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双语小说连载:纯真年代 The Age of Innocence(3)

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The Beaufort house was one that New Yorkers were proud to show to foreigners, especially on the night of the annual ball. The Beauforts had been among the first people in New York to own their own red velvet carpet and have it rolled down the steps by their own footmen, under their own awning, instead of hiring it with the supper and the ball-room chairs. They had also inaugurated the custom of letting the ladies take their cloaks off in the hall, instead of shuffling up to the hostess's bedroom and recurling their hair with the aid of the gas-burner; Beaufort was understood to have said that he supposed all his wife's friends had maids who saw to it that they were properly coiffees when they left home.
博福特的家是纽约人乐于向外国人炫耀的一处住宅,尤其是在举办一年一度的舞会的晚上。博福特夫妇是纽约第一批拥有自己的红丝绒地毯的人。他们在自己的凉棚下面,让自己的男仆把地毯从门阶上铺下来;而不是像预订晚餐和舞厅用的椅子一样从外面租来。他们还开创了让女士们在门厅里脱下斗篷的风习,而不是把斗篷乱堆到楼上女主人的卧室里,再用煤气喷嘴重卷头发。据悉博福特曾经说过,他认为妻子所有的朋友出门时都已由女佣替她们做好了头发。

Then the house had been boldly planned with a ball-room, so that, instead of squeezing through a narrow passage to get to it (as at the Chiverses') one marched solemnly down a vista of enfiladed drawing- rooms (the sea-green, the crimson and the bouton d'or), seeing from afar the many-candled lustres reflected in the polished parquetry, and beyond that the depths of a conservatory where camellias and tree-ferns arched their costly foliage over seats of black and gold bamboo.
而且,那幢带舞厅的住宅设计得十分气派,人们不必穿过狭窄的过道(像奇弗斯家那样),便可昂首阔步地从两排相对的客厅(海绿色的、猩红色的。金黄色的)中间走进舞厅。从远处即可看到映在上光镶花地板上的许多蜡烛的光辉。再往远处看,可以望见一座温室的深处,山茶与桫楞的枝叶在黑、黄两色的竹椅上空形成拱顶。

Newland Archer, as became a young man of his position, strolled in somewhat late. He had left his overcoat with the silk-stockinged footmen (the stockings were one of Beaufort's few fatuities), had dawdled a while in the library hung with Spanish leather and furnished with Buhl and malachite, where a few men were chatting and putting on their dancing-gloves, and had finally joined the line of guests whom Mrs. Beaufort was receiving on the threshold of the crimson drawing-room.
纽兰·阿切尔到达稍微晚了一点,这符合他这样的年轻人的身份。他把大衣交给穿长丝袜的男仆(这些长袜是博福特为数不多的蠢事之一),在挂着西班牙皮革、用工艺品和孔雀石镶嵌装饰的书房里磨赠了一会儿——那儿有几位男子一面闲聊一面戴跳舞的手套——最后才加入到博福特太太在深红色客厅门口迎接的客人之中。

Archer was distinctly nervous. He had not gone back to his club after the Opera (as the young bloods usually did), but, the night being fine, had walked for some distance up Fifth Avenue before turning back in the direction of the Beauforts' house. He was definitely afraid that the Mingotts might be going too far; that, in fact, they might have Granny Mingott's orders to bring the Countess Olenska to the ball.
阿切尔显然有些紧张不安。看完歌剧他没有回俱乐部(就像公子哥儿们通常那样),而是趁着美好的夜色沿第五大街向上走了一段,然后才回过头朝博福特家的方向走去。他肯定是担心明戈特家的人可能会走得太远,生怕他们会执行明戈特老太太的命令,把奥兰斯卡伯爵夫人带到舞会上来。

From the tone of the club box he had perceived how grave a mistake that would be; and, though he was more than ever determined to "see the thing through," he felt less chivalrously eager to champion his betrothed's cousin than before their brief talk at the Opera.
从俱乐部包厢的气氛中,他已经意识到那将是多么严重的错误。而且,虽然他无比坚决地要“坚持到底”,但他觉得,他要保护未婚妻的表姐的豪侠热情,没有在歌剧院与她简短交谈之前那么高涨了。


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