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The Children

By: Alice Meynell

No man's fancy could be beforehand, for instance, with a girl of four years old who dictated a letter to a distant cousin, with the sweet and unimaginable message: I hope you enjoy yourself with your loving dolls. A boy, still younger, persuading his mother to come down from the heights and play with him on the floor, but sensible, perhaps, that there was a dignity to be observed none the less, entreated her, Mother, do be a lady frog. None ever said their good things be...

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Socrates in the Light of Modern Psychopathology

By: Morris J. Karpas, M.D.

Excerpt: ?CONSCIOUSNESS had reached this point in Greece, when in Athens, the great forum of Socrates, in whom subjectivity of thought was brought to consciousness in a more definite and more thorough manner, now appeared. But Socrates did not grow like a mushroom out of the earth, for he extends in continuity with his time, and this is not only a most important figure in the history of philosophy but perhaps also a world famed personage.? Hegel.

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Handel

By: Edward J. Dent

Excerpt: Chapter 1. Birth and parentage?studies under Zachow at Halle?Hamburg?friendship and duel with Mattheson?Almira?departure for Italy. The name of Handel suggests to most people the sound of music unsurpassed in massiveness and dignity, and the familiar portraits of the composer present us with a man whose external appearance was no less massive and dignified than his music. Countless anecdotes point him out to us as a well?known figure in the life of London during...

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Immortals Crowned by the French Academy : Jacqueline, Vol. 3

By: Therese Bentzon

Some people in this world who turn round and round in a daily circle of small things, like squirrels in a cage, have no idea of the pleasure a young creature, conscious of courage, has in trying its strength; this struggle with fortune loses its charm as it grows longer and longer and more and more difficult, but at the beginning it is an almost certain remedy for sorrow. To her resolve to make head against misfortune Jacqueline owed the fact that she did not fall into t...

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Adina

By: Henry James

Excerpt: Part 1. WE had been talking of Sam Scrope round the fire??mindful, such of us, of the rule de mortuis. Our host, however, had said nothing; rather to my surprise, as I knew he had been particularly intimate with our friend. But when our group had dispersed, and I remained alone with him, he brightened the fire, offered me another cigar, puffed his own awhile with a retrospective air, and told me the following tale.

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The Veiled Prophet

By: Maxwell Grant

RALPH JORCOTT settled himself in a corner of the half-filled subway car and casually began to read an evening newspaper. The headlines pleased him; they referred to crime. Not merely one crime, but a dozen; all belonging to a mysterious wave that had swept New York. Crimes that were particularly baffling, because the police were totally unable to trace the real perpetrators. Jewel thefts, robberies of art treasures, stock swindles, and other specialties had been executed...

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New Poems

By: Robert Louis Stevenson

LO! in thine honest eyes I read / The auspicious beacon that shall lead, / After long sailing in deep seas, / To quiet havens in June ease. / Thy voice sings like an inland bird / First by the seaworn sailor heard; / And like road sheltered from life's sea / Thine honest heart is unto me.

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Authors and Friends

By: Annie Fields

Excerpt: LONGFELLOW: 1807?1882 Every year when the lilac buds begin to burst their sheaths and until the full?blown clusters have spent themselves in the early summer air, the remembrance of Longfellow?something of his presence?wakes with us in the morning and recurs with every fragrant breeze. ?Now is the time to come to Cambridge,? he would say; ?the lilacs are getting ready to receive you.? It was the most natural thing in the world that he should care for this common...

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An American Politician

By: F. Marion Crawford

Excerpt: Chapter 1. Mrs. Sam Wyndham was generally at home after five o?clock. The established custom whereby the ladies who live in Beacon Street all receive their friends on Monday afternoon did not seem to her satisfactory. She was willing to conform to the practice, but she reserved the right of seeing people on other days as well.

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De Bello Gallico and Other Commentaries

By: Caius Julius Caesar

Introduction: BY THOMAS DE QUINCEY. The character of the First Caesar has perhaps never been worse appreciated than by him who in one sense described it best; that is, with most force and eloquence wherever he really did comprehend it. This was Lucan, who has nowhere exhibited more brilliant rhetoric, nor wandered more from the truth, than in the contrasted portraits of Caesar and Pompey. The famous line, ?Nil actum reputans si quid superesset agendum,? is a fine feature...

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My Literary Passions

By: William Dean Howells

Excerpt: BIBLIOGRAPHICAL The papers collected here under the name of ?My Literary Passions? were printed serially in a periodical of such vast circulation that they might well have been supposed to have found there all the acceptance that could be reasonably hoped for them. Nevertheless, they were reissued in a volume the year after they first appeared, in 1895, and they had a pleasing share of such favor as their author?s books have enjoyed. But it is to be doubted whet...

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Light O' the Morning

By: L.T. Meade

Excerpt: Chapter 1. NORA. ?Why, then, Miss Nora?? ?Yes, Hannah?? ?You didn?t see the masther going this way, miss?? ?What do you mean, Hannah? Father is never at home at this hour.? ?I thought maybe?? said Hannah. She spoke in a dubious voice, backing a little away. Hannah was a small, squat woman, of a truly Irish type. Her nose was celestial, her mouth wide, her eyes dark, and sparkling with fun. She was dressed in a short, coarse serge petticoat, with what is called a...

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Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre Buch Iii

By: Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Kennst du das Land, wo die Zitronen bluehn, Im dunkeln Laub die Goldorangen gluehn, Ein sanfter Wind vom blauen Himmel weht, Die Myrte still und hoch der Lorbeer steht, Kennst du es wohl?

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The Transcendentalist

By: Ralph Waldo Emerson

Excerpt: THE first thing we have to say respecting what are called new views here in New England, at the present time, is, that they are not new, but the very oldest of thoughts cast into the mould of these new times. The light is always identical in its composition, but it falls on a great variety of objects, and by so falling is first revealed to us, not in its own form, for it is formless, but in theirs; in like manner, thought only appears in the objects it classifie...

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An Historical Mystery

By: Honoré de Balzac

The autumn of the year 1803 was one of the finest in the early part of that period of the present century which we now call Empire. Rain had refreshed the earth during the month of October, so that the trees were still green and leafy in November. The French people were beginning to put faith in a secret understanding between the skies and Bonaparte, then declared Consul for life, a belief in which that man owes part of his prestige; strange to say, on the day the sun fa...

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The Assassins

By: Percy Bysshe Shelley

Excerpt: Jerusalem, goaded to resistance by the incessant usurpations and insolence of Rome, leagued together its discordant factions to rebel against the common enemy and tyrant. Inferior to their foe in all but the unconquerable hope of liberty, they surrounded their city with fortifications of uncommon strength, and placed in array before the temple a band rendered desperate by patriotism and religion. Even the women preferred to die, rather than survive the ruin of t...

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Cape Cod Ballads, And Other Verse

By: Joseph Crosby Lincoln

Excerpt: THE COD?FISHER Where leap the long Atlantic swells In foam?streaked stretch of hill and dale, Where shrill the north?wind demon yells, And flings the spindrift down the gale; Where, beaten ?gainst the bending mast, The frozen raindrop clings and cleaves, With steadfast front for calm or blast His battered schooner rocks and heaves.

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Town of Hate

By: Maxwell Grant

Excerpt: THE Bigby tradition was founded on one invariable rule: What you can?t use, sell to someone who can. The system had worked perfectly until Claude Bigby ? present incumbent of the gabled mansion, sound of mind and body, in his forty?first year of wisdom ? had sold the old family sheep pasture. Of course it was more than an ordinary sheep pasture, and therefore it brought more than an ordinary price. This was the very reason Claude Bigby should have suspected what...

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Burton; Or the Sieges

By: J.H. Ingraham

Preface: During the last fall it was announced that the author of ?Lafitte? was preparing a romance, founded on incidents in the life of Burr, to be called ?The Conspirator.? The appearance of the present work, bearing a different title, would seem to require some explanation. After the original plan had been matured, the author was made acquainted with the fact that the ground he had taken was preoccupied by one calculated in all respects to do full justice to the subje...

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The Genuine Acts of Peter

By: Peter, Bishop of Alexandria

Were all the limbs of my body to be turned into tongues, and all the joints of my limbs to utter articulate sounds, it would noways be sufficient to express who, how great and how good, was our most blessed Father Peter, Archbishop of Alexandria. Especially incongruous do I consider it to commit to paper what perils he underwent by tyrants, what conflicts he endured with Gentiles and heretics, lest I should seem to make these the subjects of my panegyric rather than that...

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