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Тексты адаптированные по методу чтения Ильи Франка

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4. Dance, Girl, Dance! (Танцуй, девочка, танцуй!)

When Zabibi was jerked head-first through the aperture which opened in the wall behind the idol (когда Забиби была втянута головой вперед через отверстие, которое открылось в стене за идолом), her first, dizzy, disconnected thought was that her time had come (ее первой головокружительной обрывочной мыслью было, что пришло ее время). She instinctively shut her eyes and waited for the blow to fall (она инстинктивно закрыла /свои/ глаза и стала ждать удара, /который/ падет /на нее/). But instead she felt herself dumped unceremoniously onto the smooth marble floor (но вместо /этого/ она почувствовала себя сваленной = почувствовала, как ее свалили бесцеремонно на гладкий мраморный пол), which bruised her knees and hip (от чего /она/ ушибла /свои/ колени и бедро). Opening her eyes, she stared fearfully around her (открыв /свои/ глаза, она испуганно осмотрелась), just as a muffled impact sounded from beyond the wall (как раз когда приглушенный удар раздался из- за стены). She saw a brown-skinned giant in a loin cloth standing over her (она увидела коричневокожего гиганта в набедренной повязке, стоящего над ней), and, across the chamber into which she had come, a man sat on a divan (и через комнату = на другом конце комнаты, в которую она попала, на диване сидел мужчина), with his back to a rich black velvet curtain (спиной к богатому черному бархатному занавесу), a broad, fleshy man, with fat white hands and snaky eyes (широкий, тучный мужчина с толстыми белыми руками и злобными глазами; snake — змея, гадюка). And her flesh crawled (и у нее по телу побежали мурашки), for this man was Totrasmek, the priest of Hanuman (ибо этот мужчина была Тотрасмек, жрец Ханумана), who for years had spun his slimy webs of power throughout the city of Zamboula (который уже годы плел свою липкую паутину власти по всему городу Замбуле; to spin — плести, прясть, сучить).

aperture ['æpəʧə], smooth [smu:ð], throughout [θru:'aut]

When Zabibi was jerked head-first through the aperture which opened in the wall behind the idol, her first, dizzy, disconnected thought was that her time had come. She instinctively shut her eyes and waited for the blow to fall. But instead she felt herself dumped unceremoniously onto the smooth marble floor, which bruised her knees and hip. Opening her eyes, she stared fearfully around her, just as a muffled impact sounded from beyond the wall. She saw a brown-skinned giant in a loin cloth standing over her, and, across the chamber into which she had come, a man sat on a divan, with his back to a rich black velvet curtain, a broad, fleshy man, with fat white hands and snaky eyes. And her flesh crawled, for this man was Totrasmek, the priest of Hanuman, who for years had spun his slimy webs of power throughout the city of Zamboula.

"The barbarian seeks to batter his way through the wall," said Totrasmek sardonically, "but the bolt will hold (варвар пытается пробить /свою/ дорогу сквозь стену, — сказал сардонически Тотрасмек, — но засов выдержит)." The girl saw that a heavy golden bolt had been shot across the hidden door (девушка увидела, что тяжелый золотой засов был переброшен поперек спрятанной двери), which was plainly discernible from this side of the wall (которая была ясно видима с этой стороны стены). The bolt and its sockets would have resisted the charge of an elephant (засов и его скобы выдержали бы атаку слона).

hold [həuld], discernible [dɪ'sə:nəbl], resist [rɪ'zɪst]

"The barbarian seeks to batter his way through the wall," said Totrasmek sardonically, "but the bolt will hold." The girl saw that a heavy golden bolt had been shot across the hidden door, which was plainly discernible from this side of the wall. The bolt and its sockets would have resisted the charge of an elephant.

"Go open one of the doors for him, Baal-pteor," ordered Totrasmek (пойди открой ему одну из дверей, Баал-птеор, — приказал Тотрасмек). "Slay him in the square chamber at the other end of the corridor (убей его в квадратной комнате в другом конце коридора)." The Kosalan salaamed (косаланец низко поклонился с правой ладонью на лбу; to salaam — низко поклониться, приложив правую ладонь ко лбу: «сделать селям») and departed by the way of a door in the side wall of the chamber (и ушел через дверь в боковой стене комнаты). Zabibi rose, staring fearfully at the priest (Забиби поднялась, глядя со страхом на жреца), whose eyes ran avidly over her splendid figure (чьи глаза = глаза которого жадно пробежали по ее великолепной фигуре). To this she was indifferent (к этому она была равнодушна). A dancer of Zamboula was accustomed to nakedness (танцовщица Замбулы была привыкшей = привыкла к наготе). But the cruelty in his eyes started her limbs to quivering (но жестокость в его глазах бросило ее конечности в дрожь = вызвало дрожь в ее конечностях).

order ['ɔ:də], square [skwɛə], avidly ['ævɪdlɪ]

"Go open one of the doors for him, Baal-pteor," ordered Totrasmek. "Slay him in the square chamber at the other end of the corridor." The Kosalan salaamed and departed by the way of a door in the side wall of the chamber. Zabibi rose, staring fearfully at the priest, whose eyes ran avidly over her splendid figure. To this she was indifferent. A dancer of Zamboula was accustomed to nakedness. But the cruelty in his eyes started her limbs to quivering.

"Again you come to me in my retreat, beautiful one," he purred with cynical hypocrisy (опять ты приходишь = пришла ко мне в мое пристанище, красавица: «красивая одна», — промурлыкал он с циничным лицемерием). "It is an unexpected honor (это неожиданная честь). You seemed to enjoy your former visit so little (ты, кажется, так мало получила удовольствия от своего прежнего визита), that I dared not hope for you to repeat it (что я не смел надеяться, /что/ ты повторишь его; to enjoy — получать удовольствие, наслаждаться). Yet I did all in my power to provide you with an interesting experience (однако я сделал все /что было/ в моих силах, /чтобы/ обеспечить тебя = доставить тебе интересные впечатления: «интересный опыт»; to provide smb. with smth. — обеспечить кого-л. чем-л.)."

dilate [daɪ'leɪt], dancer ['dɑ:nsə], impossibility [ɪm"pɔsə'bɪlɪtɪ]

For a Zamboulan dancer to blush would be an impossibility (для замбульской танцовщицы покраснеть от стыда было бы невозможностью = невероятно), but a smolder of anger mingled with the fear in Zabibi's dilated eyes (но огонь гнева смешался со страхом в расширенных глазах Забиби). "Fat pig (жирная свинья)! You know I did not come here for love of you (ты знаешь, /что/ я пришла сюда не ради любви к тебе)."

"Again you come to me in my retreat, beautiful one," he purred with cynical hypocrisy. "It is an unexpected honor. You seemed to enjoy your former visit so little, that I dared not hope for you to repeat it. Yet I did all in my power to provide you with an interesting experience."

For a Zamboulan dancer to blush would be an impossibility, but a smolder of anger mingled with the fear in Zabibi's dilated eyes.

"Fat pig! You know I did not come here for love of you."

"No," laughed Totrasmek, "you came like a fool, creeping through the night with a stupid barbarian to cut my throat (нет, — засмеялся Тотрасмек, — ты пришла, как дурочка, прокравшись в ночи с тупым варваром, /чтобы/ перерезать мое горло = мне горло). Why should you seek my life (зачем ты должна искать мою жизнь = зачем ты покушаешься на мою жизнь; to seek smb.'s life — покушаться на чью-л. жизнь)?" "You know why!" she cried, knowing the futility of trying to dissemble (ты знаешь зачем! — крикнула она, зная тщетность попыток притворяться). "You are thinking of your lover," he laughed (ты думаешь о твоем любовнике, — засмеялся он). "The fact that you are here seeking my life shows that he quaffed the drug I gave you (тот факт = то, что ты находишься здесь, покушаясь на мою жизнь, показывает = свидетельствует, что он выпил снадобье, /которое/ я дал тебе). Well, did you not ask for it (ну, /разве/ ты не просила его)? And did I not send what you asked for, out of the love I bear you (и /разве/ я не послал то, чего ты просила, из любви, /которую/ я питаю к тебе)?"

should [ʃud], futility [fju:'tɪlɪtɪ], quaff [kwɑ:f]

"No," laughed Totrasmek, "you came like a fool, creeping through the night with a stupid barbarian to cut my throat. Why should you seek my life?"

"You know why!" she cried, knowing the futility of trying to dissemble.

"You are thinking of your lover," he laughed. "The fact that you are here seeking my life shows that he quaffed the drug I gave you. Well, did you not ask for it? And did I not send what you asked for, out of the love I bear you?"

"I asked you for a drug that would make him slumber harmlessly for a few hours," she said bitterly (я просила у тебя снадобье, которое бы усыпило его: «заставило его спать» без вреда на несколько часов, — сказала она горестно; bitter — горький). "And you — you sent your servant with a drug that drove him mad (а ты — ты послал своего слугу со снадобьем, которое свело его с ума)! I was a fool ever to trust you (я была дурой, /что/ вообще поверила тебе: «когда- либо поверить тебе»). I might have known your protestations of friendship were lies, to disguise your hate and spite (я могла бы знать = догадаться, /что/ твои заверения в дружбе были ложью, /чтобы/ скрыть твою ненависть и злобу)."

ask [ɑ:sk], friendship ['frendʃɪp], disguise [dɪs'gaɪz]

"I asked you for a drug that would make him slumber harmlessly for a few hours," she said bitterly. "And you — you sent your servant with a drug that drove him mad! I was a fool ever to trust you. I might have known your protestations of friendship were lies, to disguise your hate and spite."

"Why did you wish your lover to sleep?" he retorted (для чего ты хотела, /чтобы/ твой любовник спал? — отпарировал он). "So you could steal from him the only thing he would never give you (так бы ты смогла украсть у него единственную вещь, /которую/ он никогда бы не подарил тебе) — the ring with the jewel men call the Star of Khorala (кольцо с драгоценным камнем, /который/ люди называют Звездой Хорала) — the star stolen from the queen of Ophir, who would pay a roomful of gold for its return (звездой, похищенной у королевы Офира, которая заплатила бы полную комнату золота за его возврат = чтобы вернуть его; to steal — украсть, похитить). He would not give it to you willingly (он не отдал бы его тебе добровольно), because he knew that it holds a magic which, when properly controlled (потому что он знал, что оно держит волшебство = обладает волшебной силой, которая, при надлежащем управлении: «когда надлежащим образом управляемая»), will enslave the hearts of any of the opposite sex (поработит сердце любого /человека/ противоположного пола). You wished to steal it from him (ты хотела стащить его (камень) у него (любовника)), fearing that his magicians would discover the key to that magic (боясь, что его волшебники найдут ключ к этому волшебству) and he would forget you in his conquests of the queens of the world (и он забудет тебя в завоевании цариц мира = завоевывая / покоряя цариц мира). You would sell it back to the queen of Ophir, who understands its power and would use it to enslave me (ты бы продала его обратно королеве Офира, которая понимает его силу и использовала бы его, /чтобы/ покорить меня), as she did before it was stolen (как она сделала до того, как он был украден; to steal — красть)."

queen [kwi:n], magician [mə'dʒɪʃən], forget [fə'get]

"Why did you wish your lover to sleep?" he retorted. "So you could steal from him the only thing he would never give you — the ring with the jewel men call the Star of Khorala — the star stolen from the queen of Ophir, who would pay a roomful of gold for its return. He would not give it to you willingly, because he knew that it holds a magic which, when properly controlled, will enslave the hearts of any of the opposite sex. You wished to steal it from him, fearing that his magicians would discover the key to that magic and he would forget you in his conquests of the queens of the world. You would sell it back to the queen of Ophir, who understands its power and would use it to enslave me, as she did before it was stolen."

"And why do you want it?" she demanded sulkily (а почему ты хочешь его = а зачем он тебе? — спросила она мрачно). "I understand its powers (я понимаю его силы). It would increase the power of my arts (он бы увеличил мощь моих искусств = моих чар)." "Well," she snapped, "you have it now (ну, — сказала она раздраженно, — ты имеешь его теперь = он теперь у тебя)!" "I have the Star of Khorala (у меня Звезда Хорала)? Nay, you err (нет, ты заблуждаешься)."

demand [dɪ'mɑ:nd], increase [ɪn'kri:s], err [ə:]

"And why do you want it?" she demanded sulkily.

"I understand its powers. It would increase the power of my arts."

"Well," she snapped, "you have it now!" "I have the Star of Khorala? Nay, you err."

"Why bother to lie?" she retorted bitterly (к чему утруждать себя ложью? — отпарировала она горько). "He had it on his finger when he drove me into the streets (он имел ее на его пальце = она была у него на пальце, когда он вывел меня на улицу). He did not have it when I found him again (ее не было у него, когда я нашла его снова). Your servant must have been watching the house, and have taken it from him, after I escaped him (твой слуга, наверное, наблюдал за домом и забрал ее у него, после того как я убежала от него). To the devil with it (к черту с ней = ну и шут с ней)! I want my lover back sane and whole (я хочу = мне нужен мой любовник назад в здравом уме и невредимый). You have the ring; you have punished us both (у тебя есть кольцо, ты наказал нас обоих). Why do you not restore his mind to him (почему тебе не вернуть ему разум)? Can you (ты можешь)?"

bother ['bɔðə], retort [rɪ'tɔ:t], punish ['pʌnɪʃ]

"Why bother to lie?" she retorted bitterly. "He had it on his finger when he drove me into the streets. He did not have it when I found him again. Your servant must have been watching the house, and have taken it from him, after I escaped him. To the devil with it! I want my lover back sane and whole. You have the ring; you have punished us both. Why do you not restore his mind to him? Can you?"

"I could," he assured her, in evident enjoyment of her distress (я мог бы, — уверил он ее в очевидном наслаждении от ее горя). He drew a phial from among his robes (он вытащил пузырек из /среди/ своих одеяний). "This contains the juice of the golden lotus (это содержит сок золотого лотоса). If your lover drank it, he would be sane again (если бы твой любовник выпил это, он был бы снова в здравом уме). Yes, I will be merciful (да, я буду милостив). You have both thwarted and flouted me, not once but many times вы оба мешали мне и попирали меня, не раз, а много раз; to flout — презирать; попирать; не подчиняться); he has constantly opposed my wishes (он постоянно препятствовал моим желаниям). But I will be merciful (однако я буду милостив). Come and take the phial from my hand (подойди и возьми склянку из моей руки)."

assure [ə'ʃuə], phial ['faɪəl], thwart [θwɔ:t]

"I could," he assured her, in evident enjoyment of her distress. He drew a phial from among his robes. "This contains the juice of the golden lotus. If your lover drank it, he would be sane again. Yes, I will be merciful. You have both thwarted and flouted me, not once but many times; he has constantly opposed my wishes. But I will be merciful. Come and take the phial from my hand."

She stared at Totrasmek, trembling with eagerness to seize it, but fearing it was but some cruel jest (она уставилась на Тотрасмека, дрожа от нетерпения схватить ее, но опасаясь, /что/ это была лишь какая жестокая шутка). She advanced timidly, with a hand extended (она робко двинулась вперед с протянутой рукой), and he laughed heartlessly and drew back out of her reach (а он бессердечно засмеялся и отступил за пределы /ее/ досягаемости). Even as her lips parted to curse him, some instinct snatched her eyes upward (как раз когда ее губы разжались, /чтобы/ проклясть его, какой-то инстинкт поднял ее глаза вверх). From the gilded ceiling four jade-hued vessels were falling (с позолоченного потолка падали четыре желтовато-зеленых сосуда; jade — жадеит; нефрит; желтовато-зеленый цвет; hue — краска, оттенок, тон, цвет). She dodged, but they did not strike her (она увернулась, но = и они не ударили ее). They crashed to the floor about her, forming the four corners of a square (они разбились о пол вокруг нее, образуя четыре угла квадрата). And she screamed, and screamed again (а она визжала и визжала снова). For out of each ruin reared the hooded head of a cobra, and one struck at her bare leg (так как из каждого осколка поднималась голова кобры с капюшоном, и одна напала на ее обнаженную ногу). Her convulsive movement to evade it brought her within reach of the one on the other side (ее судорожное движение, /чтобы/ избежать ее, привела ее в пределы досягаемости одной = кобры с другой стороны) and again she had to shift like lightning to avoid the flash of its hideous head (и снова ей пришлось, как молния = молниеносно перекатиться, /чтобы/ избежать броска ее мерзкой головы).

timidly ['tɪmɪdlɪ], ceiling ['si:lɪŋ], hideous ['hɪdɪəs]

She stared at Totrasmek, trembling with eagerness to seize it, but fearing it was but some cruel jest. She advanced timidly, with a hand extended, and he laughed heartlessly and drew back out of her reach. Even as her lips parted to curse him, some instinct snatched her eyes upward. From the gilded ceiling four jade-hued vessels were falling. She dodged, but they did not strike her. They crashed to the floor about her, forming the four corners of a square. And she screamed, and screamed again. For out of each ruin reared the hooded head of a cobra, and one struck at her bare leg. Her convulsive movement to evade it brought her within reach of the one on the other side and again she had to shift like lightning to avoid the flash of its hideous head.

She was caught in a frightful trap (она была поймана = попалась в страшную ловушку). All four serpents were swaying and striking at foot, ankle, calf, knee, thigh, hip (все четыре змеи качались и нападали на ступню, лодыжку, икру, колено, бедро (ногу от колена до бедра), бедро (таз)), whatever portion of her voluptuous body chanced to be nearest to them (какая бы часть ее роскошного тела не оказалась ближе всего к ним), and she could not spring over them or pass between them to safety (и она не могла перепрыгнуть их или пройти между ними в безопасное место). She could only whirl and spring aside and twist her body to avoid the strokes (она могла только кружиться, отпрыгивать и изгибать свое тело, /чтобы/ избежать атак), and each time she moved to dodge one snake (и каждый раз, как она передвигалась, /чтобы/ увернуться от одной змеи), the motion brought her within range of another (движение приводило ее в пределы досягаемости другой), so that she had to keep shifting with the speed of light (так что ей приходилось постоянно перемещаться со скоростью света; to spring aside — отпрыгивать (в сторону)). She could move only a short space in any direction (она могла передвигаться лишь в небольшом пространстве в любом направлении), and the fearful hooded crests were menacing her every second (и страшные гребни в капюшонах угрожали ее каждую секунду). Only a dancer of Zamboula could have lived in that grisly square (только танцовщица из Замбулы могла выжить в этом ужасном квадрате).

frightful ['fraɪtful], calf [kɑ:f], voluptuous [və'lʌpʧuəs]

She was caught in a frightful trap. All four serpents were swaying and striking at foot, ankle, calf, knee, thigh, hip, whatever portion of her voluptuous body chanced to be nearest to them, and she could not spring over them or pass between them to safety. She could only whirl and spring aside and twist her body to avoid the strokes, and each time she moved to dodge one snake, the motion brought her within range of another, so that she had to keep shifting with the speed of light. She could move only a short space in any direction, and the fearful hooded crests were menacing her every second. Only a dancer of Zamboula could have lived in that grisly square.

She became, herself, a blur of bewildering motion (она стала сама неясным пятном головокружительного движения). The heads missed her by hair's breadths, but they missed (головы промахивались по ней на толщину волоса, но они промахивались), as she pitted her twinkling feet (так как она противопоставляла свои мелькающие ступни), flickering limbs (быстро проносящиеся конечности), and perfect eye (и совершенный глазомер) against the blinding speed of the scaly demons (против ослепительной скорости чешуйчатых демонов) her enemy had conjured out of thin air (/которых/ ее враг вызвал из разреженного воздуха = вакуума).

motion ['məuʃn], enemy ['enɪmɪ], conjure ['kʌndʒə]

She became, herself, a blur of bewildering motion. The heads missed her by hair's breadths, but they missed, as she pitted her twinkling feet, flickering limbs, and perfect eye against the blinding speed of the scaly demons her enemy had conjured out of thin air.

Somewhere a thin, whining music struck up (где-то заиграла тонкая завывающая музыка), mingling with the hissing of the serpents (смешиваясь с шипением змей), like an evil night wind blowing through the empty sockets of a skull (как злой ночной ветер, дующий через пустые впадины = глазницы черепа). Even in the flying speed of her urgent haste she realized that the darting of the serpents was no longer at random (даже при стремительной скорости ее неотложной спешки она осознала, что броски змей больше не были наобум = беспорядочными; at random — наобум, наугад). They obeyed the grisly piping of the eery music (они повиновались вызывающему ужас писку = писклявому звучанию жуткой музыки; piping — игра (на дудке), писк, насвистывание). They struck with a horrible rhythm (они нападали в ужасном ритме), and perforce her swaying, writhing, spinning body attuned itself to their rhythm (и по необходимости ее качающееся, извивающееся, кружащееся тело настроилось на их ритм; tune — мелодия; напев). Her frantic motions melted into the measures of a dance compared to which the most obscene tarantella of Zamora would have seemed sane and restrained (ее неистовые движения незаметно перешли в па танца, по сравнению с которым самая вульгарная тарантелла Заморы показалась бы благопристойной и сдержанной). Sick with shame and terror Zabibi heard the hateful mirth of her merciless tormenter (испытывающая тошноту от стыда и ужаса Забиби услышала злобную радость ее безжалостного мучителя).

eery ['ɪərɪ], rhythm [rɪðm], measure ['meʒə]

Somewhere a thin, whining music struck up, mingling with the hissing of the serpents, like an evil night wind blowing through the empty sockets of a skull. Even in the flying speed of her urgent haste she realized that the darting of the serpents was no longer at random. They obeyed the grisly piping of the eery music. They struck with a horrible rhythm, and perforce her swaying, writhing, spinning body attuned itself to their rhythm. Her frantic motions melted into the measures of a dance compared to which the most obscene tarantella of Zamora would have seemed sane and restrained. Sick with shame and terror Zabibi heard the hateful mirth of her merciless tormenter.

"The Dance of the Cobras, my lovely one!" laughed Totrasmek (танец Кобр, моя красивая! — засмеялся Тотрасмек). "So maidens danced in the sacrifice to Hanuman centuries ago (так танцевали девы /приносимые/ в жертву Хануману века назад) — but never with such beauty and suppleness (но никогда с такой красотой и гибкостью). Dance, girl, dance (танцуй, девочка, танцуй)! How long can you avoid the fangs of the Poison People (сколько можешь ты избегать клыков Ядовитого Народа)? Minutes (минуты)? Hours (часы)? You will weary at last (ты устанешь в конце концов). Your swift, sure feet will stumble (твои быстрые уверенные ступни споткнутся = начнут спотыкаться), your legs falter, your hips slow in their rotations (твои ноги начнут заплетаться, твои бедра замедлят свое вращение). Then the fangs will begin to sink deep into your ivory flesh (тогда клыки начнут погружаться = погрузятся глубоко в твою плоть /цвета/ слоновой кости) —"

beauty ['bju:tɪ], weary ['wɪərɪ], falter ['fɔ:ltə]

"The Dance of the Cobras, my lovely one!" laughed Totrasmek. "So maidens danced in the sacrifice to Hanuman centuries ago — but never with such beauty and suppleness. Dance, girl, dance! How long can you avoid the fangs of the Poison People? Minutes? Hours? You will weary at last. Your swift, sure feet will stumble, your legs falter, your hips slow in their rotations. Then the fangs will begin to sink deep into your ivory flesh —"

Behind him the curtain shook as if struck by a gust of wind, and Totrasmek screamed (позади него занавес дернулся, как будто ударенный = поднятый порывом ветра, и Тотрасмек завизжал). His eyes dilated (его глаза расширились) and his hands caught convulsively at the length of bright steel which jutted suddenly from his breast (а его руки судорожно схватились за отрезок блестящей стали, который вдруг выступил из его груди). The music broke off short (музыка резко прервалась; to break off — внезапно прекращаться, обрываться). The girl swayed dizzily in her dance, crying out in dreadful anticipation of the flickering fangs (девушка качалась головокружительно в ее танце, крича в ужасном ожидании мелькающих клыков) — and then only four wisps of harmless blue smoke curled up from the floor about her (и затем лишь четыре клочка безвредного голубого дыма, скручиваясь, поднялись с пола вокруг нее), as Totrasmek sprawled headlong from the divan (когда Тотрасмек растянулся = свесился головой вперед с дивана; headlong — вниз головой, головой вперед; to sprawl — растянуть(ся); развалиться (о человеке)).

dreadful ['dredful], anticipation [æn"tɪsɪ'peɪʃən], headlong ['hedlɔŋ]

Behind him the curtain shook as if struck by a gust of wind, and Totrasmek screamed. His eyes dilated and his hands caught convulsively at the length of bright steel which jutted suddenly from his breast.

The music broke off short. The girl swayed dizzily in her dance, crying out in dreadful anticipation of the flickering fangs — and then only four wisps of harmless blue smoke curled up from the floor about her, as Totrasmek sprawled headlong from the divan.

Conan came from behind the curtain, wiping his broad blade (Конан вышел из-за занавеса, вытирая свой широкий клинок). Looking through the hangings he had seen the girl dancing desperately between four swaying spirals of smoke (глядя сквозь драпировку, он увидел девушку, танцевавшую отчаянно между четырьмя качающимися спиралями дыма), but he had guessed that their appearance was very different to her (но он угадал, что их вид был очень отличным для нее = был совсем иным для нее). He knew he had killed Totrasmek (он знал, /что/ он убил Тотрасмека). Zabibi sank down on the floor, panting Забиби опустилась на пол, тяжело дыша), but even as Conan started toward her, she staggered up again (но как раз когда Конан бросился к ней, она снова поднялась, пошатываясь), though her legs trembled with exhaustion (хотя ее ноги дрожали от изнеможения). "The phial!" she gasped (склянка! — выдохнула она). "The phial (склянка)!"

broad [brɔ:d], spiral ['spaɪərəl], exhaustion [ɪg'zɔ:sʧən]

Conan came from behind the curtain, wiping his broad blade. Looking through the hangings he had seen the girl dancing desperately between four swaying spirals of smoke, but he had guessed that their appearance was very different to her. He knew he had killed Totrasmek.

Zabibi sank down on the floor, panting, but even as Conan started toward her, she staggered up again, though her legs trembled with exhaustion. "The phial!" she gasped. "The phial!"

Totrasmek still grasped it in his stiffening hand (Тотрасмек все еще сжимал ее в своей застывающей руке; stiff — тугой, негибкий, неэластичный, жесткий; to stiffen — застывать; затвердевать). Ruthlessly she tore it from his locked fingers (безжалостно она вырвала ее из его стиснутых пальцев) and then began frantically to ransack his garments (и потом начала неистово обыскивать его одежду). "What the devil are you looking for?" Conan demanded (какого …1ты ищещь? — спросил Конан). "A ring — he stole it from Alafdhal (кольцо — он украл его у Алафдала). He must have, while my lover walked in madness through the streets (он, должно быть, /украл его/, пока мой любовник бродил в безумии по улицам). Set's devils (демоны Сета)!"

stiffen [stɪfn], frantically ['fræntɪklɪ], while [waɪl]

Totrasmek still grasped it in his stiffening hand. Ruthlessly she tore it from his locked fingers and then began frantically to ransack his garments. "What the devil are you looking for?" Conan demanded. "A ring — he stole it from Alafdhal. He must have, while my lover walked in madness through the streets. Set's devils!"

She had convinced herself that it was not on the person of Totrasmek (она убедилась, что его не было на = у человека Тотрасмека). She began to cast about the chamber, tearing up divan covers and hangings (она начала метаться по комнате, разрывая обивку дивана и драпировку) and upsetting vessels (и переворачивать сосуды).

She paused and raked a damp lock of hair out of her eyes (она остановилась и откинула мокрую прядь волос с глаз).

"I forgot Baal-pteor (я забыла Баал-птеора)!"

"He's in Hell with his neck broken," Conan assured her (он в аду со сломанной шеей, — заверил ее Конан).

person [pə:sn], vessel [vesl], cast [kɑ:st]

She had convinced herself that it was not on the person of Totrasmek. She began to cast about the chamber, tearing up divan covers and hangings and upsetting vessels. She paused and raked a damp lock of hair out of her eyes. "I forgot Baal-pteor!" "He's in Hell with his neck broken," Conan assured her.

She expressed vindictive gratification at the news, but an instant later swore expressively (она выразила мстительную радость по поводу новости, но мгновение спустя выразительно ругнулась). "We can't stay here (мы не можем оставаться здесь). It's not many hours until dawn (до зари не много = мало часов). Lesser priests are likely to visit the temple at any hour of the night (младшие жрецы могут посетить храм в любой час ночи), and if we're discovered here with his corpse, the people will tear us to pieces (и если мы будем обнаружены здесь с его трупом, люди разорвут нас на куски). The Turanians could not save us (туранцы не смогли бы спасти нас)." She lifted the bolt on the secret door (она подняла засов на секретной двери), and a few moments later they were in the streets and hurrying away from the silent square (и несколько секунд спустя они были на улицах и спешили прочь от безмолвной площади) where brooded the age-old shrine of Hanuman (где высился древний храм Ханумана).

vindictive [vɪn'dɪktɪv], swore [swɔ:], piece [pi:s]

She expressed vindictive gratification at the news, but an instant later swore expressively.

"We can't stay here. It's not many hours until dawn. Lesser priests are likely to visit the temple at any hour of the night, and if we're discovered here with his corpse, the people will tear us to pieces. The Turanians could not save us." She lifted the bolt on the secret door, and a few moments later they were in the streets and hurrying away from the silent square where brooded the age-old shrine of Hanuman.

In a winding street a short distance away, Conan halted (на извивающейся улице, на небольшом расстоянии /от храма/ Конан остановился) and checked his companion with a heavy hand on her naked shoulder (и сдержал свою спутницу тяжелой рукой на = за ее обнаженное плечо). "Don't forget there was a price — (не забудь, /что/ была /назначена/ цена)" "I have not forgotten!" She twisted free (я не забыла! — она вывернулась свободной = она освободилась, извернувшись). "But we must go to — to Alafdhal first (но мы должны идти — сначала к Алафдалу)!" A few minutes later the black slave let them through the wicket door (несколько минут спустя черный раб впустил их через дверь с окошком). The young Turanian lay upon the divan, his arms and legs bound with heavy velvet ropes (молодой туранец лежал на диване, его руки и ноги /были/ связаны тяжелыми бархатными канатами). His eyes were open, but they were like those of a mad dog, and foam was thick on his lips (его глаза были открыты, но они были, как те = глаза бешеной собаки, и пена была = лежала густо на его губах). Zabibi shuddered (Забиби содрогнулась).

there [ðɛə], forgotten [fə'gɔtn], thick [θɪk]

In a winding street a short distance away, Conan halted and checked his companion with a heavy hand on her naked shoulder.

"Don't forget there was a price —"

"I have not forgotten!" She twisted free. "But we must go to — to Alafdhal first!"

A few minutes later the black slave let them through the wicket door. The young Turanian lay upon the divan, his arms and legs bound with heavy velvet ropes. His eyes were open, but they were like those of a mad dog, and foam was thick on his lips. Zabibi shuddered.

"Force his jaws open!" she commanded, and Conan's iron fingers accomplished the task (разожми его челюсти! — скомандовала она, и железные пальцы Конана выполнили задание; to force open — разжать, силой раскрыть). Zabibi emptied the phial down the maniac's gullet (Забиби опорожнила склянку в глотку маньяка = безумца). The effect was like magic (эффект был словно чудо). Instantly he became quiet (мгновенно он стал спокойным). The glare faded from his eyes (блеск ушел из его глаз); he stared up at the girl in a puzzled way (он уставился на девушку ошеломленно), but with recognition and intelligence (но осознанно и разумно: «с осознанием и разумом»). Then he fell into a normal slumber (затем он провалился в нормальный сон; to fall — падать). "When he awakes he will be quite sane," she whispered, motioning to the silent slave (когда он проснется, он будет совершенно здоров, — прошептала она, делая жест молчаливому слуге).

accomplish [ə'kɔmplɪʃ], quiet [kwaɪət], quite [kwaɪt]

"Force his jaws open!" she commanded, and Conan's iron fingers accomplished the task.

Zabibi emptied the phial down the maniac's gullet. The effect was like magic. Instantly he became quiet. The glare faded from his eyes; he stared up at the girl in a puzzled way, but with recognition and intelligence. Then he fell into a normal slumber.

"When he awakes he will be quite sane," she whispered, motioning to the silent slave.

With a deep bow he gave into her hands a small leather bag and drew about her shoulders a silken cloak (с глубоким поклоном он дал в ее руки маленький кожаный мешочек и набросил на ее плечи шелковый плащ). Her manner had subtly changed when she beckoned Conan to follow her out of the chamber (ее манера неуловимо изменилась, когда она сделала знак Конану следовать за ней из комнаты). In an arch that opened on the street, she turned to him, drawing herself up with a new regality (в арке, которая открывалась на улицу, она повернулась к нему, выпрямляясь с новой царственностью). "I must now tell you the truth," she said (я должна теперь сказать тебе правду, — сказала она). "I am not Zabibi (я не Забиби). I am Nafertari (я Нафертари). And he is not Alafdhal, a poor captain of the guardsmen (а он не Алафдал, бедный капитан гвардейцев). He is Jungir Khan, satrap of Zamboula (он Джангир Хан, сатрап Замбулы)."

leather ['leðə], change [ʧeɪndʒ], truth [tru:θ]

With a deep bow he gave into her hands a small leather bag and drew about her shoulders a silken cloak. Her manner had subtly changed when she beckoned

Conan to follow her out of the chamber.

In an arch that opened on the street, she turned to him, drawing herself up with a new regality.

"I must now tell you the truth," she said. "I am not Zabibi. I am Nafertari. And he is not Alafdhal, a poor captain of the guardsmen. He is Jungir Khan, satrap of Zamboula."

Conan made no comment; his scarred dark countenance was immobile (Конан не делал комментариев, его темное лицо в шрамах было неподвижно). "I lied to you because I dared not divulge the truth to anyone," she said (я солгала тебе, потому что я не смела раскрыть правду никому). "We were alone when Jungir Khan went mad (мы были одни, когда Джангир Хан сошел с ума; to go mad — сойти с ума). None knew of it but myself (никто /не/ знал об этом, кроме меня). Had it been known that the satrap of Zamboula was a madman (если бы стало известно, что сатрап Замбулы /был/ безумец), there would have been instant revolt and rioting (был бы = произошел бы сразу же бунт и беспорядки; to riot — бунтовать, поднимать бунт; принимать участие в бунте, мятеже), even as Totrasmek planned, who plotted our destruction (как раз как планировал Тотрасмек, который замышлял наше уничтожение).

divulge [daɪ'vʌldʒ], known [nəun], destruction [dɪ'strʌkʃn]

Conan made no comment; his scarred dark countenance was immobile. "I lied to you because I dared not divulge the truth to anyone," she said. "We were alone when Jungir Khan went mad. None knew of it but myself. Had it been known that the satrap of Zamboula was a madman, there would have been instant revolt and rioting, even as Totrasmek planned, who plotted our destruction.

"You see now how impossible is the reward for which you hoped (ты видишь теперь, как невозможна награда, на которую ты надеялся). The satrap's mistress is not — cannot be for you (госпожа сатрапа не /для тебя/ — не может быть для тебя). But you shall not go unrewarded (но ты не уйдешь ненагражденным = без награды). Here is a sack of gold (вот мешочек1 золота)."

She gave him the bag she had received from the slave (она дала ему мешочек, /который/ она получила от раба). "Go now, and when the sun is up come to the palace (сейчас уходи, а когда солнце взойдет, приходи во дворец). I will have Jungir Khan make you captain of his guard (я заставлю Джангир Хана сделать тебя капитаном его охраны). But you will take your orders from me, secretly (но ты будешь исполнять /твои/ приказы от меня = исполнять мои приказы, тайно). Your first duty will be to march a squad to the shrine of Hanuman (твоя первая обязанность будет повести отряд к храму Ханумана), ostensibly to search for clues of the priest's slayer; in reality to search for the Star of Khorala (якобы для поиска улик /для поимки/ убийцы жреца, на самом деле для поиска Звезды Хорала; ostensibly — якобы: «по видимости»). It must be hidden there somewhere (она должна быть спрятана где-то там). When you find it, bring it to me (когда ты найдешь ее, принеси ее мне). You have my leave to go now (ты имеешь мое позволение уйти сейчас = теперь я позволяю тебе идти)."

reward [rɪ'wɔ:d], guard [gɑ:d], squad [skwɔd]

"You see now how impossible is the reward for which you hoped. The satrap's mistress is not — cannot be for you. But you shall not go unrewarded. Here is a sack of gold."

She gave him the bag she had received from the slave.

"Go now, and when the sun is up come to the palace. I will have Jungir Khan make you captain of his guard. But you will take your orders from me, secretly. Your first duty will be to march a squad to the shrine of Hanuman, ostensibly to search for clues of the priest's slayer; in reality to search for the Star of Khorala. It must be hidden there somewhere. When you find it, bring it to me. You have my leave to go now."

He nodded, still silent, and strode away (он кивнул, все еще молча, и пошел прочь; to stride away — шагать прочь, уйти). The girl, watching the swing of his broad shoulders (девушка, наблюдавшая за покачиванием его широких плеч), was piqued to note that there was nothing in his bearing to show that he was in any way chagrined or abashed (была уязвлена заметить = заметив, что не было ничего в его поведение, /чтобы/ показать = что показало бы, что он был каким-то образом огорчен или растерян). When he had rounded a corner, he glanced back, and then changed his direction and quickened his pace (когда он зашел за угол, он обернулся, а потом изменил /его/ направление и ускорил свой шаг). A few moments later he was in the quarter of the city containing the Horse Market (несколько минут спустя он был в квартале города, содержавшем Конный Базар). There he smote on a door (там он заколотил в дверь; to smite — ударять, бить) until from the window above a bearded head was thrust to demand the reason for the disturbance (пока из окна выше /не/ высунулась бородатая голова, /чтобы/ спросить причину /для/ беспокойства).

pique [pi:k], bear [bɛə], disturbance [dɪs'tə:bəns]

He nodded, still silent, and strode away. The girl, watching the swing of his broad shoulders, was piqued to note that there was nothing in his bearing to show that he was in any way chagrined or abashed. When he had rounded a corner, he glanced back, and then changed his direction and quickened his pace. A few moments later he was in the quarter of the city containing the Horse Market. There he smote on a door until from the window above a bearded head was thrust to demand the reason for the disturbance.

"A horse," demanded Conan (лошадь, — потребовал Конан). "The swiftest steed you have (самого быстрого коня, /который/ у тебя есть)."

"I open no gates at this time of night," grumbled the horse trader (я не открываю ворот в этом время ночи, — проворчал торговец лошадьми). Conan rattled his coins (Конан побренчал /своими/ монетами).

"Dog's son knave (сукин сын, плут)! Don't you see I'm white, and alone (/разве/ ты не видишь, /что/ я белый и один)? Come down, before I smash your door (спускайся, пока я /не/ разнес твою дверь)!"

Presently, on a bay stallion, Conan was riding toward the house of Aram Baksh (теперь на гнедом жеребце Конан скакал к дому Арама Бахша).

knave [neɪv], presently ['prezntlɪ], stallion ['stæljən]

"A horse," demanded Conan. "The swiftest steed you have."

"I open no gates at this time of night," grumbled the horse trader. Conan rattled his coins.

"Dog's son knave! Don't you see I'm white, and alone? Come down, before I smash your door!"

Presently, on a bay stallion, Conan was riding toward the house of Aram Baksh.

He turned off the road into the alley (он свернул с дороги в аллею / переулок) that lay between the tavern compound and the date-palm garden (который лежал между строения таверны и садом финиковых пальм), but he did not pause at the gate (но он не остановился у ворот). He rode on to the northeast corner of the wall (он поскакал дальше к северо-восточному углу стены), then turned and rode along the north wall (затем повернул и поехал вдоль северной стены), to halt within a few paces of the northwest angle (/чтобы/ остановиться в нескольких шагах от северо-западного угла). No trees grew near the wall, but there were some low bushes (никаких деревьев /не/ росло возле стены, но /там/ было несколько низких кустарников). To one of these he tied his horse (к одному из них он привязал свою лошадь) and was about to climb into the saddle again (и собирался забраться снова в седло), when he heard a low muttering of voices beyond the corner of the wall (когда он услышал низкое бормотание голосов за углом стены).

tavern ['tævən], garden [gɑ:dn], these [ði:z]

He turned off the road into the alley that lay between the tavern compound and the date-palm garden, but he did not pause at the gate. He rode on to the northeast corner of the wall, then turned and rode along the north wall, to halt within a few paces of the northwest angle. No trees grew near the wall, but there were some low bushes. To one of these he tied his horse and was about to climb into the saddle again, when he heard a low muttering of voices beyond the corner of the wall.

Drawing his foot from the stirrup he stole to the angle and peered around it (вытащив /свою/ ногу из стремени, он прокрался к углу и заглянул за него; to steal — красть(ся)). Three men were moving down the road toward the palm groves (три мужчины двигались вниз по дороге к пальмовым рощам), and from their slouching gait he knew they were Negroes (и от = по их сутулящейся походке он узнал, /что/ они были негры). They halted at his low call, bunching themselves as he strode toward them, his sword in his hand (они остановились при его тихом зове, сбившись в кучу, когда он зашагал к ним /с/ мечом в руке). Their eyes gleamed whitely in the starlight (их глаза блестели белым в звездном свете). Their brutish lust shone in their ebony faces (их звериная похоть / жажда (зд.: убийства) светилась на их эбеновых лицах), but they knew their three cudgels could not prevail against his sword, just as he knew it (но они знали, что их три дубинки не могли одержать победу против меча, как и он знал это).

Negro ['ni:grəu], brutish ['bru:tɪʃ], prevail [prɪ'veɪl]

Drawing his foot from the stirrup he stole to the angle and peered around it. Three men were moving down the road toward the palm groves, and from their slouching gait he knew they were Negroes. They halted at his low call, bunching themselves as he strode toward them, his sword in his hand. Their eyes gleamed whitely in the starlight. Their brutish lust shone in their ebony faces, but they knew their three cudgels could not prevail against his sword, just as he knew it.

"Where are you going?" he challenged (куда вы идете? — спросил он). "To bid our brothers put out the fire in the pit beyond the groves," was the sullen gutteral reply (велеть нашим братьям потушить костер в яме за рощами, — был угрюмый гортанный ответ; to bid — приказывать, просить). "Aram Baksh promised us a man, but he lied (Арам Бахш обещал нам человека, но он солгал). We found one of our brothers dead in the trap-chamber (мы нашли одного из наших братьев мертвым в комнате-ловушке). We go hungry this night (мы будем голодать этой ночью)." "I think not," smiled Conan (/я/ не думаю, — улыбнулся Конан). "Aram Baksh will give you a man (Арам Бахш даст вам человека). Do you see that door (видите ту дверь)?" He pointed to a small, iron-bound portal set in the midst of the western wall (он показал на маленькую, обитую железом дверь, установленную в середине западной стены). "Wait there (подождите там). Aram Baksh will give you a man (Арам Бахш даст вам человека)."

challenge ['ʧælɪndʒ], dead [ded], portal [pɔ:tl]

"Where are you going?" he challenged. "To bid our brothers put out the fire in the pit beyond the groves," was the sullen gutteral reply. "Aram Baksh promised us a man, but he lied. We found one of our brothers dead in the trap-chamber. We go hungry this night."

"I think not," smiled Conan. "Aram Baksh will give you a man. Do you see that door?"

He pointed to a small, iron-bound portal set in the midst of the western wall.

"Wait there. Aram Baksh will give you a man."

Backing warily away until he was out of reach of a sudden bludgeon blow (пятясь осторожно, пока он /не/ оказался вне досягаемости неожиданного удара дубиной), he turned and melted around the northwest angle of the wall (он повернулся и исчез за северо-западным углом стены). Reaching his horse he paused to ascertain that the blacks were not sneaking after him (добравшись до своей лошади, он остановился, /чтобы/ убедиться, что черные не крадутся за ним), and then he climbed into the saddle and stood upright on it (и затем он забрался в седло и стал вверх на него = и забрался на него ногами; upright — вертикально, прямо, стоймя), quieting the uneasy steed with a low word (успокаивая беспокойного коня тихим словом). He reached up, grasped the coping of the wall over (он потянулся вверх, схватился за карниз стены) and drew himself up and and over (подтянулся вверх и /перебрался/ через /него/; to draw up — подтянуться; to draw over — перебраться). There he studied the grounds for an instant (там он изучил участок = окрестности за минуту). The tavern was built in the southwest corner of the enclosure (таверна была построена в юго-западном углу огороженного участка), the remaining space of which was occupied by groves and gardens (оставшееся пространство которого было занято рощами и садами). He saw no one in the grounds (он не увидел никого на участке). The tavern was dark and silent (таверна была темной и безмолвной), and he knew all the doors and windows were barred and bolted (и он знал, /что/ все двери и окна были закрыты решетками и засовами; to bar — запирать на засов, закрывать решетками; to bolt — запирать на засов).

study ['stʌdɪ], enclosure [ɪn'kləuʒə], window ['wɪndəu]

Backing warily away until he was out of reach of a sudden bludgeon blow, he turned and melted around the northwest angle of the wall. Reaching his horse he paused to ascertain that the blacks were not sneaking after him, and then he climbed into the saddle and stood upright on it, quieting the uneasy steed with a low word. He reached up, grasped the coping of the wall and drew himself up and over. There he studied the grounds for an instant. The tavern was built in the southwest corner of the enclosure, the remaining space of which was occupied by groves and gardens. He saw no one in the grounds. The tavern was dark and silent, and he knew all the doors and windows were barred and bolted.

Conan knew that Aram Baksh slept in a chamber that opened into a cypress- bordered path (Конан знал, что Арам Бахш спит в комнате, которая открывалась в тропинку, обсаженную кипарисами) that led to the door in the western wall (которая вела к двери в западной стене). Like a shadow he glided among the trees (словно тень, он проскользнул между деревьями), and a few moments later he rapped lightly on the chamber door (и несколько секунд спустя он легонько постучал в дверь комнаты). "What is it?" asked a rumbling, sleepy voice from within (что такое? — спросил гремящий, сонный голос изнутри; to rumble — громыхать, грохотать, греметь; громко говорить).

western ['westən], sleepy ['sli:pɪ], voice [vɔɪs]

Conan knew that Aram Baksh slept in a chamber that opened into a cypress- bordered path that led to the door in the western wall. Like a shadow he glided among the trees, and a few moments later he rapped lightly on the chamber door. "What is it?" asked a rumbling, sleepy voice from within.

"Aram Baksh!" hissed Conan (Арам Бахш! — прошипел Конан). "The blacks are stealing over the wall (черные крадутся через стену)!" Almost instantly the door opened, framing the tavern-keeper (почти тотчас дверь открылась, обрамляя хозяина: «держателя» таверны = в проеме появился хозяин таверны), naked but for his shirt (голый за исключением его рубахи = в одной рубахе), with a dagger in his hand (с кинжалом в его руке). He craned his neck to stare into the Cimmerian's face (он вытянул /свою/ шею, /чтобы/ всмотреться в лицо киммерийца; to stare into — всмотреться). "What tale is this — you! (что за басни /это/ — ты!)"

keeper ['ki:pə], shirt [ʃə:t], neck [nek]

"Aram Baksh!" hissed Conan. "The blacks are stealing over the wall!"

Almost instantly the door opened, framing the tavern-keeper, naked but for his shirt, with a dagger in his hand.

He craned his neck to stare into the Cimmerian's face.

"What tale is this — you!"

Conan's vengeful fingers strangled the yell in his throat (мстительные пальцы Конана сдавили крик в его горле). They went to the floor together and Conan wrenched the dagger from his enemy's hand (они пошли на пол = упали на пол вместе, и Конан выкрутил кинжал из руки своего врага). The blade glinted in the starlight, and blood spurted (клинок сверкнул в звездном свете, и хлынула кровь). Aram Baksh made hideous noises, gasping and gagging on a mouthful of blood (Арам Бахш производил отвратительные звуки, задыхаясь и давясь глотками крови; mouthful — полный рот ( чего-л.), кусок, глоток). Conan dragged him to his feet and again the dagger slashed (Конан поднял его на /его/ ноги и снова кинжал рубанул), and most of the curly beard fell to the floor (и большая часть курчавой бороды упала на пол).

vengeful ['vendʒful], mouthful ['mauθful], most [məust]

Conan's vengeful fingers strangled the yell in his throat. They went to the floor together and Conan wrenched the dagger from his enemy's hand. The blade glinted in the starlight, and blood spurted. Aram Baksh made hideous noises, gasping and gagging on a mouthful of blood. Conan dragged him to his feet and again the dagger slashed, and most of the curly beard fell to the floor.

Still gripping his captive's throat (все еще сжимая горло своего пленника) — for a man can scream incoherently even with his throat slit (так как человек может кричать бессвязно даже с /его/ перерезанным горлом; to slit — делать длинный узкий разрез, разрезать в длину, разрезать, рвать) — Conan dragged him out of the dark chamber and down the cypress-shadowed path (Конан вытащил его из темной комнаты /и/ вниз по дорожке, обсаженной кипарисами), to the iron-bound door in the outer wall (к обитой железом дверце во внешней стене). With one hand he lifted the bolt and threw the door open (одной рукой он поднял засов и распахнул дверь; to throw — бросать), disclosing the three shadowy figures which waited like black vultures outside (обнаружив три призрачных фигуры, которые ждали, как черные грифы, снаружи). Into their eager arms Conan thrust the innkeeper (в их жаждущие руки Конан швырнул хозяина гостиницы).

incoherently ["ɪnkəu'hɪərəntlɪ], cypress ['saɪprɪs], vulture ['vʌlʧə]

Still gripping his captive's throat — for a man can scream incoherently even with his throat slit — Conan dragged him out of the dark chamber and down the cypress-shadowed path, to the iron-bound door in the outer wall. With one hand he lifted the bolt and threw the door open, disclosing the three shadowy figures which waited like black vultures outside. Into their eager arms Conan thrust the innkeeper.

A horrible, blood-choked scream rose from the Zamboulan's throat, but there was no response from the silent tavern (ужасный, давящийся кровью крик раздался из горла замбулийца, но из безмолвной таверны не было ответа; to rise — подниматься). The people there were used to screams outside the wall (люди там привыкли к крикам из-за стены). Aram Baksh fought like a wild man (Арам Бахш сражался, как дикарь), his distended eyes turned frantically on the Cimmerian's face (его расширенные глаза неистово повернулись к лицу киммерийца). He found no mercy there (он нашел никакой пощады там = он не нашел там пощады; to find — находить). Conan was thinking of the scores of wretches who owed their bloody doom to this man's greed (Конан думал о множестве несчастных, которые были обязаны своей кровавой участью жадности этого человека; to owe — быть должным, быть обязанным).

used [ju:st], wretch [reʧ], greed [gri:d]

A horrible, blood-choked scream rose from the Zamboulan's throat, but there was no response from the silent tavern. The people there were used to screams outside the wall. Aram Baksh fought like a wild man, his distended eyes turned frantically on the Cimmerian's face. He found no mercy there. Conan was thinking of the scores of wretches who owed their bloody doom to this man's greed.

In glee the Negroes dragged him down the road, mocking his frenzied gibberings (в ликовании негры потащили его по дороге, насмехаясь над его бешеной бессвязной речью). How could they recognize Aram Baksh in this half- naked, bloodstained figure (как они могли узнать Арама Бахша в этой полураздетой, окровавленной фигуре), with the grotesquely shorn beard and unintelligible babblings (с гротескно остриженной бородой и нечленораздельным лепетом; to shear — стричь; обрезать)? The sounds of the struggle came back to Conan, standing beside the gate (звуки борьбы доносились до Конана, стоявшего возле ворот), even after the clump of figures had vanished among the palms (даже после того, как кучка фигур исчезла среди пальм).

gibbering ['dʒɪbərɪŋ], grotesquely [grəu'tesklɪ], unintelligible ['ʌnɪn'telɪdʒɪbl]

In glee the Negroes dragged him down the road, mocking his frenzied gibberings. How could they recognize Aram Baksh in this half-naked, bloodstained figure, with the grotesquely shorn beard and unintelligible babblings? The sounds of the struggle came back to Conan, standing beside the gate, even after the clump of figures had vanished among the palms.

Closing the door behind him, Conan returned to his horse (закрыв дверь за собой, Конан вернулся к своей лошади), mounted, and turned westward (вскочил в седло и повернул на запад; to mount — садиться на лошадь), toward the open desert (в сторону открытой пустыни), swinging wide (делая широкий круг) to skirt the sinister belt of palm groves (чтобы миновать зловещий пояс пальмовых рощ; to skirt — обходить кругом, идти вдоль края). As he rode, he drew from his belt a ring (когда он скакал = на скаку он вытащил из своего пояса кольцо; to ride — скакать, ехать верхом) in which gleamed a jewel that snared the starlight in a shimmering iridescence (в котором сверкал драгоценный камень, который улавливал звездный свет игристыми переливами). He held it up to admire it, turning it this way and that (он поднял его, /чтобы/ полюбоваться, поворачивая его так и сяк). The compact bag of gold pieces clinked gently at his saddle bow (небольшой мешочек золотых монет звенел нежно / тихонько у луки его седла), like a promise of the greater riches to come ( как обещание больших грядущих богатств: «больших богатств придти»).

iridescence [ɪrɪ'desəns], admire [əd'maɪə], promise ['prɔmɪs]

Closing the door behind him, Conan returned to his horse, mounted, and turned westward, toward the open desert, swinging wide to skirt the sinister belt of palm groves. As he rode, he drew from his belt a ring in which gleamed a jewel that snared the starlight in a shimmering iridescence. He held it up to admire it, turning it this way and that. The compact bag of gold pieces clinked gently at his saddle bow, like a promise of the greater riches to come.

"I wonder what she'd say if she knew I recognized her as Nafetari and him as Jungir Khan the instant I saw them," he mused (я спрашиваю = интересно, что она сказала бы, если бы она знала, /что/ я узнал ее как Нафертари, а его как Джангир Хана в тот момент, /когда/ я увидел их, — размышлял он). "I knew the Star of Khorala, too (я знал = узнал и Звезду Хорала). There'll be a fine scene if she ever guesses (будет прекрасная сцена, если она когда-нибудь догадается) that I slipped it off his finger while I was tying him with his sword belt (что я снял ее с его пальца, когда я связывал его его поясом для меча). But they'll never catch me, with the start I'm getting (но они никогда /не/ поймают меня — с форой /преимуществом во времени/, /которая/ у меня есть)."

scene [si:n], guess [ges], start [stɑ:t]

"I wonder what she'd say if she knew I recognized her as Nafetari and him as Jungir Khan the instant I saw them," he mused. "I knew the Star of Khorala, too. There'll be a fine scene if she ever guesses that I slipped it off his finger while I was tying him with his sword belt. But they'll never catch me, with the start I'm getting."

He glanced back at the shadowy palm groves (он оглянулся на тенистые пальмовые рощи), among which a red glare was mounting (среди которых поднималось красное огнище). A chanting rose to the night, vibrating with savage exultation (пение поднялось к ночи, вибрируя диким ликованием). And another sound mingled with it, a mad incoherent screaming (и еще один звук смешался с ним, безумный неясный крик), a frenzied gibbering in which no words could be distinguished (бешеные нечленораздельные звуки, в которых невозможно было разобрать /никаких/ слов; to distinguish — различать, разбирать, распознавать). The noise followed Conan as he rode westward beneath the paling stars (шум преследовал Конан, пока он скакал на запад под бледнеющими звездами; to pale — бледнеть).

exultation ["eg'zʌlteɪʃn], distinguish [dɪs'tɪŋgwɪʃ], beneath [bɪ'ni:θ]

He glanced back at the shadowy palm groves, among which a red glare was mounting. A chanting rose to the night, vibrating with savage exultation. And another sound mingled with it, a mad incoherent screaming, a frenzied gibbering in which no words could be distinguished. The noise followed Conan as he rode westward beneath the paling stars.


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