Taken from Oliver Twist, 1838, by Charles Dickens:
The evening arrived: the boys took their places; the master in his cook's uniform stationed himself at the copper; his pauper assistants ranged themselves behind him; the gruel was served out, and a long grace was said over the short commons. The gruel disappeared, the boys whispered each other and winked at Oliver, while his next neighbours nudged him. Child as he was, he was desperate with hunger and reckless with misery. He rose from the table, and advancing, basin and spoon in hand, to the master, said, somewhat alarmed at his own temerity—
"Please, sir, I want some more."
The master was a fat, healthy man, but he turned very pale. He gazed in stupefied astonishment on the small rebel for some seconds, and then clung for support to the copper. The assistants were paralysed with wonder, and the boys with fear.
"What!" said the master at length, in a faint voice.
"Please, sir," replied Oliver, "I want some more."
The master aimed a blow at Oliver's head with the ladle, pinioned him in his arms, and shrieked aloud for the beadle.
Other articles related to "modern english, english":
... The letter thorn (þ), which was already being replaced by th in Middle English, finally fell into disuse ... Consequently, Modern English came to use a purely Latin alphabet of 26 letters ...
... English vocabulary has changed considerably over the centuries ... from Proto-Indo-European (PIE), many of the most common words in English can trace back their origin (through the Germanic branch) to PIE ... Such words include the basic pronouns I, from Old English ic, (cf ...
... The personal pronouns in English take various forms according to number, person, case and natural gender ... Modern English has very little inflection of nouns or adjectives, to the point where some authors describe it as an analytic language, but the Modern English system of personal pronouns has preserved ...
... English is a West Germanic language that was first spoken in early medieval England and is now the most widely used language in the world ... English arose in the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of England and what is now southeast Scotland ... Historically, English originated from the fusion of closely related dialects, now collectively termed Old English, which were brought to the eastern coast of ...
... common words with many extant compounds, these words exists in Modern English only in the Germanic loanwords edelweiss and Adelaide ... The Latin-derived terms noble and gentle (in its original English meaning of 'noble') both appeared in English around 1230 ... ge- a prefix used extensively in Old English, originally meaning 'with', but later gaining several other usages, such as being used grammatically for the perfect ...
Famous quotes containing the words english and/or modern:
“French rhetorical models are too narrow for the English tradition. Most pernicious of French imports is the notion that there is no person behind a text. Is there anything more affected, aggressive, and relentlessly concrete than a Parisan intellectual behind his/her turgid text? The Parisian is a provincial when he pretends to speak for the universe.”
—Camille Paglia (b. 1947)
“Sir Walter Raleigh might well be studied, if only for the excellence of his style, for he is remarkable in the midst of so many masters. There is a natural emphasis in his style, like a mans tread, and a breathing space between the sentences, which the best of modern writing does not furnish. His chapters are like English parks, or say rather like a Western forest, where the larger growth keeps down the underwood, and one may ride on horseback through the openings.”
—Henry David Thoreau (18171862)