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名著精读《傲慢与偏见》第三章 第2节

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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.

班府上不久就发请贴请他吃饭;班纳特太太已经计划了好几道菜,每道菜都足以增加她的体面,说明她是个会当家的贤主妇,可是事不凑巧,彬格莱先生第二天非进城不可,他们这一番盛意叫他无法领情,因此回信给他们,说是要迟一迟再说。班纳特太太大为不安。她想,此人刚来到哈福德郡,怎么就要进城有事,于是她开始担心思了;照理他应该在尼日斐花园安安定定住下来,看现在的情形,莫不是他经常都得这样东漂西泊,行踪不定?亏得卢卡斯太太对她说,可能他是到伦敦去邀请那一大群客人来参加舞会,这才使她稍许减除了一些顾虑。

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.

外面马上就纷纷传说彬格莱先生并没有带来十二个女宾,仅仅只带来六个,其中五个是他自己的姐妹,一个是表姐妹,这个消息才使小姐们放了心。后来等到这群贵客走进舞场的时候,却一共只有五个人--彬格莱先生,他的两个姐妹,姐夫,还有另外一个青年。

Mr. Bingley was good looking and gentlemanlike; he had a pleasant countenance, and easy, unaffected manners. His brother-in-law, Mr. Hurst, merely looked the gentleman; but his friend Mr. Darcy soon drew the attention of the room by his fine, tall person, handsome features, noble mien; and the report which was in general circulation within five minutes after his entrance, of his having ten thousand a year.

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。

The gentlemen pronounced him to be a fine figure of a man, the ladies declared he was much handsomer than Mr. Bingley, and he was looked at with great admiration for about half the evening, till his manners gave a disgust which turned the tide of his popularity; for he was discovered to be proud, to be above his company, and above being pleased; and not all his large estate in Derbyshire could then save him from having a most forbidding, disagreeable countenance, and being unworthy to be compared with his friend.

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。

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admiration [.ædmə'reiʃən]

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n. 钦佩,赞赏

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pronounced [prə'naunst]

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adj. 显著的,断然的,明确的 pronounce的过

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settled ['setld]

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adj. 固定的;稳定的 v. 解决;定居(settle

 
forbidding [fə'bidiŋ]

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adj. 可怕的,令人难亲近的
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merely ['miəli]

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adv. 仅仅,只不过

 
disgust [dis'gʌst]

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n. 厌恶,嫌恶
v. 令人厌恶

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popularity [.pɔpju'læriti]

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n. 普及,流行,名望,受欢迎

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disagreeable [.disə'griəbl]

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adj. 不愉快的,厌恶的,不为人喜的

 
minutes ['minits]

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n. 会议记录,(复数)分钟

 
circulation [.sə:kju'leiʃən]

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n. 流通,循环,发行量,消息传播

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