One fine morning in May when Stuart
was three years old, he got up early, as usual, washed and dressed himself,
took his hat and stick, and went downstairs. Nobody was there but
1 Snowball, the white cat. Snowball was also an early riser. In the
mornings he liked to lie on the window-sill and think about the days when he
was a kitten.
"Good morning," said Stuart.
"Hello," 2 answered
Snowball dryly. "You're up early, aren't you?" 3
Stuart looked at his watch. "Yes," he
said, "it's only five minutes past six, but I want to do some exercises."
"Haven't you done all your exercises
in the bathroom when you made such a terrible noise? You woke up all the house
in order to brush your teeth, I think that your teeth are so small that there
is no need to brush them. Do you want to see some good teeth? Look at mine!"
Here Snowball opened his mouth and
showed his white teeth, sharp as needles.
"Yours are very nice," said Stuart.
"But mine are all right, too. 6 As for exercise,
7 I try to do it every day. I bet 8 my stomach muscles
are firmer than yours."
bet they are not," said the cat.
Stuart wanted to show Snowball that he
had very good stomach muscles, but he did not know how to do that. So he
looked around the room. There were window shades on the windows which could
roll up, each shade with a cord and a ring. This gave Stuart an idea. He
climbed to the window-sill, took off his hat and put down his stick.
"You can't do this," he said to the
cat. And he ran and jumped onto the ring 9 like an acrobat. A
strange thing happened. When Stuart pulled the ring, the window shade flew up
to the top of the window rolling Stuart up inside.
"Oh, dear!" said Snowball. He was
almost as surprised as Stuart himself. 10 "That will be a
lesson to him."
Let me out!" 11 cried Stuart. He was frightened, and it was
very difficult to breathe inside the shade. But his voice was too weak and
nobody heard him.
Snowball laughed. He did not like
Stuart and did not want to let him out. He did not run upstairs and did not
tell Mr. and Mrs. Little about the accident. He did a strange thing instead.
He quickly looked around, then ran to the window-sill, took Stuart's hat and
stick in his mouth, carried them to the kitchen and put them down near the
When Mrs. Little came into the kitchen
and found Stuart's things on the floor, she screamed loudly.
"It has happened!" she cried.
"What has?" 12 asked
"Stuart went down the mouse-hole!"
1 but — кроме
2 hello — привет
3 You're up early,
aren't you? — Рано ты встал, не так ли?
4 to do some exercises
— позаниматься гимнастикой
5 Look at mine!. —
Посмотри на мои (зубы)!
6 mine are all right
too — у меня тоже неплохие
7 As for exercise —
Что касается гимнастики
8 I bet - Держу пари,
9 ran and jumped onto
the ring — подпрыгнул и ухватился за кольцо
10 He was almost as
surprised as Stuart himself. - Он удивился не меньше самого Стюарта.
11 Let me out! — Выпустите меня!
12 What has? = What has happened?