THE NIGHT WATCH
Directions:When the painting was to be put in the new Ryks Museum, in Amsterdam, it was
1. Place parentheses around each prepositional phrase.
2. Underline every finite verb twice, every subject once, and label complements ("PA," "PN," "IO," or "DO").
One time, more than two hundred and fifty years ago, two little children living
in Amsterdam were playing at the edge of the city just at evening. Soon they
overheard some Spanish soldiers near-by talking together. They began to understand
that the men were making some kind of plans and, listening very sharply, they found
that the Spaniards intended to attack the city of Amsterdam that night. The Spaniards
were fighting the Netherlands at that time. You can imagine how frightened the children
were. They knew that they must tell some one about it at once. Very quietly they crept
away from where the men were, then ran for their lives to the town hall. The Civic
Guard were having a banquet there. Rembrandt has painted the scene just as the little
girl, in the center of the group, has finished her story. The men are making ready to
meet the attack. Some have on their armor, some are polishing their guns, some have
their drums, and all are full of excitement.
found that the wall was too narrow for the picture. What do you think the authorities
did? The stupid men cut a piece off from each side of the picture to fit it in its new place.
Was ever anything so silly? Even those pieces cut off would bring more money to-day
than the museum itself cost.
The men who had money at the time Rembrandt painted the picture were angry
because the artist would not make portraits as they wanted them. They ignored
Rembrandt, and he became very poor and died unknown. To-day those rich men
are forgotten and Rembrandt is known the world over.