自考高级英语下册 Lesson 5 Trifles(Part One)

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Lesson Five Trifles (Part One )

By Susan Glaspell

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Characters人物

George Henderson , county attorney乔治?亨德森,县法官

Henry Peters ,Sheriff亨利?彼得斯,司法官

Lewis Hale, A neighboring farmer路易斯?黑尔,附近的农场主

Mrs. Peters 彼得斯夫人

Mrs.Hale黑尔夫人

 

Scene场景

The kitchen in the now abandoned(閒置的) farmhouse of John Wright, a gloomy kitchen , and left without having been put in order ---unwashed pans under the sink , a loaf of (一條)bread outside the breadbox , a dish towel on the table ---other signs of incompleted work.

约翰?赖特的农场里现已闲置的房屋中的厨房。这是一间阴暗的厨房,人离开时尚未收拾整齐——洗涤槽下有没洗的煎锅,装面包的盒子外面有一块面包,桌子上有一块擦桌布——还有其他未干完活儿的迹象。

At the rear the outer door opens and the sheriff comes in followed by the county attorney and Mr. Hale .

後侧,大门打开,司法官走上,身后跟着县法官和黑尔先生。

The sheriff and Mr. Hale are men in middle life , the county attorney is a young man , all are much bundled up(臃腫) and go at once to the stove .

後侧,大门打开,司法官走上,身后跟着县法官和黑尔先生。司法官和黑尔先生是中年人,县法官是个年轻人,三个人都穿着臃肿,立刻走向炉火。

They are followed by two women ---the sheriff ‘s wife first ; she is a slight wiry瘦长却很结实 woman , with a thin nervous face .Mrs. Hale is larger and would ordinarily be called more comfortable looking , but she is disturbed now and looks fearfully about as she enters . The women have come in slowly , and stand close together near the door . 琐事(第一部分)

他们的身后跟着两个女人——前面的司法官夫人,她身材略显瘦长却很结实,面庞消瘦,而且紧张不安。后面是黑尔夫人,她身材高大,模样平时还称得上令人愉快,但现在却心烦意乱,一进屋就惊恐地四处张望。两个女人缓缓地走进房间,紧挨在一起站在门边。

County attorney : ( rubbing his hands . ) This feels good . Come up to the fire , ladies .

县法官:(搓着双手)这儿感觉不错。到炉火这边来吧,女士们。

Mrs. Peters: ( After taking a step forward . ) I ‘m not --- cold .

彼得斯夫人:(向前迈了一步后)我不——冷。

Sheriff : ( Unbuttoning his overcoat and stepping away from the stove as if to mark the beginning of official business . ) Now, Mr. Hale , before we move things about , you explain to Mr. Henderson just what you saw when you came here yesterday morning .

司法官:(解开外套,从炉边走开,仿佛以此标志着开始了公务)黑尔先生,在我们移动任何东西之前,你向亨德森先生讲讲你昨天早晨来这儿时看到的一切。

County attorney : By the way , has anything been moved ? Are things just as you left them yesterday ?

县法官:等一下,有什么东西动过吗?是不是一切都和你昨天离开时一样?

Sheriff : ( Looking about ) It ‘s just the same . When it dropped below zero last night I thought I ‘d better send Frank out this morning to make a fire for us ----no use getting pneumonia (肺炎)with a big case on , but I told him not to touch anything except the stove ----and you know Frank .

司法官:(环视四周)完全一样。昨晚温度降到零度以下时,我想最好派弗兰克今早来给我们生上火,——发生大案时得肺炎可没什么好处,可我跟他说除了炉子以外什么也别动——你知道弗兰克这个人。

County attorney : Somebody should have been left here yesterday .

县法官:昨天这里应该留下个人。

Sheriff : Oh ----yesterday . When I had to send Frank to Morris Center for that man who went crazy ----I want you to know I had my hands full yesterday , I knew you could get back from Omaha by today and as long as I went over everything here myself ----

司法官:呵——昨天。我派弗兰克去莫里斯中心处理那个发疯的人时——我想告诉你我昨天手头事儿很多,我知道今天你能从奥马哈赶回来,而且只要我亲自查看了这里的一切——

County attorney : Well , Mr. Hale , tell just what happened when you came here yesterday morning .

县法官:好了,黑尔先生,告诉我昨天早晨你来这儿时出了什么事?

Mr. Hale : Harry and I had started to town with a load of potatoes . We came along the road from my place and as I got here I said , “ I ‘m going to see if I can’t get John Wright to go in with me on a party telephone (公用電話). “

我同哈里带着一车土豆动身进城,从我家出来走到这时,我说“我想看看是不是无法让约翰?赖特跟我一起装一部公用电话”。

I spoke to Wright about it once before and he put me off , saying floks talked too much anyway , and all he asked was peace and quiet ---

我以前跟赖特提过一次,他没回答,只是说不管怎么着人们说话太多了。他想要的只是不受打扰,安安静静。

-I guess you know about how much he talked himself ; but I thought maybe if I went to the house and talked about it before his wife , though I said to Harry that I didn’t know as what his wife wanted made much difference to John----

我猜你了解他自己平时说多少话,但我想也许我要是到他家当着他妻子的面跟他谈,尽管我告诉哈里,据我所知妻子的要求不会对约翰起多大作用……

County attorney : Let’s talk about that later , Mr. Hale . I do want to talk about that , but tell now just what happened when you got to the house .

县法官:这些我们以后再谈,黑尔先生。我的确想了解这些情况,可现在告诉我你进屋后的事情。

Mr. Hale : I didn’t hear or see anything ; I knocked at the door , and still it was all quiet inside . I knew they must be up , it was past eight o’clock . So I knocked again , and I thought I heard somebody say , “ Come in . “ I wasn’t sure , I ‘m not sure yet , but I opened the door ---this door ( Indicating 指出the door by which the two women are still standing . ) and there in that rocker搖椅 ---( pointing to it . ) sat Mrs. Wright .

黑尔先生:我什么都没听见也没看见;我敲了敲门,屋里一点动静都没有。我知道他们已经起床,当时已经八点多了。于是我又敲了敲门。我觉得有人说“进来”,可又不能肯定,直到现在我也不能肯定。我就打开了门——这扇门(示意两个女人仍站在旁边的那扇门),赖特夫人就坐在——那把摇椅上

( They all look at the rocker . ) (所有的人都注视那把摇椅)

County attorney : What ----was she doing ?  县法官:她——在干什么?

Mr. Hale : She was rocking back and forth . She had her apron圍裙 in her hand and was kind of ---pleating it .

黑尔先生:她正在前后摇晃,手里拿着围裙,有点像在——编辫子。

County attorney : And how did she ---look ?  县法官:她——看上去怎么样?

Mr. Hale :Well, she looked queer . 她看上去挺古怪。

County attorney : How do you mean ----queer ? 县法官:古怪——什么意思?

Mr. Hale: Well , as if she didn’t know what she was going to do next . And kind of done up .

黑尔先生:好像她不知道自己接下来要做什么,而且有点精疲力尽。

County attorney :How did she seem to feel about your coming ?

县法官:对你的到来她看上去有什么感觉?

Mr. Hale : Why , I don’t think she minded ---one way or other . She didn’t pay much attention . I said , “ How do , Mrs. Wright , it’s cold , ain’t it ?”And she said , “ Is it ?”

黑尔先生:哼,我认为她不在乎——在某个方面是这样。她没怎么注意我。我说,“好吗?赖特夫人?天真冷啊。”她说,“是吗?

---and went on kind of pleating at her apron . Well , I was surprised ; she didn’t ask me to come up to the stove , or to sit down , but just sat there , not even looking at me ,

然后接着在围裙上不停地编着。咦,我挺奇怪。她没请我到炉边去或请我坐下,她只是坐在那里,甚至看都不看我一眼。

so I said , “ I want to see John . “ and then she ---laughed . I guess you would call it a laugh . I thought of Harry and the team outside , so I said a little sharp : “ Can’t I see John ?”

于是我说,“我要找约翰。”可她却——大笑起来。我猜你也会把那叫做大笑。我想起外面的哈里和马车,于是有点生气地说,“我可以见一见约翰吗?”

“ No, “ she says , kind of dull(遲`疑) like . 她样子有点迟疑地说,“不行。”

“ Ain’t he home ?” says I . “ Yes, “ says she , “ he’s home .”

“他不在家吗?”她说,“不,他在家。”

“ then why can’t I see him ?” I asked her , out of patience .(不耐煩)

我不耐烦地问,“那我为什么不能见他?”

“ Cause he’s dead , “ says she . “ Dead?” says I . she just nodded her head , not getting a bit excited , but rocking back and forth .

她说“因为他死了。”我说“死了?”她只是点点头,一点也不激动,仍然只是前后摇晃着。

“ Why ---where is he ?”says I , not knowing what to say .

“为什么,他在哪儿?”我简直不知说什么好了

She just pointed upstairs ----like that . ( Himself pointing to the room above . ) I got up , with the idea of going up there . I walked from there to here ----then I says , “ Why , what did he die of ?”

她只是指了指楼上——就这样(自己也手指着楼上的房间)我起身,想着走上去看看,我从那儿走到这儿,然后问到,“为什么,他是怎样死的?”我问

he died of a rope 繩子round his neck ,” says she , and just went on pleating at her apron .

她说,“是绳子绕在脖子上勒死的。”边说边接着编她的围裙。

Well , I went out and called Harry . I thought I might ---need help . We went upstairs and there he was lying ----

于是,我出去叫哈里,我想我也许——需要帮助。我们走到楼上,看到他就躺在那里……

County attorney : I think I ‘d rather have you go into that upstairs , where you can point it all out . Just go on now with the rest of the story .

县法官:我想最好让你到楼上讲这部分情况,你在那里可以把一切都指出来,现在接着讲其他的情况吧。`

Mr. Hale : Well , my first thought was to get that rope off . It looked … ( Stops , his face twitches . ) …but Harry , he went up to him , and he said , “ No, he’s dead all right , and we’d better not touch anything . “ so we went back downstairs .

黑尔先生:当时,我第一个想法就是将绳子拿下来,那看上去……(停住话头,脸上肌肉扭曲)……可是哈里,他走到他跟前,说道,“不,他确实已经死了,我们最好哪儿也别碰。”于是我们又回到楼下

she was still sitting that way . “ Has anybody been notified ?” I asked . “ No, “ says she , unconcerned .

她仍然像刚才一样坐在那里。我问,“通知什么人了吗?”她漠不关心地回答,“没有。”

“ Who did this , Mrs. Wright ?” says Harry . He said it businesslike ----and she stopped pleating of her apron . :” I dunno,” she says .

哈里问,“是谁干的,赖特夫人?”他问话时就像执行公务——她答道,“不知道。”

“ You don’t know ?” says Harry . “ No, “ says she . “ Weren’t you sleeping in the bed with him ?” says Harry . 哈里问,“你没跟他睡在一张床上?”

“ Yes, “ says she , “ but I was on the inside .

她说,“不是,可我睡在里面。”

“ somebody slipped a rope round his neck and strangled(勒死) him and you didn’t wake up ?”

says Harry .

哈里问,“有人把绳子系在他的脖子上勒死了他,可你却没有醒?”

“ I didn’t wake up , “ she said after him . We must have looked as if we didn’t see how that could be , for after a minute she said , “ I sleep sound . “睡得很死

她重复着他的话说,“我没醒。”我们当时准是看上去无法理解这怎么可能,因为过了一会她又说,“我睡得很死。”

Harry was going to ask her more questions but I said maybe we ought to let her tell her story first to the coroner 驗屍官or the sheriff ,

哈里还想再问她更多的问题,可我说也许该让她先把事情讲给验尸官或司法官听

so Harry went fast as he could to Rivers ‘s place , where there’s a telephone .

于是哈里以最快的速度赶到了雷佛斯家,那里有一部电话。

County attorney : And what did Mrs. Wright do when she knew that you had gone for the coroner ?

县法官:赖特夫人知道你们去叫验尸官后做了些什么?

Mr. Hale : She moved from that chair to this one over here . ( pointing to a small chair in the corner . ) and just sat there with her hands held together and looking down .

黑尔先生:她从那把椅子上移到这边的这把上(指着屋角的一把小椅子)。坐在那里双手握在一起,两眼看着下边。

I got a feeling that I ought to make some conversation , so I said I had come in to see if John wanted to put in a telephone , and at that she started to laugh , and then she stopped an looked at me -----scared . ( The county attorney , who has had his notebook out , makes a note . )

我有种感觉应该说点儿什么,于是我说我来是看看约翰是否愿意装一部电话,她听后大笑起来,然后停下来注视着我——神色惊慌。(县法官早已掏出记事本,现在做了个记录)

I dunno , maybe it wasn’t scared . I wouldn’t like to say it was . Soon Harry got back , and then Dr. Lloyd came , and you , Mr. Peters , and so I guess that’s all I know that you don’t .

我不知道,也许那不是惊慌,我不想说那是惊慌。不久哈里回来了,劳埃德医生也来了,还有你和彼得斯先生,所以我想这就是我所知道的所有你们不知道的事情。

County attorney : ( Looking around . ) I guess we’ll go upstairs first ---and then out to the barn (谷倉)and around there . ( To the sheriff. ) You’re convinced that there was nothing important here ---nothing that would point to any motive .動機

县法官:(环视四周)我想我们先上楼,然后最先到谷仓和房子周围看看。(对司法官)你相信这儿没有任何重要的东西——任何能说明有某种动机的东西。

Sheriff : Nothing here but kitchen things .

司法官:这儿除了厨房用品什么也没有。

( The county attorney , after again looking around the kitchen , opens the door of a cupboard closet 食品壁橱. He gets up on a chair and looks on a shelf . Pulls his hand away , sticky . 尴尬 )

(县法官再次环视了厨房后,打开一个食品壁橱,他站到椅子上往架子上看,抽回手,显得有些尴尬)

County attorney : Here’s a nice mess .

县法官:这里乱七八糟。

( The women draw nearer . )

(两个女人走近了些)

Mrs Peters (to the other woman . ) Oh , her fruit ; it did freeze . ( to the county attorney . ) She worried about that when it turned so cold . She said the fire’d go out and her jars would break .

彼得斯夫人:(对另一个女人)哎呀,她的水果,果真冻坏了。(对县法官)天变得这么冷,她就担心这个。她说炉火会熄灭的,她的罐子就会冻破。

Sheriff : Well , can beat the women !真拿女我沒法 Held for murder and worrying about her preserves . 罐頭

司法官:好了,真拿女人没办法。因为谋杀被关了起来反倒担心她的水果罐头。

County attorney : I guess before we’re through she may have something more serious than preserves to worry about .

县法官:我猜想在我们干完之前她可能还有比水果更重要的东西要担心。

Mr. Hale : Well , women are used to worrying over trifles .

黑尔先生:唉,女人总是习惯于为琐事担忧

( The two women move a little closer together . )

两个女人靠得更近了一些)

county attorney ( With the gallantry果敢 of a young politician . ) and yet , for all their worries , what would we do without the ladies ?

县法官:(以一个年轻政治家的果敢)然而,尽管她们有此担忧,可没有女士我们又能做些什么呢?

( The women do not unbend . He goes to the sink , takes a dipperful of water from the pail 水桶and pouring it into a basin , washes his hands .

(两个女人神情并未松弛。他走到洗涤槽前,从水桶里舀出一大勺水倒进盆中,洗完手,

Starts to wipe them on the roller towel , turns it for a cleaner place . ) Dirty towels !( Kicks his foot against the pans under the sink . ) Not much of a housekeeper , would you say , ladies ?

开始用环状毛巾擦手,转动毛巾寻找一块比较干净的地方)肮脏的毛巾。(脚踢到洗涤槽下的煎锅)不是个很会管家的好主妇,女士们,你们说呢?

Mrs. Hale : ( Stiffly . ) There ‘s a great deal of work to be done on a farm .

黑尔夫人:(生硬地)一个农场中有很多很多的活儿要干。

County attorney : To be sure . And yet ( with a little bow to her . ) I know there are some Dickson county farmhouses which do not have such roller towels .

县法官:一点儿不错。(对她微微一躬身)据我所知,迪克逊县有些农场的住户不使用这样的环状毛巾。

( He gives it a pull to expose its full length again . )

(他拉一下毛巾以再次使它全部展开)

Mrs. Hale : Those towels get dirty awful quick . Men’s hands aren’t always as clean as they might be .

黑尔夫人:那些毛巾脏得特别快。男人并不总是尽量让手上干干净净。

County attorney : Ah , loyal to your sex , I see . But you and Mrs. Wright were neighbors . I suppose you were friends , too .

县法官:哈哈,忠实于你们妇女,我明白了。你与赖特夫人是邻居,但猜想你们也是朋友吧。

Mrs. Hale : ( Shaking her head . ) I ‘ve not seen much of her of late years . I ‘ve not been in this house ----it’s more than a year .

黑尔夫人:(摇了摇头)近年来我们见面不多。我一直没进过这所房子——已经一年多了。

County attorney : And why was that ? You didn’t like her ?

县法官:为什么会这样?你不喜欢她吗?

Mrs. Hale : I liked her all well enough . Farmers’ wives have their hands full , Mr. Henderson . And then -----

黑尔夫人:她这个人我确实很喜欢。农场主的妻子总是特别忙。亨德森先生……

County attorney : yes ----?

县法官:什么?

Mrs. Hale : (looking about )It never seemed a very cheerful place .

黑尔夫人:(看看周围)这儿似乎从来就不是个令人愉快的地方。

County attorney : No-----it’s not cheerful . I shouldn’t say she had the homemaking instinct .

县法官:是的,——这里并不令人愉快。我应该说她没有持家的天性。

Mrs. Hale : Well , I don’t know as Wright had , either .

黑尔夫人:我认为赖特也没有。

County attorney : You mean that they didn’t get on very well ?

县法官:你的意思是他们相处得不太好?

Mrs Hale : No, I don’t mean anything . But I don’t think a place’d be any cheerfuller for John Wright’s being in it .

黑尔夫人:不,我并没有任何意思。我认为约翰?赖特住的地方不会更令人愉快

County attorney : I ‘d like to talk more of that a little later . I want to get the lay of things upstairs now .

县法官:我想过会儿再继续谈这个问题。现在我要看看楼上的情况。 

(He goes to the left , where three steps lead to a stair door . )

他走到左边,那儿有三个梯级通向楼梯的门)

Sheriff : I suppose anything Mrs. Peters does ‘ll be all right . She was to take in some clothes for her , you know , and a few little things. We left in such a hurry yesterday .

司法官:我想彼得斯夫人做什么事情都可以,她要为她取一些衣服,你知道,还有一些小玩意儿。我们昨天太匆忙了。

County attorney : Yes , but I would like to see what you take , Mrs Peters ,and keep an eye out for anything that might be of use to us .

县法官:是的。但我想要看看你拿的东西,彼得斯夫人,请睁大眼睛注意可能对我们有用的任何东西。

Mrs. Peters : Yes , Mr. Henderson .

彼得斯夫人:好的,亨德森先生。

( The women listen to the men’s steps on the stairs , then look about the kitchen . )

两个女人听着男人们的脚步声走上楼梯,然后在厨房里四处打量)

Mrs. Hale : I ‘d hate men coming into my kitchen , snooping around and criticizing .

黑尔夫人:我不喜欢男人进我的厨房,四处窥探,说三道四。

( she arranges the pans under sink which the county attorney had shoved out of place . )

(她将洗涤槽下县法官踢乱的煎锅摆好)

Mrs. Peters : Of course it’s no more than their duty .

彼得斯夫人:当然,那不过是他们的职责。

Mrs. Hale : Duty’s all right , but I guess that deputy sheriff that came out to make fire might have a little of this on .

黑尔夫人:职责我并不反对,可我猜想来生炉火的助理司法官可能已经让它变得更脏了。

( Gives the roller towel a pull . ) Wish I ‘d though of that sooner . Seems mean to talk about her for not having things slicked up when she had to come away in such a hurry .

(拉一下环状毛巾)真希望我能早点儿想到这点,似乎有意要说她在不得不那样匆忙离开家时没有把东西收拾整洁。

Mrs. Peters : ( Who has gone to a small table in the left rear corner of the room , and lifed one end of a towel that covers a pan . ) She had bread set . ( Stands still . )

彼得斯夫人:(她已经走到置于房间左后角的小桌旁,掀起盖着盘子的毛巾的一边)她把做面包的面发上了。(她站着不动)

Mrs. Hale :(Eyes fixed on a loaf of bread beside the breadbox , which is on a low shelf at the other side of the room . Moves slowly toward it . ) she was going to put this in there .

黑尔夫人:(眼睛盯着房间另一头一个低架上放在面包盒旁边的一条面包,慢慢走过去)她打算把这个放进这里边。

(Picks up loaf , then abruptly drops it . In a manner of returning to familiar things . )

拿起面包,然后突然放下。样子就像在谈论熟知的一件事情)

It’s a shame about her fruit . I wonder if it’s all gone . ( Gets up on the chair and looks . ) I think there’s some here that’s all right , Mrs. Peters .

她的水果真令人遗憾;不知是不是都糟蹋了。(站到椅子上去看)我觉得这还会有好的,彼得斯夫人。

Yes -----here ; ( Holding it toward the window. ) this is cherries , too . ( Looking again. ) I declare I believe that’s the only one .

没错——在这儿,(举起来对着窗户)这也是樱桃。(再看)我敢说这是惟一的一瓶。

( Gets down , bottle in her hand . Goes to the sink and wipes it off on the outside . ) She’ll feel awful bad after all her hard work in the hot weather .

(手拿着瓶子从椅子上下来,走到洗涤槽旁把瓶子外边擦净)她一定感觉很伤心,她大热天辛辛苦苦地做了这些

I remember the afternoon I put up my cherries last summer .

我还记得去年夏天我做樱桃罐头的那个下午。

( She puts the bottle on the big kitchen table , center of the room . With a sigh , is about to sit down in the rocking –chair . Before she is seated realizes what chair it is ; with a slow look at it , steps back . The chair which she has touched rocks back and forth . ) (她把瓶子放在厨房中央的大桌子上。叹了一口气,准备在摇椅上坐下。正要坐时,意识到这是什么椅子;慢慢看了它一眼,退回来。她碰过的摇椅前后摆动)

Mrs Perters : Well , I must get those things from the front room closet . ( She goes to the door at the right , but after looking into the other room , steps back . ) You coming with me , mrs . hale ?

You could help me carry them .

( They go in the other room ; reappear , Mrs. Peters carrying a dress and skirt , Mrs. Hale following with a pair of shoes . )  彼得斯夫人:现在,我得到正屋壁橱里取那些衣物。(她走到右边的门口,往另一个房间里看了看,又走了回来)跟我一起去,好吗?黑尔夫人?你可以帮我拿着它们。(她们走进另一个房间,又走了回来,彼得斯夫人拿着一件衣服和一条裙子,黑尔夫人拿着一双鞋跟在后面)

  

Mrs. Peters : My, it’s cold in there .

彼得斯夫人:哎呀,那里真冷啊!

( She puts the clothes on the big table , and hurries to the stove . )

(她将衣服放在大桌子上,快步走到炉火旁) `

Mrs. Hale ? Examing her skirt . ) Wright was close .

黑尔夫人:(审视着她的裙子)赖特是个吝啬的人。

I think maybe that’s why she kept so much to herself . she didn’t even belong to the Ladies Aid .

我想这可能就是为什么她不太与别人来往的原因。她甚至都没加入妇女捐助会。

I supposed she felt she couldn’t do her part , and then you don’t enjoy things when you feel shabby破舊的 .

我想她觉得无法履行自己的那份职责,而且当你感到自己衣着寒酸时就不喜欢各种活动,

She used to wear pretty clothes and be lively , when she was Minnie Foster , one of the town girls singing in the choir .

过去她穿着漂亮的衣服,活泼可爱,那时她还叫明妮?福斯特,是唱诗班里的一个城里姑娘。

But that –oh , that was thirty years ago . This all you was to take in ?

可那——唉,那是三十年前的事了。你要取的东西就这些吗?

Mrs. Peters : She said she wanted an apron . Funny thing to want , for there isn’t much to get you dirty in jail , goodness knows .

彼得斯夫人:她说想要个围裙。要的东西真奇怪,监狱中没什么会把你弄脏,天知道。

But I suppose just to make her feel more natural . She said they was in the top drawer in this cupboard .

可我想她只是想让自己感到更习惯。她说它们都在这个柜子上面的抽屉里。

Yes , here . And then her little shawl(圍巾) that always hung behind the door . ( Opens stair door and looks . ) Yes , here it is . ( Quickly shuts door leading upstairs . )

没错,在这儿。还有她总挂在门后的围巾。(打开楼梯门看了看)有了,在这儿。(迅速关上通向楼梯的门)
Lesson Five Trifles (Part One ) By Susan Glaspell Text Characters人物 George Henderson , county attorney乔治?亨德森,县法官 Henry Peters ,Sheriff亨利?彼得斯,司法官 Lewis Hale, A neighboring farmer路易斯?黑尔,附近的农场主 Mrs. Peters 彼得斯夫人 Mrs.Hale黑尔夫人   Scene场景 The kitchen in the now abandoned(閒置的) farmhouse of John Wright, a gloomy kitchen , and left without having been put in order ---unwashed pans under the sink , a loaf of (一條)bread outside the breadbox , a dish towel on the table ---other signs of incompleted work. 约翰?赖特的农场里现已闲置的房屋中的厨房。这是一间阴暗的厨房,人离开时尚未收拾整齐——洗涤槽下有没洗的煎锅,装面包的盒子外面有一块面包,桌子上有一块擦桌布——还有其他未干完活儿的迹象。 At the rear the outer door opens and the sheriff comes in followed by the county attorney and Mr. Hale . 後侧,大门打开,司法官走上,身后跟着县法官和黑尔先生。 The sheriff and Mr. Hale are men in middle life , the county attorney is a young man , all are much bundled up(臃腫) and go at once to the stove . 後侧,大门打开,司法官走上,身后跟着县法官和黑尔先生。司法官和黑尔先生是中年人,县法官是个年轻人,三个人都穿着臃肿,立刻走向炉火。 They are followed by two women ---the sheriff ‘s wife first ; she is a slight wiry瘦长却很结实 woman , with a thin nervous face .Mrs. Hale is larger and would ordinarily be called more comfortable looking , but she is disturbed now and looks fearfully about as she enters . The women have come in slowly , and stand close together near the door . 琐事(第一部分) 他们的身后跟着两个女人——前面的司法官夫人,她身材略显瘦长却很结实,面庞消瘦,而且紧张不安。后面是黑尔夫人,她身材高大,模样平时还称得上令人愉快,但现在却心烦意乱,一进屋就惊恐地四处张望。两个女人缓缓地走进房间,紧挨在一起站在门边。 County attorney : ( rubbing his hands . ) This feels good . Come up to the fire , ladies . 县法官:(搓着双手)这儿感觉不错。到炉火这边来吧,女士们。 Mrs. Peters: ( After taking a step forward . ) I ‘m not --- cold . 彼得斯夫人:(向前迈了一步后)我不——冷。 Sheriff : ( Unbuttoning his overcoat and stepping away from the stove as if to mark the beginning of official business . ) Now, Mr. Hale , before we move things about , you explain to Mr. Henderson just what you saw when you came here yesterday morning . 司法官:(解开外套,从炉边走开,仿佛以此标志着开始了公务)黑尔先生,在我们移动任何东西之前,你向亨德森先生讲讲你昨天早晨来这儿时看到的一切。 County attorney : By the way , has anything been moved ? Are things just as you left them yesterday ? 县法官:等一下,有什么东西动过吗?是不是一切都和你昨天离开时一样? Sheriff : ( Looking about ) It ‘s just the same . When it dropped below zero last night I thought I ‘d better send Frank out this morning to make a fire for us ----no use getting pneumonia (肺炎)with a big case on , but I told him not to touch anything except the stove ----and you know Frank . 司法官:(环视四周)完全一样。昨晚温度降到零度以下时,我想最好派弗兰克今早来给我们生上火,——发生大案时得肺炎可没什么好处,可我跟他说除了炉子以外什么也别动——你知道弗兰克这个人。 County attorney : Somebody should have been left here yesterday . 县法官:昨天这里应该留下个人。 Sheriff : Oh ----yesterday . When I had to send Frank to Morris Center for that man who went crazy ----I want you to know I had my hands full yesterday , I knew you could get back from Omaha by today and as long as I went over everything here myself ---- 司法官:呵——昨天。我派弗兰克去莫里斯中心处理那个发疯的人时——我想告诉你我昨天手头事儿很多,我知道今天你能从奥马哈赶回来,而且只要我亲自查看了这里的一切—— County attorney : Well , Mr. Hale , tell just what happened when you came here yesterday morning . 县法官:好了,黑尔先生,告诉我昨天早晨你来这儿时出了什么事? Mr. Hale : Harry and I had started to town with a load of potatoes . We came along the road from my place and as I got here I said , “ I ‘m going to see if I can’t get John Wright to go in with me on a party telephone (公用電話). “ 我同哈里带着一车土豆动身进城,从我家出来走到这时,我说“我想看看是不是无法让约翰?赖特跟我一起装一部公用电话”。 I spoke to Wright about it once before and he put me off , saying floks talked too much anyway , and all he asked was peace and quiet --- 我以前跟赖特提过一次,他没回答,只是说不管怎么着人们说话太多了。他想要的只是不受打扰,安安静静。 -I guess you know about how much he talked himself ; but I thought maybe if I went to the house and talked about it before his wife , though I said to Harry that I didn’t know as what his wife wanted made much difference to John---- 我猜你了解他自己平时说多少话,但我想也许我要是到他家当着他妻子的面跟他谈,尽管我告诉哈里,据我所知妻子的要求不会对约翰起多大作用…… County attorney : Let’s talk about that later , Mr. Hale . I do want to talk about that , but tell now just what happened when you got to the house . 县法官:这些我们以后再谈,黑尔先生。我的确想了解这些情况,可现在告诉我你进屋后的事情。 Mr. Hale : I didn’t hear or see anything ; I knocked at the door , and still it was all quiet inside . I knew they must be up , it was past eight o’clock . So I knocked again , and I thought I heard somebody say , “ Come in . “ I wasn’t sure , I ‘m not sure yet , but I opened the door ---this door ( Indicating 指出the door by which the two women are still standing . ) and there in that rocker搖椅 ---( pointing to it . ) sat Mrs. Wright . 黑尔先生:我什么都没听见也没看见;我敲了敲门,屋里一点动静都没有。我知道他们已经起床,当时已经八点多了。于是我又敲了敲门。我觉得有人说“进来”,可又不能肯定,直到现在我也不能肯定。我就打开了门——这扇门(示意两个女人仍站在旁边的那扇门),赖特夫人就坐在——那把摇椅上 ( They all look at the rocker . ) (所有的人都注视那把摇椅) County attorney : What ----was she doing ?  县法官:她——在干什么? Mr. Hale : She was rocking back and forth . She had her apron圍裙 in her hand and was kind of ---pleating it . 黑尔先生:她正在前后摇晃,手里拿着围裙,有点像在——编辫子。 County attorney : And how did she ---look ?  县法官:她——看上去怎么样? Mr. Hale :Well, she looked queer . 她看上去挺古怪。 County attorney : How do you mean ----queer ? 县法官:古怪——什么意思? Mr. Hale: Well , as if she didn’t know what she was going to do next . And kind of done up . 黑尔先生:好像她不知道自己接下来要做什么,而且有点精疲力尽。 County attorney :How did she seem to feel about your coming ? 县法官:对你的到来她看上去有什么感觉? Mr. Hale : Why , I don’t think she minded ---one way or other . She didn’t pay much attention . I said , “ How do , Mrs. Wright , it’s cold , ain’t it ?”And she said , “ Is it ?” 黑尔先生:哼,我认为她不在乎——在某个方面是这样。她没怎么注意我。我说,“好吗?赖特夫人?天真冷啊。”她说,“是吗? ---and went on kind of pleating at her apron . Well , I was surprised ; she didn’t ask me to come up to the stove , or to sit down , but just sat there , not even looking at me , 然后接着在围裙上不停地编着。咦,我挺奇怪。她没请我到炉边去或请我坐下,她只是坐在那里,甚至看都不看我一眼。 so I said , “ I want to see John . “ and then she ---laughed . I guess you would call it a laugh . I thought of Harry and the team outside , so I said a little sharp : “ Can’t I see John ?” 于是我说,“我要找约翰。”可她却——大笑起来。我猜你也会把那叫做大笑。我想起外面的哈里和马车,于是有点生气地说,“我可以见一见约翰吗?” “ No, “ she says , kind of dull(遲`疑) like . 她样子有点迟疑地说,“不行。” “ Ain’t he home ?” says I . “ Yes, “ says she , “ he’s home .” “他不在家吗?”她说,“不,他在家。” “ then why can’t I see him ?” I asked her , out of patience .(不耐煩) 我不耐烦地问,“那我为什么不能见他?” “ Cause he’s dead , “ says she . “ Dead?” says I . she just nodded her head , not getting a bit excited , but rocking back and forth . 她说“因为他死了。”我说“死了?”她只是点点头,一点也不激动,仍然只是前后摇晃着。 “ Why ---where is he ?”says I , not knowing what to say . “为什么,他在哪儿?”我简直不知说什么好了 She just pointed upstairs ----like that . ( Himself pointing to the room above . ) I got up , with the idea of going up there . I walked from there to here ----then I says , “ Why , what did he die of ?” 她只是指了指楼上——就这样(自己也手指着楼上的房间)我起身,想着走上去看看,我从那儿走到这儿,然后问到,“为什么,他是怎样死的?”我问 he died of a rope 繩子round his neck ,” says she , and just went on pleating at her apron . 她说,“是绳子绕在脖子上勒死的。”边说边接着编她的围裙。 Well , I went out and called Harry . I thought I might ---need help . We went upstairs and there he was lying ---- 于是,我出去叫哈里,我想我也许——需要帮助。我们走到楼上,看到他就躺在那里…… County attorney : I think I ‘d rather have you go into that upstairs , where you can point it all out . Just go on now with the rest of the story . 县法官:我想最好让你到楼上讲这部分情况,你在那里可以把一切都指出来,现在接着讲其他的情况吧。` Mr. Hale : Well , my first thought was to get that rope off . It looked … ( Stops , his face twitches . ) …but Harry , he went up to him , and he said , “ No, he’s dead all right , and we’d better not touch anything . “ so we went back downstairs . 黑尔先生:当时,我第一个想法就是将绳子拿下来,那看上去……(停住话头,脸上肌肉扭曲)……可是哈里,他走到他跟前,说道,“不,他确实已经死了,我们最好哪儿也别碰。”于是我们又回到楼下 she was still sitting that way . “ Has anybody been notified ?” I asked . “ No, “ says she , unconcerned . 她仍然像刚才一样坐在那里。我问,“通知什么人了吗?”她漠不关心地回答,“没有。” “ Who did this , Mrs. Wright ?” says Harry . He said it businesslike ----and she stopped pleating of her apron . :” I dunno,” she says . 哈里问,“是谁干的,赖特夫人?”他问话时就像执行公务——她答道,“不知道。” “ You don’t know ?” says Harry . “ No, “ says she . “ Weren’t you sleeping in the bed with him ?” says Harry . 哈里问,“你没跟他睡在一张床上?” “ Yes, “ says she , “ but I was on the inside . 她说,“不是,可我睡在里面。” “ somebody slipped a rope round his neck and strangled(勒死) him and you didn’t wake up ?” says Harry . 哈里问,“有人把绳子系在他的脖子上勒死了他,可你却没有醒?” “ I didn’t wake up , “ she said after him . We must have looked as if we didn’t see how that could be , for after a minute she said , “ I sleep sound . “睡得很死 她重复着他的话说,“我没醒。”我们当时准是看上去无法理解这怎么可能,因为过了一会她又说,“我睡得很死。” Harry was going to ask her more questions but I said maybe we ought to let her tell her story first to the coroner 驗屍官or the sheriff , 哈里还想再问她更多的问题,可我说也许该让她先把事情讲给验尸官或司法官听 so Harry went fast as he could to Rivers ‘s place , where there’s a telephone . 于是哈里以最快的速度赶到了雷佛斯家,那里有一部电话。 County attorney : And what did Mrs. Wright do when she knew that you had gone for the coroner ? 县法官:赖特夫人知道你们去叫验尸官后做了些什么? Mr. Hale : She moved from that chair to this one over here . ( pointing to a small chair in the corner . ) and just sat there with her hands held together and looking down . 黑尔先生:她从那把椅子上移到这边的这把上(指着屋角的一把小椅子)。坐在那里双手握在一起,两眼看着下边。 I got a feeling that I ought to make some conversation , so I said I had come in to see if John wanted to put in a telephone , and at that she started to laugh , and then she stopped an looked at me -----scared . ( The county attorney , who has had his notebook out , makes a note . ) 我有种感觉应该说点儿什么,于是我说我来是看看约翰是否愿意装一部电话,她听后大笑起来,然后停下来注视着我——神色惊慌。(县法官早已掏出记事本,现在做了个记录) I dunno , maybe it wasn’t scared . I wouldn’t like to say it was . Soon Harry got back , and then Dr. Lloyd came , and you , Mr. Peters , and so I guess that’s all I know that you don’t . 我不知道,也许那不是惊慌,我不想说那是惊慌。不久哈里回来了,劳埃德医生也来了,还有你和彼得斯先生,所以我想这就是我所知道的所有你们不知道的事情。 County attorney : ( Looking around . ) I guess we’ll go upstairs first ---and then out to the barn (谷倉)and around there . ( To the sheriff. ) You’re convinced that there was nothing important here ---nothing that would point to any motive .動機 县法官:(环视四周)我想我们先上楼,然后最先到谷仓和房子周围看看。(对司法官)你相信这儿没有任何重要的东西——任何能说明有某种动机的东西。 Sheriff : Nothing here but kitchen things . 司法官:这儿除了厨房用品什么也没有。 ( The county attorney , after again looking around the kitchen , opens the door of a cupboard closet 食品壁橱. He gets up on a chair and looks on a shelf . Pulls his hand away , sticky . 尴尬 ) (县法官再次环视了厨房后,打开一个食品壁橱,他站到椅子上往架子上看,抽回手,显得有些尴尬) County attorney : Here’s a nice mess . 县法官:这里乱七八糟。 ( The women draw nearer . ) (两个女人走近了些) Mrs Peters (to the other woman . ) Oh , her fruit ; it did freeze . ( to the county attorney . ) She worried about that when it turned so cold . She said the fire’d go out and her jars would break . 彼得斯夫人:(对另一个女人)哎呀,她的水果,果真冻坏了。(对县法官)天变得这么冷,她就担心这个。她说炉火会熄灭的,她的罐子就会冻破。 Sheriff : Well , can beat the women !真拿女我沒法 Held for murder and worrying about her preserves . 罐頭 司法官:好了,真拿女人没办法。因为谋杀被关了起来反倒担心她的水果罐头。 County attorney : I guess before we’re through she may have something more serious than preserves to worry about . 县法官:我猜想在我们干完之前她可能还有比水果更重要的东西要担心。 Mr. Hale : Well , women are used to worrying over trifles . 黑尔先生:唉,女人总是习惯于为琐事担忧 ( The two women move a little closer together . ) 两个女人靠得更近了一些) county attorney ( With the gallantry果敢 of a young politician . ) and yet , for all their worries , what would we do without the ladies ? 县法官:(以一个年轻政治家的果敢)然而,尽管她们有此担忧,可没有女士我们又能做些什么呢? ( The women do not unbend . He goes to the sink , takes a dipperful of water from the pail 水桶and pouring it into a basin , washes his hands . (两个女人神情并未松弛。他走到洗涤槽前,从水桶里舀出一大勺水倒进盆中,洗完手, Starts to wipe them on the roller towel , turns it for a cleaner place . ) Dirty towels !( Kicks his foot against the pans under the sink . ) Not much of a housekeeper , would you say , ladies ? 开始用环状毛巾擦手,转动毛巾寻找一块比较干净的地方)肮脏的毛巾。(脚踢到洗涤槽下的煎锅)不是个很会管家的好主妇,女士们,你们说呢? Mrs. Hale : ( Stiffly . ) There ‘s a great deal of work to be done on a farm . 黑尔夫人:(生硬地)一个农场中有很多很多的活儿要干。 County attorney : To be sure . And yet ( with a little bow to her . ) I know there are some Dickson county farmhouses which do not have such roller towels . 县法官:一点儿不错。(对她微微一躬身)据我所知,迪克逊县有些农场的住户不使用这样的环状毛巾。 ( He gives it a pull to expose its full length again . ) (他拉一下毛巾以再次使它全部展开) Mrs. Hale : Those towels get dirty awful quick . Men’s hands aren’t always as clean as they might be . 黑尔夫人:那些毛巾脏得特别快。男人并不总是尽量让手上干干净净。 County attorney : Ah , loyal to your sex , I see . But you and Mrs. Wright were neighbors . I suppose you were friends , too . 县法官:哈哈,忠实于你们妇女,我明白了。你与赖特夫人是邻居,但猜想你们也是朋友吧。 Mrs. Hale : ( Shaking her head . ) I ‘ve not seen much of her of late years . I ‘ve not been in this house ----it’s more than a year . 黑尔夫人:(摇了摇头)近年来我们见面不多。我一直没进过这所房子——已经一年多了。 County attorney : And why was that ? You didn’t like her ? 县法官:为什么会这样?你不喜欢她吗? Mrs. Hale : I liked her all well enough . Farmers’ wives have their hands full , Mr. Henderson . And then ----- 黑尔夫人:她这个人我确实很喜欢。农场主的妻子总是特别忙。亨德森先生…… County attorney : yes ----? 县法官:什么? Mrs. Hale : (looking about )It never seemed a very cheerful place . 黑尔夫人:(看看周围)这儿似乎从来就不是个令人愉快的地方。 County attorney : No-----it’s not cheerful . I shouldn’t say she had the homemaking instinct . 县法官:是的,——这里并不令人愉快。我应该说她没有持家的天性。 Mrs. Hale : Well , I don’t know as Wright had , either . 黑尔夫人:我认为赖特也没有。 County attorney : You mean that they didn’t get on very well ? 县法官:你的意思是他们相处得不太好? Mrs Hale : No, I don’t mean anything . But I don’t think a place’d be any cheerfuller for John Wright’s being in it . 黑尔夫人:不,我并没有任何意思。我认为约翰?赖特住的地方不会更令人愉快 County attorney : I ‘d like to talk more of that a little later . I want to get the lay of things upstairs now . 县法官:我想过会儿再继续谈这个问题。现在我要看看楼上的情况。  (He goes to the left , where three steps lead to a stair door . ) 他走到左边,那儿有三个梯级通向楼梯的门) Sheriff : I suppose anything Mrs. Peters does ‘ll be all right . She was to take in some clothes for her , you know , and a few little things. We left in such a hurry yesterday . 司法官:我想彼得斯夫人做什么事情都可以,她要为她取一些衣服,你知道,还有一些小玩意儿。我们昨天太匆忙了。 County attorney : Yes , but I would like to see what you take , Mrs Peters ,and keep an eye out for anything that might be of use to us . 县法官:是的。但我想要看看你拿的东西,彼得斯夫人,请睁大眼睛注意可能对我们有用的任何东西。 Mrs. Peters : Yes , Mr. Henderson . 彼得斯夫人:好的,亨德森先生。 ( The women listen to the men’s steps on the stairs , then look about the kitchen . ) 两个女人听着男人们的脚步声走上楼梯,然后在厨房里四处打量) Mrs. Hale : I ‘d hate men coming into my kitchen , snooping around and criticizing . 黑尔夫人:我不喜欢男人进我的厨房,四处窥探,说三道四。 ( she arranges the pans under sink which the county attorney had shoved out of place . ) (她将洗涤槽下县法官踢乱的煎锅摆好) Mrs. Peters : Of course it’s no more than their duty . 彼得斯夫人:当然,那不过是他们的职责。 Mrs. Hale : Duty’s all right , but I guess that deputy sheriff that came out to make fire might have a little of this on . 黑尔夫人:职责我并不反对,可我猜想来生炉火的助理司法官可能已经让它变得更脏了。 ( Gives the roller towel a pull . ) Wish I ‘d though of that sooner . Seems mean to talk about her for not having things slicked up when she had to come away in such a hurry . (拉一下环状毛巾)真希望我能早点儿想到这点,似乎有意要说她在不得不那样匆忙离开家时没有把东西收拾整洁。 Mrs. Peters : ( Who has gone to a small table in the left rear corner of the room , and lifed one end of a towel that covers a pan . ) She had bread set . ( Stands still . ) 彼得斯夫人:(她已经走到置于房间左后角的小桌旁,掀起盖着盘子的毛巾的一边)她把做面包的面发上了。(她站着不动) Mrs. Hale :(Eyes fixed on a loaf of bread beside the breadbox , which is on a low shelf at the other side of the room . Moves slowly toward it . ) she was going to put this in there . 黑尔夫人:(眼睛盯着房间另一头一个低架上放在面包盒旁边的一条面包,慢慢走过去)她打算把这个放进这里边。 (Picks up loaf , then abruptly drops it . In a manner of returning to familiar things . ) 拿起面包,然后突然放下。样子就像在谈论熟知的一件事情) It’s a shame about her fruit . I wonder if it’s all gone . ( Gets up on the chair and looks . ) I think there’s some here that’s all right , Mrs. Peters . 她的水果真令人遗憾;不知是不是都糟蹋了。(站到椅子上去看)我觉得这还会有好的,彼得斯夫人。 Yes -----here ; ( Holding it toward the window. ) this is cherries , too . ( Looking again. ) I declare I believe that’s the only one . 没错——在这儿,(举起来对着窗户)这也是樱桃。(再看)我敢说这是惟一的一瓶。 ( Gets down , bottle in her hand . Goes to the sink and wipes it off on the outside . ) She’ll feel awful bad after all her hard work in the hot weather . (手拿着瓶子从椅子上下来,走到洗涤槽旁把瓶子外边擦净)她一定感觉很伤心,她大热天辛辛苦苦地做了这些 I remember the afternoon I put up my cherries last summer . 我还记得去年夏天我做樱桃罐头的那个下午。 ( She puts the bottle on the big kitchen table , center of the room . With a sigh , is about to sit down in the rocking –chair . Before she is seated realizes what chair it is ; with a slow look at it , steps back . The chair which she has touched rocks back and forth . ) (她把瓶子放在厨房中央的大桌子上。叹了一口气,准备在摇椅上坐下。正要坐时,意识到这是什么椅子;慢慢看了它一眼,退回来。她碰过的摇椅前后摆动) Mrs Perters : Well , I must get those things from the front room closet . ( She goes to the door at the right , but after looking into the other room , steps back . ) You coming with me , mrs . hale ? You could help me carry them . ( They go in the other room ; reappear , Mrs. Peters carrying a dress and skirt , Mrs. Hale following with a pair of shoes . )  彼得斯夫人:现在,我得到正屋壁橱里取那些衣物。(她走到右边的门口,往另一个房间里看了看,又走了回来)跟我一起去,好吗?黑尔夫人?你可以帮我拿着它们。(她们走进另一个房间,又走了回来,彼得斯夫人拿着一件衣服和一条裙子,黑尔夫人拿着一双鞋跟在后面)    Mrs. Peters : My, it’s cold in there . 彼得斯夫人:哎呀,那里真冷啊! ( She puts the clothes on the big table , and hurries to the stove . ) (她将衣服放在大桌子上,快步走到炉火旁) ` Mrs. Hale ? Examing her skirt . ) Wright was close . 黑尔夫人:(审视着她的裙子)赖特是个吝啬的人。 I think maybe that’s why she kept so much to herself . she didn’t even belong to the Ladies Aid . 我想这可能就是为什么她不太与别人来往的原因。她甚至都没加入妇女捐助会。 I supposed she felt she couldn’t do her part , and then you don’t enjoy things when you feel shabby破舊的 . 我想她觉得无法履行自己的那份职责,而且当你感到自己衣着寒酸时就不喜欢各种活动, She used to wear pretty clothes and be lively , when she was Minnie Foster , one of the town girls singing in the choir . 过去她穿着漂亮的衣服,活泼可爱,那时她还叫明妮?福斯特,是唱诗班里的一个城里姑娘。 But that –oh , that was thirty years ago . This all you was to take in ? 可那——唉,那是三十年前的事了。你要取的东西就这些吗? Mrs. Peters : She said she wanted an apron . Funny thing to want , for there isn’t much to get you dirty in jail , goodness knows . 彼得斯夫人:她说想要个围裙。要的东西真奇怪,监狱中没什么会把你弄脏,天知道。 But I suppose just to make her feel more natural . She said they was in the top drawer in this cupboard . 可我想她只是想让自己感到更习惯。她说它们都在这个柜子上面的抽屉里。 Yes , here . And then her little shawl(圍巾) that always hung behind the door . ( Opens stair door and looks . ) Yes , here it is . ( Quickly shuts door leading upstairs . ) 没错,在这儿。还有她总挂在门后的围巾。(打开楼梯门看了看)有了,在这儿。(迅速关上通向楼梯的门)
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