Короткий рассказ на английском «A Magic Ring» («Волшебное кольцо») — довольно известная поучительная история. В нашей редакции рассказ сопровождается аудио, что очень удобно тем, кто только начинает учить язык и нуждается в прослушивании новых для него слов и в целом предложений. Также вы найдете подстрочный перевод подчеркнутых фраз (просто наведите мышку на подчеркнутое слово и ниже увидите его перевод).
Once upon a time, there lived a young farmer. He worked very hard but was very poor.
One day when he was far from home in the forest, an old woman looking like a peasantкрестьянка came up to him and said, «I know you work very hard, and all for nothing. I will give you a magic ring! It will make you rich, and your work won’t be in vain.тщетно When you turn the ring on your finger and say what you wish to have, you’ll have it at once!сразу But there is only one wish in the ring, so think carefully before you wish.»
The astonishedудивленный, пораженный farmer took the ring given to him by the peasant woman, and went home. In the evening he came to a big city. There he went to a merchantторговец and showed him the magic ring. When the merchant heard the astonishing story, he thought ofпридумал a plan.
He invited the farmer to stay in his house for the night. At night he came up to the sleeping peasant, carefully took the ring off the man’s finger, and put on another ring, which looked exactly like the one he had taken off. In the morning when the farmer had gone away, the merchant ran into his shop, shut the door, and said while turning the ring on his finger, «I wish to have a hundred thousand pieces of gold.»
And down they came,И они хлынули on his head, shoulders, and arms, like a rain of gold!
The frightened merchant tried to get out of the shop but in vain. In a few minutes, he was dead.
When the farmer returned home, he showed the ring to his wife.
«Take a look at this ring,» he said.
«It’s a magic ring! It will make us happy.»
The astonished woman could hardly say a word «Let’s try. Maybe the ring will bring us more land,» she said at last.
«We must be careful about our wish. Don’t forget there’s only one thing that we may ask for,» he explained.
«Let’s better work hard for another year, and we’ll have more land.»
So they worked as hard as they could and got enough money to buy the land they wished to have.
Then the farmer’s wife thought of asking for a cow and a horse. They discussed the matter more than once.
«My good wife,» said the farmer, «we shall get a horse and a cow without the ring.»
They went onпродолжали working hard for a whole year and again bought the things they wished to have.
«What happy people we are!» said the farmer.
«I don’t understand you,» answered his wife angrily.
«There’s nothing in the world that we can’t have, and still we spend days and nights working as hard as before because you don’t want to use your magic ring!»
Thirty, then forty years had gone byпрошло. The farmer and his wife had grown old. Their hair became as white as snow. They were happy and had everything they wanted. Their ring was still there. Although it was not a magic ring, it had made them happy.
For you see,Как видите my dear friends, a poor thing in good hands is better than a fine thing in bad hands.
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