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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round the merry forge, banging at the wicket, and grumbling in
ihe chimney, as if it bullied the jolly bellows for doing anything to
order. And what an impotent swaggerer it was too, for all its
noise : for if it had any influence 0!i that hoarse companion, it was
but to make him roar his cheerful song the louder, and by conse-
quence to make the fire burn the brighter, and the sparks to dance
more gaily yet; at length, they whizzed so madly round and
round, that it was too much for such a surly wind to bear : so off
it flew with a howl: giving the old sign before the alehouse-door
such a cuff as it went, that the Blue Dragon was more rampant
than usual ever afterwards, and indeed, before Christmas, reared
clean out of his crazy frame.
It was small tyranny for a respectable wind to go wreaking its
vengeance on such poor creatures as the fallen leaves, but this wind
happening to come up with a great heap of them just after venting
its humour on the insulted Dragon, did so disperse and scatter
them that they fled away, pell-mell, some here, some there, rolling
over each other, whirling round and round upon their thin edges,
taking frantic flights into the air, and playing all manner of extra-
ordinary gambols in the extremity of their distress. Nor was this
enough for its malicious fury : for not content with driving them
abroad, it charged small parties of them and hunted them into the
wheelwright's saw-pit, and below the planks and timbers in the
yard, and, scattering the saw-dust in the air, it looked for them
underneath, and when it did meet with any, whew! how it drove
them on and followed at their heels!
The scared leaves only flew the faster for all this : and a giddy
chase it was: for they got into unfrequented places, where there
was no outlet, and where their pursuer kept them eddying round
and round at his pleasure; and they crept under the eaves of hou-
ses, and clung tightly to the sides of hay-ricks, like bats; and tore
in at open chamber windows, and cowered close to hedges; and in
short went anywhere for safety. But the oddest feat they achieved
was, to take advantage of the sudden opening of Mr. Pecksniff's
front-door, to dash wildly into his passage; whither the wind follo-
wing close upon them, and finding the back-door open, incontinently
blew out the lighted candle held by Miss Pecksniff, and slammed