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The Lessons of Nature
Music: Muzio Clementi
Samuel Smiles shows us two great achievements inspired by two tiny creatures.

WHILE Captain (afterwards Sir Samuel) Brown was occupied in studying the construction of bridges, with the view of contriving one of a cheap description to be thrown across the Tweed, near which he lived, he was walking in his garden one dewy autumn morning, when he saw a tiny spider’s net suspended across his path.

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Adapted from textbooks used in Grammar Schools and Secondary Moderns from the 1920s to the 1960s.

Distinguish using sentences: Manner. Manor.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Garden. Net. Walk.

Use together in one sentence: Afterwards. Immediately. At length.

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A Very Special Correspondent
Music: Louise Farrenc
Pauline de Meulan’s magazine Publiciste was close to going out of business when an anonymous contributor stepped in.

THE circumstances connected with M Guizot's courtship and marriage are curious and interesting.

While a young man living by his pen in Paris, writing books, reviews, and translations, he formed a casual acquaintance with Mademoiselle Pauline de Meulan, a lady of great ability, then editor of the Publiciste.

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Adapted from textbooks used in Grammar Schools and Secondary Moderns from the 1920s to the 1960s.

Distinguish using sentences: Marriage. Wedding.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Pen. Fall. Reach.

Use together in one sentence: Recover. Translation. Curious.

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Honourable Mr Fox
Music: Thomas Linley the Younger
The colourful Foreign Secretary humbly accepted a lesson in manners from a local tradesman.

THE story is told of a tradesman calling upon him one day for the payment of a promissory note which he presented. Fox was engaged at the time in counting out gold. The tradesman asked to be paid from the money before him. “No,” said Fox, “I owe this money to Sheridan; it is a debt of honour.”

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Adapted from textbooks used in Grammar Schools and Secondary Moderns from the 1920s to the 1960s.

Distinguish using sentences: Debit. Debt.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Pay. Tear. Count.

Use together in one sentence: Character. Honour. All.

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A Monument to Liberty
Music: Camille Saint-Saens
Samuel Smiles explains why the London and Birmingham Railway was an achievement superior to the Great Pyramid of Giza.

THE Great Pyramid of Egypt was, according to Diodorus Siculus, constructed by 300,000 — according to Herodotus, by 100,000 — men. It required for its execution twenty years, and the labour expended upon it has been estimated as equivalent to lifting 15,733,000,000 of cubic feet of stone one foot high.

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Adapted from textbooks used in Grammar Schools and Secondary Moderns from the 1920s to the 1960s.

Distinguish using sentences: Tall. High.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Result. Lift. Estimate.

Use together in one sentence: If. According. Without.

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Life’s Infantry
Music: Charles Villiers Stanford
However obscure a man may apparently be, his example to others inevitably shapes the future of his country.

THOUGH only the generals’ names may be remembered in the history of any great campaign, it has been in a great measure through the individual valour and heroism of the privates that victories have been won.

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Adapted from textbooks used in Grammar Schools and Secondary Moderns from the 1920s to the 1960s.

Distinguish using sentences: Though. Through.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Man. Pass. Progress.

Use together in one sentence: Fellow. Unwritten. Only.

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The School of Difficulty
Music: Johann Baptist Cramer
It is not educational institutions and methods that advance science or the arts, but people.

MEN who are resolved to find a way for themselves, will always find opportunities enough; and if they do not lie ready to their hand, they will make them.

It is not those who have enjoyed the advantages of colleges, museums, and public galleries, that have accomplished the most for science and art; nor have the greatest mechanics and inventors been trained in mechanics’ institutes.

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Adapted from textbooks used in Grammar Schools and Secondary Moderns from the 1920s to the 1960s.

Distinguish using sentences: Blend. Mix.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Mix. School. Man.

Use together in one sentence: Mother. Tool. Wonderful.

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