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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They are impudent. Others proceed more artful-
ly, as they imagine, and forge accusations against
themselves, complain of calumnies whieh they
never heard, in order to justify themselves, hy
exhibiting a catalogue of their many virtues.
Theij acknowledge it may, indeed, seem odd, that
they should talk in that manner of themselves ; it
is what they do not like, and what they never
fcould have done; no tortures should ever have
forced it from them, if they had not been thus un-
justly and monstrously accused. But, in these
cases, justice is surely due to one's self, as well
as to others ; and lohen our character is.attacked,
we may say, in our own justification, what other-
wise we never would have said. This thin veil of
Modesty drawn before Vanity, is much to trans-
parent to conceal it, even from very moderate
Others go more modestly and more slily still (as
they think) to work; but, in my mind, still more
rediculously. They confess tliemselves (not with-
out some degree of shame and confusion) into all
the cardinal virtues, by first degrading them into
weaknesses, and then owning their misfortune, in
being made up of those weaknesses. They cannot see
people suffer, without sympathizing with, and en-
deavouring to help them. They cannot see people
leant, without relieving them: though, truly ^
their own circumstances cannot very well afford
it. They cannot help speaking truth, though they
know all the imprudence of it. In short, they know
that, with all these weaknesses, they are not fit
to live in the world, much less to thrive in it. But
they are now too old to change, and must rub on
as well as they can. This sounds too ridiculous
almost for the stage; and yet, take my word for
it, you will frequently meet with it, upon the
common stage of the world.
This principle of vanity and pride is so strong in
human nature, that it descends even tothelowcst