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.

Classical History

First Contact

Julius Caesar came over from France expecting to silence the noisy neighbours, but things did not go according to plan.

Length: 57 words

Poets and Poetry


A poem about the blessing of fond memories.

Length: 58 words

Character and Conduct

Character and Learning

Intellectual learning is to be respected, but it should never be confused with good character.

Length: 57 words

Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815)

Captain Moorsom’s ‘Revenge’

The Whitby man held his nerve to keep five enemy ships busy at Trafalgar, and subsequently led Nelson’s funeral procession.

Length: 52 words

Stories in Short

The Selfish Giant

A giant gets angry when he finds children playing in his garden.

Length: 59 words

Greek and Roman Myths

Pygmalion and Galatea

Pygmalion discovered that prudishness is not the same as purity.

Length: 45 words