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BROWN WOLF

(Бурый волк)

SHE had delayed, because of the dew-wet grass (она задержалась из-за мокрой от травы росы), in order to put on her overshoes (чтобы надеть галоши), and when she emerged from the house (а когда она появилась из дома) found her waiting husband absorbed in the wonder of a bursting almond-bud (то обнаружила ждущего мужа погруженным в чудо внезапного раскрытия бутона миндаля; to burst — лопаться разрываться). She sent a questing glance across the tall grass and in and out among the orchard trees (она посылала ищущий взгляд то через высокую траву то среди садовых деревьев; in and out — то внутрь то наружу попеременно).

"Where's Wolf (где Волк)?" she asked (спросила она).

emerge [ɪ'mə:dʒ], absorb [əb'sɔ:b], orchard ['ɔ:ʧəd]

SHE had delayed, because of the dew-wet grass, in order to put on her overshoes, and when she emerged from the house found her waiting husband absorbed in the wonder of a bursting almond-bud. She sent a questing glance across the tall grass and in and out among the orchard trees.

"Where's Wolf?" she asked.

"He was here a moment ago (он был здесь минуту назад)." Walt Irvine drew himself away with a jerk from the metaphysics and poetry of the organic miracle of blossom (Уолт Ирвин оторвался рывком от метафизики и поэзии органического чуда цветения), and surveyed the landscape (и обследовал пейзаж; to survey — обводить взглядом внимательно осматривать). "He was running a rabbit the last I saw of him (он бегал за кроликом в последний раз как я видел его)."

"Wolf (Волк)! Wolf (Волк)! Here Wolf (сюда Волк)!" she called (звала она), as they left the clearing and took the trail (когда они ушли с поляны и пошли по дорожке) that led down through the waxen-belled manzanita jungle to the country road (которая вела через заросли похожей на восковые колокольчики дубильной толкнянки к проселочной дороге; to lead — вести).

Irvine thrust between his lips the little finger of each hand and lent to her efforts a shrill whistling (Ирвин засунул между губ мизинцы обеих рук и добавил к ее усилиям пронзительный свист; to lend — одалживать давать взаймы).

poetry ['pəuɪtrɪ], waxen ['wæks(ə)n], whistling ['wɪslɪŋ]

"He was here a moment ago." Walt Irvine drew himself away with a jerk from the metaphysics and poetry of the organic miracle of blossom, and surveyed the landscape. "He was running a rabbit the last I saw of him."

"Wolf! Wolf! Here Wolf!" she called, as they left the clearing and took the trail that led down through the waxen-belled manzanita jungle to the country road.

Irvine thrust between his lips the little finger of each hand and lent to her efforts a shrill whistling.

She covered her ears hastily and made a wry grimace (она поспешно прикрыла уши и сделала перекошенную гримасу скривилась).

"My (надо же)! for a poet, delicately attuned and all the rest of it (для поэта утонченно гармоничного и все такое прочее), you can make unlovely noises (ты можешь издавать = издаешь противные звуки). My ear-drums are pierced (мои барабанные перепонки пронзены у меня барабанные перепонки лопаются; to pierce — прокалывать пронзать протыкать). You outwhistle (ты пересвистишь ты свистишь похлеще) — "

"Orpheus (Орфея)."

"I was about to say a street-arab (я собиралась сказать«беспризорника»)," she concluded severely (строго заключила она; severe — суровый).

"Poesy does not prevent one from being practical (поэзия не мешает быть практичным) — at least it doesn't prevent me (по крайней мере не мешает мне). Mine is no futility of genius that can't sell gems to the magazines (во мне нет поверхностности гения который не может продавать драгоценности журналам; futility — тщетность поверхностность)."

hastily ['heɪstɪlɪ], grimace [grɪ'meɪs], genius ['dʒi:nɪəs]

She covered her ears hastily and made a wry grimace.

"My! for a poet, delicately attuned and all the rest of it, you can make unlovely noises. My ear-drums are pierced. You outwhistle — "

"Orpheus."

"I was about to say a street-arab," she concluded severely.

"Poesy does not prevent one from being practical — at least it doesn't prevent me. Mine is no futility of genius that can't sell gems to the magazines."

He assumed a mock extravagance, and went on (он принял на себя притворно сумасбродный вид и продолжал; to assume — принимать/характер форму/; extravagance — нелепость сумасбродство вздор):

"I am no attic singer (я не классический поэт; attic — аттический классический/о стиле/), no ballroom warbler (не певец в танцевальном зале; to warble — издавать трели воспевать). And why (а почему)? Because I am practical (потому что я практичен). Mine is no squalor of song that cannot transmute itself (мои песни это не убожество которое не может превратиться), with proper exchange value (при надлежащей стоимости обмена), into a flower-crowned cottage (в увенчанный цветами коттедж), a sweet mountain-meadow (очаровательный горный луг), a grove of red-woods (рощу красных деревьев), an orchard of thirty-seven trees (во фруктовый сад из тридцати семи деревьев), one long row of blackberries and two short rows of strawberries (один длинный ряд черной смородины и два небольших ряда клубники), to say nothing of a quarter of a mile of gurgling brook (не говоря уже о четверти мили журчащего ручья). I am a beauty-merchant (я торговец красотой), a trader in song (продавец поэзии; song — песня романс стихотворение), and I pursue utility (и я гонюсь за выгодой), dear Madge (дорогая Мэдж). I sing a song, and thanks to the magazine editors (я пою песню/читаю нараспев стихотворение и благодаря редакторам журналов; to sing — петь читать нараспев; song — песня стихотворение) I transmute my song into a waft of the west wind sighing through our redwoods (я превращаю мою песню в дуновение западного ветра вздыхающего в наших красных деревьях), into a murmur of waters over mossy stones (в журчанье вод через мшистые камни) that sings back to me another song than the one I sang (которое поет мне в ответ другую песню нежели та которую спел я; to sing — петь) and yet the same song wonderfully — er — transmuted (и все-таки ту же самую песню удивительно э преображенную)."

warbler ['wɔ:blə], squalor ['skwɔlə], meadow ['medəu]

He assumed a mock extravagance, and went on:

"I am no attic singer, no ballroom warbler. And why? Because I am practical. Mine is no squalor of song that cannot transmute itself, with proper exchange value, into a flower-crowned cottage, a sweet mountain-meadow, a grove of red-woods, an orchard of thirty-seven trees, one long row of blackberries and two short rows of strawberries, to say nothing of a quarter of a mile of gurgling brook. I am a beauty-merchant, a trader in song, and I pursue utility, dear Madge. I sing a song, and thanks to the magazine editors I transmute my song into a waft of the west wind sighing through our redwoods, into a murmur of waters over mossy stones that sings back to me another song than the one I sang and yet the same song wonderfully — er — transmuted."

"O that all your song-transmutations were as successful (ах чтоб все твои преобразования песен были так успешны)!" she laughed (засмеялась она).

"Name one that wasn't (назови ту которая не была не имела успеха)."

"Those two beautiful sonnets that you transmuted into the cow (те два прекрасных сонета которые ты превратил в корову) that was accounted the worst milker in the township (которая считалась худшей молочной коровой в районе; township — местечко район/часть округа поселок городок селение населенный пункт)."

"She was beautiful (она была прекрасна) — " he began (начал он),

"But she didn't give milk (но она не давала молока)," Madge interrupted (перебила Мэдж).

"But she was beautiful, now, wasn't she (но она действительно была прекрасна ну не так ли)?" he insisted (настаивал он).

successful [sək'sesful], beautiful ['bju:tɪful], laugh [lɑ:f]

"O that all your song-transmutations were as successful!" she laughed.

"Name one that wasn't."

"Those two beautiful sonnets that you transmuted into the cow that was accounted the worst milker in the township."

"She was beautiful — " he began,

"But she didn't give milk," Madge interrupted.

"But she was beautiful, now, wasn't she?" he insisted.

"And here's where beauty and utility fall out (и вот где ссорятся красота и выгода)," was her reply (был ее ответ). "And there's the Wolf (а вот и Волк)!"

From the thicket-covered hillside came a crashing of underbrush (со склона холма покрытого зарослями донесся хруст подлеска), and then, forty feet above them (а затем в сорока футах над ними), on the edge of the sheer wall of rock (на краю отвесной скалистой стены), appeared a wolf's head and shoulders (возникли голова и плечи волка). His braced fore paws dislodged a pebble (его расставленные передние лапы сместили булыжник), and with sharp-pricked ears and peering eyes he watched the fall of the pebble (и навострившимися ушами и вглядывающимися глазами он наблюдал за падением булыжника) till it struck at their feet (пока тот не ударился у их ног; to strike — ударить/ся/). Then he transferred his gaze and with open mouth laughed down at them (затем он перевел пристальный взгляд и засмеялся над ними широко открытой пастью).

"You Wolf, you (ах ты Волк)!" and "You blessed Wolf (проклятый29 = противный Волк; blessed — священный счастливый проклятый; to bless — благославлять)!" the man and woman called out to him (крикнули ему мужчина и женщина).

The ears flattened back and down at the sound (уши опустились назад вниз = к голове при этом звуке этих звуках; to flatten — становить/ся ровным плоским гладким выравнивать/ся разглаживать/ся/), and the head seemed to snuggle under the caress of an invisible hand (а голова казалось прижалась под лаской невидимой руки; to snuggle — прижиматься).

reply [rɪ'plaɪ], paw [pɔ:], caress [kə'res]

"And here's where beauty and utility fall out," was her reply. "And there's the Wolf!"

From the thicket-covered hillside came a crashing of underbrush, and then, forty feet above them, on the edge of the sheer wall of rock, appeared a wolf's head and shoulders. His braced fore paws dislodged a pebble, and with sharp-pricked ears and peering eyes he watched the fall of the pebble till it struck at their feet. Then he transferred his gaze and with open mouth laughed down at them.

"You Wolf, you!" and "You blessed Wolf!" the man and woman called out to him.

The ears flattened back and down at the sound, and the head seemed to snuggle under the caress of an invisible hand.

They watched him scramble backward into the thicket (они проследили как он продрался обратно в заросли), then proceeded on their way (потом продолжили путь). Several minutes later (несколько минут спустя), rounding a turn in the trail (свернув на поворот на дорожке; to round — округлять повернуть) where the descent was less precipitous (где спуск был менее крутой; to precipitate — швырять вниз низвергать), he joined them in the midst of a miniature avalanche of pebbles and loose soil (он присоединился к ним среди миниатюрной лавины из камней и рыхлой почвы; loose — свободный рыхлый). He was not demonstrative (он не был демонстративным он не был позером; demonstrative — вызывающий демонстративный). A pat and a rub around the ears from the man (похлопывание и потирание за ушами от мужчины; rub — трение потирание), and a more prolonged caressing from the woman (и более длительная ласка от женщины), and he was away down the trail in front of them (и он убежал по тропинке вперед них), gliding effortlessly over the ground in true wolf (скользя без усилий истинно/в точности по-волчьи; fashion — манера/поведения держать себя способ действия стиль; effort — усилие; true — верный истинный настоящий точный).

precipitous [prɪ'sɪpɪtəs], miniature ['mɪnjəʧə], avalanche ['ævəlɑ:nʃ]

They watched him scramble backward into the thicket, then proceeded on their way. Several minutes later, rounding a turn in the trail where the descent was less precipitous, he joined them in the midst of a miniature avalanche of pebbles and loose soil. He was not demonstrative. A pat and a rub around the ears from the man, and a more prolonged caressing from the woman, and he was away down the trail in front of them, gliding effortlessly over the ground in true wolf fashion.

In build and coat and brush he was a huge timber-wolf (по телосложению шерсти и пушистому хвосту он был огромным лесным волком; brush — щетка пушистый хвост/особенно у лисы/); but the lie was given to his wolfhood by his color and marking (но его волчье происхождение опровергали окрас и отметины; to give the lie to smth. — опровергать что-либо; lie — ложь). There the dog unmistakably advertised itself (тут безошибочно проявлялась собака; mistake — ошибка; to advertise — афишировать рекламировать извещать объявлять). No wolf was ever colored like him (ни у одного волка никогда не было такого окраса как у него). He was brown, deep brown, red-brown, an orgy of browns (он был коричневый темно-коричневый красно-коричневый множество оттенков коричневого цвета; orgy — оргия множество). Back and shoulders were a warm brown (спина и плечи были тепло-коричневого цвета) that paled on the sides and underneath to a yellow (который становился бледнее по бокам и внизу/доходя до желтого цвета) that was dingy (который был = смотрелся выцветшим) because of the brown that lingered in it (из-за коричневого цвета который сохранился в нем; to linger — сохраниться не исчезнуть). The white of the throat and paws and the spots over the eyes was dirty (белый цвет горла и лап и пятен над глазами был грязного оттенка) because of the persistent and ineradicable brown (из-за стойкого и неискоренимого коричневого цвета; eradicate — вырывать с корнем искоренять), while the eyes themselves were twin topazes, golden and brown (тогда как сами глаза были парой золотисто-коричневых топазов; twin — близнецы двойня).

advertise ['ædvətaɪz], persistent [pə'sɪstənt], ineradicable ["ɪnɪ'rædɪkəbl]

In build and coat and brush he was a huge timber-wolf; but the lie was given to his wolfhood by his color and marking. There the dog unmistakably advertised itself. No wolf was ever colored like him. He was brown, deep brown, red-brown, an orgy of browns. Back and shoulders were a warm brown that paled on the sides and underneath to a yellow that was dingy because of the brown that lingered in it. The white of the throat and paws and the spots over the eyes was dirty because of the persistent and ineradicable brown, while the eyes themselves were twin topazes, golden and brown.

The man and woman loved the dog very much (мужчина и женщина очень любили собаку); perhaps this was because it had been such a task to win his love (возможно потому что завоевать его любовь оказалось такой/трудной задачей). It had been no easy matter (это было нелегкое дело) when he first drifted in mysteriously out of nowhere to their little mountain cottage (когда он впервые таинственно пришел из ниоткуда к их маленькому коттеджу в горах; to drift in — заходить в гости без предупреждения; to drift — относить гнать). Footsore and famished (со стертыми лапами и умирающий от голода; footsore — со стертыми лапами; sore — больной болезненный чувствительный воспаленный), he had killed a rabbit under their very noses and under their very windows (он убил кролика у них прямо перед носом и под самыми их окнами), and then crawled away and slept by the spring at the foot of the blackberry bushes (а потом отполз и заснул возле родника у подножья кустов черной смородины). When Walt Irvine went down to inspect the intruder (когда Уолт Ирвин спустился чтобы внимательно осмотреть незваного гостя; to intrude — вторгаться входить без разрешения или приглашения), he was snarled at for his pains (тот зарычал на него за/все его старания; pains — старания усилия труды), and Madge likewise was snarled at (на Мэдж он тоже зарычал) when she went down to present (когда она спустилась чтобы преподнести), as a peace-offering (в качестве мирного подношения; to offer — предлагать; offering — предложение подарок подношение; peace-offering — умилостивительная или искупительная жертва), a large pan of bread and milk (большую миску хлеба с молоком).

mountain ['mauntɪn], peace [pi:s], bread [bred]

The man and woman loved the dog very much; perhaps this was because it had been such a task to win his love. It had been no easy matter when he first drifted in mysteriously out of nowhere to their little mountain cottage. Footsore and famished, he had killed a rabbit under their very noses and under their very windows, and then crawled away and slept by the spring at the foot of the blackberry bushes. When Walt Irvine went down to inspect the intruder, he was snarled at for his pains, and Madge likewise was snarled at when she went down to present, as a peace-offering, a large pan of bread and milk.

A most unsociable dog he proved to be (он оказался очень необщительным псом; to prove — доказывать оказываться), resenting all their advances (отвергающим все их попытки завязать более тесные отношения; to resent — негодовать возмущаться обижаться; advance — сближение/с кем-либо попытка завязать более тесные отношения/), refusing to let them lay hands on him (отказывающимся позволять им касаться его), menacing them with bared fangs and bristling hair (угрожая им обнаженными клыками и вздыбленной шерстью). Nevertheless he remained (тем не менее он остался), sleeping and resting by the spring (спал и отдыхал у родника), and eating the food they gave him (и ел еду которую они давали ему) after they set it down at a safe distance and retreated (после того как они ставили ее на безопасном расстоянии и уходили). His wretched physical condition explained why he lingered (его плачевное физическое состояние объясняло почему он медлил причину его промедления); and when he had recuperated (а когда он поправился), after several days' sojourn (после нескольких дней пребывания), he disappeared (он исчез).

unsociable [ʌn'səuʃəbl], prove [pru:v], sojourn ['sɔdʒə:n]

A most unsociable dog he proved to be, resenting all their advances, refusing to let them lay hands on him, menacing them with bared fangs and bristling hair. Nevertheless he remained, sleeping and resting by the spring, and eating the food they gave him after they set it down at a safe distance and retreated. His wretched physical condition explained why he lingered; and when he had recuperated, after several days' sojourn, he disappeared.

And this would have been the end of him (и это было бы развязкой/истории о нем; end — конец развязка), so far as Irvine and his wife were concerned (насколько это касалось Ирвина и его жены), had not Irvine at that particular time been called away into the northern part of the state (если бы Ирвина в это конкретное время = как раз в это время не отозвали в северную часть штата). Riding along on the train (когда он ехал в поезде), near to the line between California and Oregon (возле границы между Калифорнией и Орегоном), he chanced to look out of the window (он случайно выглянул в окошко; to chance — происходить случаться) and saw his unsociable guest sliding along the wagon road (и увидел своего нелюдимого гостя плавно скользящего вдоль железнодорожных путей), brown and wolfish (бурого и похожего на волка), tired yet tireless (усталого и все же неутомимого), dust-covered and soiled with two hundred miles of travel (покрытого пылью и грязного от двухсот миль пути).

northern ['nɔ:ðən], wagon ['wægən], hundred ['hʌndrəd]

And this would have been the end of him, so far as Irvine and his wife were concerned, had not Irvine at that particular time been called away into the northern part of the state. Riding along on the train, near to the line between California and Oregon, he chanced to look out of the window and saw his unsociable guest sliding along the wagon road, brown and wolfish, tired yet tireless, dust-covered and soiled with two hundred miles of travel.

Now Irvine was a man of impulse, a poet (но Ирвин был импульсивным человеком поэтом; now — сейчас тогда так вот). He got off the train at the next station (он сошел с поезда на следующей станции; to get off — сойти слезть), bought a piece of meat at a butcher shop (купил кусок мяса в мясной лавке; to buy — купить), and captured the vagrant on the outskirts of the town (и захватил бродягу на окраине города; to capture — захватывать силой брать в плен). The return trip was made in the baggage car (поездка обратно была совершена в багажном вагоне), and so Wolf came a second time to the mountain cottage (и так Волк во второй раз попал в коттедж в горах). Here he was tied up for a week (здесь его привязали на неделю) and made love to by the man and woman (и мужчина и женщина ухаживали за ним; to make love to — ухаживать/за любимой женщиной/). But it was very circumspect love-making (но это было очень осмотрительное ухаживание). Remote and alien as a traveller from another planet (далекий и чужой как путешественник с другой планеты), he snarled down their soft-spoken love-words (он рычал на их нежно произносимые слова любви). He never barked (он никогда не лаял). In all the time they had him he was never known to bark (за все время что он был у них никогда не слышали чтобы он лаял; to know — знать иметь представление).

poet ['pəuɪt], butcher ['buʧə], capture ['kæpʧə]

Now Irvine was a man of impulse, a poet. He got off the train at the next station, bought a piece of meat at a butcher shop, and captured the vagrant on the outskirts of the town. The return trip was made in the baggage car, and so Wolf came a second time to the mountain cottage. Here he was tied up for a week and made love to by the man and woman. But it was very circumspect love-making. Remote and alien as a traveller from another planet, he snarled down their soft-spoken love-words. He never barked. In all the time they had him he was never known to bark.

To win him became a problem (завоевать его/расположение стало трудной задачей; problem — проблема задача сложная ситуация трудный случай трудность затруднение). Irvine liked problems (Ирвин любил трудности). He had a metal plate made (он заказал металлическую пластинку; to have smth. + причастие прошедшего времени попросить сделать что-либо), on which was stamped (на которой было выбито; to stamp — штамповать штемпелевать клеймить чеканить отпечатывать): RETURN TO WALT IRVINE, GLEN ELLEN, SONOMA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA (верните Уолту Ирвину долина Эллен округ Сонома Калифорния). This was riveted to a collar and strapped about the dog's neck (это = пластинка была приклепана к ошейнику а/тот был застегнут на шее пса; to strap — стягивать ремнем). Then he was turned loose (затем его отвязали; to turn loose — спускать/животное с цепи освобождать), and promptly he disappeared (и он сразу исчез). A day later came a telegram from Mendocino County (днем позже пришла телеграмма из округа Мендосино). In twenty hours he had made over a hundred miles to the north (за двадцать часов он преодолел сотню миль на север), and was still going when captured (и все еще бежал когда его поймали).

rivet ['rɪvɪt], county ['kauntɪ], hour ['auə]

To win him became a problem. Irvine liked problems. He had a metal plate made, on which was stamped: RETURN TO WALT IRVINE, GLEN ELLEN, SONOMA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA. This was riveted to a collar and strapped about the dog's neck. Then he was turned loose, and promptly he disappeared. A day later came a telegram from Mendocino County. In twenty hours he had made over a hundred miles to the north, and was still going when captured.

He came back by Wells Fargo Express (он вернулся посредством/транспортной компании«Уэллс Фарго Экспресс»), was tied up three days (был привязан три дня), and was loosed on the fourth and lost (на четвертый день его отвязали и он пропал«был потерян»; to lose — терять). This time he gained southern Oregon (на этот раз он добрался до Орегона) before he was caught and returned (прежде чем его поймали и вернули«был пойман и возвращен»). Always, as soon as he received his liberty (всегда как только он получал свободу), he fled away, and always he fled north (он убегал и всегда убегал на север; to flee away — убегать спасаться бегством). He was possessed of an obsession (он был одержим навязчивой мыслью; possessed — одержимый чем-либо) that drove him north (которая гнала его на север; to drive — гнать). The homing instinct, Irvine called it («инстинктом возвращения домой назвал это Ирвин), after he had expended the selling price of a sonnet in getting the animal back from northern Oregon (после того как он потратил деньги вырученные за продажу сонета на возвращение животного из северного Орегона; selling price — реализационная цена отпускная цена цена продажи).

receive [rɪ'si:v], possess [pə'zes], animal ['ænɪməl]

He came back by Wells Fargo Express, was tied up three days, and was loosed on the fourth and lost. This time he gained southern Oregon before he was caught and returned. Always, as soon as he received his liberty, he fled away, and always he fled north. He was possessed of an obsession that drove him north. The homing instinct, Irvine called it, after he had expended the selling price of a sonnet in getting the animal back from northern Oregon.

Another time the brown wanderer succeeded in traversing half the length of California (в другой раз бурому страннику удалось пересечь половину длины Калифорнии), all of Oregon, and most of Washington (весь Орегон и большую часть Вашингтона30), before he was picked up and returned "Collect (прежде чем его арестовали и вернули«наложенным платежом»; collect — «оплата при доставке с оплатой получателем наложенным платежом)." A remarkable thing was the speed with which he travelled (поразительным фактом была скорость с которой он путешествовал). Fed up and rested (откормленный и отдохнувший; to feed up — откармливать усиленно питать), as soon as he was loosed (как только его отвязывали) he devoted all his energy to getting over the ground (он посвящал всю свою энергию тому чтобы продвинуться вперед; to get over — преодолеть пройти/расстояние/; to get ground — продвигаться вперед делать успехи). On the first day's run he was known to cover as high as a hundred and fifty miles (известно было что пробег за первый день был = составлял целых сто пятьдесят миль), and after that he would average a hundred miles a day until caught (а после этого он обычно проходил в среднем сотню миль в день пока его не ловили; to average — в среднем равняться составлять). He always arrived back lean and hungry and savage (он всегда возвращался тощим голодным и разгневанным; savage — дикий взбешенный разгневанный), and always departed fresh and vigorous (а отправлялся свежим и сильным; vigor — сила энергия), cleaving his way northward in response to some prompting of his being (прокладывая путь на север в ответ на какое-то побуждение его жизни; to cleave — раскалывать прокладывать себе путь пробиваться через что-либо; being — бытие жизнь существование) that no one could understand (которое никто не мог понять).

wanderer ['wɔndərə], length [leŋθ], average ['ævrɪdʒ]

Another time the brown wanderer succeeded in traversing half the length of California, all of Oregon, and most of Washington, before he was picked up and returned "Collect." A remarkable thing was the speed with which he travelled. Fed up and rested, as soon as he was loosed he devoted all his energy to getting over the ground. On the first day's run he was known to cover as high as a hundred and fifty miles, and after that he would average a hundred miles a day until caught. He always arrived back lean and hungry and savage, and always departed fresh and vigorous, cleaving his way northward in response to some prompting of his being that no one could understand.

But at last, after a futile year of flight (но наконец после года тщетных побегов), he accepted the inevitable and elected to remain at the cottage (он принял неизбежное и предпочел остаться у коттеджа) where first he had killed the rabbit and slept by the spring (где он поначалу убил кролика и заснул у источника). Even after that, a long time elapsed (даже после этого прошло долгое время) before the man and woman succeeded in patting him (прежде чем мужчине и женщине удалось похлопать его; to succeed — преуспевать иметь успех). It was a great victory (это была великая победа), for they alone were allowed to put hands on him (ибо только им разрешалось возлагать на него руки). He was fastidiously exclusive (он был надменно недоступен), and no guest at the cottage ever succeeded in making up to him (и ни один гость коттеджа никогда не преуспел в том чтобы приблизиться к нему; to make up to smb. — подходить приближаться). A low growl greeted such approach (низкое рычание встречало такое приближение); if any one had the hardihood to come nearer (если у кого-то доставало отваги подойти ближе), the lips lifted (поднимались губы), the naked fangs appeared (появлялись обнаженные клыки), and the growl became a snarl (и рычание становилось рыком) — a snarl so terrible and malignant (рыком таким страшным и злобным) that it awed the stoutest of them (что он ужасал самых храбрых из них), as it likewise awed the farmers' dogs (как он ужасал и фермерских собак) that knew ordinary dog-snarling (которые знали = которые были знакомы с обычным собачьим рычанием), but had never seen wolf-snarling before (но которые никогда прежде не встречались с волчьим рыком; to see — видеться видаться встречаться).

allow [ə'lau], guest [gest], malignant [mə'lɪgnənt]

But at last, after a futile year of flight, he accepted the inevitable and elected to remain at the cottage where first he had killed the rabbit and slept by the spring. Even after that, a long time elapsed before the man and woman succeeded in patting him. It was a great victory, for they alone were allowed to put hands on him. He was fastidiously exclusive, and no guest at the cottage ever succeeded in making up to him. A low growl greeted such approach; if any one had the hardihood to come nearer, the lips lifted, the naked fangs appeared, and the growl became a snarl — a snarl so terrible and malignant that it awed the stoutest of them, as it likewise awed the farmers' dogs that knew ordinary dog-snarling, but had never seen wolf-snarling before.

He was without antecedents (у него не было прошлого; antecedents — прошлое/происхождение/). His history began with Walt and Madge (его история началась с Уолта и Мэдж). He had come up from the south (он появился с юга), but never a clew did they get of the owner (но никогда у них не было ключа/к разгадке того кто был его владельцем) from whom he had evidently fled (от которого он очевидно сбежал; to flee). Mrs. Johnson, their nearest neighbor and the one who supplied them with milk (миссис Джонсон их ближайшая соседка и человек который снабжал их молоком), proclaimed him a Klondike dog (заявила что он пес с Клондайка). Her brother was burrowing for frozen pay-streaks in that far country (ее брат копался в поисках перспективных жил в том далеком краю), and so she constituted herself an authority on the subject (и поэтому она сделалась авторитетом в этой области; to constitute — сделать/произвести официальное назначение назначить; subject — тема предмет разговора дело занятие сфера профессиональных интересов).

antecedent ["æntɪ'si:dənt], neighbor ['neɪbə], burrow ['bʌrəu]

He was without antecedents. His history began with Walt and Madge. He had come up from the south, but never a clew did they get of the owner from whom he had evidently fled. Mrs. Johnson, their nearest neighbor and the one who supplied them with milk, proclaimed him a Klondike dog. Her brother was burrowing for frozen pay-streaks in that far country, and so she constituted herself an authority on the subject.

But they did not dispute her (но они не оспаривали ее). There were the tips of Wolf's ears (у Волка были кончики ушей), obviously so severely frozen at some time (очевидно так сильно обмороженные когда-то) that they would never quite heal again (что они никогда полностью не заживут больше). Besides, he looked like the photographs of the Alaskan dogs (кроме того он был похож на фотографии аляскинских собак) they saw published in magazines and newspapers (которые они видели/опубликованными в журналах и газетах). They often speculated over his past, and tried to conjure up (они часто размышляли о его прошлом и пытались представить; to conjure up — вызывать в воображении; to conjure — вызывать заклинать/духов/) (from what they had read and heard (исходя из того что они читали и слышали)) what his northland life had been (какова была его жизнь на севере). That the northland still drew him, they knew (они знали что север все еще притягивает его; to draw — тянуть притягивать); for at night they sometimes heard him crying softly (ибо ночью они иногда слышали как он тихо скулит; to cry — кричать вопить плакать выть лаять издавать характерный звук/о животном/); and when the north wind blew and the bite of frost was in the air (а когда дул северный ветер и в воздухе пощипывал мороз; bite — укус; to bite — кусать щипать/о морозе/), a great restlessness would come upon him (его охватывало сильное беспокойство; to come upon — охватывать кого-либо случаться с кем-либо) and he would lift a mournful lament which they knew to be the long wolf-howl (и он поднимал = выводил унылое завывание которое они знали и есть протяжный волчий вой; to lift — поднимать повышать возвышать/голос/). Yet he never barked (однако он никогда не лаял). No provocation was great enough to draw from him that canine cry (никакая провокация не была достаточно велика = ничем нельзя было исторгнуть из него этот собачий звук; provocation — подстрекательство провокация стимул раздражение причина недовольства источник раздражения; to draw — выдергивать вырывать).

photograph ['fəutəgrɑ:f], conjure ['kʌndʒə], mournful ['mɔ:nful]

But they did not dispute her. There were the tips of Wolf's ears, obviously so severely frozen at some time that they would never quite heal again. Besides, he looked like the photographs of the Alaskan dogs they saw published in magazines and newspapers. They often speculated over his past, and tried to conjure up (from what they had read and heard) what his northland life had been. That the northland still drew him, they knew; for at night they sometimes heard him crying softly; and when the north wind blew and the bite of frost was in the air, a great restlessness would come upon him and he would lift a mournful lament which they knew to be the long wolf-howl. Yet he never barked. No provocation was great enough to draw from him that canine cry.

Long discussion they had (у них была долгая дискуссия), during the time of winning him (во время завоевания его/доверия/), as to whose dog he was (по поводу того чей пес это был). Each claimed him (каждый/из них заявлял свои права на него), and each proclaimed loudly any expression of affection made by him (и каждый шумно указывал на любое выражение = проявление любви сделанное им с его стороны). But the man had the better of it at first (но мужчина сначала выигрывал; to have the better of smth. — выигрывать брать верх в чем-либо), chiefly because he was a man (главным образом потому что он был мужчина). It was patent that Wolf had had no experience with women (явно было что у Волка не было опыта/общения с женщинами; patent — очевидный явный). He did not understand women (он не понимал женщин). Madge's skirts were something he never quite accepted (юбки Мэдж были чем-то с чем он полностью так и не примирился; to accept — принимать мириться). The swish of them was enough to set him a-bristle with suspicion (их шуршания было достаточно чтобы он ощетинился от подозрения; to set — приводить/в какое-либо состояние помещать/в какое-либо положение в этом значении употребляется с прилагательными в роли комплемента; to bristle — ощетиниться), and on a windy day she could not approach him at all (а в ветреный день она не могла вообще приблизиться к нему).

chiefly ['ʧi:flɪ], enough [ɪ'nʌf], approach [ə'prəuʧ]

Long discussion they had, during the time of winning him, as to whose dog he was. Each claimed him, and each proclaimed loudly any expression of affection made by him. But the man had the better of it at first, chiefly because he was a man. It was patent that Wolf had had no experience with women. He did not understand women. Madge's skirts were something he never quite accepted. The swish of them was enough to set him a-bristle with suspicion, and on a windy day she could not approach him at all.

On the other hand, it was Madge who fed him (с другой стороны именно Мэдж кормила его; to feed); also it was she who ruled the kitchen (и к тому же именно она руководила кухней), and it was by her favor, and her favor alone (и именно по ее благосклонности и только по ее благосклонности), that he was permitted to come within that sacred precinct (ему позволяли входить в пределы этой священной территории). It was because of these things that she bade fair to overcome the handicap of her garments (как раз из-за этого она скорее всего и преодолела недостаток своих одеяний; to bid fair — казаться вероятным). Then it was that Walt put forth special effort (потом особое усилие приложил Уолт; to put forth — напрягать/силы прилагать усилия), making it a practice to have Wolf lie at his feet (взяв за привычку разрешать Волку лежать у его ног; to make a practice of smth. — взять что-либо за правило; to have — терпеть разрешать позволять допускать) while he wrote (когда он писал), and, between petting and talking (и между поглаживанием и разговорами = и то поглаживая то разговаривая /с ним/), losing much time from his work (терял много времени от работы). Walt won in the end (в итоге Уолт победил; to win), and his victory was most probably due to the fact that he was a man (и своей победой он вероятнее всего был обязан тому что был мужчиной), though Madge averred (хотя Мэдж заявила) that they would have had another quarter of a mile of gurgling brook (что они приобрели бы еще четверть мили журчащего ручья), and at least two west winds sighing through their redwoods (и по меньшей мере два западных ветра вздыхали бы сквозь их красные деревья), had Walt properly devoted his energies to song-transmutation (если бы Уолт надлежащим образом посвящал свою энергию песенным превращениям) and left Wolf alone to exercise a natural taste and an unbiassed judgment (и оставил Волка в покое чтобы тот развивал природное чувство вкуса и беспристрастное суждение; bias — наклон предвзятость).

precinct ['pri:sɪŋkt], special ['speʃəl], quarter ['kwɔ:tə], unbiassed ['ʌn'baɪəst]

On the other hand, it was Madge who fed him; also it was she who ruled the kitchen, and it was by her favor, and her favor alone, that he was permitted to come within that sacred precinct. It was because of these things that she bade fair to overcome the handicap of her garments. Then it was that Walt put forth special effort, making it a practice to have Wolf lie at his feet while he wrote, and, between petting and talking, losing much time from his work. Walt won in the end, and his victory was most probably due to the fact that he was a man, though Madge averred that they would have had another quarter of a mile of gurgling brook, and at least two west winds sighing through their redwoods, had Walt properly devoted his energies to song-transmutation and left Wolf alone to exercise a natural taste and an unbiassed judgment.

"It's about time I heard from those triolets (пора уже получить весточку от тех триолетов31; to hear from smb. — получать известие от кого-либо)", Walt said, after a silence of five minutes (после пятиминутного молчания), during which they had swung steadily down the trail (во время которого они ровным шагом спустились по тропе; to swing — идти мерным шагом; steady — равномерный ровный). "There'll be a check at the post-office, I know (я знаю на почте будет чек), and we'll transmute it into beautiful buckwheat flour (и мы превратим его в превосходную гречневую муку), a gallon of maple syrup (галлон32 кленового сиропа), and a new pair of overshoes for you (и новую пару галош для тебя)."

"And into beautiful milk from Mrs. Johnson's beautiful cow (и в прекрасное молоко от прекрасной коровы миссис Джонсон)," Madge added (добавила Мэдж). "To-morrow's the first of the month, you know (знаешь завтра первое число месяца)."

Walt scowled unconsciously (Уолт невольно нахмурился; unconsciously — бессознательно); then his face brightened (потом его лицо наполнилось радостью; to brighten — очищать наполнять радостью радовать; bright — яркий), and he clapped his hand to his breast pocket (и он хлопнул рукой по нагрудном карману).

syrup ['sɪrəp], overshoe ['əuvəʃu:], scowl [skaul]

"It's about time I heard from those triolets", Walt said, after a silence of five minutes, during which they had swung steadily down the trail. "There'll be a check at the post-office, I know, and we'll transmute it into beautiful buckwheat flour, a gallon of maple syrup, and a new pair of overshoes for you."

"And into beautiful milk from Mrs. Johnson's beautiful cow," Madge added. "To-morrow's the first of the month, you know."

Walt scowled unconsciously; then his face brightened, and he clapped his hand to his breast pocket.

"Never mind (не беда; never mind — ничего неважно не беспокойтесь не беда). I have here a nice beautiful new cow (у меня тут есть славная прекрасная новая коровка), the best milker in California (лучшая молочная корова в Калифорнии)."

"When did you write it (когда ты написал его33)?" she demanded eagerly (горячо спросила она). Then, reproachfully (потом с укором; reproach — упрек укор), "And you never showed it to me (а ты так и не показал его мне)."

"I saved it to read to you on the way to the post-office (я сберег его чтобы прочесть тебе по дороге на почту), in a spot remarkably like this one (в месте удивительно похожем на это)," he answered (ответил он), indicating, with a wave of his hand (указывая взмахом руки), a dry log on which to sit (на сухое бревно на котором можно посидеть).

A tiny stream flowed out of a dense fern-brake (крошечный ручеек вытекал из густой папоротниковой чащи), slipped down a mossy-lipped stone (проскальзывал вниз по камню со мшистыми краями; lip — губа край выступ), and ran across the path at their feet (и перебегал дорожку у их ног). From the valley arose the mellow song of meadow-larks (из долины раздавалось веселое пение луговых жаворонков; to arise — раздаваться подниматься), while about them, in and out, through sunshine and shadow, fluttered great yellow butterflies (в то время как вокруг них то/залетая между ними то/облетая их снаружи порхали огромные желтые бабочки; in and out — то внутрь то наружу снаружи и внутри).

mind [maɪnd], eager ['i:gə], reproachful [rɪ'prəuʧful]

"Never mind. I have here a nice beautiful new cow, the best milker in California."

"When did you write it?" she demanded eagerly. Then, reproachfully, "And you never showed it to me."

"I saved it to read to you on the way to the post-office, in a spot remarkably like this one," he answered, indicating, with a wave of his hand, a dry log on which to sit.

A tiny stream flowed out of a dense fern-brake, slipped down a mossy-lipped stone, and ran across the path at their feet. From the valley arose the mellow song of meadow-larks, while about them, in and out, through sunshine and shadow, fluttered great yellow butterflies.

Up from below came another sound (вверх снизу донесся другой звук) that broke in upon Walt reading softly from his manuscript (который прервал Уолта читавшего тихо свою рукопись; to break in on — прерывать). It was a crunching of heavy feet (это был хруст тяжелых шагов), punctuated now and again by the clattering of a displaced stone (перемежавшийся время от времени стуком отброшенного камня). As Walt finished and looked to his wife for approval (когда Уолт закончил и посмотрел на жену для одобрения в ожидании одобрения), a man came into view around the turn of the trail (за поворотом тропы показался мужчина; to come into view — появляться; view — вид видимость). He was bare-headed and sweaty (он был с непокрытой головой и потный; bare — голый непокрытый; sweat — пот). With a handkerchief in one hand he mopped his face (носовым платком в одной руке он вытирал лицо; to mop — мыть вытирать), while in the other hand he carried a new hat and a wilted starched collar (тогда как в другой руке он нес новую шляпу и поникший накрахмаленный воротничок) which he had removed from his neck (который он снял с шеи; to remove — удалять). He was a well-built man (он = это был хорошо сложенный мужчина), and his muscles seemed on the point of bursting out of the painfully new and ready-made black clothes he wore (и его мускулы казалось вот-вот вырвутся из очень новой готовой одежды черного цвета которая была на нем; to be on the point of doing smth. — собираться сделать что-либо немедленно; painfully — болезненно мучительно крайне очень; ready-made clothes — готовое платье; to wear — носить/об одежде/).

approval [ə'pru:vəl], view [vju:], muscle [mʌsl]

Up from below came another sound that broke in upon Walt reading softly from his manuscript. It was a crunching of heavy feet, punctuated now and again by the clattering of a displaced stone. As Walt finished and looked to his wife for approval, a man came into view around the turn of the trail. He was bare-headed and sweaty. With a handkerchief in one hand he mopped his face, while in the other hand he carried a new hat and a wilted starched collar which he had removed from his neck. He was a well-built man, and his muscles seemed on the point of bursting out of the painfully new and ready-made black clothes he wore.

"Warm day (теплый денек)," Walt greeted him (поприветствовал его Уолт). Walt believed in country democracy (Уолт верил в деревенскую демократию), and never missed an opportunity to practise it (и никогда не упускал возможности поупражняться в ней).

The man paused and nodded (мужчина остановился и кивнул).

"I guess I ain't used much to the warm (мне кажется я не очень привыкший к теплу)," he vouchsafed half apologetically (снизошел он наполовину извиняющимся тоном). "I'm more accustomed to zero weather (я более привычен к нулевой погоде нулевой температуре)."

"You don't find any of that in this country (вы не найдете ее в этих краях)," Walt laughed (засмеялся Уолт).

"Should say not (я бы сказал что нет я бы так и сказал)," the man answered (ответил мужчина). "An' I ain't here a-lookin' for it neither (да я ее здесь и не ищу). I'm tryin' to find my sister (я пытаюсь найти свою сестру). Mebbe you know where she lives (может вы знаете где она живет). Her name's Johnson (ее фамилия Джонсон), Mrs. William Johnson (миссис Уильям Джонсон34)."

democracy [dɪ'mɔkrəsɪ], opportunity ["ɔpə'tju:nɪtɪ], apologetically [əpɔlə'dʒetɪkəlɪ]

"Warm day," Walt greeted him. Walt believed in country democracy, and never missed an opportunity to practise it.

The man paused and nodded.

"I guess I ain't used much to the warm," he vouchsafed half apologetically. "I'm more accustomed to zero weather."

"You don't find any of that in this country," Walt laughed.

"Should say not," the man answered. "An' I ain't here a-lookin' for it neither. I'm tryin' to find my sister. Mebbe you know where she lives. Her name's Johnson, Mrs. William Johnson."

"You're not her Klondike brother (уж не ее ли вы брат с Клондайка)!" Madge cried (воскликнула Мэдж), her eyes bright with interest (/со сверкающими от интереса глазами), "about whom we've heard so much (о котором мы столько слыхали)?"

"Yes'm, that's me (да мэм это я)," he answered modestly (скромно ответил он). "My name's Miller, Skiff Miller (моя фамилия Миллер Скиф Миллер). I just thought I'd s'prise her (я как раз думал что удивлю ее)."

"You are on the right track then (тогда вы на правильном пути). Only you've come by the footpath (только вы прошли мимо тропинки; footpath — пешеходная дорожка тротуар)." Madge stood up to direct him (Мэдж встала чтобы указать ему дорогу; to direct — указывать дорогу), pointing up the canyon a quarter of a mile (показывая вверх на каньон). "You see that blasted redwood (вы видите то разрушенное молнией красное дерево; blasted — разрушенный/пораженный молнией иссушенный ветром и т.п подвергшийся действию природных явлений/)? Take the little trail turning off to the right (идите по маленькой тропинке ответвляющейся направо). It's the short cut to her house (это путь прямиком к ее дому; short cut — кратчайшее расстояние путь напрямик; to cut — резать срезать). You can't miss it (вы не можете пройти = не пройдете мимо; to miss — пропустить пройти мимо)."

bright [braɪt], whom [hu:m], canyon ['kænjən]

"You're not her Klondike brother!" Madge cried, her eyes bright with interest, "about whom we've heard so much?"

"Yes'm, that's me," he answered modestly. "My name's Miller, Skiff Miller. I just thought I'd s'prise her."

"You are on the right track then. Only you've come by the footpath." Madge stood up to direct him, pointing up the canyon a quarter of a mile. "You see that blasted redwood? Take the little trail turning off to the right. It's the short cut to her house. You can't miss it."

"Yes'm, thank you, ma'am (да мэм спасибо мэм)," he said. He made tentative efforts to go (он сделал пробную попытку уйти он попробовал уйти; to make an effort — сделать усилие попытаться; tentative — испытательный опытный пробный), but seemed awkwardly rooted to the spot (но казался неуклюже прикованным к месту). He was gazing at her with an open admiration of which he was quite unconscious (он уставился на нее с таким искренним восхищением которого он совершенно не сознавал), and which was drowning, along with him (и которое тонуло вместе с ним), in the rising sea of embarrassment in which he floundered (в поднимающемся море смущения в котором он барахтался).

"We'd like to hear you tell about the Klondike (мы бы хотели услышать ваши рассказы о Клондайке)," Madge said. "Mayn't we come over some day (может мы зайдем к вам как-нибудь; to come over — заезжать заходить) while you are at your sister's (пока вы будете у сестры)? Or, better yet, won't you come over and have dinner with us (или еще лучше заходите и поужинаете с нами; to have dinner — обедать ужинать; dinner — обед/главная трапеза дня в 7-8 часов вечера/)?"

awkward ['ɔ:kwəd], unconscious [ʌn'kɔnʃəs], flounder ['flaundə]

"Yes'm, thank you, ma'am," he said. He made tentative efforts to go, but seemed awkwardly rooted to the spot. He was gazing at her with an open admiration of which he was quite unconscious, and which was drowning, along with him, in the rising sea of embarrassment in which he floundered.

"We'd like to hear you tell about the Klondike," Madge said. "Mayn't we come over some day while you are at your sister's? Or, better yet, won't you come over and have dinner with us?"

"Yes'm, thank you, ma'am (да мэм благодарю мэм)," he mumbled mechanically (механически пробормотал он). Then he caught himself up and added (потом он очнулся/собрался с мыслями«подхватил себя и добавил; to catch up — подхватить): "I ain't stoppin' long (я останавлюсь ненадолго). I got to be pullin' north again (мне снова нужно двигать на север; to pull — уезжать двигать). I go out on to-night's train (я уезжаю сегодня вечерним поездом). You see, I've got a mail contract with the government (видите ли у меня контракт с правительством на доставку почты; mail — почта/система доставки корреспонденции/)."

When Madge had said that it was too bad (когда Мэдж сказала что очень жаль; it is too bad! — вот беда!), he made another futile effort to go (он совершил еще одну бесплодную попытку уйти; futile — бесполезный напрасный тщетный). But he could not take his eyes from her face (но он не мог оторвать глаз от ее лица). He forgot his embarrassment in his admiration (он забыл о своем замешательстве от восхищения), and it was her turn to flush and feel uncomfortable (и пришла ее очередь краснеть и чувствовать себя неловко).

mechanically [mɪ'kænɪklɪ], government ['gʌvmənt], futile ['fju:taɪl]

"Yes'm, thank you, ma'am," he mumbled mechanically. Then he caught himself up and added: "I ain't stoppin' long. I got to be pullin' north again. I go out on to-night's train. You see, I've got a mail contract with the government."

When Madge had said that it was too bad, he made another futile effort to go. But he could not take his eyes from her face. He forgot his embarrassment in his admiration, and it was her turn to flush and feel uncomfortable.

It was at this juncture, when Walt had just decided (именно в этот критический момент когда Уолт как раз решил) it was time for him to be saying something to relieve the strain (что пора ему что-то сказать чтобы разрядить напряжение; to relieve — облегчать ослаблять уменьшать), that Wolf, who had been away nosing through the brush (Волк который обнюхивал заросли), trotted wolf-like into view (показался труся волчьей рысью; to trot — идти рысью/о лошади спешить торопиться).

Skiff Miller's abstraction disappeared (рассеянность Скифа Миллера исчезла). The pretty woman before him passed out of his field of vision (хорошенькая женщина перед ним пропала из его поля зрения; to pass out — уйти). He had eyes only for the dog (его глаза смотрели лишь на собаку), and a great wonder came into his face (и на его лице появилось великое изумление).

"Well, I'll be damned (ну будь я проклят)!" he enunciated slowly and solemnly (произнес он отчетливо медленно и торжественно; to enunciate — ясно отчетливо произносить).

juncture ['dʒʌŋkʧə], relieve [rɪ'li:v], enunciate [ɪ'nʌnsɪeɪt]

It was at this juncture, when Walt had just decided it was time for him to be saying something to relieve the strain, that Wolf, who had been away nosing through the brush, trotted wolf-like into view.

Skiff Miller's abstraction disappeared. The pretty woman before him passed out of his field of vision. He had eyes only for the dog, and a great wonder came into his face.

"Well, I'll be damned!" he enunciated slowly and solemnly.

He sat down ponderingly on the log (он сел задумчиво на бревно; to ponder — обдумывать размышлять), leaving Madge standing (оставив Мэдж стоять). At the sound of his voice (при звуке его голоса), Wolf's ears had flattened down (уши Волка опустились и разгладились), then his mouth had opened in a laugh (затем его пасть распахнулась в смехе). He trotted slowly up to the stranger and first smelled his hands (он не спеша рысью подбежал к незнакомцу и сначала обнюхал его руки), then licked them with his tongue (потом облизал их языком).

Skiff Miller patted the dog's head (Скиф Миллер одобрительно похлопал собаку по голове; to pat — похлопывать шлепать выразить кому-либо одобрение поддержать кого-либо), and slowly and solemnly repeated (и неспешно торжественно повторил), "Well, I'll be damned (ну будь я проклят)!"

"Excuse me, ma'am (извините мэм)," he said the next moment (сказал он в следующую секунду). "I was just s'prised some, that was all (я просто немного удивился вот и все)."

"We're surprised, too (мы тоже удивлены)," she answered lightly (ответила она беспечно). "We never saw Wolf make up to a stranger before (мы никогда прежде не видели чтобы Волк приблизился к чужому; to make up — приближаться подходить)."

mouth [mauθ], tongue [tʌŋ], solemnly ['sɔləmlɪ]

He sat down ponderingly on the log, leaving Madge standing. At the sound of his voice, Wolf's ears had flattened down, then his mouth had opened in a laugh. He trotted slowly up to the stranger and first smelled his hands, then licked them with his tongue.

Skiff Miller patted the dog's head, and slowly and solemnly repeated, "Well, I'll be damned!"

"Excuse me, ma'am," he said the next moment "I was just s'prised some, that was all."

"We're surprised, too," she answered lightly. "We never saw Wolf make up to a stranger before."

"Is that what you call him — Wolf (вы так его зовете Волк)?" the man asked (спросил мужчина).

Madge nodded (Мэдж кивнула). "But I can't understand his friendliness toward you (но я не могу понять его дружелюбия к вам) — unless it's because you're from the Klondike (если это не потому что вы с Клондайка). He's a Klondike dog, you know (знаете он клондайкский пес)."

"Yes'm (да мэм)," Miller said absently (сказал рассеянно Миллер; absent — отсутствующий рассеянный). He lifted one of Wolf's fore legs and examined the foot-pads (он поднял одну из передних лап Волка и осмотрел подушечки лап), pressing them and denting them with his thumb (прижимая и вдавливая их большим пальцем). "Kind of SOFT (вроде МЯГКИЕ; kind of — несколько отчасти как будто)," he remarked (заметил он). "He ain't been on trail for a long time (он давно не был в упряжке; trail — череда вереница караван)."

"I say (послушайте)," Walt broke in (вмешался Уолт), "it is remarkable the way he lets you handle him (поразительно то как он позволяет вам обращаться с собой)."

friendliness ['frendlɪnɪs], thumb [θʌm], kind [kaɪnd]

"Is that what you call him — Wolf?" the man asked.

Madge nodded. "But I can't understand his friendliness toward you — unless it's because you're from the Klondike. He's a Klondike dog, you know."

"Yes'm," Miller said absently. He lifted one of Wolf's fore legs and examined the foot-pads, pressing them and denting them with his thumb. "Kind of SOFT," he remarked. "He ain't been on trail for a long time."

"I say," Walt broke in, "it is remarkable the way he lets you handle him."

Skiff Miller arose (Скиф Миллер поднялся; to arise), no longer awkward with admiration of Madge (больше не неловкий = больше не испытывая неловкости от восхищения Мэдж), and in a sharp, businesslike manner asked (и четко по-деловому спросил), "How long have you had him (как долго он у вас)?"

But just then the dog (но как раз тогда пес), squirming and rubbing against the newcomer's legs (вертясь и трясь о ноги пришельца), opened his mouth and barked (раскрыл пасть и залаял). It was an explosive bark (это был несдержанный лай; explosive — взрывчатый несдержанный), brief and joyous, but a bark (короткий и радостный но лай).

"That's a new one on me (это для меня неожиданность; new one — нечто неожиданное)," Skiff Miller remarked (заметил Скиф Миллер).

Walt and Madge stared at each other (Уолт и Мэдж уставились друг на друга). The miracle had happened (свершилось чудо). Wolf had barked (Волк залаял).

"It's the first time he ever barked (он залаял впервые)," Madge said.

explosive [ɪks'pləusɪv], brief [bri:f], joyous ['dʒɔɪəs]

Skiff Miller arose, no longer awkward with admiration of Madge, and in a sharp, businesslike manner asked, "How long have you had him?"

But just then the dog, squirming and rubbing against the newcomer's legs, opened his mouth and barked. It was an explosive bark, brief and joyous, but a bark.

"That's a new one on me," Skiff Miller remarked.

Walt and Madge stared at each other. The miracle had happened. Wolf had barked.

"It's the first time he ever barked," Madge said.

"First time I ever heard him, too (я тоже услышал впервые его как он лает)," Miller volunteered (с готовностью отозвался Миллер; to volunteer — предлагать/свою помощь услуги вызваться добровольно добровольно взять на себя что-либо).

Madge smiled at him (Мэдж улыбнулась ему). The man was evidently a humorist (мужчина был явно шутник).

"Of course (конечно)," she said, "since you have only seen him for five minutes (с того момента как вы видите его/уже пять минут)."

Skiff Miller looked at her sharply (Скиф Миллер пристально посмотрел на нее), seeking in her face the guile her words had led him to suspect (выискивая в ее лице коварство подозрение в котором вызвали у него ее слова).

"I thought you understood (я думал вы догадались)," he said slowly (сказал он медленно). "I thought you'd tumbled to it from his makin' up to me (я думал вы поняли это по тому как он ластился ко мне; to tumble to — понимать что-либо открывать выяснять; to tumble — падать рушиться; to make up to — заискивать подлизываться). He's my dog (он мой пес). His name ain't Wolf (его зовут не Волк). It's Brown (это Бурый)."

"Oh, Walt (ах Уолт)!" was Madge's instinctive cry to her husband (раздался бессознательный крик = непроизвольно воскликнула Мэдж/обращаясь к мужу).

volunteer ["vɔlən'tɪə], guile [gaɪl], suspect [səs'pekt]

"First time I ever heard him, too," Miller volunteered.

Madge smiled at him. The man was evidently a humorist.

"Of course," she said, "since you have only seen him for five minutes."

Skiff Miller looked at her sharply, seeking in her face the guile her words had led him to suspect.

"I thought you understood," he said slowly. "I thought you'd tumbled to it from his makin' up to me. He's my dog. His name ain't Wolf. It's Brown."

"Oh, Walt!" was Madge's instinctive cry to her husband.

Walt was on the defensive at once (Уолт сразу стал в оборонительную позицию; to be on the defensive — обороняться защищаться).

"How do you know he's your dog (откуда вы знаете что это ваш пес)?" he demanded (спросил он).

"Because he is (потому что он является/таковым потому что это так)," was the reply (был = последовал ответ).

"Mere assertion (голословное утверждение; mere — не более чем всего лишь)," Walt said sharply (резко сказал Уолт).

In his slow and pondering way (неспешно и задумчиво; way — манера способ образ действия), Skiff Miller looked at him (Скиф Миллер поглядел на него), then asked, with a nod of his head toward Madge (потом спросил кивая головой в сторону Мэдж):

"How d'you know she's your wife (откуда вы знаете что она ваша жена)? You just say (вы просто говорите), 'Because she is (потому что это она),' and I'll say it's mere assertion (а я скажу что это голословное утверждение). The dog's mine (пес мой). I bred 'm an' raised 'm (я вырастил и воспитал его; to breed — вскармливать воспитывать обучать), an' I guess I ought to know (и я думаю мне положено знать). Look here (послушайте). I'll prove it to you (я докажу это вам)."

mere [mɪə], assertion [ə'sə:ʃən], ought [ɔ:t]

Walt was on the defensive at once.

"How do you know he's your dog?" he demanded.

"Because he is," was the reply.

"Mere assertion," Walt said sharply.

In his slow and pondering way, Skiff Miller looked at him, then asked, with a nod of his head toward Madge:

"How d'you know she's your wife? You just say, 'Because she is,' and I'll say it's mere assertion. The dog's mine. I bred 'm an' raised 'm, an' I guess I ought to know. Look here. I'll prove it to you."

Skiff Miller turned to the dog (Скиф Миллер повернулся к собаке). "Brown (Браун)!" His voice rang out sharply (его голос прозвучал резко; to ring out — прозвучать раздаться), and at the sound the dog's ears flattened down as to a caress (и при этом звуке уши пса разгладились как при ласке). "Gee (но пошел)!" The dog made a swinging turn to the right (пес сделал поворот направо; swinging — поворотный; to swing — качать поворачивать). "Now mush-on (теперь вперед; to mush — путешествовать по снегу с помощью собачьих упряжек управлять собачьей упряжкой; mush — путешествие на собаках по снегу; on — указывает на продвижение вперед в пространстве)!" And the dog ceased his swing abruptly and started straight ahead (и пес резко прекратил поворот и дернулся прямо вперед; to start — трогаться вздрагивать содрогаться), halting obediently at command (покорно приостановившись/в ожидании команды).

"I can do it with whistles (я могу сделать это свистом)", Skiff Miller said proudly (сказал Скиф Миллер с гордостью). "He was my lead dog (он был моей ведущей собакой)."

"But you are not going to take him away with you (но вы не собираетесь увезти его с собой)?" Madge asked tremulously (робко спросила Мэдж; tremulous — дрожащий робкий).

The man nodded (мужчина кивнул).

"Back into that awful Klondike world of suffering (обратно в этот ужасный мир страданий Клондайка)?"

ahead [ə'hed], obediently [ə'bi:dɪəntlɪ], tremulously ['tremjuləslɪ]

Skiff Miller turned to the dog. "Brown!" His voice rang out sharply, and at the sound the dog's ears flattened down as to a caress. "Gee!" The dog made a swinging turn to the right. "Now mush-on!" And the dog ceased his swing abruptly and started straight ahead, halting obediently at command.

"I can do it with whistles", Skiff Miller said proudly. "He was my lead dog."

"But you are not going to take him away with you?" Madge asked tremulously.

The man nodded.

"Back into that awful Klondike world of suffering?"

He nodded and added (он кивнул и добавил): "Oh, it ain't so bad as all that (о это вовсе не так уж скверно). Look at me (посмотрите на меня). Pretty healthy specimen, ain't I (очень здоровый образчик не так ли)?"

"But the dogs (но собаки)! The terrible hardship, the heart-breaking toil, the starvation, the frost (страшные лишения разрывающий сердце непосильный труд голод мороз)! Oh, I've read about it and I know (ах я читала об этом и знаю)."

"I nearly ate him once, over on Little Fish River (я чуть не съел его однажды на пути к реке Маленькая Рыбка; over — указывает на движение по направлению к какому-либо объекту)," Miller volunteered grimly (ответил Миллер мрачно). "If I hadn't got a moose that day was all that saved 'm (если бы я не добыл лося в тот день только это и спасло его)."

"I'd have died first (я бы умерла первой)!" Madge cried (воскликнула Мэдж).

pretty ['prɪtɪ], specimen ['spesɪmɪn], nearly ['nɪəlɪ]

He nodded and added: "Oh, it ain't so bad as all that. Look at me. Pretty healthy specimen, ain't I?"

"But the dogs! The terrible hardship, the heart-breaking toil, the starvation, the frost! Oh, I've read about it and I know."

"I nearly ate him once, over on Little Fish River," Miller volunteered grimly. "If I hadn't got a moose that day was all that saved 'm."

"I'd have died first!" Madge cried.

"Things is different down here (здесь на юге все по-другому; down — на юге в южной части страны в нижних широтах)", Miller explained (пояснил Миллер). "You don't have to eat dogs (вам не приходится есть собак). You think different just about the time you're all in (вы мыслите иначе именно тогда когда вы оказываетесь в исключительно тяжелом положении; to be in for it — оказаться в тяжелом затруднительном положении«влипнуть»). You've never ben all in (вы никогда не бывали в исключительно тяжелом положении), so you don't know anything about it (поэтому вы ничего не знаете об этом)."

"That's the very point (в том-то и дело; point — точка дело)," she argued warmly (дружелюбно подтвердила она; to argue — аргументировать приводить доводы доказывать утверждать). "Dogs are not eaten in California (в Калифорнии не едят собак). Why not leave him here (почему/бы не оставить его здесь)? He is happy (он счастлив). He'll never want for food (он никогда не будет испытывать недостатка в пище; to want for — испытывать недостаток нехватку нужду) — you know that (вы это знаете). He'll never suffer from cold and hardship (он никогда не будет страдать от холода и лишений). Here all is softness and gentleness (здесь во всем мягкость и доброта). Neither the human nor nature is savage (добр и человек и природа; neither … nor … — ни ни …; savage — дикий жестокий беспощадный злой). He will never know a whip-lash again (он никогда не узнает больше хлыста/погонщика/; lash — плеть удар хлыстом). And as for the weather (а что касается погоды) — why, it never snows here (ну так здесь никогда не идет снег)."

"But it's all-fired hot in summer (но безумно жарко летом), beggin' your pardon (прошу прощения)," Skiff Miller laughed (засмеялся Скиф Миллер).

want [wɔnt], human ['hju:mən], pardon [pɑ:dn]

"Things is different down here", Miller explained. "You don't have to eat dogs. You think different just about the time you're all in. You've never ben all in, so you don't know anything about it."

"That's the very point," she argued warmly. "Dogs are not eaten in California. Why not leave him here? He is happy. He'll never want for food — you know that. He'll never suffer from cold and hardship. Here all is softness and gentleness. Neither the human nor nature is savage. He will never know a whip-lash again. And as for the weather — why, it never snows here."

"But it's all-fired hot in summer, beggin' your pardon," Skiff Miller laughed.

"But you do not answer (но вы не отвечаете)," Madge continued passionately (продолжала горячо/пылко Мэдж; passionate — пылкий горячий). "What have you to offer him in that northland life (что вы можете предложить ему в этой северной жизни)?"

"Grub, when I've got it (жратву когда она у меня есть), and that's most of the time (а это большую часть времени)," came the answer (раздался ответ).

"And the rest of the time (а в остальное время)?"

"No grub (нет жратвы)."

"And the work (а работа)?"

answer ['ɑ:nsə], continue [kən'tɪnju:], passionately ['pæʃənɪtlɪ]

"But you do not answer," Madge continued passionately. "What have you to offer him in that northland life?"

"Grub, when I've got it, and that's most of the time," came the answer.

"And the rest of the time?"

"No grub."

"And the work?"

"Yes, plenty of work (да куча работы)," Miller blurted out impatiently (нетерпеливо выпалил Миллер). "Work without end (бесконечная работа), an' famine, an' frost, an all the rest of the miseries (и голод и мороз и все прочие невзгоды) — that's what he'll get when he comes with me (вот что он получит когда поедет со мной). But he likes it (но ему нравится это). He is used to it (он привык к этому). He knows that life (ему знакома эта жизнь). He was born to it an' brought up to it (он родился для нее и его воспитали для нее; to bring up — вскармливать воспитывать). An' you don't know anything about it (а вам ничего об этом неизвестно). You don't know what you're talking about (вы не ведаете о чем говорите). That's where the dog belongs (это там = тому миру принадлежит этот пес), and that's where he'll be happiest (и именно там он будет наиболее счастлив)."

"The dog doesn't go (пес не поедет)," Walt announced in a determined voice (заявил Уолт решительным голосом тоном). "So there is no need of further discussion (так что нет нужды в дальнейшей дискуссии)."

impatiently [ɪm'peɪʃəntlɪ], famine ['fæmɪn], discussion [dɪs'kʌʃn]

"Yes, plenty of work," Miller blurted out impatiently. "Work without end, an' famine, an' frost, an all the rest of the miseries — that's what he'll get when he comes with me. But he likes it. He is used to it. He knows that life. He was born to it an' brought up to it. An' you don't know anything about it. You don't know what you're talking about. That's where the dog belongs, and that's where he'll be happiest."

"The dog doesn't go," Walt announced in a determined voice. "So there is no need of further discussion."

"What's that (что такое)?" Skiff Miller demanded (спросил Скиф Миллер), his brows lowering and an obstinate flush of blood reddening his forehead (при этом его брови нахмурились и от с трудом сдерживаемого прилива крови его лоб побагровел).

"I said the dog doesn't go (я сказал что пес не поедет), and that settles it (и это решено; to settle — решать назначать определять). I don't believe he's your dog (я не верю что это ваш пес). You may have seen him sometime (возможно вы когда-то видели его). You may even sometime have driven him for his owner (возможно вы даже когда-то правили им за его хозяина; for — от лица от имени кого-либо). But his obeying the ordinary driving commands of the Alaskan trail is no demonstration that he is yours (но то что он повинуется обычным ездовым командам аляскинских упряжных собак не доказывает что он ваш). Any dog in Alaska would obey you as he obeyed (любая собака на Аляске повиновалась бы вам как повиновался он). Besides, he is undoubtedly a valuable dog (кроме того он несомненно ценная собака), as dogs go in Alaska (так как собаки ценятся на Аляске; to go — ходить иметь хождение быть в обращении/о банкнотах и т п./), and that is sufficient explanation of your desire to get possession of him (и это достаточное объяснение вашего желания завладеть им). Anyway, you've got to prove property (в любом случае вы должны доказать право собственности; property — право собственности право владения)."

forehead ['fɔrɪd], valuable ['væljuəbl], sufficient [sə'fɪʃənt]

"What's that?" Skiff Miller demanded, his brows lowering and an obstinate flush of blood reddening his forehead.

"I said the dog doesn't go, and that settles it. I don't believe he's your dog. You may have seen him sometime. You may even sometime have driven him for his owner. But his obeying the ordinary driving commands of the Alaskan trail is no demonstration that he is yours. Any dog in Alaska would obey you as he obeyed. Besides, he is undoubtedly a valuable dog, as dogs go in Alaska, and that is sufficient explanation of your desire to get possession of him. Anyway, you've got to prove property."

Skiff Miller, cool and collected (Скиф Миллер хладнокровный и сдержанный), the obstinate flush a trifle deeper on his forehead (с непокорным притоком крови на лбу который стал чуть глубже только непокорная багровость на лбу стала чуть темнее), his huge muscles bulging under the black cloth of his coat (и с огромными мускулами вздувшимися под черной тканью его пиджака и под черной тканью его пиджака вздулись огромные мускулы), carefully looked the poet up and down (внимательно осмотрел поэта с головы до ног) as though measuring the strength of his slenderness (как будто измеряя силу его стройности его стройной фигуры).

The Klondiker's face took on a contemptuous expression (лицо человека с Клондайка приняло презрительное выражение; to take on — приобретать/форму качество и т п./) as he said finally (когда он в конце концов сказал), "I reckon there's nothin' in sight to prevent me takin' the dog right here an' now (я полагаю нет ничего в поле зрения что помешает мне забрать пса здесь и сейчас)."

Walt's face reddened (лицо Уолта покраснело), and the striking-muscles of his arms and shoulders seemed to stiffen and grow tense (а ударные мускулы его рук и плеч казалось затвердели и напряглись). His wife fluttered apprehensively into the breach (его жена встревожившись метнулась чтобы принять на себя удар; apprehensive — испытывающий тревогу полный страха сообразительный восприимчивый понятливый; to stand in the breach — принять на себя главный удар; breach — брешь пролом).

obstinate ['ɔbstɪnɪt], measure ['meʒə], contemptuous [kən'temptjuəs]

Skiff Miller, cool and collected, the obstinate flush a trifle deeper on his forehead, his huge muscles bulging under the black cloth of his coat, carefully looked the poet up and down as though measuring the strength of his slenderness.

The Klondiker's face took on a contemptuous expression as he said finally, "I reckon there's nothin' in sight to prevent me takin' the dog right here an' now."

Walt's face reddened, and the striking-muscles of his arms and shoulders seemed to stiffen and grow tense. His wife fluttered apprehensively into the breach.

"Maybe Mr. Miller is right (возможно мистер Миллер прав)", she said. "I am afraid that he is (боюсь что он прав). Wolf does seem to know him (ведь Волк кажется знает его), and certainly he answers to the name of 'Brown' (и конечно он отзывается на имя«Бурый»). He made friends with him instantly (он мгновенно подружился с ним; to make friends with — подружиться с), and you know that's something he never did with anybody before (а ты знаешь что он такого никогда прежде не делал). Besides, look at the way he barked (кроме этого посмотри на то как он лаял). He was just bursting with joy (он просто едва сдерживался от радости; to burst — взрываться с трудом сдерживать какое-либо чувство). Joy over what (радости по поводу чего)? Without doubt at finding Mr. Miller (несомненно от того что нашел мистера Миллера)."

Walt's striking-muscles relaxed (ударные мышцы Уолта расслабились), and his shoulders seemed to droop with hopelessness (а его плечи казалось поникли от безнадежности).

"I guess you're right, Madge (я думаю ты права Мэдж)," he said. "Wolf isn't Wolf (Волк не Волк), but Brown (а Бурый), and he must belong to Mr. Miller (и должно быть он принадлежит мистеру Миллеру)."

certainly ['sə:tnlɪ], doubt [daut], guess [ges]

"Maybe Mr. Miller is right", she said. "I am afraid that he is. Wolf does seem to know him, and certainly he answers to the name of 'Brown.' He made friends with him instantly, and you know that's something he never did with anybody before. Besides, look at the way he barked. He was just bursting with joy. Joy over what? Without doubt at finding Mr. Miller."

Walt's striking-muscles relaxed, and his shoulders seemed to droop with hopelessness.

"I guess you're right, Madge," he said. "Wolf isn't Wolf, but Brown, and he must belong to Mr. Miller."

"Perhaps Mr. Miller will sell him (может быть мистер Миллер продаст его)," she suggested (предложила она). "We can buy him (мы можем купить его)."

Skiff Miller shook his head (Скиф Миллер отрицательно покачал головой), no longer belligerent, but kindly (больше не воинственный а милый), quick to be generous in response to generousness (быстро становясь великодушным в ответ на великодушие).

"I had five dogs (у меня было пять собак)," he said, casting about for the easiest way to temper his refusal (изыскивая самый простой способ смягчить свой отказ; to cast about — обдумывать искать разыскивать изыскивать). "He was the leader (он был вожак). They was the crack team of Alaska (они были первоклассной упряжкой Аляски). Nothin' could touch 'em (никто не мог сравниться с ними; to touch — сравниться). In 1898 I refused five thousand dollars for the bunch (в 1898 году я отказался от пяти тысяч долларов за эту упряжку). Dogs was high, then, anyway (собаки были дороги тогда так или иначе); but that wasn't what made the fancy price (но не это создало баснословную цену). It was the team itself (это была сама упряжка). Brown was the best in the team (Бурый был лучшим в упряжке). That winter I refused twelve hundred for 'm (той зимой я отказался/продать его за тысячу двести). I didn't sell 'm then, an' I ain't a-sellin' 'm now (я не продал его тогда и не продам его теперь).

suggest [sə'dʒest], belligerent [be'lɪdʒərənt], generous ['dʒenərəs]

"Perhaps Mr. Miller will sell him," she suggested. "We can buy him."

Skiff Miller shook his head, no longer belligerent, but kindly, quick to be generous in response to generousness.

"I had five dogs," he said, casting about for the easiest way to temper his refusal. "He was the leader. They was the crack team of Alaska. Nothin' could touch 'em. In 1898 I refused five thousand dollars for the bunch. Dogs was high, then, anyway; but that wasn't what made the fancy price. It was the team itself. Brown was the best in the team. That winter I refused twelve hundred for 'm. I didn't sell 'm then, an' I ain't a-sellin' 'm now.

"Besides, I think a mighty lot of that dog (кроме того я души не чаю в этом псе; to think a lot of smb. — быть высокого мнения о ком-либо высоко ценить кого-либо души не чаять в ком-либо; lot — жребий серия партия много масса; mighty — могучий огромный; might — энергия мощность могущество). I've ben lookin' for 'm for three years (я ищу его уже три года). It made me fair sick when I found he'd ben stole (меня очень раздосадовало когда я обнаружил что его украли; sick — раздосадованный; to steal — украсть стащить) — not the value of him, but the (не из-за его стоимости) — well, I liked 'm like hell (ну я его чертовски любил; like hell — сильно изо всех сил как оглашенный как сумасшедший; hell — ад пекло), that's all, beggin' your pardon (это все прошу прощения). I couldn't believe my eyes when I seen 'm just now (я не мог поверить своим глазам когда я только что увидел его). I thought I was dreamin' (я думал мне приснилось). It was too good to be true (это было слишком хорошо чтобы быть правдой). Why, I was his wet-nurse (да ведь я был его нянькой я вынянчил его; wet-nurse — кормилица нянька; wet — мокрый влажный). I put 'm to bed, snug every night (я укладывал его спать в защищенную от непогоды постельку каждую ночь; snug — удобный защищенный от непогоды). His mother died (его мать умерла), and I brought 'm up on condensed milk at two dollars a can (и я вскормил его сгущенным молоком по два доллара за банку; to bring up — вскармливать воспитывать) when I couldn't afford it in my own coffee (когда я не мог позволить этого себе для своего кофе). He never knew any mother but me (он никогда не знал иной матери кроме меня). He used to suck my finger regular (раньше он регулярно сосал мой палец), the darn little cuss (маленький паршивец; darn — проклятый страшный ужасный; cuss — ругательство проклятие /= curse/; парень малый) — that finger right there (вот этот самый палец)!"

year [jə:], afford [ə'fɔ:d], used [ju:st]

"Besides, I think a mighty lot of that dog. I've ben lookin' for 'm for three years. It made me fair sick when I found he'd ben stole — not the value of him, but the — well, I liked 'm like hell, that's all, beggin' your pardon. I couldn't believe my eyes when I seen 'm just now. I thought I was dreamin'. It was too good to be true. Why, I was his wet-nurse. I put 'm to bed, snug every night. His mother died, and I brought 'm up on condensed milk at two dollars a can when I couldn't afford it in my own coffee. He never knew any mother but me. He used to suck my finger regular, the darn little cuss — that finger right there!"

And Skiff Miller, too overwrought for speech (и Скиф Миллер крайне взволнованный от речи), held up a fore finger for them to see (поднял указательный палец чтобы они увидели).

"That very finger (этот самый палец)," he managed to articulate (удалось ему отчетливо произнести), as though it somehow clinched the proof of ownership and the bond of affection (как будто это как-то решало доказательство = окончательно доказывало право собственности и/служило залогом любви; to clinch — урегулировать окончательно решать улаживать; bond — узы обещание залог).

He was still gazing at his extended finger (он все еще вглядывался в свой вытянутый палец) when Madge began to speak (когда заговорила Мэдж).

"But the dog (но пес)," she said. "You haven't considered the dog (вы не учли пса)."

Skiff Miller looked puzzled (Скиф Миллер выглядел озадаченным).

"Have you thought about him (вы думали о нем)?" she asked.

"Don't know what you're drivin' at (не пойму к чему вы клоните; to drive at — подразумевать иметь в виду клонить к чему-либо)," was the response (прозвучал ответ).

overwrought ["əuvə'rɔ:t], though [ðəu], consider [kən'sɪdə]

And Skiff Miller, too overwrought for speech, held up a fore finger for them to see.

"That very finger," he managed to articulate, as though it somehow clinched the proof of ownership and the bond of affection.

He was still gazing at his extended finger when Madge began to speak.

"But the dog," she said. "You haven't considered the dog."

Skiff Miller looked puzzled.

"Have you thought about him?" she asked.

"Don't know what you're drivin' at," was the response.

"Maybe the dog has some choice in the matter (может у собаки есть выбор в этом деле)," Madge went on (продолжала Мэдж). "Maybe he has his likes and desires (может быть у него есть свои склонности и желания; likes — влечения склонности вкусы пристрастия). You have not considered him (вы не приняли его во внимание). You give him no choice (вы не даете ему выбора). It has never entered your mind (вам никогда не приходило в голову) that possibly he might prefer California to Alaska (что он возможно предпочтет Калифорнию Аляске). You consider only what you like (вы считаетесь только с тем что нравится вам). You do with him as you would with a sack of potatoes or a bale of hay (вы поступаете с ним как вы поступили бы с мешком картошки или тюком сена)."

This was a new way of looking at it (это был новый взгляд на это; way — способ метод), and Miller was visibly impressed as he debated it in his mind (и Миллер был явно впечатлен пока он взвешивал это в уме; to debate smth. in one's mind — взвешивать обдумывать что-либо). Madge took advantage of his indecision (Мэдж воспользовалась его нерешительностью; to take advantage of smth. — воспользоваться чем-либо использовать что-либо в своих интересах).

"If you really love him (если вы действительно любите его), what would be happiness to him would be your happiness also (то что было бы счастьем для него было бы счастьем и для вас его счастье было бы и вашим)," she urged (убеждала она).

prefer [prɪ'fə:], potato [pə'teɪtəu], advantage [əd'vɑ:ntɪdʒ]

"Maybe the dog has some choice in the matter," Madge went on. "Maybe he has his likes and desires. You have not considered him. You give him no choice. It has never entered your mind that possibly he might prefer California to Alaska. You consider only what you like. You do with him as you would with a sack of potatoes or a bale of hay."

This was a new way of looking at it, and Miller was visibly impressed as he debated it in his mind. Madge took advantage of his indecision.

"If you really love him, what would be happiness to him would be your happiness also," she urged.

Skiff Miller continued to debate with himself (Скиф Миллер продолжал спорить с собой), and Madge stole a glance of exultation to her husband (а Мэдж тайком бросила торжествующий взгляд на мужа; to steal — делать что-либо незаметно тайком или без разрешения), who looked back warm approval (который посмотрел в ответ с горячим одобрением).

"What do you think (что = как вы думаете)?" the Klondiker suddenly demanded (неожиданно спросил житель Клондайка).

It was her turn to be puzzled (настал ее черед недоумевать; to be puzzled — недоумевать). "What do you mean (что вы имеете в виду)?" she asked.

"D'ye think he'd sooner stay in California (вы считаете что он предпочел бы остаться в Калифорнии; would sooner … — предпочел бы предпочли бы)?"

She nodded her head with positiveness (она решительно/убежденно кивнула головой; positiveness — позитивность решительность убежденность). "I am sure of it (я уверена в этом)."

debate [dɪ'beɪt], glance [glɑ:ns], exultation ["egzʌl'teɪʃən]

Skiff Miller continued to debate with himself, and Madge stole a glance of exultation to her husband, who looked back warm approval.

"What do you think?" the Klondiker suddenly demanded.

It was her turn to be puzzled. "What do you mean?" she asked.

"D'ye think he'd sooner stay in California?"

She nodded her head with positiveness. "I am sure of it."

Skiff Miller again debated with himself (Скиф Миллер снова подискутировал с собой), though this time aloud (хотя на этот раз вслух), at the same time running his gaze in a judicial way over the mooted animal (одновременно критически пробегая пристальным взглядом по обсуждаемому животному; to run — проводить пробегать/рукой глазами и т п./).

"He was a good worker (он был хорошим работником). He's done a heap of work for me (он делал за меня кучу работы). He never loafed on me (он никогда у меня не сачковал; to loaf — проводить время в безделье бездельничать; loaf — буханка), an' he was a joe-dandy at hammerin' a raw team into shape (и он был молодцом в том чтобы выковать из необученной упряжки первоклассную; joe — парень человек; dandy — отличный превосходный первоклассный; to hammer smth. into shape — выковывать/что-либо/; hammer — молоток; raw — сырой неопытный«зеленый необученный). He's got a head on him (у него есть голова на плечах; to have a /good/ head on one's shoulders — иметь/хорошую голову на плечах быть умным). He can do everything but talk (он не умеет только говорить). He knows what you say to him (он понимает что ты говоришь ему). Look at 'm now (поглядите сейчас на него). He knows we're talkin' about him (он знает что мы говорим о нем)."

judicial [dʒu'dɪʃəl], raw [rɔ:], talk [tɔ:k]

Skiff Miller again debated with himself, though this time aloud, at the same time running his gaze in a judicial way over the mooted animal.

"He was a good worker. He's done a heap of work for me. He never loafed on me, an' he was a joe-dandy at hammerin' a raw team into shape. He's got a head on him. He can do everything but talk. He knows what you say to him. Look at 'm now. He knows we're talkin' about him."

The dog was lying at Skiff Miller's feet (пес лежал у ног Скифа Миллера), head close down on paws (положив голову на лапы), ears erect and listening (подняв уши торчком и прислушиваясь), and eyes that were quick and eager to follow the sound of speech (а глаза быстро и жаждуще следили за звучанием слов) as it fell from the lips of first one and then the other (когда они срывались с губ первого/собеседника а потом другого второго; to fall — вылетать срываться с уст/о речи и т п./).

"An' there's a lot of work in 'm yet (и в нем еще много работы и у него еще много сил для работы). He's good for years to come (он годен/еще на несколько грядущих лет; good — годный). An' I do like him (и я действительно люблю его). I like him like hell (я чертовски люблю его)."

Once or twice after that Skiff Miller opened his mouth and closed it again without speaking (раз или два после этого Скиф Миллер открывал рот и закрывал его снова не сказав ничего). Finally he said (в конце концов он сказал):

paw [pɔ:], erect [ɪ'rekt], again [ə'gen]

The dog was lying at Skiff Miller's feet, head close down on paws, ears erect and listening, and eyes that were quick and eager to follow the sound of speech as it fell from the lips of first one and then the other.

"An' there's a lot of work in 'm yet. He's good for years to come. An' I do like him. I like him like hell."

Once or twice after that Skiff Miller opened his mouth and closed it again without speaking. Finally he said:

"I'll tell you what I'll do (я скажу вам что я сделаю). Your remarks, ma'am (ваши высказывания мэм), has some weight in them (кое-что значат«имеют в себе некоторое значение»). The dog's worked hard (пес работал неистово; hard — упорно неистово яростно), and maybe he's earned a soft berth an' has got a right to choose (и возможно он заработал мягкую подстилку и имеет право выбора). Anyway, we'll leave it up to him (как бы там ни было/давайте предоставим это ему/выбрать пусть он сам сделает выбор; to leave it up to smb. — полагаться на чей-либо выбор). Whatever he says, goes (как он скажет так и будет). You people stay right here settin' down (вы ребята оставайтесь прямо здесь и сядьте). I'll say good-by and walk off casual-like (я попрощаюсь и пойду этак небрежно; to say good-bye — прощаться; to walk off — уходить; casual — небрежный). If he wants to stay (если он захочет остаться), he can stay (он может остаться). If he wants to come with me (если он захочет пойти со мной), let 'm come (пусть идет). I won't call 'm to come (я не буду звать его с собой) an' don't you call 'm to come back (а вы не отзывайте его назад)."

He looked with sudden suspicion at Madge, and added (он посмотрел с внезапным подозрением на Мэдж и добавил), "Only you must play fair (только вы должны играть честно). No persuadin' after my back is turned (никаких уговоров после того как я повернусь спиной)."

weight [weɪt], earn [ə:n], casual ['kæʒuəl]

"I'll tell you what I'll do. Your remarks, ma'am, has some weight in them. The dog's worked hard, and maybe he's earned a soft berth an' has got a right to choose. Anyway, we'll leave it up to him. Whatever he says, goes. You people stay right here settin' down. I'll say good-by and walk off casual-like. If he wants to stay, he can stay. If he wants to come with me, let 'm come. I won't call 'm to come an' don't you call 'm to come back."

He looked with sudden suspicion at Madge, and added, "Only you must play fair. No persuadin' after my back is turned."

"We'll play fair (мы будем играть честно)," Madge began (начала Мэдж), but Skiff Miller broke in on her assurances (но Скиф Миллер прервал ее уверения).

"I know the ways of women (я знаю повадки женщин; way — способ средство метод манера привычка)," he announced (заявил он). "Their hearts is soft (их сердца нежны). When their hearts is touched they're likely to stack the cards (когда их сердца затронуты они могут подтасовать карты; likely — вероятный возможный; to stack the cards — подтасовать карты повернуть события ход дела/в чью-либо пользу/), look at the bottom of the deck (подсмотреть нижнюю карту«смотреть на низ колоды»), an' lie like the devil (и врут чрезмерно; like the devil — адски дьявольски сильно; devil — дьявол) — beggin' your pardon, ma'am (прошу прощения мэм). I'm only discoursin' about women in general (я лишь рассуждаю о женщинах вообще; to discourse — рассуждать; in general — вообще)."

"I don't know how to thank you (не знаю как и благодарить вас)," Madge quavered (дрожащим голосом произнесла Мэдж; to quaver — произносить дрожащим голосом).

assurance [ə'ʃuərəns], announce [ə'nauns], quaver ['kweɪvə]

"We'll play fair," Madge began, but Skiff Miller broke in on her assurances.

"I know the ways of women," he announced. "Their hearts is soft. When their hearts is touched they're likely to stack the cards, look at the bottom of the deck, an' lie like the devil — beggin' your pardon, ma'am. I'm only discoursin' about women in general."

"I don't know how to thank you," Madge quavered.

"I don't see as you've got any call to thank me (мне/это непонятно так как у вас нет никакой нужды благодарить меня; call — необходимость нужда)," he replied (ответил он). "Brown ain't decided yet (Бурый еще не решил). Now you won't mind if I go away slow (теперь не возражаете если я пойду медленно)? It's no more'n fair (это не более чем справедливо это всего лишь справедливо/честно), seein' I'll be out of sight inside a hundred yards (поскольку через сотню ярдов35 я пропаду из виду; seeing — так как ввиду того что принимая во внимание поскольку; out of sight — вне пределов видимости; inside — в пределах)." — Madge agreed, and added (Мэдж согласилась и добавила), "And I promise you faithfully (а я честно обещаю вам) that we won't do anything to influence him (что мы не будем делать ничего чтобы повлиять на него)."

"Well, then, I might as well be gettin' along (ну тогда я пожалуй пойду)," Skiff Miller said in the ordinary tones of one departing (сказал Скиф Миллер обычным тоном человека который уходит).

call [kɔ:l], faithfully ['feɪθfulɪ], ordinary ['ɔ:dnrɪ]

"I don't see as you've got any call to thank me," he replied. "Brown ain't decided yet. Now you won't mind if I go away slow? It's no more'n fair, seein' I'll be out of sight inside a hundred yards." — Madge agreed, and added, "And I promise you faithfully that we won't do anything to influence him."

"Well, then, I might as well be gettin' along," Skiff Miller said in the ordinary tones of one departing.

At this change in his voice (при этой перемене в его голосе), Wolf lifted his head quickly (Волк быстро поднял голову), and still more quickly got to his feet (и еще быстрее поднялся на ноги) when the man and woman shook hands (когда мужчина и женщина пожали руки; to shake hands — пожать руки; to shake — трясти). He sprang up on his hind legs (он вскочил на задние ноги), resting his fore paws on her hip (опираясь передними лапами на ее бедро) and at the same time licking Skiff Miller's hand (и в то же самое время облизывая руку Скифу Миллеру). When the latter shook hands with Walt (когда последний пожал руку Уолту), Wolf repeated his act (Волк повторил свое действие), resting his weight on Walt and licking both men's hands (опираясь своим весом на Уолта и облизывая руки обоих мужчин).

"It ain't no picnic (это не шутка; no picnic — нелегкое дело не шутка), I can tell you that (могу вам сказать это скажу я вам)," were the Klondiker's last words (были последние слова мужчины с Клондайка), as he turned and went slowly up the trail (когда он повернулся и медленно пошел вверх по тропинке).

change [ʧeɪndʒ], quickly ['kwɪklɪ], both [bəuθ]

At this change in his voice, Wolf lifted his head quickly, and still more quickly got to his feet when the man and woman shook hands. He sprang up on his hind legs, resting his fore paws on her hip and at the same time licking Skiff Miller's hand. When the latter shook hands with Walt, Wolf repeated his act, resting his weight on Walt and licking both men's hands.

"It ain't no picnic, I can tell you that," were the Klondiker's last words, as he turned and went slowly up the trail.

For the distance of twenty feet Wolf watched him go (до расстояния двадцати футов Волк наблюдал как тот уходит), himself all eagerness and expectancy (весь преисполненный страстным ожиданием; eagerness — пыл рвение старание; to expect — ждать ожидать), as though waiting for the man to turn and retrace his steps (как будто ждал что мужчина повернется и возвратится по своим следам; to retrace one's steps — возвращаться по своим следам). Then, with a quick low whine, Wolf sprang after him (затем с коротким низким жалобным воем Волк бросился за ним; to spring — бросаться), overtook him (обогнал его), caught his hand between his teeth with reluctant tenderness (поймал его руку между зубов с сопротивляющейся нежностью; reluctant — делающий что-либо с большой неохотой по принуждению вынужденный), and strove gently to make him pause (и мягко старался остановить его).

Failing in this (потерпев в этом неудачу; to fail — потерпеть неудачу не иметь успеха), Wolf raced back to where Walt Irvine sat (Волк помчался назад туда где сидел Уолт Ирвин; to race — мчаться нестись лететь), catching his coat-sleeve in his teeth (поймал зубами его рукав пиджака) and trying vainly to drag him after the retreating man (и напрасно пытался потащить его вслед за удаляющимся мужчиной).

expectancy [ɪks'pektənsɪ], reluctant [rɪ'lʌktənt], retreat [rɪ'tri:t]

For the distance of twenty feet Wolf watched him go, himself all eagerness and expectancy, as though waiting for the man to turn and retrace his steps. Then, with a quick low whine, Wolf sprang after him, overtook him, caught his hand between his teeth with reluctant tenderness, and strove gently to make him pause.

Failing in this, Wolf raced back to where Walt Irvine sat, catching his coat-sleeve in his teeth and trying vainly to drag him after the retreating man.

Wolf's perturbation began to wax (беспокойство Волка начало расти; to wax — увеличиваться расти/часто с противопоставлением to wane/). He desired ubiquity (он желал быть везде и тут и там; ubiquity — вездесущность повсеместность). He wanted to be in two places at the same time (он хотел быть одновременно в двух местах), with the old master and the new (со старым хозяином и новым), and steadily the distance between them was increasing (а расстояние между ними неуклонно увеличивалось). He sprang about excitedly (он взволнованно скакал; to spring — прыгать скакать), making short nervous leaps and twists (делая короткие нервные прыжки и повороты), now toward one (то в направлении одного), now toward the other (то в направлении другого), in painful indecision (в мучительной нерешительности), not knowing his own mind (не понимая своего желания; to know — знать понимать; mind — разум душевное состояние желание; to know one's own mind — не колебаться твердо знать чего хочешь), desiring both and unable to choose (желая обоих и не в состоянии выбрать), uttering quick sharp whines and beginning to pant (издавая короткие резкие подвывания и начиная часто и тяжело дышать; to pant — часто и тяжело дышать задыхаться).

perturbation ["pə:tə:'beɪʃən], ubiquity [ju:'bɪkwɪtɪ], nervous ['nə:vəs]

Wolf's perturbation began to wax. He desired ubiquity. He wanted to be in two places at the same time, with the old master and the new, and steadily the distance between them was increasing. He sprang about excitedly, making short nervous leaps and twists, now toward one, now toward the other, in painful indecision, not knowing his own mind, desiring both and unable to choose, uttering quick sharp whines and beginning to pant.

He sat down abruptly on his haunches (вдруг он сел на задние лапы; haunch — задняя часть/животного круп/лошади и т п./), thrusting his nose upward (вытянул нос кверху), the mouth opening and closing with jerking movements (открывая и закрывая пасть конвульсивными движениями; jerks — конвульсии), each time opening wider (с каждым разом открывая пасть шире). These jerking movements were in unison with the recurrent spasms that attacked the throat (эти подергивающиеся движения были = происходили в унисон с периодическими спазмами которые сотрясали глотку; to attack — нападать поражать браться за что-либо), each spasm severer and more intense than the preceding one (каждый спазм был сильнее и интенсивнее чем предыдущий). And in accord with jerks and spasms the larynx began to vibrate (и в согласии с конвульсиями и спазмами = и в такт конвульсиям и спазмам начала вибрировать гортань), at first silently (сначала бесшумно), accompanied by the rush of air expelled from the lungs (сопровождаемая напором воздуха выталкиваемого из легких), then sounding a low, deep note (потом зазвучавшая низкой насыщенной нотой), the lowest in the register of the human ear (самой низкой в регистре человеческого слуха). All this was the nervous and muscular preliminary to howling (все это было нервно-мускульным вступлением к вою).

haunch [hɔ:nʧ], accompany [ə'kʌmpənɪ], larynx ['lærɪŋks]

He sat down abruptly on his haunches, thrusting his nose upward, the mouth opening and closing with jerking movements, each time opening wider. These jerking movements were in unison with the recurrent spasms that attacked the throat, each spasm severer and more intense than the preceding one. And in accord with jerks and spasms the larynx began to vibrate, at first silently, accompanied by the rush of air expelled from the lungs, then sounding a low, deep note, the lowest in the register of the human ear. All this was the nervous and muscular preliminary to howling.

But just as the howl was on the verge of bursting from the full throat (но как раз когда вой был готов вырваться из раскрытой гортани; to be on the verge of — быть на грани), the wide-opened mouth was closed (широко раскрытая пасть закрылась), the paroxysms ceased (судороги прекратились), and he looked long and steadily at the retreating man (и он долго и спокойно смотрел на удаляющегося мужчину; steady — спокойный уравновешенный). Suddenly Wolf turned his head (внезапно Волк повернул голову), and over his shoulder just as steadily regarded Walt (и через плечо точно так же спокойно поглядел на Уолта). The appeal was unanswered (призыв остался без ответа). Not a word nor a sign did the dog receive (пес не получил ни слова ни знака), no suggestion and no clew as to what his conduct should be (ни намека ни ключа/к разгадке того как ему себя вести«каким его поведение должно быть»).

verge [və:dʒ], paroxysm ['pærəksɪzm], clew [klu:]

But just as the howl was on the verge of bursting from the full throat, the wide-opened mouth was closed, the paroxysms ceased, and he looked long and steadily at the retreating man. Suddenly Wolf turned his head, and over his shoulder just as steadily regarded Walt. The appeal was unanswered. Not a word nor a sign did the dog receive, no suggestion and no clew as to what his conduct should be.

A glance ahead to where the old master was nearing the curve of the trail excited him again (взгляд вперед туда где старый хозяин приближался к повороту тропы снова возбудил его). He sprang to his feet with a whine (он вскочил на ноги с жалобным воем), and then, struck by a new idea (а потом пораженный новой мыслью; to strike — ударять поражать), turned his attention to Madge (обратил свое внимание на Мэдж). Hitherto he had ignored her (до сих пор он не замечал ее), but now, both masters failing him (а теперь когда оба хозяина подвели его), she alone was left (осталась она одна; to leave — оставлять). He went over to her and snuggled his head in her lap (он подошел к ней и уютно устроил свою голову у нее на коленях; lap — колени/верхняя часть ног у сидящего человека/), nudging her arm with his nose (тыча в ее руку носом; to nudge — слегка подталкивать локтем) — an old trick of his when begging for favors (его старый трюк когда он выпрашивал благосклонности). He backed away from her and began writhing and twisting playfully (он отошел пятясь от нее и начал игриво вилять и крутиться), curvetting and prancing (делая курбеты и становясь на задние лапы; to prance — становиться на дыбы), half rearing and striking his fore paws to the earth (наполовину становясь на дыбы и ударяя передними лапами по земле), struggling with all his body (стараясь всем своим телом; to struggle — стараться изо всех сил), from the wheedling eyes and flattening ears to the wagging tail (от угодливых глаз и прижатых ушей до виляющего хвоста; to wheedle — подольщаться обхаживать), to express the thought that was in him and that was denied him utterance (чтобы выразить мысль которая была в нем и которую ему было не дано выразить словами; to deny — отказывать; utterance — выражение в словах дар слова; to utter — издавать звук выражать словами).

excite [ɪk'saɪt], ignore [ɪg'nɔ:], curvet [kə:'vet]

A glance ahead to where the old master was nearing the curve of the trail excited him again. He sprang to his feet with a whine, and then, struck by a new idea, turned his attention to Madge. Hitherto he had ignored her, but now, both masters failing him, she alone was left. He went over to her and snuggled his head in her lap, nudging her arm with his nose — an old trick of his when begging for favors. He backed away from her and began writhing and twisting playfully, curvetting and prancing, half rearing and striking his fore paws to the earth, struggling with all his body, from the wheedling eyes and flattening ears to the wagging tail, to express the thought that was in him and that was denied him utterance.

This, too, he soon abandoned (это тоже он вскоре прекратил; to abandon — покидать прекращать). He was depressed by the coldness of these humans who had never been cold before (он был подавлен холодностью этих людей которые никогда прежде не были холодны). No response could he draw from them (он не мог вытянуть из них ответа), no help could he get (не мог получить помощи). They did not consider him (они не принимали его во внимание). They were as dead (они были как мертвые).

He turned and silently gazed after the old master (он повернулся и безмолвно уставился вслед старому хозяину). Skiff Miller was rounding the curve (Скиф Миллер сворачивал за поворот). In a moment he would be gone from view (через мгновение он пропадет из виду). Yet he never turned his head (однако он так и не повернул головы), plodding straight onward (тяжело двигаясь прямо; to plod — еле тащиться волочить ноги двигаться тяжело и без остановок), slowly and methodically (медленно и методично), as though possessed of no interest in what was occurring behind his back (словно не интересуясь тем что происходит за его спиной; to possess — иметь обладать).

abandon [ə'bændən], straight [streɪt], occur [ə'kə:]

This, too, he soon abandoned. He was depressed by the coldness of these humans who had never been cold before. No response could he draw from them, no help could he get. They did not consider him. They were as dead.

He turned and silently gazed after the old master. Skiff Miller was rounding the curve. In a moment he would be gone from view. Yet he never turned his head, plodding straight onward, slowly and methodically, as though possessed of no interest in what was occurring behind his back.

And in this fashion he went out of view (и таким образом он пропал из виду). Wolf waited for him to reappear (Волк ждал что он снова появится). He waited a long minute, silently, quietly, without movement (он ждал долгую минуту молча тихо неподвижно), as though turned to stone (словно обратившись в камень) — withal stone quick with eagerness and desire (тем не менее в камень живой от страстных желаний; withal — в то же время тем не менее). He barked once, and waited (он пролаял раз и подождал). Then he turned and trotted back to Walt Irvine (затем он повернулся и потрусил назад к Уолту Ирвину). He sniffed his hand and dropped down heavily at his feet (он обнюхал его руку и тяжело опустился у его ног), watching the trail where it curved emptily from view (наблюдая за опустевшей тропой/в том месте где она поворачивала/и пропадала из виду; empty — пустой).

minute ['mɪnɪt], desire [dɪ'zaɪə], withal [wɪ'ðɔ:l]

And in this fashion he went out of view. Wolf waited for him to reappear. He waited a long minute, silently, quietly, without movement, as though turned to stone — withal stone quick with eagerness and desire. He barked once, and waited. Then he turned and trotted back to Walt Irvine. He sniffed his hand and dropped down heavily at his feet, watching the trail where it curved emptily from view.

The tiny stream slipping down the mossy-lipped stone seemed suddenly to increase the volume of its gurgling noise (крошечный ручеек скользящий по камню со мшистыми краями казалось вдруг увеличил громкость своего журчания). Save for the meadow-larks, there was no other sound (за исключением луговых жаворонков не было других звуков). The great yellow butterflies drifted silently through the sunshine (огромные желтые бабочки бесшумно проносились в солнечном свете) and lost themselves in the drowsy shadows (и терялись в навевающих сон тенях; to lose — терять; drowsy — засыпающий навевающий сон). Madge gazed triumphantly at her husband (Мэдж торжествующе посмотрела на мужа).

A few minutes later Wolf got upon his feet (несколько минут спустя Волк поднялся на ноги). Decision and deliberation marked his movements (решительность и неспешность отличали его движения; decision — решение решительность; deliberation — размышление рассудительность медлительность неспешность; to deliberate — обдумывать размышлять). He did not glance at the man and woman (он не взглянул на мужчину и женщину). His eyes were fixed up the trail (его глаза были прикованы к тропе). He had made up his mind (он решился; to make up one’s mind — принять решение решиться/на что-либо или сделать что-либо/). They knew it (они поняли это). And they knew, so far as they were concerned, that the ordeal had just begun (и они знали насколько это их касалось что только что началось суровое испытание; to begin — начинать/ся/).

volume ['vɔljum], triumphantly [traɪ'ʌmfəntlɪ], ordeal [ɔ:'di:l]

The tiny stream slipping down the mossy-lipped stone seemed suddenly to increase the volume of its gurgling noise. Save for the meadow-larks, there was no other sound. The great yellow butterflies drifted silently through the sunshine and lost themselves in the drowsy shadows. Madge gazed triumphantly at her husband.

A few minutes later Wolf got upon his feet. Decision and deliberation marked his movements. He did not glance at the man and woman. His eyes were fixed up the trail. He had made up his mind. They knew it. And they knew, so far as they were concerned, that the ordeal had just begun.

He broke into a trot (он бросился бежать рысью; to break into — внезапно начинать/что-либо/), and Madge's lips pursed (и губы Мэдж поджались), forming an avenue for the caressing sound (образуя путь для ласкающего звука; avenue — путь средство) that it was the will of her to send forth (который в ее воле было издать). But the caressing sound was not made (но ласкающий звук не раздался). She was impelled to look at her husband (она была вынуждена посмотреть на мужа), and she saw the sternness with which he watched her (и увидела строгость с которой он наблюдал за ней; stern — строгий суровый безжалостный). The pursed lips relaxed (сжатые губы расслабились), and she sighed inaudibly (и она неслышно вздохнула).

Wolf's trot broke into a run (рысь Волка перешла в бег). Wider and wider were the leaps he made (/все больше и больше были прыжки которые он совершал). Not once did he turn his head (ни разу не повернул он головы), his wolf's brush standing out straight behind him (его волчий пушистый хвост выпрямился позади него). He cut sharply across the curve of the trail and was gone (он напрямик срезал поворот тропы и пропал; to be gone — пропасть исчезнуть).

avenue ['ævɪnju:], sigh [saɪ], inaudibly [ɪn'ɔ:dəblɪ]

He broke into a trot, and Madge's lips pursed, forming an avenue for the caressing sound that it was the will of her to send forth. But the caressing sound was not made. She was impelled to look at her husband, and she saw the sternness with which he watched her. The pursed lips relaxed, and she sighed inaudibly.

Wolf's trot broke into a run. Wider and wider were the leaps he made. Not once did he turn his head, his wolf's brush standing out straight behind him. He cut sharply across the curve of the trail and was gone.


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