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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with a quotation, as he said, from Sophocles.
A Greek quotation, and in a coach too,
roused the slumbering professor from a
kind of dog-sleep in a snug corner of the
Shaking his ears, and rubbing his eyes,
'I think, young gentleman,' said he, 'you
favoured us just now with a quotation from
Sophocles; I do not happen to recollect it
there.' '0, sir,' replied our tyro, 'the
quotation is word for word as I have re-
peated it; and in Sophocles, too: but I
suspect, sir, that it is some time since you
were at college.'
The professor, applying liis hand to his
great-coat, and taking out a small pocket
edition of Sophocles, quietly asked him if
he would be kind enough to show him the
passage in question in that little book.
After rummaging the leaves for some time,
the youth replied, 'Upon second thoughts,
I now recollect that the passage is in Eu-
ripides.' 'Then, perhaps, sir,' said the
professor, putting his hand again into his
pocket, and handing him a similar edition
of Euripides, 'you will be so good as to
find it for me in that little book.'
The young Oxonian returned again to
his task, but with no better success. The
tittering of the ladies informed him that
he had got into a dilemma. At last, 'Bless
me, sir,' said he, 'how dull I am! I re-
collect now; yes, yes, I perfectly remember
that the passage is in ^schylus.* The in-
exorable professor returned again to his
inexhaustible pocket, and was in the act
of handing him an .®schylus, when our
astonished student vociferated, 'Stop the
coach! — holloa, coachman! let me out,
I say, instantly, — let me out! There 's
a fellow here has got the whole Bodleian
library in his pocket.'
During the siege of Fort Philip, a young
lieutenant of the Marines was so unhappy
as to lose both his legs by a chain shot.
In this miserable and helpless condition he
was conveyed by the first opportunity to
England, and a memorial of his case pre-
sented to an honourable board, in order to
obtain some additional consideration to the
narrow stipend of half-pay. The Board
pitied the youth, but disregarded his petition.
Major Mason had the poor lieutenant con-
ducted to Court on a public day, in his
uniform, where, posted in the guard-room,
and supported by two brother officers, he
cried out, as George II. was passing to
the drawingroom, 'Behold, great sire, a
man wiio refuses to bend his knee to you:
he has lost botli in your service.' The
King, struck no less by the singularity of
this address than by the melancholy object
before him, stopped and hastily demanded
what had been done for him. 'Half-pay,'
replied the lieutenant, 'an't please your
Majesty.' 'Fie, fie on't,' said the King,
shaking his head, *but let me see you again
next levee day.' The lieutenant did not fail
to appear at the place of assignation, when
he received from the immediate hands of
lloyalty five hundred pounds smart money,
and a pension of two hundred a year.
In 1805, Joseph Lancaster, the educa-
tionist, was admitted to an interview with
George HI., at Weymouth. On entering
the Royal presence, the King said: 'Lan-
caster, I have sent for you to give me an.
account of your system of education, which
I hear has met with opposition. One mas-
ter teach five hundred children at the
same time! How do you keep them in order,
Lancaster?' Lancaster replied, Tlease thy
Majesty, by the same principle thy Ma-
jesty's army is kept in order — by the
word of command.' His Majesty replied,
'Good, good: it does not require an aged
generation to give the command; one of
younger years can do it' Lancaster ob-
served that in his schools the teaching
branch was performed by youths, who act-
ed as monitors. The King assented, and
said 'Good.' Lancaster then described his
system; the King paid great attention, and
was highly delighted; and as soon as he
had finished, his Majesty said, 'Lancaster,
I highly approve of your system, and it is
my wish that every poor child in my do-
minions should be taught to read the Bible;
I will do anything you wish to promote
this object.' 'Please thy Majesty,' said
Lancaster, 'if the system meets thy Ma-
jesty's approbation, I can go through the
country and lecture on the system, and have
no doubt, but in a few months I shall be
able to give thy Majesty an account where
ten thousand poor children are being edu-
cated, and some of my youths instructing
them.' His Majesty immediately replied,
'Lancaster, I will subscribe Pound St. 100
annually; and,' addressing the Queen, 'you
shall subscribe Pound St. 50, Charlotte;
and the Princesses, Pound St. 25 each;
and then added, 'Lancaster, you may have