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Kinds of tourism

Excursion (author BV Emelyanov)

introduction

1. Fundamentals Excursion

2. guided technique

3. Professional skills guide

Tunisia (author Danielle shetar Friedrich chum)

In the Sikhote-Alin (author VK Arseniev)

Michail bulgakov. the heart of a dog

Mikhail bulgakov. the master and margarita

 Contents
 1. never talk to strangers
 Pontius pilate
 The seventh proof
 The pursuit
 The affair at griboyedov
 Schizophrenia
 The haunted flat
 A. duel between professor and poet
 Koroviev's tricks
 News from yalta
 The two ivans
 Black magic revealed
 Enter the hero
 Saved by cock-crow
 The dream of nikanor ivanovich
 The execution
 A day of anxiety
 Unwelcome visitors
 Margarita
 Azazello's cream
 The flight
 By candlelight
 Satan's rout
 The master is released
 How the procurator tried to save judas of karioth
 The burial
 The last of flat no.50
 The final adventure of koroviev and behemoth
 The fate of the master and margarita is decided
 Time to go
 On sparrow hills
 Absolution and eternal refuge
 Epilogue
Charlotte bronte. jane eyre

F. scott fitzgerald / the great gatsby

Jerome klapka jerome / three men in a boat


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     Mikhail bulgakov. the master and margarita
          Azazello's cream

Azazello's Cream

Through the branches of the maple tree a full moon hung in the clear

evening sky. The limes and acacias traced a complex pattern of shadows on

the grass. A triple casement window in the attic, open but with the blind

drawn, shone with a glare of electric light. Every lamp was burning in

Margarita Nikolayevna's bedroom and lighting up the chaotically untidy room.

On the bedspread lay blouses, stockings and underwear, more crumpled

underwear was piled on the floor beside a packet of cigarettes that had been

squashed in the excitement. A pair of slippers was on the bedside table

alongside a cold, unfinished cup of coffee and an ashtray with a smouldering

cigarette end. A black silk dress hung across the chairback. The room

smelled of perfume and from somewhere there came the reek of a hot iron.

Margarita Nikolayevna was sitting in front of a full-length mirror in

nothing but black velvet slippers, a bath-wrap thrown over her naked body.

Her gold wrist-watch lay in front of her alongside the little box given her

by Azazello, and Margarita was staring at the watch-face.

At times she felt that the watch had broken and the hands were not

moving. They were moving, but so slowly that they seemed to have stuck. At

last the minute hand pointed to twenty nine minutes past eight. Margarita's

heart was thumping so violently that at first she could hardly pick up the

box. With an effort she opened it and saw that it contained a greasy

yellowish cream. It seemed to smell of swamp mud. With the tip of her finger

Margarita put a little blob of the cream on her palm, which produced an even

stronger smell of marsh and forest, and then she began to massage the cream

into her forehead and cheeks.

The ointment rubbed in easily and produced an immediate tingling

effect. After several rubs Margarita looked into the mirror and dropped the

box right on to the watch-glass, which shivered into a web of fine cracks.

Margarita shut her eyes, then looked again and burst into hoots of laughter.

Her eyebrows that she had so carefully plucked into a fine line had

thickened into two regular arcs above her eyes, which had taken on a deeper

green colour. The fine vertical furrow between her eyebrows which had first

appeared in October when the master disappeared, had vanished without trace.

Gone too were the yellowish shadows at her temples and two barely detectable

sets of crowsfeet round the corners of her eyes. The skin of her cheeks was

evenly suffused with pink, her brow had become white and smooth and the

frizzy, artificial wave in her hair had straightened out.

A dark, naturally curly-haired woman of twenty, teeth bared and

laughing uncontrollably, was looking out of the mirror at the

thirty-year-old Margarita.

Laughing, Margarita jumped out of her bath-wrap with one leap, scooped

out two large handfuls of the slightly fatty cream and began rubbing it

vigorously all over her body. She immediately glowed and turned a healthy

pink. In a moment her headache stopped, after having pained her all day

since the encounter in the Alexander Gardens. The muscles of her arms and

legs grew firmer and she even lost weight.

She jumped and stayed suspended in the air just above the carpet, then

slowly and gently dropped back to the ground.

' Hurray for the cream! ' cried Margarita, throwing herself into an

armchair.

The anointing had not only changed her appearance. Joy surged through

every part of her body, she felt as though bubbles were shooting along every

limb. Margarita felt free, free of everything, realising with absolute

clarity that what was happening was the fulfilment of her presentiment of

that morning, that she was going to leave her house and her past life for

ever. But one thought from her past life hammered persistently in her mind

and she knew that she had one last duty to perform before she took off into

the unknown, into the air. Naked as she was she ran out of the bedroom,

flying through the air, and into her husband's study, where she turned on

the light and flew to his desk. She tore a sheet off his note-pad and in one

sweep, erasing nothing and changing nothing, she quickly and firmly

pencilled this message :Forgive me and forget me as quickly as you can. I am

leaving you for ever. Don't look for me, it will be useless. Misery and

unhappiness have turned me into a witch. It is time for me to go. Farewell.

Margarita.

With a sense of absolute relief Margarita flew back into the bedroom.

Just then Natasha came in, loaded with clothes and shoes. At once the whole

pile, dresses on coathangers, lace blouses, blue silk shoes on shoe trees,

belts, all fell on to the floor and Natasha clasped her hands.

' Pretty, aren't I?' cried Margarita Nikolayevna in a loud, slightly

husky voice.

' What's happened?' whispered Natasha, staggering back. ' What have you

done, Margarita Nikolayevna? '

' It's the cream! The cream!' replied Margarita, pointing to the

gleaming gold box and twirling round in front of the mirror. Forgetting the

heap of crumpled clothes on the floor, Natasha ran to the dressing table and

stared, eyes hot with longing, at the remains of the ointment. Her lips

whispered a few words in silence. She turned to Margarita and said with

something like awe:

' Oh, your skin--look at your skin, Margarita Nikolayevna, it's

shining! ' Then she suddenly remembered herself, picked up the dress she had

dropped and started to smooth it out.

' Leave it, Natasha! Drop it! ' Margarita shouted at her. ' To hell

with it! Throw it all away! No--wait--you can have it all. As a present from

me. You can have everything there is in the room!'

Dumbfounded, Natasha gazed at Margarita for a while then clasped her

round the neck, kissing her and shouting :

' You're like satin! Shiny satin! And look at your eyebrows!'

' Take all these rags, take all my scent and put it all in your bottom

drawer, you can keep it,' shouted Margarita, ' but don't take the jewellery

or they'll say you stole it.'

Natasha rummaged in the heap for whatever she could pick up--stockings,

shoes, dresses and underwear--and ran out of the bedroom.

At that moment from an open window on the other side of the street came

the loud strains of a waltz and the spluttering of a car engine as it drew

up at the gate.

' Azazello will ring soon! ' cried Margarita, listening to the sound of

the waltz. ' He's going to ring! And this foreigner is harmless, I realise

now that he can never harm me!'

The car's engine roared as it accelerated away. The gate slammed and

footsteps could be heard on the flagged path.

' It's Nikolai Ivanovich, I recognise his tread,' thought Margarita. '

I must do something funny as a way of saying goodbye to him!'

Margarita flung the shutters open and sat sideways on the windowsill,

clasping her knees with her hands. The moonlight caressed her right side.

Margarita raised her head towards the moon and put on a reflective and

poetic face. Two more footsteps were heard and then they suddenly stopped.

With another admiring glance at the moon and a sigh for fun, Margarita

turned to look down at the garden, where she saw her neighbour of the floor

below, Nikolai Ivanovich. He was clearly visible in the moonlight, sitting

on a bench on which he had obviously just sat down with a bump. His

pince-nez was lop-sided and he was clutching his briefcase in his arms.

' Hullo, Nikolai Ivanovich! ' said Margarita Nikolayevna in a sad

voice. ' Good evening! Have you just come from the office?'

Nikolai Ivanovich said nothing.

' And here am I,' Margarita went on, leaning further out into the

garden, ' sitting all alone as you can see, bored, looking at the moon and

listening to a waltz . . .'

Margarita Nikolayevna ran her left hand along her temple, arranging a

lock of hair, then said crossly :

' It's very impolite of you, Nikolai Ivanovich! I am a woman, after

all! It's rude not to answer when someone speaks to you.'

Nikolai Ivanovich, visible in the bright moonlight down to the last

button on his grey waistcoat and the last hair on his little pointed beard,

suddenly gave an idiotic grin and got up from his bench. Obviously

half-crazed with embarrassment, instead of taking off his hat he waved his

briefcase and flexed his knees as though just about to break into a Russian

dance.

' Oh how you bore me, Nikolai Ivanovich! ' Margarita went on. ' You all

bore me inexpressibly and I can't tell you how happy I am to be leaving you!

You can all go to hell!'

Just then the telephone rang in Margarita's bedroom. She slipped off

the windowsill and forgetting Nikolai Ivanovich completely she snatched up

the receiver.

' Azazello speaking,' said a voice.

' Dear, dear Azazello,' cried Margarita.

' It's time for you to fly away,' said Azazello and she could hear from

his tone that he was pleased by Margarita's sincere outburst of affection. '

As you fly over the gate shout " I'm invisible "--then fly about over the

town a bit to get used to it and then turn south, away from Moscow straight

along the river. They're waiting for you! '

Margarita hung up and at once something wooden in the next room started

bumping about and tapping on the door. Margarita flung it open and a broom,

bristles upward, danced into the bedroom. Its handle beat a tattoo on the

floor, tipped itself up horizontally and pointed towards the window.

Margarita whimpered with joy and jumped astride the broomstick. Only then

did she remember that in the excitement she had forgotten to get dressed.

She galloped over to the bed and picked up the first thing to hand, which

was a blue slip. Waving it like a banner she flew out of the window. The

waltz rose to a crescendo.

Margarita dived down from the window and saw Nikolai Ivanovich sitting

on the bench. He seemed to be frozen to it, listening stunned to the shouts

and bangs that had been coming from the top-floor bedroom.

' Goodbye, Nikolai Ivanovich! ' cried Margarita, dancing about in front

of him.

The wretched man groaned, fidgeted and dropped his briefcase.

' Farewell for ever, Nikolai Ivanovich! I'm flying away! ' shouted

Margarita, drowning the music of the waltz. Realising that her slip was

useless she gave a malicious laugh and threw it over Nikolai Ivanovich's

head. Blinded, Nikolai Ivanovich fell off the bench on to the flagged path

with a crash.

Margarita turned round for a last look at the house where she had spent

so many years of unhappiness and saw the astonished face of Natasha in the

lighted window.

' Goodbye, Natasha! ' Margarita shouted, waving her broom. ' I'm

invisible! Invisible! ' she shouted at the top of her voice as she flew off,

the maple branches whipping her face, over the gate and out into the street.

Behind her flew the strains of the waltz, rising to a mad crescendo.


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