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Grace Darling - comprehension exercise

Grace DarlingThe 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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In the early morning of 7 September 1838, Grace Darling, the daughter of the keeper of the Longstone Light on the Farne Isles, with her father to rescue survivors from the wrecked Forfarshire. Immediately a national , her fame spread throughout the world. She of tuberculosis in 1842, at the age of 26. Here is her story.

It was a dark September morning. There was a storm at . A ship had been on a low rock off the of the Farne Islands. It had been broken in two by the , and half of it had been away. The other half yet on the rock, and those of the who were still alive were to it.

But the waves were dashing over it, and in a little while it too would be carried to the . Could any one save the poor, half- men who were there?

On one of the islands was a lighthouse; and there, all through that night, Grace Darling had to the storm.

Grace was the daughter of the lighthouse , and she had lived by the sea as long as she remember.

In the darkness of the night, above the of the winds and waves, she heard and wild cries. When came, she could see the , a mile away, with the angry waters all around it. She could see the men clinging to the .

"We must try to save them!" she . "Let us go out in the boat !"

"It is of no use, Grace," said her father. "We cannot them."

He was an old man, and he the force of the mighty waves.

"We cannot stay here and see them ," said Grace. "We must try to save them."

Her father could not say, "No."

In a few minutes they were ready. They in the heavy lighthouse boat. Grace one oar, and her father the other, and they made toward the wreck. But it was hard against such a sea, and it seemed as they would never reach the place.

At last they were close to the , and now they were in danger than before. The fierce waves against the boat, and it would have been in pieces, had it not been for the strength and of the brave girl.

But after many , Grace's father climbed upon the wreck, while Grace herself the boat. Then one by one the crew were helped on board. It was all that the girl could do to keep the boat from being drifted away, or broken upon the sharp of the rock.

Then her father back into his place. Strong hands the oars, and by and by all were in the lighthouse. There Grace to be no less tender as a nurse than she had been as a sailor. She most kindly for the shipwrecked men until the storm away and they were strong to go to their own homes.

All this a long time ago, but the name of Grace Darling will never be . She buried now in a little by the sea, not far from her old home. Every year many people go there to see her ; and there a monument has been in honor of the brave girl. It is not a large monument, but it is one that speaks of the noble which made Grace Darling famous. It is a figure in stone of a woman lying at rest, with a boat's held fast in her right hand.
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In the early morning of 7 September 1838, Grace Darling, the daughter of the keeper of the Longstone Light on the Farne Isles, rowed with her father to rescue survivors from the wrecked steamer Forfarshire. Immediately a national heroine, her fame spread throughout the world. She died of tuberculosis in 1842, at the age of 26. Here is her story.

It was a dark September morning. There was a storm at sea. A ship had been driven on a low rock off the shores of the Farne Islands. It had been broken in two by the waves, and half of it had been washed away. The other half lay yet on the rock, and those of the crew who were still alive were clinging to it.

But the waves were dashing over it, and in a little while it too would be carried to the bottom. Could any one save the poor, half-drowned men who were there?

On one of the islands was a lighthouse; and there, all through that stormy night, Grace Darling had listened to the storm.

Grace was the daughter of the lighthouse keeper, and she had lived by the sea as long as she could remember.

In the darkness of the night, above the noise of the winds and waves, she heard screams and wild cries. When daylight came, she could see the wreck, a mile away, with the angry waters all around it. She could see the men clinging to the masts.

"We must try to save them!" she cried. "Let us go out in the boat at once!"

"It is of no use, Grace," said her father. "We cannot reach them."

He was an old man, and he knew the force of the mighty waves.

"We cannot stay here and see them die," said Grace. "We must at least try to save them."

Her father could not say, "No."

In a few minutes they were ready. They set off in the heavy lighthouse boat. Grace pulled one oar, and her father the other, and they made straight toward the wreck. But it was hard rowing against such a sea, and it seemed as though they would never reach the place.

At last they were close to the rock, and now they were in greater danger than before. The fierce waves broke against the boat, and it would have been dashed in pieces, had it not been for the strength and skill of the brave girl.

But after many trials, Grace's father climbed upon the wreck, while Grace herself held the boat. Then one by one the wornout crew were helped on board. It was all that the girl could do to keep the frail boat from being drifted away, or broken upon the sharp edges of the rock.

Then her father clambered back into his place. Strong hands grasped the oars, and by and by all were safe in the lighthouse. There Grace proved to be no less tender as a nurse than she had been brave as a sailor. She cared most kindly for the shipwrecked men until the storm had died away and they were strong enough to go to their own homes.

All this happened a long time ago, but the name of Grace Darling will never be forgotten. She lies buried now in a little churchyard by the sea, not far from her old home. Every year many people go there to see her grave; and there a monument has been placed in honor of the brave girl. It is not a large monument, but it is one that speaks of the noble deed which made Grace Darling famous. It is a figure carved in stone of a woman lying at rest, with a boat's oar held fast in her right hand.