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Why did he not tell his brothers all of his brothers treated what he was trying to do?
Darius? When did he plan to try his ma- | Mention some inventions which chine :
people once thought were as Read the lines which tell what impossible or as ridiculous as
he imagined himself doing. the boys thought this flying Read the lines which tell what machine was. he really did.
Mention some inventors at whom What did he say was the unpleas people once laughed but who ant part of flying?
are now honored. What do you think of his treat Do you think the poet really ment of his brothers ?
knew a boy like Darius! Give What do you think of the excuse the reasons for your answer.
he made for remaining at Was Darius a clever boy or were home?
I his brothers right in their What do you think of the way | opinion of him
Words and Phrases for Study PRONUNCIATION: ăs-pīr'-ing crěv'-ice
Dæd'-a-lús (děd'-å-lús) å-wrý' (å-ri') Då-ri'-ŭs
plāgued (plāgd) phoe'-be (fē'-bė) ăz'-ūre
ac-cou'-tred (ă-kod'-trěd) å-bỹss' pā'-găns
sphere (sfēr) gri-māce'
Ic'-a-rŭs (îk'-å-rūs) breech'-es (brich'-ěz) pried
jaun’-ty (jän’-ti) stànched VOCABULARY: hē'-rð—the principal person in a story, or a man who shows great
courage. gēn'-iŭs (yŭs)--one who shows remarkable talent.
com'-ic-al-exciting mirth; funny. WORDS AND PHRASES: "with paddle or fin or pinion”
"knights of old” “Dædalus” and “Icarus''-characters in one of the old Grecian myths or stories. According to this myth, Dædalus, who was famous for his skill in the mechanical arts, was imprisoned by Minos, King of Crete. In order to escape from his prison, Dædalus made wings for his son Icarus and himself, which he fastened on with wax. Icarus was warned not to fly too near the sun, but in his pride and joy at being able to do what the birds do, he forgot what he had been told and flew up toward the sun. The wax melted, the wings fell off, and the boy dropped into the sea.
ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. A copy of the “Arabian Nights” that fell into his hands aroused his interest in adventure. He became a famous traveler and a writer of stories. His “Treasure Island” is read by young and old as the best of all pirate-stories, the greatest work of his story-telling art. His health was always delicate and he died in Samoa at the early age of forty-four.
I should like to rise and go
Man-devouring tigers are,
HELPS TO STUDY
Notes and Questions Name places where the poet says Tell what you know of the auhe would like to go.
thor of this poem. Tell what you would find in each Find the following on your map: of these places.
China, the Nile, Egypt. Which of these places would you Tell what you know about the like to visit? Why?
Great Wall of China.
Words and Phrases for Study
ăn'-chored (kērd)—firmly fixed; held by anchor.
blinks-winks; opens and closes the eyes quickly.
“lying close” “palanquin” "Crusoes"
"giving ear" “sweep and prince'' “Eastern cities' "drawing near” “camel caravan” "rich goods”
“Egyptian boys' "mosque and minaret" "comer-by''. “knotty crocodile"
THE LITTLE LAND
ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON
Through the grasses,
Hums and passes.
In that forest to and fro
Carrying parcels with their feet
And on high
In the sky,
Through that forest I can pass
When my eyes I once again