Francis S. (Francis Stanton) Williams.

English into French : a book of practice in French conversation designed to accompany any speaking French grammar online

. (page 5 of 22)
Online LibraryFrancis S. (Francis Stanton) WilliamsEnglish into French : a book of practice in French conversation designed to accompany any speaking French grammar → online text (page 5 of 22)
Font size
QR-code for this ebook

that she would send it to-mon-ow. She has been ill ; that
has delayed her. Have you swept the drawing-room?
Did you shake the carpet this morning ? Do you know
where the upholsterer lives ? Go and tell him to come
directly to put up the curtains. He promised me to be
here at twelve. — I have a cold in my head ; I do nothing
but sneeze. I am hoarse. Our neighbor's little girl nearly
died last night with the croup ; the mother says that she
could not swallow any thing. Poor httle thing ! — They
are good people.


"We are oroins: to have some rain, I think. So much the
worse, for I have some visits to pay. Can't you put them
off till to-morrow ? We promised Mrs. H. to go and see
her to-morrow, if it should be fine ; I had quite forgotten
it. You, who are a judge of the weather, James, do you
think we shall have rain to-day ? It rains already. — The
washerwoman is here. Ma'am. Tell her to come up. The
linen does not look so white as usual. These napkins need
mending. I know a good seamstress, who repairs very
nicely : shall I send her to you ? Yes, do so. How much
do I owe you ? I have not brought the bill. Do not for-
get to bring it next time ; I don't like to run "up long bills.
She does not look so well as usual. She is recovering
from sickness. She has much trouble to get her living. —
Master Alexander, have you any thing to be washed ?
the woman is waiting. Tell her that she must plait my
shirts better, and not put so much starch in my collars.


It is very cloudy weather. The children are gone out
for a walk with their grandpapa ; I am afraid they will
get wet. They will get under shelter somewhere. Oh,
what beautiful flowers ! I will pick one. It smells good.
This is prettier. It has no smell ; what a pity ! Here are
some more ; let us make a bouquet. You must walk a
little quicker ; you must not stay behind. Here is a ditch.
Give me your hand : mind the thorns. Don't be afraid :
come, jump ! That's it. I have torn my dress. It does
not show. I saw a nest in the hedge ; I should like
to have it. You will prick yourself. Oh, the pretty little
butterfly ! I must catch it. Do not overheat yourself. I
have got it. Don't hurt him. I'll let him fly away. —
This road leads to the square, I think. It is better to
inquire, if you are not certain. I will ask that man.
Where does this road lead to ? — I was not mistaken.


Dinner is ready. The children are not returned yet.
Here they are coming in. Have you had a pleasant walk?
Yes, mamma. Where did you go ? We went as far as
Roxbury. That is a long way. How hot I am ! I am
very tired. Why don't you sit down? Do not stay
there; you will catch cold. Where is Jenny? Here I
am. You limp. My shoes pinch me; they are too small.
I am going to take them ofi". If you are going up stairs,
will you take that into my room ? — Go and get the beer.
Here is your change. Bring up the meat. Miss Emily is
going to sit there ; and you will be next to your cousin.
Don't hold your spoon in the left hand. Will you cut me
some bread, if you please ? Will you pass me that plate?
Do you like vegetables ? Will you have some asparagus
or some potatoes? Miss Hannah, will you allow me to
take a glass of wine with you ? Our dessert is not very


fine; what shall I ofïèr you? Will you have an apple?
With pleasure. Mamma, I must have some preserves.
We give nothing to a little boy that says " I must."

We shall not go out to-day : the weather is too bad.
It is raining ; it rains in torrents. We cannot have two
fine days in succession. The weather is very variable.
— I am very hungry ! Why don't you eat ? The milk is
too hot. Fred, finish your bread ; you always leave crusts
on the table. I am no longer hungry, papa. May I go
and play ? You must not go into the garden ; it is too
damp. You can amuse yourself in the house. Some one
knocked ; I must go and see who it is. . . . Oh, Mr. Wil-
liam, how do you do ? Quite well ; and how are you ?
Pretty well, I thank you. Have you heard from your sis-
ter lately ? She wrote to me the day before yesterday.
Does she like the country ? She enjoys herself there a
great deal, she says. I am very glad to hear it. — Has not
Mr. W. been here to-day ? He has just this instant gone.
By running a little, you are sure to overtake him. He
takes long steps, but he does not go fast.


What do you want, Sir ? I want a quire of writing
paper. . . . Give me two, and a quire of note paper also.
Will you have it gilt-edged? What's the price of it?
This is twenty cents a quire ; the other is only ten cent's.
Have you any drawing-paper? Yes. Will you give
me a sheet? I should like to have some marble pa-
per. Ï have none. Give me a sheet of cartridge paper
then. Of what size ? Small. Now I want some quills.
I'll take one of those steel pens, and a stick of sealing
wax. — What do you ask for that pencil case? Seventy-
five cents. Is it silver ? It is only plated. Show me
some pocket-books. They are all morocco. Should you


like a smaller one ? N'othing else ? Give me a sheet of
blotting paper, with a piece of India-rubber. How much
does all that come to ? I'll tell you in a minute.

Come in. How do you do ? Won't you sit down ? —
Here is the book that you lent me. I am much obliged
to you. Have you read it through ? I have not quite
finished it. Why not ? I was afraid you would want it.
I went this morning to Mrs. Johnson's ; but she was en-
gaged, and I would not disturb her. I shall go again to-
morrow. I saw her niece, a few days ago, at a party. She
is very lady-like. She was brought up in France. She
speaks French like a native. Her father was a French-
man. He is dead. Are you sure of it ? Oh, yes ; it is at
least two years since he died. — Have you read that work?
I don't recollect having read it. Who is the author of it ?
— I saw him at a meeting a few days ago. — Mr. L. came
here last night. He has got out of his difficulties : he has
succeeded by dint of labor and patience.


What are you going to do ? You should not do that.
What is it to you ? It is nothing to you. — Edward, yon
must put up your playthings, and come and study. It is
too soon. No, Sir; come quickly: be obedient. Leave the
ruler there, you have no need of it. You came near hit-
ting your sister ; will you stop ? Don't fidget so. I can't
help it. Draw back a little ; you must not lean on the
table. — There are the leaves falling : winter is coming.
Each season has its enjoyments. What will you give me
at Christmas, uncle ? A doll ? For shame ! Sir, your
niece is no longer a child. Do you remember what you
promised me ? I don't know what you mean. Oh, yes
you do ; you must keep your word.

Here is the writing-master. Will you have the kindness



to mend my pen ? You should try to mend it yourself;
this is the way. Try this one. Is it a good one ? It is
rather too line. Here is another. Does it write well ? It
is not split enough. You are very hard to please. Try
that other one. It is a little too soft. How do you find it
now ? Is it not too hard ? IS'o, Sir, it is a very good one ;
I like it much. And yours, Miss ? — My pen will not mark.
The ink does not run because it is too thick. Give me
your inkstand, I will put some fresh ink in it. You do
not hold your pen well. I cannot write with it. Bend
the thumb and fingers to make the down strokes ; now
stretch them out, and go up lightly to make the fine
strokes. You should endeavor to make your letters even ;
round this at the bottom : look at your copy : round as
you turn. That is it.


Good morning, Mr. William, how are the ladies ? My
sister has been a little indisposed since Thursday. What
is the matter with her ? She took a cold in returning
from the ball, I think. — Guess how much that paper cost
me a yard. Are you going to have your dining-room
papered? Yes. I have had a pigeon-house and new
stables built lately at my country-house. You like build-
ing. I confess that it amuses me ; but all I have had done
is useful. I must send word to the painter and paper-
hanger to come next week. — I saw D. this morning. He
has behaved ill. He has not been here since. You ought
to go and see him.

Will you come and take a walk? With pleasure. I
am going to fetch my tat and cane. Where shall we go ?
Where you please. Let us go to the Park. Will you
take the children out with you ? Their tutor will not
come to-day ; it is Henry's birth-day ; they have a hoUday.


ni go and call them. Will you be good ? Well, let ns
start. — The country is very dull now; there are no more
leaves on the trees. It froze very hard last night. There
is ice on the pond. Can you skate? The ice does not
bear yet. There are some little boys sliding yonder ; let
us go and see them. — You must not throw stones, dear.
Mind what you are about ; you hit me with your stick. I
did not do it on purpose. Don't push me, William ; stop.
There is a huntsman ; he is going to fire at us ; he is aim-
ing at us. Don't talk nonsense ; don't play the fool. What
is that you have found ? It is an acorn. It is hard as a
stone. I wish I had a knife. Oh, what a fine mushroom !
I'll take it home. Throw it away.


Oh, what a rap ! It is the postman. He has made
me start. Go and open the door, John ; make haste. It
is a fine morning. It is rather foggy. It will clear off.
I have three letters for you this morning. This is not
paid ; two cents, if you please. Here is a letter from your
aunt, who tells me that she cannot come. Oh, what a pity!
how sorry I am ! I was so sure she would be here at
Christmas. Emma, you must put your drawings aside,
and come and practise. The piano is out of tune. I will
send for the tuner by and by. — Henry, go and get me
my portfolio from the next room ; will you ?

Is Mr. Smith at home? Yes, Sir; this way, if you
please. — You are wanted. Sir. I am coming. The gen-
tleman is waiting. — I am very glad to see you. Will you
sit down ? What bad weather it is this morning ! I came
in a hackney-coach — I mean in a cab. Why don't you
have a horse and carriage of your own ? I haven't the
means. You are joking. He is an old miser; what an
original! — I don't know where to put this. You oan


leave it here ; it will be safe. — Do not toucli that, Henry.
I have an eye to what he is doing; I never lose sight of
him. — Come and see my library. These are second-
hand books ; I bought them at an auction, with this pic-
ture. I had them cheap. We received yesterday a letter
from my wife's goa-daughter. She is a charming girl.
This is the letter, if you will read it. I have not my
spectacles. Are you short-sighted ?

Are you not going to school to-day, Edward? Yes. — -
I have brought some pretty pictures. I'll show them to
you when school is over. — Get away from the fire : stand
back. Do you hear? He gets in a passion directly. Do
not stand in my light ; I don't see ; go to your seat.
Don't push me so. I did not push you. Yes you did.
They are always quarrelling. Don't do that ; have done.
Silence there: pay attention to your lesson. Stand up. I
was net speaking ; I was not doing any thing. Do you
know your questions? Let me see. What is Geography?
It is the description of the earth. Into how many parts is
the earth divided ? Into five principal parts, namely,
Europe, Asia, Afi-ica, America, and Oceanica. What is

Understood by ? — ^You are wanted, Sh'. — Go and call

Master Smith.


Well, when do your holidays commence ? We are off
to-morrow. I hope you will find your parents in good
health. I shall, perhaps, go to Scotland with Mr. Mac-
donald's son. Ah, really ! Well, good-by ; I wish you a
merry Christmas, and a happy ISTew Year.

I wish the winter were over. We shall not be able to
go and see Mrs. Lawrence to-day. There is always some
obstacle. — I think it is not quite so cold as it was yes-
terday. Where are you going, Sophy? I shall want you
by and by. — It is very dirty out of doors. — Who broke


the handle of that pitcher? I don't know. You must
not tell stories. You blush : speak the truth. It was in
cleaning it. How awkward you are !

A merry Christmas to you ! Thank you ; I wish you the
same. — Have you breakfasted ? Yes. In that case go
and dress. I have plenty of time ; it is only ten o'clock.
You always keep us waiting. Are you not going to church
to-day, Sarah ? Yes. You must go and get ready. I
have only my bonnet to put on. The clock is striking
eleven ; make haste ; we shall be too late. Oh, no ; the
bells are still ringing. Can you lend me a prayer book ?
Give hermine. Don't you take an umbrella? You may take
this one ; no one ever uses it. — Here is a cab at the door.
It is William. Why have you been so long without com-
ing to see us ? We are very busy just now : I have not
had a minute to myself all the week. Where are the chil-
dren ? They are gone to church : they will soon return.
Here they are, I think. Good morning, uncle. How is
grandmamma ? Why did not she come ? She said that
it was too bad weather. My feet were very cold in church.
Come and warm yourself. Who preached this morning ?
Mr. Carleton. He is a good preacher. His sermons are rath-
er too long. Did you ever hear the bishop of New York ?
No, never. Are you going any where to-morrow ? As
for me I am going nowhere.


Good morning, uncle ; I wish you a happy New Year. I
thank you, ray dear ; I wish you also all that can make
you happy. — Stay, this is for your new year's gift. Oh,
how pretty it is ! How I like it ! I will take great care
of it. — When shall we go out, papa ? It is not time yet.
Y our sisters are not ready yet. Here is Louisa. Where
is Mary Ann ? She is up stairs ; she is dressing. Go an^^


tell her to make haste. Have you finished your dressing ?
I must comb my hair. Have you brushed your teeth ?
Make haste. Have you done ? I am washing my hands.
I cut my finger a little while ago ; now it smarts. Will
you have a bit of court-plaster? — Here you are at last!
Is that your new dress ? It is all rumpled. You ought
to put on your cloak. It is not cold. Give me my shawL
Will you tie this for me ? It is too tight. It is too loose
now. Your bracelet is undone ; take care that it does not
fall. Good by.

We are going to town. Richard, you will take care of
these young ladies. What's the matter ? I have a com
which prevents me from walking. It always pains me
when the weather is rainy. It is very troublesome. — Has
Mrs. P. got back? Ko, Ma'am: but she will not be long
now. I will leave you a card : you will give it her if
you please, and tell her I have been very sorry to be
deprived of the pleasure of seeing her. She will be
very sorry at not having been here. — He said that in fun
No, he said it in earnest ; he gets more and more ill-na-
tured. You will never persuade me of that. — We have
had a nice walk ; now we must part.

Why don't you write to Mrs. J. ? I don't know what
to say to her. Oh, what childishness ! I should say to
her, " Madam, I beg leave to forward you the small parcel
which was brought here for you last Saturday ; and I profit

by this opportunity to inform you that ." A lady and

gentleman want to see you. I think I hear the baby cry-
ing ; go and see, Maria ; you will rock him a little to get
him to sleep, or bring him down stairs. Oh, the beautiful
child ! How old is he ? He is only ten months. — My
aunt expects you on Sunday. She will have company to
dinner. I don't know whether I shall be able to go.
What can .^rêvent you from going ? Is it long since you


Iieard from your brother ? Yes ; it is some time since he
wrote. We must go before it is dark.


I have good news to tell you. What is it ? You are
joking. No, indeed. When did you see her ? I have just
left her house. I found Mr. D. there. Did you compli-
ment him on his book ? When will his new novel appear ?
I know nothing about it. His first work has had great
success. — Are you going out again ? I am going to Mrs.
H.'s. Give my compliments to her. What you have just
told me will please her. I have no doubt of it. — Some
one is knocking. It is the drawing-master, probably;
he is always very punctual. He comes twice a week.
Don't go away ; I want to speak to you. You are not in
a hurry, are you? Do you go back to-night to the
country? Yes; mamma expects me. Are you going
to the ball, Thursday? I have nobody to take mo
there. You must come with us. You will sleep here.
— I must leave you, for I am afraid I shall miss the
omnibus. On Thursday, then. Good-by. My regards to
your family. — Is the omnibus gone? Here is another

Where are you going that way ? I am going for a walk.
Will you come with me ? I have not time : I must be at
my office at ten. How is your brother? He is gone to
Scotland for a few weeks. When I am rich I shall go to
visit a new country every year. You are building castles
in the air. — You come very late. I beg your pardon, the
clock has just struck ten. You are mistaken ; look at your
watch. Have you finished what I gave you yesterday?
Not yet. The more work he has,the less he does, I think.
Just so. When you have done that, you must go and gei
this signed.


Bring me some water, Mary. The pitcher is cracked ; it
leaks. Will you tell John to bring me my cloak and boots ?
We are going to have some rain I think. Which way is
the wind ? It is N'orth-West by that weather-cock. It
rains. It is only a shower ; it will soon be over. It hails.
The sky is clearing up. The sun shines ; it is going to be
fine. The sky is quite blue now ; look, there is not a
cloud. That does not signify ; the weather is not certain :
I would not advise you to go out. I must.


We shall be only two at dinner. I have no appetite.
Won't you take a little of this ? It is not done enough
for me. — Is Charles come back? He will not return till
night. — Who has been into my room while I was out ?
Your sister went to take a book out of your library. She
has turned everything topsy-turvy. — Will you fold my
cloak and bring me my slippers? — I have walked at
least ten miles-; I am used up. — I have lost my pocket-
book. Was there any thing in it? Yes. Perhaps you
left it below.

I am glad to see you ; how are you ? How are they at
home? Every one is well, thank you. I went to ride on
horseback this morning. Do you still take riding-lessons?
No ; I am learning fencing now. I am not yet very ex-
pert. How long have you been learning ? Only a
month. Where is Charles? He is not up yet. Is he
ill ? He is not very well. I'll go and see him. — Who's
that? What's the matter with you? I have a cold : I
did nothing but cough all night. We went fishing yes-
terday. Were you successful ? Do you ever go hunting ?
Sometimes. — Who is that young gentleman ? He is Mr.
D.'s nephew. I did not recognize him. How old is he ?
One and twenty, I think. How is the Httle D. now ? He


is much better. He is a spoiled child; his father and
mother allow him every thing. He is as mischievous as a
monkey. What are you talking about ? I have been there
many times ; but I never noticed it. — Did you go to Mr.
D.'s ? I forgot it. — I am going to a rehearsal to-morrow.
I know the manager and some of the performers.

Is your brother up ? I have not seen him yet. Go and
call him. Charles ! Who calls me ? Make haste and
come down. I am dressing ; I will be down in a minute.
Well, how are you to-day ? I am better, thank you. Did
you sleep well last night ? I dreamed of aunt ; I dreamed
she was returned from her journey. It was very foggy
^jhis morning ; but it is clearing now. — Who's that ?
Mrs. H.'s servant, who has brought you a note: he is
waiting for an answer.


There is some one coming up. — We have not seen
each other for a long time. What a fine day ! Yes ; but
rather cold, I think, Come near the fire. Have you been
invited to Mrs. H.'s party ? Will not some one of your fam-
ily be there ? — Here is the little girl. Don't you remem-
ber me ? She is very bashful. She grows very fast. Look
at that picture. Who did it ? I did. It is a view of my
uncle's country-seat. I will take you there some day. —
Will you come to-morrow ? I have an engagement.

We are going to the ball to-night. It is time to go and
dress. I am afraid the hair-dresser will keep us waiting.
And the dressmaker, who has not brought me my dress
yet. We shall not be ready when the carriage comes.
It is no fault of mine. That head-dress becomes you.
What a pretty wreath ! Do you think those flowers
pretty ? My hair will not curl. I don't know whether I
must wear my pearl necklace or the coral one. Where is
my belt ? I'll tie it for you. Mind you don't rumple my



drtwS. Is it not too long ? No ; on the contrary, I find
it ratL^r i^lxort. The trimming is very pretty. — Here is
the coach ; you must make haste. Are you ready ? I
feel the cold on my neck ; I'll put on a neckerchief. Aunt
is coming with us. How old do you think she is ? She
looks younger than she is. She paints. What a story!
I am sure of it. — Miss, will you do me the favor to dance
the first quadrille with me? I am engaged for the first.
I hope then you will allow me the second. Yes, Sir, with
pleasure. — She was the prettiest at the ball. I like her
cousin better.

Good morning, Aunt. Good morning, my dear. Is your
mamma at home? She is in the garden. I'll go and
call her. Mamma, here is aunt. Will you come up
stairs? You look better now. I am much better; and
how are you? I have a cold in my head: I have not been
out the last three days. I have just come from Mrs.
Walker's : her husband has been very ill. I did not know
that. He is not quite recovered yet. — At what o'clock
did you come home last night ? We were all in at twelve.


We must start ; go and tell John to put the horse in
the carriage. Which place do you prefer ? I will sit by
you ; when you are tired of driving you will give me the
reins. — Good by. Do not forget to send to Mrs. G.'s. —
It is very cold this morning. It is freezing; it freezes
very hard. This weather is very healthy. I like cold
better than rain. So do I. Keep your hat on. It is not
cold here, thank you. Make the fire burn, Margaret.
Will you sweep the hearth ? — Your uncle came here this
morning. Were you kind enough to ask him what I spoke
to you about ? I can do nothing for want of money. If
I were to lend you what you want, would you retm'n it to


me before leaving town ? To be sure. — He is a gambler.
How do you know it ? I was told so. Has he finished
his education ?

Have you a pencil ? Will you lend it to me for one
minute ? It is not sharpened. Never mind ; I have a
penknife. — If you go down stairs, will you send George
to me ? I have a message to give him. — Here, take that
music-book to Mrs. Harris's, and ask her whether she will
be at home this evening. Don't be long. — Have you
heard of the accident which happened to poor Mr. Brown
the other day ? He was thrown out of his cab, and broke
his arm. I had my arm out of joint once. I could not
have the surgeon till two hours after. Judge what I suf-
fered. — What time is it ? Haven't you your watch ?
It is out of order. I must take it to the watchmaker. It
gains half an hour a day. Mine always loses. When
shall I see you again ? I have very little time. I thought
you were disengaged in the evening. Not before nine
o'clock. Well, you will be at liberty on Sunday ; will
you come and take tea with us? I will try. We shall
expect you. You should bring your sister.

Which is the way to Portland Street? Go straight
on ; this street will lead you to it. Can you tell me where
State Street is ? Take the first turning to the left, and
then the second to the right. I am much obliged to you.


Can I see Mrs. B. ? Who shall I say ? I disturb you,
perhaps, Ma'am. Not at all ; I am very glad to see

you. Sit down. You came by the cars? Yes. At what
time did you start ? At six o'clock. Your family are in
good health ? They were all well when I left. I saw
Mrs. Keating the day before my departure : she charged
me to present her compliments to you. She is very kind.


"We are going to dine in the country to-day. I hope we
shall see you again. Certainly. My compliments at home

1 2 3 5 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22

Online LibraryFrancis S. (Francis Stanton) WilliamsEnglish into French : a book of practice in French conversation designed to accompany any speaking French grammar → online text (page 5 of 22)