小說:《傲慢與偏見》 第32章 (中英對照)

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              第 32 章

第二天早晨,柯林斯太太和瑪麗亞到村裏有事去了,伊莉莎白獨自坐在家裏寫信給吉英,這時候,她突然嚇了一跳,因為門鈴響了起來,准是有客人來了。她並沒有聽到馬車聲,心想,可能是咖苔琳夫人來了,於是她就疑慮不安地把那封寫好一半的信放在一旁,免得她問些鹵莽的話。就在這當兒,門開了,她大吃一驚,萬萬想不到走進來的是達西先生,而且只有達西一個人。

  達西看見她單獨一人,也顯得很吃驚,連忙道歉說,他原以為太太小姐們全沒有出去,所以才冒昧闖進來。

  他們倆坐了下來,她向他問了幾句關於羅新斯的情形以後,雙方便好象都無話可說,大有陷於僵局的危險。因此,非得想點兒什麼說說不可;正當這緊張關頭,她想起了上次在哈福德郡跟他見面的情況,頓時便起了一陣好奇心,想要聽聽他對那次匆匆的離別究竟有些什麼意見,於是她便說道:去年十一月你們離開尼日斐花園多麼突然呀,達西先生!彬格萊先生看見你們大家一下子都跟著他走,一定相當驚奇吧;我好象記得他比你們只早走一天。我想,當你離開倫敦的時候,他和他的姐妹們一定身體都很好吧?”好極了,謝謝你。”

  她發覺對方沒有別的話再回答她了,隔了一會兒便又說道:我想,彬攻萊先生大概不打算再回到尼日斐花園來了吧?”我從來沒有聽到他這麼說過;不過,可能他不打算在那兒久住。他有很多朋友,象他這樣年齡的人,交際應酬當然一天比一天多。”如果他不打算在尼日斐花園久住,那麼,為了街坊四鄰著想,他最好乾脆退租,讓我們可以得到一個固定的鄰居,不過彬格萊先生租那幢房子,說不定只是為了他自己方便,並沒有顧念到鄰舍,我看他那幢房子無論是保留也好,退租也好,他的原則都是一樣。”

  達西先生說:”我料定他一旦買到了合適的房子,馬上會退租。”

  伊莉莎白沒有回答。她唯恐再談到他那位朋友身上去;既然沒有別的話可說,她便決定讓他動動腦筋,另外找個話題來談。

  他領會了她的用意,隔了一忽兒便說道:”柯林斯先生這所房子倒好象很舒適呢。我相信他初到漢斯福的時候,咖苔琳夫人一定在這上面費了好大一番心思吧。”我也相信她費了一番心思,而且我敢說,她的好心並沒有白費,因為天下再也找不出一個比他更懂得感恩報德的人了。”柯林斯先生娶到了這樣一位太太真是福氣。”是呀,的確是福氣;他的朋友們應當為他高興,難得有這樣一個頭腦清楚的女人肯嫁給他,嫁了他又能使他幸福,我這個女朋友是個絕頂聰明的人,不過她跟柯林斯先生結婚,我可不認為是上策。她倒好象極其幸福,而且,用普通人的眼光來看,她這門婚姻當然攀得很好。”她離開娘家和朋友都這麼近,這一定會使她很滿意的。”你說很近嗎?快五十英里呢。”只要道路方便,五十英里能算遠嗎?只消大半天就到得了我認為很近。”

  伊莉莎白嚷道:”我從來沒有認為道路的遠近,也成了這門婚姻的有利條件之一,我決不會說柯林斯太太住得離家很近。”這說明你自己太留戀哈福德郡。我看你只要走出浪搏恩一步,就會嫌遠。”

  他說這話的時候,不禁一笑,伊莉莎白覺得自己明白他這一笑的深意:他一定以為她想起了吉英和尼日斐花園吧,於是她紅了臉回答道:我並不是說,一個女人家就不許嫁得離娘家太近。遠近是相對的,還得看各種不同的情況來決定。只要你出得起盤纏,遠一些又何妨。這兒的情形卻不是這樣。柯林斯夫婦雖然收入還好,可也經不起經常旅行;即使把目前的距離縮短到一小半,我相信我的朋友也不會以為離娘家近的。”

  達西先生把椅子移近她一些,說道:”你可不能有這麼重的鄉士觀念。你總不能一輩子待在浪搏恩呀。”

  伊莉莎白有些神色詫異。達西也覺得心情有些兩樣,便把椅子拖後一點,從桌子上拿起一張報紙看了一眼,用一種比較冷靜的聲音說:你喜歡肯特嗎?”

  於是他們倆把這個村莊短短地談論了幾句,彼此都很冷靜,措辭也頗簡潔。一會兒工夫,夏綠蒂跟她妹妹散步回來了,談話就此終止。夏綠蒂姐妹倆看到他們促膝談心,都覺得詫異。達西先生把他方才誤闖進來遇見班納特小姐的原委說了一遍,然後稍許坐了幾分鐘就走了,跟誰也沒有多談。

  他走了以後,夏綠蒂說;”這是什麼意思?親愛的伊麗莎,他一定愛上你啦,否則他決不會這樣隨隨便便來看我們的。”

  伊莉莎白把他剛才那種說不出話的情形告訴了她,夏綠蒂便覺得自己縱有這番好意,看上去又不像是這麼回事。她們東猜西猜,結果只有認為他這次是因為閑來無聊,所以才出來探親訪友,這種說法倒還算講得過去,因為到了這個季節,一切野外的活動都過時了,待在家裏雖然可以和咖苔琳夫人談談,看看書,還可以打打彈子,可是男人們總不能一直不出房門;既然牧師住宅相隔很近,順便散散步蕩到那兒去玩玩,也很愉快,況且那家人又很有趣昧,於是兩位表兄弟在這段作客時期,差不多每天都禁不住要上那兒去走一趟。他們總是上午去,遲早沒有一定,有時候分頭去,有時候同道去,間或姨母也跟他們一起去。女眷們看得非常明白,費茨威廉來訪,是因為他喜歡跟她們在一起──這當然使人家愈加喜歡他,伊莉莎白跟他在一起就覺得很滿意,他顯然也愛慕伊莉莎白,這兩重情況使伊莉莎白想起了她以前的心上人喬治?韋翰;雖說把這兩個人比較起來,她覺得費茨威廉的風度沒有韋翰那麼溫柔迷人,然而她相信他腦子裏的花樣更多。

  可是達西先生為什麼常到牧師家昊來,這仍然叫人不容易明白。他不可能是為了要熱鬧,因為他老是在那兒坐上十分鐘一句話也不說,說起話來也好像是迫不得已的樣子,而不是真有什麼話要說──好象是在禮貌上委曲求全,而不是出於內心的高興。他很少有真正興高采烈的時候。柯林斯太太簡直弄他不懂。費茨威廉有時候笑他呆頭呆腦,可見他平常並不是這樣,柯林斯太太當然弄不清其中的底蘊。她但願他這種變化是戀愛所造成的,而且戀愛的物件就是她朋友伊麗莎,於是她一本正經地動起腦筋來,要把這件事弄個明白。每當她們去羅新斯的時候,每當他來到漢斯福的時候,她總是注意著他,可是毫無效果。他的確常常望著她的朋友,可是他那種目光究竟深意何在,還值得商榷。他癡呆呆地望著她,的確很誠懇,可是柯林斯太太還是不敢斷定他的目光裏面究竟含有多少愛慕的情意,而且有時候那種目光簡直是完全心不在焉的樣子。

  她曾經有一兩次向伊莉莎白提示過,說他可能傾心於她,可是伊莉莎白老是一笑置之;柯林斯太太覺得不應該盡在這個問題上嘮叨不休,不要撩得人家動了心,到頭來卻只落得一個失望;照她的看法,只要伊莉莎白自己覺得已經把他抓在手裏,那麼,毫無問題,一切厭惡他的情緒自然都會消失的。她好心好意處處為伊莉莎白打算,有時候也打算把她嫁給費茨威廉,他真是個最有風趣的人,任何人也比不上他;他當然也愛慕她,他的社會地位又是再適當也沒有了;不過,達西先生在教會裏有很大的權力,而他那位表兄弟卻根本沒有,相形之下,表兄弟這些優點就無足輕重了。

Chapter 32

ELIZABETH was sitting by herself the next morning, and writing to Jane, while Mrs. Collins and Maria were gone on business into the village, when she was startled by a ring at the door, the certain signal of a visitor. As she had heard no carriage, she thought it not unlikely to be Lady Catherine, and under that apprehension was putting away her half-finished letter that she might escape all impertinent questions, when the door opened, and to her very great surprise, Mr. Darcy, and Mr. Darcy only, entered the room.
He seemed astonished too on finding her alone, and apologised for his intrusion by letting her know that he had understood all the ladies to be within.
They then sat down, and when her enquiries after Rosings were made, seemed in danger of sinking into total silence. It was absolutely necessary, therefore, to think of something, and in this emergency recollecting when she had seen him last in Hertfordshire, and feeling curious to know what he would say on the subject of their hasty departure, she observed,
“How very suddenly you all quitted Netherfield last November, Mr. Darcy! It must have been a most agreeable surprise to Mr. Bingley to see you all after him so soon; for, if I recollect right, he went but the day before. He and his sisters were well, I hope, when you left London.”
“Perfectly so — I thank you.”
She found that she was to receive no other answer — and, after a short pause, added,
“I think I have understood that Mr. Bingley has not much idea of ever returning to Netherfield again?”
“I have never heard him say so; but it is probable that he may spend very little of his time there in future. He has many friends, and he is at a time of life when friends and engagements are continually increasing.”
“If he means to be but little at Netherfield, it would be better for the neighbourhood that he should give up the place entirely, for then we might possibly get a settled family there. But perhaps Mr. Bingley did not take the house so much for the convenience of the neighbourhood as for his own, and we must expect him to keep or quit it on the same principle.”
“I should not be surprised,” said Darcy, “if he were to give it up, as soon as any eligible purchase offers.”
Elizabeth made no answer. She was afraid of talking longer of his friend; and, having nothing else to say, was now determined to leave the trouble of finding a subject to him.
He took the hint, and soon began with, “This seems a very comfortable house. Lady Catherine, I believe, did a great deal to it when Mr. Collins first came to Hunsford.”
“I believe she did — and I am sure she could not have bestowed her kindness on a more grateful object.”
“Mr. Collins appears very fortunate in his choice of a wife.”
“Yes, indeed; his friends may well rejoice in his having met with one of the very few sensible women who would have accepted him, or have made him happy if they had. My friend has an excellent understanding — though I am not certain that I consider her marrying Mr. Collins as the wisest thing she ever did. She seems perfectly happy, however, and in a prudential light, it is certainly a very good match for her.”
“It must be very agreeable to her to be settled within so easy a distance of her own family and friends.”
“An easy distance do you call it? It is nearly fifty miles.”
“And what is fifty miles of good road? Little more than half a day’s journey. Yes, I call it a very easy distance.”
“I should never have considered the distance as one of the advantages of the match,” cried Elizabeth. “I should never have said Mrs. Collins was settled near her family.”
“It is a proof of your own attachment to Hertfordshire. Any thing beyond the very neighbourhood of Longbourn, I suppose, would appear far.”
As he spoke there was a sort of smile, which Elizabeth fancied she understood; he must be supposing her to be thinking of Jane and Netherfield, and she blushed as she answered,
“I do not mean to say that a woman may not be settled too near her family. The far and the near must be relative, and depend on many varying circumstances. Where there is fortune to make the expence of travelling unimportant, distance becomes no evil. But that is not the case here. Mr. and Mrs. Collins have a comfortable income, but not such a one as will allow of frequent journeys — and I am persuaded my friend would not call herself near her family under less than half the present distance.”
Mr. Darcy drew his chair a little towards her, and said, “You cannot have a right to such very strong local attachment. You cannot have been always at Longbourn.”
Elizabeth looked surprised. The gentleman experienced some change of feeling; he drew back his chair, took a newspaper from the table, and, glancing over it, said, in a colder voice,
“Are you pleased with Kent?”
A short dialogue on the subject of the country ensued, on either side calm and concise — and soon put an end to by the entrance of Charlotte and her sister, just returned from their walk. The te^te-a`-te^te surprised them. Mr. Darcy related the mistake which had occasioned his intruding on Miss Bennet, and after sitting a few minutes longer without saying much to any body, went away.
“What can be the meaning of this!” said Charlotte, as soon as he was gone. “My dear Eliza, he must be in love with you, or he would never have called on us in this familiar way.”
But when Elizabeth told of his silence, it did not seem very likely, even to Charlotte’s wishes, to be the case; and after various conjectures, they could at last only suppose his visit to proceed from the difficulty of finding any thing to do, which was the more probable from the time of year. All field sports were over. Within doors there was Lady Catherine, books, and a billiard table, but gentlemen cannot be always within doors; and in the nearness of the Parsonage, or the pleasantness of the walk to it, or of the people who lived in it, the two cousins found a temptation from this period of walking thither almost every day. They called at various times of the morning, sometimes separately, sometimes together, and now and then accompanied by their aunt. It was plain to them all that Colonel Fitzwilliam came because he had pleasure in their society, a persuasion which of course recommended him still more; and Elizabeth was reminded by her own satisfaction in being with him, as well as by his evident admiration of her, of her former favourite George Wickham; and though, in comparing them, she saw there was less captivating softness in Colonel Fitzwilliam’s manners, she believed he might have the best informed mind.
But why Mr. Darcy came so often to the Parsonage, it was more difficult to understand. It could not be for society, as he frequently sat there ten minutes together without opening his lips; and when he did speak, it seemed the effect of necessity rather than of choice — a sacrifice to propriety, not a pleasure to himself. He seldom appeared really animated. Mrs. Collins knew not what to make of him. Colonel Fitzwilliam’s occasionally laughing at his stupidity, proved that he was generally different, which her own knowledge of him could not have told her; and as she would have liked to believe this change the effect of love, and the object of that love, her friend Eliza, she sat herself seriously to work to find it out. — She watched him whenever they were at Rosings, and whenever he came to Hunsford; but without much success. He certainly looked at her friend a great deal, but the expression of that look was disputable. It was an earnest, steadfast gaze, but she often doubted whether there were much admiration in it, and sometimes it seemed nothing but absence of mind.
She had once or twice suggested to Elizabeth the possibility of his being partial to her, but Elizabeth always laughed at the idea; and Mrs. Collins did not think it right to press the subject, from the danger of raising expectations which might only end in disappointment; for in her opinion it admitted not of a doubt, that all her friend’s dislike would vanish, if she could suppose him to be in her power.
In her kind schemes for Elizabeth, she sometimes planned her marrying Colonel Fitzwilliam. He was beyond comparison the pleasantest man; he certainly admired her, and his situation in life was most eligible; but, to counterbalance these advantages, Mr. Darcy had considerable patronage in the church, and his cousin could have none at all.
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    這一天班納特全家都被盧卡斯府上請去吃飯,又多蒙盧卡斯小姐一片好意,整日陪著柯林斯先生談話。伊莉莎白利用了一個機會向她道謝。
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    伊莉莎白正跟母親和姐妹坐在一起,回想剛才所聽到的那件事,決不定是否可以把它告訴大家,就在這時候,威廉?盧卡斯爵士來了。他是受了女兒的拜託,前來班府上宣佈她訂婚的消息。他一面敍述這件事,一面又大大地恭維了太太小姐們一陣,說是兩家能結上親,他真感到榮幸。班府上的人聽了,不僅感到驚異,而且不相信真有這回事。班納特太太再也顧不得禮貌,竟一口咬定他弄錯了。麗迪雅一向又任性又撒野,不由得叫道:天哪!威廉爵士,你怎麼會說出這番話來?你不知道柯林斯先生要娶麗萃嗎?"

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    彬格萊小姐的信來了,疑慮消除了。信上第一句話就說,她們決定在倫敦過冬,結尾是替他哥哥道歉,說他在臨走以前,沒有來得及向哈福郡的朋友們辭行,很覺遺憾。

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    談情說愛,籌畫好事,就這樣度過了一星期,終於到了星期六,柯林斯先生不得不和心愛的夏綠蒂告別。不過,他既已作好接新娘的準備,離別的愁苦也就因此減輕了,他只等下次再來哈福郡,訂出佳期,使他成為天下最幸福的男子。他象上次一樣隆重其事地告別了浪搏恩的親戚們,祝賀姐妹們健康幸福,又答應給他們的父親再來一封謝函。

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    浪搏恩這家人家除了這些事以外,再沒有別的大事;除了到麥裏屯去散散步以外,再沒有別的消遣。時而雨水濘途、時而風寒刺骨的正月和二月,就這樣過去了。三月裏伊莉莎白要上漢斯福去。開頭她並不是真想去;可是她立刻想到夏綠蒂對於原來的約定寄予了很大的期望,於是她也就帶著比較樂意和比較肯定的心情來考慮這個問題了。離別促進了她想夏綠蒂重逢的願望,也消除了她對柯林斯先生的厭惡。這個計畫多少總有它新奇的地方;再說,家裏有了這樣的母親和這樣幾位不能融洽的妹妹,自難完美無缺,換換環境也好。趁著旅行的機會也可去看看吉英;總之,時日迫近了,她反而有些等不及了。她在一切都進行得很順利,最後依舊照了夏綠蒂原先的意思,跟威廉爵士和他的第二個女兒一塊兒去作一次客。以後這計畫又補充了一下,決定在倫敦住一夜,這一來可真是個十全十美的計畫了。
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  •    第 31 章

    費茨廉的風度大受牧師家裏人的稱道,女眷們都覺得他會使羅新斯宴會平添不少情趣。不過,他們已經有好幾天沒有受到羅新斯那邊的邀請,因為主人家有了客人,用不著他們了;一直到復活節那一天,也就是差不多在這兩位貴賓到達一星期以後,他們才蒙受到被邀請的榮幸,那也不過是大家離開教堂時,主人家當面約定他們下午去玩玩而已。上一個星期他們簡直就沒有見到咖苔琳夫人母女。在這段時間裏,費茨威廉到牧師家來拜望過好多次,但是達西先生卻沒有來過,他們僅僅是在教堂裏才見到他。

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