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Jane Eyre
Music: Sir William Sterndale Bennett
Her enemies made Jane stronger, but her lover struck a blow from which she might never recover.

JANE EYRE acquired her rebellious spirit at the hands of her vindictive aunt, Mrs Reed, and at Mr Brocklehurst’s spartan boarding school. It gave her the strength not only to survive, but to win an enviable position as governess to Adèle, daughter of Edward Rochester of Thornfield Hall.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Alone. Lonely. Remote.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Position. School. Purpose.

Use together in one sentence: Unwelcome. Keeper. By no means.

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The Tempest
Music: Matthew Locke
A duke with a passion for the art of enchantment is stranded by his enemies on a deserted island.

PROSPERO, Duke of Milan, a keen student of spells and enchantments, was so wrapped up in his books of lore that his brother Antonio thought the duchy would be better in other hands. So he conspired with Alonso, King of Naples, to have Prospero and his three-year-old daughter Miranda taken out to sea, and set adrift.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Who’s. Whose.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Release. Settle. Spell.

Use together in one sentence: Tremendous. Lash. Would.

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Persian Treasures
Music: Albert Ketèlbey
‘Be careful what you wish for’, they say, and there could be no more endearing example.

‘MY hat!’ Cyril remarked. ‘I never thought about its being a PERSIAN carpet.’

Yet it was now plain that it was so, for the beautiful objects which it had brought back were cats — Persian cats, grey Persian cats, and there were, as I have said, 199 of them, and they were sitting on the carpet as close as they could get to each other.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Plain. Plane.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Rise. Do. Carpet.

Use together in one sentence: Pin. About. Bring back.

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King Solomon’s Mines
Music: Charles Villiers Stanford
Allan Quartermain goes in search of a lost tourist and a legendary hoard of diamonds.

AFTER George Curtis went missing in South Africa, his brother Sir Henry engaged grizzled hunter Allan Quartermain to find him. George was last seen heading for Solomon’s Mines, twin peaks forty leagues north of the Kafue River — supposedly the Biblical Ophir, source of the ancient King of Israel’s fabulous wealth.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: My. Mine.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Group. Face. Cross.

Use together in one sentence: Ancient. Grizzled. Human.

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The Knight’s Tale
Music: John Marsh
Two noble youths of ancient Thebes fall for the same princess.

ONCE upon a time, some widowed noblewomen begged Theseus, King of Athens, to avenge the death of their husbands by sacking the city of Thebes. Theseus obliged, and captured two wounded Theban youths, Arcite and Palamon, whom he imprisoned in Athens.

One day Emily, the Queen’s sister, passed by their prison. Arcite fell hopelessly in love with her on first sight, and his sighs brought Palamon to the window.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Though. Through.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Fall. Husband. Court.

Use together in one sentence: Imprison. Prison. At length.

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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: Later. Latter.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Claim. Nurse. Leave.

Use together in one sentence: By. Name. Home.

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