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B. 1. Les heures s'envolent sur l'aile du temps. 2. Les médecins se porteraient mal, si tout le monde se portait bien. 3. La pelle se moque du fourgon (Proverbe). 4. La lumière se répand beaucoup plus vite que le son, 5. Qui s'acquitte s'enrichit. 6. Qui s'excuse s'accuse (Proverbe). 7. La vertu s'éprouve et se perfectionne dans l'adversité comme l'or

dans le creuset. 8. Le mal arrive avec des ailes et s'en retourne en boitant. 9. Ces gens s'accordaient comme chiens et chats. 10. L'horizon des connaissances humaines s'agrandira de jour en jour. 11. L'origine de cet usage se perd dans la nuit des temps. 12. Aide-toi, et le ciel t'aidera (Proverbe). 13. Connais-toi toi-même. 14. Qui s'attend à l'écuelle d'autrui a souvent mal dîné (Proverbe). C. 1. When shall you go to bed ?- We shall go to bed at ten o'clock. 2. They are mistaken. 3. The besieged troops defended themselves like lions. 4. You will catch a cold, if you expose yourself to the draught. 5. How is he? — He is not very well.

6. We don't agree. 7. Butter sells [at] two francs a (say, the) pound. 8. The little boy would wash himself, if the water were not so cold. 9. Several verbs are used with a reflexive pronoun (pronom réfléchi) for [their] object. 10. The weather was clearing up when we awoke. 11. Yesterday the sun rose at five o'clock, and set at seven. 12. Get up and dress yourselves. 13. The pots called the kettles grimy. D. La fourmi et la colombe. — Une fourmi, étant allée se désaltérer au bord d'une fontaine, fut entraînée par le courant et allait se noyer, quand une colombe, qui s'en aperçut, lui jeta dans l'eau une petite branche d'arbre. La fourmi s'y posa et parvint à se sauver.

Bientôt après arriva un oiseleur qui marchait pieds-nus. Voyant la colombe, il se préparait à la tuer; mais soudain la fourmi le piqua au talon. La douleur qu'il ressentit fut si vive qu'il tourna la tête et donna ainsi à la colombe le temps de se sauver à tire d'aile.

Imitez la fourmi et soyez reconnaissants envers vos bienfaiteurs.

L'aigle, la corneille et le berger.—Un aigle planait dans l'air ; il vit un agneau, fondit sur lui et l'enleva dans ses serres. Une corneille, plus faible, mais non moins gloutonne, vit cet exploit et entreprit de l'imiter; elle fondit donc sur un bélier couvert de laine et voulut s'en saisir; mais ses griffes s'embarrassèrent tellement dans la toison qu'elle ne put s'échapper. "Ah ! ah !” dit le berger, “je vous tiens : vous avez beau tâcher de vous débarrasser : vos efforts sont inutiles ; vous servirez de jouet à mes enfants. Cela apprendra à toute votre race à ne pas imiter l'aigle et à ne rien entreprendre au-dessus de vos forces."

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ARSÈNE DARMESTETER

LATE PROFESSOR OF THE HISTORY OF THE FRENCH LANGUAGE
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