Saturday, September 24th, 2016

bella_spb: (маленький лисенок)
Да, я снова развлекаюсь с переводами

Читаю Питера Пена (как-то так сложилось), первый раз - в оригинале. Не оторваться!
И вот кусочек, один из самых душу щемящих (а книгу эту я в детстве знала почти наизусть), в котором появляется неочевидное для меня словосочетание:

"..Hook was not his true name. To reveal who he really was would even at this date set the country in a blaze; but as those who read between the lines must already have guessed, he had been at a famous public school; and its traditions still clung to him like garments, with which indeed they are largely concerned. Thus it was offensive to him even now to board a ship in the same dress in which he grappled [attacked] her, and he still adhered in his walk to the school's distinguished slouch. But above all he retained the passion for good form.
Good form! However much he may have degenerated, he still knew that this is all that really matters.
From far within him he heard a creaking as of rusty portals, and through them came a stern tap-tap-tap, like hammering in the night when one cannot sleep. "Have you been good form to-day?" was their eternal question.
"Fame, fame, that glittering bauble, it is mine," he cried.
"Is it quite good form to be distinguished at anything?" the tap-tap from his school replied.
"I am the only man whom Barbecue feared," he urged, "and Flint feared Barbecue."
"Barbecue, Flint—what house?" came the cutting retort.
Most disquieting reflection of all, was it not bad form to think about good form? His vitals were tortured by this problem."

..А дальше он думает, как так вышло, что пирата Smee любят дети [а его - нет]?
".. If Smee was lovable, what was it that made him so? A terrible answer suddenly presented itself—"Good form?"
Had the bo'sun good form without knowing it, which is the best form of all?
He remembered that you have to prove you don't know you have it before you are eligible for Pop [an elite social club at Eton].
With a cry of rage he raised his iron hand over Smee's head; but he did not tear. What arrested him was this reflection:
"To claw a man because he is good form, what would that be?"
"Bad form!"
The unhappy Hook was as impotent as he was damp, and he fell forward like a cut flower."

Как бы вы перевели "good form"?
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