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《劳拉》-161页

(2007-04-12 12:44:01)
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中英对照

分类: 翻译小说
  ‘《圣经》中说:如果一个男人获得了整个世界,却失去了他自己的灵魂,这对他几乎没有益处,不是吗?'劳拉问。她望见红晕穿过她母亲细腻的面孔,然后,她转过身,蹬上轻便马车,卡巴顿从未因她而自豪。  
  他用手握住了缰绳,瞟了她母亲一眼,冷漠而平静地说:‘总有一天,你会为你的行为而感到遗憾的。你丈夫也会的。'然后,他礼貌地朝她母亲点了点头,就驾着马车走了。他一直在想劳拉总会知道真相的,她的家庭也会的。他们会富裕的,但是与卡亨斯家族相比,他们的钱财是很微薄的。  
  她的声音哽咽了,他平静地说:‘不要让她看见你疲惫了。你已经得到了胆量,我会给你勇气。'他瞅了一下她的脸,两眼通红。‘你到哪都会需要它们的。'  
  她没有回话。她擦擦眼泪,使她自己镇静一下。他们使上了马路,劳拉没有回头看一眼。她生活的一部分结束了。不管怎么样,她要学会在与她娇柔的过去有巨大反差的世界里生活。  
  他们到了火车站,路上她没有说话。途中,她就开始想着卡巴顿,和她给他惹的麻烦,祈求他走完他的全部路程。此外,她一定把他推到一个不舒服的地位。他不想和她结婚。他多少是解救了她,但是她几乎没有向他提出更多的要求。她必须要学会自己照顾自己。现代女性到底是什么呢?如果她只要有勇气挑战世俗,避开闲话,不管她的情况和她的虚弱,也许,她会实现她的梦想。  

 
'It says in the Bible that it hardly profits a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul, doesn't it?' Nora asked. She watched the flush ran over her mother's delicate features before she turned and was helped into the buggy by Cal, who had never been prouder of her.
  He took the reins in hand with a cold, speaking glance at her mother. 'One day,' he said very quietly, 'you will have much cause to regret your actions. And so will your husband.' He nodded politely to her mother, without speaking, and started the horse moving. He was thinking ahead, to the time when Nora would know the truth, and so would her family. They might be well-to-do, but their finances were a pittance in comparison with the Culhances'.
  'Don't let her see you break down,' he said quietly when her voice broke on a sob. 'You've got guts, I'll give you that.' He glanced at her red-eyed face. 'And you'll need them, where you're going.'
  She didn't reply. She wiped her tears and composed herself. Even when they were well down the street, Nora didn't look back. That part of her life was over. Somehow she would have to learn to live in a world drastically different from her pampered one.
  They were at the train depot before she spoke. On the way, she had begun to think about Cal and what she must have cost him by pleading with him to come all his long way. Besides that, there was the position she'd placed him in, surely an uncomfortable one. He didn't want to marry her. He had rescued her, after a fashion, but she could hardly ask him for anything more. She would have to learn to take care of herself. Was that not what being a modern woman was all about? Perhaps she could be what she had dreamed of being, despite her condition and her infirmity, if she only had the courage to defy convention and fly in the face of gossip.  

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