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The Footprints at the Gate
What Dr Mortimer saw beside the body of Sir Charles Baskerville sent him hastily to London, to consult Sherlock Holmes.

“FINALLY I carefully examined the body, which had not been touched until my arrival. Sir Charles lay on his face, his arms out, his fingers dug into the ground, and his features convulsed with some strong emotion to such an extent that I could hardly have sworn to his identity.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Circular. Round.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Lay. Voice. Answer.

Use together in one sentence: Hound. Woman. Clear.

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The (Fairly) Honest Lawyer
Music: Joseph Boulogne Chavalier de Saint Georges
Andre-Louis Moreau lives for vengeance on the master swordsman who killed his friend.

“MY enemy is a swordsman of great strength — the best blade in the province, if not the best blade in France. I thought I would come to Paris to learn something of the art, and then go back and kill him. You see, I have not the means to take lessons otherwise.”

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: My. Mine.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Say. Kill. Shoulder.

Use together in one sentence: Great. Impulse. Fill.

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Pure Selfishness
Music: Nikolai Medtner
The brilliant but dangerously obsessive Dr Griffin decides that ‘the end justifies the means’.

“TO do such a thing would be to transcend magic. And I beheld a magnificent vision of all that invisibility might mean to a man — the mystery, the power, the freedom. Drawbacks I saw none. And I, a shabby, poverty-struck, hemmed-in demonstrator, teaching fools in a provincial college, might suddenly become — this.”

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Freedom. Liberty.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Go. Turn. Strike.

Use together in one sentence: Freedom. Behold. Everlasting.

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One False Step
Music: William Crotch
Louisa Musgrove thought she had hit on a sure method of winning Captain Wentworth’s affections.

THERE was too much wind to make the high part of the new Cobb pleasant for the ladies, and they agreed to get down the steps to the lower, and all were contented to pass quietly and carefully down the steep flight, excepting Louisa; she must be jumped down them by Captain Wentworth.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Novel. New.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Reason. Step. Jump.

Use together in one sentence: Willing. Talk. Stiles.

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The Living Past
Music: Sir William Sterndale Bennett
High above the roof of the Amazonian rainforest, Professor Challenger sees something that eerily reminds him of home.

“BY George, this must be the trail of the father of all birds!”

If it were indeed a bird — and what animal could leave such a mark? — its foot was so much larger than an ostrich’s that its height upon the same scale must be enormous. Lord John looked eagerly round him and slipped two cartridges into his elephant-gun.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: My. Mine.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Finger. Scale. Hope.

Use together in one sentence: Hand. What. Large.

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Love at First Bite
Music: Robert Farnon
Sam felt that his epic romance might have started more promisingly.

SHE was not the prettiest girl he had ever seen. She was the third prettiest. He had an orderly mind, one capable of classifying and docketing girls. But there was a subtle something about her, a sort of how-shall-one-put-it, which he had never encountered before.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Seen. Scene.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Find. Bite. Mind.

Use together in one sentence: Seem. Obstacle. Classify.

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