爱丽丝漫游奇境:第四章

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编辑点评: 你知道一个小女孩的梦多么荒诞离奇吗?一个无聊的午后,一只揣着怀表的兔子就带着这个可爱的小女孩开始了她的奇幻之旅。这个小女孩是谁呢?她就是《爱丽丝漫游奇境记》中的主人公——爱丽丝。

Chapter 4-The Rabbit Sends a Little Bill 

It was the White Rabbit, trotting slowly back again, and looking anxiously about as it went, as if it had lost something; and she heard it muttering to itself ‘The Duchess! The Duchess! Oh my dear paws! Oh my fur and whiskers! She'll get me executed, as sure as ferrets are ferrets! Where CAN I have dropped them, I wonder?’Alice guessed in a moment that it was looking for the fan and the pair of white kid gloves, and she very good-naturedly began hunting about for them, but they were nowhere to be seen--everything seemed to have changed since her swim in the pool, and the great hall, with the glass table and the little door, had vanished completely.
原来是那只小白兔,又慢慢地走回来了,它在刚才走过的路上焦急地到处审视,好像在寻找什么东西,爱丽丝还听到它低产咕噜:“公爵夫人呵!公爵夫人,唉!我亲爱的小爪子呀!我的小胡子呀!她一定会把我的头砍掉的,一定的!就像雪貂是雪貂那样千真万确!我是在哪儿丢掉的呢?”爱丽丝马上猜到它在找那把扇子和那双羊皮手套,于是,她也好心地到处寻找,可是找不见,自从她在池塘里游荡以来,好像所有东西都变了,就是那个有着玻璃桌子和小门的大厅也都不见了。

Very soon the Rabbit noticed Alice, as she went hunting about, and called out to her in an angry tone, ‘Why, Mary Ann, what ARE you doing out here? Run home this moment, and fetch me a pair of gloves and a fan! Quick, now!’ And Alice was so muchfrightened that she ran off at once in the direction it pointed to, without trying to explain the mistake it had made. 
不一会,当爱丽丝还在到处找的时候,兔子看见了她,并且生气地向她喊道:“玛丽.安,你在外面干什么?马上回家给我拿一双手套和一把扇子来。赶快去!”爱丽丝吓得要命,顾不得去解释它的误会,赶快按它指的方向跑去了。

‘He took me for his housemaid,’ she said to herself as she ran. ‘How surprised he'll be when he finds out who I am! But I'd better take him his fan and gloves--that is, if I can find them.’ As she said this, she came upon a neat little house, on the door of which was a bright brass plate with the name ‘W. RABBIT’ engraved upon it. She went in without knocking, and hurried upstairs, in great fear lest she should meet the real Mary Ann, and be turned out of the house before she had found the fan and gloves.
“它把我当成它的女仆了,”她边跑边对自己说,“它以后发现我是谁,会多么惊奇啊!可是我最好还是帮它把手套和扇子拿去——要是我能找到的话。”她说着到了一幢整洁的小房子前,门上挂着一块明亮的黄铜小牌子,刻着“白兔先生”。她没有敲门就进去了,急忙往楼上跑,生怕碰上真的玛丽.安,如果那样的话,她在找到手套和扇子之前就会从这个小屋里被赶出来的。

‘How queer it seems,’Alice said to herself, ‘to be going messages for a rabbit! I suppose Dinah'll be sending me on messages next!’And she began fancying the sort of thing that would happen: ‘"Miss Alice! Come here directly, and get ready for your walk!" "Coming in a minute, nurse! But I've got to see that the mouse doesn't get out." Only I don't think,’ Alice went on, ‘that they'd let Dinah stop in the house if it began ordering people about like that!’
“这真奇怪!”爱丽丝对自己说,“给一只兔子跑腿,我看下一步就该轮到黛娜使唤我了。”于是她就想象那种情景:“‘爱丽丝小姐,快来我这儿,准备去散步,’‘我马上就来,保姆!可是在黛娜回来之前,我还得看着老鼠洞,不许老鼠出来,’不过,假如黛娜像这样使唤人的话,他们不会让它继续呆在家里了。”

By this time she had found her way into a tidy little room with a table in the window, and on it (as she had hoped) a fan and two or three pairs of tiny white kid gloves: she took up the fan and a pair of the gloves, and was just going to leave the room, when her eye fell upon a little bottle that stood near the looking-glass. There was no label this time with the words ‘DRINK ME,’ but nevertheless she uncorked it and put it to her lips. ‘I know SOMETHING interesting is sure to happen,’ she said to herself, ‘whenever I eat or drink anything; so I'll just see what this bottle does. I do hope it'll make me grow large again, for really I'm quite tired of being such a tiny little thing!’
这时,她已经走进了一间整洁的小房间,靠窗子有张桌子,桌子上正像她希望的那样,有一把扇子和两、三双很小的白羊羔皮手套,她拿起扇子和一双手套。正当她要离开房间的时候,眼光落在镜子旁边的一个小瓶上。这一次,瓶上没有“喝我”的标记。但她却拔开瓶塞就往嘴里倒。她想,“我每次吃或喝一点东西,总会发生一些有趣的事。所以我要看看这一瓶能把我怎么样。我真希望它会让我长大。说真的,做我现在这样一点儿的小东西,真厌烦极了。”

It did so indeed, and much sooner than she had expected: before she had drunk half the bottle, she found her head pressing against the ceiling, and had to stoop to save her neck from being broken. She hastily put down the bottle, saying to herself ‘That's quite enough--I hope I shan't grow any more--As it is, I can't get out at the door--I do wish I hadn't drunk quite so much!’
小瓶真的照办了,而且比她期望的还快,她还没有喝到一半,头已经碰到了天花板,因此,必须立即停止,不能再喝了!否则脖子要给折断了。爱丽丝赶紧扔掉瓶子,对自己说:“现在已经够了,不要再长了,可是就是现在这样,我也已经出不去了。嗨!我别喝这么多就好啦!”

Alas! it was too late to wish that! She went on growing, and growing, and very soon had to kneel down on the floor: in another minute there was not even room for this, and she tried the effect of lying down with one elbow against the door, and the other arm curled round her head. Still she went on growing, and, as a last resource, she put one arm out of the window, and one foot up the chimney, and said to herself ‘Now I can do no more, whatever happens. What WILL become of me?’
唉!现在已经太迟了!她继续长啊,长啊!再待一会儿就得跪在地板上了,一分钟后,她必须躺下了,一只胳膊撑在地上,一只胳膊抱着头、可是还在长,这时只得把一只手臂伸出窗子,一只脚伸进烟囱,然后自语说:“还长的话怎么办呢?我会变成什么样子呢?” 

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