GLAVA 4

"S DRUZhESKIM PRIVETOM

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Na drugoe utro mne prinesti korzinku napolnennuyu pis'mami. 'Ot kogo eti pis'ma?' poyumal ya. 'Ved' ya nikogo ne znayu.'

Ya prochel adresa otpravitelej: gospodin Dzhounz, gospozha Braun, miss Darsi, d-r Uill'yams, general Noks i pr. Ya stal chitat' pisma. (Nekotorye, v zheltyx konvertax[1], byli "telegrammy .) Vse oni svodilis' k tomu[2], chto eti dobrye lyudi byli rady privetstvovat' menya v dvadtsatom veke. Mnogie predlagali mne svoi uslugi[3]. Odin Lemyuel Kollver, portnoj goroda Dzhersi-Siti, sprashival, vozmozhno li, chto on moj rodstvennik[4], a mozhet byt' i potomok. Byl i tselyj ryad[5] pisem, v kotoryx kakaya-to Meri, pyatnadtsati let, ili Dzhonni, dvenadtsati let, prosili poslat'[6] im avtograf. Odin dobryj starik poslal mne dollar. (Dollar ravnyaetsya priblizitel'no[7] chetyrem shillingam. No v dvadtsatom veke vse bylo v dvadtsat' raz dorozhe[8] chem v nashi vremena.)

~~~~ Footnotes ~~~~
[1] yellow enverlopes
[2] They all came to this
[3] offered me their services
[4] wether he might possibly be my relative
[5] a whole series (a bunch)
[6] send
[7] equals approximately
[8] dearer

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Ya prochel ne bolee poloviny[9] pisem, kogda prishel kapitan Styuart. On rassmeyalsya. "Eti pis'ma i telegrammy tol'ko nachalo. V sleduyushchie nedeli vy budete poluchat' ix tysyachi. Eto v Amearike nazyvaetsya fan mail, chto znachit pis'ma ot obozhatelej[10]. Vse znamenitye lyudi poluchayut pisem bol'she, chem mogut prochest'. - Chto takoe telegramma? Nu, telefonom mozhno govorit' na rasstoyanie, a telegrafom - pisat'.

U dverej poyavilsya mal'chik i vruchil kapitanu pachku zheltyx kopvertov. Kapitan sel u krovati i stal raspechatyvat' telegrammy, a ya ix chitat'.

Bol'shinstvo telegramm bylo delovogo soderzhaniya[11]. Neskol'ko radioveshchatel'nyx i televizionnyx kompanij prosili menya peredavat' rasskaz o moix priklyucheniyax. Oni byli gotovy platit'[12] mne neskol'ko tysyach dollarov za poluchasovuyu programmu.

"Izumitel'nye Rasskazy , kakoj-to zhurnal, byl by rad zaplatit' mne tri tysyachi pyat'sot dollarov za kratkij rasskaz o moem poyavlenii v dvadtsatom veke.

Raznye universal'nye magaziny predlagali spabdit' menya vsem nuzhnym, kak-to[13]: odezhdoj, mebel'yu, sportivnymi prinadlezhnostyami. Elektricheskoj britvoj i t.p.

Firma "Kronch , vydelyvavshaya[14] "kukuruzochki , kotorye ya uzhe ochen' polyubil,

~~~~ Footnotes ~~~~
[9] half
[10] admirers
[11] The majoority of the telegrams were of commercial content
[12] ready to pay
[13] Various department stores offered to furnish me with everything necessary, such as
[14] which manufactured

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predlagala mne dvadtsat' pyat' tschach dollarov za priznanie " kukuruzochek samym vkusnym zavtrakom[15] dvadtsatogo veka.

Mal'chik poyavilsya u dverej s telezhkoj, nagruzhennoj krasivymi paketami. Ot kogo pakety? My prinyalis' raspakovyvat'[16] ix. Vse oni okazalis' podarkami, "s druzheskim privetom[17], ot raznyx firm. Vot kratkij apisok[18] podarkov: radiopriemnik, televizionnyj priemnik, vechnoe pero, bezopasnaya britva, zolotye chasy-braslet, karmannyj elektricheskij fonar', sigary i sigaretki (papirosy), zhevatel'naya rezina, shokolad, chemodany.

Ya vosxishchalsya podarkami kak rebenok[19], i mne eshche bolee zaxotelos' vyrvat'sya poskoree iz bol'nitsy. Kapitan, kazalos', ugadal moyu mysl'[20].

"Esli xotite , skazal on, "ya pozvonyu v tot magazin, kotoryj obeshchal[21] vam odezhdu, i poproshu ix prislat' prikazchika so vsem neobxodimym. A zavtra pereselimsya v gostinitsu[22]. Esli vam ugodno, ya voz'mu komnatu ryadom s vami[23], tak chtoby mne bylo udobnee pomogat' vam.

~~~~ Footnotes ~~~~
[15] for a testimonial that "Cornies" are the tastiest breakfast
[16] we set about unpacking
[17] They all turned out to be presents "witgh friendly greetings"
[18] brief list
[19] I was thrilled like a child by the presents
[20] guessed my thought
[21] promised
[22] we will move to a hotel
[23] If it suits you I'll take a room next to yours

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