“A splendid endeavor, my good man. First, remember that the first sentence of the summation should possess three things: the title of the text, the author, and the main idea. For example: In “Why Everyone Adores Me,” Winston Churchill provides a detailed rationale on why he was better looking than both F.D.R. and Joseph Stalin.”
“Second,” Churchill continued, “you want to be sure that you do not incorporate any opinion in the summary. A summary is just a factual encapsulation of the text, so it should not possess analysis of the author’s viewpoints, nor should it include the pronoun, I. Therefore, my good man, despite all the praise you want to heap on my brilliant writings, despite all the love and adoration you want to transpose to my person as a paragon and exemplar of all things good, righteous, and handsome, you need to keep those opinions, though undoubtedly correct, to yourself—deep in your heart.”
“Um, Mr. Churchill…”
“Last, each sentence of the summary needs to chronologically recap the author’s main points. A good rule of thumb is that one sentence should be contain the main ideas of one-three paragraphs worth of a text, a challenging enterprise indeed. But if I could single-handedly beat the Nazis (Me! Not Alan Turing), you can compose an elegant summary.”
“Thanks, Mr. Churchill!"
“No problem at all, young lad,” Churchill said, lighting a stogie. Now how about a bit of practice? How about you craft a summary of my 12 volume biography? That’s a good chap.”