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Titel: First English reading book: Engelsch leesboek voor instituten, gymnasiën en hoogere burgerscholen: met Nederlandsche woordenlijst
Auteur: Herrig, Ludwig
Uitgave: Arnhem: J. Voltelen, 1869 *
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Citeerinstructie: Bijzondere Collecties van de Universiteit van Amsterdam, UBM: IWO 513 H 21
URL: https://schoolmuseum.uba.uva.nl/bookid/LCSM_204683
Onderwerp: Taal- en letterkunde naar afzonderlijke talen: Engelse taalkunde
Trefwoord: Leesvaardigheid, Engels, Leermiddelen (vorm)
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gentlemen know who he is, and who you
are too. Never forget, my dear, that you
may hold up your head with any body.
You are come of one of the oldest families
in Craven, any one of the richest too;
remember that.
This precious nonsense, being backed
by presents of various kinds, besides three
new sovereigns, was held so valuable by
the poor boy, that the kind advice of his
ti-avelling companion, were entirely thrown
away upon him; and he at length arrived
at the gates of Mapleton House, under
the full persuasion that no person of equal
importance had lately passed them, and at
any rate , that his late neighbour, James
Tresham, was decidely his inferior. This
was the case, not only because his father
was poorer, and therefore, in his opinion,
less of a gentleman; but the boy, though
of the same age, was not so tall as him,
and certainly his inferior both as a hunts-
man and a shot.
It so happened that our travellers ar-
rived just as Captain Tresham was bidding
his son farewell — an affair equally painful
to both. The moment his father was out
of sight, James sprang forward to hail the
arrival of his young neighbour, with that
(Cordial joy natural to boys so situated.
His overtures were repelled by Appleby
with such haughtiness, that James, though
a mild boy, instantly recoiled, and deter-
mined to seek his friends among strangers;
he had been to school before, and knew
how to make acquaintances.
When in the evening the boys al: sal-
lied into the play-ground, Tresham was
soon engaged, whilst Appleby stood alone
unnoticed, and of course melancholy, for
no nattering dependant was at hand to
soothe and cheer him. It was not long,
however, before a good-humoured boy
came up to him, and inquired Mf he would
like to join his frien<rs set of cricket-
ers?'
'I have no friend here, I am sure.'
'I mean Tresham — I did not know
there was any difference between you.'
'But there be a good deal of differ-
ence; I be the eldest son, and the only son,
of Joseph Appleby, Es-qui-er, of Appleby
Hall, an' the oldest family, or thereabouts,
in the county o' Craven; an' his father's
nobbut a second son, with four childer.'
Whilst this speech was making, more
than a score of auditors had gathered
round the speaker, and partly from the
pompous tone, partly from the provincial-
isms of poor Joe, the whole group burst
into laughter, except one, and he was a
very leading person in the community;
stepping forward, with a look of pompous
gravity, he tiuis commenced acquaint-
ance.
•Squi-er Joe, I be the son and heir of
Sir Giles Gobbletop Greenhorn, of Gosling
Great-house, in the county of Glouchester,
Knight and Barrownite, and I hopes for
the honour of being your friend — give me
your fist, boy?'
Appleby mechanically held out his hand,
and the peals of laughter were redoubled,
but the boys soon ran oil" to different sports;
leaving Frank Vivian, his new acquaintance,
to amuse himself with what he called'cut-
ting up the Yorkshire goose-pie.'
'These he very odd boys to my think-
ing,' said Appleby.
'And you are a very odd one to theirs;
but you will know^ each other better by
and by.'
'Who are those two that are running
so fast?'
'The one in green is Osborne, the other
Seymour; but we generally distinguish
them as Lord Doodle and Lord Noodle.
They arc, in fact, both noblemen, and
were so silly, when they came here, as to
think their titles worth something, which
was the cause of my dubbing them Tom
Thumb's heroes; but they are very good
fellows now, and will lose their appellatives
for ever next holiday.'
'Who is that tall boy? he is very
handsome.'
'That is Pelham, the head of the
school — the very cleverest fellow we have,
in doors or out: he can drive four-in
hand as well as any coachman on the road,
and make fifty Latin verses before break-
fast.'
'And is he a lord, or a lord's son?'
'Not he truly; but the boy who car-
ries his cricket-bat is the son of the Mar-
quis of Chaloner — of course. Lord Ogle-
thorpe.'
Appleby's spirits sank very low for a
few minutes, in consequence of perceiving
how little he was likely to obtain distinc-
tion, from his claims of family and fortune,
seeing those whose pretensions were so far
above his were so effectually crushed. His
habitual love of boasting returned on the
strength of his personal prowess; and he
dilated on his hunting and shooting, spoke
of the admiration of tlie groom, the terror
of his mamma, and the astonishment of
every creature in the village, until Vivian's
assumed gravity was completely put to the
rout; yielding to a fit of ungovernable
laughter, he ran off to his companions,