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马克吐温 百万英镑 07

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The 1,000,000 Bank-Note
          Mark Twain


Tod retorted: "Get him his change! It's easy to say, sir; but look at the bill yourself."

托德反唇相讥:“找给他钱!说得轻巧,先生,自个儿看看吧,您哪。”

The proprietor took a look, gave a low, eloquent whistle, then made a dive for the pile of rejected clothing, and began to snatch it this way and that, talking all the time excitedly, and as if to himself:

那老板看了一眼,低低地吹了一声动听的口哨,一头扎进那摞退货的衣服里乱翻起来。一边翻,一边不停唠叨,好像是自言自语:

"Sell an eccentric millionaire such an unspeakable suit as that! Tod's a fool - a born fool. Always doing something like this. Drives every millionaire away from this place, because he can't tell a millionaire from a tramp, and never could. Ah, here's the thing I am after. Please get those things off, sir, and throw them in the fire. Do me the favor to put on this shirt and this suit; it's just the thing, the very thing - plain, rich, modest, and just ducally nobby; made to order for a foreign prince - you may know him, sir, his Serene Highness the Hospodar of Halifax; had to leave it with us and take a mourning-suit because his mother was going to die - which she didn't. But that's all right; we can't always have things the way we - that is, the way they - there! trousers all right, they fit you to a charm, sir; now the waistcoat; aha, right again! now the coat - Lord! look at that, now! Perfect - the whole thing! I never saw such a triumph in all my experience."

“把一套拿不出手的衣服卖给一位非同寻常的百万富翁!托德这个傻瓜!——生就的傻瓜。老是这个样子。把一个个百万富翁都气走了,就因为他分不清谁是百万富翁,谁是流浪汉,从来就没分清过。啊,我找的就是这件。先生,请把这些东西脱了,都扔到火里头去。您赏我一个脸,穿上这件衬衫和这身套装;合适,太合适了——简洁、考究、庄重,完全是王公贵族的气派;这是给一位外国亲王定做的——先生可能认识,就是尊敬的哈利法克斯·赫斯庞达尔殿下;他把这套衣眼放在这儿,又做了一套丧眼,因为他母亲快不行了——可后来又没有死。不过这没关系;事情哪能老按咱们——这个,老按他们——嘿!裤子正好,正合您的身,先生;再试试马甲;啊哈,也合适!再穿上外衣——上帝!看看,喏!绝了——真是绝了!我干了一辈子还没遇见过这么成功的衣服搭配哪!”

I expressed my satisfaction.

我表示满意。

"Quite right, sir, quite right; it'll do for a makeshift, I'm bound to say. But wait till you see what we'll get up for you on your own measure. Come, Tod, book and pen; get at it. Length of leg, 32"" - and so on. Before I could get in a word he had measured me, and was giving orders for dress-suits, morning suits, shirts, and all sorts of things. When I got a chance I said:

“您圣明,先生,圣明;我敢说,这套衣裳还能先顶一阵儿。不过,您等着,瞧我们按您自个儿的尺码给您做衣裳。快,托德,拿本子和笔;我说你记。裤长三十二英寸——”如此等等。还没等我插一句嘴,他已经量完了,正在吩咐做晚礼服、晨礼服、衬衫以及各色各样的衣服。我插了一个空子说:

"But, my dear sir, I can't give these orders, unless you can wait indefinitely, or change the bill."

“亲爱的先生,我不能定做这些衣服,除非您能不定结账的日子,要不然就得给我换开这张钞票。”

"Indefinitely! It's a weak word, sir, a weak word. Eternally - that's the word, sir. Tod, rush these things through, and send them to the gentleman's address without any waste of time. Let the minor customers wait. Set down the gentleman's address and--"
 
“不定日子!这不像话,先生,不像话。是永远——这才像话呢,先生。托德,赶紧把这些衣眼做出来,一刻也别耽搁,送到这位先生的府上去。让那些个不要紧的顾客等着。把这位先生的地址记下来,再——”

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