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The Grand Inquisitor

By: Feodor Dostoevsky

The following is an extract from M. Dostoevsky?s celebrated novel, The Brothers Karamazof, the last publication from the pen of the great Russian novelist, who died a few months ago, just as the concluding chapters appeared in print. Dostoevsky is beginn

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The Borgias

By: Pere Alexander Dumas

The contents of these volumes of 'Celebrated Crimes', as well as the motives which led to their inception, are unique. They are a series of stories based upon historical records, from the pen of Alexandre Dumas, pere, when he was not the elder, nor yet the author of D'Artagnan or Monte Cristo, but was a rising young dramatist and a lion in the literary set and world of fashion. Dumas, in fact, wrote his 'Crimes Celebres' just prior to launching upon his wonderful series ...

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Joan of Naples

By: Pere Alexander Dumas

In the night of the 15th of January 1343, while the inhabitants of Naples lay wrapped in peaceful slumber, they were suddenly awakened by the bells of the three hundred churches that this thrice blessed capital contains. In the midst of the disturbance caused by so rude a call the first bought in the mind of all was that the town was on fire, or that the army of some enemy had mysteriously landed under cover of night and could put the citizens to the edge of the sword. B...

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Derues

By: Pere Alexander Dumas

One September afternoon in 1751, towards half-past five, about a score of small boys, chattering, pushing, and tumbling over one another like a covey of partridges, issued from one of the religious schools of Chartres. The joy of the little troop just escaped from a long and wearisome captivity was doubly great: a slight accident to one of the teachers had caused the class to be dismissed half an hour earlier than usual, and in consequence of the extra work thrown on the...

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The Black Tulip

By: Pere Alexander Dumas

Chapter 1. A Grateful People On the 20th of August, 1672, the city of the Hague, always so lively, so neat, and so trim that one might believe every day to be Sunday, with its shady park, with its tall trees, spreading over its Gothic houses, with its canals like large mirrors, in which its steeples and its almost Eastern cupolas are reflected, the city of the Hague, the capital of the Seven United Provinces, was swelling in all its arteries with a black and red stream o...

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Le Comte de Monte-Christo

By: Alexander Dumas
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Sylvandire

By: Alexander Dumas; Auguste Maquet
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Notes from the Underground

By: Fyodor Dostoevsky

Excerpt: Scene 1. The reception parlour of a Russian house of prostitution in the middle of the last century. The time is late at night. A cold wind blows outside. There is a noise of laughter offstage. Suddenly there is a violent knocking at the door. The lone girl in the room rouses herself and goes to the door. Girl Shh! Don't make so much noise.

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A Gentle Spirit : A Fantastic Story

By: Fyodor Dostoevsky

Excerpt: Part 1. Chapter 1. Who I was and who she was Oh, while she is still here, it is still all right; I go up and look at her every minute; but tomorrow they will take her away?and how shall I be left alone? Now she is on the table in the drawing?room, they put two card tables together, the coffin will be here tomorrow?white, pure white ?gros de Naples??but that?s not it ... I keep walking about, trying to explain it to myself. I have been trying for the last six hou...

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Bobok

By: Fyodor Dostoevsky

Excerpt: SEMYON ARDALYONOVITCH said to me all of a sudden the day before yesterday: ?Why, will you ever be sober, Ivan Ivano? vitch? Tell me that, pray.? A strange requirement. I did not resent it, I am a timid man; but here they have actually made me out mad. An artist painted my portrait as it happened: ?After all, you are a literary man,? he said. I submitted, he exhibited it. I read: ?Go and look at that morbid face suggesting insanity.? It may be so, but think of pu...

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The Little Orphan

By: Fyodor Dostoevsky

Excerpt: IN a large city, on Christmas eve in the biting cold, I see a young child, still quite young, six years old, perhaps even less; yet too young to be sent on the street begging, but assuredly destined to be sent in a year or two. This child awakes one morning in a damp and frosty cellar. He is wrapped in a kind of squalid dressing?gown and is shivering. His breath issues from between his lips in white vapor; he is seated on a trunk; to pass the time he blows the b...

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The Crocodile : An Extraordinary Incident

By: Fyodor Dostoevsky

Excerpt: ON the thirteenth of January of this present year, 1865, at half? past twelve in the day, Elena Ivanovna, the wife of my cultured friend Ivan Matveitch, who is a colleague in the same depart? ment, and may be said to be a distant relation of mine, too, expressed the desire to see the crocodile now on view at a fixed charge in the Arcade. As Ivan Matveitch had already in his pocket his ticket for a tour abroad (not so much for the sake of his health as for the im...

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The Idiot

By: Fyodor Dostoevsky

Excerpt: I. Towards the end of November, during a thaw, at nine o?clock one morning, a train on the Warsaw and Petersburg railway was approaching the latter city at full speed. The morning was so damp and misty that it was only with great difficulty that the day succeeded in breaking; and it was impossible to distinguish anything more than a few yards away from the carriage windows. Some of the passengers by this particular train were returning from abroad; but the third...

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The Possessed (The Devils)

By: Fyodor Dostoevsky

Excerpt: IN UNDERTAKING to describe the recent and strange incidents in our town, till lately wrapped in uneventful obscurity, I find? myself forced in absence of literary skill to begin my story rather far back, that is to say, with certain biographical details concerning that talented and highly?esteemed gentleman, Stepan Trofimovitch Verhovensky. I trust that these details may at least serve as an introduction, while my projected story itself will come later.

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The Dream of a Ridiculous Man

By: Fyodor Dostoevsky

Excerpt: I am a ridiculous person. Now they call me a madman. That would be a promotion if it were not that I remain as ridiculous in their eyes as before. But now I do not resent it, they are all dear to me now, even when they laugh at me?and, indeed, it is just then that they are particularly dear to me. I could join in their laughter?not exactly at myself, but through affection for them, if I did not feel so sad as I look at them. Sad because they do not know the trut...

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The Insulted and Injured

By: Fyodor Dostoevsky

Excerpt: Chapter One. Last year, on the evening of March 22, I had a very strange adventure. All that day I had been walking about the town trying to find a lodging. My old one was very damp, and I had begun to have an ominous cough. Ever since the autumn I had been meaning to move, but I had hung on till the spring. I had not been able to find anything decent all day. In the first place I wanted a separate tenement, not a room in other people?s lodgings; secondly, thoug...

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The Double : A Petersburg Poem

By: Fyodor Dostoevsky

Excerpt: Chapter One. It was a little before eight o?clock in the morning when Yakov Petrovitch Golyadkin, a titular councillor, woke up from a long sleep. He yawned, stretched, and at last opened his eyes completely. For two minutes, however, he lay in his bed without moving, as though he were not yet quite certain whether he were awake or still asleep, whether all that was going on around him were real and actual, or the continuation of his confused dreams. Very soon, ...

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The Gambler

By: Fyodor Dostoevsky

Excerpt: At length I returned from two weeks leave of absence to find that my patrons had arrived three days ago in Roulettenberg. I received from them a welcome quite different to that which I had expected. The General eyed me coldly, greeted me in rather haughty fashion, and dismissed me to pay my respects to his sister. It was clear that from SOMEWHERE money had been acquired. I thought I could even detect a certain shamefacedness in the General?s glance. Maria Philip...

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The Three Musketeers

By: Pere Alexander Dumas

AUTHOR'S PREFACE: In which it is proved that, notwithstanding their names' ending in OS and IS, the heroes of the story which we are about to have the honor to relate to our readers have nothing mythological about them. A short time ago, while making researches in the Royal Library for my History of Louis XIV, I stumbled by chance upon the Memoirs of M. d'Artagnan, printed—as were most of the works of that period, in which authors could not tell the truth without the ris...

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The Count of Monte Cristo

By: Pere Alexander Dumas

On the 24th of February, 1810, the look-out at Notre-Dame de la Garde signalled the three-master, the Pharaon from Smyrna, Trieste, and Naples. As usual, a pilot put off immediately, and rounding the Chateau d'If, got on board the vessel between Cape Morgion and Rion island. Immediately, and according to custom, the ramparts of Fort Saint-Jean were covered with spectators; it is always an event at Marseilles for a ship to come into port, especially when this ship, like t...

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