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I. AUTHENTIC PIECES IN PROSE:
II. PROSE COMEDIES OF MOLIERE ABRIDGED:

IJI. CHOICE PIECES IN VERSE:

IV. ABRIDGED DRAMAS AND SCENES IN VERSE:

THE WHOLE CALCULATED TO INTEREST AS WELL AS IMPROVI

THE LEARNER.

BY WILLIAM B. FOWLE,

PRINCIPAL OF THE MONITORIAL SCHOOL, BOSTON.

BOSTON:
PUBLISHED BY CROCKER AND BREWSTER,

47 Washington Street.
NEW YORK : JONATHAN LEAVITT,

182 Broadway.

HARVARD
UNIVERSITY

LIBRARY

Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1832,

By WILLIAM B. FowLE, , In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of Massachusetts.

PREFACE.

The want of a French Reading Book that should contain a greater variety of lessons than is to be found in any book with which the compiler is acquainted, and which should at the same time possess attractions sufficient to animate and encourage the young pupil, has led to this compilation. The title page shows the general divisions of the work: the table of contents, will, it is hoped, show that the sources whence the pieces are drawn are numerous and well approved. The compiler hopes that he has attained his object, the making of an agreeable book, without losing sight of what should always be a prominent object in school books, the inculcation of virtuous principles.

In abridging the comedies of Molière, no alteration, except of a word or two, has been made in the text! The orthography of each writer has been followed, especially in the imperfect and conditional tenses of verbs, that the pupil may become acquainted with the differences that exist amongst the best writers. Great care has been taken in the typographical execution of the work; but the difficulties of printing a foreign language are too manifold for the compiler to presume that he has entirely surmounted them. He only hopes that the work will be found as correct at least as any American edition of a foreign book; and the enterprize of the publishers, in stereotyping the work, will enable them to correct whatever errors may be discovered, should the work meet with that patronage which is respectfully solicited.

BOSTON, MARCH 10, 1832.

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PART I.

AUTHENTIC PIECES IN PROSE.

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Lesson

1 Forgiveness of Injuries

2

The Belief in Retribution salutary

3 The Country of the Sage

4 The Sage too long neglected

5 Bless and Curse not

6 Durable Satisfaction

7 Time well chosen

Fanaticism confounded

9 The best Dinner Hour

10 The Measure of a King

11 True Learning is modest

12 Friendship has Limits

13 Guns not made for Brothers

14 It is more glorious to spare than to kill

15 Hunger is often impatient

16 A soft Answer turns away Wrath

17 Familiarity made a Mark of Respect

18 Never too Old to learn

19 The Sympathy of Interest

20 Self Reproach a sufficient Reproach

21 To prevent Evil is to do Good

22 True Hospitality is never Impiety

23 Gout the Touchstone of Courtesy

24 Prayer a Cure for Revenge

25 Whatever is is right

26 A Friend in need

27 Filial Love the charm or Youth

28 Malice answered by Silence

29 A Teacher should be Free

30 Actions must be judged by Motives

31 Self-Interest a false Standard of Judgement

32 Better to be put to Death for Innocence than for Guilt

33 An Enemy an incompetent Witness

54 True Nobility not inconsistent with Labor

35 Trifling Indulgences form the Basis of destructive Habits

36 Selfishness a Cure for Gaming

37 The Remembered are not dead

39 To live by the Death of those we love is to die twice

39 Good Deeds outlive great Tombs

40 To do without is to obtain

41 The Ocean no Flatterer

42 Cruelty checked by Firmness

43 Honesty is the best Policy

44 Love of Country stronger than even maternal Love

45 Laconics

46 True Honesty needs no Bribe

47 Humanity is of no Party

48 The Unfortunate are the kindest

49 Ugliness taxeil by the Ancients

50 Simplicity of ancient Etiquette

51 A Swedish Cure for Duelling

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