Page 2. Words to know:
- recover — поправиться
- frightful — страшный
- appearance — внешний виж
- irritation — раздражение
- escape from- спастись от
- disaster — катастрофа
- deed — поступок
- plaster — штукатурка
suffer from, creature, irritated (irritation)
The cat slowly recovered. Now he had frightful appearance, but he no longer suffered any pain. He went about the house as usual but always ran away when he saw me. At first I felt uneasy about the creature which had once so loved me. But this feeling soon gave place to irritation which in its turn changed into anger. So one morning, in cool blood, I put a rope about his neck and hung him on a tree. The tears were in my eyes because I knew that Pluto had loved me. But I finished the cruel thing.
On the night of the next day, I woke up by the cry of fire. The curtains of my bed were in flames. The whole house was on fire. It was with great difficulty that my wife, a servant, and myself escape from the place. My house was destroyed by fire. Now I was a poor man.
Did the disaster happen because of my cruel deed? The next day I visited the ruins. All the walls had fallen in. The only wall left was the wall of my bedroom. I saw people who were standing in front of the wall looking at something there. I came near and saw on the wall the figure of a gigantic cat with a rope on its neck.
I felt terror. Suddenly I remembered that the cat was hung in a garden near the house. I thought that during the fire some person probably cut the animal from the tree and threw it into my room through an open window to wake me up. When the walls of my room fell, they pressed it to the wall and the flames made the picture on the new plaster.