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Say It Right Series

第一回: Chunk 3

Posted by henning July 12, 2008 in the Group General Discussion.

Tags: 红楼梦, 第一回, 古文, classic

何我堂堂须眉,诚不若彼裙钗哉?实愧则有余,悔又无益之大无可如何之日也

Can such a kinglike man really not compare with those women? Actually, it is only shame I have abundant, but regret is of no use, whatever I do, the chance just cannot come!

 

Breakdown:

何我堂堂须眉,诚不若彼裙钗哉?
堂堂 kinglike
须眉 a man
彼裙钗 that womanfolks (裙钗 Skirt + hairpin = woman! Cool piece of vocab!)
哉 (exclamatory particle)

何我堂堂须眉
Such (何) a kinglike 堂堂 man须眉 like me,

Really (诚) cannot compare with (不若) those (彼) women (裙钗) 哉 (exclamatory particle)


实愧则有余,悔又无益之大无可如何之日也
Really shame is all that I have abundant

实愧则有余
Really (实) shame (愧) however (则)  [I] have in excess (有余)


悔又无益之大无可如何之日也
But regretting again (悔又) does not help / is of no good (无益), whatever I do (之大?) 无可如何 there is just no day (之日)!! (也)

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