Once Swift went on a journey, accompanied by his servant. They were both on horseback. The journey was long, so when night came, they had to stop at an inn.
In the morning Swift asked for his boots. The servant brought them, but the writer saw that they were as dirty as the night before. "Why haven't you cleaned my boots?" he asked his lazy servant.
"Well, sir, as you are going to ride today, I thought that if I cleaned them, they would soon be dirty again".
"All right, get the horses ready," Swift said, and went to have his breakfast. Then he paid his bill and left the inn. His servant was already in front of the inn with the horses.
"Well, let's go on."
"But, sir, I'm hungry, I haven't had my breakfast yet."
"Never mind, if you had, you would soon be hungry again", the author replied and rode away. The lazy servant had to follow his master, but he never forgot the lesson he had been taught.
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dirty - грязный
to accompany - сопровождать
to be on horseback - верхом на лошади
inn - гостиница
journey - поездка, путешествие, прогулка
as... as - так же ... как и
boot - сапог
lazy - ленивый
bill - счёт
to clean - чистить
to get ready - быть готовым
to ride - ехать верхом, оседлать
to pay - платить