2014.05.23【英译中】小王子Chapter 1

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喜欢小王子很久了,但是一直没有全部读完,这次边翻译边读吧~


[ Chapter 1 ]


  

       - we are introduced to the narrator, a pilot, and his ideas about grown-ups

我们被带进作者的世界,一个飞行员和他关于大人的看法的世界

Once when I was six years old I saw a magnificent picture in a book, called True Stories from Nature, about the primeval forest. It was a picture of a boa constrictor in the act of swallowing an animal. Here is a copy of the drawing. 

六岁的时候,我在在一本《自然界的真实故事》的书里看到了一幅很壮观的图片,关于原始森林。这是一幅蟒蛇正在吞食动物的图片。而这是一份模仿的画作。

In the book it said: "Boa constrictors swallow their prey whole, without chewing it. After that they are not able to move, and they sleep through the six months that they need for digestion." 

这本书里说:“蟒蛇会把他们的猎物整个吞下,从不咀嚼。在那之后他们就不能动了,并且他们会在这消化的六个月里一直睡着。”

I pondered deeply, then, over the adventures of the jungle. And after some work with a colored pencil I succeeded in making my first drawing. My Drawing Number One. It looked like this:

我陷入了沉思,幻想着丛林的历险经历。过了会工夫,我用一支彩色铅笔成功地完成了我的第一幅画作。“我的头号大作”。它看上去是这样子的:

 

 两个图一起了~表介意

 

I showed my masterpiece to the grown-ups, and asked them whether the drawing frightened them.

我把我的杰作给大人们看,并问他们是否被我的画吓到了。

But they answered: "Frighten? Why should any one be frightened by a hat?" 

但他们却回答:“吓到?谁会被一顶帽子吓到?”

 

  My drawing was not a picture of a hat. It was a picture of a boa constrictor digesting an elephant. But since the grown-ups were not able to understand it, I made another drawing: I drew the inside of the boa constrictor, so that the grown-ups could see it clearly. They always need to have things explained. My Drawing Number Two looked like this:

 我画的不是帽子。我画的是蟒蛇吞了大象。但因为大人们没法理解这幅画,我又画了一幅:我把蟒蛇的内部画出来了,这样大人们就能够看清楚了。他们总是要把事情解释清楚。我的“二号大作”是这样的:

 

The grown-ups' response, this time, was to advise me to lay aside my drawings of boa constrictors, whether from the inside or the outside, and devote myself instead to geography, history, arithmetic and grammar. That is why, at the age of six, I gave up what might have been a magnificent career as a painter. I had been disheartened by the failure of my Drawing Number One and my Drawing Number Two. Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.

大人们这次的回应则是建议我别管蟒蛇的画,管它内部还是外部,好好学学地理,历史,算数和语法。这就是我为什么在6岁的时候放弃了本可能辉煌的绘画生涯。因为我的“头号大作”和“二号大作”失败了,我沮丧的很。大人们从来不亲自去了解事物,对孩子来说,总是不停地向他们解释这解释那真累。

So then I chose another profession, and learned to pilot airplanes. I have flown a little over all parts of the world; and it is true that geography has been very useful to me. At a glance I can distinguish China from Arizona. If one gets lost in the night, such knowledge is valuable. 

所以那以后我另择职业,并且学会了开飞机。我已经环游了小部分的世界了;而地理真的对我很有用。只需一眼,我就能分别中国和亚利桑那。如果在夜间迷了路,这样的知识是宝贵的。

  In the course of this life I have had a great many encounters with a great many people who have been concerned with matters of consequence. I have lived a great deal among grown-ups. I have seen them intimately, close at hand. And that hasn't much improved my opinion of them.

我的一生中,曾偶遇到了很多人,他们只关心结果的事儿。我在一大堆大人里生活着。离的很近时,我看到他们私下里的模样。但那并没有提高我对他们的看法。

Whenever I met one of them who seemed to me at all clear-sighted, I tried the experiment of showing him my Drawing Number One, which I have always kept. I would try to find out, so, if this was a person of true understanding. But, whoever it was, he, or she, would always say:"That is a hat."

每次我看到长得比较灵光的人,我就会做实验般地给他看我一直保存完好的“头号大作”,看他是不是有真知灼见的人。但是,无论是谁,无论男人还是女人,总是一成不变地说:“这是顶帽子”。

Then I would never talk to that person about boa constrictors, or primeval forests, or stars. I would bring myself down to his level. I would talk to him about bridge, and golf, and politics, and neckties. And the grown-up would be greatly pleased to have met such a sensible man.

然后我绝口不提蟒蛇、原始森林还有星星的事。我会把自己降到他的水平。我会跟他谈桥梁、高尔夫、政治还有领带。随后这些大人就会喜出望外,以为自己遇到一个明智的人了。

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