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Titel: Nieuw Engelsch lees-, leer- en vertaalboek voor eerstbeginnenden
Auteur: Lagerwey, J.; Ludolph, L.J.C.
Uitgave: Gorinchem: J. Noorduyn en zoon, 1863
5e, verb. dr.
Auteursrechten: Zie auteursrechten
Citeerinstructie: Bijzondere Collecties van de Universiteit van Amsterdam, UBM: Obr. 5818
URL: http://schoolmuseum.uba.uva.nl/bookid/LCSM_201183
Onderwerp: Taal- en letterkunde naar afzonderlijke talen: Engelse taalkunde
Trefwoord: Engels, Leermiddelen (vorm)
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Female Intrejndity.
In 1675 the town of Trembawla, in Poland, was
besieged by the Turks who invested it with a very for-
midable army. The governor, a man of consummate bra-
very , defended it in the most courageous manner, and
declared that, rather than surrender, he would bury himself
and the whole garrison under its ruins.
The siege was carried on with so much vigour that the
town was reduced to great distress, and, in the absence
of the governor, wlio was valiantly defending a breach,
that had been effected by the enemy's cannon, a council
was held, in which it was decided that farther resistance
would be useless, and that the town should be delivered
up to the besiegers.
The commandant's wife, a woman animated by an
enthusiastic love of her country, learnt the decision of
the council, and, determined to prevent, if possible, the
catastrophe, flew amidst a shower of balls to the post of
her husband, and told him what had passed in the coun-
cil-chamber. Chrasonowski (the governor) hastened to the
assembly, and thus addressed them: "I have learnt your
cowardly determination, and have taken effectual means to
prevent its execution; you are at this moment surrounded
by cannon; the soldiers with lighted matches are at tlie
doors, and have orders to blow you and tlie whole
building to atoms, if you attempt to sent any communica-
tion to the enemy; our position, it is true, is desperate,
but let us defend ourselves to the last; Providence may
perhaps favour our efforts; if not, it will be better to die
heroes than to live cowards."
He immediately returned to the breach; his wife fol-
lowed him in spite of all remonstrances, determined to
share in the glorious defence. The Turks redouble their
eflbrts; they make four successive assaults, are four times
repulsed with dreadful slaughter, leaving however immense