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The Pool in the Desert

By: Sara Jeanette Duncan

Excerpt: 1. A Mother in India Chapter 1.I There were times when we had to go without puddings to pay John?s uniform bills, and always I did the facings myself with a cloth?ball to save getting new ones. I would have polished his sword, too, if I had been allowed; I adored his sword. And once, I remember, we painted and varnished our own dog?cart, and very smart it looked, to save fifty rupees.

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Oroonoko; Or, The Royal Slave

By: Aphra Behn

I do not pretend, in giving you the history of this Royal Slave, to entertain my reader with adventures of a feigned hero, whose life and fortunes fancy may manage at the poet's pleasure; nor in relating the truth, design to adorn it with any accidents but such as arrived in earnest to him: and it shall come simply into the world, recommended by its own proper merits and natural intrigues; there being enough of reality to support it, and to render it diverting, without t...

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The History of Rome, Volume Vi

By: Titus Livius

At the beginning of the following year the consuls and praetors balloted for their provinces. Liguria was the only consular province and was assigned to both consuls. The result of the ballot gave the civic jurisdiction to M. Ogulnius Gallus, the alien jurisdiction to M. Valerius, Hither Spain to Q. Fulvius Flaccus, Further Spain to P. Manlius, Sicily to L. Caecilius Denter, and Sardinia to C. Terentius Istra. The consuls received instructions to levy troops. Q. Fabius h...

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The Haunted Quack

By: Nathaniel Hawthorne

In the summer of 18—,I made an excursion to Niagara. At Schenectady, finding the roads nearly impassable, I took passage in a canal-boat for Utica. The weather was dull and lowering. There were but few passengers on board; and of those few, none were sufficiently inviting in appearance to induce me to make any overtures to a travelling acquaintance. A stupid answer, or a surly monosyllable, were all that I got in return for the few simple questions I hazarded. An occasio...

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The Monks of St. Mark

By: Thomas Love Peacock

Excerpt: ?Tis midnight: the sky is with clouds overcast; The forest?trees bend in the loud?rushing blast; The rain strongly beats on these time?hallow?d spires; The lightning pours swiftly its blue?pointed fires; Triumphant the tempest?fiend rides in the dark.

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The Foundations of Personality

By: Abraham Myerson

INTRODUCTION: Man's interest in character is founded on an intensely practical need. In whatsoever relationship we deal with our fellows, we base our intercourse largely on our understanding of their characters. The trader asks concerning his customer, Is he honest? and the teacher asks about the pupil, Is he earnest? The friend bases his friendship on his good opinion of his friend; the foe seeks to know the weak points in the hated one's make-up; and the maiden yearnin...

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The Man Who Could Work Miracles

By: Herbert George Wells

Excerpt: IT IS DOUBTFUL whether the gift was innate. For my own part, I think it came to him suddenly. Indeed, until he was thirty he was a sceptic, and did not believe in miraculous powers.

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Wonderful Balloon Ascents; Or the Conquest of the Skies

By: F. (Fulgence) Marion

Preface: ?Let posterity know, and knowing be astonished, that on the fifteenth day of September, 1784, Vincent Lunardi of Lucca, in Tuscany, the first aerial traveller in Britain, mounting from the Artillery Ground in London, and traversing the regions of the air for two hours and fifteen minutes, on this spot revisited the earth. In this rude monument for ages be recorded this wondrous enterprise successfully achieved by the powers of chemistry and the fortitude of man,...

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A Fair Barbarian

By: Frances Hodgson Burnett

Excerpt: Chapter 1. MISS OCTAVIA BASSETT. Slowbridge had been shaken to its foundations. It may as well be explained, however, at the outset, that it would not take much of a sensation to give Slowbridge a great shock. In the first place, Slowbridge was not used to sensations, and was used to going on the even and respectable tenor of its way, regarding the outside world with private distrust, if not with open disfavor. The new mills had been a trial to Slowbridge,?a sor...

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Wilhelm Meisters Wanderjahre : Buch 1

By: Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Erstes Kapitel: Die Flucht nach AEgypten, Im Schatten eines maechtigen Felsen sass Wilhelm an grauser, bedeutender Stelle, wo sich der steile Gebirgsweg um eine Ecke herum schnell nach der Tiefe wendete. Die Sonne stand noch hoch und erleuchtete die Gipfel der Fichten in den Felsengruenden zu seinen Fuessen. Er bemerkte eben etwas in seine Schreibtafel, als Felix, der umhergeklettert war, mit einem Stein in der Hand zu ihm kam. Wie nennt man diesen Stein, Vater? sagte der Knabe.

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Dusty Diamonds. Cut and Polished

By: R.M. Ballantyne

Excerpt: Chapter One. An Accident and some of its Curious Results. Every one has heard of those ponies?those shaggy, chubby, innocent?looking little creatures?for which the world is indebted, we suppose, to Shetland. Well, once on a time, one of the most innocent?looking, chubbiest, and shaggiest of Shetland ponies?a dark brown one?stood at the door of a mansion in the west?end of London. It was attached to a wickerwork vehicle which resembled a large clothes?basket on s...

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One of Our Conquerors

By: George Meredith

A GENTLEMAN, noteworthy for a lively countenance and a waistcoat to match it, crossing London Bridge at noon on a gusty April day, was almost magically detached from his conflict with the gale by some sly strip of slipperiness, abounding in that conduit of the markets, which had more or less adroitly performed the trick upon preceding passengers, and now laid this one flat amid the shuffle of feet, peaceful for the moment as the uncomplaining who have gone to Sabrina ben...

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Russia in 1919

By: Arthur Ransome

Introduction: On August 27, 1914, in London, I made this note in a memorandum book: ?Met Arthur Ransome at ??s; discussed a book on the Russian?s relation to the war in the light of psychological background?folklore.? The book was not written but the idea that instinctively came to him pervades his every utterance on things Russian.

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The Wishingring Man

By: Margaret Widdemer

Excerpt: CHAPTER ONE. JOY IN AMBER SATIN Joy Havenith had no business at all to be curled up on the back stairs under Great?Grand?Aunt Lucilla?s picture. She ought to have been sliding sweetly up and down the long double parlors with teacups and cake, and she knew it. But she just didn?t care.

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The Mysterious Mr. E

By: Jack Storm

The crouching, crawling figure of the man moved through the dank mist of the river front, slowly but with the stealthy silence of a jungle beast. He wore a cap, pulled down over his forehead. His clothes were cheap and dirty, like the clothes of the rat pirates that infested the river front, stealing a little from one boat, a little more from another. Never more than a piece of anchor rope which could be sold for a few dollars, or a crate of freight that could be sold to...

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The Countess of Saint Geran

By: Pere Alexandre Dumas

Excerpt: THE COUNTESS DE SAINT?GERAN. About the end of the year 1639, a troop of horsemen arrived, towards midday, in a little village at the northern extremity of the province of Auvergne, from the direction of Paris. The country folk assembled at the noise, and found it to proceed from the provost of the mounted police and his men. The heat was excessive, the horses were bathed in sweat, the horsemen covered with dust, and the party seemed on its return from an importa...

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Nature; Adresses, And Lectures

By: Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our age is retrospective. It builds the sepulchres of the fathers. It writes biographies, histories, and criticism. The foregoing generations beheld God and nature face to face; we, through their eyes. Why should not we also enjoy an original relation to the universe? Why should not we have a poetry and philosophy of insight and not of tradition, and a religion by revelation to us, and not the history of theirs? Embosomed for a season in nature, whose floods of life stre...

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The Luckey Chance, Or an Alderman's Bargain

By: Aphra Behn

Sure 'tis the Day that gleams in yonder East, The Day that all but Lovers blest by Shade Pay chearful Homage to: Lovers! and those pursu'd like guilty me By rigid Laws, which put no Difference 'Twixt fairly killing in my own Defence, And Murders bred by drunken Arguments, Whores, or the mean Revenges of a Coward. —This is Leticia's Fathers House— [Looking about. And that the dear Balcony That has so oft been conscious of our Loves; From whence she'as sent me down a thous...

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The Red Thumb Mark

By: R. Austin Freeman

CONFLAGRATAM An0 1677. Fabricatarn An0 1698. Richardo Powell Armiger Thesaurar. The words, set in four panels, which formed a frieze beneath the pediment of a fine brick portico, summarized the history of one of the tall houses at the upper end of King's Bench Walk and as I, somewhat absently, read over the inscription, my attention was divided between admiration of the exquisitely finished carved brickwork and the quiet dignity of the building, and an effort to reconsti...

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American Fairy Tales

By: Frank L. Baum

Excerpt: THE BOX OF ROBBERS No one intended to leave Martha alone that afternoon, but it happened that everyone was called away, for one reason or another. Mrs. McFarland was attending the weekly card party held by the Women?s Anti?Gambling League. Sister Nell?s young man had called quite unexpectedly to take her for a long drive. Papa was at the office, as usual. It was Mary Ann?s day out. As for Emeline, she certainly should have stayed in the house and looked after th...

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