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中英文对照《小妇人》

(2019-03-06 16:30:00)
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中英文对照

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  圣诞节之际,马奇家的四个女孩子都决心努力做个好女孩,不再滥发脾气,不再懒惰,不再自私。麦格是最年长的一个,她决心不再抱怨工作不好以及没有漂亮的衣服穿。琼决心不再与人争辩和生气,不再像个男孩一样四处乱跑。羞涩的白丝会努力变得勇敢些,小艾米会少顾及自己而多替他人着想。

  当然,她们并不总是成功,有时她们会有争吵、小秘密以及愤怒的眼泪;但是,也有欢笑和有趣的事情。不久她们有了一个新朋友——邻居富有且孤独的男孩罗瑞。

  即将到来的一年里有许多的麻烦和困难,而女孩子们在成长。无拘无束的琼憎恨成为彬彬有礼的年轻淑女,可麦格将满17岁,她就要恋爱了……

  路易莎·梅·阿尔考特于1832年生于美国的宾夕法尼亚州,1888年去世。她家境贫寒,生活艰辛,直到后来她的著名作品《小妇人》成功问世。这本书源于她自己的家庭生活以及阿尔考特家四姐妹的经历。之后她又撰写了三部关于马奇家的作品,分别为《好妻子》、《小男人》和《琼的男友们》。

  1 Four sisters

  1 Four sisters

  'Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents'saidJo crossly

  'It's so awful to be poor'agreedMeglooking at her old dress

  'It's not right for some girls to have pretty thingsandothers to have nothing at all'saidlittle Amy

  'We've got Father and Mother'andeach other'said Beth gently

  The four young faces round the fire cheered up as theythought of this but then Jo said sadly'Wehaven't got Fatherand we won't have himfor a long time'She didn't say 'perhapsnever'but each silently thought itrememberingthat he was away at the war in the South

  Then Meg said'Mothersays we shouldn't spend money on presents when our men are fighting a war'

  'We can't expect anything from Mother or each otehr'saidJo' but we only have a dollar eachand that won't help the army much Let'seach buy ourselves what we want andhave a little fun We work hard to earnit'

  'I do teaching thoseawful children' said Meg'Whatabut me'said Jo'I'm shut up all day working for a terrible old lady whogives me different orders every five seconds'

  'I think washing cups and plates and keeping things tidy isthe worst work in the world'said Beth'Myhands get too tired to play my music'

  'I have to go to school with girls who laugh at my dressesand say cruel things because my father isn't rich'saidAmy

  'I wish we had the money Father lost when we were littleJo'saidMeg

  'I wish I was a boy'said Jo'Then I could go and fightbeside Father'

  Meg was sixteen and very pretty withlarge eyes and soft brown hairand whitehandsFifteen-year-old Jo was very talland thin Her longdarkredhair was usually pushed up out of the way Bethwas thirteena very shy girl who seemedto live in a happy world of her ownAmywas the youngest but thought herself tobe the most important She had blue eyesandyellow hair which curled on to her shoulders

  At six o'clockBethput a pair of slippers by the fire to warm and Meg lit the lampAmygot out of the comfortable chair without bing asked andJo forgot how tired she was and held the slippers closer to the fire

  'These are old shesaid'Mother needs a new pair'

  'I'll get her some with my dollar'saidBeth

  'NoI shall'criedAmy

  'I'm the oldest'beganMeg

  'I'm the man of the family now Father is away andI shall buy tnem'said Jo

  'Let's each get her something and not get anything forourselves'said beth

  'That's a kind idea'saidJo'What shall we get'

  Everyone thought for a momentthenMeg said'I'll give her a nice pair ofgloves'

  'The best army slipperssaidJo

  'Some handkerchiefs'saidBeth

  'A little bottle of perfume'saidAmy'It won't cost much soI'll have some money left to buy something for me'

  'We'll let Mother think we're getting things for ourselvesandthen surprise her'said Jo

  Mrs March arrived home soon after Shetook off her wet things and put on her warm slippers Megmade the tea Jo brought wood for thefireBeth was quiet and busyandAmy gave orders

  I've got a letter from Father'criedMrs March

  It was a letter to cheer them up andthe special message for the girls came at the end Givethem all my love and a kissI think ofthem every dayI know they will beloving childrento youand that when Icome backI will be prouder than ever ofmy little women

  A tear dropped off the end of Jo's nose

  Amy hid her face on her momer's shoulder 'I'mselfish'she cried'butI'll try to be better'

  'We all will' criedMeg'I think too much about the way Ilook and hate to work butI won't any more'

  'And I'll try to be alittlewoman”,'said Jo'andnot be rough and wild'

  Beth said nothing butshe began to work hard at a blue army glove she was making

  So the four girls decided that they would all try very hardto be goodThey would never be crossorlazyor selfish-and they would all helpeach otherThey talked over their planthat eveningwhile they made sheets forAunt MarchThen at nine o'clock theystopped to sing a songBeth played theold piano and Meg and her mother ledthe singingJo always sang in the wrongplace but the girls never got too oldto sing together

  1 四姐妹

  “如果没有礼物,圣诞节就徒有其名,”琼生气地说。

  “贫穷真是糟糕透了!”麦格边看着她的旧衣裙边表示赞同。

  “有些女孩子有漂亮的东西,而其他人却什么都没有,这太不应该了,”小艾米说。

  “我们有父亲和母亲,还拥有彼此,”白丝温文尔雅地说道。

  想起这些,围在火炉边的四张年轻的面孔变得快乐起来,可然后琼悲伤地说:“我们没有父亲,我们要有很长时间都不会有他。”她并没有说出“也许永远也不会有了”这句话,但想起父亲去南方打仗了,每个人都默默地想到了它。

  然后麦格说道:“妈妈说过,当我们的男人在打仗的时候我们不应该把钱花在买礼物上。”

  “我们不能期待会从母亲或彼此那里得到任何礼物,”琼说,“可我们每个人都有一块钱,这帮不了军队什么忙。咱们每人给自己买些想要的东西高兴高兴吧。这是咱们努力工作挣来的。”

  “是我挣的,我教那些糟糕的孩子,”麦格道。

  “我又怎么样?”琼说,“我一整天一句话都不说,给一个可怕的老太婆干活,她每五分钟就给我下一道不同的命令!”

  “我觉得洗杯子盘子和整理东西是世界上最坏的工作,”白丝说,“我的双手累得都弹不了琴了。”

  “我不得不跟那些笑话我穿戴的女孩子一起去上学,她们常说些难听的话,因为我的父亲不是有钱人。”艾米说。

  “真希望我们能有在我们小时候爸爸失掉的那些钱呀,琼,”麦格道。

  “我希望我是个男孩,”琼说,“那样我就可以去和爸爸并肩作战了。”

  麦格16岁了,长得很漂亮,大眼睛,拥有柔软的棕色头发,以及白皙的双手。15岁的琼又高又瘦。她常把深红色的长发梳得老高。白丝13岁,她是个很怕羞的女孩,看起来像是生活在她自己的快乐世界里。艾米最小,可她认为自己最重要。她有一双蓝色的眼睛,还有卷到肩头的黄色头发。

  6点钟,白丝把一双拖鞋放到火边烘烤,麦格点亮了灯。并没有人说什么,艾米就从那张舒服的椅子上爬起来,琼已忘记了她的疲惫。她将拖鞋放到离火近的地方。

  “这太旧了,”她说,“妈妈需要一双新拖鞋”。

  “我要用我的钱给她买,”白丝道。

  “不,我来买!”艾米大喊。

  “我最大——”麦格开口了。

  “现在爸爸不在,我就是家里的男人,我来买拖鞋,”琼说。

  “咱们每人都给她买些东西吧,什么都不要给自己买了,”白丝建议道。

  “那是个好主意!”琼说,“那我们买什么呢?”

  每个人都思索了片刻,然后麦格说:“我要给她买一副很好的手套。”

  “我要买最好的军用拖鞋,”琼说。

  “我想买一些手帕,”白丝说。

  “我会买一小瓶香水,”艾米道,“那不会很贵,所以我还会剩点钱给自己买些东西。”

  “咱们让妈妈觉得咱们在给自己买东西,然后让她大吃一惊,”琼说。

  马奇太太不久就回家了。她把湿衣服脱掉,换上暖和的拖鞋。麦格泡了茶,琼给火炉拿来了木柴,白丝一声不响地忙碌着,艾米在发号施令。

  “我拿到了爸爸的来信!”马奇太太喊道。

  那是一封叫大家高兴起来的信,信尾是特别写给女孩子们的:“替我向她们转达我的爱和吻。我每天都在想念她们,我知道她们会成为你的好孩子。我知道等我回家时,我会比以往任何时候都更为我的小妇人们感到骄傲。”

  艾米将脸藏在母亲的臂弯里。“我很自私自利,”她哭泣着说,“可我会努力变得好些。”

  “我们都会的,”麦格流着泪道。“我太注重自己的外表,憎恨工作,但我以后不会了。”

  “我会尽力做个'小妇人',”琼说,“不再粗野无礼了。”

  白丝什么也没说,但她开始卖力地做一双蓝色的军用手套。

  于是四个女孩都决心要尽力地做个好女孩,不再滥发脾气,不再懒隋,不再自私,她们将互相帮助。那天晚上,她们在给马奇姨妈做被单时仔细讨论了她们的计划。9点钟的时候,她们停下来一起唱一支歌。白丝弹着那架老钢琴,麦格和母亲一道领唱。琼总是唱得不对,可女孩子永远不会因为太大了而不能一起唱歌。

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