《暮光之城-暮色》双语阅读 12

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编辑点评: 小说《暮光之城》,作者是美国女作家斯蒂芬妮·梅尔(Stephenie Meyer),故事描写的是中学生贝拉与青春帅气的吸血鬼爱德华的浪漫爱情故事。仅在美国本土,暮光之城系列小说的销量就已经超过5000万册,全球销量则突破了8500万册。

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《暮光之城》描写了中学生贝拉与青春帅气的吸血鬼爱德华的浪漫爱情故事。仅在美国,暮光之城系列小说的销量就已经超过5000万册,全球销量突破8500万册。

 作者简介

美国女作家斯蒂芬妮·梅尔(Stephenie Meyer),1973年出生于美国康涅狄格州,毕业于杨伯翰大学,主修英国文学。2003年的一天,她做了一个改变她命运的梦:一位少女和一个英俊的男子坐在阳光明媚的草地上谈情说爱。成为她第一部小说《暮色》中的一章。

 2. Open Book
第二章开卷

The next day was better… and worse.
第二天要好些,也更糟糕。

It was better because it wasn't raining yet, though the clouds were dense and opaque. It was easier because I knew what to expect of my day. Mike came to sit by me in English, and walked me to my next class, with Chess Club Eric glaring at him all the while; that was nattering. People didn't look at me quite as much as they had yesterday. I sat with a big group at lunch that included Mike, Eric, Jessica, and several other people whose names and faces I now remembered. I began to feel like I was treading water, instead of drowning in it.
更好些是因为它不再下雨了,但云层依然又厚又密。这一天要容易些,因为我知道这一天都有什么可期待。迈克英语课上和我坐在一起,然后陪我去下一堂课,一路上说个不停,而“象棋俱乐部”埃里克始终瞪着他。人们不再像昨天那样老盯着我看了。午餐时我和一大群人坐在一起,包括迈克,埃里克,杰西卡,还有一些别的名字和面孔我都不记得的人。我开始感到像是踏在了水面上,而不是被水淹没。

It was worse because I was tired; I still couldn't sleep with the wind echoing around the house. It was worse because Mr. Varner called on me in Trig when my hand wasn't raised and I had the wrong answer. It was miserable because I had to play volleyball, and the one time I didn't cringe out of the way of the ball, I hit my teammate in the head with it. And it was worse because Edward Cullen wasn't in school at all.
更糟糕是因为我很疲倦。夜里风声在屋里回荡,我一直无法入睡。更糟糕是因为瓦尔纳老师在三角课上叫我起来回答问题,而那时我并没有举手,而且我还答错了。这是悲惨的一天,因为我不得不开始打排球,而且有一次我没能从球的来路中躲开,而把它打到了我队友的头上。这一天更糟糕,是因为爱德华.卡伦没有来学校。

All morning I was dreading lunch, fearing his bizarre glares. Part of me wanted to confront him and demand to know what his problem was. While I was lying sleepless in my bed, I even imagined what I would say. But I knew myself too well to think I would really have the guts to do it. I made the Cowardly Lion look like the terminator.
整个早上我都在惧怕着午餐,害怕他异乎寻常的怒视。我的一部分想要对抗他,要求知道他的问题所在。当我无法入睡,只能躺在床上时,我甚至想象着我该怎么说。但我太了解我自己了,我不认为我有这个胆量去做这件事。我让胆小的狮子看起来像个终结者。

But when I walked into the cafeteria with Jessica — trying to keep my eyes from sweeping the place for him, and failing entirely — I saw that his four siblings of sorts were sitting together at the same table, and he was not with them.
当我和杰西卡一起走进自助餐厅的时候,我努力不让自己偷瞄他所在的地方,但没有成功——我看见他的四个风格迥异的兄弟姐妹一起坐在昨天的那张桌子旁,但他不在那里。

Mike intercepted us and steered us to his table. Jessica seemed elated by the attention, and her friends quickly joined us. But as I tried to listen to their easy chatter, I was terribly uncomfortable, waiting nervously for the moment he would arrive. I hoped that he would simply ignore me when he came, and prove my suspicions false.
迈克拦住我们,要我们坐到他那张桌子去。杰西卡看上去很乐意得到他的注意,她的朋友们也很快就加入了我们。但在我努力去听他们轻松的谈话的同时,我仍然不安地等待着他进来的那个让人提心吊胆的时刻。我希望他进来时不会注意到我,以证明我的多疑是错误的。

He didn't come, and as time passed I grew more and more tense.
他没有进来,而随着时间的推移,我越来越紧张不安。

I walked to Biology with more confidence when, by the end of lunch, he still hadn't showed. Mike, who was taking on the qualities of a golden retriever, walked faithfully by my side to class. I held my breath at the door, but Edward Cullen wasn't there, either. I exhaled and went to my seat. Mike followed, talking about an upcoming trip to the beach. He lingered by my desk till the bell rang. Then he smiled at me wistfully and went to sit by a girl with braces and a bad perm. It looked like I was going to have to do something about Mike, and it wouldn't be easy. In a town like this, where everyone lived on top of everyone else, diplomacy was essential. I had never been enormously tactful; I had no practice dealing with overly friendly boys.
午餐时间结束时,他依然没有出现,因此我更加充满信心地去上生物课。迈克表现出了金毛寻回犬的优良品质,忠实地陪着我去教室。在门边上我屏住了呼吸,但爱德华.卡伦也不在那里。我松了一口气,向我的位置走去。迈克一路跟着我,谈论着一次即将到来的沙滩之旅。他一直待在我的桌子旁直到铃声响起。然后他满怀希望地向我笑了笑,回去坐到一个戴着牙套,烫着可怕的波浪发的女孩旁边。看来我得对迈克做点什么了,但这不太容易。在这样一个小镇里,每个人都对别人了如指掌,因而采取一些策略是十分必要的。我不会做得很老练;关于应付过分热情的男孩我没有任何经验。

I was relieved that I had the desk to myself, that Edward was absent. I told myself that repeatedly. But I couldn't get rid of the nagging suspicion that I was the reason he wasn't there. It was ridiculous, and egotistical, to think that I could affect anyone that strongly. It was impossible. And yet I couldn't stop worrying that it was true.
我很高兴我能一个人占据整张桌子,因为爱德华不在。我一而再再而三地这样告诉自己。但我无法逃避这样的疑虑:他不在这里是因为我。认为我能够这样强烈地影响某人,这种想法实在太过荒谬,也太过自负了。这是不可能的。但我还是无法停止担心,担心这是真的。

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