2014.07.27【英译中】 【小说】Animal Farm Chapter2(1)28句

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      THREE nights later old Major died peacefully in his sleep. His body was buried at the foot of the orchard. 

      三天之后,老麦哲在安睡中平静地死去。遗体埋在苹果园脚下。

      This was early in March. During the next three months there was much secret activity. Major's speech had given to the more intelligent animals on the farm a completely new outlook on life. They did not know when the Rebellion predicted by Major would take place, they had no reason for thinking that it would be within their own lifetime, but they saw clearly that it was their duty to prepare for it. The work of teaching and organising the others fell naturally upon the pigs, who were generally recognised as being the cleverest of the animals. Pre-eminent among the pigs were two young boars named Snowball and Napoleon, whom Mr. Jones was breeding up for sale. Napoleon was a large, rather fierce-looking Berkshire boar, the only Berkshire on the farm, not much of a talker, but with a reputation for getting his own way. Snowball was a more vivacious pig than Napoleon, quicker in speech and more inventive, but was not considered to have the same depth of character. All the other male pigs on the farm were porkers. The best known among them was a small fat pig named Squealer, with very round cheeks, twinkling eyes, nimble movements, and a shrill voice. He was a brilliant talker, and when he was arguing some difficult point he had a way of skipping from side to side and whisking his tail which was somehow very persuasive. The others said of Squealer that he could turn black into white.

        这是三月初的事。从此以后的三个月里,有很多秘密活动。麦哲的演讲给庄园里那些比较聪明的动物带来了一个全新的生活观念。他们不知道麦哲预言的造反什么时候才能发生,他们也无法想象造反会在他们有生之年内到来。但他们清楚地晓得,为此作准备就是他们的责任。训导和组织其他动物的工作,自然地落在猪的身上,他们被一致认为是动物中最聪明的。而其中最杰出的是两头名叫斯诺鲍和拿破仑的雄猪,他们是琼斯先生为出售喂养的。拿破仑是头伯克夏雄猪,也是庄园中唯一的伯克夏种,个头挺大,看起来很凶,说话不多,素以固执而出名。相比之下,斯诺鲍要伶俐多了,口才好,也更有独创性,但看起来个性上没有拿破仑那么深沉。庄园里其他的猪都是肉猪。他们中最出名的是一头短小而肥胖的猪,名叫斯奎拉。他长着圆圆的面颊,炯炯闪烁的眼睛,动作敏捷,声音尖细,是个不可多得的演说家。尤其是在阐述某些艰深的论点时,他习惯于边讲解边来回不停地蹦跳,同时还甩动着尾巴。而那玩意儿不知怎么搞地就是富有蛊惑力。别的动物提到斯奎拉时,都说他能把黑的说成白的。

 

These three had elaborated old Major's teachings into a complete system of thought, to which they gave the name of Animalism. Several nights a week, after Mr. Jones was asleep, they held secret meetings in the barn and expounded the principles of Animalism to the others. At the beginning they met with much stupidity and apathy. Some of the animals talked of the duty of loyalty to Mr. Jones, whom they referred to as "Master," or made elementary remarks such as "Mr. Jones feeds us. If he were gone, we should starve to death." Others asked such questions as "Why should we care what happens after we are dead?" or "If this Rebellion is to happen anyway, what difference does it make whether we work for it or not?", and the pigs had great difficulty in making them see that this was contrary to the spirit of Animalism. The stupidest questions of all were asked by Mollie, the white mare. The very first question she asked Snowball was: "Will there still be sugar after the Rebellion?" 

        这三头猪把老麦哲的训导用心琢磨,推敲出一套完整的思想体系,他们称之为物主义。每周总有几个夜晚,等琼斯先生入睡后,他们就在大户仓里召集秘密会议,向其他动物详细阐述动物主义的要旨。起初,他们针对的是那些迟钝和麻木的动物。这些动物中,有一些还大谈什么对琼斯先生的忠诚的义务,把他视为主人,提出很多浅薄的看法,比如琼斯先生喂养我们,如果他走了,我们会饿死的。等等。还有的问到这样的问题:我们干嘛要关心我们死后才能发生的事情?或者问:如果造反注定要发生,我们干不干又有什么关系?因而,为了教他们懂得这些说法都是与动物主义相悖离的,猪就下了很大的功夫。这愚蠢的问题是那匹白雌马莫丽提出来的,她向斯诺鲍最先问的问题是:造反以后还有糖吗?

 

"No," said Snowball firmly. "We have no means of making sugar on this farm. Besides, you do not need sugar. You will have all the oats and hay you want." 

 没有,斯诺鲍坚定地说,我们没有办法在庄园制糖,再说,你不需要糖,而你想要的燕麦和草料你都会有的

"And shall I still be allowed to wear ribbons in my mane?" asked Mollie. 

那我还能在鬃毛上扎饰带吗?”莫丽问。

"Comrade," said Snowball, "those ribbons that you are so devoted to are the badge of slavery. Can you not understand that liberty is worth more than ribbons? " 

同志,斯诺鲍说,那些你如此钟爱的饰带全是奴隶的标记。你难道不明白自由比饰带更有价值吗?

Mollie agreed, but she did not sound very convinced. 

莫丽同意了,但听起来并不十分肯定。

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