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第十一章

 

一屋子衣衫鬢影,這是從小在鄉下長大的莎拉沒有見過的盛大場面,人多又擠,跟在威爾夫人身後走進克拉克夫人的宴會廳,莎拉看得都驚呆了。

 

由於怕自己出糗,莎拉緊緊跟隨著威爾夫人,威爾夫人每見到熟識的人就介紹莎拉.伍德。由於威爾夫人熟識的人實在太多了,莎拉來不及記下所有人的名字,等到聽到熟悉的名字,一抬頭才發現詹姆斯.布朗已經站在她跟前邀約第一支舞。

 

莎拉尷尬而有禮的點點頭,對跳舞她還是有點自信的,但詹姆斯.布朗讓她感到害怕,但莎拉還是隨著詹姆斯.布朗走進跳舞的人群中。兩個人邊跳,詹姆斯.布朗邊說:「早上和伍德小姐談過後還意猶未盡,幸而晚上就有機會繼續了」

 

莎拉勉為其難地說:「不知道詹姆斯想聊些什麼?」詹姆斯.布朗似乎對她的一切都很感興趣似的,便說:「說說你在鄉下的生活吧!你居住的地方很美嗎?」說到這個讓莎拉的臉頰頓然發光,她用愉快的音調說:「是啊!我從小生長的地方很美,我的父親還試圖教我打獵,不過我母親認為女孩子拿槍是很糟的事,所以我最喜歡騎馬。騎馬在美麗的鄉村風光,總能忘記許多憂愁」詹姆斯.布朗心有所感的說:「這可是我第一次看到伍德小姐臉上發光呢!看來你很喜歡你的家鄉」「是的」

 

莎拉本來很愉快,突然臉色又一沉:「我都好久沒有回家了,好想念爸爸媽媽」詹姆斯.布朗似乎心有同感:「的確,這麼久沒回去,一定想家想得緊了」兩人靜靜地跳舞直到舞曲結束,莎拉剛屈膝回禮詹姆斯.布朗時,忽然有個身影從旁邊竄出來說:「下一支舞請和我跳吧!莎拉」莎拉驚喜的抬起頭來,發現安德魯.格林正用一種動人的眼神在看著她,而一旁的詹姆斯.布朗則別有所思地瞧著這忽然竄出來的年輕人。

 

莎拉趕緊幫兩人互相介紹,等到詹姆斯用一種古怪的神情走開後,下一首舞曲被奏起前,安德魯將莎拉拉到一旁比較沒有人的地方去,似乎思考著什麼的安德魯忽然換了種口氣說:「你好忙啊莎拉,都不回我的信」

 

「信?」

 

莎拉完全摸不著頭腦:「你的信我一封也沒收到過啊!」安德魯也疑惑了,但他還是不信自己的信竟沒寄到莎拉手中,他繼續追問:「可是我寫了好多封信啊!就算是失誤也總有一兩封到你手中吧!」莎拉認真的說:「可是我真的一封也沒收到啊!這到底是怎麼回事?」

 

音樂響起了,安德魯將莎拉拉回舞池,兩人在疑惑中跳起舞來,安德魯無意想到什麼似的說:「那麼一定是這樣了」莎拉依然沒有任何頭緒,只見安德魯臉色猙獰,讓人看了很害怕。

 

跳完這支舞,莎拉就趕緊回到威爾夫人身邊,安德魯跟了過來,威爾夫人似乎受到驚嚇:「安德魯你怎麼來了?你自己一個人來嗎?」安德魯用一種不太客氣的語氣對威爾夫人說:「是的,威爾夫人,我是自己一個人來的,表姊夫婦還沒回到倫敦」

 

看安德魯顯然在隱忍著一股怒氣,威爾夫人連忙打圓場:「你跟莎拉去跳舞吧!我這把老骨頭只適合在這裡聊天」,然後匆匆拉著一旁幾個貴夫人到一邊去。莎拉實在對安德魯的怒氣摸不著頭緒,她也從未看過這樣的安德魯,雖然安德魯臉上的神情讓人害怕,她還是聽從威爾夫人的話和安德魯回到場上繼續跳舞。

 

安德魯邊跳舞邊低聲嚷著:「一定是那多事的威爾太太做的好事」莎拉還是沒聽懂。只聽見安德魯繼續怒氣沖沖的說:「還有英格麗表姊」連懷特夫人都被拉進來,更令莎拉感到疑惑。

 

莎拉本想問問怎麼回事,但安德魯等舞曲結束只丟下一句「你今天很漂亮」竟失禮的丟下她一個人走開了,讓莎拉覺得很尷尬,只好趕忙去找威爾夫人。威爾夫人見莎拉獨自一個人回來,心中放下一塊大石:「安德魯呢?你們不跳舞了嗎?」莎拉滿肚子不解的說:「看安德魯的樣子好像在生氣,希望不是我惹惱他才好」威爾夫人安慰莎拉:「別擔心,年輕人的脾氣總是這樣變來變去的,不會有事的」

 

既然安德魯走開了,威爾夫人忙對站在一邊的詹姆斯.布朗說:「請伍德小姐跳支舞吧!詹姆斯」詹姆斯.布朗一副樂意的模樣,莎拉只好隨他進入舞池。

 

邊跳舞的莎拉不知不覺對詹姆斯獻殷勤的模樣充耳不聞,因為她腦子裡不斷回想安德魯生氣的模樣,她實在無法理解安德魯在生什麼氣,對他咬牙切齒說的:「一定是多事的威爾太太做的好事」「還有英格麗表姊」這兩句話到底是什麼意思呢?讓莎拉完全陷入一團迷霧中。

 

待續~(107.9..30)

 _____________________________________________


Love in London

Chapter XI

 

A room full of clothes and sideburns, this is a grand scene that Sarah, who grew up in the country, has never seen, there are many people and crowded, and she follows Mrs. Will into Mrs. Clark's banquet hall, and Sarah is stunned.

 

Fearing that she would be embarrassed, Sarah followed Mrs. Will closely, and whenever she saw someone she knew, she introduced Sarah Wood. Mrs. Will knew so many people that Sarah didn't have time to write down everyone's names, and when she heard the familiar names, she looked up to find that James Brown was already standing in front of her and inviting the first dancer.

 

Sarah nodded awkwardly and politely, she was still a little confident about dancing, but James . Brown scared her, but Sarah still followed James. Brown into the dancing crowd. As the two danced, James. Brown said, "I couldn't get enough of talking to Miss Wood in the morning, but luckily I had a chance to continue in the evening."

 

Sarah reluctantly said, "I wonder what James wants to talk about?" James. Brown seemed to be very interested in all that she had to offer, and said, "Tell me about your life in the country! Is the place where you live beautiful?" Riding a horse in the beautiful countryside always forgets a lot of sorrow," said James. Brown, "This is the first time I've seen Miss Wood's face glow!

 

Sarah was very happy, but suddenly her face sank again: "I haven't been home for a long time, I miss my parents so much" James. Brown seemed to feel the same way: "Indeed, I haven't been back for so long, I must be homesick" The two danced quietly until the dance music ended, Sarah just bent her knees to salute James. Brown, when suddenly a figure came out from the side and said, "Please dance with me next dance!" Sarah" Sarah looked up in surprise and found Andrew. Green looking at her with a moving look, and James on the side. Brown looked thoughtfully at the young man who suddenly burst out.

 

Sarah hurriedly introduced the two to each other, and when James walked away with a strange look, before the next dance song was played, Andrew pulled Sarah to a place where there was no one on the side, and Andrew, who seemed to be thinking about something, suddenly changed his tone and said, "You're so busy, Sarah, don't reply to my letters"

 

"Letter?"

 

Sarah was completely confused: "I haven't received a single letter from you!" Andrew was also puzzled, but he still didn't believe that his letter had not been sent to Sarah, and he continued to ask, "But I have written many letters! Even if it is a mistake, one or two will always reach you!" Sarah said seriously, "But I really haven't received a single one! What the hell is going on?"

 

The music played, Andrew pulled Sarah back to the dance floor, and the two danced in confusion, Andrew said as if he didn't think of anything, "Then it must be like this" Sarah still didn't have a clue, only to see Andrew's face was fierce, which made people look very scared.

 

After the dance, Sarah hurried back to Mrs. Will, and Andrew followed, and Mrs. Will seemed frightened: "Andrew, why are you here? Are you coming alone?" Andrew said to Mrs. Will in a tone that was not very polite, "Yes, Mrs. Will, I came by myself, and my cousin and his wife have not yet returned to London."

 

Seeing that Andrew was obviously holding back a wave of anger, Mrs. Will hurriedly played a round: "You go dancing with Sarah! my old bones are only suitable for chatting here", and then hurriedly pulled a few noble ladies to the side. Sarah really didn't know how angry Andrew was, she had never seen such Andrew, and although the look on Andrew's face was terrifying, she listened to Mrs. Will and Andrew returned to the arena to continue dancing.

 

Andrew whispered as he danced, "It must have been a good thing done by the troublesome Mrs. Will," Sarah still didn't understand. I heard Andrew continue to say angrily, "And Cousin Ingrid" and even Mrs. White was pulled in, which made Sarah even more puzzled.

 

Sarah wanted to ask what was going on, but Andrew waited for the dance to end and only dropped the sentence "You are beautiful today" and left her alone and walked away, which made Sarah feel very embarrassed and had to hurry to find Mrs. Will. When Mrs. Will saw Sarah come back alone, she put down a boulder in her heart: "Where's Andrew, aren't you dancing?" Sarah said with a puzzled stomach, "Look at Andrew's appearance as if he is angry, I hope I don't annoy him" Mrs. Will comforted Sarah: "Don't worry, young people's tempers always change like this, and it will be fine."

 

Now that Andrew had gone away, Mrs. Will hurriedly said to James Brown, who was standing aside, "Miss Wood, please do a dance!" James Brown looked so happy that Sarah had to follow him onto the dance floor.

 

Sarah, who was dancing, unconsciously turned a deaf ear to James's courteous appearance, because she kept recalling Andrew's angry appearance in her mind, she really couldn't understand what Andrew was angry with, and gritted her teeth at him and said, "It must be a good thing done by the eventful Mrs. Will" and "And Cousin Ingrid" What do these two words mean?

 

To be continued ~ (107.9..30)



因為用中文創作,再翻譯為英文,所以英文上的正確用詞無法翻譯出來,夫人可以意指"你的淑女身分"(代表的是當代的一種地位稱呼),公爵大人,伯爵大人,男爵大人等,小說中都有出現,抱歉,因為請Google翻譯翻譯的,而本人沒有從事過英文寫作,只想嘗試用英文表達整部小說的內容,敬請原諒!!謝謝!!

 

Because it is created in Chinese and then translated into English, the correct words in English cannot be translated, Madame can mean "your lady" (representing a contemporary status title), Lord Duke, Lord Earl, Lord Baron, etc., all appear in the novel, sorry, because I asked Google Translate to translate, and I have not been engaged in English writing, I just want to try to express the content of the whole novel in English, please forgive me!! Thank you!!

 

 

本小說創作如有雷同,純屬巧合,而小說寫作的年代約略定在與作家珍.奧斯汀同一年代

 

It is a coincidence that the novel was written in the same era as the writer Jane Austen

 


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