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A very little quiet reflection was enough to satisfy Emma as to the nature of her agitation1 on hearing this news of Frank Churchill. She was soon convinced that it was not for herself she was feeling at all apprehensive2 or embarrassed; it was for him. Her own attachment3 had really subsided4 into a mere5 nothing; it was not worth thinking of; - but if he, who had undoubtedly6 been always so much the most in love of the two, were to be returning with the same warmth of sentiment which he had taken away, it would be very distressing7. If a separation of two months should not have cooled him, there were dangers and evils before her: - caution for him and for herself would be necessary. She did not mean to have her own affections entangled8 again, and it would be incumbent9 on her to avoid any encouragement of his.

She wished she might be able to keep him from an absolute declaration. That would be so very painful a conclusion of their present acquaintance! and yet, she could not help rather anticipating something decisive. She felt as if the spring would not pass without bringing a crisis, an event, a something to alter her present composed and tranquil10 state.

It was not very long, though rather longer than Mr. Weston had foreseen, before she had the power of forming some opinion of Frank Churchill's feelings. The Enscombe family were not in town quite so soon as had been imagined, but he was at Highbury very soon afterwards. He rode down for a couple of hours; he could not yet do more; but as he came from Randalls immediately to Hartfield, she could then exercise all her quick observation, and speedily determine how he was influenced, and how she must act. They met with the utmost friendliness11. There could be no doubt of his great pleasure in seeing her. But she had an almost instant doubt of his caring for her as he had done, of his feeling the same tenderness in the same degree. She watched him well. It was a clear thing he was less in love than he had been. Absence, with the conviction probably of her indifference12, had produced this very natural and very desirable effect.

He was in high spirits; as ready to talk and laugh as ever, and seemed delighted to speak of his former visit, and recur13 to old stories: and he was not without agitation. It was not in his calmness that she read his comparative difference. He was not calm; his spirits were evidently fluttered; there was restlessness about him. Lively as he was, it seemed a liveliness that did not satisfy himself; but what decided14 her belief on the subject, was his staying only a quarter of an hour, and hurrying away to make other calls in Highbury. `He had seen a group of old acquaintance in the street as he passed - he had not stopped, he would not stop for more than a word - but he had the vanity to think they would be disappointed if he did not call, and much as he wished to stay longer at Hartfield, he must hurry off.' She had no doubt as to his being less in love - but neither his agitated15 spirits, nor his hurrying away, seemed like a perfect cure; and she was rather inclined to think it implied a dread16 of her returning power, and a discreet17 resolution of not trusting himself with her long.

This was the only visit from Frank Churchill in the course of ten days. He was often hoping, intending to come - but was always prevented. His aunt could not bear to have him leave her. Such was his own account at Randall's. If he were quite sincere, if he really tried to come, it was to be inferred that Mrs. Churchill's removal to London had been of no service to the wilful18 or nervous part of her disorder19. That she was really ill was very certain; he had declared himself convinced of it, at Randalls. Though much might be fancy, he could not doubt, when he looked back, that she was in a weaker state of health than she had been half a year ago. He did not believe it to proceed from any thing that care and medicine might not remove, or at least that she might not have many years of existence before her; but he could not be prevailed on, by all his father's doubts, to say that her complaints were merely imaginary, or that she was as strong as ever.

It soon appeared that London was not the place for her. She could not endure its noise. Her nerves were under continual irritation20 and suffering; and by the ten days' end, her nephew's letter to Randalls communicated a change of plan. They were going to remove immediately to Richmond. Mrs. Churchill had been recommended to the medical skill of an eminent21 person there, and had otherwise a fancy for the place. A ready-furnished house in a favourite spot was engaged, and much benefit expected from the change.

Emma heard that Frank wrote in the highest spirits of this arrangement, and seemed most fully22 to appreciate the blessing23 of having two months before him of such near neighbourhood to many dear friends - for the house was taken for May and June. She was told that now he wrote with the greatest confidence of being often with them, almost as often as he could even wish.

Emma saw how Mr. Weston understood these joyous24 prospects25. He was considering her as the source of all the happiness they offered. She hoped it was not so. Two months must bring it to the proof.

Mr. Weston's own happiness was indisputable. He was quite delighted. It was the very circumstance he could have wished for. Now, it would be really having Frank in their neighbourhood. What were nine miles to a young man? - An hour's ride. He would be always coming over. The difference in that respect of Richmond and London was enough to make the whole difference of seeing him always and seeing him never. Sixteen miles - nay26, eighteen - it must be full eighteen to Manchester-street - was a serious obstacle. Were he ever able to get away, the day would be spent in coming and returning. There was no comfort in having him in London; he might as well be at Enscombe; but Richmond was the very distance for easy intercourse27. Better than nearer!

One good thing was immediately brought to a certainty by this removal, - the ball at the Crown. It had not been forgotten before, but it had been soon acknowledged vain to attempt to fix a day. Now, however, it was absolutely to be; every preparation was resumed, and very soon after the Churchills had removed to Richmond, a few lines from Frank, to say that his aunt felt already much better for the change, and that he had no doubt of being able to join them for twenty-four hours at any given time, induced them to name as early a day as possible.

Mr. Weston's ball was to be a real thing. A very few to-morrows stood between the young people of Highbury and happiness.

Mr. Woodhouse was resigned. The time of year lightened the evil to him. May was better for every thing than February. Mrs. Bates was engaged to spend the evening at Hartfield, James had due notice, and he sanguinely28 hoped that neither dear little Henry nor dear little John would have any thing the matter with them, while dear Emma were gone.

 

爱玛静下心来稍微想了想,就可以断定她听到弗兰克·邱吉尔先生要来的消息以后,心里是怎么个激动法。她很快就意识到,她担心也好,尴尬也罢,都不是为了她自己,而是为了他。她的情意委实完全消失了,根本不值得考虑。可是他们两人中,弗兰克无疑一直是感情更深一些,这次回来时如果还跟走时一样痴情,那就很难办了。如果分离两个月还不能使他情淡爱弛,那她爱玛就会面临危险和祸害。他们两个都必须谨慎行事。爱玛不打算再卷入感情的纠葛之中,也有责任别去激励他的痴情。

爱玛但愿自己能够阻止他明言直语地向她求爱。那样一来,他们目前的交情就要令人十分痛苦地结束了!然而,她又禁不住料想要出点什么事。她觉得好像今年春天一定会出现一场危机,出一件事,一件改变她目前平静安逸状况的大事。

没过多久(但比韦斯顿先生料想的要久一些),爱玛就有机会来判断弗兰克·邱吉尔的情感了。恩斯库姆那一家人并没像预想的那样早就来到伦敦,但弗兰克到了伦敦不久就来到海伯里。他骑马走了两个小时,不能再快了。不过,他是从兰多尔斯直奔哈特菲尔德的,因此爱玛可以用她敏锐的目光,迅速断定他心里是怎么想的,她应该怎样对付。他们极其友好地相见了。毫无疑问,弗兰克看见她很高兴。但爱玛几乎立即感觉到,他不像以前那样喜欢她,不像以前那样对她情意绵绵了。爱玛仔细地观察他。他显然不像以前那样痴情了。由于分离的缘故,加之他也许看出爱玛无意于他,因此便自然而然地产生了这种结果,这也是爱玛求之不得的。

弗兰克兴高采烈,跟以前一样爱说爱笑,似乎很喜欢谈论上次来做客的情形,重提一些往事,心里也不是一点不激动。爱玛不是从他的泰然自若中看出他比较淡漠。他并不泰然自若,情绪显然有些激动,心里有些忐忑不安。他虽然很活跃,但是对于这样的活跃他自己也不喜欢。不过,使爱玛对这件事坚定看法的是,他只待了一刻钟,便匆匆赶到海伯里别人家拜访去了。“我来的时候在街上遇见许多老相识——只是停下来问候了一声,不想再多停留——不过,我自以为要是不去拜访,人家会见怪的。尽管我很想在哈特菲尔德多待一会,可是也得赶紧走了。”

爱玛毫不怀疑他不像以前那样情意绵绵了——但是他情绪激动也好,匆匆离去也好,似乎都不是万全之策。她禁不住在想,这意味他担心她会使他旧情复萌,因此为了谨慎起见,他决定不要跟她久待在一起。

十天当中,弗兰克·邱吉尔只来过这么一次。他一次次地希望来,一次次地打算来——但始终没有来成。他舅妈不让他离开。这是他在兰多尔斯亲口说的。如果他说的是真话,如果他真的想来,那就可以断定:邱吉尔太太来到伦敦,并未治好她那任性和神经质的毛病。她真的病了,这是肯定的,弗兰克在兰多尔斯就声称,他对此深信不疑。虽说这里可能有神经质的成分,但他回想起来,觉得她的身体无疑比半年前来得虚弱。他认为只要悉心护理,注意用药,她那病没有什么治不好的,甚至也不会不久于人世。不管他父亲怎么怀疑,他都不会跟着说她的病是凭空想象出来的,也不会说她还跟以前一样健壮。

过了不久,看样子伦敦并不是适合她待的地方。她受不了那儿的喧闹,神经始终处于烦躁和苦恼之中。十天之后,她外甥写信到兰多尔斯说,计划改变了。他们马上要到里士满去住。有人向邱吉尔太太推荐了那儿的一位医术高明的名医,不然就是她自己想去那儿。他们选了一个适意的地点,租了一所备有家具的房子,心想换个地方对她会大有裨益。

爱玛听说,弗兰克兴高采烈地写到了这一安排,而且感到十分庆幸,他有两个月的时间——因为房子租了五、六两个月,能跟许多好朋友离得这么近。爱玛还听说,他在信中满怀信心地写道,他可以经常同他们在一起,几乎可以想什么时候在一起,就什么时候在一起。

爱玛看出了韦斯顿先生是怎样领会这喜幸的前景的。他认为这样的前景能给他带来满心的喜悦,那根源就在她爱玛。她倒希望事情并非如此。两个月的时间足以证实这一点了。

韦斯顿先生自己满怀喜悦是不容置疑的。他心里乐滋滋的,这正是他求之不得的。现在,弗兰克真要住在他们附近了。对于一个年轻人来说,九英里路算得了什么?骑马只要一个小时,他会经常过来的。里士满和伦敦有着天壤之别,一个是能天天见到他,一个却永远见不到他。十六英里——不,是十八英里——去曼彻斯特街足有十八英里——可是个不小的障碍。即使他抽得开身,一个来回也得花上一天。他待在伦敦没什么好的,跟住在恩斯库姆差不多,可是里士满距离适中,来往方便,再近一点反而没有这样好!

这次变化可以马上促成一件好事——克朗旅店的舞会。以前倒没忘记这件事,只是大家很快就意识到没法确定一个日子。然而,现在说什么也要举行了,于是重新开始了种种准备。邱吉尔一家住到里士满以后不久,弗兰克写来一封短信,说他舅妈换了环境觉得好多了,他随时都能来跟他们一起过上一整天,劝他们把日子尽可能定得早一些。

韦斯顿先生的舞会即将成为现实。过不了几天,海伯里的年轻人就可以痛痛快快地玩一场了。

伍德豪斯先生就不准备参加了。一年当中,这个季节对他来说烦恼要少一些。不管干什么,五月总比二月来得好。已经跟贝茨太太说定,那天晚上由她来哈特菲尔德作陪,还向詹姆斯作了必要的吩咐。他满心希望亲爱的爱玛不在家时,亲爱的小亨利和亲爱的小约翰都会相安无事。


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1 agitation TN0zi     
n.搅动;搅拌;鼓动,煽动
参考例句:
  • Small shopkeepers carried on a long agitation against the big department stores.小店主们长期以来一直在煽动人们反对大型百货商店。
  • These materials require constant agitation to keep them in suspension.这些药剂要经常搅动以保持悬浮状态。
2 apprehensive WNkyw     
adj.担心的,恐惧的,善于领会的
参考例句:
  • She was deeply apprehensive about her future.她对未来感到非常担心。
  • He was rather apprehensive of failure.他相当害怕失败。
3 attachment POpy1     
n.附属物,附件;依恋;依附
参考例句:
  • She has a great attachment to her sister.她十分依恋她的姐姐。
  • She's on attachment to the Ministry of Defense.她现在隶属于国防部。
4 subsided 1bda21cef31764468020a8c83598cc0d     
v.(土地)下陷(因在地下采矿)( subside的过去式和过去分词 );减弱;下降至较低或正常水平;一下子坐在椅子等上
参考例句:
  • After the heavy rains part of the road subsided. 大雨过后,部分公路塌陷了。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • By evening the storm had subsided and all was quiet again. 傍晚, 暴风雨已经过去,四周开始沉寂下来。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
5 mere rC1xE     
adj.纯粹的;仅仅,只不过
参考例句:
  • That is a mere repetition of what you said before.那不过是重复了你以前讲的话。
  • It's a mere waste of time waiting any longer.再等下去纯粹是浪费时间。
6 undoubtedly Mfjz6l     
adv.确实地,无疑地
参考例句:
  • It is undoubtedly she who has said that.这话明明是她说的。
  • He is undoubtedly the pride of China.毫无疑问他是中国的骄傲。
7 distressing cuTz30     
a.使人痛苦的
参考例句:
  • All who saw the distressing scene revolted against it. 所有看到这种悲惨景象的人都对此感到难过。
  • It is distressing to see food being wasted like this. 这样浪费粮食令人痛心。
8 entangled e3d30c3c857155b7a602a9ac53ade890     
adj.卷入的;陷入的;被缠住的;缠在一起的v.使某人(某物/自己)缠绕,纠缠于(某物中),使某人(自己)陷入(困难或复杂的环境中)( entangle的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  • The bird had become entangled in the wire netting. 那只小鸟被铁丝网缠住了。
  • Some military observers fear the US could get entangled in another war. 一些军事观察家担心美国会卷入另一场战争。 来自《简明英汉词典》
9 incumbent wbmzy     
adj.成为责任的,有义务的;现任的,在职的
参考例句:
  • He defeated the incumbent governor by a large plurality.他以压倒多数票击败了现任州长。
  • It is incumbent upon you to warn them.你有责任警告他们。
10 tranquil UJGz0     
adj. 安静的, 宁静的, 稳定的, 不变的
参考例句:
  • The boy disturbed the tranquil surface of the pond with a stick. 那男孩用棍子打破了平静的池面。
  • The tranquil beauty of the village scenery is unique. 这乡村景色的宁静是绝无仅有的。
11 friendliness nsHz8c     
n.友谊,亲切,亲密
参考例句:
  • Behind the mask of friendliness,I know he really dislikes me.在友善的面具后面,我知道他其实并不喜欢我。
  • His manner was a blend of friendliness and respect.他的态度友善且毕恭毕敬。
12 indifference k8DxO     
n.不感兴趣,不关心,冷淡,不在乎
参考例句:
  • I was disappointed by his indifference more than somewhat.他的漠不关心使我很失望。
  • He feigned indifference to criticism of his work.他假装毫不在意别人批评他的作品。
13 recur wCqyG     
vi.复发,重现,再发生
参考例句:
  • Economic crises recur periodically.经济危机周期性地发生。
  • Of course,many problems recur at various periods.当然,有许多问题会在不同的时期反复提出。
14 decided lvqzZd     
adj.决定了的,坚决的;明显的,明确的
参考例句:
  • This gave them a decided advantage over their opponents.这使他们比对手具有明显的优势。
  • There is a decided difference between British and Chinese way of greeting.英国人和中国人打招呼的方式有很明显的区别。
15 agitated dzgzc2     
adj.被鼓动的,不安的
参考例句:
  • His answers were all mixed up,so agitated was he.他是那样心神不定,回答全乱了。
  • She was agitated because her train was an hour late.她乘坐的火车晚点一个小时,她十分焦虑。
16 dread Ekpz8     
vt.担忧,忧虑;惧怕,不敢;n.担忧,畏惧
参考例句:
  • We all dread to think what will happen if the company closes.我们都不敢去想一旦公司关门我们该怎么办。
  • Her heart was relieved of its blankest dread.她极度恐惧的心理消除了。
17 discreet xZezn     
adj.(言行)谨慎的;慎重的;有判断力的
参考例句:
  • He is very discreet in giving his opinions.发表意见他十分慎重。
  • It wasn't discreet of you to ring me up at the office.你打电话到我办公室真是太鲁莽了。
18 wilful xItyq     
adj.任性的,故意的
参考例句:
  • A wilful fault has no excuse and deserves no pardon.不能宽恕故意犯下的错误。
  • He later accused reporters of wilful distortion and bias.他后来指责记者有意歪曲事实并带有偏见。
19 disorder Et1x4     
n.紊乱,混乱;骚动,骚乱;疾病,失调
参考例句:
  • When returning back,he discovered the room to be in disorder.回家后,他发现屋子里乱七八糟。
  • It contained a vast number of letters in great disorder.里面七零八落地装着许多信件。
20 irritation la9zf     
n.激怒,恼怒,生气
参考例句:
  • He could not hide his irritation that he had not been invited.他无法掩饰因未被邀请而生的气恼。
  • Barbicane said nothing,but his silence covered serious irritation.巴比康什么也不说,但是他的沉默里潜伏着阴郁的怒火。
21 eminent dpRxn     
adj.显赫的,杰出的,有名的,优良的
参考例句:
  • We are expecting the arrival of an eminent scientist.我们正期待一位著名科学家的来访。
  • He is an eminent citizen of China.他是一个杰出的中国公民。
22 fully Gfuzd     
adv.完全地,全部地,彻底地;充分地
参考例句:
  • The doctor asked me to breathe in,then to breathe out fully.医生让我先吸气,然后全部呼出。
  • They soon became fully integrated into the local community.他们很快就完全融入了当地人的圈子。
23 blessing UxDztJ     
n.祈神赐福;祷告;祝福,祝愿
参考例句:
  • The blessing was said in Hebrew.祷告用了希伯来语。
  • A double blessing has descended upon the house.双喜临门。
24 joyous d3sxB     
adj.充满快乐的;令人高兴的
参考例句:
  • The lively dance heightened the joyous atmosphere of the scene.轻快的舞蹈给这场戏渲染了欢乐气氛。
  • They conveyed the joyous news to us soon.他们把这一佳音很快地传递给我们。
25 prospects fkVzpY     
n.希望,前途(恒为复数)
参考例句:
  • There is a mood of pessimism in the company about future job prospects. 公司中有一种对工作前景悲观的情绪。
  • They are less sanguine about the company's long-term prospects. 他们对公司的远景不那么乐观。
26 nay unjzAQ     
adv.不;n.反对票,投反对票者
参考例句:
  • He was grateful for and proud of his son's remarkable,nay,unique performance.他为儿子出色的,不,应该是独一无二的表演心怀感激和骄傲。
  • Long essays,nay,whole books have been written on this.许多长篇大论的文章,不,应该说是整部整部的书都是关于这件事的。
27 intercourse NbMzU     
n.性交;交流,交往,交际
参考例句:
  • The magazine becomes a cultural medium of intercourse between the two peoples.该杂志成为两民族间文化交流的媒介。
  • There was close intercourse between them.他们过往很密。
28 sanguinely 1239f0f980d0050bdb1955c1e63cc861     
乐观的,充满希望的; 面色红润的; 血红色的
参考例句:
  • They are less sanguine about the company's long-term prospects. 他们对公司的远景不那么乐观。
  • He seemed quite sanguine about his chances of success. 他看上去对成功的可能性十分乐观。


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