Mini Copy Book

Each post in this section is a short précis (summary) of a passage in The Copy Book. All of them are in modern English. They are intended for students of English as a Foreign Language at Elementary Level.

The Second World War

The Miracle of El Alamein

Under a moonlit sky in October 1942, Allied and Axis forces met in battle on the sands of the Egyptian desert.

Length: 126 words

Stories in Short

The Tale of Rip van Winkle

A hen-pecked, ne’er-do-well farmer from New York took off into the Catskill Mountains, and fell in with some very odd company.

Length: 117 words

Indian History

The Quiet Kingdom

James Tod brought order to Udaipur after years of turmoil, but not everyone appreciated him.

Length: 111 words

Indian History

The Raja and the Ox-Cart

Vijay Singh, Raja of Jodhpur, was left to fend for himself after his army deserted him.

Length: 115 words

Modern History

The War of the Austrian Succession

Prussia’s invasion of Silesia in 1740 plunged Europe into turmoil, and a French invasion of England became a very real threat.

Length: 118 words

Poets and Poetry

Winter Wisdom

William Cowper feels he has learnt more on one short walk than in many hours of study.

Length: 113 words