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.

Indian History

Justice and Equity

After the East India Company quieted the Maratha Confederacy in 1805, Harsukh Rai looked forward to a new era of good government.

Length: 110 words

Canadian History

My Long Walk to Beaver Dams

A ‘slight and delicate’ Canadian woman defied twenty miles of rugged terrain in sweltering heat to warn of an impending attack by American invaders.

Length: 115 words

Music and Musicians

Kelly’s Hero

While on tour in Austria, Irish tenor Michael Kelly was introduced to Mozart, and discovered a man of many talents and much kindness.

Length: 116 words

Discovery and Invention

Not Ready for Power

Man had proved spiritually unprepared for the discovery of coal, said Robert Bruère, and was poised to squander the next energy revolution too.

Length: 121 words

International Relations

The Crudest of Mistakes

Sir Bernard Pares warned that after the Great War, Western powers must not assume Germany’s role as supercilious bully.

Length: 58 words

Animal Stories

The Serum Run

Twenty teams of dogs ran a life-or-death race against time over Alaska’s frozen trails to bring medicines to desperately sick children.

Length: 59 words