English Literature for Boys and Girls: Chapters 1 and 2

So… I’ve been reading the wrong book for the past school term, and today I’m going to catch up the 13 chapters I didn’t read of the right book (thankfully much shorter than the one I wasn’t supposed to read), and narrate them (with morals, because they’re stories!).


Chapter 1:

The first chapter is basically an introduction. It begins with the author telling the reader, “Has there ever been a time when no stories were told? Has there ever been a people who did not care to listen? I think not.”

It goes on to tell about the history of books. In the beginning, men were “savage,” but as time went on, men became less savage, and over time, began to tell tales, most of which have been lost to time. Some years later, people began hand-writing manuscripts. Even further along in history, monks began writing what we call literature, literally meaning letters, which is somehow different than manuscripts, even though they were both hand-written at the time…..

Moral: “Don’t call the introduction Chapter 1”

Chapter 2:

So here begins the story telling…

Once upon some time in history that might not actually have happened ’cause it seems kinda far fetched, there lived a King and Queen in England. They had a good marriage, but then they didn’t (:P). They had a very childish quarrel about who had more riches (Which is so dumb…. I thought they shared! They’re the RULERS!!!).

So the King counted up all his jewels, and the Queen hers, and they discovered they had equal. (What a surprise!) Then, they counted up their ships, and discovered the same thing…Then, they counted up their underwear clothes, and lo and behold (as they would say), THEY HAD THE SAME!

They counted up their livestock, and just by chance, the king had one extra bull. This bull used to be the queens, but it didn’t like her, so it went over to the king’s livestock. The queen, in need of a better bull, heard about the legendary (not really) Brown Bull.

She sends some messengers to ask the owner if the queen could borrow the bull for 1 year, and at the end of the year, she would pay him back with interest. The man agrees, and the messengers lodges at his house for the night. That night, one of the man’s servants overhears the messengers talking about the bull, and if the man did not agree, they boasted that they would’ve taken it by force. The servant goes to the man, who is angry and decides not to give the bull.

So the queen goes to war with the man and his friends, and in the battle, the bull dies.

Moral: “Always have the exact same riches as your wife.”

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