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.

History of Africa

The Siege of Khartoum

General Gordon’s death was a sensation and a scandal in its day.

Length: 59 words

Stuart Era

Gunpowder, Treason and Plot

Only an anonymous tip-off prevented England losing her sovereignty as well as her King.

Length: 50 words

Extracts from Literature

The Footprints at the Gate

What Dr Mortimer saw beside the body of Sir Charles Baskerville sent him hastily to London, to consult Sherlock Holmes.

Length: 57 words

Extracts from Literature

The Tide of Popularity

First impressions prove to be quite misleading in the case of handsome, disagreeable Mr Darcy.

Length: 59 words

Extracts from Literature

Presumption and Innocence

Charles Dickens chastises those who alter the plots of classic tales to push some social agenda of their own.

Length: 52 words

Extracts from Literature

The Insect on the Leaf

Scrooge begs the Spirit of Christmas to tell him what will happen to Tiny Tim.

Length: 51 words