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Character and Conduct (18)
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With the Compliments of Mr Collins
Music: Muzio Clementi
There is an art to making one’s compliments seem artless.

“HER indifferent state of health unhappily prevents her being in town; and by that means, as I told Lady Catherine one day, has deprived the British court of its brightest ornament. These are the kind of little things which please her ladyship, and it is a sort of attention which I conceive myself peculiarly bound to pay.”

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Complement. Compliment.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Pay. Air. Occasion.

Use together in one sentence: Health. Answer. Air.

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Caught in the Net
Music: Charles Villiers Stanford
A distinguished critic tries to trick Dr Johnson into an honest opinion, which was neither necessary nor very rewarding.

AT this time the controversy concerning the pieces published by Mr James Macpherson, as translations of Ossian, was at its height. Johnson had all along denied their authenticity; and, what was still more provoking to their admirers, maintained that they had no merit.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Acknowledge. Recognise. Know.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Man. Book. Express.

Use together in one sentence: Such. For one’s pains. No.

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Education of the Heart
Music: Johann Christian Bach
For Jane Austen, the best education a father can give to his child is to befriend her.

TOO late he became aware how unfavourable to the character of any young people must be the totally opposite treatment which Maria and Julia had been always experiencing at home, where the excessive indulgence and flattery of their aunt had been continually contrasted with his own severity.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Taut. Taught.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Experience. Mean. Fear.

Use together in one sentence: Education. Religion. Practice.

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The Knight and the Outlaw
Music: John Jenkins
A mysterious knight and an equally mysterious outlaw agree to preserve one another’s incognito.

“SIR Knight,” said the Outlaw, “we have each our secret. You are welcome to form your judgment of me, and I may use my conjectures touching you, though neither of our shafts may hit the mark they are shot at. But as I do not pray to be admitted into your mystery, be not offended that I preserve my own.”

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Who. Which. That.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Mark. Touch. Hit.

Use together in one sentence: Praise. Less. Fare.

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Perilous Waters
Music: George Frideric Handel
King Saul’s jealousies drove those who loved him away, but David was a very different kind of leader.

DAVID’s attempts at reconciliation with Saul, the King of Israel, had failed – if only they could have drawn swords together against the Philistines! – and though he had parted in affectionate comradeship from Jonathan, the king’s son, David would never see him again.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Poor. Pour. Pore.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Part. Slip. Well.

Use together in one sentence: Sigh. Once. Like.

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The Price of Treachery
Music: Niels Gade
A Danish soldier in the seventeenth century imposes the severest sentence he can think of.

A DANISH soldier from Flensburg was awaiting medical attention in the company of a bottle of beer when he turned to see a wounded Swede lying near him. So he cradled the man’s head and plied his bottle.

At that moment, there was a sharp crack! and a searing pain in his shoulder. The Swede had shot him. ‘Rascal!’ cried our kindly Dane, ‘for that you must be punished.’

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Can. Could.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Shoot. Man. Pain.

Use together in one sentence: Severity. Shoulder. Aside.

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