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双语小说连载:纯真年代 The Age of Innocence(8)

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The drawing-rooms were beginning to fill up with after-dinner guests, and following Madame Olenska's glance Archer saw May Welland entering with her mother. In her dress of white and silver, with a wreath of silver blossoms in her hair, the tall girl looked like a Diana just alight from the chase.
餐后的客人渐渐地挤满了客厅。顺着奥兰斯卡夫人的目光,阿切尔看到梅·韦兰正和母亲一起走进门。身穿银白色服装,头上戴着银白色花朵的花环,那位身材高挑的姑娘看起来就像刚狩猎归来的狄安娜女神。

"Oh," said Archer, "I have so many rivals; you see she's already surrounded. There's the Duke being introduced."
“啊,”阿切尔说,“我的竞争者可真多呀;你瞧她已经被包围住了。那边正在介绍那位公爵呢。”

"Then stay with me a little longer," Madame Olenska said in a low tone, just touching his knee with her plumed fan. It was the lightest touch, but it thrilled him like a caress.
“那就跟我多呆一会儿吧,”奥兰斯卡夫人低声说,并用她的羽毛扇轻轻碰了一下他的膝盖。虽然只是极轻的一碰,但却如爱抚一般令他震颤。

"Yes, let me stay," he answered in the same tone, hardly knowing what he said; but just then Mr. van der Luyden came up, followed by old Mr. Urban Dagonet. The Countess greeted them with her grave smile, and Archer, feeling his host's admonitory glance on him, rose and surrendered his seat.
“好的,我留下,”他用同样的语气说,几乎不知自己在讲什么。但正在这时,范德卢顿先生过来了,后面跟着老厄本·达戈内特先生。伯爵夫人以庄重的微笑与他们招呼,阿切尔觉察到主人对他责备的目光,便起身让出了他的座位。

Madame Olenska held out her hand as if to bid him goodbye.
奥兰斯卡夫人伸出一只手,仿佛向他告别。

"Tomorrow, then, after five--I shall expect you," she said; and then turned back to make room for Mr. Dagonet.
“那么,明天,5点钟以后——我等你,”她说,然后转身为达戈内特先生让出位置。

"Tomorrow--" Archer heard himself repeating, though there had been no engagement, and during their talk she had given him no hint that she wished to see him again.
“明天——”阿切尔听见自己重复说,尽管事先没有约定,他们交谈时她也没向他暗示想再见他。

As he moved away he saw Lawrence Lefferts, tall and resplendent, leading his wife up to be introduced; and heard Gertrude Lefferts say, as she beamed on the Countess with her large unperceiving smile: "But I think we used to go to dancing-school together when we were children--." Behind her, waiting their turn to name themselves to the Countess, Archer noticed a number of the recalcitrant couples who had declined to meet her at Mrs. Lovell Mingott's. As Mrs. Archer remarked: when the van der Luydens chose, they knew how to give a lesson. The wonder was that they chose so seldom.
他走开的时候,看见身材高大、神采奕奕的劳伦斯·莱弗茨,正领着妻子走来准备被引荐给伯爵夫人。他还听见格特鲁德·莱弗茨满脸堆着茫然的笑容高兴地对伯爵夫人说:“我想我们小时候经常一起去舞蹈学校——”在她身后,等着向伯爵夫人通报姓名的人中间,阿切尔注意到还有几对拒绝在洛弗尔·明戈特太太家欢迎她的倔强夫妇。正如阿切尔太太所说的:范德卢顿夫妇只要乐意,他们知道如何教训人。奇怪的是他们乐意的时候却太少了。

The young man felt a touch on his arm and saw Mrs. van der Luyden looking down on him from the pure eminence of black velvet and the family diamonds. "It was good of you, dear Newland, to devote yourself so unselfishly to Madame Olenska. I told your cousin Henry he must really come to the rescue."
年轻人觉得胳膊被碰了一下。他发现范德卢顿太太穿一身名贵的黑丝绒,戴着家族的钻石首饰,正居高临下地看着他。“亲爱的纽兰,你毫无私心地关照奥兰斯卡夫人,真是太好了。我告诉你表舅亨利,他一定要过来帮忙。”

He was aware of smiling at her vaguely, and she added, as if condescending to his natural shyness: "I've never seen May looking lovelier. The Duke thinks her the handsomest girl in the room."
他发觉自己茫然微笑着望着她,她仿佛俯就他腼腆的天性似地又补充说:“我从没见过梅像今天这么可爱,公爵认为她是客厅里最漂亮的姑娘。”

双语小说连载:纯真年代 The Age of Innocence(7)

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