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═ÓáŕÓÝÓŰň YouTube ţ´ˇßŰŔŕţÔÓÝÓ ÓˇńŔţŕÝŔŃÓ ´ţá´ţÔň˝˛Ŕ └.á╩.á─ţÚŰÓ źĐţßÓŕÓ ┴Ó˝ŕňÔŔŰňÚ╗ (The Hound ofáthe Baskervilles byáArthur Conan Doyle) ÝÓáÓÝŃŰŔÚ˝ŕţý šűŕň ˝á˝ŔÝ§ţÝŔšŔţÔÓÝÝűý ˛ňŕ˝˛ţý Ŕá˛ÓÝ˝ŕŔ´÷ŔňÚ. ─Ű ´ţńŃţ˛ţÔŕŔ ÔŔńňţţŰŔŕţÔ Ŕ˝´ţŰŘšţÔÓÝű ßň˝´ŰÓ˛ÝÓ ÓˇńŔţŕÝŔŃÓ ˝á´ˇßŰŔ¸ÝţŃţ ˝ÓÚ˛Ó Librivox (https://librivox.org/the-hound-of-the-baskervilles-dramatic-reading-by-sir-arthur-conan-doyle/), ţšÔˇ¸ňÝÝÓ Ýţ˝Ŕ˛ňŰ ýŔ šűŕÓ, Ŕáßň˝´ŰÓ˛ÝÓ řŰňŕ˛ţÝÝÓ ŕÝŔŃÓ ˝á´ˇßŰŔ¸ÝţŃţ ˝ÓÚ˛Ó Project Gutenberg (http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/3070). ĎÓÝ˝ŕŔ´÷Ŕ , šÓ´Ŕ˝ÓÝÝÓ ˝ŔýÔţŰÓýŔ ýňŠńˇÝÓţńÝţŃţ ˘ţÝň˛Ŕ¸ň˝ŕţŃţ ÓŰ˘ÓÔŔ˛Ó, Ôű´ţŰÝňÝÓ ˝á´ţýţ¨Ř■ ţÝŰÓÚÝ-´ňňÔţń¸ŔŕÓ ÓÝŃŰŔÚ˝ŕţŃţ ˛ňŕ˝˛Ó Ôá˛ÓÝ˝ŕŔ´÷Ŕ■. └Ô˛ţ ţÝŰÓÚÝ-´ňňÔţń¸ŔŕÓáľ ─ýŔ˛ŔÚ ▀Ý˝ (http://lingorado.com/transcription/).
└ńň˝Ó ţ´ˇßŰŔŕţÔÓÝÝű§ ÝÓáŕÓÝÓŰň YouTube ÔŔńňţţŰŔŕţÔ ˝ţţ˛Ôň˛˝˛Ôˇ■¨Ŕ§ ŃŰÓÔ ÓˇńŔţŕÝŔŃŔ ˝á˝ŔÝ§ţÝŔšŔţÔÓÝÝűý ˛ňŕ˝˛ţý Ŕá˛ÓÝ˝ŕŔ´÷ŔňÚ ´ŔÔňńňÝű Ôá˝´Ŕ˝ŕň.
3. ├ŰÓÔÓ 3:áhttps://youtu.be/v7qdP59o9g0
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5. ├ŰÓÔÓ 5:áhttps://youtu.be/UOYFWGVJ5Ds
6. ├ŰÓÔÓ 6:áhttps://youtu.be/F57FIaoa9Pc
7. ├ŰÓÔÓ 7:áhttps://youtu.be/lf7FmrS7U3Y
8. ├ŰÓÔÓ 8:áhttps://youtu.be/V6gJ5bcVGYo
9. ├ŰÓÔÓ 9:áhttps://youtu.be/YK0HTVTaxuk
10. ├ŰÓÔÓ 10:áhttps://youtu.be/JFYIHKzknFg
12. ├ŰÓÔÓ 12:áhttps://youtu.be/-tbKWjBb018
13. ├ŰÓÔÓ 13:áhttps://youtu.be/KTkvAb8k1oc
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└ˇńŔţŕÝŔŃÓ ´ňńÝÓšÝÓ¸ňÝÓ ńŰ Ŕšˇ¸Ó■¨Ŕ§ ÓÝŃŰŔÚ˝ŕŔÚ šűŕ. ┴ţŰňň ´ţńţßÝţ Ŕšˇ¸ňÝŔň ÓÝŃŰŔÚ˝ŕţŃţ šűŕÓ ´ţáÓˇńŔţŕÝŔŃÓý ţß˝ˇŠńÓň˛˝ Ôá˝˛Ó˛Řň ź¤ţ˝ţßŔň ´ţáÓßţ˛ň ˝áÓˇńŔţŕÝŔŃţÚ ´ţáţýÓÝˇ đţßň˛Ó ╦ˇŔ˝Ó Đ˛ŔÔňÝ˝ţÝÓ ä╬˝˛ţÔ ˝ţŕţÔŔ¨ô ÝÓáÓÝŃŰŔÚ˝ŕţý šűŕň ˝á˝ˇß˛Ŕ˛ÓýŔ Ŕá˛ÓÝ˝ŕŔ´÷ŔňÚ╗ (https://www.litres.ru/aleksandr-levkin/posobie-po-rabote-s-audioknigoy-po-romanu-roberta-luisa-stivensona-ostrov-sokrovisch-na-angliyskom-yazyke-s-subtitrami-i-transkripciey/?lfrom=6).
┬á´ţ˝ţßŔŔ ´ŔÔţńŔ˛˝ ÓńÓ´˛ŔţÔÓÝÝűÚ ˛ňŕ˝˛ ´ţÔň˝˛Ŕ └.á╩.á─ţÚŰÓ źĐţßÓŕÓ ┴Ó˝ŕňÔŔŰňÚ╗ ÝÓáÓÝŃŰŔÚ˝ŕţý šűŕň ˝á˛ÓÝ˝ŕŔ´÷ŔňÚ. Ďňŕ˝˛ ´ţÔň˝˛Ŕ ÓšßŔ˛ ÝÓáÝňßţŰŘ°Ŕň ˘ÓŃýňÝ˛ű. ¤ňňń ˘ÓŃýňÝ˛ţý ˛ňŕ˝˛Ó ńˇßŰŔˇň˛˝ ţ˛ţßÓŠňÝŔň ř˛ţŃţ ˛ňŕ˝˛Ó, Ýţá˝á˛ÓÝ˝ŕŔ´÷ŔňÚ. ĎÓŕŔý ţßÓšţý, ¸˛ňÝŔň ŕÓŠńţŃţ ˘ÓŃýňÝ˛Ó ˛ňŕ˝˛Ó ´ţÔň˝˛Ŕ ´ţŔšÔţńŔ˛˝ ńÔÓŠńűáľ ˝áź´ţń˝ŕÓšŕÓýŔ╗ ŔáßňšáÝŔ§.
Chapter 1. Mr. Sherlock Holmes
Mr. Sherlock Holmes, who was usually very late ináthe mornings, save upon those not infrequent occasions when he was up all night, was seated at the breakfast table. Iástood upon the hearth-rug and picked up the stick which our visitor had left behind him the night before. It was aáfine, thick piece ofáwood, bulbous-headed, ofáthe sort which is known as aáźPenang lawyer.╗ Just under the head was aábroad silver band nearly an inch across. źToáJames Mortimer, M.R.C.S., from his friends ofátheáC.C.H.,╗ was engraved upon it, with the date ź1884.╗ It was just such aástick as the old-fashioned family practitioner used toácarryáľ dignified, solid, and reassuring.
źWell, Watson, what do you make ofáit?╗
Holmes was sitting with his back toáme, and Iáhad given him no sign ofámy occupation.
źHow did you know what Iáwas doing? Iábelieve you have eyes ináthe back ofáyour head.╗
źIáhave, at least, aáwell-polished, silver-plated coffee-pot ináfront ofáme,╗ said he. źBut, tell me, Watson, what do you make ofáour visitorĺs stick? Since we have been so unfortunate as toámiss him and have no notion ofáhis errand, this accidental souvenir becomes ofáimportance. Let me hear you reconstruct the man byáan examination ofáit.╗
źIáthink,╗ said I, following as far as Iácould the methods ofámy companion, źthat Dr. Mortimer is aásuccessful, elderly medical man, well-esteemed since those who know him give him this mark ofátheir appreciation.╗
źGood!╗ said Holmes. źExcellent!╗
źIáthink also that the probability is ináfavour ofáhis being aácountry practitioner who does aágreat deal ofáhis visiting on foot.╗
źBecause this stick, though originally aávery handsome one has been so knocked about that Iácan hardly imagine aátown practitioner carrying it. The thick-iron ferrule is worn down, so it is evident that he has done aágreat amount ofáwalking witháit.╗
źPerfectly sound!╗ said Holmes.
źAnd then again, there is the ĺfriends ofátheáC.C.H.╗ Iáshould guess that toábe the Something Hunt, the local hunt toáwhose members he has possibly given some surgical assistance, and which has made him aásmall presentation ináreturn.╗
źReally, Watson, you excel yourself,╗ said Holmes, pushing back his chair and lighting aácigarette. źIáam bound toásay that ináall the accounts which you have been so good as toágive ofámy own small achievements you have habitually underrated your own abilities. It may be that you are not yourself luminous, but you are aáconductor ofálight. Some people without possessing genius have aáremarkable power ofástimulating it. Iáconfess, my dear fellow, that Iáam very much ináyour debt.╗
He had never said as much before, and Iámust admit that his words gave me keen pleasure, for Iáhad often been piqued byáhis indifference toámy admiration and toáthe attempts which Iáhad made toágive publicity toáhis methods. Iáwas proud, too, toáthink that Iáhad so far mastered his system as toáapply it ináaáway which earned his approval. He now took the stick from my hands and examined it for aáfew minutes with his naked eyes. Then with an expression ofáinterest he laid down his cigarette, and carrying the cane toáthe window, he looked over it again with aáconvex lens.
źInteresting, though elementary,╗ said he as he returned toáhis favourite corner ofáthe settee. źThere are certainly one or two indications upon the stick. It givesáus the basis for several deductions.╗
źHas anything escaped me?╗ Iáasked with some self-importance. źIátrust that there is nothing ofáconsequence which Iáhave overlooked?╗
źIáam afraid, my dear Watson, that most ofáyour conclusions were erroneous. When Iásaid that you stimulated me Iámeant, toábe frank, that inánoting your fallacies Iáwas occasionally guided towards the truth. Not that you are entirely wrong ináthis instance. The man is certainly aácountry practitioner. And he walks aágood deal.╗
źThen Iáwas right.╗
źBut that was all.╗
źNo, no, my dear Watson, not alláľ byáno means all. Iáwould suggest, for example, that aápresentation toáaádoctor is more likely toácome from aáhospital than from aáhunt, and that when the initials źC.C.╗ are placed before that hospital the words źCharing Crossĺ very naturally suggest themselves.╗
źYou may be right.╗
źThe probability lies ináthat direction. And if we take this as aáworking hypothesis we have aáfresh basis from which toástart our construction ofáthis unknown visitor.╗
źWell, then, supposing that äC.C.H.ô does stand for äCharing Cross Hospital,ô what further inferences may we draw?╗
źDo none suggest themselves? You know my methods. Apply them!╗
źIácan only think ofáthe obvious conclusion that the man has practised inátown before going toáthe country.╗
źIáthink that we might venture aálittle farther than this. Look at it ináthis light. On what occasion would it be most probable that such aápresentation would be made? When would his friends unite toágive him aápledge ofátheir good will? Obviously at the moment when Dr. Mortimer withdrew from the service ofáthe hospital ináorder toástart inápractice for himself. We know there has been aápresentation. We believe there has been aáchange from aátown hospital toáaácountry practice. Is it, then, stretching our inference too far toásay that the presentation was on the occasion ofáthe change?╗
źIt certainly seems probable.╗
źNow, you will observe that he could not have been on the staff ofáthe hospital, since only aáman well-established ináaáLondon practice could hold such aáposition, and such aáone would not drift into the country. What was he, then? If he was ináthe hospital and yet not on the staff he could only have been aáhouse-surgeon or aáhouse-physicianáľ little more than aásenior student. And he left five years agoáľ the date is on the stick. So your grave, middle-aged family practitioner vanishes into thin air, my dear Watson, and there emerges aáyoung fellow under thirty, amiable, unambitious, absent-minded, and the possessor ofáaáfavourite dog, which Iáshould describe roughly as being larger than aáterrier and smaller than aámastiff.╗
Iálaughed incredulously as Sherlock Holmes leaned back ináhis settee and blew little wavering rings ofásmoke up toáthe ceiling.
źAs toáthe latter part, Iáhave no means ofáchecking you,╗ said I, źbut at least it is not difficult toáfind out aáfew particulars about the manĺs age and professional career.╗ From my small medical shelf Iátook down the Medical Directory and turned up the name. There were several Mortimers, but only one who could be our visitor. Iáread his record aloud.
źMortimer, James, M.R.C.S., 1882, Grimpen, Dartmoor, Devon. House-surgeon, from 1882átoá1884, at Charing Cross Hospital. Winner ofáthe Jackson prize for Comparative Pathology, with essay entitled źIs Disease aáReversion?╗ Corresponding member ofáthe Swedish Pathological Society. Author ofáźSome Freaks ofáAtavismĺ (Lancet 1882). źDo We Progress?╗ (Journal ofáPsychology, March, 1883). Medical Officer for the parishes ofáGrimpen, Thorsley, and High Barrow.╗
źNo mention ofáthat local hunt, Watson,╗ said Holmes with aámischievous smile, źbut aácountry doctor, as you very astutely observed. Iáthink that Iáam fairly justified inámy inferences. As toáthe adjectives, Iásaid, if Iáremember right, amiable, unambitious, and absent-minded. It is my experience that it is only an amiable man ináthis world who receives testimonials, only an unambitious one who abandons aáLondon career for the country, and only an absent-minded one who leaves his stick and not his visiting-card after waiting an hour ináyour room.╗
źAnd the dog?╗
źHas been ináthe habit ofácarrying this stick behind his master. Being aáheavy stick the dog has held it tightly byáthe middle, and the marks ofáhis teeth are very plainly visible. The dogĺs jaw, as shown ináthe space between these marks, is too broad inámy opinion for aáterrier and not broad enough for aámastiff. It may have beenáľ yes, byáJove, it is aácurly-haired spaniel.╗
He had risen and paced the room as he spoke. Now he halted ináthe recess ofáthe window. There was such aáring ofáconviction ináhis voice that Iáglanced up inásurprise.
źMy dear fellow, how can you possibly be so sure ofáthat?╗
źFor the very simple reason that Iásee the dog himself on our very door-step, and there is the ring ofáits owner. Donĺt move, Iábeg you, Watson. He is aáprofessional brother ofáyours, and your presence may be ofáassistance toáme. Now is the dramatic moment ofáfate, Watson, when you hear aástep upon the stair which is walking into your life, and you know not whether for good or ill. What does Dr. James Mortimer, the man ofáscience, ask ofáSherlock Holmes, the specialist inácrime? Comeáin!╗
The appearance ofáour visitor was aásurprise toáme, since Iáhad expected aátypical country practitioner. He was aávery tall, thin man, with aálong nose like aábeak, which jutted out between two keen, gray eyes, set closely together and sparkling brightly from behind aápair ofágold-rimmed glasses. He was clad ináaáprofessional but rather slovenly fashion, for his frock-coat was dingy and his trousers frayed. Though young, his long back was already bowed, and he walked with aáforward thrust ofáhis head and aágeneral air ofápeering benevolence. As he entered his eyes fell upon the stick ináHolmesĺs hand, and he ran towards it with an exclamation ofájoy. źIáam so very glad,╗ said he. źIáwas not sure whether Iáhad left it here or ináthe Shipping Office. Iáwould not lose that stick for the world.╗
źAápresentation, Iásee,╗ said Holmes.
źFrom Charing Cross Hospital?╗
źFrom one or two friends there on the occasion ofámy marriage.╗
źDear, dear, thatĺs bad!╗ said Holmes, shaking his head.
Dr. Mortimer blinked through his glasses inámild astonishment. źWhy was it bad?╗
źOnly that you have disarranged our little deductions. Your marriage, you say?╗
źYes, sir. Iámarried, and so left the hospital, and with it all hopes ofáaáconsulting practice. It was necessary toámake aáhome ofámy own.╗
źCome, come, we are not so far wrong, after all,╗ said Holmes. źAnd now, Dr. James Mortimeráľáľ╗
źMister, sir, Misteráľ aáhumbleáM.R.C.S.╗
źAnd aáman ofáprecise mind, evidently.╗
źAádabbler ináscience, Mr. Holmes, aápicker up ofáshells on the shores ofáthe great unknown ocean. Iápresume that it is Mr. Sherlock Holmes whom Iáam addressing and notáľáľ╗
źNo, this is my friend Dr. Watson.╗
źGlad toámeet you, sir. Iáhave heard your name mentioned ináconnection with that ofáyour friend. You interest me very much, Mr. Holmes. Iáhad hardly expected so dolichocephalic aáskull or such well-marked supra-orbital development. Would you have any objection toámy running my finger along your parietal fissure? Aácast ofáyour skull, sir, until the original is available, would be an ornament toáany anthropological museum. It is not my intention toábe fulsome, but Iáconfess that Iácovet your skull.╗
Sherlock Holmes waved our strange visitor into aáchair. źYou are an enthusiast ináyour line ofáthought, Iáperceive, sir, as Iáam inámine,╗ said he. źIáobserve from your forefinger that you make your own cigarettes. Have no hesitation inálighting one.╗
The man drew out paper and tobacco and twirled the one up ináthe other with surprising dexterity. He had long, quivering fingers as agile and restless as the antennae ofáan insect.
Holmes was silent, but his little darting glances showed me the interest which he took ináour curious companion. źIápresume, sir,╗ said he at last, źthat it was not merely for the purpose ofáexamining my skull that you have done me the honour toácall here last night and again to-day?╗
źNo, sir, no; though Iáam happy toáhave had the opportunity ofádoing that as well. Iácame toáyou, Mr. Holmes, because Iárecognized that Iáam myself an unpractical man and because Iáam suddenly confronted with aámost serious and extraordinary problem. Recognizing, as Iádo, that you are the second highest expert ináEuropeáľáľ╗
źIndeed, sir! May Iáinquire who has the honour toábe the first?╗ asked Holmes with some asperity.
źToáthe man ofáprecisely scientific mind the work ofáMonsieur Bertillon must always appeal strongly.╗
źThen had you not better consult him?╗
źIásaid, sir, toáthe precisely scientific mind. But as aápractical man ofáaffairs it is acknowledged that you stand alone. Iátrust, sir, that Iáhave not inadvertentlyáľáľ╗
źJust aálittle,╗ said Holmes. źIáthink, Dr. Mortimer, you would do wisely if without more ado you would kindly tell me plainly what the exact nature ofáthe problem is ináwhich you demand my assistance.╗
Chapter 2. The Curse ofáthe Baskervilles
źIáhave inámy pocket aámanuscript,╗ said Dr. James Mortimer.
źIáobserved it as you entered the room,╗ said Holmes.
źIt is an old manuscript.╗
źEarly eighteenth century, unless it is aáforgery.╗
źHow can you say that, sir?╗
źYou have presented an inch or two ofáit toámy examination all the time that you have been talking. It would be aápoor expert who could not give the date ofáaádocument within aádecade or so. You may possibly have read my little monograph upon the subject. Iáput that at 1730.╗
źThe exact date is 1742.╗ Dr. Mortimer drew it from his breast-pocket. źThis family paper was committed toámy care byáSir Charles Baskerville, whose sudden and tragic death some three months ago created so much excitement ináDevonshire. Iámay say that Iáwas his personal friend as well as his medical attendant. He was aástrong-minded man, sir, shrewd, practical, and as unimaginative as Iáam myself. Yet he took this document very seriously, and his mind was prepared for just such an end as did eventually overtake him.╗
Holmes stretched out his hand for the manuscript and flattened it upon his knee. źYou will observe, Watson, the alternative use ofáthe long s and the short. It is one ofáseveral indications which enabled me toáfix the date.╗
Iálooked over his shoulder at the yellow paper and the faded script. At the head was written: źBaskerville Hall,╗ and below inálarge, scrawling figures: ź1742.╗
źIt appears toábe aástatement ofásome sort.╗
źYes, it is aástatement ofáaácertain legend which runs ináthe Baskerville family.╗
źBut Iáunderstand that it is something more modern and practical upon which you wish toáconsultáme?╗
źMost modern. Aámost practical, pressing matter, which must be decided within twenty-four hours. But the manuscript is short and is intimately connected with the affair. With your permission Iáwill read it toáyou.╗
Holmes leaned back ináhis chair, placed his finger-tips together, and closed his eyes, with an air ofáresignation. Dr.áMortimer turned the manuscript toáthe light and read ináaáhigh, cracking voice the following curious, old-world narrative:Ś
źOfáthe origin ofáthe Hound ofáthe Baskervilles there have been many statements, yet as Iácome ináaádirect line from Hugo Baskerville, and as Iáhad the story from my father, who also had it from his, Iáhave set it down with all belief that it occurred even as is here set forth. And Iáwould have you believe, my sons, that the same Justice which punishes sin may also most graciously forgive it, and that no ban is so heavy but that byáprayer and repentance it may be removed. Learn then from this story not toáfear the fruits ofáthe past, but rather toábe circumspect ináthe future, that those foul passions whereby our family has suffered so grievously may not again be loosed toáour undoing.
źKnow then that ináthe time ofáthe Great Rebellion (the history ofáwhich byáthe learned Lord Clarendon Iámost earnestly commend toáyour attention) this Manor ofáBaskerville was held byáHugo ofáthat name, nor can it be gainsaid that he was aámost wild, profane, and godless man. This, inátruth, his neighbours might have pardoned, seeing that saints have never flourished ináthose parts, but there was ináhim aácertain wanton and cruel humour which made his name aábyword through the West. It chanced that this Hugo came toálove (if, indeed, so dark aápassion may be known under so bright aáname) the daughter ofáaáyeoman who held lands near the Baskerville estate.
But the young maiden, being discreet and ofágood repute, would ever avoid him, for she feared his evil name. So it came toápass that one Michaelmas this Hugo, with five or six ofáhis idle and wicked companions, stole down upon the farm and carried off the maiden, her father and brothers being from home, as he well knew. When they had brought her toáthe Hall the maiden was placed ináan upper chamber, while Hugo and his friends sat down toáaálong carouse, as was their nightly custom.
Now, the poor lass upstairs was like toáhave her wits turned at the singing and shouting and terrible oaths which came up toáher from below, for they say that the words used byáHugo Baskerville, when he was ináwine, were such as might blast the man who said them. At last ináthe stress ofáher fear she did that which might have daunted the bravest or most active man, for byáthe aid ofáthe growth ofáivy which covered (and still covers) the south wall she came down from under the eaves, and so homeward across the moor, there being three leagues betwixt the Hall and her fatherĺs farm.
źIt chanced that some little time later Hugo left his guests toácarry food and drinkáľ with other worse things, perchanceáľ toáhis captive, and so found the cage empty and the bird escaped. Then, as it would seem, he became as one that hath aádevil, for, rushing down the stairs into the dining-hall, he sprang upon the great table, flagons and trenchers flying before him, and he cried aloud before all the company that he would that very night render his body and soul toáthe Powers ofáEvil if he might but overtake the wench. And while the revellers stood aghast at the fury ofáthe man, one more wicked or, it may be, more drunken than the rest, cried out that they should put the hounds upon her. Whereat Hugo ran from the house, crying toáhis grooms that they should saddle his mare and unkennel the pack, and giving the hounds aákerchief ofáthe maidĺs, he swung them toáthe line, and so off full cry ináthe moonlight over the moor.
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