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Lesson 89

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(89-)

Eighty ninth lesson

     
 

(89)

Lesson number eighty nine (#89)

     
  (1) A lover of order
     
1 - ,
, (2)
The head of the house, a fresh, 50 55 year German, hardly grizzled [touched by grey hair],
  55 years old
2 . (3) could be called a model family father.
     
3 - , (4) He worked [served] in I don't know what ship office on Vassil'evsky Island,
4 , (N. 5), . (5) toiled like an ox and passed [accompanied] all his leisure at home.
5 , () The death of his first wife had shaken him,
6 , (7) but just after one year he married a second time,
7 ... not to leave the house without a housewife.
     
8 , . (8) He was calm, severe and methodical (accurate)
9 (9), His eldest daughters gave him many cares,
     
10 , (10) but he would patiently bear their wild pranks,
11 . (11) exacting only one (thing) : order.
     
12 , To be late for dinner, or not come at all,
13 , (12) would have been [meant] to offend him more
     
14 . (13) than to tell him abuse.
15 , He shut his eyes [looked through his fingers] on his
daughters' behaviour,
16 , . but exacted that every morning they (should) drink coffee together with him.
17 (8) . A good man he was, Mr. Schneider,
18 . And very obtuse.
  ( (14) " "). (From George Beliaiev's novel : "The Misses Schneider")
 

EXERCISE
1 ;
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You look worried; allow me to ask you why?
2 , ,
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You're mistaken, I have no worries, only I got angry.
3 ? , ? Against [On] whom? not against me, I hope.
4 ! , a ;
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What, you? No but against my son-in-law ;
he irritates me constantly.
5 With great trouble, I succeeded in hunting out a good place for him,
6 a , , ? but he, do you think (he's) grateful?
7 , . No, he all but told me insolent things.
8 , , He says that he will have too little spare-time left,
9 , that one must make the better of life (instrJ.
10 , ! In one word (instr.), (he's) a do-nothing.
 

ADDITIONAL EXERCISE

1 , , . I ask (or pray), he asks, they ask.
2 ,
,
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I shall ask, I (have) asked; ask him to come in.
3 ,
,
, ,
I ask (or question) , I shall ask ; ask him when he [will] come(s).
4 , ;
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I leave ; he leaves ; I shall leave. ; leave.
5 , , ;
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I put, he puts, they put ; I shall put, put.
6 , , , ;
,
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I want, we want, they want; I shall want, I (have) wanted, I was wanting.
7 , , . I find, he finds, they find.
8 , , ;
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I shall find, they will find; find.
9 , , . I keep silent, he keeps silent., they keep silent.
10 ,
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!
I shall keep silent ; I (have) kept silent ; keep silent.
11 , , . I believe, he believes, they believe.
12 ,
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!
I shall believe; I (have) believed; believe (me) !
13 , , ;
, , .
I weep, he weeps, they weep ;
I pay, he pays, we pay.
14 , ,
!
I shall (begin to) weep, I shall pay ;
pay !
     
    Let us remember :
  It's the main (thing).
  chiefly, mainly.
  , I could not succeed, in spite of all the steps (I took).
  I am making progress[es] in Russian.
  , Be punctual, don't be late for supper.
  It's better to shut one's eyes on this.
 

NOTES -

AK-NOTE

1 : amateur, lover of;
fem. : .
: order, tidiness;
: a row, line (S. N. 4).
 
2 (related with ) : the head ( chapter),
like and .
: chief, principal;
: the High, or Main Street.
- : hardly, is used like :
(or ) : I nearly died.
: he will hardly show himself.
- : gray hair; : grizzled.
 
3 : shape or icon;
: model or a sample.
: exemplary.
(from or , the family) : a family father or a family man
 
4 : vessel; : ship; : boat.
: island:
: a district of Leningrad, north of the Neva.
 
5 : leisure,
( ) .
, at leisure.
 
6 (imp.), (perf.) : to shake.
: earthquake.
 
7 : . (N. ).  
8 Not using the instrumental ( , , )
implies that thy said qualities are permanent, do not change.
 
9 ( -): to take trouble, to take steps for somebody.
, , .
 
10 : frolic or wild freaks.
: a brat, urchin.
- : to be mischievous.
! Behave!
 
11 ( , , ) : to exact, claim.
: claim.
: to be necessary (impersonal).
: For this, much time is necessary.
: furnished room wanted.
 
12 ( , , ) (perf.) ;
(, , ) (imp.) : to offend.
: offended.
: offence.
, ... : It's to be regretted that...
: he is very susceptible.
 
13 : .
? : What did he tell you against me?
- : : calumny, slander.
: he told me impudent things.
: insolent, impudent.
14 : : George.  

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