远大前程(节选) Great Expectations(Excerpt)

2021年1月17日
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远大前程(节选) Great Expectations(Excerpt)

As the night was fast falling, and as the moon, being past the full, would not rise early, we held a little council: a short one, for clearly our course was to lie by at the first lonely tavern we could find. So, they plied their oars once more, and I looked out for anything like a house. Thus we held on, speaking little, for four or five dull miles. It was very cold, and, a collier coming by us, with her gallery-fire smoking and flaring, looked like a comfortable home. The night was as dark by this time as it would be until morning; and what light we had, seemed to come more from the river than the sky, as the oars in their dipping stuck at a few reflected stars.

天黑得很快,偏巧这天又是下弦月,月亮不会很早升起。我们就稍稍商量了一下,可是也用不着多讨论,因为情况是明摆着的,再划下去我们一遇到冷落的酒店就得投宿。于是他们又使劲打起桨来,我则用心寻找岸上是否隐隐约约有什么房屋的模样。这样又赶了四五英里路,一路上好不气闷,大家简直不说一句话。天气非常冷,一艘煤船从我们近旁驶过,船上厨房里生着火,炊烟缕缕,火光荧荧,在我们看来简直就是个安乐家了。这时夜色已经黑透,看来就要这样一黑到天明,我们仅有的一点光亮,似乎不是来自天空,而是来自河上,一桨又一桨的,搅动着那寥寥几颗倒映在水里的寒星。(王一科译)

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