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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #22413: The bell
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    The bell

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    In the narrow streets of a large town people often heard the evening when the sun was setting, and his last rays gave a golden tint to the chimney-pots, a strange noise resembled the sound of a church bell; it only an instant, for it was lost in the continual roar of traffic and hum of voices which rose from the town. 'The evening bell is ringing,' people to say; 'the sun is setting!' Those who walked outside the town, where the houses less crowded and interspersed by gardens and little fields, saw the evening sky , and heard the sound of the bell much more clearly. It seemed as though the sound a church, deep in the calm, fragrant wood, and hither and thither people looked with devout feelings.

    A considerable time : one said , 'I really wonder if there is a church out in the wood. The bell has indeed a strange sweet sound! we go there and see what the cause of it is?' The rich drove, the poor walked, but the way seemed to them extraordinarily long, and when at a number of willow trees on the border of the wood they sat down, looked up into the branches and thought they were now really in the wood. A confectioner the town also came out and put up a stall there; then came another confectioner who hung a bell over stall, which was covered with pitch to protect it from the rain, but the clapper . When people came home they used to say that it had been very romantic, and really means something else than merely having tea. Three persons declared that they as far as the end of the wood; they had always heard the strange sound, but there it seemed as if it came from the town. One of them wrote verses about the bell, and said that it was the voice of a mother speaking to an intelligent and beloved child; no tune, he said, was sweeter the sound of the bell.

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