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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opened ray snuff-box, took snuff; the lady
was solemn, and so were the rest; I broke
my cudgel on Alderman Smuggler's back;
still gloomy, melancholy all, the lady groan-
ed and shrugged her shoulders; I attempt-
ed by laughing myself, to excite at least
a smile, but the devil a cheek could I per-
ceive wrinkled into sympathy: I found it
would not do; all my good-humour now be-
came forced; my laughter was converted
into hysteric grinning: and while I pretend-
ed spirits, my eye showed the agony of my
heart : in short, the lady came with an in-
tention to be displeased, and displeased she
was; my fame expired; I am here, and the
tankard is no moreP (Goldsmith.)
As I was yesterday morning walking with
Sir Roger before his house, a country-
fellow brought him a huge fish, which,
he told him, Mr, William Wimble had
caught that very morning; and that he
presented it, with his service to him, and
intended to come and dine with him. At
the same time he delivered a letter, which
my friend read to me as soon as the mes-
senger left him.
Sir Roger,
I desire you to accept of a -lack, which
is the best I have caught this season. I
intend to come and stay with you a week,
and see how the perch bite in the Black
River. I observed with some concern, the
last time I saw you upon the Bowling-Green,
that your whip wanted a lash to it; I
will bring half a dozen with me that I
twisted last week, which I hope will serve
you all the time you are in the country,
f have not been out of the saddle for six
days last past, having been at Eaton with
Sir John's eldest son. He takes to his
learning hugely. I am,
Sir, Your humble servant.
Will Wimble.
This extraordinary letter, and message
that accompanied it, made me very curious
to know the character and quahty of the
gentleman who sent them; which I found
to be as follows. Will Wimble is younger
brother to a baronet, and descended of
the ancient family of the Wimbles. He
is now between forty and fifty; but being
bred to no business and born to no estate,
he generally lives with his elder brother
as superintendent of his game. He hunts
a pack of dogs better than any man in
the country, and is very famous for finding
out a hare. He is extremely well versed
in ail the little handicrafts of an idle man;
He makes a May-IIy to a miracle and fur-
nishes the whole country with angle-rods.
As he is a good-natur'd officious fellow,
and very much esteem'd upon account of
his family, he is a welcome guest at every
house, and keeps up a good correspondence
among all the gentlemen about him. He
carries a tulip-root in his pocket from
one to another, or exchanges a puppy be-
tween a couple of friends that live per-
haps in the opposite sides of the county.
Will is a particular favourite of all the
young heirs, whom he frequently obliges
with a net that he has weaved, or a set-
ting-dog that he has made himself. He
now and then presents a pair of garters
j of his own knitting to their mothers or
sisters; and raises a great deal of mirth
among them, by inquiring as often as he
meets them how they wear? These gentle-
man-like manufactures and obliging little
humours make Will the darling of the
Sir Roger was proceeding in the charac-
ter of him, when we saw him make up to
us with two or three hazle-twigs in his
hand that he had cut in Sir Roger's woods,
as he came through them, in his way to
the House. I was very much pleased to
observe on one side the hearty and sincere
welcome with which Sir Roger received
him, and on the other, the secret joy
which his guest discover'd at the sight of
the good old knight. After the first salutes
were over, Will desired Sir Roger to lend
him one of his servants to carry a set of
shuttlecocks he had with him in a little
box to a lady that lived about a mile off,
to whom it seems he had promised such a
present for above this half year. Sir Ro-
ger's back was no sooner turned but hon-
est Will began to tell me of a large cock-
pheasant that he had sprung in one of the
neighbouring woods, with two or three
other adventures of the same nature. Odd
and uncommon characters arc the game-
that I look for, and most delight in; for
which reason I was as much pleased with
the novelty ofthe person that talked to
me, as he could be for his life with the
springing of a pheasant, and therefore listen-
ed to him with more than ordinary atten-
In the midst of his discourse the bell
rung to dinner, where the gentleman I
have been speaking of had the pleasure of
seeing the huge jack, he had caught, serv-
ed up for the first dish in a most sumptu-
ous manner. Upon our sitting down to it