Susan C. Anthony

Spelling Plus Level F:
Dictation Sentences from Children's Literature

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Level F:  List 48  |  List 49  |  List 50  |  List 51  |  List 52  |  List 53  |  List 54  |  List 55  |  List 56  |  List 57  |  List 58

List 48 from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

  1. Mr. Bucket was the only person in the family with a job.
  2. At this point, the door opened, and Mr. Bucket walked into the room. He was cold and tired, and he looked it. All day long, he had been working in the streets.
  3. At this point, Mr. Salt stepped forward.
  4. “They only light it every other day,” said Mr. Wonka. “Perhaps this is one of the days when they let it go out. You never know. They might be lucky.”
  5. Could you send a real live person from one place to another in the same way?

List 48 from Black Beauty

  1. He was to get all the practice in driving that could be given to him.
  2. “Practice makes perfect,” said the little man.
  3. He did not notice it until just about four o’clock.
  4. She had a good idea of what was coming.
  5. I always knew it by his voice, and that had more power with me than anything else.
  6. Her mouth was not so perfect as mine.
  7. The black horse, I believe, is perfect for riding.
  8. He sold me as a perfectly quiet horse to a man in the country.
  9. I believe we horses can tell more by the voice than many men can.
  10. It was nearly nine o’clock before he called for me, and then it was with a loud, rough voice.
  11. He had his own way of making me understand by the tone of his voice.
  12. There was only hardness in him, a hard voice, a hard eye, a hard hand.
  13. Any little noise seemed quite loud.
  14. I never heard such a noise as they made.

List 48 from Peter Pan

  1. She took them into Hook's cabin and pointed to his watch.
  2. Now for the first time we hear the voice of Hook. It was a black voice.
  3. He lowered his voice.
  4. "This is no bird," he said in a scared voice.
  5. "Hook," he called, "have you another voice?"
  6. Her voice was so low that at first he could not make out what she said. Then he made it out. She was saying that she thought she could get well again if they believed in fairies.
  7. First her voice grew strong, then she popped out of bed, then she was flashing through the room.
  8. Hook had found his voice again.
  9. "Down, boys, and at them!" Peter's voice rang out.
  10. Poisoned? Who could have poisoned it?
  11. "It was poisoned, Peter," she told him softly, "and now I am going to be dead."
  12. Let's keep her a prisoner.
  13. Hook had forgotten his prisoners, but as he swung round on them now his face lit up again.
  14. Perhaps there is no such person, Wendy!
  15. They were already the only persons in the street, and the stars were watching them.
  16. I don't know whether you have ever seen a map of a person's mind.
  17. Perhaps it was because of the soft beauty of the evening.
  18. "Perhaps she is going to sing in her sleep," said Peter.
  19. None of them knew. Perhaps it was best not to know.
  20. Perhaps she would say I was old, and I just want always to be a little boy and to have fun.
  21. Perhaps we don't remember the old life as well as we thought we did.
  22. At first she kept the books perfectly, as if it were a game.
  23. "I think it's perfectly sweet of you," she said.
  24. They are perfectly safe, aren't they?
  25. He heard something else instead.
  26. The kiss that had been for no one else, Peter took quite easily.
  27. He had a happy idea. John's hat!
  28. I don't know whether the idea came suddenly to Tink, or whether she had planned it on the way.
  29. Want of practice, they called it, but what it really meant was that they no longer believed.
  30. To be sure, she did not mind noise, but she would not have them grabbing things.

List 48 from Alice in Wonderland

  1. Two began in a low voice, “Why the fact is, you see, miss, this here ought to have been a RED rose tree.” 
  2. “How do you like the Queen?” said the Cat in a low voice. 
  3. Here, to Alice’s great surprise, her voice died away. 
  4. He said in a deep voice, “What are tarts made of?” 
  5. “Off with her head!” the Queen shouted at the top of her voice. 
  6. “Not like cats!” cried the Mouse, in a shrill voice.  “Would YOU like cats if you were me?” 
  7. “I’ll look first,” she said,  “and see whether it’s marked ‘poison’ or not.” 
  8. “She’s in prison,” the Queen said.
  9. “Are they in the prisoner’s handwriting?” asked another. 
  10. Who am I then?  Tell me that first, and then, if I like being that person, I’ll come up.  If not, I’ll stay down here until I’m somebody else. 
  11. “I must be kind to them,” thought Alice, “or perhaps they won’t walk the way I want to go!” 
  12. “Well, perhaps you haven’t found it so yet,” said Alice, “but you will someday, you know.” 
  13. No, it’ll never do to ask.  Perhaps I shall see it written up somewhere. 
  14. Alice could think of nothing else to say. 
  15. There was nothing else to do, so Alice soon began talking again. 
  16. He took not the smallest notice of her or anything else. 
  17. Alice thought she might as well wait, as she had nothing else to do. 
  18. This was quite a new idea to Alice, and she thought it over a little before she made her next remark. 
  19. Her first idea was that she had somehow fallen into the sea. 
  20. Alice had no idea what to do. 
  21. A bright idea came into her head. “If I eat one of these cakes,” she thought, “it’s sure to make SOME change in my size, and as it can’t make me larger, it must make me smaller, I suppose.” 
  22. “I haven’t the least idea what you’re talking about,” said Alice. 
  23. The Hatter was out of sight before the officer could get to the door. 
  24. Very soon the Rabbit noticed Alice, as she went hunting about, and called out to her in an angry tone. 
  25. She took no notice of them even when they hit her. 
  26. Just as she said this, she noticed that one of the trees had a door leading right into it. 

List 49 from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

  1. It had one hundred rooms, and everything was made of either light or dark chocolate.
  2. There used to be thousands of people working there.
  3. “He certainly seems well enough,” Mrs. Bucket said, laughing. “Yes, perhaps you’re right after all. Perhaps Grandpa Joe should be the one to go with him. I certainly can’t go myself and leave the other three old people all alone in bed for a whole day.”
  4. They still wear the same kind of clothes they wore over there.

List 49 from Black Beauty

  1. His voice was what I should know him by among a thousand.
  2. He is about twenty or twenty-one, and he knows his business.
  3. No, sir, certainly not, and if anybody has been saying that, I don’t believe it.
  4. He rode us across the country about fifteen miles to the park.

List 49 from Peter Pan

  1. Peter tired quickly of sleeping, and soon he would cry in his captain voice, "We get off here." 
  2. "Most of all," Hook was saying, "I want their captain, Peter Pan."
  3. "Captain, is all well?" they asked.
  4. It need not be said who was the captain.
  5. Above all, you lost the certainty that you would win.
  6. It is certain that in that gray light he must have seen it.
  7. Certainly not! I have got you home again, and I mean to keep you.
  8. He was not able to say for certain what had been happening.
  9. Wendy, one girl is more use than twenty boys.
  10. "I am old, Peter. I am ever so much more than twenty. I grew up long ago."
    "You promised not to."
    "I couldn't help it. I am married, Peter."
    "No, you're not."
    "Yes, and the little girl in the bed is my baby."
    "No, she's not." But he supposed she was.
  11. When they had counted five hundred, they went up.
  12. There was another light in the room now, a thousand times brighter than the night lights.
  13. You see, Wendy, when the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies.
  14. The clothes are made to fit you, while you must be made to fit the tree.

List 49 from Alice in Wonderland

  1. “There’s certainly too much pepper in that soup!” Alice said to herself. 
  2. There was certainly too much of it in the air. 
  3. It is almost certain to trouble you, sooner or later. 
  4. That’s all wrong, I’m certain! 
  5. Four times five is twelve, and four times six is thirteen. 
  6. You see the earth takes twenty-four hours to turn round. 
  7. She went on again, “Twenty-four hours, I think, or is it twelve?” 
  8. Rule forty-two.  All persons more than a mile high to leave the court. 
  9. He says it’s so useful, it’s worth a hundred pounds! 
  10. She was now about a thousand times as large as the Rabbit, and had no reason to be afraid of it. 
  11. Let me see, that would be four thousand miles down, I think. 

List 50 from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

  1. These two very old people are the father and mother of Mr. Bucket. Their names are Grandpa Joe and Grandma Josephine.
    And these two very old people are the father and mother of Mrs. Bucket. Their names are Grandpa George and Grandma Georgina.
    This is Mr. Bucket. This is Mrs. Bucket.
    Mr. And Mrs. Bucket have a small boy whose name is Charlie Bucket.
  2. The lucky person was a small girl who lived with her rich parents in a great city far away.
  3. “You mean he’s really all right?” asked Charlie. “Even after going up that awful pipe?”
    “He’s very much all right,” said Mr. Wonka.
    “He’s changed!” said Grandpa Joe. “He used to be fat! Now he’s thin as a straw!”
    “Of course he’s changed,” said Mr. Wonka, laughing. He got squeezed in the pipe.
  4. I really am giving it to you. That’s all right, isn’t it?
  5. “I’m afraid my mother won’t come with us,” Charlie said sadly.
    “Why ever not?”
    “Because she won’t leave my grandparents.”
    “But they must come, too.”
    “They can’t,” Charlie said. “They’re very old and they haven’t been out of bed for twenty years.”
    “Then we’ll take the bed along as well, with them in it,” said Mr. Wonka. “There’s room in here for a bed.”
    “You couldn’t get the bed out of the house,” said Grandpa Joe. “It won’t go through the door."

List 50 from Black Beauty

  1. She liked riding on horseback with her brother or cousins.
  2. Will you call him Blackbird, like your uncle’s old horse?
  3. He had given up all the hard part of the trade to his son.
  4. My son has just been sent for, and he has taken the other.
  5. I don’t believe that my old grandfather could have gone faster.
  6. Your father has a great name in these parts.
  7. He was like a father to me.
  8. He sometimes carried one of the young ladies when they rode out with their father.
  9. His father would like to give him the chance.
  10. If you get on well, as I am sure you will, it will be a fine thing for your mother.
  11. While I was young I lived upon my mother’s milk, as I could not eat grass.
  12. During this time the mother began to cry.
  13. Think it over, talk to your mother at dinner, and then let me know what you wish.
  14. As soon as I was old enough to eat grass my mother used to go out to work in the daytime, and come back in the evening.

List 50 from Peter Pan

  1. That shows they have no mother.
  2. "Great news, boys," he cried. "I have brought at last a mother for you all."
  3. What we need is just a nice motherly person.
  4. But I am afraid that Wendy did not really worry about her father and mother.
  5. She was a young mother and did not know this.
  6. "The game's up," he cried, "those boys have found a mother."
  7. If she is a mother, perhaps she is hanging about here to help Peter.
  8. Perhaps Tink wants to be my mother.
  9. "If you knew how great is a mother's love," Wendy told them, "you would have no fear."
  10. Wendy, you are wrong about mothers.
  11. "Long ago," he said, "I thought like you that my mother would always keep the window open for me. So I stayed away for moons and moons and moons, and then flew back, but the window was barred. Mother had forgotten all about me, and there was another little boy sleeping in my bed.
  12. They knew in what they called their hearts that one can get on quite well without a mother, and that it is only the mothers who think you can't.
  13. Now, if Peter had ever quite had a mother, he no longer missed her. He could do quite well without one. He had thought them out, and remembered only their bad points.
  14. "If you find your mothers," he said darkly, "I hope you will like them."
  15. Now you and I must get away by the door, and when Wendy comes she will think her mother has barred her out, and she will have to go back with me.
  16. Until Wendy came her mother was the chief one.
  17. "My child," the mother cried, "why did you not tell me of this before?"
  18. "See, dear brothers," says Wendy pointing upwards, "there is the window still standing open."
  19. "You must be nice to him," Wendy told her brothers. "What could we do if he were to leave us?"
  20. When they were in the wood they had met their dead father and had a game with him.
  21. Why, what is the matter, father dear?
  22. "I know where it is, father," Wendy cried, always glad to help.
  23. "You have been wonderfully quick," her father said.
  24. I thought you took it quite easily, father.
  25. They called Peter the Great White Father.
  26. Years rolled on again, and Wendy had a daughter.
  27. She was the daughter of a chief.
  28. John remembered his parents only as people he had once known.
  29. Would it not serve them right if they came back and found that their parents were spending the weekend in the country?

List 50 from Alice in Wonderland

  1. Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do. 
  2. And so these three little sisters, they were learning to draw, you know. 
  3. “Wake up, Alice dear!” said her sister. 
  4. Her sister sat still just as she left her, leaning her head on her hand, watching the setting sun, and thinking of little Alice. 

List 51 from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

  1. The whole of this family live together in a small house on the edge of a great town. The house wasn’t nearly large enough for so many people. There were only two rooms in the place altogether, and there was only one bed. The bed was given to the four old grandparents because they were so old and tired. They were so tired, they never got out of it.
  2. Come over here and sit close to me and we’ll open it together.
  3. They went out through a small secret door.
  4. The minute she entered the room, one hundred animals stopped what they were doing and turned their heads and stared at her with small black eyes. Then all at once, they pulled her to the ground and started carrying her across the floor.
  5. Why can’t I send a real bar of chocolate through the air in tiny pieces and then put the pieces together at the other end, all ready to be eaten?
  6. He may come through any minute.
  7. Never again! I’m throwing the TV set right out the window the minute we get home. I’ve had enough!

List 51 from Black Beauty

  1. I wondered how we should get on together.
  2. I enjoyed these rides very much in the clear cold air.
  3. John said, “Yes, sir,” and was on my back in a minute.
  4. In a minute we had left John far behind.

List 51 from Peter Pan

  1. "In two minutes," he cried, "the ship will be blown to pieces."
  2. In the two minutes before you go to sleep it becomes very real.
  3. He said he hoped they would do their duty.
  4. They seemed to be growing up, which is against the rules.
  5. She had rules about everyone being in bed by seven.
  6. The night's work was not yet over, for it was not the redskins he had come out to destroy.

List 51 from Alice in Wonderland

  1. She waited for a few minutes to see if she was going to shrink any more. 
  2. In another minute there was not even room for this. 
  3. After a few minutes, she heard a voice outside, and stopped to listen. 
  4. After a minute or two, they began moving about again. 
  5. I’m never sure what I’m going to be, from one minute to another. 
  6. I don’t keep the same size for ten minutes together. 
  7. For a minute or two she stood looking at the house, and wondering what to do next. 
  8. Altogether, for the first minute or two, it was as much as she could do to hold it. 
  9. She knew that it might happen any minute. 
  10. After watching it a minute or two, she made it out to be a grin, and said to herself, “It’s the Cheshire Cat.  Now I shall have somebody to talk to.” 
  11. So they sat down, and nobody spoke for some minutes. 
  12. She had grown so large in the last few minutes that she wasn’t a bit afraid. 
  13. “Well,” thought Alice to herself, “after such a fall as this, I shall think nothing of falling down stairs! 
  14. At last came the sound of a good many voices all talking together. 
  15. The table was a large one, but the three were all crowded together at one corner of it. 
  16. They were lying on their faces, and the pattern on their backs was the same as the rest of the pack. 

List 52 from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

  1. “The first day of February!” cried Mrs. Bucket. “But that’s tomorrow! Today is the last day of January. I know it is!"
  2. Talk to me, Mike! Say something! Tell me you’re all right!

List 52 from Black Beauty

  1. “All right,” he said, “I will soon be ready.”
  2. All right, sir, I’ll do my best, and I pray the dear young lady may open her eyes soon.
  3. “No,” said Smith, “that will be all right till we get home.”
  4. I will be nineteen next May, sir.

List 52 from Peter Pan

  1. "There are such a lot of them," he said.
  2. "That is all right, captain," he said, "we let her go."
  3. Peter seemed to think this all right.
  4. "All right," Peter replied with a bitter smile.

List 53 from Alice in Wonderland

  1. She had already heard her sentence three of the players for having missed their turns. 
  2. If you’ve seen them so often, of course you know what they’re like. 
  3. One doesn’t like changing so often, you know. 
  4. “Well!  I’ve often seen a cat without a grin,” thought Alice, “but a grin without a cat!”
  5. She was glad there was no one listening, this time, as it didn’t sound at all the right word. 
  6. Just then she noticed that the Queen was right behind her, listening. 
  7. Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! 
  8. After a few minutes she heard a voice outside, and stopped to listen. 
  9. Do you think I can listen all day to such stuff? 
  10. “I’m a little girl,” said Alice, rather doubtfully, as she remembered the number of changes she had gone through that day. 
  11. The Mouse did not answer, so Alice went on. 
  12. Do you mean that you think you can find out the answer to it? 
  13. They don’t reach half high enough yet. 
  14. Come, there’s half my plan done now! 
  15. “You’re a very poor speaker,” said the King. 
  16. When she had tired herself out with trying, the poor little thing sat down and cried. 
  17. And here poor Alice began to cry again, for she felt very lonely. 

List 53 from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

  1. Although his father and mother often went without their dinner so that they could give it to him, it still wasn’t nearly enough for a growing boy.
  2. Often, Charlie’s mother and father would come in as well, and stand by the door, listening to the stories the old people told. For perhaps half an hour every night, this room would become a happy place, and the whole family would forget that it was hungry and poor.
  3. Oh, yes he did. He told all the workers that he was sorry, but they would have to go home. Then, he shut the main gates and fastened them.
  4. “Read it aloud,” said Grandpa Joe, climbing back into bed again at last.
  5. They spent every minute of their days climbing through the treetops looking for other things to eat.
  6. “Row on,” shouted Mr. Wonka. “There’s no time to answer silly questions.”
  7. Now it was beginning to climb.
  8. Just a minute, now! Listen to me! I want everybody to be very careful in this room.
  9. Listen to what’s happened!

List 53 from Black Beauty

  1. The medicine did well and sent me off to sleep, and in the morning I felt much better.
  2. “My poor Beauty,” he said one day.
  3. How troubled their mother was, poor thing!
  4. We stood about fifteen and a half hands high.
  5. “He is fourteen and a half,” said John.
  6. He said he should stay half an hour to see how the medicine worked.
  7. There was no answer, but I heard a crash of something falling.
  8. Now, week after week, month after month, and no doubt year after year, I must stand up night and day.
  9. Of course he listened to what the man said, and so I was sold again.
  10. “I don’t often speak of myself,” said John.
  11. Joe’s father would often come in and give a little help, as he understood the work.
  12. My master, too, often came to see me.
  13. I often thought of John’s words when I came to know more of the world.
  14. I was very wild, no doubt, and gave them a lot of trouble.

List 53 from Peter Pan

  1. "I often hear it when I am sleeping," Jane said.
  2. She often said to my father, "Oh, how I wish I had a checkbook of my own!" I don't know what a checkbook is, but I should just love to give my mother one.
  3. He often met it, but he always forgot it.
  4. Sometimes, though not often, he had dreams, and they were more painful than the dreams of other boys.
  5. He came to the window not to see her but to listen to stories.
  6. "Listen to Tink," he said. "She is crying because the Wendy lives."
  7. "Listen, Tinker Bell," he cried. "I am your friend no more."
  8. "Now, listen!" cried Hook, and all listened.
  9. Hook's words had left no room for doubt.
  10. No doubt, but I have an uneasy feeling at times that she looks upon the children as puppies.
  11. He had climbed in the dead of night to the top and hidden it there.
  12. Instead of troubling to answer him, Peter flew around the room.
  13. "I must," he answered, shaking, "I am so afraid of Peter."
  14. To Wendy's pain the answer that rang out this time was "Yes."
  15. The bed filled nearly half the room, and all the boys slept in it.
  16. When he returned the others would be sweeping up the blood.
  17. First to draw blood was John, who climbed into the boat.
  18. "And now, Peter," Wendy said, thinking she had put everything right, "I am going to give you your medicine before you go." She loved to give them medicine, and undoubtedly gave them too much. Of course it was only water.
  19. In rushed Wendy with the medicine in a glass.

List 54 from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

  1. “But that’s impossible!” said little Charlie, staring at his grandfather.
    “Of course it’s impossible!” cried Grandpa Joe.
  2. “I don’t believe it!” he said. “It’s not possible.”
  3. “Go slower!” panted Mrs. Salt.
    “Impossible,” said Mr. Wonka. “We should never get there in time if I did.”
    “Get where?” asked the girl.
    “Never you mind,” said Mr. Wonka. “You just wait and see.”

List 54 from Black Beauty

  1. Had the horses been able to see, they would have kept further from the edge.
  2. He must have fallen with great force.
  3. It’s not for me to say who has been trying to take away James’ character.
  4. She gave her work when she was able to do it.
  5. He wants a man who will be able to step into his place.
  6. I saw James coming through the smoke, and he was not able to speak.
  7. He had given animals knowledge which was much more perfect in its way.
  8. The wheels went too near the edge, and the cart was overturned into the water.
  9. By the time we got to the bridge it was very nearly dark.
  10. When my feet touched the first part of the bridge I was sure there was something wrong.
  11. He might possibly be sentenced to two or three months in prison.

List 54 from Peter Pan

  1. One arm dropped over the edge of the bed.
  2. He sat on the edge of Mrs. Darling's bed, holding her hand while she looked at him.
  3. They were no longer able to hope that they would walk it manfully.
  4. For a week or two after Wendy came, it was doubtful whether they would be able to keep her, as she was another mouth to feed.
  5. "Let's do what Peter wishes!" cried the simple boys.
  6. As we have seen, he was quite a simple man.
  7. The reason was so simple.
  8. And then one night came the tragedy.
  9. Wendy was crying, for it was the first tragedy she had seen. Peter had seen many tragedies, but he had forgotten them all.

List 54 from Alice in Wonderland

  1. At last she stretched her arms round it as far as they would go, and broke off a bit of the edge with each hand. 
  2. By this time she had found her way into a little room with a table in the window. 
  3. There was a table set out under a tree in front of the house. 
  4. “I didn’t know it was your table,” said Alice. 
  5. Once more she found herself in the long hall, and close to the little glass table. 
  6. She tried her best to climb up one of the legs of the table. 
  7. Soon her eye fell on a little glass box that was lying under the table. 
  8. They would not remember the simple rules their friends had taught them. 
  9. Alice had begun to think that very few things were really impossible. 
  10. It quite makes my head ache. 

List 55 from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

  1. Nobody sees him anymore. He never comes out. The only things that come out of that place are chocolates and candies. They come out through a special trap door in the wall.
  2. “Now this, my dear children,” said Mr. Wonka, “is the main hall.”
  3. So I shipped them all over here, every man, woman and child.
  4. “There’s no time for arguing! Press on, press on!” But five seconds later, when a bright red door came into sight ahead, he suddenly shouted, “Stop!"
  5. “Yes, yes!” the children cried. “We won’t touch a thing!”
  6. Don’t argue, my dear child, please don’t argue! It’s such a waste of time!
  7. “Oh, look,” he cried, pointing down, “there go the other children! They’re returning home!”
  8. Looking down now, Charlie could see the children and their parents standing in a little group just inside the gates.
  9. I’m an old man. I’m much older than you think. I can’t go on forever. I’ve got no children of my own, no family at all. So who is going to run things when I get too old to do it myself?

List 55 from Black Beauty

  1. You see, I have been around horses ever since I was twelve years old.
  2. I felt hungry, for I had not eaten since the early morning.
  3. Many a good shake I know I must have given him, especially at the first.
  4. He spoke as kindly to us as he did to his little children.
  5. “What!” said I, “you threw the children off?”
  6. I am the best friend those children have!
  7. Besides, those children are under my charge when they are riding.
  8. The other children had ridden me about for nearly two hours, and then the boys thought it was their turn.
  9. It means to teach a horse to carry on his back a man, woman or child.
  10. “To the right!” cried the woman, pointing with her hand.
  11. There was a woman sitting on the ground with the lady’s head in her lap.

List 55 from Peter Pan

  1. Now Wendy was every inch a woman, though there were not very many inches.
  2. When they met again Wendy was a married woman.
  3. Something inside of her was crying "Woman, woman, let go of me."
  4. I am a married woman, Peter.
  5. She was only a woman now, and she ran out of the room trying to think.
  6. You know what women are.
  7. She thought she had seen him before in the faces of many women who have no children.
  8. Food is what most children like better than anything else, the next best thing being to talk about it.
  9. The children often spent long summer days on the water, swimming or playing games.
  10. It must also have been pretty to see the children resting on a rock.
  11. Children, I hear your father's step. He likes you to meet him at the door.
  12. Then, as so often before, the children dragged him from his tree.
  13. She knew the mother would always leave the window open for her children to fly back by, so they stayed away for years.
  14. I don't know whether any of the children were crying.
  15. There were no children there, and it was night time.
  16. He had taught the children something of the forest.
  17. Do go back and keep an eye on the children.
  18. "I ought to have been especially careful on a Friday," she used to say.
  19. How they grew to love their home under the ground, especially Wendy.
  20. Always if they wanted to do anything special they said this was Saturday night, and then they did it.
  21. It liked my arm so much that it has followed me ever since, from sea to sea and from land to land, licking its lips for the rest of me.
  22. Something must have happened since then, for it is not they who have flown in, it is Peter and Tinker Bell.
  23. He tried to argue with Tink.

List 55 from Alice in Wonderland

  1. She began thinking over all the children she knew that were of the same age as herself, to see if she could have been changed for any of them. 
  2. She began thinking over other children she knew, who might do very well as pigs. 
  3. “And ever since that,” the Hatter went on, “he won’t do a thing I ask!” 
  4. Everything seemed to have changed since her swim in the pool. 
  5. It was so long since she had been anything near the right size, that it felt quite strange at first, but she got used to it in a few minutes, and began talking to herself. 

List 56 from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

  1. “Are you sure you want to spend your money on that, Grandpa?” Charlie asked.
  2. He turned away and started running as fast as he could towards the other end of the room.

List 56 from Black Beauty

  1. “I would not sell that horse for any money,” he said.
  2. He put some money into Smith’s hand and bid him goodbye.
  3. As we came near he made a sign to speak.
  4. He was a builder who had often been to the park on business.
  5. At first no one could guess how the fire had been caused.
  6. I found a bitter feeling toward men rise up in my mind that I never had before.
  7. Toward the end of the second week he told me that he thought the boy would turn out well.
  8. I remember he was riding me toward home one morning when we saw a powerful man driving toward us.
  9. Two of the boys were older, and there were several little ones.
  10. Several men came to catch me.

List 56 from Peter Pan

  1. They were several hours late for bed.
  2. Several of them were in the air at a time.
  3. She had already written it on several.
  4. This was such a pleasant change that they tried it several times and found that they could sleep thus.
  5. Hook smiled on them with his teeth closed, and took a step toward Wendy.
  6. But he supposed she was, and he took a step towards the sleeping child.
  7. "Oh, the stories I could tell to the boys!" she cried, and then Peter gripped her and began to draw her toward the window.
    "Let me go!" she ordered him.
    "Wendy, do come with me and tell the other boys.
    Of course she was very pleased to be asked, but she said, "Oh dear, I can't. Think of mother! Besides, I can't fly."
    "I'll teach you."
  8. Their first thought was that if Peter was not going he had probably changed his mind about letting them go.
  9. Winking is the star language.
  10. "Oh, you could never guess!" she cried.
  11. As those who read between the lines must already have guessed, he had been at school.
  12. They were Mrs. Darling's guesses.
  13. "That is not the dog's unhappy bark," she said, little guessing what was about to happen.
  14. And of course they must see her light, and if they guess we are near it they are sure to let fly.
  15. Suddenly he tried the guessing game.
  16. "Nothing," she said, "they are the eyes a mother leaves behind to guard her children."
  17. Hook said that the wind of his name guarded the ship for a mile around.
  18. That is how a house is built.
  19. "Yes, there is," cried Peter. "Let us build a little house round her."
  20. "Wendy," he said, "for you we built this house."
  21. See that these boys help in the building of the house.
  22. He asked if there were many on the island just now, and Peter said he had never known so many.
  23. They were going round and round the island, but they did not meet because all were going the same rate.
  24. This shows how real the island was.
  25. "Do you think you could swim or fly as far as the island, Wendy, without my help?"
  26. Peter suddenly signed silence.
  27. He had found the thing for which he had gone in search, the key that would free the children.
  28. She would sign to the children to be especially nice to father.

List 56 from Alice in Wonderland

  1. Alice had learned several things of this sort in her lessons in the schoolroom. 
  2. At least I know who I was when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then. 
  3. “I believe I can guess that,” she added aloud. 
  4. “That proves his guilt,” said the Queen. 
  5. “If you don’t sign it,” said the King, “that only makes the matter worse.” 
  6. If it makes me grow larger, I can reach the key, and if it makes me grow smaller, I can creep under the door. 

List 57 from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

  1. Bring it straight back to me, and we’ll open it together.
  2. Take it straight home, quickly, before you lose it! Run all the way and don’t stop until you get there, you understand?
  3. They passed another door, then another and another.
  4. Why do we have to go rushing past all these lovely rooms?
  5. There’s no time for arguments.

List 57 from Black Beauty

  1. “No, no, John,” said the doctor, “I hope not.”
  2. When we came to the hill the doctor drew me up.
  3. The doctor said if we had been a little longer it would have been too late.
  4. The horse that was put into it was not tied up, but left loose, to do as he liked.
  5. Mr. Bond, the doctor, came every day.

List 57 from Peter Pan

  1. “Tie her up!” he shouted. 
  2. All had gone well with him until he came to his tie. 
  3. Unless this tie is round my neck we don’t go out to dinner tonight, and if I don’t go out to dinner tonight, I never go to the office again, and if I don’t go to the office again, you and I starve. 
  4. Then Hook would probably not have been present at the tying of the children. 
  5. “Please, sir,” said Peter, going to him, “are you a doctor?” 
  6. The other boys thought this awfully interesting. 
  7. He suddenly had no more interest in it, which, as you have been told, was what always happened with his games.  
  8. “Who is Captain Hook?” he asked with interest when she spoke of the enemy. 
  9. She sat up in bed, and was interested at once. 
  10. You would see your own mother doing this, and you would find it very interesting to watch her. 
  11. Wendy was quite surprised, but interested.
  12. They could hear each other now, which showed them that the more terrible sound had passed.
  13. "Second to the right," said Peter, "and then straight on till morning."
  14. John said that if the worst came to the worst, all they had to do was to go straight on, for the world was round, and so in time they must come back to their own window.
  15. After many moons they did reach it, and, what is more, they had been going pretty straight all the time.
  16. One thing I should like to do is to tell her, in the way authors have, that the children are coming back.
  17. The children waited for her cry of joy, but it did not come. She saw them, but she did not believe they were there.
  18. She had always thought children important, however.
  19. There were stories about him, as that when children died he went part of the way with them, so that they should not be afraid.
  20. On the night we speak of all the children were once more in bed.

List 57 from Alice in Wonderland

  1. Thank you, sir, for your interesting story. 
  2. Thank you, it’s a very interesting dance to watch. 
  3. I know something interesting is sure to happen whenever I eat or drink anything. 
  4. It went straight on for some way, and then dipped suddenly down, so suddenly that Alice had not a moment to think about stopping herself before she found herself falling down a very deep well. 
  5. The March Hare will be much the most interesting, and perhaps as this is May it won’t be raving mad—at least not so mad as it was in March.
  6. The Queen smiled and passed on. 

List 58 from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

  1. There wasn’t any question of them being able to buy a better house. They were far too poor for that.
  2. Walking to school in the mornings, Charlie could see great pieces of chocolate piled up high in the shop windows. He would stop and stare and press his nose against the glass, his mouth watering like mad. Many times a day, he would see other children taking chocolate bars out of their pockets and eating them happily.
  3. Outside the walls, for half a mile around in every direction, the air smelled of melting chocolate.
  4. Then one afternoon, his eye was caught suddenly by a piece of paper that was lying in the snow. Part of it was under the snow, but he saw at once what it was. It was a dollar bill!
  5. You’re the one who found your ticket only yesterday, aren’t you? Yes, yes. I read all about it in this morning’s papers! Just in time, my dear boy! I’m so glad!
  6. He took a key from his pocket and unlocked the door.

List 58 from Black Beauty

  1. I wish you to pay attention to what I am going to say to you.
  2. We had a regular fight, and I cared for nothing he could do if only I could get him off.
  3. He just caught sight of the flying figure, now far away on the road.
  4. For about a mile and a half, the road ran straight, then bent to the right.
  5. “Put yourself a bit straight,” said John.

List 58 from Peter Pan

  1. She had believed in him at the time, but now that she was married and full of sense she quite doubted whether there was any such person. 
  2. She was lying at their feet, but he had the sense not to see her. 
  3. He had no sense of time. 
  4. And you could darn our clothes, and make pockets for us.  None of us has any pockets. 
  5. “If only one of us had a pocket,” Peter said, “we could carry her in it.”  However, they had set off in such a hurry that there was not a pocket between the four of them. 
  6. They could see three little figures in night clothes circling round and round, not on the floor but in the air.  Not three figures, four! 
  7. As you look at Wendy, you may see her hair becoming white, and her figure little again, for all this happened long ago. 
  8. Instead of them there were pictures of babies without faces. 
  9. The question is, can we try it for a year on nine nine seven? 
  10. Her mother had been questioning her. 
  11. It was not really a happy question to ask him. 
  12. The difficulty is which one to choose. 
  13. They sat round the table, writing and thinking hard about the question she had written on another slate and passed round. 
  14. Answer all three questions if possible. 
  15. They were just everyday questions like these, and when you could not answer them you were told to make a cross. 
  16. Of course the only boy who replied to every question was Slightly, and no one could have been more hopeful of coming out first. 
  17. The question now was how to get down the trees, or how to get his dogs down. 
  18. But in what direction, for he could not be sure that the children had been taken to the ship?

List 58 from Alice in Wonderland

  1. If they had any sense, they’d take the roof off. 
  2. Take care of the sense, and the sounds will take care of themselves. 
  3. “What else have you got in your pocket?” he went on, turning to Alice. 
  4. Here and there she saw maps and pictures hung upon pegs. 
  5. He had been looking at Alice for some time, and this was his first speech. 
  6. I only took the regular course. 
  7. “What did they live on?” said Alice, who always took a great interest in questions of eating and drinking. 
  8. But if I’m not the same, the next question is, Who in the world am I? 
  9. The first question of course was, how to get dry again. 
  10. This question he could not answer without a great deal of thought.  
  11. I suppose I ought to eat or drink something or other; but the great question is, what? 
  12. The great question certainly was, what? 
  13. I have answered three questions, and that is enough. 
  14. At any rate he might answer questions. 
  15. “Are you to get in at all?” said the Footman.  “That’s the first question, you know.” 
  16. People began running about in all directions. 
  17. Her head would bend about easily in any direction. 
  18. “In that direction,” the Cat said, waving its right paw round, “lives a Hatter.” 
  19. His argument was that you couldn’t cut off a head unless there was a body to cut it off from. 
  20. The King’s argument was, that anything that had a head could be beheaded. 

Source:, ©Susan C. Anthony