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The Partridge and the Cockerels
Music: Franz Joseph Haydn
It’s hard when messed-up people treat you badly, but if you take it personally it only makes it worse.

ONE day a man who kept cockerels was busy about his yard when a salesman came to the gate and offered him a tame partridge. So he bought it, and let it fend for itself among his other birds.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Till. Until.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Offer. Man. Notice.

Use together in one sentence: Readily. Yard. Notice.

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The Bald Lover
Music: Benjamin Britten
A man’s mid-life crisis leaves him a little ... exposed.

A MAN had reached a time of life when he was no longer young, nor was he exactly old, but somewhere in between, with silver among the black of his hair.

He still kept a busy party diary, and had lost his head over two ladies, one young, and one of more mature years.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Till. Until.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Want. Look. Reach.

Use together in one sentence: Years. Somewhere. However.

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The Hare and the Tortoise
Music: Muzio Clementi
One had natural talent but no discipline, the other had discipline but no natural talent.

ONCE upon a time, the hare made fun of the tortoise for his horny feet. ‘I would still beat you in a race’ the tortoise replied, ‘fleet of foot though you be.’

‘Words, just words!’ laughed the hare. ‘But by all means put it to the test, and see for yourself.’

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Shall. Should.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Wind. Progress. Beat.

Use together in one sentence: Awake. Very. Fleet.

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Belling the Cat
Music: Sir Arthur Sullivan
A council of mice comes up with a plan to outsmart the Cat, but volunteers are a bit thin on the ground.

LONG ago, the Mice gathered in anxious council to debate how they could best defend themselves against their great enemy, the Cat.

After a great deal of excited squeaking, one Mouse addressed the assembly with statesmanlike gravity.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: My. Mine.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Plan. Address. Voice.

Use together in one sentence: Best. Debate. Go on.

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The Fox and the Bramble
Music: George Frideric Handel
A fox tries to save herself from a fall, but finds she would have been better off taking the tumble.

A VIXEN who was clambering over a fence found herself slipping, so to avoid a fall she reached out and grabbed at a nearby bush. But the bush was a bramble, and it cut her paws and made them bleed.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Too. Two.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Slip. Fall. Grab.

Use together in one sentence: Well. Grab. Cut.

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The Fox and the Grapes
Music: Edward German
Some people disparage what they can’t have.

A FOX was padding about a vineyard in the mountains, when he spotted some bunches of grapes hanging from a trellis.

He scampered over to them, as they were ripe and deep black, harvested in peak condition by someone who knew his business.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Till. Until.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Spot. Find. Hang.

Use together in one sentence: Wear out. Beginning. Grape.

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