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《傲慢与偏见》第三章 第3节
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  • Mr. Bingley had soon made himself acquainted with all the principal people in the room; he was lively and unreserved, danced every dance, was angry that the ball closed so early, and talked of giving one himself at Netherfield. Such amiable1 qualities must speak for themselves. What a contrast between him and his friend! Mr. Darcy danced only once with Mrs. Hurst and once with Miss Bingley, declined being introduced to any other lady, and spent the rest of the evening in walking about the room, speaking occasionally to one of his own party. His character was decided2. He was the proudest, most disagreeable man in the world, and every body hoped that he would never come there again. Amongst the most violent against him was Mrs. Bennet, whose dislike of his general behaviour was sharpened into particular resentment3 by his having slighted one of her daughters.


    Elizabeth Bennet had been obliged, by the scarcity4 of gentlemen, to sit down for two dances; and during part of that time, Mr. Darcy had been standing5 near enough for her to overhear a conversation between him and Mr. Bingley, who came from the dance for a few minutes to press his friend to join it.


    "Come, Darcy," said he, "I must have you dance. I hate to see you standing about by yourself in this stupid manner. You had much better dance."


    "I certainly shall not. You know how I detest6 it, unless I am particularly acquainted with my partner. At such an assembly as this, it would be insupportable. Your sisters are engaged, and there is not another woman in the room whom it would not be a punishment to me to stand up with."


    "I would not be so fastidious as you are," cried Bingley, "for a kingdom! Upon my honour I never met with so many pleasant girls in my life, as I have this evening; and there are several of them, you see, uncommonly7 pretty."


    "You are dancing with the only handsome girl in the room," said Mr. Darcy, looking at the eldest8 Miss Bennet.


    "Oh! she is the most beautiful creature I ever beheld9! But there is one of her sisters sitting down just behind you, who is very pretty, and I dare say very agreeable. Do let me ask my partner to introduce you."


    "Which do you mean?" and turning round, he looked for a moment at Elizabeth, till catching10 her eye, he withdrew his own and coldly said, "She is tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt11 me; and I am in no humour at present to give consequence12 to young ladies who are slighted by other men. You had better return to your partner and enjoy her smiles, for you are wasting your time with me."


    Mr. Bingley followed his advice. Mr. Darcy walked off; and Elizabeth remained with no very cordial feelings towards him. She told the story however with great spirit among her friends; for she had a lively, playful disposition13, which delighted in any thing ridiculous.


     11级    英语小说 


    1 amiable [ˈeɪmiəbl] hxAzZ   第7级
    • She was a very kind and amiable old woman. 她是个善良和气的老太太。
    • We have a very amiable companionship. 我们之间存在一种友好的关系。
    2 decided [dɪˈsaɪdɪd] lvqzZd   第7级
    • This gave them a decided advantage over their opponents. 这使他们比对手具有明显的优势。
    • There is a decided difference between British and Chinese way of greeting. 英国人和中国人打招呼的方式有很明显的区别。
    3 resentment [rɪˈzentmənt] 4sgyv   第8级
    • All her feelings of resentment just came pouring out. 她一股脑儿倾吐出所有的怨恨。
    • She cherished a deep resentment under the rose towards her employer. 她暗中对她的雇主怀恨在心。
    4 scarcity [ˈskeəsəti] jZVxq   第9级
    • The scarcity of skilled workers is worrying the government. 熟练工人的缺乏困扰着政府。
    • The scarcity of fruit was caused by the drought. 水果供不应求是由于干旱造成的。
    5 standing [ˈstændɪŋ] 2hCzgo   第8级
    • After the earthquake only a few houses were left standing. 地震过后只有几幢房屋还立着。
    • They're standing out against any change in the law. 他们坚决反对对法律做任何修改。
    6 detest [dɪˈtest] dm0zZ   第9级
    • I detest people who tell lies. 我恨说谎的人。
    • The workers detest his overbearing manner. 工人们很讨厌他那盛气凌人的态度。
    7 uncommonly [ʌnˈkɒmənli] 9ca651a5ba9c3bff93403147b14d37e2   第8级
    adv. 稀罕(极,非常)
    • an uncommonly gifted child 一个天赋异禀的儿童
    • My little Mary was feeling uncommonly empty. 我肚子当时正饿得厉害。
    8 eldest [ˈeldɪst] bqkx6   第8级
    • The King's eldest son is the heir to the throne. 国王的长子是王位的继承人。
    • The castle and the land are entailed on the eldest son. 城堡和土地限定由长子继承。
    9 beheld [bɪ'held] beheld   第10级
    v.看,注视( behold的过去式和过去分词 );瞧;看呀;(叙述中用于引出某人意外的出现)哎哟
    • His eyes had never beheld such opulence. 他从未见过这样的财富。 来自《简明英汉词典》
    • The soul beheld its features in the mirror of the passing moment. 灵魂在逝去的瞬间的镜子中看到了自己的模样。 来自英汉文学 - 红字
    10 catching [ˈkætʃɪŋ] cwVztY   第8级
    • There are those who think eczema is catching. 有人就是认为湿疹会传染。
    • Enthusiasm is very catching. 热情非常富有感染力。
    11 tempt [tempt] MpIwg   第7级
    • Nothing could tempt him to such a course of action. 什么都不能诱使他去那样做。
    • The fact that she had become wealthy did not tempt her to alter her frugal way of life. 她有钱了,可这丝毫没能让她改变节俭的生活习惯。
    12 consequence [ˈkɒnsɪkwəns] Jajyr   第8级
    • The consequence was that he caught a bad cold. 结果是他得了重感冒。
    • In consequence he lost his place. 结果,他失去了他的位置。
    13 disposition [ˌdɪspəˈzɪʃn] GljzO   第7级
    • He has made a good disposition of his property. 他已对财产作了妥善处理。
    • He has a cheerful disposition. 他性情开朗。

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