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.

Discovery and Invention

Dr Wollaston

William Hyde Wollaston discovered new elements and helped Faraday to greatness, all from the top of a tea-tray.

Length: 53 words

Discovery and Invention

Mr Faraday

Faraday’s work on electromagnetism made him an architect of modern living, and one of Albert Einstein’s three most revered physicists.

Length: 108 words

Character and Conduct

On Equal Terms

An aristocratic statesman was choked with emotion as he reflected on Britain’s creative social mobility.

Length: 59 words

Discovery and Invention

Sir Sandford Fleming

What George Stephenson was to the railways of England, Sandford Fleming was to the railways of Canada.

Length: 104 words

Character and Conduct

As Good as his Word

Benjamin Disraeli did not make a promising start to his Parliamentary career - but he did start with a promise.

Length: 52 words

Stories in Short

The Knight’s Tale

Two noble youths of ancient Thebes fall for the same princess.

Length: 120 words