小說:《傲慢與偏見》 第43章 (下) (中英對照)

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             第 43 章 (下)

他們只相隔二十碼路光景,他這樣突然出現,叫人家簡直來不及躲避。頃刻之間,四隻眼睛碰在一起,兩個人臉上都漲得血紅。只見主人吃驚非凡,竟楞在那兒一動不動,但是他立刻定了一定心,走到他們面前來,跟伊莉莎白說話,語氣之間即使不能算是十分鎮靜,至少十分有禮貌。

  伊莉莎白早就不由自主地走開了,可是見他既然已經走上前來,她便不得不停住腳步,又窘又羞地接受他的問候。再說舅父母,他們即使一見了他還認不出是他,或是明明看出他和剛才那幅畫像有相似的地方,卻還看不出他就是達西先生,至少看看那個園丁眼見主人歸來而驚奇萬狀的神氣,也應該立刻明白了。舅父母看到他在跟他們的外甥女兒談話,便稍稍站得遠一點。他客客氣氣地問候她家裏人的平安,她卻詫異慌張得不敢抬起眼睛來朝他臉上看一眼,簡直不知道自己回答了他幾句什麼話。他的態度跟他們倆上一次分手的時候完全兩樣,這使她感到驚奇,因此他每說一句話都使她越發覺得窘;她腦子裏左思右想,覺得闖到這兒來被人家發現,真是有失體統,這短短的幾分鐘竟成了她生平最難挨的一段光陰。他也不見得比她從容,說話的聲調也不象往常那麼鎮定。他問她是幾時從浪搏恩出發,在德比郡待了多久,諸如此類的話問了又問,而且問得很是慌張,這足以說明他是怎樣的心神錯亂。

  最後他好象已經無話可說,默默無言地站了幾分鐘,突然又定了一下心,告辭而去。

  舅父母這才走到她跟前,說他的儀錶叫他們很是仰慕,伊莉莎白滿懷心事,一個字也沒聽進去,只是默默無言地跟著他們走。她真是說不出的羞愧和懊惱。她這次上這兒來,真是天下最不幸、最失算的事。他會覺得多麼奇怪!以他這樣傲慢的一個人,又會怎樣瞧不起這件事!她這次好象是重新自己送上門來。天哪,她為什麼要來?或者說,他怎麼偏偏就出人意料地早一天趕回家來?他們只要早走十分鐘,就會走得遠遠的叫他看不見了;他顯然是剛巧來到,剛巧跳下馬背或是走出馬車。想起了方才見面時那種彆扭的情形,她臉上不禁紅了又紅。他的態度完全和從前兩樣了……這是怎麼回事呢?他居然還會走上前來跟她說話,光是這一點,就叫人夠驚奇的了;何況他出言吐語,以及問候她家裏人的平安,又是那麼彬彬有禮!這次邂逅而遇,他的態度竟這般謙恭,談吐竟這般柔和,她真是從來也沒有見過。上次他在羅新斯花園裏交給她那封信的時候,他那種措詞跟今天成了怎樣的對比!她不知道如何想法才好,也不知道怎樣去解釋這種情景。

  他們現在已經走到河邊一條美麗的小徑上,地面逐漸低下去,眼前的風光便越發顯得壯麗,樹林的景色也越發顯得幽雅,他們慢慢地向前走,舅父母沿途一再招呼伊莉莎白欣賞如此這般的景色,伊莉莎白雖然也隨口答應,把眼睛朝著他們指定的方向張望一下,可是她好久都辨別不出一景一物,簡直無心去看。她一心只想著彭伯裏大廈的一個角落裏,不管是哪一個角落,只要是達西先生現在待在那兒的地方。她真起知道他這時候在想些什麼,他心目中怎樣看待她,他是否會冒天下之大不韙,依舊對她有好感。他也許只是自以為心頭一無牽掛,所以對她特別客氣,可是聽他說話的聲調,自有一種說不出的意味,又不像是一無牽掛的樣子。她不知道他見了她是痛苦多於快樂,還是快樂多於痛苦,可是看他那副樣子,決不像是心神鎮定。

  後來舅父母怪她怎麼心不在焉,這才提醒了她,覺得應該裝得象個樣子。

  他們走進樹林,踏上山坡,跟這一灣溪流暫時告別。從樹林的空隙間望出去,可以看到山谷中各處的景色。對面一座座小山,有些小山上都長滿了整片的樹林,蜿蜒曲折的溪流又不時映入眼簾。嘉丁納先生想在整個園林裏兜個圈子,可是又怕走不動。園丁帶著得意的笑容告訴他們說,兜一圈有十英里路呢。這事情只得作罷,他們便沿著平常的途徑東兜西轉,過了好一會兒工夫,才在懸崖上的小林子裏下了坡,又來到河邊,這是河道最狹的一部分。他們從一座簡陋的小橋上過了河,只見這座小橋和周圍的景色很是調和。這地方比他們所到過的地方要樸素些。山谷到了這兒也變成了一條小夾道,只能容納這一灣溪流和一條小徑,小徑上灌木夾道,參差不齊。伊莉莎白滿想循著曲徑去探幽尋勝;可是一過了橋,眼見得離開住宅已經那麼遠,不長於走路的嘉丁納太太已經走不動了,一心只想快一些上馬車。外甥女只得依從她,大家便在河對岸抄著近路向住宅那邊走。他們走得很慢,因為嘉丁納先生很喜歡釣魚,平常卻很少能夠過癮,這會兒看見河面上常常有鱒魚出現,便又跟園丁談魚談上了勁,因此時常站著不動。他們就這樣慢慢溜達,不料又吃了一驚,尤其是伊莉莎白,她幾乎詫異得跟剛才完全沒有兩樣。原來他們又看見達西先生向他們這邊走來,而且快要來到跟前了。這一帶的小路不象對岸那樣隱蔽,因此他們隔得很遠便可以看見他。不過伊莉莎白不管怎麼詫異,至少比剛剛那次見面有準備得多,因此她便下定決心;如果他當真要來跟他們碰頭,她便索性放得鎮定些跟他攀談一番。她開頭倒以為他也許會轉到別的一條小道上去。她所以會有這種想法,只因為道兒拐彎的時候,他的身影被遮住了,他們看不見他。可是剛一拐彎,他馬上便出現在他們面前。她偷偷一看,只見他正象剛才一樣,沒有一點兒失禮的地方,於是她也仿效著他那彬彬有禮的樣子,開始讚賞這地方的美麗風光,可是她剛剛開口說了幾聲”動人”、”嫵媚”,心裏又起了一個不愉快的念頭。她想,她這樣讚美彭伯裏,不是會叫人家曲解嗎?想到這裏,她不禁又紅了臉,一聲不響。

  嘉丁納太太站在稍微後面一點;正當伊莉莎白默不作聲的時候,達西卻要求她賞個臉,把她這兩位親友給他介紹一下。他這樣的禮貌周到,真是完全出乎她的意料;想當初他向她求婚的時候,他竟那樣傲慢,看不起她的某些親友,而他現在所要求介紹的卻正是這些親友,相形之下,她簡直忍不住要笑出來。她想:”要是他知道了這兩位是什麼樣的人,他不知會怎樣吃驚呢!他現在大概把他們錯看作上流人了。”

  不過她還是立刻替他介紹了;她一面跟他說明這兩位是她的至親,一面偷偷地瞟了他一眼,看他是不是受得了。她想他也許會撒腿就跑,避開這些丟臉的朋友。他弄明白了他們的親戚關係以後,顯然很吃驚。不過他總算沒給嚇壞,非但不走開,後面陪了他們一塊兒走回去,又跟嘉丁納先生攀談起來。伊莉莎白自然又是高興,又是得意。她可以讓他知道,她也有幾個不丟臉的親戚,這真叫她快慰。她十分留心地聽著他跟嘉丁納先生談話,幸喜他舅父的舉止談吐,處處都足以叫人看出他頗有見識,趣味高尚,風度優雅。他們不久就談到釣魚,她聽見達西先生非常客氣地跟他說,他既然住在鄰近,只要不走,隨時都可以來釣魚,同時又答應借釣具給他,又指給他看,這條河裏通常哪些地方魚最多。嘉丁納太太跟伊莉莎白挽著手走,對她做了個眼色,表示十分驚奇。伊莉莎白沒有說什麼,可是心裏卻得意極了,因為這番殷勤當然都是為了討好她一個人。不過她還是極端詫異;她一遍遍地問自己:”他的為人怎麼變得這麼快?這是由於什麼原因?他不見得是為了我,看在我的面上,才把態度放得這樣溫和吧?不見得因為我在漢斯福罵了他一頓,就會使他這樣面目一新吧?我看他不見得還會愛我。”

  他們就這樣兩個女的在前,兩個男的在後,走了好一會兒。後來為了要仔細欣賞一些稀奇的水草,便各各分開,走到河邊,等到恢復原來位置的時候,前後次序就改變了。原來嘉丁納太太因為一上午走累了,覺得伊莉莎白的臂膀支持不住她的重量,還是挽著自己丈夫走舒服些。於是達西先生便代替了她的位置,和她外甥女兒並排走。兩人先是沉默了一陣,後來還是小姐先開口說話。她想跟他說明一下,這一次他們是事先打聽他不在家然後再到這兒來遊覽的,因為她一開始就談起他這次回來非常出人意料。她接下去說:”因為你的管家奶奶告訴我們,你一定要到明天才回來;我們離開巴克威爾以前,就打聽到你不會一下子回到鄉下來。”他承認這一切都是事實,又說,因為要找帳房有事,所以比那批同來的人早來了幾個鐘頭。接著又說:”他們明天一大早就會和我見面,他們中間也有你認識的人,彬格萊先生和他的姐妹們都來了。”

  伊莉莎白只稍微點了一下頭。她立刻回想到他們倆上一次提到彬格萊時的情形;從他的臉色看來,他心裏這時候也在想著上一回的情形。

  歇了片刻,他又接下去說:”這些人裏面,有個人特別想要認識你,那就是舍妹。我想趁你在藍白屯的時候,介紹她跟你認識認識,不知道你是否肯賞臉,是否認為我太冒昧?”

  這個要求真使她受寵若驚;她不知道應該答應才好。她立刻感覺到,達西小姐所以要認識她,無非是出於他哥哥的慫恿;只要想到這一點,就足夠叫她滿意了。她看到他雖然對她不滿,可是並沒有因此就真的對她懷著惡感,心裏覺得很快慰。

  他們倆默不作聲地往前走,各人在想各人的心思。伊莉莎白感到不安;這件事太不近情理了;可是她覺得又得意,又高興。他想要把妹妹介紹和她認識,這真是她了不起的面子。他們立刻就走到嘉丁納夫婦前頭去了;當他們走到馬車跟前的時候,嘉丁納夫婦還離開他們好一段路呢。

  他請她到屋子裏去坐坐,她說並不累,兩個人便一塊兒站在草地上。在這種時候,雙方應當有多少話可以談,不作聲可真不象樣。她想要說話,可是什麼話都想不起來。最後她想起了自己正在旅行,兩個人便大談其馬特洛克和鴿穀的景物。然而時間過得真慢,她舅母也走得真慢,這場知心的密談還沒結束,她卻早已心也慌了,話也完了。嘉丁納夫婦趕上來的時候,達西先生再三請大家一塊兒進屋子裏去休息一下,可是客人們謝絕了,大家極有禮貌地告辭分手。達西先生扶著兩位女客上了車。直到馬車開駛,伊莉莎白還目送他慢慢兒走進屋去。

  舅父母現在開始評長論短了;夫婦倆都說他的人品比他們所料想的不知要好多少。舅父說:”他的舉止十分優雅,禮貌也極其周到,而且絲毫不搭架子。”

  舅母說:”他的確有點兒高高在上的樣子,不過只是風度上稍微有這麼一點兒罷了,並不叫人討厭。現在我真覺得那位管家奶奶的話說得一點不錯:雖然有些人說他傲慢,我可完全看不出來。”

  ”他竟那樣款待我們,真是萬萬料想不到。這不僅是客氣而是真正的殷勤;其實他用不到這樣殷勤,他跟伊莉莎白的交情是很浮淺的。”

  舅母說:”麗萃,他當然比不上韋翰那麼漂亮,或者可以說,他不象韋翰那樣談笑風生,因為他的容貌十分端莊。可是你怎麼會跟我們說他十分討厭呢?”

  伊莉莎白竭力為自己辨解,她說她那次在肯特郡見他時,就比以前對他有好感,又說,她從來沒有看見過他象今天上午那麼和藹可親。

  舅父說:”不過,他那麼殷勤客氣,也許靠不大住,這些貴人大都如此;他請我常常去釣魚,我也不能信他的話,也許有一天他會改變了主意,不許我進他的莊園。”

  伊莉莎白覺得他們完全誤解了他的性格,可是並沒說出口來。

  嘉丁納太太接著說:”從我們看到他的一些情形來說,我真想像不出,他竟會那樣狠心地對待可憐的韋翰。這人看上去心地不壞。他說起話來,嘴上的表情倒很討人喜歡。至於他臉上的表情,的確有些尊嚴,不過人家也不會因此就說他心腸不好。只是帶我們去參觀的那個管家奶奶,倒真把他的性格說得天花亂墜。有幾次我幾乎忍不住要笑出聲來。不過,我看他一定是位很慷慨的主人;在一個傭人的眼睛裏看來,一切的德性就在於這一點上面。”

  伊莉莎白聽到這裏,覺得應該替達西說幾句公道話,辨明他並沒有虧待韋翰;她便小心翼翼地把事情的原委說給舅父母聽。她說,據達西在肯特郡的有些親友,他們曾告訴她,他的行為和人家所傳說的情形大有出入,他的為人決不象哈福德郡的人們所想像的那麼荒謬,韋翰的為人也決不象哈福德郡的人們所想像的那麼厚道。為了證實這一點,她又把他們兩人之間銀錢往來上的事情,一五一十地講了出來,雖然沒有指明這話是誰講出來的,可是她斷定這些話很可靠。

  這番話使嘉丁納太太聽得既感驚奇,又極擔心,只是大家現在已經走到從前她喜愛的那個地方,於是她一切的心思都雲散煙消,完全沉醉在甜蜜的回憶裏面。她把這周圍一切有趣的處所一一指給她丈夫看,根本無心想到別的事上面去。雖然一上午的步行已經使她感到疲倦,可是一吃過飯,她又動身去探訪故友舊交。這一晚過得真有意思,正所謂:連年怨闊別,一朝喜重逢。

  至於伊莉莎白,白天裏所發生的種種事情對她實在太有趣了,她實在沒有心思去結交任何新朋友;她只是一心一意地在想,達西先生今天為什麼那樣禮貌周全,尤其使她詫異的是,他為什麼要把他妹妹介紹給她。

Chapter 43 (part 2)

They were within twenty yards of each other, and so abrupt was his appearance, that it was impossible to avoid his sight. Their eyes instantly met, and the cheeks of each were overspread with the deepest blush. He absolutely started, and for a moment seemed immoveable from surprise; but shortly recovering himself, advanced towards the party, and spoke to Elizabeth, if not in terms of perfect composure, at least of perfect civility.
She had instinctively turned away; but, stopping on his approach, received his compliments with an embarrassment impossible to be overcome. Had his first appearance, or his resemblance to the picture they had just been examining, been insufficient to assure the other two that they now saw Mr. Darcy, the gardener’s expression of surprise on beholding his master must immediately have told it. They stood a little aloof while he was talking to their niece, who, astonished and confused, scarcely dared lift her eyes to his face, and knew not what answer she returned to his civil enquiries after her family. Amazed at the alteration in his manner since they last parted, every sentence that he uttered was increasing her embarrassment; and every idea of the impropriety of her being found there recurring to her mind, the few minutes in which they continued together were some of the most uncomfortable of her life. Nor did he seem much more at ease; when he spoke, his accent had none of its usual sedateness; and he repeated his enquiries as to the time of her having left Longbourn, and of her stay in Derbyshire, so often, and in so hurried a way, as plainly spoke the distraction of his thoughts.
At length, every idea seemed to fail him; and, after standing a few moments without saying a word, he suddenly recollected himself, and took leave.
The others then joined her, and expressed their admiration of his figure; but Elizabeth heard not a word, and, wholly engrossed by her own feelings, followed them in silence. She was overpowered by shame and vexation. Her coming there was the most unfortunate, the most ill-judged thing in the world! How strange must it appear to him! In what a disgraceful light might it not strike so vain a man! It might seem as if she had purposely thrown herself in his way again! Oh! why did she come? or, why did he thus come a day before he was expected? Had they been only ten minutes sooner, they should have been beyond the reach of his discrimination, for it was plain that he was that moment arrived, that moment alighted from his horse or his carriage. She blushed again and again over the perverseness of the meeting. And his behaviour, so strikingly altered, — what could it mean? That he should even speak to her was amazing! — but to speak with such civility, to enquire after her family! Never in her life had she seen his manners so little dignified, never had he spoken with such gentleness as on this unexpected meeting. What a contrast did it offer to his last address in Rosings Park, when he put his letter into her hand! She knew not what to think, nor how to account for it.
They had now entered a beautiful walk by the side of the water, and every step was bringing forward a nobler fall of ground, or a finer reach of the woods to which they were approaching; but it was some time before Elizabeth was sensible of any of it; and, though she answered mechanically to the repeated appeals of her uncle and aunt, and seemed to direct her eyes to such objects as they pointed out, she distinguished no part of the scene. Her thoughts were all fixed on that one spot of Pemberley House, whichever it might be, where Mr. Darcy then was. She longed to know what at that moment was passing in his mind; in what manner he thought of her, and whether, in defiance of every thing, she was still dear to him. Perhaps he had been civil only because he felt himself at ease; yet there had been that in his voice which was not like ease. Whether he had felt more of pain or of pleasure in seeing her, she could not tell, but he certainly had not seen her with composure.
At length, however, the remarks of her companions on her absence of mind roused her, and she felt the necessity of appearing more like herself.
They entered the woods, and bidding adieu to the river for a while, ascended some of the higher grounds; whence, in spots where the opening of the trees gave the eye power to wander, were many charming views of the valley, the opposite hills, with the long range of woods overspreading many, and occasionally part of the stream. Mr. Gardiner expressed a wish of going round the whole Park, but feared it might be beyond a walk. With a triumphant smile, they were told that it was ten miles round. It settled the matter; and they pursued the accustomed circuit; which brought them again, after some time, in a descent among hanging woods, to the edge of the water, in one of its narrowest parts. They crossed it by a simple bridge, in character with the general air of the scene; it was a spot less adorned than any they had yet visited; and the valley, here contracted into a glen, allowed room only for the stream, and a narrow walk amidst the rough coppice-wood which bordered it. Elizabeth longed to explore its windings; but when they had crossed the bridge, and perceived their distance from the house, Mrs. Gardiner, who was not a great walker, could go no farther, and thought only of returning to the carriage as quickly as possible. Her niece was, therefore, obliged to submit, and they took their way towards the house on the opposite side of the river, in the nearest direction; but their progress was slow, for Mr. Gardiner, though seldom able to indulge the taste, was very fond of fishing, and was so much engaged in watching the occasional appearance of some trout in the water, and talking to the man about them, that he advanced but little. Whilst wandering on in this slow manner, they were again surprised, and Elizabeth’s astonishment was quite equal to what it had been at first, by the sight of Mr. Darcy approaching them, and at no great distance. The walk being here less sheltered than on the other side, allowed them to see him before they met. Elizabeth, however astonished, was at least more prepared for an interview than before, and resolved to appear and to speak with calmness, if he really intended to meet them. For a few moments, indeed, she felt that he would probably strike into some other path. This idea lasted while a turning in the walk concealed him from their view; the turning past, he was immediately before them. With a glance she saw that he had lost none of his recent civility; and, to imitate his politeness, she began, as they met, to admire the beauty of the place; but she had not got beyond the words “delightful,” and “charming,” when some unlucky recollections obtruded, and she fancied that praise of Pemberley from her might be mischievously construed. Her colour changed, and she said no more.
Mrs. Gardiner was standing a little behind; and on her pausing, he asked her if she would do him the honour of introducing him to her friends. This was a stroke of civility for which she was quite unprepared; and she could hardly suppress a smile at his being now seeking the acquaintance of some of those very people against whom his pride had revolted, in his offer to herself. “What will be his surprise,” thought she, “when he knows who they are! He takes them now for people of fashion.”
The introduction, however, was immediately made; and as she named their relationship to herself, she stole a sly look at him, to see how he bore it; and was not without the expectation of his decamping as fast as he could from such disgraceful companions. That he was surprised by the connexion was evident; he sustained it however with fortitude, and so far from going away, turned back with them, and entered into conversation with Mr. Gardiner. Elizabeth could not but be pleased, could not but triumph. It was consoling that he should know she had some relations for whom there was no need to blush. She listened most attentively to all that passed between them, and gloried in every expression, every sentence of her uncle, which marked his intelligence, his taste, or his good manners.
The conversation soon turned upon fishing, and she heard Mr. Darcy invite him, with the greatest civility, to fish there as often as he chose while he continued in the neighbourhood, offering at the same time to supply him with fishing tackle, and pointing out those parts of the stream where there was usually most sport. Mrs. Gardiner, who was walking arm in arm with Elizabeth, gave her a look expressive of her wonder. Elizabeth said nothing, but it gratified her exceedingly; the compliment must be all for herself. Her astonishment, however, was extreme; and continually was she repeating, “Why is he so altered? From what can it proceed? It cannot be for me, it cannot be for my sake that his manners are thus softened. My reproofs at Hunsford could not work such a change as this. It is impossible that he should still love me.”
After walking some time in this way, the two ladies in front, the two gentlemen behind, on resuming their places after descending to the brink of the river for the better inspection of some curious water-plant, there chanced to be a little alteration. It originated in Mrs. Gardiner, who, fatigued by the exercise of the morning, found Elizabeth’s arm inadequate to her support, and consequently preferred her husband’s. Mr. Darcy took her place by her niece, and they walked on together. After a short silence, the lady first spoke. She wished him to know that she had been assured of his absence before she came to the place, and accordingly began by observing that his arrival had been very unexpected — “for your housekeeper,” she added, “informed us that you would certainly not be here till to-morrow; and indeed, before we left Bakewell we understood that you were not immediately expected in the country.” He acknowledged the truth of it all; and said that business with his steward had occasioned his coming forward a few hours before the rest of the party with whom he had been travelling. “They will join me early tomorrow,” he continued, “and among them are some who will claim an acquaintance with you, — Mr. Bingley and his sisters.”
Elizabeth answered only by a slight bow. Her thoughts were instantly driven back to the time when Mr. Bingley’s name had been last mentioned between them; and if she might judge from his complexion, his mind was not very differently engaged.
“There is also one other person in the party,” he continued after a pause, “who more particularly wishes to be known to you, — Will you allow me, or do I ask too much, to introduce my sister to your acquaintance during your stay at Lambton?”
The surprise of such an application was great indeed; it was too great for her to know in what manner she acceded to it. She immediately felt that whatever desire Miss Darcy might have of being acquainted with her must be the work of her brother, and without looking farther, it was satisfactory; it was gratifying to know that his resentment had not made him think really ill of her.
They now walked on in silence; each of them deep in thought. Elizabeth was not comfortable; that was impossible; but she was flattered and pleased. His wish of introducing his sister to her was a compliment of the highest kind. They soon outstripped the others, and when they had reached the carriage, Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner were half a quarter of a mile behind.
He then asked her to walk into the house — but she declared herself not tired, and they stood together on the lawn. At such a time, much might have been said, and silence was very awkward. She wanted to talk, but there seemed an embargo on every subject. At last she recollected that she had been travelling, and they talked of Matlock and Dove Dale with great perseverance. Yet time and her aunt moved slowly — and her patience and her ideas were nearly worn out before the te^te-a`-te^te was over. On Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner’s coming up, they were all pressed to go into the house and take some refreshment; but this was declined, and they parted on each side with the utmost politeness. Mr. Darcy handed the ladies into the carriage, and when it drove off, Elizabeth saw him walking slowly towards the house.
The observations of her uncle and aunt now began; and each of them pronounced him to be infinitely superior to any thing they had expected. “He is perfectly well behaved, polite, and unassuming,” said her uncle.
“There is something a little stately in him to be sure,” replied her aunt, “but it is confined to his air, and is not unbecoming. I can now say with the housekeeper, that though some people may call him proud, I have seen nothing of it.”
“I was never more surprised than by his behaviour to us. It was more than civil; it was really attentive; and there was no necessity for such attention. His acquaintance with Elizabeth was very trifling.”
“To be sure, Lizzy,” said her aunt, “he is not so handsome as Wickham; or rather he has not Wickham’s countenance, for his features are perfectly good. But how came you to tell us that he was so disagreeable?”
Elizabeth excused herself as well as she could; said that she had liked him better when they met in Kent than before, and that she had never seen him so pleasant as this morning.
“But perhaps he may be a little whimsical in his civilities,” replied her uncle. “Your great men often are; and therefore I shall not take him at his word about fishing, as he might change his mind another day, and warn me off his grounds.”
Elizabeth felt that they had entirely mistaken his character, but said nothing.
“From what we have seen of him,” continued Mrs. Gardiner, “I really should not have thought that he could have behaved in so cruel a way by any body, as he has done by poor Wickham. He has not an ill-natured look. On the contrary, there is something pleasing about his mouth when he speaks. And there is something of dignity in his countenance, that would not give one an unfavourable idea of his heart. But to be sure, the good lady who shewed us the house did give him a most flaming character! I could hardly help laughing aloud sometimes. But he is a liberal master, I suppose, and that in the eye of a servant comprehends every virtue.”
Elizabeth here felt herself called on to say something in vindication of his behaviour to Wickham; and therefore gave them to understand, in as guarded a manner as she could, that by what she had heard from his relations in Kent, his actions were capable of a very different construction; and that his character was by no means so faulty, nor Wickham’s so amiable, as they had been considered in Hertfordshire. In confirmation of this, she related the particulars of all the pecuniary transactions in which they had been connected, without actually naming her authority, but stating it to be such as might be relied on.
Mrs. Gardiner was surprised and concerned; but as they were now approaching the scene of her former pleasures, every idea gave way to the charm of recollection; and she was too much engaged in pointing out to her husband all the interesting spots in its environs to think of any thing else. Fatigued as she had been by the morning’s walk, they had no sooner dined than she set off again in quest of her former acquaintance, and the evening was spent in the satisfactions of an intercourse renewed after many years discontinuance.
The occurrences of the day were too full of interest to leave Elizabeth much attention for any of these new friends; and she could do nothing but think, and think with wonder, of Mr. Darcy’s civility, and above all, of his wishing her to be acquainted with his sister.

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  • 第 43 章 (上)

    他們坐著車子一直向前去。彭伯裏的樹林一出現在眼前,伊莉莎白就有些心慌;等到走進了莊園,她更加心神不定。

  •   第 42 章

    倘若叫伊莉莎白根據她自己家庭的情形,來說一說什麼叫做婚姻的幸福,什麼叫做家庭的樂趣,那她一定說不出好話來。她父親當年就因為貪戀青春美貌,為的是青春美貌往往會給人帶來很大的情趣,因此娶了這樣一個智力貧乏而又小心眼兒的女人,結婚不久,他對太太的深摯的情意便完結了。夫婦之間的互敬互愛和推心置腹,都永遠消失得無影無蹤;他對於家庭幸福的理想也完全給推翻了。換了別的人,凡是因為自己的冒失而招來了不幸,往往會用荒唐或是不正當的佚樂來安慰自己,可是班納特先生卻不喜歡這一套。他喜愛鄉村景色,喜愛讀書自娛,這就是他最大的樂趣。說到他的太太,除了她的無知和愚蠢倒可以供他開心作樂之外,他對她就再沒有別的恩情了。一般男人照理總不希望在妻子身上找這一種樂趣,可是大智大慧的人既然沒有本領去找別的玩藝兒,當然只好聽天由命。

  •    第 41 章

    她們回得家來,眨下眼睛就過了一個星期,現在已經開始過第二個星期。過了這個星期,駐紮在麥裏屯的那個民兵團就要開拔了,附近的年輕小姐們立刻一個個垂頭喪氣起來。幾乎處處都是心灰意冷的氣象。只有班納特家的兩位大小姐照常飲食起居,照常各幹各的事。可是吉蒂和麗迪雅已經傷心到極點,便不由得常常責備兩位姐姐冷淡無情。她們真不明白,家裏怎麼竟會有這樣沒有心肝的人!

  • 第 40 章

    伊莉莎白非把那樁事告訴吉英不可了,再也忍耐不住了。於是她決定把牽涉到姐姐的地方,都一概不提,第二天上午就把達西先生跟她求婚的那一幕,揀主要情節說了出來,她料定吉英聽了以後,一定會感到詫異。

  •  第 39 章

    五月已經到了第二個星期,三位年輕小姐一塊兒從天恩寺街出發,到哈德福郡的某某鎮去,班納特先生事先就跟她們約定了一個小客店,打發了馬車在那兒接她們,剛一到那兒,她們就看到吉蒂和麗迪雅從樓上的餐室裏望著她們,這表明車夫已經準時到了。這兩位姑娘已經在那兒待了一個多鐘頭,高高興興地光顧過對面的一家帽子店,看了看站崗的哨兵,又調製了一些胡瓜沙拉。

  • 【大紀元3月6日報導】(中央社記者顏伶如舊金山五日專電)奧斯卡最佳電影配樂今晚由「斷背山」贏得,擊敗了「傲慢與偏見」、「藝伎回憶錄」等片。「斷背山」這次入圍奧斯卡八個獎項。
  •   第 38 章

    星期六吃過早飯時,伊莉莎白和柯林斯先生在飯廳裏相遇,原來他們比別人早來了幾分鐘。柯林斯先生連忙利用這個機會向她鄭重話別,他認為這是決不可少的禮貌。

  • 第 37 章

    那兩位先生第二天早上就離開了羅新斯;柯林斯先生在門房附近等著給他們送行,送行以後,他帶了一個好消息回家來,說是這兩位貴客雖然剛剛在羅新斯滿懷離愁,身體卻很健康,精神也很飽滿。然後他又趕到羅新斯去安慰珈苔琳夫人母女;回家去的時候,他又得意非凡地把咖苔琳夫人的口信帶回來──說夫人覺得非常沉悶,極希望他們全家去同他一塊吃飯。

  •    第 36 章
    當達西先生遞給伊莉莎白那封信的時候,伊莉莎白如果並沒有想到那封信裏是重新提出求婚,那她就根本沒想到信裏會寫些什麼。既然一看見這樣的內容,你可想而知,她當時想要讀完這封信的心情是怎樣迫切,她的感情上又給引起了多大的矛盾。她讀信時的那種心情,簡直無法形容。開頭讀到他居然還自以為能夠獲得人家的原諒,她就不免吃驚;再讀下去,又覺得他處處都是自圓其說,而處處都流露出一種欲蓋彌彰的羞慚心情。她一讀到他所寫的關於當日發生在尼日斐花園的那段事情,就對他的一言一語都存著極大的偏見。她迫不及待地讀下去,因此簡直來不及細細咀嚼;她每讀一句就急於要讀下一句因此往往忽略了眼前一句的意思。他所謂她的姐姐對彬格萊本來沒有什麼情意,這叫她立刻斷定他在撒謊;他說那門親事確確實實存在著那麼些糟糕透頂的缺陷,這使她簡直氣得不想把那封信再讀下去。他對於自己的所作所為,絲毫不覺得過意不去,這當然使她無從滿意。他的語氣真是盛氣淩人,絲毫沒有悔悟的意思。
  •    第 35 章

    伊莉莎白昨夜一直深思默想到合上眼睛為止,今天一大早醒來,心頭又湧起了這些深思默想。她仍然對那樁事感到詫異,無法想到別的事情上去;她根本無心做事,於是決定一吃過早飯就出去好好地透透空氣,散散步。她正想往那條心愛的走道上走走去,忽然想到達西先生有時候也上那兒來,於是便住了步。她沒有進花園,卻走上那條小路,以便和那條有柵門的大路隔得遠些。她仍舊沿著花園的圍柵走,不久便走過了一道園門。

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