A Class-room Conversation Book

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Commercial Press, 1908 - English language - 142 pages

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Page 96 - The tears started into the poor man's eyes. "Ah," said Mr Grant, "my saying was true! I said you would live to repent writing that pamphlet. I did not mean it as a threat ; I only meant that some day you would know us better, and be sorry you had tried to injure us. I see you repent of it now.
Page 38 - RAVEN. A CROW was very jealous of the Raven, because he was considered a bird of good omen, and always attracted the attention of men, as indicating by his flight the good or evil course of future events. Seeing some travellers approaching, she flew up into a tree, and perching herself on one of the branches, cawed as loudly as she could. The travellers turned towards the sound, and wondered what it boded, when one of them said to his companion, " Let us proceed on our journey, my friend, for it...
Page 55 - Sir William Napier once in his walks met with a little girl of five years old sobbing over a pitcher she had broken. She, in her innocence, asked him to mend it. He told her that he could not mend it, but that he would meet her trouble by giving her sixpence to buy a new one, if she would meet him there at the same hour the next evening, as he had no money in his purse that day. When he returned home he found that there was an invitation waiting for him, which he particularly wished to accept. But...
Page 5 - DOG used to run up quietly to the heels of everyone he met, and to bite them without notice. His master suspended a bell about his neck, that he might give notice of his presence wherever he went. The Dog grew proud of his bell, and went tinkling it all over the market-place. An old hound said to him: " Why do you make such an exhibition of yourself? That bell that you carry is not, believe me, any order of merit, but, on the contrary a mark of disgrace, a public notice to all men to avoid you as...
Page 31 - A MAN who had travelled in foreign lands, boasted very much, on returning to his own country, of the many wonderful and heroic things he had done in the different places he had visited. Among other things, he said that when he was at Rhodes he had leapt to such a distance that no man of his day could leap anywhere near him...
Page 12 - THE RIVERS AND THE SEA. THE Rivers joined together to complain to the Sea, saying, " Why is it that when we flow into your tides so potable and sweet, you work in us such a change, and make us salt and unfit to drink?" The Sea, perceiving that they intended to throw the blame on him, said, " Pray cease to flow into me, and then you will not be made briny.
Page 28 - When we stand in an open field, or on the deck of a ship at sea, and look around us, then the world appears to us as a circular plane, over which the visible half of the heavenly sphere rises as a vault. We ourselves are seemingly in the middle of this plane, and in the centre of the celestial vault.
Page 96 - said the grateful man ; ' I bitterly repent it.' ' Well, well, my dear fellow, you know us now. How do you get on ? What are you going to do?
Page 18 - THE human species, according to the best theory I can form of it, is composed of two distinct races, the men who borrow, and the men who lend.
Page 105 - ... it has to give. The torrents of Norway leap down from their mountain homes with plentiful cataracts, and run brief but glorious races to the sea. The streams of England move smoothly through green fields and beside ancient, sleepy towns. The Scotch rivers brawl through the open moorland, and flash along steep Highland glens. The rivers of the Alps are born in icy caves, from which they issue forth with furious, turbid waters; but when their anger has been forgotten in the slumber of some blue...

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