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Job Application/Resignation & Sales Letter

Job Application Letter A job application letter, also known as a cover letter, is a document that is typically submitted alongside a resume or CV when applying for a job. The letter serves as an introduction to the employer and should highlight the skills and qualifications that make the applicant a good fit for the position. It should also express the applicant's enthusiasm and interest in the job and the company. A well-written job application letter can help an applicant stand out from other candidates and increase their chances of getting an interview. Format of Job Application Letter: A job application letter typically follows a standard format, which includes the following elements: ·         The header : This should include your contact information (name, address, phone number, and email) as well as the date and the recipient's contact information. ·         The salutation : This should include the recipient's name and title (if known). If the recipient's name is

Her First Ball - Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923)

Her First Ball is a 1921 short story by the New Zealand author Katherine Mansfield , first published in The Sphere magazine and later included in Mansfield’s collection The Garden Party and Other Stories. “Her First Ball” follows country girl Leila as she attends a dance with her city-dwelling cousins the Sheridans. Leila’s joy and excitement are briefly punctured by one of her dancing partners, an older man who paints a bitter picture of Leila’s future. A young girl named  Leila  is about to attend her first ball, escorted by her cousins,  Meg ,  Laurie ,  Laura  and  Jose Sheridan . Leila is from the New Zealand countryside, and she has never been to a ball before, to the surprise of her wealthier and more experienced cousins. The story opens in a cab: Leila is on her way to her first ball with her cousins the Sheridans. The Sheridans tease her gently for never having been to a ball before, and Leila explains that her country home is very remote. She feels very excited about the ba

BEAUTY - Susan Sontag (1933-2004)

" Beauty " first published in Vogue magazine in 1975 ,  Susan Sontag  traces the history of a word which was once defined as " general excellence " but which has often been used to characterise " female appearance ." Her purpose in this essay is to show how a woman's beauty has been degraded while being called beautiful and how that conceives their true identity as it seems to portray innocence and honesty while hiding the ugliness of the truth . The feminist author shows that over the centuries Westerners have significantly altered their idea of beauty; the Greeks thought of it as the quality of personal excellence, whereas now the Westerners think of it as a surface attractiveness that gives power to its possessor. Sontag uses narrative structure to express the conventional attitude, which defines beauty as a concept applied today only to women and their outward appearance . The essayist introduces her essay to the audience by establishing a focal

Letter Writing

Sample Letters Parts of the official and personal letter:   Letter to the Principal Tilottama 6, Rupandehi June 20, 2020 The Principal, National Sanskrit School, Tilottama 9, Rupandehi Ref: About sick-leave Dear Sir/Madam, I most respectfully beg to state that I cannot attend my regular classes due to a severe fever that I have been suffering from for three days. In an appointment with the doctor, it was suggested that I should take rest for three more days at home. For this matter, I would like to request you to grant me sick leave for three days from today onwards. I know that I will have great losses missing the valuable classes. I assure you that I'll cover those classes and complete the assignments in time. I look forward to your positive response. Thanking you. Sample: Apology Letter Date: Dear (Name) , I received your invitation and I am so honoured to be included among the people you want to celebrate your nuptials. Unfortunately, I will be unable to attend the wedding due

BBS Second Year TU Model Question 2022

THE HUNDREDTH DOVE - Jane Yolen (1939)

Characters: Hugh: (fowler/someone who hunts wild birds for food) The King The Queen (lady Columba) White Dove What was Hugh’s Job? Hugh was the fowler for the king. How many doves does he catch? 100 (99 alive, 1 dead) Who was the white dove? Lady Columba was the dove. What are the rewards the white dove offers Hugh? Fame and fortune, gold and silver, and the love of the Queen What does the king ask Hugh to do? He asks him to catch 100 birds for the wedding feast. What motto does Hugh wear and what does it mean? Hugh wears the motto servo, meaning I serve. What happens when Hugh tries to catch the white dove? The dove slips through the net and flies away. What are two ways Hugh hunts birds? He uses nets and bows. If it is a big bird he uses a bow and arrow, and for small birds like doves he used net After the king tells Hugh his request, how does lady Columba react? She gasps, holds her hand up and tells him not to serve the doves. What two things does Hugh serve? Which comes first? Hug

ONCE MORE TO THE LAKE - E. B. White (1898-1985)

ONCE MORE TO THE LAKE Once More to the Lake , a narrative non-fiction essay written by E. B. White and first published in 1941, is a story about how the narrator, who grew up going to a lake in Maine, returns with his son when he is older. This essay is a depiction of the writer’s experience as he visits a lake once again – the lake that he has been fond of since childhood. He describes all the great memories that were made with his family at this lake, specifically mentioning the times with his father. When he arrives back at the lake, he comments on how everything has stayed the same. The essay moves in a non-chronological way, as White weaves in and out of the past and present, following the flow of his mental process, or as what many would call  stream-of-consciousness . By the essay's end, White has come full circle, accepting his own mortality. In his son's image, he no longer sees himself. He is clear that his son's maturation is a sign that White is getting closer t

THE OLD MAN AT THE BRIDGE - Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)

Ernest Hemingway, born on July 21, 1899, in America, was a novelist, short story writer and journalist . The old man in the story symbolizes the countless civilian victims of war; those who are " without politics ." The old man is going to die at the bridge: displaced, disoriented, alone. The old man symbolically is not a cat, nor a dove, but a goat who was " only taking care of animals .” The story is in the form of a conversation between a soldier and an old man. The writer takes the ordinary detail and transforms it into a powerful story about the tragedy of war. The old man in the story becomes a symbol of countless civilians who perished (is killed) in the war. The story consists of just one brief scene – the conversation between the narrator and the old man at the bridge – and one setting: the pontoon bridge across a river in Spain.  The story is related to a conversation between a soldier and an old man who had to leave his hometown during the Spanish Civil War