上海动漫音乐分享社区

【音频双语】经典原著阅读 第14章02《傲慢与偏见》双语文本+MP3

普特英语听力网2019-02-06 09:21:43

《傲慢与偏见》(Pride and prejudice)是简·奥斯汀最早完成的作品。这部作品以日常生活为素材,一反当时社会上流行的感伤小说的内容和矫揉造作的写作方法,生动地反映了18世纪末到19世纪初处于保守和闭塞状态下的英国乡镇生活和世态人情。这部社会风情画式的小说不仅在当时吸引着广大的读者,时至今日,仍给读者以独特的艺术享受。

   奥斯汀在这部小说中通过班纳特五个女儿对待终身大事的不同处理,表现出乡镇中产阶级家庭出身的少女对婚姻爱情问题的不同态度,从而反映了作者本人的婚姻观:为了财产、金钱和地位而结婚是错误的;而结婚不考虑上述因素也是愚蠢的。因此,她既反对为金钱而结婚,也反对把婚姻当儿戏,她强调理想婚姻的重要性,并把男女双方感情作为缔结理想婚姻的基石。



点击音频,即可收听


英文文本


"Her indifferent state of health unhappily prevents her being in town; and by that means, as I told Lady Catherine myself one day, has deprived the British court of its brightest ornament. Her ladyship seemed pleased with the idea, and you may imagine that I am happy on every occasion to offer those little delicate compliments which are always acceptable to ladies. I have more than once observed to Lady Catherine that her charming daughter seemed born to be a duchess, and that the most elevated rank, instead of giving her consequence, would be adorned by her. -- These are the kind of little things which please her ladyship, and it is a sort of attention which I conceive myself peculiarly bound to pay."


"You judge very properly," said Mr. Bennet, "and it is happy for you that you possess the talent of flattering with delicacy. May I ask whether these pleasing attentions proceed from the impulse of the moment, or are the result of previous study?"


"They arise chiefly from what is passing at the time, and though I sometimes amuse myself with suggesting and arranging such little elegant compliments as may be adapted to ordinary occasions, I always wish to give them as unstudied an air as possible."


Mr. Bennet's expectations were fully answered. His cousin was as absurd as he had hoped, and he listened to him with the keenest enjoyment, maintaining at the same time the most resolute composure of countenance, and, except in an occasional glance at Elizabeth, requiring no partner in his pleasure.


By tea-time, however, the dose had been enough, and Mr. Bennet was glad to take his guest into the drawing-room again, and when tea was over, glad to invite him to read aloud to the ladies. Mr. Collins readily assented, and a book was produced; but on beholding it (for every thing announced it to be from a circulating library), he started back, and begging pardon, protested that he never read novels. -- Kitty stared at him, and Lydia exclaimed. -- Other books were produced, and after some deliberation he chose Fordyce's Sermons. Lydia gaped as he opened the volume, and before he had, with very monotonous solemnity, read three pages, she interrupted him with,

"Do you know, mama, that my uncle Philips talks of turning away Richard, and if he does, Colonel Forster will hire him. My aunt told me so herself on Saturday. I shall walk to Meryton to-morrow to hear more about it, and to ask when Mr. Denny comes back from town."


Lydia was bid by her two eldest sisters to hold her tongue; but Mr. Collins, much offended, laid aside his book, and said,

"I have often observed how little young ladies are interested by books of a serious stamp, though written solely for their benefit. It amazes me, I confess; -- for certainly, there can be nothing so advantageous to them as instruction. But I will no longer importune my young cousin."


Then turning to Mr. Bennet, he offered himself as his antagonist at backgammon. Mr. Bennet accepted the challenge, observing that he acted very wisely in leaving the girls to their own trifling amusements. Mrs. Bennet and her daughters apologised most civilly for Lydia's interruption, and promised that it should not occur again, if he would resume his book; but Mr. Collins, after assuring them that he bore his young cousin no ill will, and should never resent her behaviour as any affront, seated himself at another table with Mr. Bennet, and prepared for backgammon. 


中文文本


“她觐见过皇上吗?在进过宫的仕女们中,我好象没有听见过她的名字。”


“不幸她身体柔弱,不能过京城去,正如我有一天跟咖苔琳夫人所说的,这实在使得英国的宫庭里损失了一件最明媚的装璜;她老人家对我这种说法很是满意。你们可以想象得到,在任何场合下,我都乐于说几句巧妙的恭维话,叫一般太太小姐们听得高兴。我跟咖苔琳夫人说过好多次,她的美丽的小姐是一位天生的公爵夫人,将来不管嫁给哪一位公爵姑爷,不论那位姑爷地位有多高,非但不会增加小姐的体面,反而要让小姐来为他争光。这些话都叫她老人家听得高兴极了,我总觉得我应该在这方面特别留意。”


班纳特先生说:“你说得很恰当,你既然有这种才能,能够非常巧妙地捧人家的场,这对于你自己也会有好处。我是否可以请教你一下,你这种讨人喜欢的奉承话,是临时想起来的呢,还是老早想好了的?”


“大半是看临时的情形想起来的;不过有时候我也自己跟自己打趣,预先想好一些很好的小恭维话,平常有机会就拿来应用,而且临说的时候,总是要装出是自然流露出来的。”

班纳特先生果然料想得完全正确,他这位表侄确实象他所想象的那样荒谬,他听得非常有趣,不过表面上却竭力保持镇静,除了偶而朝着伊丽莎白望一眼以外,他并不需要别人来分享他这份愉快。


不过到吃茶的时候,这一场罪总算受完了。班纳特先生高高兴兴地把客人带到会客室里,等到茶喝完了,他又高高兴兴地邀请他朗诵点什么给他的太太和小姐们听。柯林斯先生立刻就答应了,于是她们就拿了一本书给他,可是一看到那本书(因为那本书一眼就可以看出是从流通图书馆借来的)他就吃惊得往后一退,连忙声明他从来不读小说,请求她们原谅。吉蒂对他瞪着眼,丽迪雅叫起来了。于是她们另外拿了几本书来,他仔细考虑了一下以后,选了一本弗迪斯的《讲道集》。他一摊开那本书,丽迪雅不禁目瞪口呆,等到他那么单调无味,一本正经地刚要读完三页的时候,丽迪雅赶快岔断了他:


“妈妈,你知不知道腓力普姨爹要解雇李却?要是他真的要解雇他,弗斯脱上校一定愿意雇他。这是星期六那一天姨爹亲自告诉我的。我打算明天上麦里屯去多了解一些情况,顺便问问他们,丹尼先生什么时候从城里回来。”


两个姐姐都吩咐丽迪雅住嘴;柯林斯先生非常生气,放下了书本,说道:

“我老是看到年轻的小姐们对正经书不感兴趣,不过这些书完全是为了她们的好处写的。老实说,这不能不叫我惊奇,因为对她们最有利益的事情,当然莫过于圣哲的教训。可是我也不愿意勉强我那年轻的表妹。”


于是他转过身来要求班纳特先生跟他玩“贝加梦”,班纳特先生一面答应了他,一面说,这倒是个聪明的办法,还是让这些女孩子们去搞她们自己的小玩艺吧。班纳特太太和她五个女儿极有礼貌地向他道歉,请他原谅丽迪雅打断了他朗诵对书,并且说,他要是重新把那本书读下去,她保证决不会有同样的事件发生。柯林斯先生请她们不要介意,说是他一点儿也不怪表妹,决不会认为她冒犯了他而把她怀恨在心。他解释过以后,就跟班纳特先生坐到另一张桌子上去,准备玩“贝加梦”。


新来的小伙伴可以点击下面阅读原文获取之前的内容~