LESSON ELEVEN (THE ELEVENTH LESSON)
Text: The Serenade (by G. Bernard Shaw) (continued) Grammar: 1. Сослагательное II (Subjunctive II) (§§ II, 12, p. 477, 478)
2. Усилительная конструкция It is (was) ... that (§ 13. p. 479)
3. The Gerund (continued)
THE SERENADE (by G. Bernard Shaw)
I did succeed1 at last.
“1 hate to discourage you, but if I were you, Colonel", my teacher said, as he put the five pounds into his pocket, “I’d keep the tune to myself and play something simpler to my friends."
I didn’t take this advice, though I now see that he was right. But at that time I intended to serenade Linda. Her house was situated at the northern end of Park Lane, and I had already bribed a servant to let me into the small garden between the house and the street. Late in June1 I at last learned that she intended to stay at home for an evening. “I’ll make an attempt," I thought, and at nine o’clock I took up my horn and drove to Marble Arch, where I got out and walked to her house. I was stopped by the voice of Porchar lester calling, “Hello, Colonel!”
The meeting was most inconvenient. I did not want him to ask me where I was going, so I thought it best to ask him first.
“I’m going to see Linda,” he answered. "She told me last night that she would be all alone this evening. You know how good she is. I love her. If I could be sure that it is myself
Об употреблении вспомогательного глагола to do в повествова тельном предложении см. часть I, примечание 2, с. 412.