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    Emma 愛瑪 - Chapter 51
    文章來源:未知 文章作者:enread 發布時間:2021-03-20 02:13 字體: [ ]  進入論壇
    This letter must make its way to Emma's feelings. She was obliged, in spite of her previous determination to the contrary, to do it all the justice that Mrs. Weston foretold1. As soon as she came to her own name, it was irresistible2; every line relating to herself was interesting, and almost every line agreeable; and when this charm ceased, the subject could still maintain itself, by the natural return of her former regard for the writer, and the very strong attraction which any picture of love must have for her at that moment. She never stopt till she had gone through the whole; and though it was impossible not to feel that he had been wrong, yet he had been less wrong than she had supposed--and he had suffered, and was very sorry--and he was so grateful to Mrs. Weston, and so much in love with Miss Fairfax, and she was so happy herself, that there was no being severe; and could he have entered the room, she must have shaken hands with him as heartily3 as ever.
    She thought so well of the letter, that when Mr. Knightley came again, she desired him to read it. She was sure of Mrs. Weston's wishing it to be communicated; especially to one, who, like Mr. Knightley, had seen so much to blame in his conduct.
    "I shall be very glad to look it over," said he; "but it seems long. I will take it home with me at night."
    But that would not do. Mr. Weston was to call in the evening, and she must return it by him.
    "I would rather be talking to you," he replied; "but as it seems a matter of justice, it shall be done."
    He began--stopping, however, almost directly to say, "Had I been offered the sight of one of this gentleman's letters to his mother-in-law a few months ago, Emma, it would not have been taken with such indifference4."
    He proceeded a little farther, reading to himself; and then, with a smile, observed, "Humph! a fine complimentary5 opening: But it is his way. One man's style must not be the rule of another's. We will not be severe."
    "It will be natural for me," he added shortly afterwards, "to speak my opinion aloud as I read. By doing it, I shall feel that I am near you. It will not be so great a loss of time: but if you dislike it--"
    "Not at all. I should wish it."
    Mr. Knightley returned to his reading with greater alacrity6.
    "He trifles here," said he, "as to the temptation. He knows he is wrong, and has nothing rational to urge.--Bad.--He ought not to have formed the engagement.--`His father's disposition:'-- he is unjust, however, to his father. Mr. Weston's sanguine7 temper was a blessing8 on all his upright and honourable9 exertions10; but Mr. Weston earned every present comfort before he endeavoured to gain it.--Very true; he did not come till Miss Fairfax was here."
    "And I have not forgotten," said Emma, "how sure you were that he might have come sooner if he would. You pass it over very handsomely-- but you were perfectly11 right."
    "I was not quite impartial12 in my judgment13, Emma:--but yet, I think-- had you not been in the case--I should still have distrusted him."
    When he came to Miss Woodhouse, he was obliged to read the whole of it aloud--all that related to her, with a smile; a look; a shake of the head; a word or two of assent14, or disapprobation; or merely of love, as the subject required; concluding, however, seriously, and, after steady reflection, thus--
    "Very bad--though it might have been worse.--Playing a most dangerous game. Too much indebted to the event for his acquittal.-- No judge of his own manners by you.--Always deceived in fact by his own wishes, and regardless of little besides his own convenience.-- Fancying you to have fathomed16 his secret. Natural enough!-- his own mind full of intrigue17, that he should suspect it in others.--Mystery; Finesse--how they pervert18 the understanding! My Emma, does not every thing serve to prove more and more the beauty of truth and sincerity19 in all our dealings with each other?"
    Emma agreed to it, and with a blush of sensibility on Harriet's account, which she could not give any sincere explanation of.
    "You had better go on," said she.
    He did so, but very soon stopt again to say, "the pianoforte! Ah! That was the act of a very, very young man, one too young to consider whether the inconvenience of it might not very much exceed the pleasure. A boyish scheme, indeed!--I cannot comprehend a man's wishing to give a woman any proof of affection which he knows she would rather dispense20 with; and he did know that she would have prevented the instrument's coming if she could."
    After this, he made some progress without any pause. Frank Churchill's confession21 of having behaved shamefully22 was the first thing to call for more than a word in passing.
    "I perfectly agree with you, sir,"--was then his remark. "You did behave very shamefully. You never wrote a truer line." And having gone through what immediately followed of the basis of their disagreement, and his persisting to act in direct opposition24 to Jane Fairfax's sense of right, he made a fuller pause to say, "This is very bad.--He had induced her to place herself, for his sake, in a situation of extreme difficulty and uneasiness, and it should have been his first object to prevent her from suffering unnecessarily.--She must have had much more to contend with, in carrying on the correspondence, than he could. He should have respected even unreasonable25 scruples26, had there been such; but hers were all reasonable. We must look to her one fault, and remember that she had done a wrong thing in consenting to the engagement, to bear that she should have been in such a state of punishment."
    Emma knew that he was now getting to the Box Hill party, and grew uncomfortable. Her own behaviour had been so very improper27! She was deeply ashamed, and a little afraid of his next look. It was all read, however, steadily28, attentively29, and without the smallest remark; and, excepting one momentary30 glance at her, instantly withdrawn31, in the fear of giving pain--no remembrance of Box Hill seemed to exist.
    "There is no saying much for the delicacy32 of our good friends, the Eltons," was his next observation.--"His feelings are natural.-- What! actually resolve to break with him entirely33!--She felt the engagement to be a source of repentance34 and misery35 to each-- she dissolved it.--What a view this gives of her sense of his behaviour!--Well, he must be a most extraordinary--"
    "Nay36, nay, read on.--You will find how very much he suffers."
    "I hope he does," replied Mr. Knightley coolly, and resuming the letter. "`Smallridge!'--What does this mean? What is all this?"
    "She had engaged to go as governess to Mrs. Smallridge's children-- a dear friend of Mrs. Elton's--a neighbour of Maple37 Grove38; and, by the bye, I wonder how Mrs. Elton bears the disappointment?"
    "Say nothing, my dear Emma, while you oblige me to read--not even of Mrs. Elton. Only one page more. I shall soon have done. What a letter the man writes!"
    "I wish you would read it with a kinder spirit towards him."
    "Well, there is feeling here.--He does seem to have suffered in finding her ill.--Certainly, I can have no doubt of his being fond of her. `Dearer, much dearer than ever.' I hope he may long continue to feel all the value of such a reconciliation39.--He is a very liberal thanker, with his thousands and tens of thousands.--`Happier than I deserve.' Come, he knows himself there. `Miss Woodhouse calls me the child of good fortune.'--Those were Miss Woodhouse's words, were they?-- And a fine ending--and there is the letter. The child of good fortune! That was your name for him, was it?"
    "You do not appear so well satisfied with his letter as I am; but still you must, at least I hope you must, think the better of him for it. I hope it does him some service with you."
    "Yes, certainly it does. He has had great faults, faults of inconsideration and thoughtlessness; and I am very much of his opinion in thinking him likely to be happier than he deserves: but still as he is, beyond a doubt, really attached to Miss Fairfax, and will soon, it may be hoped, have the advantage of being constantly with her, I am very ready to believe his character will improve, and acquire from hers the steadiness and delicacy of principle that it wants. And now, let me talk to you of something else. I have another person's interest at present so much at heart, that I cannot think any longer about Frank Churchill. Ever since I left you this morning, Emma, my mind has been hard at work on one subject."
    The subject followed; it was in plain, unaffected, gentlemanlike English, such as Mr. Knightley used even to the woman he was in love with, how to be able to ask her to marry him, without attacking the happiness of her father. Emma's answer was ready at the first word. "While her dear father lived, any change of condition must be impossible for her. She could never quit him." Part only of this answer, however, was admitted. The impossibility of her quitting her father, Mr. Knightley felt as strongly as herself; but the inadmissibility of any other change, he could not agree to. He had been thinking it over most deeply, most intently; he had at first hoped to induce Mr. Woodhouse to remove with her to Donwell; he had wanted to believe it feasible, but his knowledge of Mr. Woodhouse would not suffer him to deceive himself long; and now he confessed his persuasion40, that such a transplantation would be a risk of her father's comfort, perhaps even of his life, which must not be hazarded. Mr. Woodhouse taken from Hartfield!--No, he felt that it ought not to be attempted. But the plan which had arisen on the sacrifice of this, he trusted his dearest Emma would not find in any respect objectionable; it was, that he should be received at Hartfield; that so long as her father's happiness in other words his life--required Hartfield to continue her home, it should be his likewise.
    Of their all removing to Donwell, Emma had already had her own passing thoughts. Like him, she had tried the scheme and rejected it; but such an alternative as this had not occurred to her. She was sensible of all the affection it evinced. She felt that, in quitting Donwell, he must be sacrificing a great deal of independence of hours and habits; that in living constantly with her father, and in no house of his own, there would be much, very much, to be borne with. She promised to think of it, and advised him to think of it more; but he was fully23 convinced, that no reflection could alter his wishes or his opinion on the subject. He had given it, he could assure her, very long and calm consideration; he had been walking away from William Larkins the whole morning, to have his thoughts to himself.
    "Ah! there is one difficulty unprovided for," cried Emma. "I am sure William Larkins will not like it. You must get his consent before you ask mine."
    She promised, however, to think of it; and pretty nearly promised, moreover, to think of it, with the intention of finding it a very good scheme.
    It is remarkable41, that Emma, in the many, very many, points of view in which she was now beginning to consider Donwell Abbey, was never struck with any sense of injury to her nephew Henry, whose rights as heir-expectant had formerly42 been so tenaciously43 regarded. Think she must of the possible difference to the poor little boy; and yet she only gave herself a saucy44 conscious smile about it, and found amusement in detecting the real cause of that violent dislike of Mr. Knightley's marrying Jane Fairfax, or any body else, which at the time she had wholly imputed45 to the amiable46 solicitude47 of the sister and the aunt.
    This proposal of his, this plan of marrying and continuing at Hartfield-- the more she contemplated48 it, the more pleasing it became. His evils seemed to lessen49, her own advantages to increase, their mutual50 good to outweigh51 every drawback. Such a companion for herself in the periods of anxiety and cheerlessness before her!-- Such a partner in all those duties and cares to which time must be giving increase of melancholy52!
    She would have been too happy but for poor Harriet; but every blessing of her own seemed to involve and advance the sufferings of her friend, who must now be even excluded from Hartfield. The delightful53 family party which Emma was securing for herself, poor Harriet must, in mere15 charitable caution, be kept at a distance from. She would be a loser in every way. Emma could not deplore54 her future absence as any deduction55 from her own enjoyment56. In such a party, Harriet would be rather a dead weight than otherwise; but for the poor girl herself, it seemed a peculiarly cruel necessity that was to be placing her in such a state of unmerited punishment.
    In time, of course, Mr. Knightley would be forgotten, that is, supplanted57; but this could not be expected to happen very early. Mr. Knightley himself would be doing nothing to assist the cure;-- not like Mr. Elton. Mr. Knightley, always so kind, so feeling, so truly considerate for every body, would never deserve to be less worshipped than now; and it really was too much to hope even of Harriet, that she could be in love with more than three men in one year.


    1 foretold 99663a6d5a4a4828ce8c220c8fe5dccc     
    v.預言,預示( foretell的過去式和過去分詞 )
    • She foretold that the man would die soon. 她預言那人快要死了。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
    • Must lose one joy, by his life's star foretold. 這樣注定:他,為了信守一個盟誓/就非得拿犧牲一個喜悅作代價。 來自英漢 - 翻譯樣例 - 文學
    2 irresistible n4CxX     
    • The wheel of history rolls forward with an irresistible force.歷史車輪滾滾向前,勢不可擋。
    • She saw an irresistible skirt in the store window.她看見商店的櫥窗里有一條叫人著迷的裙子。
    3 heartily Ld3xp     
    • He ate heartily and went out to look for his horse.他痛快地吃了一頓,就出去找他的馬。
    • The host seized my hand and shook it heartily.主人抓住我的手,熱情地和我握手。
    4 indifference k8DxO     
    • I was disappointed by his indifference more than somewhat.他的漠不關心使我很失望。
    • He feigned indifference to criticism of his work.他假裝毫不在意別人批評他的作品。
    5 complimentary opqzw     
    • She made some highly complimentary remarks about their school.她對他們的學校給予高度的評價。
    • The supermarket operates a complimentary shuttle service.這家超市提供免費購物班車。
    6 alacrity MfFyL     
    • Although the man was very old,he still moved with alacrity.他雖然很老,動作仍很敏捷。
    • He accepted my invitation with alacrity.他欣然接受我的邀請。
    7 sanguine dCOzF     
    • He has a sanguine attitude to life.他對于人生有樂觀的看法。
    • He is not very sanguine about our chances of success.他對我們成功的機會不太樂觀。
    8 blessing UxDztJ     
    • The blessing was said in Hebrew.禱告用了希伯來語。
    • A double blessing has descended upon the house.雙喜臨門。
    9 honourable honourable     
    • I don't think I am worthy of such an honourable title.這樣的光榮稱號,我可擔當不起。
    • I hope to find an honourable way of settling difficulties.我希望設法找到一個體面的辦法以擺脫困境。
    10 exertions 2d5ee45020125fc19527a78af5191726     
    n.努力( exertion的名詞復數 );費力;(能力、權力等的)運用;行使
    • As long as they lived, exertions would not be necessary to her. 只要他們活著,是不需要她吃苦的。 來自辭典例句
    • She failed to unlock the safe in spite of all her exertions. 她雖然費盡力氣,仍未能將那保險箱的鎖打開。 來自辭典例句
    11 perfectly 8Mzxb     
    • The witnesses were each perfectly certain of what they said.證人們個個對自己所說的話十分肯定。
    • Everything that we're doing is all perfectly above board.我們做的每件事情都是光明正大的。
    12 impartial eykyR     
    • He gave an impartial view of the state of affairs in Ireland.他對愛爾蘭的事態發表了公正的看法。
    • Careers officers offer impartial advice to all pupils.就業指導員向所有學生提供公正無私的建議。
    13 judgment e3xxC     
    • The chairman flatters himself on his judgment of people.主席自認為他審視人比別人高明。
    • He's a man of excellent judgment.他眼力過人。
    14 assent Hv6zL     
    • I cannot assent to what you ask.我不能應允你的要求。
    • The new bill passed by Parliament has received Royal Assent.議會所通過的新方案已獲國王批準。
    15 mere rC1xE     
    • That is a mere repetition of what you said before.那不過是重復了你以前講的話。
    • It's a mere waste of time waiting any longer.再等下去純粹是浪費時間。
    16 fathomed 52a650f5a22787075c3e396a2bee375e     
    理解…的真意( fathom的過去式和過去分詞 ); 徹底了解; 弄清真相
    • I have not yet quite fathomed her meaning. 我當時還沒有完全揣摸出她是什么意思。
    • Have you fathomed out how to work the video yet? 你弄清楚如何操作錄像機了嗎?
    17 intrigue Gaqzy     
    • Court officials will intrigue against the royal family.法院官員將密謀反對皇室。
    • The royal palace was filled with intrigue.皇宮中充滿了勾心斗角。
    18 pervert o3uzK     
    • Reading such silly stories will pervert your taste for good books.讀這種愚昧的故事會敗壞你對好書的嗜好。
    • Do not pervert the idea.別歪曲那想法。
    19 sincerity zyZwY     
    • His sincerity added much more authority to the story.他的真誠更增加了故事的說服力。
    • He tried hard to satisfy me of his sincerity.他竭力讓我了解他的誠意。
    20 dispense lZgzh     
    • Let us dispense the food.咱們來分發這食物。
    • The charity has been given a large sum of money to dispense as it sees fit.這個慈善機構獲得一大筆錢,可自行適當分配。
    21 confession 8Ygye     
    • Her confession was simply tantamount to a casual explanation.她的自白簡直等于一篇即席說明。
    • The police used torture to extort a confession from him.警察對他用刑逼供。
    22 shamefully 34df188eeac9326cbc46e003cb9726b1     
    可恥地; 丟臉地; 不體面地; 羞恥地
    • He misused his dog shamefully. 他可恥地虐待自己的狗。
    • They have served me shamefully for a long time. 長期以來,他們待我很壞。
    23 fully Gfuzd     
    • The doctor asked me to breathe in,then to breathe out fully.醫生讓我先吸氣,然后全部呼出。
    • They soon became fully integrated into the local community.他們很快就完全融入了當地人的圈子。
    24 opposition eIUxU     
    • The party leader is facing opposition in his own backyard.該黨領袖在自己的黨內遇到了反對。
    • The police tried to break down the prisoner's opposition.警察設法制住了那個囚犯的反抗。
    25 unreasonable tjLwm     
    • I know that they made the most unreasonable demands on you.我知道他們對你提出了最不合理的要求。
    • They spend an unreasonable amount of money on clothes.他們花在衣服上的錢太多了。
    26 scruples 14d2b6347f5953bad0a0c5eebf78068a     
    n.良心上的不安( scruple的名詞復數 );顧慮,顧忌v.感到于心不安,有顧忌( scruple的第三人稱單數 )
    • I overcame my moral scruples. 我拋開了道德方面的顧慮。
    • I'm not ashamed of my scruples about your family. They were natural. 我并未因為對你家人的顧慮而感到羞恥。這種感覺是自然而然的。 來自瘋狂英語突破英語語調
    27 improper b9txi     
    • Short trousers are improper at a dance.舞會上穿短褲不成體統。
    • Laughing and joking are improper at a funeral.葬禮時大笑和開玩笑是不合適的。
    28 steadily Qukw6     
    • The scope of man's use of natural resources will steadily grow.人類利用自然資源的廣度將日益擴大。
    • Our educational reform was steadily led onto the correct path.我們的教學改革慢慢上軌道了。
    29 attentively AyQzjz     
    • She listened attentively while I poured out my problems. 我傾吐心中的煩惱時,她一直在注意聽。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
    • She listened attentively and set down every word he said. 她專心聽著,把他說的話一字不漏地記下來。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
    30 momentary hj3ya     
    • We are in momentary expectation of the arrival of you.我們無時無刻不在盼望你的到來。
    • I caught a momentary glimpse of them.我瞥了他們一眼。
    31 withdrawn eeczDJ     
    • Our force has been withdrawn from the danger area.我們的軍隊已從危險地區撤出。
    • All foreign troops should be withdrawn to their own countries.一切外國軍隊都應撤回本國去。
    32 delicacy mxuxS     
    • We admired the delicacy of the craftsmanship.我們佩服工藝師精巧的手藝。
    • He sensed the delicacy of the situation.他感覺到了形勢的微妙。
    33 entirely entirely     
    • The fire was entirely caused by their neglect of duty. 那場火災完全是由于他們失職而引起的。
    • His life was entirely given up to the educational work. 他的一生統統獻給了教育工作。
    34 repentance ZCnyS     
    • He shows no repentance for what he has done.他對他的所作所為一點也不懊悔。
    • Christ is inviting sinners to repentance.基督正在敦請有罪的人悔悟。
    35 misery G10yi     
    • Business depression usually causes misery among the working class.商業不景氣常使工薪階層受苦。
    • He has rescued me from the mire of misery.他把我從苦海里救了出來。
    36 nay unjzAQ     
    • He was grateful for and proud of his son's remarkable,nay,unique performance.他為兒子出色的,不,應該是獨一無二的表演心懷感激和驕傲。
    • Long essays,nay,whole books have been written on this.許多長篇大論的文章,不,應該說是整部整部的書都是關于這件事的。
    37 maple BBpxj     
    • Maple sugar is made from the sap of maple trees.楓糖是由楓樹的樹液制成的。
    • The maple leaves are tinge with autumn red.楓葉染上了秋天的紅色。
    38 grove v5wyy     
    • On top of the hill was a grove of tall trees.山頂上一片高大的樹林。
    • The scent of lemons filled the grove.檸檬香味充滿了小樹林。
    39 reconciliation DUhxh     
    • He was taken up with the reconciliation of husband and wife.他忙于做夫妻間的調解工作。
    • Their handshake appeared to be a gesture of reconciliation.他們的握手似乎是和解的表示。
    40 persuasion wMQxR     
    • He decided to leave only after much persuasion.經過多方勸說,他才決定離開。
    • After a lot of persuasion,she agreed to go.經過多次勸說后,她同意去了。
    41 remarkable 8Vbx6     
    • She has made remarkable headway in her writing skills.她在寫作技巧方面有了長足進步。
    • These cars are remarkable for the quietness of their engines.這些汽車因發動機沒有噪音而不同凡響。
    42 formerly ni3x9     
    • We now enjoy these comforts of which formerly we had only heard.我們現在享受到了過去只是聽說過的那些舒適條件。
    • This boat was formerly used on the rivers of China.這船從前航行在中國內河里。
    43 tenaciously lg3zdW     
    • Though seriously ill, he still clings tenaciously to life. 他雖病得很重,但仍頑強地活下去。 來自辭典例句
    • It was apparently more tenaciously held to surface than fraction three. 它比級分三更頑強地保持在表面上。 來自辭典例句
    44 saucy wDMyK     
    • He was saucy and mischievous when he was working.他工作時總愛調皮搗蛋。
    • It was saucy of you to contradict your father.你頂撞父親,真是無禮。
    45 imputed b517c0c1d49a8e6817c4d0667060241e     
    v.把(錯誤等)歸咎于( impute的過去式和過去分詞 )
    • They imputed the accident to the driver's carelessness. 他們把這次車禍歸咎于司機的疏忽。 來自《現代英漢綜合大詞典》
    • He imputed the failure of his marriage to his wife's shortcomings. 他把婚姻的失敗歸咎于妻子的缺點。 來自辭典例句
    46 amiable hxAzZ     
    • She was a very kind and amiable old woman.她是個善良和氣的老太太。
    • We have a very amiable companionship.我們之間存在一種友好的關系。
    47 solicitude mFEza     
    • Your solicitude was a great consolation to me.你對我的關懷給了我莫大的安慰。
    • He is full of tender solicitude towards my sister.他對我妹妹滿心牽掛。
    48 contemplated d22c67116b8d5696b30f6705862b0688     
    adj. 預期的 動詞contemplate的過去分詞形式
    • The doctor contemplated the difficult operation he had to perform. 醫生仔細地考慮他所要做的棘手的手術。
    • The government has contemplated reforming the entire tax system. 政府打算改革整個稅收體制。
    49 lessen 01gx4     
    • Regular exercise can help to lessen the pain.經常運動有助于減輕痛感。
    • They've made great effort to lessen the noise of planes.他們盡力減小飛機的噪音。
    50 mutual eFOxC     
    • We must pull together for mutual interest.我們必須為相互的利益而通力合作。
    • Mutual interests tied us together.相互的利害關系把我們聯系在一起。
    51 outweigh gJlxO     
    • The merits of your plan outweigh the defects.你制定的計劃其優點勝過缺點。
    • One's merits outweigh one's short-comings.功大于過。
    52 melancholy t7rz8     
    • All at once he fell into a state of profound melancholy.他立即陷入無盡的憂思之中。
    • He felt melancholy after he failed the exam.這次考試沒通過,他感到很郁悶。
    53 delightful 6xzxT     
    • We had a delightful time by the seashore last Sunday.上星期天我們在海濱玩得真痛快。
    • Peter played a delightful melody on his flute.彼得用笛子吹奏了一支歡快的曲子。
    54 deplore mmdz1     
    • I deplore what has happened.我為所發生的事深感憤慨。
    • There are many of us who deplore this lack of responsibility.我們中有許多人譴責這種不負責任的做法。
    55 deduction 0xJx7     
    • No deduction in pay is made for absence due to illness.因病請假不扣工資。
    • His deduction led him to the correct conclusion.他的推斷使他得出正確的結論。
    56 enjoyment opaxV     
    • Your company adds to the enjoyment of our visit. 有您的陪同,我們這次訪問更加愉快了。
    • After each joke the old man cackled his enjoyment.每逢講完一個笑話,這老人就呵呵笑著表示他的高興。
    57 supplanted 1f49b5af2ffca79ca495527c840dffca     
    把…排擠掉,取代( supplant的過去式和過去分詞 )
    • In most offices, the typewriter has now been supplanted by the computer. 當今許多辦公室里,打字機已被電腦取代。
    • The prime minister was supplanted by his rival. 首相被他的政敵趕下臺了。
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