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Тени в Замбуле (SHADOWS IN ZAMBOULA)

1. A Drum Begins (Барабан начинает /бить/)

"Peril hides in the house of Aram Baksh (опасность таится в доме Арама Бакша)!" The speaker's voice quivered with earnestness (голос говорящего задрожал с = от искренности) and his lean, black-nailed fingers clawed at Conan's mightily- muscled arm as he croaked his warning (и его тощие, с черными ногтями пальцы вцепились в очень мускулистую руку Конана, когда он прокаркал свое предупреждение). He was a wiry, sunburnt man with a straggling black beard (он был жилистым, загорелым мужчиной с растрепанной черной бородой), and his ragged garments proclaimed him a nomad (а его истрепанное одеяние объявляло его кочевником = свидетельствовало, что он кочевник). He looked smaller and meaner than ever in contrast to the giant Cimmerian (он выглядел меньше и более худым, чем когда-либо = чем на самом деле из-за контраста с гигантским киммерийцем) with his black brows, broad chest, and powerful limbs (с его черными бровями, широкой грудью и мощными конечностями). They stood in a corner of the Sword Makers' Bazaar (они стояли в углу Базара Оружейников), and on either side of them flowed past the many- tongued, many-colored stream of the Zamboulan streets (а на каждой стороне = с обеих сторон от них проплывал мимо многоязычный, разноцветный поток замбульских улиц), which are exotic, hybrid, flamboyant, and clamorous (которые экзотичны, разнородны, цветисты и крикливы; clamor — шум, крик, ор).

peril ['perɪl], earnestness ['ə:nɪstnɪs], wiry ['waɪərɪ]

"Peril hides in the house of Aram Baksh!" The speaker's voice quivered with earnestness and his lean, black-nailed fingers clawed at Conan's mightily-muscled arm as he croaked his warning. He was a wiry, sunburnt man with a straggling black beard, and his ragged garments proclaimed him a nomad. He looked smaller and meaner than ever in contrast to the giant Cimmerian with his black brows, broad chest, and powerful limbs. They stood in a corner of the Sword Makers' Bazaar, and on either side of them flowed past the many-tongued, many-colored stream of the Zamboulan streets, which are exotic, hybrid, flamboyant, and clamorous.

Conan pulled his eyes back from following a bold-eyed, red-lipped Ghanara whose short skirt bared her brown thigh at each insolent step (Конан оторвал /свои/ глаза от слежения = провожавшие взглядом красногубую Ганарку с дерзким взглядом: «дерзко-взглядная», чья короткая юбка обнажала ее коричневое бедро при каждом кичливом шаге), and frowned down at his importunate companion (и нахмурился = хмуро посмотрел на своего назойливого собеседника). "What do you mean by peril?" he demanded (что ты подразумеваешь под опасностью? — спросил он). The desert man glanced furtively over his shoulder before replying, and lowered his voice (человек пустыни посмотрел украдкой через /свое/ плечо, прежде чем ответить, и понизил /свой/ голос).

whose [hu:z], frown [fraun], mean [mi:n]

Conan pulled his eyes back from following a bold-eyed, red-lipped Ghanara whose short skirt bared her brown thigh at each insolent step, and frowned down at his importunate companion. "What do you mean by peril?" he demanded. The desert man glanced furtively over his shoulder before replying, and lowered his voice.

"Who can say (кто может сказать)? But desert men and travelers have slept in the house of Aram Baksh and never been seen or heard of again (но люди пустыни и путники спали в доме Арама Бакша, и их никогда больше не видели и не слышали о них: «никогда были видены и слышаны о снова»; to see — видеть; to hear — слышать). What became of them (что стало из = с ними)? He swore they rose and went their way — and it is true that no citizen of the city has ever disappeared from his house (он клялся, /что/ они встали и ушли своей дорогой — и /это/ правда, что ни один горожанин из города никогда /не/ исчезал из его дома). But no one saw the travelers again (но никто /не/ видел странников снова), and men say that goods and equipment recognized as theirs have been seen in the bazaars (и люди говорят, что товары и снаряжение были увидены = видели на базарах). If Aram did not sell them, after doing away with their owners, how came they there (если Арам не продал их, покончив с их владельцами, как они попали туда; to do away with — покончить с; to come — придти, попасть)?"

who [hu:], house [haus], equipment [ɪ'kwɪpmənt]

"Who can say? But desert men and travelers have slept in the house of Aram Baksh and never been seen or heard of again. What became of them? He swore they rose and went their way — and it is true that no citizen of the city has ever disappeared from his house. But no one saw the travelers again, and men say that goods and equipment recognized as theirs have been seen in the bazaars. If Aram did not sell them, after doing away with their owners, how came they there?"

"I have no goods," growled the Cimmerian (я имею никаких товаров = у меня нет товара, — прорычал киммериец), touching the shagreen-bound hilt of the broadsword that hung at his hip (касаясь обмотанной шагреневой кожей рукоятки палаша, который висел на его бедре). "I have even sold my horse (я продал даже мою лошадь; to sell — продавать)." "But it is not always rich strangers who vanish by night from the house of Aram Baksh!" chattered the Zuagir (но /это/ не всегда /только/ богатые чужеземцы, /которые/ исчезают ночью из дома Арама Бакша! — застрекотал зуагир). "Nay, poor desert men have slept there — because his score is less than that of the other taverns — and have been seen no more (нет, бедные люди пустыни спали там — потому что его счет меньше, чем таковой = счет в других тавернах — и их больше не видели). Once a chief of the Zuagirs whose son had thus vanished complained to the satrap, Jungir Khan (однажды вождь зуагиров, чей сын исчез таким образом, пожаловался сатрапу, Джунгир Хану), who ordered the house searched by soldiers (который приказал обыскать дом солдатам: «приказал дом обысканный солдатами»)."

growl [graul], even [i:vn], chief [ʧi:f]

"I have no goods," growled the Cimmerian, touching the shagreen-bound hilt of the broadsword that hung at his hip. "I have even sold my horse." "But it is not always rich strangers who vanish by night from the house of Aram Baksh!" chattered the Zuagir. "Nay, poor desert men have slept there — because his score is less than that of the other taverns — and have been seen no more. Once a chief of the Zuagirs whose son had thus vanished complained to the satrap, Jungir Khan, who ordered the house searched by soldiers."

"And they found a cellar full of corpses?" asked Conan in good-humored derision (и они нашли подвал, полный трупов? — спросил Конан с добродушной насмешкой). "Nay! They found naught (нет, они /не/ нашли ничего)! And drove the chief from the city with threats and curses (и выгнали вождя из города с угрозами и проклятиями)! But" — he drew closer to Conan and shivered — "something else was found (но, — он придвинулся ближе к Конану и затрясся, — было найдено кое-что еще)! At the edge of the desert, beyond the houses, there is a clump of palm trees, and within that grove there is a pit (на краю пустыни за домами есть заросли пальм, и в той роще есть яма). And within that pit have been found human bones, charred and blackened (а в той яме были найдены = нашли человеческие кости, обугленные и почерневшие). Not once, but many times (не один раз, а много раз)!"

found [faund], naught [nɔ:t], bone [bəun]

"And they found a cellar full of corpses?" asked Conan in good-humored derision. "Nay! They found naught! And drove the chief from the city with threats and curses! But" — he drew closer to Conan and shivered — "something else was found! At the edge of the desert, beyond the houses, there is a clump of palm trees, and within that grove there is a pit. And within that pit have been found human bones, charred and blackened. Not once, but many times!"

"Which proves what?" grunted the Cimmerian (которое доказывает что = и что это доказывает? — пробурчал Конан). "Aram Baksh is a demon (Арам Бакш — демон)! Nay, in this accursed city which Stygians built and which Hyrkanians rule (нет, в этом проклятом городе, который построили стигийцы, и которым правят гирканцы) — where white, brown, and black folk mingle together to produce hybrids of all unholy hues and breeds где белые, коричневые и черные народы смешиваются друг с другом, /чтобы/ плодить гибридов всех нечестивых / жутких оттенков и племен) — who can tell who is a man, and who is a demon in disguise (кто может сказать, кто — человек, а кто замаскированный демон)? Aram Baksh is a demon in the form of a man (Арам Бахш — демон в обличье человека)! At night he assumes his true guise and carries his guests off into the desert (ночью он принимает свой истинный вид и уносит своих постояльцев в пустыню; guise — внешний вид, наружность; вид, видимость; личина), where his fellow demons from the waste meet in conclave (где его приятели-демоны из пустыни встречаются на сборище)."

prove [pru:v], brown [braun], folk [fəuk]

"Which proves what?" grunted the Cimmerian. "Aram Baksh is a demon! Nay, in this accursed city which Stygians built and which Hyrkanians rule — where white, brown, and black folk mingle together to produce hybrids of all unholy hues and breeds — who can tell who is a man, and who is a demon in disguise? Aram Baksh is a demon in the form of a man! At night he assumes his true guise and carries his guests off into the desert, where his fellow demons from the waste meet in conclave."

"Why does he always carry off strangers?" asked Conan skeptically (почему он всегда уносит чужеземцев? — спросил Конан скептически). "The people of the city would not suffer him to slay their people (люди города = жители города не потерпели бы его убивать их людей = чтобы он убивал их людей = их близких), but they care nought for the strangers who fall into his hands (но им совершенно наплевать на чужеземцев: «они заботятся ничего для чужеземцев», которые попадают в его руки). Conan, you are of the West, and know not the secrets of this ancient land (Конан, ты с Запада, и не знаешь секретов этой древней земли). But, since the beginning of happenings, the demons of the desert have worshipped Yog, the Lord of the Empty Abodes (но с начала событий = сущего демоны пустыни поклоняются Йогу, Владыке Пустых Обиталищ), with fire — fire that devours human victims (с /помощью/ огня — огня, который пожирает человеческие жертвы).

always ['ɔ:lwəz], people [pi:pl], secret ['si:krɪt]

"Why does he always carry off strangers?" asked Conan skeptically. "The people of the city would not suffer him to slay their people, but they care nought for the strangers who fall into his hands. Conan, you are of the West, and know not the secrets of this ancient land. But, since the beginning of happenings, the demons of the desert have worshipped Yog, the Lord of the Empty Abodes, with fire — fire that devours human victims.

"Be warned (будь предупрежден = осторожен)! You have dwelt for many moons in the tents of the Zuagirs, and you are our brother (ты прожил много лун в палатках зуагиров, и ты наш брат)! Go not to the house of Aram Baksh (не ходи в дом Арама Бахша)!" "Get out of sight!" Conan said suddenly (уйди из виду = скройся! — сказал вдруг Конан). "Yonder comes a squad of the city watch (вон идет отряд городской стражи). If they see you they may remember a horse that was stolen from the satrap's stable (если они увидят тебя, они могут вспомнить лошадь, которая была украдена из конюшни сатрапа; to steal — красть) —"

The Zuagir gasped and moved convulsively (зуагир открыл рот и судорожно дернулся). He ducked between a booth and a stone horse trough (он отступил /в пространство/ между палаткой и каменным желобом-поилкой для лошадей), pausing only long enough to chatter: "Be warned, my brother (остановившись лишь достаточно долго = настолько, /чтобы/ прострекотать: будь осторожен, мой брат)! There are demons in the house of Aram Baksh (в доме Арама Бахша /там есть/ демоны)!" Then he darted down a narrow alley and was gone (затем он бросился по узкой аллее и пропал: «был пропавшим / ушедшим»; to go — уходить, уезжать, идти, ехать).

stable [steɪbl], trough [trɔf], dart [dɑ:t]

"Be warned! You have dwelt for many moons in the tents of the Zuagirs, and you are our brother! Go not to the house of Aram Baksh!" "Get out of sight!" Conan said suddenly. "Yonder comes a squad of the city watch. If they see you they may remember a horse that was stolen from the satrap's stable —" The Zuagir gasped and moved convulsively. He ducked between a booth and a stone horse trough, pausing only long enough to chatter: "Be warned, my brother! There are demons in the house of Aram Baksh!" Then he darted down a narrow alley and was gone.

Conan shifted his broad sword-belt to his liking (Конан сместил свой широкий пояс для меча поудобнее: «на свой вкус») and calmly returned the searching stares directed at him by the squad of watchmen (и спокойно ответил на ищущие взгляды, направленные на него отрядом стражников) as they swung past (когда они проходили мимо мерным шагом; to swing — проходить мерным шагом). They eyed him curiously and suspiciously (они разглядывали его с любопытством и подозрением), for he was a man who stood out even in such a motley throng as crowded the winding streets of Zamboula (так как он был человеком, который выделялся даже в такой пестрой толпе, как = которая запрудила извилистые улицы Замбулы). His blue eyes and alien features distinguished him from the Eastern swarms (его голубые глаза и чуждые /для этих мест/ черты /лица/, выделяли его из восточной толпы), and the straight sword at his hip added point to the racial difference (а прямой меч у /его/ бедра добавлял пунктик = /еще одну/ черту к расовому отличию).

calmly ['kɑ:mlɪ], return [rɪ'tə:n], crowd [kraud]

Conan shifted his broad sword-belt to his liking and calmly returned the searching stares directed at him by the squad of watchmen as they swung past. They eyed him curiously and suspiciously, for he was a man who stood out even in such a motley throng as crowded the winding streets of Zamboula. His blue eyes and alien features distinguished him from the Eastern swarms, and the straight sword at his hip added point to the racial difference.

The watchmen did not accost him but swung on down the street, while the crowd opened a lane for them (стражники не пристали к нему, но прошествовали дальше по улице к центру, в то время как толпа открывала тропинку для них = расступалась перед ними; down the street — по улице к центру города; up the street — по улице от центра города). They were Pelishtins, squat, hook-nosed, with blue-black beards sweeping their mailed breasts (они были пелиштинцы, приземистые, крючконосые с иссиня-черными бородами, охватывающими их грудь в кольчуге) — mercenaries hired for work the ruling Turanians considered beneath themselves (наемники, нанятые для работы, /которую/ правящие туранцы считали ниже себя = своего достоинства), and no less hated by the mongrel population for that reason (и не менее ненавидимыми нечистокровным населением по этой причине). Conan glanced at the sun, just beginning to dip behind the flat-topped houses on the western side of the bazaar (Конан посмотрел на солнце, как раз начинающее заходить за дома с плоскими крышами на западной стороне базара), and hitching once more at his belt, moved off in the direction of Aram Baksh's tavern (и подтянув еще раз свой ремень, двинулся в направлении таверны Арама Бахша).

down [daun], population [pɔpju'leɪʃn], reason ['ri:zn]

The watchmen did not accost him but swung on down the street, while the crowd opened a lane for them. They were Pelishtins, squat, hook-nosed, with blue- black beards sweeping their mailed breasts — mercenaries hired for work the ruling Turanians considered beneath themselves, and no less hated by the mongrel population for that reason. Conan glanced at the sun, just beginning to dip behind the flat-topped houses on the western side of the bazaar, and hitching once more at his belt, moved off in the direction of Aram Baksh's tavern.

With a hillman's stride he moved through the ever-shifting colors of the streets (широким шагом горца он двигался сквозь постоянно меняющиеся цвета улиц), where the ragged tunics of whining beggars brushed against the ermine- trimmed khalats of lordly merchants (где поношенные туники хныкающих попрошаек задевали отороченные горностаем халаты надменных купцов), and the pearl-sewn satin of rich courtesans (и расшитые жемчугом атласа богатых куртизанок). Giant black slaves slouched along (гигантские черные рабы шли сутулясь), jostling blue-bearded wanders from the Shemitish cities (расталкивая синебородых странников из шемитских городов), ragged nomads from the surrounding deserts, traders and adventurers from all the lands of the East (оборванных кочевников из окружающих пустынь, торговцев и авантюристов из всех стран Востока).

through [θru:], ermine ['ə:mɪn], adventurer [əd'venʧərə]

With a hillman's stride he moved through the ever-shifting colors of the streets, where the ragged tunics of whining beggars brushed against the ermine-trimmed khalats of lordly merchants, and the pearl-sewn satin of rich courtesans. Giant black slaves slouched along, jostling blue-bearded wanders from the Shemitish cities, ragged nomads from the surrounding deserts, traders and adventurers from all the lands of the East.

The native population was no less heterogeneous (местное население было не менее разношерстным). Here, centuries ago, the armies of Stygia had come, carving an empire out of the eastern desert (сюда, века назад пришли армии Стигии, создавая империю из восточной пустыни). Zamboula was but a small trading town then, lying amidst a ring of oases, and inhabited by descendants of nomads (Замбула был тогда лишь маленьким торговым городом, лежащим среди кольца оазисов и населенным потомками кочевников). The Stygians built it into a city and settled it with their own people, and with Shemite and Kushite slaves (стигийцы построили его = превратили его в большой город и заселили его своими людьми: шемитскими и кушитскими рабами). The ceaseless caravans, threading the desert from east to west and back again (непрерывные караваны, пронизывающие = пересекающие пустыню с востока на запад и снова назад; thread — нитка, нить), brought riches and more mingling of races (привозили богатства и большее смешение рас; to bring приносить, привозить). Then came the conquering Turanians, riding out of the East to thrust back the boundaries of Stygia (потом пришли завоеватели- туранцы, прискакав с востока, /чтобы/ отбросить назад границы Стигии), and now for a generation Zamboula had been Turan's westernmost outpost, ruled by a Turanian satrap (и теперь уже /целое/ поколение Замбула является самым западным аванпостом Турана, управляемым туранским сатрапом).

ago [ə'gəu], thread [θred], descendant [dɪ'sendənt]

The native population was no less hetrogeneous. Here, centuries ago, the armies of Stygia had come, carving an empire out of the eastern desert. Zamboula was but a small trading town then, lying amidst a ring of oases, and inhabited by descendants of nomads. The Stygians built it into a city and settled it with their own people, and with Shemite and Kushite slaves. The ceaseless caravans, threading the desert from east to west and back again, brought riches and more mingling of races. Then came the conquering Turanians, riding out of the East to thrust back the boundaries of Stygia, and now for a generation Zamboula had been Turan's westernmost outpost, ruled by a Turanian satrap.

The babel of a myriad tongues smote on the Cimmerian's ears (вавилонский галдеж мириады языков ударил по ушам киммерийца) as the restless pattern of the Zamboulan streets weaved about him в то время как беспокойная картина замбульских улиц сплеталась вокруг него) — cleft now and then by a squad of clattering horsemen (рассекаемая то и дело отрядом грохочущих всадников), the tall, supple warriors of Turan (высоких гибких воинов Турана), with dark hawk-faces, clinking metal, and curved swords (с темными ястребиными лицами, звенящим металлом и кривыми саблями). The throng scampered from under their horses' hoofs, for they were the lords of Zamboula (толпа выскакивала из-под копыт их лошадей, так как они были владыками Замбулы). But tall, somber Stygians, standing back in the shadows, glowered darkly, remembering their ancient glories (но высокие, мрачные стигийцы, держась сзади в тени, зыркали зловеще, вспоминая свою древнюю = былую славу). The hybrid population cared little whether the king who controlled their destinies dwelt in dark Khemi or gleaming Aghrapur (смешанное население мало заботило, живет ли король, который управлял их судьбами, в темном Кеми или в блистающем Аграпуре; to dwell — жить, проживать). Jungir Khan ruled Zamboula (Джунгир Хан правил Замбулой), and men whispered that Nafertari, the satrap's mistress, ruled Jungir Khan (и люди шептали, что Нафертари, возлюбленная сатрапа, правила Джунгир Ханом); but the people went their way но люди шли по своим путям = жили по своим привычкам / традициям), flaunting their myriad colors in the streets (щеголяя своей мириадами цветов на улицах), bargaining, disputing (заключая сделки, споря), gambling, swilling, loving (играя в азартные игры, выпивая, любя; to swill — полоскать, обливать водой; жадно пить, лакать), as the people of Zamboula have done for all the centuries its towers and minarets have lifted over the sands of the Kharamun (как люди Замбулы делали на протяжении всех столетий, /как/ их башни и минареты поднялись над песками Кхарамуна).

pattern ['pætən], supple [sʌpl], metal [metl]

The babel of a myriad tongues smote on the Cimmerian's ears as the restless pattern of the Zamboulan streets weaved about him — cleft now and then by a squad of clattering horsemen, the tall, supple warriors of Turan, with dark hawk- faces, clinking metal, and curved swords. The throng scampered from under their horses' hoofs, for they were the lords of Zamboula. But tall, somber Stygians, standing back in the shadows, glowered darkly, remembering their ancient glories. The hybrid population cared little whether the king who controlled their destinies dwelt in dark Khemi or gleaming Aghrapur. Jungir Khan ruled Zamboula, and men whispered that Nafertari, the satrap's mistress, ruled Jungir Khan; but the people went their way, flaunting their myriad colors in the streets, bargaining, disputing, gambling, swilling, loving, as the people of Zamboula have done for all the centuries its towers and minarets have lifted over the sands of the Kharamun.

Bronze lanterns, carved with leering dragons, had been lighted in the streets before Conan reached the house of Aram Baksh (бронзовые фонари с выгравированными злобными драконами, были зажжены на улицах, до того как Конан добрался до дома Арама Бахша). The tavern was the last occupied house on the street, which ran west (таверна была последним обитаемым домом на улице, которая шла на запад). A wide garden, enclosed by a wall, where date palms grew thick, separated it from the houses farther east (обширный сад, огороженный стеной, где густо росли финиковые пальмы, отделяла его от домов дальше на востоке). To the west of the inn stood another grove of palms, through which the street, now become a road, wound out into the desert (к западу от гостиницы стояла еще одна роща пальм, сквозь которую улица, теперь ставшая дорогой, вилась /и уходила/ в пустыню; to stand — стояться; to wind извиваться, виться). Across the road from the tavern stood a row of deserted huts, shaded by straggling palm trees and occupied only by bats and jackals (через дорогу от таверны стоял ряд брошенных хижин, затененных разбросанными пальмами и населенных только летучими мышами и шакалами). As Conan came down the road, he wondered why the beggars, so plentiful in Zamboula, had not appropriated these empty houses for sleeping quarters (когда Конан шел по дороге, он удивлялся, почему нищие, такие многочисленные в Замбуле, не присвоили /себе/ эти пустые дома для ночлежек). The lights ceased some distance behind him (огни закончились на некотором расстоянии позади него). Here were no lanterns, except the one hanging before the tavern gate (здесь не было фонарей, за исключением одного = фонаря, свисающего перед воротами таверны): only the stars, the soft dust of the road underfoot, and the rustle of the palm leaves in the desert breeze (только звезды, мягкая пыль дороги под ногами и шорох пальмовых листьев на пустынном ветерке).

lantern ['læntən], palm [pɑ:m], jackal ['dʒækɔ:l]

Bronze lanterns, carved with leering dragons, had been lighted in the streets before Conan reached the house of Aram Baksh. The tavern was the last occupied house on the street, which ran west. A wide garden, enclosed by a wall, where date palms grew thick, separated it from the houses farther east. To the west of the inn stood another grove of palms, through which the street, now become a road, wound out into the desert. Across the road from the tavern stood a row of deserted huts, shaded by straggling palm trees and occupied only by bats and jackals. As Conan came down the road, he wondered why the beggars, so plentiful in Zamboula, had not appropriated these empty houses for sleeping quarters. The lights ceased some distance behind him. Here were no lanterns, except the one hanging before the tavern gate: only the stars, the soft dust of the road underfoot, and the rustle of the palm leaves in the desert breeze.

Aram's gate did not open upon the road but upon the alley which ran between the tavern and the garden of the date palms (ворота Арама не открывались на дорогу = открывались не на дорогу, но на аллею, которая бежала между таверной и садом с финиковыми пальмами; to run — бежать). Conan jerked lustily at the rope which dangled from the bell beside the lantern (Конан дернул энергично за веревку, которая свисала с колокольчика за фонарем), augmenting its clamor by hammering on the iron-bound teakwood gate with the hilt of his sword (усиливая его звяканье ударами по обшитыми железом воротам из тика рукояткой своего меча; to hammer — молотить). A wicket opened in the gate, and a black face peered through (в воротах открылось окошко, и черное лицо выглянуло через /него/). "Open, blast you," requested Conan (открывай, будь ты проклят: «да разорвет тебя», — потребовал Конан). "I'm a guest (я постоялец). I've paid Aram for a room, and a room I'll have, by Crom (я заплатил Араму за комнату, и комнату я буду иметь = комната у меня будет, /клянусь/ Кромом)!"

augment ['ɔ:gmənt], blast [blɑ:st], guest [gest]

Aram's gate did not open upon the road but upon the alley which ran between the tavern and the garden of the date palms. Conan jerked lustily at the rope which dangled from the bell beside the lantern, augmenting its clamor by hammering on the iron-bound teakwood gate with the hilt of his sword. A wicket opened in the gate, and a black face peered through.

"Open, blast you," requested Conan. "I'm a guest. I've paid Aram for a room, and a room I'll have, by Crom!"

The black craned his neck to stare into the starlit road behind Conan (черный вытянул свою шею, /чтобы/ всмотреться в освещенную звездами дорогу за Конаном); but he opened the gate without comment and closed it again behind the Cimmerian, locking it and bolting it (но он открыл ворота без комментария и закрыл ее снова за киммерийцем, закрывая их на замок и на засов). The wall was unusually high (стена была необычно высокой); but there were many thieves in Zamboula (но в Замбуле было много воров), and a house on the edge of the desert might have to be defended against a nocturnal nomad raid (и дом на краю пустыни, возможно, приходилось защищать: «мог иметь быть защищенным» от ночных набегов кочевников). Conan strode through a garden Конан прошел через сад; to stride — идти большими шагами), where great pale blossoms nodded in the starlight (где огромные бледные цветы раскачивались: «кивали» в звездном свете), and entered the taproom (и вошел в пивную), where a Stygian with the shaven head of a student sat at a table brooding over nameless mysteries (где стигиец с бритой головой ученого сидел за столом, размышляя о неизвестных тайнах), and some nondescripts wrangled over a game of dice in a corner (а несколько человек неопределенного вида и рода занятий спорили над игрой в кости в углу).

road [rəud], thieves [θi:vz], defend [dɪ'fend]

The black craned his neck to stare into the starlit road behind Conan; but he opened the gate without comment and closed it again behind the Cimmerian, locking it and bolting it. The wall was unusually high; but there were many thieves in Zamboula, and a house on the edge of the desert might have to be defended against a nocturnal nomad raid. Conan strode through a garden, where great pale blossoms nodded in the starlight, and entered the taproom, where a Stygian with the shaven head of a student sat at a table brooding over nameless mysteries, and some nondescripts wrangled over a game of dice in a corner.

Aram Baksh came forward, walking softly (Арам Бахш вышел вперед, мягко шагая), a portly man, wih a black beard that swept his breast (полный мужчина с черной бородой, которая свисала на его грудь; to sweep — мести; простираться, тянуться), a jutting hooknose (выступающим крючковатым носом), and small black eyes which were never still (и маленькими черными глазами, которые никогда не были неподвижными = вечно бегающими маленькими черными глазами). "You wish food?" he asked (вы желаете пищи = поесть? — спросил он). "Drink (выпить)?" "I ate a joint of beef and a loaf of bread in the suk," grunted Conan (я съел кусок говядины и буханку хлеба в харчевне, — проворчал Конан; suk — базар; постоялый двор (на Востоке)). "Bring me a tankard of Ghazan wine — I’ve got just enough left to pay for it (принеси мне кружку газанского вина — у меня как раз осталось достаточно, /чтобы/ заплатить за это)." He tossed a copper coin on the wine-splashed board (он швырнул медную монету на залитый вином стол).

walk [wɔ:k], breast [brest], beef [bi:f]

Aram Baksh came forward, walking softly, a portly man, with a black beard that swept his breast, a jutting hooknose, and small black eyes which were never still.

"You wish food?" he asked. "Drink?"

"I ate a joint of beef and a loaf of bread in the suk," grunted Conan. "Bring me a tankard of Ghazan wine — I’ve got just enough left to pay for it." He tossed a copper coin on the wine-splashed board.

"You did not win at the gaming tables (ты не выиграл за игорными столами)?" "How could I, with only a handful of silver to begin with (как я мог, лишь с пригоршней серебра для начала)? I paid you for the room this morning, because I knew I'd probably lose (я заплатил тебе за комнату сегодня утром: «этим утром», потому что я знал, /что/ я возможно проиграю). I wanted to be sure I had a roof over my head tonight (я хотел быть уверен, /что/ у меня есть крыша над головой сегодня ночью). I notice nobody sleeps in the streets of Zamboula (я замечаю = заметил, /что/ никто /не/ спит на улицах Замбулы). The very beggars hunt a niche they can barricade before dark (самые нищие попрошайки ищут нишу, /которую/ они могут забаррикадировать до темноты). The city must be full of a particularly bloodthirsty band of thieves (город, должно быть, полон особенно кровожадной бандой = кровожадными бандами воров; blood кровь; thirsty — жаждущий)."

lose [lu:z], tonight [tə'naɪt], dark [dɑ:k]

"You did not win at the gaming tables?" "How could I, with only a handful of silver to begin with? I paid you for the room this morning, because I knew I'd probably lose. I wanted to be sure I had a roof over my head tonight. I notice nobody sleeps in the streets of Zamboula. The very beggars hunt a niche they can barricade before dark. The city must be full of a particularly bloodthirsty band of thieves."

He gulped the cheap wine with relish and then followed Aram out of the taproom (он выпил дешевое вино залпом с удовольствие и потом последовал = вышел вслед за Арамом из бара). Behind him the players halted their game to stare after him with a cryptic speculation in their eyes (позади него игроки прекратили свою игру и посмотрели ему вслед со скрытой догадкой). They said nothing, but the Stygian laughed, a ghastly laugh of inhuman cynicism and mockery (они ничего не сказали, а стигиец засмеялся, отвратительным смехом нечеловеческого цинизма и насмешки). The others lowered their eyes uneasily, avoiding one another's glance (остальные опустили /свои/ глаза в тревоге, избегая смотреть друг на друга). The arts studied by a Stygian scholar are not calculated to make him share the feelings of a normal being (науки, изучаемые стигийским ученым, не рассчитаны /на то, чтобы/ заставить = научить его разделять чувства нормального человека; to share — разделять, делиться).

cheap [ʧi:p], eye [aɪ], laugh [lɑ:f]

He gulped the cheap wine with relish and then followed Aram out of the taproom. Behind him the players halted their game to stare after him with a cryptic speculation in their eyes. They said nothing, but the Stygian laughed, a ghastly laugh of inhuman cynicism and mockery. The others lowered their eyes uneasily, avoiding one another's glance. The arts studied by a Stygian scholar are not calculated to make him share the feelings of a normal being.

Conan followed Aram down a corridor lighted by copper lamps (Конан последовал за Арамом вниз по коридору, освещенному медными лампами), and it did not please him to note his host's noiseless tread (и он с неудовольствием заметил: «это не понравилось ему заметить» бесшумную поступь своего хозяина). Aram's feet were clad in soft slippers and the hallway was carpeted with thick Turanian rugs (ступни Арама были обуты в мягкие шлепанцы, а коридор был устлан толстыми туранскими коврами); but there was an unpleasant suggestion of stealthiness about the Zamboulan (но был неприятный намек на скрытность в отношении = неприятное ощущение скрытности в поведении замбулийца).

please [pli:z], feet [fi:t], tread [tred]

Conan followed Aram down a corridor lighted by copper lamps, and it did not please him to note his host's noiseless tread. Aram's feet were clad in soft slippers and the hallway was carpeted with thick Turanian rugs; but there was an unpleasant suggestion of stealthiness about the Zamboulan.

At the end of the winding corridor, Aram halted at a door (в конце извилистого коридора Арам остановился у двери), across which a heavy iron bar rested in powerful metal brackets (поперек которой покоился тяжелый железный засов в мощных металлических скобах). This Aram lifted and showed the Cimmerian into a well-appointed chamber (его Арам поднял и провел киммерийца в хорошо обустроенную комнату), the windows of which, Conan instantly noted, were small and strongly set with twisted bars of iron, tastefully gilded (окна которой, сразу заметил Конан, были маленькими и крепко заделаны витыми решетками из железа, украшенными со вкусом; to set — установить, поставить; taste — вкус). There were rugs on the floor, a couch, after the Eastern fashion, and ornately carven stools (/там/ были ковры на полу, кушетка по восточной моде и витиевато резные табуретки). It was a much more elaborate chamber than Conan could have procured for the price nearer the center of the city (это была гораздо более изысканная комната, чем Конан мог раздобыть по такой цене ближе к центру города; elaborate — искусно сделанный; тонкой работы) — a fact that had first attracted him (факт, который сначала привлек его), when, that morning, he discovered how slim a purse his roistering for the past few days had left him (когда в то утро он обнаружил, насколько тощий кошелек оставил ему его кутеж в течение прошедших нескольких дней). He had ridden into Zamboula from the desert a week before (он прискакал в Замбулу из пустыни неделю назад; to ride — скакать, ехать верхом).

heavy ['hevɪ], iron ['aɪən], couch [kauʧ]

At the end of the winding corridor, Aram halted at a door, across which a heavy iron bar rested in powerful metal brackets. This Aram lifted and showed the Cimmerian into a well-appointed chamber, the windows of which, Conan instantly noted, were small and strongly set with twisted bars of iron, tastefully gilded. There were rugs on the floor, a couch, after the Eastern fashion, and ornately carven stools. It was a much more elaborate chamber than Conan could have procured for the price nearer the center of the city — a fact that had first attracted him, when, that morning, he discovered how slim a purse his roistering for the past few days had left him. He had ridden into Zamboula from the desert a week before.

Aram had lighted a bronze lamp, and he now called Conan's attention to the two doors (Арам зажег бронзовую лампу, и он теперь привлек внимание Конана к двум дверям). Both were provided with heavy bolts (обе были снабжены тяжелыми засовами). "You may sleep safely tonight, Cimmerian," said Aram (ты можешь спать в безопасности сегодня ночью, киммериец, — сказал Арам), blinking over his bushy beard from the inner doorway (подмигивая через /свою/ кустистую бороду из /внутреннего/ дверного проема). Conan grunted and tossed his naked broadsword on the couch (Конан заворчал и швырнул свой обнаженный палаш на кушетку). "Your bolts and bars are strong (твои засовы и решетки крепки); but I always sleep with steel by my side (но я всегда сплю со сталью под /моим/ боком)."

attention [ə'tenʃn], beard [bɪəd], steel [sti:l]

Aram had lighted a bronze lamp, and he now called Conan's attention to the two doors. Both were provided with heavy bolts.

"You may sleep safely tonight, Cimmerian," said Aram, blinking over his bushy beard from the inner doorway.

Conan grunted and tossed his naked broadsword on the couch.

"Your bolts and bars are strong; but I always sleep with steel by my side."

Aram made no reply (Арам не ответил: «не сделал никакого ответа»); he stood fingering his thick beard for a moment (он стоял, теребя пальцами свою густую бороду в течение короткого времени) as he stared at the grim weapon (/пристально/ глядя на грозное оружие). Then silently he withdrew, closing the door behind him (потом молча он ушел, закрыв дверь за собой; to withdraw — ретироваться, удаляться, уходить; to draw — тащить, тянуть). Conan shot the bolt into place, crossed the room, opened the opposite door, and looked out (Конан поставил засов на место, пересек комнату, открыл противоположную дверь и выглянул наружу). The room was on the side of the house that faced the road running west from the city (комната была на той стороне дома, которая выходила на дорогу, бегущую на запад от города). The door opened into a small court that was enclosed by a wall of its own (дверь открывалась в маленький дворик, который был обнесен своей собственной стеной). The end walls, which shut it off from the rest of the tavern compound (торцевые стены, которые закрывают его от остальных строений таверны: «от остатка строения таверны»), were high and without entrances (были высокие и без входа); but the wall that flanked the road was low (но стена, которая шла вдоль дороги, была низка), and there was no lock on the gate (и на воротах не было замка).

weapon ['wepən], court [kɔ:t], compound [kəm'paund]

Aram made no reply; he stood fingering his thick beard for a moment as he stared at the grim weapon. Then silently he withdrew, closing the door behind him. Conan shot the bolt into place, crossed the room, opened the opposite door, and looked out. The room was on the side of the house that faced the road running west from the city. The door opened into a small court that was enclosed by a wall of its own. The end walls, which shut it off from the rest of the tavern compound, were high and without entrances; but the wall that flanked the road was low, and there was no lock on the gate.

Conan stood for a moment in the door (Конан постоял минуту в дверях), the glow of the bronze lamps behind him (со светом бронзовых ламп позади него), looking down the road to where it vanished among the dense palms (глядя на дорогу до того места, где она исчезала среди густых пальм). Their leaves rustled together in the faint breeze (их листья шуршали непрерывно на слабом ветерке); beyond them lay the naked desert (за ними лежала голая пустыня). Far up the street, in the other direction, lights gleamed (далеко по улице в другом направлении мерцали огни) and the noises of the city came faintly to him (и шумы города доносились слабо до него). Here was only starlight, the whispering of the palm leaves (здесь был лишь звездный свет, шепот пальмовых листьев), and beyond that low wall, the dust of the road and the deserted huts thrusting their flat roofs against the low stars (а за той низкой стеной пыль дороги и пустые хижины, раскинувшие свои плоские крыши на фоне низких звезд). Somewhere beyond the palm groves a drum began (где-то за пальмовыми рощами начал бить барабан; to begin — начинать(ся)).

breeze [bri:z], roof [ru:f], began [bɪ'gæn]

Conan stood for a moment in the door, the glow of the bronze lamps behind him, looking down the road to where it vanished among the dense palms. Their leaves rustled together in the faint breeze; beyond them lay the naked desert. Far up the street, in the other direction, lights gleamed and the noises of the city came faintly to him. Here was only starlight, the whispering of the palm leaves, and beyond that low wall, the dust of the road and the deserted huts thrusting their flat roofs against the low stars. Somewhere beyond the palm groves a drum began.

The garbled warnings of the Zuagir returned to him (искаженные предостережения зуагира вернулись к нему; to garble — подтасовывать, искажать, фальсифицировать), seeming somewhow less fantastic than they had seemed in the crowded, sunlit streets (кажущиеся = и казались как-то менее фантастическими, чем они казались на переполненных народом /и/ освещенных солнцем улицах). He wondered again at the riddle of those empty huts (он удивился снова загадке тех пустых хижин). Why did the beggars shun them (почему нищие остерегались их; to shun — избегать)? He turned back into the chamber, shut the door, and bolted it (он вернулся в комнату, закрыл дверь и запер ее на засов; to bolt — запирать на засов).

seem [si:m], those [ðəuz], shut [ʃʌt]

The garbled warnings of the Zuagir returned to him, seeming somewhow less fantastic than they had seemed in the crowded, sunlit streets. He wondered again at the riddle of those empty huts. Why did the beggars shun them? He turned back into the chamber, shut the door, and bolted it.

The light began to flicker, and he investigated (свет начал мерцать, и он занялся расследованием), swearing when he found the palm oil in the lamp was almost exhausted (выругавшись, когда /он/ обнаружил, /что/ пальмовое масло в лампе было почти израсходовано). He started to shout for Aram, then shrugged his shoulders and blew out the light (он начал звать Арама, потом пожал /своими/ плечами и задул свет; to blow — дуть). In the soft darkness he stretched himself fully clad on the couch (в приятной темноте он растянулся полностью одетый на софе), his sinewy hand by instinct searching for and closing on the hilt of his broadsword (его мускулистая рука инстинктивно поискала и сомкнулась на рукоятке его палаша; sinew — сухожилие). Glancing idly at the stars framed in the barred windows (глядя лениво на звезды, обрамленные зарешеченными окнами), with the murmur of the breeze through the palms in his ears (с шорохом бриза сквозь пальмы в /его/ ушах), he sank into slumber with a vague consciousness of the muttering drum (он погрузился в дрему с неясным осознанием глухо грохочущего барабана; to sink — погружаться, тонуть), out on the desert — the low rumble and mutter of a leather-covered drum (снаружи в пустыне — низкий рокот и грохот обтянутого кожей барабана), beaten with soft, rhythmic strokes of an open black hand (ударяемого = по которому бьет мягкими ритмичными ударами раскрытая черная рука; to beat — бить, ударять) ...

blew [blu:], stretch [streʧ], consciousness ['kɔnʃəsnɪs]

The light began to flicker, and he investigated, swearing when he found the palm oil in the lamp was almost exhausted. He started to shout for Aram, then shrugged his shoulders and blew out the light. In the soft darkness he stretched himself fully clad on the couch, his sinewy hand by instinct searching for and closing on the hilt of his broadsword. Glancing idly at the stars framed in the barred windows, with the murmur of the breeze through the palms in his ears, he sank into slumber with a vague consciousness of the muttering drum, out on the desert — the low rumble and mutter of a leather-covered drum, beaten with soft, rhythmic strokes of an open black hand ...


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