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    Emma 愛瑪 - Chapter 55
    文章來源:未知 文章作者:enread 發布時間:2021-03-20 02:57 字體: [ ]  進入論壇
    If Emma had still, at intervals1, an anxious feeling for Harriet, a momentary2 doubt of its being possible for her to be really cured of her attachment3 to Mr. Knightley, and really able to accept another man from unbiased inclination4, it was not long that she had to suffer from the recurrence5 of any such uncertainty6. A very few days brought the party from London, and she had no sooner an opportunity of being one hour alone with Harriet, than she became perfectly7 satisfied--unaccountable as it was!-- that Robert Martin had thoroughly8 supplanted9 Mr. Knightley, and was now forming all her views of happiness.
    Harriet was a little distressed--did look a little foolish at first: but having once owned that she had been presumptuous11 and silly, and self-deceived, before, her pain and confusion seemed to die away with the words, and leave her without a care for the past, and with the fullest exultation12 in the present and future; for, as to her friend's approbation13, Emma had instantly removed every fear of that nature, by meeting her with the most unqualified congratulations.-- Harriet was most happy to give every particular of the evening at Astley's, and the dinner the next day; she could dwell on it all with the utmost delight. But what did such particulars explain?-- The fact was, as Emma could now acknowledge, that Harriet had always liked Robert Martin; and that his continuing to love her had been irresistible14.--Beyond this, it must ever be unintelligible15 to Emma.
    The event, however, was most joyful16; and every day was giving her fresh reason for thinking so.--Harriet's parentage became known. She proved to be the daughter of a tradesman, rich enough to afford her the comfortable maintenance which had ever been hers, and decent enough to have always wished for concealment17.--Such was the blood of gentility which Emma had formerly18 been so ready to vouch19 for!-- It was likely to be as untainted, perhaps, as the blood of many a gentleman: but what a connexion had she been preparing for Mr. Knightley--or for the Churchills--or even for Mr. Elton!-- The stain of illegitimacy, unbleached by nobility or wealth, would have been a stain indeed.
    No objection was raised on the father's side; the young man was treated liberally; it was all as it should be: and as Emma became acquainted with Robert Martin, who was now introduced at Hartfield, she fully20 acknowledged in him all the appearance of sense and worth which could bid fairest for her little friend. She had no doubt of Harriet's happiness with any good-tempered man; but with him, and in the home he offered, there would be the hope of more, of security, stability, and improvement. She would be placed in the midst of those who loved her, and who had better sense than herself; retired21 enough for safety, and occupied enough for cheerfulness. She would be never led into temptation, nor left for it to find her out. She would be respectable and happy; and Emma admitted her to be the luckiest creature in the world, to have created so steady and persevering22 an affection in such a man;--or, if not quite the luckiest, to yield only to herself.
    Harriet, necessarily drawn23 away by her engagements with the Martins, was less and less at Hartfield; which was not to be regretted.-- The intimacy24 between her and Emma must sink; their friendship must change into a calmer sort of goodwill25; and, fortunately, what ought to be, and must be, seemed already beginning, and in the most gradual, natural manner.
    Before the end of September, Emma attended Harriet to church, and saw her hand bestowed26 on Robert Martin with so complete a satisfaction, as no remembrances, even connected with Mr. Elton as he stood before them, could impair27.--Perhaps, indeed, at that time she scarcely saw Mr. Elton, but as the clergyman whose blessing28 at the altar might next fall on herself.--Robert Martin and Harriet Smith, the latest couple engaged of the three, were the first to be married.
    Jane Fairfax had already quitted Highbury, and was restored to the comforts of her beloved home with the Campbells.--The Mr. Churchills were also in town; and they were only waiting for November.
    The intermediate month was the one fixed29 on, as far as they dared, by Emma and Mr. Knightley.--They had determined30 that their marriage ought to be concluded while John and Isabella were still at Hartfield, to allow them the fortnight's absence in a tour to the seaside, which was the plan.--John and Isabella, and every other friend, were agreed in approving it. But Mr. Woodhouse--how was Mr. Woodhouse to be induced to consent?--he, who had never yet alluded31 to their marriage but as a distant event.
    When first sounded on the subject, he was so miserable32, that they were almost hopeless.--A second allusion33, indeed, gave less pain.-- He began to think it was to be, and that he could not prevent it-- a very promising34 step of the mind on its way to resignation. Still, however, he was not happy. Nay35, he appeared so much otherwise, that his daughter's courage failed. She could not bear to see him suffering, to know him fancying himself neglected; and though her understanding almost acquiesced36 in the assurance of both the Mr. Knightleys, that when once the event were over, his distress10 would be soon over too, she hesitated--she could not proceed.
    In this state of suspense37 they were befriended, not by any sudden illumination of Mr. Woodhouse's mind, or any wonderful change of his nervous system, but by the operation of the same system in another way.-- Mrs. Weston's poultry-house was robbed one night of all her turkeys-- evidently by the ingenuity38 of man. Other poultry-yards in the neighbourhood also suffered.--Pilfering was housebreaking to Mr. Woodhouse's fears.--He was very uneasy; and but for the sense of his son-in-law's protection, would have been under wretched alarm every night of his life. The strength, resolution, and presence of mind of the Mr. Knightleys, commanded his fullest dependence39. While either of them protected him and his, Hartfield was safe.-- But Mr. John Knightley must be in London again by the end of the first week in November.
    The result of this distress was, that, with a much more voluntary, cheerful consent than his daughter had ever presumed to hope for at the moment, she was able to fix her wedding-day--and Mr. Elton was called on, within a month from the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Martin, to join the hands of Mr. Knightley and Miss Woodhouse.
    The wedding was very much like other weddings, where the parties have no taste for finery or parade; and Mrs. Elton, from the particulars detailed40 by her husband, thought it all extremely shabby, and very inferior to her own.--"Very little white satin, very few lace veils; a most pitiful business!--Selina would stare when she heard of it."--But, in spite of these deficiencies, the wishes, the hopes, the confidence, the predictions of the small band of true friends who witnessed the ceremony, were fully answered in the perfect happiness of the union.


    1 intervals f46c9d8b430e8c86dea610ec56b7cbef     
    n.[軍事]間隔( interval的名詞復數 );間隔時間;[數學]區間;(戲劇、電影或音樂會的)幕間休息
    • The forecast said there would be sunny intervals and showers. 預報間晴,有陣雨。
    • Meetings take place at fortnightly intervals. 每兩周開一次會。
    2 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。
    3 attachment POpy1     
    • She has a great attachment to her sister.她十分依戀她的姐姐。
    • She's on attachment to the Ministry of Defense.她現在隸屬于國防部。
    4 inclination Gkwyj     
    • She greeted us with a slight inclination of the head.她微微點頭向我們致意。
    • I did not feel the slightest inclination to hurry.我沒有絲毫著急的意思。
    5 recurrence ckazKP     
    • More care in the future will prevent recurrence of the mistake.將來的小心可防止錯誤的重現。
    • He was aware of the possibility of a recurrence of his illness.他知道他的病有可能復發。
    6 uncertainty NlFwK     
    • Her comments will add to the uncertainty of the situation.她的批評將會使局勢更加不穩定。
    • After six weeks of uncertainty,the strain was beginning to take its toll.6個星期的忐忑不安后,壓力開始產生影響了。
    7 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。
    8 thoroughly sgmz0J     
    • The soil must be thoroughly turned over before planting.一定要先把土地深翻一遍再下種。
    • The soldiers have been thoroughly instructed in the care of their weapons.士兵們都系統地接受過保護武器的訓練。
    9 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。
    10 distress 3llzX     
    • Nothing could alleviate his distress.什么都不能減輕他的痛苦。
    • Please don't distress yourself.請你不要憂愁了。
    11 presumptuous 6Q3xk     
    • It would be presumptuous for anybody to offer such a view.任何人提出這種觀點都是太放肆了。
    • It was presumptuous of him to take charge.他自拿主張,太放肆了。
    12 exultation wzeyn     
    • It made him catch his breath, it lit his face with exultation. 聽了這個名字,他屏住呼吸,樂得臉上放光。
    • He could get up no exultation that was really worthy the name. 他一點都激動不起來。
    13 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。
    14 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。
    15 unintelligible sfuz2V     
    • If a computer is given unintelligible data, it returns unintelligible results.如果計算機得到的是難以理解的數據,它給出的也將是難以理解的結果。
    • The terms were unintelligible to ordinary folk.這些術語一般人是不懂的。
    16 joyful N3Fx0     
    • She was joyful of her good result of the scientific experiments.她為自己的科學實驗取得好成果而高興。
    • They were singing and dancing to celebrate this joyful occasion.他們唱著、跳著慶祝這令人歡樂的時刻。
    17 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。
    18 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。
    19 vouch nLszZ     
    • They asked whether I was prepared to vouch for him.他們問我是否愿意為他作擔保。
    • I can vouch for the fact that he is a good worker.我保證他是好員工。
    20 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。
    21 retired Njhzyv     
    • The old man retired to the country for rest.這位老人下鄉休息去了。
    • Many retired people take up gardening as a hobby.許多退休的人都以從事園藝為嗜好。
    22 persevering AltztR     
    • They will only triumph by persevering in their struggle against natural calamities. 他們只有堅持與自然災害搏斗,才能取得勝利。
    • Success belongs to the persevering. 勝利屬于不屈不撓的人。
    23 drawn MuXzIi     
    • All the characters in the story are drawn from life.故事中的所有人物都取材于生活。
    • Her gaze was drawn irresistibly to the scene outside.她的目光禁不住被外面的風景所吸引。
    24 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。
    25 goodwill 4fuxm     
    • His heart is full of goodwill to all men.他心里對所有人都充滿著愛心。
    • We paid £10,000 for the shop,and £2000 for its goodwill.我們用一萬英鎊買下了這家商店,兩千英鎊買下了它的信譽。
    26 bestowed 12e1d67c73811aa19bdfe3ae4a8c2c28     
    贈給,授予( bestow的過去式和過去分詞 )
    • It was a title bestowed upon him by the king. 那是國王賜給他的頭銜。
    • He considered himself unworthy of the honour they had bestowed on him. 他認為自己不配得到大家賦予他的榮譽。
    27 impair Ia4x2     
    • Loud noise can impair your hearing.巨大的噪音有損聽覺。
    • It can not impair the intellectual vigor of the young.這不能磨滅青年人思想活力。
    28 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。
    29 fixed JsKzzj     
    • Have you two fixed on a date for the wedding yet?你們倆選定婚期了嗎?
    • Once the aim is fixed,we should not change it arbitrarily.目標一旦確定,我們就不應該隨意改變。
    30 determined duszmP     
    • I have determined on going to Tibet after graduation.我已決定畢業后去西藏。
    • He determined to view the rooms behind the office.他決定查看一下辦公室后面的房間。
    31 alluded 69f7a8b0f2e374aaf5d0965af46948e7     
    提及,暗指( allude的過去式和過去分詞 )
    • In your remarks you alluded to a certain sinister design. 在你的談話中,你提到了某個陰謀。
    • She also alluded to her rival's past marital troubles. 她還影射了對手過去的婚姻問題。
    32 miserable g18yk     
    • It was miserable of you to make fun of him.你取笑他,這是可恥的。
    • Her past life was miserable.她過去的生活很苦。
    33 allusion CfnyW     
    • He made an allusion to a secret plan in his speech.在講話中他暗示有一項秘密計劃。
    • She made no allusion to the incident.她沒有提及那個事件。
    34 promising BkQzsk     
    • The results of the experiments are very promising.實驗的結果充滿了希望。
    • We're trying to bring along one or two promising young swimmers.我們正設法培養出一兩名有前途的年輕游泳選手。
    35 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。
    36 acquiesced 03acb9bc789f7d2955424223e0a45f1b     
    v.默認,默許( acquiesce的過去式和過去分詞 )
    • Senior government figures must have acquiesced in the cover-up. 政府高級官員必然已經默許掩蓋真相。
    • After a lot of persuasion,he finally acquiesced. 經過多次勸說,他最終默許了。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
    37 suspense 9rJw3     
    • The suspense was unbearable.這樣提心吊膽的狀況實在叫人受不了。
    • The director used ingenious devices to keep the audience in suspense.導演用巧妙手法引起觀眾的懸念。
    38 ingenuity 77TxM     
    • The boy showed ingenuity in making toys.那個小男孩做玩具很有創造力。
    • I admire your ingenuity and perseverance.我欽佩你的別出心裁和毅力。
    39 dependence 3wsx9     
    • Doctors keep trying to break her dependence of the drug.醫生們盡力使她戒除毒癮。
    • He was freed from financial dependence on his parents.他在經濟上擺脫了對父母的依賴。
    40 detailed xuNzms     
    • He had made a detailed study of the terrain.他對地形作了縝密的研究。
    • A detailed list of our publications is available on request.我們的出版物有一份詳細的目錄備索。
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