In the autumn of 1935, when I was a young man, I was traveling in the north-west of India. One evening, after hunting in the forest all day, I was returning alone to the place where I had put up my tent. It was getting dark, and I was walking along a narrow path. On my right was a wide river; on my left, a thick, dark forest. Suddenly I saw two green eyes looking at me from among the trees. A man-eating tiger was getting ready to jump on me.
What could I do? Should I jump into the river and hope to save my life by swimming? I looked to the right. In the river there was an immense crocodile waiting to welcome me with its mouth wide open.
I was so frightened that I shut my eyes. I heard branches moving as the tiger jumped. I opened my eyes. What do you think had happened? The tiger had jumped right over me and was now in the jaws of the crocodile. That’s a true story, believe it or not!
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to return - возвращаться
to think (thought, thought) - думать
to believe - верить
to move - двигать(ся)
to put up - поставить, установить
to get dark - темнеть, смеркаться
to get ready - готовиться
forest - лeс
narrow - узкий
path - тропинка, тропа
a man-eating tiger - тигр-людоед
jaws - челюсти, пасть, рот
to frighten - путать(ся), испугаться
should - должен (здесь)
immense - огромный, громадный, необъятный
to shut (shut, shut) - закрыть, закрывать
to hear (heard, heard - прич. прош. врем.) - слышать
branches - сучья дерева, ветки