2014.08.18【英译中】夏洛特的网(Part 1)

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Charlotte's Web
夏洛特的网
By E.B.White
埃尔文·布鲁克斯·怀特著

I. Before Breakfast
Ⅰ .早饭之前
"Where's Papa going with the ax?" said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table for breakfast.

“爸爸带着斧头去哪儿?”弗恩问妈妈。这时他们正整理餐桌准备吃早饭。


 "Out to the hoghouse," replied Mrs. Arable. "Some pigs were born last night."

“去猪圈,”阿拉布尔夫人答道,“昨晚上几头小猪出生了。”


 "I don't see why he needs an ax," continued Fern, who was only eight.

“我不明白他为什么要拿把斧头。”才8岁的弗恩接着问道。


 "Well," said her mother,"one of the pigs is a runt. It's very small and weak, and it will never amount to anything. So your father has decided to do away with it."

“好吧,”妈妈说道,“有一头小猪先天不良,它又小又弱,将来也不会有什么价值,所以你爸爸要去把它处理掉。”

 "Do away with it?" shrieked Fern. "You mean kill it? Just because it's smaller than the others?"
“把它处理掉?”弗恩尖叫道,“你是说杀了它吗?就因为它比其他猪小?”

 Mrs. Arable put a pitcher of cream on the table. "Don't yell, Fern!"she said. "Your father is right. The pig would probably die anyway."
阿拉布尔夫人把手里那壶奶油放在餐桌上。“别吵,弗恩!”她说,“你爸爸没错,那头猪早晚也活不成。”

 Fern pushed a chair out of the way and ran outdoors. The grass was wet and the earth smelled of springtime. Fern's sneakers were sopping by the time she caught up with her father.
弗恩推开椅子就跑了出去。湿润的草坪上飘散着春泥的气息。当弗恩追上她爸爸时,她的运动鞋已经湿透了。

"Please don't kill it!" she sobbed. "It's unfair."
“请不要杀它!”她啜泣着说,“这不公平。”

 Mr. Arable stopped walking.
阿拉布尔先生停下了脚步。

 "Fer," he said gently, "you will have to learn to control yourself."
“小弗,”他温柔地说,“你得学会自控。”

"Control myself?" yelled Fern. "This is a matter of life and death, and you talk about controlling myself." Tears ran down her cheeks and she took hold of the ax and tried to pull it out of her father's hand.
“自控?”弗恩叫道,“这是生死攸关的事,你竟然还说什么自控!”泪水顺着她的脸颊淌着,她用力握住斧柄,试图从爸爸手里抢过来。

 "Fern," said Mr. Arable, "I know more about raising a litter of pigs than you do. A weakling makes trouble. Now run along!"
“弗恩,”阿拉布尔先生说,“我比你知道怎么去养一窝猪,一头孱弱的猪会带来麻烦的,现在你赶紧给我回去!”
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