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2012英语专八考试翻译每天练(23)

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  <汉译英>

  【背景知识】
  光绪二十六年,八国联军攻占北京。慈禧太后弃城而走,一直逃到西安。和谈开始后,她并未马上返回北京。起初,外国列强的要求里面有一项是让慈禧太后退位,由光绪帝重新执掌朝廷。不过,在与李鸿章多次会谈后,他们放弃了这一要求。

  中文原文:

  第二年正式签署和约,随后过了一个月慈禧才终于从西安动身。她对外国人万分惧怕,正像她对国人无比傲慢一样。她在河南停留了很长一段时间,到了保定又逗留多日,好不容易才回到北京。据野史记载,在这漫长的旅途中还发生了一件趣事。一位地方官员送给慈禧一只猴子,她颇为高兴,竟下旨给那只猴子穿黄马褂。后来太监报告说,有的官员发出了“人不如猴”的感慨,慈禧这才发现自己的决定有些荒唐,于是又下旨给随行官员每人一件黄马褂。得到这殊荣之后,大家真不知道该感谢慈禧还是感谢那只猴子。

  参考译文:

  In the following year, a formal peace pact was signed. About a month later, Cixi left Xi’an at last. She was utterly fearful of foreigners just as she was extremely arro-gant toward her own countrymen. She stopped far a long time in Henan and halted in Baoding for quite a few days before finally arriving in Beijing. According to unofficial accounts, an amusing episode took place during this long and drawn out journey. When a local official offered a monkey to her as a gift, she was so pleased that she ordered a yellow mandarin jacket to be conferred upon the monkey, later, a eunuch heard some officials complaining that people were considered less worthy than a monkey and went to inform Cixi, who realized that her order had been indeed a little too whimsical. So she issued another edict granting each of the escorting officials a yellow mandarin jacket. Upon the receipt of such an unusual favor the officials did not know whether they should thank Cixi or rather the monkey for it.

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