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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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know not liow long, in a state of
insensibility. When I i-ecovered, I began
to stretch my limbs one by one, and to
my surprise found myself not in the least
injured; but the stone beside me was
almost buried in tlie eartli by the crash!'
'What an escape!'
'A wonderful one, indeed. I journeyed
on over the desert, and at length came
fo the end of it, and entered upon a
Avide green tract, consisting chielly of tall,
narrow, pointed leaves, which grew so
thick and entangled, that it was with the
greatest difficidty I could make my way
between them; and 1 should continually
have lost my road, h;ui I not taken care
to keep the sun in view before me. When
I had got near the middle of this region,
I was startled with the sight of a huge
four-iegged monster, wilh a yellow speckled
skin, which took a Hying leap directly
over me. Somewliat further, before I
was aware, I I'an upon one of those long,
rountl, crawling creatures, without head,
fail, 01' legs, which we sometimes meet
with under ground, near our settlement.
As soon as he felt me upon him, he drew
J)ack into his hole so swiftly, that he was
near drawing me in along with him. How-
ever, 1 jumped oil", and proceeded on my
way.
'With much labour T go! af last to tlie
end of this perplexed tract, and came to
an open space like that in which we live,
in the midst of which grew trees sd tall
that I could not see to their tops. Being
hungry, I climbed up the first I came
to, in expectation of finding some fruit;
but after a weary search I returned empty.
I tried several others with no better
success. There were, indeed, leaves and
flowers in plenty, but nothing of which I
could make a meal; so that I might have
been famished, had I not found some sour
harsh bei'ries upon the ground, on which
1 made a poor repast. While 1 was doing
this, ii greater danger tlian any of the
lormei' befell me. One of those two-legged
feathered creatures, which we often see on
our coast, jumped down from a bough, and
picked up in his enormous beak the very
berry on Avhich I was standing. Luckily
he did not swallow it immediately, but
ilew up again with it to t)ie tree: and in
the mean time I disengaged myself, and
fell fi-om a vast height to the gi'ound, but
received no hurt.
'I crossed tliis plantation, and came to
anotlier entangled green like the first.
After I had laboured through II, I came
on a sudden to the side of a vast glittering
plain, the nature of which I could not
possibly guess at. I walked along a fallen
leaf which lay on the side, and coming to
the farther edge of it, I was greativ
surprised to see another ant coming from
below to meet me. I advanced to give
him a fraternal embrace, but instead of
what I expected, I met a cold yielding
matter, in which I should have sunk, had
I not speedily turned about, and caught
hold of the leaf, by which I drew myself
up again. And now I found this great
plain to consist of that fluid which sometimes
hxlls from the sky, and causes us so much
trouble, by tilling om- holes.
'As I stood considering how to proceed
on my journey, a gentle breeze arose,
which, before I was aware, carried the
leaf I was upon away from the solid land
into this yielding lluld, which, however,
bore it up, and rne along with if. At first,
I was greatly alarmed, and ran round and
round my leaf in order to find some way
of getting back; but perceiving this to be
impracticable, I resigned myself to my
fate, and even began to take some pleasure
in the easy motion by which I was borne
forwards. But what new and wonderful
forms of living creatures did I see
inhabiting this liquid land! Bodies of pro-
digious bulk, covered with shining scales
of various coloiu^s, shot by mo with vast
rapidity, and sported a thousand ways. They
had large heads and staring eyes, tre-
mendous wide mouths, but no legs; and
they seemed to be carried on by the action
of somewhat like small wings planted on
various parts of their body, and especially
at the end of the tail, which continually
waved about. Other smaller creatures, of
a great variety of extraordinary forms, were
moving through the clear fluid, or resting
upon its surface; and I saw with terror
numbers of them continually seized and
swallowed by the larger ones before men-
tioned.
'When I had got near the middle, the
smooth sui'face of this plain was all
roughened, and moved up and down, so
as fo toss about my leaf, and nearly overset
it. I trembled to think what woidd be-
come of me, should T be thrown amidst
all these terrible monsters. At last, how-
ever, I got safe to the other side, and with
joy set my feet on dry land again. I as-
cended a gentle green slope, which led to
a tall plantation, like fhat I had before
passed through. Another green plain, and
another stony desert succeeded, which
brought me at length to the opposite bound-
arv of our world, enclosed bv the same