小說:《傲慢與偏見》 第37章 (中英對照)

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              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。

  伊莉莎白看到咖苔琳夫人,就不禁想起:要是自己願意跟達西要好,現在已經成了夫人的沒有過門的侄媳婦了;而且她想到夫人那時將會怎樣氣憤,就不禁好笑。她不斷地想出這樣一些話來跟自己打趣:”她將會說些什麼話呢?她將會有些什麼舉動呢?”

  他們一開頭就談到羅新斯佳賓星散的問題。咖苔琳夫人說:”告訴你,我真十分難受。我相信,誰也不會象我一樣,為親友的離別而傷心得這麼厲害。我特別喜歡這兩個年輕人,我知道他們也非常喜歡我。他們臨去的時候真捨不得走。他們一向都是那樣。那位可愛的上校到最後才算打起了精神;達西看上去最難過,我看他比去年還要難受,他對羅新斯的感情真是一年比一年來得深。”

  說到這裏,柯林斯先生插進了一句恭維話,又舉了個例子,母女倆聽了,都粲然一笑。

  吃過中飯以後,咖苔琳夫人看到班納特小姐好象不大高興的樣子;她想,班小姐一定是不願意馬上就回家去,於是說道:你要是不願意回去的話,就得寫封信給你媽媽,請求她讓你在這兒多待些時候。我相信柯林斯太太一定非常樂意跟你在一起的。”

  伊莉莎白回答道:”多謝你好心的挽留,可惜我不能領受盛情。我下星期六一定要進城去。”哎喲,這麼說來,你在這兒只能住六個星期啦。我本來指望你待上兩個月的。你沒有來以前,我就這樣跟柯林斯太太說過。你用不著這麼急於要走。班納特太太一定會讓你再待兩個星期的。”可是我爸爸不會讓我的。他上星期就寫信來催我回去。”噢,只要你媽媽讓你,爸爸自然會讓你的。做爸爸的決不會象媽媽一樣,把女兒當做寶貝看待。我六月初要去倫敦待一個星期;要是你能再住滿一個月,我就可以把你們兩個人當中順便帶一個人去,濤生既不反對駕四輪馬車,那自然可以寬寬敞敞地帶上你們一個;要是天氣涼快,我當然不妨把你們倆個都帶去,好在你們個兒都不大。”你真是太好心啦,太太;可惜我們要依照原來的計畫行事。”

  咖苔琳夫人不便強留,便說道:”柯林斯太太,你得打發一個傭人送她們。我說話一向心直口快,我不放心讓兩位年輕的小姐趕遠路。這太不象話了,我最看不慣的就是這種事,你千萬得派一個人送送她們。對於年輕的小姐們,我們總得照著她們的身份好好是照顧她們,待候她們。我的姨侄女兒喬治安娜去年夏天上拉姆斯蓋特去的時候,我非得要她有兩個男傭人伴送不可。要知道,她身為彭伯裏的達西先生和安妮夫人的千金小姐,不那樣便難免有失體統。我對於這一類的事特別留意。你得打發約翰送送這兩位小姐才好,柯林斯太太。幸虧我發覺了這件事,及時指出,否則讓她們孤零零地自個兒走,把你的面子也丟光了。”我舅舅會打發人來接我們的。”噢,你的舅舅!他真有男傭人嗎?我聽了很高興,總算有人替你想到這些事。你們打算在哪兒換馬呢?當然是在白朗萊啦。你們只要在驛站上提一提我的名字,就會有人來招待你們。”

  提到她們的旅程,咖苔琳夫人還有許多話要問,而且她並不完全都是自問自答,因此你必須留心去聽,伊莉莎白倒覺得這是她的運氣,否則,她這麼心事重重,一定會忘了自己作客身份呢。有心事應該等到單獨一個人的時候再去想。每逢沒有第二個人跟她在一起的時候,她就翻來複去地想個痛快;她沒有哪一天不獨個兒散步,一邊走一邊老是回想著那些不愉快的事情。

  達西那封信,她簡直快要背得出了。她把每一句話都反復研究過,她對於這個寫信人的感情,一忽兒熱了起來,一忽兒又冷了下去。記起他那種筆調口吻,她到現在還是說不盡的氣憤;可是只要一想到以前怎樣錯怪了他,錯罵了他,她的氣憤便轉到自己身上來了。他那沮喪的情緒反而引起了她的同情。他的愛戀引起了她的感激,他的性格引起了她的尊敬;可是她無法對他發生好感,她拒絕他以後,從來不曾有過片刻的後悔,她根本不想再看到他。她經常為自己以往的行為感到苦惱和悔恨,家庭裏面種種不幸的缺陷更叫她苦悶萬分。這些缺陷是無法補救的。她父親對這些缺陷只是一笑置之,懶得去約束他那幾個小女兒的狂妄輕率的作風;至於她母親,她本身既是作風失檢,當然完全不會感覺到這方面的危害。伊莉莎白常常和吉英合力同心,約束咖苔琳和麗迪雅的冒失,可是,母親既然那麼縱容她們,她們還會有什麼長進的機會?咖苔琳意志薄弱,容易氣惱,她完全聽憑麗迪雅指揮,一聽到吉英和伊莉莎白的規勸就要生氣;麗迪雅卻固執任性,粗心大意,她聽也不要聽她們的話。這兩個妹妹既無知,又懶惰,又愛虛榮,只要麥裏屯來了一個軍官,她們就去跟他勾搭。麥裏屯跟浪搏恩本來相隔不遠,她們一天到晚往那兒跑。

  她還有一樁大心事,那就是替吉英擔憂;達西先生的解釋固然使她對彬格萊先生恢復了以往的好感,同時也就越發感覺到吉英受到的損失太大。彬格萊對吉英一往情深,他的行為不應該受到任何指責,萬一要指責的話,最多也只能怪他過分信任朋友。吉英有了這樣理想的一個機會,既可以得到種種好處,又可望獲得終身幸福,只可惜家裏人愚蠢失檢,把這個機會斷送了,叫人想起來怎不痛心!

  每逢回想起這些事情,難免不連想到韋翰品格的變質,於是,以她那樣一個向來心情愉快難得消沉沮喪的人,心裏也受到莫大的刺激,連強顏為笑也幾乎辦不到了,這是可想而知的。

  她臨走前的一個星期裏面,羅新斯的宴會還是和她們剛來時一樣頻繁。最後一個晚上也是在那兒度過的,老夫人又仔仔細細問起她們旅程的細節,指示她們怎麼樣收拾行李,又再三再四說到長衣服應當怎麼樣安放。瑪麗亞聽了這番話之後,一回去就把早上整理好的箱子完全翻了開來,重新收拾一過。

  她們告別的時候,咖苔琳夫人屈尊降貴地祝她們一路平安,又邀請她們明年再到漢斯福來。德?包爾小姐甚至還向她們行了個屈膝禮,伸出手來跟她們兩個人一一握別。

Chapter 37

THE two gentlemen left Rosings the next morning; and Mr. Collins having been in waiting near the lodges, to make them his parting obeisance, was able to bring home the pleasing intelligence of their appearing in very good health, and in as tolerable spirits as could be expected, after the melancholy scene so lately gone through at Rosings. To Rosings he then hastened to console Lady Catherine and her daughter; and on his return brought back, with great satisfaction, a message from her ladyship, importing that she felt herself so dull as to make her very desirous of having them all to dine with her.
Elizabeth could not see Lady Catherine without recollecting that, had she chosen it, she might by this time have been presented to her as her future niece; nor could she think, without a smile, of what her ladyship’s indignation would have been. “What would she have said? — how would she have behaved?” were questions with which she amused herself.
Their first subject was the diminution of the Rosings party. — “I assure you, I feel it exceedingly,” said Lady Catherine; “I believe nobody feels the loss of friends so much as I do. But I am particularly attached to these young men; and know them to be so much attached to me! — They were excessively sorry to go! But so they always are. The dear colonel rallied his spirits tolerably till just at last; but Darcy seemed to feel it most acutely, more I think than last year. His attachment to Rosings, certainly increases.”
Mr. Collins had a compliment, and an allusion to throw in here, which were kindly smiled on by the mother and daughter.
Lady Catherine observed, after dinner, that Miss Bennet seemed out of spirits; and immediately accounting for it herself, by supposing that she did not like to go home again so soon, she added,
“But if that is the case, you must write to your mother to beg that you may stay a little longer. Mrs. Collins will be very glad of your company, I am sure.”
“I am much obliged to your ladyship for your kind invitation,” replied Elizabeth, “but it is not in my power to accept it. — I must be in town next Saturday.”
“Why, at that rate, you will have been here only six weeks. I expected you to stay two months. I told Mrs. Collins so before you came. There can be no occasion for your going so soon. Mrs. Bennet could certainly spare you for another fortnight.”
“But my father cannot. — He wrote last week to hurry my return.”
“Oh! your father of course may spare you, if your mother can. — Daughters are never of so much consequence to a father. And if you will stay another month complete, it will be in my power to take one of you as far as London, for I am going there early in June, for a week; and as Dawson does not object to the Barouche box, there will be very good room for one of you — and indeed, if the weather should happen to be cool, I should not object to taking you both, as you are neither of you large.”
“You are all kindness, Madam; but I believe we must abide by our original plan.”
Lady Catherine seemed resigned.
“Mrs. Collins, you must send a servant with them. You know I always speak my mind, and I cannot bear the idea of two young women travelling post by themselves. It is highly improper. You must contrive to send somebody. I have the greatest dislike in the world to that sort of thing. — Young women should always be properly guarded and attended, according to their situation in life. When my niece Georgiana went to Ramsgate last summer, I made a point of her having two men servants go with her. — Miss Darcy, the daughter of Mr. Darcy of Pemberley, and Lady Anne, could not have appeared with propriety in a different manner. — I am excessively attentive to all those things. You must send John with the young ladies, Mrs. Collins. I am glad it occurred to me to mention it; for it would really be discreditable to you to let them go alone.”
“My uncle is to send a servant for us.”
“Oh! — Your uncle! — He keeps a man-servant, does he? — I am very glad you have somebody who thinks of those things. Where shall you change horses? — Oh! Bromley, of course. — If you mention my name at the Bell, you will be attended to.”
Lady Catherine had many other questions to ask respecting their journey, and as she did not answer them all herself, attention was necessary, which Elizabeth believed to be lucky for her, or, with a mind so occupied, she might have forgotten where she was. Reflection must be reserved for solitary hours; whenever she was alone, she gave way to it as the greatest relief; and not a day went by without a solitary walk, in which she might indulge in all the delight of unpleasant recollections.
Mr. Darcy’s letter, she was in a fair way of soon knowing by heart. She studied every sentence: and her feelings towards its writer were at times widely different. When she remembered the style of his address, she was still full of indignation; but when she considered how unjustly she had condemned and upbraided him, her anger was turned against herself; and his disappointed feelings became the object of compassion. His attachment excited gratitude, his general character respect; but she could not approve him; nor could she for a moment repent her refusal, or feel the slightest inclination ever to see him again. In her own past behaviour, there was a constant source of vexation and regret; and in the unhappy defects of her family a subject of yet heavier chagrin. They were hopeless of remedy. Her father, contented with laughing at them, would never exert himself to restrain the wild giddiness of his youngest daughters; and her mother, with manners so far from right herself, was entirely insensible of the evil. Elizabeth had frequently united with Jane in an endeavour to check the imprudence of Catherine and Lydia; but while they were supported by their mother’s indulgence, what chance could there be of improvement? Catherine, weak-spirited, irritable, and completely under Lydia’s guidance, had been always affronted by their advice; and Lydia, self-willed and careless, would scarcely give them a hearing. They were ignorant, idle, and vain. While there was an officer in Meryton, they would flirt with him; and while Meryton was within a walk of Longbourn, they would be going there for ever.
Anxiety on Jane’s behalf was another prevailing concern, and Mr. Darcy’s explanation, by restoring Bingley to all her former good opinion, heightened the sense of what Jane had lost. His affection was proved to have been sincere, and his conduct cleared of all blame, unless any could attach to the implicitness of his confidence in his friend. How grievous then was the thought that, of a situation so desirable in every respect, so replete with advantage, so promising for happiness, Jane had been deprived, by the folly and indecorum of her own family!
When to these recollections was added the developement of Wickham’s character, it may be easily believed that the happy spirits which had seldom been depressed before, were now so much affected as to make it almost impossible for her to appear tolerably cheerful.
Their engagements at Rosings were as frequent during the last week of her stay as they had been at first. The very last evening was spent there; and her Ladyship again enquired minutely into the particulars of their journey, gave them directions as to the best method of packing, and was so urgent on the necessity of placing gowns in the only right way, that Maria thought herself obliged, on her return, to undo all the work of the morning, and pack her trunk afresh.
When they parted, Lady Catherine, with great condescension, wished them a good journey, and invited them to come to Hunsford again next year; and Miss De Bourgh exerted herself so far as to curtsey and hold out her hand to both.

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  •    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。

  •  第 33 章

    伊莉莎白在花園裏散步的時候,曾經好多次出乎意料地碰見達西先生。別人不來的地方他偏偏會來,這真是不幸,她覺得好象是命運在故意跟她鬧彆扭。她第一次就對他說,她喜歡獨自一人到這地方來溜達,當時的用意就是不讓以後再有這種事情發生。如果會有第二次,那才叫怪呢。然而畢竟有了第二次,甚至還會有第三次,看上去他好象是故意跟她過不去,否則就是有心要來賠罪;因為這幾次他既不是跟她敷衍幾句就啞口無言,也不是稍隔一會兒就走開,而是當真掉過頭來跟她一塊兒走走。他從來不多說話,她也懶得多講,懶得多聽;可是第三次見面的時候,他問她住在漢斯福快活不快活,問她為什麼喜歡孤單單一個人散步,又問起她是不是覺得柯林斯夫婦很幸福。談起羅新斯,她說她對於那家人家不大瞭解,他倒好象希望她以後每逢有機會再到肯特來,也會去那兒小住一陣,從他的出言吐語裏面聽得出他有這層意思。難道他在替費茨威廉上校轉念頭嗎?她想,如果他當真話裏有音,那他一定暗示那個人對她有些動心。她覺得有些痛苦,她在已經走到牧師住宅對過的圍牆門口,因此又覺得很高興。

  •               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。

  •    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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    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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