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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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majestic, and he marches along with his
simple blanket, as though he were wearing
the purple. His common talk is a series
of piercing screams, and cries, more pain-
ful to the ear than the most excruciating
fine music that I ever endured.
If you adopt the Arab life for the sake
of seclusion, you will be horridly disap-
pointed, for you will find yourself in per-
petual contact with a mass of hot fellow-
creatures. It is true that all who are in-
mates of the same tent are related to each
other, but I am not quite sure that that
circumstance adds much to the charm of
such a life.
In passing the Desert you will find your
Arabs wanting to start, and to rest at all
sorts of odd times; they like, for instance
to be off at one in the morning, and to rest
during the whole of the afternoon; you
must not give way to their wishes in this
l espect; 1 tried their plan once, and found
it very harassing, and unwholesome. An
ordinary tent can give you very little pro-
tection against heat, for the fire strikes
fiercely through single canvass, and you soon
find that whilst you lie crouching, and striv-
ing to hide yourself from the blazing face
of the sun, his power is harder to bear
than it is where you boldy defy him from
the airy heights of yoxir camel.
It had been arranged with my Arabs,
Hiat they were to bring with them all the
food which they would want for themselves
during the passage of the Desert, but as
we rested at the end of the lirst day's
journey, by the side of an Arab encamp-
ment, my camel - men found all that they
required for that night in the tents of their
own brethren. On the evening of the se-
cond day, however, just before we encamp-
ed for the night, my four Arabs came to
lUhemetri, and formally announced that
tiiey had not brought with them one atom
of food, and that they looked entirely to
my supplies for their daily bread. This
was awkward intelligence, we were now
Just two days deep in the Desert, and I
had brought with me no more bread than
might be reasonably required for myself,
and my European attendants: I believed
at the moment that the men had really
mistaken the terms of the arrangement, and
feeling that the bore of being put upon
half rations would be a less evil than the
starvation of my Arabs, I at once told
Dthemetri to assure them that my bread
should be equally shared with all. Dthe-
metri, however, did not approve of this
concession; he as&ured me quite positively
that the Arabs thoroughly understood the
agreement, and that if they were now
without food, they had wilfully brought
themselves into this strait, for the wretched
purpose of bettering their bargain, by the
value of a few paras' worth of bread. This
suggestion made me look at the affair in
a new hght; I should have been glad enough
to put up with the slight privation to which
my concession would subject me, and could
have borne to witness the semistarvation of
poor Dthemetri with a fine, philosophical
calm, but is seemed to me that the scheme,
if scheme it were, had something of au-
dacity in it, and was well enough calculated
to try the extent of my softness: I "well
knew the danger of allowing such a trial
to result in a conclusion that I was one
who might be easily managed; and there-
fore, after thoroughly satisfying myself from
Dthemetri's clear and repeated assertions,
that the Arabs had really understood the
arrangement, 1 determined that they should
not now violate it by taking advantage of
my position in the midst of their big desert,
so I desired Dthemetri to tell them that
they should touch no bread of mine. We
stopped, and the tent was pitched; the
Arabs came to me, and prayed loudly for
bread; I refused them.
'Then we die!'
'God's will be done.'
I gave the Arabs to understand that I
regretted their perishing by hunger, but
that I should bear this calmly, like any
other misfortune not my own — that in
short I was happily resigned to their fate.
The men would have talked a great deal,
but they were under the disadvantage of
addressing me through a hostile interpreter,
they looked hard upon my face, but they
found no hope there, so at last they re-
tired as they pretended, to lay them down,
and die.
In about ten minutes from this time, I
i'ound that the Arabs were busily cooking
their bread! Their pretence of having
brought no food was false, and was only
invented for the purpose of saving it. They
had a good bag of meal, which fhey had
contrived to stow away under the baggage,
upon one of the camels, in such a way as
to escape notice. In Europe the detection
of a scheme hke this would have occasioned
a disagreeable feeling between the master,
and the delinquent, but you would no more
recoil from an Oriental, on account of a
matter of this sort, than in England you
would reject a horse that had tried, and
failed to throw you. Indeed I felt quite
good-humouredly towards my Arabs, be-
cause they had so woefully failed in their