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The Manor House and Other Poems

By: Ada Cambridge

AN old house, crumbling half away, all barnacled and lichen-grown, / Of saddest, mellowest, softest grey,—with a grand history of its own— / Grand with the work and strife and tears of more than half a thousand years. / Such delicate, tender, russet tones of colour on its gables slept, / With streaks of gold betwixt the stones, where wind-sown flowers and mosses crept: / Wild grasses waved in sun and shade o'er terrace slab and balustrade. / Around the clustered chimneys...

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Chicot the Jester

By: Pere Alexandre Dumas

Excerpt: Chapter 1. THE WEDDING OF ST. LUC. On the evening of a Sunday, in the year 1578, a splendid fete was given in the magnificent hotel just built opposite the Louvre, on the other side of the water, by the family of Montmorency, who, allied to the royalty of France, held themselves equal to princes. This fete was to celebrate the wedding of Francois d'Epinay de St. Luc, a great friend and favorite of the king, Henri III., with Jeanne de Crosse?Brissac, daughter of the marshal of that name.

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Madame Bovary

By: Gustave Flaubert

Excerpt: Part 1. Chapter One. We were in class when the head?master came in, followed by a ?new fellow,? not wearing the school uniform, and a school servant carrying a large desk. Those who had been asleep woke up, and every one rose as if just surprised at his work. The head?master made a sign to us to sit down. Then, turning to the class?master, he said to him in a low voice ? ?Monsieur Roger, here is a pupil whom I recommend to your care; he'll be in the second. If h...

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Old Peabody Pew

By: Kate Douglas Wiggin

Excerpt: Dedication to a certain handful of dear New England women of names unknown to the world, dwelling in a certain quiet village, alike unknown. We have worked together to make our little corner of the great universe a pleasanter place in which to live, and so we know, not only one another?s names, but something of one another?s joys and sorrows, cares and burdens, economies, hopes, and anxieties.

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Poor Jack

By: Captain Frederick Marryat

Excerpt: Chapter 1. In which, like most people who tell their own stories, I begin with the histories of other people. 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...

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Revelation of Moses

Excerpt: ACCOUNT and life of Adam and Eve, the first?created, revealed by God to His servant Moses, when he received from the hand of the Lord the tables of the law of the covenant, instructed by the archangel Michael.

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The Golden Bowl

By: Henry James

PREFACE: Among many matters thrown into relief by a refreshed acquaintance with The Golden Bowl what perhaps most stands out for me is the still marked inveteracy of a certain indirect and oblique view of my presented action; unless indeed I make up my mind to call this mode of treatment, on the contrary, any superficial appearance notwithstanding, the very straightest and closest possible. I have already betrayed, as an accepted habit, and even to extravagance commented...

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The Woman with the Fan

By: Robert Hichens

Excerpt: Chapter One. IN a large and cool drawing?room of London a few people were scattered about, listening to a soprano voice that was singing to the accompaniment of a piano. The sound of the voice came from an inner room, towards which most of these people were looking earnestly. Only one or two seemed indifferent to the fascination of the singer. A little woman, with oily black hair and enormous dark eyes, leaned back on a sofa, playing with a scarlet fan and glanc...

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Late Lyrics and Earlier

By: Thomas Hardy

About half the verses that follow were written quite lately. The rest are older, having been held over in MS. when past volumes were published, on considering that these would contain a sufficient number of pages to offer readers at one time, more especially during the distractions of the war. The unusually far back poems to be found here are, however, but some that were overlooked in gathering previous collections. A freshness in them, now unattainable, seemed to make u...

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Poems

By: Mabel Loomis Todd, Editor; T. W. Higginson, Editor

PREFACE. THE intellectual activity of Emily Dickinson was so great that a large and characteristic choice is still possible among her literary material, and this third volume of her verses is put forth in response to the repeated wish of the admirers of her peculiar genius. Much of Emily Dickinson's prose was rhythmic, even rhymed, though frequently not set apart in lines. Also many verses, written as such, were sent to friends in letters; these were published in, in the...

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Original Maupassant Short Stories, Volume 12

By: Guy de Maupassant

Lemonnier had remained a widower with one child. He had loved his wife devotedly, with a tender and exalted love, without a slip, during their entire married life. He was a good, honest man, perfectly simple, sincere, without suspicion or malice. He fell in love with a poor neighbor, proposed and was accepted. He was making a very comfortable living out of the wholesale cloth business, and he did not for a minute suspect that the young girl might have accepted him for an...

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Vi. On Monogamy

By: Tertullian, Christian Theologian of Carthage

Excerpt: He begins with examples before proceeding to dogmas.

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The History of Lucy Clare

By: Mary Martha Sherwood

Excerpt: Chapter 1. LUCY CLARE?S ACCOUNT OF HERSELF My father and uncle, said Lucy Clare (strange as it may appear), came from the north country, on foot, to offer their help to King James, who, as they had been told in their own land, was very ill used by his disloyal subjects in England. They were both very young men when they set out from the place of their birth, and were withal very poor; but they imagined that they might do much for their king, with the stout stave...

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Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque, Volume 1

By: Edgar Allan Poe

Preface: The epithets ?Grotesque? and ?Arabesque? will be found to indicate with sufficient precision the prevalent tenor of the tales here published. But from the fact that, during a period of some two or three years, I have written five?and?twenty short stories whose general character may be so briefly defined, it can? not be fairly inferred ? at all events it is not truly inferred ? that I have, for this species of writing, any inordinate, or indeed any peculiar taste...

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From the Memoirs of a Minister of France

By: Stanley J. Weyman

Excerpt: I. THE CLOCKMAKER OF POISSY. Foreseeing that some who do not love me will be swift to allege that in the preparation of these memoirs I have set down only such things as redound to my credit, and have suppressed the many experiences not so propitious which fall to the lot of the most sagacious while in power, I take this opportunity of refuting that calumny. For the truth stands so far the other way that my respect for the King?s person has led me to omit many t...

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On the High Seat of the Treasure of the Law

By: A. F. Price; Wong Mou Lam

Once, when the Patriarch had arrived at Pao Lin Monastery, Prefect Wei of Shao Chou and other officials went there to ask him to deliver public lectures on Buddhism in the hall of Ta Fan Temple in the City of Canton. In due course, there were assembled in the lecture hall Prefect Wei, government officials and Confucian scholars, about thirty each, and bhikkhus, bhikkhunis, Taoists and laymen to the number of about one thousand. After the Patriarch had taken his seat, the...

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Ballads

By: Robert Louis Stevenson

Excerpt: I. THE SLAYING OF TAMATEA It fell in the days of old, as the men of Taiarapu tell, A youth went forth to the fishing, and fortune favoured him well. Tamatea his name: gullible, simple, and kind, Comely of countenance, nimble of body, empty of mind, His mother ruled him and loved him beyond the wont of a wife, Serving the lad for eyes and living herself in his life. Alone from the sea and the fishing came Tamatea the fair, Urging his boat to the beach, and the mo...

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Iran, A Country Study

By: Louis R. Mortimer

Foreword: This volume is one in a continuing series of books prepared by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress under the Country Studies/Area Handbook Program sponsored by the Department of the Army... Most books in the series deal with a particular foreign country, describing and analyzing its political, economic, social, and national security systems and institutions, and examining the interrelationships of those systems and the ways they are shaped ...

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The Birds' Christmas Carol : Dramatic Version

By: Kate Douglas Wiggin

Excerpt: I. A LITTLE SNOW BIRD. It was very early Christmas morning, and in the stillness of the dawn, with the soft snow falling on the housetops, a little child was born in the Bird household.

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Episodes in Van Bibber's Life

By: Richard Harding Davis

Excerpt: Her First Appearance It was at the end of the first act of the first night of ?The Sultana,? and every member of the Lester Comic Opera Company, from Lester himself down to the wardrobe woman?s son, who would have had to work if his mother lost her place, was sick with anxiety.

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