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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nale man in company (commonly him wliom th&y
observe to be the most silent, or their next neigh-
bour) to whisper, or at least, in a half voice, to
convey a continuity of words to. This is exces-
sively ill-bred, and, in some degree, a fraud;
conversation-stock being a joint and common pro-
perty. But, on the other hand, if one of these
unmerciful talkers lays hold of you, hear him
with patience, (and at least seeming attention) if
he is worth obliging; for nothing will oblige him
more than a patient hearing; as nothing would
hurt him more, than either to leave him in the
midst of. his discourse, or to discover your im-
patience under your affliction.
Take rather than give, the tone of the company
you are in. If you have parts, you will show
them, more or less, upon every subject; and if
you have not, you had better talk sillily upon a
subject of other people's than of your own choosing.
Avoid as much as you can, in mixed companies,
argumentative, polemical conversations; which,
though they should not, yet certainly do, indis-
pose, for a time, the contending parties towards
each other; and, if the controversy grows warm
and noisy, endeavour to put an end to it, by
some genteel levity or joke. I quieted such a con-
versation-hubbub once, by representing to them,
that, though I was persuaded none there present
would repeat, out of company, what passed in it,
yet I could not answer for the discretion of the
passengers in the street, who must necessarily hear
all that was said.
Above all things, and upon all occasions, avoid
speaking of yourself, if it be possible. Such is the
natural pride and vanity of our hearts, that it
perpetually breaks out, even in people of the best
parts, in all the various modes and figures of the
Some, abruptly, speak advantageously of them-
selves, without either prctencc or provocation.