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Gone With The Wind   (四)

(2006-08-14 21:38:07)
分类: 小说阅读

"Look, Scarlett.  About tomorrow," said Brent.  "Just because we've been away and didn't know about the barbecue and the ball, that's no reason why we shouldn't get plenty of dances tomorrow night.  You haven't promised them all, have you?"

 

"Well, I have!  How did I know you all would be home?  I couldn't risk being(小提示:risk doing sth) a wallflower([口语]舞会上没有舞伴而坐着看的女子、局外人) just waiting on you two."

 

"You a wallflower!"  The boys laughed uproariously.

 

"Look, honey.  You've got to give me the first waltz and Stu the last one and you've got to eat supper with us.  We'll sit on the stair landing like we did at the last ball and get Mammy Jincy to come tell our fortunes again."

 

"I don't like Mammy Jincy's fortunes.  You know she said I was going to marry a gentleman with jet-black hair and a long black mustache(] 小胡子,八字须), and I don't like black-haired gentlemen."

 

 

"You like 'em red-headed, don't you, honey?" grinned (grin:咧嘴笑)Brent.  "Now, come on, promise us all the waltzes and the supper."

 

"If you'll promise, we'll tell you a secret," said Stuart.

 

"What?" cried Scarlett, alert as a child at the word.

 

 

"Is it what we heard yesterday in Atlanta, Stu?  If it is, you know we promised not to tell."

 

"Well, Miss Pitty told us."

 

"Miss Who?"

 

"You know, Ashley Wilkes' cousin who lives in Atlanta, Miss

Pittypat Hamilton--Charles and Melanie Hamilton's aunt."

 

"I do, and a sillier old lady I never met in all my life."

 

"Well, when we were in Atlanta yesterday, waiting for the home train, her carriage went by the depot([美语]公共汽车站、火车站,飞机场) and she stopped and talked

to us, and she told us there was going to be an engagement

announced tomorrow night at the Wilkes ball."

 

"Oh.  I know about that," said Scarlett in disappointment.  "That silly nephew of hers, Charlie Hamilton, and Honey Wilkes. Everybody's known for years that they'd get married some time,even if he did seem kind of lukewarm(冷淡的、不热情的) about it."

 

"Do you think he's silly?" questioned Brent.  "Last Christmas you sure let him buzz round you plenty."

 

"I couldn't help him buzzing," Scarlett shrugged negligently.  "I think he's an awful sissy."

"Besides, it isn't his engagement that's going to be announced,"said Stuart triumphantly.  "It's Ashley's to Charlie's sister,Miss Melanie!"

Scarlett's face did not change but her lips went white--like a person who has received a stunning(使人晕倒的、打昏迷的) blow without warning and who,in the first moments of shock, does not realize what has happened.So still was her face as she stared at Stuart that he, never analytic, took it for granted that she was merely surprised and very interested.

"Miss Pitty told us they hadn't intended announcing it till next year, because Miss Melly hasn't been very well; but with all the war talk going around, everybody in both families thought it would be better to get married soon.  So it's to be announced tomorrow night at the supper intermission(休息时间、间歇、中断).  Now, Scarlett, we've told you the secret, so you've got to promise to eat supper with us." 

"Of course I will," Scarlett said automatically.

"And all the waltzes?"

"All."

 "You're sweet!  I'll bet the other boys will be hopping mad."

"Let 'em be mad," said Brent.  "We two can handle 'em.  Look, Scarlett.  Sit with us at the barbecue in the morning."

"What?"

Stuart repeated his request.

"Of course."

The twins looked at each other jubilantly(欢呼地、兴高采烈地、喜气洋洋地) but with some surprise.Although they considered themselves Scarlett's favored suitors,they had never before gained tokens(token: 表示, 向征, 记号, 代币) of this favor so easily.Usually she made them beg and plead, while she put them off,
refusing to give a Yes or No answer, laughing if they sulked( 生气, 愠怒),growing cool if they became angry.  And here she had practically promised them the whole of tomorrow--seats by her at the barbecue,all the waltzes (and they'd see to it that the dances were all waltzes!) and the supper intermission.  This was worth getting expelled from the university.
 
Filled with new enthusiasm by their success, they lingered on,talking about the barbecue and the ball and Ashley Wilkes and Melanie Hamilton, interrupting each other, making jokes and laughing at them, hinting broadly for invitations to supper.  Some time had passed before they realized that Scarlett was having very little to say.  The atmosphere had somehow changed.  Just how, the twins did not know, but the fine glow had gone out of the afternoon.  Scarlett seemed to be paying little attention to what
they said, although she made the correct answers.  Sensing
something they could not understand, baffled(受挫折的) and annoyed by it,the twins struggled along for a while, and then rose reluctantly,looking at their watches.
 
The sun was low across the new-plowed fields and the tall woods across the river were looming blackly in silhouette(轮廓、剪影).  Chimney swallows were darting swiftly across the yard, and chickens, ducks and turkeys were waddling(waddle:[鸭子等]摇摇摆摆地走、蹒跚) and strutting and straggling in from the fields.
 

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