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Julius Caesar's War Commentaries

By: W.A. Mcdevitte

Preface: Prevailed on by your continued solicitations, Balbus, I have engaged in a most difficult task, as my daily refusals appear to plead not my inability, but indolence, as an excuse. I have compiled a continuation of the Commentaries of our Caesar?s Wars in Gaul, not indeed to be compared to his writings, which either precede or follow them; and recently, I have completed what he left imperfect after the transactions in Alexandria, to the end, not indeed of the civi...

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The Heptameron : Sixth Day

By: Marguerite de Navarre and Duchesse D'Alencon

NEXT morning, earlier than usual, Madame Oisille went to prepare her exhortation in the hall; but the rest of the company being informed of this, their desire to hear her good instructions made them dress so speedily, that she was not kept waiting long. As she knew their hearts, she read the epistle of St. John, which speaks only of love. This was so palatable to the company, that although this morning's devotion was longer than usual, they all thought it had not occupie...

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Treatise VII on the Mortality

Excerpt: 1. Although in very many of you, dearly beloved brethren, there is a stedfast mind and a firm faith, and a devoted spirit that is not disturbed at the frequency of this present mortality, but, like a strong and stable rock, rather shatters the turbulent onsets of the world and the raging waves of time, while it is not itself shattered, and is not overcome but tried by these temptations; yet because I observe that among the people some, either through weakness of...

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The Prince and the Pauper

By: Mark Twain

Preface: I will set down a tale as it was told to me by one who had it of his father, which latter had it of his father, this last having in like manner had it of his father? and so on, back and still back, three hundred years and more, the fathers transmitting it to the sons and so preserving it. It may be history, it may be only legend, a

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The Barrier

By: Rex Beach

CHAPTER I. THE LAST FRONTIER: Many men were in debt to the trader at Flambeau, and many counted him as a friend. The latter never reasoned why, except that he had done them favors, and in the North that counts for much. Perhaps they built likewise upon the fact that he was ever the same to all, and that, in days of plenty or in times of famine, his store was open to every man, and all received the same measure. Nor did he raise his prices when the boats were late. They r...

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Afterward

By: Edith Wharton

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Baree, Son of Kazan

By: James Oliver Curwood

Preface: Since the publication of my two animal books, ?Kazan, the Wolf Dog? and ?The Grizzly King,? I have received so many hundreds of letters from friends of wild animal life, all of which were more or less of an inquiring nature, that I have been encouraged to incorporate in this preface of the third of my series ?Baree, Son of Kazan? something more of my desire and hope in writing of wild life, and something of the foundation of fact whereupon this and its companion books have been written.

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Bluebeard

By: Charles Perrault

There was once upon a time a man who had several fine houses both in town and country, a good deal of silver and gold plate, embroidered furniture, and coaches gilt all over with gold. But this same man had the misfortune to have a Blue Beard, which made him so frightfully ugly that all the women and girls ran away from him. One of his neighbours, a lady of quality, had two daughters who were perfect beauties. He desired of her one of them in marriage, leaving to her the...

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Novel Notes

By: Jerome K. Jerome

Prologue: Years ago, when I was very small, we lived in a great house in a long, straight, brown?coloured street, in the east end of London. It was a noisy, crowded street in the daytime; but a silent, lonesome street at night, when the gas?lights, few and far between, partook of the character of lighthouses rather than of illuminants, and the tramp, tramp of the policeman on his long beat seemed to be ever drawing nearer, or fading away, except for brief moments when th...

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Ayala's Angel

By: Anthony Trollope

Excerpt: Chapter 1. THE TWO SISTERS When Egbert Dormer died he left his two daughters utterly penniless upon the world, and it must be said of Egbert Dormer that nothing else could have been expected of him. The two girls were both pretty, but Lucy, who was twenty?one, was supposed to be simple and comparatively unattractive, whereas Ayala was credited ? as her somewhat romantic name might show ? with poetic charm and a taste for romance. Ayala when her father died was n...

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The Education of Freedmen, Part 1

By: Harriet Beecher Stowe

Excerpt: IV. The EDUCATION OF FREEDMEN. The short period of fourteen years that has elapsed since the late war has been witness of a more wonderful moral and political revolution in these United States than has ever been recorded in history before. Between four and five million human beings, who had hitherto been deprived of every right of human nature, have been suddenly precipitated into freedom and invested with the rights of republican citizens. There have been insta...

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The Trial Path

By: Zitkala?Sa

Excerpt: IT was an autumn night on the plain. The smoke?lapels of the cone?shaped tepee flapped gently in the breeze. From the low night sky, with its myriad fire points, a large bright star peeped in at the smoke?hole of the wigwam between its fluttering lapels, down upon two Dakotas talking in the dark. The mellow stream from the star above, a maid of twenty summers, on a bed of sweet?grass, drank in with her wakeful eyes. On the opposite side of the tepee, beyond the ...

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The World for Sale

By: Gilbert Parker

Introduction: ?The World for Sale? is a tale of the primitive and lonely West and North, but the primitiveness and loneliness is not like that to be found in ?Pierre and His People'. Pierre?s wanderings took place in a period when civilization had made but scant marks upon the broad bosom of the prairie land, and towns and villages were few and far scattered. The Lebanon and Manitou of this story had no existence in the time of Pierre, except that where Manitou stands th...

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Swiss Family Robinson

By: Johann David Wyss

Foreword: No unabridged edition of Swiss Family Robinson exists in English. Indeed, the book has been rewritten so many times, by so many editors, that it can legitimately be said that that no complete edition of the book exists in any language. Johann David Wyss, a Swiss pastor, originally wrote this book to entertain and instruct his four sons. Years later, his son Johann (or Jean accounts differ) Rudolf Wyss, by then a professor of philosophy, persuaded his father to ...

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To the Pious Memory of the Accomplished Young Lady Mrs. Anne Killigrew

By: John Dryden

Excerpt: Thou youngest virgin?daughter of the skies, Made in the last promotion of the Blest; Whose palms, new pluck?d from Paradise, In spreading branches more sublimely rise, Rich with immortal green above the rest: Whether, adopted to some neighbouring star, Thou roll?st above us, in thy wand'ring race, Or, in procession fix?d and regular, Mov?d with the Heavens? majestic pace: Or, call?d to more superior bliss, Thou tread?st, with seraphims, the vast abyss. What ever...

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The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection

By: Charles Darwin

But with regard to the material world, we can at least go so far as this -- we can perceive that events are brought about not by insulated interpositions of Divine power, exerted in each particular case, but by the establishment of general laws. -- Whewell: Bridgewater Treatise. The only distinct meaning of the word 'natural' is STATED, FIXED or SETTLED; since what is natural as much requires and presupposes an intelligent agent to render it so, i.e., to effect it contin...

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Lin Mclean

By: Owen Wister

The long range of the mountains lifted clear in the air. They slanted from the purple folds and furrows of the pines that richly cloaked them, upward into rock and grassy bareness until they broke remotely into bright peaks, and filmed into the distant lavender of the north and the south. On their western side the streams ran into Snake or into Green River, and so at length met the Pacific. On this side, Wind River flowed forth from them, descending out of the Lake of th...

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The Pharoah's Ghost

By: Kenneth Robeson

Excerpt: Chapter One. A DOVE, says most dictionaries, is one who is regarded as pure and gentle. The Arabian word for dove is the word hamamah. And that leads around to the bold?faced fact that whoever named the Arabian waterboy Hamamah was an awful joker.

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The Hunting of the Snark

By: Lewis Carroll

Excerpt: If?and the thing is wildly possible?the charge of writing nonsense were ever brought against the author of this brief but instructive poem, it would be based, I feel convinced, on the line (in p.4) ?Then the bowsprit got mixed with the rudder sometimes.? In view of this painful possibility, I will not (as I might) appeal indignantly to my other writings as a proof that I am incapable of such a deed: I will not (as I might) point to the strong moral purpose of th...

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Impressions of an Indian Childhood

By: Zitkala?Sa

Excerpt: MY MOTHER. A WIGWAM of weather?stained canvas stood at the base of some irregularly ascending hills. A footpath wound its way gently down the sloping land till it reached the broad river bottom; creeping through the long swamp grasses that bent over it on either side, it came out on the edge of the Missouri. Here, morning, noon, and evening, my mother came to draw water from the muddy stream for our household use. Always, when my mother started for the river, I ...

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