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简爱文本全集-Part 8-9

(2009-10-21 19:14:35)
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Part Eight: Jane Makes a Choice

One evening, St John came to my house to see me when I was just

finishing painting a picture. He looked closely at some of my other pictures.

Then he tore a piece of paper off the bottom of one of the pictures and put

it in his pocket. I waited for him to say something, but he remained silent.

'How strange he is,' I thought.

Even though it snowed next day, and the weather was very cold, St John

came to see me again. I was very surprised to see him.

'Why are you here?' I asked him. 'Has something bad happened? Are your

sisters all right?'

'Don't worry,' he said. 'Diana and Mary are both well.'

St John sat down beside the fire and said nothing for a long time. I

wondered① I what had made him come to see me on such a cold, dark night.

At last, he spoke. 'Jane, I know your story,' he told me. 'I know about your

parents, and Mrs Reed. I know about your time at Lowood and about Mr

Rochester. I also know about Mr Rochester's wife. I know why you came

here with no money. Mr Rochester must be a very bad man,' he said.

'No, no!' I cried. 'He isn't bad.'

'I have had a letter from a man in London, called Mr Briggs, who is

looking for someone called Jane Eyre,' St John said. 'You say that your name

is Jane Elliott, but I know that you are Jane Eyre. Look!' He showed me the

piece of paper from the bottom of my painting. My real name, Jane Eyre,

was on it.

'Does Mr Briggs know anything about Mr Rochester?' I asked.

'Does he know how Mr Rochester is?' I could only think about Mr

① wondered:自问。

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Rochester, because I still loved him.

'Mr Briggs said nothing about Mr Rochester,' said St John.

'His letter was about your uncle, Mr Eyre of Madeira. Mr Eyre is dead. He

left you all his money. You are very rich, Jane.'

I was so surprised that I was unable to speak for a long time.

I did not feel excited or happy. Instead, I wondered what it would mean to

be rich.

'I don't understand,' I said, when I was able to speak again. 'Why did Mr

Briggs write to you?'

'Because,' said St John, 'Mr Eyre of Madeira was my mother's brother,

which means that he is also our uncle.'

'Then you and your sisters are my cousins,' I said, feeling happy now. 'We

can share① the money between the four of us.

Diana and Mary can come home, and we can all live together.'

It was good to have money, after being poor for all of my life, but it was

even better to know that I had three cousins.

Diana and Mary came home just before Christmas. I worked happily to

make their old house comfortable. 'I know that Diana and Mary will like it,' I

thought. 'But what will St John think? He is such a strange man. He's hard

and cold, like a stone. Even though he's pleased to see his sisters, he does not

look really happy.'

I soon realised that St John was not content② with just having money. He

still wanted to go to India. I was happy living with Diana and Mary, but I

still thought about Mr Rochester every day. Was he still at Thornfield? Was

① share:平分。

② content:满意的。

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he happy? I had to know, so I wrote to the lawyer①, Mr Briggs. Mr Briggs

replied that he knew nothing about Mr Rochester. I wrote to Mrs Fairfax at

Thornfield Hall, but there was no reply. When a letter came for me at last, it

was from Mr Briggs about the money. I was so disappointed that I started to

cry.

St John came into the room while I was crying. 'Jane, come for a walk

with me,' he said.

'I want to talk to you.'

We walked together beside the river. St John was very quiet at first, but

then he turned and said to me, 'Jane, I'm going to India soon, and I want you

to come with me.'

I was very surprised by what he said. Why did he want me to go to India

with him? How could I help him? I was not strong like he was.

'I don't think I would be a very good helper for you, St John... ' I began to

say.

'No, not as a helper. I want you to be my wife. If we get married, we can

work together in India. There are many poor people there who need our

help.'

It was hard to believe what St John was saying to me. I felt sure that he did

not love me. I knew that I did not love him, and that I could not marry him. I

still loved Mr Rochester.

'I can't work in India. I don't know how to help the poor people there. I'm

not like you, St John.'

'That doesn't matter,' St John replied. 'I shall tell you what to do. You will

soon learn. I saw how hard you worked in the village school. I know that

you will work hard in India, too.'

① lawyer:律师。

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I said nothing while I thought about what St John had said.

He was my cousin and he needed my help. He was going to do good and

useful work in India. Maybe I should do as he asked?

'If I help you, then I must be free,' I said. 'You are like a brother to me. I

can't marry you.'

St John's face looked like stone. 'No, Jane, you must be my wife,' he said.

'I don't want a sister. I don't want you to marry another man, I want us to

stay together and work together until we die.'

I turned away from St John so that he could not see how upset I was, I

remembered my love for Mr Rochester. He had always been so kind and

gentle when he spoke to me. St John spoke coldly to me, and I knew that he

did not love me at all. He was a good man, but I knew that I would never

love him.What could I say to him?

'I am going away for two weeks, to visit friends,' said St John. 'When I

return, I will want to know your answer. I hope that you will agree① to

marry me. It is the right thing for you to do, Jane. You can't stay here forever,

doing nothing.'

I saw Diana when I went back to the house. When she saw my unhappy

face, she asked, 'What is wrong, Jane? You look so pale and upset. What has

happened to you?'

'St John has asked me to marry him,' I said, miserably. 'That is wonderful,'

Diana cried, 'If you marry him, he will stay here in England with us, instead

of going to India.'

'No,' I said. 'He wants me to go to India with him.'

Diana looked surprised. 'But you can't go to India,' she said,

'You're not strong enough.'

① agree:同意。

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'I won't go because I can't marry him,' I told her. 'I'm afraid that he's angry

with me, Diana. I know that he's a good man, but I don't think that he

understands how ordinary people feel.'

'Yes,' Diana said, seriously. 'My brother is a very good man, but

sometimes he appears to be hard and cold.'

I lay awake① in my bed that night, and I thought about St John.

I could not decide what I should do. I knew that I did not love him, and I

was sure that he did not love me. But maybe I should go to India? The night

was very quiet. I could hear nothing in the darkness.

Suddenly, I thought that I heard a voice. 'Jane!' it called, 'Jane! Jane!'

(It was Mr Rochester's voice.)

'I am here, Mr Rochester.' I cried. 'Where are you? What is wrong?'

Was I dreaming? Perhaps, but it didn't matter. Somehow, I knew that Mr

Rochester needed me. 'I must go to him at once②,' I thought.

The next day, I left once more for Thornfield Hall. It was a long journey,

and I decided to walk for the last twomiles to the house.

① awake:醒着的。

② at once:立即。

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Part Nine: Return to Thornfield

I was so excited to think that I was going to see my old home again. The

trees and the road were just the same as when I left. I arrived at the house,

and stood and looked.

I could not believe what I saw. My beautiful home was in ruins①! No one

could live here now. I now knew why Mrs Fairfax never answered my letters.

The walls of the house were still standing, but the roof had gone. The

windows were dark and empty. The gardens were neglected②. The walls of

the old house were black. There was no sound except for the song of birds

and the noise of the wind. Where was Mrs Fairfax? Where was little Adele?

And where—oh where—was Mr Rochester?

I hurried back to the village and asked a man to tell me what had happened.

'Last autumn, the house burned down in the middle of the night,' he told

me.

'How did it happen?' I asked him.

'People say that Mr Rochester's wife started the fire,' he said. 'No one ever

saw the lady, but they say that she was mad. They say she started the fire in

the attic, where she lived. Mrs Fairfax was visiting friends when it happened,

and the little girl, Adele, was away at school.'

I stared at the man. I could not believe what he was telling me.

'Mr Rochester didn't want to see anyone at the time,' he said.

'It seems he was very unhappy. He wanted to marry a young girl, but she

ran away.'

'What happened when the fire started?' I asked.

① in ruins:破败不堪。

② neglected:荒废的。

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'Mr Rochester got all the servants out of the house,' he continued, 'and then

he went back in to save his wife. I saw her standing on the roof. She was

waving① her arms and shouting. Mr Rochester tried to help her, but she

would not let him. Suddenly, she fell from the roof.'

'Did she die?' I asked.

'Yes, she died at once,' he said. 'And Mr Rochester was badly injured.

When he came out of the house, he was blind② and he had lost one hand.'

I had been so afraid that the man was going to tell me that Mr Rochester

was dead. I began to hope again. He was hurt, but he was still alive!

'Where does Mr Rochester live now?' I asked the man.

'He lives near here, at a quiet little place called Ferndean,' he replied. 'He

can't travel far since he was hurt. He lives with just two servants. He never

has any visitors.'

I went to Ferndean at once, and arrived there just before dark. When I got

near the house, I saw a man come out. I knew at once that it was Mr

Rochester. He looked so different from the man I had known. He was still

tall and his hair was still dark, but his face was sad. He could not walk

without help.

After a few minutes, he turned and went slowly back into the house.

I knocked on the door and Mary, a servant, answered it. She recognised③

me at once. I told her that I had heard about the fire at Thornfield Hall, and

about what had happened to Mr Rochester.

'Go to Mr Rochester and tell him that he has a visitor,' I said to Mary. 'But

don't tell him who it is.'

① waving:挥舞。

② blind:瞎的。

③ recognized:认出。

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'He won't see you, Miss Jane,' she said. 'He has refused to see anyone since

the fire.'

I went into the room where Mr Rochester was sitting. 'Is that you, Mary?'

he asked. 'Answer me!'

'Will you have some water?' I said to him. 'That is Jane Eyre's voice,' Mr

Rochester said. 'Jane, is it really you?'

'Yes. It is really me,' I said. 'I've come home to be with you. I'll never leave

you again.'

'Oh Jane, why did you go?' he asked. 'Why did you leave so suddenly?

Why did you not stay and let me help you?' 'You know why I went,' I said.

'It was the only thing that I could do. But things have changed. I am a rich

woman now.' I told Mr Rochester all about my cousins, and about my new

home.

'Then you do not need me now,' he said. 'Will you really stay with me?'

There was hope in his voice. I smiled at him, although he could not see me.

'Of course I will,' I said.

'But you're so young,' he said. 'You don't want to marry me. I'm blind, and

I can't do anything. You must marry a young man. What is your cousin, St

John Rivers, like? Is he young or old?'

'He is young and handsome,' I answered.

'Do you like him?' he asked.

'Yes, I do,' I answered. 'He's a very good man.'

'Does he like you?' he asked.

'Yes, he does,' I answered. 'He wants me to marry him.'

'Will you marry him?' he asked.

'No, I don't love him.' I told him.

Mr Rochester looked happy. He held my hand, and he was silent for a long

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time. Then, at last he said to me very quietly, 'Jane, may I ask you again now?

Will you marry me?'

'Yes, I will marry you,' I said. I suddenly felt a great surge① of happiness.

Mr Rochester, too, looked happier than I had ever seen him.

Three days later, Mr Rochester and I were married.

Diana and Mary were delighted when I wrote to tell them the news. I also

wrote to St John, but he never replied. He went to India and did much good

work there, but he never married.

Little Adele came back to live with us when she had finished school. She

is now a wonderful friend to me.

Mr Rochester and I have now been married for ten years.

Two years after we were married, Mr Rochester began to see again with

one eye. He can now see me and our two children.

Our story has been a strange and terrible one. We both suffered greatly

before we could be together, but now, at last, we are happy.

① surge:急剧上升。

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Track 1: Part Three Listening Exercise

'Hello! Jane Smith's speaking. '

'I'm calling about the ad at yesterday paper. '

'Yes. I advertise for a job as a primary school teacher. '

'Have you ever worked for many other schools? '

'Well. Actually, I work for Moring Primary School for a year and a half.'

'Why did you leave?'

'Well. We had to get up at 6 every morning, as a teacher has to serve

breakfast 7 o'clock.'

'What's the head minister's name?'

'Pardon!'

'What's name of your employer?'

'Oh. Sorry! Merry Stuart.'

'Oh, Merry Stuart. Yes, she is a diffcult person to work for. When would

you be available to come here?'

'Well. I'll be available last over next month.'

'It's OK with you.'

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