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Titel: Hints and questions for the use of candidates, lower instruction English
Auteur: Hoog, W. de
Uitgave: Dordrecht: J.P. Revers, 1890 *
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Citeerinstructie: Bijzondere Collecties van de Universiteit van Amsterdam, UBM: Obr. 4878
URL: http://schoolmuseum.uba.uva.nl/bookid/LCSM_200870
Onderwerp: Taal- en letterkunde naar afzonderlijke talen: Engelse taalkunde
Trefwoord: Engels, Leermiddelen (vorm)
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had left it far behind, often casting a backward look towards it,
murmuring that ruin and self-murder were crouching in every
street, and would follow if they scented them ; and that they could
not fly too fast.
Again this quarter passed, they came upon a straggling neigh-
bourhood, where the mean houses parcelled off in rooms, and win-
dows patched with rags and paper, told of the populous poverty
that sheltered there. The shops sold goods that only poverty could
buy, and sellers and buyers were pinched and griped alike. Here
were poor streets where faded gentility essayed with scanty space
and shipwrecked means to make its last feeble stand, but tax-
gatherer and creditor came there as elsewhere, and the poverty that
yet faintly struggled was hardly less squalid and manifest than
that which had long ago submitted and given up the game.
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About fifty years ago one of these cottages was occupied by .James
and his wife, a most respectable and industrious pair, whose humble
virtues are still remembered with esteem by the elderly part of the
community in the neighbourhood where they lived. James was a
weaver, and, like most of his craft at that time, he manufactured
his own yarn, and sold his own cloth. But, besides this little
business, which he carried on for himself, he was often employed
by the country people in what was called customer work. He also
farmed a small piece of ground, which afforded him a healthful
occupation in the spring months, and supported a cow, whose
produce, to use his own language, kept a full house all the year.
James was rather an intelligent man for his station. Besides
being deeply versed in all that Biblical knowledge, which was then
so happily cultivated by the labouring class in Scotland, he had
read some old historians whose writings he quoted with so much
promptness and propriety, that many of his simple listeners believed
him to be almost inspired, and some of them went even so far as
to say that his speech wanted only a little polishing to make him
a match for the minister. But, though James really possessed a
greater amount of knowledge than most of those with whom he
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