2014.08.10[英译中]Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland(13)

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`What I was going to say,' said the Dodo in an offended tone, `was, that the best thing to get us dry would be a Caucus-race.' 
“我要说的是,”渡渡鸟以一种被冒犯的口吻说,“把我们弄干的最好的办法是来个会议式的赛跑。”


`What IS a Caucus-race?' said Alice; not that she wanted much to know, but the Dodo had paused as if it thought that SOMEBODY ought to speak, and no one else seemed inclined to say anything.

“什么是会议式赛跑?”爱丽丝问道;不是她很想知道,而是渡渡鸟停顿了,好像认为应该有人提问,但似乎没人想说什么。


`Why,' said the Dodo, `the best way to explain it is to do it.' (And, as you might like to try the thing yourself, some winter day, I will tell you how the Dodo managed it.)

“什么,”渡渡鸟说,“解释它的最好办法就是亲自做一下。”(也许在某个冬日,你想亲自尝试这件事,那么,我会告诉你渡渡鸟是怎样策划的。)


First it marked out a race-course, in a sort of circle, (`the exact shape doesn't matter,' it said,) and then all the party were placed along the course, here and there.

首先,它划出一条比赛路线,有点像个圆圈,(“具体形状不重要”,它说。)然后在场的大家都分散站在圈里。

 

There was no `One, two, three, and away,' but they began running when they liked, and left off when they liked, so that it was not easy to know when the race was over. 

没有“一,二,三,开始!”而是自己想开始跑就开始跑,想停下就停下,所以想知道比赛什么时候结束是不容易的。


However, when they had been running half an hour or so, and were quite dry again, the Dodo suddenly called out `The race is over!' and they all crowded round it, panting, and asking, `But who has won?'

然而,当他们跑了大约半个小时,全部恢复干了后,渡渡鸟突然大喊道:“比赛结束!”于是,大家都朝它围了过来,气喘吁吁地问,“谁赢了?”


This question the Dodo could not answer without a great deal of thought, and it sat for a long time with one finger pressed upon its forehead (the position in which you usually see Shakespeare, in the pictures of him), while the rest waited in silence. 

对于这个问题,渡渡鸟不思索好一会儿是没法回答的,它以一根手指抚额了好久——就是你经常在图片中看到的莎士比亚的姿势,其余的都安静的等待着。


At last the Dodo said, `EVERYBODY has won, and all must have prizes.'

最后渡渡鸟说:“大家都赢了,而且必须得到奖励。”


`But who is to give the prizes?' quite a chorus of voices asked.

“但是谁提供奖品呢?”大家异口同声地问到。


`Why, SHE, of course,' said the Dodo, pointing to Alice with one finger; and the whole party at once crowded round her, calling out in a confused way, `Prizes! Prizes!'

“什么,当然是她了,”渡渡鸟一根手指指向爱丽丝说,于是,在场的鸟兽都立即向她围过来,乱糟糟的叫到,“奖品!奖品!”


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