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双语小说连载:纯真年代 The Age of Innocence(3)

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She made no answer. Her lips trembled into a smile, but the eyes remained distant and serious, as if bent on some ineffable vision. "Dear," Archer whispered, pressing her to him: it was borne in on him that the first hours of being engaged, even if spent in a ball-room, had in them something grave and sacramental. What a new life it was going to be, with this whiteness, radiance, goodness at one's side!
她没有回话,双唇绽出一丝微笑,但眼神依然淡漠庄重,仿佛正凝神于某种抹不去的幻象。“亲爱的,”阿切尔悄声说,一面用力拉她靠近自己。他坚信,订婚的最初几个小时即使在舞厅里度过,其中也包含着重大与神圣的内容。有这样一位纯洁、美丽、善良的人在身边,将是怎样的一种新生活啊!

The dance over, the two, as became an affianced couple, wandered into the conservatory; and sitting behind a tall screen of tree-ferns and camellias Newland pressed her gloved hand to his lips.
舞会结束了,他们俩既然已成了未婚夫妻,便漫步走到温室里;坐在一片桫椤与山茶的屏障后面,纽兰将她戴着手套的手紧紧压在唇上。

"You see I did as you asked me to," she said.
“你知道,我是照你的要求做的,”她说。

"Yes: I couldn't wait," he answered smiling. After a moment he added: "Only I wish it hadn't had to be at a ball."
“是的,我不能再等待了,”他含笑回答。过了一会儿又补充说:“我只是希望不是在舞会上宣布。”

"Yes, I know." She met his glance comprehendingly. "But after all--even here we're alone together, aren't we?"
“是的,我知道,”她会意地迎着他的目光说。“不过,毕竟——就是在这儿,我们也是单独在一起,不是吗?”

"Oh, dearest--always!" Archer cried.
“哦,最亲爱的——永远!”阿切尔喊道。

Evidently she was always going to understand; she was always going to say the right thing. The discovery made the cup of his bliss overflow, and he went on gaily: "The worst of it is that I want to kiss you and I can't." As he spoke he took a swift glance about the conservatory, assured himself of their momentary privacy, and catching her to him laid a fugitive pressure on her lips. To counteract the audacity of this proceeding he led her to a bamboo sofa in a less secluded part of the conservatory, and sitting down beside her broke a lily-of-the-valley from her bouquet. She sat silent, and the world lay like a sunlit valley at their feet.
显然,她将永远理解他,永远讲得体的话。这一发现使得他乐不可支。他开心地接着说:“最糟糕的是我想吻你却吻不到,”说着,他朝温室四周迅速瞥了一眼,弄清他们暂时处于隐蔽之中,便把她揽在怀里,匆匆地吻了一下她的双唇。为了抵消这一出格举动的影响,他把她带到温室不太隐蔽部分的一个长竹椅上。他在她身边坐下,从她的花束上摘下一朵铃兰。她坐着一语不发,整个世界像阳光灿烂的峡谷横在他们脚下。

"Did you tell my cousin Ellen?" she asked presently, as if she spoke through a dream.
“你告诉我的表姐埃伦了吗?”过了一会儿她问,仿佛在梦中说话一样。


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