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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to go op to a fine woman, and tell her that 1
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: »1 see your embarrassment, and
I am sure that the few words you said to me,
cost you a great deal; but do not be discouraged
for that reason, and avoid good company. We
see that you desire to please, and tiiat is the
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 profess good breeding; and if you
will be my novice, I will present you to my
acquaintance 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 I 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 ? 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, asha-
med, 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 copied the best mas-