New National Fourth Reader eBook

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Johnny tried to step forward, but the web was still about his feet, so he fell with, a bang to the floor.

Just then he opened his eyes to find that he had rolled from the rock to the grass, and that mamma was calling him in a loud voice to come to supper, and this time he didn’t say, “I’m going to.”

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Directions for Reading.—­The words in quotation marks should be read in the same manner as in Lesson I.

Read words in dark type in the following sentences with more force than the other words: 

    “Has he come? Did you get him?”

Words that are read more forcibly than other words in a sentence are called emphatic words.

Which are the emphatic words in the following sentences?

    “You shall have a short one to-day.”

    “I must know exactly.”

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Language Lesson.—­Divide into syllables, accent, and mark the sounds of the letters in the following words:  extra, primer, moment, coal-black.

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remark’able, worthy of notice; unusual.

moist’ure, wetness; that which makes wet.

absorbed’, sucked up; drunk up.

with’er, lose freshness.

starched, stiffened, as starch.

germ, that from which the plant grows; bud.

hand’some, pleasing in appearance; very pretty.

clasped, surrounded; inclosed.

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“I think I ought to be doing something in the world!” said a little voice out in the garden.

“Pray, what can you do?” asked another and somewhat stronger voice.

“I think I can grow,” answered the little voice.

If you had seen the owner of the little voice, perhaps you would not have thought him any thing remarkable.

It is true he had on a clean white coat, so smooth and shining that it looked as if it had been newly starched and ironed, and inside of this, he hugged two stout packages.

The coat had only one fastening; but that fastening extended down the back, and was a curious thing to see.

It looked just as if the coat had been cut with a knife, and had afterward grown together again.  It was like a scar on your hand; and a scar it is called.

“Yes, I ought to be growing,” said the little voice, “for I am a bean, and in the spring a bean ought to grow.”

Now you know how the coat came by its scar, for the scar was the spot which showed where the bean had been broken from the pod.

“What do you mean by growing?” said the other voice, which came from a large red stone.

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