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The Loot of Bombasharna

By: Lord Dunsany

Excerpt: Things had grown too hot for Shard, captain of pirates, on all the seas that he knew. The ports of Spain were closed to him; they knew him in San Domingo; men winked in Syracuse when he went by; the two Kings of the Sicilies never smiled within an hour.

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A Song of Sixpence

By: George Gissing

Excerpt: It befel, from time to time, that persons did make application, with the result that they were requested to walk into the parlour behind the shop, where the ?professional lady? gave them audience. Her name was Miss Withers, her age not more than forty, and she had lost one of her legs. Though in such very humble circumstances, and constrained by poverty to welcome every one who would engage and pay her to ?teach music,? Miss Withers had anything but a meek count...

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The Haunted Organist of Hurly Burly

By: Rosa Mulholland

Excerpt: There had been a thunderstorm in the village of Hurly Burly. Every door was shut, every dog in his kennel, every rut and gutter a flowing river after the deluge of rain that had fallen. Up at the great house, a mile from the town, the rooks were calling to one another about the fright they had been in, the fawns in the deer?park were venturing their timid heads from behind the trunks of trees, and the old woman at the gate?lodge had risen from her knees, and was...

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Immortals Crowned by the French Academy : Madame Chrysantheme, Vol. 2

By: Pierre Loti

First, there is our very merry neighbor Madame Campanule, who is little Charles N—'s wife; then Madame Jonquille, who is even merrier than Campanule, like a young bird, and the daintiest fairy of them all; she has married X—, a fair northerner who adores her; they are a lover- like and inseparable pair, the only one that will probably weep when the hour of parting comes. Then Sikou-San with Doctor Y—; and lastly the midshipman Z— with the tiny Madame Touki-San, no taller...

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The Canterbury Pilgrims

By: Nathaniel Hawthorne

Excerpt: THE summer moon, which shines in so many a tale, was beaming over a broad extent of uneven country. Some of its brightest rays were flung into a spring of water, where no traveller, toiling, as the writer has, up the hilly road beside which it gushes, ever failed to quench his thirst. The work of neat hands and considerate art was visible about this blessed fountain. An open cistern, hewn and hollowed out of solid stone, was placed above the waters, which filled...

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