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How does it apply to the man
fond of popularity? To the
miser ? When does the man of pleasure
pay too much for his "whistle''9 When does the one who cares too much for appearance?
Express this thought in other
words. Do you like your expression as
well as Franklin's way of say
about the author.
Words and Phrases for Study PRONUNCIATION: di-réct’ lý
pop-ū-lăr'-1-tý îm-prés'-sion (prěsh'-un)
săc'rî-fic-ing (fīz') ăm-biotious (bish’-xs)
eq'-ui-page (ěk’-wi-paj) cha-grìn' (shå-grìn')
ăc-cū'-mů-lāt-ing laud'-å-ble (lôd'-å-b'l)
věx-a’-tion (věk-sā'-shủn) state of being troubled. săc'-ri-fice—to give up something in order to gain something else. bê-něv'-7-lent-having a desire to do good; generous; kind.
WORDS AND PHRASES:
chagrin” 6. observed' "accumulating” a laudable'
AN AX TO GRIND
When I was a little boy, I remember, one cold winter' morning, I was accosted by a smiling man with an ax on hie shoulder. "My pretty boy,” said he, "has your fathers grindstone ?”
“Yes, sir,” said I.
"You are a fine little fellow !” said he. “Will you let me grind my ax on it?”
Pleased with the compliment of “fine little fellow," "Oh, yes, sir," I answered. “It is down in the shop."
“And will you, my man,” said he, patting me on the head, "get me a little hot water ?”
How could I refuse? I ran, and soon brought a kettleful.
“How old are you?—and what's your name?” continued he, without waiting for a reply. "I'm sure you are one of the 10 finest lads that I have ever seen. Will you just turn a few minutes for me?"
Tickled with the flattery, like a little fool, I went to work, and bitterly did I rue the day. It was a new ax, and I
toiled and tugged till I was almost tired to death. The school 15 bell rang, and I could not get away. My hands were blistered, and the ax was not half ground.
At length, however, it was sharpened, and the man turned to me with, “Now, you little rascal, you've played truant! Scud
to the school, or you'll rue it !" 20 “Alas!” thought I, "it was hard enough to turn a grindstone this cold day, but now to be called a little rascal is too much.”
It sank deep into my mind, and often have I thought of it since.
HELPS TO STUDY
Notes and Questions How did the
secure the of use to Franklin afterward! boy's help?
What is meant when we say of How did he show ingratitude in a person that he has an ax his treatment of the boy?
to grind’'? How would you have sought the How do you think Franklin val. boy's help?
ued sincerity ? In what way was this incident How do you value it?
com'-plň-ment-an expression of approval.
WORDS AND PHRASES:
"rue the day'
THE YELLOW VIOLET
WILLIAM CULLEN BRYANT
William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878) was born in the rugged hill country of western Massachusetts. He removed to New York and became editor of the “Evening Post, a position which he continued to hold throughout his long life. He was kind and polite to all. He had a remarkable memory and it is said he could repeat "by heart' every poem he had written.
And woods the blue-bird's warble know,
Peeps from the last year's leaves below.
Ere russet fields their green resume,
Sweet flower, I love, in forest bare,
Alone is in the virgin air.
Of all her train, the hands of Spring
First plant thee in the watery mould,
Beside the snow-bank's edges cold.
Pale skies, and chilling moisture sip,
And streaked with jet thy glowing lip.
And earthward bent thy gentle eye,
When loftier flowers are flaunting nigh.
Thy early smile has stayed my walk,
I passed thee on thy humble stalk.
So they, who climb to wealth, forget
The friends in darker fortunes tried.
That I should ape the ways of pride.
Awakes the painted tribes of light,
That made the woods of April bright.
HELPS TO STUDY
Notes and Questions When does the poet say the vio Why is the violet called a "modlet makes its appearance?
est'' flower What is the "violet's modest When does the poet say he loves bell'%8
to meet the violet
What does "Alone' add to the
meaning of the last line of
stanza two? In the third stanza what is meant
by "her train"'? What are "the hands of
Spring''? In what sense is the sun the
“parent” of the violet ? What are the "Pale skies' re
ferred to in stanza four% Why does Bryant say the vio
let's seat is low What does the poet mean by
"early smile''? What does the poet say “Thy
early smile” has often done for
him? Why does Bryant stop to view
the violet in April and pass it by in May?
With what does the poet com
pare this treatment of the vio
let? What is meant by the word
climb' in stanza seven? What does the poet say he re
grets What are “the painted tribes of
light''? To what “genial hour” does the
poet refer in the first line of
stanza eight? Why does the poet say he will
not again o'erlook “the mod.
est flower''? Which stanza of the poem do you
like best? What other poem on the violet
have you read ! Tell what you
can about the author.
Words and Phrases for Study PRONUNCIATION: war'-ble (wôr'-b'l)
löft'-i-er (ti-ér) re-sume' (rė-zūm')
ůn-ăpt' streaked (strēkt)
cop'-ied (id) earth'-ward (ürth'-wērd) fôr'-tunes
mould (mõld) bathed (bāthd) stayed (stād) ge'-ni-ál (jē) vir'-gin (vûr'-jin)
mod'-ěst-not forward or bold; retiring. gôr'-geous (jūs)-rich in color; magnificent; beautiful.