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Curiosites Infernales

By: P.L. Jacob

Excerpt: Simon Goulart en envoyant a son frere Jean Goulart un volume de son Thresor des histoires admirables et memorables lui dit: ?Ce sont pieces rapportees et enfilees grossierement ausquelles je n'adjouste presque rien du mien, pour laisser a vous et a tout autre debonnaire lecteur la meditation libre du fruit qu'on en peut et doit tirer. Dieu y apparoit en diverses sortes pres et loin, pour maintenir sa justice contre les coeurs farouches de tant de personnes qui l...

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The Story of Yand Manor House

By: E.H. Heron

Excerpt: By looking through the notes of Mr. Flaxman Low, one sometimes catches through the steel?blue hardness of facts, the pink flush of romance, or more often the black corner of a horror unnameable. The following story may serve as an instance of the latter. Mr. Low not only unravelled the mystery at Yand, but at the same time justified his life?work to M. Thierry, the well?known French critic and philosopher. At the end of a long conversation, M. Thierry, arguing f...

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Friar Philip's Geese and Minutolo

By: Jean de la Fontaine

These are the last works of this style that will come from the pen of the Author, and consequently this is the last opportunity he has of vindicating the boldness and privilege which he has assumed. We make no mention of villainous rhymes, of lines that run into the next, of two vowels without elision, nor, in general, of such kinds of carelessness as he would not allow himself in another style of poetry, but which are part and parcel, so to say, of this style. Too anxio...

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The Life of Johnson, Volume 3 of 6

By: Jonathan Ingram

Excerpt: THE LIFE OF SAMUEL JOHNSON, LL.D. Having left Ashbourne in the evening, we stopped to change horses at Derby, and availed ourselves of a moment to enjoy the conversation of my countryman, Dr. Butter, then physician there. He was in great indignation because Lord Mountstuart?s bill for a Scotch militia[1] had been lost. Dr. Johnson was as violent against it. ?I am glad, (said he,) that Parliament has had the spirit to throw it out. You wanted to take advantage of...

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The Logbooks of the Lady Nelson

By: Ida Lee

Preface: The objects for which the Lady Nelson?s voyages were undertaken render her logbooks of more than ordinary interest. She was essentially an Australian discovery ship and during her successive commissions she was employed exclusively in Australian waters. The number of voyages that she made will perhaps never be accurately known, but her logbooks in existence testify to the important missions that she accomplished. The most notable are those which record early dis...

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The Lottery

By: Henry Fielding

PROLOGUE. Spoke by Mr. CIBBER, Jun. As Tragedy prescribes to Passion Rules, So Comedy delights to punish Fools; And while at nobler Game she boldly flies, Farce challenges the Vulgar as her Prize. Some Follies scarce perceptible appear In that just Glass, which shews you as you are. But Farce still claims a magnifying Right, To raise the Object larger to the Sight, And shew her Insect Fools in stronger Light. Implicit Faith is to her Poets due, And all her laughing Legen...

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Twixt Land & Sea

By: Joseph Conrad

Ever since the sun rose I had been looking ahead. The ship glided gently in smooth water. After a sixty days' passage I was anxious to make my landfall, a fertile and beautiful island of the tropics. The more enthusiastic of its inhabitants delight in describing it as the Pearl of the Ocean. Well, let us call it the Pearl. It's a good name. A pearl distilling much sweetness upon the world. This is only a way of telling you that first-rate sugar-cane is grown there. All t...

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The Nemesis of Faith

By: James Anthony Froude

I promised so long ago to write to you, dear Arthur, that by this time, if you have not already forgotten me, you will at least have begun to think it desirable to forget me as soon as possible, for an ungrateful, good-for-nothing fellow; but I am going to be very just, and pay heavy interest—and I think letter debts are like all other debts. If you pay them when they are due, they are taken as a matter of course, and without gratitude; but leave them till your poor cred...

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Rebuke of Nechayev

By: Michael Bakunin

Excerpt: ?To begin with, my views are different in that they do not acknowledge the usefulness, or even the possibility, of any revolution except a spontaneous or a people?s social revolution.

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Satan Black

By: Kenneth Robeson

Excerpt: THE bronze man finally found a piece of rope. He had a worse time locating one than he had expected, and toward the last he searched with a haste that was near frenzy. The rope was three?quarter?inch stuff about fifteen feet long, and it smelled of the anti?rust off the tools and the pipe. He found it on the fourth pipe?truck which he searched, although he had supposed there would be rope on every truck. Rope and chain were necessities on the big multi?ton pipe?...

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La Chasse au Caribou

By: Arthur De Gobineau

Excerpt: Charles Cabert etait fils d'un homme devenu passablement riche dans des affaires ou il etait question de zinc. Il avait ete eleve au college comme tout le monde, en etait sorti sans plus de science que ses camarades, et, en garcon distingue, s'etait fait recevoir membre d'un club ou il perdait assez d'argent pour etre traite avec consideration. Ses amis lui firent connaitre des dames, et afin de ne pas se singulariser, il se resolut un matin a epouser une figura...

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Princess Aline

By: Richard Harding Davis

Excerpt: I H. R. H. the Princess Aline of Hohenwald came into the life of Morton Carlton ? or ?Morney? Carlton, as men called him ? of New York city, when that young gentleman?s affairs and affections were best suited to receive her. Had she made her appearance three years sooner or three years later, it is quite probable that she would have passed on out of his life with no more recognition from him than would have been expressed in a look of admiring curiosity ...

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Psmith in the City

By: P.G. Wodehouse

Excerpt: 1. Mr Bickersdyke Walks behind the Bowler?s Arm. Considering what a prominent figure Mr John Bickersdyke was to be in Mike Jackson?s life, it was only appropriate that he should make a dramatic entry into it. This he did by walking behind the bowler?s arm when Mike had scored ninety?eight, causing him thereby to be clean bowled by a long?hop. Psmith in the City 1 It was the last day of the Ilsworth cricket week, and the house team were struggling hard on a damag...

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The Truth about Pyecraft

By: Herbert George Wells

He sits not a dozen yards away. If I glance over my shoulder I can see him. And if I catch his eye—and usually I catch his eye— it meets me with an expression. It is mainly an imploring look—and yet with suspicion in it. Confound his suspicion! If I wanted to tell on him I should have told long ago. I don't tell and I don't tell, and he ought to feel at his ease. As if anything so gross and fat as he could feel at ease! Who would believe me if I did tell? Poor old...

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History of the Christian Church, Vol. VIII. The History of the Ref...

By: Philip Schaff

Preface The present is the only collected edition of the principal works of Schiller which is accessible to English readers. Detached poems or dramas have been translated at various times, and sometimes by men of eminence, since the first publication of the original works; and in several instances these versions have been incorporated, after some revision or necessary correction, into the following collection; but on the other hand a large proportion of the contents have...

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The Tower

By: William Butler Yeats

Excerpt: Sailing to Byzantium. THAT is no country for old men. The young In one another?s arms, birds in the trees?Those dying generations?at their song, The salmon?falls, the mackerel?crowded seas, Fish, flesh, or fowl, commend all summer long Whatever is begotten, born, and dies. Caught in that sensual music all neglect Monuments of unageing intellect. An aged man is but a paltry thing, A tattered coat upon a stick, unless Soul clap its hands and sing, and louder sing ...

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The Man on the Box, The

By: Harold Macgrath

Excerpt: I. INTRODUCES MY HERO If you will carefully observe any map of the world that is divided into inches at so many miles to the inch, you will be surprised as you calculate the distance between that enchanting Paris of France and the third?precinct police?station of Washington, D. C, which is not enchanting. It is several thousand miles. Again, if you will take the pains to run your glance, no doubt discerning, over the police? blotter at the court (and frankly, I ...

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The Man of Property

By: John Galsworthy

The Forsyte Saga was the title originally destined for that part of it which is called The Man of Property; and to adopt it for the collected chronicles of the Forsyte family has indulged the Forsytean tenacity that is in all of us. The word Saga might be objected to on the ground that it connotes the heroic and that there is little heroism in these pages. But it is used with a suitable irony; and, after all, this long tale, though it may deal with folk in frock coats, f...

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The Poor Clare

By: Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

December 12th, 1747—My life has been strangely bound up with extraordinary incidents, some of which occurred before I had any connection with the principal actors in them, or, indeed, before I even knew of their existence. I suppose, most old men are, like me, more given to looking back upon their own career with a kind of fond interest and affectionate remembrance than to watching the events— though these may have far more interest for the multitude—immediately passing ...

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The Master Mind of Mars

By: Edgar Rice Burroughs

Excerpt: A LETTER HELIUM, June 8th, 1925 MY DEAR MR. BURROUGHS: It was in the Fall of nineteen seventeen at an officers? training camp that I first became acquainted with John Carter, War Lord of Barsoom, through the pages of your novel ?A Princess of Mars.? The story made a profound impression upon me and while my better judgment assured me that it was but a highly imaginative piece of fiction, a suggestion of the verity of it pervaded my inner consciousness to such an ...

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