2014.7.22【英译中】血字的研究(上)第四章(2)15句

发表于:2014-07-22 20:11 [只看楼主] [划词开启]
"And his age?" I asked.
“那年龄呢?”我问。
"Well, if a man can stride four and a-half feet without the smallest effort, he can't be quite in the sere and yellow. That was the breadth of a puddle on the garden walk which he had evidently walked across. Patent-leather boots had gone round, and Square-toes had hopped over. There is no mystery about it at all. I am simply applying to ordinary life a few of those precepts of observation and deduction which I advocated in that article. Is there anything else that puzzles you?"
“这个嘛,如果一个人可以毫不费力地大步走个4.5英尺,那么这个人就不可能头发干枯,面色暗黄。那是花园小路上一个泥潭的长度,而很显然他从泥潭经过。穿着皮靴的那位绕着泥潭走,而穿着方头鞋的那位跳了过去。这些都毫无悬念。我只是把观察和演绎的方法运用到日常生活中而已,这些方法我在那篇文章中已经说过了。还有什么困扰你的吗?”
"The finger nails and the Trichinopoly," I suggested.
“指甲和Trichinopoly烟。“我提出了我的问题。
"The writing on the wall was done with a man's forefinger dipped in blood. My glass allowed me to observe that the plaster was slightly scratched in doing it, which would not have been the case if the man's nail had been trimmed. I gathered up some scattered ash from the floor. It was dark in colour and flakey--such an ash as is only made by a Trichinopoly. I have made a special study of cigar ashes--in fact, I have written a monograph upon the subject. I flatter myself that I can distinguish at a glance the ash of any known brand, either of cigar or of tobacco. It is just in such details that the skilled detective differs from the Gregson and Lestrade type."
”墙上的字是有人用食指蘸血写的。我用放大镜仔细看过,发现墙上的石灰有轻微的刮痕,如果指甲修剪过绝不会出现刮痕。我从收集了一些散落在地上的灰尘,黑颜色,而且很古怪--这样的灰只可能是Trichinopoly烟形成的。我曾经对烟灰做过专门的研究--事实上,我就这个主题写过专题论文。我可以毫不夸张地说,不管什么品牌的烟,我看一眼烟灰就能辨别出来,不论是雪茄还是烟草。正是这些细节,才显示出一个有能力的侦探和格雷格森,雷斯垂得那样的探员的区别。”
 "And the florid face?" I asked.
“那红润的脸色呢?”
"Ah, that was a more daring shot, though I have no doubt that I was right. You must not ask me that at the present state of the affair."
哦,那是个大胆的猜想,不过我可以肯定我猜得没错。你不要现在问我啦。”
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