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Part 3 Chapter 11
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MASLOVA AND HER COMPANIONS.

The political prisoners were kept in two small rooms, the doors of which opened into a part of the passage partitioned off from the rest. The first person Nekhludoff saw on entering into this part of the passage was Simonson in his rubber jacket and with a log of pine wood in his hands, crouching1 in front of a stove, the door of which trembled, drawn2 in by the heat inside.

When he saw Nekhludoff he looked up at him from under his protruding3 brow, and gave him his hand without rising.

"I am glad you have come; I want to speak to you," he said, looking Nekhludoff straight in the eyes with an expression of importance.

"Yes; what is it?" Nekhludoff asked.

"It will do later on; I am busy just now," and Simonson turned again towards the stove, which he was heating according to a theory of his own, so as to lose as little heat energy as possible.

Nekhludoff was going to enter in at the first door, when Maslova, stooping and pushing a large heap of rubbish and dust towards the stove with a handleless birch broom, came out of the other. She had a white jacket on, her skirt was tucked up, and a kerchief, drawn down to her eyebrows4, protected her hair from the dust. When she saw Nekhludoff, she drew herself up, flushing and animated5, put down the broom, wiped her hands on her skirt, and stopped right in front of him. "You are tidying up the apartments, I see," said Nekhludoff, shaking hands.

"Yes; my old occupation," and she smiled. "But the dirt! You can't imagine what it is. We have been cleaning and cleaning. Well, is the plaid dry?" she asked, turning to Simonson.

"Almost," Simonson answered, giving her a strange look, which struck Nekhludoff.

"All right, I'll come for it, and will bring the cloaks to dry. Our people are all in here," she said to Nekhludoff, pointing to the first door as she went out of the second.

Nekhludoff opened the door and entered a small room dimly lit by a little metal lamp, which was standing6 low down on the shelf bedstead. It was cold in the room, and there was a smell of the dust, which had not had time to settle, damp and tobacco smoke.

Only those who were close to the lamp were clearly visible, the bedsteads were in the shade and wavering shadows glided7 over the walls. Two men, appointed as caterers, who had gone to fetch boiling water and provisions, were away; most of the political prisoners were gathered together in the small room. There was Nekhludoff's old acquaintance, Vera Doukhova, with her large, frightened eyes, and the swollen9 vein10 on her forehead, in a grey jacket with short hair, and thinner and yellower than ever.. She had a newspaper spread out in front of her, and sat rolling cigarettes with a jerky movement of her hands.

Emily Rintzeva, whom Nekhludoff considered to be the pleasantest of the political prisoners, was also here. She looked after the housekeeping, and managed to spread a feeling of home comfort even in the midst of the most trying surroundings. She sat beside the lamp, with her sleeves rolled up, wiping cups and mugs, and placing them, with her deft11, red and sunburnt hands, on a cloth that was spread on the bedstead. Rintzeva was a plain-looking young woman, with a clever and mild expression of face, which, when she smiled, had a way of suddenly becoming merry, animated and captivating. It was with such a smile that she now welcomed Nekhludoff.

"Why, we thought you had gone back to Russia," she said.

Here in a dark corner was also Mary Pavlovna, busy with a little, fair-haired girl, who kept prattling12 in her sweet, childish accents.

"How nice that you have come," she said to Nekhludoff.

"Have you seen Katusha? And we have a visitor here," and she pointed8 to the little girl.

Here was also Anatole Kryltzoff with felt boots on, sitting in a far corner with his feet under him, doubled up and shivering, his arms folded in the sleeves of his cloak, and looking at Nekhludoff with feverish13 eyes. Nekhludoff was going up to him, but to the right of the door a man with spectacles and reddish curls, dressed in a rubber jacket, sat talking to the pretty, smiling Grabetz. This was the celebrated14 revolutionist Novodvoroff. Nekhludoff hastened to greet him. He was in a particular hurry about it, because this man was the only one among all the political prisoners whom he disliked. Novodvoroff's eyes glistened15 through his spectacles as he looked at Nekhludoff and held his narrow hand out to him.

"Well, are you having a pleasant journey?" he asked, with apparent irony16.

"Yes, there is much that is interesting," Nekhludoff answered, as if he did not notice the irony, but took the question for politeness, and passed on to Kryltzoff.

Though Nekhludoff appeared indifferent, he was really far from indifferent, and these words of Novodvoroff, showing his evident desire to say or do something unpleasant, interfered17 with the state of kindness in which Nekhludoff found himself, and he felt depressed18 and sad.

"Well, how are you?" he asked, pressing Kryltzoff's cold and trembling hand.

"Pretty well, only I cannot get warm; I got wet through," Kryltzoff answered, quickly replacing his hands into the sleeves of his cloak. "And here it is also beastly cold. There, look, the window-panes19 are broken," and he pointed to the broken panes behind the iron bars. "And how are you? Why did you not come?"

"I was not allowed to, the authorities were so strict, but to-day the officer is lenient20."

"Lenient indeed!" Kryltzoff remarked. "Ask Mary what she did this morning."

Mary Pavlovna from her place in the corner related what had happened about the little girl that morning when they left the halting station.

"I think it is absolutely necessary to make a collective protest," said Vera Doukhova, in a determined21 tone, and yet looking now at one, now at another, with a frightened, undecided look. "Valdemar Simonson did protest, but that is not sufficient."

"What protest!" muttered Kryltzoff, cross and frowning. Her want of simplicity22, artificial tone and nervousness had evidently been irritating him for a long time.

"Are you looking for Katusha?" he asked, addressing Nekhludoff. "She is working all the time. She has cleaned this, the men's room, and now she has gone to clean the women's! Only it is not possible to clean away the fleas23. And what is Mary doing there?" he asked, nodding towards the corner where Mary Pavlovna sat.

"She is combing out her adopted daughter's hair," replied Rintzeva.

"But won't she let the insects loose on us?" asked Kryltzoff.

"No, no; I am very careful. She is a clean little girl now. You take her," said Mary, turning to Rintzeva, "while I go and help Katusha, and I will also bring him his plaid."

Rintzeva took the little girl on her lap, pressing her plump, bare, little arms to her bosom24 with a mother's tenderness, and gave her a bit of sugar. As Mary Pavlovna left the room, two men came in with boiling water and provisions.

政治犯住两个小房间,门外是一截同外界隔离的过道。聂赫留朵夫走进这部分过道,看见的第一个人就是西蒙松。西蒙松身穿短上衣,手里拿着一块松木,蹲在炉子跟前。炉门被热气吸进去,不断颤动。

西蒙松一看见聂赫留朵夫,没有站起来,只从两道浓眉下抬起眼睛,并同他握手。

“您来了,我很高兴,我正要跟您见面呢,”他凝视着聂赫留朵夫的眼睛,现出意味深长的样子说。

“什么事啊?”聂赫留朵夫问。

“回头告诉您。现在我走不开。”

西蒙松继续生炉子,应用他那套尽量减少热能损耗的原理。

聂赫留朵夫刚要从一扇门里进去,玛丝洛娃却从另一扇门里出来。她手拿扫帚,弯着腰,正在把一大堆垃圾往炉子那边扫。玛丝洛娃身穿白色短上衣,裙子下摆掖在腰里,脚穿长统袜,头上为了挡灰,齐眉包着一块白头巾。她一看见聂赫留朵夫,就挺直腰,脸涨得通红,神态活泼,放下扫帚,在裙子上擦擦手,笔直站在他面前。

“您在收拾房间吗?”聂赫留朵夫一面说,一面同她握手。

“是啊,这是我的老行当,”她说着微微一笑。“这儿脏得简直不象话。我们打扫了又打扫,还是弄不干净。怎么样,我那条毛毯干了吗?”她问西蒙松。

“差不多干了,”西蒙松说,用一种使聂赫留朵夫惊讶的异样目光瞧着她。

“哦,那我回头来拿,我那件皮袄也要拿来烤烤干。我们的人都在这里面,”她对聂赫留朵夫说,指指靠近的门,自己却往另一个门走去。

聂赫留朵夫推开门,走进一个不大的牢房。牢房里,板铺上点着一盏小小的铁皮灯,光线微弱。牢房里很阴冷,空中弥漫着灰尘、潮气和烟草味。铁皮灯只照亮一小圈地方,板铺处在阴影中,墙上跳动着影子。

在这个不大的牢房里,除了两个掌管伙食的男犯出去取开水和食物外,所有的人都在。聂赫留朵夫的老相识薇拉也在这里。她更加又瘦又黄,睁着一双惊惶不安的大眼睛,额上暴起一根很粗的青筋,头发剪得很短,身穿一件灰短袄。她坐在一张摊开的报纸前面,报纸上撒满烟草。她正紧张地把烟草往纸筒里装。

这里还有一个聂赫留朵夫觉得极其可爱的女政治犯——艾米丽雅。她负责掌管内务,给他的印象是,即使处境极其艰苦,也具有女性持家的本领,并且富有魅力。这会儿她坐在灯旁,卷起衣袖,用她那双晒得黑黑的灵巧而好看的手擦干大小杯子,把它们放在板铺的手巾上。艾米丽雅年轻,并不漂亮,但聪明而温和,笑起来显得快乐、活泼和迷人。现在她就用这样的笑容迎接聂赫留朵夫。

“我们还以为您已经回俄罗斯,不再来了呢,”她说。

这里还有谢基尼娜。她坐在较远的阴暗角落里,正在为一个淡黄头发的小女孩做着什么事。那女孩用悦耳的童音咿咿呀呀地说个不停。

“您来了,真是太好了。见到玛丝洛娃啦?”谢基尼娜问聂赫留朵夫。“您瞧,我们这儿来了个多好的小客人哪。”她指指小女孩说。

克雷里卓夫也在这里。他盘腿坐在远处角落里的板铺上,脚穿毡靴,脸容消瘦苍白,弯着腰,双手揣在皮袄袖管里,浑身发抖,用他那双害热病的眼睛瞅着聂赫留朵夫。聂赫留朵夫正想到他跟前去,忽然看见房门右边坐着一个淡棕色鬈发的男犯。这男犯戴着眼镜,身穿橡胶上衣,一面整理口袋里的东西,一面跟相貌俊美、脸带笑容的格拉别茨谈话。这个人就是赫赫有名的革命者诺伏德伏罗夫。聂赫留朵夫连忙同他招呼。聂赫留朵夫所以特别忙着跟他招呼,因为在这批政治犯中,他就不喜欢这个人。诺伏德伏罗夫闪动浅蓝色眼睛,透过眼镜瞅着聂赫留朵夫,接着皱起眉头,伸出一只瘦长的手来同他握。

“怎么样,旅行愉快吗?”他说,显然带着嘲弄的口气。

“是啊,有趣的事可不少,”聂赫留朵夫回答,装作没有听出他的嘲弄,把它当作亲切的表示。他说完,就往克雷里卓夫那边走去。

聂赫留朵夫表面上装得若无其事,但心里对诺伏德伏罗夫却远不是没有芥蒂的。诺伏德伏罗夫说的话,以及他招人不快的意图,破坏了聂赫留朵夫的情绪。他感到沮丧和气恼。

“您身体怎么样?”他握着克雷里卓夫冰凉的哆嗦的手说。

“没什么,就是身子暖不过来,衣服都湿透了,”克雷里卓夫说着,慌忙把手揣到皮袄袖管里。“这里也冷得要死。您瞧,窗子都破了。”他指指铁栅外面玻璃窗上的两个窟窿。

“您怎么一直不来?”

“他们不让我进来,长官严得很。今天一个还算和气。”

“哼,好一个还算和气的长官!”克雷里卓夫说。“您问问谢基尼娜,他今天早晨干了什么事。”

谢基尼娜没有站起来,讲了今天早晨从旅站出发前那个小女孩的事。

“照我看来,必须提出集体抗议,”薇拉断然说,同时胆怯而迟疑地瞧瞧这个人,又瞧瞧那个人。“西蒙松提过抗议了,但这还不够。”

“还提什么抗议?”克雷里卓夫恼怒地皱着眉头说。显然,薇拉的装腔作势和神经质早就使他反感了。“您是来找玛丝洛娃的吧?”他对聂赫留朵夫说。“她一直在干活,打扫。我们男的这一间她打扫好了,现在打扫女的那一间去了。就是跳蚤扫不掉,咬得人不得安生。谢基尼娜在那边干什么呀?”他扬扬头示意谢基尼娜那个角落,问。

“她在给养女梳头呢,”艾米丽雅说。

“她不会把虱子弄到我们身上来吧?”克雷里卓夫问。

“不会,不会,我很留神。现在她可干净了,”谢基尼娜说。“您把她带去吧,”她对艾米丽雅说,“我去帮帮玛丝洛娃。

给她送块毛毯去。”

艾米丽雅接过女孩,带着母性的慈爱把她两条胖嘟嘟的光胳膊贴在自己胸口,让她坐在膝盖上,又给她一小块糖。

谢基尼娜出去了,那两个取开水和食物的男人紧接着回到牢房里。


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1 crouching crouching     
v.屈膝,蹲伏( crouch的现在分词 )
参考例句:
  • a hulking figure crouching in the darkness 黑暗中蹲伏着的一个庞大身影
  • A young man was crouching by the table, busily searching for something. 一个年轻人正蹲在桌边翻看什么。 来自汉英文学 - 散文英译
2 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。
3 protruding e7480908ef1e5355b3418870e3d0812f     
v.(使某物)伸出,(使某物)突出( protrude的现在分词 );凸
参考例句:
  • He hung his coat on a nail protruding from the wall. 他把上衣挂在凸出墙面的一根钉子上。
  • There is a protruding shelf over a fireplace. 壁炉上方有个突出的架子。 来自辞典例句
4 eyebrows a0e6fb1330e9cfecfd1c7a4d00030ed5     
眉毛( eyebrow的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • Eyebrows stop sweat from coming down into the eyes. 眉毛挡住汗水使其不能流进眼睛。
  • His eyebrows project noticeably. 他的眉毛特别突出。
5 animated Cz7zMa     
adj.生气勃勃的,活跃的,愉快的
参考例句:
  • His observations gave rise to an animated and lively discussion.他的言论引起了一场气氛热烈而活跃的讨论。
  • We had an animated discussion over current events last evening.昨天晚上我们热烈地讨论时事。
6 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。
7 glided dc24e51e27cfc17f7f45752acf858ed1     
v.滑动( glide的过去式和过去分词 );掠过;(鸟或飞机 ) 滑翔
参考例句:
  • The President's motorcade glided by. 总统的车队一溜烟开了过去。
  • They glided along the wall until they were out of sight. 他们沿着墙壁溜得无影无踪。 来自《简明英汉词典》
8 pointed Il8zB4     
adj.尖的,直截了当的
参考例句:
  • He gave me a very sharp pointed pencil.他给我一支削得非常尖的铅笔。
  • She wished to show Mrs.John Dashwood by this pointed invitation to her brother.她想通过对达茨伍德夫人提出直截了当的邀请向她的哥哥表示出来。
9 swollen DrcwL     
adj.肿大的,水涨的;v.使变大,肿胀
参考例句:
  • Her legs had got swollen from standing up all day.因为整天站着,她的双腿已经肿了。
  • A mosquito had bitten her and her arm had swollen up.蚊子叮了她,她的手臂肿起来了。
10 vein fi9w0     
n.血管,静脉;叶脉,纹理;情绪;vt.使成脉络
参考例句:
  • The girl is not in the vein for singing today.那女孩今天没有心情唱歌。
  • The doctor injects glucose into the patient's vein.医生把葡萄糖注射入病人的静脉。
11 deft g98yn     
adj.灵巧的,熟练的(a deft hand 能手)
参考例句:
  • The pianist has deft fingers.钢琴家有灵巧的双手。
  • This bird,sharp of eye and deft of beak,can accurately peck the flying insects in the air.这只鸟眼疾嘴快,能准确地把空中的飞虫啄住。
12 prattling 29f1761316ffd897e34605de7a77101b     
v.(小孩般)天真无邪地说话( prattle的现在分词 );发出连续而无意义的声音;闲扯;东拉西扯
参考例句:
  • The meanders of a prattling brook, were shaded with straggling willows and alder trees. 一条小河蜿蜒掩映在稀疏的柳树和桤树的树荫间,淙淙作响。 来自辞典例句
  • The villagers are prattling on about the village gossip. 村民们正在闲扯些村里的事。 来自互联网
13 feverish gzsye     
adj.发烧的,狂热的,兴奋的
参考例句:
  • He is too feverish to rest.他兴奋得安静不下来。
  • They worked with feverish haste to finish the job.为了完成此事他们以狂热的速度工作着。
14 celebrated iwLzpz     
adj.有名的,声誉卓著的
参考例句:
  • He was soon one of the most celebrated young painters in England.不久他就成了英格兰最负盛名的年轻画家之一。
  • The celebrated violinist was mobbed by the audience.观众团团围住了这位著名的小提琴演奏家。
15 glistened 17ff939f38e2a303f5df0353cf21b300     
v.湿物闪耀,闪亮( glisten的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  • Pearls of dew glistened on the grass. 草地上珠露晶莹。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • Her eyes glistened with tears. 她的眼里闪着泪花。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
16 irony P4WyZ     
n.反语,冷嘲;具有讽刺意味的事,嘲弄
参考例句:
  • She said to him with slight irony.她略带嘲讽地对他说。
  • In her voice we could sense a certain tinge of irony.从她的声音里我们可以感到某种讥讽的意味。
17 interfered 71b7e795becf1adbddfab2cd6c5f0cff     
v.干预( interfere的过去式和过去分词 );调停;妨碍;干涉
参考例句:
  • Complete absorption in sports interfered with his studies. 专注于运动妨碍了他的学业。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • I am not going to be interfered with. 我不想别人干扰我的事情。 来自《简明英汉词典》
18 depressed xu8zp9     
adj.沮丧的,抑郁的,不景气的,萧条的
参考例句:
  • When he was depressed,he felt utterly divorced from reality.他心情沮丧时就感到完全脱离了现实。
  • His mother was depressed by the sad news.这个坏消息使他的母亲意志消沉。
19 panes c8bd1ed369fcd03fe15520d551ab1d48     
窗玻璃( pane的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • The sun caught the panes and flashed back at him. 阳光照到窗玻璃上,又反射到他身上。
  • The window-panes are dim with steam. 玻璃窗上蒙上了一层蒸汽。
20 lenient h9pzN     
adj.宽大的,仁慈的
参考例句:
  • The judge was lenient with him.法官对他很宽大。
  • It's a question of finding the means between too lenient treatment and too severe punishment.问题是要找出处理过宽和处罚过严的折中办法。
21 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。
22 simplicity Vryyv     
n.简单,简易;朴素;直率,单纯
参考例句:
  • She dressed with elegant simplicity.她穿着朴素高雅。
  • The beauty of this plan is its simplicity.简明扼要是这个计划的一大特点。
23 fleas dac6b8c15c1e78d1bf73d8963e2e82d0     
n.跳蚤( flea的名词复数 );爱财如命;没好气地(拒绝某人的要求)
参考例句:
  • The dog has fleas. 这条狗有跳蚤。
  • Nothing must be done hastily but killing of fleas. 除非要捉跳蚤,做事不可匆忙。 来自《简明英汉词典》
24 bosom Lt9zW     
n.胸,胸部;胸怀;内心;adj.亲密的
参考例句:
  • She drew a little book from her bosom.她从怀里取出一本小册子。
  • A dark jealousy stirred in his bosom.他内心生出一阵恶毒的嫉妒。


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