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(1924) [MARC] Author: Robert Eugen Zachrisson - Tema: Textbooks for schools
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time, also a map of Europe.
Long white curtains are hung
up at the windows.
My brother and I sleep in
the back room. The furniture
is very plain: two beds, a chest
of drawers with a looking-glass,
a wash-stand with a towel rail,
and a couple of chairs.
Opposite the window is the
writing-table. To the right,
book-shelves with the works
of Strindberg, Selma Lagerlöv,
Heidenstam, and other
well-known authors. I am a great
reader. My favourite author
is Shakespeare. I only wish
I could read his plays in
English, but until I am more
advanced in the language I
use Hagberg’s translation.
There is no play in the world
like Hamlet. Of course, I also
read the newspapers. I am a
liberal (conservative, socialist),
but we also take in (have,
subscribe to), a conservative
(socialist) paper. The
subscription is 50 kronor a year.
When my mother was alive,
we had a piano, but afterwards
we sold it, as none of us can
play very well. I am not at
all musical (I have no ear for
music). My cousin John plays
the piano, the flute, and the
g’od t’aim, ’åhlså ĕ m’äp ĕv
j’oĕrĕp. L’ång w’ait k’öhtinz.
a h’ang ’ap ĕt dhĕ w’indåz.
Mai br’adhĕr ĕnd ’ai sl’ihp in
dhĕ b’äk rom. Dhĕ f’öhnitsjĕr
iz v’eri pl’ein: t’oh b’edz, ĕ
tsj’est ĕv dr’åhĕz widh ĕ
l’oking-glahs, ĕ w’åsjständ widh ĕ
t’auĕl reil, ĕnd ĕ k’apl ĕv tsj’äĕz,
’Åpåzit dhĕ w’indå iz dhĕ
r’aitingteibl. Tĕ dhĕ r’ait,
b’oksjelvz, widh dhĕ w’öhks
ĕv str’indböhg, s’elma
l’ahgĕ-löhv, h’aidĕnstäm, ĕnd ’adhĕ
w’elnåon ’åhthĕz. Ai ĕm ĕ
gr’eit r’ihdĕ. Mai f’eivĕrit
’åh-thĕr iz ’sj’eikspiĕ. Ai ’åonli
w’isj ai kod r’ihd hiz pl’eiz in
’ingglisj, bet ant’il ai ĕm m’åh
ĕdv’ahnst in dhĕ l’änggwidzj,
ai j’ohz h’ahgböhgz
tränsl’ei-sjĕn. Dhäĕr iz n’åo pl’ei in dhĕ
w’öhld laik h’ämlit. Ev k’åhs
ai ’åhlså rihd dhĕ nj’ohspeipĕz.
Ai ĕm ĕ l’ibĕrĕl (kån’söhvĕtiv,
s’åosjĕlist), bet wi ’åhlså t’eik
’in (h’äv, sĕbskr’aib to) ĕ
kån-s’öhvĕtiv (s’åosjĕlist) p’eipĕ.
Dhĕ sĕbskr’ipsjĕn iz fi’fti
kr’ohnĕr ĕ j’iĕ.
Wen mai m’adhĕ wåz ĕl’aiv,
wi had ĕ pi’änå, bet ’ahftĕwĕdz’
wi s’åold it, ĕz n’an ĕv ĕs ken
pl’ei v’eri w’el. Ai ĕm nåt ĕt
’åhl mj’ohzikĕl (ai hĕv n’åo ’iĕ
få mj’ohzik). Mai k’azn dzj’ån
pl’eiz dhĕ pi’änå, dhĕ fl’oht,

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