Page 3. Words to know:
- barrel — бочка
- purr — мурчать
- accompany — сопровождать
- hatred — ненависть
- avoid — избегать
- prevent from — помешать
- weight — вес
- breath — дыхание
- mankind — человечество
- sufferer — страдалица
suffer from (sufferer), creature, irritated (irritation), deed
The time passed. One night when I was sitting in a pub, I suddenly saw a black object on one of the barrels. I came to it and touched it with my hand. It was a black cat—a very large one — as large as Pluto. It looked like Pluto with the only difference that his breast was white. He was one-eyed too but at that time I didn’t notice it.
I touched him and the cat started purring loudly and rubbed against my hand. I asked people around but nobody had seen the cat before.
When I prepared to go home, the animal wanted to accompany me. I let him do so and decided to let him live in my house. At once he became a favourite pet with my wife. As for me, I felt some dislike for him. Soon the feeling of dislike changed into hatred. I tried to avoid the creature as he reminded me of my cruel deed.
I hated the cat but he loved me very much. He followed me everywhere about the house. If I sat, he jumped upon my knees. If I wanted to go for walk, he would get between my feet trying to stop me. At such times I wanted to hit him hard but the memory of my former crime prevented me from doing so. And more than that — I was afraid of the beast.
This cat never left me alone. When I went to sleep, I felt his large weight upon my heart. When I woke up, I felt his hot breath upon my face. Evil thoughts started to be born in me. To tell the truth, I was full of hatred to all the mankind and my poor wife was the most usual and the most patient of sufferers.