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Abe Lincoln Grows Up

On the Knob Creek farm the child Abraham Lincoln learned to talk, to form words with the tongue and the roof of the mouth and the force of the breath from lungs and throat. "Pappy" and "Mammy", the words of the people meaning "father" and "mother", were among the first syllables. He learned what the word name meant; his name was Abraham. The same as Abraham in the Bible, the same as his grandfather Abraham. It was "Abe" for short; if his mother called in the dark, "Is that you, Abe?" he answered, "Yes, Mammy, it's me." The name of the family he belonged to was "Lincoln".

Seven-year-old Abe walked four miles a day going to the Knob Creek school to learn to read and write.

The schoolhouse was built of logs, with a dirty floor, no window, one door. The scholars learned their lessons by saying them to themselves out loud till it was time to recite; alphabets, multiplication tables, and the letters of spelled words were all in the air at once. It was a "blab school"; so they called it.

He learned to spell words he didn't know the meaning of, spelling the words before he used them in sentences. In a list of "words of eight syllables accented upon the sixth", was the word incomprehensibility. He learned that first, and then such sentences as "Is he to go in?" and "Ann can spin flax".

Some neighbours said, "It's a poor make-out of a school," and father complained it was a waste of time to send the children nine miles just to sit with a lot of other children and read out loud all day in a "blab school". But mother, as she cleaned Abe's ears in the corners where he forgot to clean them, and as she combed out the tangles in his coarse, sandy black hair, used to say, "Abe, you go to school now, and learn all you can." And he kissed her and said, "Yes, Mammy," and started with his sister on the nine-mile walk through timberland where bear, deer, coon, and wildcats ran wild.

He wanted to learn, to know, to live, to reach out; he wanted to satisfy hungers and thirsts he couldn't tell about, this big boy of the backwoods. And some of what he wanted so much, so deep down, seemed to be in the books. Maybe in books he would find the answers to dark questions pushing around in the pools of his thoughts and the drifts of his mind. He told his pals and other, people, "The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who'll get me a book I haven't read." And sometimes friends answered, "Well, books aren't as plenty as wildcats in these parts o'Indianny."

What Abe got in the schools didn't satisfy him. He went to three different schools in Indiana, besides two in Kentucky — altogether about four months of school. He learned his ABC; how to spell, read, write. And he had been with the other barefoot boys in butternut jeans learning "manners" under the schoolteacher, Andrew Crawford, who had them open a door, walk in, and say, "How do you do?" Yet what he tasted of books in school was only a beginning, only made him hungry and thirsty, shook him with a wanting and a wanting of more and more of what was hidden between the covers of books.

Вопросы к тексту:

1. Where was Abraham Lincoln born?

2. What kind of school did little Abe go?

3. How old was the boy?

4. What did Abe's mother always say to her son?

5. Why did Abe change so many schools?

The First Love University Days Abe Lincoln Grows Up