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Bertram Cope's Year

By: Henry Blake Fuller

Excerpt: 1. COPE AT A COLLEGE TEA. What is a man?s best age? Peter Ibbetson, entering dreamland with complete freedom to choose, chose twenty?eight, and kept there. But twenty?eight, for our present purpose, has a drawback: a man of that age, if endowed with ordinary gifts and responsive to ordinary opportunities, is undeniably?a man; whereas what we require here is something just a little short of that. Wanted, in fact, a young male who shall seem fully adult to those w...

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The Noble Koran (Quran) : Noah

By: Transcribed by the Prophet Muhammad

Excerpt: 071.001 Lo! We sent Noah unto his people (saying): Warn thy people ere the painful doom come unto them. 071.002 He said: O my people! Lo! I am a plain warner unto you 071.003 (Bidding you): Serve Allah and keep your duty unto Him and obey me, 071.004 That He may forgive you somewhat of your sins and respite you to an appointed term. Lo! the term of Allah, when it cometh, cannot be delayed, if ye but knew. 071.005 He said: My Lord! Lo! I have called unto my people night and day.

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Le Diable Amoureux

By: Jacques Cazotte

Excerpt: J'etais a vingt?cinq ans capitaine aux gardes du roi de Naples : nous vivions beaucoup entre camarades, et comme de jeunes gens, c'est?a?dire, des femmes, du jeu, tant que la bourse pouvait y suffire ; et nous philosophions dans nos quartiers quand nous n'avions plus d'autre ressource. Un soir, apres nous etre epuises en raisonnements de toute espece autour d'un tres petit flacon de vin de Chypre et de quelques marrons secs, le discours tomba sur la cabale et le...

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The Welsh Opera

By: Henry Fielding

As the Performance of the Grubstreet Opera has been prevented, by a certain Influence which has been very prevailing of late Years, we thought it would not be unacceptable to the Town, if we communicated to them the Welsh Opera, from which the other was not only Originally borrow'd, but which is in effect the same, excepting some few Additions, that were made only with a view to lengthen it.

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Don Quixote

By: Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

These days past, when sending Your Excellency my plays, that had appeared in print before being shown on the stage, I said, if I remember well, that Don Quixote was putting on his spurs to go and render homage to Your Excellency. Now I say that with his spurs, he is on his way. Should he reach destination methinks I shall have rendered some service to Your Excellency, as from many parts I am urged to send him off, so as to dispel the loathing and disgust caused by anothe...

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Tom Finch's Monkey

By: John C. Hutcheson

Excerpt: Chapter One. And how he Dined with the Admiral. We were cruising off Callao on the Pacific station when it all happened, and I daresay there are a good many others who will recollect all about it as well as myself. But to explain the matter properly I must go back a little in my dates; for, instead of Callao at the commencement of my yarn, you must read Calabar. You see, I was in the Porpoise at the time, a small old?fashioned, paddle?wheel steamer that had been...

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A Question

By: Georg Ebers

In the Art-Palace on green Isar's strand, Before one picture long I kept my seat, It held me spellbound by some magic band, Nor when my home I sought, could I forget. A year elapsed, came winter's frost and snow, 'Twas rarely now we saw the bright sun shine, I plucked up courage and cried: Be it so! Then southward wandered with those I call mine.

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Morton Hall

By: Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

Our old Hall is to be pulled down, and they are going to build streets on the site. I said to my sister, 'Ethelinda! if they really pull down Morton Hall, it will be a worse piece of work than the Repeal of the Corn Laws.' And, after some consideration, she replied, that if she must speak what was on her mind, she would own that she thought the Papists had something to do with it; that they had never forgiven the Morton who had been with Lord Monteagle when he discovered...

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The Love

CONTENTS: Chapter 1: The University of Life. -- Chapter 2: Light and energy. -- Chapter 3: Evolution. -- Chapter 4: Our history. -- Chapter 5: The wheels of humanity. -- Chapter 6: Religion. -- Chapter 7: Spirituality and ambitions of the soul. -- Chapter 8: Clash of the realms. -- Chapter 9: Saints. -- Chapter 10: Connectivity and the cognitive functioning of the mind. -- Chapter 11: Dimensions and meridians. -- Chapter 12: Circulation and well being. -- Chapter 13: All...

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The English Rogue, Part 4

By: Richard Head

We see there is a necessity for our travailing in the common road, or High-way of Prefacing; as if the Reader could neither receive nor digest the Pabulum mentis, or fatten by the mental nourishment, without a preparatory. And yet we think it savors neither of civility, nor good manners to fall on without saying something of a grace; but we do not love that it should be so tedious, as to take away your stomack from the meat, and therefore that we may not be condemned for...

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The Little Lady of Lagunitas

By: Richard Henry Savage

Introduction: Forty?two years have passed since California?s golden star first glittered in the flag of the United States of America. Its chequered history virtually begins with the rush for gold in ?48?'49. Acquired for the evident purpose of extending slave?holding territory, it was occupied for years by a multitude of cosmopolitan ?free lances,? who swept away the defenceless Indians, and brutally robbed the great native families, the old ?Dons.? Society slowly made h...

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Coniston

By: Winston S. Churchill

Excerpt: Chapter 1. ON THE DANGERS OF CURIOSITY FIRST I am to write a love?story of long ago, of a time some little while after General Jackson had got into the White House and had shown the world what a real democracy was. The Era of the first six presidents had closed, and a new Era had begun. I am speaking of political Eras. Certain gentlemen, with a pious belief in democracy, but with a firmer determination to get on top, arose, and got on top. So many of these gentl...

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Tremendous Adventures of Major Gahagan

By: William Makepeace Thackeray

Excerpt: Seeing, I say, this simple visiting ticket, the world will avoid any of those awkward mistakes as to my person, which have been so frequent of late. There has been no end to the blunders regarding this humble title of mine, and the confusion thereby created. When I published my volume of poems, for instance, the Morning Post newspaper remarked ?that the Lyrics of the Heart, by Miss Gahagan, may be ranked among the sweetest flowrets of the present spring season.?...

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Weir of Hermiston

By: Robert Louis Stevenson

Introduction: IN the wild end of a moorland parish, far out of the sight of any house, there stands a cairn among the heather, and a little by east of it, in the going down of the brae?side, a monument with some verses half defaced. It was here that Claverhouse shot with his own hand the Praying Weaver of Balweary, and the chisel of Old Mortality has clinked on that lonely gravestone. Public and domestic history have thus marked with a bloody finger this hollow among the...

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On Sleep and Sleeplessness

By: Aristotle

WITH regard to sleep and waking, we must consider what they are: whether they are peculiar to soul or to body, or common to both; and if common, to what part of soul or body they appertain: further, from what cause it arises that they are attributes of animals, and whether all animals share in them both, or some partake of the one only, others of the other only, or some partake of neither and some of both. Further, in addition to these questions, we must also inquire wha...

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The Intriguing Chambermaid

By: Henry Fielding

Excerpt: SCENE I. SCENE, Covent?Garden. Mrs. HIGHMAN, LETTICE. Mrs. Highman. Oh! Mrs. Lettice; is it you? I am extremely glad to see you; you are the very Person I would meet. Let. I am much at your Service, Madam. Mrs. High. Oh! Madam; I know very well that; and at every one?s Service, I dare swear, that will pay you for it: But all the Service, Madam, that I have for you, is to carry a Message to your Master I desire, Madam, that you would tell him from me, that he is ...

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The Silver Fox

By: E.O.E. Somerville

Excerpt: LADY SUSAN had never been so hungry in her life. So, for the sixth time, she declared between loud and unbridled yawns. She worked her chair across the parquet towards the fire?place, dragging the hearthrug into folds in her progress, and put her large and well?shod feet on the fender.

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Verses 1889-1896

By: Rudyard Kipling

I went into a public-’ouse to get a pint o’ beer, FUZZY-WUZZY We’ve fought with many men acrost the seas, SOLDIER, SOLDIER Soldier, soldier come from the wars, SCREW-GUNS Smokin’ my pipe on the mountings, sniffin’ the mornin’ cool, CELLS I’ve a head like a concertina: I’ve a tongue like a button-stick: GUNGA DIN You may talk o’ gin and beer OONTS Wot makes the soldier’s ’eart to penk, wot makes ’im to perspire? LOOT If you’ve ever stole a pheasant-egg be’ind the keeper’s back...

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The Brothers Karamazov

Chapter 1. Fyodor Pavlovitch Karamazov Chapter -- 2. He Gets Rid of His Eldest Son Chapter -- 3. The Second Marriage and the Second Family Chapter -- 4. The Third Son, Alyosha Chapter -- 5. Elders...

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Desperate

By: Ivan Turgenev

No—there was, interposed P., an already old, gray-haired man; desperate people have been plentiful before; only they did not resemble the desperate people of to-day. Some one said of the poet Yasicoff that in him was ecstasy, not directed toward anything—objectless ecstasy. So it was with those people—their despair was objectless. Let me relate to you the history of my cousin's son, Misha Polteff. It may serve as an example of the desperation of those days. He appeared i...

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