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Memoirs of the Comtesse du Barrywritten by Herself

By: Baron Etienne Leon Lamothe?Langon

Excerpt: Special Introduction by Robert Arnot Up to the time of the Du Barry the court of France had been the stage where the whole political and human drama of that country was enacted. Under Louis XV the drama had been transformed into parades ? parades which were of as much importance to the people as to those who took Part 1n them. The spectators, hitherto silent, now began to hiss and be moved. The scene of the comedy was changed, and the play was continued among th...

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Religious Reality

By: A. E. J. Rawlinson

TO THE CHANCELLOR, VICE-CHANCELLOR, and SCHOLARS Of The UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD This Work His Last as Occupant of a Professorial Chair Is Dedicated As a Token of Respect and Gratitude By The CAMDEN PROFESSOR Oct. 1...

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The Mastery of the Air

By: William J. Claxton

This book makes no pretence of going minutely into the technical and scientific sides of human flight: rather does it deal mainly with the real achievements of pioneers who have helped to make aviation what it is to-day. My chief object has been to arouse among my readers an intelligent interest in the art of flight, and, profiting by friendly criticism of several of my former works, I imagine that this is best obtained by setting forth the romance of triumph in the real...

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Ion

By: Plato

Introduction: The Ion is the shortest, or nearly the shortest, of all the writings which bear the name of Plato, and is not authenticated by any early external testimony. The grace and beauty of this little work supply the only, and perhaps a sufficient, proof of its genuineness. The plan is simple; the dramatic interest consists entirely in the contrast between the irony of Socrates and the transparent vanity and childlike enthusiasm of the rhapsode Ion. The theme of th...

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Art of Money Getting

By: P.T. Barnum

Excerpt: Those who really desire to attain an independence, have only to set their minds upon it, and adopt the proper means, as they do in regard to any other object which they wish to accomplish, and the thing is easily done. But however easy it may be found to make money, I have no doubt many of my hearers will agree it is the most difficult thing in the world to keep it. The road to wealth is, as Dr. Franklin truly says, ?as plain as the road to the mill.? It consist...

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William Gibson. Fragments of a Hologram Rose

That summer Parker had trouble sleeping. There were power droughts; sudden failures of the delta-inducer brought painfully abrupt returns to consciousness. To avoid these, he used patch cords, miniature alligator clips, and black tape to wire the inducer to a battery- operated ASP deck. Power loss in the inducer would trigger the deck's playback circuit. He bought an ASP cassette that began with the subject asleep on a quiet beach. It had been recorded by a young blonde ...

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Finger Posts on the Way of Life

By: T. S. Arthur

OUR title, though savoring of quaintness, is yet in keeping with the object of this volume. As we press onward in the journey of life, to each of us the path is new and strange. Often it is rough and thorny; often it winds through places beset with difficulties and danger; often the sky is so dark that we can scarcely see the narrow line upon which our advancing footsteps may rest in safety. As Finger-Posts on the Way of Life, pointing the wary traveller in the right dir...

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The Voyage

By: Katherine Mansfield

Excerpt: THE Picton boat was due to leave at half?past eleven. It was a beautiful night, mild, starry, only when they got out of the cab and started to walk down the Old Wharf that jutted out into the harbour, a faint wind blowing off the water ruffled under Fenella?s hat, and she put up her hand to keep it on. It was dark on the Old Wharf, very dark; the wool sheds, the cattle trucks, the cranes standing up so high, the little squat railway engine, all seemed carved out...

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The Prairie, Volume 2

By: James Fenimore Cooper

Excerpt: Chapter 1. ?My visor is Philemon?s roof; within the house is Jove.? Shakspeare The trapper, who had meditated no violence, dropped his rifle again, and laughing at the success of his experiment, with great seeming self?complacency, he drew the astounded gaze of the naturalist from the person of the savage to himself, by saying ?The imps will lie for hours, like sleeping alligators, brooding their deviltries in dreams and other craftiness, until such time as they...

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The Prodigal Judge

By: Vaughan Kester

The Quintards had not prospered on the barren lands of the pine woods whither they had emigrated to escape the malaria of the low coast, but this no longer mattered, for the last of his name and race, old General Quintard, was dead in the great house his father had built almost a century before and the thin acres of the Barony, where he had made his last stand against age and poverty, were to claim him, now that he had given up the struggle in their midst. The two or thr...

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Such Is Life : Being Certain Extracts from the Diary of Tom Collins

By: Joseph Furphy

Excerpt: Chapter 1. UNEMPLOYED at last! Scientifically, such a contingency can never have befallen of itself. According to one theory of the Universe, the momentum of Original Impress has been tending toward this far?off, divine event ever since a scrap of fire?mist flew from the solar centre to form our planet. Not this event alone, of course; but every occurrence, past and present, from the fall of captured Troy to the fall of a captured insect. According to another th...

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Bertha Garlan

By: Arthur Schnitzler

Excerpt: I. She was walking slowly down the hill; not by the broad high road which wound its way towards the town, but by the narrow footpath between the trellises of the vines. Her little boy was with her, hanging on to her hand and walking all the time a pace in front of her, because there was not room on the footpath for them to walk side by side.

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Beauchampe, Volume 1

By: William Gilmore Simms

Excerpt: Chapter 1. THE stormy and rugged winds of March were overblown the first fresh smiling days of April had come at last the days of sunshine and shower, of fitful breezes, the breath of blossoms, and the newly awakened song of birds. Spring was there in all the green and glory of her youth, and the bosom of Kentucky heaved with the prolific burden of the season. She had come, and her messengers were every where, and every where busy.

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Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia : A Tale

By: Samuel Johnson

Ye who listen with credulity to the whispers of fancy, and pursue with eagerness the phantoms of hope; who expect that age will perform the promises of youth, and that the deficiencies of the present day will be supplied by the morrow, attend to the history of Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia. Rasselas was the fourth son of the mighty Emperor in whose dominions the father of waters begins his course—whose bounty pours down the streams of plenty, and scatters over the world ...

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Camilla

By: Fanny Burney D'Arblay

THE historian of human life finds less of difficulty and of intricacy to develop, in its accidents and adventures, than the investigator of the human heart in its feelings and its changes. In vain may Fortune wave her many-coloured banner, alternately regaling and dismaying, with hues that seem glowing with all the creation's felicities, or with tints that appear stained with ingredients of unmixt horrors; her most rapid vicissitudes, her most unassimilating eccentriciti...

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Jane Murray's Thanksgiving Story

By: Rebecca Harding Davis

IT was late in October and the Woman's Academy of Starboro was waking from its Summer's doze, and making ready for the Winter's work. The Academy, being a feeder for a great Woman's College, stood, so its prospectus declared, in the van of the Movement for the Highest Development of Woman. Even the gardeners, who were taking up the dead leaves on the great lawns which sloped from the pillared porches to the bay, and the scrubbers, flooding the classrooms, their skirts pi...

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The Angel Adjutant of Twice Born Men

By: Minnie L. Carpenter

Introduction: There is surely little need for me to commend this so intimate and living picture of Staff?Captain Kate Lee. It speaks for itself in speaking of one whose fine character and ceaseless labour were of singular charm and amazing fruitfulness.

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The Memoir of John Lothrop Motley

By: Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

John Motley, the great-grandfather of the subject of this Memoir, came in the earlier part of the last century from Belfast in Ireland to Falmouth, now Portland, in the District, now the State of Maine. He was twice married, and had ten children, four of the first marriage and six of the last. Thomas, the youngest son by his first wife, married Emma, a daughter of John Wait, the first Sheriff of Cumberland County under the government of the United States. Two of their se...

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Irenaeus against Heresies, Vol. 1

By: Irenaeus

PREFACE: 1. INASMUCH (1) as certain men have set the truth aside, and bring in lying words and vain genealogies, which, as the apostle says, (2) minister questions rather than godly edifying which is in faith, and by means of their craftily-constructed plausibilities draw away the minds of the inexperienced and take them captive, [I have felt constrained, my dear friend, to compose the following treatise in order to expose and counteract their machinations.] These men fa...

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Een Valse Nicht

By: Erven Guus Vleugel

Nederlandse (Dutch) literature.

Luc Lewedorp, een Amsterdamse homoseksueel van twee‰nvijftig, die zichzelf tot dusver had beleefd als een integer mens met een prettig gevoel voor humor, werd op zekere avond, op een party bij zijn vriendin Joyce, opeens uitgemaakt voor valse nicht. Hij gaf geen krimp, maar later thuis bleek de uitdrukking als een stekel in zijn ziel te zitten, zodat hij die nacht geruime tijd de slaap niet kon vatten; en ook de volgende dagen had hij er regelmatig last van. Gelukkig had...

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