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The Two Gentlemen of Verona

By: William Shakespeare

PROLOGVE. / [Florish.] / New Playes, and Maydenheads, are neare a kin, / Much follow'd both, for both much mony g'yn, / If they stand sound, and well: And a good Play / (Whose modest Sceanes blush on his marriage day, / And shake to loose his honour) is like hir / That after holy Tye and first nights stir / Yet still is Modestie, and still retaines / More of the maid to sight, than Husbands paines; / We pray our Play may be so; For I am sure / It has a noble Breeder, and...

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The Camp of the Dog

By: Algernon Henry Blackwood

Islands of all shapes and sizes troop northward from Stockholm by the hundred, and the little steamer that threads their intricate mazes in summer leaves the traveller in a somewhat bewildered state as regards the points of the compass when it reaches the end of its journey at Waxholm. But it is only after Waxholm that the true islands begin, so to speak, to run wild, and start up the coast on their tangled course of a hundred miles of deserted loveliness, and it was in ...

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The Malay Archipelago, Volume 1

By: Alfred R. Wallace

PREFACE: My readers will naturally ask why I have delayed writing this book for six years after my return; and I feel bound to give them full satisfaction on this point. When I reached England in the spring of 1862, I found myself surrounded by a room full of packing cases containing the collections that I had, from time to time, sent home for my private use. These comprised nearly three thousand birdskins of about one thousand species, at least twenty thousand beetles a...

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The Love

CONTENTS: Chapter 1: The University of Life. -- Chapter 2: Light and energy. -- Chapter 3: Evolution. -- Chapter 4: Our history. -- Chapter 5: The wheels of humanity. -- Chapter 6: Religion. -- Chapter 7: Spirituality and ambitions of the soul. -- Chapter 8: Clash of the realms. -- Chapter 9: Saints. -- Chapter 10: Connectivity and the cognitive functioning of the mind. -- Chapter 11: Dimensions and meridians. -- Chapter 12: Circulation and well being. -- Chapter 13: All...

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Essays of Travel

By: Robert Louis Stevenson

I FIRST encountered my fellow-passengers on the Broomielaw in Glasgow. Thence we descended the Clyde in no familiar spirit, but looking askance on each other as on possible enemies. A few Scandinavians, who had already grown acquainted on the North Sea, were friendly and voluble over their long pipes; but among English speakers distance and suspicion reigned supreme. The sun was soon overclouded, the wind freshened and grew sharp as we continued to descend the widening e...

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Pleasure Derived from Objects of Terror, With Sir Bertrand, A Fragment

By: John Aikin and Anna Laetitia Aikin

THAT the exercise of our benevolent feelings, as called forth by the view of human afflictions, should be a source of pleasure, cannot appear wonderful to one who considers that relation between the moral and natural system of man, which has connected a degree of satisfaction with every action or emotion productive of the general welfare. The painful sensation immediately arising from a scene of misery, is so much softened and alleviated by the reflex sense of self-appro...

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Councillor Krespel

By: E.T.A. Hoffmann

Excerpt: THE man whom I am going to tell you about was Krespel, a Member of Council in the town of H . This Krespel was the most extraordinary character that I have ever come across in all my life. When I first arrived in H whole town was talking of him, because one of his most extraordinary pranks chanced to be in full swing. He was a very clever lawyer and diplomat, and a certain German prince?not a person of great importance?had employed him to draw up a memorial, co...

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Discourse IX : Tusiane

Excerpt: O Arete, thou dearest boast to the lovers of virginity, I also implore thee to afford me thine aid, lest I should be wanting in words, the subject having been so largely and variously handled. Wherefore I ask to be excused exordium and introductions, lest, whilst I delay in embellishments suitable to them, I depart from the subject: so glorious, and honourable, and renowned a thing is virginity. God, when He appointed to the true Israelites the legal rite of the...

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A Secret Agent X : The Assassins' League

By: Brant House

Excerpt: Chapter 1. KILLER?S HOMECOMING. The reputation for quiet dignity for which Chicago?s Ayreshire Hotel was famous had become somewhat defiled by the presence of twelve men who had come to meet a murderer. They were mostly young men, armed with cameras, pencils, photo flash?lamps, notebooks, wads of chewing gum, jeers, cigarettes, stories, wisecracks about passing women and press cards that served them as open?sesames to most of the doors in town. They were reporte...

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The Wigwam and the Cabin, Volume 1

By: William Gilmore Simms

Excerpt: The Tales which follow have been the accumulation of several years. They were mostly written for the annuals, an expensive form of publication which kept them from the great body of readers. In this form, however, they met with favour, and it is thought that their merits are such as will justify their collection in a compact volume. The material employed will be found to illustrate, in large degree, the border history of the South. I can speak with confidence of...

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Young Robin Hood

By: George Manville Fenn

Excerpt: Chapter One. Sit still, will you? I never saw such a boy: wriggling about like a young eel.? ?I can?t help it, David,? said the little fellow so roughly spoken to by a sour?looking serving man; ?the horse does jog so, and it?s so slippery. If I didn?t keep moving I should go off.? ?You'll soon go off if you don?t keep a little quieter,? growled the man angrily, ?for I?ll pitch you among the bushes.? ?No, you won?t,? said the boy laughing. ?You daren't do so.? ?W...

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The Crisis in Russia

By: Arthur Ransome

Excerpt: THE characteristic of a revolutionary country is that change is a quicker process there than elsewhere. As the revolution recedes into the past the process of change slackens speed. Russia is no longer the dizzying kaleidoscope that it was in 1917. No longer does it change visibly from week to week as it changed in 19l8. Already, to get a clear vision of the direction in which it is changing, it is necessary to visit it at intervals of six months, and quite usel...

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The Lost Continent

By: C. J. Cutcliffe Hyne

CONTENTS PREFATORY: THE LEGATEES OF DEUCALION 1 MY RECALL 2 BACK TO ATLANTIS 3 A RIVAL NAVY 4 THE WELCOME OF PHORENICE 5 ZAEMON’S CURSE 6 THE BITERS OF THE CITY WALLS 7 THE BITERS OF THE WALLS (FURTHER ACCOUNT) 8 THE PREACHER FROM THE MOUNTAINS 9 PHORENICE, GODDESS 10 A WOOING 11 AN AFFAIR WITH THE BARBAROUS FISHERS 12 THE DRUG OF OUR LADY THE MOON 13 THE BURYING ALIVE OF NAIS 14 AGAIN THE GODS MAKE CHANGE 15 ZAEMON’S SUMMONS...

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Some Reminiscences

By: Joseph Conrad

As a general rule we do not want much encouragement to talk about ourselves; yet this little book is the result of a friendly suggestion, and even of a little friendly pressure. I defended myself with some spirit; but, with characteristic tenacity, the friendly voice insisted: You know, you really must. It was not an argument, but I submitted at once. If one must!. -- You perceive the force of a word. He who wants to persuade should put his trust, not in the right argume...

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Natural Law in the Spiritual World

By: Henry Drummond

PREFACE: No class of works is received with more suspicion, I had almost said derision, than that which deals with Science and Religion. Science is tired of reconciliations between two things which never should have been contrasted; Religion is offended by the patronage of an ally which it professes not to need; and the critics have rightly discovered that, in most cases where Science is either pitted against Religion or fused with it, there is some fatal misconception t...

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The Tinkling House of Wellington Square

By: Victor Speer

NEAR the main road leading through Wellington Square, a little place twenty-five miles west of Toronto and a convenient drive from Hamilton, stood the farmhouse of an old man named Pettit. Neighbours who passed in the night averred that at unusual hours a light shone and there was a tinkling sound such as they could not account for. They used to creep close and listen. They could hear the tinklety-tink, tinklety-tink, like the muffled tapping of a tiny bell, yet differen...

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Smoke and Steel

By: Carl Sandburg

PREFACE: Under this head, I desire to say a few words upon three subjects, -- my friends, my book, and myself. My friends, though not legion in number, have been, in their efforts in my behalf, disinterested, sincere, and energetic. My book: I lay it, as my first offering, at the shrine of my country's fame. Would it were worthier. While our soldiers are first in every field where they meet our enemies, and while the wisdom of our legislators is justified before all the ...

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Simple Poems on Simple Subjects

By: Christian Ross Milne

In cases similar to the present, the writer of the above prefatory Address is aware, that great critical skill has been displayed in arranging the materials of the author, and in pointing out, as they arise, the beauties of composition, and the force of genius; but, it is presumed, that the gifts of Nature, like Nature itself, have only, in order to excite admiration, to be left in possession of their original simplicity, being...

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In the Carquinez Woods

By: Bret Harte

Excerpt: THE sun was going down on the Carquinez Woods. The few shafts of sunlight that had pierced their pillared gloom were lost in unfathomable depths, or splintered their ineffectual lances on the enormous trunks of the redwoods. For a time the dull red of their vast columns, and the dull red of their cast?off bark which matted the echoless aisles, still seemed to hold a faint glow of the dying day. But even this soon passed. Light and color fled upwards. The dark in...

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Return to Naples

By: Jacques Casanova

Cardinal Passianei -- The Pope -- Masiuccia -- I Arrive At Naples Cardinal Passionei received me in a large hall where he was writing. He begged me to wait till he had finished, but he could not ask me to take a seat as he occupied the only chair that his vast room contained. When he had put down his pen, he rose, came to me, and after informing me that he would tell the Holy Father of my visit, he added -- My brother Cornaro might have made a better choice, as he knows ...

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