Famous Children Who Have Gained Renown in the Past; Illustrated from Historical Paintings

Famous Children Who Have Gained Renown in the Past; Illustrated from Historical Paintings

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...listened to the explanations to the very end, then he questioned Viviani as to the mechanism of his lantern. The boy replied with his usual correctness, then went on to explain several other principles of optics that he had learned from his talks with his patron. Viviani had prophesied truly when he said that the lantern would bring him a fortune. The great man he then met by chance took such a fancy to him that he 'adopted him as his own son and gave him a fine education. Viviani became one of the greatest geometricians of the seventeenth century. CHARLES LINN/EUS, OR KARL VON LINNE N a winter evening, in 1719, a group sat around a table beside a peat fire in a little cottage in Rashult, in Sweden, the home of the village pastor. The personages of this group were the pastor himself, occupied with his Bible, the mother and two little girls, who were knitting, and a fair-haired boy of twelve, who was arranging flowers and plants in a book. After a long silence, the pastor raised his eyes and looked around the family circle. He noted the boy's occupation and frowned in displeasure. "At those useless plants again, instead of writing out your Latin exercise?" he said crossly. "He is only taking care of the flowers he collected to-day," explained the mother; "he will work on his Latin now." She rose up and took the cherished notebook, giving Charles the Latin one instead. "You are always willing to excuse him," retorted the pastor, angrily. "You speak of the plants he found to-day. I know very well that, instead of getting his lessons, he spends his time in wandering over the country like a veritable tramp in search of useless plants. Now, he knows that I intend him to be a pastor...show more

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  • Paperback | 40 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 91g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236816633
  • 9781236816634