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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'God bless your honour!' exclaimed the
Irishman; 'may your honour live, till I
pay you.'
'There was/ says Walter Scott in his
autobiography published some years since,
'a boy in my class who stood alw^ays at the
top, and I conld not with all my efforts
supplant him. Day came after day^ and
still he kept his place; till at length I ob-
served that, when a question was asked him^
he always fumbled with his lingers at a
particular button on the lower part of his
waistcoat while seeking an answ er. I thought
therefore, if I could remove the button
slily, the surprise at not finding it, might
derange his ideas at the next interrogation
of the class, and give me a chance of
taking him down. The button was there-
fore removed without his perceiving it.
Great was my anxiety to know the suc-
cess of my measure, and it succeeded but
too well.
'The hour of interrogation arrived, and
the boy was questioned: he sought, as
usual, with his lingers, for the friendly but-
ton^ but could not find it. Disconcerted
he looked down, the talisman was gone,
his ideas became confused, he could not
reply. I seized the opportunity, answered
the question, and took his place, which he
never recovered, nor do I believe he ever
suspected the author of the trick.
'I have often met with him since we
entered the world, and never without feeling
my conscience reproach me. Frequently
have I resolved to make him some amends
by rendering him a service; but an oppor-
timity did not present itself, and I fear I
did not seek one with as much ardour as
I sought to supplant him at school.'
Sir Philip Sidney, at the battle near
Zutphen, displayed the most undaunted
courage. He had two horses killed under
him; and, whilst mounting a third, was
wounded by a musket-shot out of the
trenches, which broke the bone of his thigh.
He returned about a mile and a half on
horseback to the camp; and, being faint
with the loss of blood, and parched with
thirst from the heat of the weather, he
called for drink. It was presently brought
him; but, as he was putting the vessel to
his mouth, a poor wounded soldier who
happened to be carried along at that instant,
looked up to it with wistful eyes. The
gallant and generous Sidney took the llagon
from his lips, just when he was going to
drink, and delivered it to the soldier, saying,
'Thy necessity is greater than mine.'
When the Persian Ambassador and his
suite left England a few years since, many
of them shod tears. One of the suite, who
had been struck with the quiet of an English-
man's life, compared with that of a Persian,
exclaimed, that he could not wish for a better
paradise than Chelsea Hospital, where, for
the remainder of his days, he could sit
under the trees, do nothing, and drink as
much porter as he liked.
Dr. Franklin, in the early part of his
life, and when following the business of a
printer, had occasion to travel from Phila-
delphia to Boston. In his journey, he stop-
ped at an inn, the landlord of which pos-
sessed all the inquisitive impertinence of
his coutrymen. Franklin had scarcely sat
himself down to supper, when his landlord
began to torment him with questions. He,
well knowing the disposition of these people,
and aware that answering one question,
would only pave the way for twenty more,
determined to stop the landlord at once,
by requesting to see his wife, children and
servants, in short, the whole of his house-
hold. When they were summoned, Franklin
with an arch solemnity, said: 'My good
friends, I sent for you here to give you an
account of myself: my name is Benjamin
Franklin; I am a printer, nineteen years
of age; reside at Philadelphia, and am now
going to Boston, I sent for you all, that
if you wished for any further particulars,
you might ask, and I inform you, which
done, I hope that you will permit me to
eat my supper in peace.
Professor Porson, who was a very learned
man, of somewhat odd character and ap-
pearance, was once travelling in a stage-
coach, along with several persons who did
not know who he was. A young student,
from Oxford, amused the ladies with a
variety of talk, and, amongst other things,