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英语听书《白鲸记》第528期

发表时间:2017-12-06内容来源:VOA英语学习网

he was somewhere to the northward of the Line. One morning upon handling the pumps according to daily usage, it was observed that she made more water in her hold than common. They supposed a sword-fish had stabbed her, gentlemen. But the captain, having some unusual reason for believing that rare good luck awaited him in those latitudes; and therefore being very averse to quit them, and the leak not being then considered at all dangerous, though, indeed, they could not find it after searching the hold as low down as was possible in rather heavyweather, the ship still continued her cruisings, the mariners working at the pumps at wide and easy intervals;but no good luck came; more days went by and not only was the leak yet undiscovered, but it sensibly increased. So much so, that now taking some alarm, the captain, making all sail, stood away for the nearest harbor among the islands, there to have his hull hove out and repaired.

它是要驶到赤道以北的什么地方去的。有一天早晨,按照日常老规矩,正在使用帮浦抽水的时候,发现从舱里抽出来的水比平常多。各位先生,他们以为船让剑鱼给戳穿了。可是,那个船长却有一种异乎寻常的看法,认为在这一带难得有好运道在等着他,因此由于不愿意离开这地方,而且当时根本不认为那个漏洞很危险,在那种相当坏的天气里,他们虽然尽量摸到船底里,确实也找不到漏洞,于是,那艘船还是继续它的巡游,水手们也隔了好久才去随便地抽一下水。可是,好运道并没有到来,过了好几天,不但漏洞还没有发现,而且漏洞显然越来越大了。这时连那个船长也惊惶起来了,他叫人加帆急驶,赶快驶到群岛中最近的一个港口去,以便到那里把船壳翻过来修理一番。

Though no small passage was before her, yet, if the commonest chance favoured, he did not at all fear that hisship would founder by the way, because his pumps were of the best, and being periodically relieved at them, those six-and-thirty men of his could easily keep the ship free; never mind if the leak should double on her.

虽然前面还有不少航程,然而,如果天赐最平常的机运,他根本也不用担心他那艘船会在半途中沉下去,因为船上的帮浦都是最好的,又是定期换班抽水,就算漏洞再大一倍也无所谓,船上三十六个人手尽可以轻而易举地把船救住。

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