Titel: Nieuw Engelsch lees-, leer- en vertaalboek voor eerstbeginnenden
Auteur: Lagerwey, J.; Ludolph, L.J.C.
Uitgave: Gorinchem: J. Noorduyn en zoon, 1863
5e, verb. dr.
Auteursrechten: Zie auteursrechten
Citeerinstructie: Bijzondere Collecties van de Universiteit van Amsterdam, UBM: Obr. 5818
Onderwerp: Taal- en letterkunde naar afzonderlijke talen: Engelse taalkunde
Trefwoord: Engels, Leermiddelen (vorm)
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insensibility where it cannot exist, is ridiculous falseness.
When you afterwards refused to leave your aged mother,
and save yourself without her by flight, you indeed acted
nobly. It was also becoming a Eoman to keep up her
spirits, amidst all the horrors of that dreadful scene, by
showing yourself undismayed and courageous. But the merit
and glory of this part of your conduct is sunk by the other,
which gives an air of ostentation and vanity to the whole.
Pliny the Younger. That vulgar minds should suppose
my attention to my studies in such a conjuncture unnatural
and affected, I should not much wonder; but that you
would blame it as such, I did not expect; you, who
approached still nearer than I to the fiery storm, and died
by the suffocating heat of the vapour.
Pliny the Elder. I died, as a good and brave man
ought to die, in doing my duty. Let me recall to your
memory all the particulars, and then you shall judge
yourself on the difference of your conduct and mine. I
was the prefect of the Roman fleet, which then lay at
Misenum. Upon the first account I received of the very
unusual cloud that appeared in the air, I ordered a vessel
to carry me out to some distance from the shore, that I
might better observe the phenomenon, and try to discover
its nature and cause. This I did as a philosopher, and it
was a curiosity proper and natural to a searching, in-
quisitive mind. I offered to take you with me, and surely
you should have desired to go ; for Livy might have been
read at any other time, and such spectacles are not fre-
([uent, but you remained fixed and chained down to your
book with a pedantic attachment. When I came out from
my house, I found all the people forsaking their dwellings,
and flying to the sea, as the safest retreat. To assist
them, and all others, who dwelt on the coast, I imme-
diately ordered the fleet to put off", and sailed with it
round the whole bay of Naples, steering particularly to
those parts of the shore where the danger was greatest;