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.

Rudyard Kipling

Kim’s Game

Kim O’Hara starts his apprenticeship as a British spy with a little competition.

Length: 59 words

British Myths and Legends

The Pedlar of Swaffham

A persistent dream prompts a Norfolk tradesman to walk all the way to London in the hope of bettering his lot.

Length: 112 words

Greek History

The Most Unkindest Cut of All

Greek revolutionary Nikitarás gives his ungrateful men a sharp reminder of what really matters.

Length: 57 words

Greek and Roman Myths

Pandora’s Box

After being outwitted once too often, Zeus decides to spite Prometheus by ruining the race of men.

Length: 116 words

Lives of the Saints

Cuthbert’s Cordon

A man steals a mother sparrow from her chick, but St Cuthbert isn’t going to let him get away with it.

Length: 54 words

Lives of the Saints

Cuthbert and the Wry Face

A man who seems to have everything loses his good looks to a dreadful disease.

Length: 59 words