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双语童话故事:海的女儿--- 八

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    She saw him many times of an evening sailing in a pleasant boat, with music playing and flags waving. She peeped out

She saw him many times of an evening sailing in a pleasant boat, with music playing and flags waving. She peeped out from among the green rushes, and if the wind caught her long silvery-white veil, those who saw it believed it to be a swan, spreading out its wings.
有好几个晚上,她看到他在音乐声中乘着那艘飘着许多旗帜的华丽的船。她从绿灯芯草中向上面偷望。当风吹起她银白色的长面罩的时候,如果有人看到的话,他们总以为这是一只天鹅在展开它的翅膀。

On many a night, too, when the fishermen, with their torches, were out at sea, she heard them relate so many good things about the doings of the young prince, that she was glad she had saved his life when he had been tossed about half-dead on the waves. And she remembered that his head had rested on her bosom, and how heartily she had kissed him; but he knew nothing of all this, and could not even dream of her.
有好几个夜里,当渔夫们打着火把出海捕鱼的时候,她听到他们对于这位王子说了许多称赞的话语。她高兴起来,觉得当浪涛把他冲击得半死的时候,是她来救了他的生命;她记起他的头是怎样紧紧地躺在她的怀里,她是多么热情地吻着他。可是这些事儿他自己一点也不知道,他连做梦也不会想到她。

She grew more and more fond of human beings, and wished more and more to be able to wander about with those whose world seemed to be so much larger than her own. They could fly over the sea in ships, and mount the high hills which were far above the clouds; and the lands they possessed, their woods and their fields, stretched far away beyond the reach of her sight. There was so much that she wished to know, and her sisters were unable to answer all her questions. Then she applied to her old grandmother, who knew all about the upper world, which she very rightly called the lands above the sea.
她渐渐地开始爱起人类来,渐渐地开始盼望能够生活在他们中间。她觉得他们的世界比她的天地大得多。的确,他们能够乘船在海上行驶,能够爬上高耸入云的大山,同时他们的土地,连带着森林和田野,伸展开来,使得她望都望不尽。她希望知道的东西真是不少,可是她的姐姐们都不能回答她所有的问题。因此她只有问她的老祖母。她对于“上层世界”——这是她给海上国家所起的恰当的名字——的确知道得相当清楚。


"If human beings are not drowned," asked the little mermaid, "can they live forever? do they never die as we do here in the sea?"
“如果人类不淹死的话,”小人鱼问,“他们会永远活下去么?他们会不会像我们住在海里的人们一样地死去呢?”


"Yes," replied the old lady, "they must also die, and their term of life is even shorter than ours. We sometimes live to three hundred years, but when we cease to exist here we only become the foam on the surface of the water, and we have not even a grave down here of those we love. We have not immortal souls, we shall never live again; but, like the green sea-weed, when once it has been cut off, we can never flourish more. Human beings, on the contrary, have a soul which lives forever, lives after the body has been turned to dust. It rises up through the clear, pure air beyond the glittering stars. As we rise out of the water, and behold all the land of the earth, so do they rise to unknown and glorious regions which we shall never see."
“一点也不错,”老太太说,“他们也会死的,而且他们的生命甚至比我们的还要短促呢。我们可以活到三百岁,不过当我们在这儿的生命结束的时候,我们就变成了水上的泡沫。我们甚至连一座坟墓也不留给我们这儿心爱的人呢。我们没有一个不灭的灵魂。我们从来得不到一个死后的生命。我们像那绿色的海草一样,只要一割断了,就再也绿不起来!相反地,人类有一个灵魂;它永远活着,即使身体化为尘土,它仍是活着的。它升向晴朗的天空,一直升向那些闪耀着的星星!正如我们升到水面、看到人间的世界一样,他们升向那些神秘的、华丽的、我们永远不会看见的地方。”


"Why have not we an immortal soul?" asked the little mermaid mournfully; "I would give gladly all the hundreds of years that I have to live, to be a human being only for one day, and to have the hope of knowing the happiness of that glorious world above the stars."
“为什么我们得不到一个不灭的灵魂呢?”小人鱼悲哀地问。“只要我能够变成人、可以进入天上的世界,哪怕在那儿只活一天,我都愿意放弃我在这儿所能活的几百岁的生命,”


"You must not think of that," said the old woman; "we feel ourselves to be much happier and much better off than human beings."
“你决不能起这种想头,”老太太说。“比起上面的人类来,我们在这儿的生活要幸福和美好得多!”


"So I shall die," said the little mermaid, "and as the foam of the sea I shall be driven about never again to hear the music of the waves, or to see the pretty flowers nor the red sun. Is there anything I can do to win an immortal soul?"
“那么我就只有死去,变成泡沫在水上漂浮了。我将再也听不见浪涛的音乐,看不见美丽的花朵和鲜红的太阳吗?难道我没有办法得到一个永恒的灵魂吗?”


"No," said the old woman, "unless a man were to love you so much that you were more to him than his father or mother; and if all his thoughts and all his love were fixed upon you, and the priest placed his right hand in yours, and he promised to be true to you here and hereafter, then his soul would glide into your body and you would obtain a share in the future happiness of mankind. He would give a soul to you and retain his own as well; but this can never happen. Your fish's tail, which amongst us is considered so beautiful, is thought on earth to be quite ugly; they do not know any better, and they think it necessary to have two stout props, which they call legs, in order to be handsome."
“没有!”老太太说。“只有当一个人爱你、把你当做比他父母还要亲切的人的时候:只有当他把他全部的思想和爱情都放在你身上的时候;只有当他让牧师把他的右手放在你的手里、答应现在和将来永远对你忠诚的时候,他的灵魂才会转移到你的身上去,而你就会得到一份人类的快乐。他就会分给你一个灵魂,而同时他自己的灵魂又能保持不灭。但是这类的事情是从来不会有的!我们在这儿海底所认为美丽的东西——你的那条鱼尾——他们在陆地上却认为非常难看:他们不知道什么叫做美丑。在他们那儿,一个人想要显得漂亮,必须生有两根呆笨的支柱——他们把它们叫做腿!”


Then the little mermaid sighed, and looked sorrowfully at her fish's tail.
小人鱼叹了一口气,悲哀地把自己的鱼尾巴望了一眼。

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