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The First Part of Henry the Fourth. Edited by Frederic W. Moorman

By: William Shakespeare

Excerpt: Actus Primus. Scoena Prima. Enter the King, Lord Iohn of Lancaster, Earle of Westmerland, with others. King. So shaken as we are, so wan with care, Finde we a time for frighted Peace to pant, And breath shortwinded accents of new broils To be commenc?d in Stronds a?farre remote: No more the thirsty entrance of this Soile, Shall daube her lippes with her owne childrens blood: No more shall trenching Warre channell her fields, Nor bruise her Flowrets with the Arme...

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Pollyanna

By: Eleanor Hodgman Porter

Miss Polly Harrington entered her kitchen a little hurriedly this June morning. Miss Polly did not usually make hurried movements; she specially prided herself on her repose of manner. But to-day she was hurrying -- actually hurrying. Nancy, washing dishes at the sink, looked up in surprise. Nancy had been working in Miss Polly's kitchen only two months, but already she knew that her mistress did not usually hurry.

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The Famous History of the Life of King Henry the Eighth: A Histori...

By: William Shakespeare

Excerpt: THE Famous History of the Life of King Henry the Eight. The PROLOGVE. I Come no more to make you laugh, Things now, That beare a Weighty, and a Serious Brow, Sad, high, and working, full of State and Woe: Such Noble Scoenes, as draw the Eye to flow We now present. Those that can Pitty, heere May (if they thinke it well) let fall a Teare, The Subiect will deserue it. Such as giue Their Money out of hope they may beleeue, May heere finde Truth too.

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Seathrift

By: Dollie Radford

Excerpt: SEA?THRIFT grows by the summer sea, Till the summer?s close, On a grassy cliff, ?neath a radiant sky, While sun and summer and wind go by, Sea?thrift blows and blows. The Sea?thrift about which I am going to write was not a flower growing on the cliff, it was a cottage standing in a garden at some distance from the sea; but, like the sea?thrift growing on the cliff, it was full of joy all the summer through. One hot morning in August, at one of the great London ...

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Native Life in South Africa

By: Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje

The method seemed sound enough -- it was quite similar in form to the successful deputation which had pleaded to keep Bechuanaland (modern Botswana) under direct Imperial control in 1895. But circumstances were different in 1914 -- South Africa had been granted self-government, and the First World War began shortly after the deputation's arrival in England and distracted all parties. This latter event also influenced the final form of the book, as Plaatje played to the p...

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An Experience

By: Richard Marsh

Excerpt: I. BEFORE DINNER. ?I was walking along the shore towards Goring. It was pitch dark. The tide was out. I could see the wet sands gleaming in the darkness. Far out at sea were the lights of two fishing?boats. And that was all. On the landward side there was not a glimmer. The place was a howling wilderness. It was just as though I were alone in space. A keen north?west breeze was blowing. I could hear the moan of the receding waves. The sound seemed to come from m...

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The Man Who Kept His Money in a Box

By: Anthony Trollope

I first saw the man who kept his money in a box in the midst of the ravine of the Via Mala. I interchanged a few words with him or with his wife at the hospice, at the top of the Splugen; and I became acquainted with him in the courtyard of Conradi's hotel at Chiavenna. It was, however, afterwards at Bellaggio, on the lake of Como, that that acquaintance ripened into intimacy. A good many years have rolled by since then, and I believe this little episode in his life may ...

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The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, And Instruction Series

By: Jonathan Ingram

Excerpt: ST. PANCRAS (OLD) CHURCH. [Illustration: ST. PANCRAS (OLD) CHURCH.] This humble village fane is situated to the north of London, somewhat more than a mile from Holborn Bars. Persons unacquainted with the site, may hitherto have considered it as part and parcel of this vast metropolis: but, lo! here it stands amidst much of its primitive, peaceful rusticity. Pancras is still, by courtesy, called a village, though its charms may be of the rus?in?urbe description. ...

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Hacker Crackdown

By: Bruce Sterling

Preface: ?Corrupt practices,? I always get a kick out of that description. Librarians are very ingenious people.

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Phantas

By: Oliver Onions

Excerpt: I As Abel Keeling lay on the galleon?s deck, held from rolling down it only by his own weight and the sun?blackened hand that lay outstretched upon the planks, his gaze wandered, but ever returned to the bell that hung, jammed with the dangerous heel?over of the vessel, in the small ornamental belfry immediately abaft the mainmast. The bell was of cast bronze, with half?obliterated bosses upon it that had been the heads of cherubs.

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A Legend of the Rhine

By: William Makepeace Thackeray

It was in the good old days of chivalry, when every mountain that bathes its shadow in the Rhine had its castle: not inhabited, as now, by a few rats and owls, nor covered with moss and wallflowers, and funguses, and creeping ivy. No, no! where the ivy now clusters there grew strong portcullis and bars of steel; where the wallflower now quivers in the rampart there were silken banners embroidered with wonderful heraldry; men-at-arms marched where now you shall only see a...

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Back to God's Country and Other Stories

By: James Oliver Curwood

Excerpt: BACK TO GOD?S COUNTRY. When Shan Tung, the long?cued Chinaman from Vancouver, started up the Frazer River in the old days when the Telegraph Trail and the headwaters of the Peace were the Meccas of half the gold?hunting population of British Columbia, he did not foresee tragedy ahead of him. He was a clever man, was Shan Tung, a cha?sukeed, a very devil in the collecting of gold, and far?seeing. But he could not look forty years into the future, and when Shan Tu...

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Turned

By: Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Excerpt: In her soft?carpeted, thick?curtained, richly furnished chamber, Mrs Marroner lay sobbing on the wide, soft bed. She sobbed bitterly, chokingly, despairingly; her shoulders heaved and shook convulsively; her hands were tight?clenched. She had forgotten her elaborate dress, the more elaborate bedcover; forgotten her dignity, her self?control, her pride. In her mind was an overwhelming, unbelievable horror, an immeasurable loss, a turbulent, struggling mass of emo...

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Liesilauluja

By: L. Onerva

Excerpt: HARMAAT PAeIVAeT. Yoen taivas seestyy, kaeypi jaelleen pilveen, ja aamut nousee, illat pimenee, ja ihmislapset itkee, hymyilee ja vaihtuu vaihtuessa helteen, vilveen. Ma liiaksiko kerran hymyin, itkin ja liiaksiko tahdoin, taistelin! On laannut riemu, laannut murhekin, ei kyynel vieri poskipaeaetae pitkin.

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The Story of the Rock; The Eddystone Lighthouse

By: R.M. Ballantyne

Excerpt: CHAPTER ONE. WRECK OF WINSTANLEY?S LIGHTHOUSE. ?At mischief again, of course: always at it.? Mrs Potter said this angrily, and with much emphasis, as she seized her son by the arm and dragged him out of a pool of dirty water, into which he had tumbled. ?Always at mischief of one sort or another, he is,? continued Mrs Potter, with increasing wrath, ?morning, noon, and night ?he is; tumblin? about an? smashin? things for ever he does; he'll break my heart at last ...

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The Lake Gun

By: James Fenimore Cooper

Excerpt: {The Lake Gun? is one of James Fenimore Cooper?s very few short stories, and was written in the last year of his life.

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The Art of War

By: Sun Tzu

LAYING PLANS 1. Sun Tzu said: The art of war is of vital importance to the State. -- 2. It is a matter of life and death, a road either to safety or to ruin. Hence it is a subject of inquiry which can on no account be neglected. -- 3. The art of war, then, is governed by five constant factors, to be taken into account in one's deliberations, when seeking to determine the conditions obtaining in the field. -- 4. These are: (1) The Moral Law; (2) Heaven; (3) Earth; (4) The...

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The Man Who Would Beking and Other Stories

By: Rudyard Kipling

Excerpt: ONE of the few advantages that India has over England is a great Knowability. After five years? service a man is directly or indirectly acquainted with the two or three hundred Civilians in his Province, all the Messes of ten or twelve Regiments and Batteries, and some fifteen hundred other people of the non?official caste. In ten years his knowledge should be doubled, and at the end of twenty he knows, or knows something about, every Englishman in the Empire, a...

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The Female Gamester

By: Gorges Edmond Howard

Excerpt: Prologue, BY Mr. R. Lewis, Author of the Candid Philosopher, &c. &c. The Muse prolific of a Vet'ran Bard Again brings forth;?but yet with labour hard. Nor is it strange, that such a Muse feels pain, When her child starts, like Pallas, from the brain, Arm?d at all points; when bold, she dares engage, With Truth?s bright arms, the monsters of the age; When with just aim she points keen Satire?s dart, And stabs the foul fiend GAMING to the heart.

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The Old Northwest : A Chronicle of the Ohio Valley and Beyond

By: Frederic Austin Ogg

The fall of Montreal, on September 8, 1760, while the plains about the city were still dotted with the white tents of the victorious English and colonial troops, was indeed an event of the deepest consequence to America and to the world. By the articles of capitulation which were signed by the Marquis de Vaudreuil, Governor of New France, Canada and all its dependencies westward to the Mississippi passed to the British Crown. Virtually ended was the long struggle for the...

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