外语教育网
您的位置:外语教育网 > 英语文化视窗 > 文学与艺术 > 小说 正文
  • 站内搜索:

The Money Moon(Chapter16)

2006-08-28 23:16

  Chapter XVI. In which Adam proposes a game

  "To be, or not to be!" Bellew leaned against the mighty hole of "King Arthur," and stared up at the moon with knitted brows. "That is the question!——whether I shall brave the slings, and arrows and things, and——speak tonight, and have done with it——one way or another, or live on, a while, secure in this uncertainty? To wait? Whether I shall, at this so early stage, pit all my chances of happiness against the chances of——losing her, and with her——Small Porges, bless him! and all the quaint, and lovable beings of this wonderful Arcadia of mine. For, if her answer be 'No,'——what recourse have I,——what is there left me but to go wandering forth again, following the wind, and with the gates of Arcadia shut upon me for ever? 'To be, or not to be,——that is the question!'"

  "Be that you, Mr. Belloo, sir?"

  "Even so, Adam. Come sit ye a while, good knave, and gaze upon Dian's loveliness, and smoke, and let us converse of dead kings."

  "Why, kings ain't much in my line, sir,——living or dead uns,——me never 'aving seen any——except a pic'ter,——and that tore, though very life like. But why I were a lookin' for you was to ax you to back me up,——an' to——play the game, Mr. Belloo sir."

  "Why——as to that, my good Adam,——my gentle Daphnis,——my rugged Euphemio,——you may rely upon me to the uttermost. Are you in trouble? Is it counsel you need, or only money? Fill your pipe, and, while you smoke, confide your cares to me,——put me wise, or, as your French cousins would say,——make me 'au fait.'"

  "Well," began Adam, when his pipe was well alight, "in the first place, Mr. Belloo sir, I begs to remind you, as Miss Anthea sold her furnitur' to raise enough money as with what the 'ops will bring, might go to pay off the mortgage,——for good an' all, sir."

  "Yes."

  "Well, to-night, sir, Miss Anthea calls me into the parlour to ax,——or as you might say,——en-quire as to the why, an' likewise the wherefore of you a buyin' all that furnitur'."

  "Did she, Adam?"

  "Ah!——'why did 'e do it?' says she——'well, to keep it from bein' took away, p'raps,' says I——sharp as any gimblet, sir."

  "Good!" nodded Bellew.

  "Ah!——but it weren't no good, sir," returned Adam, "because she sez as 'ow your 'ome being in America, you couldn't really need the furnitur',——nor yet want the furnitur',——an' blest if she wasn't talkin' of handing you the money back again."

  "Hum!" said Bellew.

  "Seeing which, sir, an' because she must have that money if she 'opes to keep the roof of Dapplemere over 'er 'ead, I, there an' then, made up,——or as you might say,——concocted a story, a anecdote, or a yarn,——upon the spot, Mr. Belloo sir."

  "Most excellent Machiavelli!——proceed!"

  "I told her, sir, as you bought that furnitur' on account of you being wishful to settle down,——whereat she starts, an' looks at me wi' her eyes big, an' surprised-like. I told 'er, likewise, as you had told me on the quiet,——or as you might say,——con-fi-dential, that you bought that furnitur' to set up 'ouse-keeping on account o' you being on the p'int o' marrying a fine young lady up to Lonnon,——"

  "What!" Bellew didn't move, nor did he raise his voice,——nevertheless Adam started back, and instinctively threw up his arm.

  "You——told her——that?"

  "I did sir."

  "But you knew it was a——confounded lie."

  "Aye,——I knowed it. But I'd tell a hundred,——ah! thousands o' lies, con-founded, or otherwise,——to save Miss Anthea."

  "To save her?"

  "From ruination, sir! From losing Dapplemere Farm, an' every thing she has in the world. Lord love ye!——the 'ops can never bring in by theirselves all the three thousand pounds as is owing,——it ain't to be expected,——but if that three thousand pound ain't paid over to that dirty Grimes by next Saturday week as ever was, that dirty Grimes turns Miss Anthea out o' Dapplemere, wi' Master Georgy, an' poor little Miss Priscilla,——An' what'll become o' them then,——I don't know. Lord! when I think of it the 'Old Adam' do rise up in me to that extent as I'm minded to take a pitch-fork and go and skewer that there Grimes to his own chimbley corner. Ye see Mr. Belloo sir," he went on, seeing Bellew was silent still, "Miss Anthea be that proud, an' independent that she'd never ha' took your money, sir, if I hadn't told her that there lie,——so that's why I did tell her that here lie."

  "I see," nodded Bellew, "I see!——yes,——you did quite right. You acted for the best, and you——did quite right, Adam,——yes, quite right"

  "Thankee sir!"

  "And so——this is the game I am to play, is it?"

  "That's it, sir; if she ax's you,——'are you goin' to get married?'——you'll tell her 'yes,——to a lady as you've knowed from your childhood's hour,——living in Lonnon,'——that's all, sir."

  "That's all is it, Adam!" said Bellew slowly, turning to look up at the moon again. "It doesn't sound very much, does it? Well, I'll play your game,——Adam,——yes, you may depend upon me."

  "Thankee, Mr. Belloo sir,——thankee sir!——though I do 'ope as you'll excuse me for taking such liberties, an' making so free wi' your 'eart, and your affections, sir?"

  "Oh certainly, Adam!——the cause excuses——everything."

  "Then, good-night, sir!"

  "Good-night, Adam!"

  So this good, well-meaning Adam strode away, proud on the whole of his night's work, leaving Bellew to frown up at the moon with teeth clenched tight upon his pipe-stem.

相关热词:小说
栏目相关课程表
科目名称 主讲老师 课时 免费试听 优惠价 购买课程
英语零起点 郭俊霞 30课时 试听 150元/门 购买
综艺乐园 ------ 15课时 试听 100元/门 购买
边玩边学 ------ 10课时 试听 60元/门 购买
情景喜剧 ------ 15课时 试听 100元/门 购买
欢乐课堂 ------ 35课时 试听 150元/门 购买
趣味英语速成 钟 平 18课时 试听 179元/门 购买
剑桥少儿英语预备级 (Pre-Starters) ------ ------ 试听 200元/门 购买
剑桥少儿英语一级 (Starters) ------ ------ 试听 200元/门 购买
剑桥少儿英语二级 (Movers) ------ ------ 试听 200元/门 购买
剑桥少儿英语三级 (Flyers) ------ ------ 试听 200元/门 购买
初级英语口语 ------ 55课时 ------ 350元/门 购买
中级英语口语 ------ 83课时 ------ 350元/门 购买
高级英语口语 ------ 122课时 ------ 350元/门 购买
基础英语辅导课程
郭俊霞 北京语言大学毕业,国内某知名中学英语教研组长,教学标兵……详情>>
郭俊霞:零基础英语网上辅导名师
钟平 北大才俊,英语辅导专家,累计从事英语教学八年,机械化翻译公式发明人……详情>>
钟平:趣味英语速成网上辅导名师

  1、凡本网注明 “来源:外语教育网”的所有作品,版权均属外语教育网所有,未经本网授权不得转载、链接、转贴或以其他方式使用;已经本网授权的,应在授权范围内使用,且必须注明“来源:外语教育网”。违反上述声明者,本网将追究其法律责任。
  2、本网部分资料为网上搜集转载,均尽力标明作者和出处。对于本网刊载作品涉及版权等问题的,请作者与本网站联系,本网站核实确认后会尽快予以处理。本网转载之作品,并不意味着认同该作品的观点或真实性。如其他媒体、网站或个人转载使用,请与著作权人联系,并自负法律责任。
  3、联系方式
  编辑信箱:for68@chinaacc.com
  电话:010-82319999-2371