Collins: Dear Miss Elizabeth, I am sure my attentions have
been too marked to be mistaken. Almost as soon as I entered the house, I
singled you out as the companion of
my future life. But before I am run away with my feelings, perhaps I may state
my reasons for marrying. Firstly, that it is the duty of a clergyman to set the
example of matrimony in his parish. Secondly, that I am convinced it will add
greatly to my happiness. And thirdly, that it is at the urging of my esteemed
patroness, Lady Catherine, that I select a wife. My object in coming to
Longbourn was to choose such a one from among Mr. Bennet's daughters, for I am
to inherit the estate and such an alliance will surely…suit everyone. And now
nothing remains but for me to assure you in the most animated language of the
violence of my affections.
Elizabeth: Mr. Collins!
Collins: And that no reproach on the subject of fortune will cross my lips
once we're married.
Elizabeth: You're too hasty, sir.
You forget that I have given no answer.
Collins: I must add that Lady Catherine will thoroughly approve when I speak
to her of your modesty, economy and other amiable qualities
Elizabeth: Sir, I am honored by your proposal, but I regret that I must
Collins: I know ladies don't seek to seem too eager...
Elizabeth: Mr. Collins, I am perfectly serious. You could not make me happy.
And I'm convinced I'm the last woman in the world
who could make you happy.
Collins: I flatter myself,
cousin, that your refusal is merely a natural delicacy. Besides, you should take
into account that despite the manifold attractions, it is by no means certain
that another offer of marriage may ever be made to you... Elizabeth: Mr.
Collins: ...I must conclude that you simply seek to increase my love by
Collins: ...according to the usual practice of elegant females.
Elizabeth: Sir, I am not the sort of female to torment a respectable man.
Please understand me, I cannot accept you.
1. single out
If you single sb. out
from a group, you choose them and give them special attention or treatment.
挑选 e.g. Mr. Collins singled out Jane first as his future wife at first, but
then he switched to Elizabeth. He was singled out by his teacher to take part
in the competition.
匆忙的，草率的 e.g. They shouldn't have made such a hasty
decision. 另外在汉语中我们的一句成语“欲速则不达”跟hasty的同根词haste有关，英语中有两种表达： Haste makes
waste More haste, less speed. 大家不妨在这里牢记住这个表达。
3. I'm the last woman in the world who could make you happy.
last+名词+定语从句”，表达最大程度的否定或者不赞成。本句话的意思是：我是这个世界上最不可能带给你幸福的女人。 e.g. To be a
teacher is the last thing in the world that I could do. 我最不愿意干的事就是当老师。 This
city is the last place that I want to live in the world. 我最不愿意生活的地方就是这个城市。
4. flatter oneself that
If you flatter yourself that something good is
the case, you believe that it is true, although others may disagree.
自鸣得意，自以为 e.g. They flattered themselves that they would win.
Flatter一词还有一些其它用法： If someone flatters you, they praise
you in an exaggerated way that is not sincere, because they want to please you
or to persuade you to do something. 奉承，谄媚 e.g. I knew she was just flattering
me, because she wanted me to buy her
scarf. 此外flattering和flattered在口语中的出现频率也很高，flattering继承了flatter的意思，作为形容词的时候有“谄媚的，讨好的”意思，但是也有“讨人喜欢的”意思， 如：
How flattering your company is since so many other companies are after you.
你看你们公司多招人喜欢，那么多其他公司都跟在你们屁股后面转。 但是flattered的意思有所不同， If you feel
flattered by something that has happened, you are pleased about it because it
makes you feel important or special. 表示"受宠若惊"的意思 e.g. I feel flattered by
what you said. 你的话让我受宠若惊。