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《劳拉》-141页

(2007-03-12 08:14:18)
分类: 翻译小说
   ‘我不会的!'她屏着气说。   
   他转过身,看见车过来了,弯腰拿起他的箱子。对着劳拉,他冷冷微笑。‘劳拉,考虑一下那种选择。你父亲会强迫你和我结婚的。'
  ‘他会不给我继承财产的!'她告诫说。
  他竖起一只眼皮。‘我不相信。毕竟,我有古老家族的名望,他对我们的经济一点都不了解。他怕毁了他家族的名声。为了保持家族的名誉不被玷污,维持他的良好的名声,他什么都会做的。亲爱的,银行家也不会向不名誉的人提供信贷。'  
  这一切她都知道。她父亲认为社会地位比生命还重要。他会做出任何事情以捍卫他的地位,会迫使劳拉和像索姆威勒这样背景的人结婚的。  
  ‘我会让你一直考虑到周五。到那时,如果你不同意和我结婚,'他故意补充道,'我会制你的。'
  ‘你制不了我什么的!'她自傲告诉他。可是旅途疲劳再加上她现在身体的状况使她变得虚弱。她蹒跚开始折叠着衣服,而他却嘲笑她。  
  ‘不要打击我,'他忠告她。‘那样做没有好处的。我的意思是我会占有你的。在非洲,我就要占有你了,可是,你的表兄阻止了我。现在,没人能保护你了。我会用我的方法,而掌握你的运命。无论你做什么都阻止不了。'  

 'I will not!' she said on a gasp.
  He turned to see the carriage approaching and bent to pick up his case. He smiled coolly at Nora. 'Think of the alternative, Nora. Your father will force you to marry me.'
  'He will disinherit me!' she corrected.
  He cocked an eyebrow. 'I hardly think so. After all, I have an old family name, and he knows nothing of our finances. He is a cowardly man about his family name. He will do anything to keep it unsullied, and save his fine reputation. A banker can hardly afford a scandal, my dear.'
  He was saying no more than she already knew. Her father considered his social position more important than his life. He would do anything to safeguard it, right down to making Nora marry a blackguard like Summerville.
  'I will give you until Friday to think it through. If you have not agreed to marry me by then,' he added deliberately, 'I will make you.'
  'You will make me do nothing!' she informed him haughtily. But the strain of the trip and her condition had made her weak. She faltered, and he caught her just as she started to crumple.  
  'Do not fight me,' he counseled. 'It will do no good. I mean to have you. I meant to have you in Africa, but your cousins prevented me. Now there is no one to turn to, no one to save you. I will have my way, and your fortune. And there is not one thing you can do to prevent it.'

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