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双语小说连载:纯真年代 The Age of Innocence(3)

Source: 恒星英语学习网    2011-07-21  我要投稿   论坛   Favorite  

Wandering on to the bouton d'or drawing-room (where Beaufort had had the audacity to hang "Love Victorious," the much-discussed nude of Bouguereau) Archer found Mrs. Welland and her daughter standing near the ball-room door. Couples were already gliding over the floor beyond: the light of the wax candles fell on revolving tulle skirts, on girlish heads wreathed with modest blossoms, on the dashing aigrettes and ornaments of the young married women's coiffures, and on the glitter of highly glazed shirt-fronts and fresh glace gloves.
阿切尔漫步走到金黄色客厅(博福特大胆地在里面挂了一幅引起不少争议的裸体画《得胜的爱神》),只见韦兰太太和她的女儿站在舞厅门口。那边,一对对的舞伴已经在地板上滑步,烛光撒落在旋转的纱裙上,撒落在少女们头上戴的雅致的花环上,撒落在少妇们头上浮华的枝形宝石饰品及装饰物上,撒落在光亮的衬衫前胸与上光的新手套上。

Miss Welland, evidently about to join the dancers, hung on the threshold, her lilies-of-the-valley in her hand (she carried no other bouquet), her face a little pale, her eyes burning with a candid excitement. A group of young men and girls were gathered about her, and there was much hand-clasping, laughing and pleasantry on which Mrs. Welland, standing slightly apart, shed the beam of a qualified approval. It was evident that Miss Welland was in the act of announcing her engagement, while her mother affected the air of parental reluctance considered suitable to the occasion.
韦兰小姐显然正准备加入跳舞的人群。她呆在门口,手中握着铃兰(她没带别的花),脸色有点苍白,真切的兴奋使她两眼灼灼发光。一群男青年和姑娘聚在她的周围,不少人与她握手,笑着与她寒暄。稍稍站开一点的韦兰太太笑容满面,表达出得体的赞赏。很明显,韦兰小姐正在宣布她的订婚消息,而她母亲则装出一副与这种场合相称的家长们不情愿的模样。

Archer paused a moment. It was at his express wish that the announcement had been made, and yet it was not thus that he would have wished to have his happiness known. To proclaim it in the heat and noise of a crowded ball-room was to rob it of the fine bloom of privacy which should belong to things nearest the heart. His joy was so deep that this blurring of the surface left its essence untouched; but he would have liked to keep the surface pure too. It was something of a satisfaction to find that May Welland shared this feeling. Her eyes fled to his beseechingly, and their look said: "Remember, we're doing this because it's right."
阿切尔踌躇了一会儿。订婚消息是按他明确的意愿宣布的,但他的本意却不是这样把自己的幸福公布于众。在拥挤喧闹的舞厅里公布它等于强行剥掉个人秘密的保护层,那本是属于最贴近心灵的东西。他的喜悦非常深沉,所以这种表面的损伤没有触及根本,不过他还是愿意让表面也一样纯洁。令人满意的是,他发现梅· 韦兰也有同样的感受。她用眼睛向他投来恳求的目光,仿佛是在说:“别忘记,我们这样做是因为它符合常理。”

No appeal could have found a more immediate response in Archer's breast; but he wished that the necessity of their action had been represented by some ideal reason, and not simply by poor Ellen Olenska. The group about Miss Welland made way for him with significant smiles, and after taking his share of the felicitations he drew his betrothed into the middle of the ball-room floor and put his arm about her waist.
任何恳求都不会在阿切尔心中得到比这更快的响应了,然而他仍希望他们之所以必须在此宣布,有一个更充分的理由,而不仅仅是为了可怜的埃伦·奥兰斯卡。韦兰小姐周围的人面带会意的笑容给他让开了路。在接受了对他的那份祝贺之后,他拉着未婚妻走到舞厅中央,把胳膊搭在了她的腰际。

"Now we shan't have to talk," he said, smiling into her candid eyes, as they floated away on the soft waves of the Blue Danube.
“现在我们用不着非得讲话了,”他望着她那双真诚的眼睛露出笑容说。两人乘着《蓝色多瑙河》柔和的波浪漂流而去。


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