A Little History of the World by E. H. Gombrich

By E. H. Gombrich

E. H. Gombrich’s bestselling background of the realm for younger readers tells the tale of mankind from the Stone Age to the atomic bomb, focusing now not on small element yet at the sweep of human event, the level of human success, and the intensity of its frailty. The made of a beneficiant and humane sensibility, this undying account makes intelligible the entire span of human historical past. In 40 concise chapters, Gombrich tells the tale of guy from the stone age to the atomic bomb. In among emerges a colourful photograph of wars and conquests, grand artistic endeavors, and the unfold and obstacles of technological know-how. this can be a textual content ruled no longer through dates and evidence, yet via the sweep of mankind’s adventure around the centuries, a consultant to humanity’s achievements and an acute witness to its frailties.

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Voyez, dit-il, où l'a mis sa sottise Et puis prenez de tels fripons le soin. Que les parents sont malheureux, qu'il faille Toujours veiller à semblable canaille ! Qu'ils ont de maux ! et que je plains leur sort ! » 38 Ayant tout dit il mit l'enfant à bord. Je blâme ici plus de gens qu'on ne pense. Tout babillard, tout censeur, tout pédant, Se peut connaître au discours que j'avance : Chacun des trois fait un peuple fort grand ; Le Créateur en a béni l'engeance. En toute affaire ils ne font que songer Aux moyens d'exercer leur langue.

Des enfants de Japets toujours une moitié Fournira des armes à l'autre. » FABLE VII LA LICE ET SA COMPAGNE Une Lice étant sur son terme, Et ne sachant où mettre un fardeau si pressant, Fait si bien qu'à la fin sa Compagne consent De lui prêter sa hutte, où la Lice s'enferme. 55 Au bout de quelque temps sa Compagne revient. La Lice lui demande encore une quinzaine. Ses petits ne marchaient, disait-elle, qu'à peine. Pour faire court, elle l'obtient. Ce second terme échu, l'autre lui redemande Sa maison, sa chambre, son lit.

30 La prédiction fut vraie ; Un pilier manque ; et le plafonds, Ne trouvant plus rien qui l'étaie, Tombe sur le festin, brise plats et flacons ; N'en fait pas moins aux Échansons. Ce ne fut pas le pis ; car, pour rendre complète La vengeance due au Poète, Une poutre cassa les jambes à l'Athlète, Et renvoya les Conviés Pour la plupart estropiés. La Renommée eut soin de publier l'affaire. Chacun cria miracle ; on doubla le salaire Que méritaient les vers d'un homme aimé des Dieux. Il n'était fils de bonne mère Qui, les payant à qui mieux mieux, Pour ses Ancêtres n'en fit frire.

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