2014.07.28【英译中】【小说】动物庄园第一章(3)32句

SiyaHN (Siya) 路人甲
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 "Now, comrades, what is the nature of this life of ours? Let us face it: our lives are miserable, laborious, and short. We are born, we are given just so much food as will keep the breath in our bodies, and those of us who are capable of it are forced to work to the last atom of our strength; and the very instant that our usefulness has come to an end we are slaughtered with hideous cruelty. No animal in England knows the meaning of happiness or leisure after he is a year old. No animal in England is free. The life of an animal is misery and slavery: that is the plain truth.
 

 “那么,同志们,我们又是怎么生活的呢?让我们来看一看吧:我们的一生是短暂的,却是凄惨而艰辛。一生下来,我们

得到的食物不过仅仅使我们苟延残喘而已,但是,只要我们还能动一下,我们便会被驱赶着去干活,直到用尽最后一丝力

气,一旦我们的油水被榨干,我们就会在难以置信的残忍下被宰杀。在英格兰的动物中,没有一个动物在一岁之后懂得什

么是幸福或空闲的涵意。没有一个是自由的。显而易见,动物的一生是痛苦的、备受奴役的一生。(这一段不知道怎么了

无法编辑。)

"But is this simply part of the order of nature? Is it because this land of ours is so poor that it cannot afford a decent life to those who dwell upon it? No, comrades, a thousand times no! The soil of England is fertile, its climate is good, it is capable of affording food in abundance to an enormously greater number of animals than now inhabit it. This single farm of ours would support a dozen horses, twenty cows, hundreds of sheep-and all of them living in a comfort and a dignity that are now almost beyond our imagining. Why then do we continue in this miserable condition? Because nearly the whole of the produce of our labour is stolen from us by human beings. There, comrades, is the answer to all our problems. It is summed up in a single word-Man. Man is the only real enemy we have. Remove Man from the scene, and the root cause of hunger and overwork is abolished for ever.

    “但是,这真的是命中注定的吗?那些生长在这里的动物之所以不能过上舒适的生活,难道是因为我们这块土地太贫瘠了吗?不!同志们!一千个不!英格兰土地肥沃,气候适宜,它可以提供丰富的食物,可以养活为数比现在多得多的动物。拿我们这一个庄园来说,就足以养活十二匹马、二十头牛和数百只羊,而且我们甚至无法想象,他们会过得多么舒适,活得多么体面。那么,为什么我们的悲惨境况没有得到改变呢?这是因为,几乎我们的全部劳动所得都被人类窃取走了。同志们,有一个答案可以解答我们的所以问题,我可以把它总结为一个字——人,人就是我们唯一真正的仇敌。把人从我们的生活中消除掉,饥饿与过度劳累的根子就会永远拔掉。


"Man is the only creature that consumes without producing. He does not give milk, he does not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the plough, he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits. Yet he is lord of all the animals. He sets them to work, he gives back to them the bare minimum that will prevent them from starving, and the rest he keeps for himself. Our labour tills the soil, our dung fertilises it, and yet there is not one of us that owns more than his bare skin. You cows that I see before me, how many thousands of gallons of milk have you given during this last year? And what has happened to that milk which should have been breeding up sturdy calves? Every drop of it has gone down the throats of our enemies. And you hens, how many eggs have you laid in this last year, and how many of those eggs ever hatched into chickens? The rest have all gone to market to bring in money for Jones and his men. And you, Clover, where are those four foals you bore, who should have been the support and pleasure of your old age? Each was sold at a year old-you will never see one of them again. In return for your four confinements and all your labour in the fields, what have you ever had except your bare rations and a stall?

“人是一种最可怜的家伙,什么都产不了,只会挥霍。那些家伙产不了奶,也下不了蛋,瘦弱得拉不动犁,跑起来也是慢吞吞的,连个兔子都逮不住。可那家伙却是所有动物的主宰,他驱使他们去干活,给他们报偿却只是一点少得不能再少的草料,仅够他们糊口而已。而他们劳动所得的其余的一切则都被他据为己有。是我们流血流汗在耕耘这块土地,是我们的粪便使它肥沃,可我们自己除了这一副空皮囊之外,又得到了什么呢!你们这些坐在我面前的牛,去年一年里,你们已产过多少加仑的奶呢!那些本来可以喂养出许多强壮的牛犊的奶又到哪儿去了呢?每一滴都流进了我们仇敌的喉咙里。还有你们这些鸡、这一年里你们已下了多少只蛋呢?可又有多少孵成了小鸡?那些没有孵化的鸡蛋都被拿到市场上为琼斯和他的伙计们换成了钞票!你呢,克拉弗,你的四匹小马驹到哪儿去了?他们本来是你晚年的安慰和寄托!而他们却都在一岁时给卖掉了,你永远也无法再见到他们了。补偿给你这四次坐月子和在地里劳作的,除了那点可怜的饲料和一间马厩外,还有什么呢?

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