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The Queen of Spades

By: Alexander Pushkin

Excerpt: There was a card party at the rooms of Naroumoff, of the Horse Guards. The long winter night passed away imperceptibly, and it was five o?clock in the morning before the company sat down to supper. Those who had won ate with a good appetite; the others sat staring absently at their empty plates. When the champagne appeared, however, the conversation became more animated, and all took a Part 1n it. ?And how did you fare, Souirin?? asked the host. ?Oh, I lost, as ...

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Mechanical Justice

By: Alexander Kuprin

The large hall of the principal club of one of our provincial towns was packed with people. Every box, every seat in pit and stalls was taken, and in spite of the excitement the public was so attentive and quiet that, when the lecturer stopped to take a mouthful of water, everyone could hear a solitary belated fly buzzing at one of the windows. Amongst the bright dresses of the ladies, white and pink and blue, amongst their bare shoulders and gentle faces shone smart uni...

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The Great Big Treasury of Beatrix Potter

Excerpt: THE TALE OF PETER RABBIT. Once upon a time there were four little Rabbits, and their names were ? Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton?tail, and Peter. They lived with their Mother in a sand?bank, underneath the root of a very big fir?tree.

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A Strange Disappearance

By: Anna Katharine Green

Excerpt: A NOVEL CASE. ?Talking of sudden disappearances the one you mention of Hannah in that Leavenworth case of ours, is not the only remarkable one which has come under my direct notice. Indeed, I know of another that in some respects, at least, surpasses that in points of interest, and if you will promise not to inquire into the real names of the parties concerned, as the affair is a secret, I will relate you my experience regarding it.? The speaker was Q, the risin...

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Complete Prose Works

By: Walt Whitman

Excerpt: SPECIMEN DAYS A HAPPY HOUR?S COMMAND. Down in the Woods, July 2d, 1882.?If I do it at all I must delay no longer. Incongruous and full of skips and jumps as is that huddle of diary?jottings, war?memoranda of 1862?'65, Nature?notes of 1877?'81, with Western and Canadian observations afterwards, all bundled up and tied by a big string, the resolution and indeed mandate comes to me this day, this hour,?(and what a day! What an hour just passing! the luxury of riant...

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On the Flesh of Christ

By: Tertullian, Christian Theologian of Carthage

Excerpt: Chapter 1. THE GENERAL PURPORT OF THIS WORK. THE HERETICS, MARCION, APELLES, AND VALENTINUS, WISHING TO IMPUGN The DOCTRINE OF THE RESURRECTION, DEPRIVE CHRIST OF ALL CAPACITY For SUCH A CHANGE BY DENYING HIS FLESH. THEY who are so anxious to shake that belief in the resurrection which was firmly settled? before the appearance of our modern Sadducees,(3) as even to deny that the expectation thereof has any relation whatever to the flesh, have great cause for bes...

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The Destruction of Da Derga's Hostel

By: Whitely Stokes

The vast and interesting epic literature of Ireland has remained, for the most part, inaccessible to English readers until these last sixty years. In 1853, Nicholas O'Kearney published the Irish text and an English translation of The Battle of Gabra, and since that date the volume of printed texts and English versions has steadily increased. Now there lies open to the ordinary reader a considerable mass of material illustrating the imaginative life of medieval Ireland. O...

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Mrs. Helen Jackson

By: Higginson, Thomas Wentworth, 1823-1911

IT is curious to see how promptly time begins to apply to the memory of remarkable persons, as to their tombstones, an effacing process that soon makes all inscriptions look alike. Already we see the beginnings of this tendency in regard to the late Mrs. Helen Jackson. The most brilliant, impetuous, and thoroughly individual woman of her time, — one whose very temperament seemed mingled of sunshine and fire, — she is already being portrayed simply as a conventional Sunda...

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The Hacker Crackdown

By: Bruce Sterling

Part 1: CRASHING THE SYSTEM. A Brief History of Telephony Bell’s Golden Vaporware Universal Service 4 Wild Boys and Wire Women The Electronic Communities The Ungentle Giant The Breakup In Defense of the System The Crash Post-Mortem Landslides in Cyberspace...

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The Epistle of Ignatius to the Ephesians Shorter and Longer Versions

By: Ignatius

Ignatius, who is also called Theopharus, to the Church which is at Ephesus, in Asia, deservedly most happy, being blessed in the greatness and fulness of God the Father, and predestinated before the beginning [1] of time, that it should be always for an enduring and unchangeable glory, being united [2] and elected through the true passion by the will of the Father, and Jesus Christ, our God: Abundant happiness through Jesus Christ, and His undefiled grace. Ignatius, who ...

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The Tale of Tommy Fox

By: Arthur Scott Bailey

Excerpt: I. TOMMY ENJOYS HIMSELF Tommy Fox was having a delightful time. If you could have come upon him in the woods you would have been astonished at his antics. He leaped high off the ground, and struck out with his paws. He opened his mouth and thrust his nose out and then clapped his jaws shut again, with a snap. Tommy burrowed his sharp face into the dead leaves at his feet and tossed his head into the air. And then he jumped up and barked just like a puppy.

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She Stands Accused

By: Victor Macclure

Excerpt: I had a thought to call this book Pale Hands or Fair Hands Imbrued so easy it is to fall into the ghastly error of facetiousness. Apart, however, from the desire to avoid pedant or puerile humour, re?examination of my material showed me how near I had been to crashing into a pitfall of another sort. Of the ladies with whose encounters with the law I propose to deal several were assoiled of the charges against them. Their hands, then unless the present ruddying o...

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Monkey Nuts

By: David Herbert Lawrence

Excerpt: At first Joe thought the job O.K. He was loading hay on the trucks, along with Albert, the corporal. The two men were pleasantly billeted in a cottage.

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The Siamese Twin of a Bomb Thrower

By: Robert Barr

Excerpt: It will be remembered that the King of England made a round of visits to European capitals, the far?reaching results of which in the interest of peace we perhaps do not yet fully understand and appreciate. His visit to Paris was the beginning of the present entente cordial, and I betray no confidence when I say that this brief official call at the French capital was the occasion of great anxiety to the Government of my own country and also of that in which I was...

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The Lady Steps Out (The Vindictive)

By: Destouches

Excerpt: JAVOTTE: But, not to displease you, May I tell you that your husband Though he appears very open, is not known by you? As soon as you leave, he gets excited, agitated, He scolds, he pesters, he swears. I have to avoid him, If not, I endure a hundred insults. Yesterday, he threatened to scratch out my eyes If I didn?t inform him where you had gone. He treats me with trickery and dissimulation. And other villainous names which you can well guess Because I assure h...

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The Novels of George Eliot

By: Henry James

Excerpt: THE critic?s first duty in the presence of an author?s collective works is to seek out some key to his method, some utterance of his literary convictions, some indication of his ruling theory.

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A Venetian Night's Entertainment

By: Edith Wharton

This is the story that, in the dining-room of the old Beacon Street house (now the Aldebaran Club), Judge Anthony Bracknell, of the famous East India firm of Bracknell Saulsbee, when the ladies had withdrawn to the oval parlour (and Maria's harp was throwing its gauzy web of sound across the Common), used to relate to his grandsons, about the year that Buonaparte marched upon Moscow.

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The Letter-Bag of Lady Elizabeth Spencer-Stanhope : Volume 1

By: A.M.W. Stirling

Preface: The following papers, which extend over a space of nearly seventy years during a most interesting period of our National History, may be said to form a sequel and a conclusion to two previous publications, Coke of Norfolk and his Friends, which appeared in 1906, and Annals of a Yorkshire House, which appeared in 1911. They are, however, more essentially a continuation of the latter, in which the Cannon Hall muniments and anecdotes were brought down to the years ...

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Samuel F. B. Morse, His Letters and Journals

By: Samuel F.B. Morse

Excerpt: CHAPTER XXI. OCTOBER 1, 1832?FEBRUARY 28, 1833 Packet?ship Sully. Dinner?table conversation. Dr. Charles T. Jackson. First conception of telegraph. Sketch?book. Idea of 1832 basic principle of telegraph of to?day. Thoughts on priority. Testimony of passengers and Captain Pell. Difference between ?discovery? and ?invention.??Professor E.N. Horsford?s paper. Arrival in New York. Testimony of his brothers. First steps toward perfection of the invention. Letters to ...

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A Primary Reader

By: E. Louise Smythe

Preface: This book originated in a series of little reading lessons prepared for the first grade pupils in the Santa Rosa public schools. The object of the lessons was three?fold: to provide reading matter for the little ones who had only a small vocabulary of sight?words; to acquaint them early with the heroes who have come down to us in song and story; and to create a desire for literature. It has been my endeavor to follow Dr. G. Stanley Hall?s suggestions in his mono...

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