【经典名著阅读】《红字》第十七章(下)

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Chapter 17 THE PASTOR AND HIS [w=parishioner]PARISHIONER第十七章 教长和教民

He started at a thought that suddenly occurred to him.他为突然闪现的一个念头而惊跳起来。

"Hester," cried he, "here is a new horror! Roger Chillingworth knows your purpose to reveal his true character. Will he continue, then, to keep our secret? What will now be the course of his revenge?"“海丝特,”他叫道,“如今又有了一种新的可怕之处!罗杰·齐灵渥斯既然知道了你有意要揭示他的真实身份,那么,他还肯继续保持我们的秘密吗?今后他将采取什么途径来复仇呢?”

"There is a strange secrecy in his nature," replied Hester thoughtfully; "and it has grown upon him by the hidden practices of his revenge. I deem it not likely that he will betray the secret. He will doubtless seek other means of [w=satiate]satiating his dark passion."“他生性喜欢诡秘从事,”海丝特沉思着回答说;“而且这一秉性已经随着他悄悄行使他的复仇计划而益发牢固了。我认为他大概不会泄露这个秘密。他肯定会谋求另外的手段来满足他那不可告人的感情。”

"And I!- how am I to live longer, breathing the same air with this deadly enemy?" exclaimed Arthur Dimmesdale, [w=shrink]shrinking within himself, and pressing his hand nervously against his heart- a gesture that had grown involuntary with him. "Think for me, Hester! Thou art strong. Resolve for me!"“可是我啊!——同这样一个死对头呼吸同一处的空气,我又怎么能够活得长久呢?”阿瑟·丁梅斯代尔惊呼着,心里一沉,神经质地用手去捂住心口——他的这种姿势已经变得不由自主了。“为我想一想吧,海丝特!你是坚强的。替我想个办法吧!”

"Thou must dwell no longer with this man," said Hester, slowly and firmly. "Thy heart must be no longer under his evil eye!"“你不能继续跟他住在一起了,”海丝特说,语气徐缓而坚定。“你的心再也不能处于他那双邪恶的眼睛的监视之下了!

"It were far worse than death!" replied the minister. "But how to avoid it? What choice remains to me? Shall I lie down again on these withered leaves, where I cast myself when thou didst tell me what he was? Must I sink down there, and die at once?"“这可比死还要糟糕得多!”牧师应道。“但是怎么来避免呢?我还有什么选择呢?你刚才告诉我他是什么人时,我就一屁股坐在了这些枯叶上,可是我还要倒在这里吗?我应该沉沦于此,并且马上死掉吗?”

"Alas, what a ruin has befallen thee!" said Hester, with the tears, [w=gush]gushing into her eyes. "Wilt thou die for very weakness? There is no other cause!"“天啊!你已经给毁成什么样子啦!”海丝特说着,泪水涌进了她的眼睛。“你难道就因为软弱而要死吗?此外再没有别的原因了!”

"The judgment of God is on me," answered the conscience-stricken priest. "It is too mighty for me to struggle with!"“上帝的裁判正落在我身上,”那位受到良心震撼的牧师回答说。“那力量太强大,我挣扎不动了!”

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