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Gooth ha Gowvreus
Pride and Prejudice in Cornish

Gooth ha Gowvreus

By Jane Austen

First edition, 2015. Translated into Cornish by Nicholas Williams. Illustrations by Hugh Thompson. Portlaoise: Evertype. ISBN 978-1-78201-093-7 (paperback), price: €12.95, £10.95, $15.95.

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“Nâ,” yn medh Darcy, “Nyns esoma ow pretendya tra vëth kepar. Me a’m beus lowr a fowtys, saw nyns yns y an fowtys a gonvedhes. Ny allama gwil clem vëth rag ow natur. Yth ywa nebes re serth martesen ow tùchya confort ow hynsa. Ny allama ankevy foly ha cabmow tus erel mar uskys dell dalvia dhybm, na gava dhedhans aga offencys wàr ow fydn. Ny vëdh ow emôcyons shakys dre bùb attent dh’aga môvya. Ow natur martesen a yll bos gelwys envies. Pàn vo kellys ow opynyon dâ gans nebonen, kellys ywa bys nefra.”   “No,” said Darcy, “I have made no such pretension. I have faults enough, but they are not, I hope, of understanding. My temper I dare not vouch for. It is, I believe, too little yielding—certainly too little for the convenience of the world. I cannot forget the follies and vices of others so soon as I ought, nor their offences against myself. My feelings are not puffed about with every attempt to move them. My temper would perhaps be called resentful. My good opinion once lost is lost for ever.”
“Hèn yw fowt in gwir!” a grias Elisabet. “Envy dybyta yw nàm i’n natur. Saw why re wrug dêwys agas fowt yn tâ. Ny allama wherthyn orto. Why yw salow dhyworthyf.”   That is a failing indeed!” cried Elizabeth. “Implacable resentment is a shade in a character. But you have chosen your fault well. I really cannot laugh at it. You are safe from me.”
“Yma plegyans in kenyver onen, me a grës, tro hag udn fowt natùral, ha ny yll an adhyscas gwella y honen y gonqwerrya.”   “There is, I believe, in every disposition a tendency to some particular evil, a natural defect, which not even the best education can overcome.”
“Hag yth yw agas fowt why an plegyans dhe hâtya pùbonen.”   “And your defect is a propensity to hate everybody.”
“Agas fowt why,” a worthebys ev in udn vinwherthyn, “yw dre dowl dh’aga hamùnderstondya.”   “And yours,” he replied with a smile, “is wilfully to misunderstand them.”
Yth yw Gooth ha Gowvreus an gwella aswonys a whegh novel Jane Austen hag y feu va dyllys in Sowsnek kyns oll i’n vledhen 1813. Talvejys brâs yw an whedhel-ma dre rêson a’n pyctour glew usy ev ow ry a’n bobel ino hag inwedh awos y narracyon gesedhus. Yma an novel ow terivas fatell wrug Elisabet Benet metya gans Mêster Darcy rag an kensa prës hag ev dystowgh dhe vos cas gensy. In folednow an lyver yma hy thybyansow in y gever ow chaunjya tabm ha tabm, ha wàr an dyweth egerys yw dhedhy hy theylu dhe vos in kendon vrâs dhodho ha hy hy honen dh’y estêmya ha’y gara dre rêson a’y dhader, y larjes ha’y lendury. Yma lies character notabyl i’n lyver inwedh, Jane sêmly ha hegar, whor gotha Elisabet; Mêstres Benet aga mabm wocky; ha Lydya wyls ha dygabester, aga whor yonca. In mesk persons hegof erel an whedhel y hyller campolla Mêster Bingly jentyl ha caradow; Mêster Wyckam, sherewa teg y semlant; Wyllyam Collins an pronter wharthus fol ha’y batrones dhyscortes ha casadow, Arlodhes Catheryn de Bourgh.

  Pride and Prejudice is the best known of Jane Austen’s six novels, and was first published in 1813. It is highly regarded for the acute description of its characters and because of its ironic style. The novel tells about the relation­ship which ensues when Elizabeth Bennet meets Mr Darcy. There are many notable characters in the novel, in particular beautiful and affectionate Jane, Elizabeth’s older sister; Mrs Bennet, their foolish mother; and their wild and unruly younger sister Lydia. The other memorable actors in the story include gentle and amiable Mr Bingley; Mr Wickam, the plausible scoundrel; William Collins, the ridiculous clergyman; and his appalling patronness, Lady Catherine de Bourgh.
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