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双语小说连载:纯真年代 The Age of Innocence(4)

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The burden of Mrs. Manson Mingott's flesh had long since made it impossible for her to go up and down stairs, and with characteristic independence she had made her reception rooms upstairs and established herself (in flagrant violation of all the New York proprieties) on the ground floor of her house; so that, as you sat in her sitting-room window with her, you caught (through a door that was always open, and a looped- back yellow damask portiere) the unexpected vista of a bedroom with a huge low bed upholstered like a sofa, and a toilet-table with frivolous lace flounces and a gilt-framed mirror.
曼森·明戈特太太脂肪的负担早已使她无法上下楼梯,她以特有的独立精神将客厅设在楼上,并且(公然违背纽约的所有行为规范)在住宅的一楼居住;因此,与她一起坐在起居室的窗口,就能意外地(透过始终开着的门和卷起的打环黄锦缎门帘)看到卧室。里面有一张装饰得像沙发一样的特大矮床,一张梳妆台,上面摆着花哨的丝带荷叶边,还有一面镀金框架的镜子。

Her visitors were startled and fascinated by the foreignness of this arrangement, which recalled scenes in French fiction, and architectural incentives to immorality such as the simple American had never dreamed of. That was how women with lovers lived in the wicked old societies, in apartments with all the rooms on one floor, and all the indecent propinquities that their novels described. It amused Newland Archer (who had secretly situated the love-scenes of "Monsieur de Camors" in Mrs. Mingott's bedroom) to picture her blameless life led in the stage-setting of adultery; but he said to himself, with considerable admiration, that if a lover had been what she wanted, the intrepid woman would have had him too.
客人们对这种布置的异国情调既惊讶又为之倾倒。它使人想起法国小说中的那些场景,以及单纯的美国人做梦也不会想到的那些伤风败俗行径的建筑学诱因。在旧时不道德的上流社会里,那些偷情的女人其住所都是如此。在她们居住的公寓里,所有的房间都在同一层,从而可以使她们能像小说中描写的那样轻而易举地暗度陈仓。想象她在通奸的舞台背景中过着白壁无瑕的生活,纽兰·阿切尔(他暗中把《卡莫斯先生》中的爱情场面确定在明戈特太太的卧室里)觉得颇为有趣,但与此同时,他又在心里津津有味地想道:假如有个情人符合她的要求,这位刚毅的女人一定也会投入他的怀抱。

To the general relief the Countess Olenska was not present in her grandmother's drawing-room during the visit of the betrothed couple. Mrs. Mingott said she had gone out; which, on a day of such glaring sunlight, and at the "shopping hour," seemed in itself an indelicate thing for a compromised woman to do. But at any rate it spared them the embarrassment of her presence, and the faint shadow that her unhappy past might seem to shed on their radiant future. The visit went off successfully, as was to have been expected. Old Mrs. Mingott was delighted with the engagement, which, being long foreseen by watchful relatives, had been carefully passed upon in family council; and the engagement ring, a large thick sapphire set in invisible claws, met with her unqualified admiration.
令大家都感到宽慰的是,在这对订婚青年造访时,奥兰斯卡伯爵夫人并不在她祖母的客厅里。明戈特太太说她外出了。在这样一个阳光明媚的日子,又是在 “购物时间”,一个受过创伤的女子外出,本身虽不算得体,但不管怎样,却免去了他俩面对她的窘境,还避免了她不幸的过去可能投到他们光辉前程上的淡淡阴影。正如事前预料的那样,这次拜访进展十分顺利。明戈特老太太对这桩婚事很中意,留心的亲戚们早有预见,并在家族的会议上给予了认可。那枚订婚戒指镶着一块很厚的大蓝宝石,嵌在几个隐形的爪内,得到了她毫无保留的赞赏。

"It's the new setting: of course it shows the stone beautifully, but it looks a little bare to old-fashioned eyes," Mrs. Welland had explained, with a conciliatory side-glance at her future son-in-law.
“是新式镶嵌:宝石当然显得十分完美,不过老眼光的人觉得它有点秃,”韦兰太太解释说,一面用眼睛的余光安抚地看着她未来的女婿。

"Old-fashioned eyes? I hope you don't mean mine, my dear? I like all the novelties," said the ancestress, lifting the stone to her small bright orbs, which no glasses had ever disfigured. "Very handsome," she added, returning the jewel; "very liberal. In my time a cameo set in pearls was thought sufficient. But it's the hand that sets off the ring, isn't it, my dear Mr. Archer?" and she waved one of her tiny hands, with small pointed nails and rolls of aged fat encircling the wrist like ivory bracelets. "Mine was modelled in Rome by the great Ferrigiani. You should have May's done: no doubt he'll have it done, my child. Her hand is large--it's these modern sports that spread the joints--but the skin is white.--And when's the wedding to be?" she broke off, fixing her eyes on Archer's face.
“老眼光?我希望你不是指我吧,亲爱的?我喜欢一切新奇的东西,”老祖母说着,把钻戒举到她那双明亮的小眼睛跟前,她的眼睛从未受过眼镜的损伤。 “非常漂亮,”她又说,一面把钻戒还回去,“非常独特。我年轻的时候,用一块彩玉镶在几颗珍珠之间就觉得很好了。不过戒指是靠手来衬托的,对吧,亲爱的阿切尔先生?”她挥动着一只留了尖指甲的小手说,老年肥胖形成的圈圈如象牙手镯一般环绕着她的手腕。“我的戒指是罗马著名的费里加尼设计的。你该找人为梅定做,毫无疑问他会的,我的孩子。她的手很大——现在的这些运动把人的关关节节都变大了——不过皮肤还是很白的。——可婚礼什么时候举行呢?”她收住话头,两眼紧盯着阿切尔的脸。

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