小說:《傲慢與偏見》 第45章 (中英對照)

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              第 45 章

伊莉莎白現在認為,彬格萊小姐所以一向厭惡她,原因不外乎和她吃醋。她既然有了這種想法,便不禁覺得這次到彭伯裏去,彬格萊小姐一定不會歡迎她;儘管如此,她倒想看看這一次舊雨重逢,那位小姐是否會多少顧全一些大體。

  到了彭伯裏的大廈,家人們就帶著她們走過穿堂,進入客廳,只見客廳北面景色非常動人,窗戶外邊是一片空地,屋後樹林茂密,崗巒聳疊,草地上種滿了美麗的橡樹和西班牙栗樹,真是好一派爽心悅目的夏日風光。

  達西小姐在這間屋子裏接待她們,跟她一同來接她們的還有赫斯脫太太、彬格萊小姐,以及那位在倫敦跟達西小姐住在一起的太太。喬治安娜對她們禮貌非常周全,只是態度頗不自然,這固然是因為她有幾分羞怯,生怕有失禮的地方,可是在那些自以為身份比她低的人看來,便容易誤會她為人傲慢矜持,幸虧嘉丁納太太和她外甥女決不會錯怪她反而還同情她。

  赫斯脫太太和彬格萊小姐只對她們行了個屈膝禮。她們坐定以後,賓主之間許久不曾交談,實在彆扭。後來還是安涅斯雷太太第一個開口說話。這位太太是個和藹可親的大家閨秀,你只要瞧她竭力想出話來攀談,便可以知道她確實比另外兩位有教養得多。全靠她同嘉丁納太太先攀談起來,再加上伊莉莎白不時地插幾句嘴助助興,談話才算沒有冷場。達西小姐好象想說話而又缺乏勇氣,只是趁著人家聽不見的時候支吾一兩聲,也總算難得。

  伊莉莎白立刻發覺彬格萊小姐在仔細地看著她,注意她的一言一語,特別注意她跟達西小姐攀談。如果伊莉莎白跟達西小姐座位隔得很近,攀談起來很方便,她決不會因為畏忌彬格萊小姐而就不和達西小姐攀談,可是既然毋須多談,再加她自己也正心思重重,所以也並不覺得遺憾。她時時刻刻都盼望著男客們一同進來,可是她雖然盼望,卻又害怕,她究竟是盼望得迫切,還是害怕得厲害,她自己也幾乎說不上來。伊莉莎白就這樣坐了一刻鐘之久,沒有聽到彬格萊小姐發表一言半語,後來忽然之間嚇了一跳,原來是彬格萊小姐冷冰冰地問候她家裏人的安好。她也同樣冷冷談談簡簡單單地敷衍了她幾句,對方便也就不再開口。

  她們來了不久,傭人們便送來了冷肉、點心、以及各種應時鮮果。本來達西小姐一直忘了叫人端來,幸虧安涅斯雷太太頻頻向她做著眼色,裝著微笑,方才提醒了她做主人的責任。這一下大家都有事情可做了。雖然不是每個人都健談,可是每個人都會吃;大家一看見那大堆大堆美麗的葡萄、油桃和桃子,一下子就聚攏來圍著桌子坐下。吃東西的時候,達西先生走了進來,伊莉莎白便趁此辨別一下自己的心情,究竟是希望他在場,還是害怕他在場。辨別的結果,雖然自以為盼望的心情多於害怕的心情,可是他進來了不到一分鐘,她卻又認為他還是不進來的好。

  且說達西原先同自己家裏兩三個人陪著嘉丁納先生在河邊釣魚,後來一聽到嘉丁納太太和她外甥女當天上午就要來拜望喬治安娜,便立刻離開了他們,回到家裏來。伊莉莎白見他走進來,便臨機應變,下定決心,促使自己千萬要表現得從容不迫,落落大方。她下定這個決心,確實很必要,只可惜事實上不大容易做到,因為她看到全場的人都在懷疑他們倆;達西一走進來,幾乎沒有一隻眼睛不在注意著他的舉止。雖然人人都有好奇心,可是誰也不象彬格萊小姐那麼露骨,她在她對他們兩人中間隨便哪一個談起話來,還是滿面笑容,這是因為她還沒有嫉妒到不擇手段的地步,也沒有對達西先生完全死心。達西小姐看見哥哥來了,便儘量多說話;伊莉莎白看出達西極其盼望她跟他妹妹處熟起來,他還儘量促進她們雙方多多攀談。彬格萊小姐把這些情形看在眼裏,很是氣憤,也就顧不得唐突,顧不得禮貌,一有機會便冷言冷語地說:

  ”請問你,伊莉莎白小姐,麥裏屯的民兵團不是開走了嗎?府上一定覺得這是一個很大的損失吧。”

  她只是不敢當著達西的面明目張膽地提起韋翰的名字,可是伊莉莎白立刻懂得她指的就是那個人,因此不禁想起過去跟他的一些來往,一時感到難過。這是一種惡意的攻擊,伊莉莎白非要狠狠地還擊她一下不可,於是她立刻用一種滿不在乎的聲調回答了她那句話。她一面說,一面不由自主地對達西望了一眼,只見達西漲紅了臉,懇切地望著她,達西的妹妹更是萬分慌張,低頭無語。彬格萊小姐如果早知道這種不三不四的話會使得她自己的意中人這樣苦痛,她自然就決不會說出中了。她只是存心要打亂伊莉莎白的心思,她以為伊莉莎白過去曾傾心于那個男人,便故意說了出來,便她出出醜,讓達西看不起她,甚至還可以讓達西想起她幾個妹妹曾經為了那個民兵團鬧出多少荒唐的笑話。至於達西小姐想要私奔的事情,她一點也不知情,因為達西先生對這件事一向儘量保守秘密,除了伊莉莎白小姐以外,沒有向任何人透露過。她對彬格萊的親友們隱瞞得特別小心,因為他認為以後要和他們攀親,這也是伊莉莎白意料中的事。他的確早就有了這個打算;也許就是為了這個原因,便對彬格萊的幸福更加關心,可並不是因此而千方百計地拆散彬格萊和班納特小姐的好事。

  達西看到伊莉莎白不動聲色,方才安下心來。彬格萊小姐苦惱失望之餘,不敢再提到韋翰,於是喬治安娜也很快恢復了正常的神態,只不過一時之間還不好意思開口說話。她害怕看到她哥哥的眼睛,事實上她哥哥倒沒有留意她也牽涉在這件事情裏面。彬格萊小姐這次本來已經安排好神機妙算,要使得達西回心轉意,不再眷戀伊莉莎白,結果反而使他對伊莉莎白更加念念難忘,更加有情意。

  這一問一答以後,客人們沒有隔多久就告辭了。當達西先生送她們上馬車的時候,彬格萊小姐便趁機在他妹妹面前大發牢騷,把伊莉莎白的人品、舉止和服裝都一一編派到了。喬治安娜可並沒有接嘴,因為她哥哥既然那麼推崇伊莉莎白,她當然便也對她有了好感。哥哥的看法決不會錯;他把伊莉莎白捧得叫喬治安娜只覺得她又親切又可愛。達西回到客廳裏來的時候,彬格萊小姐又把剛才跟他妹妹說的話,重新又說了一遍給他聽。

  她大聲說道:”達西先生,今天上午伊麗莎班納特小姐的臉色多難看!從去年冬天以來,她真變得太厲害了,我一輩子也沒看見過哪個人象她這樣。她的皮膚變得又黑又粗糙,露薏莎和我簡直不認識她了。”

  這種話儘管不投合達西的心意,他卻還是冷冷地敷衍了她一下,說是他看不出她有什麼變化,只不過皮膚黑了一點,這是夏天旅行的結果,不足為奇。

  彬格萊小姐回答道:”老實說,我覺得根本看不出她有什麼美。她的臉太瘦,皮膚沒有光澤,眉目也不清秀。她的鼻子也不過普普通通;講到她的眼睛,人家有時候都把它說得多麼美,我可看不出有什麼大不了。她那雙眼睛有些尖刻相,又有些惡毒相,我才不喜歡呢;而且拿她的整個風度來說,完全是自命不凡,其實卻不登大雅之堂,真叫人受不了。”

  彬格萊小姐既然早已拿定主意達西愛上了伊莉莎白,又要用這種辦法來搏得他的喜歡,實在不太高明;不過人們在一時氣憤之下,往往難免有失算的時候。她看到達西終於給弄得多少有些神色煩惱,便自以為如意算盤打成功了。達西卻咬緊牙關,一聲不響;她為了非要他說幾句話不可,便又往下說:

  ”我還記得我們第一次在哈福德郡認識她的時候,聽人家說她是個有名的美人兒,我們都覺得十分奇怪;我特別記得有一個晚上,她們在尼日斐花園吃過晚飯以後,你說:’她也算得上一個美人!那麼她媽媽也算得上一個天才了!’可是你以後就對她印象她起來了,你也有一個時期覺得她很好看。”

  達西真是忍無可忍了,只得回答道:”話是說得不錯,可是,那是我剛認識她的時候的事情;最近好幾個月以來,我已經把她看做我認識的女朋友當中最漂亮的一個。”

  他這樣說過以後,便走開了,只剩下彬格萊小姐一個人。她逼著他說出了這幾句話,本以為可以借此得意一番,結果只落得自討沒趣。

  嘉丁納太太和伊莉莎白回到寓所以後,便把這次作客所遇到的種種事情詳細談論了一番,只可惜大家都感到興趣的那件事卻偏偏沒有談到;凡是她們所看到的人,她們都拿來一個個評頭論足,又一一談到各人的神情舉止,只可惜她們特別留意的那個人卻沒有談到。她們談到了他的妹妹、他的朋友、他的住宅、他請客人們吃的水果……樣樣都談到了,只是沒有談到他本人,其實外甥女真希望舅母大人談談對那個人印象如何,舅母大人也極其希望外甥女先扯到這個話題上來。

Chapter 45

CONVINCED as Elizabeth now was that Miss Bingley’s dislike of her had originated in jealousy, she could not help feeling how very unwelcome her appearance at Pemberley must be to her, and was curious to know with how much civility on that lady’s side the acquaintance would now be renewed.
On reaching the house, they were shewn through the hall into the saloon, whose northern aspect rendered it delightful for summer. Its windows, opening to the ground, admitted a most refreshing view of the high woody hills behind the house, and of the beautiful oaks and Spanish chesnuts which were scattered over the intermediate lawn.
In this room they were received by Miss Darcy, who was sitting there with Mrs. Hurst and Miss Bingley, and the lady with whom she lived in London. Georgiana’s reception of them was very civil; but attended with all that embarrassment which, though proceeding from shyness and the fear of doing wrong, would easily give to those who felt themselves inferior the belief of her being proud and reserved. Mrs. Gardiner and her niece, however, did her justice, and pitied her.
By Mrs. Hurst and Miss Bingley, they were noticed only by a curtsey; and on their being seated, a pause, awkward as such pauses must always be, succeeded for a few moments. It was first broken by Mrs. Annesley, a genteel, agreeable looking woman, whose endeavour to introduce some kind of discourse proved her to be more truly well bred than either of the others; and between her and Mrs. Gardiner, with occasional help from Elizabeth, the conversation was carried on. Miss Darcy looked as if she wished for courage enough to join in it; and sometimes did venture a short sentence, when there was least danger of its being heard.
Elizabeth soon saw that she was herself closely watched by Miss Bingley, and that she could not speak a word, especially to Miss Darcy, without calling her attention. This observation would not have prevented her from trying to talk to the latter, had they not been seated at an inconvenient distance; but she was not sorry to be spared the necessity of saying much. Her own thoughts were employing her. She expected every moment that some of the gentlemen would enter the room. She wished, she feared, that the master of the house might be amongst them; and whether she wished or feared it most, she could scarcely determine. After sitting in this manner a quarter of an hour without hearing Miss Bingley’s voice, Elizabeth was roused by receiving from her a cold enquiry after the health of her family. She answered with equal indifference and brevity, and the other said no more.
The next variation which their visit afforded was produced by the entrance of servants with cold meat, cake, and a variety of all the finest fruits in season; but this did not take place till after many a significant look and smile from Mrs. Annesley to Miss Darcy had been given, to remind her of her post. There was now employment for the whole party; for though they could not all talk, they could all eat; and the beautiful pyramids of grapes, nectarines, and peaches soon collected them round the table.
While thus engaged, Elizabeth had a fair opportunity of deciding whether she most feared or wished for the appearance of Mr. Darcy, by the feelings which prevailed on his entering the room; and then, though but a moment before she had believed her wishes to predominate, she began to regret that he came.
He had been some time with Mr. Gardiner, who, with two or three other gentlemen from the house, was engaged by the river, and had left him only on learning that the ladies of the family intended a visit to Georgiana that morning. No sooner did he appear, than Elizabeth wisely resolved to be perfectly easy and unembarrassed; — a resolution the more necessary to be made, but perhaps not the more easily kept, because she saw that the suspicions of the whole party were awakened against them, and that there was scarcely an eye which did not watch his behaviour when he first came into the room. In no countenance was attentive curiosity so strongly marked as in Miss Bingley’s, in spite of the smiles which overspread her face whenever she spoke to one of its objects; for jealousy had not yet made her desperate, and her attentions to Mr. Darcy were by no means over. Miss Darcy, on her brother’s entrance, exerted herself much more to talk; and Elizabeth saw that he was anxious for his sister and herself to get acquainted, and forwarded, as much as possible, every attempt at conversation on either side. Miss Bingley saw all this likewise; and, in the imprudence of anger, took the first opportunity of saying, with sneering civility,
“Pray, Miss Eliza, are not the —-shire militia removed from Meryton? They must be a great loss to your family.”
In Darcy’s presence she dared not mention Wickham’s name; but Elizabeth instantly comprehended that he was uppermost in her thoughts; and the various recollections connected with him gave her a moment’s distress; but, exerting herself vigorously to repel the ill-natured attack, she presently answered the question in a tolerably disengaged tone. While she spoke, an involuntary glance shewed her Darcy with an heightened complexion, earnestly looking at her, and his sister overcome with confusion and unable to lift up her eyes. Had Miss Bingley known what pain she was then giving her beloved friend, she undoubtedly would have refrained from the hint; but she had merely intended to discompose Elizabeth, by bringing forward the idea of a man to whom she believed her partial, to make her betray a sensibility which might injure her in Darcy’s opinion, and perhaps to remind the latter of all the follies and absurdities by which some part of her family were connected with that corps. Not a syllable had ever reached her of Miss Darcy’s meditated elopement. To no creature had it been revealed, where secrecy was possible, except to Elizabeth; and from all Bingley’s connections her brother was particularly anxious to conceal it, from that very wish which Elizabeth had long ago attributed to him, of their becoming hereafter her own. He had certainly formed such a plan, and without meaning that it should affect his endeavour to separate him from Miss Bennet, it is probable that it might add something to his lively concern for the welfare of his friend.
Elizabeth’s collected behaviour, however, soon quieted his emotion; and as Miss Bingley, vexed and disappointed, dared not approach nearer to Wickham, Georgiana also recovered in time, though not enough to be able to speak any more. Her brother, whose eye she feared to meet, scarcely recollected her interest in the affair, and the very circumstance which had been designed to turn his thoughts from Elizabeth, seemed to have fixed them on her more, and more cheerfully.
Their visit did not continue long after the question and answer above-mentioned; and while Mr. Darcy was attending them to their carriage, Miss Bingley was venting her feelings in criticisms on Elizabeth’s person, behaviour, and dress. But Georgiana would not join her. Her brother’s recommendation was enough to ensure her favour: his judgment could not err, and he had spoken in such terms of Elizabeth as to leave Georgiana without the power of finding her otherwise than lovely and amiable. When Darcy returned to the saloon, Miss Bingley could not help repeating to him some part of what she had been saying to his sister.
“How very ill Eliza Bennet looks this morning, Mr. Darcy,” she cried; “I never in my life saw any one so much altered as she is since the winter. She is grown so brown and coarse! Louisa and I were agreeing that we should not have known her again.”
However little Mr. Darcy might have liked such an address, he contented himself with coolly replying that he perceived no other alteration than her being rather tanned — no miraculous consequence of travelling in the summer.
“For my own part,” she rejoined, “I must confess that I never could see any beauty in her. Her face is too thin; her complexion has no brilliancy; and her features are not at all handsome. Her nose wants character; there is nothing marked in its lines. Her teeth are tolerable, but not out of the common way; and as for her eyes, which have sometimes been called so fine, I never could perceive any thing extraordinary in them. They have a sharp, shrewish look, which I do not like at all; and in her air altogether, there is a self-sufficiency without fashion which is intolerable.”
Persuaded as Miss Bingley was that Darcy admired Elizabeth, this was not the best method of recommending herself; but angry people are not always wise; and in seeing him at last look somewhat nettled, she had all the success she expected. He was resolutely silent however; and, from a determination of making him speak she continued,
“I remember, when we first knew her in Hertfordshire, how amazed we all were to find that she was a reputed beauty; and I particularly recollect your saying one night, after they had been dining at Netherfield, “She a beauty! — I should as soon call her mother a wit.” But afterwards she seemed to improve on you, and I believe you thought her rather pretty at one time.”
“Yes,” replied Darcy, who could contain himself no longer, “but that was only when I first knew her, for it is many months since I have considered her as one of the handsomest women of my acquaintance.”
He then went away, and Miss Bingley was left to all the satisfaction of having forced him to say what gave no one any pain but herself.
Mrs. Gardiner and Elizabeth talked of all that had occurred during their visit, as they returned, except what had particularly interested them both. The looks and behaviour of every body they had seen were discussed, except of the person who had mostly engaged their attention. They talked of his sister, his friends, his house, his fruit, of every thing but himself; yet Elizabeth was longing to know what Mrs. Gardiner thought of him, and Mrs. Gardiner would have been highly gratified by her niece’s beginning the subject.

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  • 第 44 章

    伊莉莎白料定達西先生的妹妹一到彭伯裏,達西先生隔天就會帶著她來拜訪她,因此決定那天整個上午都不離開旅館,至多在附近走走。

  • 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。

  • 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。

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