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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
URL: https://schoolmuseum.uba.uva.nl/bookid/LCSM_201183
Onderwerp: Taal- en letterkunde naar afzonderlijke talen: Engelse taalkunde
Trefwoord: Engels, Leermiddelen (vorm)
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83.
The Beceiver deceived.
A noble lord in England, having lost a considerable sum
at play, took his wife's jewels which had cost him four
thousand pounds, and going to the jeweller's, told him to
give him the value of the diamonds, and to put false ones
in their places, saying, that his wife would not perceive
the difference. — You are too late, My Lord, said the
jeweller, tiiese are already false diamonds; I bougiit the
real ones of your lady more than a year ago.
Cross Questions.
Frederic the Great paid so much attention to his regi-
ments of guards, that he knew personally every one of tlie
soldiers. Whenever he saw a fresh one he used to put
the three following questions to him. "1st, How old are
you? 2nd, How long have you been in my service? 3rd,
Are you satisfied with your pay and treatment?" It hap-
pened that a young Frenchman, who did not understand
three words of German, enlisted into the Prussian service,
and Frederic, on seeing him, put the usual cjuestions.
The soldier had learned the answers, but in the same order
as the king generally interrogated. Unfortunately, on this
occasion Frederic began by the second Cjuestion; How long
have you been in my service ? — Twenty-one years,
replied the Frenchman. — What! said the king, how old
are you then? — One year, was the reply. — Upon my
word, said Frederic, you or I must be mad. — Both,
replied the soldier, according to what he had been taught.
— Well, said the astonished monarch, this is the first
time I was ever called a mad-man by one of ray guards:
wliat do you mean by it, sir? — The poor fellow, seeing
the king enraged, told him, in French, that he did not
understand a word of German. — Oh! is it so? said
Frederic; well, learn it as soon as possible, and I have
no doubt you will make a very good soldier.