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.

Aesop of Samos

The Debtor and his Pig

There are no lengths to which some people won’t go.

Length: 48 words

Myths and Legends

The Emperor’s New Clothes

A telling satire on fashionable thinking among the elite.

Length: 60 words

Aesop of Samos

The Cat’s Wedding

It’s easier to change how you look than to hide who you are.

Length: 58 words

Aesop of Samos

The Goose with the Golden Egg

Don’t get greedy when things are going well.

Length: 48 words

Dog Stories

The Dog and the Bell

Notoriety is often mistaken for fame.

Length: 55 words

Poets and Poetry

The Music of Silence

In Coleridge’s epic poem, the Ancient Mariner, amid the horrors of a ship of dead men, sees a sight both beautiful and surreal.

Length: 46 words