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Discourses Biological and Geological; Essays by Thomas H. Huxley

By: Thomas Henry Huxley

Preface: The contents of the present volume, with three exceptions, are either popular lectures, or addresses delivered to scientific bodies with which I have been officially connected. I am not sure which gave me the more trouble. For I have not been one of those fortunate persons who are able to regard a popular lecture as a mere hors d'oeuvre, unworthy of being ranked among the serious efforts of a philosopher; and who keep their fame as scientific hierophants unsulli...

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Master of Death

By: Maxwell Grant

Excerpt: Even from the distance, the taximan fancied that he could see the ugly leer upon the fellow?s face. The driver ? shrugged his shoulders, and let the cab roll on. After all, the man had been just another passenger; yet even ? this hard?boiled jehu felt a sense of relief to know that he was rid of this fare. BACK on the corner of Sixty?sixth Street, the smiling man stepped from the curb. A red light had stopped ? traffic. The man strolled across the wide thoroughf...

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The Essays of Arthur Schopenhauer

By: Arthur Schopenhauer

Excerpt: THE following essays are drawn from the chapters entitled Zur Ethik and Zur Rechtslehre und Politik which are to be found both in Schopenhauer?s Parerga and in his posthumous writings. As in my previous volumes, so also in this, I have omitted a few passages which appeared to me to be either antiquated or no longer of any general interest. For convenience? sake I have divided the original chapters into sections, which I have had to name; and I have also had to i...

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The Beasts of Tarzan

By: Edgar Rice Burroughs

CONTENTS : PAGE 1 Kidnapped -- 1 2 Marooned -- 9 3 Beasts at Bay 18 4 Sheeta 28 5 Mugambi 37 6 A Hideous Crew 46 7 Betrayed -- 55 8 The Dance of Death . 64 9 Chivalry or Villainy 73 10 The Swede -- 82...

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The Woman in the Alcove

By: Anna Katharine Green

Excerpt: I. THE WOMAN WITH THE DIAMOND I was, perhaps, the plainest girl in the room that night. I was also the happiest ? up to one o?clock. Then my whole world crumbled, or, at least, suffered an eclipse. Why and how, I am about to relate. I was not made for love. This I had often said to myself; very often of late. In figure I am too diminutive, in face far too unbeautiful, for me to cherish expectations of this nature. Indeed, love had never entered into my plan of l...

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The Episode of the German Professor

By: Grant Allen

THAT winter in town my respected brother-in-law had little time on his hands to bother himself about trifles like Colonel Clay. A thunderclap burst upon him. He saw his chief interest in South Africa threatened by a serious, an unexpected, and a crushing danger. Charles does a little in gold, and a little in land; but his principal operations have always lain in the direction of diamonds. Only once in my life, indeed, have I seen him pay the slightest attention to poetry...

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The Parasite

By: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Excerpt: I March 24. The spring is fairly with us now. Outside my laboratory window the great chestnut?tree is all covered with the big, glutinous, gummy buds, some of which have already begun to break into little green shuttlecocks. As you walk down the lanes you are conscious of the rich, silent forces of nature working all around you. The wet earth smells fruitful and luscious. Green shoots are peeping out everywhere. The twigs are stiff with their sap; and the moist,...

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Critical and Historical Essays : Vol. 1

By: Thomas Babington Macaulay

Excerpt: ?Depuis deux siecles les Essais forment une branche importante de la litterature anglaise; pour designer un ecrivain de cette classe, nos voisons emploient un mot qui n'a pas d'equivalent en francais; ils disent: un essayist. Qu'est?ce qu'un essayist? L'essayist se distingue du moraliste, de l'historien, du critique litteraire, du biographe, de l'ecrivain politique; et pourtant il emprunte quelque trait a chacun d'eux; il ressemble tour a tour a l'un ou a l'autr...

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The Third Homily

By: Gregory Thaumaturgus

Excerpt: ON THE ANNUNCIATION TO THE HOLY VIRGIN MARY.(9) Again have we the glad tidings of joy, again the announcements of liberty, again the restoration, again the return, again the promise of gladness, again the release from slavery. An angel talks with the Virgin, in order that the serpent may no more have converse with the woman. In the sixth month, it is said, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a virgin espoused to a man.(10) Gabriel was sent to declare the worl...

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Purgatory

By: Dante Alighieri

Excerpt: cleansing of Dante from the stains of Hell. CANTO II. Sunrise. The Poets on the shore. Coming of a boat, guided by an angel, bearing souls to Purgatory. Their landing. Casella and his song. Cato hurries the souls to the mountain. CANTO III. Ante?Purgatory. Souls of those who have died in contumacy of the Church. Manfred. CANTO IV. Ante?Purgatory. Ascent to a shelf of the mountain. The negligent, who postponed repentance to the last hour Belacqua.

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The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 4, No. 24, Oct. 1859

By: Joshua Hutchinson

Excerpt: DAILY BEAUTY. Toward the end of a city morning, that is, about four o?clock in the afternoon, Stanford Grey, and his guest, Daniel Tomes, paused in an argument which had engaged them earnestly for more than half an hour. What they had talked about it concerns us not to know. We take them as we find them, each leaning back in his chair, confirmed in the opinion that he had maintained, convinced only of his opponent?s ability and rectitude of purpose, and enjoying...

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Samson an Opera by Voltaire

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Prologue: The stage represents the room of the opera. The SENSUALIST is seated on his throne surrounded by PLEASURES and LOVES. SENSUALIST: On the fortunate shores embellished by the Seine I've reigned long since.I preside over charming concerts that the Muse Melpomene gives. Let leisure be born from the breast of indolence, Spread your sweet errors Pour into all our hearts Your charming intoxication Reign, spread my favors.

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The Allwhite Elf

By: Kenneth Robeson

Excerpt: Chapter 1. THE OGRE The man stopped his black coupe in the street in front of the apartment house. He looked at the apartment house, then glanced up and down the street, looking particularly for a policeman. There was no cop. Relieved, the man wiped his mouth on the back of his hand. He felt of his hip pocket. Then he got out of the coupe and headed purposefully for the apartment?house entrance. He was a man made of bones and dry, brownish hide. His suit was dar...

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Immortals Crowned by the French Academy : Conscience, Vol. 1

By: Malot, Hector Henri, 1830-1907

PREFACE: HECTOR-HENRI MALOT, the son of a notary public, was born at La Brouille (Seine-Inferieure), March 20, 1830. He studied law, intending to devote himself also to the Notariat, but toward 1853 or 1854 commenced writing for various small journals. Somewhat later he assisted in compiling the 'Biographie Generale' of Firmin Didot, and was also a contributor to some reviews. Under the generic title of 'Les Victimes d'Amour,' he made his debut with the following three f...

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The Fatal Boots

By: William Makepeace Thackeray

Excerpt: JANUARY. The BIRTH OF THE YEAR. Some poet has observed, that if any man would write down what has really happened to him in this mortal life, he would be sure to make a good book, though he never had met with a single adventure from his birth to his burial. How much more, then, must I, who HAVE had adventures, most singular, pathetic, and unparalleled, be able to compile an instructive and entertaining volume for the use of the public. I don?t mean to say that I...

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Levelling with Elisha

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The Adventures of Harry Franco, Volume

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