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.

Bible Stories Retold

Perilous Waters

King Saul’s jealousies drove those who loved him away, but David was a very different kind of leader.

Length: 59 words

Character and Conduct

The Price of Treachery

A Danish soldier in the seventeenth century imposes the severest sentence he can think of.

Length: 59 words

Cat Stories

Pangur Bán

A 9th century Irish monk scribbled some verses about a beloved cat into his copy book.

Length: 119 words

Sport and Sportsmen

Rugby League

The less glamorous code of Rugby football, but the best for sheer speed and strength.

Length: 54 words

Sport and Sportsmen

Rebel Rugby

The Nazi-collaborating Vichy government in France paid Rugby League the supreme compliment: they banned it.

Length: 59 words

Indian History

Hyder Ali and Tipu

The British encountered no stouter resistance in India than Mysore’s gifted commmander Hyder Ali and his son, Tipu.

Length: 117 words