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双语童话故事:海的女儿--- 四

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    When first the sisters had permission to rise to the surface, they were each delighted with the new and beautiful sights

When first the sisters had permission to rise to the surface, they were each delighted with the new and beautiful sights they saw; but now, as grown-up girls, they could go when they pleased, and they had become indifferent about it. They wished themselves back again in the water, and after a month had passed they said it was much more beautiful down below, and pleasanter to be at home.
这些姊妹们中随便哪一位,只要是第一次升到海面上去,总是非常高兴地观看这些新鲜和美丽的东西。可是现在呢,她们已经是大女孩子了,可以随便浮近她们喜欢去的地方,因此这些东西就不再太引起她们的兴趣了。她们渴望回到家里来。一个来月以后,她们就说:究竟还是住在海里好——家里是多么舒服啊!

Yet often, in the evening hours, the five sisters would twine their arms round each other, and rise to the surface, in a row. They had more beautiful voices than any human being could have; and before the approach of a storm, and when they expected a ship would be lost, they swam before the vessel, and sang sweetly of the delights to be found in the depths of the sea, and begging the sailors not to fear if they sank to the bottom. But the sailors could not understand the song, they took it for the howling of the storm. And these things were never to be beautiful for them; for if the ship sank, the men were drowned, and their dead bodies alone reached the palace of the Sea King.
在黄昏的时候,这五个姊妹常常手挽着手地浮上来,在水面上排成一行。她们能唱出好听的歌声——比任何人类的声音还要美丽。当风暴快要到来、她们认为有些船只快要出事的时候,她们就浮到这些船的面前,唱起非常美丽的歌来,说是海底下是多么可爱,同时告诉这些水手不要害怕沉到海底;然而这些人却听不懂她们的歌词。他们以为这是巨风的声息。他们也想不到他们会在海底看到什么美好的东西,因为如果船沉了的话,上面的人也就淹死了,他们只有作为死人才能到达海王的官殿。


When the sisters rose, arm-in-arm, through the water in this way, their youngest sister would stand quite alone, looking after them, ready to cry, only that the mermaids have no tears, and therefore they suffer more.
有一天晚上,当姊妹们这么手挽着手地浮出海面的时候,最小的那位妹妹单独地呆在后面,瞧着她们。看样子她好像是想要哭一场似的,不过人鱼是没有眼泪的,因此她更感到难受。

"Oh, were I but fifteen years old," said she: "I know that I shall love the world up there, and all the people who live in it."
“啊,我多么希望我已经有十五岁啊!”她说。“我知道我将会喜欢上面的世界,喜欢住在那个世界里的人们的。”


At last she reached her fifteenth year.
最后她真的到了十五岁了。

"Well, now, you are grown up," said the old dowager, her grandmother; "so you must let me adorn you like your other sisters;" and she placed a wreath of white lilies in her hair, and every flower leaf was half a pearl. Then the old lady ordered eight great oysters to attach themselves to the tail of the princess to show her high rank.
“你知道,你现在可以离开我们的手了,”她的祖母老皇太后说。“来吧,让我把你打扮得像你的那些姐姐一样吧。”于是她在这小姑娘的头发上戴上一个百合花编的花环,不过这花的每一个花瓣是半颗珍珠。老太太又叫八个大牡蛎紧紧地附贴在公主的尾上,来表示她高贵的地位。


"But they hurt me so," said the little mermaid.
“这叫我真难受!”小人鱼说。


"Pride must suffer pain," replied the old lady.
“当然咯,为了漂亮,一个人是应该吃点苦头的,”老祖母说。

Oh, how gladly she would have shaken off all this grandeur, and laid aside the heavy wreath! The red flowers in her own garden would have suited her much better, but she could not help herself: so she said, "Farewell," and rose as lightly as a bubble to the surface of the water.
哎,她倒真想能摆脱这些装饰品,把这沉重的花环扔向一边!她花园里的那些红花,她戴起来要适合得多,但是她不敢这样办。“再会吧!”她说。于是她轻盈和明朗得像一个水泡,冒出水面了。

 

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