Dwujęzyczna adaptacja książki „The Wonderful Wizard of Oz / Czarnoksiężnik z Krainy Oz” to atrakcyjna pomoc dla uczących się języka angielskiego. Śledząc losy bohaterów powieści, możemy na bieżąco porównywać tekst angielski i polski.
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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz / Czarnoksiężnik z Krainy Oz
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[ 1 ] Dorothy lived in the middle of the countryside in Kansas with Uncle Henry and Aunt Em, who were farmers. The three of them lived in a small house which had only one very simple room. There were four chairs in it and a table and two beds. The interesting thing about the room was that in the middle of the floor it had a small door. If you opened it, you could go down a ladder into a deep hole in the ground which was called a cyclone cellar. The family could go in there in case a cyclone came and crushed their house.
[ 2 ] When Dorothy stood in the doorway of the little house and looked around, she could see nothing but grey prairie on every side. There were no houses or trees anywhere, only the grey grass burnt by the sun. The strong prairie sun and wind had taken all the colour from Uncle Henry and Aunt Em’s cheeks and eyes and left them grey too. Only Toto was not grey. He was a little black dog, with small black eyes which smiled at Dorothy from his tiny face. Toto and Dorothy were best friends, and they usually played together all day.
[ 3 ] But today they were not playing. They were watching Uncle Henry, who was sitting on the doorstep and watching the sky, which was even greyer than usual. His face looked sad, and when he heard the loud crying sound of the wind from the north, he stood up and said:
[ 4 ] ‘That’s a cyclone. You two go down into the cellar, and I’ll look after the animals.’
[ 5 ] The same moment Toto jumped out of Dorothy’s arms and hid under the bed. Dorothy ran towards him while Aunt Em threw the small trap door open and climbed quickly down the ladder into the cellar. When Dorothy finally caught Toto and started to follow her Aunt, a very strange thing happened.
[ 6 ] The strong wind shook the house so much that Dorothy fell over onto the floor. Then the house started to move around and then began to go up slowly through the air like a balloon. The north and the south winds met where the house stood and so made it the exact centre of the cyclone. In the middle of the cyclone the air was still, but the great pressure of the wind was raising the little house higher and higher until it went up to the very top of the cyclone and was carried miles and miles away as easily as you could carry a feather.
[ 7 ] It was dark inside the house and the sound of the wind outside was terrible, but Dorothy felt strangely safe riding through the air. Toto didn’t like it though, and the little girl had to hold him in her arms. After several hours they were both so tired that despite the terrible noise, they fell asleep on the floor.
[ 8 ] They were awoken by a great shock as the house finally landed. Dorothy sat up and noticed that the house was not moving anymore. It was not dark either. She jumped up onto her feet and ran to the door, opened it, and as she looked around, her eyes started to grow bigger and bigger.
[ 9 ] It turned out that the cyclone had set the house, very gently – for a cyclone – in the middle of a beautiful country. The grass around was green and with colourful flowers in it. Pretty birds were singing beautifully among the trees and bushes.
[ 10 ] And then Dorothy saw a group of people coming towards her from among the trees. Three of them were men, dressed from head to toe in blue, and one was a woman and was wearing a white dress with little silver stars on it. When they noticed that Dorothy was looking at them, the three men stopped, as if frightened. But the little woman came up to Dorothy and said in a sweet voice:
[ 11 ] ‘You are welcome, great Sorceress, to the land of the Munchkins. We are very grateful to you for killing the Wicked Witch of the East and for making the Munchkins free people.’
[ 12 ] Dorothy could not believe her own ears. What could it all mean?
[ 13 ] ‘You are very kind, but there must be some mistake,’ said she. ‘I am not a sorceress and I have not killed anything in my life.’
[ 14 ] ‘Your house did, anyway. See!’ said the little woman laughing and pointing to one of the corners of the house. Dorothy looked over and saw two thin feet in silver shoes sticking out from under the house.
[ 15 ] ‘Oh, dear! Oh, dear!’ cried Dorothy. ‘The house must have fallen on her! But who was she?’ asked Dorothy.
[ 16 ] ‘She was the Wicked Witch of the East, as I said,’ answered the little woman. ‘She was terrible and wicked indeed. She ruled over this beautiful land, making the Munchkins her slaves night and day. Now they are free and very grateful to you.’
[ 17 ] ‘I see,’ said Dorothy thinking that it was all very strange indeed.
[ 18 ] ‘But I am not a Munchkin,’ added the woman. ‘I’m the Good Witch of the North.’
[ 19 ] ‘Really?’ Dorothy’s eyes grew bigger. ‘I thought all witches were wicked?’
[ 20 ] ‘Oh, no, that is a great mistake. There were only four witches in the Land of Oz, and two of them – those who live in the North and in the South – are good witches. There were two wicked witches who lived in the East and in the West, but now that you’ve killed one of them, there’s only one wicked witch in the Land of Oz.
[ 21 ] The Witch of the North stopped at this point and looked at the corner of the house to which the three Munchkins were now pointing. The feet of the dead witch had disappeared and all that was left of her now were the two silver shoes. The Witch of the North picked them up and handed them to Dorothy.
[ 22 ] ‘They are yours now. The Wicked Witch was very proud of them because they have some magic power, but I never knew what it was.’
[ 23 ] ‘Thank you,’ said Dorothy taking the shoes. ‘But now I would really like to go back home to Kansas. Otherwise, I’m sure my Aunt Em will be very worried. Could you help me find my way?’
[ 24 ] ‘Kansas? ‘ said the Witch thoughtfully. ‘I’m sure I don’t know where that is. All I know is that the Land of Oz is surrounded by a desert which nobody can cross. I’m afraid, my dear, you will have to stay with us.’
[ 25 ] When Dorothy heard this, tears came to her eyes, and she started to cry. The Munchkins felt so sorry for her that immediately they took out blue handkerchiefs from the pockets of their blue trousers and began to cry too. Only the Witch of the North didn’t cry. Instead, she slowly took off her white hat, then looked inside it and read:
[ 26 ] ‘LET DOROTHY GO TO THE CITY OF EMERALDS.’
[ 27 ] ‘If your name is Dorothy, my dear,’ said the Witch looking carefully at Dorothy, ‘then you must go to the Emerald City. Perhaps Oz will help you.’
[ 28 ] ‘And where is this city?’ asked Dorothy drying her eyes.
[ 29 ] ‘It’s exactly in the middle of the country, and it is ruled by Oz, the Great Wizard.’
[ 30 ] ‘How can I get there?’ asked the little girl, who was slowly getting used to finding out about new Witches and Wizards.
[ 31 ] ‘You must walk. The road to the Emerald City is made of yellow brick. You cannot miss it. And I’ll give you my kiss, which will keep you safe. No one will dare hurt a person who has been kissed by the Witch of the North.’
[ 32 ] She came close to Dorothy and kissed the girl’s forehead, which left a round shiny mark on it.
[ 33 ] ‘Good luck, my dear,’ the Witch said and disappeared.
[ 34 ] Dorothy decided