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Lesson 66

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Sixty sixth lesson

     
 

(66)

Lesson number sixty six (#66)

     
  (1) A merry Director
     
1 , , . Peasants arc, to be sure, ignorant [obscure] people :
2 , , (2). A peasant, for instance, will see a window and (he) will not fail to sit [will sit without fail] on the window sill.
     
3 (3). Especially if [if esp.] there are no benches in the room.
4 A ( ) . (4). Now this strongly irritated the Director of the . sugar-mills.
5 , , , (5): He thought and thought how (he could) make peasants (acc. pl., anim. beings) lose the habit ["unteach" the p.] of sitting (constantly) on the windows (acc. of mot.), (and) he imagined (this) :
6 (6), By decree of the director, in the anteroom (prep.) of the office (genit.),
7 Where the peasants wait for [by] hours
8 (7), for all sorts of ["each"] informations (sic) and distributions, 9
9 (8), on the window-sill was fixed a bit of a plank
     
10 (9). furnished with sharp nails.
11 A (10). Now one could also stuff a pound (or) two of nitroglycerine (into it).
     
12 , , (11), (If), for instance, a rustic [will] sit foolishly on the window (accus.),
13 a ! how it will tear him up [drag] !
14 , . arms here, legs there.
     
15 . (It'll be) funnier still.
16 (12). Now one can also place a spare [superfluous] small bench in the waiting-room.
17 . it will do, too.
  ( M. : ) (From A . Zoshtchenko's book "Days in our life").
 

EXERCISE
1 . That will go of itself.
2 . He should be taught out of this bad habit.
3 , ; . Don't get excited, don't get fretful; be calm.
4 "? What have you again imagined there?
5 . Give him a good reception.
6 ( : nominative). Get information at the other window.
7 . He gave me all the indispensable information[s].
8 . Glue him a piece of bread.
9 , . This contraption is well thought out, but works badly.
 

ADDITIONAL EXERCISE

1 . The peasant is intelligent.
2 . Peasants are intelligent.
3 . There are many intelligent peasants.
4 , . Put a bench, benches here.
5 . There are no more benches.
6 ; . Go into the anteroom ; wait in the anteroom.
7 . Sit down on the bench, on the window.
8 , . Remain seated on the bench, on the window.
9 . He broke the cup into pieces.
10 . They (masc.) remained without a bit of bread.
11 . She struck him with a plank.
12 ( ) . I am waiting for the postman.
13 . I shall wait for you.
     
    Lets note
  , He did it out of stupidity. not out of wickedness.
   
  That will go of itself [oneself].
  I want to rid myself of this bad habit.
 

NOTES -

AK-NOTE

1 (vessiwly) : merry , cheerful, opposed to (groossny), sad;
: merrily; (groosno) : sadly.
 
2 is the plural of .
- : under; , with an inserted , gives : : liter. "ude-windower" .
(perf.) : he will sit down;
: he sits down (imperf.) ;
: he is sitting.
 
3 , the bench;
, genit. plur.,
like , .
, popular for .
: .
 
4 : accus. (anim. being).
- , from , sugar, and , factory (N. 2).
 
5 : from , idea of removing, and , to teach : "to unteach";
( : to get rid of).
, to sit down for a minute.
 
6 : disposition, ordinance.
Compare , order (the changing into ).
: hall, anteroom; (: before).
 
7 A genitive plural.
Nomin. singular : ;
nom. plur : .
- : to get information;
: to deliver;
: to deliver a passport.
 
8 , the plank, board;
: of the planks
: the planks
(Like , , ).
 
9 : sharp; contrary of , blunt.
(masc.), the nail.
 
10 , : 2 pounds, 5 pounds.
, : about 2, 5 pounds (or : one or two, five or six).
, to stuff, thrust; Cf. , to put, lay.
 
11 (): diminutive of (),
itself from , from !
 
12 : reception room.
, reception, welcome.
, a familiar diminutive of , itself from .
 

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