2014.08.03【英译中】巴斯克维尔的猎犬(17)

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"I can well remember driving up to his house in the evening some three weeks before the fatal event. He chanced to be at his hall door. I had descended from my gig and was standing in front of him, when I saw his eyes fix themselves over my shoulder, and stare past me with an expression of the most dreadful horror. I whisked round and had just time to catch a glimpse of something which I took to be a large black calf passing at the head of the drive.

 “我清楚地记得,事发三周前的傍晚乘车到他家去,他正好站在庄园门口。我从轻便双轮马车上下来,站在他面前。就在那时,我看到他直勾勾地盯着我身后看,脸上是一种最吓人、最恐怖的表情。我四下环视,正好瞥见一头黑色的,像大牛犊一样的东西从车前面跑过去。

So excited and alarmed was he that I was compelled to go down to the spot where the animal had been and look around for it. It was gone, however, and the incident appeared to make the worst impression upon his mind. I stayed with him all the evening, and it was on that occasion, to explain the emotion which he had shown, that he confided to my keeping that narrative which I read to you when first I came.

他很激动很警觉,我被迫下楼,到那畜牲曾出现过的地方去找它,然而它已经不见了。这件事在他心里留下了极其不好的印象。那天晚上,我整晚陪着他,他为了解释他表现出来的激动情绪,就把我来时候给你们读的那份手稿托付给了我。

 I mention this small episode because it assumes some importance in view of the tragedy which followed, but I was convinced at the time that the matter was entirely trivial and that his excitement had no justification.

我提到这件小事,因为它看起来与之后发生的悲剧有重要的联系。但那时候我仍相信这件事情不是什么大事,他的激动是毫无道理的。
     "It was at my advice that Sir Charles was about to go to London. His heart was, I knew, affected, and the constant anxiety in which he lived, however chimerical the cause of it might be, was evidently having a serious effect upon his health. I thought that a few months among the distractions of town would send him back a new man. Mr. Stapleton, a mutual friend who was much concerned at his state of health, was of the same opinion. At the last instant came this terrible catastrophe.
“查尔斯爵士是在我的建议下才计划去伦敦的。我知道,他的心脏因为此事受到了影响。不管这件事的影响有多么荒诞,他持续焦虑的状态显然对他的健康造成了严重损害。我想让他在城市里散散心,这样几个月之后他的精神面貌就会焕然一新了。我们共同的朋友斯台普吞先生也很关心爵士的健康状况,他的意见与我相同。没想到在出发的最后一刻发生了这可怕的惨剧。

     "On the night of Sir Charles's death Barrymore the butler, who made the discovery, sent Perkins the groom on horseback to me, and as I was sitting up late I was able to reach Baskerville Hall within an hour of the event. I checked and corroborated all the facts which were mentioned at the inquest.

“查尔斯爵士死去的当晚,管家白瑞摩去找他,又让马夫珀金斯骑马来找我。我就寝一向很晚,所以在事发后不到一小时就赶到了巴斯克维尔庄园。我查验了所有验尸过程中提到的事实。

 I followed the footsteps down the Yew Alley, I saw the spot at the moor-gate where he seemed to have waited, I remarked the change in the shape of the prints after that point, I noted that there were no other footsteps save those of Barrymore on the soft gravel, and finally I carefully examined the body, which had not been touched until my arrival. 

我沿着水松夹道上的脚印向下走,也看到了通向沼泽的小门旁,他站过的那个地方,像是在等人。我也注意到了那之后脚印形状的变化。在软土上,除了白瑞摩留下的足迹之外,没有别的足迹。最后,我仔细检查了尸体。尸体在我来之前没有被动过。

Sir Charles lay on his face, his arms out, his fingers dug into the ground, and his features convulsed with some strong emotion to such an extent that I could hardly have sworn to his identity. There was certainly no physical injury of any kind. But one false statement was made by Barrymore at the inquest. He said that there were no traces upon the ground round the body. He did not observe any. But I did--some little distance off, but fresh and clear."

查尔兹爵士趴在地上,两臂伸出,手指抠进土里,面部因强烈的情感而抽搐起来,我甚至认不出他。尸体上当然没有外伤。但是白瑞摩在验尸报告中做了伪证。他说尸体周围的地上没有足迹。他没有看到,我却看到了——与尸体有一点距离,不过很新,很清楚。
     "Footprints?"
“足迹?”
     "Footprints."
“足迹。”
     "A man's or a woman's?"
“是男人的足迹还是女人的足迹?”
     Dr. Mortimer looked strangely at us for an instant, and his voice sank almost to a whisper as he answered:--
摩梯墨医生奇怪地看了我们一下,他回答的声音低得像耳语:
     "Mr. Holmes, they were the footprints of a gigantic hound!"

“福尔摩斯先生,那是些巨型猎犬的足迹!”


第二章结束啦!明天开第三章!

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