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
Onderwerp: Taal- en letterkunde naar afzonderlijke talen: Engelse taalkunde
Trefwoord: Leesvaardigheid, Engels, Leermiddelen (vorm)
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leaving the hero of his own tale to mortifi-
cation and disappointment.
The next day, alas ! exhibited him in
the school-room in a still more humiliating
situation, for although he had wearied
out three private tutors, he had scarcely
gained the rudiments of Latin. The kind
and judicious manner in which his new in-
structor pitied his déficiences, and pointed
out the necessity for overcoming them, only
piqued him into anger — he felt iiimself
ill used on every side, and determined not
to remain any longer with such abominable
company. — 'No,' he could write to his
mother, and ho would, 'she would not let
him stay in a place where he was made
lioth a laughing-stock and a slave.'
His resolution gave way a little, when
he saw the great Pelham advancing to-
wards him, for he was already aware that
his notice would soon promote him to hon-
'They tell me,' said Pelham, that you
are of an old family?'
'So I am; both my aunt Mercy and my
mamma said so.'
'Did your forefathers distinguish them-
selves in the fields of Cressy and Poic-
Poor Appleby was exceedingly puzzled
by this question. — 'Surely,' said he to
himself, 'this Pelham must mean cresses
and potatoes; but he has a London tone
in twanging his words.' Unable to com-
prehend what was meant, yet dreading a
repetition of the laugh which had wounded
him the preceding evening, he answered
doggedly — 'My father's fields are the
Lea closes, and the Cowslip meadows, and
the Gosling green, and the —'
Peals of laughter again rent the air;
and so bitter was the vexation he experi-
enced, that his rage overcame him, and he
began to pull oil' his jacket, as if for the
purpose of lighting all around him.
'Ha, ha!' cried one, 'the es-qui-er is
peeling; he will soon come to the scratch!' j
'Never fear!' said another; 'he'll spill
no claret!'
'No,' cried a third; 'Don Pomposa is i
craven by confession. The Gosling green ! j
ha, ha, ha, ha! ha, ha, ha!' Î
Though boiling in every vein with use-
less rage, Appleby heard at this moment
Tresham, in a voice much above its usual
gentle pitch, explaining the circumstance
of Craven being a district in Yorkshire,
where many great battles had been fought,
and many brave men might be found. His
heart was a little touched by this genero-
sity, in one whom he had treated so im-
properly; and his shame for the ignorance
he had been conscious of was properly
awakened, since he now became sensible
that Pelham's questions related to passages
in the history of England, which his mam-
ma had vainly solicited him to read.
Quitting his companions, he betook him-
self to his lesson, and, to get rid of uneasy
reflections, learned his task with so much
care, that on the following morning the
doctor praised his diligence; and this
praise was so sweet, that for some days he
abandoned his design of leaving the school;
but as he was now either consigned to so-
litude or ridicule, during those play-hours
which ought to have been the happiest in
his life, the idea was soon revived; and
when he found that the following Monday
was a holiday, as being the doctor's birth-
day, he determined to use the leisure it of-
fered, and put his design into execution.—
'I shall have the school-room to myself,
and I shall manage to write unseen by any
of them, for I won't stay with such a pack
of untamed terriers, that 1 won't.'
When, however, the long wished-for
Monday came, it was impossible for Ap-
pleby to refrain entirely from joining in
the sports of the day, especially as the
amusement proposed was immediately con-
nected with those animals amongst whom
he had hitherto spent the greatest part of
his time; nor could he have any rational
doubt but that his judgment in all that
respected them was equal to that of his
Mapleton House, like many others now
appropriated to schools, had formerly been
a nobleman's m.ansion, and amongst other
vestiges of former days, had a large sepa-
rate building, used in old times as a ban-
queting-room, but of late more frequent-
ly as a fencing, or riding-school. To this
spot every quadruped used about the es-
tablishment, or which could be borrowed
for money or goodwill, from the neighbour-
ing tradespeople and farmers, were brought
for the use of the young gentlemen.
It was agreed, that the whole body
should sally forth as the heroes of Water-
loo, in all the hurry, confusion, trepidation,
and valour, which belonged to that event-
ful hour, when, called on the instant from
the gay dance and splendid festival at
Brussels, men and officers plunged at
once into the awful duties and terrific con-
flict of that field, whose glorious results the
youth ofBritaindowell to remember, even
in their sports.
Pelham was of course to enact the Duke
of Wellington, Vivian the Marquis of An-