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Lesson 76

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(76-)

Seventy sixth lesson

     
 

(76)

Lesson number seventy six (#76)

     
  (1) Memories of a beauty
     
1 (2) , . I fell in love for the first time in the year 1914 , in spring.
2 , (3), It is not that I was much in love, but I saw [see] that Dimitri courted (present) me passionately
     
3 , (4) , . sent [sends] me flowers, sweets, squeezed [squeezes] my hands awfully.
4 , , (5). ? Well [give] ! I think, I shall marry Dimitri. Why wait?
5 (6). (It is) not every day (that) one makes a proposal to a girl.
6 . , , . Dimitri is an officer. (And) there, precisely, (comes) the first world war.
7 . . Then it was (a) new (thing). In society, heroic feelings became the fashion.
     
8 : " ". (7) and there I am "the betrothed of a hero".
9 , , , " ". Well, I think, if they kill Dimitri, I shall be "the widow of a hero".
     
10 . ... (It is) almost a title. And a pension, to be sure.
11 . . (8) We married. All was touching and picturesque.
     
12 . But all (the same) Dimitri must go to the war.
13 : " , . I tell him "I entreat you, be careful.
     
14 , ?
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(If) they kill you, what becomes of me [so whither I]?
Think of it."
15 . . . (9) . He went off. I weep. I receive letters. I send telegrams.
16 . ... ... (10) I changed my head-dress. Always pale... Always in alarm.
17 . . . I have [see] dreams. I shiver. "The young wife of a hero."
18 . To the theatre I go only in black.
19 . (11) . The portrait of my husband in a locket. I kiss it before sleep(ing).
20 - (12) (It is) a help [food] for the heart, anyway.
  ( , ). (From Nina Fedorova's tale : "A beauty".)
     
  . A song
  (13) This is the last [little] day of to-day,
  , (When) I walk with you, friends,
  , (14) And to-morrow, to-morrow, at the early [hardly at] dawn
  . All my family will cry.
 

ADDITIONAL EXERCISE

1 , ? Do you remember how he fell in love with your sister?
2 , . He courts all women, nice or plain.
3 , . To kiss at Easter is an old Russian custom.
4 , ? Say, what did he propose to you exactly?
5 ( ) (). It has become the fashion to go (out) without a cap (hat).
6 ! ? How pale you are. Why do you shiver?
7 , . It is with cold and not with fear.
8 ( ). He touches everything.
     
    To be remembered :
  () It's already hot (cold).
  drink this before sleep(ing).
  I really fell in love with your house.
  he made a proposal (proposed has made a proposition) to her.
  Precisely, she is here.
  , ? Apropos, how old is she?
  I all but missed the train.
   
 

NOTES -

AK-NOTE

1 : a beauty.
: beauty in general, (like the beautiful scenery).
 
2 -: to fall in love with somebody.
: .
 
3 ( + instr.) : to woo, court; to have particular attentions for somebody.
: passion, ardour love.
...: I terribly want to...
 
4 , , : to send (imp.).
, , : to send (perf.).
: send me flowers.
 
5 : to marry (for a woman), to take a husband;
: to marry (for a man), to take a wife.
 
6 (imp.), (perf.) : to propose.
: .
 
7 : the fiancée;
: the fiancé.
 
8 (imp.), (perf.) : to marry (at the church) ;
from , the crown (During the ceremony a crown is held over the couple's heads).
- (imp.), (perf.) : to touch.
! Don't touch me!
: he did not touch his wine.
- or : a painter (artist) ;
: picturesque.
 
9  (infin. ), or .  
10 : head-dress
, : to do one's hair.
: the comb ;
: a brush for the hair.
: tooth-brush.
: alarm, alert.
 
11 (imp.), (pert.) : to kiss;
: a kiss.
 
12 : food;
: alimentation.
(imp.), (perf.) : to feed, cater for.
: to bring up, educate;
: upbringing education.
: a well-bred man.
: the heart;
: hearty.
( , ) : to get angry.
 
13 , popular for : of to-day,
from , : at present, to-day.
: to-day's day.
, diminutive of .
 
14 : : hardly (day)-light.
: I all but fell [hardly not fell].
- : hardly had I come in...
- : I hardly touched him.
 

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