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Alfred Learns To Read
Even as a child, King Alfred couldn’t resist a challenge.
by Charles Dickens 1812-1870
The Arts of Fair Rowena
Charles Dickens believed that Britain’s Saxon invaders gained power by force of arms – but not by weapons.
Extracts from Literature
The Bashful Young Gentleman
Charles Dickens sketches for us the shyly ingratiating youth who gets himself in a tangle in the presence of Beauty.
Brimstone and Treacle
Mrs Squeers has lost the school spoon, and is uncomfortably frank about its importance.
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.
Could Do Better
The Report of the Newcastle Commission confirmed that there were no Dotheboys Halls among Yorkshire’s private schools.
by Sir Joshua Fitch 1824-1903
The Copy Book
Think and Speak