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
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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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nance, or a silly, disconcerted grin, will be ill
received. If, into the bargain, you mutter it,
or utter it indistinctly, and ungracefully, it will
be still worse received. If your air and address
are vulgar, and awkward, you may be esteemed
indeed, if you have great intrinsic merit; but
you will never please, and, without pleasing,
you will rise but heavily. Venus, among the
ancients, was synonymous with the Graces, who
were always supposed to accompany her. They
are not inexorable Ladies, and may be had, if
properly, and diligently pursued.
I remember, that when, with all the awkward-
ness and rust of Cambridge 6) about me, I was
first introduced into good company, I was fright-
ened out of ray wits. I was determined to be,
what I thought civil; I made 7) fine low bows,
and placed myself below every body; but when
I was spoken 8) to, or attempted to speak my-
self, opstupui steteruntque comae et vox faiicibus
haesit 9). If I saw 10) people whisper, I was
sure it was at rne; and I thought myself the sole
object of either tho ridicule or the censure of
the whole company, who, God knows, did 11)
not trouble their heads about me. In this way
I suffered, for some time, like a criminal at the
bar, and should certainly have renounced all po-
lite company for ever; if I had not been so con-
vinced of the absolute necessity of forming my
manners upon those of the best companies, that I
determined to persevere, and suffer any thing or
every thing, rather than not compass that point.
Insensibly it grew 12) easier to me; and I began
not to bow so ridiculously low, and to answer
questions without great hesitation or stammering;
if, now and then, some charitable people, seeing
my embarrassment, came and spoke to me, I
considered them as angels, sent to comfort me,
and that gave me a little courage. I got 13)
more soon afterwards, and was intrepid enough