Alice's Adventures in Wonderland



   第 10 篇

   The Lobster Quadrille


   The Mock Turtle sighed deeply, and drew the back of one flapper across his eyes. He looked at Alice, and tried to speak, but for a minute or two sobs choked his voice. 'Same as if he had a bone in his throat,' said the Gryphon: and it set to work shaking him and punching him in the back. At last the Mock Turtle recovered his voice, and, with tears running down his cheeks, he went on again:—

   素甲鱼深深地叹息著,用一只手背抹著眼泪,瞧着爱丽丝想说话,可是有好 一阵子泣不成声。“好像他嗓子里卡了根骨头。”鹰头狮说。于是就摇它和拍它 的背。终于素甲鱼能开口说话了,它一面流着眼泪,一面说:

   'You may not have lived much under the sea—' ('I haven't,' said Alice)—'and perhaps you were never even introduced to a lobster—' (Alice began to say 'I once tasted—' but checked herself hastily, and said 'No, never') '—so you can have no idea what a delightful thing a Lobster Quadrille is!'

   “你可能没在海底 下住过很久。”(“从来没住过,”爱丽丝说)“你也许从来不认识龙虾吧!” (爱丽丝刚想说“我吃过……”,但立即改口,说“从来没有”),“所以你一 点也想不到龙虾四组舞有多么好玩。”

   'No, indeed,' said Alice. 'What sort of a dance is it?'


   'Why,' said the Gryphon, 'you first form into a line along the sea-shore—'


   'Two lines!' cried the Mock Turtle. 'Seals, turtles, salmon, and so on; then, when you've cleared all the jelly-fish out of the way—'

   “两排!”素甲鱼叫道,“海豹、乌龟和娃鱼都排好队。然后,把所有的水 母都清扫掉……”

   'THAT generally takes some time,' interrupted the Gryphon.


   '—you advance twice—'


   'Each with a lobster as a partner!' cried the Gryphon.


   'Of course,' the Mock Turtle said: 'advance twice, set to partners—'


   '—change lobsters, and retire in same order,' continued the Gryphon.


   'Then, you know,' the Mock Turtle went on, 'you throw the—'


   'The lobsters!' shouted the Gryphon, with a bound into the air.


   '—as far out to sea as you can—'


   'Swim after them!' screamed the Gryphon.


   'Turn a somersault in the sea!' cried the Mock Turtle, capering wildly about.


   'Change lobsters again!' yelled the Gryphon at the top of its voice.


   'Back to land again, and that's all the first figure,' said the Mock Turtle, suddenly dropping his voice; and the two creatures, who had been jumping about like mad things all this time, sat down again very sadly and quietly, and looked at Alice.

   “再回到陆地上,再……这就是舞的第一节。”素甲鱼说。它的声音突然低 了下来。于是,这两个刚才像疯子似的跳来跳去的动物,又坐了下来,非常安静 而又悲伤地瞧着爱丽丝。

   'It must be a very pretty dance,' said Alice timidly.


   'Would you like to see a little of it?' said the Mock Turtle.


   'Very much indeed,' said Alice.


   'Come, let's try the first figure!' said the Mock Turtle to the Gryphon. 'We can do without lobsters, you know. Which shall sing?'

   “咱们来跳跳第一节吧,”素甲鱼对鹰头狮说道,“你知道,咱们没有龙虾 也行。不过谁来唱呢?”

   'Oh, YOU sing,' said the Gryphon. 'I've forgotten the words.'


   So they began solemnly dancing round and round Alice, every now and then treading on her toes when they passed too close, and waving their forepaws to mark the time, while the Mock Turtle sang this, very slowly and sadly:—

   于是他们庄严地围着爱丽丝跳起舞来,一面用前爪拍著拍子。当他们跳到跟 前的时候,常常要踩着爱丽丝的脚。素甲鱼缓慢而悲伤地唱道:

 '"Will you walk a little faster?"
    said a whiting to a snail.
  "There's a porpoise close behind us,
    and he's treading on my tail.


 See how eagerly the lobsters
    and the turtles all advance!
  They are waiting on the shingle
    will you come and join the dance?


 Will you, won't you, will you,
    won't you, will you join the dance?
  Will you, won't you, will you,
    won't you, won't you join the dance?


 "You can really have no notion
    how delightful it will be
  When they take us up and throw us,
    with the lobsters, out to sea!"
  But the snail replied "Too far, too far!"
    and gave a look askance—
  Said he thanked the whiting kindly,
    but he would not join the dance.


 Would not, could not, would not,
    could not, would not join the dance.
  Would not, could not, would not,
    could not, could not join the dance.


 '"What matters it how far we go?"
    his scaly friend replied.
  "There is another shore, you know,
    upon the other side.
  The further off from England
    the nearer is to France—
  Then turn not pale, beloved snail,
    but come and join the dance.


 Will you, won't you, will you,
    won't you, will you join the dance?
  Will you, won't you, will you,
    won't you, won't you join the dance?"'


   'Thank you, it's a very interesting dance to watch,' said Alice, feeling very glad that it was over at last: 'and I do so like that curious song about the whiting!'

   “谢谢你,我组舞真好玩,”爱丽丝说,她很高兴它终于结束了,“我很喜 欢这支奇怪的关于鳕鱼的歌。”

   'Oh, as to the whiting,' said the Mock Turtle, 'they—you've seen them, of course?'


   'Yes,' said Alice, 'I've often seen them at dinn—' she checked herself hastily.


   'I don't know where Dinn may be,' said the Mock Turtle, 'but if you've seen them so often, of course you know what they're like.'

   “我不知道‘饭’是什么地方,”素甲鱼说,“不过,如果你常常看见它们, 你当然知道它们的样子了。”

   'I believe so,' Alice replied thoughtfully. 'They have their tails in their mouths—and they're all over crumbs.'

   “我想我知道,”爱丽丝思索著说,“它们把尾巴弯到嘴里,身上撒满了面 包屑(这是西菜中烧好的鳕鱼的样子。)。”

   'You're wrong about the crumbs,' said the Mock Turtle: 'crumbs would all wash off in the sea. But they HAVE their tails in their mouths; and the reason is—' here the Mock Turtle yawned and shut his eyes.—'Tell her about the reason and all that,' he said to the Gryphon.

   “面包屑?你可说错了!”素甲鱼说,“海水会把面包屑冲掉的。不过它们 倒真是把尾巴弯到嘴里的。这个缘故是……”说到这里,素甲鱼打个哈欠,合上 了眼。“告诉她这是什么缘故。”它对鹰头狮说。

   'The reason is,' said the Gryphon, 'that they WOULD go with the lobsters to the dance. So they got thrown out to sea. So they had to fall a long way. So they got their tails fast in their mouths. So they couldn't get them out again. That's all.'

   鹰头狮说,“这是因为它们同龙虾一道参加舞会,于是,它们就从海里被扔 出去了,于是,它们落得老远,于是,它们就把尾巴塞到嘴里去了,于是,它们 没法把尾巴弄出来了。就是这些。”

   'Thank you,' said Alice, 'it's very interesting. I never knew so much about a whiting before.'

   “谢谢你,”爱丽丝说,“真有意思,我以前不知道这么多的关于鳕鱼的故 事。”

   'I can tell you more than that, if you like,' said the Gryphon. 'Do you know why it's called a whiting?'

   “如果你愿意,我还可以告诉你更多哩!”鹰头狮说,“你知道为什么叫鳕 鱼吗?”

   'I never thought about it,' said Alice. 'Why?'


   'IT DOES THE BOOTS AND SHOES.' the Gryphon replied very solemnly.


   Alice was thoroughly puzzled. 'Does the boots and shoes!' she repeated in a wondering tone.


   'Why, what are YOUR shoes done with?' said the Gryphon. 'I mean, what makes them so shiny?'

   “是的,你的鞋用什么擦的?”鹰头狮说,“我的意思是,你用什么把鞋子 擦得那么亮?”

   Alice looked down at them, and considered a little before she gave her answer. 'They're done with blacking, I believe.'


   'Boots and shoes under the sea,' the Gryphon went on in a deep voice, 'are done with a whiting. Now you know.'

   “靴子和鞋子在海里,要白得发亮,”鹰头狮说,“你知道,是用鳕鱼的雪 擦亮的。”

   'And what are they made of?' Alice asked in a tone of great curiosity.


   'Soles and eels, of course,' the Gryphon replied rather impatiently: 'any shrimp could have told you that.'

   “当然是 鱼和鳗鱼啦!”鹰头狮很不耐烦地回答,“就是小虾也会这样告 诉你的。”

   'If I'd been the whiting,' said Alice, whose thoughts were still running on the song, 'I'd have said to the porpoise, "Keep back, please: we don't want YOU with us!"'

   “如果我是鳕鱼,”爱丽丝说,脑子里还想着那首歌,“我会对海豚说“远 一点,我们不要你同我们在一起!’”

   'They were obliged to have him with them,' the Mock Turtle said: 'no wise fish would go anywhere without a porpoise.'

   “它们不得不要海豚,”素甲鱼说,“没有一种聪明的鱼外出旅行时,不要 海豚的。”

   'Wouldn't it really?' said Alice in a tone of great surprise.


   'Of course not,' said the Mock Turtle: 'why, if a fish came to ME, and told me he was going a journey, I should say "With what porpoise?"'

   “可不是,”素甲鱼说,“如果有鱼外出旅行,来告诉我,我就会说‘哪个 海豚去’”

   'Don't you mean "purpose"?' said Alice.


   'I mean what I say,' the Mock Turtle replied in an offended tone. And the Gryphon added 'Come, let's hear some of YOUR adventures.'

   “我知道我说的意思,”素甲鱼生气地回答。鹰头狮接着说:“让我们听听 关于你的故事吧。”

   'I could tell you my adventures—beginning from this morning,' said Alice a little timidly: 'but it's no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.'

   “我可以告诉你们我的故事──从今天早晨开始,”爱丽丝有点胆怯地说, “咱们不必从昨天开始,因为从那以后,我已经变成另一个人啦。”

   'Explain all that,' said the Mock Turtle.


   'No, no! The adventures first,' said the Gryphon in an impatient tone: 'explanations take such a dreadful time.'


   So Alice began telling them her adventures from the time when she first saw the White Rabbit. She was a little nervous about it just at first, the two creatures got so close to her, one on each side, and opened their eyes and mouths so VERY wide, but she gained courage as she went on. Her listeners were perfectly quiet till she got to the part about her repeating 'YOU ARE OLD, FATHER WILLIAM,' to the Caterpillar, and the words all coming different, and then the Mock Turtle drew a long breath, and said 'That's very curious.'

   于是,爱丽丝讲她的故事了,她从瞧见那只白兔讲起,在刚开始的时候,她 还有点不安──那两个动物坐得离她那么近,一边一个,眼睛和嘴又睁得那么大。 但是她逐渐胆大起来了,她的两个听众安静地听著。’”直到她讲到给毛毛虫背 《你老了,威廉爸爸》,背出来的字眼全不对的时候,素甲鱼深深地吸了一口气, 说道:“这非常奇怪。”

   'It's all about as curious as it can be,' said the Gryphon.


   'It all came different!' the Mock Turtle repeated thoughtfully. 'I should like to hear her try and repeat something now. Tell her to begin.' He looked at the Gryphon as if he thought it had some kind of authority over Alice.

   “这首诗全背错啦,”素甲鱼沉思着重复说,“我想再听听她背诵点什么东 西,让她开始吧。”他看看鹰头狮,好像鹰头狮对爱丽丝有什么权威似的。

   'Stand up and repeat "'TIS THE VOICE OF THE SLUGGARD,"' said the Gryphon.


   'How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice; 'I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:—

   “些动物老是那么喜欢命令人,老让人背书,”爱丽丝想,“我还不如马上 回学校去呢。然而,她还是站起来背了。可是她脑子里仍然充满龙虾四组舞的事, 简直不知道自己在说些什么。她背出来的东西确实非常奇怪:

  ''Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
   "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
   As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
   Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
        [later editions continued as follows
   When the sands are all dry, he is gay as a lark,
   And will talk in contemptuous tones of the Shark,
   But, when the tide rises and sharks are around,
   His voice has a timid and tremulous sound.]


   'That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.


   'Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; 'but it sounds uncommon nonsense.'


   Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if anything would EVER happen in a natural way again.

   爱丽丝什么话也没说,她又坐了下来,双手掩住了脸,不知道什么时候才会 恢复正常。

   'I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.


   'She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. 'Go on with the next verse.'


   'But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. 'How COULD he turn them out with his nose, you know?'

   “但是关于脚趾是怎么回事?”素甲鱼坚持说,“它怎么能用自己的鼻子扭 转它们呢?”

   'It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.

   “那是跳舞的第一个姿势,”爱丽丝说。可是她被这一切弄得莫名其妙,所 以非常希望换一个话题。

   'Go on with the next verse,' the Gryphon repeated impatiently: 'it begins "I passed by his garden."'


   Alice did not dare to disobey, though she felt sure it would all come wrong, and she went on in a trembling voice:—


  'I passed by his garden, and marked, with one eye,
   How the Owl and the Panther were sharing a pie—'
     [later editions continued as follows
   The Panther took pie-crust, and gravy, and meat,
   While the Owl had the dish as its share of the treat.
   When the pie was all finished, the Owl, as a boon,
   Was kindly permitted to pocket the spoon:
   While the Panther received knife and fork with a growl,
   And concluded the banquet—]


   'What IS the use of repeating all that stuff,' the Mock Turtle interrupted, 'if you don't explain it as you go on? It's by far the most confusing thing I ever heard!'

   这时素甲鱼插嘴说道:“要是你不能一边背一边解释,那么背这些胡说八道 的东西有什么用?这是我听到过的最乱七八糟的东西了。

   'Yes, I think you'd better leave off,' said the Gryphon: and Alice was only too glad to do so.


   'Shall we try another figure of the Lobster Quadrille?' the Gryphon went on. 'Or would you like the Mock Turtle to sing you a song?'

   “我们再跳一节龙虾四组舞好吗?”鹰头狮继续说,“或者,你愿意听素甲 鱼给你唱支歌吗?”

   'Oh, a song, please, if the Mock Turtle would be so kind,' Alice replied, so eagerly that the Gryphon said, in a rather offended tone, 'Hm! No accounting for tastes! Sing her "Turtle Soup," will you, old fellow?'

   “啊,请来一支歌吧,要是素甲鱼愿意的话。”爱丽丝说得那么热情,使得 鹰头狮用不高兴的口气说:“趣味太低了。老伙计,那你就给她唱支‘甲鱼汤’, 好吗?”

   The Mock Turtle sighed deeply, and began, in a voice sometimes choked with sobs, to sing this:—


   'Beautiful Soup, so rich and green,
    Waiting in a hot tureen!
    Who for such dainties would not stoop?
    Soup of the evening, beautiful Soup!
    Soup of the evening, beautiful Soup!
      Beau—ootiful Soo—oop!
      Beau—ootiful Soo—oop!
    Soo—oop of the e—e—evening,
      Beautiful, beautiful Soup!


   'Beautiful Soup! Who cares for fish,
    Game, or any other dish?
    Who would not give all else for two
    Pennyworth only of beautiful Soup?
    Pennyworth only of beautiful Soup?
      Beau—ootiful Soo—oop!
      Beau—ootiful Soo—oop!
    Soo—oop of the e—e—evening,
      Beautiful, beauti—FUL SOUP!'


   'Chorus again!' cried the Gryphon, and the Mock Turtle had just begun to repeat it, when a cry of 'The trial's beginning!' was heard in the distance.

   “再来一遍合唱!”鹰头狮叫道。素甲鱼刚要开口,就听到远处叫道“审讯 开始啦!”

   'Come on!' cried the Gryphon, and, taking Alice by the hand, it hurried off, without waiting for the end of the song.

   “走吧!”鹰头狮叫道,它拉住了爱丽丝的手,也不等那支歌唱完,急忙跑 了。

   'What trial is it?' Alice panted as she ran; but the Gryphon only answered 'Come on!' and ran the faster, while more and more faintly came, carried on the breeze that followed them, the melancholy words:—

   “什么审讯呀?”爱丽丝一面跑一面喘著气问,但是鹰头狮只是说“走吧”。 他跑得更快了。微风送来了越来越微弱的单调的歌词:

   'Soo—oop of the e—e—evening,
      Beautiful, beautiful Soup!'


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