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    Emma 愛瑪 - Chapter 53
    文章來源:未知 文章作者:enread 發布時間:2021-03-20 02:22 字體: [ ]  進入論壇
    Mrs. Weston's friends were all made happy by her safety; and if the satisfaction of her well-doing could be increased to Emma, it was by knowing her to be the mother of a little girl. She had been decided1 in wishing for a Miss Weston. She would not acknowledge that it was with any view of making a match for her, hereafter, with either of Isabella's sons; but she was convinced that a daughter would suit both father and mother best. It would be a great comfort to Mr. Weston, as he grew older-- and even Mr. Weston might be growing older ten years hence--to have his fireside enlivened by the sports and the nonsense, the freaks and the fancies of a child never banished2 from home; and Mrs. Weston-- no one could doubt that a daughter would be most to her; and it would be quite a pity that any one who so well knew how to teach, should not have their powers in exercise again.
    "She has had the advantage, you know, of practising on me," she continued--"like La Baronne d'Almane on La Comtesse d'Ostalis, in Madame de Genlis' Adelaide and Theodore, and we shall now see her own little Adelaide educated on a more perfect plan."
    "That is," replied Mr. Knightley, "she will indulge her even more than she did you, and believe that she does not indulge her at all. It will be the only difference."
    "Poor child!" cried Emma; "at that rate, what will become of her?"
    "Nothing very bad.--The fate of thousands. She will be disagreeable in infancy3, and correct herself as she grows older. I am losing all my bitterness against spoilt children, my dearest Emma. I, who am owing all my happiness to you, would not it be horrible ingratitude4 in me to be severe on them?"
    Emma laughed, and replied: "But I had the assistance of all your endeavours to counteract5 the indulgence of other people. I doubt whether my own sense would have corrected me without it."
    "Do you?--I have no doubt. Nature gave you understanding:-- Miss Taylor gave you principles. You must have done well. My interference was quite as likely to do harm as good. It was very natural for you to say, what right has he to lecture me?-- and I am afraid very natural for you to feel that it was done in a disagreeable manner. I do not believe I did you any good. The good was all to myself, by making you an object of the tenderest affection to me. I could not think about you so much without doating on you, faults and all; and by dint6 of fancying so many errors, have been in love with you ever since you were thirteen at least."
    "I am sure you were of use to me," cried Emma. "I was very often influenced rightly by you--oftener than I would own at the time. I am very sure you did me good. And if poor little Anna Weston is to be spoiled, it will be the greatest humanity in you to do as much for her as you have done for me, except falling in love with her when she is thirteen."
    "How often, when you were a girl, have you said to me, with one of your saucy7 looks--`Mr. Knightley, I am going to do so-and-so; papa says I may, or I have Miss Taylor's leave'--something which, you knew, I did not approve. In such cases my interference was giving you two bad feelings instead of one."
    "What an amiable8 creature I was!--No wonder you should hold my speeches in such affectionate remembrance."
    "`Mr. Knightley.'--You always called me, `Mr. Knightley;' and, from habit, it has not so very formal a sound.--And yet it is formal. I want you to call me something else, but I do not know what."
    "I remember once calling you `George,' in one of my amiable fits, about ten years ago. I did it because I thought it would offend you; but, as you made no objection, I never did it again."
    "And cannot you call me `George' now?"
    "Impossible!--I never can call you any thing but `Mr. Knightley.' I will not promise even to equal the elegant terseness9 of Mrs. Elton, by calling you Mr. K.--But I will promise," she added presently, laughing and blushing--"I will promise to call you once by your Christian10 name. I do not say when, but perhaps you may guess where;--in the building in which N. takes M. for better, for worse."
    Emma grieved that she could not be more openly just to one important service which his better sense would have rendered her, to the advice which would have saved her from the worst of all her womanly follies--her wilful11 intimacy12 with Harriet Smith; but it was too tender a subject.--She could not enter on it.-- Harriet was very seldom mentioned between them. This, on his side, might merely proceed from her not being thought of; but Emma was rather inclined to attribute it to delicacy13, and a suspicion, from some appearances, that their friendship were declining. She was aware herself, that, parting under any other circumstances, they certainly should have corresponded more, and that her intelligence would not have rested, as it now almost wholly did, on Isabella's letters. He might observe that it was so. The pain of being obliged to practise concealment14 towards him, was very little inferior to the pain of having made Harriet unhappy.
    Isabella sent quite as good an account of her visitor as could be expected; on her first arrival she had thought her out of spirits, which appeared perfectly15 natural, as there was a dentist to be consulted; but, since that business had been over, she did not appear to find Harriet different from what she had known her before.-- Isabella, to be sure, was no very quick observer; yet if Harriet had not been equal to playing with the children, it would not have escaped her. Emma's comforts and hopes were most agreeably carried on, by Harriet's being to stay longer; her fortnight was likely to be a month at least. Mr. and Mrs. John Knightley were to come down in August, and she was invited to remain till they could bring her back.
    "John does not even mention your friend," said Mr. Knightley. "Here is his answer, if you like to see it."
    It was the answer to the communication of his intended marriage. Emma accepted it with a very eager hand, with an impatience16 all alive to know what he would say about it, and not at all checked by hearing that her friend was unmentioned.
    "John enters like a brother into my happiness," continued Mr. Knightley, "but he is no complimenter; and though I well know him to have, likewise, a most brotherly affection for you, he is so far from making flourishes, that any other young woman might think him rather cool in her praise. But I am not afraid of your seeing what he writes."
    "He writes like a sensible man," replied Emma, when she had read the letter. "I honour his sincerity17. It is very plain that he considers the good fortune of the engagement as all on my side, but that he is not without hope of my growing, in time, as worthy18 of your affection, as you think me already. Had he said any thing to bear a different construction, I should not have believed him."
    "My Emma, he means no such thing. He only means--"
    "He and I should differ very little in our estimation of the two," interrupted she, with a sort of serious smile--"much less, perhaps, than he is aware of, if we could enter without ceremony or reserve on the subject."
    "Emma, my dear Emma--"
    "Oh!" she cried with more thorough gaiety, "if you fancy your brother does not do me justice, only wait till my dear father is in the secret, and hear his opinion. Depend upon it, he will be much farther from doing you justice. He will think all the happiness, all the advantage, on your side of the question; all the merit on mine. I wish I may not sink into `poor Emma' with him at once.-- His tender compassion19 towards oppressed worth can go no farther."
    "Ah!" he cried, "I wish your father might be half as easily convinced as John will be, of our having every right that equal worth can give, to be happy together. I am amused by one part of John's letter-- did you notice it?--where he says, that my information did not take him wholly by surprize, that he was rather in expectation of hearing something of the kind."
    "If I understand your brother, he only means so far as your having some thoughts of marrying. He had no idea of me. He seems perfectly unprepared for that."
    "Yes, yes--but I am amused that he should have seen so far into my feelings. What has he been judging by?--I am not conscious of any difference in my spirits or conversation that could prepare him at this time for my marrying any more than at another.-- But it was so, I suppose. I dare say there was a difference when I was staying with them the other day. I believe I did not play with the children quite so much as usual. I remember one evening the poor boys saying, `Uncle seems always tired now.'"
    The time was coming when the news must spread farther, and other persons' reception of it tried. As soon as Mrs. Weston was sufficiently20 recovered to admit Mr. Woodhouse's visits, Emma having it in view that her gentle reasonings should be employed in the cause, resolved first to announce it at home, and then at Randalls.-- But how to break it to her father at last!--She had bound herself to do it, in such an hour of Mr. Knightley's absence, or when it came to the point her heart would have failed her, and she must have put it off; but Mr. Knightley was to come at such a time, and follow up the beginning she was to make.--She was forced to speak, and to speak cheerfully too. She must not make it a more decided subject of misery21 to him, by a melancholy22 tone herself. She must not appear to think it a misfortune.--With all the spirits she could command, she prepared him first for something strange, and then, in a few words, said, that if his consent and approbation23 could be obtained--which, she trusted, would be attended with no difficulty, since it was a plan to promote the happiness of all-- she and Mr. Knightley meant to marry; by which means Hartfield would receive the constant addition of that person's company whom she knew he loved, next to his daughters and Mrs. Weston, best in the world.
    Poor man!--it was at first a considerable shock to him, and he tried earnestly to dissuade24 her from it. She was reminded, more than once, of having always said she would never marry, and assured that it would be a great deal better for her to remain single; and told of poor Isabella, and poor Miss Taylor.--But it would not do. Emma hung about him affectionately, and smiled, and said it must be so; and that he must not class her with Isabella and Mrs. Weston, whose marriages taking them from Hartfield, had, indeed, made a melancholy change: but she was not going from Hartfield; she should be always there; she was introducing no change in their numbers or their comforts but for the better; and she was very sure that he would be a great deal the happier for having Mr. Knightley always at hand, when he were once got used to the idea.--Did he not love Mr. Knightley very much?-- He would not deny that he did, she was sure.--Whom did he ever want to consult on business but Mr. Knightley?--Who was so useful to him, who so ready to write his letters, who so glad to assist him?-- Who so cheerful, so attentive25, so attached to him?--Would not he like to have him always on the spot?--Yes. That was all very true. Mr. Knightley could not be there too often; he should be glad to see him every day;--but they did see him every day as it was.--Why could not they go on as they had done?
    Mr. Woodhouse could not be soon reconciled; but the worst was overcome, the idea was given; time and continual repetition must do the rest.-- To Emma's entreaties26 and assurances succeeded Mr. Knightley's, whose fond praise of her gave the subject even a kind of welcome; and he was soon used to be talked to by each, on every fair occasion.-- They had all the assistance which Isabella could give, by letters of the strongest approbation; and Mrs. Weston was ready, on the first meeting, to consider the subject in the most serviceable light--first, as a settled, and, secondly27, as a good one-- well aware of the nearly equal importance of the two recommendations to Mr. Woodhouse's mind.--It was agreed upon, as what was to be; and every body by whom he was used to be guided assuring him that it would be for his happiness; and having some feelings himself which almost admitted it, he began to think that some time or other-- in another year or two, perhaps--it might not be so very bad if the marriage did take place.
    Mrs. Weston was acting28 no part, feigning29 no feelings in all that she said to him in favour of the event.--She had been extremely surprized, never more so, than when Emma first opened the affair to her; but she saw in it only increase of happiness to all, and had no scruple30 in urging him to the utmost.--She had such a regard for Mr. Knightley, as to think he deserved even her dearest Emma; and it was in every respect so proper, suitable, and unexceptionable a connexion, and in one respect, one point of the highest importance, so peculiarly eligible31, so singularly fortunate, that now it seemed as if Emma could not safely have attached herself to any other creature, and that she had herself been the stupidest of beings in not having thought of it, and wished it long ago.--How very few of those men in a rank of life to address Emma would have renounced32 their own home for Hartfield! And who but Mr. Knightley could know and bear with Mr. Woodhouse, so as to make such an arrangement desirable!-- The difficulty of disposing of poor Mr. Woodhouse had been always felt in her husband's plans and her own, for a marriage between Frank and Emma. How to settle the claims of Enscombe and Hartfield had been a continual impediment--less acknowledged by Mr. Weston than by herself--but even he had never been able to finish the subject better than by saying--"Those matters will take care of themselves; the young people will find a way." But here there was nothing to be shifted off in a wild speculation33 on the future. It was all right, all open, all equal. No sacrifice on any side worth the name. It was a union of the highest promise of felicity in itself, and without one real, rational difficulty to oppose or delay it.
    Mrs. Weston, with her baby on her knee, indulging in such reflections as these, was one of the happiest women in the world. If any thing could increase her delight, it was perceiving that the baby would soon have outgrown34 its first set of caps.
    The news was universally a surprize wherever it spread; and Mr. Weston had his five minutes share of it; but five minutes were enough to familiarise the idea to his quickness of mind.-- He saw the advantages of the match, and rejoiced in them with all the constancy of his wife; but the wonder of it was very soon nothing; and by the end of an hour he was not far from believing that he had always foreseen it.
    "It is to be a secret, I conclude," said he. "These matters are always a secret, till it is found out that every body knows them. Only let me be told when I may speak out.--I wonder whether Jane has any suspicion."
    He went to Highbury the next morning, and satisfied himself on that point. He told her the news. Was not she like a daughter, his eldest35 daughter?--he must tell her; and Miss Bates being present, it passed, of course, to Mrs. Cole, Mrs. Perry, and Mrs. Elton, immediately afterwards. It was no more than the principals were prepared for; they had calculated from the time of its being known at Randalls, how soon it would be over Highbury; and were thinking of themselves, as the evening wonder in many a family circle, with great sagacity.
    In general, it was a very well approved match. Some might think him, and others might think her, the most in luck. One set might recommend their all removing to Donwell, and leaving Hartfield for the John Knightleys; and another might predict disagreements among their servants; but yet, upon the whole, there was no serious objection raised, except in one habitation, the Vicarage.--There, the surprize was not softened36 by any satisfaction. Mr. Elton cared little about it, compared with his wife; he only hoped "the young lady's pride would now be contented37;" and supposed "she had always meant to catch Knightley if she could;" and, on the point of living at Hartfield, could daringly exclaim, "Rather he than I!"-- But Mrs. Elton was very much discomposed indeed.--"Poor Knightley! poor fellow!--sad business for him.--She was extremely concerned; for, though very eccentric, he had a thousand good qualities.-- How could he be so taken in?--Did not think him at all in love-- not in the least.--Poor Knightley!--There would be an end of all pleasant intercourse38 with him.--How happy he had been to come and dine with them whenever they asked him! But that would be all over now.-- Poor fellow!--No more exploring parties to Donwell made for her. Oh! no; there would be a Mrs. Knightley to throw cold water on every thing.--Extremely disagreeable! But she was not at all sorry that she had abused the housekeeper39 the other day.--Shocking plan, living together. It would never do. She knew a family near Maple40 Grove41 who had tried it, and been obliged to separate before the end of the first quarter.


    1 decided lvqzZd     
    • This gave them a decided advantage over their opponents.這使他們比對手具有明顯的優勢。
    • There is a decided difference between British and Chinese way of greeting.英國人和中國人打招呼的方式有很明顯的區別。
    2 banished b779057f354f1ec8efd5dd1adee731df     
    v.放逐,驅逐( banish的過去式和過去分詞 )
    • He was banished to Australia, where he died five years later. 他被流放到澳大利亞,五年后在那里去世。
    • He was banished to an uninhabited island for a year. 他被放逐到一個無人居住的荒島一年。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
    3 infancy F4Ey0     
    • He came to England in his infancy.他幼年時期來到英國。
    • Their research is only in its infancy.他們的研究處于初級階段。
    4 ingratitude O4TyG     
    • Tim's parents were rather hurt by his ingratitude.蒂姆的父母對他的忘恩負義很痛心。
    • His friends were shocked by his ingratitude to his parents.他對父母不孝,令他的朋友們大為吃驚。
    5 counteract vzlxb     
    • The doctor gave him some medicine to counteract the effect of the poison.醫生給他些藥解毒。
    • Our work calls for mutual support.We shouldn't counteract each other's efforts.工作要互相支持,不要互相拆臺。
    6 dint plVza     
    • He succeeded by dint of hard work.他靠苦干獲得成功。
    • He reached the top by dint of great effort.他費了很大的勁終于爬到了頂。
    7 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。
    8 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。
    9 terseness 58c12330649a1022b94d16ba38d889cc     
    • If the main purpose of menus were to execute commands, terseness would be a virtue. 如果菜單的主要目的是執行命令,那么就應該精練。 來自About Face 3交互設計精髓
    • What strikes at a first reading is its vividness and terseness. 初讀時它給人的印象是生動和簡潔。
    10 Christian KVByl     
    • They always addressed each other by their Christian name.他們總是以教名互相稱呼。
    • His mother is a sincere Christian.他母親是個虔誠的基督教徒。
    11 wilful xItyq     
    • A wilful fault has no excuse and deserves no pardon.不能寬恕故意犯下的錯誤。
    • He later accused reporters of wilful distortion and bias.他后來指責記者有意歪曲事實并帶有偏見。
    12 intimacy z4Vxx     
    • His claims to an intimacy with the President are somewhat exaggerated.他聲稱自己與總統關系密切,這有點言過其實。
    • I wish there were a rule book for intimacy.我希望能有個關于親密的規則。
    13 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。
    14 concealment AvYzx1     
    n.隱藏, 掩蓋,隱瞞
    • the concealment of crime 對罪行的隱瞞
    • Stay in concealment until the danger has passed. 把自己藏起來,待危險過去后再出來。
    15 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。
    16 impatience OaOxC     
    • He expressed impatience at the slow rate of progress.進展緩慢,他顯得不耐煩。
    • He gave a stamp of impatience.他不耐煩地跺腳。
    17 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。
    18 worthy vftwB     
    • I did not esteem him to be worthy of trust.我認為他不值得信賴。
    • There occurred nothing that was worthy to be mentioned.沒有值得一提的事發生。
    19 compassion 3q2zZ     
    • He could not help having compassion for the poor creature.他情不自禁地憐憫起那個可憐的人來。
    • Her heart was filled with compassion for the motherless children.她對于沒有母親的孩子們充滿了憐憫心。
    20 sufficiently 0htzMB     
    • It turned out he had not insured the house sufficiently.原來他沒有給房屋投足保險。
    • The new policy was sufficiently elastic to accommodate both views.新政策充分靈活地適用兩種觀點。
    21 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。
    22 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。
    23 approbation INMyt     
    • He tasted the wine of audience approbation.他嘗到了像酒般令人陶醉的聽眾贊許滋味。
    • The result has not met universal approbation.該結果尚未獲得普遍認同。
    24 dissuade ksPxy     
    • You'd better dissuade him from doing that.你最好勸阻他別那樣干。
    • I tried to dissuade her from investing her money in stocks and shares.我曾設法勸她不要投資于股票交易。
    25 attentive pOKyB     
    • She was very attentive to her guests.她對客人招待得十分周到。
    • The speaker likes to have an attentive audience.演講者喜歡注意力集中的聽眾。
    26 entreaties d56c170cf2a22c1ecef1ae585b702562     
    n.懇求,乞求( entreaty的名詞復數 )
    • He began with entreaties and ended with a threat. 他先是懇求,最后是威脅。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
    • The tyrant was deaf to the entreaties of the slaves. 暴君聽不到奴隸們的哀鳴。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
    27 secondly cjazXx     
    • Secondly,use your own head and present your point of view.第二,動腦筋提出自己的見解。
    • Secondly it is necessary to define the applied load.其次,需要確定所作用的載荷。
    28 acting czRzoc     
    • Ignore her,she's just acting.別理她,她只是假裝的。
    • During the seventies,her acting career was in eclipse.在七十年代,她的表演生涯黯然失色。
    29 feigning 5f115da619efe7f7ddaca64893f7a47c     
    假裝,偽裝( feign的現在分詞 ); 捏造(借口、理由等)
    • He survived the massacre by feigning death. 他裝死才在大屠殺中死里逃生。
    • She shrugged, feigning nonchalance. 她聳聳肩,裝出一副無所謂的樣子。
    30 scruple eDOz7     
    • It'seemed to her now that she could marry him without the remnant of a scruple.她覺得現在她可以跟他成婚而不需要有任何顧忌。
    • He makes no scruple to tell a lie.他說起謊來無所顧忌。
    31 eligible Cq6xL     
    • He is an eligible young man.他是一個合格的年輕人。
    • Helen married an eligible bachelor.海倫嫁給了一個中意的單身漢。
    32 renounced 795c0b0adbaedf23557e95abe647849c     
    v.聲明放棄( renounce的過去式和過去分詞 );宣布放棄;宣布與…決裂;宣布摒棄
    • We have renounced the use of force to settle our disputes. 我們已再次宣布放棄使用武力來解決爭端。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
    • Andrew renounced his claim to the property. 安德魯放棄了財產的所有權。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
    33 speculation 9vGwe     
    • Her mind is occupied with speculation.她的頭腦忙于思考。
    • There is widespread speculation that he is going to resign.人們普遍推測他要辭職。
    34 outgrown outgrown     
    長[發展] 得超過(某物)的范圍( outgrow的過去分詞 ); 長[發展]得不能再要(某物); 長得比…快; 生長速度超過
    • She's already outgrown her school uniform. 她已經長得連校服都不能穿了。
    • The boy has outgrown his clothes. 這男孩已長得穿不下他的衣服了。
    35 eldest bqkx6     
    • The King's eldest son is the heir to the throne.國王的長子是王位的繼承人。
    • The castle and the land are entailed on the eldest son.城堡和土地限定由長子繼承。
    36 softened 19151c4e3297eb1618bed6a05d92b4fe     
    (使)變軟( soften的過去式和過去分詞 ); 緩解打擊; 緩和; 安慰
    • His smile softened slightly. 他的微笑稍柔和了些。
    • The ice cream softened and began to melt. 冰淇淋開始變軟并開始融化。
    37 contented Gvxzof     
    • He won't be contented until he's upset everyone in the office.不把辦公室里的每個人弄得心煩意亂他就不會滿足。
    • The people are making a good living and are contented,each in his station.人民安居樂業。
    38 intercourse NbMzU     
    • The magazine becomes a cultural medium of intercourse between the two peoples.該雜志成為兩民族間文化交流的媒介。
    • There was close intercourse between them.他們過往很密。
    39 housekeeper 6q2zxl     
    • A spotless stove told us that his mother is a diligent housekeeper.爐子清潔無瑕就表明他母親是個勤勞的主婦。
    • She is an economical housekeeper and feeds her family cheaply.她節約持家,一家人吃得很省。
    40 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。
    41 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。
    TAG標簽: deal time great