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FIRST LATIN READER

semper, quod[1] hic demum ē nāvī ēgressi sunt Brītannī illī, quī posteā maiōrēs peregrinantēs[2] appellātī sunt.


LESSON 14
A Soldier’s Courtship

Hieme proximā morbō aut fame colōni complūrēs periērunt, quōrum in numerō[3] erat Standisī[4] quoque uxor. Ille, uxōre mortuā, in mātrimōnium volēbat dūcere quandam puellam pulchram, cui erat nōmen Prissilla; sed, cum[5] sē sentīret mīlitem asperum esse, rem ipse tractāre nōluit, iuvenemque quendam mīsit, quī puellae patrem convenīret.

Iuvenis, quī forte ipse quoque Prissillam amāre coeperat, amīcō tamen deesse nōlēbat. Quārē maestus[6] profectus est, lēniterque per lītus ad puellae domum[7] versus ambulāvit. Quō[8] cum pervēnisset rēsque[9] esset prōposita, pater statim sē nōn nōlle[10] dīxit. Cum autem iuvenis cum Prissillā[11] ipsā dē virtūte lēgatī eiusque[12] rēbus gestīs[13] loquerētur, illa diū tacitā audīvit, tum rīdēns: “Nōnne[14] prō tē,” inquit, “dictūris es?[15]” Quā vōce ille vehementer commōtus domum ad lēgātum rediit. Quī prīmō amīcum verbīs acerbīs

  1. quod: conjunction.
  2. maiōrēs: as noun, Fathers.
  3. quōrum in nūmerō: i.e. among whom.
  4. Standisī: fīlius and proper names in -ius and -ium have regularly this short form of the gen.; so also some common nouns in -ium. Accent, Standísī.
  5. cum: causal conjunction; cf., however, the note on p. 14, l. 8.
  6. maestus: cf. the rendering of laetus, p. 2, l. 16.
  7. domum: residence; with domum in this meaning, the preposition cannot be omitted (as in l. 16).
  8. quō: cf. the note on p. 8, l. 14.
  9. rēs: (his) errand.
  10. nōn: with nōlle.
  11. cum Prissilla: we would say “to Priscilla.”
  12. eius: i.e. of Standish.
  13. rēbus gestīs: cf. p. 4, l. 15.
  14. nōnne: i.e. nōn + ne.
  15. dictūrus es: going to speak; cf. reditūrus esset, p. 4, l. 3.