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

‘The marriage cannot go on!’

The cup of happiness is dashed from Jane Eyre’s lips.

Length: 51 words

Extracts from Literature

The Peculiar Customs of Lilliput

The people of Lilliput are strangely small, but their ideas are bizarre in a big way.

Length: 54 words

Bible Stories Retold

The Adoration of the Magi

Persian star-gazers hasten to Israel for the birth of a royal heir, but find that King Herod has had his fill of them.

Length: 116 words

Stuart Era

The Love of the Lindseys

Young Montague Bertie, Lord Willougby, tended his dying father behind enemy lines.

Length: 57 words

Lives of the Saints

The Martyrdom of St Stephen

Stephen was the first person to lose his life because he was a follower of Jesus Christ.

Length: 59 words

Greek and Roman Myths

Heracles and the Hydra

The Greek hero thinks he has paid off more of his debt to the gods, but an unpleasant surprise awaits him.

Length: 52 words