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Wielkie nadzieje Charlesa Dickensa to poruszająca powieść o dojrzewaniu. Głównym bohaterem jest Pip, którego poznajemy jakiego małego chłopca wychowywanego przez siostrę. Przez kolejne strony śledzimy dorastanie Pipa, jego problemy, pierwsze zauroczenia i miłość, obserwujemy, jak stara się odnaleźć swoje miejsce w zhierarchizowanym społeczeństwie. Dickens wypełnia swoją książkę ciekawymi, zindywidualizowanymi postaciami, wprowadza wiele pełnych szczegółów opisów, zaciekawia wartką akcją, ale i przemyca nieco moralizatorstwa. Powieść, którą każdy miłośnik literatury powinien znać.
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Polska wersja językowa w tłumaczeniu Antoniego Mazanowskiego
Angielska wersja językowa zgodna z wydaniem z roku 1861
THE WORKS OF
IN THIRTY VOLUMES
P. F. COLLIER AND SON
My father s family name being Pirrip, and my Christian name Philip, my infant tongue could
make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip. So, I called myself Pip, and came
to be called Pip.
I give Pirrip as my father s family name, on the authority of his tombstone and my sister—Mrs.
Joe Gargery, who married the blacksmith. As I never saw my father or my mother, and never
saw any likeness of either of them (for their days were long before the days of photographs),
my first fancies regarding what they were like, were unreasonably derived from their
tombstones. The shape of the letters on my father s gave me an odd idea that he was a square,
stout, dark man, with curly black hair. From the character and turn of the inscription, Also
Georgiana Wife of the Above, I drew a childish conclusion that my mother was freckled and
sickly. To five little stone lozenges, each about a foot and a half long, which were arranged in
a neat row beside their grave, and were sacred to the memory of five little brothers of mine—
who gave up trying to get a living exceedingly early in that universal struggle—I am indebted
for a belief I religiously entertained that they had all been born on their backs with their hands
in their trousers-pockets, and had never taken them out in this state of existence.
Ours was the marsh country, down by the river, within, as the river wound, twenty miles of the
sea. My first most vivid and broad impression of the identity of things, seems to me to have
been gained on a memorable raw afternoon towards evening. At such a time I found out for
certain, that this bleak place overgrown with nettles was the churchyard; and that Philip Pirrip,
late of this parish, and also Georgiana wife of the above, were dead and buried; and that
Alexander, Bartholomew, Abraham, Tobias, and Roger, infant children of the aforesaid, were
also dead and buried; and that the dark flat wilderness beyond the churchyard, intersected with
dykes and mounds and gates, with scattered cattle feeding on it, was the marshes; and that the
low leaden line beyond was the river; and that the distant savage lair from which the wind was
rushing, was the sea; and that the small bundle of shivers growing afraid of it all and beginning
to cry, was Pip.
Hold your noise! cried a terrible voice, as a man started up from among the graves at the side
of the church porch. Keep still, you little devil, or I ll cut your throat!
A fearful man, all in coarse grey, with a great iron on his leg. A man with no hat, and with
broken shoes, and with an old rag tied round his head. A man who had been soaked in water,
and smothered in mud, and lamed by stones, and cut by flints, and stung by nettles, and torn by
briars; who limped, and shivered, and glared and growled; and whose teeth chattered in his head
as he seized me by the chin.
O! Don t cut my throat, sir, I pleaded in terror. Pray don t do it, sir.
Tell us your name! said the man. Quick!
Once more, said the man, staring at me. Give it mouth!
Pip. Pip, sir.
Show us where you live, said the man. Pint out the place!
I pointed to where our village lay, on the flat in-shore among the alder-trees and pollards, a mile
or more from the church.
The man, after looking at me for a moment, turned me upside down, and emptied my pockets.
There was nothing in them but a piece of bread. When the church came to itself—for he was so
sudden and strong that he made it go head over heels before me, and I saw the steeple under my
feet—when the church came to itself, I say, I was seated on a high tombstone, trembling, while
he ate the bread ravenously.
You young dog, said the man, licking his lips, what fat cheeks you ha got.
I believe they were fat, though I was at that time undersized, for my years, and not strong.
Darn Me if I couldn t eat em, said the man, with a threatening shake of his head, and if I
han t half a mind to t!
I earnestly expressed my hope that he wouldn t, and held tighter to the tombstone on which he
had put me; partly, to keep myself upon it; partly, to keep myself from crying.
Now lookee here! said the man. Where s your mother?
There, sir! said I.
He started, made a short run, and stopped and looked over his shoulder.
There, sir! I timidly explained. Also Georgiana. That s my mother.
Oh! said he, coming back. And is that your father alonger your mother?
Yes, sir, said I; him too; late of this parish.
Ha! he muttered then, considering. Who d ye live with—supposin you re kindly let to live,
which I han t made up my mind about?
My sister, sir—Mrs. Joe Gargery—wife of Joe Gargery, the blacksmith, sir.
Blacksmith, eh? said he. And looked down at his leg.
After darkly looking at his leg and at me several times, he came closer to my tombstone, took
me by both arms, and tilted me back as far as he could hold me; so that his eyes looked most
powerfully down into mine, and mine looked most helplessly up into his.
Now lookee here, he said, the question being whether you re to be let to live. You know what
a file is?
And you know what wittles is?
After each question he tilted me over a little more, so as to give me a greater sense of
helplessness and danger.
You get me a file. He tilted me again. And you get me wittles. He tilted me again. You
bring em both to me. He tilted me again. Or I ll have your heart and liver out. He tilted me
I was dreadfully frightened, and so giddy that I clung to him with both hands, and said, If you
would kindly please to let me keep upright, sir, perhaps I shouldn t be sick, and perhaps I could
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