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"Yes, Sir, I know I am. If I was to go through the world, I could not meet with a better. But I have always observed that they who are good-natured when children are good-natured when they grow up; and he was always the sweetest-tempered, most generous-hearted, boy in the world."“你真说得是,先生,我自己也知道运气好。我就是走遍天下,再也不会碰到一个更好的主人。我常说,小时候脾气好,长大了脾气也会好;他从小就是个脾气最乖、肚量最大的孩子。”

Elizabeth almost stared at her. -- "Can this be Mr. Darcy!" thought she.伊丽莎白禁不住瞪起眼来看她。她心里想:“达西当真是这样一个人吗?”

"His father was an excellent man," said Mrs. Gardiner.“他父亲是个了不起的人,”嘉丁纳太太说。

"Yes, Ma'am, that he was indeed; and his son will be just like him -- just as affable to the poor."“太太,你说得是,他的确是个了不起的人;他独生子完全象他一样──也象他那样体贴穷苦人。”

Elizabeth listened, wondered, doubted, and was impatient for more. Mrs. Reynolds could interest her on no other point. She related the subject of the pictures, the dimensions of the rooms, and the price of the furniture, in vain. Mr. Gardiner, highly amused by the kind of family prejudice to which he attributed her excessive commendation of her master, soon led again to the subject; and she dwelt with energy on his many merits, as they proceeded together up the great staircase.伊丽莎白一直听下去,先是奇怪,继而怀疑,最后又极想再多听一些,可是雷诺奶奶再也想不出别的话来引起她的兴趣。她谈到画像,谈到房间大小,谈到家具的价格,可是她都不爱听。嘉丁纳先生觉得,这个管家奶奶所以要过甚其辞地夸奖她自己的主人,无非是出于家人的偏见,这倒也使他听得很有趣,于是马上又谈到这个话题上来了。她一面起劲地谈到他的许多优点,一面领着他们走上大楼梯。

"He is the best landlord, and the best master," said she, "that ever lived. Not like the wild young men nowadays, who think of nothing but themselves. There is not one of his [w=tenant]tenants or servants but what will give him a good name. Some people call him proud; but I am sure I never saw any thing of it. To my fancy, it is only because he does not rattle away like other young men."“他是个开明的庄主,又是个最好的主人;”她说,“他不象目前一般撒野的青年,一心只为自己打算。没有一个佃户或佣人不称赞他。有些人说他傲慢;可是我从来没看到过他有哪一点傲慢的地方。据我猜想,他只是不象一般青年人那样爱说话罢了。”

"In what an amiable light does this place him!" thought Elizabeth.“他被你说得多么可爱!”伊丽莎白想道。

"This fine account of him," whispered her aunt, as they walked, "is not quite consistent with his behaviour to our poor friend."她舅母一边走,一边轻轻地说:“只听到说他的好话,可是他对待我们那位可怜的朋友却是那种样子,好象与事实不大符合。”

"Perhaps we might be deceived."“我们可能是受到蒙蔽了。”

"That is not very likely; our authority was too good."“这不大可能;我们的根据太可靠了。”

On reaching the spacious lobby above, they were shewn into a very pretty sitting-room, lately fitted up with greater elegance and lightness than the apartments below; and were informed that it was but just done to give pleasure to Miss Darcy, who had taken a liking to the room when last at Pemberley.他们走到楼上那个宽敞的穿堂,就给领进一间漂亮的起坐间,这起坐间新近才布置起来,比楼下的许多房间还要精致和清新,据说那是刚刚收拾起来专供达西小姐享用的,因为去年她在彭伯里看中了这间屋子。

"He is certainly a good brother," said Elizabeth, as she walked towards one of the windows.“他千真万确是一个好哥哥,”伊丽莎白一面说,一面走到一个窗户跟前。

Mrs. Reynolds [w=anticipate]anticipated Miss Darcy's delight when she should enter the room. "And this is always the way with him," she added. -- "Whatever can give his sister any pleasure is sure to be done in a moment. There is nothing he would not do for her."雷诺奶奶估计达西小姐一走进这间屋子,将会怎样高兴。她说:“他一向就是这样,凡是能使他妹妹高兴的事情,他马上办到。他从来没有一桩事不依她。”

The picture gallery, and two or three of the principal bedrooms, were all that remained to be shewn. In the former were many good paintings; but Elizabeth knew nothing of the art; and from such as had been already visible below, she had willingly turned to look at some drawings of Miss Darcy's, in crayons, whose subjects were usually more interesting, and also more intelligible.剩下来只有画室和两三间主要的寝室要指给他们看了。画室里陈列着许多优美的油画,可惜伊丽莎白对艺术方面完全是外行,但觉这些画好象在楼下都已经看到过,于是她宁可掉过头去看看达西小姐所画的几张粉笔画,因为这些画的题材一般都比较耐人寻味,而且比较容易看得懂。

In the gallery there were many family [w=portrait]portraits, but they could have little to fix the attention of a stranger. Elizabeth walked on in quest of the only face whose features would be known to her. At last it arrested her -- and she beheld a striking resemblance of Mr. Darcy, with such a smile over the face as she remembered to have sometimes seen, when he looked at her. She stood several minutes before the picture in earnest contemplation, and returned to it again before they quitted the gallery. Mrs. Reynolds informed them that it had been taken in his father's life time.画室里都是家族的画像,陌生人看了不会感到兴趣。伊丽莎白走来走去,专门去找那个面熟的人的画像;她终于看到了有张画像非常象达西先生,只见他脸上的笑容正象他从前看起来的时候那种笑容。她在这幅画像跟前站了几分钟,欣赏得出了神,临出画室之前,又走回去看了一下。雷诺奶奶告诉他们说,这张画像还是他父亲在世的时候画的。

There was certainly at this moment, in Elizabeth's mind, a more gentle sensation towards the original than she had ever felt in the height of their acquaintance. The commendation bestowed on him by Mrs. Reynolds was of no trifling nature. What praise is more valuable than the praise of an intelligent servant? As a brother, a landlord, a master, she considered how many people's happiness were in his guardianship! -- How much of pleasure or pain it was in his power to bestow! -- How much of good or evil must be done by him! Every idea that had been brought forward by the housekeeper was favourable to his character, and as she stood before the canvas, on which he was represented, and fixed his eyes upon herself, she thought of his regard with a deeper sentiment of gratitude than it had ever raised before; she remembered its warmth, and softened its impropriety of expression.伊丽莎白不禁对画里那个人立刻起了一阵亲切之感,即使从前她跟他见面最多的时候,她对他也从来没有过这种感觉。我们不应当小看了雷诺奶奶对她主人的这种称赞。什么样的称赞会比一个聪明的下人的称赞更来得宝贵呢?她认为他无论是作为一个兄长,一个庄主,一个家主,都一手操纵着多少人的幸福;他能够给人家多少快乐,又能够给人家多少痛苦;他可以行多少善,又可以作多少恶。那个管家奶奶所提出的每一件事情,都足心说明他品格的优良。她站在他的画像面前只觉得他一双眼睛在盯着她看,她不由得想起了他对她的钟情,于是一阵从来没有过的感激之情油然而生,她一记起他钟情的殷切,便不再去计较他求爱的唐突了。

When all of the house that was open to general inspection had been seen, they returned down stairs, and, taking leave of the housekeeper, were [w=consign]consigned over to the gardener, who met them at the hall door.凡是可以公开参观的地方,他们都走遍了,然后走下楼来,告别了管家奶奶,管家奶奶便吩咐一个园丁在大厅门口迎接他们。

As they walked across the lawn towards the river, Elizabeth turned back to look again; her uncle and aunt stopped also, and while the former was [w=conjecture]conjecturing as to the date of the building, the owner of it himself suddenly came forward from the road, which led behind it to the stables.他们穿过草地,走向河边,伊丽莎白这时候又掉过头来看了一直,舅父母也都停住了脚步,哪知道她舅舅正想估量一下这房子的建筑年代,忽然看到屋主人从一条通往马厩的大路上走了过来。

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