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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1. USE OF 'm\E.
Yield not nay child to idle ways,
To use each moment learn^
For time that's lost in youthlul days^
Will never more retui-n.
Too late, when age and cares oppress,
That time thou wilt bewail;
Alastoo late thy great distress,
For nought will it avail.
am tired of going to school,' said Her-
bert Allen to William Wheeler, the boy
who sat next lo him. 4 don't see'any
great use, for my part, in studying geometry,
and navigation, and surveying, and men-
suration and the dozen other things that I
am expected to learn. They'll never do
me any good; I'm not going to get my
living as a surveyor, oi'measurer, or sea-
'How are you going to get your living,
Herbert;?' asked his young friend in a quiet
tone, as he looked up into his face.
'Why, I'm going to learn a trade; oi',
at least, my father says that I am/
'And so am 1,' replied William. 'And
yet my father wishes me to learn everything
that I can; for he says that it -will all be
useful, some time or other in my life.'
U am sure I can't see what use I am
ever going to make, as a saddlei*, of alge-
bra or surveying/
*Still^ if we cant see it, Herbert, per-
haps our fathers can, for they are older
and wiser than wo are. And we should
endeavour to learn, simply because they
wish us do so; even if, in evei7thing that
we are expected to study, we do not see
clearly the use.*
can't feel so,' replied Herbert, tossing
First Kagl. KeudiiiK ^ooU.
his head; 'and 1 don't believe that my father
sees any more clearly than I do, the use
of all this.'
'You are wrong to talk so,' said his frleml
in a serious tone. 'I would not think as
you do for the world. My father knows
what is best for me — and so does your
father know what is best lor you; and ir
we do not confide iu them, we sliall surely
go wrong/
'I'm not afraid,' responded Herbert, clos-
ing the book over which he had been
poi'ing, reluctantly, for halfanhour, in the
vain elVort to iix a lesson on his unwilling
memory; and taking some marbles from his
pocket, he began to amuse himself with
them, at the same time that he concealed
them from the teachers observation.
William said no more, but turned to his
lesson with an earnest attention. The differ-
ence in the characters of the two boys is
too plainly indicated in the brief conver-
sation we have recorded, to need further
illustration. To their teacher it was evi-
dent, in numerous particulars in their con-
duct, their habits and manners. William
always recited his lesson correctly, while
Herbert never learned a taj^k well. One
was always punctual at school — the other
a loiterer bij the way. William's books
were well taken care of— Herbert's soiled,
torn, disfigured, and bi oken, externally ami
internally. ^
Thus they began life. The one obedient,
industrious, attentive to the precepts of
those who were older and wiser, and will-
ing to be guided by them; the other, in-
dolent, and inclined to follow the leadings
of his own will.
As men, at the age of thirty-five, we
will again present them to the reader. Mr.
Wheeler is an intelligent merchant, in an
active business; while Mr. Allen is a jour-
neyman mechanic, poor, in eml)arrasseii