Дойль Артур Конан. Баскервилльская собака = The Hound of the Baskervilles [Текст]: Книга для чтения на английском языке в VIII классе / Обраб. Н. Я. Дьяконовой, М. Л. Рикман; на англ. языке / Адаптац., примечания и словарь.; рис. М. А. Таранова. - 2-е изд. - Л.: Государственное учебно-педагогическое издательство Министерства просвещения РСФСР; Ленинградское отделение, 1956. - 112 с.
В 1958 году Государственное учебно-педагогическое издательство Министерства просвещения РСФСР выпустило в свет адаптированный текст повести Артура Конан Дойла "The Hound of the Baskervilles" - в качестве учебного издания для основного курса средней школы.
Из предисловия к данному учебному изданию: "Большая часть многочисленных последователей Конан-Дойля как в Англии, так и в Америке совершенно извратила жанр детективного рассказа. Книжонки о насилиях и убийствах, которые получили здесь большое распространение, вызывают нездоровый интерес к преступлениям и мнимым, вымышленным проблемам, отвлекая читателя от реальных общественных вопросов. От подобной "литературы" Конан-Дойля отличает реалистичность повествования и последовательность, с которой он делает Шерлока Холмса защитником невинно обиженных.
Одно из самых блестящих дел знаменитого сыщика описано в повести "Баскервилльская собака". Умный, находчивый и мужественный Шерлок Холмс и преданный ему Ватсон показаны здесь в борьбе с отвратительным преступником и врагом общества".
"One hundred years ago the Hall of Baskervilles was owned by wild and cruel man named Hugo. This Hugo fell in love with the daughter of farmer who lived near Baskerville Hall. The girl always avoided the wicked man, for she feared and hated him. But one night, when her father and brothers were away from home, Hugo rode to the farm with five or six of his evil companions and carried the young girl away. When they brought her to the Hall they locked her in a room upstairs. Then they went downstairs and sat down to supper, drinking wine, shouting, singing and making muck noise. The poor girl was so frightened by the terrible cries and oaths which came from below that she climbed out of the window and got down, holding on to the ivy that gun on the wall. Then she ran across the moor towards her father`s home as fast as she could. When Hugo found that the girl had escaped, he was so furious that he ordered his men to loosen the hounds and sent the animals after her, following them on his black horse. At first his drunken friends were so frightened that they did not know what to do. But then they decided to follow Hugo. When they had gone some distance they heard the sound of hoofs and soon the saw Hugo`s black horse. The animal galloped past them without its master in the saddle. A little farther they saw the hounds. The animals were standing all together between two high rocks and whining. The moon was shining brightly and the men, who were now quite sober saw the body of the poor girl on the ground. She had died of fear and exhaustion. Near her lay the dead body of Hugo Baskerville and over him stood a terrible thing, a great black hound, larger than any other hound. When men went forward the beast turned its blazing eyes on them. The screamed with fear, and galloped back across the moor as fast as they could.
Such is the tale of first coming of the hound, which, in is said, has always troubled the family since that day. Therefore no member of the family must cross the moor in the dark hours of night, when the powers of evil are at work".
"A strange sound was heard somewhere quite near, and suddenly a hound sprang out of the fog, an enormous coal-black hound, but not such a hound as any man had ever seen. Its eyes glowed and fire came from is open mouth. The huge black creature was following the steps of Sir Henry. Lestrade screamed and threw himself on the ground. Watson and Holmes were so paralyzed by this terrible sight that they let the hound pass before they fired. Probably the shot wounded the beast, for it gave a howl, but ran on.
Far away on the path Sir Henry had turned round at the shot. His hands were raised in horror, he could not move. Holmes and his companions ran as they had never run in their lives. In front of them they heard scream after scream from Sir Henry and the growling of terrible hound. They saw the beast spring upon its victim, but the next moment Holmes sent five barrels of his revolver through the creature and it fell on the ground, dead. Sir Henry had fainted. Luckily he was not hurt, and a little brandy soon helped him recover".