[ ] The Mysterious Affair at Styles
Данная книга, первая из серии "Эркюль Пуаро", сделана из двух: "The Mysterious Affair at Styles" и "Загадочное происшествие в Стайлзе", автор Кристи Агата.
Уровень сложности текста (по словарному запасу) - 1.8 .
Я старался соотнести по смыслу английский текст с его переводом, часто переводчик вводит в текст "отсебятину", но ведь это не "подстрочник", цель переводчика донести смысл...
Но отсутствие «разжеванных» ответов, как мне кажется, будет лучше стимулировать мысль учащегося.
Полноценно работать с данным пособием можно на устройстве, поддерживающем гиперссылки: компьютер или «читалка» с сенсорным экраном, желательно со словарем.
[ ] Chapter I. I Go to Styles
[ ] The intense interest aroused in the public by what was known at the time as "The Styles Case" has now somewhat subsided. Nevertheless, in view of the world-wide notoriety which attended it, I have been asked, both by my friend Poirot and the family themselves, to write an account of the whole story. This, we trust, will effectually silence the sensational rumours which still persist.
[ ] I will therefore briefly set down the circumstances which led to my being connected with the affair.
[ ] I had been invalided home from the Front; and, after spending some months in a rather depressing Convalescent Home, was given a month's sick leave. Having no near relations or friends, I was trying to make up my mind what to do, when I ran across John Cavendish. I had seen very little of him for some years. Indeed, I had never known him particularly well. He was a good fifteen years my senior, for one thing, though he hardly looked his forty-five years. As a boy, though, I had often stayed at Styles, his mother's place in Essex.
[ ] We had a good yarn about old times, and it ended in his inviting me down to Styles to spend my leave there.
[ ] "The mater will be delighted to see you again-after all those years," he added.
[ ] "Your mother keeps well?" I asked.
[ ] "Oh, yes. I suppose you know that she has married again?"
[ ] I am afraid I showed my surprise rather plainly. Mrs. Cavendish, who had married John's father when he was a widower with two sons, had been a handsome woman of middle-age as I remembered her. She certainly could not be a day less than seventy now. I recalled her as an energetic, autocratic personality, somewhat inclined to charitable and social notoriety, with a fondness for opening bazaars and playing the Lady Bountiful . She was a most generous woman, and possessed a considerable fortune of her own.
[ ] Their country-place, Styles Court, had been purchased by Mr. Cavendish early in their married life. He had been completely under his wife's ascendancy, so much so that, on dying, he left the place to her for her lifetime, as well as the larger part of his income; an arrangement that was distinctly unfair to his two sons. Their step-mother, however, had always been most generous to them; indeed, they were so young at the time of their father's remarriage that they always thought of her as their own mother.
[ ] Lawrence, the younger, had been a delicate youth. He had qualified as a doctor but early relinquished the profession of medicine, and lived at home while pursuing literary ambitions; though his verses never had any marked success.