Long, long ago, when the world had just been created, there was the sun, but no moon. People slept when they were too tired to work anymore. There was no set time to rest. One day, the creator of the world came to visit. He saw men working in the fields.
“When did you plough this field?” he asked one of them.
“Today”, replied the man.
“And when did you make that garden?”
“Today, of course,” said the man. “Why do you ask? There is only today. Everything happened today”
Then the creator understood. The people did not know time because there were no days and no nights. He decided to do something about it. He told the sun, “You must set in the evening and rise in the morning. When you rise, people will know it is a new day.” The sun agreed.
The sun went down and it was dark. The night became a time for resting. People woke up in the morning, and everyone felt much better.
But there was one problem. People couldn’t see anything after sunset. They often fell down. They fell into ditches. They fell into holes. They ran into trees.
The creator visited them again. The people told him, “now we sleep at night and feel better in the morning. But we cannot see at night, so we hurt ourselves. Can we have the sun again at night?”
“No,” said the creator.” But I shall give you something else. Something with less light. You will be able to see, but you won’t be able to work. You will have a nice, soothing light.”
And then he created the moon. It rose in the sky and shone softly. People could see at night, but the light didn’t hurt their eyes. The people lived happily with the sun in the day and the moon at night.
Creator: / kri’eɪtə(r) / Создатель
Plough: / plaʊ / Пахать
Understand:/ ʌndə(r)’stænd / (understood) Понимать
Ditch: / dɪtʃ / Канава
Hole: / həʊl / Яма
Ourselves: / aʊə(r)’selvz / Себе
Soothing: /’suːðɪŋ / Успокаивающий, убаюкивающий
Rose: / rəʊz / (rise) Подниматься
Shone: / ʃɒn / (shine) Светить
Fell into: Падать
Run into: Врезаться, сталкиваться
“Today, of course,” said the man surprised, “Why do you ask? There is only today! Everything happened today.”
«Конечно же, сегодня», – сказал удивленный мужчина, – «Почему вы спрашиваете? Существует только сегодня. Все случается сегодня.»
He told the sun, “You must set in the evening and rise again in the morning. When you rise again, people will know that it is another day.” The sun agreed.
Он сказал солнцу: «Ты должно заходить вечером и восходить утром. Каждый раз, когда ты поднимаешься на небо, люди узнают, что начался новый день». Солнце согласилось.