There stood in a well-known ancient temple a huge statue. He was so tall that people standing by were unable to touch even his knees however hard they tried to reach for him. For many, many years, visitors couldn't help feeling so overawed and dwarfed at the sight of him that they looked to him eagerly for salvation.
Having stood there for several hundred years, the statue had now come to detest it as a kind of forced drudgery. And he knew perfectly well that he could do nothing whatsoever to help the suffering mortal beings craving for salvation by him.Feeling bored as well as ashamed, he began to address his worshippers at long last:
"O ye mortals, what a ridiculous thing you've done! You've created me in your own image, and an image of gigantic dimensions at that, believing that I can thus be powerful enough to rid you of your worries and cares. As a result, however, I've become just scared of you."
1.画线部分第一段第一句中,“人站在他的旁边”译为people standing by;“伸直了手……”这里意在说明人们努力的程度,因此意译为however hard they tried to reach for him。
2.画线部分第一段第二句中,“看见的人”应根据英语语言习惯,译作介词短语作状语,即at the sight of him;“不由自主地肃然起敬,感到自己的渺小,卑微”译为couldn't help feeling so overawed and dwarfed。
4.画线部分第二段第二句“由于羞愧而厌烦”需进行灵活处理,译为Feeling bored as well as ashamed,意即“不仅羞愧,而且厌烦”。
5.画线部分第三段第二句“把我加以扩大”译为and an image of gigantic dimensions at that,补充说明前面的 You've created me in your own image。
6.画线部分第三段最后一句“而我却害怕你们”译为As a result,however,I've become just scared of you.中文“而”的实际意思是“这样一来”或“结果”,故译为 As a result,不宜译为 In the meantime 或 And 等。