The example of précis.
The extract from the novel “To kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee is a dramatic account of a trial of a Negro, Tom Robinson, wrongly accused of a capital crime of raping a white girl. His defending counsel, Atticus Finch, a smart lawyer and a man of high principles, does his best to prove to the jury Tom Robinson’s innocence. Atticus exposes the false testimony of the chief witness for the state who turns to be the guilty party and condemns the Negro’s accusers for their prejudiced attitude and groundless resentment against the black people. Atticus reminds the jury of the high mission of a law-court to be a great leveler and appeals to them to do impartial justice. But for all Atticus’s convincing arguments and his spirited speech the truth is ignored and Tom Robinson – convicted. Features:
- 4-5 sentences;
- Generalize the climax in 1 sentence;
- Retell of contents precisely and briefly;
- Less verbs;
- No action, only state of facts.
The example of summary.
The extract under consideration is taken from the novel “Ragtime” written by the American writer E.L. Doctorow. The scene of the novel is laid in America at the beginning of the 20th century. There is no exposition, therefore we can only guess by the contents where and when the settings set on. At the beginning of the story, the author shows the appearance of a black man at Broadview Avenue. He looked for a colored woman Sarah, who was said to reside in one of the houses. The author introduces that man by his appearance and manners, describing his new gleaming and shining model T-Ford, the way he beckoned a boy with a gloved hand to ask abut Sarah’s address. Further on, the author dwells on the main reason of the black man’s coming – to meet with Sarah. The author introduces Mother, the hostess of the house, where Sarah worked and lived. When she opened the door, she saw that black stocky man, who looked very respectfully. He...
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