Titel: Engelsch leesboek voor eerstbeginnende, benevens een woordenboekje
Auteur: Gedike, Friedrich; Bomhoff, Derk
Uitgave: Deventer: J. de Lange, 1840
5e verb. dr.
Opmerking: Vert. van: Englisches Lesebuch für Anfänger, nebst Wörterbuch und Sprachlehre. - 1795
Auteursrechten: Zie auteursrechten
Citeerinstructie: Bijzondere Collecties van de Universiteit van Amsterdam, UBM: Obr. 4085
Onderwerp: Taal- en letterkunde naar afzonderlijke talen: Engelse taalkunde
Trefwoord: Engels, Leermiddelen (vorm)
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»erpents, and especially man, by the various
means he makes use of to kill him or to tame
him. There are various ways of taking them.
Hunting the elephant is one of the great pleasures
af Asiatic princes. The Africans, who take them
only for what they produce, dig in tlieir way
holes which are covered over lightly, and into
which they frequently fall. Others dare to attack
them openly. Some wonderful things are related
of the instinct and character of this animal, of
his docility, his understanding, his address, his
affection and gratitude for his conductor: we allow
him even the sense of shame. All these qualities
are the cause of the great veneration the elephant
is held in by many people. At Siam, 100 olli-
cers arc employed in the service of a white ele-
phant. He is lodged in a magnificent pavilion,
walks under a canopy, and is served in vessels
of gold. Eastern nations are foolish enough to
believe that the souls of their emperors pass after
their daath into the body of elephants. I shall
close this long account with telling you that it is
a long-lived animal, and that its great teeth yield
the ivory, of which so much use is made.
The rhinoceros, is the most curious, and af-
ter the elephant, one of the'largest quadrupeds.
It is more than sit feet high and twelve long,
and is said to grow fifteen years, and live a hun-
dred. It carries upon its nose a long, strong
horn, which is sometimes double and with this
it attacks and throws down the elephant. Its
horn is much sought 8) after, as many qualities
are attributed to it, as well as to its blood and
its very strong skin. It feeds much like the ele-
phant, and is found in the same countries.
The camel is a very useful quadruped. His
common height is about seven feet and a half
from the crown of his head, which he carries
very high. He has a very small head upon a
very long neck, and his body is about the bigness