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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and which, when resorted to, fnrnish forth the pure element of do-
mestic felicity.
The pitchy gloom without makes the heart dilate on entering the
room filled with the glow and warmth of the evening fire. The
ruddy blaze difl'uses an artificial summer and sunshine through the
room, and lights up each countenance in a kindlier welcome. Where
does the honest face of hospitality expand into a broader and more
cordial smile, where is the shy glance of love more sweetly eloiiuent,
than by the winter fireside? and as the hollow blast of wintry wind
rushes through the hall, claps the distant door, whistles about the
casement, and rumbles down the chimney, what can be more grate-
ful than that feeling of sober and sheltered security with which we
look round upon the comfortable chamber and the scene of do-
mestic hilarity ?
The English, from the great prevalence of rural habit throughout
every class of society, have always been fond of those festivals and
holidays which agreeably interrupt the stillness of country life; and
they were, in former days, particularly observant of the religions
and social rites of Christmas. It is inspiring to read even the dry
details which some antiquaries have given of the quaint humours,
the burlesque pageants, the complete abandonment to mirth and
good fellowship with which this festival was celebrated. It seemed
to throw open every door and unlock every heart. It brought the
peasant and the peer together, and blended all ranks in one warm
generous flow of joy and kindness. The old halls of castles and
manor-houses resounded with the harp and the Christmas carol,
and their ample boards groaned under the weight of hospitality.
Even the poorest cottage welcomed the festive season with green
decorations of bay and holly; the cheerful fire glanced its rays
through the lattice, inviting the passengers to raise the latch, and
join the gossip knot huddled round the hearth, beguiling the long
evening with legendary jokes and oft-told Christmas tales.
Mr. Quilp couhl scarcely be said to be of any particular trade or
calling, though his pursuits were diversified and his occupations