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By: Talbot Mundy

Excerpt: Waist?held in the chains and soused in the fifty?foot?high spray, Joe Byng eyed his sounding lead that swung like a pendulum below him, and named it sacrilege. ?This ?ere navy ain't a navy no more,? he muttered. ?This ?ere?s a school?gal promenade, ?and?in?'and, an? mind not to get your little trotters wet, that?s what this is, so ?elp me two able seamen an? a red marine!? From the moment that the lookout, lashed to the windlass drum up forward, had spied the li...

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The Tragedie of Cymbeline

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Actus Primus. Scoena Prima. Enter Kent, Gloucester, and Edmond. Kent. I thought the King had more affected the Duke of Albany, then Cornwall Glou. It did alwayes seeme so to vs: But now in the diuision of the Kingdome, it appeares not which of the Dukes hee valewes most, for qualities are so weigh’d, that curiosity in neither, can make choise of eithers moity Kent. Is not this your Son, my Lord? Glou. His breeding Sir, hath bin at my charge. I haue so often blush’d to ac...

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By: Emma Jane Worboise

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By: George Robert Gissing, 1857-1903

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By: Upton Sinclair

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The Wedding

By: Anton Chekhov

APLOMBOV. You won't get out of it like that. I only found out to-day that those tickets are in pawn. You must excuse me, maman, but it's only swindlers who behave like that. I'm not doing this out of egoisticism—I don't want your tickets—but on principle; and I don't allow myself to be done by anybody. I have made your daughter happy, and if you don't give me the tickets to-day I'll make short work of her. I'm an honourable man!

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Lady into Fox

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