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Pointed Roofs

By: Dorothy Richardson

petticoat, with a scarlet shawl held about her shoulders, wisps of frowsy red hair standing out round her head, she balanced herself on the slippery earth, spinning her arm like the vane of a windmill, and crying at the top of her voice: Joe, boys! -- Joe, Joe, Joey! It was as if, with these words, she had dropped a live shell in the diggers' midst. A general stampede ensued; in which the cry was caught up, echoed and re-echoed, till the whole Flat rang with the name of ...

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A Municipal Report

By: O. Henry

Excerpt: East is East, and West is San Francisco, according to Californians. Californians are a race of people; they are not merely inhabitants of a State. They are the Southerners of the West. Now, Chicagoans are no less loyal to their city; but when you ask ...

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Cornelli

By: Johanna Spyri

Excerpt: Many writers have suffered injustice in being known as the author of but one book. Robinson Crusoe was not Defoe?s only masterpiece, nor did Bunyan confine his best powers to Pilgrim?s Progress. Not one person in ten of those who read Lorna Doone is aware that several of Blackmore?s other novels are almost equally charming. Such, too, has been the fate of Johanna Spyri, the Swiss authoress, whose reputation is mistakenly supposed to rest on her story of Heidi.

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Ten Years After

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Original Maupassant Short Stories, Volume 11

By: Guy De Maupassant

Excerpt: THE UMBRELLA. Mme. Oreille was a very economical woman; she knew the value of a centime, and possessed a whole storehouse of strict principles with regard to the multiplication of money, so that her cook found the greatest difficulty in making what the servants call their market?penny, and her husband was hardly allowed any pocket money at all. They were, however, very comfortably off, and had no children; but it really pained Mme. Oreille to see any money spent...

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Immortals Crowned by the French Academy : Labbe Constantin, V3

By: Ludovic Halevy

Excerpt: CHAPTER VII. CONFIDENCES The next morning, on returning from drill, Jean found Paul de Lavardens waiting for him at the barracks; he scarcely allowed him time to dismount, and the moment he had him alone: ?Quick,? said he, ?describe your, dinner?party of yesterday. I saw them myself in the morning; the little one was driving four ponies, and with an amount of audacity! I bowed to them; did they mention me? Did they recognize me? When will you take me to Longueval? Answer me.?

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Stories from Everybody's Magazine from the 1910 Issues

Dorothea reposed with her shoulders in the shade of the bulkhead and her bare feet burrowing in the sun-warmed sand. Beneath her shoulder blades was a bulky and disheveled volume -- a bound year of Godey’s Lady Book of the vintage of the early seventies. Having survived the handling of three generations, this seemed to take naturally to being drenched with rain and warped by sun, or, as at the present moment, serving its owner either as a sand-pillow or as a receptacle f...

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Elusive Isabel

By: Jacques Futrelle

Excerpt: I. MISS ISABEL THORNE All the world rubs elbows in Washington. Outwardly it is merely a city of evasion, of conventionalities, sated with the commonplace pleasures of life, listless, blase even, and always exquisitely, albeit frigidly, courteous; but beneath the still, suave surface strange currents play at cross purposes, intrigue is endless, and the merciless war of diplomacy goes on unceasingly. Occasionally, only occasionally, a bubble comes to the surface, ...

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The Paradise Mystery

By: J. S. Fletcher

American tourists, sure appreciators of all that is ancient and picturesque in England, invariably come to a halt, holding their breath in a sudden catch of wonder, as they pass through the half-ruinous gateway which admits to the Close of Wrychester. Nowhere else in England is there a fairer prospect of old-world peace. There before their eyes, set in the centre of a great green sward, fringed by tall elms and giant beeches, rises the vast fabric of the thirteenth-centu...

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The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, And Instruction Series

By: Jonathan Ingram

Excerpt: ROSAMOND?s WELL AND LABYRINTH. [Illustration: Rosamond?s Well and Labyrinth at Woodstock.] For the originals of the annexed engravings we are indebted to the sketchbooks of two esteemed correspondents.[1] The sites are so consecrated, or we should rather say perpetuated, in history, and the fates and fortunes of Rosamond Clifford are so familiar to our readers, that we shall add but few words on the locality of the Well and Bower. Their existence is thus atteste...

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The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, And Instruction Series

By: Jonathan Ingram

Excerpt: Public Buildings of Manchester [Illustration: TOWN HALL. INFIRMARY. ROYAL INSTITUTION.] PUBLIC BUILDINGS OF MANCHESTER. The annexed Engravings are important illustrations of the statement in a recent Edinburgh Review:[1]?that Lancashire from being amongst the most backward parts of England, has worked its way into the front rank. They are, however, not only characteristic of the public spirit which animates the whole county; but they are monuments of commercial ...

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Jack Winters' Gridiron Chums

By: Mark Overton

Excerpt: Chapter 1. GRUELLING FOOTBALL PRACTICE. A shrill whistle sounded over the field where almost two dozen sturdily built boys in their middle ?teens, clad in an astonishing array of old and new football togs, had been struggling furiously. Instantly the commotion ceased as if by magic at this intimation from the coach, who also acted in practice as referee and umpire combined, that the ball was to be considered ?dead.? Some of those who helped to make the pack seem...

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Questionable Shapes

By: William Dean Howells

Excerpt: HIS APPARITION. I. THE INCIDENT was of a dignity which the supernatural has by no means always had, and which has been more than ever lacking in it since the manifestations of professional spiritualism began to vulgarize it. Hewson appreciated this as soon as he realized that he had been confronted with an apparition. He had been very little agitated at the moment, and it was not till later, when the conflict between sense and reason concerning the fact itself a...

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The Life of Charlemagne

By: Eginhard

The Prologue of Walafrid -- Eginhard's Preface -- The Preface ends: the Book begins -- Part I: His Exploits at Home and Abroad -- Part II: Private Life and Character of Charlemagne...

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The Bat

By: Mary Roberts Rinehart

Excerpt: Chapter One. THE SHADOW OF THE BAT. ?You?ve got to get him, boys?get him or bust!? said a tired police chief, pounding a heavy fist on a table. The detectives he bellowed the words at looked at the floor. They had done their best and failed. Failure meant ?resignation? for the police chief, return to the hated work of pounding the pavements for them?they knew it, and, knowing it, could summon no gesture of bravado to answer their chief?s. Gunmen, thugs, hi?jacke...

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Tabletalk

By: William Hazlitt

Excerpt: ESSAY I. ON THE PLEASURE OF PAINTING ?There is a pleasure in painting which none but painters know.? In writing, you have to contend with the world; in painting, you have only to carry on a friendly strife with Nature. You sit down to your task, and are happy. From the moment that you take up the pencil, and look Nature in the face, you are at peace with your own heart. No angry passions rise to disturb the silent progress of the work, to shake the hand, or dim ...

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Fanny Herself

By: Edna Ferber

Preface: It has become the fashion among novelists to introduce their hero in knee pants, their heroine in pinafore and pigtails. Time was when we were rushed up to a stalwart young man of twenty?four, who was presented as the pivot about whom the plot would revolve. Now we are led, protesting, up to a grubby urchin of five and are invited to watch him through twenty years of intimate minutiae. In extreme cases we have been obliged to witness his evolution from swaddling...

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The Living Death

By: Ferencz Molnar

Excerpt: Here is a very serious reason, my dear sisters, why at last, after an absence of twenty years in America, I am confiding to you this strange secret in the life of our beloved and lamented father, and of the old house where we were children together.

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The Empty House : And Other Ghost Stories

By: Algernon Henry Blackwood

Certain houses, like certain persons, manage somehow to proclaim at once their character for evil. In the case of the latter, no particular feature need betray them; they may boast an open countenance and an ingenuous smile; and yet a little of their company leaves the unalterable conviction that there is something radically amiss with their being: that they are evil. Willy nilly, they seem to communicate an atmosphere of secret and wicked thoughts which makes those in t...

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The Lives of the Caesars

By: Suetonius

IN the course of his sixteenth year [c. 85/84 B.C.] he lost his father. In the next consulate, having previously been nominated priest of Jupiter [by Marius and Cinna, Cos. 86], he broke his engagement with Cossutia, a lady of only equestrian rank, but very wealthy, who had been betrothed to him before he assumed the gown of manhood, and married Cornelia, daughter of that Cinna who was four times consul, by whom he afterwards had a daughter Julia; and the dictator Sulla ...

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