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The Red One

By: Jack London

STORY: THE RED ONE. There it was! The abrupt liberation of sound! As he timed it with his watch, Bassett likened it to the trump of an archangel. Walls of cities, he meditated, might well fall down before so vast and compelling a summons. For the thousandth time vainly he tried to analyse the tone-quality of that enormous peal that dominated the land far into the strong-holds of the surrounding tribes. The mountain gorge which was its source rang to the rising tide of it...

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Immortals Crowned by the French Academy : Gerfaut, Entire

By: Charles De Bernard

Preface: PIERRE?MARIE?CHARLES DE BERNARD DU GRAIL DE LA VILLETTE, better known by the name of Charles de Bernard, was born in Besancon, February 24, 1804. He came from a very ancient family of the Vivarais, was educated at the college of his native city, and studied for the law in Dijon and at Paris. He was awarded a prize by the ?Jeux floraux? for his dithyrambics, ?Une fete de Neron? in 1829. This first success in literature did not prevent him aspiring to the Magistra...

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The Mysteries of Udolpho : A Romance; Interspersed with Some Piece...

By: Ann Radcliffe

Excerpt: Chapter 1. ?home is the resort Of love, of joy, of peace and plenty, where, Supporting and supported, polish?d friends And dear relations mingle into bliss.? Thompson. On the pleasant banks of the Garonne, in the province of Gascony, stood, in the year 1584, the chateau of Monsieur St. Aubert. From its windows were seen the pastoral landscapes of Guienne and Gascony, stretching along the river, gay with luxuriant woods and vines, and plantations of olives. To th...

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The Heather on Fire

By: Mathilde Blind

Excerpt: HIGH on a granite boulder, huge in girth, Primaeval waif that owned a different birth From all the rocks on that wild coast, alone, Like some grey heron on as grey a stone, And full as motionless, there stood a maid, Whose sun?browned hand her seaward eyes did shade Flinching, as now the sun?s auroral motion Twinkled in milky ways on the grey heaving ocean.

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The Deserted House

By: E.T.A. Hoffmann

Excerpt: THEY were all agreed in the belief that the actual facts of life are often far more wonderful than the invention of even the liveliest imagination can be. ?It seems to me,? spoke Lelio, ?that history gives proof sufficient of this. And that is why the so?called historical romances seem so repulsive and tasteless to us, those stories wherein the author mingles the foolish fancies of his meager brain with the deeds of the great powers of the universe.?

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Floor Games

By: Herbert George Wells

Excerpt: Section I. THE TOYS TO HAVE. The jolliest indoor games for boys and girls demand a floor, and the home that has no floor upon which games may be played falls so far short of happiness. It must be a floor covered with linoleum or cork carpet, so that toy soldiers and such?like will stand up upon it, and of a color and surface that will take and show chalk marks; the common green?colored cork carpet without a pattern is the best of all. It must be no highway to ot...

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Far from the Madding Crowd

By: Thomas Hardy

Preface In reprinting this story for a new edition I am reminded that it was in the chapters of Far from the Madding Crowd as they appeared month by month in a popular magazine, that I first ventured to adopt the word Wessex from the pages of early English history, and give it a fictitious significance as the existing name of the district once included in that extinct kingdom. The series of novels I projected being mainly of the kind called local, they seemed to require ...

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The Lake Gun

By: James Fenimore Cooper

The Seneca is remarkable for its Wandering Jew, and the Lake Gun. The first is a tree so balanced that when its roots are clear of the bottom it floats with its broken and pointed trunk a few feet above the surface of the water, driving before the winds, or following in the course of the currents. At times, the Wandering Jew is seen off Jefferson, near the head of this beautiful sheet; and next it will appear anchored, as it might be, in the shallow water near the outlet.

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A Pig in a Poke

By: Georges Feydeau

Excerpt: ACT II A country room in the Park of Princes. Doors right and left. On the left a chimney. At the back a large bay window giving on a garden. Chairs and tables. Tiburce (seated at the table, folding sheets) Oh, how stupid life is. People allow a lover to love his mistress, but they don?t allow a servant to love his mistress. Yet the word is the same! Where?s the difference? Ah, Amadine, you haven't understood me. (rising) What I love in you is your appearance. O...

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The Esmeralda Herders

By: Elia Wilkinson Peattie

LOUIS PAPIN laid his thumbed Shakespeare on the table, after many ineffectual attempts to read it, and said aloud in a speculative tone of voice, Perhaps I'd better try a game of solitaire. He spread the cards out before him with much care; but the game proceeded slowly, for the reason that he seemed to have difficulty in recognizing the value of a card, staring at a three spot or a knave of clubs with uncomprehending eyes, as if he had never seen the like before. All of...

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The Fighting Chance

By: Robert W. Chambers

Excerpt: Chapter 1. ACQUAINTANCE. The speed of the train slackened; a broad tidal river flashed into sight below the trestle, spreading away on either hand through yellowing level meadows. And now, above the roaring undertone of the cars, from far ahead floated back the treble bell?notes of the locomotive; there came a gritting vibration of brakes; slowly, more slowly the cars glided to a creaking standstill beside a sun?scorched platform gay with the bright flutter of s...

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The Book of the Lover and the Be Loved; Translated from the Catala...

By: Ramon Lull

Excerpt: THE Lover asked his Beloved if there remained in Him anything still to be loved. And the Beloved replied that he had still to love that by which his own love could be increased. Long and perilous are the paths by which the Lover seeks his Beloved.

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The Confessions of J.J. Rousseau, Book 4

By: Jean Jacques Rousseau

It was, I believe, in 1732, that I arrived at Chambery, as already related, and began my employment of registering land for the king. I was almost twenty-one, my mind well enough formed for my age, with respect to sense, but very deficient in point of judgment, and needing every instruction from those into whose hands I fell, to make me conduct myself with propriety; for a few years' experience had not been able to cure me radically of my romantic ideas; and notwithstand...

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The Belgian Twins

By: Lucy Fitch Perkins

PREFACE: In this sad hour of the world's history, when so many homes have been broken up, and so many hearts burdened with heavy sorrows, it is comforting to think of the many heroic souls who, throughout the struggle, have gone about their daily tasks with unfailing courage and cheerfulness, and by so doing have helped to carry the burdens of the world, and to sustain other hearts as heavy as their own.

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The Vicar of Wakefield

By: Oliver Goldsmith

Advertisement There are a hundred faults in this Thing, and a hundred things might be said to prove them beauties. But it is needless. A book may be amusing with numerous errors, or it may be very dull without a single absurdity. The hero of this piece unites in himself the three greatest characters upon earth; he is a priest, a husbandman, and the father of a family. He is drawn as ready to teach and ready to obey; as simple in affluence, and majestic in adversity. In t...

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Simon the Jester

By: William J. Locke

Renniker, being in a flippant mood, mentioned a fashionable watering- place on the South Coast. I pleaded the seriousness of my question. What I want, said I, is a place compared to which Golgotha, Aceldama, the Dead Sea, the Valley of Jehoshaphat, and the Bowery would be leafy bowers of uninterrupted delight. Then Murglebed-on-Sea is what you're looking for, said Renniker. Are you going there at once?...

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Absalom and Achitophel

By: Dryden, John, 1631-1700

In pious times, e'r Priest-craft did begin, Before Polygamy was made a sin; When man, on many, multiply'd his kind, E'r one to one was, cursedly, confind: When Nature prompted, and no law deny'd Promiscuous use of Concubine and Bride; Then, Israel's monarch, after Heaven's own heart, His vigorous warmth did, variously, impart To Wives and Slaves; And, wide as his Command, Scatter'd his Maker's Image through the Land. Michal, of Royal blood, the Crown did wear, A Soyl ung...

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Tarzan the Terrible

By: Edgar Rice Burroughs

Excerpt: 1. The Pithecanthropus SILENT as the shadows through which he moved, the great beast slunk through the midnight jungle, his yellow?green eyes round and staring, his sinewy tail undulating behind him, his head lowered and flattened, and every muscle vibrant to the thrill of the hunt. The jungle moon dappled an occasional clearing which the great cat was always careful to avoid. Though he moved through thick verdure across a carpet of innumerable twigs, broken bra...

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Ivanhoe

By: Sir Walter Scott

INTRODUCTION: The species of publication which has come to be generally known by the title of ANNUAL, being a miscellany of prose and verse, equipped with numerous engravings, and put forth every year about Christmas, had flourished for a long while in Germany before it was imitated in this country by an enterprising bookseller, a German by birth, Mr. Ackermann. The rapid success of his work, as is the custom of the time, gave birth to a host of rivals, and, among others...

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The Hydra

By: Maxwell Grant

CHAPTER I. MONSTER OF CRIME: GUESTS were arriving at the home of Edmund Glencoe. They came in clusters from taxicabs and limousines that rolled along the curved driveway leading up from the great gates. Dozens of guests were absorbed by the huge mansion, as though it patiently awaited more. When Edmund Glencoe gave parties, he gave them in a very large way, which was logical enough, considering the enormous size of his Long Island home. As for the expense of such enterta...

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