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Lesson 97

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Ninety seventh lesson

     
 

(97)

Lesson number ninety seven (#97)

     
  (1) In the days o1 old
     
1 . (2) My late uncle was passionately fond of hunting [with a pack].
2 , . (3) He rode with his greyhounds, and hunted the wolves, hares and foxes.
     
3 , ,
. (4)
Moreover, he had in his hunt(ing pack) special dogs which attacked [took] bears.
4 " ". (5) These dogs they called "leeches".
5 ,
. (6)
They would thrust (their teeth) into the beast so that it was impossible to wrench them off it.
6 , , , It would happen that the bear into which a "leech" had sunk its teeth
7
, (7)
killed it with a blow of its dreadful paw, or tore it in two [by half],
     
8 , ... but never [would be] that a "leech" fell back alive from the beast...
9 , (8) When it happened that they caught whole family [nest] (instrum.) of bears,
     
10 . (9) then they took out of the den and brought the little bear-cubs.
11 , Usually, they kept them in a large stone shed with small windows,
     
12 . made out under the very roof.
13 , ... (10) These windows were without panes, with only big iron bars...
14 , , ,
When they took us children for a walk before dinner,
we liked more than all to go to this shed;
15 - . (11) and look at the funny little muzzles of the bear-cubs protruding from behind the bars.
16
, (12)
(Our) German tutor Kohlberg knew how to offer [serve] them at the end of a stick small bits of bread
17 . (1) that we had saved in this intention during our breakfast.
  ( . C. ""). (From N. S. Leskov's tale : "The wild beast").
     
  A song
  (14)
, ,
,
. (15)
(O) field(s), (o) plain
() field(s), (o) rugged plain,
(There) ride in the field(s) heroes,
They are the warriors of our country.
  ,
:
;
- .
The girls weep
The girls to-day are sad
The beloved [nice] has gone to the Red Army.
And the heart aches for the beloved.

ADDITIONAL EXERCISE

  Let us note :
- [to save something for a dark day] :
to lay by something for a rainy day.
One could (conditional) not.
, ? How shall we share, in two [by halves] or three portions?
This almost never happens.
! , a Beware ! This dog does not bark, but it bites.
:
,
[The dog barks, the wind takes (it) away] :
The dogs bark, the caravan passes.
: to bark; : (they) bark.  
 

NOTES -

AK-NOTE

1 A phrase from the Gospel, which means :
: many years ago, in the days of yore.
 
2 (from : rest) ;
: the deceased.
ϸ: (mastiff, big) dog; plural ;
adj. : .
 
3 : Russian greyhound;
: to hunt, harass, persecute.
: to poison.
: he poisoned himself;
: poison;
: poisonous.
  : wolf;
(zaietss) : hare;
: fox.
 
4 : the bear (from , honey, and , to know).
Here (imp.) and not , to mark a habit.
 
5 , but : .
: the leech.
 
6 : to sink one's teeth into, cling like a leech to...
(zv'e') : wild beast;
: ferocious;
: a ménagerie.
  : it was impossible;
: it will be impossible.
 
7 : the paw of animal the leg (animal) ;
("wry-legged") : awkward, clumsy.
: let's go half and half.
: Give me half (of it).
 
8 : to possess, dominate;
: to take possession of (both followed by instrum.).
: nest, brood.
 
9 : the den.
, bear-cub, plural : ,
like , ;
(a calf), :
(lamb), , etc...
 
10 : the pane; plur. ;
: a glass door.
: (drinking) glass.
: a grate, bars.
: a shed.
 
11 : to bring out, or bring  forward, or exhibit.
: A Universal Exhibition.
: muzzle, snout.
, a diminutive.
 
12 (goovairn'orr) : a tutor;
: a governor.
: to serve, offer, hold forth.
-: to lodge a complaint against somebody.
: to serve at table.
- : At the end of a stick (= piece of wood or cane, the ambiguity exists in English as well as in Russian).
: diminutive of , a bit, mouthful.
(imperf), (perf) : to bite.
But one says: : This dog bites.
 
13 : I am (sit) at table.
: He's at work.
 
14 : a popular diminutive of (neuter) : the field, plain.  
15 , plur. .
: the fight ;
: (of fight), fighting.
 

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