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    2 fragments

    How would you translate these?
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    1 «Инженер Фунин заказал нанять квартиру для его новой содержанки и просил старую, т. е. Елену Михайловну, сбыть кому-нибудь.

    2. «Гусин дал 25 р. для отдачи их в газету „Хрюкало“ за то, что не печатали судебного отчета. Будет с них и десяти»...
    Кому - нары, кому - Канары.

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    Re: 2 fragments

    1. Funin ordered [them (impersonal)] to rent a flat for his new kept woman (=lover) and asked [them] to sell the old one off to someone.
    Maybe "to sell off" is not a good and not a quite precise translation, but it will explain to you the accusative case - to sell her off. He meant to get rid of her.

    2. Gusin gave [to someone] 25 roubles for the "Khrukalo" newspaper in order that they should not publish* the court report. (But) 10 roubles would be enough for them.

    *or maybe "for not publishing the court report".
    In Russian, all nationalities and their corresponding languages start with a lower-case letter.

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    Re: 2 fragments

    Engineer Funin requested (that I should) rent an apartment for his new mistress/kept woman and to sell/give away** the old one (refers to the old mistress, not apartment) to someone.

    Garin gave (me) 25 rubles to pass them to the Khryukalo newspaper for not printing the court report. 10 will be enough for them.

    *This color denotes things that are not explicitely said in the Russian text, but are clearly implied and added to the translation for clarity.

    **The Russian word often means "to get rid of something by selling it or giving away." That semantic nuance of "getting rid" is what sets it apart from more neutral "продать" and "отдать."

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    Re: 2 fragments

    Quote Originally Posted by translationsnmru
    *This color denotes things that are not explicitely said in the Russian text, but are clearly implied and added to the translation for clarity.
    Actually, it is not clearly implied that it's "I" and "me" in the text. It could "them" easily. Or, say, he ordered to his servant.
    In Russian, all nationalities and their corresponding languages start with a lower-case letter.

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    Re: 2 fragments

    Quote Originally Posted by Оля
    Quote Originally Posted by translationsnmru
    *This color denotes things that are not explicitely said in the Russian text, but are clearly implied and added to the translation for clarity.
    Actually, it is not clearly implied that it's "I" and "me" in the text. It could "them" easily. Or, say, he ordered to his servant.
    No, not in the context of the story.

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    Re: 2 fragments

    Thanks , I was thinking сбыть кому-нибудь meant get rid of i.e. kill someone.
    Кому - нары, кому - Канары.

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    Re: 2 fragments

    1. Engineer Phukin had me rent a flat for his new mistress and requested for his old one, Elena Michaylovna, be handed over to whoever might be interested.

    2. Got 25 rubles from Gusin for buying out “Khrukalo” newspaper’s consent to not get into print the trial account. Ten rubles will be more then enough for them…

    It seems I'm late.

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