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The Horse Dealer's Daughter(one)

(2008-09-08 20:13:31)
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The Horse Dealer's Daughter


贩马者的女儿

By DH Lawrence

'Well, Mabel, and what are you going to do with yourself?' asked Joe, with foolish flippancy. He felt quite safe himself. Without listening for an answer, he turned aside, worked a grain of tobacco to the tip of his tongue, and spat it out. He did not care about anything, since he felt safe himself.

“好啦,玛贝尔,你怎么打算?”乔的问话愚蠢又刻薄。他感觉良好,等不及回答,他就转过脸去,吐掉了舌尖上的一丝烟叶。他对一切都无所谓,什么都不必担心。

The three brothers and the sister sat round the desolate breakfast table, attempting some sort of desultory consultation. The morning's post had given the final tap to the family fortunes, and all was over. The dreary dining-room itself, with its heavy mahogany furniture, looked as if it were waiting to be done away with.

兄弟三个和妹妹围坐在黯淡凄凉的早餐桌前,扯着些没有边际的话题。早晨的邮件将这个家庭的命运推向了边缘,再也没有希望了。阴沉的饭厅以及笨重的桃花心木家具,似乎在等待着死神的降临。

But the consultation amounted to nothing. There was a strange air of ineffectuality about the three men, as they sprawled at table, smoking and reflecting vaguely on their own condition. The girl was alone, a rather short, sullen-looking young woman of twenty-seven. She did not share the same life as her brothers. She would have been good-looking, save for the impassive fixity of her face, 'bull-dog', as her brothers called it.

遗憾的是,家庭会议毫无结果。一种挫败的生疏的气氛萦绕在这三个男人间,他们懒散的围坐在餐桌周围,吃烟,心不在焉的想着各自的处境。屋子里的姑娘她相当瘦小,脸色阴郁,已是27岁的成年女子。她独自一人,过着与她兄弟们完全全不同的生活,她本有着姣好的容貌,但由于她脸上一成不变的表情令人望而生畏,“斗牛犬”,正如她兄弟们叫她的那样。

There was a confused tramping of horses' feet outside. The three men all sprawled round in their chairs to watch. Beyond the dark holly-bushes that separated the strip of lawn from the highroad, they could see a cavalcade of shire horses swinging out of their own yard, being taken for exercise. This was the last time. These were the last horses that would go through their hands. The young men watched with critical, callous look. They were all frightened at the collapse of their lives, and the sense of disaster in which they were involved left them no inner freedom.

远远的,外面传来模糊的沉重的马蹄声,男人们瘫坐的椅子里往外张望。越过将狭长的草坪从大路分开的冬青灌木丛,可以看见一大群夏尔马摇晃着走出马厩,这是最后一次训练了,这也是最后一批经手的马匹了。三个年轻人带着挑剔冷漠的表情望着这一切,生活的崩塌令他们不知所措,陷进失败的沼泽的感觉没有留给他们选择的自由。

Yet they were three fine, well-set fellows enough. Joe, the eldest, was a man of thirty-three, broad and handsome in a hot, flushed way. His face was red, he twisted his black moustache over a thick finger, his eyes were shallow and restless. He had a sensual way of uncovering his teeth when he laughed, and his bearing was stupid. Now he watched the horses with a glazed look of helplessness in his eyes, a certain stupor of downfall.

但是,兄弟三个关系不错,手足之情牢不可破。乔,年龄最大,红脸膛,33岁的他高大魁梧,帅气,热烈奔放,易激动。他肥厚的手指拧着他那黑漆漆的髭须,淡蓝色的眼睛显得焦躁不安。当他露齿而笑时显出他性感的一面,但他的举止风度却令人不敢恭维。现在,他为某种幻灭感所携裹,正凝望着马队,他目光呆滞,无能为力。

The great draught-horses swung past. They were tied head to tail, four of them, and they heaved along to where a lane branched off from the highroad, planting their great hoofs floutingly in the fine black mud, swinging their great rounded haunches sumptuously, and trotting a few sudden steps as they were led into the lane, round the corner. Every movement showed a massive, slumbrous strength, and a stupidity which held them in subjection. The groom at the head looked back, jerking the leading rope. And the cavalcade moved out of sight up the lane, the tail of the last horse, bobbed up tight and stiff, held out taut from the swinging great haunches as they rocked behind the hedges in a motionlike sleep.

大队的役马过去了。四个一组,从头到尾被栓在一起,在一条从大路岔开去的小路前,它们停下来无所顾忌地踢踏着脚下细黑的污泥,剧烈地摇晃着它们巨大浑圆的臀部,当它们被赶往拐角处的小路时,又疾走几步。每一次一动都显得困难重重,试图使这些马匹顺从的努力看起来也愚不可及。走在前面的马夫转过头来,猛扯缰绳。不一会功夫,马队上了小路,从视线中消失了,突然,最后一匹马的尾巴翘地老高,僵直紧绷,与那些摇晃着它们那巨大浑圆的臀部的昏昏欲睡的挡在树篱后的马队形成了鲜明的对比。

Joe watched with glazed hopeless eyes. The horses were almost like his own body to him. He felt he was done for now. Luckily he was engaged to a woman as old as himself, and therefore her father, who was steward of a neighbouring estate, would provide him with a job. He would marry and go into harness. His life was over, he would be a subject animal now.

乔无助地,目光呆滞地凝望着。他想象着自己的身体就如同那些马匹一样,他觉得自己已经完了。值得庆幸的是,他和一个跟他一般年龄的姑娘订了婚,姑娘的父亲是附近一个农庄的管理者,也许能给他一个工作。他将结婚,受人奴役。人生结束了,从此将过着与受人支配的动物并无二致的生活。

He turned uneasily aside, the retreating steps of the horses echoing in his ears. Then, with foolish restlessness, he reached for the scraps of bacon-rind from the plates, and making a faint whistling sound, flung them to the terrier that lay against the fender. He watched the dog swallow them, and waited till the creature looked into his eyes. Then a faint grin came on his face, and in a high, foolish voice he said:

'You won't get much more bacon, shall you, you little b----?'

The dog faintly and dismally wagged its tail, then lowered his haunches, circled round, and lay down again.

他不安地转向一边,可是马匹退却的脚步声仍萦绕于耳际,挥之不去。然后,带着笨拙有焦躁不安的心情,他伸手去拿碟子里小片的咸猪肉皮,同时发出一声虚弱的哨音,猛地扔给了靠在壁炉挡板边的小猎狗。他注视着小猎狗吞下猪肉皮,直至这小家伙抬头看他的眼睛。这时,他脸上浮现出一丝笑意,然后以高昂却笨拙的声音说:

“没有了,是吧,你这小----

小猎狗闷闷地微微摇了摇尾巴,然后垂下狗屁股,将身子蜷成一团,重又躺下了。

 

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