For the next three months I studied horn-blowing. I did not like my teacher and hated to hear him always saying that the horn was more like the human voice than any other instrument. But he was clever, and I worked hard without a word of complaint. At last 1 asked him if he thought I could play something in private to a friend.
“Well, Colonel," he said, “I’ll tell you the truth: it would be beyond your ability. You haven’t the lip for it. You blow too hard, and it spoils the impression. What were you thinking of playing to your friend?”
"Something that you must teach me, Schubert's serenade." He stared at me, and shook his head. “It isn’t written for the instrument, sir," he said, “you’ll never play it." But 1 insisted. “The first time I play it through1 without a mistake, I’ll give you five pounds," I said. So the man gave in.
(to be continued)
1. The first time I play it through... В первый раз, когда я сыграю ее (серенаду) до конца...
to read smth. through прочитать что-либо (до конца) to look smth. through просмотреть что-либо
Have you looked through the translation? Вы просмот рели перевод?
I haven’t looked it through yet. Я еще не просмот рел его.
Syn. to go through
I haven’t gone through the book yet. Я еще не про смотрел книгу
ACTIVE WORDS AND WORD COMBINATIONS
10 put (on, down, up) to put up (at a hotel) to put off
the above-mentioned (== the
to put smth. down to smb., smth. amateur i feature
»n advantage (over)
to take advantage of the situa
to apologize (to smb. lor smth.) to hate
to mention (smth.)
above) to avoid (smth.) to turn up to fail failure
to spoil (spoilt, spoilt j to mix up to mix
to mix with people