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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to enter, and what they saw inside did not diminish their appre-
hension and alarm. In a large and lofty bnilding, supported by
pillai's of iron, with great black apertures in the upper walls, open
to the external air; echoing to the roof with the beating of hammers
and roar of furnaces, mingled with the hissing of red-hot metal
plunged in water, and a hundred strange unearthly noises never
heard elsewhei'e ; in this gloomy place, moving like demons among
the flame and smoke, dimly and fitfully seen, flushed and tormented
by the burning fires, and wielding great weapons, a faulty blow
from any one of which must have crushed some workman's skull,
a number of men laboured like giants. Others, reposing upon
heaps of coals or ashes, with their faces turned to the black vault
above, slept or rested from their toil. Others again, opening the
white-hot furnace-doors, cast fuel on the flames, which came rushing
and roaring forth to meet it, and licked it up like oil. Others
drew forth, with clashing noise, upon the ground, great sheets of
glowing steel, emitting an insupportable heat, and a dull deep light
like that which reddens in the eyes of savage beasts.
Through these bewildering sights and deafening sounds, their
conductor led them to where, in a dark poi tion of the building, one
furnace burnt by night and day—so, at least, they gathered from
the motion of his lips, for as yet they could only see him speak ;
not hear him. The man who had been watching this fire, and
whose task was ended for the present, gladly withdrew, and left
them with their friend, who, spreading Nell's little cloak upon a
heap of ashes, and showing her where she could hang her outer
clothes to dry, signed to her and the old man to lie down and sleep.
For himself, he took his station on a rugged mat before the furnace-
door, and resting his chin upon his hands, watched the flame as it
shone through the iron chinks, and the white ashes as they fell into
their bright hot grave below.
It would be tedious to pursue the conversation through all its
artful windings, or to develop the gradual approaches by which the
heart of Kichard Swivellcr was gained. It is sufficient to know