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.

Extracts from Literature

At a Solemn Musick

John Milton shows his appreciation for noble words and music in uplifting harmony.

Length: 58 words

Modern History

The Power of Balance

George Canning warned the Commons to be very careful about their plans for reform.

Length: 47 words

International Relations

The Spectatress

George Canning urged Britain not to bring Continental Europe’s topsy-turvy politics home by getting too closely involved.

Length: 58 words

Extracts from Literature

An Easy Life

Mr Easy believes he has missed out on fatherhood, and having nothing else to do, turns to political campaigning.

Length: 112 words

Bible Stories Retold

Say ‘Shibboleth!’

Jephthah’s sentries at the crossings of Jordan devise a fool-proof way to tell friend from foe.

Length: 59 words

Bible Stories Retold

Gideon’s Fleece

Gideon is chosen by God to save Israel from the Midianites, but doubts his fitness for the task.

Length: 105 words