Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

   第 12 篇



   Alice's Evidence

   “在這儿!”愛麗絲喊道,她完全忘了在剛才的混亂時刻,她已經長得很大 了。她過于急促地站起來,竟弄得裙邊掀動了陪審員席,把陪審員們翻倒在下面 听眾的頭上,害得他們在人頭上爬來爬去,這情景使愛麗絲想起一星期前她偶然 打翻金魚缸的事。

   'Here!' cried Alice, quite forgetting in the flurry of the moment how large she had grown in the last few minutes, and she jumped up in such a hurry that she tipped over the jury-box with the edge of her skirt, upsetting all the jurymen on to the heads of the crowd below, and there they lay sprawling about, reminding her very much of a globe of goldfish she had accidentally upset the week before.

   “啊,請大家原諒!”愛麗絲极其尷尬地說,一面盡快地把陪審員們扶回原 位,因為對金魚缸的事情的回憶還在她頭腦回旋,使她隱約地意識到如果不立即 把陪審員放回席位上,它們會死去的,

   'Oh, I BEG your pardon!' she exclaimed in a tone of great dismay, and began picking them up again as quickly as she could, for the accident of the goldfish kept running in her head, and she had a vague sort of idea that they must be collected at once and put back into the jury-box, or they would die.

   這時,國王庄重地宣稱:“審訊暫停,直至全体陪審員返回原位。”他說得 那么使勁儿,眼睛嚴厲地盯著愛麗絲。

   'The trial cannot proceed,' said the King in a very grave voice, 'until all the jurymen are back in their proper places—ALL,' he repeated with great emphasis, looking hard at Alice as he said do.

   愛麗絲看著陪審員席,發現由于自己的疏忽,竟將壁虎頭朝下放上了。那個 可怜的小東西無力動彈,只是滑稽地搖擺著尾巴。愛麗絲立即把它拾起來放正。 愛麗絲想,“如果沒有重大變故,壁虎還會同其它陪審員一樣,發揮重大作用的。”

   Alice looked at the jury-box, and saw that, in her haste, she had put the Lizard in head downwards, and the poor little thing was waving its tail about in a melancholy way, being quite unable to move. She soon got it out again, and put it right; 'not that it signifies much,' she said to herself; 'I should think it would be QUITE as much use in the trial one way up as the other.'

   等到陪審員們鎮定下來,紙板和鉛筆也都找到了以后,它們立即勤奮地工作 起來了。首先是記下剛才事故的歷史。只有壁虎除外,它已經精疲力盡,不能干 任何事情了,只是張著嘴坐著,兩眼無力地望著法庭的屋頂。

   As soon as the jury had a little recovered from the shock of being upset, and their slates and pencils had been found and handed back to them, they set to work very diligently to write out a history of the accident, all except the Lizard, who seemed too much overcome to do anything but sit with its mouth open, gazing up into the roof of the court.


   'What do you know about this business?' the King said to Alice.


   'Nothing,' said Alice.


   'Nothing WHATEVER?' persisted the King.


   'Nothing whatever,' said Alice.

   “這點很重要。”國王對陪審員們說。 陪審員們正在把這些問答記在紙板上,白兔忽然插嘴說:“陛下的意思當然 是不重要。”它用十分尊敬的口气,同時對國王擠眉弄眼的。

   'That's very important,' the King said, turning to the jury. They were just beginning to write this down on their slates, when the White Rabbit interrupted: 'UNimportant, your Majesty means, of course,' he said in a very respectful tone, but frowning and making faces at him as he spoke.

   國王赶快把話接過來:“當然,我的意思是不重要。”接著又低聲畝語, “重要……不重要……不重要……重要”──好像在反复推敲詞句。

   'UNimportant, of course, I meant,' the King hastily said, and went on to himself in an undertone, 'important—unimportant—unimportant—important—' as if he were trying which word sounded best.

   有些陪審員記下了“重要”,有些寫了“不重要”。愛麗絲离陪審員們很近, 它們在紙板上記的字她都看得一清二楚。心想:“反正怎么寫都沒關系。”

   Some of the jury wrote it down 'important,' and some 'unimportant.' Alice could see this, as she was near enough to look over their slates; 'but it doesn't matter a bit,' she thought to herself.

   國王一直忙著在記事本上寫什么?這時他高聲喊道:“保持肅靜!”然后他 看著本子宣讀:“第四十二條,所有身高一英里以上者退出法庭。”

   At this moment the King, who had been for some time busily writing in his note-book, cackled out 'Silence!' and read out from his book, 'Rule Forty-two. ALL PERSONS MORE THAN A MILE HIGH TO LEAVE THE COURT.'


   Everybody looked at Alice.


   'I'M not a mile high,' said Alice.


   'You are,' said the King.


   'Nearly two miles high,' added the Queen.

   “不管怎么說,我反正不走,”愛麗絲說,“再說,那根本不是一條正式規 定,是你在這儿臨時發明出來的。”

   'Well, I shan't go, at any rate,' said Alice: 'besides, that's not a regular rule: you invented it just now.'


   'It's the oldest rule in the book,' said the King.


   'Then it ought to be Number One,' said Alice.

   國王臉色蒼白,急忙合上了本子,他以發抖的聲調低聲對陪審美說:“請考 慮評審意見。”

   The King turned pale, and shut his note-book hastily. 'Consider your verdict,' he said to the jury, in a low, trembling voice.

   “陛下,好了,又發現新的証据了。”白兔急忙跳起來說,“這是才拾到的 一張紙。”

   'There's more evidence to come yet, please your Majesty,' said the White Rabbit, jumping up in a great hurry; 'this paper has just been picked up.'


   'What's in it?' said the Queen.

   白兔回答:“我還沒打開來呢?但是看來是一封信,是那個罪犯寫給……給 一個什么人的。”

   'I haven't opened it yet,' said the White Rabbit, 'but it seems to be a letter, written by the prisoner to—to somebody.'


   'It must have been that,' said the King, 'unless it was written to nobody, which isn't usual, you know.'


   'Who is it directed to?' said one of the jurymen.

   “它不是寫給誰的,事實上,外面什么也沒寫,”白兔一面說,一面打開摺 疊的紙,又說,“根本不是信,而是一首詩。”

   'It isn't directed at all,' said the White Rabbit; 'in fact, there's nothing written on the OUTSIDE.' He unfolded the paper as he spoke, and added 'It isn't a letter, after all: it's a set of verses.'


   'Are they in the prisoner's handwriting?' asked another of the jurymen.


   'No, they're not,' said the White Rabbit, 'and that's the queerest thing about it.' (The jury all looked puzzled.)


   'He must have imitated somebody else's hand,' said the King. (The jury all brightened up again.)

   這時,武士開口了:“陛下,這不是我寫的,他們也不能証實是我寫的。末 尾并沒有簽名。”

   'Please your Majesty,' said the Knave, 'I didn't write it, and they can't prove I did: there's no name signed at the end.'

   “如果你沒有簽名,”國玉說,“只能說明情節更惡劣。這意味著你的狡猾, 否則你就應該像一個誠實的人那樣,簽上你的名字。”

   'If you didn't sign it,' said the King, 'that only makes the matter worse. You MUST have meant some mischief, or else you'd have signed your name like an honest man.'


   There was a general clapping of hands at this: it was the first really clever thing the King had said that day.


   'That PROVES his guilt,' said the Queen.


   'It proves nothing of the sort!' said Alice. 'Why, you don't even know what they're about!'


   'Read them,' said the King.


   The White Rabbit put on his spectacles. 'Where shall I begin, please your Majesty?' he asked.


   'Begin at the beginning,' the King said gravely, 'and go on till you come to the end: then stop.'


   These were the verses the White Rabbit read:—


   'They told me you had been to her,
     And mentioned me to him:
    She gave me a good character,
     But said I could not swim.


   He sent them word I had not gone
     (We know it to be true):
    If she should push the matter on,
     What would become of you?


   I gave her one, they gave him two,
     You gave us three or more;
    They all returned from him to you,
     Though they were mine before.


   If I or she should chance to be
     Involved in this affair,
    He trusts to you to set them free,
     Exactly as we were.


   My notion was that you had been
     (Before she had this fit)
    An obstacle that came between
     Him, and ourselves, and it.


   Don't let him know she liked them best,
     For this must ever be
    A secret, kept from all the rest,
     Between yourself and me.'


   'That's the most important piece of evidence we've heard yet,' said the King, rubbing his hands; 'so now let the jury—'

   “如果有誰能解釋這些詩,我愿意給他六十便士,我認為這些詩沒有任何意 義。”愛麗絲這么說。(就在剛才的那一瞬間,她已經長得十分巨大,所以她一 點也不怕打斷國王的話。)

   'If any one of them can explain it,' said Alice, (she had grown so large in the last few minutes that she wasn't a bit afraid of interrupting him,) 'I'll give him sixpence. I don't believe there's an atom of meaning in it.'

   陪審員都在紙板上寫下:“她相信這些詩沒有任何意義。”但是他們中沒有 一個試圖解釋一下這些詩。

   The jury all wrote down on their slates, 'SHE doesn't believe there's an atom of meaning in it,' but none of them attempted to explain the paper.

   “如果詩里沒有任何意義,”國王說,“那就免除了許多麻煩。你知道,我 們并不要找出什么意義,而且我也不懂什么意義。”國王說著,把這些詩攤開在 膝上,用一只眼睛看著說,“我終于明白了其中的一些意義──‘說我不會游水’ 一─就是說你不會游水,是嗎,”國王對著武士說。

   'If there's no meaning in it,' said the King, 'that saves a world of trouble, you know, as we needn't try to find any. And yet I don't know,' he went on, spreading out the verses on his knee, and looking at them with one eye; 'I seem to see some meaning in them, after all. "—SAID I COULD NOT SWIM—" you can't swim, can you?' he added, turning to the Knave.

   武士傷心地搖搖頭說:“我像會游水的嗎?”(他肯定不會游水的,因為他 全部是由硬紙片做成的。)

   The Knave shook his head sadly. 'Do I look like it?' he said. (Which he certainly did NOT, being made entirely of cardboard.)

   “現在全對了,”國王說,一面又繼續嘟嚷著這些詩句:“我們知道這并非 撒謊’──這當然是指陪審員的──‘我給她一個,他們給他一雙’──看,這 肯定是指偷的餡餅了,是嗎?……”

   'All right, so far,' said the King, and he went on muttering over the verses to himself: '"WE KNOW IT TO BE TRUE—" that's the jury, of course—"I GAVE HER ONE, THEY GAVE HIM TWO—" why, that must be what he did with the tarts, you know—'


   'But, it goes on "THEY ALL RETURNED FROM HIM TO YOU,"' said Alice.

   “是啊,它們都在,沒有比這更清楚的了。”國王手指著桌上的餡餅,得意 地說,“那么再看:‘也就是她有過的詩章,’親愛的,我想你沒有過詩章吧?” 他對王后說。

   'Why, there they are!' said the King triumphantly, pointing to the tarts on the table. 'Nothing can be clearer than THAT. Then again—"BEFORE SHE HAD THIS FIT—" you never had fits, my dear, I think?' he said to the Queen.

   “從來沒有!”王后狂怒著說,并把桌上的墨水缸扔到了壁虎比爾的身上。 那個不幸的比爾已經不再用手指在紙板上寫字了,因為他發現這樣是寫不出宇來 的。但是現在他又急忙蘸著臉上的墨水寫了。

   'Never!' said the Queen furiously, throwing an inkstand at the Lizard as she spoke. (The unfortunate little Bill had left off writing on his slate with one finger, as he found it made no mark; but he now hastily began again, using the ink, that was trickling down his face, as long as it lasted.)

   “這話沒有濕脹(‘詩章’的諧音一─譯者注)你吧!”國王帶著微笑環視 著法庭說。但是法庭上一片寂靜。

   'Then the words don't FIT you,' said the King, looking round the court with a smile. There was a dead silence.

   “這算一句俏皮話吧!”國王發怒了,而大家卻笑了起來。“讓陪審員考慮 評審意見。”國王這天人約是第二十次說這話了。

   'It's a pun!' the King added in an offended tone, and everybody laughed, 'Let the jury consider their verdict,' the King said, for about the twentieth time that day.


   'No, no!' said the Queen. 'Sentence first—verdict afterwards.'


   'Stuff and nonsense!' said Alice loudly. 'The idea of having the sentence first!'


   'Hold your tongue!' said the Queen, turning purple.


   'I won't!' said Alice.


   'Off with her head!' the Queen shouted at the top of her voice. Nobody moved.

   “誰理你呢?”愛麗絲說,這時她已經恢复到本來的身材了,“你們只不過 是一副紙牌!”

   'Who cares for you?' said Alice, (she had grown to her full size by this time.) 'You're nothing but a pack of cards!'

   這時,整副紙牌上升到空中,然后又飛落在她身上,她發出一小聲尖叫,既 惊又怒,她正在把這些紙牌揚去,卻發覺自己躺在河岸邊,頭還枕在姐姐的腿上, 而姐姐正在輕輕地拿掉落在她臉上的枯葉。

   At this the whole pack rose up into the air, and came flying down upon her: she gave a little scream, half of fright and half of anger, and tried to beat them off, and found herself lying on the bank, with her head in the lap of her sister, who was gently brushing away some dead leaves that had fluttered down from the trees upon her face.


   'Wake up, Alice dear!' said her sister; 'Why, what a long sleep you've had!'

   “啊,我做了個多奇怪的夢啊!”愛麗絲盡她所記憶的,把那些奇怪的經歷, 告訴了姐姐。也就是你剛才讀過的那些。當她說完了,姐姐吻了她一下說:“這 真是奇怪的夢,親愛的,但是現在快去喝茶吧,天已經不早了。”于是愛麗絲站 起來走了,一面走,一面還費勁地想,她做了個多奇妙的夢呀!

   'Oh, I've had such a curious dream!' said Alice, and she told her sister, as well as she could remember them, all these strange Adventures of hers that you have just been reading about; and when she had finished, her sister kissed her, and said, 'It WAS a curious dream, dear, certainly: but now run in to your tea; it's getting late.' So Alice got up and ran off, thinking while she ran, as well she might, what a wonderful dream it had been.

   愛麗絲走后,她姐姐仍靜坐在那里,頭向前支在一只手上,望著西下的夕陽, 想著小愛麗絲和她夢中的奇幻經歷,然后自己進人了夢鄉。下面就是她的夢。

   But her sister sat still just as she left her, leaning her head on her hand, watching the setting sun, and thinking of little Alice and all her wonderful Adventures, till she too began dreaming after a fashion, and this was her dream:—

   開始,她夢見了小愛麗絲本人,又一次雙手抱住了膝蓋,用明亮而熱切的眼 光仰視著她。她听到小愛麗絲的聲音,看到了她的頭微微一擺,把蓬亂的頭發擺 順了些,這是她常常見到的情景。當她听著、听著愛麗絲說的話時,周圍的環境 隨著她小妹妹夢中的那些奇异動物的降臨而活躍起來了。

   First, she dreamed of little Alice herself, and once again the tiny hands were clasped upon her knee, and the bright eager eyes were looking up into hers—she could hear the very tones of her voice, and see that queer little toss of her head to keep back the wandering hair that WOULD always get into her eyes—and still as she listened, or seemed to listen, the whole place around her became alive with the strange creatures of her little sister's dream.

   白兔跳來蹦去,弄得她腳下的洞草沙沙作響,受惊的老鼠在鄰近的洞穴間穿 來穿去,不時揚起一股塵土。她還听到三月兔同它的朋友們共享著沒完沒了的美 餐時碰擊茶杯的聲音,以及王后命令處決她的不幸客人的尖叫聲。同時也听到豬 孩子在公爵夫人腿上打噴嚏,以及盤碗的摔碎聲。甚至听到鷹頭獅的尖叫,壁虎 寫字時的沙沙聲,被制裁的豚鼠的掙扎聲等等。這种种聲音充滿了空間,還混雜 著遠處傳來的素甲魚那悲哀的抽泣聲。

   The long grass rustled at her feet as the White Rabbit hurried by—the frightened Mouse splashed his way through the neighbouring pool—she could hear the rattle of the teacups as the March Hare and his friends shared their never-ending meal, and the shrill voice of the Queen ordering off her unfortunate guests to execution—once more the pig-baby was sneezing on the Duchess's knee, while plates and dishes crashed around it—once more the shriek of the Gryphon, the squeaking of the Lizard's slate-pencil, and the choking of the suppressed guinea-pigs, filled the air, mixed up with the distant sobs of the miserable Mock Turtle.

   于是她將身子坐正,閉著眼睛,半信半疑自己真的到了奇境世界。盡管她知 道只是重溫一個舊夢,而一切都仍會返回現實:蒿草只是迎風作響,池水的波紋 擺動了蘆葦。茶杯的碰擊聲實際是羊頸上的鈴鐺聲,王后的尖叫起源于牧童的吃 喝。豬孩子的噴嚏聲,鷹頭獅的尖叫聲和各种奇聲怪音,原來只是農村中繁忙季 節的各种喧鬧聲。而遠處耕牛的低吟,在夢中變成素甲魚的哀泣。

   So she sat on, with closed eyes, and half believed herself in Wonderland, though she knew she had but to open them again, and all would change to dull reality—the grass would be only rustling in the wind, and the pool rippling to the waving of the reeds—the rattling teacups would change to tinkling sheep-bells, and the Queen's shrill cries to the voice of the shepherd boy—and the sneeze of the baby, the shriek of the Gryphon, and all the other queer noises, would change (she knew) to the confused clamour of the busy farm-yard—while the lowing of the cattle in the distance would take the place of the Mock Turtle's heavy sobs.

   最后,她想像了這樣的情景:她的這位小妹妹,以后將成為一位婦女。而她 將會畢生保留著童年時的純洁珍愛之心。她還會逗引孩童們,用許多奇异的故事, 或許就是許久以前的這個夢游奇境,使得他們眼睛變得更加明亮熱切。她也將共 享儿童們純洁的煩惱,因為這些煩惱就存在于她自己的童年,以及那愉快的夏日 回憶之中。

   Lastly, she pictured to herself how this same little sister of hers would, in the after-time, be herself a grown woman; and how she would keep, through all her riper years, the simple and loving heart of her childhood: and how she would gather about her other little children, and make THEIR eyes bright and eager with many a strange tale, perhaps even with the dream of Wonderland of long ago: and how she would feel with all their simple sorrows, and find a pleasure in all their simple joys, remembering her own child-life, and the happy summer days.


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