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suspect [sqs`pekt] wry [raI] fever [`fJvq]
`They will suspect such a ruse, surely,' Beldan said.

Corum nodded and rubbed at his cheek with his stump. `True. But if we — if we lie to them, regarding our strength, perhaps we shall be able to disconcert them a little.'

Beldan gave a wry smile, but he said nothing. His eyes began to shine with an odd light. Corum thought he recognised it as battle-fever.

`I'll see what the Margravine has learned from her husband's texts,' Corum said. `Stay here and watch, Beldan. Let me know if they begin to move.'


`That damned drum (этот проклятый барабан)!' Beldan pressed his hand to his temple (Белдан прижал руку к виску). `It makes my brains shiver (он заставляет мои мозги дрожать = от него голова раскалывается).'

`Try to ignore it (постарайся не замечать его). It is meant to weaken our resolve (он предназначен /для того/, чтобы ослабить нашу решимость).'

Corum entered the tower and ran down the steps (Корум вошел в башню и побежал вниз по лестнице) until he came to the floor where he and Rhalina had their apartments (пока не добрался до этажа, где находились покои его и Ралины).

She was seated at a table with manuscripts spread out before her (она сидела за столом с манускриптами, разложенными перед ней). She looked up as he entered and she tried to smile (она подняла глаза, когда он вошел, и попыталась улыбнуться).

`We are paying a price for the gift of love, it seems (похоже, мы платим /высокую/ цену = дорого заплатим за дар любви).'
damned [dxmd] apartments [q`pRtmqnts] manuscript [`mxnjuskrIpt]
`That damned drum!' Beldan pressed his hand to his temple. `It makes my brains shiver.'

`Try to ignore it. It is meant to weaken our resolve.'

Corum entered the tower and ran down the steps until he came to the floor where he and Rhalina had their apartments.

She was seated at a table with manuscripts spread out before her. She looked up as he entered and she tried to smile.

`We are paying a price for the gift of love, it seems.'
He looked at her in surprise (он посмотрел на нее удивленно).

`That's a Mabden conception, I think (это мабденское представление = так думают только мабдены). I do not understand it (я не понимаю этого)…'

`And I am a fool to make so shallow a statement (я глупа, чтобы делать = глупо делать настолько мелкое заявление; shallow — мелкий; пустой, несерьезный). But I wish they had not chosen this time to come against us (я желаю, чтобы они не выбрали это время, чтобы прийти против нас = жаль, что они пришли сейчас, чтобы атаковать замок). They have had a hundred years to choose from (у них была сотня лет, чтобы выбрать /другое время/)…'

`What have you learned from your husband's notes (что ты узнала из записей мужа)?'

`Where our weakest positions are (где наши самые слабые места). Where our ramparts are best defended (где наши крепостные валы лучше всего защищены). I have already stationed men there (я уже расставила людей там). Cauldrons of lead are being heated (котлы со свинцом нагреваются).'
rampart [`rxmpRt] cauldron [`kLldrqn] lead [led]
He looked at her in surprise.

`That's a Mabden conception, I think. I do not understand it…'

`And I am a fool to make so shallow a statement. But I wish they had not chosen this time to come against us. They have had a hundred years to choose from…'

`What have you learned from your husband's notes?'

`Where our weakest positions are. Where our ramparts are best defended. I have already stationed men there. Cauldrons of lead are being heated.'
`For what purpose (с какой целью = зачем)?'

`You really do know little of war (ты действительно знаешь мало о войне)!' she said. `Less than do I (/даже/ меньше, чем я). The molten lead will be poured on the heads of the invaders when they try to storm our walls (расплавленный свинец будет литься на головы атакующих, когда они попытаются штурмовать наши стены; invader — захватчик, оккупант).'

Corum shuddered (Корум содрогнулся).

`Must we be so crude (/неужели/ мы должны быть настолько жестокими; crude — сырой, необработанный; грубый, резкий)?'

`We are not Vadhagh (мы не вадаги). We are not fighting Nhadragh (мы не воюем с надрагами). I believe you can expect these Mabden to have certain crude battle practices of their own (думаю, ты можешь ожидать = убедился, /что/ эти мабдены имеют свой определенный жестокий военный опыт; practices — практика, тренировка; обычай)…'
poured [pLd] invader [In`veIdq] crude [krHd] practices [`prxktIsIz]
`For what purpose?'

`You really do know little of war!' she said. `Less than do I. The molten lead will be poured on the heads of the invaders when they try to storm our walls.'

Corum shuddered.

`Must we be so crude?'

`We are not Vadhagh. We are not fighting Nhadragh. I believe you can expect these Mabden to have certain crude battle practices of their own…'
`Of course (конечно). I had best cast an eye over the Margrave's manuscripts (мне нужно было бы /хоть/ бегло просмотреть рукописи маркграфа; to cast an eye /over/ — бросить взгляд на, поверхностно изучить). He was evidently a man who understood the realities (он, видимо, был человеком, который понимал реальные /проблемы/; reality — действительность, реальный условия).'

`Aye (да),' she said softly, handing him a sheet (сказала она тихо, передавая ему лист /бумаги/), `certain kinds of reality, at any rate (определенные = некоторые виды проблем, по меньшей мере).'

It was the first time he had heard her offer an opinion of her husband (это был первый раз, /когда/ он услышал, /как/ она высказывает мнение о своем супруге). He stared at her, wanting to ask more (он уставился на нее, желая спросить еще), but she waved a delicate hand (но она /лишь/ махнула изящной рукой).

`You had best read swiftly (тебе бы лучше читать быстро). You will understand the writing easily enough (ты поймешь написанное довольно легко; writing — литературное произведение, письмо, документ; почерк, манера письма). My husband chose to write in the old High Speech we learned from the Vadhagh (мой супруг решил писать на древнем высоком языке, /которому/ мы научились у вадагов).'


opinion [q`pInjqn] delicate [`delIkIt] husband [`hAzbqnd]
`Of course. I had best cast an eye over the Margrave's manuscripts. He was evidently a man who understood the realities.'

`Aye,' she said softly, handing him a sheet, `certain kinds of reality, at any rate.'

It was the first time he had heard her offer an opinion of her husband. He stared at her, wanting to ask more, but she waved a delicate hand.

`You had best read swiftly. You will understand the writing easily enough. My husband chose to write in the old High Speech we learned from the Vadhagh.'


Corum looked at the writing (Корум посмотрел на рукопись). It was well-formed but without any individual character (она была написана правильно, но без какого-либо индивидуального характера/почерка = не давала представления о писавшем; well-formed — /грамматически/ правильно построенный). It seemed to him that it was a somewhat soulless imitation of Vadhagh writing (ему показалось, что она была бездушным копированием вадагского текста; somewhat — отчасти, до некоторой степени), but it was, as she had said, easy enough to understand (но она была, как Ралина сказала, довольно легкой для понимания).

There was a knock on the main door to their apartments (раздался стук в главную дверь их покоев). While Corum read, Rhalina went to answer it (пока Корум читал, Ралина пошла открывать; to answer a door — открыть дверь /на звонок, стук и т. д./). A soldier stood there (воин стоял там; soldier — солдат, воин, боец).

`Beldan sent me, Lady Margravine (Белдан послал меня, леди маркграфиня; to send). He asked Prince Corum to join him on the battlements (он просил принца Корума присоединиться к нему = подняться на стену).'

Corum put down the sheets of manuscript (Корум положил листы рукописи).


soulless [`squllIs] knock [nOk] soldier [`squlGq]
Corum looked at the writing. It was well-formed but without any individual character. It seemed to him that it was a somewhat soulless imitation of Vadhagh writing, but it was, as she had said, easy enough to understand.

There was a knock on the main door to their apartments. While Corum read, Rhalina went to answer it. A soldier stood there.

`Beldan sent me, Lady Margravine. He asked Prince Corum to join him on the battlements.'

Corum put down the sheets of manuscript.


`I will come immediately (я приду тотчас). Rhalina, will you see that my arms and armour are prepared (Ралина, не позаботишься ли ты, чтобы мои оружие и доспехи были готовы = чтобы мне приготовили…; to see — видеть, смотреть; позаботиться /о чем-либо/)?'

She nodded (она кивнула). He left (он вышел; to leave).

The causeway was almost clear of water now (дамба почти освободилась от воды = почти обнажилась теперь). Beldan was yelling something across to the warriors on the bank, speaking of a parley (Белдан кричал что-то воинам на берегу, предлагая переговоры; to speak of — говорить о; упоминать).

The drum continued its slow but steady beat (барабан продолжал свой медленный, но постоянный бой).

The warriors did not reply (воины не отвечали).

Beldan turned to Corum (Белдан повернулся к Коруму).


almost [`Llmqust] steady [`stedI] reply [rI`plaI]
`I will come immediately. Rhalina, will you see that my arms and armour are prepared?'

She nodded. He left.

The causeway was almost clear of water now. Beldan was yelling something across to the warriors on the bank, speaking of a parley.

The drum continued its slow but steady beat.

The warriors did not reply.

Beldan turned to Corum.


`They might be deaf men for all they'll respond (они, должно быть, глухие, иначе бы ответили; for all — хотя, несмотря на). They seem singularly well-ordered for barbarians (они выглядят необыкновенно хорошо организованными для варваров). I think there is some extra element to this situation that has not revealed itself as yet (думаю, есть некий дополнительный элемент в этой ситуации, который не обнаружился еще = здесь есть что-то еще).'

Corum had the same feeling (у Корума было то же ощущение).

`Why did you send for me, Beldan (зачем ты послал за мной, Белдан)?'

`I saw something in the trees (я увидел что-то в лесу). A flash of gold (проблеск золота). I am not sure (я нет уверен). Vadhagh eyes are said to be sharper than Mabden eyes (говорят, глаза = зрение вадагов острее, чем зрение мабденов). Tell me, prince, if you can make anything out (скажи мне, принц, можешь ли ты что-нибудь разглядеть). Over there (вон там).' He pointed (он указал /рукой/).

Corum's smile was bitter (улыбка Корума была горькой = он горько улыбнулся).

`Two Mabden eyes are better than one Vadhagh (два мабденских глаза лучше, чем один вадагский)…'


singularly [`sINgjulqlI] barbarian [bR`beqrIqn] sure [Suq]
`They might be deaf men for all they'll respond. They seem singularly well-ordered for barbarians. I think there is some extra element to this situation that has not revealed itself as yet.'

Corum had the same feeling.

`Why did you send for me, Beldan?'

`I saw something in the trees. A flash of gold. I am not sure. Vadhagh eyes are said to be sharper than Mabden eyes. Tell me, prince, if you can make anything out. Over there.' He pointed.

Corum's smile was bitter.

`Two Mabden eyes are better than one Vadhagh…'


But none the less he peered in the direction Beldan indicated (но, тем не менее, он всмотрелся в направлении, /которое/ Белдан указал). Sure enough there was something hidden by the trees (действительно, там было что-то, скрытое за деревьями). He altered the angle of his vision to see if he could make it out more clearly (он изменил угол зрения, чтобы выяснить, нельзя ли разглядеть это более ясно). And then he realised what it was (затем он понял, что это). It was a gold decorated chariot wheel (то было украшенное золотом колесо колесницы).

As he watched, the wheel began to turn (пока он наблюдал, колесо начало вращаться). Horses emerged from the forest (лошади появились из лесу). Four shaggy horses, slightly larger than those ridden by the Pony Tribes (четыре мохнатые лошадки, немного больше, чем /лошадки/, на которых ездили племена на пони), drawing a huge chariot in which stood a tall warrior (тащили огромную колесницу, в которой стоял высокий воин).

Corum recognised the driver of the chariot (Корум узнал возничего). The Mabden was dressed in fur and leather and iron (мабден был одет в меха, кожу и металл) and had a winged helmet and a great beard and held himself proudly (у него был шлем с крыльями и большая борода; он держался гордо).

`It is Earl Glandyth-a-Krae, my enemy (это граф Гландит-а-Краэ, мой враг),' said Corum softly (сказал Корум тихо).


decorated [`dekqreItId] winged [wINd] beard [bIqd] proudly [`praudlI]
But none the less he peered in the direction Beldan indicated. Sure enough there was something hidden by the trees. He altered the angle of his vision to see if he could make it out more clearly. And then he realised what it was. It was a gold decorated chariot wheel.

As he watched, the wheel began to turn. Horses emerged from the forest. Four shaggy horses, slightly larger than those ridden by the Pony Tribes, drawing a huge chariot in which stood a tall warrior.

Corum recognised the driver of the chariot. The Mabden was dressed in fur and leather and iron and had a winged helmet and a great beard and held himself proudly.

`It is Earl Glandyth-a-Krae, my enemy,' said Corum softly.


Beldan said: `Is that the one who took off your hand and put out your eye (это тот, кто отрубил тебе руку и выколол глаз; to take off — убирать, уносить; ампутировать; to put out — удалять, убирать; выкалывать /глаза/)?'

Corum nodded (кивнул).

`Then perhaps it is he who has united the Pony Tribes (тогда, наверное, это он объединил племена на пони) and given them those bright, new swords they carry (дал им те блестящие новые мечи, что они держат; to carry — носить с собой, иметь при себе), and drilled them to the order they now hold (и обучил их строю, который они теперь держат; to drill — обучать /строевой подготовке/; order — строй, построение).'

`I think it likely (думаю, это вероятно). I have brought this upon Moidel's Castle, Beldan (я навлек эту /беду/ на замок Мойдел, Белдан; to bring upon).'

Beldan shrugged (пожал плечами).

`It would have come (это произошло бы /все равно/). You made our Margravine happy (ты сделал нашу маркграфиню счастливой). I have never known her happy, before, prince (я никогда не знал = не видел ее счастливой раньше, принц).'


Beldan said: `Is that the one who took off your hand and put out your eye?'

Corum nodded.

`Then perhaps it is he who has united the Pony Tribes and given them those bright, new swords they carry, and drilled them to the order they now hold.'

`I think it likely. I have brought this upon Moidel's Castle, Beldan.'

Beldan shrugged.

`It would have come. You made our Margravine happy. I have never known her happy, before, prince.'


`You Mabden seem to think that happiness must be bought with misery (вы, мабдены, кажется, считаете, что счастье должно быть куплено = за счастье нужно платить страданиями; to buy).'

`I suppose we do (думаю, да, /считаем/).'

`It is not easy for a Vadhagh to understand that (нелегко вадагу понять это). We believe — believed — that happiness was a natural condition of reasoning beings (мы полагаем — полагали — что счастье — естественное состояние мыслящих/разумных существ).'

Now from the forest emerged another twenty chariots (и вот из леса появились еще двадцать колесниц). They arranged themselves behind Glandyth (они выстроились позади Гландита) so that the Earl of Krae was between the silent, masked warriors (так, что граф Краэ оказался между безмолвными воинам в масках) and his own followers, the Denledhyssi (и своей свитой, денледисси; follower — последователь, сторонник).

The drum stopped its beating (барабан прекратил бой).
misery [`mIz(q)rI] Earl [q:l] masked [mRskt]
`You Mabden seem to think that happiness must be bought with misery.'

`I suppose we do.'

`It is not easy for a Vadhagh to understand that. We believe — believed — that happiness was a natural condition of reasoning beings.'

Now from the forest emerged another twenty chariots. They arranged themselves behind Glandyth so that the Earl of Krae was between the silent, masked warriors and his own followers, the Denledhyssi.

The drum stopped its beating.
Corum listened to the tide drawing back (Корум слушал, как течение отходит = как шумит отлив). Now the causeway was completely exposed (теперь дамба полностью обнажилась).

`He must have followed me, learned where I was (он, должно быть, следовал за мной, узнал, где я) and spent the winter recruiting and training those warriors (и провел зиму, вербую и тренируя тех воинов),' Corum said.

`But how did he discover your hiding place (но как он обнаружил твое убежище: «потайное место»)?' Beldan said.

For answer, the ranks of the Pony Tribes opened and Glandyth drove his chariot down towards the causeway (в качестве ответа, ряды /всадников/ племен на пони раздвинулись, и Гландит повел свою колесницу = подъехал к дамбе). He bent and picked something from the floor of his chariot (он наклонился и взял что-то с пола колесницы), raised it above his head and flung it over the backs of his horses to fall upon the causeway (поднял это над головой и швырнул через спины лошадей /так/, что предмет упал на дамбу; to fling).

Corum shuddered when he recognised it (Корум вздрогнул, когда узнал предмет).
recruiting [rI`krHtIN] floor [flL] above [q`bAv]
Corum listened to the tide drawing back. Now the causeway was completely exposed.

`He must have followed me, learned where I was and spent the winter recruiting and training those warriors,' Corum said.

`But how did he discover your hiding place?' Beldan said.

For answer, the ranks of the Pony Tribes opened and Glandyth drove his chariot down towards the causeway. He bent and picked something from the floor of his chariot, raised it above his head and flung it over the backs of his horses to fall upon the causeway.

Corum shuddered when he recognised it.
Beldan stiffened and stretched out his hand to grasp the stone of the battlement, lowering his head (Белдан застыл и протянул руку, чтобы схватиться за камни стены, опуская голову; to stiffen — застывать, затвердевать; делать/ся/ негибким).

`Is it the Brown Man, Prince Corum (это мохнатый человек, принц Корум)?'

`It is (да).'

`The creature was so innocent (существо было таким невинным). So kind (таким добрым). Could not its master save it (разве не мог хозяин спасти его)? They must have tortured it to get the information concerning your whereabouts (они, должно быть, пытали его, чтобы получить сведения о твоем местонахождении = узнать, где ты скрываешься)…'

Corum straightened his back (Корум выпрямился: «выпрямил спину»). His voice was soft and cold when he spoke next (его голос был тихим и холодным, когда он произнес следующее):

`I once told your mistress that Glandyth was a disease that must be stopped (я однажды сказал твоей госпоже, что Гландит — болезнь, которая должна быть остановлена; to tell). I should have sought him out sooner, Beldan (мне следовало найти его раньше, Белдан; to seek out).'


innocent [`Inqs(q)nt] straightened [`streItnd] disease [dI`zJz]
Beldan stiffened and stretched out his hand to grasp the stone of the battlement, lowering his head.

`Is it the Brown Man, Prince Corum?'

`It is.'

`The creature was so innocent. So kind. Could not its master save it? They must have tortured it to get the information concerning your whereabouts…'

Corum straightened his back. His voice was soft and cold when he spoke next:

`I once told your mistress that Glandyth was a disease that must be stopped. I should have sought him out sooner, Beldan.'


`He would have killed you (он бы убил тебя).'

`But he would not have killed the Brown Man of Laahr (но он не убил бы мохнатого человека из Лаара). Serwde would still be serving his sad master (Сервд по-прежнему служил бы своему печальному хозяину). I think there is a doom upon me, Beldan (думаю, на мне проклятие, Белдан; doom — рок, судьба; приговор). I think I am meant to be dead and that all those who help me to continue living are doomed also (думаю, я должен умереть, и все те, кто помогает мне продолжать жить = выжить, обречены также; to mean — намереваться; предназначать/ся/). I will go out now and fight Glandyth alone (я выйду сейчас и сражусь в одиночку с Гландитом). Then the castle will be saved (тогда замок будет спасен).'

Beldan swallowed and spoke hoarsely (Белдан сглотнул и сказал хрипло).

`We chose to help you (мы решили помочь тебе; to choose — выбирать, решать/ся/). You did not ask for that help (ты не просил об этой помощи). Let us choose when we shall take back that help (позволь нам решить, когда мы должны взять обратно эту помощь = отказаться от помощи).'

`No. For if you do, the Margravine and all her people will surely perish (потому что если вы сделаете = поможете мне, маркграфиня и все ее люди непременно погибнут).'
continue [kqn`tInjH] swallowed [`swOlqud] hoarsely [`hLslI]
`He would have killed you.'

`But he would not have killed the Brown Man of Laahr. Serwde would still be serving his sad master. I think there is a doom upon me, Beldan. I think I am meant to be dead and that all those who help me to continue living are doomed also. I will go out now and fight Glandyth alone. Then the castle will be saved.'

Beldan swallowed and spoke hoarsely.

`We chose to help you. You did not ask for that help. Let us choose when we shall take back that help.'

`No. For if you do, the Margravine and all her people will surely perish.'
`They will perish anyway (они погибнут во всяком случае),' Beldan told him.

`Not if I let Glandyth take me (нет, если я позволю Гландиту захватить себя = если сдамся).'

`Glandyth must have offered the Pony Tribes this castle as a prize if they would assist him (Гландит, должно быть, предложил племенам на пони этот замок в качестве награды, если они помогут ему),' Beldan pointed out (заявил Белдан; to point out — указывать, обращать внимание; выделять).

`They do not care about you (ты им не нужен; to care about — заботиться; беспокоиться, тревожиться). They wish to destroy and loot something that they have hated for centuries (они желают уничтожить и разграбить то, что ненавидели веками). Certainly it is likely that Glandyth would be content with you (конечно, вероятно, что Гландит ограничится тобой; to be content with — довольствоваться) — he would go away (он уйдет) — but he would leave his thousand swords behind (но он оставит тысячу мечей). We must all fight together, Prince Corum (мы должны сражаться все вместе, принц Корум). There is nothing else for it now (больше не на что надеяться).'




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