One day, while dark [da:k] and I
with a Masai (1) conductor were walking,
past some very high grass, the conductor stopped and pointed.
We looked where he was pointing and we saw among the high
grass a great grey body. It was the back of a great rhino
lying in the grass. The conductor closed his eyes to show
me that the rhino was sleeping.
We walked very quietly until we were only thirty yards from
the animal. Then we could see that it was a huge rhino, weighing
at least (2) two tons. He was sleeping quietly.
We could see his gray skin rising and falling with his breath,
and his little pig's eyes were closed. His big flat nose,
with its sharp cruel horn, was nearest to us. Each breath
blew on the grass near, his nose. The, warm African sunlight
was shining on his huge gray body.
Very quietly I got my camera ready to take the photograph.
The conductor stood near me on my left side and dark stood
on my right side, with his gun in his hands. We did not kill
the animals which we photographed unless our lives were in
danger, and dark always fired his gun in the air when I took
my pictures to make the animals turn away from me.
Everything was ready. I stood with my camera right in front
of the rhino and I was so close that I could see his nose
moving with his breath. I even saw a fly walk across his head.
We waited for several minutes but the animal continued to
sleep; and as I wanted to photograph him when he was moving,
I took a deep breath (3) and shouted "Hey!"
In a moment he was up. Although he was so huge, he moved
very rapidly. For a moment he stood looking at us. What did
he see? A rhino has very weak sight and he cannot see anything
clearly which is more than fifteen or twenty yards away. We
were nearly thirty yards away from him, so he could not see
us I well, but he saw something. For a few moments he stood
there. Then he put his head down (4) and
rushed at us.
My camera was pointed at him, and as I looked through the
little glass I could see the great rhino rushing towards me.
As he got nearer he seemed to get bigger. When he was fifteen
yards away he looked as big as a railway train. With my camera
near my eye I waited to get my picture. The ground under my
feet shook with the great weight of the rushing rhino. His
little red eyes were cruel and angry. When the rhino was near
enough (5) I pressed the button of my camera
and took my picture. The huge animal was almost touching me.
At that moment, dark fired his gun in order to make the animal
turn away from me. But the animal paid no attention at all
(6) and came straight on. I jumped to one
side, quicker than I had ever jumped before. As I did so,
I knew I was safe, but the rhino was almost on top of the
Masai conductor. There was a cloud of dust and I saw the man's
body thrown into the air. The rhino rushed on and away from
us. We did not see him again.
dark and I ran to the place where the Masai was lying on
the ground, we were sure that he was either dead or dying.
No man can be thrown up into the air by a rhino's horn and
live. But just as we reached him, the conductor jumped up
laughing. No, he was neither dead nor dying. The rhino's horn
had not touched him, for (7) that jump into
the air had been his own. When a rhino is rushing towards
an enemy, he holds his head so that he can see. When he is
close, he puts his head down so that the sharp point of his
horn is in front. Therefore, just for a moment he cannot see
in front of him, and in that moment the Masai jumped to one
side. The rhino rushes on and usually does not stop until
he is out of sight. This is how our conductor had saved himself.
(1) Masai - название африканской народности
(2) at least - по меньшей мере
(3) I took a deep breath - я глубоко вздохнул
(4) put... down - нагнул
(5) near enough - достаточно близко
(6) paid no attention at all - не обратил
никакого внимания; Сочетание at all усиливает отрицание, как
русское вовсе. Например:
I see you are busy. - Not at all. Я вижу, вы заняты. - Нет,
ничуть (вовсе нет).
(7) for - здесь значит так как, ибо.
В этом уроке большинство слов относится к основному словарному
фонду английского языка, т.е. они являются чрезвычайно распространенными.
Количество международных слов невелико: вы их сами легко найдете.
Ряд слов связан с уже известными вам словами: fly муха и
fly летать, continue продолжать и Continuous - название группы
времен; fire стрелять и fire огонь; past мимо и past прошедший;
to pass проходить; shake трястись и shock удар, сотрясение;
dead мертвый и die умирать.
Button пуговица имеет тот же корень, что бутон. Глагол to
turn вращаться сравните с глаголом to return возвращаться
(урок 18), а также со
Dust пыль, порошок вошло в русский язык в узком значении
дуст. Прилагательное flat плоский породило существительное
flat квартира, так как flats, где все комнаты расположены
в одной плоскости, противопоставляются домикам в два этажа,
распространенным в Англии.
Союз unless переводится сочетание если ... не, а иногда если
только не. В тексте вы видите: We did not kill the animals
which we photographed, unless our lives were in danger. Мы
не убивали животных, которых мы фотографировали, если только
наша жизнь не была в опасности. Заметьте, что в английском
предложении глагол стоит в утвердительной форме, так как отрицание
заключено в самом союзе unless: unless our lives were ...
если только наша жизнь не была .... Несколько примеров с союзом
I shall be unable to answer Я не смогу ответить на этот this
question, unless you вопрос, если вы мне не поможете. help
The picture will not be good, Снимок не будет хорошим, если unless you sit still. вы не будете сидеть смирно.