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名著精读《理智与情感》第11章 第1节

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Little had Mrs. Dashwood or her daughters imagined when they first came into Devonshire, that so many engagements would arise to occupy their time as shortly presented themselves, or that they should have such frequent invitations and such constant visitors as to leave them little leisure for serious employment. Yet such was the case. When Marianne was recovered, the schemes of amusement at home and abroad, which Sir John had been previously forming, were put into execution. The private balls at the park then began; and parties on the water were made and accomplished as often as a showery October would allow. In every meeting of the kind Willoughby was included; and the ease and familiarity which naturally attended these parties were exactly calculated to give increasing intimacy to his acquaintance with the Dashwoods, to afford him opportunity of witnessing the excellencies of Marianne, of marking his animated admiration of her, and of receiving, in her behaviour to himself, the most pointed assurance of her affection.

达什伍德母女刚来德文郡的时候,万万没有想到马上会有这么多约会,请帖接二连三,客人络绎不绝,简直没有空闲干点正经事。然而,情况就是如此。等玛丽安彻底好了,约翰爵士事先制定的室内外娱乐计划便一个个付诸实施了。这时,庄园里开始举行私人舞会了,人们还趁着十月天阵雨的间歇机会,经常举行水上游艺会。每逢这种聚会,威洛比势必到场。当然,这些聚会搞得悠闲自如,恰好可以进一步密切他和达什伍德母女的关系,让他有机会目睹一下玛丽安的妩媚多姿,表露一下他对她的倾慕之情,同时也想从她的言谈举止中,得到她也有情于自己的确凿保证。

Elinor could not be surprised at their attachment. She only wished that it were less openly shewn; and once or twice did venture to suggest the propriety of some self-command to Marianne. But Marianne abhorred all concealment where no real disgrace could attend unreserve; and to aim at the restraint of sentiments which were not in themselves illaudable, appeared to her not merely an unnecessary effort, but a disgraceful subjection of reason to common-place and mistaken notions. Willoughby thought the same; and their behaviour at all times, was an illustration of their opinions.

埃丽诺对他们的相恋并不感到意外。她只希望他们不要搞得太露骨,曾有一两次冒昧地建议玛丽安还是克制点为好。玛丽安讨厌遮遮掩掩的,觉得纵情任性不会真正丧失体面,克制感情本身就不值得称道。在她看来,这不仅没有必要,而且是理智对陈腐错误观念的可耻屈从。威洛比也有同感,他们的行为始终可以说明他们的观点。

When he was present she had no eyes for any one else. Every thing he did, was right. Every thing he said, was clever. If their evenings at the park were concluded with cards, he cheated himself and all the rest of the party to get her a good hand. If dancing formed the amusement of the night, they were partners for half the time; and when obliged to separate for a couple of dances, were careful to stand together and scarcely spoke a word to any body else. Such conduct made them of course most exceedingly laughed at; but ridicule could not shame, and seemed hardly to provoke them.
 
只要威洛比在场,玛丽安便目无他顾。他做的每件事都很正确,说的每句话都很高明。如果庄园里的晚会最后以打牌结束,那么他就会竭尽作弊之能事,宁肯牺牲自己和其他人也要给她凑一手好牌。如果当晚的主要活动是跳舞,那么他们有一半时间是在一起跳。万不得已给拆散一两次,也要尽量挨在一起,两人跟别人连一句话都不说。这种行为自然会让众人嗤笑不已,但是嗤笑并不能使他们感到难为情,也似乎并不惹得他们恼火。

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accomplished [ə'kɔmpliʃt]

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adj. 娴熟的,有造诣的,完成的,有成就的,毫无疑问的

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illustration [i.ləs'treiʃən]

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n. 插图,例证,说明,图解

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provoke [prə'vəuk]

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vt. 激怒,惹起,驱使

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venture ['ventʃə]

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propriety [prə'praiəti]

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ridicule ['ridikju:l]

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n. 嘲笑,愚弄,笑柄 v. 嘲笑,嘲弄,愚弄

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observe [əb'zə:v]

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