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Ode to the West Wind

By: Percy Bysshe Shelley

This poem was conceived and chiefly written in a wood that skirts the Arno, near Florence, and on a day when that tempestuous wind, whose temperature is at once mild and animating, was collecting the vapours which pour down the autumnal rains. They began, as I foresaw, at sunset with a violent tempest of hail and rain, attended by that magnificent thunder and lightning peculiar to the Cisalpine regions. The phenomenon alluded to at the conclusion of the third stanza is w...

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The Unseen Killer

By: Maxwell Grant

THAT'S Trip Burgan - The gambler, eh? He looks like a big shot, all right. Looks like one? He is one. Riding easy on the dough he's taken in - The comments were audible to Trip Burgan as he strolled through the lobby of the Hotel Revano. A cold smile appeared upon the gambler's lips. The expression changed, however, as Trip entered the elevator and turned toward the door. Those who could still see him from the lobby observed an emotionless countenance. The term poker-fac...

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Her Father's Daughter

By: Gene Stratton Porter

Excerpt: Chapter 1. ?What Kind of Shoes Are the Shoes You Wear?? ?What makes you wear such funny shoes?? Linda Strong thrust forward a foot and critically examined the narrow vamp, the projecting sole, the broad, low heel of her well?worn brown calfskin shoe. Then her glance lifted to the face of Donald Whiting, one of the most brilliant and popular seniors of the high school. Her eyes narrowed in a manner habitual to her when thinking intently.

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The Town Down the River

By: Edwin Arlington Robinson

Excerpt: A flying word from here and there Had sown the name at which we sneered, But soon the name was everywhere, To be reviled and then revered: A presence to be loved and feared, We cannot hide it, or deny That we, the gentlemen who jeered, May be forgotten by and by.

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Discourse III : Thaleia

Excerpt: Passages of Holy Scripture. You seem to me, O Theophila, to excel all in action and in speech, and to be second to none m wisdom. For there is no one who will find fault with your discourse, however contentious and contradictory he may be. Yet, while everything else seems rightly spoken, one thing, my friend, distresses and troubles me, considering that that wise and most spiritual man I mean Paul would not vainly refer to Christ and the Church the union of the ...

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The Works of Samuel Johnson, Volume 6

By: Samuel Johnson

Excerpt: REVIEWS. LETTER ON DU HALDE?S HISTORY OF CHINA, 1738. There are few nations in the world more talked of, or less known, than the Chinese. The confused and imperfect account which travellers have given of their grandeur, their sciences, and their policy, have, hitherto, excited admiration, but have not been sufficient to satisfy even a superficial curiosity. I, therefore, return you my thanks for having undertaken, at so great an expense, to convey to English rea...

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The Epistle of Ignatius to Hero a Deacon of Antioch

By: Ignatius Donnelly

Excerpt: Chapter 1. EXHORTATIONS TO EARNESTNESS AND MODERATION. I EXHORT thee in God, that thou add [speed] to thy course, and that thou vindicate thy dignity. Have a care to preserve concord with the saints. Bear [the burdens of] the weak, that ?thou mayest fulfil the law of Christ.?(2) Devote(3) thyself to fasting and prayer, but not beyond measure, lest thou destroy thyself(4) thereby. Do not altogether abstain from wine and flesh, for these things are not to be viewe...

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Penelope's Experiences in Scotland

By: Kate Douglas Wiggin

Excerpt: Chapter 1. A Triangular Alliance. ?Edina, Scotia?s Darling seat! All hail thy palaces and towers!? Edinburgh, April 189?. 22 Breadalbane Terrace. We have travelled together before, Salemina, Francesca, and I, and we know the very worst there is to know about one another. After this point has been reached, it is as if a triangular marriage had taken place, and, with the honeymoon comfortably over, we slip along in thoroughly friendly fashion. I use no warmer word...

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Our Mr. Jupp

By: George Gissing

Excerpt: You knew the man at once by his likeness to a thousand others. His clothes were always in good condition; the gloss of his linen declared a daily renewal; he was scrupulously shaven, and blew his nose with a silk handkerchief. Yet the impression he made was sordid. The very flower in his buttonhole took a taint of vulgarity, and became suggestive of cheap promenade concerts, or of the public dancing?saloon. He had a fresh colour, proof of time spent chiefly out ...

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Queer Little Folks

By: Harriet Beecher Stowe

Once there was a nice young hen that we will call Mrs. Feathertop. She was a hen of most excellent family, being a direct descendant of the Bolton Grays, and as pretty a young fowl as you could wish to see of a summer's day. She was, moreover, as fortunately situated in life as it was possible for a hen to be. She was bought by young Master Fred Little John, with four or five family connections of hers, and a lively young cock, who was held to be as brisk a scratcher and...

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The Evil Eye

By: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Excerpt: THE Moreot, Katusthius Ziani, travelled wearily, and in fear of its robber?inhabitants, through the pashalik of Yannina; yet he had no cause for dread. Did he arrive, tired and hungry, in a solitary village?did he find himself in the uninhabited wilds.

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The Noble Koran (Quran) : Repentance

By: Transcribed by the Prophet Muhammad

Excerpt: 009.001 Freedom from obligation (is proclaimed) from Allah and His messenger toward those of the idolaters with whom ye made a treaty. 009.002 Travel freely in the land four months, and know that ye cannot escape Allah and that Allah will confound the disbelievers (in His Guidance).

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Fort Comme la Mort

By: Guy De Maupassant

Excerpt: PREMIERE PARTIE. I. Le jour tombait dans le vaste atelier par la baie ouverte du plafond. C'etait un grand carre de lumiere eclatante et bleue, un trou clair sur un infini lointain d'azur, ou passaient, rapides, des vols d'oiseaux. Mais a peine entree dans la haute piece severe et drapee, la clarte joyeuse du ciel s'attenuait, devenait douce, s'endormait sur les etoffes, allait mourir dans les portieres, eclairait a peine les coins sombres ou, seuls, les cadres ...

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A Box of Dead Roses

By: Ethel Mills

THE old lady was a most amusing creature, and she had a past which was a record amongst pasts. Only that she was rich enough to buy the whole district, its society would have cut her long ago; as it was, people only talked about her with meaning looks and whispered condemnation. At least, the generation to which she belonged did that; the younger one only looked and wondered. Bent with rheumatism, bushy-browed., fierce-eyed and hard- featured -- there remained no trace o...

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Adventures of a Colonist; Or Godfrey Arabin the Settler

By: Thomas Mccombie

THE distinguished American writer, Washington Irving, in his introduction to The Sketch Book, has depicted his ardent longing, when young, for travel; in recording his own experience, he has described the feelings of the young of Britain and America. We observe, it is true, many young men, educated within the influence of strict commercial discipline, who sink prematurely into the starched neckcloths and saturnine countenances of their forefathers, while their anxious fa...

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The Daisy Chain: Or, Aspirations : A Family Chronicle

By: Charlotte M. Yonge

No one can be more sensible than is the Author that the present is an overgrown book of a nondescript class, neither the tale for the young, nor the novel for their elders, but a mixture of both. Begun as a series of conversational sketches, the story outran both the original intention and the limits of the periodical in which it was commenced; and, such as it has become, it is here presented to those who have already made acquaintance with the May family, and may be wil...

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On Longevity and Shortness of Life

By: Aristotle

Excerpt: THE reasons for some animals being long?lived and others short?lived, and, in a word, causes of the length and brevity of life call for investigation. The necessary beginning to our inquiry is a statement of the difficulties about these points. For it is not clear whether in animals and plants universally it is a single or diverse cause that makes some to be long?lived, others short?lived. Plants too have in some cases a long life, while in others it lasts but f...

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The Soul of Lilith, Volume 3

By: Marie Corelli

Excerpt: HE remained quite still, standing near the tall vase that held the clustered roses, in his hand he grasped unconsciously the stalk of the one he had pulled to pieces. He was aware of his own strange passiveness, it was a sort of inexplicable inertia which like temporary paralysis seemed to incapacitate him from any action. It would have appeared well and natural to him that he should stay there so, dreamily, with the scented rose?stalk in his hand, for any lengt...

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The Silver Horde

By: Rex Beach

The trail to Kalvik leads down from the northward mountains over the tundra which flanks the tide flats, then creeps out upon the salt ice of the river and across to the village. It boasts no travel in summer, but by winter an occasional toil-worn traveller may be seen issuing forth from the Great Country beyond, bound for the open water...

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Ruin of a Princessq

By: Katherine Prescott Wormeley

Excerpt: Chapter 1. Introductory Note. Sketch of the Life of Madame Elisabeth from her Childhood until August 10, 1792. MANY records of Madame Elisabeth exist, but only two of real authority: the ?Eloge historique de Mme. Elisabeth de France,? by Antoine Ferrand, minister of State and peer of France, first published in 1814 and again in 1861; and the ?Vie de Madame Elisabeth,? by M. A. de Beauchesne, Paris, 1869. Both works contain a number of her letters. From these vol...

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