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Сергей Александрович Матвеев
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A little further on she met a cat and said:

“Cat of mine, cat of thine,

If you meet a fox today,

do not tell I passed this way.”

And the cat mewed and said, “I will not.”

Finally she met an owl and said:

“Owl of mine, owl of thine,

If you meet a fox today,

do not tell I passed this way.”

And the owl hooted and said, “I will not.”

The fox followed the girl, and now he came to the same lane where he met the horse and sang to him with such a lovely voice:

“Horse of mine, horse of thine,

Did you meet a maid of mine?”

And the horse said, “She passed me by.[52 - She passed me by. – Она прошла мимо меня.]”

Next he met the same cow and sang to her:

“Cow of mine, cow of thine,

Did you meet a maid of mine?”

And the cow said, “She passed me by.”

A little further on he met the same mule and sang:

“Mule of mine, mule of thine,

Did you meet a maid of mine?”

And the mule said, “She passed me by.”

A little further he met the same dog and sang:

“Dog of mine, dog of thine,

Did you meet a maid of mine?”

And the dog said, “She passed me by.”

A little further he met the same cat and sang:

“Cat of mine, cat of thine,

Did you meet a maid of mine?”

And the cat said, “She passed me by.”

Finally he met the owl and sang:

“Owl of mine, owl of thine,

Did you meet a maid of mine?”

And the owl said, “She passed me by.”

“Which way did she go?” said the fox.

The owl answered, “You must go over that gate[53 - go over that gate – пройти через эти ворота] and across that field, and you will find her behind the wood.”

The fox ran away, over the gate and across the field and into the wood, but he did not find neither the girl nor the glass ball.

Упражнения

1. Выберите правильный вариант:

1. The girl received a glass ball from her father.

2. The girl received a cotton ball from her mother.

3. The girl received a glass ball from the fox.

4. The girl received two glass balls.

2. Where did the fox live?

1. In the forest.

2. In the field.

3. Behind the fence.

4. In the house.

3. In what order did great bags fall down?

1. copper – silver – gold

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