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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that vanity, interest, poverty, and every spendthrift consideration
urged him to look upon the proposal with favour, and that where
all other inducements were wanting, the habitual carelessness of his
disposition stepped in and still weighed down the scale on the same
side. To these inpulses must be added the complete ascendency
which his friend had long been accustomed to exercise over him—an
ascendency exerted in the beginning sorely at the expense of the
unfortunate Dick's purse and prospects, but still maintained without
the slightest relaxation, notwithstanding that Dick suffered for all
his friend's vices and was, in nine cases out of ten, looked upon as
his designing tempter when he was indeed nothing but his thought-
less lightheaded tool.
The motives on the other side were something deeper than any
which Kichard Swiveller entertained or understood, but these being
left to their own development, require no present elucidation. The
negotiation was concluded very pleasantly, and Mr. Swiveller was
in the act of stating in flowery terms that he had no insurmountable
objection to marrying anybody plentifully endowed with money or
movables, who could be induced to take him, when he was inter-
rupted in his observations by a knock at the door, and the conse-
quent necessity of crying „Come in."
The door was opened, but nothing came in except a soapy arm
and a strong gush of tobacco. The gush of tobacco came from the
shop down stairs, and the soapy arm proceeded from the body of a
servant girl, who being then and there engaged in cleaning the
stairs had just drawn it out of a warm pail to take in a letter,
which letter she now held in her hand; proclaiming aloud, with
that quick perception of surnames peculiar to her class, that it was
for Mister Snivelling.
The country was yet naked and leafless; but English scenery is
always verdant, and the sudden change in the temperature of the
weather was surpising in its quickening effects upon the landscape.
It was inspiring and animating to witness the first awakening of
spring ; to feel its warm breath stealing over the senses; to see the