Titel: Hints and questions for the use of candidates, lower instruction English
Auteur: Hoog, W. de
Uitgave: Dordrecht: J.P. Revers, 1890 *
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Citeerinstructie: Bijzondere Collecties van de Universiteit van Amsterdam, UBM: Obr. 4878
Onderwerp: Taal- en letterkunde naar afzonderlijke talen: Engelse taalkunde
Trefwoord: Engels, Leermiddelen (vorm)
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mingled, lie never exhibited that arrogant, overbearing manner
which is too often allied to superior abilities. His good nature
was equal to his other acquirements, and he was a special favourite
with all who knew him. He could explain an abstruse doctrine
to the satisfaction of the old men, and enlarge with great animation
on the merits of good housewifery, not forgetting, in the course of
discussion, to pay a delicate compliment to the thrifty dames who
entrusted him with the manufacturing of their linen.
He is given, however, to indulge his veneration for family
usages, and family incumbrances, to a whimsical extent. His ma-
nor is infested by gangs of gipsies; yet he will not suffer them to
be driven oft', because they have infested the place time out of mind,
and been regular poachers upon every generation of the family.
He will scarcely permit a dry branch to be lopped from the great
trees that surround the house, lest it should molest the rooks, that
have bred there for centuries. Owls have taken possession of the
dovecote; but they are hereditary owls, and must not be disturbed.
Swallows have nearly choked up every chimney with their nests;
martins build in every frieze and cornice; croivs flutter about the
towers, and perch on every weathercock; and old grey-headed rats
may be seen in every quarter of the house, running in and out of
their holes undauntedly in broad daylight. In short, .lohn has
such a reverence for everything that has been long in the family,
that he will not hear even of abuses being reformed, because they
are good old family abuses.
All these whims and habits have concurred wofully to drain the
old gentleman's purse; and as he prides himself on punctuality in
money matters, and wishes to maintain his credit in the neigh-
bourhood, they have caused him great pei-plexity in meeting his
engagements. This, too, has been increased by the altercations
and heart-burnings which are continually taking place in his family.
His children have been brought up to different callings, and are of
different ways of thinking; and as they have always been allowed
to speak their minds freely, they do not fail to exercise the privilege