白我并不是个糊涂蛋。他挖苦人的本领特别高明,要是我不先给他点颜色看看,我马上就会见他怕啦。”
      “你在城里一定有住宅吧?”
  • 047. I’m looking forward to…
  • Mr. Bingley followed his advice. Mr. Darcy walked off; and Elizabeth remained with no very cordial feelings towards him. She told the story however with great spirit among her friends; for she had a lively, playful disposition, which delighted in any thing ridiculous.
    But Elizabeth, who had not the least inclination to remain with them, laughingly answered,

    ”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?”

    “我的亲丽萃!”
    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.
    ”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.”
    ”Upon my word! -- Well, that was very decided indeed -- that does seem as if -- but, however, it may all come to nothing, you know.”
      ”If my children are silly I must hope to be always sensible of it.”
    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.
    “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。”
    ”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。”

    “你怎么写得那么整齐来着?”

      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?”
  • ”My dear Mr. Bennet,” said his lady to him one day, ”have you heard that Netherfield Park is let at last?”
  • 他没有回答。
    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。”
  • ”What is his name?”
  • ”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?”
    “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。”
      “要是男方和女方见面的机会很多,或许他总会看得出。虽然彬格莱和吉英见面的次数相当多,却从来没有在一起接连待上几个钟头,何况他们见起面来,总是跟一些杂七杂八的人在一起,不可能让他们俩畅谈。因此吉英就得时时刻刻留神,一看到有机会可以逗引他,千万不要借过。等到能把他抓到手,再从从容容尽量去谈恋爱还来得及。”
    ”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.”

    “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。”

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

    那姑娘甚是机灵,一个急转身让马长老抓了个空,这让他更恼怒了,追上去就招招狠辣,那女子却似空气一般,让他丝毫近不得身,占不到一点便宜,来回几个回合,连那把双刃刀都用上了,但还是占不到上风,而那女子不时的一出手,就打中他身上,他觉得这样斗下去会让他越发觉得在众弟子面前颜面无光威风扫地,只见他丹田运气,全身内力暴胀,一招亢龙有悔,双掌打出,那女子只觉得眼前一阵晃动,她猛得一跃,飞身上了屋檐,马长老的那一掌打在了一堵墙体上,只听哗哗啦啦,那墙体震塌了,落了一大片烟尘,在场众人无不惊叹,马长老的内力如此之深,而这一招亢龙有悔自是丐帮的镇帮武功,自前几朝代更叠以后,只为丐帮后世弟子流传下来的也只有降龙十八掌的亢龙有悔这一招了,其它那十七招绝学不是因为口诀不全难以练就,就是因为功法错误不能融会贯通,唯有亢龙有悔这一招较容易练,因此,这招亢龙有悔便成了丐帮唯一与江湖高手抗衡的筹码。马长老自幼资质不是太好,却有一点就是他能吃苦爱较真,这也就说明了一点,别人学不会的,他学会了,虽说那一招并未练就得炉火纯青的上上地步,也不至于给对手造成重伤但却足以震慑住对手。

    那女子也确实被吓了一跳,但很快就镇定过来,她说道“老叫花,想不到你这样历害,本姑娘若是躲的迟点,非死在你的手里不可”

    马长老听此心里略有点欣喜,忙说道“丫头,服了吧,我实在不忍心下死手,所以对你手下留了情,还不乖乖下来向我赔不是”

    “老叫花,你别在那假惺惺的往自己头上戴高帽子了好不好,你以为我不知道你啊,本姑娘手下留情才是”马长老听她这么一说,心里恨得嘎嘎的,“你....你下来,看我不将你拨了皮抽了茎”

    “老叫花这就是你的不对了,本来就技不如人,还怕别人说,死要面子,你说什么,你要拨了我的皮,好不要脸啊,老东西,本姑娘身子清清白白的,你这不是要玷污了我的名声,真是不可理喻”

    那马长老被那姑娘一席话给气得脸憋得通红,在座的几位长老看不下去了,都冲屋檐上喊了起来,帮中弟子也看不下去了,个个摩拳擦掌。冯长老开口对那女子说道“这位姑娘,明眼人都看得明白,谁胜谁负各自心里有数,何必出言不逊”

    那女子道“总算有讲道理的人站出来了,我就不计较了”

    柳天行道“那这位姑娘今天来丐帮的目的,到底意欲何为?”

    “我并无其它目的,只是知道你们丐帮今天聚集,想凑凑热闹而已”

    “仅此而已吗,那为何姑娘蒙着脸不以真面目示人?”

    “哦,本姑娘近来出麻诊不愿露脸”

    “那好,我丐帮正在处理家事,劳烦姑娘尽快离去吧”

    那女子一听,心里十分扫兴,她还想看看混在一帮叫花子中间的司马玉龙如何应付。

    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。“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?”
    028. How long does it take…?

    017. Have you ever…?

    073. Thank you for…
    “老实对你说吧,你完全猜错了。我心里想的东西要妙得多呢。我正在玩味着:一个漂亮女人的美丽的眼睛竟会给人这么大的快乐。”
    070. See that…
    曼丽想说几句有见识的话可又不知道怎么说才好。

    027. How do you like…?

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

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

    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.
    “你有一种倾向,──对什么人都感到厌恶,这就是你的缺陷。”

    “没有,她硬要回去。据我猜想,大概是她家里街头等着她回去做肉饼。彬格莱先生,我雇起佣人来,总得要她们能够料理份内的事,我的女儿就不是人家那样教养大的。可是一切要看各人自己,告诉你,卢卡斯家里的几个姑娘全是些很好的女孩子。只可惜长得不漂亮!当然并不是我个人以为夏绿蒂长得难看,她究竟是我们要好的朋友。”

    “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。”

    她终于逼得父亲不得不承认──那儿匹拉车子的马已经有了别的用处。于是吉英只得骑着另外一匹马去,母亲送她到门口,高高兴兴地说了许多预祝天气会变坏的话。她果真如愿了;吉英走了不久,就下起大雨来。妹妹们都替她担忧,只有她老人家反而高兴。大雨整个黄昏没有停住。吉英当然无法回来了。

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

    “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。”

    “这倒是个好办法,”伊丽莎白说。“只要你拿得准他们不会送她回来。” “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。”
    023. Help yourself to…
    043. I’ll let you know… 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。 After listening one morning to their effusions on this subject, Mr. Bennet coolly observed,
    她有母亲连忙嚷道:“丽萃,别忘了你在作客,家里让你撒野惯了,你可不能到人家这里来胡闹。”
    “我又不是故意咳着玩儿。”吉蒂气恼地回答道。
    “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。”
    “妈妈,我相信我可以万无一失地向你保证,我怎么也不跟他跳舞呢。” “这个问题只有达西先生自己能够回答。”
      “伊丽莎·班纳特小姐,我劝你还是学学我的样子,在房间里瞎走动走动吧。告诉你,坐了那么久,走动一下可以提提精神。”

    “我也的确不敢说大话,”彬格莱小姐说。

    ”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.”
    ”Certainly not.”
    Chapter 10
    ”I am astonished,” said Miss Bingley, ”that my father should have left so small a collection of books. -- What a delightful library you have at Pemberley, Mr. Darcy!”

    伊丽莎白本不想跟他们待在一起,一听这话,便笑嘻嘻地说:

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    “我知道你是这样的,我对你感到奇怪的也就是这种地方。凭你这样一个聪明人。为什么竟会忠厚到看不出别人的愚蠢和无聊!你走遍天下,到处都可以遇到伪装坦白的人。可是,这可只有你做得到。那么,你也喜欢那位先生的姐妹们吗?她们的风度可比不上他呀。”

    ”Is this a hint to me, Lizzy,” said her father, ”to send for the horses?”

    ”I would not be so fastidious as you are,” cried Bingley, ”for a kingdom! Upon my honour I never met with so many pleasant girls in my life, as I have this evening; and there are several of them, you see, uncommonly pretty.”
    “先生,我的确一点儿也不想跳舞。你可千万别以为我是跑到这边来找舞伴的。”

    “噢!我从来没有见过这么美丽的一个尤物!可是她的一个妹妹就坐在你后面,她也很漂亮,而且我敢说,她也很讨人爱。让我来请我的舞伴给你们介绍一下吧。”

    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?

    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:

    ”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.”

    ”That is exactly the question which I expected you to ask. A ladys imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony, in a moment. I knew you would be wishing me joy.”

    “你当然罗,舞场上唯一的一位漂亮姑娘在跟你跳舞!”达西先生说,一面望着班府上年纪最大的一位小姐。

    ”I wish it may.”

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

    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。

    他没有回答。

    ”If my children are silly I must hope to be always sensible of it.”
      ”Your humility, Mr. Bingley,” said Elizabeth, ”must disarm reproof.”
    “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。”
    “可是,她们倘使想嫁给有地位的男人,机会可就大大减少了,”达西回答道。
    “农庄上常常要马用,可惜到我手里的时候并不多。”
      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。”

    ”Do not you feel a great inclination, Miss Bennet, to seize such an opportunity of dancing a reel?”

    ”Is Miss Darcy much grown since the spring?” said Miss Bingley; ”will she be as tall as I am?”
    ”I would not be so fastidious as you are,” cried Bingley, ”for a kingdom! Upon my honour I never met with so many pleasant girls in my life, as I have this evening; and there are several of them, you see, uncommonly pretty.”
    ”And which of the two do you call my little recent piece of modesty?”

    “我猜想得一点儿不错,”伊丽莎白说。

      ”I am exceedingly gratified,” said Bingley, ”by your converting what my friend says into a compliment on the sweetness of my temper. But I am afraid you are giving it a turn which that gentleman did by no means intend; for he would certainly think the better of me, if under such a circumstance I were to give a flat denial, and ride off as fast as I could.”
    ”They have none of them much to recommend them,” replied he; ”they are all silly and ignorant like other girls; but Lizzy has something more of quickness than her sisters.”
      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。”
    达西先生耸了耸身子。

    “当然不愿意。“

  • “我可以向你保证,我非常愿意实践我的诺言;只要等你姐姐复了元,由你随便订个日期就行。你总不愿意在姐姐生病的时候跳舞吧?!”
  • That the Miss Lucases and the Miss Bennets should meet to talk over a ball was absolutely necessary; and the morning after the assembly brought the former to Longbourn to hear and to communicate.
    ”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!” 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。
      AT five oclock the two ladies retired to dress, and at half past six Elizabeth was summoned to dinner. To the civil enquiries which then poured in, and amongst which she had the pleasure of distinguishing the much superior solicitude of Mr. Bingleys, she could not make a very favourable answer. Jane was by no means better. The sisters, on hearing this, repeated three or four times how much they were grieved, how shocking it was to have a bad cold, and how excessively they disliked being ill themselves, and then thought no more of the matter; and their indifference towards Jane, when not immediately before them, restored Elizabeth to the enjoyment of all her original dislike. Their brother, indeed, was the only one of the party whom she could regard with any complacency. His anxiety for Jane was evident, and his attentions to herself most pleasing, and they prevented her feeling herself so much an intruder as she believed she was considered by the others. She had very little notice from any but him. Miss Bingley was engrossed by Mr. Darcy, her sister scarcely less so; and as for Mr. Hurst, by whom Elizabeth sat, he was an indolent man, who lived only to eat, drink, and play at cards, who, when he found her prefer a plain dish to a ragout, had nothing to say to her.
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    ”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.”
    ”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.”
  • ”Miss Bingley told me,” said Jane, ”that he never speaks much unless among his intimate acquaintance. With them he is remarkably agreeable.”
  • 098. You are not to…
  • ”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!”
  • ”Undoubtedly,” replied Darcy, to whom this remark was chiefly addressed, ”there is meanness in all the arts which ladies sometimes condescend to employ for captivation. Whatever bears affinity to cunning is despicable.”

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

    ”Is he married or single?”

    ”Indeed, Mama, you are mistaken,” said Elizabeth, blushing for her mother. ”You quite mistook Mr. Darcy. He only meant that there were not such a variety of people to be met with in the country as in town, which you must acknowledge to be true.”
  • 074. The first thing I’m going to do when… is…
  • ”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!” ”I cannot comprehend the neglect of a family library in such days as these,”
    “从来没去过,先生。”
    伊丽莎白从心底里感激他,然后走到一张放了几本书的桌子跟前。他立刻要另外拿些书来给她──把他书房里所有的书都拿来。“要是我的藏书多一些就好啦,无论是为你的益处着想,为我自己的面子着想;可是我是个懒鬼,藏书不多,读过的就更少了。”伊丽莎白跟他说,房间里那几本书尽够她看了。

    ”Certainly, Sir; -- and it has the advantage also of being in vogue amongst the less polished societies of the world. -- Every savage can dance.”

    ”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.”
  • She smiled, but made no answer. He repeated the question, with some surprise at her silence.
  • 091. What’s the use of…?
  • ”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?”
  • 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。”

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

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  • “我有现在这样的日子过,自然不好意思疏忽家里的藏书室。“
    • 040. I have no idea…
    ”But, my dear, your father cannot spare the horses, I am sure. They are wanted in the farm, Mr. Bennet, are not they?”

    “噢!我从来没有见过这么美丽的一个尤物!可是她的一个妹妹就坐在你后面,她也很漂亮,而且我敢说,她也很讨人爱。让我来请我的舞伴给你们介绍一下吧。”

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

    “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。”

    ”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.”

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

  • With a renewal of tenderness, however, they repaired to her room on leaving the dining-parlour, and sat with her till summoned to coffee. She was still very poorly, and Elizabeth would not quit her at all till late in the evening, when she had the comfort of seeing her asleep, and when it appeared to her rather right than pleasant that she should go down stairs herself. On entering the drawing-room she found the whole party at loo, and was immediately invited to join them; but suspecting them to be playing high she declined it, and making her sister the excuse, said she would amuse herself for the short time she could stay below with a book. Mr. Hurst looked at her with astonishment.
  • 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。
    “关于促进我的家庭幸福方面,你还有什么别的意见吗?”
      Her enquiries after her sister were not very favourably answered. Miss Bennet had slept ill, and though up, was very feverish and not well enough to leave her room. Elizabeth was glad to be taken to her immediately; and Jane, who had only been withheld by the fear of giving alarm or inconvenience, from expressing in her note how much she longed for such a visit, was delighted at her entrance. She was not equal, however, to much conversation, and when Miss Bingley left them together, could attempt little beside expressions of gratitude for the extraordinary kindness she was treated with. Elizabeth silently attended her.

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    ”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.” “这倒是个好办法,”伊丽莎白说。“只要你拿得准他们不会送她回来。”
      Elizabeth turned away to hide a smile.
    “可是我还要竭力奉劝你就在那儿附近购买房产,而且要拿彭伯里做个榜样。全英国没有哪一个郡比德比郡更好了。”

    I FIND myself very unwell this morning, which, I suppose, is to be imputed to my getting wet through yesterday. My kind friends will not hear of my returning home till I am better. They insist also on my seeing Mr. Jones -- therefore do not be alarmed if you should hear of his having been to me -- and excepting a sore throat and head-ache, there is not much the matter with me.

    “先生,我的确一点儿也不想跳舞。你可千万别以为我是跑到这边来找舞伴的。”

    ”What an excellent father you have, girls,” said she, when the door was shut. ”I do not know how you will ever make him amends for his kindness; or me either, for that matter. At our time of life, it is not so pleasant I can tell you, to be making new acquaintance every day; but for your sakes, we would do any thing. Lydia, my love, though you are the youngest, I dare say Mr. Bingley will dance with you at the next ball.”

    Mr. Darcy felt their rudeness and immediately said, --
    ”Never, sir.”

    Miss Bingley made no answer; and soon afterwards got up and walked about the room. Her figure was elegant, and she walked well; -- but Darcy, at whom it was all aimed, was still inflexibly studious. In the desperation of her feelings she resolved on one effort more; and turning to Elizabeth, said,

    026. How dare you…!

    009. Did you use to…

    ”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.”
    ”I deserve neither such praise nor such censure,” cried Elizabeth; ”I am not a great reader, and I have pleasure in many things.”
  • ”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.”
  • “这怎么说?关女儿女儿们什么事?”
      ”Yes; and they have another, who lives somewhere near Cheapside.”

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

    083. What do you mean by…?
    “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。”

    ”Yes, indeed, and received no inconsiderable pleasure from the sight. Do you often dance at St. Jamess?”

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

    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。

    ”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 --”

    “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。”

    ”Do not you feel a great inclination, Miss Bennet, to seize such an opportunity of dancing a reel?”
    045. I’m afraid…
    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。
  • 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。
  • “老实说,我也解释不清楚;那得由达西自己来说明。”
    ”Miss Eliza Bennet,” said Miss Bingley, ”despises cards. She is a great reader and has no pleasure in anything else.”

    “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。”

      “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。”

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    ”Yes, she called yesterday with her father. What an agreeable man Sir William is, Mr. Bingley -- is not he? so much the man of fashion! so genteel and so easy! -- He has always something to say to every body. -- That is my idea of good breeding; and those persons who fancy themselves very important and never open their mouths, quite mistake the matter.” ”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 --” ”And I wish my collection were larger for your benefit and my own credit; but I am an idle fellow, and though I have not many, I have more than I ever look into.”
    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。”
    ”Indeed I do not dare.”

    ”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.”

    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。

    ”My dear Mr. Bennet,” replied his wife, ”how can you be so tiresome! You must know that I am thinking of his marrying one of them.”

    078. We’d be better off without…

    伊丽莎白本不想跟他们待在一起,一听这话,便笑嘻嘻地说:
    “可是我还要竭力奉劝你就在那儿附近购买房产,而且要拿彭伯里做个榜样。全英国没有哪一个郡比德比郡更好了。”

    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。

    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.

    063. I would rather… than…

    ”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.”

    伊丽莎白本不想跟他们待在一起,一听这话,便笑嘻嘻地说:

    “我是在谈谈可能办到的事情,查尔斯。”

    ”I had much rather go in the coach.”

    She smiled, but made no answer. He repeated the question, with some surprise at her silence.
  • Her enquiries after her sister were not very favourably answered. Miss Bennet had slept ill, and though up, was very feverish and not well enough to leave her room. Elizabeth was glad to be taken to her immediately; and Jane, who had only been withheld by the fear of giving alarm or inconvenience, from expressing in her note how much she longed for such a visit, was delighted at her entrance. She was not equal, however, to much conversation, and when Miss Bingley left them together, could attempt little beside expressions of gratitude for the extraordinary kindness she was treated with. Elizabeth silently attended her.
  • 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。”
    “有太太的呢,还是单身汉?”
    Mr. Darcy took her advice, and did finish his letter. “看女儿的份上吧。只请你想一想,她们不论哪一个,要是攀上了这样一个人家,够多么好。威廉爵士夫妇已经决定去拜望他,他们也无非是这个用意。你知道,他们通常是不会拜望新搬来的邻居的。你的确应该去一次,要是你不去,叫我们怎么去。”

    “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。”

    “你有一种倾向,──对什么人都感到厌恶,这就是你的缺陷。”
    067. Once you…
    Chapter 4

    ”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.”

  • “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?”
  • “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!”
  • ”His pride,” said Miss Lucas, ”does not offend me so much as pride often does, because there is an excuse for it. One cannot wonder that so very fine a young man, with family, fortune, every thing in his favour, should think highly of himself. If I may so express it, he has a right to be proud.”

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

    ”How good it was in you, my dear Mr. Bennet! But I knew I should persuade you at last. I was sure you loved our girls too well to neglect such an acquaintance. Well, how pleased I am! and it is such a good joke, too, that you should have gone this morning, and never said a word about it till now.”

    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。

    ”To yield readily -- easily -- to the persuasion of a friend is no merit with you.”