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A Son of the Gods and a Horseman in the Sky

By: Ambrose Bierce

The Introduction: Brilliant and magnetic as are these two studies by Ambrose Bierce, and especially significant as coming from one who was a boy soldier in the Civil War, they merely reflect one side of his original and many-faceted genius. Poet, critic, satirist, fun-maker, incomparable writer of fables and masterly prose sketches, a seer of startling insight, a reasoner mercilessly logical, with the delicate wit and keenness of an Irving or an Addison, the dramatic qua...

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The Unseen World and Other Essays

By: John Fiske

Excerpt: MY DEAR SIME: Life has now and then some supreme moments of pure happiness, which in reminiscence give to single days the value of months or years. Two or three such moments it has been my good fortune to enjoy with you, in talking over the mysteries which forever fascinate while they forever baffle us. It was our midnight talks in Great Russell Street and the Addison Road, and our bright May holiday on the Thames, that led me to write this scanty essay on the ?...

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Cynthia

Excerpt: THE drive I had to face going to work wasn?t too bad, since I didn?t have to go into Los Angeles. I know my grandmother could handle the two pigs herself. As I got to work I couldn't help but smile, there was a very appetizing bum outside the store.

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The New Machiavelli

By: Herbert George Wells

Excerpt: Since I came to this place I have been very restless, wasting my energies in the futile beginning of ill?conceived books. One does not settle down very readily at two and forty to a new way of living, and I have found myself with the teeming interests of the life I have abandoned still buzzing like a swarm of homeless bees in my head. My mind has been full of confused protests and justifications. In any case I should have found difficulties enough in expressing ...

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The Avenging of the Saviour

Excerpt: THIS version of the legend of Veronica is written in very barbarous Latin, probably of the seventh or eighth century. An Anglo?Saxon version, which Tischendorf concludes to be derived from the Latin, was edited and translated for the Cambridge Antiquarian Society, by C. W. Goodwin, in 1851. The Anglo?Saxon text is from a MS. in the Cambridge Library, one of a number presented to the Cathedral of Exeter by Bishop Leofric in the beginning of the eleventh century. ...

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American Spirit in Literature

By: Bliss Perry

CHAPTER I. THE PIONEERS: The United States of America has been from the beginning in a perpetual change. The physical and mental restlessness of the American and the temporary nature of many of his arrangements are largely due to the experimental character of the exploration and development of this continent. The new energies released by the settlement of the colonies were indeed guided by stern determination, wise forethought, and inventive skill; but no one has ever re...

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Repel

By: Kenneth Robeson

Excerpt: WHEN Ethel?s Mama blew up, she shook the earth in more ways than one. Ethel?s Mama was on Fan Coral Island in the South Pacific when the lid came off. But probably the first man to discover what had happened was a professor in the laboratory of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, U .S. A. He happened to be watching the seismograph. What he failed to realize was that he had noted something momentous, something that was going to stand the world on its colle...

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The Ides of March

By: E. W. Hornung

IT was about half-past twelve when I returned to the Albany as a last desperate resort. The scene of my disaster was much as I had left it. The baccarat-counters still strewed the table, with the empty glasses and the loaded ash-trays. A window had been opened to let the smoke out, and was letting in the fog instead. Raffles himself had merely discarded his dining-jacket for one of his innumerable blazers. Yet he arched his eyebrows as though I had dragged him from his bed.

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Letters to Dean

By: Paul Rosenfels

A living organism can interact with its environment in one of two ways: by the use of its sensory or responsive capacities or by the exercise of its motor or expressive capacities. The responsive channel of interaction brings data concerning the outside world to the organism. The expressive aspect of interaction confers control over a portion of the external world. A higher level of interaction with the environment comes into being when a sustained relationship of either...

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The Hidden Hand

By: Emma Southworth

HURRICANE HALL is a large old family mansion, built of dark-red sandstone, in one of the loneliest and wildest of the mountain regions of Virginia. The estate is surrounded on three sides by a range of steep, gray rocks, spiked with clumps of dark evergreens, and called, from its horseshoe form, the Devil's Hoof. On the fourth side the ground gradually descends in broken rock and barren soil to the edge of the wild mountain stream known as the Devil's Run. When storms an...

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The Country Beyond

By: James Oliver Curwood

Excerpt: Chapter One. Not far from the rugged and storm?whipped north shore of Lake Superior, and south of the Kaministiqua, yet not as far south as the Rainy River waterway, there lay a paradise lost in the heart of a wilderness world and in that paradise ?a little corner of hell.? That was what the girl had called it once upon a time, when sobbing out the shame and the agony of it to herself. That was before Peter had come to leaven the drab of her life. But the hell w...

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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

By: James Joyce

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The History of the Nun

By: Aphra Behn

Excerpt: There are none of an Illustrious Quality, who have not been made, by some Poet or other, the Patronesses of his Distress?d Hero, or Vnfortunate Damsel; and such Addresses are Tributes, due only to the most Elevated, where they have always been very well receiv?d, since they are the greatest Testimonies we can give, of our Esteem and Veneration.

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By: Jean Massart

Excerpt: AVANT?PROPOS Dans un autre livre, Comment les Belges resistent a la domination allemande [1], j'ai essaye de montrer combien la mentalite allemande differe de la notre: a la terreur que l'Allemand pretend inspirer, le Belge repond par le calme le plus profond?et le plus agacant aussi?et par un humour ingenu.

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The House Behind the Cedars

By: Charles Waddell Chesnutt

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Homeward Bound

By: George Griffith

AFTER leaving Saturn the Astronef pursued her lonely course on her homeward voyage across the fields of space, while the Ringed World, which had so nearly proved the end of Lord and Lady Redgrave's wanderings, grew dimmer every hour behind them. On the morning of the fourth day from Saturn Lord Redgrave went as usual into the conning-tower to examine the instruments and to see that everything was in order. To his intense surprise he found, on looking at the gravitational...

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The Country of the Pointed Firs

By: Sarah Orne Jewett

I The Return II Mrs. Todd III The Schoolhouse IV At the Schoolhouse Window V Captain Littlepage VI The Waiting Place VII The Outer Island VIII Green Island IX William X Where Pennyroyal Grew XI The Old Singers XII A Strange Sail XIII Poor Joanna XIV The Hermitage XV On Shell-heap Island...

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The House of Pride

By: Jack London

Contents: The House of Pride Koolau the Leper Good-bye, Jack Aloha Oe Chun Ah Chun The Sheriff of Kona Jack London THE HOUSE OF PRIDE Percival Ford wondered why he had come. He did not dance. He did not care much for army people. Yet he knew them all -- gliding and revolving there on the broad lanai of the Seaside, the officers in their fresh-starched uniforms of white, the civilians in white and black, and the women bare of shoulders and arms. After two years in Honolul...

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Shakespeare und die Baconmythen

By: Kuno Fischerq

Excerpt: VORWORT Dieser Vortrag ist gleich, nachdem er gehalten war, in der ?Beilage zur Allgemeinen Zeitung, Nummer 105?107, veroeffentlicht worden. Die muendliche Rede ist in der gedruckten wortgetreu wiedergegeben, aber diese enthaelt einige Ausfuehrungen (darunter saemmtliche unter dem Text befindliche Bemerkungen), die in jener um der Kuerze willen weggeblieben sind. Ich habe eine falsche Vorstellungsart darzuthun, zu erklaeren und zu entkraeften gehabt und diese Au...

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