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AN INTRODUCTION

TO THE

FRENCH LANGUAGE:

CONTAINING

FABLES, SELECT TALES, REMARKABLE FACTS,

AMUSING ANECDOTES, &c.

WITH

A DICTIONARY

OF ATL THE WORDS, TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISE.

BY M. DE FIVAS,

MEMBER OF SEVERAL LITERARY SOCIETIES.

Une morale nue apporte de l'ennui :

Le conte fait passer le précepte avec lui.-La Fontaine.
He that requires the attention and application of youth should endeavor to make what he
proposes as grateful and agreeable as possible.-Locke.

FROM THE FIFTII ENGLISII EDITION.

NEW YORK:
D. APPLETON AND COMPANY,
549 & 551 BROADWAY.

1872.

Educ T 15180721385

HARVARD COLLEGE

July 14, 1988 R. Pealers, Ira

LIBRARY

ENTERED, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1846,

By D. APPLETON & CO., In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States

for the Southern District of New York,

TABLE DES MATIÈRES.

Page

Page.

Lo Ronard dupé.....

9 Anecdote sur le docteur Young, 73

La jeune Mouche,

10 Beau trait de générosité,.. 74

Les deux Voisins.........

ib Henri VIII. et l'Evêque,. 75

1.a Désobéissanco panie......... 12 Le Marquis de Custine.......... 76

Les trois Souhaits........ 13 Le Coq et la Perle,......

ib.

Les Chateaux en Espagne,..... 15 Pensées. Remarques,. 77

Macédoine (Miscellanea), 17 Conaxa, ou les deux gendres,. ib

L'Avarice punie.......... 18 Alexandre et le Chef de bata-

Le petit Naturalisto, ...... ib. illon,.......

79

Diogène et l’Esclave,........ 19 Invention de l'imprimerie....... 80

Géographie. La France....... 20 Commerce des tulipes en Hol-

Le Naufrago,.........

23 lande,.............

81

Voyages do Sinbad.

Le Rat de ville et le Rat des

Premier Voyage......... 28 champs..........

83

Second Voyage......

31 Toilette de bal,....

84

Troisième Voyage,...... 34 Le Corbeau et le Renard.... 85

Histoire d'un Soldat anglais,... 37 La Cygne,.

ib.

Valentin Duval........... 41 La Cigogne,....

86

Le Tableau de famille,.. 45 Les Hirondelles..........

87

Le Contre-temps,

46 Le Chien d’Aubry de Mont-

L'Hommo timide,.

49 Didier,......

89

Lo Professeur de signes, 55 Les anciens Mexicains, 90

Le Bouclier à deux couleurs... 57 Les anciens Péruviens,... 91

Le jeune Soldat......... 59 Les Gaulois et les Francs,.. 92

La Cigale et la Fourmi,........ 60 Mieux que ça.....

94

Zadig. Le Borgne....

ib. Dix mille livres de rente,... 95

Le Nez......

62 Entrée dans le monde,

97

Le Chien et le Cheval, 64 Athalie et Joas.....

..103

Pepin le Bref,........

67 Hymne.........

105

La Vérité obtient l'estime,...... 68

Abbreviations used in the Dic-

L'Espagnol et l'Indien,.......... 69

tionary ,..........

.106
L'honnête Matelot,.............. ib.
La Générosité,.........

71 Dictionary of all the words in

Am'ié de Collége,

72 this volume,.......

......107

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PREFACE TO THE AMERICAN EDITION.

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The strong and commendable desire, felt by almost cvery student of the French language, to enter as early as possible upon a course of instructive or entertaining reading, has induced the Publishers to select for the use of such persons a work of acknowledged excellence, which has rapidly passed through five editions in England. It is intended to accompany “Ollendorff's New Method of Learning French," now so widely known and justly esteemed, as pre-eminently the best work extant for gaining rapidly a thorough knowledge of the most useful and indispensable of modern languages. With any other French Grammar that may be used, however, it will be found highly valuable as an auxiliary.

The great difficulty of compiling a book adapted to the wants of beginners has been admirably overcome in this - Introduction.” The method which ought to prevail in every branch of learning—that of proceeding by insensible steps from what is easy to what is difficult—is closely adhered to. The pieces contained in the volume com

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