小說:《傲慢與偏見》 第39章 (中英對照)

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              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。

  她們歡迎了兩位姐姐之後,便一面得意洋洋地擺出一些菜來(都是小客店裏常備的一些冷盆),一面嚷道:”這多麼好?你們想也沒有想到吧?”

  麗迪雅又說:”我們存心做東道,可是要你們借錢給我們,我們自己的錢都在那邊鋪子裏花光了。”說到這裏,她便把買來的那些東西拿給她們看。”瞧,我買了這頂帽子。我並不覺得太漂亮;可是我想,買一頂也好。一到家我就要把它拆開來重新做過,你們看我會不會把它收拾得好一些。”

  姐姐們都說她這頂帽子很難看,她卻毫不在乎地說:”噢,那家鋪子裏還有兩三頂,比這一頂還要難看得多;待我去買點兒顏色漂亮的緞子來,把它重新裝飾一下,那就過得去了。再說,某某郡的民兵團,兩星期之內就要開走了,他們一離開麥裏屯之後,夏季隨便你穿戴些什麼都無所謂。”他們就要開走了,真的嗎?”伊莉莎白極其滿意地嚷道。他們就要駐紮到白利屯去;我真希望爸爸帶我們大家到那兒去消暑!這真是個妙透了的打算,或許還用不著花錢。媽媽也一定非要去不可!你想,否則我們這一個夏天多苦悶呀!”話說得是,”伊莉莎白想道;”這真是個好打算,馬上就會叫我們忙死了。老天爺啊!光是麥裏屯一個可憐的民兵團和每個月開幾次跳舞會,就弄得我們神魂顛倒了,怎麼當得起白利屯和那整營的官兵!”

  大家坐定以後,麗迪雅說:”現在我有點兒消息要報告你們,你們猜猜看是什麼消息?這是個好透了的消息,頭等重要的消息,說的是關於我們大家都喜歡的某一個人。”

  吉英和伊莉莎白面面相覷,便打發那個堂倌走開。於是麗迪雅笑笑說:嘿,你們真是太規矩小心。你們以為一定不能讓堂倌聽到,好象他存心要聽似的!我相信他平常聽到的許多話,比我要說的這番話更是不堪入耳。不過他是個醜八怪!他走開了,我倒也高興。我生平沒有見到過他那樣長的下巴。唔,現在我來講新聞啦――這是關於可愛的韋翰的新聞;堂倌不配聽,是不是?韋翰再不會有跟瑪麗.金結婚的危險了──真是個了不起的消息呀!那位姑娘上利物浦她叔叔那兒去了──一去不回來了。韋翰安全了。”應該說瑪麗.金安全了!”伊莉莎白接著說,”她總算逃過了一段冒失的姻緣。”要是她喜歡他而又走開,那真是個大傻瓜呢。”我但願他們雙方的感情都不十分深,”吉英說。我相信他這方面的感情不會深的。”我可以擔保,他根本就沒有把她放在心上。誰看得上這麼一個滿臉雀班的討厭的小東西?”

  伊莉莎白心想,她自己固然決不會有這樣粗鹵的談吐,可是這種粗鹵的見解,正和她以前執迷不悟的那種成見一般無二,她想到這裏,很是驚愕。

  吃過了飯,姐姐們回了帳,便吩咐著手準備馬車;經過了好一番安排,幾位小姐,連帶自己的箱子、針線袋、包裹、以及吉蒂和麗迪雅所買的那些不受歡迎的東西,總算都放上了馬車。我們這樣擠在一起,多夠勁!”麗迪雅叫道。”我買了頂帽子,真是高興,就算特地添置了一隻帽盒,也很有趣!好吧,且讓我們再偎緊來舒服舒服,有說有笑地回到家裏去。首先,請你們講一講,你們離家以後遇到了些什麼事情。你們見到過一些中意的男人嗎?跟人家有過勾搭沒有?我真希望你們哪一位帶了個丈夫回來呢。我說,吉英馬上就要變成一個老處女了。她快二十三歲啦!天哪!我要是不能在二十三歲以前結婚,那多麼丟臉啊!腓力普姨媽要你們趕快找丈夫,你們可沒有想到吧。她說,麗萃要是嫁給柯林斯先生就好了,我可不覺得那會有多大的趣味。天哪!我真巴不得比你們哪一個都先結婚!我就可以領著你們上各式各樣的跳舞會去。我的老天爺!那天在弗斯脫上校家裏,我們那個玩笑真開得大啊!吉蒂和我那天都準備在那兒玩個整天(弗斯脫太太跟我是多麼要好的朋友!)她於是請哈林頓家的兩位都來參加。可是海麗病了,因此萍不得不獨個趕來;這一來,你們猜我們怎麼辦?我們把錢柏倫穿上了女人衣服,讓人家當他是個女人。你們且想想看,多有趣啊!除了上校、弗斯脫太太、吉蒂和我、以及姨媽等人以外,誰也不知道,說到姨媽,那是因為我們向她借件長衣服,她才知道的。你們想像不到他扮得多麼象啊!丹尼、韋翰、普拉特和另外兩三個人走進來的時候,他們根本認不出是他。天哪!我笑得好厲害,弗斯脫太太也笑得好厲害。我簡直要笑死了。這才叫那些男人們起了疑心,他們不久就識穿了。”

  麗迪雅就這樣說說舞會上的故事,講講笑話,另外還有吉蒂從旁給她添油加醬,使得大家一路上很開心。伊莉莎白儘量不去聽它,但是總免不了聽到一聲聲提起韋翰的名字。家裏人極其親切地接待她們。班納特太太看到吉英姿色未減,十分快活;吃飯的時候,班納特先生不由自主地一次又一次跟伊莉莎白說:你回來了,我真高興,麗萃。”

  他們飯廳裏人很多,盧卡斯府上差不多全家人都來接瑪麗亞,順便聽聽新聞,還問到各種各樣的問題。盧卡斯太太隔著桌子向瑪麗亞問起她大女兒日子過得好不好,雞鴨養得多不多;班納特太太格外忙,因為吉英坐在她下手,她便不斷向她打聽一些時下的風尚,然後再去傳給盧卡斯家幾位年輕小姐去聽;麗迪雅的嗓子比誰都高,她正在把當天早上的樂趣一件件說給愛聽的人聽。噢,曼麗,”她說,”你要是跟我們一塊兒去了多有趣!我們一路去的時候,吉蒂和我放下車簾,看上去好象是空車,要是吉蒂沒有暈車,就會這樣一直到目的地。我們在喬治客店實在做得夠漂亮,我們用世界上最美的冷盤款待她們三位;假使你也去了,我們也會款待你的。我們臨走的時候,又是那麼有趣!我以為這樣一輛車子無論如何也裝不下我們。我真要笑死啦。回家來一路上又是那麼開心作樂!我們有說有笑,聲音大得十英里路外都能聽見!”

  曼麗聽到這些話,便一本正經地回答道:”我的好妹妹,並不是我故意要殺你們的風景,老實說,你們這些樂趣當然會投合一般女子的愛好可動不了我的心,我覺得讀讀書要有趣得多。”

  可是麗迪雅把她這番話當做耳邊風。誰說的話她都不愛聽,別說曼麗,她根本就不理她。

  到了下午,麗迪雅硬要姐姐們陪她上麥裏屯去,看看那邊的朋友們近況如何,可是伊莉莎白堅決反對,為的是不讓別人說閒話,說班納特家的幾位小姐在家裏待不上半天,就要去追逐軍官們,她所以反對,還有一個理由。她怕再看到韋翰。她已經下定決心,能夠和他避而不見就儘量避而不見。那個民兵團馬上就要調走了,她真是感覺到說不出的安慰。不出四個星期,他們就要走了,她希望他們一走以後,從此平安無事,使她不會再為韋翰受到折磨。

  她到家沒有幾個小時,就發覺父母在反復討論上白利屯去玩的計畫,也就是麗迪雅在客店裏給她們提到過的那個計畫。伊莉莎白看出她父親絲毫沒有讓步的意思,不過他的回答卻是模棱兩可,因此她母親雖然慣常碰釘子,可是這一次並沒有死心,還希望最後能如她的願。

Chapter 39

IT was the second week in May in which the three young ladies set out together from Gracechurch-street for the town of —- in Hertfordshire; and, as they drew near the appointed inn where Mr. Bennet’s carriage was to meet them, they quickly perceived, in token of the coachman’s punctuality, both Kitty and Lydia looking out of a dining room upstairs. These two girls had been above an hour in the place, happily employed in visiting an opposite milliner, watching the sentinel on guard, and dressing a sallad and cucumber.
After welcoming their sisters, they triumphantly displayed a table set out with such cold meat as an inn larder usually affords, exclaiming, “Is not this nice? is not this an agreeable surprise?”
“And we mean to treat you all,” added Lydia; “but you must lend us the money, for we have just spent ours at the shop out there.” Then shewing her purchases: “Look here, I have bought this bonnet. I do not think it is very pretty; but I thought I might as well buy it as not. I shall pull it to pieces as soon as I get home, and see if I can make it up any better.”
And when her sisters abused it as ugly, she added, with perfect unconcern, “Oh! but there were two or three much uglier in the shop; and when I have bought some prettier coloured satin to trim it with fresh, I think it will be very tolerable. Besides, it will not much signify what one wears this summer after the —-shire have left Meryton, and they are going in a fortnight.”
“Are they indeed?” cried Elizabeth, with the greatest satisfaction.
“They are going to be encamped near Brighton; and I do so want papa to take us all there for the summer! It would be such a delicious scheme, and I dare say would hardly cost any thing at all. Mamma would like to go too, of all things! Only think what a miserable summer else we shall have!”
“Yes,” thought Elizabeth, “that would be a delightful scheme, indeed, and completely do for us at once. Good Heaven! Brighton, and a whole campful of soldiers, to us, who have been overset already by one poor regiment of militia, and the monthly balls of Meryton.”
“Now I have got some news for you,” said Lydia, as they sat down to table. “What do you think? It is excellent news, capital news, and about a certain person that we all like.”
Jane and Elizabeth looked at each other, and the waiter was told that he need not stay. Lydia laughed, and said, “Aye, that is just like your formality and discretion. You thought the waiter must not hear, as if he cared! I dare say he often hears worse things said than I am going to say. But he is an ugly fellow! I am glad he is gone. I never saw such a long chin in my life. Well, but now for my news: it is about dear Wickham; too good for the waiter, is not it? There is no danger of Wickham’s marrying Mary King. There’s for you! She is gone down to her uncle at Liverpool; gone to stay. Wickham is safe.”
“And Mary King is safe!” added Elizabeth; “safe from a connection imprudent as to fortune.”
“She is a great fool for going away, if she liked him.”
“But I hope there is no strong attachment on either side,” said Jane.
“I am sure there is not on his. I will answer for it he never cared three straws about her. Who could about such a nasty little freckled thing?”
Elizabeth was shocked to think that, however incapable of such coarseness of expression herself, the coarseness of the sentiment was little other than her own breast had formerly harboured and fancied liberal!
As soon as all had ate, and the elder ones paid, the carriage was ordered; and, after some contrivance, the whole party, with all their boxes, workbags, and parcels, and the unwelcome addition of Kitty’s and Lydia’s purchases, were seated in it.
“How nicely we are crammed in!” cried Lydia. “I am glad I bought my bonnet, if it is only for the fun of having another bandbox! Well, now let us be quite comfortable and snug, and talk and laugh all the way home. And in the first place, let us hear what has happened to you all, since you went away. Have you seen any pleasant men? Have you had any flirting? I was in great hopes that one of you would have got a husband before you came back. Jane will be quite an old maid soon, I declare. She is almost three and twenty! Lord, how ashamed I should be of not being married before three and twenty! My aunt Philips wants you so to get husbands, you can’t think. She says Lizzy had better have taken Mr. Collins; but I do not think there would have been any fun in it. Lord! how I should like to be married before any of you; and then I would chaperon you about to all the balls. Dear me! we had such a good piece of fun the other day at Colonel Foster’s. Kitty and me were to spend the day there, and Mrs. Forster promised to have a little dance in the evening (by the bye, Mrs. Forster and me are such friends!); and so she asked the two Harringtons to come, but Harriet was ill, and so Pen was forced to come by herself; and then, what do you think we did? We dressed up Chamberlayne in woman’s clothes, on purpose to pass for a lady, — only think what fun! Not a soul knew of it but Col. and Mrs. Forster, and Kitty and me, except my aunt, for we were forced to borrow one of her gowns; and you cannot imagine how well he looked! When Denny, and Wickham, and Pratt, and two or three more of the men came in, they did not know him in the least. Lord! how I laughed! and so did Mrs. Forster. I thought I should have died. And that made the men suspect something, and then they soon found out what was the matter.”
With such kind of histories of their parties and good jokes did Lydia, assisted by Kitty’s hints and additions, endeavour to amuse her companions all the way to Longbourn. Elizabeth listened as little as she could, but there was no escaping the frequent mention of Wickham’s name.
Their reception at home was most kind. Mrs. Bennet rejoiced to see Jane in undiminished beauty; and more than once during dinner did Mr. Bennet say voluntarily to Elizabeth,
“I am glad you are come back, Lizzy.”
Their party in the dining-room was large, for almost all the Lucases came to meet Maria and hear the news: and various were the subjects which occupied them. Lady Lucas was enquiring of Maria, across the table, after the welfare and poultry of her eldest daughter; Mrs. Bennet was doubly engaged, on one hand collecting an account of the present fashions from Jane, who sat some way below her, and on the other, retailing them all to the younger Miss Lucases; and Lydia, in a voice rather louder than any other person’s, was enumerating the various pleasures of the morning to any body who would hear her.
“Oh! Mary,” said she, “I wish you had gone with us, for we had such fun! as we went along, Kitty and me drew up all the blinds, and pretended there was nobody in the coach; and I should have gone so all the way, if Kitty had not been sick; and when we got to the George, I do think we behaved very handsomely, for we treated the other three with the nicest cold luncheon in the world, and if you would have gone, we would have treated you too. And then when we came away it was such fun! I thought we never should have got into the coach. I was ready to die of laughter. And then we were so merry all the way home! we talked and laughed so loud, that any body might have heard us ten miles off!”
To this, Mary very gravely replied, “Far be it from me, my dear sister, to depreciate such pleasures. They would doubtless be congenial with the generality of female minds. But I confess they would have no charms for me. I should infinitely prefer a book.”
But of this answer Lydia heard not a word. She seldom listened to any body for more than half a minute, and never attended to Mary at all.
In the afternoon Lydia was urgent with the rest of the girls to walk to Meryton, and see how every body went on; but Elizabeth steadily opposed the scheme. It should not be said, that the Miss Bennets could not be at home half a day before they were in pursuit of the officers. There was another reason too, for her opposition. She dreaded seeing Wickham again, and was resolved to avoid it as long as possible. The comfort to her of the regiment’s approaching removal was indeed beyond expression. In a fortnight they were to go, and once gone, she hoped there could be nothing more to plague her on his account.
She had not been many hours at home, before she found that the Brighton scheme, of which Lydia had given them a hint at the inn, was under frequent discussion between her parents. Elizabeth saw directly that her father had not the smallest intention of yielding; but his answers were at the same time so vague and equivocal, that her mother, though often disheartened, had never yet despaired of succeeding at last.

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  •    第 36 章
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  •    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。

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    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。

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    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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