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Every morning now brought its regular duties—shops were to be visited; some new part of the town to be looked at; and the pump-room to be attended, where they paraded up and down for an hour, looking at everybody and speaking to no one. The wish of a numerous acquaintance in Bath was still uppermost with Mrs. Allen, and she repeated it after every fresh proof, which every morning brought, of her knowing nobody at all.
They made their appearance in the Lower Rooms; and here fortune was more favourable1 to our heroine. The master of the ceremonies introduced to her a very gentlemanlike young man as a partner; his name was Tilney. He seemed to be about four or five and twenty, was rather tall, had a pleasing countenance2, a very intelligent and lively eye, and, if not quite handsome, was very near it. His address was good, and Catherine felt herself in high luck. There was little leisure for speaking while they danced; but when they were seated at tea, she found him as agreeable as she had already given him credit for being. He talked with fluency3 and spirit—and there was an archness and pleasantry in his manner which interested, though it was hardly understood by her. After chatting some time on such matters as naturally arose from the objects around them, he suddenly addressed her with—“I have hitherto been very remiss4, madam, in the proper attentions of a partner here; I have not yet asked you how long you have been in Bath; whether you were ever here before; whether you have been at the Upper Rooms, the theatre, and the concert; and how you like the place altogether. I have been very negligent—but are you now at leisure to satisfy me in these particulars? If you are I will begin directly.”
“About a week, sir,” replied Catherine, trying not to laugh.
“Really!” with affected5 astonishment6.
“Why should you be surprised, sir?”
“Why, indeed!” said he, in his natural tone. “But some emotion must appear to be raised by your reply, and surprise is more easily assumed, and not less reasonable than any other. Now let us go on. Were you never here before, madam?”
“Never, sir.”
“Indeed! Have you yet honoured the Upper Rooms?”
“Yes, sir, I was there last Monday.”
“Have you been to the theatre?”
“Yes, sir, I was at the play on Tuesday.”
“To the concert?”
“Yes, sir, on Wednesday.”
“And are you altogether pleased with Bath?”
“Yes—I like it very well.”
“Now I must give one smirk7, and then we may be rational again.” Catherine turned away her head, not knowing whether she might venture to laugh. “I see what you think of me,” said he gravely—“I shall make but a poor figure in your journal tomorrow.”
“My journal!”
“Yes, I know exactly what you will say: Friday, went to the Lower Rooms; wore my sprigged muslin robe with blue trimmings—plain black shoes—appeared to much advantage; but was strangely harassed8 by a queer, half-witted man, who would make me dance with him, and distressed9 me by his nonsense.”
“Indeed I shall say no such thing.”
“Shall I tell you what you ought to say?”
“If you please.”
“I danced with a very agreeable young man, introduced by Mr. King; had a great deal of conversation with him—seems a most extraordinary genius—hope I may know more of him. That, madam, is what I wish you to say.”
“But, perhaps, I keep no journal.”
“Perhaps you are not sitting in this room, and I am not sitting by you. These are points in which a doubt is equally possible. Not keep a journal! How are your absent cousins to understand the tenour of your life in Bath without one? How are the civilities and compliments of every day to be related as they ought to be, unless noted10 down every evening in a journal? How are your various dresses to be remembered, and the particular state of your complexion11, and curl of your hair to be described in all their diversities, without having constant recourse to a journal? My dear madam, I am not so ignorant of young ladies' ways as you wish to believe me; it is this delightful12 habit of journaling which largely contributes to form the easy style of writing for which ladies are so generally celebrated13. Everybody allows that the talent of writing agreeable letters is peculiarly female. Nature may have done something, but I am sure it must be essentially14 assisted by the practice of keeping a journal.”
“I have sometimes thought,” said Catherine, doubtingly, “whether ladies do write so much better letters than gentlemen! That is—I should not think the superiority was always on our side.”
“As far as I have had opportunity of judging, it appears to me that the usual style of letter-writing among women is faultless, except in three particulars.”
“And what are they?”
“A general deficiency of subject, a total inattention to stops, and a very frequent ignorance of grammar.”
“Upon my word! I need not have been afraid of disclaiming15 the compliment. You do not think too highly of us in that way.”
“I should no more lay it down as a general rule that women write better letters than men, than that they sing better duets, or draw better landscapes. In every power, of which taste is the foundation, excellence16 is pretty fairly divided between the sexes.”
They were interrupted by Mrs. Allen: “My dear Catherine,” said she, “do take this pin out of my sleeve; I am afraid it has torn a hole already; I shall be quite sorry if it has, for this is a favourite gown, though it cost but nine shillings a yard.”
“That is exactly what I should have guessed it, madam,” said Mr. Tilney, looking at the muslin.
“Do you understand muslins, sir?”
“Particularly well; I always buy my own cravats17, and am allowed to be an excellent judge; and my sister has often trusted me in the choice of a gown. I bought one for her the other day, and it was pronounced to be a prodigious18 bargain by every lady who saw it. I gave but five shillings a yard for it, and a true Indian muslin.”
Mrs. Allen was quite struck by his genius. “Men commonly take so little notice of those things,” said she; “I can never get Mr. Allen to know one of my gowns from another. You must be a great comfort to your sister, sir.”
“I hope I am, madam.”
“And pray, sir, what do you think of Miss Morland's gown?”
“It is very pretty, madam,” said he, gravely examining it; “but I do not think it will wash well; I am afraid it will fray19.”
“How can you,” said Catherine, laughing, “be so—” She had almost said “strange.”
“I am quite of your opinion, sir,” replied Mrs. Allen; “and so I told Miss Morland when she bought it.”
“But then you know, madam, muslin always turns to some account or other; Miss Morland will get enough out of it for a handkerchief, or a cap, or a cloak. Muslin can never be said to be wasted. I have heard my sister say so forty times, when she has been extravagant20 in buying more than she wanted, or careless in cutting it to pieces.”
“Bath is a charming place, sir; there are so many good shops here. We are sadly off in the country; not but what we have very good shops in Salisbury, but it is so far to go—eight miles is a long way; Mr. Allen says it is nine, measured nine; but I am sure it cannot be more than eight; and it is such a fag—I come back tired to death. Now, here one can step out of doors and get a thing in five minutes.”
Mr. Tilney was polite enough to seem interested in what she said; and she kept him on the subject of muslins till the dancing recommenced. Catherine feared, as she listened to their discourse21, that he indulged himself a little too much with the foibles of others. “What are you thinking of so earnestly?” said he, as they walked back to the ballroom22; “not of your partner, I hope, for, by that shake of the head, your meditations23 are not satisfactory.”
Catherine coloured, and said, “I was not thinking of anything.”
“That is artful and deep, to be sure; but I had rather be told at once that you will not tell me.”
“Well then, I will not.”
“Thank you; for now we shall soon be acquainted, as I am authorized24 to tease you on this subject whenever we meet, and nothing in the world advances intimacy25 so much.”
They danced again; and, when the assembly closed, parted, on the lady's side at least, with a strong inclination26 for continuing the acquaintance. Whether she thought of him so much, while she drank her warm wine and water, and prepared herself for bed, as to dream of him when there, cannot be ascertained27; but I hope it was no more than in a slight slumber28, or a morning doze29 at most; for if it be true, as a celebrated writer has maintained, that no young lady can be justified30 in falling in love before the gentleman's love is declared,* it must be very improper31 that a young lady should dream of a gentleman before the gentleman is first known to have dreamt of her. How proper Mr. Tilney might be as a dreamer or a lover had not yet perhaps entered Mr. Allen's head, but that he was not objectionable as a common acquaintance for his young charge he was on inquiry32 satisfied; for he had early in the evening taken pains to know who her partner was, and had been assured of Mr. Tilney's being a clergyman, and of a very respectable family in Gloucestershire.


1 favourable favourable     
  • The company will lend you money on very favourable terms.這家公司將以非常優惠的條件借錢給你。
  • We found that most people are favourable to the idea.我們發現大多數人同意這個意見。
2 countenance iztxc     
  • At the sight of this photograph he changed his countenance.他一看見這張照片臉色就變了。
  • I made a fierce countenance as if I would eat him alive.我臉色惡狠狠地,仿佛要把他活生生地吞下去。
3 fluency ajCxF     
  • More practice will make you speak with greater fluency.多練習就可以使你的口語更流利。
  • Some young children achieve great fluency in their reading.一些孩子小小年紀閱讀已經非常流暢。
4 remiss 0VZx3     
  • It was remiss of him to forget her birthday.他竟忘了她的生日,實在是糊涂。
  • I would be remiss if I did not do something about it.如果我對此不做點兒什么就是不負責任。
5 affected TzUzg0     
  • She showed an affected interest in our subject.她假裝對我們的課題感到興趣。
  • His manners are affected.他的態度不自然。
6 astonishment VvjzR     
  • They heard him give a loud shout of astonishment.他們聽見他驚奇地大叫一聲。
  • I was filled with astonishment at her strange action.我對她的奇怪舉動不勝驚異。
7 smirk GE8zY     
  • He made no attempt to conceal his smirk.他毫不掩飾自鳴得意的笑容。
  • She had a selfsatisfied smirk on her face.她臉上帶著自鳴得意的微笑。
8 harassed 50b529f688471b862d0991a96b6a1e55     
adj. 疲倦的,厭煩的 動詞harass的過去式和過去分詞
  • He has complained of being harassed by the police. 他投訴受到警方侵擾。
  • harassed mothers with their children 帶著孩子的疲憊不堪的母親們
9 distressed du1z3y     
  • He was too distressed and confused to answer their questions. 他非常苦惱而困惑,無法回答他們的問題。
  • The news of his death distressed us greatly. 他逝世的消息使我們極為悲痛。
10 noted 5n4zXc     
  • The local hotel is noted for its good table.當地的那家酒店以餐食精美而著稱。
  • Jim is noted for arriving late for work.吉姆上班遲到出了名。
11 complexion IOsz4     
  • Red does not suit with her complexion.紅色與她的膚色不協調。
  • Her resignation puts a different complexion on things.她一辭職局面就全變了。
12 delightful 6xzxT     
  • We had a delightful time by the seashore last Sunday.上星期天我們在海濱玩得真痛快。
  • Peter played a delightful melody on his flute.彼得用笛子吹奏了一支歡快的曲子。
13 celebrated iwLzpz     
  • He was soon one of the most celebrated young painters in England.不久他就成了英格蘭最負盛名的年輕畫家之一。
  • The celebrated violinist was mobbed by the audience.觀眾團團圍住了這位著名的小提琴演奏家。
14 essentially nntxw     
  • Really great men are essentially modest.真正的偉人大都很謙虛。
  • She is an essentially selfish person.她本質上是個自私自利的人。
15 disclaiming bd22ec33302d62266ee3677e618c1112     
v.否認( disclaim的現在分詞 )
  • The Act prohibits anyone who offers a written warranty from disclaiming or modifying implied warranties. 馬莫法案禁止任何提供書面保證的人否認或修改默示保證。 來自互聯網
16 excellence ZnhxM     
  • His art has reached a high degree of excellence.他的藝術已達到爐火純青的地步。
  • My performance is far below excellence.我的表演離優秀還差得遠呢。
17 cravats 88ef1dbc7b31f0d8e7728a858f2b5eec     
n.(系在襯衫衣領里面的)男式圍巾( cravat的名詞復數 )
18 prodigious C1ZzO     
  • This business generates cash in prodigious amounts.這種業務收益豐厚。
  • He impressed all who met him with his prodigious memory.他驚人的記憶力讓所有見過他的人都印象深刻。
19 fray NfDzp     
  • Why should you get involved in their fray?你為什么要介入他們的爭吵呢?
  • Tempers began to fray in the hot weather.大熱天脾氣煩燥。
20 extravagant M7zya     
  • They tried to please him with fulsome compliments and extravagant gifts.他們想用溢美之詞和奢華的禮品來取悅他。
  • He is extravagant in behaviour.他行為放肆。
21 discourse 2lGz0     
  • We'll discourse on the subject tonight.我們今晚要談論這個問題。
  • He fell into discourse with the customers who were drinking at the counter.他和站在柜臺旁的酒客談了起來。
22 ballroom SPTyA     
  • The boss of the ballroom excused them the fee.舞廳老板給他們免費。
  • I go ballroom dancing twice a week.我一個星期跳兩次交際舞。
23 meditations f4b300324e129a004479aa8f4c41e44a     
默想( meditation的名詞復數 ); 默念; 沉思; 冥想
  • Each sentence seems a quarry of rich meditations. 每一句話似乎都給人以許多冥思默想。
  • I'm sorry to interrupt your meditations. 我很抱歉,打斷你思考問題了。
24 authorized jyLzgx     
  • An administrative order is valid if authorized by a statute.如果一個行政命令得到一個法規的認可那么這個命令就是有效的。
25 intimacy z4Vxx     
  • His claims to an intimacy with the President are somewhat exaggerated.他聲稱自己與總統關系密切,這有點言過其實。
  • I wish there were a rule book for intimacy.我希望能有個關于親密的規則。
26 inclination Gkwyj     
  • She greeted us with a slight inclination of the head.她微微點頭向我們致意。
  • I did not feel the slightest inclination to hurry.我沒有絲毫著急的意思。
27 ascertained e6de5c3a87917771a9555db9cf4de019     
v.弄清,確定,查明( ascertain的過去式和過去分詞 )
  • The previously unidentified objects have now been definitely ascertained as being satellites. 原來所說的不明飛行物現在已證實是衛星。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
  • I ascertained that she was dead. 我斷定她已經死了。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
28 slumber 8E7zT     
  • All the people in the hotels were wrapped in deep slumber.住在各旅館里的人都已進入夢鄉。
  • Don't wake him from his slumber because he needs the rest.不要把他從睡眠中喚醒,因為他需要休息。
29 doze IsoxV     
  • He likes to have a doze after lunch.他喜歡午飯后打個盹。
  • While the adults doze,the young play.大人們在打瞌睡,而孩子們在玩耍。
30 justified 7pSzrk     
  • She felt fully justified in asking for her money back. 她認為有充分的理由要求退款。
  • The prisoner has certainly justified his claims by his actions. 那個囚犯確實已用自己的行動表明他的要求是正當的。
31 improper b9txi     
  • Short trousers are improper at a dance.舞會上穿短褲不成體統。
  • Laughing and joking are improper at a funeral.葬禮時大笑和開玩笑是不合適的。
32 inquiry nbgzF     
  • Many parents have been pressing for an inquiry into the problem.許多家長迫切要求調查這個問題。
  • The field of inquiry has narrowed down to five persons.調查的范圍已經縮小到只剩5個人了。
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