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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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ous. I found several friends here, more-
over; and it was some time before I or-
dered horses, and set off for Buyukderé, the
summer residence of our ambassador.
A gaunt black slave, mounted on a camel-
like horse, preceded me with my saddle-
bags, and we passed at a gallop over the
wide, bleak downs that surround Pera to-
wards the north. In some of the valleys
were tracts of great richness and fertility,
and some comfortable farmhouses and home-
steads delightfully reminded me that I was
in Europe. After an hour's hard riding
we came to Sthené, and thenceforth our
path lay along the beautiful shores of the
Bosphorus.
This celebrated water somewhat resem-
bles the straits of Menai in its shape and
windings, but is on an infinitely larger
scale: its steep shores are mostly wooded
to the water's edge, and an almost continu-
ous village runs from Pera to Buyukderé.
Occasionally this scattered array of cottages
and palaces collects into a town, as at
Therapia, where the greater number of
the ambassadors have summer residences:
sometimes it is broken by terraces shaded
with trellised vines, or shady recesses
among the clifl's, where the inhabitants sit
sipping sherbet and smoking their chi-
bouques. Most of the women wore the pic-
turesque Greek dress, and there was a suf-
ficient sprinkling of Oriental costume
among the men to confer a very imposing
appearance on these groups. Pleasure
seemed to be the only business of their
lives ; every scene disclosed a garden,
every building was a palace , or a fort, or
a cottage ornée. On we went at a gallop
along the shore, or above the hills, or
thundering through the towns, except where
some gaily-painted car, full of women, and
drawn by two white oxen, blocked up the
way. The sun's last light fell upon the
Black Sea as I rode into Buyukderé.
Here I passed two or three most plea-
sant days; and it did not require the con-
trast of solitude, privation, and hardship,
to render appreciated the gifted society
and i-efinements of life which I there en-
joyed.
Buyukderé is a very picturesque village,
with green verandahs, and red-tiled roofs,
and a pretty little quay, with other sea-
port appendages in miniature. Men-of-war,
with ilags of the different nations repre-
sented by the ambassadors resident here,
are moored a short distance from the shore.
These contribute to vary the view reach-
ing through a vista of high cliffs and for-
resses to the Black Sea; numbers of cai-
ques are shooting constantly across the
bright blue bay to Therapia;'the vine-clad
hills and grassy cliffs are mottled with the
bright garments of the Greek inhabitants,
and the whole scene is full of interest and
animation.
One morning, I took a caique to visit
the Symplegades and the Black Sea: these
graceful boats are the principal means of
transit along the Bosphorus, as gondolas
are at Venice: their bows are very sharp,
and rise so far that only one-half of the
caique seems to rest upon the water. Their
sides are formed of a single plank of very
thin beech, and are quaintly adorned with
gilding and oak-carving; you recline on sil-
ken cushions that supersede all seats, and,
thus reposing, are shot along with incre-
dible rapidity.
Rowed by two athletic Turks, I passed
by a succession of bold chffs and verdant
valleys opening from the strait, with nu-
merous forts close to the water's edge, and
in less than an hour I was bounding over
the waters of the Euxine. The light ca-
ique leapt from wave to wave of this trou-
bled water like a sea-gull, and it was with
some difficulty we disembarked on the
mass of dark and rugged cliffs that repre-
sent the Symplegades, or Cyanean rocks.
This singular pile starts up from the sea
to a considerable height, surmounted by an
altar of pure white Parian marble. Who
raised the lonely altar on this wild island
none can tell; but imagination will have it
to be a votive monument of some rescued
mariner in the times when Argo sailed
these seas.
The view from thence is very striking,
commanding a wide range ofthe European
and Asiatic "shores, and of that gloomy and
turbulent sea so celebrated in the songs of
the sunny Archipelago. The light-houses
of Europe and of Asia serve to guard as
well as to enlighten the entrance to the
Bosphorus, and their strong fortresses add
to the effect of the bold and naked cliffs
on which they stand.
We went one evening from the ambassa-
dor's palace to visit Unkiar Skelessi, an
old fortress crowning one of the Asiatic
hills. The sunset was magnificent, and
the Bosphorus beneath us seemed one sheet
of burning gold; while far away, over hill,
and vale, and ruined tower, and broken
aqueduct, the crimson light lent a new
charm and marvel to the splendid landscape.
Yet when the sun was gone, he could
scarcely be regretted; evening came on
with so beautiful and bright an aspect,
with such diamond stars, and azure sky.