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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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          The two ivans

The Two Ivans

The wood on the far bank of the river, which an hour before had glowed

in the May sunshine, had now grown dim, had blurred and dissolved.

Outside, water was pouring down in solid sheets. Now and again there

came a rift in the sky, the heavens split and the patient's room was flooded

with a terrifying burst of light.

Ivan was quietly weeping as he sat on his bed and stared out at the

boiling, muddied river. At every clap of thunder he cried miserably and

covered his face with his hands. Sheets of paper, covered with his writing,

blew about on the floor.

The poet's efforts to compose a report on the terrible professor had

come to nothing. As soon as he had been given a stub of a pencil and some

paper by the fat nurse, whose name was Pras-kovya Fyodorovna, he had rubbed

his hands in a businesslike way and arranged his bedside table for work. The

beginning sounded rather well:

' To the Police. From Ivan Nikolayich Bezdomny, Member of massolit.

Statement. Yesterday evening I arrived at Patriarch's Ponds with the late M.

A. Berlioz. . . .'

Here the poet stumbled, chiefly because of the words ' the late '. It

sounded wrong--how could he have ' arrived' with ' the late '? Dead people

can't walk. If he wrote like this they really would think he was mad. So

Ivan Nikolayich made some corrections, which resulted in : '. . . with M. A.

Berlioz, later deceased.' He did not like that either, so he wrote a third

version and that was even worse than the previous two:

'. . . with Berlioz, who fell under a tram . . .' Here he thought of

the composer of the same name and felt obliged to add : ' ... not the

composer.'

Struggling with these two Berliozes, Ivan crossed it all out and

decided to begin straight away with a striking phrase which would

immediately catch the reader's attention, so he first described how the cat

had jumped on the tram and then described the episode of the severed head.

The head and the professor's forecast reminded him of Pontius Pilate, so to

sound more convincing Ivan decided to give the story of the Procurator in

full, from the moment when he had emerged in his white, red-lined cloak into

the arcade of Herod's palace.

Ivan worked hard. He crossed out what he had written, put in new words

and even tried to draw a sketch of Pontius Pilate, then one showing the cat

walking on its hind legs. But his drawings were hopeless and the further he

went the more confused his statement grew.

By the time the storm had begun, Ivan felt that he was exhausted and

would never be able to write a statement. His windblown sheets of paper were

in a complete muddle and he began to weep, quietly and bitterly. The kind

nurse Praskovya Fyodorovna called on the poet during the storm and was

worried to find him crying. She closed the blinds so that the lightning

should not frighten the patient, picked up the sheets of paper and went off

with them to look for the doctor.

The doctor appeared, gave Ivan an injection in his arm and assured him

that he would soon stop crying, that it would pass, everything would be all

right and he would forget all about it.

The doctor was right. Soon the wood across the river looked as it

always did. The weather cleared until every single tree stood out against a

sky which was as blue as before and the river subsided. His injection at

once made Ivan feel less depressed. The poet lay quietly down and gazed at

the rainbow stretched across the sky.

He lay there until evening and did not even notice how the rainbow

dissolved, how the sky faded and saddened, how the wood turned to black.

When he had drunk his hot milk, Ivan lay down again. He was amazed to

notice how his mental condition had changed. The memory of the diabolical

cat had grown indistinct, he was no longer frightened by the thought of the

decapitated head. Ivan started to muse on the fact that the clinic really

wasn't such a bad place, that Stravinsky was very clever and famous and that

he was an extremely pleasant man to deal with. The evening air, too, was

sweet and fresh after the storm.

The asylum was asleep. The white frosted-glass bulbs in the silent

corridors were extinguished and in their place glowed the weak blue

night-lights. The nurses' cautious footsteps were heard less and less

frequently walking the rubber-tiled floor of the corridor.

Ivan now lay in sweet lassitude ; glancing at his bedside lamp, then at

the dim ceiling light and at the moon rising in the dark, he talked to

himself.

' I wonder why I got so excited about Berlioz falling under that tram?

' the poet reasoned. ' After all he's dead, and we all die some time. It's

not as if I were a relation or a really close friend either. When you come

to think of it I didn't even know the man very well. What did I really know

about him? Nothing, except that he was bald and horribly talkative. So,

gentlemen,' went on Ivan, addressing an imaginary audience,' let us consider

the following problem : why, I should like to know, did I get in such a rage

with that mysterious professor or magician with his empty, black eye? Why

did I chase after him like a fool in those underpants and holding a candle?

Why the ridiculous scene in the restaurant? '

' Wait a moment, though! ' said the old Ivan severely to the new Ivan

in a voice that was not exactly inside him and not quite by his ear. ' He

did know in advance that Berlioz was going to have his head cut off, didn't

he? Isn't that something to get upset about? '

' What do you mean? ' objected the new Ivan. ' I quite agree that it's

a nasty business--a child could see that. But he's a mysterious, superior

being--that's what makes it so interesting. Think of it--a man who knew

Pontius Pilate! Instead of creating that ridiculous scene at Patriarch's

wouldn't it have been

rather more intelligent to ask him politely what happened next to

Pilate and that prisoner Ha-Notsri? And I had to behave like an idiot! Of

course it's a serious matter to kill the editor of a magazine. But

still--the magazine won't close down just because of that, will it? Man is

mortal and as the professor so rightly said mortality can come so suddenly.

So God rest his soul and let's get ourselves another editor, perhaps one

who's even more of a chatterbox than Berlioz!'

After dozing for a while the new Ivan said spitefully to the old Ivan:

' And how do I look after this affair? '

' A fool,' distinctly said a bass voice that belonged to neither of the

Ivans and was extremely like the professor's.

Ivan, somehow not offended by the word 'fool' but even pleasantly

surprised by it, smiled and sank into a half-doze. Sleep crept up on him. He

had a vision of a palm tree on its elephantine leg and a cat passed by--not

a terrible cat but a nice one and Ivan was just about to fall asleep when

suddenly the grille slid noiselessly aside. A mysterious figure appeared on

the moonlit balcony and pointed a threatening finger at Ivan.

Quite unafraid Ivan sat up in bed and saw a man on the balcony.

Pressing his finger to his lips the man whispered : ' Shh!'


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