2014.6.10 【英译中】流沙(15) 一个黑白混血女孩的传奇故事

发表于:2014-06-10 12:02 [只看楼主] [划词开启]

The family of James Vayle, in near-by Atlanta, would be glad. They had never liked the engagement, had never liked Helga Crane. Her own lack of family disconcerted them. 

对于赫尔嘉取消婚约这件事,詹姆斯那些住在亚特兰大城附近的家人们一定会非常开心。他们一直反对他俩的婚约,也一直不喜欢赫尔嘉。赫尔嘉不属于黑人家族,而这让詹姆斯的家人感到不安。


No family. That was the crux of the whole matter. For Helga, it accounted for everything, her failure here Naxos, her former loneliness in Nashvillle. It even accounted for her engagement to James. 

没有黑人家族,这就是所有问题的关键所在。赫尔嘉现在在纳克索斯的失败,之前在纳什维尔的孤独,甚至包括与詹姆斯的婚约,对她来说,这一切都与没有家密不可分。


Negro society, she had learned, was as complicated, and as rigid in its ramifications as the highest strata of white society. If you couldn't prove your ancestry and connections, you were tolerated, but you didn't "belong." 

她慢慢地了解到黑人社会也同白人社会中的上层阶级一样,有很多复杂而古板的分支。倘若你无法证明你的血统和宗派,这个社会可以容忍你,但不会接受你。


You could be queer, or even attractive, or bad, or brilliant, or even love beauty and such nonsense if you were a Rankin, or a Leslie, or a Scoville; in other words, if you had a family. But if you were just plain Helga Crane, of whom nobody had ever heard, it was presumptuous of you to be anything but inconspicuous and conformable.

如果你是兰金家族,莱斯利家族,或者斯克维尔家族的一员;你可以奇葩,可以迷人,可以顽劣,也可以优秀,甚至做像审美这种无意义的事情。换一句话说,只要你属于某个家族。但如果你只是默默无闻的赫尔嘉卡兰,你就只能平凡终生,顺从这个社会,否则你就会被视做忤逆。


To relinquish James Vayle would most certainly be social suicide, for the Vayles were people of consequence. The fact that they were a "first family" had been one of James's attractions for the obscure Helga. She had wanted social background, but-she had not imagined that it could be so stuffy.

由于瓦尔家族在黑人社会中属于贵族,与詹姆斯 瓦尔解除婚约无疑相当于扼杀社会地位上升的机会。事实上,对赫尔嘉这个无名小卒来说,“贵族”光环一直是詹姆斯吸引她的地方之一。她一直想有个社会背景,但她做梦都没想到这会来的这么憋屈。


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