The King took a heavy chamois leather bag from under his cloak and laid it on the table.



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The King took a heavy chamois leather bag from under his cloak and laid it on the table.



"There are three hundred pounds in gold and seven hundred in notes," he said.

 

Holmes scribbled a receipt upon a sheet of his note-book (Холмс небрежно написал расписку на странице своей записной книжки) and handed it to him (и вручил ее королю).

scribbled [`skrIbld] receipt [rI`sJt]

"And Mademoiselle's address (f адрес мадемуазель)?" he asked.

"Is Briony Lodge, Serpentine Avenue, St. John's Wood."

Holmes took a note of it (Холмс записал это: «взял записку этого»). "One other question (еще один вопрос)," said he. "Was the photograph a cabinet (фотография была кабинетного формата)?"

"It was (да)."

"Then, good-night, your Majesty (итак, спокойной ночи, ваше величество), and I trust that we shall soon have some good news for you (и я полагаю, что скоро у нас будут хорошие новости для вас). And good-night, Watson," he added (он добавил), as the wheels of the royal brougham rolled down the street (когда колеса королевской кареты застучали по улице = мостовой; to roll — катиться, греметь). "If you will be good enough to call tomorrow afternoon at three o'clock (если вы будете любезны = будьте любезны зайти завтра в три часа) I should like to chat this little matter over with you (я хотел бы побеседовать с вами об этом маленьком деле; to chat — болтать)."

brougham [`brHqm] chat [tSxt]

 

Holmes scribbled a receipt upon a sheet of his note-book and handed it to him.

"And Mademoiselle's address?" he asked.

"Is Briony Lodge, Serpentine Avenue, St. John's Wood."

Holmes took a note of it. "One other question," said he. "Was the photograph a cabinet?"

"It was."

"Then, good-night, your Majesty, and I trust that we shall soon have some good news for you. And good-night, Watson," he added, as the wheels of the royal brougham rolled down the street. "If you will be good enough to call tomorrow afternoon at three o'clock I should like to chat this little matter over with you."

 

II

At three o'clock precisely I was at Baker Street (в три часа ровно я был на Бейкер-стрит), but Holmes had not yet returned (но Холмс еще не вернулся). The landlady informed me (хозяйка квартиры = домовладелица сообщила мне; landlady: land — земля, недвижимость, lady — дама, госпожа) that he had left the house shortly after eight o'clock in the morning (что он вышел из дома вскоре после восьми часов утром = в начале девятого; to leave — покидать, оставлять; short — короткий). I sat down beside the fire (я сел у камина = огня), however (тем не менее), with the intention of awaiting him (с намерением дождаться его; to wait — ждать), however long he might be (несмотря на то, каким медлительным он может быть = сколько бы ни пришлось ждать). I was already deeply interested in his inquiry (я был уже глубоко заинтересован = интересовался в его расследовании), for, though it was surrounded by none of the grim and strange features (хотя оно было окружено никакими мрачными и странными чертами = было лишено мрачных и странных черт) which were associated with the two crimes (которые ассоциировались с теми двумя преступлениями) which I have already recorded (о которых я уже писал; to record — записывать), still (все же), the nature of the case and the exalted station of his client (сущность этого дела и высокое положение его клиента; exalted — высокопоставленный) gave it a character of its own (давали ему характер его собственный = придавали делу необычный характер). Indeed (действительно), apart from the nature of the investigation (не говоря уже о сущности расследования; apart from — помимо, не считая) which my friend had on hand (которое производил: «имел на руке» мой друг), there was something in his masterly grasp of a situation (было что-то в его мастерском схватывании ситуации = с каким мастерством он овладел ситуацией), and his keen, incisive reasoning (и в его тонкой проницательной логике; reasoning — логическое мышление), which made it a pleasure to me to study his system of work (которые доставляли мне удовольствие изучать его систему работы: «которые сделали это удовольствием для меня»), and to follow the quick, subtle methods (и следовать за быстрыми, неуловимыми приемами; subtle — утонченный, тонкий; неуловимый) by which he disentangled the most inextricable mysteries (с помощью которых он распутывал самые неразрешимые тайны). So accustomed was I to his invariable success (так привычен был я к его неизменному успеху) that the very possibility of his failing (что сама возможность его неудачи) had ceased to enter into my head (не укладывалась у меня в голове; to cease — перестать, стихать; to enter — входить).

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At three o'clock precisely I was at Baker Street, but Holmes had not yet returned. The landlady informed me that he had left the house shortly after eight o'clock in the morning. I sat down beside the fire, however, with the intention of awaiting him, however long he might be. I was already deeply interested in his inquiry, for, though it was surrounded by none of the grim and strange features which were associated with the two crimes which I have already recorded, still, the nature of the case and the exalted station of his client gave it a character of its own. Indeed, apart from the nature of the investigation which my friend had on hand, there was something in his masterly grasp of a situation, and his keen, incisive reasoning, which made it a pleasure to me to study his system of work, and to follow the quick, subtle methods by which he disentangled the most inextricable mysteries. So accustomed was I to his invariable success that the very possibility of his failing had ceased to enter into my head.

 

It was close upon four before the door opened (было около четырех, когда дверь открылась; close upon — почти, примерно), and a drunkenlooking groom (и подвыпивший: «пьяносмотрящий» конюх; to drink — пить), ill-kempt and side-whiskered (нечесаный и с растрепанными бакенбардами; side-whiskered: side — сторона, бок, whiskered — носящий бакенбарды), with an inflamed face and disreputable clothes (с воспаленным лицом и вульгарно одетый; disreputable — позорный, постыдный; clothes — одежда), walked into the room (вошел в комнату). Accustomed as I was to my friend's amazing powers in the use of disguises (как ни привык я к удивительным способностям моего друга изменять свой внешний вид; disguise — переодевание), I had to look three times (я должен был = мне пришлось посмотреть три раза) before I was certain that it was indeed he (прежде чем я был уверен, что это был действительно он). With a nod he vanished into the bedroom (с кивком = кивнув он исчез в спальне), whence he emerged in five minutes (откуда он появился через пять минут) tweed-suited and respectable (одетый в клетчатый костюм и солидный; tweed-suited: tweed — ткань в мелкую клетку, suit — костюм), as of old (как всегда; old — старый). Putting his hands into his pockets (сунув руки в карманы), he stretched out his legs in front of the fire (он вытянул свои ноги перед камином) and laughed heartily for some minutes (и очень смеялся несколько минут; heartily — сердечно).

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"Well, really (ну, право)!" he cried (воскликнул он), and then he choked and laughed again (и затем он подавился и засмеялся вновь) until he was obliged to lie back, limp and helpless, in the chair (до тех пор пока он был вынужден откинуться, слабый и беспомощный, в кресле).

 

It was close upon four before the door opened, and a drunkenlooking groom, ill-kempt and side-whiskered, with an inflamed face and disreputable clothes, walked into the room. Accustomed as I was to my friend's amazing powers in the use of disguises, I had to look three times before I was certain that it was indeed he. With a nod he vanished into the bedroom, whence he emerged in five minutes tweed-suited and respectable, as of old. Putting his hands into his pockets, he stretched out his legs in front of the fire and laughed heartily for some minutes.

"Well, really!" he cried, and then he choked and laughed again until he was obliged to lie back, limp and helpless, in the chair.

 

"What is it (что это = в чем дело)?"

"It's quite too funny (/это/ очень смешно). I am sure you could never guess (я уверен, вы никогда не угадаете) how I employed my morning, or what I ended by doing (как я провел: «употребил» мое утро или что я в конце концов сделал)."

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"I can't imagine (не могу представить). I suppose that you have been watching the habits, and perhaps the house, of Miss Irene Adler (я полагаю, что вы наблюдали: «были наблюдающие» за привычками и, возможно, домом мисс Ирэн Адлер)."

imagine [I`mxGIn] habits [`hxbIts]

 

"What is it?"

"It's quite too funny. I am sure you could never guess how I employed my morning, or what I ended by doing."

"I can't imagine. I suppose that you have been watching the habits, and perhaps the house, of Miss Irene Adler."

"Quite so (совершенно верно); but the sequel was rather unusual (но продолжение было довольно необычным). I will tell you, however (я расскажу вам, однако). I left the house a little after eight o'clock this morning (я вышел из дома в начале девятого этим утром) in the character of a groom out of work (под видом: «в образе» безработного конюха; out of work — безработный). There is a wonderful sympathy and freemasonry among horsy men (удивительная симпатия и взаимопонимание существуют среди людей, имеющих дело с лошадьми). Be one of them (будьте одним из них), and you will know all that there is to know (и вы узнаете все, что вам надо знать). I soon found Briony Lodge (я вскоре нашел Брайони-лодж). It is a bijou villa, with a garden at the back (это маленькая изящная вилла, с садом сзади; bijou — маленький, драгоценный; /«драгоценность» по франц./), but built out in front right up to the road (но пристроенная впереди = выходящая вплотную к дороге), two stories (два этажа). Chubb lock to the door (замок «Чабб» /фирменное название/ на двери). Large sitting-room on the right side, well furnished (большая гостиная на правой стороне, хорошо обставленная; to furnish — меблировать), with long windows almost to the floor (с высокими окнами почти до пола), and those preposterous English window fasteners (и с теми нелепыми английскими оконными задвижками; to fasten — скреплять) which a child could open (которые мог бы открыть ребенок). Behind there was nothing remarkable (позади /дома/ не было ничего замечательного), save that the passage window could be reached from the top of the coach-house (за исключением того, что окно галереи может быть достигнуто = можно добраться с крыши каретного сарая; coach — экипаж, карета). I walked round it and examined it closely from every point of view (я обошел его кругом и рассмотрел его внимательно с каждой точки зрения = со всех сторон), but without noting anything else of interest (но не заметил ничего интересного: «без замечания чего бы то ни было еще интересного»).

sequel [`sJkwql] wonderful [`wAndqful] remarkable [rI`mRkbl] view [vjH]

 

"Quite so; but the sequel was rather unusual. I will tell you, however. I left the house a little after eight o'clock this morning in the character of a groom out of work. There is a wonderful sympathy and freemasonry among horsy men. Be one of them, and you will know all that there is to know. I soon found Briony Lodge. It is a bijou villa, with a garden at the back. but built out in front right up to the road, two stories. Chubb lock to the door. Large sitting-room on the right side, well furnished, with long windows almost to the floor, and those preposterous English window fasteners which a child could open. Behind there was nothing remarkable, save that the passage window could be reached from the top of the coach-house. I walked round it and examined it closely from every point of view, but without noting anything else of interest.

 

"I then lounged down the street and found (затем я побрел вдоль улицы и нашел = увидел; to lounge — слоняться), as I expected (как я ожидал), that there was a mews in a lane (что там были конюшни в переулке) which runs down by one wall of the garden (который спускается = примыкает к одной из стен сада). I lent the ostlers a hand in rubbing down their horses (я помог конюхам: «одолжил конюхам руку» с чисткой лошадей; ostler — конюх на постоялом дворе), and received in exchange twopence (и получил взамен два пенса), a glass of half and half (стакан водки; half — половина), two fills of shag tobacco (две щепотки крепкого табаку), and as much information as I could desire about Miss Adler (и так много информации об Ирэн Адлер, как я мог желать), to say nothing of half a dozen other people in the neighborhood (не говоря уже: «сказать ничего» о полудюжине других людей /живущих/ по соседству) in whom I was not in the least interested (в которых я был нисколько не заинтересован; not in the least — вовсе не, ничуть), but whose biographies I was compelled to listen to (но чьи биографии я был вынужден слушать)."

lounged [launGd] mews [mjHz] horse [hLs] dozen [dAzn]

"And what of Irene Adler (а что об Ирэн Адлер)?" I asked.

 

"I then lounged down the street and found, as I expected, that there was a mews in a lane which runs down by one wall of the garden. I lent the ostlers a hand in rubbing down their horses, and received in exchange twopence, a glass of half and half, two fills of shag tobacco, and as much information as I could desire about Miss Adler, to say nothing of half a dozen other people in the neighborhood in whom I was not in the least interested, but whose biographies I was compelled to listen to."

"And what of Irene Adler?" I asked.

 

"Oh, she has turned all the men's heads down in that part (она вскружила головы всем мужчинам в этой части /города/; to turn — вращать). She is the daintiest thing under a bonnet on this planet (она самое изящное существо, носящее дамскую шляпку: «под дамской шляпкой» на этой планете). So say the Serpentine Mews (так говорят серпентайнские конюхи), to a man (все как один /человек/). She lives quietly (она живет тихо), sings at concerts (поет на концертах), drives out at five every day (выезжает кататься в пять /часов/ каждый день; to drive out — прокатиться /в автомобиле/), and returns at seven sharp for dinner (и возвращается в семь ровно к обеду). Seldom goes out at other times (редко выходит в другое время), except when she sings (кроме /тех случаев/ когда она поет). Has only one male visitor (у нее только один посетитель-мужчина), but a good deal of him (но зато часто; a good deal of — много). He is dark, handsome, and dashing (он брюнет, красив и энергичен), never calls less than once a day, and often twice (никогда не посещает /ее/ меньше одного раза в день, и часто дважды /в день/). He is a Mr. Godfrey Norton, of the Inner Temple (он = его имя мистер Годфри Нортон из «Внутреннего Темпла»). See the advantages of a cabman as a confidant (видите преимущества кэбмана = кучера как доверенного лица = видите, как выгодно войти в доверие к кучерам). They had driven him home a dozen times from Serpentine-mews (они возили его домой много раз: «дюжину раз» от серпентайнских конюшен), and knew all about him (и знают все о нем). When I had listened to all they had to tell (когда я выслушал все, что у них было сказать), I began to walk up and down near Briony Lodge once more (я начал ходить снова взад и вперед около Брайони-лодж), and to think over my plan of campaign (и обдумывать мой план операции = дальнейшие действия).

bonnet [`bPnIt] advantage [qd`vRntIG] handsome [`hxnsqm] campaign [kxm`peIn]

 

"Oh, she has turned all the men's heads down in that part. She is the daintiest thing under a bonnet on this planet. So say the Serpentine-mews, to a man. She lives quietly, sings at concerts, drives out at five every day, and returns at seven sharp for dinner. Seldom goes out at other times, except when she sings. Has only one male visitor, but a good deal of him. He is dark, handsome, and dashing, never calls less than once a day, and often twice. He is a Mr. Godfrey Norton, of the Inner Temple. See the advantages of a cabman as a confidant. They had driven him home a dozen times from Serpentine-mews, and knew all about him. When I had listened to all they had to tell, I began to walk up and down near Briony Lodge once more, and to think over my plan of campaign.

 

"This Godfrey Norton was evidently an important factor in the matter (этот Годфри Нортон был, очевидно, важным фактором = играл существенную роль в деле). He was a lawyer (он был адвокатом; law — закон). That sounded ominous (это звучало зловеще). What was the relation between them (что была за связь между ними = что их связывало), and what the object of his repeated visits (и какова причина его частых посещений; to repeat — повторяться)? Was she his client, his friend, or his mistress (была ли она его клиентка, его друг, или его возлюбленная)? If the former (если первая), she had probably transferred the photograph to his keeping (она, возможно, передала ему фотографию для хранения). If the latter (если последняя), it was less likely (это /было/ менее вероятно). On the issue of this question depended (от решения этого вопроса зависело; issue — исход, результат) whether I should continue my work at Briony Lodge (/следует ли мне/ продолжать работу в Брайони-лодж), or turn my attention to the gentleman's chambers in the Temple (или обратить внимание на квартиру этого джентльмена в Темпле). It was a delicate point (это был щекотливый вопрос), and it widened the field of my inquiry (и он расширил поле моего расследования; wide — широкий). I fear that I bore you with these details (я боюсь, что надоедаю вам этими: «с этими» деталями), but I have to let you see my little difficulties (но я должен показать вам: «позволить увидеть» мои маленькие трудности), if you are to understand the situation (чтобы вы поняли ситуацию: «если вы должны понять ситуацию»)."

important [Im`pLtqnt] lawyer [`lLje] field [fJld]

"I am following you closely (я следую за вами близко = внимательно слежу за вашим рассказом)," I answered (ответил).

 

"This Godfrey Norton was evidently an important factor in the matter. He was a lawyer. That sounded ominous. What was the relation between them, and what the object of his repeated visits? Was she his client, his friend, or his mistress? If the former, she had probably transferred the photograph to his keeping. If the latter, it was less likely. On the issue of this question depended whether I should continue my work at Briony Lodge, or turn my attention to the gentleman's chambers in the Temple. It was a delicate point. and it widened the field of my inquiry. I fear that I bore you with these details, but I have to let you see my little difficulties, if you are to understand the situation."

"I am following you closely," I answered.

 

"I was still balancing the matter in my mind (я все еще взвешивал: «был взвешивающим» это дело в уме; to balance — обдумывать) when a hansom cab drove up to Briony Lodge (когда двухколесный экипаж подъехал к Брайони-лодж; to drive up — подкатывать), and a gentleman sprang out (и какой-то джентльмен выскочил /из него/). He was a remarkably handsome man, dark, aquiline, and moustached (он был необычайно красивый, смуглый, с орлиным носом и усатый; aquiline — орлиный) — evidently the man of whom I had heard (/совершенно/ очевидно тот человек, о котором я слышал). He appeared to be in a great hurry (он, казалось, очень спешил: «был в великой спешке»), shouted to the cabman to wait (крикнул кучеру ждать), and brushed past the maid (и прошмыгнул мимо горничной; to brush past — пробежать мимо) who opened the door (которая открыла дверь) with the air of a man who was thoroughly at home (с видом человека, который был совершенно дома = чувствовал себя хозяином).

moustached [mqs`tRSt] hurry [`hArI] thoroughly [`TArqlI]

 

"I was still balancing the matter in my mind when a hansom cab drove up to Briony Lodge, and a gentleman sprang out. He was a remarkably handsome man, dark, aquiline, and moustached— evidently the man of whom I had heard. He appeared to be in a great hurry, shouted to the cabman to wait, and brushed past the maid who opened the door with the air of a man who was thoroughly at home.

 

"He was in the house about half an hour (он был в доме примерно полчаса), and I could catch glimpses of him in the windows of the sitting-room (и я мог видеть: «я мог поймать» его мелькания через окна гостиной), pacing up and down (расхаживающего взад и вперед), talking excitedly (разговаривающего возбужденно), and waving his arms (и размахивающего руками). Of her I could see nothing (ее я не видел: «мог видеть ничего»). Presently he emerged (вскоре он вышел), looking even more flurried than before (выглядя еще более взволнованно, чем раньше). As he stepped up to the cab (подойдя к экипажу), he pulled a gold watch from his pocket (он достал золотые часы из кармана) and looked at it earnestly (и озабоченно посмотрел на них; earnest — серьезный), 'Drive like the devil (гоните как дьявол),' he shouted (крикнул он), 'first to (сначала к) Gross & Hankey's in Regent Street, and then to the Church of St. Monica in the Edgeware Road (а потом к церкви святой Моники на Эджвер-роуд). Half a guinea if you do it in twenty minutes (полгинеи, если сделаете это за двадцать минут)!'

excitedly [Ik`saItIdlI] flurried [`flArid] church [tSE:tS] guinea [`gInI]

 

"He was in the house about half an hour, and I could catch glimpses of him in the windows of the sitting-room, pacing up and down, talking excitedly, and waving his arms. Of her I could see nothing. Presently he emerged, looking even more flurried than before. As he stepped up to the cab, he pulled a gold watch from his pocket and looked at it earnestly, 'Drive like the devil,' he shouted, 'first to Gross & Hankey's in Regent Street, and then to the Church of St. Monica in the Edgeware Road. Half a guinea if you do it in twenty minutes!'

 

"Away they went (они умчались), and I was just wondering whether I should not do well to follow them (и я еще задавал себе вопрос, не последовать ли мне за ними; to wonder — интересоваться; whether — ли) when up the lane came a neat little landau (когда вверх по переулку подкатило изящное маленькое ландо), the coachman with his coat only half-buttoned (кучер со своим пальто лишь наполовину застегнутым = пальто на кучере было полузастегнуто; button — пуговица), and his tie under his ear (и узел галстука под ухом), while all the tags of his harness were sticking out of the buckles (в то время как все ремни упряжи выскочили из пряжек; tag — свободный конец, петля). It hadn't pulled up before she shot out of the hall door and into it (оно /ландо/ не остановилось до тех пор, пока она /не/ выскочила из входной двери и /не/ влетела в ландо). I only caught a glimpse of her at the moment (я видел ее лишь одно мгновение), but she was a lovely woman (но она была милая женщина), with a face that a man might die for (с лицом, за которое мужчина мог бы умереть = в которое мужчины влюбляются до смерти).

wonder [`wAndq] whether [`weDq] buckles [`bAklz]

'The Church of St. Monica, John (церковь святой Моники, Джон),' she cried, 'and half a sovereign if you reach it in twenty minutes (и полсоверена, если вы достигнете ее = доедете за двадцать минут).'

 

"Away they went, and I was just wondering whether I should not do well to follow them when up the lane came a neat little landau, the coachman with his coat only half-buttoned, and his tie under his ear, while all the tags of his harness were sticking out of the buckles. It hadn't pulled up before she shot out of the hall door and into it. I only caught a glimpse of her at the moment, but she was a lovely woman, with a face that a man might die for.

'The Church of St. Monica, John,' she cried, 'and half a sovereign if you reach it in twenty minutes.'

 

"This was quite too good to lose, Watson (это было слишком хорошо, чтобы потерять = это был случай, которого нельзя было упустить). I was just balancing whether I should run for it (должен ли я побежать за ним; to run — бегать), or whether I should perch behind her landau (или должен ли я прицепиться к задку ландо; to perch — сесть, взгромоздиться) when a cab came through the street (когда = как вдруг по улице поехал кэб = показался наемный экипаж). The driver looked twice at such a shabby fare (водитель дважды посмотрел на такого убогого седока; shabby — потрепанный), but I jumped in before he could object (но я вскочил = впрыгнул прежде, чем он мог возразить). 'The Church of St. Monica,' said I, 'and half a sovereign if you reach it in twenty minutes.' It was twenty-five minutes to twelve (было без двадцати пяти минут двенадцать: «двадцать пять минут до двенадцати»), and of course it was clear enough (и, конечно, было достаточно ясно) what was in the wind (в чем дело: «что было в воздухе»; in the wind — носится в воздухе).

lose [lHz] perch [pE:tS] fare [fεq]

 

"This was quite too good to lose, Watson. I was just balancing whether I should run for it, or whether I should perch behind her landau when a cab came through the street. The driver looked twice at such a shabby fare, but I jumped in before he could object. 'The Church of St. Monica,' said I, 'and half a sovereign if you reach it in twenty minutes.' It was twenty-five minutes to twelve, and of course it was clear enough what was in the wind.

 

"My cabby drove fast (мой извозчик ехал быстро = мчался). I don't think I ever drove faster (я не думаю, /что/ я когда-либо ехал быстрее), but the others were there before us (но другие /экипажи/ были там раньше нас). The cab and the landau with their steaming horses were in front of the door when I arrived (экипаж и ландо с их взмыленными лошадьми были = стояли перед дверью, когда я прибыл). I paid the man and hurried into the church (я заплатил человеку = кучеру и поспешил в церковь). There was not a soul there (там не было ни души) save the two (кроме /тех/ двух) whom I had followed (за которыми я следовал) and a surpliced clergyman (и священника; surplice — стихарь), who seemed to be expostulating with them (который, казалось, спорил с ними; to expostulate — убеждать, увещевать). They were all three standing in a knot in front of the altar (они все трое стояли: «были стоящими» перед алтарем; knot — группа людей). I lounged up the side aisle (я побрел по боковому придел храма) like any other idler (как любой другой бездельник) who has dropped into a church (который зашел в церковь; to drop into — заглянуть). Suddenly, to my surprise (внезапно, к моему удивлению), the three at the altar faced round to me (трое у алтаря повернулись ко мне), and Godfrey Norton came running as hard as he could towards me (и Годфри Нортон бросился так быстро, как только мог, ко мне).

clergyman [`klE:Gimqn] altar [`Lltq] towards [tq`wLdz]

"Thank God (слава Богу: «спасибо Богу»)," he cried. "You'll do (вы подойдете: «вы сделаете»). Come (идемте)! Come!"

"What then (в чем дело)?" I asked.

"Come, man, come, only three minutes, or it won't be legal (пойдемте, человек = добрый человек, пойдемте, только три минуты, иначе это не будет законно; won't = will not)."

 

"My cabby drove fast. I don't think I ever drove faster, but the others were there before us. The cab and the landau with their steaming horses were in front of the door when I arrived. I paid the man and hurried into the church. There was not a soul there save the two whom I had followed and a surpliced clergyman, who seemed to be expostulating with them. They were all three standing in a knot in front of the altar. I lounged up the side aisle like any other idler who has dropped into a church. Suddenly, to my surprise, the three at the altar faced round to me, and Godfrey Norton came running as hard as he could towards me.

"Thank God," he cried. "You'll do. Come! Come!"

"What then?" I asked.

"Come, man, come, only three minutes, or it won't be legal."

 

I was half-dragged up to the altar (я был полуподтащен = чуть ли не силой потащен к алтарю; to drag — таскать, волочить), and before I knew where I was (и прежде чем я знал, где нахожусь = не успев опомниться) I found myself mumbling responses (я бормотал ответы: «нашел себя бормочущим ответы»; to mumble — бормотать, мямлить) which were whispered in my ear (которые шептались: «были прошептаны» в мое ухо), and vouching for things of which I knew nothing (и поручался за вещи, о которых я знал ничего = совершенно не знал; to vouch — подтверждать, поклясться), and generally assisting in the secure tying up (и вообще помогал тайному бракосочетанию: «связыванию») of Irene Adler, spinster, to Godfrey Norton, bachelor (Ирэн Адлер, девицы, с Годфри Нортоном, холостяком). It was all done in an instant (это все было сделано вмиг), and there was the gentleman thanking me on the one side (и там был джентльмен, благодарящий меня с одной стороны) and the lady on the other (и леди — с другой), while the clergyman beamed on me in front (в то время как священник лучезарно улыбался мне, /стоя/ впереди; to beam — сиять). It was the most preposterous position (это было самое нелепое положение) in which I ever found myself in my life (в каком я когда либо оказывался: «находил себя» в своей жизни), and it was the thought of it that started me laughing just now (и это была мысль о том, что заставило меня смеяться прямо сейчас). It seems that there had been some informality about their license (по-видимому, там было какое-то несоблюдение формальностей в их бракосочетании; license — право, свидетельство), that the clergyman absolutely refused to marry them without a witness of some sort (и /поэтому/ священник наотрез отказался поженить их без какого-либо свидетеля), and that my lucky appearance saved the bridegroom (и мое удачное появление избавило жениха) from having to sally out into the streets in search of a best man (от необходимости отправляться на улицу в поисках шафера: «лучшего человека»). The bride gave me a sovereign (невеста дала мне соверен), and I mean to wear it on my watch-chain (и я собираюсь носить ее на часовой цепочке) in memory of the occasion (в память об этом событии)."

mumbling [`mAmblIN] vouching [`vautSIN] bachelor [`bxtSqlq] bridegroom [`braIdgrHm]

 

I was half-dragged up to the altar, and before I knew where I was I found myself mumbling responses which were whispered in my ear, and vouching for things of which I knew nothing, and generally assisting in the secure tying up of Irene Adler, spinster, to Godfrey Norton, bachelor. It was all done in an instant, and there was the gentleman thanking me on the one side and the lady on the other, while the clergyman beamed on me in front. It was the most preposterous position in which I ever found myself in my life, and it was the thought of it that started me laughing just now. It seems that there had been some informality about their license, that the clergyman absolutely refused to marry them without a witness of some sort, and that my lucky appearance saved the bridegroom from having to sally out into the streets in search of a best man. The bride gave me a sovereign, and I mean to wear it on my watch-chain in memory of the occasion."

 

"This is a very unexpected turn of affairs (это очень неожиданный оборот дел)," said I; "and what then (и что /случилось/ затем)?"

"Well, I found my plans very seriously menaced (ну, я понял, что мои планы: «нашел мои планы» под серьезной угрозой; to menace — грозить). It looked as if the pair might take an immediate departure (это выглядело = казалось, что пара может предпринять немедленное отправление = может немедленно уехать), and so necessitate very prompt and energetic measures on my part (и, таким образом, вызвать необходимость очень быстрых и энергичных мер с моей стороны). At the church door, however, they separated (у церковной двери, однако, они разделились), he driving back to the Temple (он вернулся в Темпл), and she to her own house (а она к себе домой). 'I shall drive out in the park at five as usual (я буду кататься в парке в пять, как всегда),' she said as she left him (сказала она, прощаясь с ним). I heard no more (больше я ничего не слышал). They drove away in different directions (они уехали в разных направлениях), and I went off to make my own arrangements (а я ушел = вернулся, чтобы сделать мои собственные приготовления = взяться за свои приготовления)."

menaced [`menIst] departure [dI`pRtSq] necessitate [nI`sesIteIt] measures [`meZqz]

"Which are (какие)?"

 

"This is a very unexpected turn of affairs," said I; "and what then?"

"Well, I found my plans very seriously menaced. It looked as if the pair might take an immediate departure, and so necessitate very prompt and energetic measures on my part. At the church door, however, they separated, he driving back to the Temple, and she to her own house. 'I shall drive out in the park at five as usual,' she said as she left him. I heard no more. They drove away in different directions, and I went off to make my own arrangements."

"Which are?"

 

"Some cold beef and a glass of beer (немного холодной говядины и стакан пива)," he answered, ringing the bell (ответил он, звоня в колокольчик). "I have been too busy to think of food (я был слишком занят, чтобы думать о еде), and I am likely to be busier still this evening (и я, вероятно, буду еще более занят этим вечером). By the way, Doctor (кстати, доктор), I shall want your cooperation (я захочу ваше сотрудничество = мне понадобится ваше содействие)."

busy [`bIzI] beer [bIq] cooperation [kqu,Ppq`reISn]

"I shall be delighted (я буду рад)."

delighted [dI`laItId]

"You don't mind breaking the law (вы не имеете ничего против, чтобы = не боитесь нарушить закон: «сломать закон»)?"

"Not in the least (нисколько)."

 

"Some cold beef and a glass of beer," he answered, ringing the bell. "I have been too busy to think of food, and I am likely to be busier still this evening. By the way, Doctor, I shall want your cooperation."

"I shall be delighted."

"You don't mind breaking the law?"

"Not in the least."

 

"Nor running a chance of arrest (ни имение шанса ареста = и возможность ареста /вас не пугает/)?"

"Not in a good cause (ради хорошего дела готов /и/ на это: in a good cause — чтобы сделать добро)."

"Oh, the cause is excellent (о, дело /повод/ превосходное)!"

"Then I am your man (тогда я к вашим услугам: «ваш человек»)."

"I was sure that I might rely on you (я был уверен = знал, что могу на вас положиться)."

sure [Suq] rely [rI`laI]

"But what is it you wish (но что это, /то/ что вы желаете = что вы задумали)?"

 

"Nor running a chance of arrest?"

"Not in a good cause."

"Oh, the cause is excellent!"

"Then I am your man."

"I was sure that I might rely on you."

"But what is it you wish?"

 

"When Mrs. Turner has brought in the tray (когда миссис Тернер принесет поднос = ужин; to bring in — вносить) I will make it clear to you (я вам все объясню: «сделаю это ясно вам»). Now," he said as he turned hungrily on the simple fare (сказал он, накидываясь жадно: «как голодный» на простую пищу; to turn on — включиться, пробуждать интерес) that our landlady had provided (которую предоставила наша домохозяйка), "I must discuss it while I eat (я должен обсудить это /с вами/ во время еды = пока я ем), for I have not much time (так как у меня мало времени). It is nearly five now (сейчас почти пять). In two hours we must be on the scene of action (через два часа мы должны быть на месте действия). Miss Irene, or Madame, rather (мисс Ирэн или, скорее, мадам = миссис) returns from her drive at seven (возвращается со своей прогулки в семь). We must be at Briony Lodge to meet her (мы должны быть на Брайони-лодж, чтобы встретить ее)."

tray [treI] hungrily [`hANgrIlI] scene [sJn]

"And what then (и что затем)?"

"You must leave that to me (вы должны оставить это мне = предоставьте это мне). I have already arranged what is to occur (я уже подготовил то, что должно произойти). There is only one point on which I must insist (есть только один момент, на котором я должен настаивать). You must not interfere (вы не должны вмешиваться), come what may (что бы ни произошло). You understand (вы понимаете)?"

leave [lJv] occur [q`kE:] interfere [Intq`fIq]

 

"When Mrs. Turner has brought in the tray I will make it clear to you. Now," he said as he turned hungrily on the simple fare that our landlady had provided, "I must discuss it while I eat, for I have not much time. It is nearly five now. In two hours we must be on the scene of action. Miss Irene, or Madame, rather, returns from her drive at seven. We must be at Briony Lodge to meet her."

"And what then?"

"You must leave that to me. I have already arranged what is to occur. There is only one point on which I must insist. You must not interfere, come what may. You understand?"

 

"I am to be neutral (я должен быть нейтральным)?"

"To do nothing whatever (вот именно: «делать абсолютно ничего»). There will probably be some small unpleasantness (возможно, там будет = произойдет небольшая неприятность; pleasant — приятный). Do not join in it (не присоединяйтесь к этому = не вмешивайтесь). It will end in my being conveyed into the house (это кончится тем, что меня отнесут в дом; to convey — переправлять). Four or five minutes afterwards the sitting-room window will open (четыре или пять минут спустя откроют окно гостиной). You are to station yourself close to that open window (вы должны встать: «поставить себя» близко к этому открытому окну)."

unpleasantness [An`plezntnIs] conveyed [kqn`veId] afterwards [`Rftqwqdz]

"Yes (хорошо)."

"You are to watch me (вы должны наблюдать за мной), for I will be visible to you (так как я буду видимым для вас = у вас на виду)."

"Yes."

 

"I am to be neutral?"

"To do nothing whatever. There will probably be some small unpleasantness. Do not join in it. It will end in my being conveyed into the house. Four or five minutes afterwards the sitting-room window will open. You are to station yourself close to that open window."

"Yes."

"You are to watch me, for I will be visible to you."

"Yes."

 

"And when I raise my hand — so — (и когда я подниму руку — вот так) you will throw into the room what I give you to throw (вы бросите в комнату /то/ что я вам дам бросить), and will, at the same time, raise the cry of fire (и, в то же время, поднимите крик об огне = закричите: «Пожар!»). You quite follow me (вы меня понимаете)?"

"Entirely (вполне)."

"It is nothing very formidable (тут нет ничего страшного; formidable — гигантский; грозный)," he said, taking a long cigar-shaped roll from his pocket (доставая из кармана длинный сигарообразный сверток; to shape — придать форму). "It is an ordinary plumber's smoke rocket (это обыкновенная дымовая ракета; plumber — водопроводчик), fitted with a cap at either end (снабженная капсюлем с каждого конца = с обоих концов) to make it self-lighting (чтобы сделать ее самовоспламеняющейся). Your task is confined to that (ваша задача сводится к этому: «приурочена к этому»). When you raise your cry of fire, it will be taken up by quite a number of people (ваш крик будет подхвачен довольно многими людьми = множеством людей). You may then walk to the end of the street (вы можете затем дойти до конца улицы), and I will rejoin you in ten minutes (и я присоединюсь к вам через десять минут). I hope that I have made myself clear (я надеюсь, что вы поняли: «что я сделал себя ясным»)?"

formidable [`fLmIdqbl] either [`aIDq] rejoin [rI`GOInt]

 

"And when I raise my hand — so — you will throw into the room what I give you to throw, and will, at the same time, raise the cry of fire. You quite follow me?"

"Entirely."

"It is nothing very formidable," he said, taking a long cigar-shaped roll from his pocket. "It is an ordinary plumber's smoke rocket, fitted with a cap at either end to make it self-lighting. Your task is confined to that. When you raise your cry of fire, it will be taken up by quite a number of people. You may then walk to the end of the street, and I will rejoin you in ten minutes. I hope that I have made myself clear?"

 

"I am to remain neutral (должен оставаться нейтральным), to get near the window (стать рядом с окном), to watch you (наблюдать за вами), and at the signal (по сигналу) to throw in this object (забросить эту вещь), then to raise the cry of fire, and to wait you at the corner of the street (ждать вас на углу улицы)."

"Precisely (совершенно верно)."

"Then you may entirely rely on me (тогда вы можете полностью положиться на меня)."

"That is excellent (/это/ отлично). I think, perhaps, it is almost time that I prepare for the new role (я думаю, пожалуй, это почти то время, когда я должен подготовиться = пора подготовиться к новой роли) I have to play (которую я вынужден играть)."

excellent [`eksqlqnt] prepare [pri`pεq]

 

"I am to remain neutral, to get near the window, to watch you, and at the signal to throw in this object, then to raise the cry of fire, and to wait you at the corner of the street."

"Precisely."

"Then you may entirely rely on me."

"That is excellent. I think, perhaps, it is almost time that I prepare for the new role I have to play."

 

He disappeared into his bedroom (он исчез в своей спальне) and returned in a few minutes (и вернулся через несколько минут) in the character of an amiable and simple-minded Nonconformist clergyman (в виде любезного и простодушного нонкомформистского священника; simple-minded: simple — простой, mind — ум). His broad black hat (его широкая черная шляпа), his baggy trousers (мешковатые брюки; bag — мешок), his white tie (белый галстук), his sympathetic smile (привлекательная улыбка), and general look of peering and benevolent curiosity (и общее выражение благожелательного любопытства; to peer — всматриваться) were such as Mr. John Hare alone could have equalled (были бесподобны: «были сравнимы лишь с мистером Джоном Харом»). It was not merely that Holmes changed his costume (/дело/ было не только лишь в том, что Холмс сменил костюм). His expression, his manner, his very soul (выражение его /лица/, его манеры, самая душа его) seemed to vary with every fresh part that he assumed (казалось, изменялись с каждой новой: «свежей» ролью, которую он играл: «напускал на себя»). The stage lost a fine actor (сцена потеряла прекрасного актера), even as science lost an acute reasoner (равно как наука потеряла тонкого мыслителя), when he became a specialist in crime (когда он стал специалистом по /расследованию/ преступлений).

disappeared [dIsq`pIqd] amiable [`eImIqbl] trousers [`trauzqz] science [`saIqns]

 

He disappeared into his bedroom and returned in a few minutes in the character of an amiable and simple-minded Nonconformist clergyman. His broad black hat, his baggy trousers, his white tie, his sympathetic smile, and general look of peering and benevolent curiosity were such as Mr. John Hare alone could have equalled. It was not merely that Holmes changed his costume. His expression, his manner, his very soul seemed to vary with every fresh part that he assumed. The stage lost a fine actor, even as science lost an acute reasoner, when he became a specialist in crime.

 

It was a quarter past six (было четверть седьмого: «четверть после шести») when we left Baker Street (когда мы покинули Бэйкер-стрит = вышли из дома), and it still wanted ten minutes to the hour (и это требовало еще десять минут до того часа = до назначенного часа оставалось еще десять минут) when we found ourselves in Serpentine Avenue (когда мы оказались: «нашли себя» на Серпентайн-авеню). It was already dusk (уже смеркалось; dusk — сумерки), and the lamps were just being lighted (и фонари только что зажглись: «были зажжены») as we paced up and down in front of Briony Lodge (когда мы расхаживали мимо Брайони-лодж), waiting for the coming of its occupant (ожидая прибытия его жильца). The house was just such as I had pictured it from Sherlock Holmes's succinct description (дом был точно такой, как я себе представлял по краткому/сжатому описанию Шерлока Холмса), but the locality appeared to be less private than I expected (но окрестность оказалась не такой безлюдной: «менее закрытой для публики», чем я ожидал). On the contrary (напротив), for a small street in a quiet neighborhood (для маленькой улицы в тихом районе), it was remarkably animated (она была необыкновенно оживленной). There was a group of shabbily dressed men (там была группа убого одетых людей = оборванцев) smoking and laughing in a corner (курящих и смеющихся на углу), a scissors-grinder with his wheel (точильщик /ножниц/ со своим колесом; scissors — ножницы), two guardsmen who were flirting with a nurse-girl (два гвардейца, которые флиртовали с нянькой), and several well-dressed young men (и несколько хорошо одетых молодых людей) who were lounging up and down with cigars in their mouths (которые слонялись туда-сюда с сигарами во рту: «в их ртах»).

quarter [`kwLtq] occupant [`Pkjupqnt] succinct [sqk`sINkt] scissors [`sIzqz]

 

It was a quarter past six when we left Baker Street, and it still wanted ten minutes to the hour when we found ourselves in Serpentine Avenue. It was already dusk, and the lamps were just being lighted as we paced up and down in front of Briony Lodge, waiting for the coming of its occupant. The house was just such as I had pictured it from Sherlock Holmes's succinct description, but the locality appeared to be less private than I expected. On the contrary, for a small street in a quiet neighborhood, it was remarkably animated. There was a group of shabbily dressed men smoking and laughing in a corner, a scissors-grinder with his wheel, two guardsmen who were flirting with a nurse-girl, and several well-dressed young men who were lounging up and down with cigars in their mouths.

 

"You see (видите ли)," remarked Holmes, as we paced to and fro in front of the house (заметил Холмс, когда мы бродили туда-сюда перед домом), "this marriage rather simplifies matters (эта свадьба значительно упрощает дело). The photograph becomes a double-edged weapon now (фотография стала теперь обоюдоострым оружием; edge — кромка, край). The chances are that she would be as averse to its being seen by Mr. Godfrey Norton (шансы таковы = возможно, что она так же не хочет, чтобы фотографию увидел Годфри Нортон; averse — неохотный, нерасположенный), as our client is to its coming to the eyes of his princess (как не хочется нашему клиенту, чтобы она попалась на глаза его принцессе). Now the question is(теперь вопрос такой = в том) — Where are we to find the photograph (где мы найдем фотографию)?"

weapon [`wepqn] averse [qvE:s] client [`klaIqnt]

"Where, indeed (действительно, где)?"

 

"You see," remarked Holmes, as we paced to and fro in front of the house, "this marriage rather simplifies matters. The photograph becomes a double-edged weapon now. The chances are that she would be as averse to its being seen by Mr. Godfrey Norton, as our client is to its coming to the eyes of his princess. Now the question is — Where are we to find the photograph?"

"Where, indeed?"

 

"It is most unlikely (наиболее = совершенно невероятно) that she carries it about with her (что она носит ее с собой). It is cabinet size (/фотография/ кабинетного размера). Too large for easy concealment about a woman's dress (слишком большая для легког



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