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双语小说连载:纯真年代 The Age of Innocence(5)

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Mr. Jackson had helped himself to a slice of the tepid filet which the mournful butler had handed him with a look as sceptical as his own, and had rejected the mushroom sauce after a scarcely perceptible sniff. He looked baffled and hungry, and Archer reflected that he would probably finish his meal on Ellen Olenska.
杰克逊先生吃了一片那位脸色阴沉的男仆带着跟他相同的怀疑目光递给他的半冷不热的鱼片。他用让人难以觉察的动作嗅了嗅蘑菇浇头,拒绝了它。他脸色沮丧,样子很饿。阿切尔心想,他很可能要靠谈论埃伦·奥兰斯卡来充饥了。

Mr. Jackson leaned back in his chair, and glanced up at the candlelit Archers, Newlands and van der Luydens hanging in dark frames on the dark walls.
杰克逊先生在椅子里向后靠了靠,抬眼看了看烛光下挂在昏暗墙壁上深色相框里的阿切尔们、纽兰们,以及范德卢顿们。

"Ah, how your grandfather Archer loved a good dinner, my dear Newland!" he said, his eyes on the portrait of a plump full-chested young man in a stock and a blue coat, with a view of a white-columned country-house behind him. "Well--well--well ... I wonder what he would have said to all these foreign marriages!"
“唉,你的祖父阿切尔多么喜爱丰盛的晚餐啊,亲爱的纽兰!”他说,眼睛盯着一位胖胖的胸部饱满的年轻人的画像,那人打着宽领带,穿一件蓝外套,身后是一所带白色圆柱的乡间别墅。“可——可——可不知他会如何看待这些异国婚姻!”

Mrs. Archer ignored the allusion to the ancestral cuisine and Mr. Jackson continued with deliberation: "No, she was NOT at the ball."
阿切尔太太没有理睬他有关老祖母的菜肴的话,杰克逊先生从容地接下去说:“不,她没到舞会上去。”

"Ah--" Mrs. Archer murmured, in a tone that implied: "She had that decency."
“噢——”阿切尔太太低声说,那口气仿佛是说:“她总算还知礼。”

"Perhaps the Beauforts don't know her," Janey suggested, with her artless malice.
“也许博福特夫妇不认识她,”詹尼带着不加掩饰的敌意推测说。

Mr. Jackson gave a faint sip, as if he had been tasting invisible Madeira. "Mrs. Beaufort may not--but Beaufort certainly does, for she was seen walking up Fifth Avenue this afternoon with him by the whole of New York."
杰克逊先生轻轻呷了一口,仿佛是在想象中品尝马德拉葡萄酒。“博福特太太可能不认识,但博福特却肯定认识,因为今天下午全纽约的人都看见她和他一起沿第五大街散步。”

"Mercy--" moaned Mrs. Archer, evidently perceiving the uselessness of trying to ascribe the actions of foreigners to a sense of delicacy.
“我的天——”阿切尔太太痛苦地呻吟道。她显然明白,想把外国人的这种行径与高雅的概念挂上钩简直是徒劳。



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