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Bruce and the Spider - comprehension exercise

Bruce and the SpiderThe text is derived from Fifty Famous Stories Retold, by James Baldwin, Project Gutenberg EBook, and was especially prepared to maximize learning of English lexicon and structure.
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Study the Words to insert:

army= esercito -- arose= si alzò -- around= intorno -- beam= trave -- beaten= sconfitti -- brave= coraggioso -- carried= portato -- cheer= incoraggiamento -- drops= gocce -- foes= nemici -- fought= combattuta -- give up= abbandonare -- glad= lieto -- heard= sentito -- hope= speranza -- hurt= far del male -- lay= giaceva -- lonely= solitari -- no one= nessuno -- plans= piani -- rainy= piovoso -- scattered= disperso -- seventh= settima -- shed= capanna -- slender= sottile -- still= ancora -- taught= insegnato -- throw= lanciare -- to fail= fallire -- to try= provare -- toiled= faticava -- troubles= problemi -- use= vantaggio -- war= guerra -- weave= tessere -- whose= il cui -- wild= selvaggi
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There was once a king of Scotland name was Robert Bruce. He had need to be both and wise, for the times in which he lived were and rude. The King of England was at with him, and had led a great into Scotland to drive him out of the land.

Battle after battle had been . Six times had Bruce led his brave little army against his ; and six times had his men been , and driven into flight. At last his army was , and he was forced to hide himself in the woods and in places among the mountains.

One day, Bruce lay on the ground under a rude , listening to the patter of the on the roof above him. He was tired and sick at heart, and ready to all hope. It seemed to him that there was no for him to try to do anything more.

As he thinking, he saw a spider over his head, making ready to her web. He watched her as she slowly and with great care. Six times she tried to her frail thread from one to another, and six times it fell short.

"Poor thing!" said Bruce: "you, too, know what it is ."

But the spider did not lose with the sixth failure. With more care, she made ready for the seventh time. Bruce almost forgot his own as he watched her swing herself out upon the line. Would she fail again? No! The thread was safely to the beam, and fastened there.

"I, too, will try a time!" cried Bruce.

He and called his men together. He told them of his , and sent them out with messages of to his disheartened people. Soon there was an army of brave Scotchmen him. Another battle was fought, and the King of England was to go back into his own country.

We have it said, that, after that day, by the name of Bruce would ever a spider. The lesson which the little creature had the king was never forgotten.
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There was once a king of Scotland whose name was Robert Bruce. He had need to be both brave and wise, for the times in which he lived were wild and rude. The King of England was at war with him, and had led a great army into Scotland to drive him out of the land.

Battle after battle had been fought. Six times had Bruce led his brave little army against his foes; and six times had his men been beaten, and driven into flight. At last his army was scattered, and he was forced to hide himself in the woods and in lonely places among the mountains.

One rainy day, Bruce lay on the ground under a rude shed, listening to the patter of the drops on the roof above him. He was tired and sick at heart, and ready to give up all hope. It seemed to him that there was no use for him to try to do anything more.

As he lay thinking, he saw a spider over his head, making ready to weave her web. He watched her as she toiled slowly and with great care. Six times she tried to throw her frail thread from one beam to another, and six times it fell short.

"Poor thing!" said Bruce: "you, too, know what it is to fail."

But the spider did not lose hope with the sixth failure. With still more care, she made ready to try for the seventh time. Bruce almost forgot his own troubles as he watched her swing herself out upon the slender line. Would she fail again? No! The thread was carried safely to the beam, and fastened there.

"I, too, will try a seventh time!" cried Bruce.

He arose and called his men together. He told them of his plans, and sent them out with messages of cheer to his disheartened people. Soon there was an army of brave Scotchmen around him. Another battle was fought, and the King of England was glad to go back into his own country.

We have heard it said, that, after that day, no one by the name of Bruce would ever hurt a spider. The lesson which the little creature had taught the king was never forgotten.