小说:《傲慢与偏见》 第43章 (下) (中英对照)

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             第 43 章 (下)

他们只相隔二十码路光景,他这样突然出现,叫人家简直来不及躲避。顷刻之间,四只眼睛碰在一起,两个人脸上都涨得血红。只见主人吃惊非凡,竟楞在那儿一动不动,但是他立刻定了一定心,走到他们面前来,跟伊莉莎白说话,语气之间即使不能算是十分镇静,至少十分有礼貌。

  伊莉莎白早就不由自主地走开了,可是见他既然已经走上前来,她便不得不停住脚步,又窘又羞地接受他的问候。再说舅父母,他们即使一见了他还认不出是他,或是明明看出他和刚才那幅画像有相似的地方,却还看不出他就是达西先生,至少看看那个园丁眼见主人归来而惊奇万状的神气,也应该立刻明白了。舅父母看到他在跟他们的外甥女儿谈话,便稍稍站得远一点。他客客气气地问候她家里人的平安,她却诧异慌张得不敢抬起眼睛来朝他脸上看一眼,简直不知道自己回答了他几句什么话。他的态度跟他们俩上一次分手的时候完全两样,这使她感到惊奇,因此他每说一句话都使她越发觉得窘;她脑子里左思右想,觉得闯到这儿来被人家发现,真是有失体统,这短短的几分钟竟成了她生平最难挨的一段光阴。他也不见得比她从容,说话的声调也不象往常那么镇定。他问她是几时从浪搏恩出发,在德比郡待了多久,诸如此类的话问了又问,而且问得很是慌张,这足以说明他是怎样的心神错乱。

  最后他好象已经无话可说,默默无言地站了几分钟,突然又定了一下心,告辞而去。

  舅父母这才走到她跟前,说他的仪表叫他们很是仰慕,伊莉莎白满怀心事,一个字也没听进去,只是默默无言地跟着他们走。她真是说不出的羞愧和懊恼。她这次上这儿来,真是天下最不幸、最失算的事。他会觉得多么奇怪!以他这样傲慢的一个人,又会怎样瞧不起这件事!她这次好象是重新自己送上门来。天哪,她为什么要来?或者说,他怎么偏偏就出人意料地早一天赶回家来?他们只要早走十分钟,就会走得远远的叫他看不见了;他显然是刚巧来到,刚巧跳下马背或是走出马车。想起了方才见面时那种别扭的情形,她脸上不禁红了又红。他的态度完全和从前两样了……这是怎么回事呢?他居然还会走上前来跟她说话,光是这一点,就叫人够惊奇的了;何况他出言吐语,以及问候她家里人的平安,又是那么彬彬有礼!这次邂逅而遇,他的态度竟这般谦恭,谈吐竟这般柔和,她真是从来也没有见过。上次他在罗新斯花园里交给她那封信的时候,他那种措词跟今天成了怎样的对比!她不知道如何想法才好,也不知道怎样去解释这种情景。

  他们现在已经走到河边一条美丽的小径上,地面逐渐低下去,眼前的风光便越发显得壮丽,树林的景色也越发显得幽雅,他们慢慢地向前走,舅父母沿途一再招呼伊莉莎白欣赏如此这般的景色,伊莉莎白虽然也随口答应,把眼睛朝着他们指定的方向张望一下,可是她好久都辨别不出一景一物,简直无心去看。她一心只想着彭伯里大厦的一个角落里,不管是哪一个角落,只要是达西先生现在待在那儿的地方。她真起知道他这时候在想些什么,他心目中怎样看待她,他是否会冒天下之大不韪,依旧对她有好感。他也许只是自以为心头一无牵挂,所以对她特别客气,可是听他说话的声调,自有一种说不出的意味,又不像是一无牵挂的样子。她不知道他见了她是痛苦多于快乐,还是快乐多于痛苦,可是看他那副样子,决不像是心神镇定。

  后来舅父母怪她怎么心不在焉,这才提醒了她,觉得应该装得象个样子。

  他们走进树林,踏上山坡,跟这一湾溪流暂时告别。从树林的空隙间望出去,可以看到山谷中各处的景色。对面一座座小山,有些小山上都长满了整片的树林,蜿蜒曲折的溪流又不时映入眼帘。嘉丁纳先生想在整个园林里兜个圈子,可是又怕走不动。园丁带着得意的笑容告诉他们说,兜一圈有十英里路呢。这事情只得作罢,他们便沿着平常的途径东兜西转,过了好一会儿工夫,才在悬崖上的小林子里下了坡,又来到河边,这是河道最狭的一部分。他们从一座简陋的小桥上过了河,只见这座小桥和周围的景色很是调和。这地方比他们所到过的地方要朴素些。山谷到了这儿也变成了一条小夹道,只能容纳这一湾溪流和一条小径,小径上灌木夹道,参差不齐。伊莉莎白满想循着曲径去探幽寻胜;可是一过了桥,眼见得离开住宅已经那么远,不长于走路的嘉丁纳太太已经走不动了,一心只想快一些上马车。外甥女只得依从她,大家便在河对岸抄著近路向住宅那边走。他们走得很慢,因为嘉丁纳先生很喜欢钓鱼,平常却很少能够过瘾,这会儿看见河面上常常有鳟鱼出现,便又跟园丁谈鱼谈上了劲,因此时常站着不动。他们就这样慢慢溜达,不料又吃了一惊,尤其是伊莉莎白,她几乎诧异得跟刚才完全没有两样。原来他们又看见达西先生向他们这边走来,而且快要来到跟前了。这一带的小路不象对岸那样隐蔽,因此他们隔得很远便可以看见他。不过伊莉莎白不管怎么诧异,至少比刚刚那次见面有准备得多,因此她便下定决心;如果他当真要来跟他们碰头,她便索性放得镇定些跟他攀谈一番。她开头倒以为他也许会转到别的一条小道上去。她所以会有这种想法,只因为道儿拐弯的时候,他的身影被遮住了,他们看不见他。可是刚一拐弯,他马上便出现在他们面前。她偷偷一看,只见他正象刚才一样,没有一点儿失礼的地方,于是她也仿效着他那彬彬有礼的样子,开始赞赏这地方的美丽风光,可是她刚刚开口说了几声”动人”、”妩媚”,心里又起了一个不愉快的念头。她想,她这样赞美彭伯里,不是会叫人家曲解吗?想到这里,她不禁又红了脸,一声不响。

  嘉丁纳太太站在稍微后面一点;正当伊莉莎白默不作声的时候,达西却要求她赏个脸,把她这两位亲友给他介绍一下。他这样的礼貌周到,真是完全出乎她的意料;想当初他向她求婚的时候,他竟那样傲慢,看不起她的某些亲友,而他现在所要求介绍的却正是这些亲友,相形之下,她简直忍不住要笑出来。她想:”要是他知道了这两位是什么样的人,他不知会怎样吃惊呢!他现在大概把他们错看作上流人了。”

  不过她还是立刻替他介绍了;她一面跟他说明这两位是她的至亲,一面偷偷地瞟了他一眼,看他是不是受得了。她想他也许会撒腿就跑,避开这些丢脸的朋友。他弄明白了他们的亲戚关系以后,显然很吃惊。不过他总算没给吓坏,非但不走开,后面陪了他们一块儿走回去,又跟嘉丁纳先生攀谈起来。伊莉莎白自然又是高兴,又是得意。她可以让他知道,她也有几个不丢脸的亲戚,这真叫她快慰。她十分留心地听着他跟嘉丁纳先生谈话,幸喜他舅父的举止谈吐,处处都足以叫人看出他颇有见识,趣味高尚,风度优雅。他们不久就谈到钓鱼,她听见达西先生非常客气地跟他说,他既然住在邻近,只要不走,随时都可以来钓鱼,同时又答应借钓具给他,又指给他看,这条河里通常哪些地方鱼最多。嘉丁纳太太跟伊莉莎白挽着手走,对她做了个眼色,表示十分惊奇。伊莉莎白没有说什么,可是心里却得意极了,因为这番殷勤当然都是为了讨好她一个人。不过她还是极端诧异;她一遍遍地问自己:”他的为人怎么变得这么快?这是由于什么原因?他不见得是为了我,看在我的面上,才把态度放得这样温和吧?不见得因为我在汉斯福骂了他一顿,就会使他这样面目一新吧?我看他不见得还会爱我。”

  他们就这样两个女的在前,两个男的在后,走了好一会儿。后来为了要仔细欣赏一些稀奇的水草,便各各分开,走到河边,等到恢复原来位置的时候,前后次序就改变了。原来嘉丁纳太太因为一上午走累了,觉得伊莉莎白的臂膀支持不住她的重量,还是挽著自己丈夫走舒服些。于是达西先生便代替了她的位置,和她外甥女儿并排走。两人先是沉默了一阵,后来还是小姐先开口说话。她想跟他说明一下,这一次他们是事先打听他不在家然后再到这儿来游览的,因为她一开始就谈起他这次回来非常出人意料。她接下去说:”因为你的管家奶奶告诉我们,你一定要到明天才回来;我们离开巴克威尔以前,就打听到你不会一下子回到乡下来。”他承认这一切都是事实,又说,因为要找账房有事,所以比那批同来的人早来了几个钟头。接着又说:”他们明天一大早就会和我见面,他们中间也有你认识的人,彬格莱先生和他的姐妹们都来了。”

  伊莉莎白只稍微点了一下头。她立刻回想到他们俩上一次提到彬格莱时的情形;从他的脸色看来,他心里这时候也在想着上一回的情形。

  歇了片刻,他又接下去说:”这些人里面,有个人特别想要认识你,那就是舍妹。我想趁你在蓝白屯的时候,介绍她跟你认识认识,不知道你是否肯赏脸,是否认为我太冒昧?”

  这个要求真使她受宠若惊;她不知道应该答应才好。她立刻感觉到,达西小姐所以要认识她,无非是出于他哥哥的怂恿;只要想到这一点,就足够叫她满意了。她看到他虽然对她不满,可是并没有因此就真的对她怀着恶感,心里觉得很快慰。

  他们俩默不作声地往前走,各人在想各人的心思。伊莉莎白感到不安;这件事太不近情理了;可是她觉得又得意,又高兴。他想要把妹妹介绍和她认识,这真是她了不起的面子。他们立刻就走到嘉丁纳夫妇前头去了;当他们走到马车跟前的时候,嘉丁纳夫妇还离开他们好一段路呢。

  他请她到屋子里去坐坐,她说并不累,两个人便一块儿站在草地上。在这种时候,双方应当有多少话可以谈,不作声可真不象样。她想要说话,可是什么话都想不起来。最后她想起了自己正在旅行,两个人便大谈其马特洛克和鸽谷的景物。然而时间过得真慢,她舅母也走得真慢,这场知心的密谈还没结束,她却早已心也慌了,话也完了。嘉丁纳夫妇赶上来的时候,达西先生再三请大家一块儿进屋子里去休息一下,可是客人们谢绝了,大家极有礼貌地告辞分手。达西先生扶著两位女客上了车。直到马车开驶,伊莉莎白还目送他慢慢儿走进屋去。

  舅父母现在开始评长论短了;夫妇俩都说他的人品比他们所料想的不知要好多少。舅父说:”他的举止十分优雅,礼貌也极其周到,而且丝毫不搭架子。”

  舅母说:”他的确有点儿高高在上的样子,不过只是风度上稍微有这么一点儿罢了,并不叫人讨厌。现在我真觉得那位管家奶奶的话说得一点不错:虽然有些人说他傲慢,我可完全看不出来。”

  ”他竟那样款待我们,真是万万料想不到。这不仅是客气而是真正的殷勤;其实他用不到这样殷勤,他跟伊莉莎白的交情是很浮浅的。”

  舅母说:”丽萃,他当然比不上韦翰那么漂亮,或者可以说,他不象韦翰那样谈笑风生,因为他的容貌十分端庄。可是你怎么会跟我们说他十分讨厌呢?”

  伊莉莎白竭力为自己辨解,她说她那次在肯特郡见他时,就比以前对他有好感,又说,她从来没有看见过他象今天上午那么和蔼可亲。

  舅父说:”不过,他那么殷勤客气,也许靠不大住,这些贵人大都如此;他请我常常去钓鱼,我也不能信他的话,也许有一天他会改变了主意,不许我进他的庄园。”

  伊莉莎白觉得他们完全误解了他的性格,可是并没说出口来。

  嘉丁纳太太接着说:”从我们看到他的一些情形来说,我真想像不出,他竟会那样狠心地对待可怜的韦翰。这人看上去心地不坏。他说起话来,嘴上的表情倒很讨人喜欢。至于他脸上的表情,的确有些尊严,不过人家也不会因此就说他心肠不好。只是带我们去参观的那个管家奶奶,倒真把他的性格说得天花乱坠。有几次我几乎忍不住要笑出声来。不过,我看他一定是位很慷慨的主人;在一个佣人的眼睛里看来,一切的德性就在于这一点上面。”

  伊莉莎白听到这里,觉得应该替达西说几句公道话,辨明他并没有亏待韦翰;她便小心翼翼地把事情的原委说给舅父母听。她说,据达西在肯特郡的有些亲友,他们曾告诉她,他的行为和人家所传说的情形大有出入,他的为人决不象哈福德郡的人们所想像的那么荒谬,韦翰的为人也决不象哈福德郡的人们所想像的那么厚道。为了证实这一点,她又把他们两人之间银钱往来上的事情,一五一十地讲了出来,虽然没有指明这话是谁讲出来的,可是她断定这些话很可靠。

  这番话使嘉丁纳太太听得既感惊奇,又极担心,只是大家现在已经走到从前她喜爱的那个地方,于是她一切的心思都云散烟消,完全沉醉在甜蜜的回忆里面。她把这周围一切有趣的处所一一指给她丈夫看,根本无心想到别的事上面去。虽然一上午的步行已经使她感到疲倦,可是一吃过饭,她又动身去探访故友旧交。这一晚过得真有意思,正所谓:连年怨阔别,一朝喜重逢。

  至于伊莉莎白,白天里所发生的种种事情对她实在太有趣了,她实在没有心思去结交任何新朋友;她只是一心一意地在想,达西先生今天为什么那样礼貌周全,尤其使她诧异的是,他为什么要把他妹妹介绍给她。

Chapter 43 (part 2)

They were within twenty yards of each other, and so abrupt was his appearance, that it was impossible to avoid his sight. Their eyes instantly met, and the cheeks of each were overspread with the deepest blush. He absolutely started, and for a moment seemed immoveable from surprise; but shortly recovering himself, advanced towards the party, and spoke to Elizabeth, if not in terms of perfect composure, at least of perfect civility.
She had instinctively turned away; but, stopping on his approach, received his compliments with an embarrassment impossible to be overcome. Had his first appearance, or his resemblance to the picture they had just been examining, been insufficient to assure the other two that they now saw Mr. Darcy, the gardener’s expression of surprise on beholding his master must immediately have told it. They stood a little aloof while he was talking to their niece, who, astonished and confused, scarcely dared lift her eyes to his face, and knew not what answer she returned to his civil enquiries after her family. Amazed at the alteration in his manner since they last parted, every sentence that he uttered was increasing her embarrassment; and every idea of the impropriety of her being found there recurring to her mind, the few minutes in which they continued together were some of the most uncomfortable of her life. Nor did he seem much more at ease; when he spoke, his accent had none of its usual sedateness; and he repeated his enquiries as to the time of her having left Longbourn, and of her stay in Derbyshire, so often, and in so hurried a way, as plainly spoke the distraction of his thoughts.
At length, every idea seemed to fail him; and, after standing a few moments without saying a word, he suddenly recollected himself, and took leave.
The others then joined her, and expressed their admiration of his figure; but Elizabeth heard not a word, and, wholly engrossed by her own feelings, followed them in silence. She was overpowered by shame and vexation. Her coming there was the most unfortunate, the most ill-judged thing in the world! How strange must it appear to him! In what a disgraceful light might it not strike so vain a man! It might seem as if she had purposely thrown herself in his way again! Oh! why did she come? or, why did he thus come a day before he was expected? Had they been only ten minutes sooner, they should have been beyond the reach of his discrimination, for it was plain that he was that moment arrived, that moment alighted from his horse or his carriage. She blushed again and again over the perverseness of the meeting. And his behaviour, so strikingly altered, — what could it mean? That he should even speak to her was amazing! — but to speak with such civility, to enquire after her family! Never in her life had she seen his manners so little dignified, never had he spoken with such gentleness as on this unexpected meeting. What a contrast did it offer to his last address in Rosings Park, when he put his letter into her hand! She knew not what to think, nor how to account for it.
They had now entered a beautiful walk by the side of the water, and every step was bringing forward a nobler fall of ground, or a finer reach of the woods to which they were approaching; but it was some time before Elizabeth was sensible of any of it; and, though she answered mechanically to the repeated appeals of her uncle and aunt, and seemed to direct her eyes to such objects as they pointed out, she distinguished no part of the scene. Her thoughts were all fixed on that one spot of Pemberley House, whichever it might be, where Mr. Darcy then was. She longed to know what at that moment was passing in his mind; in what manner he thought of her, and whether, in defiance of every thing, she was still dear to him. Perhaps he had been civil only because he felt himself at ease; yet there had been that in his voice which was not like ease. Whether he had felt more of pain or of pleasure in seeing her, she could not tell, but he certainly had not seen her with composure.
At length, however, the remarks of her companions on her absence of mind roused her, and she felt the necessity of appearing more like herself.
They entered the woods, and bidding adieu to the river for a while, ascended some of the higher grounds; whence, in spots where the opening of the trees gave the eye power to wander, were many charming views of the valley, the opposite hills, with the long range of woods overspreading many, and occasionally part of the stream. Mr. Gardiner expressed a wish of going round the whole Park, but feared it might be beyond a walk. With a triumphant smile, they were told that it was ten miles round. It settled the matter; and they pursued the accustomed circuit; which brought them again, after some time, in a descent among hanging woods, to the edge of the water, in one of its narrowest parts. They crossed it by a simple bridge, in character with the general air of the scene; it was a spot less adorned than any they had yet visited; and the valley, here contracted into a glen, allowed room only for the stream, and a narrow walk amidst the rough coppice-wood which bordered it. Elizabeth longed to explore its windings; but when they had crossed the bridge, and perceived their distance from the house, Mrs. Gardiner, who was not a great walker, could go no farther, and thought only of returning to the carriage as quickly as possible. Her niece was, therefore, obliged to submit, and they took their way towards the house on the opposite side of the river, in the nearest direction; but their progress was slow, for Mr. Gardiner, though seldom able to indulge the taste, was very fond of fishing, and was so much engaged in watching the occasional appearance of some trout in the water, and talking to the man about them, that he advanced but little. Whilst wandering on in this slow manner, they were again surprised, and Elizabeth’s astonishment was quite equal to what it had been at first, by the sight of Mr. Darcy approaching them, and at no great distance. The walk being here less sheltered than on the other side, allowed them to see him before they met. Elizabeth, however astonished, was at least more prepared for an interview than before, and resolved to appear and to speak with calmness, if he really intended to meet them. For a few moments, indeed, she felt that he would probably strike into some other path. This idea lasted while a turning in the walk concealed him from their view; the turning past, he was immediately before them. With a glance she saw that he had lost none of his recent civility; and, to imitate his politeness, she began, as they met, to admire the beauty of the place; but she had not got beyond the words “delightful,” and “charming,” when some unlucky recollections obtruded, and she fancied that praise of Pemberley from her might be mischievously construed. Her colour changed, and she said no more.
Mrs. Gardiner was standing a little behind; and on her pausing, he asked her if she would do him the honour of introducing him to her friends. This was a stroke of civility for which she was quite unprepared; and she could hardly suppress a smile at his being now seeking the acquaintance of some of those very people against whom his pride had revolted, in his offer to herself. “What will be his surprise,” thought she, “when he knows who they are! He takes them now for people of fashion.”
The introduction, however, was immediately made; and as she named their relationship to herself, she stole a sly look at him, to see how he bore it; and was not without the expectation of his decamping as fast as he could from such disgraceful companions. That he was surprised by the connexion was evident; he sustained it however with fortitude, and so far from going away, turned back with them, and entered into conversation with Mr. Gardiner. Elizabeth could not but be pleased, could not but triumph. It was consoling that he should know she had some relations for whom there was no need to blush. She listened most attentively to all that passed between them, and gloried in every expression, every sentence of her uncle, which marked his intelligence, his taste, or his good manners.
The conversation soon turned upon fishing, and she heard Mr. Darcy invite him, with the greatest civility, to fish there as often as he chose while he continued in the neighbourhood, offering at the same time to supply him with fishing tackle, and pointing out those parts of the stream where there was usually most sport. Mrs. Gardiner, who was walking arm in arm with Elizabeth, gave her a look expressive of her wonder. Elizabeth said nothing, but it gratified her exceedingly; the compliment must be all for herself. Her astonishment, however, was extreme; and continually was she repeating, “Why is he so altered? From what can it proceed? It cannot be for me, it cannot be for my sake that his manners are thus softened. My reproofs at Hunsford could not work such a change as this. It is impossible that he should still love me.”
After walking some time in this way, the two ladies in front, the two gentlemen behind, on resuming their places after descending to the brink of the river for the better inspection of some curious water-plant, there chanced to be a little alteration. It originated in Mrs. Gardiner, who, fatigued by the exercise of the morning, found Elizabeth’s arm inadequate to her support, and consequently preferred her husband’s. Mr. Darcy took her place by her niece, and they walked on together. After a short silence, the lady first spoke. She wished him to know that she had been assured of his absence before she came to the place, and accordingly began by observing that his arrival had been very unexpected — “for your housekeeper,” she added, “informed us that you would certainly not be here till to-morrow; and indeed, before we left Bakewell we understood that you were not immediately expected in the country.” He acknowledged the truth of it all; and said that business with his steward had occasioned his coming forward a few hours before the rest of the party with whom he had been travelling. “They will join me early tomorrow,” he continued, “and among them are some who will claim an acquaintance with you, — Mr. Bingley and his sisters.”
Elizabeth answered only by a slight bow. Her thoughts were instantly driven back to the time when Mr. Bingley’s name had been last mentioned between them; and if she might judge from his complexion, his mind was not very differently engaged.
“There is also one other person in the party,” he continued after a pause, “who more particularly wishes to be known to you, — Will you allow me, or do I ask too much, to introduce my sister to your acquaintance during your stay at Lambton?”
The surprise of such an application was great indeed; it was too great for her to know in what manner she acceded to it. She immediately felt that whatever desire Miss Darcy might have of being acquainted with her must be the work of her brother, and without looking farther, it was satisfactory; it was gratifying to know that his resentment had not made him think really ill of her.
They now walked on in silence; each of them deep in thought. Elizabeth was not comfortable; that was impossible; but she was flattered and pleased. His wish of introducing his sister to her was a compliment of the highest kind. They soon outstripped the others, and when they had reached the carriage, Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner were half a quarter of a mile behind.
He then asked her to walk into the house — but she declared herself not tired, and they stood together on the lawn. At such a time, much might have been said, and silence was very awkward. She wanted to talk, but there seemed an embargo on every subject. At last she recollected that she had been travelling, and they talked of Matlock and Dove Dale with great perseverance. Yet time and her aunt moved slowly — and her patience and her ideas were nearly worn out before the te^te-a`-te^te was over. On Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner’s coming up, they were all pressed to go into the house and take some refreshment; but this was declined, and they parted on each side with the utmost politeness. Mr. Darcy handed the ladies into the carriage, and when it drove off, Elizabeth saw him walking slowly towards the house.
The observations of her uncle and aunt now began; and each of them pronounced him to be infinitely superior to any thing they had expected. “He is perfectly well behaved, polite, and unassuming,” said her uncle.
“There is something a little stately in him to be sure,” replied her aunt, “but it is confined to his air, and is not unbecoming. I can now say with the housekeeper, that though some people may call him proud, I have seen nothing of it.”
“I was never more surprised than by his behaviour to us. It was more than civil; it was really attentive; and there was no necessity for such attention. His acquaintance with Elizabeth was very trifling.”
“To be sure, Lizzy,” said her aunt, “he is not so handsome as Wickham; or rather he has not Wickham’s countenance, for his features are perfectly good. But how came you to tell us that he was so disagreeable?”
Elizabeth excused herself as well as she could; said that she had liked him better when they met in Kent than before, and that she had never seen him so pleasant as this morning.
“But perhaps he may be a little whimsical in his civilities,” replied her uncle. “Your great men often are; and therefore I shall not take him at his word about fishing, as he might change his mind another day, and warn me off his grounds.”
Elizabeth felt that they had entirely mistaken his character, but said nothing.
“From what we have seen of him,” continued Mrs. Gardiner, “I really should not have thought that he could have behaved in so cruel a way by any body, as he has done by poor Wickham. He has not an ill-natured look. On the contrary, there is something pleasing about his mouth when he speaks. And there is something of dignity in his countenance, that would not give one an unfavourable idea of his heart. But to be sure, the good lady who shewed us the house did give him a most flaming character! I could hardly help laughing aloud sometimes. But he is a liberal master, I suppose, and that in the eye of a servant comprehends every virtue.”
Elizabeth here felt herself called on to say something in vindication of his behaviour to Wickham; and therefore gave them to understand, in as guarded a manner as she could, that by what she had heard from his relations in Kent, his actions were capable of a very different construction; and that his character was by no means so faulty, nor Wickham’s so amiable, as they had been considered in Hertfordshire. In confirmation of this, she related the particulars of all the pecuniary transactions in which they had been connected, without actually naming her authority, but stating it to be such as might be relied on.
Mrs. Gardiner was surprised and concerned; but as they were now approaching the scene of her former pleasures, every idea gave way to the charm of recollection; and she was too much engaged in pointing out to her husband all the interesting spots in its environs to think of any thing else. Fatigued as she had been by the morning’s walk, they had no sooner dined than she set off again in quest of her former acquaintance, and the evening was spent in the satisfactions of an intercourse renewed after many years discontinuance.
The occurrences of the day were too full of interest to leave Elizabeth much attention for any of these new friends; and she could do nothing but think, and think with wonder, of Mr. Darcy’s civility, and above all, of his wishing her to be acquainted with his sister.

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  • 第 43 章 (上)

    他们坐着车子一直向前去。彭伯里的树林一出现在眼前,伊莉莎白就有些心慌;等到走进了庄园,她更加心神不定。

  •   第 42 章

    倘若叫伊莉莎白根据她自己家庭的情形,来说一说什么叫做婚姻的幸福,什么叫做家庭的乐趣,那她一定说不出好话来。她父亲当年就因为贪恋青春美貌,为的是青春美貌往往会给人带来很大的情趣,因此娶了这样一个智力贫乏而又小心眼儿的女人,结婚不久,他对太太的深挚的情意便完结了。夫妇之间的互敬互爱和推心置腹,都永远消失得无影无踪;他对于家庭幸福的理想也完全给推翻了。换了别的人,凡是因为自己的冒失而招来了不幸,往往会用荒唐或是不正当的佚乐来安慰自己,可是班纳特先生却不喜欢这一套。他喜爱乡村景色,喜爱读书自娱,这就是他最大的乐趣。说到他的太太,除了她的无知和愚蠢倒可以供他开心作乐之外,他对她就再没有别的恩情了。一般男人照理总不希望在妻子身上找这一种乐趣,可是大智大慧的人既然没有本领去找别的玩艺儿,当然只好听天由命。

  •    第 41 章

    她们回得家来,眨下眼睛就过了一个星期,现在已经开始过第二个星期。过了这个星期,驻扎在麦里屯的那个民兵团就要开拔了,附近的年轻小姐们立刻一个个垂头丧气起来。几乎处处都是心灰意冷的气象。只有班纳特家的两位大小姐照常饮食起居,照常各干各的事。可是吉蒂和丽迪雅已经伤心到极点,便不由得常常责备两位姐姐冷淡无情。她们真不明白,家里怎么竟会有这样没有心肝的人!

  • 第 40 章

    伊莉莎白非把那桩事告诉吉英不可了,再也忍耐不住了。于是她决定把牵涉到姐姐的地方,都一概不提,第二天上午就把达西先生跟她求婚的那一幕,拣主要情节说了出来,她料定吉英听了以后,一定会感到诧异。

  •  第 39 章

    五月已经到了第二个星期,三位年轻小姐一块儿从天恩寺街出发,到哈德福郡的某某镇去,班纳特先生事先就跟她们约定了一个小客店,打发了马车在那儿接她们,刚一到那儿,她们就看到吉蒂和丽迪雅从楼上的餐室里望着她们,这表明车夫已经准时到了。这两位姑娘已经在那儿待了一个多钟头,高高兴兴地光顾过对面的一家帽子店,看了看站岗的哨兵,又调制了一些胡瓜沙拉。

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  •   第 38 章

    星期六吃过早饭时,伊莉莎白和柯林斯先生在饭厅里相遇,原来他们比别人早来了几分钟。柯林斯先生连忙利用这个机会向她郑重话别,他认为这是决不可少的礼貌。

  • 第 37 章

    那两位先生第二天早上就离开了罗新斯;柯林斯先生在门房附近等著给他们送行,送行以后,他带了一个好消息回家来,说是这两位贵客虽然刚刚在罗新斯满怀离愁,身体却很健康,精神也很饱满。然后他又赶到罗新斯去安慰珈苔琳夫人母女;回家去的时候,他又得意非凡地把咖苔琳夫人的口信带回来──说夫人觉得非常沉闷,极希望他们全家去同他一块吃饭。

  •    第 36 章
    当达西先生递给伊莉莎白那封信的时候,伊莉莎白如果并没有想到那封信里是重新提出求婚,那她就根本没想到信里会写些什么。既然一看见这样的内容,你可想而知,她当时想要读完这封信的心情是怎样迫切,她的感情上又给引起了多大的矛盾。她读信时的那种心情,简直无法形容。开头读到他居然还自以为能够获得人家的原谅,她就不免吃惊;再读下去,又觉得他处处都是自圆其说,而处处都流露出一种欲盖弥彰的羞惭心情。她一读到他所写的关于当日发生在尼日斐花园的那段事情,就对他的一言一语都存着极大的偏见。她迫不及待地读下去,因此简直来不及细细咀嚼;她每读一句就急于要读下一句因此往往忽略了眼前一句的意思。他所谓她的姐姐对彬格莱本来没有什么情意,这叫她立刻断定他在撒谎;他说那门亲事确确实实存在着那么些糟糕透顶的缺陷,这使她简直气得不想把那封信再读下去。他对于自己的所作所为,丝毫不觉得过意不去,这当然使她无从满意。他的语气真是盛气凌人,丝毫没有悔悟的意思。
  •    第 35 章

    伊莉莎白昨夜一直深思默想到合上眼睛为止,今天一大早醒来,心头又涌起了这些深思默想。她仍然对那桩事感到诧异,无法想到别的事情上去;她根本无心做事,于是决定一吃过早饭就出去好好地透透空气,散散步。她正想往那条心爱的走道上走走去,忽然想到达西先生有时候也上那儿来,于是便住了步。她没有进花园,却走上那条小路,以便和那条有栅门的大路隔得远些。她仍旧沿着花园的围栅走,不久便走过了一道园门。

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