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The Seed of the Faith

By: Edith Wharton

Excerpt: THE blinding June sky of Africa hung over the town. In the doorway of an Arab coffee?house a young man stood listening to the remarks exchanged by the patrons of the establishment, who lay in torpid heaps on the low shelf bordering the room. The young man?s caftan was faded to a dingy brown, but the muslin garment covering it was clean, and so was the turban wound about his shabby fez. Cleanliness was not the most marked characteristic of the conversation, to wh...

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Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College

By: Thomas Gray

Excerpt: YE distant spires, ye antique tow'rs, That crown the wat'ry glade, Where grateful Science still adores Her Henry?s holy Shade; And ye, that from the stately brow Of Windsor?s heights th? expanse below Of grove, of lawn, of mead survey, Whose turf ...

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Life Without Principle

By: Henry David Thoreau

Excerpt: AT A LYCEUM, not long since, I felt that the lecturer had chosen a theme too foreign to himself, and so failed to interest me as much as he might have done. He described things not in or near to his heart, but toward his extremities and superficies. There was, in this sense, no truly central or centralizing thought in the lecture. I would have had him deal with his privatest experience, as the poet does. The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one...

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Thankful Blossom

By: Bret Harte

Excerpt: THE time was the year of grace 1779; the locality, Morristown, New Jersey. It was bitterly cold. A northeasterly wind had been stiffening the mud of the morning?s thaw into a rigid record of that day?s wayfaring on the Baskingridge road. The hoof?prints of cavalry, the deep ruts left by baggage?wagons, and the deeper channels worn by artillery, lay stark and cold in the waning light of an April day. There were icicles on the fences, a rime of silver on the windw...

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The Log of the Empire State

By: Geneve L.A. Shaffer

Introduction: As Miss Shaffer was appointed the special representative of the San Francisco Examiner on the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, Commercial Relationship Tour of the Orient, as well as being a member of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, she was requested to write this little book covering the three months? trip, and she wishes to thank all the members of the party for their kindly interest and cooperation in helping her secure much of the information contained herein.

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Patriotism : A Menace to Liberty

By: Emma Goldman

WHAT is patriotism? Is it love of one's birthplace, the place of childhood's recollections and hopes, dreams and aspirations? Is it the place where, in childlike naivete, we would watch the fleeting clouds, and wonder why we, too, could not run so swiftly? The place where we would count the milliard glittering stars, terror-stricken lest each one an eye should be, piercing the very depths of our little souls? Is it the place where we would listen to the music of the bird...

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Under the Andes

By: Rex Stout

The scene was not exactly new to me. Moved by the spirit of adventure, or by an access of ennui which overtakes me at times, I had several times visited the gaudy establishment of Mercer, on the fashionable side of Fifth Avenue in the Fifties. In either case I had found disappointment; where the stake is a matter of indifference there can be no excitement; and besides, I had been always in luck. But on this occasion I had a real purpose before me, though not an important...

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Almayer's Folly

By: Joseph Conrad

Excerpt: Chapter 1. ?Kaspar! Makan!? The well?known shrill voice startled Almayer from his dream of splendid future into the unpleasant realities of the present hour. An unpleasant voice too. He had heard it for many years, and with every year he liked it less. No matter; there would be an end to all this soon. He shuffled uneasily, but took no further notice of the call. Leaning with both his elbows on the balustrade of the verandah, he went on looking fixedly at the gr...

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Babouscka

If you were a Russian child you would not watch to see Santa Klaus come down the chimney; but you would stand by the windows to catch a peep at poor Babouscka as she hurries by. Who is Babouscka? Is she Santa Klaus' wife? No, indeed. She is only a poor little crooked wrinkled old woman, who comes at Christmas time into everybody's house, who peeps into every cradle, turns back every coverlid, drops a tear on the baby's white pillow, and goes away very, very sorrowful. An...

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Morgan le Fay

By: Madison Cawein

Excerpt: In dim samite was she bedight, And on her hair a hoop of gold, Like foxfire, in the tawn moonlight, Was glimmering cold. With soft gray eyes she gloomed and glowered; With soft red lips she sang a song: What knight might gaze upon her face ?

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Emperor of the Moon

By: Aphra Behn

Excerpt: ACT I. SCENE I. A Chamber. Enter Elaria and Mopsophil. I. A curse upon that faithless Maid, Who first her Sexes Liberty betrayed; Born free as Man to Love and Range, Till Nobler Nature did to Custom change. Custom, that dull excuse for Fools, Who think all Vertue to consist in Rules.

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Southern Poems

By: Charles William Kent

THESE poems are selected from the wide range of Southern poetry, that the South's contribution to our national literature may be in part apprehended. For a long time the productions of Southern writers were so inaccessible that authors of text-books on American Literature were disposed to neglect them altogether; and even later the admission of any Southern author, save one or two of international fame, was somewhat grudging and apologetic. In recent years, especially si...

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Immortals Crowned by the French Academy : Gerfaut, Vol. 4

By: Charles de Bernard

Guests were seated that evening around the oval table in the dining-room of the castle of Bergenheim. According to custom, the ladies were not present at this repast. This was a custom which had been adopted by the Baroness for the suppers which were given by her husband at the close of his hunting parties; she dispensed with appearing at table on those days; perhaps she was too fastidious to preside at these lengthy seances of which the ruses of the hare, the death of t...

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An Episode under the Terror

By: Honoré de Balzac

Is it not a necessity to explain to a public curious to know everything, how I came to be sufficiently learned in the law to carry on the business of my little world? And in so doing, am I not bound to put on record the memory of the amiable and intelligent man who, meeting the Scribe (another clerk-amateur) at a ball, said, Just give the office a turn; there is work for you there, I assure you? But do you need this public testimony to feel assured of the affection of th...

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Wage Labour and Capital

By: Karl Marx

The following work appeared as a series of leading articles in the Neue Rheinische Zeitung from April 4, 1849 onwards. It is based on the lectures delivered by Marx in 1847 at the German Workers' Society in Brussels. [3] The work as printed remained a fragment; the words at the end of No. 269: To be continued, remained unfulfilled in consequence of the events which just then came crowding one after another: the invasion of Hungary by the Russians, the insurrections in Dr...

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Arnobius against the Heathen, Vol. 7

By: Arnobius

1. Since it has been sufficiently shown, as far as there has been opportunity, how vain it is to forth images, the course of our argument requires that we should next speak as briefly as possible, and without any periphrasis, about sacrifices, about the slaughter and immolation of victims, about pure wine, about incense, and about all the other things which are provided on such occasions. (1) For with respect to this you have been in the habit of exciting against us the ...

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The Seven Vagabonds

By: Nathaniel Hawthorne

Rambling on foot in the spring of my life and the summer of the year, I came one afternoon to a point which gave me the choice of three directions. Straight before me, the main road extended its dusty length to Boston; on the left a branch went towards the sea, and would have lengthened my journey a trifle, of twenty or thirty miles; while, by the right hand path, I might have gone over hills and lakes to Canada, visiting in my way, the celebrated town of Stamford. On a ...

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The Brotherhood of Consolation

By: Honoré de Balzac

On a fine evening in the month of September, 1836, a man about thirty years of age was leaning on the parapet of that quay from which a spectator can look up the Seine from the Jardin des Plantes to Notre- Dame, and down, along the vast perspective of the river, to the Louvre. There is not another point of view to compare with it in the capital of ideas. We feel ourselves on the quarter-deck, as it were, of a gigantic vessel. We dream of Paris from the days of the Romans...

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Poor Jack

By: Frederick Marryat

I have every reason to believe that I was born in the year of our Lord 1786, for more than once I put the question to my father, and he invariably made the same reply: Why, Jack, you were launched a few months before the Druids were turned over to the Melpomene. I have since ascertained that this remarkable event occurred in January 1787. But my father always reckoned in this way: if you asked him when such an event took place, he would reply, so many years or months aft...

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The Inspectorgeneral

By: Nicolay Gogol

Introduction: The Inspector?General is a national institution. To place a purely literary valuation upon it and call it the greatest of Russian comedies would not convey the significance of its position either in Russian literature or in Russian life itself. There is no other single work in the modern literature of any language that carries with it the wealth of associations which the Inspector?General does to the educated Russian. The Germans have their Faust; but Faust...

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