理智与情感
Sense and Sensibility

  • 作   者:

    简·奥斯汀
    Jane Austen

  • 出版社:

    外语教学与研究出版社
    Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press

  • 语   言:

    英文

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情感是本能,理智是后天环境的产物,理智应该凌驾于情感之上吗?

这是奥斯汀第一本长篇小说,以英国当时的乡间体面人家的婚姻大事为题材。讲述的是爱莲娜和玛丽安两姐妹由于不同的情感操控导致了不同的爱情选择。其间对米德尔顿、帕尔墨一家、詹宁斯太太等人的描写带有浓厚的喜剧色彩,这更展现了奥斯汀不露声色的讽刺才华,这虽是她的初作但写作技巧已经相当熟练了。

Sense and Sensibility is a novel by Jane Austen, and was her first published work when it appeared in 1811 under the pseudonym "A Lady". A work of romantic fiction, better known as a comedy of manners, Sense and Sensibility is set in southwest England, London and Kent between 1792 and 1797, and portrays the life and loves of the Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne. The novel follows the young ladies to their new home, a meagre cottage on a distant relative's property, where they experience love, romance and heartbreak. The philosophical resolution of the novel is ambiguous: the reader must decide whether sense and sensibility have truly merged.

简·奥斯汀(1775年12月16日-1817年7月18日),英国女作家,著有浪漫爱情小说,常以乡绅题材为背景,其作品流传最为广泛,而在英国文学史上赢得一席之地。她因现实主义,讽刺风格与社会评论而在学者与评论家之间颇具历史重要性。

Jane Austen (16 December 1775 – 18 July 1817) was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the landed gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature. Herrealism, biting irony and social commentary have gained her historical importance among scholars and critics.

However small Elinor's general dependence on Lucy's veracity might be, it was impossible for her on serious reflection to suspect it in the present case, where no temptation could be answerable to the folly of inventing a falsehood of such a description. What Lucy had asserted to be true, therefore, Elinor could not, dared not longer doubt; supported as it was too on every side by such probabilities and proofs, and contradicted by nothing but her own wishes. Their opportunity of acquaintance in the house of Mr. Pratt was a foundation for the rest, at once indisputable and alarming; and Edward's visit near Plymouth, his melancholy state of mind, his dissatisfaction at his own prospects, his uncertain behaviour towards herself, the intimate knowledge of the Miss Steeles as to Norland and their family connections, which had often surprised her, the picture, the letter, the ring, formed altogether such a body of evidence, as overcame every fear of condemning him unfairly, and established as a fact, which no partiality could set aside, his ill-treatment of herself.--Her resentment of such behaviour, her indignation at having been its dupe, for a short time made her feel only for herself; but other ideas, other considerations, soon arose. Had Edward been intentionally deceiving her? Had he feigned a regard for her which he did not feel? Was his engagement to Lucy an engagement of the heart? No; whatever it might once have been, she could not believe it such at present. His affection was all her own. She could not be deceived in that. Her mother, sisters, Fanny, all had been conscious of his regard for her at Norland; it was not an illusion of her own vanity. He certainly loved her. What a softener of the heart was this persuasion! How much could it not tempt her to forgive! He had been blamable, highly blamable, in remaining at Norland after he first felt her influence over him to be more than it ought to be. In that, he could not be defended; but if he had injured her, how much more had he injured himself; if her case were pitiable, his was hopeless. His imprudence had made her miserable for a while; but it seemed to have deprived himself of all chance of ever being otherwise. She might in time regain tranquillity; but HE, what had he to look forward to? Could he ever be tolerably happy with Lucy Steele; could he, were his affection for herself out of the question, with his integrity, his delicacy, and well-informed mind, be satisfied with a wife like her--illiterate, artful, and selfish?

The youthful infatuation of nineteen would naturally blind him to every thing but her beauty and good nature; but the four succeeding years--years, which if rationally spent, give such improvement to the understanding, must have opened his eyes to her defects of education, while the same period of time, spent on her side in inferior society and more frivolous pursuits, had perhaps robbed her of that simplicity which might once have given an interesting character to her beauty.

If in the supposition of his seeking to marry herself, his difficulties from his mother had seemed great, how much greater were they now likely to be, when the object of his engagement was undoubtedly inferior in connections, and probably inferior in fortune to herself. These difficulties, indeed, with a heart so alienated from Lucy, might not press very hard upon his patience; but melancholy was the state of the person by whom the expectation of family opposition and unkindness, could be felt as a relief!

As these considerations occurred to her in painful succession, she wept for him, more than for herself. Supported by the conviction of having done nothing to merit her present unhappiness, and consoled by the belief that Edward had done nothing to forfeit her esteem, she thought she could even now, under the first smart of the heavy blow, command herself enough to guard every suspicion of the truth from her mother and sisters. And so well was she able to answer her own expectations, that when she joined them at dinner only two hours after she had first suffered the extinction of all her dearest hopes, no one would have supposed from the appearance of the sisters, that Elinor was mourning in secret over obstacles which must divide her for ever from the object of her love, and that Marianne was internally dwelling on the perfections of a man, of whose whole heart she felt thoroughly possessed, and whom she expected to see in every carriage which drove near their house.

The necessity of concealing from her mother and Marianne, what had been entrusted in confidence to herself, though it obliged her to unceasing exertion, was no aggravation of Elinor's distress. On the contrary it was a relief to her, to be spared the communication of what would give such affliction to them, and to be saved likewise from hearing that condemnation of Edward, which would probably flow from the excess of their partial affection for herself, and which was more than she felt equal to support.

  • CHAPTER 1

  • CHAPTER 2

  • CHAPTER 3

  • CHAPTER 4

  • CHAPTER 5

  • CHAPTER 6

  • CHAPTER 7

  • CHAPTER 8

  • CHAPTER 9

  • CHAPTER 10

  • CHAPTER 11

  • CHAPTER 12

  • CHAPTER 13

  • CHAPTER 14

  • CHAPTER 15

  • CHAPTER 16

  • CHAPTER 17

  • CHAPTER 18

  • CHAPTER 19

  • CHAPTER 20

  • CHAPTER 21

  • CHAPTER 22

  • CHAPTER 23

  • CHAPTER 24

  • CHAPTER 25

  • CHAPTER 26

  • CHAPTER 27

  • CHAPTER 28

  • CHAPTER 29

  • CHAPTER 30

  • CHAPTER 31

  • CHAPTER 32

  • CHAPTER 33

  • CHAPTER 34

  • CHAPTER 35

  • CHAPTER 36

  • CHAPTER 37

  • CHAPTER 38

  • CHAPTER 39

  • CHAPTER 40

  • CHAPTER 41

  • CHAPTER 42

  • CHAPTER 43

  • CHAPTER 44

  • CHAPTER 45

  • CHAPTER 46

  • CHAPTER 47

  • CHAPTER 48

  • CHAPTER 49

  • CHAPTER 50

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