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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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the sturdier and bolder foliage of the North, grew, wild and pictur-
esque, many a tree transplanted, in ages back, from the sunnier
East; not blighted or stunted in that golden clime, which fosters
almost every produce of nature as with a mother's care. The place
was remote and solitary. The roads that conducted to it from the
distant towns were tangled, intricate, mountainous, and beset by
robbers. A few cottages, and a small convent, a quarter of a league
up the verdant margin, were the nearest habitations: and, save by
some occasional pilgrim or some bewildered traveller, the loneliness
of the mansion was rarely invaded. It was precisely the spot which
proffered rest to a man weary of the world, and indulged the memo-
ries which grow in rank luxuriance over the wrecks of passion.
And he whose mind, at once gentle and self-dependent, can endure
solitude, might have ransacked all earth for a more fair and undis-
turbed retreat.
But not to such a solitude had the earlier dreams of Adrian dedi-
cated the place. Here had he thought—should one bright being
have presided—here should love have found its haven : and hither,
when love at length admitted of intrusion, hither might wealth and
congenial culture have invited all the gentler and better spirits
which had begun to move over the troubled face of Italy, promising
a second and younger empire of poesy, and lore, and art. To the
graceful and romantic but somewhat pensive and inert, temperament
of the young noble, more adapted to calm and civilised than stormy
and barbarous times, ambition proft'ered no reward so grateful as
lettered leisure and intellectual repose. His youth coloured by the
influence of Petrarch, his manhood had dreamed of a happier
Vauclnse not untenanted by a Laura. The visions which had con-
nected the scene with the image of Irene made the place still haunted
by her shade; and time and absence only ministering to his impas-
sioned meditations, deepened his melancholy and increased his love.
In this lone retreat—which even in describing from memory, for
these eyes have seen, these feet have trodden, this heart yet yearneth
for, the spot—which even, I say, in thus describing, seems to me
(and haply also to the gentle reader) a grateful and welcome transit
from the storms of action and the vicissitudes of ambition, so long
engrossing the narrative;—in this lone retreat Adrian passed the