Titel: Engelsch leesboek voor eerstbeginnenden, benevens een woordenboekje
Auteur: Gedike, Friedrich
Uitgave: Deventer: J. de Lange, 1853
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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. 4089
Onderwerp: Taal- en letterkunde naar afzonderlijke talen: Engelse taalkunde
Trefwoord: Engels, Leermiddelen (vorm)
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and lie could not infringe these, as he was the
enactor of them. Nothing therefore remained for
him to attempt hut a criminal enjoyment, which,
as he was long used to the indulgence of his
passions, he resolved to obtain. After having
vainly tried to corrupt the fidelity of her nurse,
he had recourse to another expedient still more
guilty. He pitched upon one Claudius, who had
long been the minister of his pleasures, to assert
that the beautiful maid was his slave, and to refer
the cause'to his tribunal for decision. Claudius
behaved exactly according to his instructions; for
entering into the school, where Virginia was pla-
ced among her female companions, he seized upon
her as his property, and was going to drag her
V. away by force, but was prevented by the people,
drawn together by her cries. At length, after
the first heat of opposition was over, he led 3)
the weeping virgin to the tribunal of Appius,
and there plausibly supported his pretensions. Ho
asserted that she was born in his house, of a fe-
male slave, and sold 4) by her to the wife of
Virginius, who had been barren; that he had se-
veral credible evidences to prove the truth of
what he said; but that, until they could come
together, it was but reasonable the slave should
be delivered into his custody, being her proper
Appius seemed to he struck 5) with the justice
of his claims; he observed, that, if the reputed
father were present, he might indeed be willing
to delay the delivery of the maiden for some
time; but that it was not lawful for him in the
present case, to detain her from her lawful master.
He therefore adjudged her to Claudius, as his
slave, to be kept 6) by him till Virginius should
be able to prove his paternity. This sentence
was received with loud clamours and reproaches
by the multitude; the women in p.irticular came
round the innocent Virginia, as if willing to pro-