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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Build a Better Vocabulary . . .

. . . Read Ivanhoe. 

"The outward appearance of these two men formed scarce a stronger contrast than their look and demeanour. That of the serf, or bondsman, was sad and sullen; his aspect was bent on the ground with an appearance of deep dejection, which might be almost construed into apathy, had not the fire which occasionally sparkled in his red eye manifested that there slumbered, under the appearance of sullen despondency, a sense of oppression, and a disposition to resistance. The looks of Wamba, on the other hand, indicated, as usual with his class, a sort of vacant curiosity, and fidgetty impatience with any posture of repose, together with the utmost self-satisfaction respecting his own situation, and the appearance which he made."
I read aloud Chapter One of Ivanhoe yesterday to Sydney and Hope as we were settled on a blanket under the shade tree in our backyard. Scott's descriptive writing, a style decidedly out of vogue, gave us plenty of vocabulary words to discuss!

1 comment:

Sharon said...

In contrast, while Anna is home sick for a few days and spending most of it on the couch, I am reading her Bridge to Terabithia... a few chapters in, Anna made a specific request that I not read the "Lord!" which crops up in many of the exclamations. Since she pointed them out (and I have been replacing them with "Goodness gracious!") I have realised just how many there are. A sad indictment of my own blase attitude to taking the Lord's name in vain that I had already been editing out the "shuttup"s to "be quiet" but had not been editing out the former.


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