Mr. Darcy stood near them in silent indignation at such a mode of passing the evening, to the exclusion of all conversation, and was too much engrossed by his own thoughts to perceive that Sir William Lucas was his neighbour, till Sir William thus began.

她得表演虽然说不上奇妙绝伦,也还娓娓动听。唱了一两支歌以后,大家要求她再唱几支。她还没来得及回答,她的妹妹曼丽早就急切地接替她坐到钢琴跟前去了。原来在她们几个姐妹之间,就只有曼丽长得不好看,因此她发愤钻研学问,讲究才艺,老是急着要卖弄卖弄自己的本领。

“我可不愿意象你那样挑肥拣瘦,”彬格莱嚷道,“随便怎么我也不愿意;不瞒你说,我生平没有见过今天晚上这么许多可爱的姑娘;你瞧,其中几位真是美貌绝伦。”

  • Mr. Darcy bowed.
  • ”Is this a hint to me, Lizzy,” said her father, ”to send for the horses?”
  • “是的;这四个晚上叫他们彼此摸透了一样性格,那就是他们俩都喜欢玩二十一点,不喜欢玩‘康梅司’;讲到别的重要的特点,我看他们彼此之间还了解很少。”
  • “是彬格莱小姐写来的,”吉英说,一面把信读出来:

    031. I can hardly believe that…

    Mr. Bennet replied that he had not.

    THE ladies of Longbourn soon waited on those of Netherfield. The visit was returned in due form. Miss Bennets pleasing manners grew on the good will of Mrs. Hurst and Miss Bingley; and though the mother was found to be intolerable and the younger sisters not worth speaking to, a wish of being better acquainted with them was expressed towards the two eldest. By Jane this attention was received with the greatest pleasure; but Elizabeth still saw superciliousness in their treatment of every body, hardly excepting even her sister, and could not like them; though their kindness to Jane, such as it was, had a value, as arising in all probability from the influence of their brothers admiration. It was generally evident whenever they met, that he did admire her; and to her it was equally evident that Jane was yielding to the preference which she had begun to entertain for him from the first, and was in a way to be very much in love; but she considered with pleasure that it was not likely to be discovered by the world in general, since Jane united with great strength of feeling a composure of temper and a uniform cheerfulness of manner, which would guard her from the suspicions of the impertinent. She mentioned this to her friend Miss Lucas. ”It may perhaps be pleasant,” replied Charlotte, ”to be able to impose on the public in such a case; but it is sometimes a disadvantage to be so very guarded. If a woman conceals her affection with the same skill from the object of it, she may lose the opportunity of fixing him; and it will then be but poor consolation to believe the world equally in the dark. There is so much of gratitude or vanity in almost every attachment, that it is not safe to leave any to itself. We can all begin freely -- a slight preference is natural enough; but there are very few of us who have heart enough to be really in love without encouragement. In nine cases out of ten, a woman had better shew more affection than she feels. Bingley likes your sister undoubtedly; but he may never do more than like her, if she does not help him on.”
    ”And I wish my collection were larger for your benefit and my own credit; but I am an idle fellow, and though I have not many, I have more than I ever look into.”
    047. I’m looking forward to…

    “不,”达西说,“我并没有说过这种装场面的话。我有够多的毛病,不过这些毛病与头脑并没有关系。至于我的性格,我可不敢自夸。我认为我的性格太不能委曲求全,这当然是说我在处世方面太不能委曲求全地随和别人。别人的愚蠢和过错我本应该赶快忘掉,却偏偏忘不掉;人家得罪了我,我也忘不掉。说到我的一些情绪,也并不是我一打算把它们去除掉,它们就会烟消云散。我的脾气可以说是够叫人厌恶的。我对于某个人一旦没有了好感,就永远没有好感。”

    ”It is a rule with me, that a person who can write a long letter, with ease, cannot write ill.”
    036. I’d like you to…
  • ”What is his name?”
  • Catherine was disconcerted, and made no answer; but Lydia, with perfect indifference, continued to express her admiration of Captain Carter, and her hope of seeing him in the course of the day, as he was going the next morning to London.

    彬格莱大声说道:“好极了,请你仔仔细细讲吧,连到他们的身材的高矮和大小也别忘了讲,因为,班纳特小姐,你一定想象不到讨论起问题来的时候这一点是多么重要。老实对你说,要是达西先生不比我高那么多,大那么多,你才休想叫我那么尊敬他。在某些时候,某些场合,达西是个再讨厌不过的家伙──特别是礼拜天晚上在他家里,当他没有事情做的时候。”

    班纳特先生没有理睬她。
    ”It is amazing to me,” said Bingley, ”how young ladies can have patience to be so very accomplished as they all are.”
  • He paused in hopes of an answer; but his companion was not disposed to make any; and Elizabeth at that instant moving towards them, he was struck with the notion of doing a very gallant thing, and called out to her,
  • “打算!胡扯,这是哪儿的话!不过,他倒作兴看中我们的某一个女儿呢。他一搬来,你就得去拜访拜访他。”

    “要是他再这样,我一定要叫他明白我并不是个糊涂蛋。他挖苦人的本领特别高明,要是我不先给他点颜色看看,我马上就会见他怕啦。”

    ”Miss Eliza Bennet, let me persuade you to follow my example, and take a turn about the room. -- I assure you it is very refreshing after sitting so long in one attitude.”

    赫斯脱太太替她妹妹伴唱。当她们姐妹俩演奏的时候,伊丽莎白翻阅着钢琴上的几本琴谱,只见达西先生的眼睛总是望着她。如果说,这位了不起的人这样看着她是出于爱慕之意,她可不大敢存这种奢望,不过,要是说达西是因为讨厌她所以才望着她,那就更说不通了。最后,她只得这样想;她所以引起了达西的注意,大概是因为达西认为她比起在座的任何人来,都叫人看不顺眼。她作出了这个假想之后,并没有感到痛苦,因为她根本不喜欢他,因此不稀罕他的垂青。 她有母亲连忙嚷道:“丽萃,别忘了你在作客,家里让你撒野惯了,你可不能到人家这里来胡闹。” She did at last extort from her father an acknowledgment that the horses were engaged. Jane was therefore obliged to go on horseback, and her mother attended her to the door with many cheerful prognostics of a bad day. Her hopes were answered; Jane had not been gone long before it rained hard. Her sisters were uneasy for her, but her mother was delighted. The rain continued the whole evening without intermission; Jane certainly could not come back. ”When is your next ball to be, Lizzy?” 037. I’d hate for you to… 她说得那么得意,他却完全似听非听,她看到他那般镇定自若,便放了心,于是那张利嘴越发滔滔不绝了。 彬格莱先生从他的父亲那儿只承继了一笔将近十万镑的遗产。他父亲生前本来打算购置些田产,可惜没有了却心愿就与世长辞了。彬格莱先生同样有这个打算,并且一度打算就在自己故乡购置,不过目前他既然有了一幢很好的房子,而且有庄园听他任意使用,于是那些了解他性格的人都说,象他这样一个随遇而安的人,下半辈子恐怕就在尼日斐花园度过,购置田产的事又要留给下一代去做了。他的姐妹们倒反而替他着急,希望早些购置产业;不过尽管他现在仅仅是以一个租户的身分在这儿住了下来,彬格莱小姐还是非常愿意替他掌管家务,再说那位嫁了个穷措大的赫斯脱太太,每逢上弟弟这儿来作客,依旧象是到了自己家里一样。当时彬格莱先生成年还不满两个年头,只因为偶然听到人家推荐尼日斐花园的房子,他便来到这儿看看。他里里外外看了半个钟头,地段和几间主要的房间都很中他的意,加上房东又把那幢房子大大赞美了一番,那番话对他也是正中下怀,于是他就当场租了下来。他和达西虽然性格大不相同,彼此之间友谊却始终如一。达西所以喜欢彬格莱,是因为彬格莱为人温柔敦厚、坦白直爽,尽管个性方面和他自己极端相反,而他自己也从来不曾觉得自己的个性有什么不完美的地方。达西很器重彬格莱,因此彬格莱对他极其信赖,对他的见解也推崇备至。在智力方面讲,达西比他强──这并不是说彬格莱笨,而是说达西聪明些。达西为人兼有傲慢、含蓄和爱挑剔的性子,他虽说受过良好的教养,可是他的风度总不受人欢迎。从这一方面讲,他的朋友可比他高明了。彬格莱无论走到哪儿,一定都会讨人喜欢,达西却始终得罪人。 “这个人叫什么名字?”

    “不用啦,不用啦;你们就在这儿走走吧。你们三个人在一起走非常好看,而且很出色。加上第四个人,画面就给弄毁了。再见。”

    “我的好老爷,你可不能指望这些女孩都跟她们爹妈一样的见识呀。等她们到了我们这么大年纪,她们也许就会跟我们一样,不会再想到什么军官们了。我刻从前有个时期,我也很喜爱‘红制服’───当然,到现在我心里头还喜爱‘红制服’呢;要是有位漂亮的年轻上校,每年有五六千磅的收入,随便向我的哪一个女儿求婚,我决不会拒绝他的;有天晚上在威廉爵士家里,看见弗斯脱上校全副军装,真是一表人材!”

    从他俩谈起麦里屯舞会的态度来看,就足见两人性格的不同。彬格莱说,他生平从来没有遇到过什么人比这儿的人更和蔼,也没有遇到过什么姑娘比这儿的姑娘更漂亮;在他看来,这儿每个人都极其和善,极其殷勤,不拘礼,不局促,他一下子就觉得和全场的人都相处得很熟;讲起班纳特小姐,他想象不出人间会有一个比她更美丽的天使。至于达西,他总觉得他所看到的这些人既不美,又谈不上风度,没有一个人使他感兴趣,也没有一个人对他献殷勤,博取他的欢心。他承认班纳特小姐是漂亮的,可惜她笑得太多。赫斯脱太太姐妹同意他这种看法──可是她们仍然羡慕她,喜欢她,说她是个甜姐儿,她们并不反对跟她这样的一位小姐做个深交。班纳特小姐就这样成为一个甜姐儿了,她们的兄弟听到了这番赞美,便觉得今后可以爱怎么样想她就怎么样想她了。

    005. Be careful with…

    ”You are mistaken. I write rather slowly.”

    彬格莱先生说:“我断定乐意照料你自己的姐姐,但愿她快些复元,那你就会更加快活了。”

  • 072. Thanks to…
  • “啊!你不知道我怎样受苦呢!”

    ”I believe, Maam, I may safely promise you never to dance with him.”
    “来吧,达西,”彬格莱说,“我一定要你跳。我不愿看到你独个儿这么傻里傻气地站在这儿。还是去跳舞吧。”
    ”If he had had any compassion for me,” cried her husband impatiently, ”he would not have danced half so much! For Gods sake, say no more of his partners. Oh! that he had sprained his ancle in the first dance!” “别那么咳个不停,吉蒂,看老天爷份上吧!稍许体谅一下我的神经吧。你简直叫我的神经要胀裂啦。” ”It is a compliment which I never pay to any place, if I can avoid it.”
    “但愿你这句话是恭维我,不过,这么容易被人看透,那恐怕也是件可怜的事吧。”
    ”Certainly not; at first. But they are very pleasing women when you converse with them. Miss Bingley is to live with her brother and keep his house; and I am much mistaken if we shall not find a very charming neighbour in her.”
    ”I should imagine not.” ”My dear Friend, ”I beg you would not put it into Lizzys head to be vexed by his ill-treatment; for he is such a disagreeable man that it would be quite a misfortune to be liked by him. Mrs. Long told me last night that he sat close to her for half an hour without once opening his lips.”
    “吉蒂真不知趣,”她的父亲说;“咳嗽也不知道拣个时候。”
  • ”Not at all,” he replied; ”they were brightened by the exercise.” -- A short pause followed this speech, and Mrs. Hurst began again.
  • ”I deserve neither such praise nor such censure,” cried Elizabeth; ”I am not a great reader, and I have pleasure in many things.”

    可是男客们一走进来,吉英就不怎么引人注目了。达西一进门,彬格莱小姐的眼睛就立刻转到他身上去,要跟他说话。达西首先向班纳特小姐问好,客客气气地祝贺她病休复元;赫斯脱先生也对她微微一鞠躬,说是见到她“非常高兴”;但是说到词气周到,情意恳切,可就比不上彬格莱先生那几声问候。彬格莱先生才算得上情深意切,满怀欢欣。开头半小时完全消磨在添煤上面,生怕屋子里冷起来会叫病人受不了。吉英依照彬格莱的话,移坐到火炉的另一边去,那样她就离开门口远一些,免得受凉。接着他自己在她身旁坐下,一心跟她说话,简直不理睬别人。伊丽莎白正在对面角落里做活计,把这全部情景都看在眼里,感到无限高兴。

    046. I’m calling to…

  • “不过我总觉得,凡是写起长信来一挥而就的人,无论如何也不会写得不好。”
  • 伊丽莎白觉得很诧异,可是立刻依了她的意思。于是彬格莱小姐献殷勤的真正目的达到了──达西先生果然抬起头来,原来达西也和伊丽莎白一样,看出了她在耍花招引人注目,便不知不觉地放下了书本。两位小姐立刻请他来一块儿踱步,可是他谢绝了,说是她们俩所以要在屋子里踱来踱去,据他的想象,无非有两个动机,如果他参加她们一起散步,对于她们的任何一个动机都会有妨碍。他这话是什么意思?彬格莱小姐极想知道他讲这话用意何在,便问伊丽莎白懂不懂。

    “我一度想在城里住家,因为我喜欢上流社会;不过我可不敢说伦敦的空气是否适合于卢卡斯太太。”
    018. Not…until…

    005. Be careful with…

    ”You begin to comprehend me, do you?” cried he, turning towards her.

    ”Oh! but the gentlemen will have Mr. Bingleys chaise to go to Meryton; and the Hursts have no horses to theirs.”
    班纳特太太一遍又一遍地说:“真亏我想出了这个好办法!”好象天下雨老师她一手造成的。不过,她的神机妙算究竟造成了多大幸福,她一直到第二天早上才知道。早饭还没吃完,尼日斐花园就打发了人送来一封信给伊丽莎白:
    班府上全家上这一个晚上大致都过得很高兴。大小姐蒙彬格莱先生邀她跳了两次舞,而且这位贵人的姐妹们都对她另眼相看。班太太看到尼日斐花园的一家人都这么喜爱她的大女儿,觉得非常得意。吉英跟她母亲一样得意,只不过没有象她母亲那样声张。伊丽莎白也为吉英快活。曼丽曾听到人们在彬格莱小姐面前提到她自己,说她是邻近一带最有才干的姑娘;咖苔琳和丽迪雅运气最好,没有那一场舞缺少舞伴,这是她们每逢开舞会时唯一关心的一件事。母女们高高兴兴地回到她们所住的浪搏恩村(她们算是这个村子里的旺族),看见班纳特先生还没有睡觉。且说这位先生平常只要捧上一本书,就忘了时间,可是这次他没有睡觉,却是因为他极想知道大家朝思暮想的这一盛会,经过情形究竟如何。他满以为他太太对那位贵客一定很失望,但是,他立刻就发觉事实并非如此。“噢!我的好老爷,”她一走进房间就这么说,“我们这一个晚上过得太快活了,舞会太好了。你没有去真可惜。吉英那么吃香,简直是无法形容。什么人都说她长得好;彬格莱先生认为她很美,跟她跳了两场舞!你光想想这一点看吧,亲爱的;他确实跟她跳了两场!全场那么多女宾,就只有她一个人蒙受了他两次邀请。他头一场舞是邀请卢卡斯小姐跳的。我看到他站到她身边去,不禁有些气恼!不过,他对她根本没意思,其实,什么人也不会对她有意思;当吉英走下舞池的时候,他可就显得非常着迷了。他立刻打听她的姓名,请人介绍,然后邀她跳下一场舞。他第三场舞是跟金小姐跳的,第四场跟玛丽雅·卢卡斯跳,第五场又跟吉英跳,第六场是跟丽萃跳,还有‘布朗谢’。” “我也的确不敢说大话,”彬格莱小姐说。

    第二天彬格莱小姐跟达西两人在矮树林里散步,彬格莱小姐说:“我希望将来有一天好事如愿的时候,你得委婉地奉劝你那位岳母出言吐语要谨慎些,还有你那几位小姨子,要是你能力办得到,最好也得把她们那种醉心追求军官的毛病医治好。还有一件事,我真不好意思说出口;尊夫人有一点儿小脾气,好象是自高自大,又好象是不懂礼貌,你也得尽力帮助她克制一下。”

    082. What can I do for…?

    015. Do you feel like…?

    ”Oh! certainly,” cried his faithful assistant, ”no one can be really esteemed accomplished, who does not greatly surpass what is usually met with. A woman must have a thorough knowledge of music, singing, drawing, dancing, and the modern languages, to deserve the word; and besides all this, she must possess a certain something in her air and manner of walking, the tone of her voice, her address and expressions, or the word will be but half deserved.”

    ”That is exactly the question which I expected you to ask. A ladys imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony, in a moment. I knew you would be wishing me joy.”
    吉英本来并不轻易赞扬彬格莱先生,可是当她和伊丽莎白两个人在一起的时候,她就向她的妹妹倾诉衷曲,说她自己多么爱慕他。 ”Your plan is a good one,” replied Elizabeth, ”where nothing is in question but the desire of being well married; and if I were determined to get a rich husband, or any husband, I dare say I should adopt it. But these are not Janes feelings; she is not acting by design. As yet, she cannot even be certain of the degree of her own regard, nor of its reasonableness. She has known him only a fortnight. She danced four dances with him at Meryton; she saw him one morning at his own house, and has since dined in company with him four times. This is not quite enough to make her understand his character.” THE day passed much as the day before had done. Mrs. Hurst and Miss Bingley had spent some hours of the morning with the invalid, who continued, though slowly, to mend; and in the evening Elizabeth joined their party in the drawing room. The loo table, however, did not appear. Mr. Darcy was writing, and Miss Bingley, seated near him, was watching the progress of his letter, and repeatedly calling off his attention by messages to his sister. Mr. Hurst and Mr. Bingley were at piquet, and Mrs. Hurst was observing their game. Elizabeth took up some needlework, and was sufficiently amused in attending to what passed between Darcy and his companion. The perpetual commendations of the lady either on his hand-writing, or on the evenness of his lines, or on the length of his letter, with the perfect unconcern with which her praises were received, formed a curious dialogue, and was exactly in unison with her opinion of each. “我直想再见见她!我从来没碰到过这么使我喜爱的人。模样儿那么好,又那样懂得礼貌,小小的年纪就出落得多才多艺,她的钢琴真弹得高明极了。” 于是班纳特太太带着她的两个女儿走了。伊丽莎白立刻回到吉英身边去,也不去管彬格莱府上的两位小姐怎样在背后议论她跟她家里人有失体统。不过,尽管彬格莱小姐怎么样说俏皮话,怎么样拿她的“美丽的眼睛”开玩笑,达西却始终不肯受她们的怂恿,夹在她们一起来编派她的不是。 059. It may surprise you, but…
    “他真是一个典型的好青年,”她说,“有见识,有趣味,人又活泼;我从来没有见过他那种讨人喜欢的举止!那么大方,又有十全十美的教养!”
    ”Why, my dear, you must know, Mrs. Long says that Netherfield is taken by a young man of large fortune from the north of England; that he came down on Monday in a chaise and four to see the place, and was so much delighted with it that he agreed with Mr. Morris immediately; that he is to take possession before Michaelmas, and some of his servants are to be in the house by the end of next week.”

    彬格莱先生说:“我随便干什么事,都是说干就干,要是打定主意要离开尼日斐花园,我可能在五分钟之内就搬走。不过目前我算在这儿住定了。”

    “但愿如此。”
      ”Are you quite sure, Maam? -- is not there a little mistake?” said Jane. -- ”I certainly saw Mr. Darcy speaking to her.”
    她说得那么得意,他却完全似听非听,她看到他那般镇定自若,便放了心,于是那张利嘴越发滔滔不绝了。 这件事过去以后,达西要求彬格莱小姐和伊丽莎白小姐赏赐他一点音乐听听,彬格莱小姐便敏捷地走钢琴跟前,先客气了一番,请伊丽莎白带头,伊丽莎白却更加客气、更加诚恳地推辞了,然后彬格莱小姐才在琴旁坐下来。

    “我跟本不相信这种话,要是他果真和蔼可亲,就该跟郎格太太说话啦。可是这里面的奥妙是可想而知的,大家都说他非常骄傲,他所以没跟郎格太太说话,或许是因为听到朗格太太连马车也没有一部,临时雇了车子来参加跳舞会吧。”

    班纳特先生没有理睬她。

    MR. BENNETS property consisted almost entirely in an estate of two thousand a year, which, unfortunately for his daughters, was entailed, in default of heirs male, on a distant relation; and their mothers fortune, though ample for her situation in life, could but ill supply the deficiency of his. Her father had been an attorney in Meryton, and had left her four thousand pounds. She had a sister married to a Mr. Phillips, who had been a clerk to their father, and succeeded him in the business, and a brother settled in London in a respectable line of trade.

    “谢谢你的好意,我一向都是自己修理。”

    Elizabeth joined them again only to say that her sister was worse, and that she could not leave her. Bingley urged Mr. Joness being sent for immediately; while his sisters, convinced that no country advice could be of any service, recommended an express to town for one of the most eminent physicians. This she would not hear of, but she was not so unwilling to comply with their brothers proposal; and it was settled that Mr. Jones should be sent for early in the morning if Miss Bennet were not decidedly better. Bingley was quite uncomfortable; his sisters declared that they were miserable. They solaced their wretchedness, however, by duets after supper, while he could find no better relief to his feelings than by giving his housekeeper directions that every possible attention might be paid to the sick lady and her sister.

    班纳特姐妹俩商量妥当了以后,伊丽莎白第二天早上就写信给她母亲,请她当天就派车子来接她们。可是,班纳特太太早就打算让她两个女儿在尼日斐花园待到下星期二,以便让吉英正好住满一个星期,因此不大乐意提前接她们回家,回信也写得使她们不太满意,──至少使伊丽莎白不十分满意,因为她急于要回家。班纳特太太信上说,非到星期二,家里弄不出马车来。她写完信之后,又补写了几句,说是倘若彬格莱先生兄妹挽留她们多待几天,她非常愿意让她们待下去。怎奈伊丽莎白就是不肯待下去,她打定主意非回家不可──也不怎么指望主人家挽留她们,她反而怕人家以为她们赖在那儿不肯走。于是她催促吉英马上去向彬格莱借马车。她们最后决定向主人家说明,她们当天上午就要离开尼日斐花园,而且把借马车的事也提出来。
    “这个人叫什么名字?”

    ”But, my dear, your father cannot spare the horses, I am sure. They are wanted in the farm, Mr. Bennet, are not they?”

  • 056. It’s said that…
  • ”Which do you mean?” and turning round, he looked for a moment at Elizabeth, till catching her eye, he withdrew his own and coldly said, ”She is tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt me; and I am in no humour at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men. You had better return to your partner and enjoy her smiles, for you are wasting your time with me.”
    ”My dear Friend,

    “我也瞧不起她,”班纳特先生说;“你倒不指望她来替你效劳,这叫我听到高兴。”

      “啊,那是因为你的性格好。可是那位先生,”她说到这里,便朝达西望了一眼,“就会觉得乡下一文不值。”
    “夏绿蒂在我们家里吃饭的吗?” “打算!胡扯,这是哪儿的话!不过,他倒作兴看中我们的某一个女儿呢。他一搬来,你就得去拜访拜访他。”

    ”Impossible, Mr. Bennet, impossible, when I am not acquainted with him myself; how can you be so teazing?”

    彬格莱马上转过身去对她大声说道:“你开始了解我啦,是吗?”
    ”I do not believe a word of it, my dear. If he had been so very agreeable, he would have talked to Mrs. Long. But I can guess how it was; every body says that he is ate up with pride, and I dare say he had heard somehow that Mrs. Long does not keep a carriage, and had come to the ball in a hack chaise.”
    珈苔琳和丽迪雅同声说道:“我们陪你到麦里屯。”伊丽莎表示赞成,于是三位年轻的小姐就一块儿出发了。
    伊丽莎白读信的时候,班纳特先生对他太太说:“唔,好太太,要是你的女儿得了重病──万一她一病不起──倒也值得安慰呀,因为她是奉了你命令去追求彬格莱先生的。”
    ”I was very much flattered by his asking me to dance a second time. I did not expect such a compliment.”
  • ”I dare say you believed it; but I am by no means convinced that you would be gone with such celerity. Your conduct would be quite as dependant on chance as that of any man I know; and if, as you were mounting your horse, a friend were to say, ”Bingley, you had better stay till next week,” you would probably do it, you would probably not go -- and, at another word, might stay a month.”
  • 于是班纳特先生接下去说:“让曼丽仔细想一想再发表意见吧,我们还是重新来谈谈彬格莱先生。”

    “伊丽莎白·班纳特小姐!”彬格莱小姐重复了一遍。“我真感到惊奇。你看中她多久啦?──请你告诉我,我几时可以向你道喜啊?” “这怎么说?关女儿女儿们什么事?”
    ”My dear Mr. Bennet,” said his lady to him one day, ”have you heard that Netherfield Park is let at last?”
    ”I think she will. She is now about Miss Elizabeth Bennets height, or rather taller.” 045. I’m afraid… “是彬格莱小姐写来的,”吉英说,一面把信读出来:
    伊丽莎白一吃过晚饭就回到吉英那儿去。她一走出饭厅,彬格莱小姐就开始说她的坏话,把她的作风说得坏透了,说她既傲慢又无礼貌,不懂得跟人家攀谈,仪表不佳,风趣索然,人又长得难看。赫斯脱太太也是同样的看法,而且还补充了几句:“是呀,可是你得承认,她的确长得很难看。卢卡斯太太本人也那么说,她还羡慕我的吉英长得漂亮呢。我并不喜欢夸张自己的孩子,可是说老实话。这并不是我说话有信心。还在她十五岁的那一年,在我城里那位兄弟嘉丁纳家里,有位先生就爱上了她,我的弟妇看准了那位先生一定会在临走以前向她求婚。不过后来他却没有提。也许是他以为她年纪太小了吧。不过他却为吉英写了好些诗,而且写得很好。” 085. What do you say…?
    ”I know you do; and it is that which makes the wonder. With your good sense, to be honestly blind to the follies and nonsense of others! Affectation of candour is common enough; -- one meets it every where. But to be candid without ostentation or design -- to take the good of every bodys character and make it still better, and say nothing of the bad -- belongs to you alone. And so, you like this mans sisters too, do you? Their manners are not equal to his.”
    这一天过得和前一天没有多大的不同。赫斯脱太太和彬格莱小姐上午陪了病人几个钟头,病人尽管好转得很慢,却在不断地好转。晚上,伊丽莎白跟她们一块儿待在客厅里。不过这一回却没有看见有人打“禄牌”。达西先生在写信,彬格莱小姐坐在他身旁看他写,一再纠缠不清地要他代她附笔问候他的妹妹。赫斯脱先生和彬格莱先生在打“皮克牌”,赫斯脱太太在一旁看他们打。
      “你难道不想知道是谁租去的吗?”太太不耐烦地嚷起来了。

    She then ran gaily off, rejoicing, as she rambled about, in the hope of being at home again in a day or two. Jane was already so much recovered as to intend leaving her room for a couple of hours that evening.

    不过她们一离开了饭厅,就重新做出百般温柔体贴的样子,来到吉英房间里,一直陪着她坐到喝咖啡的时候。吉英的病还不见好转,伊丽莎白寸步不离地守着她,一直到黄昏,看见她睡着了,才放下了心,觉得自己应该到楼下去一趟(虽说她并不乐意下楼去)。走进客厅,她发觉大家正在玩牌,大家当时立刻邀她也来玩,可是她恐怕他们输赢很大,便谢绝了,只推说放心不下姐姐,一会儿就得上楼去,她可以拿本书来消消遣遣。赫斯脱先生惊奇地朝她望了一下。 “我也许真是这样。辩论往往很象争论,假若你和班纳特小姐能够稍缓一下等我走出房间以后再,辩论那我是非常感激的。我走出去以后,你们便可以爱怎么说我就怎么说我了。” “那么,好太太,你正可以占你朋友的上风,反过来替她介绍这位贵人啦。”

    065. No wonder…

    “达西先生,我刚刚跟弗斯脱上校讲笑话,要他给我们在麦里屯开一次跳舞会,你看我的话是不是说得非常得体?”

    彬格莱先生仪表堂堂,大有绅士风度,而且和颜悦色,没有拘泥做作的气习。他的姐妹也都是些优美的女性,态度落落大方。他的姐夫赫斯脱只不过像个普通绅士,不大引人注目,但是他的朋友达西却立刻引起全场的注意,因为他身材魁伟,眉清目秀,举止高贵,于是他进场不到五分钟,大家都纷纷传说他每年有一万磅的收入。男宾们都称赞他的一表人才,女宾们都说他比彬格莱先生漂亮得多。人们差不多有半个晚上都带着爱慕的目光看着他。最后人们才发现他为人骄傲,看不起人,巴结不上他,因此对他起了厌恶的感觉,他那众望所归的极盛一时的场面才黯然失色。他既然摆起那么一副讨人嫌惹人厌的面貌,那么,不管他在德比郡有多大的财产,也挽救不了他,况且和他的朋友比起来,他更没有什么大不了。

    “我想会吧。她现在大概有伊丽莎白·班纳特小姐那么高了,恐怕还要高一点。”

    “那么,好太太,你正可以占你朋友的上风,反过来替她介绍这位贵人啦。”
    “他虽然骄傲,”卢卡斯小姐说,“可不象一般人的骄傲那样使我生气,因为他的骄傲还勉强说得过去。这么优秀的一个青年,门第好,又有钱,样样都比人家强,也难怪他要自以为了不起,照我的说法,他有权利骄傲。”
    ”She seems a very pleasant young woman,” said Bingley.
    NOT all that Mrs. Bennet, however, with the assistance of her five daughters, could ask on the subject was sufficient to draw from her husband any satisfactory description of Mr. Bingley. They attacked him in various ways; with barefaced questions, ingenious suppositions, and distant surmises; but he eluded the skill of them all; and they were at last obliged to accept the second-hand intelligence of their neighbour Lady Lucas. Her report was highly favourable. Sir William had been delighted with him. He was quite young, wonderfully handsome, extremely agreeable, and, to crown the whole, he meant to be at the next assembly with a large party. Nothing could be more delightful! To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love; and very lively hopes of Mr. Bingleys heart were entertained. ”If I can but see one of my daughters happily settled at Netherfield,” said Mrs. Bennet to her husband, ”and all the others equally well married, I shall have nothing to wish for.”

    “或许谁都还会有这些弱点,否则可真糟了,绝顶的聪慧也要招人嘲笑了。我一生都在研究该怎么样避免这些弱点。”

  • ”Then,” observed Elizabeth, ”you must comprehend a great deal in your idea of an accomplished women.”
  • 003. As far as…
    她们发觉曼丽还象以往一样,在埋头研究和声学以及人性的问题,她拿出了一些新的札记给她们欣赏,又发表一些对旧道德的新见解给她们听。咖苔琳和丽迪雅也告诉了她们一些新闻,可是性质完全不同。据她们说,民兵团自从上星期三以来又出了好多事,添了好多传说;有几个军官新近跟她们的姨爹吃过饭;一个士兵挨了鞭打,又听说弗斯脱上校的确快结婚了。
      ”Certainly, Sir; -- and it has the advantage also of being in vogue amongst the less polished societies of the world. -- Every savage can dance.”

    “我才不当它一回事。年纪虽然是我最小,个儿算我顶高。”

    “我已经遵命告诉过她了。”

    “我倒希望不要轻易责难一个人,可是我一向都是想到什么就说什么。”

    082. What can I do for…?

    089. What’s the matter with…?

      ”Your picture may be very exact, Louisa,” said Bingley; ”but this was all lost upon me. I thought Miss Elizabeth Bennet looked remarkably well, when she came into the room this morning. Her dirty petticoat quite escaped my notice.”
    正三点的时候,伊丽莎白觉得应该走了,于是勉强向主人家告别。彬格莱小姐要她乘着马车回去,她正打算稍许推辞一下就接受主人的盛意,不料吉英说是舍不得让她走,于是彬格莱小姐便不得不改变了请她坐马车回去的主意,请她在尼日斐花园小住一阵。伊丽莎白感激不尽地答应了。接下来就是差人上浪博恩去,把她在这儿暂住的事情告诉她家里一声,同时叫她家里给她带些衣服来。

    ”Pride,” observed Mary, who piqued herself upon the solidity of her reflections, ”is a very common failing I believe. By all that I have ever read, I am convinced that it is very common indeed, that human nature is particularly prone to it, and that there are very few of us who do not cherish a feeling of self-complacency on the score of some quality or other, real or imaginary. Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonimously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us.”

    娘儿们吃过晚饭以后,伊丽莎白就上楼到她姐姐那儿去,看她穿戴得妥妥贴贴,不会着凉,便陪着她上客厅去。她的女朋友们见到她,都表示欢迎,一个个都说非常高兴。在男客们没有来的那一个钟头里,她们是那么和蔼可亲,伊丽莎白从来不曾看到过。她们的健谈本领真是吓人,描述起宴会来纤毫入微,说起故事来风趣横溢,讥笑起一个朋友来也是有声有色。
    “这倒是真话,”伊丽莎白回答道,“要是他没有触犯我的骄傲,我也很容易原谅他的骄傲。”
  • After listening one morning to their effusions on this subject, Mr. Bennet coolly observed,
  • 057. It’s up to…

    Mrs. Bennet and her daughters then departed, and Elizabeth returned instantly to Jane, leaving her own and her relations behaviour to the remarks of the two ladies and Mr. Darcy; the latter of whom, however, could not be prevailed on to join in their censure of her, in spite of all Miss Bingleys witticisms on fine eyes.
    “不错,我认为应该包括很多条件。”

    第1章 废婿

    “你心里正在想,许多个晚上都是跟这些人在一起无聊度过的,这实在叫人受不了,我跟你颇有同感。我从来不曾这样烦闷过!既枯燥乏味,又吵闹不堪,无聊到了极点。这批人又一个个都自以为了不起!我就想听听你指责他们几句。””To-morrow fortnight.” ”Removed!” cried Bingley. ”It must not be thought of. My sister, I am sure, will not hear of her removal.”

    ”Are you so severe upon your own sex, as to doubt the possibility of all this?”

    “噢,”彬格莱小姐叫起来了,“查尔斯写起信来,那种潦草随便的态度,简直不可想象。他要漏掉一半字,涂掉一半字。”
  • “但愿如此。”
  • “不过我总觉得,凡是写起长信来一挥而就的人,无论如何也不会写得不好。”
  • Mr. Bingley inherited property to the amount of nearly an hundred thousand pounds from his father, who had intended to purchase an estate, but did not live to do it. -- Mr. Bingley intended it likewise, and sometimes made choice of his county; but as he was now provided with a good house and the liberty of a manor, it was doubtful to many of those who best knew the easiness of his temper, whether he might not spend the remainder of his days at Netherfield, and leave the next generation to purchase.

    052. It’s too bad that…

    ”You make me laugh, Charlotte; but it is not sound. You know it is not sound, and that you would never act in this way yourself.”
  • ”I cannot see that London has any great advantage over the country for my part, except the shops and public places. The country is a vast deal pleasanter, is not it, Mr. Bingley?”
  • I FIND myself very unwell this morning, which, I suppose, is to be imputed to my getting wet through yesterday. My kind friends will not hear of my returning home till I am better. They insist also on my seeing Mr. Jones -- therefore do not be alarmed if you should hear of his having been to me -- and excepting a sore throat and head-ache, there is not much the matter with me.
    Elizabeth listened in silence, but was not convinced. Their behaviour at the assembly had not been calculated to please in general; and with more quickness of observation and less pliancy of temper than her sister, and with a judgment, too, unassailed by any attention to herself, she was very little disposed to approve them. They were in fact very fine ladies, not deficient in good humour when they were pleased, nor in the power of being agreeable where they chose it; but proud and conceited. They were rather handsome, had been educated in one of the first private seminaries in town, had a fortune of twenty thousand pounds, were in the habit of spending more than they ought, and of associating with people of rank; and were therefore in every respect entitled to think well of themselves, and meanly of others. They were of a respectable family in the north of England; a circumstance more deeply impressed on their memories than that their brothers fortune and their own had been acquired by trade.
      ”It is more than I engage for, I assure you.”
    “我想会吧。她现在大概有伊丽莎白·班纳特小姐那么高了,恐怕还要高一点。”

    ”Mama,” cried Lydia, ”my aunt says that Colonel Forster and Captain Carter do not go so often to Miss Watsons as they did when they first came; she sees them now very often standing in Clarkes library.”

    IT is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife. However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his first entering a neighbourhood, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of the surrounding families, that he is considered as the rightful property of some one or other of their daughters.

    Mr. Darcy smiled; but Elizabeth thought she could perceive that he was rather offended; and therefore checked her laugh. Miss Bingley warmly resented the indignity he had received, in an expostulation with her brother for talking such nonsense.

    Miss Bingleys attention was quite as much engaged in watching Mr. Darcys progress through his book, as in reading her own; and she was perpetually either making some inquiry, or looking at his page. She could not win him, however, to any conversation; he merely answered her question, and read on. At length, quite exhausted by the attempt to be amused with her own book, which she had only chosen because it was the second volume of his, she gave a great yawn and said, ”How pleasant it is to spend an evening in this way! I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! -- When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”

    “这条路太窄,不能让我们大家一块儿并排走,我们不是走到大道上去吧。”

      “我不是听你说过,她有个姨爹在麦里屯当律师吗?”
    Every body was surprised; and Darcy, after looking at her for a moment, turned silently away. Mrs. Bennet, who fancied she had gained a complete victory over him, continued her triumph.

    ”Mr. Darcy is not to be laughed at!” cried Elizabeth. ”That is an uncommon advantage, and uncommon I hope it will continue, for it would be a great loss to me to have many such acquaintance. I dearly love a laugh.”

    017. Have you ever…?
      “你真是个好心肠的人,我的好老爷!我早就知道你终究会给我说服的。你既然疼爱自己的女儿,当然就不会把这样一个朋友不放在心上。我真太高兴了!你这个玩笑开得真太有意思,谁想到你竟会今天上午去拜访他,而且到现在一字不提。”
    “我的亲丽萃!”

    016. Shouldn’t we…?

    “得了吧,”彬格莱先生嚷道,“晚上还记起早上的事,真是太不值得。而且老实说,我相信我对于自己的看法并没有错,我到现在还相信没有错。因此,我至少不是故意要显得那么神速,想要在小姐们面前炫耀自己。”
      “吉蒂真不知趣,”她的父亲说;“咳嗽也不知道拣个时候。”
    从此她们每次拜访腓力普太太都获得了最有趣的消息。她们每天都会打听到几个军官的名字和他们的社会关系。军官们的住宅不久就让大家知道了,再后来小姐们就直接跟他们搞熟了,腓力普先生一一拜访了那些军官,这真是替她的姨侄女们开辟了一道意想不到的幸福源泉。她们现在开口闭口都离不开那些军官。在这以前,只要提到彬格莱先生的偌大财产,她们的母亲就会眉飞色舞,如今跟军官们的制服对比起来,她们就觉得偌大的财产简直一钱不值了。 ”Yes, indeed, and received no inconsiderable pleasure from the sight. Do you often dance at St. Jamess?”
    有一天班纳特太太对她的丈夫说:“我的好老爷,尼日斐花园终于租出去了,你听说过没有?”

    “彬格莱小姐告诉我,”吉英说,“他从来不爱多说话,除非跟知已的朋友们谈谈。他对待知已朋友非常和蔼可亲。”

    ”I did not know before,” continued Bingley immediately, ”that you were a studier of character. It must be an amusing study.”
    He began to wish to know more of her, and as a step towards conversing with her himself, attended to her conversation with others. His doing so drew her notice. It was at Sir William Lucass, where a large party were assembled. ”What does Mr. Darcy mean,” said she to Charlotte, ”by listening to my conversation with Colonel Forster?”

    “你当然罗,舞场上唯一的一位漂亮姑娘在跟你跳舞!”达西先生说,一面望着班府上年纪最大的一位小姐。

      ”Then, my dear, you may have the advantage of your friend, and introduce Mr. Bingley to her.”
    029. How often…? “那得看情况说话。一个深沉复杂的人,未必比你这样的人更难叫人捉摸。”

    达西说:“我明白你的用意,彬格莱,你不喜欢辩论,要把这场辩论压下去。”

      Every body was surprised; and Darcy, after looking at her for a moment, turned silently away. Mrs. Bennet, who fancied she had gained a complete victory over him, continued her triumph.
    “唔,原来如此,”她的母亲嚷道,“郎格太太可要挨到开跳舞会的前一天才能赶回来;那么,她可来不及把他介绍给你们啦,她自己也还不认识他呢。”
  • 008. Compared to…
  • ”Never, sir.”
    赫斯脱太太和彬格莱小姐都叫起来了,说她不应该表示怀疑,因为这种怀疑是不公平的,而且她们还一致提出反证,说她们自己就知道有很多女人都够得上这些条件。一直等到赫斯脱先生叫她们好好打牌,怪她们不该对牌场上的事那么漫不经心,她们才住嘴,一场争论就这样结束了,伊丽莎白没有多久也走开了。
  • ”Much more rational, my dear Caroline, I dare say, but it would not be near so much like a ball.”
  • ”I am afraid you do not like your pen. Let me mend it for you. I mend pens remarkably well.”

    ”Are you quite sure, Maam? -- is not there a little mistake?” said Jane. -- ”I certainly saw Mr. Darcy speaking to her.”

    “噢,是呀──我完全了解你。”

    “唔,”夏绿蒂说,“我一心一意祝吉英成功。我以为即使她明天就跟他结婚,她必能获得的幸福,比起她花上一年的时间,研究了他的性格、再去跟他结婚所能获得的幸福,并不见得会少到哪里去。婚姻生活是否幸福,完全是个机会问题。一对爱人婚前脾气摸得非常透,或者脾气非常相同,这并不能保证他们俩就会幸福。他们总是弄到后来距离越来越远,彼此烦恼。你既然得和这个人过一辈子,你最尽量少了解他的缺点。”

    班纳特先生尽管在自己太太面前自始至终都说是不想去拜访彬格莱先生,事实上一直都打算去拜访他,而且还是跟第一批人一起去拜访他的。等到他去拜访过以后,当天晚上太太才知道实情。这消息透露出来的经过是这样的--他看到第二个女儿在装饰帽子,就突然对她说:

    091. What’s the use of…?
    Chapter 2
    “那双眼睛的神气确不容易描画;可是眼睛的形状和颜色,以及她的睫毛,都非常美妙,也许描画得出来。”
    伊丽莎笑着说:“达西先生未免太客气了。”
  • ”Your conjecture is totally wrong, I assure you. My mind was more agreeably engaged. I have been meditating on the very great pleasure which a pair of fine eyes in the face of a pretty woman can bestow.”
  • “伊丽莎白·班纳特小姐!”彬格莱小姐重复了一遍。“我真感到惊奇。你看中她多久啦?──请你告诉我,我几时可以向你道喜啊?”

  • “我非常关心吉英·班纳特──她倒的确是位可爱的姑娘──我诚心诚意地希望她好好儿攀门亲事。只可惜遇到那样的父母,加上还有那么些下流的亲戚,我怕她没有什么指望了。”
  • ”You make me laugh, Charlotte; but it is not sound. You know it is not sound, and that you would never act in this way yourself.”
  • “我直想再见见她!我从来没碰到过这么使我喜爱的人。模样儿那么好,又那样懂得礼貌,小小的年纪就出落得多才多艺,她的钢琴真弹得高明极了。”

    彬格莱先生没有理睬为句话;他的姐妹们却听得非常得意,于是越发放肆无忌地拿班纳特小姐的微贱的亲戚开玩笑,开了老半天。

    “我也的确不敢说大话,”彬格莱小姐说。
    ”Yes, and her petticoat; I hope you saw her petticoat, six inches deep in mud, I am absolutely certain; and the gown which had been let down to hide it not doing its office.”
  • “我念头转得太快,简直来有及写,因此有时候收信人读到我的信,反而觉得言之无物。”
  • “疏忽!我相信凡是能为你那个高贵的地方啬主观的东西,你一件也没疏忽过。──查尔斯,以后你自己建筑住宅的时候,我只希望有彭伯里一半那么美丽就好了。”
    ”Your conjecture is totally wrong, I assure you. My mind was more agreeably engaged. I have been meditating on the very great pleasure which a pair of fine eyes in the face of a pretty woman can bestow.”
    Mary had neither genius nor taste; and though vanity had given her application, it had given her likewise a pedantic air and conceited manner, which would have injured a higher degree of excellence than she had reached. Elizabeth, easy and unaffected, had been listened to with much more pleasure, though not playing half so well; and Mary, at the end of a long concerto, was glad to purchase praise and gratitude by Scotch and Irish airs, at the request of her younger sisters, who, with some of the Lucases and two or three officers, joined eagerly in dancing at one end of the room.
    “是的,我认为一个个都是那样。她们都会装饰台桌,点缀屏风,编织钱袋。我简直就没有见过哪一位不是样样都会,而且每逢听人谈起一个年轻姑娘,,没有哪一次不听说她是多才多艺的。”* MR. BENNETS property consisted almost entirely in an estate of two thousand a year, which, unfortunately for his daughters, was entailed, in default of heirs male, on a distant relation; and their mothers fortune, though ample for her situation in life, could but ill supply the deficiency of his. Her father had been an attorney in Meryton, and had left her four thousand pounds. She had a sister married to a Mr. Phillips, who had been a clerk to their father, and succeeded him in the business, and a brother settled in London in a respectable line of trade.
    ”Oh!” said Lydia stoutly, ”I am not afraid; for though I am the youngest, Im the tallest.”
      ”Dear Lizzy!”
    “我完全承认达西先生没有一些缺点。他自己也承认了这一点,并没有掩饰。” ”I know you do; and it is that which makes the wonder. With your good sense, to be honestly blind to the follies and nonsense of others! Affectation of candour is common enough; -- one meets it every where. But to be candid without ostentation or design -- to take the good of every bodys character and make it still better, and say nothing of the bad -- belongs to you alone. And so, you like this mans sisters too, do you? Their manners are not equal to his.”
    班纳特先生真是个古怪人,他一方面喜欢插科打浑,爱挖苦人,同时又不拘言笑,变幻莫测,真使他那位太太积二十三年之经验,还摸不透他的性格。太太的脑子是很容易加以分析的。她是个智力贫乏、不学无术、喜怒无常的女人,只要碰到不称心的事,她就以为神经衰弱。她生平的大事就是嫁女儿;她生平的安慰就是访友拜客和打听新闻。

    《生而为王》

    “我直想再见见她!我从来没碰到过这么使我喜爱的人。模样儿那么好,又那样懂得礼貌,小小的年纪就出落得多才多艺,她的钢琴真弹得高明极了。”“我,相信一个人不管是怎样的脾气,都免不了有某种短处,这是一种天生的缺陷,即使受教育受得再好,也还是克服不了。”
    ”Yes all of them, I think. They all paint tables, cover skreens, and net purses. I scarcely know any one who cannot do all this, and I am sure I never heard a young lady spoken of for the first time, without being informed that she was very accomplished.”
    班纳特太太没有理睬他,可是忍不住气,便骂起女儿来。
      ”Is that his design in settling here?”
    030. I bet…
    “不过我希望你这毛病会好起来,那么,象这种每年有四千镑收入的阔少爷,你就可以眼看着他们一个个搬来做你的邻居了。”
      ”That is exactly what I should have supposed of you,” said Elizabeth.
    ”Certainly,” replied Elizabeth -- ”there are such people, but I hope I am not one of them. I hope I never ridicule what is wise or good. Follies and nonsense, whims and inconsistencies do divert me, I own, and I laugh at them whenever I can. -- But these, I suppose, are precisely what you are without.”
    061. I’ve had enough of…
    “不错,我认为应该包括很多条件。”
      Mr. Darcy felt their rudeness and immediately said, --

    “他虽然骄傲,”卢卡斯小姐说,“可不象一般人的骄傲那样使我生气,因为他的骄傲还勉强说得过去。这么优秀的一个青年,门第好,又有钱,样样都比人家强,也难怪他要自以为了不起,照我的说法,他有权利骄傲。”

    But Elizabeth, who had not the least inclination to remain with them, laughingly answered,
    “不行,亲爱的,你最好骑着马去。天好象要下雨的样子,下了雨你就可以在那儿过夜。”
    班纳特太太一遍又一遍地说:“真亏我想出了这个好办法!”好象天下雨老师她一手造成的。不过,她的神机妙算究竟造成了多大幸福,她一直到第二天早上才知道。早饭还没吃完,尼日斐花园就打发了人送来一封信给伊丽莎白:

    ”Your list of the common extent of accomplishments,” said Darcy, ”has too much truth. The word is applied to many a woman who deserves it no otherwise than by netting a purse, or covering a skreen. But I am very far from agreeing with you in your estimation of ladies in general. I cannot boast of knowing more than half a dozen, in the whole range of my acquaintance, that are really accomplished.”

    ”It ought to be good,” he replied, ”it has been the work of many generations.”

    ”Miss Elizabeth Bennet!” repeated Miss Bingley. ”I am all astonishment. How long has she been such a favourite? -- and pray when am I to wish you joy?”

    ”If they had uncles enough to fill all Cheapside,” cried Bingley, ”it would not make them one jot less agreeable.”

    ”Then, my dear, you may have the advantage of your friend, and introduce Mr. Bingley to her.”
  • 014. Do you mind…?
  • ”I have not the smallest objection to explaining them,” said he, as soon as she allowed him to speak. ”You either chuse this method of passing the evening because you are in each others confidence, and have secret affairs to discuss, or because you are conscious that your figures appear to the greatest advantage in walking; -- if the first, I should be completely in your way; -- and if the second, I can admire you much better as I sit by the fire.”
  • ”Not at all,” he replied; ”they were brightened by the exercise.” -- A short pause followed this speech, and Mrs. Hurst began again.
    An invitation to dinner was soon afterwards dispatched; and already had Mrs. Bennet planned the courses that were to do credit to her housekeeping, when an answer arrived which deferred it all. Mr. Bingley was obliged to be in town the following day, and consequently unable to accept the honour of their invitation, &c. Mrs. Bennet was quite disconcerted. She could not imagine what business he could have in town so soon after his arrival in Hertfordshire; and she began to fear that he might be always flying about from one place to another, and never settled at Netherfield as he ought to be. Lady Lucas quieted her fears a little by starting the idea of his being gone to London only to get a large party for the ball; and a report soon followed that Mr. Bingley was to bring twelve ladies and seven gentlemen with him to the assembly. The girls grieved over such a large number of ladies; but were comforted the day before the ball by hearing that, instead of twelve, he had brought only six with him from London, his five sisters and a cousin. And when the party entered the assembly room, it consisted of only five altogether; Mr. Bingley, his two sisters, the husband of the oldest, and another young man.
  • “要是你存心罚他,那是再容易不过的事,”伊丽莎白说。“彼此都可以罚来罚去,折磨来折磨去。作弄他一番吧──讥笑他一番吧。你们既然这么相熟,你该懂得怎么对付他呀。”
  • “关于促进我的家庭幸福方面,你还有什么别的意见吗?”

    “我直想再见见她!我从来没碰到过这么使我喜爱的人。模样儿那么好,又那样懂得礼貌,小小的年纪就出落得多才多艺,她的钢琴真弹得高明极了。”
    伊丽莎白掉过头去,免得人家看见她发笑。

    ”Certainly not; at first. But they are very pleasing women when you converse with them. Miss Bingley is to live with her brother and keep his house; and I am much mistaken if we shall not find a very charming neighbour in her.”

    ”If they had uncles enough to fill all Cheapside,” cried Bingley, ”it would not make them one jot less agreeable.”

    ”Oh! I am not at all afraid of her dying. People do not die of little trifling colds. She will be taken good care of. As long is she stays there, it is all very well. I would go and see her, if I could have the carriage.”

    Her sister made not the smallest objection, and the piano-forte was opened, and Darcy, after a few moments recollection, was not sorry for it. He began to feel the danger of paying Elizabeth too much attention.
    They found Mary, as usual, deep in the study of thorough bass and human nature; and had some new extracts to admire, and some new observations of thread-bare morality to listen to. Catherine and Lydia had information for them of a different sort. Much had been done and much had been said in the regiment since the preceding Wednesday; several of the officers had dined lately with their uncle, a private had been flogged, and it had actually been hinted that Colonel Forster was going to be married.
    030. I bet…
  • ”I do not cough for my own amusement,” replied Kitty fretfully.
  • They were not welcomed home very cordially by their mother. Mrs. Bennet wondered at their coming, and thought them very wrong to give so much trouble, and was sure Jane would have caught cold again. -- But their father, though very laconic in his expressions of pleasure, was really glad to see them; he had felt their importance in the family circle. The evening conversation, when they were all assembled, had lost much of its animation, and almost all its sense, by the absence of Jane and Elizabeth.
  • 伊丽莎白本不想跟他们待在一起,一听这话,便笑嘻嘻地说:
  • “天佑我叶家,基业长青,子嗣不凡,子孙后辈皆是人中龙凤。”

    叶家老太君拄着龙头拐杖,一脸欣慰的看着叶家子嗣。

    今日是叶家掌舵人刘凤至的六十大寿,自从叶家老爷子重病后,叶家老太太便掌控大权,大小事务,全都由她决定。

    今天来贺寿的,也都是银州有头有脸的人物。

    就在这时,一道长喝响了起来。

    “叶家叶谭明恭祝老太君福如东海,寿比南山,献玉海一座!”

    “乾元董事长王福山恭祝老太君长命百岁,送珠宝玉雕一对!”

    “丰海集团总经理恭祝老太君福寿安康,送镶金匾额一扇!”

    ......

    来往宾客,看着一件件价值不菲的礼物,也都心生羡慕,恐怕这次礼品加起来,总价值会过五百万了吧。

    但是接下来的一个声音,却让在场宾客有些愣怔,甚至无语。

    “叶家女婿萧阳,恭祝老太君千秋万代,送生锈铜壶一只!”

    此话一出,来往的宾客都面面相觑,随即爆发出一阵鄙视的笑声。

    “这个萧阳就是三年前入赘叶家的那个混小子吗?”

    “就是他,也不知道叶老太爷怎么想的,叶云舒的父亲虽说平庸了一些,可叶云舒也算是叶家千金,却把她许配给了一个无名无姓之辈。”

    “老太君三年来,从未让他踏入叶家半步,足以证明对其不满,今日是老太君大寿,却送一只破铜烂铁,真是贻笑大方啊。”

    叶云舒是一个很漂亮的女人,高挑的身材,远山黛眉,天生长了一张高级的脸蛋。

    可此时,那张脸蛋上却布满了阴霾。

    她拉着杵在一旁的萧阳来到了角落里。

    “老......云舒,你怎么了?”萧阳不解的问道。

    叶云舒气愤的说道:“还问我怎么了,我给你五万块买的礼物呢?”

    萧阳无辜的指了指放在大红桌子上的铜壶,“喏,那就是啊。”

    “五万块,你竟然买了一只破铜烂铁,今天可是奶奶的生日,你怎么可以这样?”

    说完这话,叶云舒充满了委屈,三年了,这个废物无所事事,呆在家中当一个家庭煮夫,饭菜烧的倒是不错,可那又有什么用?

    真正的男人,是要干出一番惊天动地的事业,成就无上的功名利禄的,这才叫男人。

    可再反观萧阳,始终一副无所谓的样子,让人又气又恨。

    就拿今天这件事来说,五万块钱,虽然不多,但也够买一件体面一点的礼品了,可他却买了个破铜烂铁,丢人丢到了奶奶的寿宴上。

    果然不能把这么重要的事情交给萧阳,真是烂泥扶不上墙。

    若不是顾及叶家的名声,她说不定早就跟这个窝囊废离婚了。

    “云舒,别看这件铜壶看起来其貌不扬,可却是汉朝流传下来的一件铜器,价值起码五千万。”

    “呦,五千万?不会是从古玩街淘来的吧。”就在这时,叶谭明一脸戏谑的笑意走了过来。

    叶谭明是老太君最得宠的孙儿,如果不出什么意外,日后的叶家便是叶谭明掌权。

    他本人自然也知道这一点,所以向来自视甚高,尤其看不起二伯家这一脉,因为二伯不得宠,早早出去自创家业去了,也只有每逢重大节日才允许到叶家一趟。

    萧阳淡淡的瞥了他一眼,如实说道:“的确是从古玩街买回来的。”

    此话一出,惹得在座宾客哄然大笑。

    “大家谁不知道,古玩一条街卖的八九成是假货,你买个假货也就罢了,起码挑一件像样的吧,你再看看我给奶奶准备的礼物!”

    叶谭明来到他那一座半人多高的玉海面前,得意之色不言自明。

    的确,跟他的礼物比起来,萧阳的礼物不值一提。

    这时,老太君拄着龙头拐杖走了过来,一众亲戚宾客站起,态度恭敬。

    “奶奶,萧阳不懂事,您不要怪他,等我回去,再给您准备一份像样的礼物。”

    叶云舒几步上前,先给老太君赔了一个礼,虽说她跟萧阳有名无实,可终究是名义上的丈夫,在亲戚面前,还是要护一下的。

    老太君看了看那柄铜壶,露出一股厌恶的神色,从鼻孔里淡淡的哼了一声。

    “算了,你们家也没多少钱,还是留下来好好过日子吧,孙儿,寿宴要开始了,扶我过去。”

    叶谭明答应了一声,连忙搀扶着老太君,还不忘记回头给叶云舒一个得意的眼神。

    叶云舒恨恨的咬了一下嘴唇,本想通过这一次的寿宴,给老太君留一个好印象,看来全都泡汤了。

    她刚要跟过去,只听老太君不咸不淡的的说道:“主桌坐满了,你们就不必上去了。”

    叶云舒脚步一顿,一股耻辱之感萦绕心中。

    堂堂叶家千金,却要跟堂下客坐在一起,感受到无数道好奇的眼神投来,叶云舒恨不得抬脚就走。

    再看看台上主桌,聚光灯下,言笑宴宴,这种差别对待,可见老太君对于自己这一脉,是多么的不待见了。

    父亲无用也就罢了,可终究是叶家人,但偏偏又有一个上门女婿更是废物,在老太君看来,叶云舒这一脉,彻底无可救药了。

    “云舒,很羡慕吗?”萧阳笑眯眯的问道。

    叶云舒不耐烦的说了一句,“羡慕有用吗,那是主位,只有老太君才能坐,我又算的了什么?”

    “爷爷重病之后,我们全家就搬了出来,日子过得一天不如一天!”

    “本想借着这次机会讨好老太君,让叶家分配一些资源过来,可现在呢?”

    “算了,跟你说又有什么用,你又不懂。”

    叶云舒说着说着,委屈得掉下了眼泪。

    萧阳一怔,我不懂?

    男儿有志,鸿鹄摇天。

    他一直以来都没想过参与叶家的事,不是不想,而是不屑。

    萧阳,堂堂世界第一神秘组织龙王殿的的创始人,人称龙王,座下四大炽天使,十二大六翼天使,掌管着世界半数的权势跟财富。

    可以说,萧阳一句话,别说叶家,就算是整座银州各大家族,都会在谈笑间,灰飞烟灭!

    他不懂?

    他上门女婿做了三年,只想完成当年的夙愿。

    可如今已把叶云舒当成自己的妻子。

    只是每次叶云舒从叶家回来,都会面带欢笑,萧阳本以为在叶家,叶云舒应该有一定的地位才对。

    但是今日一见,却并非如此。

    想到这里,萧阳云淡风轻的说道:“云舒,如果你喜欢,我便让你坐上那个位置。”

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    “不错;可是最有趣味的还是研究复杂的性格。至少这样的性格有研究的价值。”
    “我的好老爷,你可不能指望这些女孩都跟她们爹妈一样的见识呀。等她们到了我们这么大年纪,她们也许就会跟我们一样,不会再想到什么军官们了。我刻从前有个时期,我也很喜爱‘红制服’───当然,到现在我心里头还喜爱‘红制服’呢;要是有位漂亮的年轻上校,每年有五六千磅的收入,随便向我的哪一个女儿求婚,我决不会拒绝他的;有天晚上在威廉爵士家里,看见弗斯脱上校全副军装,真是一表人材!”
    ”With the officers!” cried Lydia. ”I wonder my aunt did not tell us of that.” 达西只笑了一下,接着大伙儿都沉默了一阵子,这时候伊丽莎白很是着急,怕她母亲又要出丑。她想说点儿什么,可是又想不出什么可说的。沉默了一下以后,班纳特太太又重新向彬格莱先生道谢,说是多亏他对吉英照顾周到,同时又向他道歉说,丽萃也来打扰了他。彬格莱先生回答得极其恳切而有礼貌,弄得他的妹妹也不得不讲礼貌,说了些很得体的话。她说话的态度并不十分自然,可是班纳特太太已经够满意的了。一会儿工夫,班纳特太太就叫预备马车。这个号令一发,她那位顶小的女儿立刻走上前来。原来自从她们母女来到此地,两个女儿就一直在交头接耳地商量,最后说定了由顶小的女儿来要求彬格莱先生兑现他刚以乡下时的诺言,在尼日斐花园开一次跳舞会。
    “怪不得你只认识六个才女啦。我现在简直疑心你连一个也不认识呢。”
    ”Not at all,” he replied; ”they were brightened by the exercise.” -- A short pause followed this speech, and Mrs. Hurst began again.

    The girls stared at their father. Mrs. Bennet said only, ”Nonsense, nonsense!”

      ”My dear, you flatter me. I certainly have had my share of beauty, but I do not pretend to be any thing extraordinary now. When a woman has five grown up daughters, she ought to give over thinking of her own beauty.”
  • 053. It’s my fault for…
  • “他真是一个典型的好青年,”她说,“有见识,有趣味,人又活泼;我从来没有见过他那种讨人喜欢的举止!那么大方,又有十全十美的教养!” Chapter 2
    ”But I can assure you,” she added, ”that Lizzy does not lose much by not suiting his fancy; for he is a most disagreeable, horrid man, not at all worth pleasing. So high and so conceited that there was no enduring him! He walked here, and he walked there, fancying himself so very great! Not handsome enough to dance with! I wish you had been there, my dear, to have given him one of your set downs. I quite detest the man.”
      069. On one hand…on the other hand…

    这一天过得和前一天没有多大的不同。赫斯脱太太和彬格莱小姐上午陪了病人几个钟头,病人尽管好转得很慢,却在不断地好转。晚上,伊丽莎白跟她们一块儿待在客厅里。不过这一回却没有看见有人打“禄牌”。达西先生在写信,彬格莱小姐坐在他身旁看他写,一再纠缠不清地要他代她附笔问候他的妹妹。赫斯脱先生和彬格莱先生在打“皮克牌”,赫斯脱太太在一旁看他们打。

    ”Perhaps you mean what I overheard between him and Mr. Robinson; did not I mention it to you? Mr. Robinsons asking him how he liked our Meryton assemblies, and whether he did not think there were a great many pretty women in the room, and which he thought the prettiest? and his answering immediately to the last question -- ”Oh! the eldest Miss Bennet beyond a doubt, there cannot be two opinions on that point.””

    ”I never saw such a woman, I never saw such capacity, and taste, and application, and elegance, as you describe, united.”

      于是她就得意洋洋地跑开了。她一面跪溜达,一面想到一两天内就可以回家,觉得很高兴。吉英的病已经大为好转,当天晚上就想走出房间去玩它两个钟头。
    “你连在宫里都不肯赏脸吗?”
    ”But if a woman is partial to a man, and does not endeavour to conceal it, he must find it out.”

    “达西先生,我刚刚跟弗斯脱上校讲笑话,要他给我们在麦里屯开一次跳舞会,你看我的话是不是说得非常得体?”

    018. Not…until…

    057. It’s up to…

  • 娘儿们吃过晚饭以后,伊丽莎白就上楼到她姐姐那儿去,看她穿戴得妥妥贴贴,不会着凉,便陪着她上客厅去。她的女朋友们见到她,都表示欢迎,一个个都说非常高兴。在男客们没有来的那一个钟头里,她们是那么和蔼可亲,伊丽莎白从来不曾看到过。她们的健谈本领真是吓人,描述起宴会来纤毫入微,说起故事来风趣横溢,讥笑起一个朋友来也是有声有色。
  • Mary wished to say something very sensible, but knew not how.
    ”Thank you -- but I always mend my own.”
  • ”My dear, you flatter me. I certainly have had my share of beauty, but I do not pretend to be any thing extraordinary now. When a woman has five grown up daughters, she ought to give over thinking of her own beauty.”
  • “唔,”夏绿蒂说,“我一心一意祝吉英成功。我以为即使她明天就跟他结婚,她必能获得的幸福,比起她花上一年的时间,研究了他的性格、再去跟他结婚所能获得的幸福,并不见得会少到哪里去。婚姻生活是否幸福,完全是个机会问题。一对爱人婚前脾气摸得非常透,或者脾气非常相同,这并不能保证他们俩就会幸福。他们总是弄到后来距离越来越远,彼此烦恼。你既然得和这个人过一辈子,你最尽量少了解他的缺点。”
  • 071. Speaking of…
  • ”And then you have added so much to it yourself, you are always buying books.”
    “唔,要是你这么一本正经,我就认为这件事百分之百地决定啦。你一定会得到一位有趣的岳母大人,而且当然罗,她会永远在彭伯里跟你待在一起。”
      ”Upon my word! -- Well, that was very decided indeed -- that does seem as if -- but, however, it may all come to nothing, you know.”

    ”To-morrow fortnight.”

    达西说:“你这一套极其平凡的所谓才艺,倒是千真万确。多少女人只不过会编织钱袋,点缀屏风,就享有了多才多艺的美名;可是我却不能同意你对一般妇女的估价。我不敢说大话;我认识很多女人,而真正多才多艺的实在不过半打。”
    果然不出他所料,娘儿们一听此说,一个个都大这惊异,尤其是班纳特太太,比谁都惊异得厉害;不过,这样欢天喜地地喧嚷了一阵以后,她便当众宣布,说这件事她早就料到的。

    “你宁可看书,不要玩牌吗?”他说。“这真是少有。”

    Mr. Bingley had soon made himself acquainted with all the principal people in the room; he was lively and unreserved, danced every dance, was angry that the ball closed so early, and talked of giving one himself at Netherfield. Such amiable qualities must speak for themselves. What a contrast between him and his friend! Mr. Darcy danced only once with Mrs. Hurst and once with Miss Bingley, declined being introduced to any other lady, and spent the rest of the evening in walking about the room, speaking occasionally to one of his own party. His character was decided. He was the proudest, most disagreeable man in the world, and every body hoped that he would never come there again. Amongst the most violent against him was Mrs. Bennet, whose dislike of his general behaviour was sharpened into particular resentment by his having slighted one of her daughters.
    ”That is a question which Mr. Darcy only can answer.”
    Lydia declared herself satisfied. ”Oh! yes -- it would be much better to wait till Jane was well, and by that time most likely Captain Carter would be at Meryton again. And when you have given your ball,” she added, ”I shall insist on their giving one also. I shall tell Colonel Forster it will be quite a shame if he does not.”
    ”Is Miss Darcy much grown since the spring?” said Miss Bingley; ”will she be as tall as I am?”
  • “啊!你不知道我怎样受苦呢!”
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    ”Nay,” cried Bingley, ”this is too much, to remember at night all the foolish things that were said in the morning. And yet, upon my honour, I believed what I said of myself to be true, and I believe it at this moment. At least, therefore, I did not assume the character of needless precipitance merely to shew off before the ladies.” 彬格莱小姐死样怪气地说:“达西先生,我倒担心,她这次的冒失行为,会影响你对她那双美丽的眼睛的爱慕吧?”
    要不是顾全伊丽莎白的面子,彬格莱先生简直忍不住要笑出来了。他的妹妹可没有他那么用心周到,便不由得带着富有表情的笑容望着达西先生。伊丽莎为了找个借口转移一下她母亲的心思,便问她母亲说,自从她离家以后,夏绿蒂·卢卡斯有没有到浪博恩来过。

    ”I think I have heard you say, that their uncle is an attorney in Meryton.”

    ”I would not be so fastidious as you are,” cried Bingley, ”for a kingdom! Upon my honour I never met with so many pleasant girls in my life, as I have this evening; and there are several of them, you see, uncommonly pretty.”

    “来吧,达西,”彬格莱说,“我一定要你跳。我不愿看到你独个儿这么傻里傻气地站在这儿。还是去跳舞吧。”

    “没有,她硬要回去。据我猜想,大概是她家里街头等着她回去做肉饼。彬格莱先生,我雇起佣人来,总得要她们能够料理份内的事,我的女儿就不是人家那样教养大的。可是一切要看各人自己,告诉你,卢卡斯家里的几个姑娘全是些很好的女孩子。只可惜长得不漂亮!当然并不是我个人以为夏绿蒂长得难看,她究竟是我们要好的朋友。”

    ”That is exactly what I should have supposed of you,” said Elizabeth.
  • 058. It’s your turn…
  • ”But if a woman is partial to a man, and does not endeavour to conceal it, he must find it out.” ”Undoubtedly,” replied Darcy, to whom this remark was chiefly addressed, ”there is meanness in all the arts which ladies sometimes condescend to employ for captivation. Whatever bears affinity to cunning is despicable.”

    “他真的太客气了──可是,亲爱的伊丽莎小姐,看他这样求你,你总还会怪他多礼吧。谁不想要象你这样的一个舞伴?”

    “我以前倒不知道你是个研究人的性格的专家。”彬格莱马上接下去说,“那一定是一门很有趣的学问吧。”

  • 伊丽莎白在做针线,一面留神地听着达西跟彬格莱小姐谈话。只听得彬格莱小姐恭维话说个不停,不是说他的字写得好,就是说他的字迹一行行很齐整,要不就是赞美他的信写得仔细,可是对方却完全是冷冰冰爱理不理。这两个人你问我答,形成了一段奇妙的对白。照这样看来,伊丽莎白的确没有把他们俩看错。
    • “我可以乘着车子去吗?”吉英部。
  • 054. It’s not that… but…
  • Mr. Bennet replied that he had not.

    “这个人叫什么名字?”

    班纳特先生没有理睬她。

    ”Have you any thing else to propose for my domestic felicity?”

    “我从来没见过这样的女人。我从来没见过哪一个人象你所说的这样有才干,有情趣,又那么好学,那么仪态优雅。”

      ”Oh! you are a great deal too apt, you know, to like people in general. You never see a fault in any body. All the world are good and agreeable in your eyes. I never heard you speak ill of a human being in my life.”
    伊丽莎白回答道:“根本不懂,他一定是存心刁难我们,不过你最好不要理睬他,让他失望一下。”

    “吉蒂真不知趣,”她的父亲说;“咳嗽也不知道拣个时候。”

    “可是人们本身的变动很多,他们身上永远有新的东西值得你去注意。”

    He was silent.
    040. I have no idea…
      ELIZABETH passed the chief of the night in her sisters room, and in the morning had the pleasure of being able to send a tolerable answer to the enquiries which she very early received from Mr. Bingley by a housemaid, and some time afterwards from the two elegant ladies who waited on his sisters. In spite of this amendment, however, she requested to have a note sent to Longbourn, desiring her mother to visit Jane, and form her own judgment of her situation. The note was immediately dispatched, and its contents as quickly complied with. Mrs. Bennet, accompanied by her two youngest girls, reached Netherfield soon after the family breakfast. Had she found Jane in any apparent danger, Mrs. Bennet would have been very miserable; but being satisfied on seeing her, that her illness was not alarming, she had no wish of her recovering immediately, as her restoration to health would probably remove her from Netherfield. She would not listen therefore to her daughters proposal of being carried home; neither did the apothecary, who arrived about the same time, think it at all advisable. After sitting a little while with Jane, on Miss Bingleys appearance and invitation the mother and three daughters all attended her into the breakfast parlour. Bingley met them with hopes that Mrs. Bennet had not found Miss Bennet worse than she expected.
  • “来吧,达西,”彬格莱说,“我一定要你跳。我不愿看到你独个儿这么傻里傻气地站在这儿。还是去跳舞吧。”
  • 班纳特先生尽管在自己太太面前自始至终都说是不想去拜访彬格莱先生,事实上一直都打算去拜访他,而且还是跟第一批人一起去拜访他的。等到他去拜访过以后,当天晚上太太才知道实情。这消息透露出来的经过是这样的--他看到第二个女儿在装饰帽子,就突然对她说:
  • ”I am perfectly ready, I assure you, to keep my engagement, and when your sister is recovered, you shall if you please, name the very day of the ball. But you would not wish to be dancing while she is ill.”
  • MR. Bennet was among the earliest of those who waited on Mr. Bingley. He had always intended to visit him, though to the last always assuring his wife that he should not go; and till the evening after the visit was paid, she had no knowledge of it. It was then disclosed in the following manner. Observing his second daughter employed in trimming a hat, he suddenly addressed her with, ”I hope Mr. Bingley will like it, Lizzy.” “上别人家去吃饭,”班纳特太太说:“这真是晦气。”
      彬格莱先生依了达西先生的话走开以后,达西自己也走开了。伊丽莎白依旧坐在那里,对达西先生委实没有甚好感。不过她却满有兴致地把这段偷听到的话去讲给她的朋友听,因为她的个性活泼调皮,遇到任何可笑的事情都会感到兴趣。
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    ”The country,” said Darcy, ”can in general supply but few subjects for such a study. In a country neighbourhood you move in a very confined and unvarying society.”
    班纳特太太对她丈夫说:“我真奇怪,亲爱的,你总喜欢说你自己的孩子蠢。要是我呀,什么人的孩子我都可以看不起,可是我决不会看不起自己的孩子。”
    Elizabeth, having rather expected to affront him, was amazed at his gallantry; but there was a mixture of sweetness and archness in her manner which made it difficult for her to affront anybody; and Darcy had never been so bewitched by any woman as he was by her. He really believed, that were it not for the inferiority of her connections, he should be in some danger.
    022. He is not only… but also…
    “疏忽!我相信凡是能为你那个高贵的地方啬主观的东西,你一件也没疏忽过。──查尔斯,以后你自己建筑住宅的时候,我只希望有彭伯里一半那么美丽就好了。”
    ”I am sorry to hear that; but why did not you tell me so before? If I had known as much this morning, I certainly would not have called on him. It is very unlucky; but as I have actually paid the visit, we cannot escape the acquaintance now.”
    ”Then you would drink a great deal more than you ought,” said Mrs. Bennet; ”and if I were to see you at it, I should take away your bottle directly.”
    “你心里正在想,许多个晚上都是跟这些人在一起无聊度过的,这实在叫人受不了,我跟你颇有同感。我从来不曾这样烦闷过!既枯燥乏味,又吵闹不堪,无聊到了极点。这批人又一个个都自以为了不起!我就想听听你指责他们几句。”
    ”Mr. Bennet, how can you abuse your own children in such way? You take delight in vexing me. You have no compassion on my poor nerves.”
  • “是呀;她们还有个舅舅住在齐普赛附近。”
  • Mr. Darcy took her advice, and did finish his letter.

    ”It is a compliment which I never pay to any place, if I can avoid it.”
    ”Oh! yes -- I understand you perfectly.”
      Miss Bingley made no answer; and soon afterwards got up and walked about the room. Her figure was elegant, and she walked well; -- but Darcy, at whom it was all aimed, was still inflexibly studious. In the desperation of her feelings she resolved on one effort more; and turning to Elizabeth, said,

    Elizabeth joined them again only to say that her sister was worse, and that she could not leave her. Bingley urged Mr. Joness being sent for immediately; while his sisters, convinced that no country advice could be of any service, recommended an express to town for one of the most eminent physicians. This she would not hear of, but she was not so unwilling to comply with their brothers proposal; and it was settled that Mr. Jones should be sent for early in the morning if Miss Bennet were not decidedly better. Bingley was quite uncomfortable; his sisters declared that they were miserable. They solaced their wretchedness, however, by duets after supper, while he could find no better relief to his feelings than by giving his housekeeper directions that every possible attention might be paid to the sick lady and her sister.

    “噢,不要紧。正月里我就可以跟她见面。不过,你老是写那么动人的长信给她吗,达西先生?”
    ”And I wish my collection were larger for your benefit and my own credit; but I am an idle fellow, and though I have not many, I have more than I ever look into.”
    CAROLINE BINGLEY.”
    夏绿蒂当时说道:“这种事想瞒过大家,也许是怪有意思的,不过,这样提心吊胆,有时候反而不妙。要是一个女人在她自己心爱的人面前,也用这种技巧遮遮掩掩,不让他知道她对他有意思,那她就可能没有机会博得他的欢心;那么,就是把天下人都蒙在鼓里,也无补于事。男女恋爱大都免不了要借重于双方的感恩图报之心和虚荣自负之感,听其自然是很难成其好事的。恋爱的开头都是随随便便──某人对某人发生点儿好感,本是极其自然的一回事;只可惜没有对方和鼓励而自己就肯没头没脑去钟情的人,简直太少了。女人家十有八九都是心里有一分爱表面上就露出两分。毫无问题,彬格莱喜欢你姐姐;可是你姐姐如果不帮他一把劲,他也许喜欢喜欢她就算了。”
    Chapter 11
      ”If I were as rich as Mr. Darcy,” cried a young Lucas who came with his sisters, ”I should not care how proud I was. I would keep a pack of foxhounds, and drink a bottle of wine every day.”
    于是班纳特先生接下去说:“让曼丽仔细想一想再发表意见吧,我们还是重新来谈谈彬格莱先生。” “是呀;可是他喜欢的倒是第二个意中人。” 090. What would you do if…? ”But it must very materially lessen their chance of marrying men of any consideration in the world,” replied Darcy. ”Thank you -- but I always mend my own.”
    接着她又说道:“要不是靠好朋友们照顾,我相信她真不知道变成什么样儿了;因为她实在病得很重,痛苦得很厉害,不过好在她有极大的耐性──她一贯都是那样的,我生平简直没见过第二个人有她这般温柔到极点的性格。我常常跟别的几个女儿们说,她们比起她来简直太差了。彬格莱先生,你这所房子很可爱呢,从那条鹅卵石铺道上望出去,景致也很美丽。在这个村庄里,我从来没见过一个地方比得上尼日斐花园。虽然你的租期很短,我劝你千万别急着搬走。”

    021. He is so… that…

    伊丽莎笑着说:“达西先生未免太客气了。”

    “我真佩服你想得这般周到。两个星期的认识当然谈不上什么。跟一个人相处了两个星期,不可能就此了解他究竟是怎样一个人。不过,要是我们不去尝试尝试,别人可少不了要尝试的。话说到底,郎格太太和她的侄女一定不肯错过这个良机。因此,要是你不愿意办这件事,我自己来办好了,反正她会觉得这是我们对她的一片好意。”
    ”Your picture may be very exact, Louisa,” said Bingley; ”but this was all lost upon me. I thought Miss Elizabeth Bennet looked remarkably well, when she came into the room this morning. Her dirty petticoat quite escaped my notice.”

    062. I wonder if…?

    Chapter 3
    060. I have been…
    于是班纳特太太带着她的两个女儿走了。伊丽莎白立刻回到吉英身边去,也不去管彬格莱府上的两位小姐怎样在背后议论她跟她家里人有失体统。不过,尽管彬格莱小姐怎么样说俏皮话,怎么样拿她的“美丽的眼睛”开玩笑,达西却始终不肯受她们的怂恿,夹在她们一起来编派她的不是。
      “我绝对不跳。你知道我一向多么讨厌跳舞,除非跟特别熟的人跳。在这样的舞会上跳舞,简直叫人受不了。你的姐妹们都在跟别人跳,要是叫舞场里别的女人跟我跳,没有一个不叫我活受罪的。”
    ”Certainly, my dear, nobody said there were; but as to not meeting with many people in this neighbourhood, I believe there are few neighbourhoods larger. I know we dine with four and twenty families.”
    009. Did you use to…

    ”I believe, Maam, I may safely promise you never to dance with him.”

  • ”You used us abominably ill,” answered Mrs. Hurst, ”in running away without telling us that you were coming out.” Then taking the disengaged arm of Mr. Darcy, she left Elizabeth to walk by herself. The path just admitted three.
  • Mr. Darcy felt their rudeness and immediately said, --

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    “那么,好太太,你正可以占你朋友的上风,反过来替她介绍这位贵人啦。”“我是在谈谈可能办到的事情,查尔斯。”
  • ”Would Mr. Darcy then consider the rashness of your original intention as atoned for by your obstinacy in adhering to it?”
  • “例如虚荣和傲慢就是属于这一类弱点。”
  • 009. Did you use to…
    • ”That is exactly what I should have supposed of you,” said Elizabeth.
    ”And your defect is a propensity to hate every body.”

    ”Upon my word! -- Well, that was very decided indeed -- that does seem as if -- but, however, it may all come to nothing, you know.”

  • “这个人叫什么名字?”
  • 001. Are you sure…?

    ”I have been used to consider poetry as the food of love,” said Darcy.

    ”Will it not be advisable, before we proceed on this subject, to arrange with rather more precision the degree of importance which is to appertain to this request, as well as the degree of intimacy subsisting between the parties?”

    ”My dear Mr. Bennet,” said his lady to him one day, ”have you heard that Netherfield Park is let at last?”

    “达西先生,我刚刚跟弗斯脱上校讲笑话,要他给我们在麦里屯开一次跳舞会,你看我的话是不是说得非常得体?”

    “噢!亲爱的,”班纳特太太接下去说,“我非常喜欢他。他真太漂亮啦!他的姐妹们也都很讨人喜欢。我生平没有看见过任何东西比她们的衣饰更讲究。我敢说,赫斯脱太太衣服上的花边--”说到这里又给岔断了。

    ”I admire the activity of your benevolence,” observed Mary, ”but every impulse of feeling should be guided by reason; and, in my opinion, exertion should always be in proportion to what is required.”

    When tea was over, Mr. Hurst reminded his sister-in-law of the card-table -- but in vain. She had obtained private intelligence that Mr. Darcy did not wish for cards; and Mr. Hurst soon found even his open petition rejected. She assured him that no one intended to play, and the silence of the whole party on the subject seemed to justify her. Mr. Hurst had therefore nothing to do but to stretch himself on one of the sophas and go to sleep. Darcy took up a book; Miss Bingley did the same; and Mrs. Hurst, principally occupied in playing with her bracelets and rings, joined now and then in her brothers conversation with Miss Bennet.
    ”That is exactly the question which I expected you to ask. A ladys imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony, in a moment. I knew you would be wishing me joy.”
    ”What you ask,” said Elizabeth, ”is no sacrifice on my side; and Mr. Darcy had much better finish his letter,”
    She smiled, but made no answer. He repeated the question, with some surprise at her silence.

    ”Bingley.”

      068. … only to find…

    ”Nothing so easy, if you have but the inclination,” said Elizabeth. ”We can all plague and punish one another. Teaze him -- laugh at him. -- Intimate as you are, you must know how it is to be done.”

    ”There is, I believe, in every disposition a tendency to some particular evil, a natural defect, which not even the best education can overcome.”

    夏绿蒂当时说道:“这种事想瞒过大家,也许是怪有意思的,不过,这样提心吊胆,有时候反而不妙。要是一个女人在她自己心爱的人面前,也用这种技巧遮遮掩掩,不让他知道她对他有意思,那她就可能没有机会博得他的欢心;那么,就是把天下人都蒙在鼓里,也无补于事。男女恋爱大都免不了要借重于双方的感恩图报之心和虚荣自负之感,听其自然是很难成其好事的。恋爱的开头都是随随便便──某人对某人发生点儿好感,本是极其自然的一回事;只可惜没有对方和鼓励而自己就肯没头没脑去钟情的人,简直太少了。女人家十有八九都是心里有一分爱表面上就露出两分。毫无问题,彬格莱喜欢你姐姐;可是你姐姐如果不帮他一把劲,他也许喜欢喜欢她就算了。”

    从此她们每次拜访腓力普太太都获得了最有趣的消息。她们每天都会打听到几个军官的名字和他们的社会关系。军官们的住宅不久就让大家知道了,再后来小姐们就直接跟他们搞熟了,腓力普先生一一拜访了那些军官,这真是替她的姨侄女们开辟了一道意想不到的幸福源泉。她们现在开口闭口都离不开那些军官。在这以前,只要提到彬格莱先生的偌大财产,她们的母亲就会眉飞色舞,如今跟军官们的制服对比起来,她们就觉得偌大的财产简直一钱不值了。

    “我希望彬格莱先生会喜欢你这顶帽子,丽萃。”

    ”Miss Bingley,” said he, ”has given me credit for more than can be. The wisest and the best of men, nay, the wisest and best of their actions, may be rendered ridiculous by a person whose first object in life is a joke.”

    ”I would not be so fastidious as you are,” cried Bingley, ”for a kingdom! Upon my honour I never met with so many pleasant girls in my life, as I have this evening; and there are several of them, you see, uncommonly pretty.”

    ”Oh!” said she, ”I heard you before; but I could not immediately determine what to say in reply. You wanted me, I know, to say ”Yes,” that you might have the pleasure of despising my taste; but I always delight in overthrowing those kind of schemes, and cheating a person of their premeditated contempt. I have therefore made up my mind to tell you that I do not want to dance a reel at all -- and now despise me if you dare.”
    Chapter 4

    珈苔琳和丽迪雅同声说道:“我们陪你到麦里屯。”伊丽莎表示赞成,于是三位年轻的小姐就一块儿出发了。

      ”Perhaps I do. Arguments are too much like disputes. If you and Miss Bennet will defer yours till I am out of the room, I shall be very thankful; and then you may say whatever you like of me.”
    Mrs. Hurst sang with her sister, and while they were thus employed, Elizabeth could not help observing, as she turned over some music books that lay on the instrument, how frequently Mr. Darcys eyes were fixed on her. She hardly knew how to suppose that she could be an object of admiration to so great man; and yet that he should look at her because he disliked her was still more strange. She could only imagine however, at last, that she drew his notice because there was a something about her more wrong and reprehensible, according to his ideas of right, than in any other person present. The supposition did not pain her. She liked him too little to care for his approbation. Between him and Darcy there was a very steady friendship, in spite of a great opposition of character. -- Bingley was endeared to Darcy by the easiness, openness, ductility of his temper, though no disposition could offer a greater contrast to his own, and though with his own he never appeared dissatisfied. On the strength of Darcys regard Bingley had the firmest reliance, and of his judgment the highest opinion. In understanding, Darcy was the superior. Bingley was by no means deficient, but Darcy was clever. He was at the same time haughty, reserved, and fastidious, and his manners, though well bred, were not inviting. In that respect his friend had greatly the advantage. Bingley was sure of being liked wherever he appeared; Darcy was continually giving offence.
      094. Where there is… there is…
    “不过,我的好老爷,彬格莱一搬到我们的邻近来,你的确应该去看看他。”
    ”No” -- said Darcy, ”I have made no such pretension. I have faults enough, but they are not, I hope, of understanding. My temper I dare not vouch for. -- It is I believe too little yielding -- certainly too little for the convenience of the world. I cannot forget the follies and vices of others so soon as I ought, nor their offences against myself. My feelings are not puffed about with every attempt to move them. My temper would perhaps be called resentful. -- My good opinion once lost is lost for ever.”
    ”You used us abominably ill,” answered Mrs. Hurst, ”in running away without telling us that you were coming out.” Then taking the disengaged arm of Mr. Darcy, she left Elizabeth to walk by herself. The path just admitted three.
  • ”I honour your circumspection. A fortnights acquaintance is certainly very little. One cannot know what a man really is by the end of a fortnight. But if we do not venture, somebody else will; and after all, Mrs. Long and her nieces must stand their chance; and therefore, as she will think it an act of kindness, if you decline the office, I will take it on myself.”
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    “我非常高兴那么办。我真想干脆就把彭伯里买下来,只要达西肯卖。”

    ”Nothing so easy, if you have but the inclination,” said Elizabeth. ”We can all plague and punish one another. Teaze him -- laugh at him. -- Intimate as you are, you must know how it is to be done.”

    伊丽莎白叫道:“你这一番话只不过说明了彬格莱先生并没有任着他自己的性子说做就做。你这样一说,比他自己说更来得光彩啦。”

    095. Whether or not… ”It is from Miss Bingley,” said Jane, and then read it aloud. “不行,亲爱的,你最好骑着马去。天好象要下雨的样子,下了雨你就可以在那儿过夜。” 彬格莱小姐说:“伊丽莎·班纳特小姐瞧不起玩牌,她是个了不起的读书人,对别的事都不感到乐趣。”
    ”Perhaps he must, if he sees enough of her. But though Bingley and Jane meet tolerably often, it is never for many hours together; and as they always see each other in large mixed parties, it is impossible that every moment should be employed in conversing together. Jane should therefore make the most of every half hour in which she can command his attention. When she is secure of him, there will be leisure for falling in love as much as she chuses.”
    “我的亲丽萃!”

    050. I really go for…

    “你们的跳舞会定在那一天开,丽萃?”
    050. I really go for…
    ”But people themselves alter so much, that there is something new to be observed in them for ever.”

    “唔,要是你这么一本正经,我就认为这件事百分之百地决定啦。你一定会得到一位有趣的岳母大人,而且当然罗,她会永远在彭伯里跟你待在一起。”

    ”Indeed I do not dare.”

    ”You begin to comprehend me, do you?” cried he, turning towards her.

    Her enquiries after her sister were not very favourably answered. Miss Bennet had slept ill, and though up, was very feverish and not well enough to leave her room. Elizabeth was glad to be taken to her immediately; and Jane, who had only been withheld by the fear of giving alarm or inconvenience, from expressing in her note how much she longed for such a visit, was delighted at her entrance. She was not equal, however, to much conversation, and when Miss Bingley left them together, could attempt little beside expressions of gratitude for the extraordinary kindness she was treated with. Elizabeth silently attended her.

    ”Do let us have a little music,” -- cried Miss Bingley, tired of a conversation in which she had no share. -- ”Louisa, you will not mind my waking Mr. Hurst.”
    ”The indirect boast; -- for you are really proud of your defects in writing, because you consider them as proceeding from a rapidity of thought and carelessness of execution, which if not estimable, you think at least highly interesting. The power of doing any thing with quickness is always much prized by the possessor, and often without any attention to the imperfection of the performance. When you told Mrs. Bennet this morning that if you ever resolved on quitting Netherfield you should be gone in five minutes, you meant it to be a sort of panegyric, of compliment to yourself -- and yet what is there so very laudable in a precipitance which must leave very necessary business undone, and can be of no real advantage to yourself or any one else?”
    “我却一贯认为,诗是爱情的食粮,”达西说。
    ”It shews an affection for her sister that is very pleasing,” said Bingley.
  • 001. Are you sure…?
  • “你怎么这样大惊小怪!”他嚷道。“你以为替人家效点儿劳介绍是毫无意思的事吗?你这样的说法我可不大同意。你说呢,曼丽?我知道你是个有独到见解的少女,读的书都是皇皇巨著,而且还要做札记。”
    093. Where can I…?
    THE day passed much as the day before had done. Mrs. Hurst and Miss Bingley had spent some hours of the morning with the invalid, who continued, though slowly, to mend; and in the evening Elizabeth joined their party in the drawing room. The loo table, however, did not appear. Mr. Darcy was writing, and Miss Bingley, seated near him, was watching the progress of his letter, and repeatedly calling off his attention by messages to his sister. Mr. Hurst and Mr. Bingley were at piquet, and Mrs. Hurst was observing their game. Elizabeth took up some needlework, and was sufficiently amused in attending to what passed between Darcy and his companion. The perpetual commendations of the lady either on his hand-writing, or on the evenness of his lines, or on the length of his letter, with the perfect unconcern with which her praises were received, formed a curious dialogue, and was exactly in unison with her opinion of each.

    018. Not…until…

    ”Miss Eliza Bennet,” said Miss Bingley, ”despises cards. She is a great reader and has no pleasure in anything else.”

    “你说得不错,可是事实上,她们却一个个都很聪明。”

    “我可以乘着车子去吗?”吉英部。

    On his approaching them soon afterwards, though without seeming to have any intention of speaking, Miss Lucas defied her friend to mention such a subject to him, which immediately provoking Elizabeth to do it, she turned to him and said,

    “我希望彬格莱先生会喜欢你这顶帽子,丽萃。”