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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knots and clusters, to discuss flirtations and calculate possibilities.
Still the bells rang merrily on, and still the pleasant game of
guessing continued, until the appearance of a well-known, but most
unsuspected equipage, descending the hill from the church, and
shewing dimly through the fog the most unequivocal signs of bridal
finery, supplied exactly the solution which all riddles ought to have,
adding a grand climax of amazement to the previous suspense—the
new married couple being precisely the two most unlikely persons
to commit matrimony in the whole neighbourhood; the only two
whose names had never come in question during the discussion,
both bride and bridegroom having been long considered the most
confirmed and resolute old maid and old bachelor to be found in
the country.
The night was still, and not wholly dark; for the clouds lay scatte-
red though dense, and sufiered many stars to gleam through the heavy
air; the moon herself was abroad, but on her decline, and looked
forth with a wan and saddened aspect as she travelled from cloud to
cloud. It has been the necessary course of our narrative, to portray
Aram more often in his weaker moments than, to give an exact
notion of his character, we could have altogether wished; but
whenever he stood in the actual presence of danger, his whole soul
was in arms to cope with it worthily : courage, sagacity, even cun-
ning, all awakened to the encounter; and the mind which his life
had so austerely cultivated repaid him in the urgent season with
its acute address and unswerving hardihood. The Devil's Crag, as
it was popularly called, was a spot consecrated by many a wild
tradition, which would not, perhaps, be wholly out of character
with the dark thread of this tale, did the rapidity of our narrative
allow us to relate them.
The same stream which lent so soft an attraction to the valleys of
Grassdale here assumed a difterent character; broad, black, and
rushing, it whirled along a course, overhung by shagged and abrupt
banks. On the opposite side to that by which Aram now pursued
his path, an almost perpendicular mountain was covered with gigan-