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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to go up to a fine woman, and tell her that I
thought it a warm day: she answered me, very
civilly, that she thought so too; upon which the
conversation ceased, on my part, for some time,
till she, good-naturedly resuming it, spoke to
me thus: . I see your embarrassment, and I am
» sure that the few words you said to me, cost
I you a great deal; but do not be discouraged
> for that reason, and avoid good company. We
> see that you desire to please, and that is tho
> main point; you want only the manner, and
> you think that you want it still more than you
» do. You must go through your noviciate be-
» fore you can prolcss good breeding: and if you
» will be my novice, I will present you to my
» acquaint.mce as such."
You will easily imagine how much this speech
pleased me and how awkwardly I answered it; I
hemm'd once or twice (for it gave me a bur in
my throat) before 1 could tell her, that I was
very much obliged to her; that it was true, that
I had a great deal of reason to distrust my own
behaviour, not being used to fine company; and
that I should be proud of being her novice, and
receiving her instructions. As soon as I had
fumbled out this answer, she called up three or
four people to her, and said: > Do you know,
> that I have undertaken this young man, and
> he must be encouraged! As for me, I think I
• have made a conquest of him; for he just now
»ventured to tell me, although tremblingly, that
> it is warm. You will assist me in polishing him."
The company laughed at this lecture, and I was
stunned with it. By turns I was pleased, asham-
ed , encouraged, and dejected. But when I
found afterwards, that both she, and those to
whom she had presented me, countenanced and
protected me in company, I gradually got 13)
more assurance, and began not to be ashamed;of
endeavouring to be civil. I copicd the best ma-