Titel: Nieuwe leerwijze der Engelsche taal
Deel: Tweede cursus
Auteur: Gerdes, E.
Uitgave: Amsterdam: P.N. van Kampen, 1856
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me," added he; »so take this purse as a pledge of my
sincerity, and hasten home to the relief of your afflicted
mother." Before she had time to pour forth the expression
of her gratitude, the emperor was gone beyond the reach
of hearing. Hastening instantly home to her mother, she
related with delighted earnestness the circumstances of her
adventure. The languishing invalid, however, being pos-
sessed of a quick judgment and some experience, received
the account but coldly. She foresaw consequences from
this rencontre, that the youthful innocence and filial piety
of her daughter could have no suspicion of. »My dear
child," said the widow, »what you seem to look upon
now as the earnest of good fortune, may perhaps but tend
to the very last degree of our wretchedness. If this money
was—Oh, my child! Such is the goodness of certain
people—their bounty is but the price of crime. I am not
suspecting your virtue in the least, still let us die, my
child, but let us die innocent. Touch not a penny of this
The next morning, at the appointed hour, the daughter
repaired to the spot, with the money and the memorial
in her hand. His majesty came up to her soon after, when
all pale and trembling, she thus addressed him: »There
is your purse, sir, and here is our memorial. If that was
given us as a snare , we return it again to you untouched;
and then, as you can mean nothing with this, I shall
carry it back with me unpresented." »My good girl," he
replied, syour emperor lays snares for no one. Carry
back both the purse and your memorial, and call at the
Exchequer every quarter-day, for your father's pay , which
is already appointed for you, during your mother's life
and your own."
1. How was the emperor commonly called?