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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nothing is great that is unnatural and affected.
When the earth was shaking beneath y(»u, when
the whole heaven was darkened with sulphureous
clouds, when all nature seemed on the brink of
destruction, — to be reading Livy, and making
extracts, as if all had been safe and quiet about
you, was an absurd affectation. To meet danger
with courage is the part of a man; but to be
insensible ofit, is brutalstupidity; and to pretend
insensibility where it cannot exist, is ridiculous
falseness. When you afterwards refused to leavo
your aged mother, and to save yourself without
her by flight, you indeed acted nobly. It was also
becoming a Roman to keep up her spirits amidst
all the horrors of that dreadful scene, by shew-
ing yourself undismayed and courageous. But
the merit and glory of this part of your conduct
is sunk 1) by the other, which gives an air of
ostentation and vanity to the whole.
Pliny the Younger. That vulgar minds should
suppose my attention to my studies in such a con-
juncture unnatural and affected, I should not
much wonder; but that you would blame it as
such, I did not expect; you, who approached
still nearer than I to the fiery storm, and died by
the suffocating heat of the vapour.
Pliny the Elder. I died, as a good and brave
man ought to die: — in doing my duty. Let nie
recall to your memory all the particulars, and
then you shall judge yourself on the difference
of your conduct and mine. I was the prefect
of the Roman fleet, which then lay 2) at Mise-
num. Upon the first account, I received of the
very unusual cloud that appeared in the air, I
ordered a vessel to carry me out to some distance
from the shore, that I might better observe the
phenomenon , and try to discover its nature and
cause. This I did as a philosopher, and it was
a curiosity proper and natural to a searching, in-
quisitive mind. I offered to take you with me.