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Six Short Stories

By: Pelham Grenville Wodehouse

Marjorie was sitting under the cedar on the tennis-lawn. It seemed to me that the best way of spending my morning would be to go and sit under the cedar on the tennis-lawn too. Good morning, I said as I came up. I had seen her before, but Good morning is such an excellent conversational gambit. Good morning, said Marjorie. She marked with a finger her place in the book she was reading, and tried to impress me with the idea that she was busy, but could give me two minutes...

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Colloquies on Society

By: Robert Southey

INTRODUCTION: It was in 1824 that Robert Southey, then fifty years old, published Sir Thomas More, or Colloquies on the Progress and Prospects of Society, a book in two octavo volumes with plates illustrating lake scenery. There were later editions of the book in 1829, and in 1831, and there was an edition in one volume in 1837, at the beginning of the reign of Queen Victoria.

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The Go Ahead Boys and Their Racing Motorboat

By: Ross Kay

Every normal boy loves a motor-boat, but words fail to express his enthusiasm when that boat is also a racer. Behind the events recorded in this story are certain facts, so that the tale is largely true. The author will be glad if the account of life in the open, the adventures and fortunes, good or ill, the contests and exciting experiences interest his readers even partly as much as they did the boys who shared in the actual occurrences. I have tried to write a story f...

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Go Rin No Sho : A Book of Five Rings

By: Miyamoto Musashi

Introduction: I have been many years training in the Way of strategy, called Ni Ten Ichi Ryu, and now I think I will explain it in writing for the first time. It is now during the first ten days of the tenth month in the twentieth year of Kanei (1645). I have climbed mountain Iwato of Higo in Kyushu to pay homage to heaven, pray to Kwannon, [God(dess) of mercy in Buddhism. Slaegr] and kneel before Buddha. I am a warrior of Harima province, Shinmen Musashi No Kami Fujiwar...

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Brewster's Millions

By: George Barr Mccutcheon

CHAPTER I. A BIRTHDAY DINNER: The Little Sons of the Rich were gathered about the long table in Pettingill's studio. There were nine of them present, besides Brewster. They were all young, more or less enterprising, hopeful, and reasonably sure of better things to come. Most of them bore names that meant something in the story of New York. Indeed, one of them had remarked, A man is known by the street that's named after him, and as he was a new member, they called him Subway....

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The Danish History, Books Iix

By: Saxo Grammaticus

Excerpt: Saxo Grammaticus, or ?The Lettered, one of the notable historians of the Middle Ages, may fairly be called not only the earliest chronicler of Denmark, but her earliest writer. In the latter half of the twelfth century, when Iceland was in the flush of literary production, Denmark lingered behind. No literature in her vernacular, save a few Runic inscriptions, has survived. Monkish annals, devotional works, and lives were written in Latin; but the chronicle of R...

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Vreemde Eend (Medicijnman in Afrika)

By: Ndi We Wale (Hilbert Kuik)

Nederlandse (Dutch) literature.

De Lijdende Mensheid: Op 13 oktober van het jaar 1965 deed ik mijn artsexamen. Ik had dat voorzien en mij daarom reeds zeventien maanden van tevoren in verbinding gesteld met het Bureau Internationale Technische Hulp, een onderafdeling van het Ministerie van Buitenlandse zaken in Den Haag, dat zich bezighield met het uitzenden van technici, o.a. artsen, naar ontwikkelingslanden. Het gevolg was dat er een contract voor me klaar lag, waarin bepaald was dat ik gedurende twe...

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Flying Machines : Construction and Operation

By: W. J. Jackman; Thos. H. Russell

PREFACE: This book is written for the guidance of the novice in aviation -- the man who seeks practical information as to the theory, construction and operation of the modern flying machine. With this object in view the wording is intentionally plain and non-technical. It contains some propositions which, so far as satisfying the experts is concerned, might doubtless be better stated in technical terms, but this would defeat the main purpose of its preparation. Consequen...

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The Noble Koran (Quran) : The Coursers

By: Transcribed by the Prophet Muhammad

Excerpt: THE Koran 100.001 By the snorting courses, 100.002 Striking sparks of fire 100.003 And scouring to the raid at dawn, 100.004 Then, therewith, with their trail of dust, 100.005 Cleaving, as one, the centre (of the foe), 100.006 Lo! man is an ingrate unto his Lord 100.007 And lo! he is a witness unto that; 100.008 And lo! in the love of wealth he is violent. 100.009 Knoweth he not that, when the contents of the graves are poured forth 100.010 And the secrets of th...

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Complete Prose Works

By: Walt Whitman

Excerpt: SPECIMEN DAYS A HAPPY HOUR?S COMMAND. Down in the Woods, July 2d, 1882.?If I do it at all I must delay no longer. Incongruous and full of skips and jumps as is that huddle of diary?jottings, war?memoranda of 1862?'65, Nature?notes of 1877?'81, with Western and Canadian observations afterwards, all bundled up and tied by a big string, the resolution and indeed mandate comes to me this day, this hour,?(and what a day! What an hour just passing! the luxury of riant...

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The Awakening of Helena Richie

By: Margaret Deland

Excerpt: Chapter One. Dr. Lavendar and Goliath had toiled up the hill to call on old Mr. Benjamin Wright; when they jogged back in the late afternoon it was with the peculiar complacency which follows the doing of a disagreeable duty. Goliath had not liked climbing the hill, for a heavy rain in the morning had turned the clay to stiff mud, and Dr. Lavendar had not liked calling on Benjamin Wright.

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The Epistle of Ignatius to the Smyraeans Shorter and Longer Versions

By: Ignatius Donnelly

Excerpt: Chapter 1. THANKS TO GOD FOR YOUR FAITH. I glorify God, even Jesus Christ, who has given you such wisdom. For I have observed that ye are perfected in an immoveable faith, as if ye were nailed to the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, both in the flesh and in the spirit, and are established in love through the blood of Christ, being fully persuaded with respect to our Lord, that He was truly of the seed of David according to the flesh,(3) and the Son of God accordi...

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Redburn, His First Voyage

By: Herman Melville

And, Wellingborough, he added, since we are both short of money, and you want an outfit, and I Have none to give, you may as well take my fowling-piece along, and sell it in New York for what you can get. Nay, take it; it's of no use to me now; I can't find it in powder any more. I was then but a boy. Some time previous my mother had removed from New York to a pleasant village on the Hudson River, where we lived in a small house, in a quiet way. Sad disappointments in se...

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The Gentleman

By: Alfred Ollivant

Excerpt: BOOK I. THE LITTLE TREMENDOUS. I. The DEATH OF BLACK DIAMOND. Chapter 1. THE MAN ON THE GREY. The man on the grey was in a hurry. The stab of his backward heels; the shake and swirl of his bridle?hand; the flog of his arm in time with the horse?s stride, told their own tale. A huge fellow, his face was red and round as a November sun. Hat and wig were gone; and his once white neck?cloth was soaked with blood. He came over the crest of the Downs at a lurching gal...

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The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Volume V

By: Edward Gibbon

Part I. Introduction, Worship, And Persecution Of Images. Revolt Of Italy And Rome. Temporal Dominion Of The Popes. Conquest Of Italy By The Franks. Establishment Of Images. Character And Coronation Of Charlemagne. Restoration And Decay Of The Roman Empire In The West. Independence Of Italy. Constitution Of The Germanic Body.

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Peg O' My Heart

By: J. Hartley Manners

Preface: Up to the time of publication, December 1922, ?Peg o? My Heart? has been played as a comedy in English in the United States and Canada in excess of 8000 times, in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland in excess of 6000 times, in India 65 times, in the Orient 20 times, in Holland 152 times, and in Scandinavia 23 times. Australia and New Zealand have seen 701 performances while South Africa has witnessed 229.

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Manon Lescaut

By: Abbe Prevost

Excerpt: Just about six months before my departure for Spain, I first met the Chevalier des Grieux. Though I rarely quitted my retreat, still the interest I felt in my child?s welfare induced me occasionally to undertake short journeys, which, however, I took good care to abridge as much as possible. I was one day returning from Rouen, where I had been, at her request, to attend a cause then pending before the Parliament of Normandy, respecting an inheritance to which I ...

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A Doc Savage Adventure : The Awful Dynasty

By: Kenneth Robeson

It was around ten o’clock when Dr. Samuel Harmony alighted from his limousine and instructed his chauffeur to return at twelve with the car. Doctor Samuel Harmony entered his office, spoke cheerfully to the receptionist, after noticing there were no patients waiting. He entered his private office and sat down at his desk, where the morning newspaper was spread out for his perusal.

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Boule de Suif

By: Guy de Maupassant

Pendant plusieurs jours de suite des lambeaux d'armee en deroute avaient traverse la ville. Ce n'etait point de la troupe, mais des hordes debandees. Les hommes avaient la barbe longue et sale, des uniformes en guenilles, et ils avançaient d'une allure molle, sans drapeau, sans regiment. Tous semblaient accables, ereintes, incapables d'une pensee ou d'une resolution, marchant seulement par habitude, et tombant de fatigue sitot qu'ils s'arretaient. On voyait surtout des m...

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Diary in America

By: Frederick Marryat

Introduction: After many years of travel, during which I had seen men under almost every variety of government, religion, and climate, I looked round to discover if there were not still new combinations under which human nature was to be investigated. I had traversed the old continent until satisfied, if not satiated; and I had sailed many a weary thousand miles from west to east, and from north to south, until people, manners, and customs were looked upon by me with indifference...

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