Sunday, September 27, 2009

Ancilla et Lac (Gradatim)

SOURCE: A New Gradatim by Melville Clarence Smart (1901) at GoogleBooks. For more information and other versions, see Ashliman's pages about Air Castle tales.

NoDictionaries.com: You can find the word list for this fable online, and use it interactively (here are some tips on how to make best use of the tool).

READ OUT LOUD. Choose which marked text you prefer to practice with - macrons or accent marks - and read the text out loud until you feel comfortable and confident. Then, try reading the unmarked text at the bottom. It should be easy for you after practicing with the marked texts. :-)


MACRONS. Here is the text with macrons:

Phyllis, ancilla quaedam, mulctrārium novī lactis plēnum Nōlam ferēbat. Dum iter facit, suās opēs ita numerābat. Certē, inquit, ubi lāc vēndiderō, ōva complūra poterō emere. Nōnne ex ōvis gignuntur pullī? ex pullīs argentum? Tum suem emere in animō est, quae brevī porculōs multōs mihi pariet. Inde erit mihi vacca; nec multō post vitulus fuscō colōre, oculīs pulcherrimīs. Quantā laetitiā vitulum, dum saltat in prātīs, aspiciam! Haec ubi dīxit, prae gaudiō saltāvit ipsa, quō subitō mōtū lāc omne ūnā cum dīvitiārum spē effūsum est.



ACCENT MARKS. Here is the text with ecclesiastical accents, plus some color-coding for the words of three or more syllables (blue: penultimate stress; red: antepenultimate stress):

Phyllis, ancílla quaedam, mulctrárium novi lactis plenum Nolam ferébat. Dum iter facit, suas opes ita numerábat. Certe, inquit, ubi lac vendídero, ova complúra pótero émere. Nonne ex ovis gignúntur pulli? ex pullis argéntum? Tum suem émere in ánimo est, quae brevi pórculos multos mihi páriet. Inde erit mihi vacca; nec multo post vítulus fusco colóre, óculis pulchérrimis. Quanta laetítia vítulum, dum saltat in pratis, aspíciam! Haec ubi dixit, prae gaúdio saltávit ipsa, quo súbito motu lac omne una cum divitiárum spe effúsum est.



UNMARKED TEXT. Here is the unmarked text - after practicing with the marked text that you prefer, you should not have any trouble with the unmarked text:

Phyllis, ancilla quaedam, mulctrarium novi lactis plenum Nolam ferebat. Dum iter facit, suas opes ita numerabat. Certe, inquit, ubi lac vendidero, ova complura potero emere. Nonne ex ovis gignuntur pulli? ex pullis argentum? Tum suem emere in animo est, quae brevi porculos multos mihi pariet. Inde erit mihi vacca; nec multo post vitulus fusco colore, oculis pulcherrimis. Quanta laetitia vitulum, dum saltat in pratis, aspiciam! Haec ubi dixit, prae gaudio saltavit ipsa, quo subito motu lac omne una cum divitiarum spe effusum est.



IMAGE. Here is an illustration for the story (image source) from Aractingy's edition of LaFontaine's fables:






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