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Extracts from Literature
The Squeers Method
Mr Squeers explains his educational philosophy to his new and
bewildered assistant master at Dotheboys Hall in Yorkshire.
by Charles Dickens 1812-1870
Tom Pinch Goes Up to London
Tom Pinch, who has seen at last what kind of man his apprentice-master Seth
Pecksniff is, leaves Salisbury to seek a new life in London.
What the Signalman Saw
The guardian of a lonely signalbox recounts a truly haunting experience.
The Wrong Hand
Davy Copperfield is not pleased at having to compete for his mother’s affection with Edward Murdstone.
Music and Musicians
The Harmonious Blacksmith
Handel called it ‘Air and Variations’, but by Charles Dickens’s day everyone knew it as ‘The Harmonious Blacksmith’.
music by George Frideric Handel 1685-1759
Character and Conduct
‘Come in and Know Me Better’
Mill owner William Grant was deeply hurt by a scurrilous
pamphlet circulated by a fellow businessman, and vowed the miscreant would live to regret it.
The Copy Book
Think and Speak