MacMillan's Reading Books eBook

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have got together as much wealth as I can well desire, I will make a purchase of the finest house I can find, with lands, slaves, and horses.  I shall then begin to enjoy myself and make a noise in the world.  I will not, however, stop there; but still continue my traffic until I have got together a hundred thousand drachmas.  When I have thus made myself master of a hundred thousand drachmas, I shall naturally set myself on the footing of a prince, and will demand the grand vizier’s daughter in marriage, after having represented to that minister the information which I have received of the beauty, wit, discretion, and other high qualities which his daughter possesses.  I will let him know at the same time that it is my intention to make him a present of a thousand pieces of gold on our marriage day.  As soon as I have married the grand vizier’s daughter, I must make my father-in-law a visit, with a great train and equipage.  And when I am placed at his right hand, which he will do of course, if it be only to honour his daughter, I will give him the thousand pieces of gold which I promised him; and afterwards, to his great surprise, will present him with another purse of the same value, with some short speech:  as, ’Sir, you see I am a man of my word:  I always give more than I promise.’”

“When I have brought the princess to my house, I shall take particular care to breed her in due respect for me.  To this end I shall confine her to her own apartments, make her a short visit, and talk but little to her.  Her women will represent to me that she is inconsolable by reason of my unkindness; but I shall still remain inexorable.  Her mother will then come and bring her daughter to me, as I am seated on a sofa.  The daughter, with tears in her eyes, will fling herself at my feet, and beg me to receive her into my favour.  Then will I, to imprint her with a thorough veneration for my person, draw up my legs, and spurn her from me with my foot in such a manner that she shall fall down several paces from the sofa.”

Alnaschar was entirely swallowed up in his vision, and could not forbear acting with his foot what he had in his thoughts:  so that, unluckily striking his basket of brittle ware, which was the foundation of all his grandeur, he kicked his glasses to a great distance from him into the street, and broke them into ten thousand pieces.


[Note:  Joseph Addison, born 1672, died 1719.  Chiefly famous as a critic and essayist.  His calm sense and judgment, and the attraction of his style, have rendered his writings favourites from his own time to ours.]

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       No stir on the air, no swell on the sea,
       The ship was still as she might be: 
       The sails from heaven received no motion;
       The keel was steady in the ocean.

       With neither sign nor sound of shock,
       The waves flow’d o’er the Inchcape Rock;
       So little they rose, so little they fell,
       They did not move the Inchcape Bell.

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