在"世界上最嚴重的犯罪"中誰是"我們"?


2

在切斯特頓(G. K. Chesterton)的" The Worst Crime in the World"中,律師正在和布朗神父交談:

“I must apologize for everything I said about the Captain,” he said to the priest as they drifted together towards the door. “He’s a thoroughly sensible fellow and quite sees my point. He asked me himself why I didn’t go north and see his old father; I could hear from the old man’s own lips how it stood about the inheritance. Well, he couldn’t say fairer than that, could he? But he’s so anxious to get the thing settled that he offered to take me up in his own car to Musgrave Moss. That’s the name of the estate. I suggested that, if he was so kind, we might go together; and we’re starting to-morrow morning.”

這個"我們"是指布朗和律師嗎?正如律師已經說過的那樣:"船長提出要帶我自己開車去穆斯格雷夫·莫斯",那麼他又如何建議船長跟他一起去呢?

但是在隨後的一段中,這位船長說:

“Look here,” he cried, speaking naturally enough, though they fancied his colour was changed. “I’m awfully sorry, Mr. Granby, but I find I can’t come north with you to-morrow. Of course, you will take the car all the same. Please do; I shan’t want it. I — I have to be in London for some days. Take a friend with you if you like.

他建議"如果願意,可以和您一起帶朋友",好像第一段中的"我們"並不意味著"律師和他的朋友布朗"就已經!!

那麼,"他提出要自己開車帶我去Musgrave Moss的提議"是不是意味著"他提議我和他的司機獨自開車去?"

3

I believe that, in that first paragraph, Granby is actually just talking about himself and the Captain. He was only asking Father Brown's opinion of the man initially, not looking to invite him to come along. It is a little bit odd that he twice discusses them driving up together, but I suspect it's just a conversational flourish, mentioning that they're going together in the same sentence that he indicates that he had requested to go the next morning. Father Brown doesn't get introduced into the trip until the following lines from your second quote.

"My friend, Father Brown——" began the lawyer.

"If Captain Musgrave is really so kind," said Father Brown gravely. "I may explain that I have some status in Mr. Granby's inquiry, and it would be a great relief to my mind if I could go."

That said, I could reasonably see the initial offer from the Captain to Granby as being one of offering his car and chauffeur and the lawyer's second sentence indicating that he expected the Captain to come with him, but that's not how I understood it.

Of course, as we know by the end of the story, the Captain had no intent of actually traveling up with the lawyer for obvious reasons.