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`Killed in a shipwreck (погиб в кораблекрушении). He took our last ship and set off for the mainland (он взял наш последний корабль и отправился к материку) seeking news of the fate of our folk (/чтобы/ разузнать новости = узнать о судьбе нашего народа). A storm blew up shortly after he had gone (шторм разразился/разыгрался вскоре после того, как он отплыл; to blow up — начинать дуть; усиливаться /о ветре/; взрывать/ся/). The ship was barely seaworthy (корабль был едва годным для плавания). It sank (он затонул; to sink).'

Corum said nothing (Корум ничего не сказал).
disappointment [,dIsq`pOIntmqnt] shipwreck [`SIprek] seaworthy [`sJ,wq:DI]
`Ah.' Corum felt a strange twinge of disappointment.

The Margravine Rhalina continued to stare out to sea.

`He is dead,' she said.

`Killed in a shipwreck. He took our last ship and set off for the mainland seeking news of the fate of our folk. A storm blew up shortly after he had gone. The ship was barely seaworthy. It sank.'

Corum said nothing.
As if the Margravine's words had reminded it of its temper (словно слова маркграфини напомнили ему о его крутом нраве; temper — характер, нрав; сдержанность; вспыльчивость, раздражительность), the wind suddenly blew stronger (ветер вдруг /стал/ дуть сильнее), plucking at her gown and making it swirl about her body (дергая за ее платье и закручивая его вокруг ее тела; to pluck at — дергать, хватать/ся/; to swirl — кружить/ся/; обвивать). She turned to look at him (она повернулась, чтобы посмотреть на него). It was a long, thoughtful stare (это был долгий, задумчивый взгляд).

`And now, prince (а теперь, принц),' she said. `Will you be my guest (/не/ будешь ли ты моим гостем)?'

`Tell me one more thing, Lady Rhalina (скажи мне еще одну вещь, леди Ралина; lady — госпожа, леди). How did you know of my coming (как ты узнала о моем приходе)? Why did the Brown Man bring me here (почему мохнатый человек принес меня сюда)?'

`He brought you at the behest of his master (он принес тебя по повелению своего хозяина; behest — приказ/ание/, распоряжение).'


gown [gaun] swirl [swq:l] guest [gest] behest [bI`hest]
As if the Margravine's words had reminded it of its temper, the wind suddenly blew stronger, plucking at her gown and making it swirl about her body. She turned to look at him. It was a long, thoughtful stare.

`And now, prince,' she said. `Will you be my guest?'

`Tell me one more thing, Lady Rhalina. How did you know of my coming? Why did the Brown Man bring me here?'

`He brought you at the behest of his master.'


`And his master (а его хозяин)?'

`Told me to expect you and let you rest here (сказал мне ожидать тебя и дать тебе отдохнуть здесь; to tell) until your mind and your body were healed (пока твои разум и тело не излечатся). I was more than willing to agree (я была больше, чем готова согласиться = с радостью согласилась; willing — готовый /сделать что-либо/; охотно делающий что-либо, согласный). We have no visitors, normally (у нас нет = не бывает гостей обычно; visitor — посетитель, гость) — and certainly none of the Vadhagh race (и уж конечно никого из вадагского народа).'

`But who is that strange being, the Brown Man's master (но кто это странное существо, хозяин мохнатого человека)? I saw him only briefly (я видел его лишь кратко = мельком). I could not distinguish his shape too well (я не мог разглядеть его фигуру слишком хорошо; to distinguish — различить; разглядеть), though I knew he was twice my size and had a face of infinite sadness (хотя я знал, /что/ он в два моих роста и лицо его /выражало/ глубокую печаль; size — размер, величина; габариты; infinite — бесконечный; очень большой).'
visitor [`vIzItq] briefly [`brJflI] distinguish [dIs`tINgwIS] infinite [`InfInIt]
`And his master?'

`Told me to expect you and let you rest here until your mind and your body were healed. I was more than willing to agree. We have no visitors, normally — and certainly none of the Vadhagh race.'

`But who is that strange being, the Brown Man's master? I saw him only briefly. I could not distinguish his shape too well, though I knew he was twice my size and had a face of infinite sadness.'
`That is he (это он). He comes to the castle at night (он приходит к замку ночью), bringing sick domestic animals that have escaped our stables at some time or another (принося больных домашних животных, которые убежали из наших загонов когда-либо; stable — конюшня; хлев, стойло). We think he is a being from another plane, or perhaps another Age (мы думаем, он существо из другой плоскости или, может быть, из другого времени), before even the Age of the Vadhagh and the Nhadragh (раньше даже = более раннего, чем время вадагов и надрагов). We cannot pronounce his name (мы не можем выговорить его имя; to pronounce — произносить, выговаривать), so we call him simply the Giant of Laahr (поэтому зовем его просто Великан из Лаара).'

Corum smiled for the first time (Корум улыбнулся впервые).

`Now I understand better (теперь я понимаю лучше). To him, perhaps, I was another sick beast (для него, может быть, я был еще одним больным животным). This is where he always brings sick beasts (а сюда он всегда приносит больных зверей).'
`That is he. He comes to the castle at night, bringing sick domestic animals that have escaped our stables at some time or another. We think he is a being from another plane, or perhaps another Age, before even the Age of the Vadhagh and the Nhadragh. We cannot pronounce his name, so we call him simply the Giant of Laahr.'

Corum smiled for the first time.

`Now I understand better. To him, perhaps, I was another sick beast. This is where he always brings sick beasts.'
`You could be right, Prince Corum (ты, возможно, прав, принц Корум).' She indicated the doorway (она указала на дверной проем = пригласила войти). `And if you are sick, we should be happy to help you mend (а если ты болен, мы будем рады помочь тебе выздороветь; to mend — чинить, латать; улучшаться, поправляться /о здоровье/)…'

A shadow passed over Corum's face as he followed her inside (тень скользнула по лицу Корума, когда он шел за ней внутрь /замка/; to pass over — проходить, переправляться, пролетать; быстро пробегать /глазами/).

`I fear that nothing can mend my sickness now, lady (боюсь, ничто не может исцелить мой недуг теперь, леди). It is a disease of the Mabden and there are no cures known to the Vadhagh (это болезнь мабденов, и нет /от нее/ лекарств, известных вадагам).'

`Well (что ж),' she said with forced lightness (сказала она с притворной веселостью; forced — принудительный, неестественный, притворный; lightness — легкость, несерьезность), `perhaps we Mabden can devise something (возможно, мы, мабдены, сможем что-нибудь придумать; to devise — придумать, изобрести).'


disease [dI`zJz] cure [kjuq] lightness [`laItnIs] devise [dI`vaIz]
`You could be right, Prince Corum.' She indicated the doorway. `And if you are sick, we should be happy to help you mend…'

A shadow passed over Corum's face as he followed her inside.

`I fear that nothing can mend my sickness now, lady. It is a disease of the Mabden and there are no cures known to the Vadhagh.'

`Well,' she said with forced lightness, `perhaps we Mabden can devise something.'


Bitterness filled him then (обида наполнила его затем = после этих слов; bitterness — горечь; обида). As they descended the steps into the main part of the castle (когда они сошли по лестнице в главную часть замка) he held up his stump and touched his eyeless socket (он поднял культю и коснулся безглазой впадины = пустой глазницы).

`But can the Mabden give me back my hand and eye (но /разве/ могут мабдены вернуть мне мои руку и глаз)?'

She turned and paused on the steps (она повернулась и остановилась на ступенях). She gave him an oddly candid look (она взглянула на него странно и откровенно).

`Who knows (кто знает)?' she said quietly (сказала она тихо). `Perhaps they can (возможно, они смогут).'


descended [dI`sendId] candid [`kxndId] quietly [`kwaIqtlI]
Bitterness filled him then. As they descended the steps into the main part of the castle he held up his stump and touched his eyeless socket.

`But can the Mabden give me back my hand and eye?'

She turned and paused on the steps. She gave him an oddly candid look.

`Who knows?' she said quietly. `Perhaps they can.'


CHAPTER NINE (глава девятая)

Concerning Love and Hatred (о любви и ненависти; concerning — относительно, касательно)
Although doubtless magnificent by Mabden standards (хотя и, несомненно, великолепный по меркам мабденов; standard — стандарт, норма, образец), the Margravine's castle struck Prince Corum as simple and pleasant (замок маркграфини поразил Корума как простой и приятный = простотой и уютной атмосферой). At her invitation, he allowed himself to be bathed and oiled by castle servants (по ее предложению, он позволил себе быть вымытым = чтобы его вымыли и натерли благовониями слуги замка; invitation — приглашение; предложение; to oil — смазывать, пропитывать маслом) and was offered a selection of clothing to wear (и /ему/ предложили /на выбор/ много одежды, /чтобы носить/; selection — выбор, набор). He chose a samite shirt of dark blue (он выбрал парчовую рубаху темно-синего /цвета/; to choose), embroidered in a design of light blue (украшенную вышивкой светло-голубого /оттенка/; design — рисунок, узор; эскиз), a pair of brown linen breeks (/и/ пару штанов из коричневого полотна; linen — /льняное/ полотно; парусина, холст). The clothes fitted him well (одежда оказалась ему впору; to fit — быть впору, подходить).

`They were the Margrave's (они = эти вещи принадлежали маркграфу),' a girl servant told him shyly, not looking at him directly (юная служанка сказала ему застенчиво, не глядя прямо на него; girl — девочка, девушка; служанка).

None of the servants had seemed at ease with him (никто из слуг не казался = не чувствовал себя свободно с ним). He guessed that his appearance was repellent to them (он догадался, что его внешность отталкивает их; repellent — отталкивающий, вызывающий отвращение).
magnificent [mxg`nIfIs(q)nt] pleasant [`plez(q)nt] invitation [,InvI`teIS(q)n] guessed [gest] repellent [rI`pelqnt]
Although doubtless magnificent by Mabden standards, the Margravine's castle struck Prince Corum as simple and pleasant. At her invitation, he allowed himself to be bathed and oiled by castle servants and was offered a selection of clothing to wear. He chose a samite shirt of dark blue, embroidered in a design of light blue, a pair of brown linen breeks. The clothes fitted him well.

`They were the Margrave's,' a girl servant told him shyly, not looking at him directly.

None of the servants had seemed at ease with him. He guessed that his appearance was repellent to them.
Reminded of this, he asked the girl (поэтому, он попросил девушку; to remind — напоминать):

`Would you bring me a mirror (не принесешь ли ты мне зеркало)?'

`Aye, lord (да, господин).' She ducked her head and left the chamber (она наклонила голову и вышла из комнаты; to duck — быстро наклонять /голову/; уклоняться).

But it was the Margravine herself who returned with the mirror (но сама маркграфиня вернулась с зеркалом). She did not hand it to him immediately (она не подала его ему сразу).

`Have you not seen your face since it was injured (разве ты не видел своего лица после того, как оно было повреждено)?' she asked.

He shook his head (он /отрицательно/ покачал головой; to shake).

`You were handsome (ты был хорош собой; handsome — красивый, статный /о мужчине/)?'

`I do not know (не знаю).'


mirror [`mIrq] immediately [I`mJdIqtlI] injured [`InGqd]
Reminded of this, he asked the girl:

`Would you bring me a mirror?'

`Aye, lord.' She ducked her head and left the chamber.

But it was the Margravine herself who returned with the mirror. She did not hand it to him immediately.

`Have you not seen your face since it was injured?' she asked.

He shook his head.

`You were handsome?'

`I do not know.'

She looked at him frankly (она посмотрела на него откровенно).

`Yes,' she said. `You were handsome.'

Then she gave him the mirror (затем она дала ему зеркало).

The face he saw was framed by the same light golden hair (лицо, /которое/ он увидел, было обрамлено теми же легкими золотыми волосами), but it was no longer youthful (но оно больше не было юным). Fear and agony had left their marks (страх и страдания оставили свои отпечатки/следы; to leave). The face was lined and hard (лицо было испещрено морщинами и сурово) and the set of the mouth grim (губы жестоко искривились; set — положение, позиция частей тела; осанка; grim — жестокий, беспощадный; мрачный). One eye of gold and purple stared bleakly back at him (единственный золотисто-фиолетовый глаз смотрел мрачно на него). The other socket was an ugly hole made up of red, stained tissue (другая глазница представляла собой уродливую яму, состоявшую из красной, пятнистой ткани; socket — впадина, углубление; розетка; hole — дыра, отверстие; воронка; stained — в пятнах; окрашенный). There was a small scar on his left cheek and another on his neck (один маленький шрам был на его левой щеке, а другой — на шее). The face was still characteristically a Vadhagh face (лицо по-прежнему было типичным лицом вадага), but it had suffered abuse never suffered by a Vadhagh before (но оно перенесло /такое/ страдание, /которое/ никогда не знал /ни один/ вадаг раньше; to suffer — страдать, испытывать, подвергнуться; abuse — плохое, жестокое обращение; избиение). From the face of an angel it had been transformed by Glandyth's knives and irons into the face of a demon (из лика ангела оно было превращено ножами Гландита и /раскаленным/ железом в лицо демона).


tissue [`tISH] abuse [q`bjHs] angel [`eInG(q)l] demon [`dJmqn]
She looked at him frankly.

`Yes,' she said. `You were handsome.'

Then she gave him the mirror.

The face he saw was framed by the same light golden hair, but it was no longer youthful. Fear and agony had left their marks. The face was lined and hard and the set of the mouth grim. One eye of gold and purple stared bleakly back at him. The other socket was an ugly hole made up of red, stained tissue. There was a small scar on his left cheek and another on his neck. The face was still characteristically a Vadhagh face, but it had suffered abuse never suffered by a Vadhagh before. From the face of an angel it had been transformed by Glandyth's knives and irons into the face of a demon.


Silently, Corum gave her back the mirror (молча, Корум отдал ей назад = вернул зеркало).

He passed his good hand over the scars of his face and he brooded (он провел здоровой рукой по шрамам своего лица и сказал грустно; to brood — грустно размышлять).

`If I was handsome, I am ugly now (если я /и/ был красив, /то/ я уродлив теперь).'

She shrugged (она пожала плечами).

`I have seen much worse (я видела намного хуже).'

Then the rage began to fill him again (затем = и тут ярость начала наполнять его снова) and his eye blazed and he shook the stump of his hand and he shouted at her (его глаз сверкнул и он затряс обрубком руки и крикнул на нее /Ралину/).


silently [`saIlqntlI] scar [skR] shouted [`SautId]
Silently, Corum gave her back the mirror.

He passed his good hand over the scars of his face and he brooded.

`If I was handsome, I am ugly now.'

She shrugged.

`I have seen much worse.'

Then the rage began to fill him again and his eye blazed and he shook the stump of his hand and he shouted at her.


`Aye, and you will see much worse when I have done with Glandyth-a-Krae (да, и ты увидишь гораздо хуже = уродливее, когда я разделаюсь с Гландитом-а-Краэ)!'

Surprised, she recoiled from him and then regained her composure (пораженная, она отпрянула от него, но затем вновь вернула свое самообладание = взяла себя в руки; to recoil — отскочить, отшатнуться).

`If you did not know you were handsome (если ты не знал, что красив), if you were not vain (если ты не был тщеславен), then why has this affected you so much (тогда почему это = шрамы подействовали на тебя так сильно)?'

`I need my hands and my eyes so that I may kill Glandyth and watch him perish (мне нужны мои руки и глаза, чтобы я мог убить Гландита и смотреть, как он умрет). With only half of these, I lose half the pleasure (лишь с половиной из них = с одной рукой и с одним глазом я потеряю половину радости/удовольствия)!'

`That is a childish statement, Prince Corum (это несерьезное утверждение, принц Корум; childish — детский, ребяческий). It is not worthy of a Vadhagh (оно недостойно вадага). What else has this Glandyth done (что еще этот Гландит сделал /тебе/)?'
composure [kqm`pquZq] pleasure [`pleZq] worthy [`wq:DI]
`Aye, and you will see much worse when I have done with Glandyth-a-Krae!'

Surprised, she recoiled from him and then regained her composure.

`If you did not know you were handsome, if you were not vain, then why has this affected you so much?'

`I need my hands and my eyes so that I may kill Glandyth and watch him perish. With only half of these, I lose half the pleasure!'

`That is a childish statement, Prince Corum. It is not worthy of a Vadhagh. What else has this Glandyth done?'
Corum realised that he had not told her (Корум понял, что он не рассказал ей /того/), that she would not know, living in this remote place (чего она не знала, живя в этом отдаленном месте), as cut off from the world as any Vadhagh had been (так же отрезанная от мира, как и любой вадаг жил /когда-то/).

`He has slain all the Vadhagh (он убил всех вадагов; to slay),' he said. `Glandyth has destroyed my race and would have destroyed me (уничтожил мой народ и уничтожил бы меня) if it had not been for your friend, the Giant of Laahr (если бы не твой друг, Великан из Лаара).'

`He has done what (он сделал что)…' Her voice was faint (ее голос был слабым). She was plainly shocked (она явно была потрясена).

`He has put all my folk to death (он убил всех моих родных; to put to death — лишить жизни, казнить, убить; death — смерть).'

`For what reason (но зачем: «по какой причине»)? Have you been warring with this Glandyth (вы воевали с этим Гландитом)?'
realised [`rIqlaIzd] death [deT] reason [rJzn]
Corum realised that he had not told her, that she would not know, living in this remote place, as cut off from the world as any Vadhagh had been.

`He has slain all the Vadhagh,' he said. `Glandyth has destroyed my race and would have destroyed me if it had not been for your friend, the Giant of Laahr.'

`He has done what…' Her voice was faint. She was plainly shocked.

`He has put all my folk to death.'

`For what reason? Have you been warring with this Glandyth?'
`We did not know of his existence (мы /даже/ не знали о его существовании). It did not occur to us to guard against the Mabden (нам и в голову не приходило остерегаться мабденов; to guard against — остерегаться, защищаться от). They seemed so much like brutes (они казались так сильно похожими на животных), incapable of harming us in our castles (неспособных повредить нам в наших замках; to harm — причинять вред; наносить ущерб). But they have razed all our castles (но они разрушили все наши замки; to raze — разрушать до основания, сносить). Every Vadhagh save me is dead (каждый вадаг = все вадаги, кроме меня, мертвы) and most of the Nhadragh, I learned, who are not their cringing slaves (и большинство надрагов /тоже/, /как/ я узнал, /кроме тех/, кто является их рабами; to cringe —раболепствовать, пресмыкаться).'

`Are these the Mabden whose king is called Lyr-a-Brode of Kalenwyre (это не те ли мабдены, чей король зовется Лир-а-Брод из Каленуира)?'

`They are (это они).'

`I, too, did not know they had become so powerful (я тоже не знала, /что/ они стали столь могущественными).


existence [Ig`zIst(q)ns] guard [gRd] incapable [In`keIpqbl] cringing [`krInGIN]
`We did not know of his existence. It did not occur to us to guard against the Mabden. They seemed so much like brutes, incapable of harming us in our castles. But they have razed all our castles. Every Vadhagh save me is dead and most of the Nhadragh, I learned, who are not their cringing slaves.'

`Are these the Mabden whose king is called Lyr-a-Brode of Kalenwyre?'

`They are.'

`I, too, did not know they had become so powerful.


I had assumed that it was the Pony Tribes who had captured you (я полагала, что это племена на пони захватили тебя). I wondered why you were travelling alone so far from the nearest Vadhagh castle (я удивилась, почему ты путешествовал один так далеко от ближайшего вадагского замка).'

`What castle is that (что это за замок)?' For a moment Corum hoped that there were Vadhagh still alive (на мгновение Корум надеялся = вспыхнула надежда, что есть вадаги, /которые/ еще живы), much further West than he had guessed (/живущие/ намного западнее, чем он предполагал; to guess — гадать, догадываться; считать).

`It is called Castle Eran — Erin — some such name (он называется замок Эран — Эрин — какое-то такое название).'

`Erorn?'


`Aye. That sounds the right name (это звучит правильным названием = именно так). It is over five hundred miles from here (/до/ него более пятисот миль отсюда)…'
assumed [q`sjHmd] captured [`kxpCqd] castle [kRsl] guessed [gest]
I had assumed that it was the Pony Tribes who had captured you. I wondered why you were travelling alone so far from the nearest Vadhagh castle.'

`What castle is that?' For a moment Corum hoped that there were Vadhagh still alive, much further West than he had guessed.

`It is called Castle Eran — Erin — some such name.'

`Erorn?'


`Aye. That sounds the right name. It is over five hundred miles from here…'
`Five hundred miles? Have I come so far (неужели я пришел = оказался так далеко)? The Giant of Laahr must have carried me much further than I suspected (Великан из Лаара, должно быть, унес меня намного дальше, чем я предполагал). That castle you mention, my lady, was our castle (тот замок, /что/ ты упомянула, моя леди, был нашим замком = моих родных). The Mabden destroyed it (мабдены уничтожили его). It will take me longer than I thought to return and find Earl Glandyth and his Denledhyssi (это займет у меня больше /времени/, чем я думал, чтобы вернуться и найти графа Гландита и его денледисси).'

Suddenly Corum realised just how alone he was (вдруг Корум осознал, насколько он одинок; just — точно, именно; только что; совершенно, просто /в качестве усиления/). It was as if he had entered another plane of Earth (это было, словно он проник в другую плоскость Земли) where everything was alien to him (где все было чуждо ему; alien — иностранный, чуждый, несвойственный). He knew nothing of this world (он ничего не знал об этом мире). A world in which the Mabden ruled (мире, в котором правили мабдены). How proud his race had been (сколь гордой была его раса/народ). How foolish (сколь глупой). If only they had concerned themselves with knowledge of the world around them (если бы только они получали знания = изучали /реальный/ мир вокруг себя; to concern oneself with something — заниматься чем-либо, интересоваться чем-либо) instead of seeking after abstractions (вместо поиска абстракций; to seek after — добиваться чего-то, стремиться к чему-то).




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