Titel: Nieuwe leerwijze der Engelsche taal
Deel: Tweede cursus
Auteur: Gerdes, E.
Uitgave: Amsterdam: P.N. van Kampen, 1856
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ous lustre, and had no solid foundation, the gamesters
were at length undeceived, and learned, to their cost,
that excessive cupidity generally makes dupes of those by
whom it is harboured, and that labour and industry are
the surest road to fortune.
Nations and individuals, who apply themselves to com-
merce, cannot, I repeat it, hope for prosperity, except
from industry and frugality. To conclude the history of
the tulipomania, I shall add, that in a few years the rage
for speculations rose to such a height that most of those
who engaged in them were at length unable to fulfil their
contracts. Others squandered the wealth which they had
so easily acquired ; whilst others again more discreetly
relinquished the traffic, and would no longer subject their
property to continual risk. The price of tulips fell lower
and lower; the sellers, to avoid utter ruin, offered the
buyers natural tulips, but the latter would not have them.
Hence arose numberless squabbles and law-suits : the tribu-
nals refused to decide these complicated afiiiirs ; and the
speculators were obliged to abate their extravagant de-
mands, and to take what they could get. Many were
ruined, and had unfortunately conceived an aversion to
their original occupations, which had furnished them with
the means of a comfortable subsistence. Accustomed to in-
dolence and reverses of fortune, they chose rather to live
in penury than to return to their former employments.
The eyes of all were at length opened, and many people
became sensible of their folly and shame, at the expense
of their property and peace of mind.
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