During the European war old pupils of the authors, in service in France, repeatedly wrote for copies of the former edition of this book, that they might furbish up their rusty knowledge of French from its familiar pages. Others reported finding grimy copies passing from hand to hand in the bomb-proofs of the first-line trenches. Such continued loyalty from former pupils has given the greatest satisfaction to the authors of this book. These friends, and the many others who as teachers or pupils have used "Elementary French" since it was published fifteen years ago, have encouraged them to prepare this new edition, entirely rewritten and containing several new features of promise.
The general plan of the former volume, which has commended itself so widely, is rigorously retained. As before, the work in content covers the elementary French requirement as generally understood. The book is adapted either to serve in a secondary school or to constitute the nucleus of the first year's work in a college course that does not demand French for entrance. Pupils in the third year of the high school or at a more advanced stage can complete the work in a single year, and have sufficient time left for the reading of simple French texts.
The modifications that characterize this revision lie along three lines.