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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immense moiinJ rising to tlie licavcns,
wliicli limits ns on this side.
'lieie 1 fell in with another nation of
»Mil- species, dillering little in way of life
from ourselves. They invited me to their
settlement, and entertained me hospitably,
and I accompanied them in several excur-
sions in the neighbourhood. There was a
charming Iruit-ti-ce at no great distance to
which we made frequent visits. One day,
as 1 was regaling deliciously cm the heart
of a green-gage plum, 1 felt myself all of
.1 sudden carried along with great swift-
ness, till 1 got into a daik place, where
a horrid crash threw me upon a soft moist
piece of llesh, whence I was soon driven
Ibrth in a tori'ent of wind and moistui e,
and Ibund myself on the ground all covei-
od with slime. 1 disengaged myself witli
difficulty, and looking up descried one of
those enormous two-legged animals, which
often shake the ground ovei- our heads,
and put us into tei'ror.
'My new friends now began to hint to
me that it was time to depart, for you
know we are not fond of natui-alizing stran-
gers. And lucky, indeed, it was tor me
that 1 received the hint when 1 did; for 1
had but just left the place, and was tra-
velling ovej' a neiglibouring eminence, when
J lieard behind me a tiemendous noise;
and looking back, I saw the whole oftheir
settlement blown into the air with a pro-
digious explosion of lire and smoke. Num-
bers of half-burnt bodies, together with the
ruins of their habitations, were thrown lo
a vast distance around; and such a siitfo-
cating vapour arose, tliat 1 lay for some
lime deprived of sense and motion. From j
some of the wretched fugitives ] learned
that the disastei' was attributed to subter-
ranean fire bursting its way to the sujface;
I he cause of which, howevei-, was supposed
to be connected with the machinations of
that mahgnant two-legged monster, from
whose jaws I had so narrowly escaped,
who had been observed just be tore the
explosion to pour through the holes, leading
to the great apaitment of the settlement,
a number of black shining gi'ains.
'On my return iVom this remote country,
i kept along the boundary wail, which I
knew ))y observation must at length bring
me back to my own home. 1 met with se-
veral wandering tribes of our species in
my road, and frequently joined their Ibr-
aging parlies in seai-ch of food. One day,
a com[)any of us, allured by the smell of
somewhat sweet, climbed up some; lofly
liillars, (m which was placed a vast round
edifice, having only one entiance. At this
were continually coming in and going out
those winged animals, somewhat like our-
selves in form, but many times biggei', and
armed with a dreadful sting, which we so
often meet with sipping the juices of
llowei's; but whether they were the archi-
tects of this great mansion, or it was built
for them by some beneficent being of great-
er powers, J am unable to decide. It seemed,
however, lo be the place where they deposite<l
what they so industriously collect; for they
were perpetually arriving loaded with a fra-
gi ant substance, which they carried in, and
then returned empty. We had a great desire
to enter with tliem, but wei-e deterred by
their formidable appearance, and a kind
of angry hum which continually proceeded
from the house. At lengtli, two or three
of the boldest of our party, watching a
lime wlien the entrance was pretty Iree,
ventured to go in; but we soon saw them
driven out in great haste, and trampled
down and massacred just at the gateway.
The i-est of us made a speedy retreat.
'Two more adventures which happened
l(» me, had very nearly prevented my i-e-
turn to my own countiy. Having one
evening, together witJi a companion, taken
up my quarters in an empty snail-shell,
thei'e came on such a shower ofraininthe
night, that the shell was presentis lilled. 1
awaked just sullbcated; but luckil\, having my
head tui-ned towards the mouth of the shell,
I rose to the top, and made a shift to crawt
to a dry place. My companion, who had
got further into the shell, never j ose again.
'Not long aftei', as I was ti-avelling under
the wall, I descried a curious pit, with a
circular orilice, gradually growing nairower
to the bottom. On coming close to the'
brink in order to survey it, the edge, which
was of fine sand, gave way, and 1 slid down
the pK. As soon as I had reached the
bottom, a ci-eatiu'e wilh a huge pair of
horns and dreadful claws made his ap-
pearance from beneath the sand and at-
tempted to seize me. I Hew back, and
ran up the side of the pit; when he threw
over me such a shower of sand as blinded
me, and had like to have brought me down
again. Howevei', by exerting all my strength,
I got out of his reach, and did not cease
running till I was at a considerable distance.
I was afterwards informed, that this was the
den of an ant-lion, a terrible foe of our
species; which, not equalling us in speed,
is obliged to make use of this crally de-
vice to entrap his heedless prey.
'This was the last of my perils. To my
great joy I reached my native place last
night, where I mean to stay contcnt for thc^