German Wit and Humor: A Collection from Various Sources Classified Under Appropriate Subject Headings (Google eBook)

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G.W. Jacobs & Company, 1903 - German wit and humor - 299 pages
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Page 123 - ... turkey-hen, that sits on a great heap of eggs of her own and other people's, and hatches them with infinite patience ; but to whom it sometimes happens to have a chalk egg put under her instead of a real one ; a trick at which she takes no offence. " That is either Goethe or the devil," cried I to Wieland, who sat opposite to me at the table.
Page 188 - It was customary with Frederick the Great, whenever a new soldier appeared in his guards, to ask him three questions ; viz. : " How old are you ? How long have you been in my service ? Are you satisfied with your pay and treatment...
Page 189 - One year," was the reply. Upon my word," said Frederick, " you or I must be mad ," " Both," replied the soldier, according to what he had been taught.
Page 190 - Some time after, at a review, he jocosely asked a soldier, who had got a deep cut in his cheek, "Friend, at what alehouse did you get that scratch?
Page 189 - Well," said the astonished monarch, " this is the first time I was ever called a mad-man by one of my guards : what do you mean by it , sir ?" The poor fellow, seeing the king enraged, told him, in French, that he did not understand a word of German. " Oh ! is it so ?" said Frederick ; " well, learn it as soon as possible and I have no doubt but you will make a very good soldier.
Page 125 - And they, having heard the king, went their way; and lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. And when they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
Page 185 - Prussia, at a time when* that fruit was extremely scarce, he sent them, by one of his pages, to the queen. The page, tempted by the beauty of the cherries, could not resist tasting', and finding them delicious, devoured the whole, without reflecting on the consequences. A few days afterwards, Frederick asked the queen how she had liked* the cherries ? Cherries...
Page 186 - The page, however, fearing all was not right (a guilty conscience needs no accuser ), determined to send the note by another hand , and just as he was going out at the palace door , he met a Jew banker who was well known at court, and asked him to carry the note.
Page 19 - I perceived the lion had, by the eagerness with which he sprung at me, jumped forward as I fell, into the crocodile's mouth! which, as before observed, was wide open; the head of the one stuck in the throat of the other! and they were struggling to extricate themselves; I fortunately recollected my...
Page 187 - Jew, thinking it15 was to do honor to him, as a messenger from court, begged the officer not to give himself any unnecessary trouble. " I do not," replied he; "those ceremonies are quite necessary, as you will find.

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