2015.03.19【英译中】马里奥·普佐《教父》第三章(1)

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Chapter 3 Virgil Sollozzo

第三章 维吉尔·索拉佐

Virgil Sollozzo was excellent at killing people with a knife. He was a strongly-built man with dark eyes and a wide, cruel mouth, but today he was trying to be polite and friendly. He had an important favour to ask, which was why he had asked for this meeting with Don Corleone.

维吉尔·索拉佐在用刀杀人方面有极好的造诣。他是个强壮的人,有着深色眼眸和宽大而严酷的嘴巴,但是今天他一直试图保持友好和礼貌。他有件重要的事情相求,这就是为什么请求和唐柯里昂安排这次会面的原因。

'Don Corleone,' he smiled warmly. 'I need money to help me start a new business in drugs,' he said. 'If you give me one million dollars, I can promise you between three and four million dollars in your first year. After that, you'll get even more.'

唐柯里昂他热情地笑着说“我需要点钱来开创我新的毒品生意。如果你给我一百万美元,我保证你第一年能拿到三到四百万美元。以后你会赚到更多。

Don Corleone said nothing at first. He seemed to be thinking. He looked around the room, at Sonny and Tom Hagen, and at Clemenza and Tessio, his two oldest friends. They were all watching him quietly with serious faces, waiting to hear his reply. Finally, he turned back to Sollozzo. 'Why do you come to me?' he asked in his usual rough whisper.

唐柯里昂开始什么也没说。他似乎在思考。他环视整个房间,从桑尼和汤姆海根到他两个老朋友克莱门和泰西欧。他们都安静而严肃地看着他,等待他的答复。最后,他转过来对着索拉佐,用他一贯粗糙的声音低语道:“为什么来找我?”

'I need a man who has important friends,' Sollozzo said, lowering his eyes respectfully towards the Don.

“我需要有重要朋友的人”索拉佐说着,恭敬地朝着唐垂下眼。

'And what about the Tattaglia family? How much will they get?'

“塔塔基里亚家族呢?他们能拿到多少?”

Sollozzo looked surprised. He didn't know that Don Corleone had discovered that he worked with the Tattaglias. He nodded his congratulations in the direction of Tom Hagen, who had obviously done his homework, and turned back to Don Corleone. 'Don't worry,' he said. 'I'll pay the Tattaglias from my own money.'

索拉佐看起来很惊讶。他不知道唐柯里昂已经发现他和塔塔基里亚合作。他对汤姆·海根点点头祝贺,他极好地完成了他的分内工作显然已经做足了功课,然后转回面向唐柯里昂说道:“别担心,我会从自己的那份里付给塔塔基里亚。”

Don Corleone didn't reply. He stood up slowly, took a bottle from the table and politely offered Sollozzo some more wine. Sollozzo watched with a worried look as the Don sat down next to him.

唐柯里昂并没有回答。他缓缓地站起来,从桌上拿起一瓶酒,斯文地给索拉佐添了点酒。索拉佐焦急地看了眼坐在身边的唐。

Finally, Don Corleone spoke. 'I said that I would see you because I heard you were a serious man. You are a man I should respect. But I must refuse your offer. I will give you my reasons. It's true I have a lot of important friends in Government and the Law. But they wouldn't be my friends if they knew my business was drugs. Drugs is a dirty business.'

最后,唐柯里昂说:“我说来见你是因为我听说你是一位正直的人。是一位我本该敬重的人。但是我必须拒绝你的请求。我会给你我的原因。确实我在政府和法律界都有许多很重要的朋友。但是他们如果知道我做的生意是毒品,他们将不再是我的朋友。毒品是肮脏的生意。”

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