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WORDS MORE OR LESS ALIKE IN SOUND, BUT DIFFERENT IN ORTHOGRAPHY AND SIGNI

FICATION.

Abel,* a name.

Able, capable.

Accidents, casualties.

LIST I.

Ann, a woman's name.

Analyst, one that investigates.

Accidence, an elementary book. Annalist, a recorder of annals.

Adds, increases.

Adze, a cooper's tool.

Aisle, part of an edifice.
I'll, I will.

Isle, an island.

Altar, a place of sacrifice.
Alter, to change.

An, the article.

Anchor, holdfast of a ship.

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'Go to the ant, thou sluggard, consider her ways and be wise.' This and many other texts my Aunt Lucy taught me when I was eight years old.—I am trying a little amateur carpentering and cooper's work. Old Abel Smith comes to instruct me, and I can now use most of the tools with ease, though I one day wounded my hand with an adze; it only aggravates me, and adds to the annoyance, to be told the accident arose from my own awkwardness. If they do not alter their plans, my cousin leads his bride to the altar next week; at the breakfast I must remember that last time I ate wedding cake it made me ill. I took some of the icing to an analyst, who said it was poisonous. I'll be careful this time.-Archibald has not much time to play with his Noah's ark, or other toys; he is absorbed in his lessons, and I hear him talk of studying his accidence, and drawing the arc of a circle: his Aunt Ann has given him an anchor for his ark, and a volume of Aunt Judy's Magazine.-As I walked up the long aisle, I thought of the anathemas once pronounced in that edifice. I have been asked to compile the memoirs of K- ; after describing the lovely isle in a southern archipelago where we met, I find little to relate, and exclaim

“Kind critic, oh say, with a life such as this,
What, what can the annalist do ?"

"Why, if the man had no adventures at all,

You must even invent him a few."

It may be observed that most of the words on these lists have been introduced into preceding exercises.

Baize, cloth.

LIST II.

Born, brought into the world.

Bays, branches of the bay tree. Borne, carried, supported.

Bald, devoid of hair

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Borough, a corporate town.

Burrow, an animal's hole.
Boy, a male child.
Buoy, a floating mark.
Braid, a trimming; to lay on
braid, to weave.

Brayed, made a sound as a
donkey; bruised.
Brays, calls as an ass; bruises.
Braze, to solder.
Breaches, rents, gaps.
Breeches, a garment; part of a
gun.
Brewed, did brew.
Brood, offspring; to watch
anxiously.
Brews, does brew.
Bruise, to crush; a crushed part.
Bridal, a wedding.
Bridle, part of harness.
Britain, British land.
Briton, British subject.
Broach, to tap, to open.
Brooch, an ornament.
Bruit, to rumour.

Brute, animal; brutal, cruel.

EXERCISE.

The country on either side of the stream was barren; we landed on a little eyot, tied our boat to the boll of a tree, took out our water-casks, bowled them up to a spring, filled them, gathered some fruit that resembled the barberry, and then went on board again. The country people, who are like the natives of Barbary, appeared shy. We bawled to them to approach, making signs of friendship; at last one more bold than the rest ventured down, bringing us a bowl of milk, a hen with a brood of chickens, and a leather bridle ornamented with shells, which he bartered for red baize, a ball of twine, and some yellow braid. Being refreshed, we set sail again, passed a green buoy, saw the town built at the base of the cliff, and our own fleet at anchor in the bay; as we beat up towards it, borne upon the breeze came the chorus in deep bass tones,

'Britons never will be slaves.'-Our neighbours bruit it about that the man who beat a boy for stealing his carrots, turnips, and beet, is a brute, and maliciously set on a fierce dog to bite him; the constable who was on the beat, and knows the boy, says he has not one bad bruise. The borough magistrate is investigating the case, and thinks the accusation of brutality will turn out to be a base slander.-The bridal party at the castle will be very gay; her uncle the Baron has presented the bride with a magnificent mosaic and enamel brooch. The bald-headed butler, who has been in the house ever since she was born, is delighted that they are to broach a cask of old madeira; he says, 'Search Britain through, you will not find a prettier bride, or better wine than they have at the castle, or finer ale than is brewed there.'-'Thou lookest even for moments into the region of the wonderful, and seest and feelest that thy daily life is girt with wonder and based on wonder, and thy very blankets and breeches are miracles.'-The besiegers saw with satisfaction that they had made several breaches in the walls they were assailing; they were obliged to pause in the firing, as the breeches of their guns were overheated. Piece by piece the ramparts gave way, some of the stonework looking as if it had been brayed in a mortar.-The donkey brayed when Arthur went up to the gate, for the good-natured boy occasionally took him a cabbage or a slice of beetroot, and never beat or worried him.-This base treacherous fellow was a liberated slave in the service of a Turkish Bey.

Cain, a man's name.
Cane, a stick, a feed.
Call, a summons.

LIST III.

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Cellar, a cave.
Seller, one who sells.
Cession, giving up.
Session, sitting.
Cere, cover with wax.
Sear, dry, withered.
Seer, prophet.
Chased, did chase.
Chaste, pure.
Chagrin, sorrow.
Shagreen, skin of fish.

Chews, does chew.

Choose, select, elect.

Choler, anger.
Collar, a neck band.
Choir, a band of singers.
Quire, 24 sheets of

paper.

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Chronical, confirmed.
Chronicle, register.
Cinque, number five.
Sink, to fall; a drain.
Cit, a citizen.

Sit, to repose, to be seated.
Clause, sentence, stipulation.
Claws, plur. of claw, a talon.
Colonel, a military officer.
Kernel, the inner part of a fruit
stone.

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Council, a meeting for consul

tation.

Counsel, advice, legal adviser.
Cousin, a relative.
Cozen, a cheat, to cheat,
Correspondent, one who writes.
Correspondence, writing, agree-
ing.

Cot, a cottage.

Cott, a swing bed or cradle.
Currant, a fruit.

Current, course of water, air,
&c.

Cygnet, a young swan.
Signet, a seal.

EXERCISE.

We have held a family council upon John's affairs; he is a bad manager, and has drawn out capital to meet current expenses. The papers tell of another tragedy added to the long chronicle of crime beginning with the history of Cain. Though one clause of the indictment broke down, the capital offence is proved against the prisoner, who was removed from the court in a cart. The jury had to sit many hours before they came to a unanimous verdict. The cause has excited general interest. The widow of the murdered man returned to her lonely little cot broken-hearted. It is said the mariner must have been killed when asleep in his cott. The crew chased the murderer some time before they caught him; the collar of his jacket was torn, and he cast himself into the sea, but was captured.-My mother wants Martha to make her a cap; will you call at the milliner's and buy her a cap-caul? Also call and enquire if the boys of the choir have ruled the quire of paper I gave them for their music; a music-seller is to send me some down all ready, as I find this ruling cause trouble.—I wonder that rogue could cozen a man of business like the old cit, who thinks himself almost a sage and a seer.- -You must begin with a capital letter the names of the Supreme Being; use a capital also for the first word of a sentence and a line of poetry, the names of months, weeks, days, &c., as well as for the pronoun I, and the interjection O.-The Capitol is a building at Rome.—I cannot compliment you on your appearance in your carte de visite. And then the accessories are bad; your coat collar looks up to your ears, and your cane like a crutch. It raises my choler to see such a caricature.—As we were drifting down with the

current, a swan attacked us, and Emma feared she would cause our boat to sink. She had a cygnet with her, which doubtless made her fierce. I did not choose to strike the bird; indeed, it might only have made matters worse. We got rid of her at last by throwing her currant cake. To our great chagrin, Emma dropped her favourite knife with its shagreen case into the water. We picked up a floating cask, but found it empty; so I have not any great good luck to chronicle.-Write soon; lately all the correspondence has been on my side, and you have proved a poor correspondent. I counsel you to mend, or you will have few more letters from your affectionate cousin.-The gallant colonel has been visiting the Cinque Ports, inspecting fortifications. I do not think he will return to town during the session of parliament. His bride is lovely in a pale chaste style of beauty; she is his cousin.-Many of the high-caste natives of India are well versed in English literature, and are capital linguists, though they do not choose to cross the water and visit Europe. No wonder our workwoman is pale; how can she have a colour while she lives in a cellar? her idle husband chews tobacco.

'We slight the precious kernel of the stone,
And toil to polish its rough coat alone.'

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Dire, calamitous.
Dyer, one who stains.
Dram, intoxicating drink.
Drachm, a scruple.

Elicit, bring out.

Illicit, illegal.
Emerge, to rise out of.
Immerge, immerse, plunge in.
Eruption, a breaking out.
Irruption, an inroad.
Ewer, a pitcher.

Your, belonging to you.
Ewes, sheep.
Use, to make use of.

EXERCISE.

you remember Herbert reciting, after dessert, the lines—

6 King, father, royal Dane! O, answer me;
Let me not burst in ignorance!'

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