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英语听书《白鲸记》第905期

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Now, when this strange circumstance was made known aft, the carpenter was at once commanded to do Queequeg's bidding, whatever it might include. There was some heathenish, coffin-colored old lumber aboard, which, upon a long previous voyage, had been cut from the aboriginal groves of the Lackaday islands, and from these dark planks the coffin was recommended to be made. No sooner was the carpenter apprised of the order, than taking his rule, he forthwith with all the indifferent promptitude of his character, proceeded into the forecastle and took Queequeg's measure with great accuracy, regularly chalking Queequeg's person as he shifted the rule.

且说这件怪事传到船尾去时,那个木匠就立刻受命按照魁魁格的吩咐行事,把他所需要的东西制办起来。船上恰好有一些异教色彩、棺材色的旧木头,这些都是好久以前在呜呼哀哉岛(呜呼哀哉岛——原音为拉加德,疑为印度西南部的拉加第夫岛。)的原始丛林里砍下来的,于是就用这些黑木板来做一口棺材。木匠一接到命令,就拿起他那把尺,以他那满不在乎而又敏捷的脾气,立刻跑到船头楼里给魁魁格地地道道地量起尺寸来,他一边移动那把尺,一边用粉笔在魁魁格身上一本正经地划来划去。
Ah! poor fellow! he'll have to die now, ejaculated the Long Island sailor.
唉!可怜的人!他现在竟然要死了。那个长岛水手突然叫了出来。
Going to his vice-bench, the carpenter for convenience sake and general reference, now transferringly measured on it the exact length the coffin was to be, and then made the transfer permanent by cutting two notches at its extremities. This done, he marshalled the planks and his tools, and to work.
木匠跑到他的虎钳条凳边,为了方便和心中有数起见,一会儿把棺材应该做多少长的准确长度在那上面量一下,一会儿又在那上面划了两道头尾界线,这样张罗过后,他就整理木板和工具,动手做起来了。
When the last nail was driven, and the lid duly planed and fitted, he lightly shouldered the coffin and went forward with it, inquiring whether they were ready for it yet in that direction.
敲进最后一枚钉子,适当地刨平、装好那只盖子后,木匠轻巧地扛起那只棺材,向前走去,问问甲板上的人是否现在要用了。
Overhearing the indignant but half-humorous cries with which the people on deck began to drive the coffin away, Queequeg, to every one's consternation, commanded that the thing should be instantly brought to him, nor was there any denying him; seeing that, of all mortals, some dying men are the most tyrannical; and certainly, since they will shortly trouble us so little for evermore, the poor fellows ought to be indulged.
甲板上的人带着愤怒而又半开玩笑的叫喊,正要叫他把棺材弄走的时候,却给魁魁格听到了,叫大家大吃一惊的是,他竟要把棺材立刻搬给他,谁都阻拦不了他,因为在一切人类中,那些行将死亡的人总是最专横而不可理喻的;而且因为死人麻