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Chapter 13

IT was a trial to my feelings, on the next day but one, to see Joe arraying himself in his Sunday clothes to accompany me to Miss Havisham's. However, as he thought his court-suit necessary to the occasion, it was not for me tell him that he looked far better in his working dress; the rather, because I knew he made himself so dreadfully uncomfortable, entirely1 on my account, and that it was for me he pulled up his shirt-collar so very high behind, that it made the hair on the crown of his head stand up like a tuft of feathers.
At breakfast time my sister declared her intention of going to town with us, and being left at Uncle Pumblechook's and called for `when we had done with our fine ladies' - a way of putting the case, from which Joe appeared inclined to augur2 the worst. The forge was shut up for the day, and Joe inscribed3 in chalk upon the door (as it was his custom to do on the very rare occasions when he was not at work) the monosyllable HOUT, accompanied by a sketch4 of an arrow supposed to be flying in the direction he had taken.

We walked to town, my sister leading the way in a very large beaver5 bonnet6, and carrying a basket like the Great Seal of England in plaited straw, a pair of pattens, a spare shawl, and an umbrella, though it was a fine bright day. I am not quite clear whether these articles were carried penitentially or ostentatiously; but, I rather think they were displayed as articles of property - much as Cleopatra or any other sovereign lady on the Rampage might exhibit her wealth in a pageant7 or procession.

When we came to Pumblechook's, my sister bounced in and left us. As it was almost noon, Joe and I held straight on to Miss Havisham's house. Estella opened the gate as usual, and, the moment she appeared, Joe took his hat off and stood weighing it by the brim in both his hands: as if he had some urgent reason in his mind for being particular to half a quarter of an ounce.

Estella took no notice of either of us, but led us the way that I knew so well. I followed next to her, and Joe came last. When I looked back at Joe in the long passage, he was still weighing his hat with the greatest care, and was coming after us in long strides on the tips of his toes.

Estella told me we were both to go in, so I took Joe by the coat-cuff and conducted him into Miss Havisham's presence. She was seated at her dressing-table, and looked round at us immediately.

`Oh!' said she to Joe. `You are the husband of the sister of this boy?'

I could hardly have imagined dear old Joe looking so unlike himself or so like some extraordinary bird; standing8, as he did, speechless, with his tuft of feathers ruffled9, and his mouth open, as if he wanted a worm.

`You are the husband,' repeated Miss Havisham, `of the sister of this boy?'

It was very aggravating10; but, throughout the interview Joe persisted in addressing Me instead of Miss Havisham.

`Which I meantersay, Pip,' Joe now observed in a manner that was at once expressive11 of forcible argumentation, strict confidence, and great politeness, `as I hup and married your sister, and I were at the time what you might call (if you was anyways inclined) a single man.'

`Well!' said Miss Havisham. `And you have reared the boy, with the intention of taking him for your apprentice12; is that so, Mr Gargery?'

`You know, Pip,' replied Joe, `as you and me were ever friends, and it were looked for'ard to betwixt us, as being calc'lated to lead to larks13. Not but what, Pip, if you had ever made objections to the business - such as its being open to black and sut, or such-like - not but what they would have been attended to, don't you see?'

`Has the boy,' said Miss Havisham, `ever made any objection? Does he like the trade?'

`Which it is well beknown to yourself, Pip,' returned Joe, strengthening his former mixture of argumentation, confidence, and politeness, `that it were the wish of your own hart.' (I saw the idea suddenly break upon him that he would adapt his epitaph to the occasion, before he went on to say) `And there weren't no objection on your part, and Pip it were the great wish of your hart!'

It was quite in vain for me to endeavour to make him sensible that he ought to speak to Miss Havisham. The more I made faces and gestures to him to do it, the more confidential14, argumentative, and polite, he persisted in being to Me.

`Have you brought his indentures15 with you?' asked Miss Havisham.

`Well, Pip, you know,' replied Joe, as if that were a little unreasonable16, `you yourself see me put 'em in my 'at, and therefore you know as they are here.' With which he took them out, and gave them, not to Miss Havisham, but to me. I am afraid I was ashamed of the dear good fellow - I know I was ashamed of him - when I saw that Estella stood at the back of Miss Havisham's chair, and that her eyes laughed mischievously17. I took the indentures out of his hand and gave them to Miss Havisham.

`You expected,' said Miss Havisham, as she looked them over, `no premium18 with the boy?'

`Joe!' I remonstrated19; for he made no reply at all. `Why don't you answer--'

`Pip,' returned Joe, cutting me short as if he were hurt, `which I meantersay that were not a question requiring a answer betwixt yourself and me, and which you know the answer to be full well No. You know it to be No, Pip, and wherefore should I say it?'

Miss Havisham glanced at him as if she understood what he really was, better than I had thought possible, seeing what he was there; and took up a little bag from the table beside her.

`Pip has earned a premium here,' she said, `and here it is. There are five-and-twenty guineas in this bag. Give it to your master, Pip.'

As if he were absolutely out of his mind with the wonder awakened20 in him by her strange figure and the strange room, Joe, even at this pass, persisted in addressing me.

`This is wery liberal on your part, Pip,' said Joe, `and it is as such received and grateful welcome, though never looked for, far nor near nor nowheres. And now, old chap,' said Joe, conveying to me a sensation, first of burning and then of freezing, for I felt as if that familiar expression were applied21 to Miss Havisham; `and now, old chap, may we do our duty! May you and me do our duty, both on us by one and another, and by them which your liberal present - have - conweyed - to be - for the satisfaction of mind - of - them as never--' here Joe showed that he felt he had fallen into frightful22 difficulties, until he triumphantly23 rescued himself with the words, `and from myself far be it!' These words had such a round and convincing sound for him that he said them twice.

`Good-bye, Pip!' said Miss Havisham. `Let them out, Estella.'

`Am I to come again, Miss Havisham?' I asked.

`No. Gargery is your master now. Gargery! One word!'

Thus calling him back as I went out of the door, I heard her say to Joe, in a distinct emphatic24 voice, `The boy has been a good boy here, and that is his reward. Of course, as an honest man, you will expect no other and no more.'

How Joe got out of the room, I have never been able to determine; but, I know that when he did get out he was steadily25 proceeding26 up-stairs instead of coming down, and was deaf to all remonstrances27 until I went after him and laid hold of him. In another minute we were outside the gate, and it was locked, and Estella was gone.

When we stood in the daylight alone again, Joe backed up against a wall, and said to me, `Astonishing!' And there he remained so long, saying `Astonishing' at intervals28, so often, that I began to think his senses were never coming back. At length he prolonged his remark into `Pip, I do assure you this is as-TONishing!' and so, by degrees, became conversational29 and able to walk away.

I have reason to think that Joe's intellects were brightened by the encounter they had passed through, and that on our way to Pumblechook's he invented a subtle and deep design. My reason is to be found in what took place in Mr Pumblechook's parlour: where, on our presenting ourselves, my sister sat in conference with that detested30 seedsman.

`Well?' cried my sister, addressing us both at once. `And what's happened to you? I wonder you condescend31 to come back to such poor society as this, I am sure I do!'

`Miss Havisham,' said Joe, with a fixed32 look at me, like an effort of remembrance, `made it wery partick'ler that we should give her - were it compliments or respects, Pip?'

`Compliments,' I said.

`Which that were my own belief,' answered Joe - `her compliments to Mrs J. Gargery--'

`Much good they'll do me!' observed my sister; but rather gratified too.

`And wishing,' pursued Joe, with another fixed look at me, like another effort to remembrance, `that the state of Miss Havisham's elth were sitch as would have - allowed, were it, Pip?'

`Of her having the pleasure,' I added.

`Of ladies' company,' said Joe. And drew a long breath.

`Well!' cried my sister, with a mollified glance at Mr Pumblechook. `She might have had the politeness to send that message at first, but it's better late than never. And what did she give young Rantipole here?'

`She giv' him,' said Joe, `nothing.'

Mrs Joe was going to break out, but Joe went on.

`What she giv',' said Joe, `she giv' to his friends. "And by his friends," were her explanation, "I mean into the hands of his sister Mrs J. Gargery." Them were her words; "Mrs J. Gargery." She mayn't have know'd,' added Joe, with an appearance of reflection, `whether it were Joe, or Jorge.'

My sister looked at Pumblechook: who smoothed the elbows of his wooden armchair, and nodded at her and at the fire, as if he had known all about it beforehand.

`And how much have you got?' asked my sister, laughing. Positively33, laughing!

`What would present company say to ten pound?' demanded Joe.

`They'd say,' returned my sister, curtly34, `pretty well. Not too much, but pretty well.'

`It's more than that, then,' said Joe.

That fearful Impostor, Pumblechook, immediately nodded, and said, as he rubbed the arms of his chair: `It's more than that, Mum.'

`Why, you don't mean to say--' began my sister.

`Yes I do, Mum,' said Pumblechook; `but wait a bit. Go on, Joseph. Good in you! Go on!'

`What would present company say,' proceeded Joe, `to twenty pound?'

`Handsome would be the word,' returned my sister.

`Well, then,' said Joe, `It's more than twenty pound.'

That abject35 hypocrite, Pumblechook, nodded again, and said, with a patronizing laugh, `It's more than that, Mum. Good again!Follow her up, Joseph!'

`Then to make an end of it,' said Joe, delightedly handing the bag to my sister; `it's five-and-twenty pound.'

`It's five-and-twenty pound, Mum,' echoed that basest of swindlers, Pumblechook, rising to shake hands with her; `and it's no more than your merits (as I said when my opinion was asked), and I wish you joy of the money!'

If the villain36 had stopped here, his case would have been sufficiently37 awful, but he blackened his guilt38 by proceeding to take me into custody39, with a right of patronage40 that left all his former criminality far behind.

`Now you see, Joseph and wife,' said Pumblechook, as he took me by the arm above the elbow, `I am one of them that always go right through with what they've begun. This boy must be bound, out of hand. That's my way. Bound out of hand.'

`Goodness knows, Uncle Pumblechook,' said my sister (grasping the money), `we're deeply beholden to you.'

`Never mind me, Mum, returned that diabolical41 corn-chandler. `A pleasure's a pleasure, all the world over. But this boy, you know; we must have him bound. I said I'd see to it - to tell you the truth.'

The Justices were sitting in the Town Hall near at hand, and we at once went over to have me bound apprentice to Joe in the Magisterial42 presence. I say, we went over, but I was pushed over by Pumblechook, exactly as if I had that moment picked a pocket or fired a rick; indeed, it was the general impression in Court that I had been taken red-handed, for, as Pumblechook shoved me before him through the crowd, I heard some people say, `What's he done?' and others, `He's a young 'un, too, but looks bad, don't he? One person of mild and benevolent43 aspect even gave me a tract44 ornamented45 with a woodcut of a malevolent46 young man fitted up with a perfect sausage-shop of fetters47, and entitled, TO BE READ IN MY CELL.

The Hall was a queer place, I thought, with higher pews in it than a church - and with people hanging over the pews looking on - and with mighty48 Justices (one with a powdered head) leaning back in chairs, with folded arms, or taking snuff, or going to sleep, or writing, or reading the newspapers - and with some shining black portraits on the walls, which my unartistic eye regarded as a composition of hardbake and sticking-plaister. Here, in a corner, my indentures were duly signed and attested49, and I was `bound;' Mr Pumblechook holding me all the while as if we had looked in on our way to the scaffold, to have those little preliminaries disposed of.

When we had come out again, and had got rid of the boys who had been put into great spirits by the expectation of seeing me publicly tortured, and who were much disappointed to find that my friends were merely rallying round me, we went back to Pumblechook's. And there my sister became so excited by the twenty-five guineas, that nothing would serve her but we must have a dinner out of that windfall, at the Blue Boar, and that Pumblechook must go over in his chaise-cart, and bring the Hubbles and Mr Wopsle.

It was agreed to be done; and a most melancholy50 day I passed. For, it inscrutably appeared to stand to reason, in the minds of the whole company, that I was an excrescence on the entertainment. And to make it worse, they all asked me from time to time - in short, whenever they had nothing else to do - why I didn't enjoy myself. And what could I possibly do then, but say I was enjoying myself - when I wasn't?

However, they were grown up and had their own way, and they made the most of it. That swindling Pumblechook, exalted51 into the beneficent contriver52 of the whole occasion, actually took the top of the table; and, when he addressed them on the subject of my being bound, and had fiendishly congratulated them on my being liable to imprisonment53 if I played at cards, drank strong liquors, kept late hours or bad company, or indulged in other vagaries54 which the form of my indentures appeared to contemplate55 as next to inevitable56, he placed me standing on a chair beside him, to illustrate57 his remarks.

My only other remembrances of the great festival are, That they wouldn't let me go to sleep, but whenever they saw me dropping off, woke me up and told me to enjoy myself. That, rather late in the evening Mr Wopsle gave us Collins's ode, and threw his bloodstain'd sword in thunder down, with such effect, that a waiter came in and said, `The Commercials underneath58 sent up their compliments, and it wasn't the Tumblers' Arms.' That, they were all in excellent spirits on the road home, and sang O Lady Fair! Mr Wopsle taking the bass59, and asserting with a tremendously strong voice (in reply to the inquisitive60 bore who leads that piece of music in a most impertinent manner, by wanting to know all about everybody's private affairs) that he was the man with his white locks flowing, and that he was upon the whole the weakest pilgrim going.

Finally, I remember that when I got into my little bedroom I was truly wretched, and had a strong conviction on me that I should never like Joe's trade. I had liked it once, but once was not now.

 

第三天,乔用他那件周日礼服把自己包装起来,准备陪我去郝维仙小姐的家。看他穿衣服时,我感到这对他来说就等于是一场灾难。他以为遇到如此的重大场合必须穿上这套礼服,虽然他穿上普通的工装要比穿礼服神气得多。我想我也没有必要对他说这些话,因为我心中明白,他用这套十分不合身的衣服包装自己完全是为了我。那片衬衫领子在他脖子后面高得使他头顶上的头发都竖得直挺挺的,好像一簇羽毛。

吃早饭的时候,我姐姐宣布她和我们一起到镇上去,然后留在彭波契克舅舅家等我们,要我们和那些高贵的女士们办完事后到那里叫她一声。听她的意思,这对乔是个大大的坏兆头。这天铁匠铺停工,乔用粉笔在门上写了个单音节词“出”。虽然有一天不工作是难得的,但每遇到这一天他就要告诉人家。这是他的老习惯。他不仅写字,还要配一幅画,画的是一支箭,箭射出的方向指明他的去向。

我们步行到镇上去,我姐姐在前头领路,头上戴着一顶很大的海獭皮帽子,手上拎着一只草编篮子,真像英国国玺一般宝贵。尽管这是一个晴天,她脚上却穿了一双木套鞋,颈上围了一条平时不用的围巾,另外,还带了一把伞。我弄不懂她带这么多东西究竟是为了找苦头吃,还是为了表示自己东西多。我以为这一定是为了夸耀自己有钱,非常像埃及女王克莉奥佩特娜或者其他的女王陛下。她们在大发雷霆时,便会在出游或巡视时夸耀其财富。

我们一抵达彭波契克的家门,我姐姐便一溜烟奔进去,留下了我们两人。这时已接近中午,乔和我径直去郝维仙小姐的家。埃斯苔娜像往常一样为我们开了门。乔看到她时便脱下帽子,双手抓住帽边,直挺挺地站着,估量着帽子有多重,好像在这紧要时刻必须斤斤计较,毫厘不让似的。

埃斯苔娜根本就不理我们两人,只是领着我们走着我十分熟悉的路。我跟在她后面,而乔跟在我后面,走在长长的过道里。我回过头去望他,他还是十分小心地掂量着帽子,踮着脚尖大步地跟随在后。

埃斯苔娜叫我们两人一起进去,所以我拉着乔的礼服衣袖,将他带到郝维仙小姐的面前。她正坐在梳妆台前面,立刻转过身来不住地打量着我们。

她对乔说道:“哦!你就是这孩子的姐夫吗?”

我真没有想到我这位亲爱的老伙计乔今天的样子完全变了,简直像一只离奇古怪的小鸟,直挺挺地站着,一言不发,头上竖着一簇羽毛,张着一张嘴,仿佛他想要吃小虫一样。

郝维仙小姐又重复了一句:“你是这个孩子的姐夫吗?”

情况够尴尬的,整个这次会面,乔坚持要对着我说话,而不敢对郝维仙小姐说一句。

“皮普,我的意思是说,”乔说着,“我娶你姐姐为妻是符合我的心仪(意)的,那时候我被叫成单身汉(不管怎样就是单身汉)。”他说得有声有色,有条有理,令人信服且彬彬有礼。

“嗯!”郝维仙小姐说道,“葛奇里先生你抚养了这个孩子,还打算让他当你的学徒,是不是这样?”

“你知道,皮普,”乔答道,“因为你和我永远是朋友,我们两人都盼望有这一天,巴望这一天的到来会使我们走运。不过,皮普,你要是反对干这个行当——满身会给弄得全是黑黑的煤烟——你究竟愿不愿干这个行当,你说呢?”

郝维仙小姐说道:“这孩子提出过反对的意见吗?他喜欢于这一行吗?”

“这一点你自己最清楚,皮普,”乔答道,这一次说得更为有声有色。有条有理,令人信服且彬彬有礼,“你是出自内心的希望想干这一行。”(我看他一定是突然想起他自己撰写的两行墓志铭了,很想朗诵一下,不过他却接下去说)“你没有提过什么反对意见,皮普,你是出自内心的希望想干这一行。”

我想努力提醒他,要他意识到他应该对郝维仙小姐讲这些话,不过我的用心全然无效。我越是对他扮鬼脸,做手势,他越是对着我讲,而且有坚持到底的决心,说得那么令人信服、有条有理,而且十分有礼貌。

“你带来了你们两人订的师徒合同了吗?”郝维仙小姐问道。

“噢,皮普,你知道,”乔答道;仿佛这是没有必要提的问题,“你亲眼看见我把它放在我的帽子中的,当然,它还在那儿。”说着他便从帽子中把它取出,但没有交给郝维仙小姐,而是交给了我。我想我这位老朋友真让我丢人现眼,他确实使我丢尽了脸面。这时,我看到站在郝维仙小姐椅子后面的埃斯苔娜,她眼睛中闪现出带有恶意的笑。于是我从他手中接过师徒合同,把它交给郝维仙小姐。

郝维仙小姐看完了合同,问道:“你不想要这个孩子给你谢师礼吗?”

“乔!”我赶忙提醒道,因为乔听了根本没有讲话。“你怎么不说话啊——”

“皮普,”乔突然打断了我的话,仿佛刚才她的话伤了他的心,“我的意思是这是一个不需要问的问题,在你我之间是明摆着的,你一定知道我的回答是完全不要。皮普,你既然知道我一定不要,你为什么还要我来说呢?”

郝维仙小姐看了他一眼,仿佛已经看透了他的品质,知道他确是个不错的人。这是我根本没有想到的事。然后,她就从身旁的一张桌子上拿起一个小袋子。

“皮普已经在这儿挣得了谢师礼,”她说道,“这就是。袋子里有二十五个金币。皮普,拿去给你的师父。”

似乎女主人的奇怪模样和这奇怪的房间使乔惊异得不知所措了,即使在这个关口,他还是固执地对着我说话。

“皮普,你太慷慨大方了,”乔说道,“我这就领你情了,我是非常感谢,不过我从来没有想过要它,而且一丁点儿也没有想要过。好吧,老朋友。”乔说道。他这一叫使我大受其苦,先是浑身发烫,然后又全身冰凉,因为我以为他在用这个亲切的称呼叫郝维仙小姐呢。“好吧,我的老朋友,愿我们合作成功!愿你和我都尽其职守!为了你我相互之间的情谊,为了这笔慷慨大方的礼金——可——使——他们——心满意足了——因为他们从未——”说到这里,乔感到不知道说什么是好,随即便说了句“我可是不想要”,这真是凯旋般地救了他自己。这句话他一连说了两遍,说得既流利,又令人信服。

“皮普,再见吧!”郝维仙小姐说道,“埃斯苔娜,送他们出去吧。”

“郝维仙小姐,我还要再来吗?”我问道。

“不用再来了,现在葛奇里是你的师父了。葛奇里!还有一句话!”

我正要跨出房门,他又被叫回去了。我听到她对他一字一句清清楚楚地说道:“这孩子在这里一直很好,那是给他的报酬。自然,你是一个老实人,不会要得更多,也不会再要的。”

乔是怎样从那房间走出来的,我是永远无法确定的。不过,我看到他一从房里出来,就坚定地向楼上走去,而不是走下楼梯。我一再叫他,他都仿佛没有听见似的,我只有赶上前去一把抓住他。一会儿,我们走出大门,埃斯苔娜把门锁上后便自顾走了。我们又回到了青天白日之下。乔把背靠在一堵墙上,对我说道:“太怪了!”过了好一会儿,又说,“大怪了!”而且一连说了好几次。我不得不想到是不是他的气憋过去,回不过来了。最后,他才拖长了音说道:“皮普,我敢打赌,这事太——怪——了!”然后,他渐渐地清楚起来,也能迈步走路了。

我有充分的理由认为,乔经历了这一次的拜访已经开了窍,增长了见识,所以在我们去到彭波契克家的路上,他想出了一个巧妙且富有深刻意义的主意。从下面在彭波契克先生家的客厅中所发生的事便可见其端倪。我们走进去时,我姐姐正坐在那里和那位令人讨厌的种子商人聊天。

“嗬!”我姐姐一看到我们两人便立刻大声说道,“你们怎么样了?我可没想到你们还会屈尊大驾又回到这种寒酸的地方来,我的确没有想到。”

乔盯视着我,好像努力在回忆什么,然后说道:“郝维仙小姐特别要我们给你姐姐,皮普,是给她问安还是致意?”

“是问安。”我答道。

“我也相信是问安,”乔说道,“她向乔·葛奇里夫人问安——”

“好像问安就对我有什么了不起呢!”我姐姐如此说着,内心却充满了喜悦。

乔又盯视着我,好像又在努力回忆什么,然后说道:“郝维仙小姐希望在她的身体状况转好一些儿的时候她会——她想,皮普,她是说什么来的?”

“她会恭请。”我补充道。

“她会恭请夫人去。”乔说道,然后倒吸了一口长长的气。

“真棒!”我姐姐大声说道,用一种宽慰的眼光看着彭波契克先生。“她可算是懂礼貌的,她早该带来这个口信,虽说迟了一点,但迟到的消息总比没有要好。还有,她给这个小野东西什么没有?”

乔答道:“她什么也没有给他。”

我姐姐正准备发火,乔又接着说道:

“她倒是给了东西,但她给的是皮普的至亲,用她自己的话来说,‘所谓给皮普的至亲,就是交给他的姐姐,J.葛奇里夫人,而且要交在她的手中。’她就是这么说的,‘J.葛奇里夫人’。”乔好像沉思了片刻,又补充说道:“也许她不知道我的名字究竟是乔还是乔治,所以才用J的。”

我姐姐望着彭波契克,他正在抚摸着他那木制靠背椅的扶手,一会儿对她点点头,一会儿又看看炉火,仿佛他早就预料到了所发生的一切。

“你们究竟拿到多少钱?”我姐姐面带笑容地问道。确确实实是面带笑容!

“你们这里的各位说说看,十镑钱够了吗?”乔反问他们。

“十镑就不错了,”我姐姐简洁地答道,“当然不算太多,但已不错了。”

“那么就不止十镑,”乔说道。

那个可怕的骗子彭波契克立刻点点头,一面摸着椅子的两个扶手,一面说道:“夫人,是不止这个数目。”

“那,你的意思是不是说——”我姐姐说。

“是的,我是这个意思,夫人,”彭波契克说道,“不过先等一会儿。约瑟夫,你说下去。你真不错,说下去。”

乔又说道:“你们这里的各位说说看,H十镑怎么样?”

“那是一笔可观的金额了。”我姐姐答道。

“唔,可是还不止二十镑呢。”乔说道。

那个卑鄙的虚伪家伙彭波契克又点着他的头,带了一副恩人的面孔笑着说:“夫人,是不止这个数目。好样儿的!约瑟夫,你就告诉她吧。”

“那就告诉你实话吧,”乔满心欢喜地把钱袋子递给了姐姐,说,“一共是二十五镑。”

“夫人,这是二十五镑啊,”这个世上最可耻的骗子手彭波契克应声说道,“像你这样贤惠的夫人,受之无愧(过去问到我的看法,我都是这个回答)。我可恭喜你发财了!’他说着便和我姐姐握手道喜。

如果仅仅如此,他已经是可恶到了极点,可他偏不肯罢休,还得恶上加恶,紧抓住我不放,俨然以一个恩人自居。他表现出的恶行大大超过了刚才的一切。

“约瑟夫,你们夫妻二位瞧瞧,”彭波契克先生说着,抓住了我胳膊的上半部,“我就是这种办事认真的人,只要事情一开头,就要一抓到底。这个孩子一定得去当学徒。这是我的主张,把他送去当学徒。”

“彭波契克舅舅,”我姐姐说道(说时紧紧地抓住钱袋),“老天知道我是多么深切地感谢您啊!”

“夫人,小事一件,何足挂齿,”这个十恶不赦的粮食贩子答道,“天下一般,相助为乐。不过对于这个孩子,你看,一定得送去当学徒。我说过我得来管管这事,这是实在话。”

法院就设在镇公所的大楼里,离此地颇近。我们立即赶到那里去,要在威严的官老爷面前办好我和乔的师徒合同。我说得好听点,是赶到那里去,其实我是被彭波契克连推带拖地拉去的,好像我刚刚偷过人家袋中的钱,或者放火烧掉了一个草堆。确实,到了法庭,人家的印象是我因为作案被当场抓住了。彭波契克一路推着我穿过法庭中的人群,我听到有人说:“他犯了什么事?”又有人说:“这是个小孩子呢,可看上去就很坏,不是吗?”还有一位生着温和慈善面孔的人给了我一本因果报应的小册子,上面印着一幅木刻画,是一个邪恶的少年,身上的镣铐之多就像腊肠店中挂满了的腊肠,小册子的标题是:“牢中训戒。”

在我的眼里,镇公所是个古怪的地方,这里的座位比教堂中的座位更高,人们好像是挂在上面一样。有几个大法官倚靠在坐椅上,其中一个在头上扑了香粉。他们有的交叉着手臂,有的在嗅着鼻烟,还有的正在打瞌睡、在写字,或者在读报。镇公所的墙壁上挂了几幅油黑发亮的画,就我这个对艺术毫无欣赏能力的人来看,还以为是一个盛了杏仁糖和橡皮膏的大拼盘呢。就在镇公所里的一角,我的学徒合同正式签定,并办好了公证手续,于是我便“成了学徒”。彭波契克先生一直抓住我不松手,好像我是路过这里来办一些必要的小手续,然后就要被送往断头台处决一样。

办完一切后我们走出镇公所,摆脱了那帮看热闹的孩子。他们本来都怀着极大的兴趣来看我当众受拷问的,但是发现围在我旁边的都是我的至亲,于是不得不扫兴离开。我们回到彭波契克家。我姐姐因为有了二十五块金币高兴非凡,一定要从这笔横财中拿出一些来请大家吃饭,而且要到蓝野猪饭店去吃,还要彭波契克舅舅乘马车去把胡卜夫妇及沃甫赛先生一并请来。

大家对此是一致赞成,而这一天却是我遇到的最愁苦的日子。有些事真是不可思议,他们在心里竟都自鸣得意地认为,整个欢乐场合中唯有我是个多余的东西,更糟糕的是他们还要不断地问我这问我那。简而言之,只要他们一没事于,就会把我当成活靶子,问我为什么郁郁不欢。我确是郁郁不欢,可是又有什么办法呢,只能说我是挺快活的。

可他们都是大人了,可以想怎么于就怎么干,要怎么做就怎么做,那位喜欢骗人的彭波契克先生更是如此。大家捧他是创造仁爱的人,他就沾沾自喜得不可一世。他坐在桌子的首席上座,向大家高谈阔论着我的学徒成因,而且像恶魔似的幸灾乐祸地对大家大吹特吹,说以后如果我打牌、饮烈酒、夜晚返归,或者交上坏朋友,或者沉溺于违背合同规定的各种各样的恶习,就得被抓进牢房,他还让我站到他旁边的一张椅子上,作为他胡言乱语的一幅插图。

我还记得一些这次伟大宴会上的插曲。他们不让我睡觉,一看到我想打瞌睡,立刻就把我叫醒,要我找点儿快乐。那天弄得很晚,沃甫赛先生给大家唱了柯林斯的歌,慷慨激昂,把他那被血染污过的宝剑在雷电中抛下人间。这一吵闹招来了茶房,他说:“对不起,楼下的客人们向诸位问好,说这里不是摔跤打仗的地方。”后来我记得我们一行在回家的路上,高唱着《噢,丽人儿!》时,沃甫赛先生表演男低音,用非常强硬的语调回答领唱者态度极端无礼地提出的许多问题,想要知道每一个人的私事,说他是已经飘起白发之人,居然提出这些问题,看来在去天国的途中是进不了天国之门的。

最后,我还记得,我回到那间很小的卧室,感到十分的不快,心头涌现出一个强烈的信念:我再也不喜欢乔的那个行当了。过去我曾经喜欢过乔的行当,但现在已和过去不同了。


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1 entirely entirely     
ad.全部地,完整地;完全地,彻底地
参考例句:
  • The fire was entirely caused by their neglect of duty. 那场火灾完全是由于他们失职而引起的。
  • His life was entirely given up to the educational work. 他的一生统统献给了教育工作。
2 augur 7oHyF     
n.占卦师;v.占卦
参考例句:
  • Does this news augur war?这消息预示将有战争吗?
  • The signs augur well for tomorrow's weather.种种征候预示明天天气良好。
3 inscribed 65fb4f97174c35f702447e725cb615e7     
v.写,刻( inscribe的过去式和过去分词 );内接
参考例句:
  • His name was inscribed on the trophy. 他的名字刻在奖杯上。
  • The names of the dead were inscribed on the wall. 死者的名字被刻在墙上。 来自《简明英汉词典》
4 sketch UEyyG     
n.草图;梗概;素描;v.素描;概述
参考例句:
  • My sister often goes into the country to sketch. 我姐姐常到乡间去写生。
  • I will send you a slight sketch of the house.我将给你寄去房屋的草图。
5 beaver uuZzU     
n.海狸,河狸
参考例句:
  • The hat is made of beaver.这顶帽子是海狸毛皮制的。
  • A beaver is an animals with big front teeth.海狸是一种长着大门牙的动物。
6 bonnet AtSzQ     
n.无边女帽;童帽
参考例句:
  • The baby's bonnet keeps the sun out of her eyes.婴孩的帽子遮住阳光,使之不刺眼。
  • She wore a faded black bonnet garnished with faded artificial flowers.她戴着一顶褪了色的黑色无边帽,帽上缀着褪了色的假花。
7 pageant fvnyN     
n.壮观的游行;露天历史剧
参考例句:
  • Our pageant represented scenes from history.我们的露天历史剧上演一幕幕的历史事件。
  • The inauguration ceremony of the new President was a splendid pageant.新主席的就职典礼的开始是极其壮观的。
8 standing 2hCzgo     
n.持续,地位;adj.永久的,不动的,直立的,不流动的
参考例句:
  • After the earthquake only a few houses were left standing.地震过后只有几幢房屋还立着。
  • They're standing out against any change in the law.他们坚决反对对法律做任何修改。
9 ruffled e4a3deb720feef0786be7d86b0004e86     
adj. 有褶饰边的, 起皱的 动词ruffle的过去式和过去分词
参考例句:
  • She ruffled his hair affectionately. 她情意绵绵地拨弄着他的头发。
  • All this talk of a strike has clearly ruffled the management's feathers. 所有这些关于罢工的闲言碎语显然让管理层很不高兴。
10 aggravating a730a877bac97b818a472d65bb9eed6d     
adj.恼人的,讨厌的
参考例句:
  • How aggravating to be interrupted! 被打扰,多令人生气呀!
  • Diesel exhaust is particularly aggravating to many susceptible individuals. 许多体质敏感的人尤其反感柴油废气。
11 expressive shwz4     
adj.表现的,表达…的,富于表情的
参考例句:
  • Black English can be more expressive than standard English.黑人所使用的英语可能比正式英语更有表现力。
  • He had a mobile,expressive,animated face.他有一张多变的,富于表情的,生动活泼的脸。
12 apprentice 0vFzq     
n.学徒,徒弟
参考例句:
  • My son is an apprentice in a furniture maker's workshop.我的儿子在一家家具厂做学徒。
  • The apprentice is not yet out of his time.这徒工还没有出徒。
13 larks 05e5fd42fbbb0fa8ae0d9a20b6f3efe1     
n.百灵科鸟(尤指云雀)( lark的名词复数 );一大早就起床;鸡鸣即起;(因太费力而不想干时说)算了v.百灵科鸟(尤指云雀)( lark的第三人称单数 );一大早就起床;鸡鸣即起;(因太费力而不想干时说)算了
参考例句:
  • Maybe if she heard the larks sing she'd write. 玛丽听到云雀的歌声也许会写信的。 来自名作英译部分
  • But sure there are no larks in big cities. 可大城市里哪有云雀呢。” 来自名作英译部分
14 confidential MOKzA     
adj.秘(机)密的,表示信任的,担任机密工作的
参考例句:
  • He refused to allow his secretary to handle confidential letters.他不让秘书处理机密文件。
  • We have a confidential exchange of views.我们推心置腹地交换意见。
15 indentures d19334b2de9f71ffeb4b00e78dbbd170     
vt.以契约束缚(indenture的第三人称单数形式)
参考例句:
  • Occasionally a girl of intelligence andwould insist on the fulfilled of the terms of her indentures. 偶尔也有个把聪明、倔强的姑娘坚决要求履行合同上的规定。 来自互联网
16 unreasonable tjLwm     
adj.不讲道理的,不合情理的,过度的
参考例句:
  • I know that they made the most unreasonable demands on you.我知道他们对你提出了最不合理的要求。
  • They spend an unreasonable amount of money on clothes.他们花在衣服上的钱太多了。
17 mischievously 23cd35e8c65a34bd7a6d7ecbff03b336     
adv.有害地;淘气地
参考例句:
  • He mischievously looked for a chance to embarrass his sister. 他淘气地寻找机会让他的姐姐难堪。 来自互联网
  • Also has many a dream kindheartedness, is loves mischievously small lovable. 又有着多啦a梦的好心肠,是爱调皮的小可爱。 来自互联网
18 premium EPSxX     
n.加付款;赠品;adj.高级的;售价高的
参考例句:
  • You have to pay a premium for express delivery.寄快递你得付额外费用。
  • Fresh water was at a premium after the reservoir was contaminated.在水库被污染之后,清水便因稀而贵了。
19 remonstrated a6eda3fe26f748a6164faa22a84ba112     
v.抗议( remonstrate的过去式和过去分词 );告诫
参考例句:
  • They remonstrated with the official about the decision. 他们就这一决定向这位官员提出了抗议。
  • We remonstrated against the ill-treatment of prisoners of war. 我们对虐待战俘之事提出抗议。 来自辞典例句
20 awakened de71059d0b3cd8a1de21151c9166f9f0     
v.(使)醒( awaken的过去式和过去分词 );(使)觉醒;弄醒;(使)意识到
参考例句:
  • She awakened to the sound of birds singing. 她醒来听到鸟的叫声。
  • The public has been awakened to the full horror of the situation. 公众完全意识到了这一状况的可怕程度。 来自《简明英汉词典》
21 applied Tz2zXA     
adj.应用的;v.应用,适用
参考例句:
  • She plans to take a course in applied linguistics.她打算学习应用语言学课程。
  • This cream is best applied to the face at night.这种乳霜最好晚上擦脸用。
22 frightful Ghmxw     
adj.可怕的;讨厌的
参考例句:
  • How frightful to have a husband who snores!有一个发鼾声的丈夫多讨厌啊!
  • We're having frightful weather these days.这几天天气坏极了。
23 triumphantly 9fhzuv     
ad.得意洋洋地;得胜地;成功地
参考例句:
  • The lion was roaring triumphantly. 狮子正在发出胜利的吼叫。
  • Robert was looking at me triumphantly. 罗伯特正得意扬扬地看着我。
24 emphatic 0P1zA     
adj.强调的,着重的;无可置疑的,明显的
参考例句:
  • Their reply was too emphatic for anyone to doubt them.他们的回答很坚决,不容有任何人怀疑。
  • He was emphatic about the importance of being punctual.他强调严守时间的重要性。
25 steadily Qukw6     
adv.稳定地;不变地;持续地
参考例句:
  • The scope of man's use of natural resources will steadily grow.人类利用自然资源的广度将日益扩大。
  • Our educational reform was steadily led onto the correct path.我们的教学改革慢慢上轨道了。
26 proceeding Vktzvu     
n.行动,进行,(pl.)会议录,学报
参考例句:
  • This train is now proceeding from Paris to London.这次列车从巴黎开往伦敦。
  • The work is proceeding briskly.工作很有生气地进展着。
27 remonstrances 301b8575ed3ab77ec9d2aa78dbe326fc     
n.抱怨,抗议( remonstrance的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • There were remonstrances, but he persisted notwithstanding. 虽遭抗议,他仍然坚持下去。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • Mr. Archibald did not give himself the trouble of making many remonstrances. 阿奇博尔德先生似乎不想自找麻烦多方规劝。 来自辞典例句
28 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。
29 conversational SZ2yH     
adj.对话的,会话的
参考例句:
  • The article is written in a conversational style.该文是以对话的形式写成的。
  • She values herself on her conversational powers.她常夸耀自己的能言善辩。
30 detested e34cc9ea05a83243e2c1ed4bd90db391     
v.憎恶,嫌恶,痛恨( detest的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  • They detested each other on sight. 他们互相看着就不顺眼。
  • The freethinker hated the formalist; the lover of liberty detested the disciplinarian. 自由思想者总是不喜欢拘泥形式者,爱好自由者总是憎恶清规戒律者。 来自辞典例句
31 condescend np7zo     
v.俯就,屈尊;堕落,丢丑
参考例句:
  • Would you condescend to accompany me?你肯屈尊陪我吗?
  • He did not condescend to answer.He turned his back on me.他不愿屈尊回答我的问题。他不理睬我。
32 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。
33 positively vPTxw     
adv.明确地,断然,坚决地;实在,确实
参考例句:
  • She was positively glowing with happiness.她满脸幸福。
  • The weather was positively poisonous.这天气着实讨厌。
34 curtly 4vMzJh     
adv.简短地
参考例句:
  • He nodded curtly and walked away. 他匆忙点了一下头就走了。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The request was curtly refused. 这个请求被毫不客气地拒绝了。 来自《简明英汉词典》
35 abject joVyh     
adj.极可怜的,卑屈的
参考例句:
  • This policy has turned out to be an abject failure.这一政策最后以惨败而告终。
  • He had been obliged to offer an abject apology to Mr.Alleyne for his impertinence.他不得不低声下气,为他的无礼举动向艾莱恩先生请罪。
36 villain ZL1zA     
n.反派演员,反面人物;恶棍;问题的起因
参考例句:
  • He was cast as the villain in the play.他在戏里扮演反面角色。
  • The man who played the villain acted very well.扮演恶棍的那个男演员演得很好。
37 sufficiently 0htzMB     
adv.足够地,充分地
参考例句:
  • It turned out he had not insured the house sufficiently.原来他没有给房屋投足保险。
  • The new policy was sufficiently elastic to accommodate both views.新政策充分灵活地适用两种观点。
38 guilt 9e6xr     
n.犯罪;内疚;过失,罪责
参考例句:
  • She tried to cover up her guilt by lying.她企图用谎言掩饰自己的罪行。
  • Don't lay a guilt trip on your child about schoolwork.别因为功课责备孩子而使他觉得很内疚。
39 custody Qntzd     
n.监护,照看,羁押,拘留
参考例句:
  • He spent a week in custody on remand awaiting sentence.等候判决期间他被还押候审一个星期。
  • He was taken into custody immediately after the robbery.抢劫案发生后,他立即被押了起来。
40 patronage MSLzq     
n.赞助,支援,援助;光顾,捧场
参考例句:
  • Though it was not yet noon,there was considerable patronage.虽然时间未到中午,店中已有许多顾客惠顾。
  • I am sorry to say that my patronage ends with this.很抱歉,我的赞助只能到此为止。
41 diabolical iPCzt     
adj.恶魔似的,凶暴的
参考例句:
  • This maneuver of his is a diabolical conspiracy.他这一手是一个居心叵测的大阴谋。
  • One speaker today called the plan diabolical and sinister.今天一名发言人称该计划阴险恶毒。
42 magisterial mAaxA     
adj.威风的,有权威的;adv.威严地
参考例句:
  • The colonel's somewhat in a magisterial manner.上校多少有点威严的神态。
  • The Cambridge World History of Human Disease is a magisterial work.《剑桥世界人类疾病史》是一部权威著作。
43 benevolent Wtfzx     
adj.仁慈的,乐善好施的
参考例句:
  • His benevolent nature prevented him from refusing any beggar who accosted him.他乐善好施的本性使他不会拒绝走上前向他行乞的任何一个乞丐。
  • He was a benevolent old man and he wouldn't hurt a fly.他是一个仁慈的老人,连只苍蝇都不愿伤害。
44 tract iJxz4     
n.传单,小册子,大片(土地或森林)
参考例句:
  • He owns a large tract of forest.他拥有一大片森林。
  • He wrote a tract on this subject.他曾对此写了一篇短文。
45 ornamented af417c68be20f209790a9366e9da8dbb     
adj.花式字体的v.装饰,点缀,美化( ornament的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  • The desk was ornamented with many carvings. 这桌子装饰有很多雕刻物。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • She ornamented her dress with lace. 她用花边装饰衣服。 来自《简明英汉词典》
46 malevolent G8IzV     
adj.有恶意的,恶毒的
参考例句:
  • Why are they so malevolent to me?他们为什么对我如此恶毒?
  • We must thwart his malevolent schemes.我们决不能让他的恶毒阴谋得逞。
47 fetters 25139e3e651d34fe0c13030f3d375428     
n.脚镣( fetter的名词复数 );束缚v.给…上脚镣,束缚( fetter的第三人称单数 )
参考例句:
  • They were at last freed from the fetters of ignorance. 他们终于从愚昧无知的束缚中解脱出来。
  • They will run wild freed from the fetters of control. 他们一旦摆脱了束缚,就会变得无法无天。 来自《简明英汉词典》
48 mighty YDWxl     
adj.强有力的;巨大的
参考例句:
  • A mighty force was about to break loose.一股巨大的力量即将迸发而出。
  • The mighty iceberg came into view.巨大的冰山出现在眼前。
49 attested a6c260ba7c9f18594cd0fcba208eb342     
adj.经检验证明无病的,经检验证明无菌的v.证明( attest的过去式和过去分词 );证实;声称…属实;使宣誓
参考例句:
  • The handwriting expert attested to the genuineness of the signature. 笔迹专家作证该签名无讹。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
  • Witnesses attested his account. 几名证人都证实了他的陈述是真实的。 来自《简明英汉词典》
50 melancholy t7rz8     
n.忧郁,愁思;adj.令人感伤(沮丧)的,忧郁的
参考例句:
  • All at once he fell into a state of profound melancholy.他立即陷入无尽的忧思之中。
  • He felt melancholy after he failed the exam.这次考试没通过,他感到很郁闷。
51 exalted ztiz6f     
adj.(地位等)高的,崇高的;尊贵的,高尚的
参考例句:
  • Their loveliness and holiness in accordance with their exalted station.他们的美丽和圣洁也与他们的崇高地位相称。
  • He received respect because he was a person of exalted rank.他因为是个地位崇高的人而受到尊敬。
52 contriver 1c71e973041fdeaa1fc7af3656c6cbdb     
发明者,创制者,筹划者
参考例句:
53 imprisonment I9Uxk     
n.关押,监禁,坐牢
参考例句:
  • His sentence was commuted from death to life imprisonment.他的判决由死刑减为无期徒刑。
  • He was sentenced to one year's imprisonment for committing bigamy.他因为犯重婚罪被判入狱一年。
54 vagaries 594130203d5d42a756196aa8975299ad     
n.奇想( vagary的名词复数 );异想天开;异常行为;难以预测的情况
参考例句:
  • The vagaries of fortune are indeed curious.\" 命运的变化莫测真是不可思议。” 来自英汉文学 - 嘉莉妹妹
  • The vagaries of inclement weather conditions are avoided to a certain extent. 可以在一定程度上避免变化莫测的恶劣气候影响。 来自辞典例句
55 contemplate PaXyl     
vt.盘算,计议;周密考虑;注视,凝视
参考例句:
  • The possibility of war is too horrifying to contemplate.战争的可能性太可怕了,真不堪细想。
  • The consequences would be too ghastly to contemplate.后果不堪设想。
56 inevitable 5xcyq     
adj.不可避免的,必然发生的
参考例句:
  • Mary was wearing her inevitable large hat.玛丽戴着她总是戴的那顶大帽子。
  • The defeat had inevitable consequences for British policy.战败对英国政策不可避免地产生了影响。
57 illustrate IaRxw     
v.举例说明,阐明;图解,加插图
参考例句:
  • The company's bank statements illustrate its success.这家公司的银行报表说明了它的成功。
  • This diagram will illustrate what I mean.这个图表可说明我的意思。
58 underneath VKRz2     
adj.在...下面,在...底下;adv.在下面
参考例句:
  • Working underneath the car is always a messy job.在汽车底下工作是件脏活。
  • She wore a coat with a dress underneath.她穿着一件大衣,里面套着一条连衣裙。
59 bass APUyY     
n.男低音(歌手);低音乐器;低音大提琴
参考例句:
  • He answered my question in a surprisingly deep bass.他用一种低得出奇的声音回答我的问题。
  • The bass was to give a concert in the park.那位男低音歌唱家将在公园中举行音乐会。
60 inquisitive s64xi     
adj.求知欲强的,好奇的,好寻根究底的
参考例句:
  • Children are usually inquisitive.小孩通常很好问。
  • A pat answer is not going to satisfy an inquisitive audience.陈腔烂调的答案不能满足好奇的听众。


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