A Jury of Her Peers by Susan Glaspell (a short story for intermediate level)

Part 4 (in English).

Words for you:

  • snoop round – looking around (высматривать)
  • all gone – spoilt (зд. испортиться)
  • wiped off – make it clean with a cloth (протереть)

The women stood silently, listening to the footsteps, first upon the stairs, then in the room above them.
Then Mrs. Hale began to arrange the dirty pans under the sink, «I’d hate to have men coming into my kitchen,» she said —»snooping round and criticizing.»

The sheriff’s wife looked around the kitchen. She saw a bucket of sugar on a low shelf. The cover was off the wooden bucket, and beside it was a paper bag—half full.
Mrs. Hale moved toward it.

«She was putting this in there,» she said to herself—slowly.

What had interrupted Minnie Foster? Why had that work been left half done? She made a move as if to finish it,—unfinished things always bothered her. And then she saw that Mrs. Peters was watching her.

«It’s a shame about her fruit,» she said, and went to the cupboard that the county attorney had opened, and got on the chair, murmuring: «I wonder if it’s all gone

It was a sorry enough looking sight, but «Here’s one that’s all right,» she said at last. She held it toward the light. «This is cherries, too.» She looked again. «I believe that’s the only one.»

With a sigh, she got down from the chair, went to the sink, and wiped off the bottle.
«She’ll feel awful bad, after all her hard work in the hot weather. I remember the afternoon I put up my cherries last summer.»

Part 4 (in Russian)

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Part 4 (in English, continuation).

Words for you:

  • make over – remodel (перекраивать)
  • shabby – in poor condition through long use (потрепанный)
  • apron – a piece of clothing that you put on when cooking to prevent your clothes from getting dirty (фартук)
  • jail – prison тюрьма

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