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反对老人再婚背后的财产算计

(2014-07-09 09:01:00)
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情感

高干家庭传奇

老人再婚

财产算计

四代同堂

英语练习和翻译 (34): 将心比心说客倒戈

Practice: Choose the most proper words to fill in the blanks

who, than, go, when, my, with, in, if, what, to, that, the, they, and, into, in, were, of, she, as, was, around, their, on

高干家庭传奇(34):反对老人再婚背后的财产算计

They also insinuated 1____ she was plotting to lay her hands on Dr. Xia’s money. Behind all 2___ talk about propriety, morality, and Dr. Xia’s own good, there 3____ an unspoken calculation involving his assets. The relatives feared 4____ my grandmother might lay her hands 5_____ Dr. Xia’s wealth, as 6____ would automatically become the manageress of the household 7____ his wife.

夏医生的子女亲友们还含沙射影的说,这一切都是我姥姥的阴谋诡计,因为她看上的是夏医生的金钱。当然,他们在劝说夏医生放弃自己的计划时,讲的最多的是,把一个过去的小妾娶进贵族家门作为正妻是多么不合适、不道德。替他的地位声誉着想,为他的子孙后代着想,为他的偌大家业着想,夏医生无论如何都不该把一个姨太太娶为正室夫人。亲友们担心的是,一旦成为夏医生的正式夫人,我的外祖母自然就成了全家的总管,以女主人的身份当家,夏医生的所有财产就会自动落入杨玉芳的掌握,从而把整个家产都独吞了。

Dr. Xia 8___ a rich man. He owned 2,000 acres of farmland, or more than 12, 140 mu, dotted 9______ the county of Yixian, and even had some land south 10___ the Great Wall. His large house 11___ the town was built of gray bricks stylishly outlined 12___ white paint. Its ceilings were whitewashed and the rooms were wallpapered, so that the beams and joints 13____ concealed, which was considered an important indicator 14___ prosperity. He also owned a flourishing medical practice 15____ a medicine shop.

夏医生是一个很富有的财主。他拥有两千多英亩的肥沃农田,这还只是分布在义县的田产。甚至在长城以南的地方,也有夏医生的田产。义县城里的夏家大院虽然比不上卢龙薛将军庄园那么豪华,但是也相当时髦和气派。房子由灰色的方砖砌成,由石灰勾缝,外墙和院墙都统一粉刷成白色;所有的房梁和和接口都被精制漂亮的天花板覆盖住,房屋内墙上粘贴壁纸,还挂着名家字画,陈设着高档家具。房梁、立柱、屋椽、卯榫等木质结构,都设计得非常隐蔽,这一切都显示着主人的富裕和家族的繁荣。另外,夏医生还开设了一所小诊所和一家药店,生意十分兴隆。医生有自己的药店,是事业成功的标志。大家一致认定这桩婚事太荒唐,埋怨夏医生老糊涂,有的人还当面质问他:“您已经儿孙满堂,还娶哪门子亲?”他们还迁怒于外祖母,骂她是“前夫尸骨未寒,就想再嫁人了”!“这女人算计得可好了,不当姨太太,一心要做正室夫人,明摆着居心不良,将来虐待夏家子孙不说,还会独吞夏家家产。”

When 16____ family saw that they were getting nowhere, 17____ decided to work on my grandmother directly. One day the daughter-in-law who had been at school 18____ her paid a call. After tea 19____ social chitchat, the friend got around to her mission. My grandmother burst 20____ tears, and took her by the hand 21___ their usual intimate manner. What would she do 22___ she were in her position, she asked. When she got no reply, she pressed on:You know 23____ being a concubine is like? You wouldn’t like 24___ be one, would you? You know, there is an expression of Confucius: Jiang-xin-bi-xin ---- Imagine 25____ my heart was yours!”

当夏医生的子女亲友们发现,无论他们如何努力,都不能改变这个倔老头的计划时,他们决定转移主攻方向,直接派人去找我的外祖母摊牌。这个光荣任务义不容辞地落到我的外祖母的同学好友,即夏老三的妻子身上。一天,夏医生的三儿媳,外祖母的同学,来到杨家。她们见了面,先是喝茶、聊天,谈论当年上学期间的逸闻趣事,最后才转到正题。外祖母的同学说起夏医生一家的态度立场,委婉地劝说她,希望她以小妾的身份嫁给夏医生,那么大家就皆大欢喜了。外祖母一听,不由得悲从中来,泪流满面,哽咽凄惨,听者动容。好半天,哭声方住。外祖母拉起昔日同学的手,哭着把豪门小妾的种种悲惨遭遇,甚至可能殉夫陪葬的惨景都简略的讲给同学听。最后问她,如果你处在我的位置,你会怎么做?这位同学直听得心惊胆颤,无言以对,不知道应该怎么回答。外祖母接着又问她:“你知道给人做姨太太是什么滋味吗?那是生不如死啊!假如让你给别人做小妾,你会同意吗?孔子云,将心比心,人同此心,心同此理,你能站在我的立场上替我想想吗?”

Appealing to someone’s better instincts with a precept 26____ the sage sometimes worked better 27_____ a direct no.

哀兵易胜。用悲惨的遭遇去唤起对方的同情心,激发人性的本能,常常比直截了当的拒绝更有效果。而引用古代圣贤的格言,更容易占领道德的制高点。

The friend went back 28___ her family feeling quite guilty, and reported her failure. She hinted 29____ she did not have the heart 30___ push my grandmother anymore. She found an ally in De-gui, Dr. Xia’s second son, 31____ practiced medicine with his father, and was closer to him 32_____ his brothers. He said he thought they should let the marriage 33___ ahead. The third son also began to weaken 34____ he heard his wife describe 35____ grandmother’s distress.

姥姥的同学无言以对,心里十分内疚。她回去报告家人,坦言自己无法完成任务。说起外祖母的种种悲苦时,她对夏医生的子女们说,她再也不会去逼迫自己的同学并给她施加压力了。不仅如此,她还说服了丈夫的二哥德贵,支持杨玉芳和夏医生的婚姻。德贵是夏医生的第二个儿子,也是医生,同时主管并打理医院和药店,跟夏医生的关系一向很亲密,比其他兄弟更亲近父亲。德贵明确表示,他不再反对杨玉芳来做自己的继母,他认为子女们应该尊重父亲的决定,父亲应该有续弦再娶的权利,应该让这个婚姻继续进行下去。夏医生的第三个儿子在听到自己的妻子所讲述的一切时,也不由自主地开始同情杨玉芳的悲惨遭遇,转而默认夏医生和杨玉芳正式结婚。

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