LESSON TWENTY-THREE (THE TWENTY-THIRD LESSON)
Text: Her First Night.
Grammar: I. Союзы neither ... nor. either ... or, both ... and.
(5 91. 92, 93. стр. 634-635)
2. Сокращенные утвердительные и отрицательные предложения тнпа So shall I, Neither (nor) did he. (§ 94, стр. 636)
HER FIRST NIGHT
There are people who are neither actors, nor directors, yet they are so fond of the theatre that they can’t live wit hout it .
Nick Petrov, a friend of mine, is like that. He’s not a Muscovite, but he comes to Moscow on business quite often, and never misses an opportunity of .going to the best theatres in the capital.
He came to Moscow on business one day, and the follow ing Saturday he invited me to the theatre. He said that “Pygmalion’' was on, with a new actress in the leading part.
"I saw her name on the pasters the other day,” he added. “I wonder how she’ll manage that most difficult part.”
We got to the theatre just before the curtain went up. The house was packed. Our seats were in the third row of the stalls, arid we could see and hear everything very well. Soon after we took our seats, the lights went slowly down and the play began. The performance of the talented actress made a deep impression on everybody. The audience applauded her stormily after each act. The rest of the cast were wonderful, as usual. The best actors in the company were playing that night.