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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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into a larger, I turned in to explore its
course. Fir and hemlock trees of a cen-
tury's growth met overhead, and formed
an evergreen archway, radiant with frost-
work.
All was dark within; but I was young
and fearless, and, as I peered into the un-
broken forest, 1 laughed in very joyousness.
My wild hurra rang through the woods, and
I stood listening to the echo that rever-
berated again and again, until all was hush-
ed. Occasionally from, some tall oak a
night-bird would Hap its wings. I watched
the owls as they lluttered by, and I held
my breath to listen to their distant hooting.
Ail of a sudden, a sound arose, which
seemed to proceed from the very ice be-
neath my feet. It was loud and tremendous
at first, and ended in a long yell. I was
appalled. Coming on the ear amid such
an unbroken solitude, it sounded like a
blast from an infernal trumpet. Presently
f heard the twigs on the shore snap as if
from the tread of some animal. The blood
rushed to my forehead with a bound that
made my skin burn; but I felt a strange
relief that I had to contend with things of
earthly and not spiritual mould. My ener-
gies returned. The moon shone through
the opening by which I had entered the
forest, and, considering this the best direc-
tion for escape, I shot towards it hke an
arrow.
The opening was hardly a hundred yards
distant, and the swallow could not have
skimmed them more swiftly; yet, as I turn-
ed my eyes to the shore, I could see two
dark objects dashing through the under-
brush at a pace nearly double that of my
own. By their great speed, and the short
yells which they gave, I knew at once that
they were of the much - dreaded species
known as the gray wolf. The untamable
fierceness and untiring strength of this ani-
mal render it an object of dread to be-
nighted travellers. The bushes that skirt-
ed the shore now seemed to rush by me
with the velocity of light, as I dashed on
in my flight.
The outlet was nearly gained; one se-
cond more, and I would be comparatively
safe; but my pursuers suddenly appeared
on the bank directly above me, which rose
to the height of some ten feet. There was
no time for thought; I bent my head and
darted wildly forward. The w^olves sprang,
but miscalculating my speed, sprang be-
hind, while their intended prey glided out
upon the river. Instinct turned" me toward
home. IIow my skates made the light icy
mist spin from the glassy surface! The
fierce howl of my pursuers again rang in
my ears. I did not look back; I thought
of the dear ones awaiting my return, and
I put in play every faculty of mind and
body for my escape. I was perfectly at
home on the ice; and many were the days
I had spent on my skates.
Kvery half-minute an alternate yelp from
my pursuers told me they were close at my
heels. Nearer and nearer they came; 1
could hear them pant. I strained every
muscle in my frame to quicken my speed.
Still I could hear close behind me the pat-
tering of feet, when an involuntary motion
on my part turned me out of my course.
The wolves, unable to stop and as unable
to turn, slipped and fell, sliding on far
ahead, their tongues lolling out, their white
tushes gleaming from their red mouth, their
dark, shaggy breasts freckled with foam;
and, as they' slid on, they howled with re-
doubled rage.
The thought occurred to me, that by thus
turning aside whenever they came too near,
I could avoid them; for, from the peculiar
formation of their feet, they cannot run on
ice except in a right line: I immediately
acted on this plan: The wolves, having re-
gained their feet, sprang directly towards
me. The race was renewed for twenty
yards up the stream; they were already
close on my back, when I glided round and
dashed past them. A fierce howl greeted
my evolution, and the wolves slipped upon
their haunches, and again slid onward, pre-
senting a perfect picture of bafiled, blood-
thirsty rage.
Thus I gained, at each turning, nearly a
hundred yards. This was repeated two or
three times, the wolves getting more ex-
cited every moment, until, coming opposite
the house, a couple of stag-hounds, aroused
by the noise, bayed furiously from their
kennels. Quickly taking the hint, the wol-
ves stopped in their mad career, turned
skulkingly, and fled. I watched them till
their dusky forms disappeared over a neigh-
bouring hill. Then, taking off my skates,
I wended my way to the house, grateful to
Providence for my escape, and determined
never to trust myself again, if I could help
it, within the reach of a gray wolf
170. AN ADVENTURE AMONG THE
MOUNTAINS OF QUITO.
On leaving the Indian village, we conti-
nued to wind round Chimborazo's wide
base: but its snow-crowned head no longer