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双语小说连载:纯真年代 The Age of Innocence(10)

Source: 恒星英语学习网    2011-08-12  我要投稿   论坛   Favorite  

 
The next day he persuaded May to escape for a walk in the Park after luncheon. As was the custom in old-fashioned Episcopalian New York, she usually accompanied her parents to church on Sunday afternoons; but Mrs. Welland condoned her truancy, having that very morning won her over to the necessity of a long engagement, with time to prepare a hand-embroidered trousseau containing the proper number of dozens.
第二天,他说服梅脱出身来,午饭后到公园去散步。按照纽约圣公会教徒的老习惯,她在星期天下午一般是要陪父母去教堂的。不过就在上午,韦兰太太刚刚说通她同意将订婚期延长,以便有时间准备足够的手工刺绣作嫁妆,所以就宽容了她的偷懒。

The day was delectable. The bare vaulting of trees along the Mall was ceiled with lapis lazuli, and arched above snow that shone like splintered crystals. It was the weather to call out May's radiance, and she burned like a young maple in the frost. Archer was proud of the glances turned on her, and the simple joy of possessorship cleared away his underlying perplexities.
天气十分信人。碧蓝的天空衬托着林阴大道上那些树木光秃秃的圆顶,树顶下面的残雪像无数水晶碎片熠熠闪光。这天气使得梅容光焕发,像霜雪中的一棵小枫树那样光彩夺目。阿切尔为路人投向她的目光而感到自豪,占有者率直的幸福感清除了他内心深处的烦恼。

"It's so delicious--waking every morning to smell lilies-of-the-valley in one's room!" she said.
“每天清晨醒来在自己屋里闻到铃兰的香味,真是太美了!”她说。

"Yesterday they came late. I hadn't time in the morning--"
“昨天送晚了,上午我没时间——”

"But your remembering each day to send them makes me love them so much more than if you'd given a standing order, and they came every morning on the minute, like one's music-teacher--as I know Gertrude Lefferts's did, for instance, when she and Lawrence were engaged."
“可你天天都想到送鲜花来,这比长期预订更让我喜欢。而且每天早晨都按时送到,就像音乐教师那样准时——比如就我所知,格特鲁德·莱弗茨和劳伦斯订婚期间,她就是这样。”

"Ah--they would!" laughed Archer, amused at her keenness. He looked sideways at her fruit-like cheek and felt rich and secure enough to add: "When I sent your lilies yesterday afternoon I saw some rather gorgeous yellow roses and packed them off to Madame Olenska. Was that right?"
“啊,这是完全应该的!”阿切尔笑着说,觉得她那热诚的样子很有趣。他斜视着她苹果般的脸颊,想起昨天送花的事,觉得虽然荒唐却也很安全,不由得说道:“我昨天下午给你送铃兰的时候,看到几支漂亮的黄玫瑰,便叫人给奥兰斯卡夫人送去了。你说好吗?”

"How dear of you! Anything of that kind delights her. It's odd she didn't mention it: she lunched with us today, and spoke of Mr. Beaufort's having sent her wonderful orchids, and cousin Henry van der Luyden a whole hamper of carnations from Skuytercliff. She seems so surprised to receive flowers. Don't people send them in Europe? She thinks it such a pretty custom."
“你真可爱!这样的事会让她十分高兴的。奇怪,她怎么没提呢?她今天跟我们一起吃的午饭,还说起博福特先生给她送去了漂亮的兰花,亨利·范德卢顿送了满满一篮斯库特克利夫的石竹呢。她收到花好像十分惊讶。难道欧洲人不送鲜花吗?不过她认为这种风俗非常好。”

"Oh, well, no wonder mine were overshadowed by Beaufort's," said Archer irritably. Then he remembered that he had not put a card with the roses, and was vexed at having spoken of them. He wanted to say: "I called on your cousin yesterday," but hesitated. If Madame Olenska had not spoken of his visit it might seem awkward that he should. Yet not to do so gave the affair an air of mystery that he disliked. To shake off the question he began to talk of their own plans, their future, and Mrs. Welland's insistence on a long engagement.
“噢,一准是我的花被博福特的压住了,”阿切尔烦躁地说。接着他想起自己没有随玫瑰花附上名片,又懊悔说出了这件事。他想说,“我昨天拜访了你的表姐”,但又犹豫了。假如奥兰斯卡夫人没有讲起他的拜访,他说出来似乎有些尴尬。然而不讲又会使事情带上一层神秘色彩,他不喜欢那样。为了甩掉这个问题,他开始谈论他们自己的计划,他们的未来,以及韦兰太太坚持要延长订婚期的事。

"If you call it long! Isabel Chivers and Reggie were engaged for two years: Grace and Thorley for nearly a year and a half. Why aren't we very well off as we are?"
“这还算长!伊莎贝尔·奇弗斯和里吉的订婚期是两年,格雷斯和索利差不多有一年半。我们这样不是很好吗?”


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