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双语小说连载:纯真年代 The Age of Innocence(10)

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It was the traditional maidenly interrogation, and he felt ashamed of himself for finding it singularly childish. No doubt she simply echoed what was said for her; but she was nearing her twenty-second birthday, and he wondered at what age "nice" women began to speak for themselves.
这是少女习惯性的反问,他觉得特别幼稚,并为此感到惭愧。她无疑是在重复别人对她说过的话,可是她都快满22岁了,他不明白,“有教养”的女子要到多大年龄才能开始替自己说话。

"Never, if we won't let them, I suppose," he mused, and recalled his mad outburst to Mr. Sillerton Jackson: "Women ought to be as free as we are--"
“她们永远不会的,假如我们不允许她们,”他在心里想道。他突然记起了他对西勒顿·杰克逊说过的那句义正词严的话:“女人应当跟我们一样自由——”

It would presently be his task to take the bandage from this young woman's eyes, and bid her look forth on the world. But how many generations of the women who had gone to her making had descended bandaged to the family vault? He shivered a little, remembering some of the new ideas in his scientific books, and the much-cited instance of the Kentucky cave-fish, which had ceased to develop eyes because they had no use for them. What if, when he had bidden May Welland to open hers, they could only look out blankly at blankness?
他眼下的任务是取下蒙在这位年轻女子眼上的绷带,让她睁开眼睛看一看世界。然而,在她之前,已经有多少代像她这样的女人,带着蒙在眼上的绷带沉入了家族的地下灵堂呢?他不禁打了个冷颤,想起在科学书籍中读到的一些新思想,还想起经常被引证的肯塔基的岩洞鱼,那种鱼由于眼睛派不上用场,它们的眼睛已经大大退化了。假如他让梅·韦兰睁开眼睛,她只能茫然地看到一片空白,那该怎么办呢?

"We might be much better off. We might be altogether together--we might travel."
“我们可以过得更快乐,我们可以始终在一起——我们可以去旅行。”

Her face lit up. "That would be lovely," she owned: she would love to travel. But her mother would not understand their wanting to do things so differently.
她脸上露出喜色说:“那倒是很美。”她承认她喜爱旅行,但他们想做的事那么与众不同,她母亲是不会理解的。

"As if the mere `differently' didn't account for it!" the wooer insisted.
“好像这还不仅仅是‘与众不同’的问题!”阿切尔坚持说。

"Newland! You're so original!" she exulted.
“纽兰!你是多么独特呀!”她高兴地说。

His heart sank, for he saw that he was saying all the things that young men in the same situation were expected to say, and that she was making the answers that instinct and tradition taught her to make--even to the point of calling him original.
他的心不由一沉。他觉得自己讲的完全是处于同样情况下的年轻人肯定要讲的内容,而她的回答却完全是本能与传统教她的那种回答。她居然会说他“独特”!

"Original! We're all as like each other as those dolls cut out of the same folded paper. We're like patterns stencilled on a wall. Can't you and I strike out for ourselves, May?"
“有什么‘独特’的!我们全都跟用同一块折叠的纸剪出的娃娃一样相似,我们就像用模板印在墙上的图案。难道你我不能走自己的路吗,梅?”

He had stopped and faced her in the excitement of their discussion, and her eyes rested on him with a bright unclouded admiration.
他打住话头,面对着她,沉浸在因讨论产生的兴奋之中;她望着他,目光里闪烁着欣喜明朗的倾慕。

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agitated ['ædʒiteitid]

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adj. 激动不安的,焦虑的 动词agitate的过去式

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produce [prə'dju:s]

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n. 产品,农作物
vt. 生产,提出,引起,

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amused [ə'mju:zd]

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adj. 有趣的

 
needlework ['ni:dlwə:k]

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n. 刺绣,缝纫;女红的作品

 
groan [grəun]

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呻吟

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fashionable ['fæʃənəbl]

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adj. 流行的,时髦的

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deity ['di:iti]

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n. 神,神性 Deity n. (前加the)上帝

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extreme [ik'stri:m]

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adj. 极度的,极端的
n. 极端,极限

 
needle ['ni:dl]

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n. 针
vt. 用针缝,激怒,嘲弄

 
setting ['setiŋ]

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n. 安装,放置,周围,环境,(为诗等谱写的)乐曲

 


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