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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they are impudent. Others proceed more artful-
ly, as they imagine, and forge accusations against
themselves, complain of calumnies which they
never heard, in order to justify themselves, by
exhibiting a catalogue of their many virtues.
They acknowledge it may, indeed, seemodd, that
they should talk in that manner of themselves; it
is what they do not like, and what they never
would have done; no tortures should ever have
forced it from them, if they had not been thus
unjustly and monstrously accused. But, in these
cases, justice is surely due to one's self, as well
as to others; and when our character is attacked,
toe may lay, in our own justification, what other-
wise ice 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
ridiculously. They confess themselves (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 can-
not see people suffer, without sympathizing with,
and endeavouring to help them. They cannot see
people want, 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, icith 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 to the lowest