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Susan Lenox, Her Fall and Rise with a Portrait of the Author

By: David Graham Phillips

Excerpt: Volume I A TRIBUTE Even now I cannot realize that he is dead, and often in the city streets on Fifth Avenue in particular I find myself glancing ahead for a glimpse of the tall, boyish, familiar figure experience once again a flash of the old happy expectancy. I have lived in many lands, and have known men. I never knew a finer man than Graham Phillips. His were the clearest, bluest, most honest eyes I ever saw eyes that scorned untruth eyes that penetrated all ...

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A Desperate Character and Other Stories

By: Ivan Turgenev

Excerpt: Although Pyetushkov shows us, by a certain open naivete of style, that a youthful hand is at work, it is the hand of a young master, carrying out the realism of the ?forties??that of Gogol, Balzac, and Dickens?straightway, with finer point, to find a perfect equilibrium free from any bias or caricature. The whole strength and essence of the realistic method has been developed in Pyetushkov to its just limits. The Russians are instinctive realists, and carry the ...

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Two Collectors

By: George Gissing

Excerpt: THE delight of his youth had become the burden of his old age. Forty years ago Wormald desired nothing better than to spend a whole day in book?hunting. Regardless of fatigue and of shoe?leather, he tramped the London pavement, rifling fourpenny?boxes, and handling enviously the volumes he could not afford. To?day, he still collected, but not for himself; he was ?collector? in the trade sense of the word, at a large bookseller?s. Every morning he set forth with ...

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Notre-Dame de Paris Aka the Hunchback of Notre Dame

By: Victor Hugo

Preface: A few years ago, while visiting or, rather, rummaging about Notre-Dame, the author of this book found, in an obscure nook of one of the towers, the following word, engraved by hand upon the wall: These Greek capitals, black with age, and quite deeply graven in the stone, with I know not what signs peculiar to Gothic caligraphy imprinted upon their forms and upon their attitudes, as though with the purpose of revealing that it had been a hand of the Middle Ages w...

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Treatise X. On Jealousy and Envy

Excerpt: 1. To be jealous of what you see to be good, and to be envious of those who are better than yourself, seems, beloved brethren, in the eyes of some people to be a slight and petty wrong; and, being thought trifling and of small account, it is not feared; not being feared, it is contemned; being contemned, it is not easily shunned: and it thus becomes a dark and hidden mischief, which, as it is not perceived so as to be guarded against by the prudent, secretly dis...

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Report of the Committee on Alleged German Outrages

By: Viscount Bryce

In the month of September 1914 a Minute was, at the instance of the Prime Minister, drawn up and signed by the Home Secretary and the Attorney-General. It stated the need that had arisen for investigating the accusations of inhumanity and outrage that had been brought against the German soldiers, and indicated the precautions to be taken in collecting evidence that would be needed to ensure its accuracy. Pursuant to this Minute steps were taken under the direction of the...

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Three Thanksgiving Kisses

By: Edward P. Roe

PREFACE: Just ten years ago I took my first hesitating and dubious steps toward authorship. My reception on the part of the public has been so much kinder than I expected, and the audience that has listened to my stories with each successive autumn has been so steadfast and loyal, that I can scarcely be blamed for entertaining a warm and growing regard for these unseen, unknown friends. Toward indifferent strangers we maintain a natural reticence, but as acquaintance rip...

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The Brethren

By: H. Rider Haggard

R.M.S. Mongolia, 12th May, 1904 Mayhap, Ella, here too distance lends its enchantment, and these gallant brethren would have quarrelled over Rosamund, or even had their long swords at each other's throat. Mayhap that Princess and heroine might have failed in the hour of her trial and never earned her saintly crown. Mayhap the good horse Smoke would have fallen on the Narrow Way, leaving false Lozelle a victor, and Masouda, the royal-hearted, would have offered up a stran...

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Measvre, For Measure

By: William Shakespeare

Excerpt: Exceedes (in that) the lists of all aduice My strength can giue you: Then no more remaines But that, to your sufficiency, as your worth is able, And let them worke: The nature of our People, Our Cities Institutions, and the Termes For Common Iustice, y'are as pregnant in As Art, and practise, hath inriched any That we remember: There is our Commission, From which, we would not haue you warpe; call hither, I say, bid come before vs Angelo: What figure of vs think...

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Drie Vertellingen

By: Gustave Flaubert

Excerpt: Mevrouw Aubain had een knappen jongen getrouwd zonder geld, die in ?t begin van 1809 stierf, haar twee heel jonge kinderen nalatend en veel schulden. Ze verkocht toen haar vaste goederen, op de hoeve van Toucques en de hoeve van Geffosses na, die hoogstens 5,000 franken rente opbrachten, en ze verliet haar huis te Saint?Melaine voor een voordeeliger, dat had toebehoord aan haar familie en gelegen was achter de hallen. Dit huis, met zijn leien dak, lag tusschen e...

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What Katy Did at School

By: Susan Coolidge

It was just after that happy visit of which I told at the end of What Katy Did, that Elsie and John made their famous excursion to Conic Section; an excursion which neither of them ever forgot, and about which the family teased them for a long time afterward. The summer had been cool; but, as often happens after cool summers, the autumn proved unusually hot. It seemed as if the months had been playing a game, and had changed places all round; and as if September were det...

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My Aunt Margaret's Mirror

By: Sir Walter Scott, 1st Baronet

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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St. Ronan's Well

By: Sir Walter Scott, 1st Baronet

Introduction: ?The novel which follows is upon a plan different from any other that the author has ever written, although it is perhaps the most legitimate which relates to this kind of light literature.

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The Innocents Abroad, Illustrated, Volume 2

By: Mark Twain

We are getting foreignized rapidly and with facility. We are getting reconciled to halls and bedchambers with unhomelike stone floors and no carpets—floors that ring to the tread of one's heels with a sharpness that is death to sentimental musing. We are getting used to tidy, noiseless waiters, who glide hither and thither, and hover about your back and your elbows like butterflies, quick to comprehend orders, quick to fill them; thankful for a gratuity without regard to...

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A Christmas Present for a Lady

By: Myra Kelly

Excerpt: It was the week before Christmas, and the First Reader Class, in a lower East Side school, had, almost to a man, decided on the gifts to be lavished on ?Teacher.? She was quite unprepared for any such observance on the part of her small adherents, for her first study of the roll book had shown her that its numerous Jacobs, Isidores, and Rachels belonged to a class to which Christmas Day was much as other days. And so she went serenely on her way, all unconscious...

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The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, And Instruction Series

By: Jonathan Ingram

Excerpt: REGENT BRIDGE, EDINBURGH. Edinburgh, ?the Queen of the North,? abounds in splendid specimens of classical architecture. Since the year 1769, when the building of the New Town commenced, its improvement has been prosecuted with extraordinary zeal; consequently, the city has not only been extended on all sides, but has received the addition of some magnificent public edifices, while the access to it from every quarter has been greatly facilitated and embellished. ...

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The Stone Chamber

By: H. B. Marriott Watson

It was not until early summer that Warrington took possession of Marvyn Abbey. He had bought the property in the preceding autumn, but the place had so fallen into decay through the disorders of time that more than six months elapsed ere it was inhabitable. The delay, however, fell out conveniently for Warrington; for the Bosanquets spent the winter abroad, and nothing must suit but he must spend it with them. There was never a man who pursued his passion with such ardou...

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Rex

By: D. H. Lawrence

SINCE every family has its black sheep, it almost follows that every man must have a sooty uncle. Lucky if he hasn't two. However, it is only with my mother's brother that we are concerned. She had loved him dearly when he was a little blond boy. When he grew up black, she was always vowing she would never speak to him again. Yet when he put in an appearance, after years of absence, she invariably received him in a festive mood, and was even flirty with him. He rolled up...

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Return to Rome

By: Jacques Casanova

Excerpt: CHAPTER XIII Rome ? The Actor?s Punishment ? Lord Baltimore ? Naples ? Sara Goudar ? Departure of Betty ? Agatha ? Medina ? Albergoni ? Miss Chudleigh ? The Prince of Francavilla ? The Swimmers As I fell over the Englishman I had struck my hand against a nail, and the fourth finger of my left hand was bleeding as if a vein had been opened. Betty helped me to tie a handkerchief around the wound, while Sir B?M?read the letter with great attention. I was much pleas...

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History of the Christian Church, Volume Iv. Mediaeval Christianity

By: Philip Schaff

Excerpt: Chapter 1. General Introduction to Mediaeval Church History. ? 1. Sources and Literature. August Potthast: Bibliotheca Historica Medii Aoevi. Wegweiser durch die Geschichtswerke des Europ„ischen Mittelalters von 375í500. Berlin, 1862. Supplement, 1868. The mediaeval literature embraces four distinct branches; 1. The Romano?Germanic or Western Christian; 2. The Graeco?Byzantine or Eastern Christian; 3. The Talmudic and Rabbinical; 4. The Arabic and Mohammedan.

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