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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
URL: https://schoolmuseum.uba.uva.nl/bookid/LCSM_200870
Onderwerp: Taal- en letterkunde naar afzonderlijke talen: Engelse taalkunde
Trefwoord: Engels, Leermiddelen (vorm)
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and suffered herself to be led with extraordinary politeness to the
breakfast-table. Here, he by no means diminished the impression
he had just produced, for he ate hard eggs, shell and all, devoured
gigantic prawns with the heads and tails on, chcwed tobacco and
water-cresses at the same time and with extraordinary greediness,
drank boiling tea without winking, bit his fork and spoon till they
bent again, and in short performed so many horrifying and uncom-
mon acts that the women were nearly frightened out of their wits
and began to doubt if he were really a human creature. At last,
having gone through these proceedings and many others which were
equally a part of his system, Mr. Quilp left them, rcduced to a very
obedient and humbled state, and betook himself to the river-side,
where he took boat for the wharf on which he had bestowed his
name.
It was flood tide when Daniel Quilp sat himself down in the
wheiTy to cross to the opposite shore. A fleet of barges were
coming lazily on, some sideways, some head first, some stern first;
all in a wrong-headed, dogged, obstinate way, bumping up against
the larger craft, running under the bows of steamboats, getting into
every kind of nook and corner where they had no business, and
being crunched on all sides like so many walnut-shells; while each,
with its pair of long sweeps struggling and splashing in the water,
looked like some lumbering fish in pain. In some of the vessels at
anchor all hands were busily engaged in coiling ropes, spreading
out sails to dry, taking in or discharging their cargoes ; in others,
no life was visible but two or three tarry boys, and perhaps a
barking dog running to and fro upon the deck or scrambling up to
look over the side and bark the louder for the view. Coming
slowly on through the forests of masts, was a great steam ship,
beating the water in short impatient strokes with her heavy paddles,
as though she wanted room to breathe, and advancing in her huge
bulk like a sea monster among the minnows of the Thames. On
either hand, were long black tiers of colliers; between them, vessels
■ slowly working out of harbour with sails glistening in the sun, and
creaking noise on board, re-echoed from a hundred quarters. The
water and all upon it was in active motion, dancing and buoyant
and bubbling up; while the old grey Tower and piles of building