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The Golden Bowl

By: Henry James

Excerpt: Volume 1 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 ex...

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Gabrielle de Bergerac

By: Henry James

Excerpt: Part 1. MY good old friend, in his white flannel dressing?gown, with his wig ?removed,? as they say of the dinner?service, by a crimson nightcap, sat for some moments gazing into the fire. At last he looked up. I knew what was coming. ?Apropos, that little debt of mine?? Not that the debt was really very little. But M. de Bergerac was a man of honor, and I knew I should receive my dues. He told me frankly that he saw no way, either in the present or the future, ...

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Hell Below

By: Kenneth Robeson

Excerpt: ?I USED to fight Indians,? the old gentleman said. ?I used to eat their ears. I would stew their ears, then eat them with salt.? He stopped and looked at the man across the desk while he tried to think of something that would express his feelings. ?But I wouldn't feed your ears to my dog!? he finished. The young man said, ?Hah, hah!? Then he waved at a chair. ?Go sit down, pop. Go sit over there and have a good cuss.?

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Legends of Babylon and Egypt

By: Leonard W. King

Preface: In these lectures an attempt is made, not so much to restate familiar facts, as to accommodate them to new and supplementary evidence which has been published in America since the outbreak of the war. But even without the excuse of recent discovery, no apology would be needed for any comparison or contrast of Hebrew tradition with the mythological and legendary beliefs of Babylon and Egypt. Hebrew achievements in the sphere of religion and ethics are only thrown...

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To Let

By: B.M. Croker

Excerpt: Some years ago, when I was a slim young spin, I came out to India to live with my brother Tom: he and I were members of a large and somewhat impecunious family, and I do not think my mother was sorry to have one of her four grown?up daughters thus taken ...

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The Spy, Volume 2

By: James Fenimore Cooper

Excerpt: THE officer to whose keeping Dunwoodie had committed the pedlar, transferred his charge to the custody of the regular sergeant of the guard. The gift of Captain Wharton had not been lost on the youthful lieutenant, and a certain dancing motion that had unaccountably taken possession of objects before his eyes, gave him warning of the necessity of recruiting nature by sleep. After admonishing the non?commissioned guardian of Harvey to omit no watchfulness in secu...

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Immortals Crowned by the French Academy : Labbe Constantin, Entire

By: Ludovic Halevy

Preface: Ludovic Halevy was born in Paris, January 1, 1834. His father was Leon Halevy, the celebrated author; his grandfather, Fromenthal, the eminent composer. Ludovic was destined for the civil service, and, after finishing his studies, entered successively the Department of State (1852); the Algerian Department (1858), and later on became editorial secretary of the Corps Legislatif (1860). When his patron, the Duc de Morny, died in 1865, Halevy resigned, giving up a ...

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A Jug of Sirup

By: Ambrose Bierce

Excerpt: This narrative begins with the death of its hero. Silas Deemer died on the 16th day of July, 1863, and two days later his remains were buried. As he had been personally known to every man, woman and well?grown child in the village, the funeral, as the local newspaper phrased it, ?was largely attended.? In accordance with a custom of the time and place, the coffin was opened at the graveside and the entire assembly of friends and neighbors filed past, taking a la...

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The Epistle of Ignatius to the Philippians

By: Ignatius

Ignatius, who is also called Theophorus, to the Church of God which is at Philippi, which has obtained mercy in faith, and patience, and love unfeigned: Mercy and peace from God the Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of them that believe. (1)...

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Lancelot Or, The Knight of the Cart

By: Chretien De Troyes

Excerpt: Part 1. (Vv. 1?30.) Since my lady of Champagne wishes me to undertake to write a romance, (1) I shall very gladly do so, being so devoted to her service as to do anything in the world for her, without any intention of flattery. But if one were to introduce any flattery upon such an occasion, he might say, and I would subscribe to it, that this lady surpasses all others who are alive, just as the south wind which blows in May or April is more lovely than any othe...

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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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My Antonia

By: Willa Sibert Cather

LAST summer I happened to be crossing the plains of Iowa in a season of intense heat, and it was my good fortune to have for a traveling companion James Quayle Burden -- Jim Burden, as we still call him in the West. He and are old friends -- we grew up together in the same Nebraska town -- and we had much to say to each other. While the train flashed through never-ending miles of ripe wheat, by country towns and bright-flowered pastures and oak groves wilting in the sun,...

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Novelle

By: Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Kapitel 1: Ein dichter Herbstnebel verhuellte noch in der Fruehe die weiten Raeume des fuerstlichen Schlosshofes, als man schon mehr oder weniger durch den sich lichtenden Schleier die ganze Jaegerei zu Pferde und zu Fuss durcheinander bewegt sah.

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Vailima Prayers

By: Robert Louis Stevenson

In every Samoan household the day is closed with prayer and the singing of hymns. The omission of this sacred duty would indicate, not only a lack of religious training in the house chief, but a shameless disregard of all that is reputable in Samoan social life. No doubt, to many, the evening service is no more than a duty fulfilled. The child who says his prayer at his mother's knee can have no real conception of the meaning of the words he lisps so readily, yet he goes...

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The Conservative

By: Ralph Waldo Emerson

The two parties which divide the state, the party of Conservatism and that od have disputed the possession of the world ever since it was made. This quarrel is the subject of civil history. The conservative party established the reverend hierarchies and monarchies of the most ancient world. The battle of patrician and plebeian, of parent state and colony, of old usage and accommodation to new facts, of the rich and the poor, reappears in all countries and times. The war ...

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The Avenging of the Saviour

By: Avenging of Saviour

THIS version of the legend of Veronica is written in very barbarous Latin, probably of the seventh or eighth century. An Anglo-Saxon version, which Tischendorf concludes to be derived from the Latin, was edited and translated for the Cambridge Antiquarian Society, by C. W. Goodwin, in 1851. The Anglo-Saxon text is from a MS. in the Cambridge Library, one of a number presented to the Cathedral of Exeter by Bishop Leofric in the beginning of the eleventh century. The reade...

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Nathan the Wise

By: Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

Introduction: Gotthold Ephraim Lessing was born on the 22nd of January, 1729, eldest of ten sons of a pious and learned minister of Camenz in the Oberlausitz, who had two daughters also. As a child Lessing delighted in books, and had knowledge beyond his years when he went to school, in Meissen, at the age of twelve. As a school?boy he read much Greek and Latin that formed no part of the school course; read also the German poets of his time, wrote a ?History of Ancient M...

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Topics

By: Aristotle

Excerpt: Book I 1 OUR treatise proposes to find a line of inquiry whereby we shall be able to reason from opinions that are generally accepted about every problem propounded to us, and also shall ourselves, when standing up to an argument, avoid saying anything that will obstruct us. First, then, we must say what reasoning is, and what its varieties are, in order to grasp dialectical reasoning: for this is the object of our search in the treatise before us.

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Scorpiace

By: Tertullian

Series of curses too: Cursed be the man who maketh a graven or a molten image, an abomination, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and putteth it in a secret place. [10] But in Leviticus He says: Go not ye after idols, nor make to yourselves molten gods: I am the Lord your God. [11] And in other passages: The children of Israel are my household servants; these are they whom I led forth from the land of Egypt: [12] I am the Lord your God. Ye shall not make you idols f...

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The Adventures of Gerard

By: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

PREFACE: I hope that some readers may possibly be interested in these little tales of the Napoleonic soldiers to the extent of following them up to the springs from which they flow. The age was rich in military material, some of it the most human and the most picturesque that I have ever read. Setting aside historical works or the biographies of the leaders there is a mass of evidence written by the actual fighting men themselves, which describes their feelings and their...

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