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prey. But you remember the taste of more delicious food : I have often regaled you with the flesh of man."
“ Tell us,” said the young vultures, “ where man may be found, and how he may be known; his flesh is surely the natural food of the vulture. Why have you never brought a man in your talons to the nest ? ”
“ He is too bulky," said the old vulture; “ when we find a man we can only tear away his flesh,' and leave his bones upon the ground.' “Since ? man is so big,” said the young ones,
o how do you kill him ? You are afraid of the wolf and of the bear; by what power3 are vultures superior to man? Is man more defenceless 4 than a sheep ?”
“We have not the strength of man," returned the vulture, “ and I am sometimes in doubt whether we have the subtlety ;5 and the vultures would seldom feast upon his flesh, had not nature, that devoted him to our uses, infused into him a strange ferocity, which I have never observed in any other being that feeds upon the earth. Two herds of men will often meet and shake the earth with noise, and fill the air with fire. When you hearnoise, and 10 see fire, with flashes along the ground," hasten to the place with your swiftest wing," for men are surely destroying one another; you will then find the ground smoking with blood, and covered with
1 See § 18.—2 Since, Si.—3 By what power, D'où vient-il que. — * Is more defenceless, A moins de défense.—5 And I am sometimes in doubt whether we have the subtlety, Et je doute quelquefois que nous ayons autant de finesse.–6 See § 5, 15.—7 That devoted him, Qui l'a destiné.—8 And shake the earth with noise, Feront trembler la terre par leur vacarme.--. See § 42.–10 See § 41.–11 Along the ground, Sur le sol.-12 Hasten to the place with your swiftest wing, irigezvous vers cet endroit à tire d'aile.
carcasses, of which many are dismembered and mangled for the convenience of the vulture.".
“But when men have killed their prey,” said the pupil, " why do they not eat it ? When the wolf has killed a sheep, he suffers not the vulture to touch it till ? he has satisfied himself. Is not man another kind of wolf ? "
“ Man," said the old vulture, “is the only beast who kills that which he does not devour, and this quality makes him so much a benefactor to our species.”
“If man kill our prey, and 4 lay it in our way,” said the young one,
" what need shall we have of labouring for ourselves ? "5
“Because man will sometimes remain for a long time quiet in his den. The old vultures will tell you when you are to watch his motions. When you see men in great numbers moving close together, like a flight of storks, you may conclude that they are hunting, and that you will soon revel in human blood." - But still,” said the young one,
" I would gladly know the reason of this mutual slaughter ; I would never kill what I could not eat.”
“My child," said the vulture, “this is a question which I cannot answer, though I am reckoned & the most subtle bird of the mountain.
When I was young I used frequently to visit the eyry of an old vulture, who
· For the convenience of the vulture, Pour faciliter le travail des vautours.—2 See § 41.–3 Makes him so much a benefactor to, Est la cause qu'il fait tant de bien à.—4 See § 41.45 What need shall we have of labouring for ourselves ? A quoi bon nous donner de la peine ?
-6 Moving close together, S'ébranlant en lignes serrées.—7 See § 37. _8 I am reckoned, J'aie la réputation d'être.
dwelt upon the Carpathian rocks ;' he had made many observations ; he knew the places that afforded prey round his habitation, as far in every direction as the strongest wing can fly between the rising and the setting of the summer sun; he had fed year after year on the entrails of men. His opinion was, that men had only the appearance of animal life, being really vegetables with a power of motion ; 4 and that, as the boughs of an oak are dashed together by the storm, that swine may fatten upon the fallen acorns, so men are by some unaccountable power driven one against another, till they lose their motion, that vultures may be fed. Others think they have observed something of contrivance and policy • among these mischievous beings; and those 6 tbat hover most closely round them pretend that there is, in every herd, one? that gives directions to the rest, and seems to be more eminently delighted with 8 What it is that entitles him to such pre-eminence we know not; he is seldom the biggest or the swiftest, but he shows by his eagerness and diligence that he is, more than any of the others, a friend to 10 the vultures."
S. JOHNSON. 1709-1784.
a wide carnage.
Carpathian rocks, Les monts Carpathes.—2 He knew the places that afforded prey round his habitation as far in every direction as the strongest wing can fly, Il connaissait les lieux autour de sa demeure où il y avait de la proie, aussi loin de chaque côté que l'oiseau le plus fort puisse voler.—3 See § 31, 13.–4 With a power of motion, Avec la faculté de se mouvoir. _5 Something of contrivance init policy, Une sorte d'arrangement et d'organisation.—6 See § 19 _7 See § 49.—8 To be more eminently delighted with, Fort content de, see also $ 35, 7.- Entitles him 10, Lui donne droit à.-10 See § 33, 11,
XI.-WALTER SCOTT AT SCHOOL.
It appears that when this celebrated author was at school, though very laborious, his intelligence was not brilliant, and his great success in after-life' was owing to 2 his indefatigable perseverance.
The following anecdote is found in his “Autobiography,"lately published.
“ There was,” says Walter Scott, a boy in my class who stood always at the top, and I could not with all 5 my efforts supplant him. Day came after day, and still he kept his place : till at length I observed that, when a question was asked him, he always fumbled with his fingers at a particular button on the lower part' of his waistcoat while seeking an
I thought therefore if I could remove the button slily, the surprise at not finding it might derange his ideas at the next interrogation of the class, and give me a chance of taking him down. The button was therefore removed without his perceiving it.10 Great was my anxiety to know the success of my measure, 11 and it succeeded but too well.
“ The hour of interrogation arrived, and the boy was questioned : he sought as usual with his fingers for the friendly 12 button, but could not find it. Disconcerted, he
i In after-life, Plus tard dans la vie.-_2 Owing to, L'effet de, or dus à, or résultant de.—3 Autobiography, Histoire de sa vie.4 To stand at the top, Être le premier.—5 With all, Malgré.—6 Day came after day, Les jours se succédèrent.—7 The lower part, La partie inférieure, or le bas.—8 Interrogation, Examen. Of taking him down, De le faire descendre.—10 Without his perceiving it, Sans qu'il s'en aperçût.—11 Measure, Entreprise.—12 Friendly, Magique.
looked down ;? the talisman was gone, his ideas became confused, he could not reply. I seized the opportunity, answered the question and took his place, which he never recovered, nor do I believe 3 he ever suspected the author of the trick.4
“ I have often met with 5 him since, and never without feeling my conscience reproach me. Frequently have I resolved to make him some amends' by rendering him a service; but an opportunity did not present itself, and I fear I did not seek one with as much ardour as I sought to supplant him at school."
XII.-A SHORT CHARACTER OF THOMAS, EARL
I HAVE had the honour of much conversation 8 with his lordship, and am thoroughlyconvinced how indifferent he is to applause, and how lo insensible of" reproach. ... He is without 12 the sense of shame, or glory, as some men are without the sense of smelling; and therefore 13 a good name 14 to him is no more than 15 a precious ointment 16
* To look down, Baisser les yeux.—2 To become confused, Se brou. iller.—3 Nor do I believe, Je ne crois pas non plus.—4 The author of this trick, De lui avoir joué ce tour.–5 To meet with, Rencontrer. _6 My conscience reproach me, L'aiguillon de ma conscience.—7 To make some amends, Faire quelque dédommagement.
Of much conversation, De converser beaucoup.-—9 And am thoroughly convinced, Et je suis parfaitement convaincu.—10 And how, Autant que.-11 Of, Aux.—12 Without, Dépourvu de.—13 And therefore, C'est pourquoi.—14 Name, Réputation.—15 No more than, Aussi peu de chose que.—16 Ointment, Parfum.