2014.07.25【英译中】【小说】动物庄园第一章(1)24句

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       MR. JONES, of the Manor Farm, had locked the hen-houses for the night, but was too drunk to remember to shut the popholes. With the ring of light from his lantern dancing from side to side, he lurched across the yard, kicked off his boots at the back door, drew himself a last glass of beer from the barrel in the scullery, and made his way up to bed, where Mrs. Jones was already snoring.

      这天晚上,庄园的主人琼斯先生说是已经锁好了鸡棚,但由于他喝得醉意十足,竟把里面的那些小门都忘了关上。他提着马灯踉踉跄跄地穿过院子,马灯光也跟着一直不停地晃来晃去,到了后门,他把靴子一脚一只踢了出去,又从洗碗间的酒桶里舀起最后一杯啤酒,一饮而尽,然后才上床休息。此时,床上的琼斯夫人已经开始打鼾了。

    

   As soon as the light in the bedroom went out there was a stirring and a fluttering all through the farm buildings. Word had gone round during the day that old Major, the prize Middle White boar, had had a strange dream on the previous night and wished to communicate it to the other animals. It had been agreed that they should all meet in the big barn as soon as Mr. Jones was safely out of the way. Old Major (so he was always called, though the name under which he had been exhibited was Willingdon Beauty) was so highly regarded on the farm that everyone was quite ready to lose an hour's sleep in order to hear what he had to say.

    等那边庄主院卧室里的灯光一熄灭,整个庄园窝棚里就泛起一阵扑扑腾腾的骚动。还在白天的时候,庄园里就风传着一件事,说是老麦哲,就是得过“中等白鬃毛”奖的那头雄猪,在前一天晚上作了一个奇怪的梦,想要传达给其他动物。老麦哲(他一直被这样称呼,尽管他在参加展览时用的名字是“威灵顿美神”)在庄园了一直德高望重,所以动物们为了聆听他想要讲的事情,都十分乐意牺牲一小时的睡眠。

      At one end of the big barn, on a sort of raised platform, Major was already ensconced on his bed of straw, under a lantern which hung from a beam. He was twelve years old and had lately grown rather stout, but he was still a majesticlooking pig, with a wise and benevolent appearance in spite of the fact that his tushes had never been cut. Before long the other animals began to arrive and make themselves comfortable after their different fashions. First came the three dogs, Bluebell, Jessie, and Pincher, and then the pigs, who settled down in the straw immediately in front of the platform. The hens perched themselves on the window-sills.The pigeons fluttered up to the rafters. The sheep and cows lay down behind the pigs and began to chew the cud. The two cart-horses, Boxer and Clover, came in together, walking very slowly and setting down their vast hairy hoofs with great care lest there should be some small animal concealed in the straw. Clover was a stout motherly mare approaching middle life, who had never quite got her figure back after her fourth foal. Boxer was an enormous beast, nearly eighteen hands high, and as strong as any two ordinary horses put together. A white stripe down his nose gave him a somewhat stupid appearance, and in fact he was not of first-rate intelligence, but he was universally respected for his steadiness of character and tremendous powers of work. After the horses came Muriel, the white goat, and Benjamin, the donkey. Benjamin was the oldest animal on the farm, and the worst tempered. He seldom talked, and when he did, it was usually to make some cynical remark-for instance, he would say that God had given him a tail to keep the flies off, but that he would sooner have had no tail and no flies. Alone among the animals on the farm he never laughed. If asked why, he would say that he saw nothing to laugh at. Nevertheless, without openly admitting it, he was devoted to Boxer; the two of them usually spent their Sundays together in the small paddock beyond the orchard, grazing side by side and never speaking.

在大谷仓一头一个凸起的台子上,麦哲已经安稳地坐在草垫子上了,在他头顶上方的房梁上悬挂着一盏马灯。他已经十二岁了,近来长得有些发胖,但他依然仪表堂堂。尽管事实上他的犬牙从来没有割剪过,这也并不妨碍他面带着智慧和慈祥。不一会,动物们开始陆续赶来,并按各自不同的方式坐稳了。最先到来的是三条狗,布鲁拜尔、杰西和平彻,猪随后走进来,并立即坐在台子前面的稻草上。鸡栖在窗台上,鸽子扑腾上了房梁,羊和牛躺在猪身后并开始倒嚼起来。两匹套四轮货车的马,鲍克瑟和克拉弗,一块赶来,他们走进时走得很慢,每当他们在落下那巨大的毛乎乎的蹄子时,总是小心翼翼,生怕草堆里藏着什么小动物。克拉弗是一匹粗壮而慈爱的母马,接近中年。她在生了第四个小驹之后,体形再也没有能恢复原样。鲍克瑟身材高大,有近两米高的个头,强壮得赛过两匹普通马相加,不过,他脸上长了一道直到鼻子的白毛,多少显得有些戆相。实际上,他确实不怎么聪明,但他坚韧不拔的个性和干活时那股十足的劲头,使他赢得了普遍的尊敬。跟着马后面到的是白山羊穆丽尔,还有那头驴,本杰明。本杰明是庄园里年龄最老的动物,脾气也最糟,他沉默寡言,不开口则已,一开口就少不了说一些风凉话。譬如,他会说上帝给了他尾巴是为了驱赶苍蝇,但他却宁愿没有尾巴也没有苍蝇。庄园里的动物中,唯有他从来没有笑过,要问为什么,他会说他没有看见什么值得好笑的。然而他对鲍克瑟却是真诚相待,只不过没有公开承认罢了。通常,他俩总是一起在果园那边的小牧场上消磨星期天,肩并着肩,默默地吃草。
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