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The Duel
Music: Ralph Vaughan Williams
Sir Mulberry Hawk’s coarse conduct towards Kate Nickleby has awoken a spark of decency in Lord Frederick Verisopht.

THEY turned to the right, and taking a track across a little meadow, passed Ham House and came into some fields beyond. In one of these, they stopped.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Principal. Principle.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Form. Hand. Pass.

Use together in one sentence: Dress. Turn. Measure.

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Redeeming Time
Music: Charles Villiers Stanford
Pip Pirrip never misses a moment of visiting time with Abel Magwitch, the convict who made him into a gentleman, in the prison hospital.

“DEAR boy,” he said, as I sat down by his bed: “I thought you was late. But I knowed you couldn’t be that. God bless you! You’ve never deserted me, dear boy.”

I pressed his hand in silence, for I could not forget that I had once meant to desert him.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Pain. Pane.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Bed. Say. Shine.

Use together in one sentence: Touch. Over. Film.

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The Great Baby
Music: Johann Baptist Cramer
Charles Dickens rails at the way Parliament and do-gooders treat the public like an irresponsible child.

THERE are two public bodies remarkable for knowing nothing of the people, and for perpetually interfering to put them right. The one is the House of Commons; the other the Monomaniacs. Between the Members and the Monomaniacs, the devoted People, quite unheard, get harried and worried to the last extremity.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Right. Rite. Write.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Keep. Kiss. Worry.

Use together in one sentence: Queen. Always. School.

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No Thoroughfare
Music: Sir William Sterndale Bennett
At twenty-five and owner of his own business, Walter Wilding thought his world was secure, but it was about to be rocked to its foundations.

WHEN a tearful mother left her baby son at London’s Foundling Hospital, she went away knowing only that they had named him ‘Walter Wilding’. He was eleven when she returned and claimed him by that name, lavishing a mother’s love on him until she died thirteen years later.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Acknowledge. Recognise. Know.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: End. Find. Claim.

Use together in one sentence: Know. By. Leave.

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One Last Question
Music: Louise Farrenc
English lawyer Sydney Carton goes to the guillotine in place of a French aristocrat.

“WILL you let me ask you one last question? I am very ignorant, and it troubles me — just a little.”

“Tell me what it is.”

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Each. Both.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Eye. Question. Fill.

Use together in one sentence: Ignorant. Country. Trust.

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Huskisson’s Legacy
Music: Sir William Sterndale Bennett
Charles Dickens explains how cutting tax and regulation on Britain’s global trade made everyone better off.

AUSTRALIA was the great woollen revolutionist. German superseded Spanish wool, and Australian has superseded German to a great extent. The fine wool of Spain often cost ten shillings a-pound; we now obtain an enormous supply of fine wool at from one shilling and sixpence to two shillings per pound.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Succeed. Supersede.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Rest. Cost. Supply.

Use together in one sentence: Reduction. Duty. Whole.

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