小說:《傲慢與偏見》 第48章 (中英對照)

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              第 48 章

第二天早上,大家都指望班納特先生會寄信來,可是等到郵差來了,卻沒有帶來他的片紙隻字。家裏人本來知道他一向懶得寫信,能夠拖延總是拖延;但是在這樣的時候,她們都希望他能夠勉為其難一些。既是沒有信來,她們只得認為他沒有什麼愉快的消息可以報導,即使如此,她們也希望把事情弄個清楚明白。嘉丁納先生也希望在動身以前能夠看到幾封信。

  嘉丁納先生去了以後,大家都認為,今後至少可以經常聽到一些事情進行的經過情形。他臨走的時候,答應一定去勸告班納特先生盡可能馬上回來。她們的母親聽了這些話,很是安慰,她認為只有這樣,才能保證她丈夫不會在決鬥中被人打死。

  嘉丁納太太和她的孩子們還要在哈福德郡多待幾天,因為她覺得,待在這裏可以讓外甥女們多一個幫手。她可以幫她們等候班納特太太,等她們空下來的時候,又大可以安慰安慰她們。姨媽也常常來看她們,而且據她自己說,她來的目的是為了讓她們高興高興,給她們打打氣,不過,她沒有哪一次來不談到韋翰的奢侈淫佚,每次都可以舉出新的事例。她每次走了以後,總是叫她們比她沒有來以前更加意氣消沉。

  三個月以前,差不多整個麥裏屯的人們都把這個男人捧到天上;三個月以後,整個麥裏屯的人都說他的壞話。他們說,他在當地每一個商人那裏都欠下了一筆債;又給他加上了誘騙婦女的的頭銜,又說每個商人家裏都受過他的糟蹋。每個人都說他是天下最壞的青年;每個人都開始發覺自己一向就不信任他那偽善的面貌。伊莉莎白雖然對這些話只是半信半疑,不過她早就認為妹妹會毀在他手裏,這一來當然更是深信無疑。吉英本來連半信半疑也談不上,這一來也幾乎感到失望……因為時間已經過了這麼久,如果他們兩人真到蘇格蘭去了,現在也應該有消息了,這樣一想,縱使她從來沒有覺得完全失望,現在當然也難免要感到失望。

  嘉丁納先生是星期日離開浪搏恩的。星期二他太太接到他一封信。信上說,他一到那裏就找到了姐夫,把他勸到天恩寺街去。又說,他沒有到達倫敦以前,班納特先生曾到艾普桑和克拉普汗去過,可惜沒有打聽到一點兒滿意的消息;又說他決定到城裏各大旅館去打聽一下,因為班納特先生認為,韋翰和麗迪雅一到倫敦,可能先住旅館,然後再慢慢尋找房子。嘉丁納先生本人並沒有指望這種辦法會獲得什麼成績;既是姐夫非要那樣做不可,也只有幫助他著手進行。信上還說,班納特先生暫時根本不想離開倫敦,他答應不久就會再寫一封信來。這封信上還有這樣的一段附言:

  我已經寫信給弗斯脫上校,請他盡可能在民兵團裏把那個年輕小夥子的要好朋友找幾個來打聽一下,韋翰有沒有什麼親友知道他躲藏在這個城裏的哪一個區域。要是我們有這樣的人可以請教,得到一些線索,那是大有用處的。目前我們還是無從捉摸。也許弗斯上校會儘量把這件事做得使我們滿意。但倡我又想了一下,覺得麗萃也許比任何人都瞭解情況。會知道他現在還有些什麼親戚。

  伊莉莎白究竟為什麼會受到這樣的推崇,她自己完全知道,只可惜她提供不出什麼令人滿意的材料,所以也就受不起這樣的恭維。

  她除了聽到韋翰談起過他自己的父母以外,從來不曾聽到他有什麼親友,況且他父母也都去世多年。某某郡民兵團裏他的一些朋友們,可能提供得出一些材料,她雖說並不能對此存著過分的奢望,但究竟不妨試一試。

  浪搏恩一家人每天都過得非常心焦,最焦急的時間莫過於等待郵差送信來。不管信上報導的是好消息還是壞消息,總是要講給大家聽,還盼望著第二天會有重要的消息傳來。

  嘉丁納先生雖然還沒有給她們寄來第二封信,可是她們卻收到了別的地方寄來的一封信,原來是柯林斯先生寄來了一封信給她們的父親。吉英事前曾受到父親的囑託,代他拆閱一切信件,於是她便來拜讀這一封信。伊莉莎白也知道柯林斯先生的信總是寫得奇奇怪怪,便也挨在吉英身旁一同拜讀。信是這樣寫的:長者先生賜鑒:

  昨接哈福德郡來信,借悉先生目前正什心煩慮亂,不勝苦悲。不佞與拙荊聞之,無論對先生個人或尊府老幼,均深表同情。以不佞之名份職位而言,自當聊申悼惜之意,何況與尊府為葭莩,益覺責無旁貸。夫癸諸情理,此次不幸事件自難免令人痛心疾首,蓋家聲一經敗壞,便永無清洗之日,傷天下父母之心,孰有甚於此者?早知如此,但冀其早日夭亡為幸耳。不佞只有曲盡言辭,備加慰問,庶幾可以聊寬尊懷。據內人夏綠蒂言,令媛此次淫奔,實系由於平日過分溺愛所致,此尤其可悲者也。唯不佞以為令媛年方及笄,竟而鑄成大錯,亦足見其本身天性之惡劣;先生固不必過於引咎自責也。日前遇咖苔琳夫人及其千金小姐,曾以此事奉告,夫人等亦與不佞夫婦不所同感。多蒙夫人與愚見不謀而合,認為令媛此次失足,辱沒家聲,遂使後之攀親者望而卻步,殃及其姐氏終生幸福,堪慮堪慮。瓴念言及此,不禁憶及去年十一月間一事,則又深為慶倖,否則木已成舟,勢必自取其辱,受累不淺。敬祈先生善自寬慰,任其妄自菲薄,自食其果,不足憐惜也。(下略)

  嘉丁納先生一直挨到接得弗斯脫上校的回信以後,才寫第二封信到浪搏恩來。信上並沒有報導一點喜訊。大家都不知道韋翰是否還有什麼親戚跟他來往,不過倒知道他確確實實已經沒有一個至親在世。他以前交遊頗廣,只是自從進了民兵團以後,看來跟他們都已疏遠,因此找不出一個人來可以報導一些有關他的消息。他這次所以要保守秘密,據說是因為他臨走時拖欠了一大筆賭債,而他目前手頭又非常拮据,無法償還,再則是因為怕讓麗迪雅的親友發覺。弗斯脫上校認為,要清償他在白利屯的債務,需要有一千多英鎊才夠。他在本鎮固然欠債很多,但賭債則更可觀。嘉丁納先生並打算把這些事情瞞住浪搏恩這家人家。吉英聽得心驚肉跳,不禁叫道:”好一個賭棍!這真是完全出人意料;我想也不曾想到。”

  嘉丁納先生的信上又說,她們的父親明天(星期六)就可以回家來了。原來他們兩人再三努力,毫無成績,情緒十分低落,因此班納特先生答應了他舅爺的要求,立刻回家,一切事情都留給嘉丁納相機而行。女兒們本以為母親既是那樣擔心父親會被人打死,聽到這個消息,一定會非常得意,誰知並不儘然。

  班納特太太嚷道:”什麼!他沒有找到可憐的麗迪雅,就這樣一個人回來嗎?他既然沒有找到他們倆,當然不應該離開倫敦。他一走,還有誰去跟韋翰決鬥,逼著他跟麗迪雅結婚?”

  嘉丁納太太也開始想要回家了,決定在班納特先生動身回浪搏恩的那一天,她就帶著孩子們回倫敦去。動身的那天可以由這裏打發一部馬車把她送到第一站,然後趁便接主人回來。

  嘉丁納太太走了以後,對伊莉莎白和德比郡她那位朋友的事,還是糊裏糊塗,從當初在德比郡的時候起,就一直弄不明白。外甥女兒從來沒有主動在舅父母面前提起過他的名字。她本以為回來以後,那位先生就會有信來,可是結果並沒有。伊莉莎白一直沒收到過從彭伯裏寄來的信。

  她看到外甥女兒情緒消沉;可是,家裏既然出了這種不幸的事情,自然難免如此,不必把這種現象牽扯到別的原因上面去。因此她還是摸不著一點邊際。只有伊莉莎白自己明白自己的心思,她想,要是不認識達西,那麼麗迪雅這件丟臉的事也許會叫她多少好受些,也許可以使她減少幾個失眠之夜。

  班納特先生回到家裏,仍然是那一副樂天安命的樣子。他還是象平常一樣不多說話,根本不提起他這次外出是為了什麼事情,女兒們也過了好久才敢提起。

  一直到下午,他跟她們一塊兒喝茶的時候,伊莉莎白才大膽地談到這件事。她先簡單地說到他這次一定吃了不少的苦,這使她很難過,他卻回答道:”別說這種話吧。除了我自己之外,還有誰該受罪呢?我自己做的事應該自己承擔。”

  伊莉莎白勸慰他說:”你千萬不要過分埋怨自己。”

  ”你勸我也是白勸。人的本性就是會自怨自艾!不麗萃,我一輩子也不曾自怨自艾過,這次也讓我嘗嘗這種滋味吧。我不怕憂鬱成病。這種事一下子就會過去的。”

  ”你以為他們會在倫敦嗎?”

  ”是的,還有什麼別的地方能讓他們藏得這樣好呢?”

  吉蒂又在一旁補說了一句:”而且麗迪雅老是想要到倫敦去。”

  父親冷冷地說:”那麼,她可得意啦,她也許要在那兒住一陣子呢。”

  沉默了片刻以後,他又接下去說:”麗萃,五月間你勸我的那些話的確沒有勸錯,我決不怪你,從目前這件事看來,你的確有見識。”

  班納特小姐送茶進來給她母親,打斷了他們的談話。

  班納特先生大聲叫道:”這真所謂享福,舒服極了;居然倒楣也不忘風雅!哪一天我也要來學你的樣子,坐在書房裏,頭戴睡帽,身穿寢衣,儘量找人麻煩;要不就等到吉蒂私奔了以後再說。”

  吉蒂氣惱地說:”我不會私奔的,爸爸,要是我上白利屯去,我一定比麗迪雅規矩。”

  ”你上白利屯去!你即使要到東浪搏恩那麼近的地方去,叫我跟人家打五十鎊的賭,我也不敢!不吉蒂,我至少已經學會了小心,我一定要讓你看看我的厲害。今後隨便哪個軍官都不許上我的門,甚至不許從我們村裏經過。絕對不許你們去參加跳舞會,除非你們姐妹之間自己跳跳;也不許你走出家門一步,除非你在家裏每天至少有十分鐘規規矩矩,象個人樣。”

  吉蒂把這些威嚇的話看得很認真,不由得哭了起來。

  班納特先生連忙說道:”得啦,得啦,別傷心吧。假使你從今天起,能做上十年好姑娘,那麼等到十年滿期的時候,我一定帶你去看閱兵典禮。”

Chapter 48

THE whole party were in hopes of a letter from Mr. Bennet the next morning, but the post came in without bringing a single line from him. His family knew him to be, on all common occasions, a most negligent and dilatory correspondent, but at such a time they had hoped for exertion. They were forced to conclude that he had no pleasing intelligence to send, but even of that they would have been glad to be certain. Mr. Gardiner had waited only for the letters before he set off.
When he was gone, they were certain at least of receiving constant information of what was going on, and their uncle promised, at parting, to prevail on Mr. Bennet to return to Longbourn as soon as he could, to the great consolation of his sister, who considered it as the only security for her husband’s not being killed in a duel.
Mrs. Gardiner and the children were to remain in Hertfordshire a few days longer, as the former thought her presence might be serviceable to her nieces. She shared in their attendance on Mrs. Bennet, and was a great comfort to them in their hours of freedom. Their other aunt also visited them frequently, and always, as she said, with the design of cheering and heartening them up, though as she never came without reporting some fresh instance of Wickham’s extravagance or irregularity, she seldom went away without leaving them more dispirited than she found them.
All Meryton seemed striving to blacken the man, who, but three months before, had been almost an angel of light. He was declared to be in debt to every tradesman in the place, and his intrigues, all honoured with the title of seduction, had been extended into every tradesman’s family. Every body declared that he was the wickedest young man in the world; and every body began to find out that they had always distrusted the appearance of his goodness. Elizabeth, though she did not credit above half of what was said, believed enough to make her former assurance of her sister’s ruin still more certain; and even Jane, who believed still less of it, became almost hopeless, more especially as the time was now come when, if they had gone to Scotland, which she had never before entirely despaired of, they must in all probability have gained some news of them.
Mr. Gardiner left Longbourn on Sunday; on Tuesday, his wife received a letter from him; it told them that on his arrival, he had immediately found out his brother, and persuaded him to come to Gracechurch street; that Mr. Bennet had been to Epsom and Clapham before his arrival, but without gaining any satisfactory information; and that he was now determined to enquire at all the principal hotels in town, as Mr. Bennet thought it possible they might have gone to one of them, on their first coming to London, before they procured lodgings. Mr. Gardiner himself did not expect any success from this measure, but as his brother was eager in it, he meant to assist him in pursuing it. He added that Mr. Bennet seemed wholly disinclined at present, to leave London, and promised to write again very soon. There was also a postscript to this effect:
“I have written to Colonel Forster to desire him to find out, if possible, from some of the young man’s intimates in the regiment, whether Wickham has any relations or connections who would be likely to know in what part of the town he has now concealed himself. If there were any one that one could apply to with a probability of gaining such a clue as that, it might be of essential consequence. At present we have nothing to guide us. Colonel Forster will, I dare say, do every thing in his power to satisfy us on this head. But, on second thoughts, perhaps Lizzy could tell us what relations he has now living better than any other person.”
Elizabeth was at no loss to understand from whence this deference for her authority proceeded; but it was not in her power to give any information of so satisfactory a nature as the compliment deserved.
She had never heard of his having had any relations, except a father and mother, both of whom had been dead many years. It was possible, however, that some of his companions in the —-shire, might be able to give more information; and, though she was not very sanguine in expecting it, the application was a something to look forward to.
Every day at Longbourn was now a day of anxiety; but the most anxious part of each was when the post was expected. The arrival of letters was the first grand object of every morning’s impatience. Through letters, whatever of good or bad was to be told would be communicated, and every succeeding day was expected to bring some news of importance.
But before they heard again from Mr. Gardiner, a letter arrived for their father from a different quarter — from Mr. Collins; which, as Jane had received directions to open all that came for him in his absence, she accordingly read; and Elizabeth, who knew what curiosities his letters always were, looked over her, and read it likewise. It was as follows:
“MY DEAR SIR,
I feel myself called upon by our relationship, and my situation in life, to condole with you on the grievous affliction you are now suffering under, of which we were yesterday informed by a letter from Hertfordshire. Be assured, my dear Sir, that Mrs. Collins and myself sincerely sympathise with you, and all your respectable family, in your present distress, which must be of the bitterest kind, because proceeding from a cause which no time can remove. No arguments shall be wanting on my part that can alleviate so severe a misfortune; or that may comfort you, under a circumstance that must be of all others most afflicting to a parent’s mind. The death of your daughter would have been a blessing in comparison of this. And it is the more to be lamented, because there is reason to suppose, as my dear Charlotte informs me, that this licentiousness of behaviour in your daughter has proceeded from a faulty degree of indulgence, though at the same time, for the consolation of yourself and Mrs. Bennet, I am inclined to think that her own disposition must be naturally bad, or she could not be guilty of such an enormity at so early an age. Howsoever that may be, you are grievously to be pitied, in which opinion I am not only joined by Mrs. Collins, but likewise by Lady Catherine and her daughter, to whom I have related the affair. They agree with me in apprehending that this false step in one daughter will be injurious to the fortunes of all the others; for who, as Lady Catherine herself condescendingly says, will connect themselves with such a family. And this consideration leads me moreover to reflect with augmented satisfaction on a certain event of last November, for had it been otherwise, I must have been involved in all your sorrow and disgrace. Let me advise you then, my dear Sir, to console yourself as much as possible, to throw off your unworthy child from your affection for ever, and leave her to reap the fruits of her own heinous offence.
I am, dear Sir, &c. &c.”
Mr. Gardiner did not write again till he had received an answer from Colonel Forster; and then he had nothing of a pleasant nature to send. It was not known that Wickham had a single relation with whom he kept up any connection, and it was certain that he had no near one living. His former acquaintance had been numerous; but since he had been in the militia, it did not appear that he was on terms of particular friendship with any of them. There was no one therefore who could be pointed out as likely to give any news of him. And in the wretched state of his own finances there was a very powerful motive for secrecy, in addition to his fear of discovery by Lydia’s relations, for it had just transpired that he had left gaming debts behind him, to a very considerable amount. Colonel Forster believed that more than a thousand pounds would be necessary to clear his expences at Brighton. He owed a good deal in the town, but his debts of honour were still more formidable. Mr. Gardiner did not attempt to conceal these particulars from the Longbourn family; Jane heard them with horror. “A gamester!” she cried. “This is wholly unexpected. I had not an idea of it.”
Mr. Gardiner added, in his letter, that they might expect to see their father at home on the following day, which was Saturday. Rendered spiritless by the ill-success of all their endeavours, he had yielded to his brother-in-law’s intreaty that he would return to his family, and leave it to him to do whatever occasion might suggest to be advisable for continuing their pursuit. When Mrs. Bennet was told of this, she did not express so much satisfaction as her children expected, considering what her anxiety for his life had been before.
“What, is he coming home, and without poor Lydia!” she cried. “Sure he will not leave London before he has found them. Who is to fight Wickham, and make him marry her, if he comes away?”
As Mrs. Gardiner began to wish to be at home, it was settled that she and her children should go to London at the same time that Mr. Bennet came from it. The coach, therefore, took them the first stage of their journey, and brought its master back to Longbourn.
Mrs. Gardiner went away in all the perplexity about Elizabeth and her Derbyshire friend that had attended her from that part of the world. His name had never been voluntarily mentioned before them by her niece; and the kind of half-expectation which Mrs. Gardiner had formed, of their being followed by a letter from him, had ended in nothing. Elizabeth had received none since her return, that could come from Pemberley.
The present unhappy state of the family, rendered any other excuse for the lowness of her spirits unnecessary; nothing, therefore, could be fairly conjectured from that, though Elizabeth, who was by this time tolerably well acquainted with her own feelings, was perfectly aware that, had she known nothing of Darcy, she could have borne the dread of Lydia’s infamy somewhat better. It would have spared her, she thought, one sleepless night out of two.
When Mr. Bennet arrived, he had all the appearance of his usual philosophic composure. He said as little as he had ever been in the habit of saying; made no mention of the business that had taken him away, and it was some time before his daughters had courage to speak of it.
It was not till the afternoon, when he joined them at tea, that Elizabeth ventured to introduce the subject; and then, on her briefly expressing her sorrow for what he must have endured, he replied, “Say nothing of that. Who would suffer but myself? It has been my own doing, and I ought to feel it.”
“You must not be too severe upon yourself,” replied Elizabeth.
“You may well warn me against such an evil. Human nature is so prone to fall into it! No, Lizzy, let me once in my life feel how much I have been to blame. I am not afraid of being overpowered by the impression. It will pass away soon enough.”
“Do you suppose them to be in London?”
“Yes; where else can they be so well concealed?”
“And Lydia used to want to go to London,” added Kitty.
“She is happy, then,” said her father, drily; “and her residence there will probably be of some duration.”
Then, after a short silence, he continued, “Lizzy, I bear you no ill-will for being justified in your advice to me last May, which, considering the event, shews some greatness of mind.”
They were interrupted by Miss Bennet, who came to fetch her mother’s tea.
“This is a parade,” cried he, “which does one good; it gives such an elegance to misfortune! Another day I will do the same; I will sit in my library, in my night cap and powdering gown, and give as much trouble as I can, — or, perhaps, I may defer it till Kitty runs away.”
“I am not going to run away, Papa,” said Kitty, fretfully; “if I should ever go to Brighton, I would behave better than Lydia.”
“You go to Brighton! — I would not trust you so near it as East-Bourne, for fifty pounds! No, Kitty, I have at last learnt to be cautious, and you will feel the effects of it. No officer is ever to enter my house again, nor even to pass through the village. Balls will be absolutely prohibited, unless you stand up with one of your sisters. And you are never to stir out of doors till you can prove that you have spent ten minutes of every day in a rational manner.”
Kitty, who took all these threats in a serious light, began to cry.
“Well, well,” said he, “do not make yourself unhappy. If you are a good girl for the next ten years, I will take you to a review at the end of them.”

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  •   第 47 章

    他們離開那個城鎮的時候,舅父跟伊莉莎白說:"我又把這件事想了一遍,認真地考慮了一番,越發覺得你姐姐的看法很對。我認為無論是哪個青年,決不會對這樣一位姑娘存著這樣的壞心眼,她又不是無親無靠,何況她就住在他自己的上校家裏,因此我要從最好的方面去著想。難道他以為她的親友們不會挺身而出嗎?難道他還以為這一次冒犯弗斯脫上校以後,還好意思回到民兵團裏去嗎?我看他不見得會癡情到冒險的地步。"

  • 第 46 章

    伊莉莎白到藍白屯的時候,因為沒有立即接到吉英的來信,感到非常失望;第二天早上又感到同樣的失望。可是到了第三天,她就再也不用焦慮了,再也不埋怨她的姐姐了,因為她這一天收到了姐姐兩封信,其中一封注明曾經送錯了地方。伊莉莎白並不覺得詫異,因為吉英確實把位址寫得很潦草。

  •     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。

  • 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。

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