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双语小说连载:《董贝父子》第四章 Part 2

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      It is half-past five o'clock, and an autumn afternoon, when the reader and Solomon Gills become acquainted. Solomon Gills is in the act of seeing what time it is by the unimpeachable chronometer. The usual daily clearance has been making in the City for an hour or more; and the human tide is still rolling westward. 'The streets have thinned,' as Mr Gills says, 'very much.' It threatens to be wet to-night. All the weather glasses in the shop are in low spirits, and the rain already shines upon the cocked hat of the wooden Midshipman.

      读者与所罗门·吉尔斯认识是在一个秋天下午的五点半钟。所罗门·吉尔斯那时正在看他那只完美无缺的精密计时表,看看是什么时候了。城市照常每天一次向外疏散人群,已经进行了一个小时或更长久一些;人的浪潮仍然向西滚滚流动着。就像吉尔斯先生所说的,“街上的人已经稀少得多了。”今天晚上好像要下雨。店铺里所有的晴雨表都呈现出垂头丧气的神态。雨滴已经在木制海军军官候补生的三角帽上闪耀着亮光。

      'Where's Walter, I wonder!' said Solomon Gills, after he had carefully put up the chronometer again. 'Here's dinner been ready, half an hour, and no Walter!'
      Turning round upon his stool behind the counter, Mr Gills looked out among the instruments in the window, to see if his nephew might be crossing the road. No. He was not among the bobbing umbrellas, and he certainly was not the newspaper boy in the oilskin cap who was slowly working his way along the piece of brass outside, writing his name over Mr Gills's name with his forefinger.

      “不知道沃尔特在哪里!”吉尔斯把精密计时表重新小心地藏好以后,说道,“晚饭已经准备好半个小时了,可是却不见沃尔特!”
      吉尔斯先生在柜台后面的凳子上转过身子,通过橱窗中的仪器往外看,看看他的外甥是不是正在穿越马路。没有。他没有在那些摆动的雨伞中间。他也决不是那个戴油布帽子、卖报的男孩子,那男孩子正沿着外面的铜牌慢吞吞地走过去,并且用食指把自己的姓名写在吉尔斯先生的姓名上面。

      'If I didn't know he was too fond of me to make a run of it, and go and enter himself aboard ship against my wishes, I should begin to be fidgetty,' said Mr Gills, tapping two or three weather-glasses with his knuckles. 'I really should. All in the Downs, eh! Lots of moisture! Well! it's wanted.'

      “如果我不知道,他太爱我了,不会逃跑,也不会违反我的意愿,自己跑到船上去的话,那么我真要开始坐立不安了,”吉尔斯先生用指关节轻轻敲打着两、三个晴雨表。“我真会的!全都在很低的度数①,啊!湿气真大!唔,是需要下雨了。”

      I believe,' said Mr Gills, blowing the dust off the glass top of a compass-case, 'that you don't point more direct and due to the back parlour than the boy's inclination does after all. And the parlour couldn't bear straighter either. Due north. Not the twentieth part of a point either way.'

      “我觉得,”吉尔斯先生把一个罗盘匣子玻璃顶上的灰尘吹去,说道,“孩子总是喜欢跑到后客厅里去,你毕竟不能比他更直接更准确地指向后客厅。后客厅的方向是不能更正确的了。正北,不向其他方向偏离二十分之一度!”

'      Halloa, Uncle Sol!'
      'Halloa, my boy!' cried the Instrument-maker, turning briskly round. 'What! you are here, are you?'
      “喂,所尔舅舅!”
      “喂,我的孩子!”仪器制造商轻快地转过身去,喊道,“啊,你回来了,是吗?”
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①原文为AllintheDowns,吉尔斯这样说是指晴雨表中的度数很低,但这又是英国剧作家和诗人约翰·盖伊(JohnGay,1685—1732年)著名叙事诗《温存的威廉和黑眼睛的苏珊告别》(SweetWiliam’sFarewelltoBlack-eyedSusan)中开头的诗句,意为“船队全都在唐斯”。唐斯(theDowns)是英法之间多佛海峡的一部分,为船舶停泊处。狄更斯采用这种文字表现方法,是为了使读者感到幽默有趣。

注释:knuckles  n. 压关节,指关节(knuckle复数形式)
v. 以指节打;以手指射(knuckle的第三人称单数形式)
例句:
1. Even the knuckles on his hands.
甚至手指关节。
2. This is what hate looks like, you realized—white knuckles on a chair.
你知道,这就是恨的表现——“坐椅上的白色关节”。


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