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"When I was about five years old my father happened to be in a basement chamber of our house, where they had been washing, and where a good fire of oak-logs was still burning; he had a viol in his hand, and was playing and singing alone beside the fire. The weather was very cold. Happening to look into the fire, he spied in the middle of those most burning flames a little creature like a lizard, which was sporting in the core of the intensest coals. Becoming instantly aware of what the thing was, he had my sister and me called, and pointing it out to us children, gave me a great box on the ears, which caused me to howl and weep with all my might. Then he pacified me good-humouredly, and spoke as follows: 'My dear little boy, I am not striking you for any wrong that you have done, but only to make you remember that that lizard which you see in the fire is a salamander, a creature which has never been seen before by anyone of whom we have credible information.' So saying he kissed me and gave me some pieces of money."

Когда мне было около пяти лет, мой отец сидел как-то в подвальной комнате нашего дома, где до того была стирка и еще горели в печи дрова. В руке у него была виола, он играл и пел в одиночестве у огня. Погода была очень холодной. Поглядев в огонь, он заметил вдруг в самой середине жаркого пламени маленькое создание вроде ящерицы, которая резвилась среди раскаленных угольев. Поняв немедленно, что это было такое, он позвал мою сестру и меня, и показав его нам, крепко ударил меня по уху, так что я во всю мочь закричал и заплакал. Тогда он меня стал добродушно утешать и сказал следующее: "Милый мой малыш, я тебя бью не за какую-то провинность, но только для того, чтобы ты запомнил, что ящерица, которую ты видишь в огне - это саламандра, создание, которого прежде никто достоверно не видел". Сказав так, он поцеловал меня и дал несколько монет.
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