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Part 3 Chapter 19
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If Emma had still, at intervals1, an anxious feeling for Harriet, a momentary2 doubt of its being possible for her to be really cured of her attachment3 to Mr. Knightley, and really able to accept another man from unbiased inclination4, it was not long that she had to suffer from the recurrence5 of any such uncertainty6. A very few days brought the party from London, and she had no sooner an opportunity of being one hour alone with Harriet, than she became perfectly7 satisfied - unaccountable as it was! - that Robert Martin had thoroughly8 supplanted9 Mr. Knightley, and was now forming all her views of happiness.

Harriet was a little distressed10 - did look a little foolish at first: but having once owned that she had been presumptuous12 and silly, and self-deceived, before, her pain and confusion seemed to die away with the words, and leave her without a care for the past, and with the fullest exultation13 in the present and future; for, as to her friend's approbation14, Emma had instantly removed every fear of that nature, by meeting her with the most unqualified congratulations. - Harriet was most happy to give every particular of the evening at Astley's, and the dinner the next day; she could dwell on it all with the utmost delight. But what did such particulars explain? - The fact was, as Emma could now acknowledge, that Harriet had always liked Robert Martin; and that his continuing to love her had been irresistible15. - Beyond this, it must ever be unintelligible16 to Emma.

The event, however, was most joyful17; and every day was giving her fresh reason for thinking so. - Harriet's parentage became known. She proved to be the daughter of a tradesman, rich enough to afford her the comfortable maintenance which had ever been hers, and decent enough to have always wished for concealment18. - Such was the blood of gentility which Emma had formerly19 been so ready to vouch20 for! - It was likely to be as untainted, perhaps, as the blood of many a gentleman: but what a connexion had she been preparing for Mr. Knightley - or for the Churchills - or even for Mr. Elton! - The stain of illegitimacy, unbleached by nobility or wealth, would have been a stain indeed.

No objection was raised on the father's side; the young man was treated liberally; it was all as it should be: and as Emma became acquainted with Robert Martin, who was now introduced at Hartfield, she fully21 acknowledged in him all the appearance of sense and worth which could bid fairest for her little friend. She had no doubt of Harriet's happiness with any good-tempered man; but with him, and in the home he offered, there would be the hope of more, of security, stability, and improvement. She would be placed in the midst of those who loved her, and who had better sense than herself; retired22 enough for safety, and occupied enough for cheerfulness. She would be never led into temptation, nor left for it to find her out. She would be respectable and happy; and Emma admitted her to be the luckiest creature in the world, to have created so steady and persevering23 an affection in such a man; - or, if not quite the luckiest, to yield only to herself.

Harriet, necessarily drawn24 away by her engagements with the Martins, was less and less at Hartfield; which was not to be regretted. - The intimacy25 between her and Emma must sink; their friendship must change into a calmer sort of goodwill26; and, fortunately, what ought to be, and must be, seemed already beginning, and in the most gradual, natural manner.

Before the end of September, Emma attended Harriet to church, and saw her hand bestowed27 on Robert Martin with so complete a satisfaction, as no remembrances, even connected with Mr. Elton as he stood before them, could impair28. - Perhaps, indeed, at that time she scarcely saw Mr. Elton, but as the clergyman whose blessing29 at the altar might next fall on herself. - Robert Martin and Harriet Smith, the latest couple engaged of the three, were the first to be married.

Jane Fairfax had already quitted Highbury, and was restored to the comforts of her beloved home with the Campbells. - The Mr. Churchills were also in town; and they were only waiting for November.

The intermediate month was the one fixed30 on, as far as they dared, by Emma and Mr. Knightley. - They had determined31 that their marriage ought to be concluded while John and Isabella were still at Hartfield, to allow them the fortnight's absence in a tour to the seaside, which was the plan. - John and Isabella, and every other friend, were agreed in approving it. But Mr. Woodhouse - how was Mr. Woodhouse to be induced to consent? - he, who had never yet alluded32 to their marriage but as a distant event.

When first sounded on the subject, he was so miserable33, that they were almost hopeless. - A second allusion34, indeed, gave less pain. - He began to think it was to be, and that he could not prevent it - a very promising35 step of the mind on its way to resignation. Still, however, he was not happy. Nay36, he appeared so much otherwise, that his daughter's courage failed. She could not bear to see him suffering, to know him fancying himself neglected; and though her understanding almost acquiesced37 in the assurance of both the Mr. Knightleys, that when once the event were over, his distress11 would be soon over too, she hesitated - she could not proceed.

In this state of suspense38 they were befriended, not by any sudden illumination of Mr. Woodhouse's mind, or any wonderful change of his nervous system, but by the operation of the same system in another way. - Mrs. Weston's poultry-house was robbed one night of all her turkeys - evidently by the ingenuity39 of man. Other poultry-yards in the neighbourhood also suffered. - Pilfering40 was housebreaking to Mr. Woodhouse's fears. - He was very uneasy; and but for the sense of his son-in-law's protection, would have been under wretched alarm every night of his life. The strength, resolution, and presence of mind of the Mr. Knightleys, commanded his fullest dependence41. While either of them protected him and his, Hartfield was safe. - But Mr. John Knightley must be in London again by the end of the first week in November.

The result of this distress was, that, with a much more voluntary, cheerful consent than his daughter had ever presumed to hope for at the moment, she was able to fix her wedding-day - and Mr. Elton was called on, within a month from the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Martin, to join the hands of Mr. Knightley and Miss Woodhouse.

The wedding was very much like other weddings, where the parties have no taste for finery or parade; and Mrs. Elton, from the particulars detailed42 by her husband, thought it all extremely shabby, and very inferior to her own. - `Very little white satin, very few lace veils; a most pitiful business! - Selina would stare when she heard of it.' - But, in spite of these deficiencies, the wishes, the hopes, the confidence, the predictions of the small band of true friends who witnessed the ceremony, were fully answered in the perfect happiness of the union.

 

如果说爱玛有时还为哈丽特担心,偶尔也怀疑她是否真的不再思恋奈特利先生,是否真的心甘情愿答应嫁给另一个人,那她没过多久就不再这样琢磨不定了。只过了几天,那伙人就从伦敦来了。她与哈丽特单独待了一个小时,她就完全置信不疑了——尽管事情令人难以理解!罗伯特·马丁先生已经完全取代了奈特利先生,现正渐渐成为她全部的幸福构想。

哈丽特起初还有点苦恼——看上去有点傻乎乎的。但是,她一旦承认了过去的异想天开、一厢情愿和自欺欺人之后,她的苦恼和困惑似乎立即消失了,于是她也就不再留恋过去,而是对现在和未来满怀喜悦。至于朋友的赞同,爱玛一见面就向她表示最热烈的祝贺,顿时打消了她在这方面的顾虑。哈丽特乐滋滋地报告了在阿斯特利剧场度过的那个晚上和第二天那餐饭的详情细节。她尽可以喜不自禁地详细介绍,可这些详情细节又说明了什么呢?爱玛现在才明白,哈丽特其实一直在爱着罗伯特·马丁,而罗伯特·马丁也始终不渝地爱着她,这是多大的诱惑力。如果不是这样,爱玛就会觉得不可思议了。

然而,这还真是一桩大喜事,她每天都有理由感到高兴。哈丽特的家世已经打听出来了。原来,她是一个商人的女儿,那商人挺有钱,能供她维持以往那种舒适生活。他还挺顾面子,一直都想掩饰这层关系。爱玛早就认定她出身于富贵人家,现在果然如此!她的身世也许就像许多上等人一样清白无瑕。可是,她想攀附的奈特利先生也好——邱吉尔先生家也罢——甚至还包括埃尔顿先生,他们都是什么样的人啊!私生女的污点,要是没有金钱地位来粉饰,那还真是一大污点呢。

那做父亲的没有提出什么异议,年轻人受到了宽待。一切都很正常:罗伯特·马丁给介绍到哈特菲尔德,爱玛跟他越来越熟悉,发现他看上去头脑聪明,品德也好,完全配得上她的小朋友。她相信哈丽特嫁给任何一个性情温柔的人,都能获得幸福,而跟马丁生活在一起,住在他们家,她会越发幸福,又平安又稳定,还能不断进步。她置身于既爱她又比她有头脑的人们中间,闲着觉得平安,忙起来感到愉快。她决不会受到诱惑,别人也不会让她受到诱惑。她会受人尊重,生活得非常幸福。爱玛承认她是世界上最幸福的人,赢得了这样一个男人忠贞不渝的爱情。或者说,即便不是最幸运,那也不过是仅仅不如她爱玛幸运罢了。

哈丽特必然要常常跑到马丁家,因而来哈特菲尔德的次数也就越来越少,这倒没什么好遗憾的。她和爱玛的亲密关系只能淡漠下去,她们的友谊只能变成一种冷静的友情。所幸的是,应该做的事,必须做的事,似乎都已经开了头,而且是以极其自然的方式慢慢进行的。

九月底,爱玛陪哈丽特上教堂,满怀喜悦地眼见她嫁给了罗伯特·马丁,回首往事,甚至想起同站在他们面前的埃尔顿先生有关的事情,都无损于这种喜悦。也许,他当时并没把他看作埃尔顿先生,而是把他看做下次可能在祭坛上为她祝福的牧师。在三对情侣中,罗伯特·马丁和哈丽特·史密斯是最后订婚的一对,却首先结了婚。

简·费尔法克斯已经离开了海伯里,回到跟坎贝尔夫妇一道生活的那个可爱的家,又过上了舒适的生活。两位邱吉尔先生也在伦敦,只等着十一月份来临。

爱玛和奈特利先生只敢把婚期定在十月份。他们决定趁约翰和伊莎贝拉还在哈特菲尔德的时候完婚,让他们可以按计划去海滨游玩两周。约翰、伊莎贝拉和其他朋友都一致赞同。可伍德豪斯先生——怎样才能说服伍德豪斯先生表示同意呢?迄今为止,他每次提起他们的婚事,都认为还是遥远的事情。

第一次探他的口气时,他黯然神伤,他们俩都以为这件事简直没有指望了。第二次提起时,他就不那么痛苦了。他觉得势在必行,他也阻挡不了——这是他思想上朝认可的方向迈出的可喜的一步。不过,他还是不高兴。是呀,他看样子是不大高兴,做女儿的都泄气了。眼看着父亲痛苦,让他觉得自己受冷落了,爱玛真是于心不忍。奈特利先生兄弟俩都叫她放心,说事情一过去,他的苦恼也就马上结束了,虽说她心里也同意这个看法,但她还是迟疑不决——不敢贸然行事。

就在这悬而未决的时候,他们的好运来了,倒不是伍德豪斯先生突然心明眼亮了,也不是他的神经系统发生了神奇的变化,而是他的这一系统产生了另一个烦恼。一天夜里,韦斯顿太太家禽房里的火鸡全给偷走了——显然是很有手段的人干的。附近一带另外一些禽栏也蒙受了损失。伍德豪斯先生心怀恐惧,认为偷窃跟破门而人没有什么两样。他坐卧不安,要不是感到有女婿保护,这辈子真要天天夜里胆战心惊。奈特利兄弟俩强健有力,果断镇定,他完全可以信赖。他们俩只要有一个保护他和他家,哈特菲尔德就会平安无事。可是,约翰·奈特利先生到十一月的第一个周末非得回伦敦不可。

这一苦恼导致的结果是:做父亲的同意了女儿的婚事,那个爽快劲儿大大超出了女儿当时的期望,因而女儿得以定下了婚期——罗伯特·马丁夫妇结婚后不到一个月,埃尔顿先生又被请来,为奈特利先生和伍德豪斯小姐举行了婚礼。

这次婚礼跟其他不重衣着、不讲排场的婚礼非常相似。埃尔顿太太听了丈夫的详细介绍后,认为这个婚礼实在太寒酸,比她自己的婚礼差得太远。“没有什么白缎子,没有什么带花边的面纱,可怜极啦!赛丽娜听说了,准会目瞪口呆。”然而,尽管有这些不足,目睹婚礼的那一小群真挚朋友的祝福、希望、信心和预言,在这美满幸福的婚事中全部变成了事实。


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1 intervals f46c9d8b430e8c86dea610ec56b7cbef     
n.[军事]间隔( interval的名词复数 );间隔时间;[数学]区间;(戏剧、电影或音乐会的)幕间休息
参考例句:
  • The forecast said there would be sunny intervals and showers. 预报间晴,有阵雨。
  • Meetings take place at fortnightly intervals. 每两周开一次会。
2 momentary hj3ya     
adj.片刻的,瞬息的;短暂的
参考例句:
  • We are in momentary expectation of the arrival of you.我们无时无刻不在盼望你的到来。
  • I caught a momentary glimpse of them.我瞥了他们一眼。
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 inclination Gkwyj     
n.倾斜;点头;弯腰;斜坡;倾度;倾向;爱好
参考例句:
  • She greeted us with a slight inclination of the head.她微微点头向我们致意。
  • I did not feel the slightest inclination to hurry.我没有丝毫着急的意思。
5 recurrence ckazKP     
n.复发,反复,重现
参考例句:
  • More care in the future will prevent recurrence of the mistake.将来的小心可防止错误的重现。
  • He was aware of the possibility of a recurrence of his illness.他知道他的病有可能复发。
6 uncertainty NlFwK     
n.易变,靠不住,不确知,不确定的事物
参考例句:
  • Her comments will add to the uncertainty of the situation.她的批评将会使局势更加不稳定。
  • After six weeks of uncertainty,the strain was beginning to take its toll.6个星期的忐忑不安后,压力开始产生影响了。
7 perfectly 8Mzxb     
adv.完美地,无可非议地,彻底地
参考例句:
  • The witnesses were each perfectly certain of what they said.证人们个个对自己所说的话十分肯定。
  • Everything that we're doing is all perfectly above board.我们做的每件事情都是光明正大的。
8 thoroughly sgmz0J     
adv.完全地,彻底地,十足地
参考例句:
  • The soil must be thoroughly turned over before planting.一定要先把土地深翻一遍再下种。
  • The soldiers have been thoroughly instructed in the care of their weapons.士兵们都系统地接受过保护武器的训练。
9 supplanted 1f49b5af2ffca79ca495527c840dffca     
把…排挤掉,取代( supplant的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  • In most offices, the typewriter has now been supplanted by the computer. 当今许多办公室里,打字机已被电脑取代。
  • The prime minister was supplanted by his rival. 首相被他的政敌赶下台了。
10 distressed du1z3y     
痛苦的
参考例句:
  • He was too distressed and confused to answer their questions. 他非常苦恼而困惑,无法回答他们的问题。
  • The news of his death distressed us greatly. 他逝世的消息使我们极为悲痛。
11 distress 3llzX     
n.苦恼,痛苦,不舒适;不幸;vt.使悲痛
参考例句:
  • Nothing could alleviate his distress.什么都不能减轻他的痛苦。
  • Please don't distress yourself.请你不要忧愁了。
12 presumptuous 6Q3xk     
adj.胆大妄为的,放肆的,冒昧的,冒失的
参考例句:
  • It would be presumptuous for anybody to offer such a view.任何人提出这种观点都是太放肆了。
  • It was presumptuous of him to take charge.他自拿主张,太放肆了。
13 exultation wzeyn     
n.狂喜,得意
参考例句:
  • It made him catch his breath, it lit his face with exultation. 听了这个名字,他屏住呼吸,乐得脸上放光。
  • He could get up no exultation that was really worthy the name. 他一点都激动不起来。
14 approbation INMyt     
n.称赞;认可
参考例句:
  • He tasted the wine of audience approbation.他尝到了像酒般令人陶醉的听众赞许滋味。
  • The result has not met universal approbation.该结果尚未获得普遍认同。
15 irresistible n4CxX     
adj.非常诱人的,无法拒绝的,无法抗拒的
参考例句:
  • The wheel of history rolls forward with an irresistible force.历史车轮滚滚向前,势不可挡。
  • She saw an irresistible skirt in the store window.她看见商店的橱窗里有一条叫人着迷的裙子。
16 unintelligible sfuz2V     
adj.无法了解的,难解的,莫明其妙的
参考例句:
  • If a computer is given unintelligible data, it returns unintelligible results.如果计算机得到的是难以理解的数据,它给出的也将是难以理解的结果。
  • The terms were unintelligible to ordinary folk.这些术语一般人是不懂的。
17 joyful N3Fx0     
adj.欢乐的,令人欢欣的
参考例句:
  • She was joyful of her good result of the scientific experiments.她为自己的科学实验取得好成果而高兴。
  • They were singing and dancing to celebrate this joyful occasion.他们唱着、跳着庆祝这令人欢乐的时刻。
18 concealment AvYzx1     
n.隐藏, 掩盖,隐瞒
参考例句:
  • the concealment of crime 对罪行的隐瞒
  • Stay in concealment until the danger has passed. 把自己藏起来,待危险过去后再出来。
19 formerly ni3x9     
adv.从前,以前
参考例句:
  • We now enjoy these comforts of which formerly we had only heard.我们现在享受到了过去只是听说过的那些舒适条件。
  • This boat was formerly used on the rivers of China.这船从前航行在中国内河里。
20 vouch nLszZ     
v.担保;断定;n.被担保者
参考例句:
  • They asked whether I was prepared to vouch for him.他们问我是否愿意为他作担保。
  • I can vouch for the fact that he is a good worker.我保证他是好员工。
21 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。
22 retired Njhzyv     
adj.隐退的,退休的,退役的
参考例句:
  • The old man retired to the country for rest.这位老人下乡休息去了。
  • Many retired people take up gardening as a hobby.许多退休的人都以从事园艺为嗜好。
23 persevering AltztR     
a.坚忍不拔的
参考例句:
  • They will only triumph by persevering in their struggle against natural calamities. 他们只有坚持与自然灾害搏斗,才能取得胜利。
  • Success belongs to the persevering. 胜利属于不屈不挠的人。
24 drawn MuXzIi     
v.拖,拉,拔出;adj.憔悴的,紧张的
参考例句:
  • All the characters in the story are drawn from life.故事中的所有人物都取材于生活。
  • Her gaze was drawn irresistibly to the scene outside.她的目光禁不住被外面的风景所吸引。
25 intimacy z4Vxx     
n.熟悉,亲密,密切关系,亲昵的言行
参考例句:
  • His claims to an intimacy with the President are somewhat exaggerated.他声称自己与总统关系密切,这有点言过其实。
  • I wish there were a rule book for intimacy.我希望能有个关于亲密的规则。
26 goodwill 4fuxm     
n.善意,亲善,信誉,声誉
参考例句:
  • His heart is full of goodwill to all men.他心里对所有人都充满着爱心。
  • We paid £10,000 for the shop,and £2000 for its goodwill.我们用一万英镑买下了这家商店,两千英镑买下了它的信誉。
27 bestowed 12e1d67c73811aa19bdfe3ae4a8c2c28     
赠给,授予( bestow的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  • It was a title bestowed upon him by the king. 那是国王赐给他的头衔。
  • He considered himself unworthy of the honour they had bestowed on him. 他认为自己不配得到大家赋予他的荣誉。
28 impair Ia4x2     
v.损害,损伤;削弱,减少
参考例句:
  • Loud noise can impair your hearing.巨大的噪音有损听觉。
  • It can not impair the intellectual vigor of the young.这不能磨灭青年人思想活力。
29 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。
30 fixed JsKzzj     
adj.固定的,不变的,准备好的;(计算机)固定的
参考例句:
  • Have you two fixed on a date for the wedding yet?你们俩选定婚期了吗?
  • Once the aim is fixed,we should not change it arbitrarily.目标一旦确定,我们就不应该随意改变。
31 determined duszmP     
adj.坚定的;有决心的
参考例句:
  • I have determined on going to Tibet after graduation.我已决定毕业后去西藏。
  • He determined to view the rooms behind the office.他决定查看一下办公室后面的房间。
32 alluded 69f7a8b0f2e374aaf5d0965af46948e7     
提及,暗指( allude的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  • In your remarks you alluded to a certain sinister design. 在你的谈话中,你提到了某个阴谋。
  • She also alluded to her rival's past marital troubles. 她还影射了对手过去的婚姻问题。
33 miserable g18yk     
adj.悲惨的,痛苦的;可怜的,糟糕的
参考例句:
  • It was miserable of you to make fun of him.你取笑他,这是可耻的。
  • Her past life was miserable.她过去的生活很苦。
34 allusion CfnyW     
n.暗示,间接提示
参考例句:
  • He made an allusion to a secret plan in his speech.在讲话中他暗示有一项秘密计划。
  • She made no allusion to the incident.她没有提及那个事件。
35 promising BkQzsk     
adj.有希望的,有前途的
参考例句:
  • The results of the experiments are very promising.实验的结果充满了希望。
  • We're trying to bring along one or two promising young swimmers.我们正设法培养出一两名有前途的年轻游泳选手。
36 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。
37 acquiesced 03acb9bc789f7d2955424223e0a45f1b     
v.默认,默许( acquiesce的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  • Senior government figures must have acquiesced in the cover-up. 政府高级官员必然已经默许掩盖真相。
  • After a lot of persuasion,he finally acquiesced. 经过多次劝说,他最终默许了。 来自《简明英汉词典》
38 suspense 9rJw3     
n.(对可能发生的事)紧张感,担心,挂虑
参考例句:
  • The suspense was unbearable.这样提心吊胆的状况实在叫人受不了。
  • The director used ingenious devices to keep the audience in suspense.导演用巧妙手法引起观众的悬念。
39 ingenuity 77TxM     
n.别出心裁;善于发明创造
参考例句:
  • The boy showed ingenuity in making toys.那个小男孩做玩具很有创造力。
  • I admire your ingenuity and perseverance.我钦佩你的别出心裁和毅力。
40 pilfering 0b02d36f000e8266b62a74801aec6a11     
v.偷窃(小东西),小偷( pilfer的现在分词 );偷窃(一般指小偷小摸)
参考例句:
  • He was caught pilfering. 他行窃时被抓个正着。
  • Pilfering has stopped entirely since they put Angus in charge of the stores. 自从他们让安格斯掌管商店以来,小偷小摸就杜绝了。 来自《简明英汉词典》
41 dependence 3wsx9     
n.依靠,依赖;信任,信赖;隶属
参考例句:
  • Doctors keep trying to break her dependence of the drug.医生们尽力使她戒除毒瘾。
  • He was freed from financial dependence on his parents.他在经济上摆脱了对父母的依赖。
42 detailed xuNzms     
adj.详细的,详尽的,极注意细节的,完全的
参考例句:
  • He had made a detailed study of the terrain.他对地形作了缜密的研究。
  • A detailed list of our publications is available on request.我们的出版物有一份详细的目录备索。


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